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Media - It's Not the Destination, It's the Journey - Finding Clarity
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Phobia This! Phobia That!

I am coming to agree with my daughter that I deserve the sobriquet Grumpy. Case in point was seeing the entry below on a Facebook entry:

How many homophobes does it take to change a light bulb? A: None – They are afraid of change, even if it will make the world a brighter place.

I saw this a few weeks after the Supreme Court rendered its decision on DOMA and gay marriage was legalized in California. To me these decisions were good steps to getting the government out of peoples’ lives. There may be valid reasons for denying gays state sanctioned marriage but none have to do with the sanctity of heterosexual union. But that is for another entry.

What raised my hackles and my blood pressure was that stupid entry. A homophobia joke which, in the current context if its use, paints a picture of fear on anyone who does not agree with the politically correct current slogans. As an example of similar phobias we have

  • Homophobia – Does not agree that gay marriage should be accepted and endorsed by the state. Does not agree that being gay is just as normal as being straight. Afraid of the obvious truth.
  • Islamophobia – Does not believe that Islam cannot possibly be a threat. Afraid of the obvious truth.

How do I state this nicely and politically correctly? Fu## You!

There are solid arguments against gay marriage, Islam and other, so-called, phobias. It seems that the arguments for these are stronger and have begun to triumph. To label everyone who disagrees with the current political correctness as phobic diminishes the argument and makes the labeler look like a moron. It makes the labeler look intelligence-phobic.

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Posted by Carey Miller - July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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The not so new normal

We live an existence of change and uncertainty. We should celebrate.


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

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A Great Ad. For the Liberal party?

Warren Kinsella called attention to this ad on his blog. Thanks Warren.

This is a fantastic ad, glorifying the triumph of hard work, persistence in the face of adversity and progress. Damned if this is not an ad for the Liberal Party of Canada. Or it should be. And if it is not, then why the hell not?


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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Thanks Steve

I still remember fondly the first computer ever to find its way into the family home. The Apple IIe was magic, allowing these clumsy finger to type badly, then delete the virtual mistakes.


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Posted by Carey Miller - October 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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What did Peter Kent think of Israel before he was an MP?

it is an interesting question for both public and private individuals. What is your level of responsibility for things said many years ago. What is the statute of limitations for contrition?

In this case, Peter Kent reported in a way that is at best unbalanced and at worst anti-Israel. So I have to ask, was Peter Kent reading a script he did not believe in 1987 or is he reading one now as a candidate in Thornhill.

I know where Karen Mock stands on the issues.


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Posted by Carey Miller - April 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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Vampire Show – Frightening for a Different Reason

Recently under the weather, I spent a few days on the couch resting, drinking fluids and hoping not to throw up yet again. This last was made more difficult by some of the show I ended up watching on TV.

At a low point, I watched some vampire shows, including True Blood and Vampire Diaries. I also tried to watch one of the Twilight movies but failed to stay awake through it. It seemed the recurring theme of these was:

  • Vampires are real
  • Other supernatural creatures are real
  • One girl or another is in love with the leading man vampire

What struck me in all of these shows is the rather perverse view taken of human life and personal responsibility. Much of these shows seem to focus on helping to hide the killings committed by the vampires, ostensibly because they are trying to improve and not kill other people. When I think back, the theme of dialog seems to be, "I know you killed that person. But I love you so I will cover it up and not tell anyone as long as you promise not to do it again."

I sometimes wonder whether the incredibly moronic people shown in entertainment represent real humanity. In the case of these shows, apparently very popular with young women, do they represent a real morality? Do the watchers truly believe that their adolescent feeling are more important than a respect for human life?

I know these shows are fiction. The show would be much different if the characters did what they should, which is to call in the authorities to address the killing and capture the killer. Far less angst there.

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Posted by Carey Miller - January 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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