I’ve recently dropped a lot of things. Facebook and Facebook messenger have been deleted from my phone. I’m tired of their censorship. They came for a lot of Conservatives very quickly. (Although, I am now seeing that they’re coming for the Left as well.)
Amazon Web Services shut Parler out. No a conservative website but one of free speech. Okay. They can do that I suppose. But I don’t have to give them my money anymore. Amazon Prime/Video isn’t welcome in our home.
I haven’t considered myself a part of the Right for some time. I’ve been pushed to the middle but I don’t consider myself a Libertarian.
I have considered myself a man “without a country” politically speaking for quite some time. Although I have voted conservative. Why? Because the Left keeps pushing more radical people into office.
It’s the first month of 2021. And I literally feel like a man without a country.
We are being destroyed from within. D. C. is locked down with armed troops. Fences are installed around the Capitol building. I’ve visited there several times and what I’m seeing now is unrecognizable.
We are not America anymore. Not the United States.
This is Newmerica.
I have also being degooglefying my phone (new word?).
Gmail and Google Photos are still there. I have to figure out how to download all my photos. Gmail isn’t a problem. I don’t use email that much, so not that big a deal to me.
I just don’t know where to go. I would rather have a phone that doesn’t connect and be monitored by everyone.
I’m not a paranoid person but I know that things are being used against us in the guise of being helpful.
Yesterday I got in the car and looked at the gas gauge and said out loud, “Yep. I need gas.” I hit the Apple Maps app on my phone and there were directions to the gas station I use all the time in town.
That is just strange, that is someone listening. Or some thing, rather.
I’ve been wanting to do a podcast for quite some time.
I did one episode of a podcast with one friend and seven or eight spiders with two other friends. It was a good time but didn’t work at time wise so I’m going at it alone. If there are any of my friends reading or listening to this I’d be glad to have ya. I’d like to have a conversation with several of you.
Like I said, I’m not paranoid. I just…I’m living in a world where if I’m not with you I’m against you.
And that’s not how it is.
I’m with my family and friends. I’m gonna watch out for them. As a Christian I feel for everyone’s problems and plights. But, you can’t save everybody.
That’s just the way the world is.
I’m just trying to make it out here.
That’s it. That’s the post.
So this is the podcast version of this over on Anchor. It’s free and I can put a little something out there while I get my bearings. Don’t have high expectations going in and I promise you will not be disappointed.
I responded to a Facebook post today about our county recycling centers and the fact that they now want you to show your identification there to prove you’re a resident of our county.
I’m against it.
Why? Because we live in a country where we shouldn’t have to do this.
As it stands we already show our ID to buy alcohol, cigarettes, start a bank account, get a loan, drive a car (the main reason for that ID), purchase a firearm (which is your right as an American citizen) and so many other things.
Why should I have to show ID to throw my garbage out at the dump, but not have to show my ID at the voting booth? And we all know that’s where we really need to take out the garbage. (Thanks to my friend Diane for that one, made me laugh and think on the subject.)
To me it’s the small things, like this, that sneak in.
The water that drips on that one spot until it’s a crack.
Then that weakened spot where the crack has formed becomes larger and larger until the roof caves in or the wall falls.
And then the whole thing is a mess and you have to start from scratch.
Maintaining your freedoms is a lot like taking care of anything else.
You have to put the work in. You have to keep an eye on things.
Amazing how much control people think they have over you because of a job. It’s a mindset. A prison. We all depend on one another. The title manager or even supervisor is just that, a title. The ability to wield that title is earned through experience and a certain amount of respect.
You can’t lead from behind. Be the first one in the door and on the floor. Show people how you want it done. Take care of business.
I’m just rambling. I nearly quit this week but I’m better than that.
This too shall pass.
Just a quick write it out for me. I have to keep my cool at work.
I had the opportunity for a full reset regarding employment. I was offered a chance at a job (literally) resetting stores. Going into retail locations overnight and remodeling their stores when it was time for a change. It was a significant pay raise as well, and remodels and resetting are something I’m good at and would enjoy. But, as life goes, there’s a problem.
The problem is that I have a fifteen and a ten year old child at home and the job requires travel anywhere from two to fourteen weeks at a time and I cannot afford that much time away from my kids, not to mention my wife.
They would handle and deal with what came at them. But I don’t know that I could handle and deal with what came at them. You see, it’s important that we as parents are here. You can always find a way to make money. You can always get another job.
But you cannot get back time. Life is going to go right along without you and sometimes you can’t help that you’re not there. Sometimes it isn’t possible. Priorities get in the way but they are just that, priorities.
And some things need handled.
Family is absolutely the priority.
I had seriously thought about resetting this page but your past is as important as your present and future are. So everything stays. This isn’t a new year, new me post.
God no, I hate those.
I just feel the need to actually sit down and write and share our little adventures as they happen. I need to include more of my life to this.
I’m changing mine. I find that I’ve gotten too comfortable. I need to start changing the way I go to work, the way I come home, the way I go through the work day. I need to change things up at home and give myself new activities and a different set of “what needs done now” priorities.
I also want to test the fact that my phone follows me everywhere. I find this troublesome. I’ve noticed certain apps that I am required (read into that what you will) to use daily are “following” me even after the time they shouldn’t. Like I said, troublesome.
I think it all comes to convenience over security. Do I want the maps and music and social media? Or do I want peace of mind?
I have nothing to hide. I am no one important except to a select few. To some I am a part of their world. To one I am their world, and they are mine.
We shall see what we shall see.
I’m taking the day off tomorrow, partly for personal business and partly because I need the day for me. I’m also picking something up hopefully that’s a fairly large purchase. But we need it and i deserve it. Stay tuned if you want to see my new project. If you’re a friend you already know what it is.