Politically Correct Bedtime Stores

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The book Politically Correct Bedtime Stores by James Fin Garner is hilarious and written in what I thought was a tactful manner.

Here are a few examples:

The Big Bad Wolf told Little Red Riding Hood it was not safe for her to walk alone in the woods.  Her response:

I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop you own, entirely valid worldview.

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The three codependent goats named Gruff decided to travel up the mountainside, so “they did not overgraze their valley and kept their ecological footprint as small as possible.”

However, they had to cross a bridge that was home to a “hairy, dirt-accomplished, and odor-enhanced” troll.

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Instead of helping the city of Hamelin by removing rats, the Pied Piper was hired to remove the residents of the trailer park.

The trailer park on the edge of Hamelin was a civic embarrassment.  Not only was it a terrible eye-sore, with its rusted pickup trucks and trash heaps in every backyard.  Within it dwelled some of the most unregenerate and irredeemable people you could ever imagine – murders of non domestic animals, former clients of the correctional system, and off-road bikers.  With their plastic daisy pinwheels, loud music, and drunken weekend brawls, they sent a shudder through every respectable person in town.

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Finding Common Ground on Earth Day

It seems our culture can turn anything into an argument, fight, or protest.  Global warming, climate change, and recycling are polarizing issues.

Maybe we can find some common ground.  Maybe we can learn to compromise for our own personal benefit.  Maybe we can agree, breathing in fresh air feels better than breathing in smog.  Maybe we can all learn to enjoy streets and parks that are not covered in trash or litter.

I think we should be able to work together and clean our environment, regardless of our religious beliefs and political ideations.  Having a clean place to live benefits all of us, so let’s stop fighting and start cleaning.

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Happy Earth Day

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

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Natalie Haynes is the author of, “The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.”  In the book, she talks about ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, their similarities, and how we can apply those ideas to our own lives.

In the section covering politics, Natalie Haynes said:

“Why stand outside something with a placard when you could be changing it from within?  The Athenians should inspire us to become school governors, patient representatives, local councillors, and members of Parliament.  They should persuade us to stop shrugging and sighing when we could instead be improving our lot.”

I am guilty of complaining about social problems and then doing nothing to improve the situation.  How can I expect others to fix something, when I am not willing to do any of the work?

I know I can do better.  I know I can help change things.  It is time to stop sitting around and complaining about everything.  It is time to get up and get to work.

To the Letter by Simon Garfield

In an age like ours, which is not given to letter writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives.  – Anatole Broyard

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The book, To the Letter, gives a brief overview of the history of written correspondence.  Simon Garfield explains how the development of a postal service, within a nation, was a sign of prosperity and future success.

The book also has samples of letters written by famous individuals and letters written by average people during major historic events.

According to Simon Garfield:

  • There is an intrinsic integrity about letters that is lacking from other forms of written communication.
  • At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to by irreversible, “To the Letter” is a rallying cry to put pen to paper and create a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.

 

Pledge of Allegiance Controversy

Two words (under God) within the Pledge of Allegiance has managed to spark a massive controversy in the United States of America.

One group believes those words should be included to prove we are a Christian based nation and this will cause us to be blessed by God.

Another group thinks the words should not be included, because we are a diverse nation.  There are many religions represented in America.  There are also agnostics and atheists in our country.  Removing those two words would support that diversity.

I think the “under God” argument distracts us from a bigger problem.

Why don’t we take time to focus on what else is written within that pledge?  Why don’t we stop fighting over two words and start working toward building a united nation (one nation)?  Why don’t we spend more time ensuring liberty and justice for all citizens?

When a poor person spends years in prison for a non-violent crime (drug possession for example) and a rich person is allowed to walk free after spending a couple months in prison for a violent crime (rape for example), the entire pledge seems meaningless.

We could keep fighting over those two words or we could work together to create the ideals represented within that pledge.

 

Taxes

People often complain about paying taxes, as if they receive no benefit for their money.  However, that is not true.  Tax money benefits all of us.  It pays for:

  • Roadways
  • Public Education
  • Military
  • Police Force
  • Medical Research
  • Food Safety
  • Energy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Science Research
  • Fire Departments
  • Libraries

This list only contains a few of the benefits we all receive from our taxes.

Nothing’s Sacred by Lewis Black

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I just finished reading “Nothing’s Sacred” by Lewis Black.  The book is a basically a memoir.  It also has a few political/religious rants.

Lewis Black discusses his childhood, college years, and how he became a comedian.  I was impressed by how many times he failed as a stand up comic, but refused to stop trying.  That tenacity is what made him a great success.

I recommend this book, if you would like to know more about the early years of Lewis Black.

I give the book a B-