BL: … Rejecting The Doomsday Option

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    BobLee
    June22/ 2018

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    NO… The Time has NOT come to pull the plug.

    Have you missed me …. really really missed me?  It’s been almost two weeks…

    Where have I been?

    • At wherever The NBA Draft was held? It was recently held somewhere wasn’t it… this week, last week?
    • NCAA Czar Mark Emmert asked me to head a Blue-Ribbon Panel to determine the maximum height of a student-athlete’s hair.
    • Roger Goodell wanted my advice on “presentation skills”.
    • Rob Manfred (raise your hand if you have a clue who he is) flew me up to NYC to discuss “moving the pitcher’s mound back 3’ and eliminating “the shift”.
    • After Tiger missed the cut at Shinnecock, The USGA wanted me to supply eight hours of “snappy repartee” to fill two days of “dead air”.
    • Fill in the blank with something about Mike Fox’s Moochies playing “The Beavers” in Omaha. OUCH!

    No… No… No… to all of the above.

    I have been occupied with intense navel-gazing and introspection as to the impact, lack of, of this website relative to the Future of Western Civilization. The Thinker

    I have determined that this website circa 2018 is every bit as impactful on Western Civilization as it has ever been over twenty years… 2,000+ incredibly insightful columns plus a 100 or so that weren’t especially insightful.

    My introspection DID include The Doomsday Option AKA “pulling the plug”… where I simply don’t ever post another column and see how long it takes you all to notice.

    My ego quickly convinced me not to do that.  Spending the rest of my rapidly-dwindling days saying “I used to be BobLee” wasn’t appealing.

    That thought only lasted about 30 seconds which is a much shorter time than Robert Wuhl’s character – Larry – in Bull Durham spent “selling Lady Kenemores at Sears” before he came back to “baseball”.

    I’ve done more than a few eulogies where I’ve actually had funeral homes and churches laughing; but finding humor in America’s Self-destruction is a whole ‘nuther thing.

    My lasting impact on Western Civ has been marginal for those 20 years… explaining the current Train wreck we find ourselves in. It stands to reason, whether I stay or go is not going to matter much except to me… and to “you” and you know who “you” are… I hope.
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    I firmly believe “America”, as we have known it for ever how long each of us has been of awareness age, is on an unalterable Thelma & Louise Path of National Destruction.Thelma Louise

    NOTE: I have used the “Thelma & Louise” analogy probably 20-30 times over the years. If you have never bothered to Google it, you won’t now.

    The exact moment America will go over the cliff to crash on the jagged trash heap of many other failed civilizations is above my pay grade… but the brakes have failed and the accelerator is stuck.

    America has gone Humpty Dumpty…

    You may not agree with me.  If you DO agree on the eventual outcome, we might “blame” different events or individuals as to “why”.

    You are not going to change my mind and I’m not interested in changing yours. No one visiting this website is capable of altering the course of human history.

    “They say” History is always written by the Winners. Who writes the history if there are no winners?

    If anyone is around to chronicle “what happened” I offer the following as a seminal moment in the whole mess…

    When F*** and C*** first appeared in headlines in mainstream media … print and electronic – will deserve mention as “significant”.

    That pretty much did it for me.

    NOTE: … F*** and C*** becoming acceptable in public conversation is a Rubicon I did not want us to cross… but we have. Sure, its symbolic. Maybe no one but me decries this… but that’s OK.

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    EVERY time we as a nation have compromised our religious convictions and erased moral “lines in the sand” our Handbasket to Hell has taken another precipitous drop downward.  It’s in free-fall these days.

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    You think you know where I stand “politically”. You know I am aggressively Anti-Liberal which is absolutely true. As aggressively Anti-Liberal as I can be. What I mean by “Anti-Liberal” is undefined but it doesn’t really matter.

    I am more aggressively Anti Liberal now than ever before. I will be even more so this time next week… and the next.

    Hey… I’m a dues-paying bitter, clinging deplorable who, they say, is a member of one or more cults. By next week I’ll have 4-5 more labels. Bring’em on…

    IMO… what has happened to America is not “political” but I don’t have another word for it. Saying it is “politics” makes it easy to blame “politicians”… who deserve A LOT of blame for whatever you want to blame them for.

    Socio-cultural termites have eaten away the foundation of this country. It is rotten.  It certainly did NOT start on Nov 8, 2016… or 8 years before then.

    I do not believe Humpty Dumpty America can be put back together again… sorry about that. Unless you want to physically split the country into two separate entities.

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    What does any of the above have to do with this website?
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    My purpose here has always been to “entertain you”… “educate you”? … maybe… but most of you are pretty set in your ways as to what you think about what you know.

    I simply endeavor “to entertain you” for 500-1,000 hastily transcribed words about something.

    I have always enjoyed doing that whether I actually have or not. So… I have rejected The Doomsday Option. “The plug” will NOT be pulled.

    As The USA Titanic sinks not so slowly into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic… I shall be the Titanic’s orchestra.  That orchestra could not save the ship but they could dutifully play Nearer My God To Thee.

    OK… Maybe I’m more of a smart aleck with a harmonica playing Froggy Went ACourtin or Mammy’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread.

    I WILL do an “occasional” high octane rant expressing my Aggressive Anti-Liberal opinions… I promise you I WILL. I will WARN you up top when I do.

    If you are offended that’s your problem… not mine. Go watch CNN or MSNBC or read The N&O… plenty of available options tailored to your preferred version of Truth (??).

    I WILL, on occasion, talk about Baseball because I like Baseball. … I WILL NOT talk about “Recruiting”. … I WILL talk about overly-caffeinated sports fans and Fat Cats seeking vicarious reflective glory. … I WILL hope another TGU comes along in some form or another… which is highly likely.  I WILL discuss my hometown and “my generation”.  I will inject Humor wherever possible which will be often.

    Every nook and cranny of American Life has been infected with toxic levels of Political Correctness so discussion of any / all absurd vagaries of the human condition will surely set off alarms with some alphabet organization somewhere. I don’t care …

    OH… and you will NOT see the F-word or the C-word on this website.  An occasional “damn” or even “Hellfire” but that’s about it. I PROMISE YOU THAT!

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    • Doug Reply
      5 months ago

      Well I was wrong about your absence. I incorrectly assumed you were consulting for National Geographic about the upcoming story chronicling the mating habits of the East Bright Street Cowboy in Kinston. My bad.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        Have you seen the new Promote Kinston video? Very well done! If one can control normal cynicism.. it is an admirable effort by well-intended citizens. Bless their hearts.

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      5 months ago

      If there are no ‘winners’ to write the history, it will be written by ‘survivors’.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        “CROATAN” ???

    • Jim Wilkins Reply
      5 months ago

      Just had a brain fart. What if we send all NBA and NFL teams to Puerto Rico and make them play there. If they don’t like where they live then fix it up. TV can still carry games for those that want to watch and the rest of us don’t have to live with them. Just a thought, of course, sports center would have to move with them.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        I have some imaginative solutions to “all that” coming very soon. 🙂

    • Elrod Reply
      5 months ago

      You definitely struck a few chords with me. I am one of your most Anti-Liberal brethren. One of my good fortunes of life is that I get to retire next Friday!! No more babysitting idiot Millenials. No more flying the “friendly skies” of United, or Delta, or American. Now just take care of my Honey-Do’s and ride my motorcycles in the mountains.
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      Sort of like you, I have spent some time recently reflecting on our country’s condition and how it got here. IMHO, this is definitely political, beginning with LBJ’s Great Society and all the socio-political fallout from there. We have successfully created two full generations of parents without parenting skills and children with neither brains nor character. I, like you, seriously considered pulling the plug to let them all get sorted out in the Rapture. But then my soul objected, so I will continue the good fight where I can. Here’s to supporting you in your similar efforts. So keep on writing what you write, BobLee.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        Thanks. I think “it” is much deeper than “politics”. If it was just politics then elections would resolve the problem… obviously they don’t. Thank goodness DJT did indeed stop HRC and all she represents… at least for the time being. I have some issues with DJT’s style but no regrets whatsoever supporting him .
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        I hope to be offering ways that individuals can “do something” short of becoming political activists which most of us are not geared to do. I’m not.

    • ENC1 Reply
      5 months ago

      We have become soft as a nation, everybody’s opinion matters and sticks & stones will break our bones as well as words.
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      Corrective words to anyone by any authority are “mean” words. The WWW and other social media outlets basically gives people outlets to say what they want without consequences.
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      Teachers and coaches as well as anyone in authority are to blame when individuals are not successful or don’t feel successful.
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      Hopefully we/society will work thru all this crap and become a better world….what does not kill us makes us stronger….hopefully.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        I have wasted too much time and angst trying to figure this out. Life is too short.

    • MMF Reply
      5 months ago

      I have felt your pain for several yrs and I sure as hell do not see it getting mitigated going forward for all the reasons you have alluded to. We have exchanged one or two emails about same. I’m going to hang in there till hell freezes over, whenever that will be, but I am satisfied it is going to be an ugly baby in the foreseeable future aka not too damn long from now. The current status is beyond sucks. I am beyond jaded toward the liberals, I can’t stomach the thought of being remotely close to any of them, much less listening to their verbal vomit..you get my drift, no doubt.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        A very “ugly baby”. As VP of BobLee’s FlyOver Country Fan Club I look to you for updates on goings-on on The Fruited Plain with their Amber Waves of Grain.

    • LRP Reply
      5 months ago

      We just lost Charles Krauthammer…..so, PLEASE, don’t pull the plug!!!…

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        HAA! Charles and I appealed to somewhat different audience demographics. Regardless I am recommitted to “kicking ass and taking names “…

    • GrahamPacker Reply
      5 months ago

      I haven’t commented very much lately but I just have to do so this time. While I have mostly agreed with you, I have never agreed totally–until now. I, too, am afraid that we have drifted so far away from what I think that God will allow that we may have already past the no-return line. And I hope and pray that I’m completely wrong.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        When Eve ate that apple in the Garden granting us “free will”; all bets were off that we would use that power wisely. We rarely do…

    • Robert. Kennel Reply
      5 months ago

      You and Prince Albert and CNR and I need to go to lunch together. You and I could learn a lot 😊

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        I’ll have Coach check out BBQ places in Beaumont TX. Can you drive? Albert and I will chip in for gas.

    • Charlotte Wuffie Reply
      5 months ago

      Whew! Didn’t know you might even consider pulling the plug, so I’m glad to hear you will keep “doin’ whatcha do” BobLee! We do appreciate you.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        It was a brief consideration… quickly discarded. 🙂

    • Gary.82 Reply
      5 months ago

      I share your dire prediction. Anyone who thinks “we’ll be fine when/if the Dems take over…” has a very warped definition of “fine”. I’m very glad you are not pulling the plug BL.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        If I’m not enjoying writing these things, I can’t expect you folks to enjoy reading them. I just needed to clear my head a bit.

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