Cobra Kai – Season 3

I don’t know what it is about this show in particular that grabbed me, versus any other “throwback” based on something from when I was a kid, but it sure grabbed me. ๐Ÿ™‚ And the rest of the fandom and I have been waiting over 600 days for season three, from way back when season two was released and binged by everyone. But tonight’s the night. ๐Ÿ˜Š New Year’s Eve, with the episodes released at midnight… Pacific time. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I tried to catch a nap earlier, but of course it wouldn’t take – so I’ll just be staying up all night and into the day tomorrow to see if I can knock out all ten episodes.

Three day weekend, nothing on the schedule, not feeling half bad, so I’ll sleep whenever I sleep… and as for wrapping up 2020, I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing right now. ๐Ÿ“บ๐ŸงŽ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ The neighborhood was silent all through the evening but then at midnight, even out here in the semi-country, things started popping. ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡ Mostly fireworks, but I did hear what I believe were a pretty good series of rifle shots somewhere out back. ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿค  Makes sense, the way people have been stocking up on tools and freedom seeds this year, that at least one or two folks out here would wanna let some fly. I did my part to add to the noise, tossing a few M-80s out in the yard along with the “grand finale” of a couple of these flashy sparky things. ๐Ÿ˜

I did make a run into town earlier, since the weather app was talking ice or snow or something… ๐Ÿ˜จ although I’m not sure if it ever came. I didn’t feel like doing the whole song and dance with the pharmacy ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜’ but I was at least able to pick up two of my meds today. Added a few more short stops after that, dropping off some mail, grabbing some pop, hitting BK for dinner, etc. The air was sharp and smelled different than the “valley” air, so I dunno… ๐Ÿ˜Œ it was just nice being out in it for a while, even though I never left the car. (Half the town seemed to have the same idea, crowding the busy streets.)

Talked to a few different friends as midnight drew closer. Bri’s busy packing, since she found a new apartment here in town and basically had to shut things down right after Christmas morning, so they could then be at least close to ready to move over this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Absolutely nothing new with Jim G, much like here… but Amy and her family were doing the “assortment of yummy and/or weird snacks” thing for their NYE, which reminded me of when I was little. ๐Ÿ™‚ When Mom would let me help make silly little “hors d’oeuvres” like meat and cheese on a toothpick, celery sticks with peanut butter, and Doritos with melted cheese. ๐Ÿ˜Š (My first time using a microwave… heh)

And of course I talked with Genesee throughout the day… and it sounded as busy there as it usually is around the holidays. They’re particular re: COVID precautions, which is understandable given the amount of younger and older folks in the family, so for everyone to get together safely they all took a “stay-at-home quarantine vacation” during the period leading up to Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜ณ The little ones sure missed their Auntie Sarah and Auntie G though, so I know it was worth whatever inconvenience everyone may have felt as they got ready to make it all happen. ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ชโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸฆŒ

Okay, that’s enough for now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Time to focus on my show…

After Much Thought / Research

Before I get on to today’s topic, figured I’d follow up the last post with another dream that I had last night. Not gonna bore you with the entire contents, but the method of near-death last night was bubble gum. ๐Ÿคจ Not sure why I was chewing gum in the first place, but I had put too many pieces in my mouth when I began to chew… and then on top of that, it began expanding in my mouth and down into my throat like spray-foam insulation. ๐Ÿ˜ณ The kind that comes out of the can as a gooey spray but expands and hardens into a solid mass. I was barely able to dig it out of my mouth with my index finger, allowing myself to get a breath again.

But over the holiday weekend I was browsing the area gun shops online, and I found one place in Newark that said they had a carbon / black SCCY CPX-2 in stock, in store – so I crossed my fingers, placed the order, and waited for the call to let me know I could pick it up. Now, with affordable / popular caliber guns and ammo being sold out almost everywhere right now, I wasn’t gonna hold my breath that the sale would go through until I had it in my hands – but they called Tuesday afternoon to let me know I could grab it whenever. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And yeah, I do already have a .380 acp with one box of ammo, but not only is that caliber even harder to find right now, but it’s always been more expensive. So when I came across a deal on 9mm rounds, I went ahead and grabbed them with the intention of getting rid of the 380 and buying a new 9mm… whether in pistol form or the interesting Hi-Point TS995 carbine. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ It just so happened the handgun was the first to become available in the area, and the d00d at the shop even said it was the only one they had gotten in that particular shipment. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Guess I checked at just the right time.

Folks are saying that gun owners should have multiples, in varying calibers, so you have a better chance of finding at least some rounds that will fit one of your guns… but for my purposes, as long as I have enough to get in some decent practice with this new one, and then enough left over to where it feels like it’s “enough” for any bad news that might show up at my house, that’s good enough for me. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ And since the CPX-2 is compact, double action only, internal hammer, with a long, heavy trigger pull – should I ever decide to get my concealed permit, this one is much more suited for it than the other one I’ve got.

I wasn’t even sure I was gonna do anything when I woke up yesterday, but then I decided that I had enough energy to go visit some friends in Columbus. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป But after a short time there I got the call, leading to me driving back home, then up to Newark to grab the gun and some extras, followed by taking “the scenic route” back home. I figured I may as well check out the familiar sights (from back when we lived in that area) since I had to be out anyway. I’m not gonna get into my twitchiness again right now, but for me… going from “home alone” day after day, to dealing with traffic, humans, extra aches and pains from all the driving and moving around – I was pretty whupped by time I got home and settled in. ๐Ÿ˜ My brain was still happy and kinda wired though (from the events of the day) which contributed to my 4a sack-out time. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ž

Another of my friends stopped by in the early evening, having some time to kill before she had to pick up her kid from band practice, so I met her in the driveway to chit chat and show her my new goodies. ๐Ÿ˜ Her hubby has a couple of long guns, but they are both interested in getting a pistol… so in the same day that I got my new one, I also got a solid backup as to where my old one might be going soon. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I know that guns can tend to make some people nervous, but obviously none of us are looking for trouble just because we own them. (Although we certainly want to be prepared if trouble comes looking for us.) And with my left shoulder being screwy due to my injury / surgery from years ago, it’s not even like target shooting would be fun. If anything, having a physical handicap is even more reason that a person might want to have a gun as extra protection. ๐Ÿ˜ณ But I need to put in some practice time and make sure I’m confident with how everything will go, not only with the gun – but with the way my shoulder will react to firing it. But with it being pretty much even money once I get rid of my old one, I’m happy with how things went yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Longest Ramble In A While…

I’m not gonna link to either of them, but yesterday evening when I was catching up on the news on Twitter, I came across two different things that really bothered me. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Both of them were in Michigan, and both were part of a protest against the physical distancing / stay at home orders that have been put in place due to Michigan being one of the most affected states in regards to coronavirus / COVID-19.

I wanna start by saying that I do get why people are frustrated and want to be heard. ๐Ÿฅบ In fact, they’re more frustrated than I can even empathize with because they’ve been off work, losing their jobs, their businesses going under, and that’s obviously gonna take a toll on people. ๐Ÿ™ I know that I have days where it even gets to me more than I’d expect it to, so when people are unable to pay their bills, their rent, medical bills, etc.

But the first part of the protest that caught my eye were the hundreds of people who forced their way into one of the government buildings. I’m not sure if it was the state house, but it’s where the politicians were trying to do their jobs while protesters were shouting and screaming at law enforcement, banging on doors and walls, demanding that they bet let in. ๐Ÿ˜ณ I think most people would expect a protest like that eventually, but this one went further – because many of the protesters were also dressed up like militia and were carrying loaded semi-automatic rifles. ๐Ÿ˜ง

When you look at the video footage, I hate to say it, but those people looked and acted like you’d expect those kinds of folks to look and act… meaning, people who show up with guns when there’s no apparent reason to do so. ๐Ÿ˜’ And the ones who didn’t have guns, it’s not like they were discouraging the ones who did. Common sense says they brought their guns with them so they would be more intimidating, but I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the only protests they’ve really paid attention to are ones regarding gun control issues, where it would sorta make sense to “bear arms” while protesting… and maybe that made them think that all protests require dozens of armed people. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ 

But yeah, you can look it up if you wanna see or read more about it. But with the way tensions were, I think they’re very lucky that there wasn’t even an accidental discharge of a weapon – which would have lit the very short fuse on that powder keg. It’s just sad, the smug look that you could see on some of their faces as they stood with their rifles, in the area above where the politicians worked. ๐Ÿ˜” And if their goal was truly to be heard, their stunt backfired… because all that people are talking about are the “white guys with guns” who occupied that building without so much as a ticket for ignoring social distancing rules, and questioning what may have happened if that group had been young black men instead. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I don’t like doing those “what if” scenarios normally, but the way all those folks chose to act… ๐Ÿ˜’ oh, and because of something that I saw in the second topic that caught my eye. For another part of the protest there was a stage set up where people were speaking against the current rules, talking about the damage that it has done… understandable stuff. But then they had a performance by a couple of girls who looked as if they couldn’t have even been teenagers, wearing skimpy little dance outfits and halloween type masks. ๐Ÿค” One of them being of a black man with exaggerated features. (Looks like they could have been Trump & Obama masks.)

They were doing a dance routine to the old song “Candy Man” but it sounded as if the lyrics had been changed to comment on the current situation. That’s unfortunate enough, where children are essentially being used by their parents to make political statements… but as these little girls were dancing, you could hear men and women in the crowd hooting and hollering as if it were some kind of burlesque show – with people even shouting “TAKE IT OFF!” as these poor little kids did their routine. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜”

It honestly made me sick to my stomach. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Not just because the kids were being used in that manner, or that gross people were shouting sexual things at them, but also because nobody else in the crowd said anything, stuck up for them, or did anything to show their disapproval. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ (At least not in the clips that I saw.) I understand that people can start “thinking as a group” when caught in a moment, but even when it comes to something as disgusting as that? It’s not a good look for whatever message you were trying to send. ๐Ÿ˜ 

If you’d ask a bunch of those first folks why they felt the need to bring rifles to a peaceful protest and dress in camo… the answers would probably be of the “bEcAUsE wE CAn!” variety. ๐Ÿ˜ But that display with the girls, I wonder if any protesters would try to defend or normalize that as well. It makes me feel bad for the “normal” citizens of Michigan, because it makes the state look pretty awful – and I know they’ve got to be angry and embarrassed by all of it, the way it makes their citizens look to the rest of the country. ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

One might ask why I allow myself get caught up in “news” like this. I ask that of myself too, honestly. ๐Ÿ˜ But I dunno… I do try to limit my exposure in general, since 99% of what gets reported seems to be negative, but I guess I just feel like everyone should try to keep up on the more important things – especially if they want to have an opinion and have conversations with others about any of it. ๐Ÿคจ So with things being as wacky as they’ve been over the past four years, even just “normal” news can trigger someone’s anxiety… and stumbling across “extra” stuff on Twitter, like the topics in this entry, is almost unavoidable. ๐Ÿ˜•

But I look back on old news articles and broadcasts from when Mom and Dad were young, and I see different protests, via different methods, at different locations, for different reasons… and I can’t remember learning about any of them and thinking, “Good grief… those people were idiots.” ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I’m sure “dumb” protests did happen, so maybe the news was just less interested in covering sensationalism back then? ๐Ÿค” But hell… Today? I don’t think a day passes where I don’t read about or see something that makes me grumble, “Good grief, those people are idiots.” I think they were also lucky back then, getting their news (and only a couple hours each day) from either ABC, NBC, or CBS – and that was it. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Not enough “room” to cover the stupids. Thanks to the internet though, we now have an endless supply that we have to work to avoid.

Weaponized Stupidity

Since I’ve taken the day off, I decided to pop over to Twitter to see if David Hogg and his anti-gun activism was still making any noise. And it is… although it’s become even more divisive, and is making even less sense. His current “thing” is to include “THE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL WIN” on almost everything that he posts. ๐Ÿ˜ I suppose that’s an attempt to light a fire under their asses and make them feel special, but it’s also a great way to alienate everyone else from your cause. ๐Ÿคจย (I often wonder if the other kids / leaders in their movement wish they had never included him, due to the drama he causes.)

Young people (18-25), just as with any demographic, do not all vote the same way. The majority of them don’t even vote at all. But the new mantra isn’t aimed at people who prefer to actually think about things. The mantra is aimed at idiots, and their replies don’t disappoint. ๐Ÿ˜ I can’t tell you how many older Americans that I’ve seen posting replies about how their generation has let the youth down, how sorry they are for not creating a better world, how the young people are our only hope, and other similar bits of nonsense. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ These “self-hating adults (apologists)” who can’t wait to post and “confess” on the behalf of all adults, how awful “grown-ups” are… and ironically it’s usually the older white men who can’t stop talking about how older white men have fucked everything up. ๐Ÿ˜  It’s truly bizarre.

In attempts to stay relevant (since he’s rarely able to get on TV anymore) Hogg will make often-incoherent posts about various Senate or House candidates and elections, which then get retweeted by his followers – without them even noticing when the posts make little to no sense. ๐Ÿ™„ Invariably there will be adults responding to those posts by asking Hogg how they should vote in this or that election. ๐Ÿ˜ง Yeah, don’t do any research on your own, because it’s always better to get your election advice from someone who uses words such as “dissagree, violance, and colledge” and still struggles with the whole “there / their / they’re” thing.

(As you can tell from the way they speak, these are obviously some top-notch interviewers)

He wants to eventually outlaw most rifles and probably many other types of guns, yet he whines that the mandated clear backpacks and security searches at school violate his rights. ๐Ÿ˜’ He arranges boycotts when someone hurts his feelings, he bragged about hanging up on the President’s phone call, and his friend is still tweeting requests for $10 donations to the MSD / Parkland victims’ fund – which already has over $8,000,000 in it. He and his sister have also already written a book about the school shooting, yet they aren’t donating the sales from their book to the victims’ fund. ๐Ÿค” Instead, they say something vague about proceeds “helping the communities” or some shit. The whole thing stinks, yet there’s a huge group of people that can’t get enough of it. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I know, this whole post may seem petty or something that I shouldn’t even concern myself with… but it’s really just touching on the larger problem of how much “weaponized ignorance / stupidity” a person will be exposed to online, and especially on Twitter. ๐Ÿ˜’ It’s like the less sure a person is about what they’re saying, the more passionately they will say it, and the more angrily they willย defend it.

It’s okay though, I’m sure “the young people” will save us all from all ofย thatย as well. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Willfully Ignorant / Indignant

The overwhelming amount of ignorance surrounding the shooting at Stoneman Douglas and the resulting activism… it’s simply staggering. ๐Ÿ˜‘ It falls anywhere on the spectrum from people just not realizing that they’ve been misled, to people who are straight up morons. And most of them are really angry as well… like, so angry that even when people are expressing sentiments that are supportive of the students and their security, they’ll still attack those people if the thoughts don’t exactly parrot what they or the students are saying. ๐Ÿ˜  Free thinking has already become a much lacking trait in society, and boy does this movement demonstrate that over and over again.

I’m sure that I’m like a lot of people who generally support the things the students have been asking for, but who is also growing tired of being attacked by the people that we’re trying to support… so much so that their activism now feels more like a bunch of kids complaining and making noise, but not actually seeking solutions to the problems at the center of it all.

The point where the kids started to lose me was when a slew of new security measures were put in place at their school, to provide additional protections while the students continued to strive for bigger changes via gun control laws. Limited access points to the school buildings, student IDs, increased security personnel, new backpack/bag rules, etc. ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Not only did the students not appreciate these changes, but they actively rebelled against them – and are still doing so to this day. Most of the complaints revolve around the bag rules, which prohibit anyone from coming into the building with bags or backpacks that weren’t issued by the school. And because they are clear backpacks, the kids and their supporters have lost their damn minds. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

A woman on Twitter, when I said that I supported the clear backpack rule and noted that Nikolas Cruz used a duffel bag to bring his rifle into the school, just replied to me: “Umm… then maybe ban bringing DUFFEL bags into the school??? An AR15 will NOT fit in a backpack. Good grief!”ย This is an example of that angry stupidity. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ The school is now banning people from carrying in bags other than the school-provided ones… something that could have prevented Cruz from even making it past the gate if the rule was in place back then. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ But this woman was mad that I pointed it out, then called for duffel bags to be banned (which they are), and followed it up with a “Good grief” as if my logic was exhausting her.

But yeah, the kids are mocking the backpacks, saying that the increased law enforcement presence makes them scared, equating having to carry student IDs to being in prison, complaining that additional fences and barriers only give the appearance of security, saying their 4th amendment rights are being violated and people will be able to see their tampons in their bags now, and bitching because they have to show up to school a little earlier to get through security. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป All the while complaining that none of those changes do anything to protect them, with several of them going so far as to say that all of these new measures should be removed – leaving their school in exactly the same state as when they were originally attacked. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

None of those changes, in their minds, provide any additional security. Instead, their minds are laser focused on banning “assault rifles” as the change that is needed. In interview after interview, you can see that these kids don’t even know what guns the term “assault” rifle should include, with some of them not even knowing the difference between a semi-automatic and automatic gun. I’m not faulting them for this, since they’re just kids, but these are also the people that we should be listening to for answers, according to their movement. The kids who reject any and all security measures as being a “false sense of security” while also believing that banning some semi-automatic rifles will make them completely safe.

In trying to have discussions with the humans on Twitter, I’ve learned that if you want to “be a supporter” of these kids and their goal of more safety, you can’t say any of the following: ๐Ÿ™Š

  • You can’t suggest that they try to understand that the new security measures are “better than nothing” while they continue to fight for gun control. They don’t accept the increased school security, so neither can people who claim to support them.
  • You can’t point out that the clear backpack rule, if in place when the shooting happened, could/would have prevented the shooting from happening since Cruz and his bags wouldn’t have been allowed through security. You’ll be told that an AR-15 can’t fit into a duffel bag. (It can.) You’ll be told that he’d have found a way in anyway. (So all security measures should be just thrown out as being worthless?)
  • You can’t tell them that mocking the new security measures may be off-putting to people who want to support them. You’ll be told that they don’t want or need your support then. They’ll say that they didn’t ask for the new security. They’ll say that nobody has a right to say anything to the students about their opinions. (YOU WEREN’T THERE! THEY WERE!)
  • Their goal, when it comes to gun control, is to ban assault rifles. But you can’t question anything about that goal. I support some of what they’re trying to achieve, but I don’t believe that banning one particular type of gun will make them that much safer than they are now. But to support them, you have to support their goal of banning a small subset of guns, because they believe they’ll be safer.
  • And even when you are suggesting things that could help them achieve their goals, you’ll usually be told that your input isn’t needed… not by the kids, but by other supporters. “I don’t remember her asking you for your opinion!” “He seems to be doing just fine without your help!” “Your generation didn’t help when it had the chance, and we don’t need it now!” And they wonder why they’re getting less support, less media coverage, and a more apathetic response from the public in general.

One more thing to mention… they love using the age of the student activists to manipulate the whole situation. When people are dismissive of what the students are saying because of their age, hordes of people will come forth and comment how they are almost adults, almost able to vote, almost able to join the army, and are more mature than most “grown-ups” are these days. But if you disagree with something the students have said, or just appear to disagree, you’ll be blasted with post after post of people being “shocked” and “horrified” that adults would bully these children, that you can’t expect them to not act like kids sometimes because that’s what they are, and that people should be ashamed for how they are treating someone’s child. Yeah, it doesn’t matter if they’ve thrust themselves onto the public stage, and it doesn’t matter how foul-mouthed and insulting they can be… people attempt to portray them as untouchable. โ™ฟ Like a kid in a wheelchair who verbally bullies his classmates, because “Nobody will hit a kid in a wheelchair.”

I even had people get mad at me the other day because I commented about the school newspaper putting out a memorial issue, featuring the names and stories of the 17 people that died that day. I said that it was great to finally have a resource like that with all of the information in one place, because despite the activist students being on TV almost non-stop for a while, I rarely heard them mention the names of the people who were killed or get to talk about them. Part of that is because there is a limited amount of time in a TV segment, so it logistically just couldn’t fit most of the time… but yeah, I was praising the students who produced the memorial issue. One fella just wouldn’t let it go. He was legitimately mad, despite me praising the newspaper and being happy that I could learn more about the people who were killed. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I imagine it was because he doesn’t like when something potentially makes “the people that he supports” look uncaring or whatever. So despite talking about something that 99.9% would agree with – being happy to learn more about the fallen… he just kept replying and replying, pointing out that the kids said the names of the dead at the march in DC. Yeah. They did. That’s fine. I’m glad they did. But as I pointed out to him – I didn’t say they never mentioned the people that died, I just said it was rare enough that weeks later I still didn’t know much about them. I’m surprised he didn’t start sharing YouTube clips where their names were said, or demand that I share clips where they didn’t. People are just fucking nuts, man…

I’ve never seen a group of people that actively tries to eat their own as much as this bunch of humans. ๐ŸงŸ๐ŸงŸ๏ธ Half of the people barely know what they are talking about, and half of them don’t even care if they are wrong as long as they are being loud and people are hearing them. ๐Ÿคฌ The whole goal of student safety / safety for humans in general has been lost in the cult of personality, with movement leaders wasting time on boycotts when someone hurts their feelings – even when not related to gun control or the shooting… and then when security measures are put in place to protect them, they reject it – and in a way that magnifies how immature they really are, while they shout at the world that “WE TOLD YOU TO LISTEN TO US!” etc. I know they’ve had all kinds of behind-the-scenes help when it comes to PR, finances, and organizing things, but someone is dropping the ball right now – and something that could have produced real, positive changes has a chance of being forgotten like every other tragedy. ๐Ÿ˜”