Heathens aplenty right here

by baldilocks

I’m having one of those moments again. So I’ll do what I always do: point you to something interesting.

Man tries to save the souls of carcass-worshipers.

In a recent Facebook post, musician and investigative writer Daryl Davis described how he’s been treated by others and members of his own race [he’s black], from being called a “sellout” to every imaginable racial slur. Until this week….

Davis was part of a panel in Philadelphia aimed at reducing hatred and violence in the country. This included both right and left wing people who he states were successfully getting along. However, he says that Antifa members upset about the conference refused to join the party, accusing him of being a “white supremacist!”

Davis has been the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America and a Ted Talk about his adventures. He’s traveled to over 50 countries and played music in 49 states as a professional blues musician.

For decades, he’s interacted with and interviewed people with opposing viewpoints. He has even convinced a couple hundred KKK members to disjoin. He’s interviewed members of all different hate and extremist groups, both black and white. His most famous story was about his relationship with Klan leaders and was the subject of his book, Klan-destine Relationships.

Read the whole thing and watch the videos.

And know this: there’s an element in these United States that has a vested interest in keep Americans of different races at each other’s throats. Those who hate this man for reaching out to his perceived enemies feed on anger, hatred and fear. They are addicted to it; if they could shoot it into their veins, they would.

Mr. Davis is a hero.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Stop making excuses for your kids diet

Ice Cream for Breakfast? Sure, why not, what could go wrong?

A few years back my family hosted a friend from a few commands back at our house for dinner. She brought her daughter with, and we had a simple dinner: pizza, salad, and brownies for dessert. Yes, not the healthiest thing in the world, but something that would please most people.

Apparently not. The daughter would not eat the pizza or dinner. She didn’t like the “texture” of those foods, and had been diagnosed with “Avoidant Food Intake Disorder.” If you didn’t know that was a thing, don’t feel bad, because I didn’t either.

She would eat the brownies though! And, apparently, according to her mom, whenever she didn’t want to eat something, she would simply eat ice cream instead. After they left, I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t in some sort of weird dream world.

Today I read this article about a teenager in the UK going blind due to eating only “potato chips, sausage, French Fries and white bread” for almost a decade. Same diagnoses about “food textures.” No surprise in the outcome.

Look, parenting is hard. My first child did not want to eat dinner, and I don’t know how many times I had to send her to bed hungry, with all the screaming, wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanied it, until she broke and ate dinner like a normal person. It sucked. But, it was important, because now my kids eat a balanced diet and will at least try new foods when we travel. It’s far more enjoyable to take them places and know I have almost unlimited dining options.

Rather than sucking it up and just doing the job, parents seem inclined to find a medical diagnosis to make up for their lack of parenting. Whether its food textures, food neophobia, fear of going down the playground slide, requirement for a service turkey, or some thing I simply can’t imagine right now, it boils down to having an excuse.

Now, that fear of food texture might be totally real. I won’t deny that. But it doesn’t matter. If you want to live in this world, you need to learn how to eat a balanced diet, or expect to suffer and die young. Providing excuses won’t make up for the nutrition your body needs.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Five Twitter thoughts: Mugabe vs Washington, NFL & Business, NYT vs Trump, Death Benefits and Hyman Roth on a Philly Shooting Under Da Fedora

Less that an hour ago I wrote a post on writers block and now after a few minutes of Twitter I’m brimming with idea but have no time to write a long post so here are a few twitter thoughts under my fedora.

It can not be overstated how lucky we were in our founding fathers.

It’s supply and demand, as long as there is a credible replacement for you at a position as a player you are expendable, particularly if you choose to make a fool out of yourself.

Filed under “least surprising story of the day”

Dead men don’t collect benefits. Maybe all those deaths are factored into the Bernie plan?

Or as John Wayne put it in Cahill US Marshall: “If you don’t like the treatment don’t rob the banks.”