Get Your Ass Out There And VOTE!


Okay. So I rarely, if ever, post politically charged blogs.

That said? I have to make an exception to this particular rule.

I’m at odds with most of my family over my choice for president, but I’m not going to tell you how any of us are leaning. BUT…the reasons for their votes? Jeebus! Now I see where politics, religion and that other thing (I can’t remember that other thing we aren’t supposed to talk about is…:/ ) comes into play. That shit can start a family nuclear war!

The reason I’m putting this blog out there is because I feel that this year’s election is charged by emotion, rather than fact.

So, with no particular candidate or party in mind? I submit the following:

Don’t vote for someone just because that person ISN’T the other candidate.

Do your research.

What are your thoughts on policy? i.e.:

  • Open versus closed borders;
  • Late-term/partial birth abortion or no;
  • Political history;
  • What is the candidate’s track record;
  • NAFTA;
  • Other trade agreements;
  • Outsourcing US jobs;
  • Illegal immigrants versus legal immigrants;
  • Muslim-based immigration;
  • Voter ID;
  • Small businesses;
  • Taxes;
  • and all those other things that mean so much to you in your heart of hearts.

Now then…when I say don’t vote for someone just because that person ISN’T the other candidate, I want you to think about some things.

While one candidate may have a history of perceived criminality/lying and the other is an unpolished, rough-around-the edges, perceived womanizing puddle of word vomit, think about doing your due dilligence. Don’t vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman. On the other side of the coin? Don’t vote  for Trump simply because he ISN’T a politician.


It chaps my ass when people tell me the only reason they are voting for Candidate A is because Candidate B ISN’T Candidate A, yet can’t back their statements up after questions about policy are given to them.

Honestly, people..if you are going to vote JUST because Clinton is a woman or because Trump isn’t a politician? You’re screwing it up for the rest of us.

Do your damned research! Don’t do the rest of us Americans a disservice because you voted because the masses told you to. Don’t NOT vote because the polls say your candidate is so far ahead that the other candidate doesn’t stand a chance, so your vote won’t matter. On the other side of the coin? Don’t NOT vote because the polls say your candidate is so far behind that they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell, so your vote won’t make a difference, either, because one vote won’t help them win. NO, NO, NO!

I’ve learned so much about politics and US history over the past month or so and can tell you this: polls mean nothing; don’t trust everything the media has to say, as there seems to be NO fair and unbiased reporting out there (and I did some research and found most mainstream media is either right or left. Some have been just KINDA to the right, while others have been just KINDA to the left, yet NOBODY is right smack dab in the middle. That says a LOT for our media.

Do your research, align your values, pick the candidate that shares the majority of your values, and then GET YOUR ASS OUT THERE AND VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE! Ignore party labels. Ignore the media. Ignore the ALL OF THE polls, because someone is fixing them and they are mostly bullshit, anyway, so just and GO VOTE!!!!!

Until next time…



Are you kidding me?

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It appears that the GOP headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina (specifically Hillsborough) was the target of vandals.

According to ABC TV 11 (

Hillsborough police are investigating after the Republican Party headquarters was vandalized with graffiti and damaged with a flammable material thrown through the front window.

It happened at 347 Ja-Max Drive and was discovered Sunday morning by another business owner.

Authorities said the flammable substance ignited inside the building, burning furniture and damaging the interior of the building. It was contained in a bottle thrown through the window. The window had lettering on it that said, “Freedom Speaks.”

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, called the attack “political terrorism,” and said the party will not succumb to it.

Woodhouse said the bottle ended up under a couch where people often sit, nap, or relax. He said it was fortunate no one was in the building because it’s often occupied late into the evening during the busy election season.

Are you kidding me?

Okay…here is where I get pissed off.

You have the spare time enough to make Molotov cocktails, graffiti a building and what? Vandalize a flag? OUR flag?

Okay, let me be clear. I live in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina. A hurricane blew threw here 8 days ago. There was record breaking flooding, which I am sure many of you saw on the network news. People lost their homes. A friend of mine posted a picture of his home’s brand new sign:


That is  his HOME, y’all! Think about it for a minute. HIS. HOME!

I have another friend who was fortunate enough to have the time before the river invaded her home to get most of her belongings out. Anything they couldn’t move was placed on tables and counters, and thankfully it was high enough. But the water still came in. I can’t even fathom the work they have ahead of them to get the repairs done; the drywall and flooring replaced, all the duct work, everything.

So when I see someone with SOOOOO damned much spare time and excess energy that they want to go out and firebomb a GOP office in my state? Yes, it pisses me right the hell off.

Y’all ever hear this phrase? “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution.” If you have? LIVE IT! If you haven’t? LEARN IT.

Since you OBVIOUSLY have that much time and energy at your disposal, how about coming on down to places like Kinston, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Smithfield, Seven Springs, Mar Mac, Mount Olive and putting that time and energy to good use. I mean it.

Stop fucking things up (i.e. being the part of the problem) and come down here and lend a family or local business a helping hand (i.e. being part of the solution). I DARE you! And I say that, because your mentality is that of young teenagers that do stupid shit on a dare. So, yeah. I DARE you to come down east and use that energy for good instead of destroying other people’s stuff.

To the rest of the adults out there, I’m cleaning my closet out for Fall Cleaning and donating what goes to flood people. I CHALLENGE (see what I did there?) to do the same, local readers. Non local readers? Please feel free and donate to your local charity. Your donation will help someone, somewhere. Plus we will all feel better; we cleaned, we donated, and we helped someone in need.

To whomever did this in Hillsborough today? YOU SUCK!


Also? Karma’s a bitch, yo.


Until next time…


Sometimes Social Media is Enough…

I know that I have blasted the hell out of social media in some past posts, but there are times where social media has its place.

Let’s look at disasters.

We had a hurricane hit the southeast section of North Carolina last weekend. This storm was “supposed” to turn out to sea, right? Well. Guess what? It didn’t.

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When the last major storm blew through here (Hurricane Floyd in 1999), we didn’t have the social media/internet access that we have today.

I know that I’ve bitched about social networking being a bad thing in ordinary times, but when it comes to times like these?

It’s good to see what is going on my neighborhood and even a bit beyond.

I am fortunate enough (because our truck is in the shop and we can’t use my little Toyota ‘vert because she can’t handle water) to have a friend and co-worker out there taking pictures of our county.

As a photographer, it kills me to not be able to get where I need to be, but it’s awesome that we can pull together as a community and share images so that we know what is going on beyond our front door in the cases that we literally CANNOT get beyond our front door.

Thank you to all the the people that were able to (and brave enough to) get out and let the rest of us know what the hell is going on in our neighborhood.

The only images I was able to get were these, the day after the storm:

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Until Next Time… (whereupon we will talk about retiring early and becoming expats to a warm, Central American town…