🙊 Shh 🙊 Open Thread


🙊  Shh 🙊                 Open Thread

Did you ever wonder if the reason so many people cannot seem to think is because no one ever shuts up long enough to think? Perhaps they literally cannot hear themselves think?

I can remember my mother saying to my brother and I, “please be quiet, I can’t hear myself think.” I was to use those same words to my own kids a generation later.

We all have opinions about nearly everything. Often when we haven’t the knowledge to form a rational opinion we form an opinion anyway. Foolish but human. Until those opinions based on ignorance become reality in our minds. Just because we believe something to be true doesn’t make it so.

People that do that just look silly. Fortunately so many people are doing the same thing that looking silly is the new norm. And the “modish” don’t know they are looking silly because they never shut up long enough to acquire the knowledge necessary to realize their silliness. See how that works?

Never in the history of mankind have so many people had so many ways to connect with each other. Therefore never in the history of the world have so many people shown how silly, ignorant, nasty and venal they are. Hidden behind a keyboard and with an Avatar instead of a name they slither around like nasty little children on a school yard. And they will not be silent.

You cannot silence us they proclaim via Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media is their place to vent. No we cannot. No we should not be allowed to silence anyone. But common sense and decency should force people to muzzle themselves.

There are often good reasons why people are passionate about getting opinions expressed. If it is an important issue and we are knowledgeable about that issue expressing ourselves is fine, even commendable.

If we insist on expressing our opinions about damn near everything then we’re just babbling. There is, unfortunately a whole lot of babbling going on.

The Internet, in my opinion, is the best thing that ever happened to humanity. (But that’s just MY opinion.) It is also the worst thing that ever happened to humanity. (But that’s just MY opinion.)

Never have so many people had so many opportunities to connect with each other. And never have so many people had so many opportunities to be nasty to each other.

I don’t “do” Social Media. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instachat or any other of the numerous ways for people to connect. I comment on blogs and write a few posts of my own and send emails.

I read the “news” in many and varied places. I try my best to be well informed. If I am going to run my mouth  and my keyboard I don’t want my own words and opinions to come back to bite me. Often, I simply  remain silent in the onslaught of stupidity, intolerance and ignorance.

There is no arguing, or conversation possible with people who insult at the drop of a word without knowing what the hell they’re talking about. There is no reasoning possible with unreasonable people. The less they know the nastier they become. Armed with sound bites and headlines but nothing that requires deeper thinking they insist they will not be silent.

Psalm 141:3  Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

People who are good, decent and normal people in person often become repellent once ensconced behind the anonymity of a keyboard. I am talking about average, everyday members of the public – not celebutards.  Certainly not media types that seek to inform us of their opinions instead of doing their job of informing us of the facts. Celebutards and media types cannot be silent – their own sense of self-importance won’t allow that.

Take this quote: Gwyneth Paltrow: “I am convinced that by eating biological foods it is possible to avoid a tumor.”

What else were you thinking of eating nitwit? Yet this fool has the chutzpah to tell others how to vote.  I don’t take the opinions of celebrities with a grain of salt, I don’t take them at all.

Or how about this dandy from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:  “I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.”

Yet the voters of California elected this dolt to be their Governor. Now of course they have, in their infinite wisdom, elected Jerry Moonbeam Brown. If these people want to succeed from the Union just wave them Bon Voyage and count ourselves lucky. We will have two less liberal Senators, far less illegals in the rest of the country and we can then build a wall to keep us safe from their lunacy.

Proverbs 10:19 Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.

Most politicians simply cannot be quiet. Even when it would be better for them if they did. Media is there to stick a microphone in their face and ask their opinion about everything.

Even the best of them cannot know everything about everything but Lord help the Republican who doesn’t have a ready answer for every situation. Whereas when it’s a Democrat:  “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” ~ Barack Obama –  stupid responses are fine. For all his supposed stupidity did George Bush ever say anything that foolish?

My whole point is that I think people talk too much and think too little and don’t take time to be silent and let their brain rest. Saying that I think I’ll do just that. Have a great day.


7 Responses to “🙊 Shh 🙊 Open Thread”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Excellent post, Marge! My mom used to say the same thing abt not being able to hear herself think – five kids will do that, I am sure! And I am certain I have said that to my animals, especially Bou, our beautiful sleek panther-looking boy who is a HUUUUUUGGGEEE talker/caterwauler.

    You are so right abt the barrage of noise. How can one hear the “still, small voice” when there is a constant bombardment of noise? You can’t, that’s how. And we need to be able to do that, we need to have moments of silence to just be, to gather our wits, to reflect on a problem, or to pray.

    And speaking of “silence,” you may recall that a while ago, I wrote a post abt a lay pastor down in GA who was essentially fired from his gov’t position for something he said in CHURCH. The State demanded all of his sermons, notes, all kinds of stuff.

    Well, justice has been served – on the state of GEORGIA. The lay pastor WON his suit against them, and rightly so: http://www.faithwire.com/2017/02/09/pastor-who-claims-georgia-govt-fired-him-over-his-christian-beliefs-wins-major-victory/

    This push to silence anyone who doesn’t think EXACTLY like the Left is disconcerting at best, and downright offensive when it comes to a state forcing its ideology on a minister.

    Great post, Marge!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Glad you liked it Amy. While it may not seem like it online, I am a rather quiet person most of the time. I happen to believe that it is the time I take to pause and reflect that allows my “opinions” to have some validity. Just babbling is foolish and I try not to be a fool anymore than I can help.

    As I said, I think most of the people who are babbling are headline readers and sound bite believers. Ignorance is an epidemic. But that’s just my opinion. Unlike many others I don’t believe that my opinions are the same thing as facts.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s a prime example of when it would have been better to keep silent.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    JUDICIAL TYRANNY: 5 Biggest Legal Stupidities In The Ninth Circuit’s Decision To Stop Trump’s Executive Order

    By Ben Shapiro

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ absurd ruling against President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive order contains a bevy of legal problems. It’s not just a bad political ruling, though it is – it’s bad law. Here are five of the biggest problems with the ruling:

    1. States Suffer “Concrete and Particularized Injury” If Aliens Can’t Come To University Classes. This is absolutely absurd. It would strike down virtually any immigration law. All immigration laws restrict classes of people from entering, numbers of people from entering. Some of those people would undoubtedly go to university, or teach there. Does this mean that states can now sue to overturn all immigration laws?


  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Rep. Gowdy Statement on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

    February 9, 2017
    Press Release

    Spartanburg, SC – Rep. Trey Gowdy released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to block President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

    “No one familiar with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be surprised at today’s ruling. The 9th Circuit has a well-earned reputation for being presumptively reversible. Unlike the district court order, there is at least a court opinion which can be evaluated.

    Of particular interest is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ suggestion that even those unlawfully present in the country have certain due process rights with respect to immigration. The Court cites Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678, 695 (2001) for the proposition that even aliens who have committed and been convicted of certain crimes while in the U.S. unlawfully may have due process rights with respect to travel to or from the United States. In addition, the Court ventures curiously into its own role in reviewing a President’s national security conclusions.

    Legal permanent residents, non-citizens with current valid visas, non-citizens with expired visas (which were once valid), aliens with no legal standing, aliens who have committed a crime but have not yet been deported and aliens who are not even present in the United States but seek to come are just a few of the categories the Supreme Court will need to determine what process is due, if any. It seems clear to most of us – not on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – there is no right to come to this country for non-citizens of the United States. It also seems clear judges are neither in a position, practically or jurisprudentially, to second guess national security determinations made by the Commander in Chief. There is a reason we elect the Commander in Chief and do not elect federal judges.

    For those, like Alexander Hamilton, who once or now wondered if the Judicial Branch would be too weak. Wonder no more.”

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Day before yesterday was my mother’s birthday. She’s been gone longer than she lived – she would be 93 had she lived. I still miss her. Funny how that never stops.

    This song kind of expresses how I’ve been feeling for the last couple of days.

  7. mcnorman Says:

    My grandmother used an interesting method to ensure that her economy of words was being heard clearly. She would take 4 long breaths before answering any question. She made a lot of sense. Seems that the 4 breaths gave her time to process a clear message.

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