Getting back to my fabric shots, we now get into the food stuff.
Frankly, I’m not sure about this . . . I mean, as decorations inside a bakery, or maybe as flags outside a mall’s food court, but otherwise I see limited use for these fabrics.
I mean, what if you are walking around with a shirt made of one of these fabrics and you cross paths with people who are on a diet, or have a food addiction, or have a visual food allergy?
I saw this graphic presentation about mass killings (defined as four or more people murdered at one event).
There are a lot of interesting numbers on there. For one, the majority of killings involve family members.
Now, another interesting thing is that while the title is “mass killings” there is an inordinate amount of emphasis on the gun aspect of mass killings. And this is not the only place where that is the case.
For instance, one of the incidents in the database is the stabbing and killing of five people in Denver in 2012. Odd that . . . I don’t recall a great media furor regarding these murders.
These fabrics are all about candy . . .
I can only assume the light blue cloth has something to do with mints.
Anyway, the gist of that slideshow and many articles on the same topic only peripherally point to the various failures in the “Safety Net”. Even then, it points to a failure of “gun control”, this despite the fact that in each instance that failure is not because of a lack of gun control laws.
Oh . . . cookies . . . I can certainly get behind cookies in fabric, especially if they include the scent.
Although I imagine the scent would eventually wear off.
One other curious aspect of this excellent graphic slideshow . . . what it leaves out. It’s not difficult finding the contribution of alcohol to the killings, but it’s not even mentioned.
But, alcohol is a factor; a huge factor. Think about that . . . Federal research shows for 40% of the convicted murderers, alcohol was a factor in the murder. The percent is even higher when dealing with family members being killed.
Add that number to all the other statistics relating to alcohol, and one has to wonder why there is not a huge outcry about the use and abuse of alcohol. If you have not read my previous post on the damage inflicted by alcohol on society, read it now HERE.
Another thing missing from that graphic, and curiously so, is gang violence, and violence related to criminal activities. I’m pretty sure at least some of those are related to gang violence (you can check individual cases, but they don’t conveniently summarize that for you). And then, we have drugs other than alcohol. None of that is overtly mentioned, although one can find the information if one is interested.
Now, some people insist fruits are food . . .
. . . but my thinking on the matter is that fruits are fruits; I don’t consider them ‘food’. When I say I am hungry (not really hungry – it’s just code for “I’ve not eaten in the last 20 minutes”) Melisa says to have an apple or banana.
“Good idea,” says I.
As soon as I finish the apple or banana, my next question is “That was good. What else can I have; you know, like real food?“
Real food generally includes bread, cookies, bread, cheese, bread, some sort of meat, bread . . . you get the idea.
Now, I’ve often heard, and still hear, the argument that guns have no other purpose than to kill. Please, don’t be one of those person telling me this; I would be forced to drop you and no longer acknowledge your existence. I’m not kidding.
You see, I know people who own guns and don’t even hunt. They enjoy guns and have a healthy respect for their destructive capability, but they go through life making sure it is never directed at people or animals. That there is proof enough that there are more uses for guns than killing.
It’s also true I used to hunt. I don’t anymore, but I still own and shoot guns. I’ve killed many a paper targets in my time. At no time do I go around looking for things to kill.
BUT . . . can someone tell me what is the purpose of alcohol besides altering one’s perception of reality, lowering inhibitions, and impairing one’s judgment? Seriously, can you tell me?
Some say it is a “social lubricant” . . . one with a hefty cost to society.
Ah, someone will say, but look what happened when we tried banning it!
Good point . . . so, what you are saying is that we are willing to accept a tremendous societal cost, are reluctant to enact draconian laws, and in general agree that despite the cost, we can’t seriously consider abolishing the foul beverage.
Now, this next photo shows potential food . . .
Some I’ve had and I like, other I’ve not had and would not consider eating. Other still, I’ve had but would not eat again.
These next potential foods are considerably more difficult to obtain, and I’m of the opinion they should not be food items and should definitively not be hunted for sport.
. . . and these are just too pretty to eat . . .
Anyway, you can see the connundrom I have with guns. Sure, I can see their potential for death and destruction. The problem is that I see the same potential in cars, booze, stupidity, ignorance . . . the list goes on and on.
As an associated problem, I am very much against someone restricting my choice because some other person is either a criminal, an idiot, a drunkard, or all of the above.
It. Just. Don’t. Make. Any. Sense. To. Me.
Don’t! I mean it, DON’T!
. . . you were going to say something about civilized society and the good of the many, and something even more stupid like “think of the children!”
I might listen to that if we prosecuted gun crimes, enforced gun laws, and actually tried to do something about the illegal use of guns. But as long as someone comes up to me and says “we must ban all guns” I put them in the ‘useless’ category.
The problem is more complicated and nuanced than both sides like to admit . . . it’s easier to just throw out a soundbite. But if we want effective gun control, it would help if both sides are informed about what the problem actually is. One then finds out that it’s a lot more complicated than “getting rid of guns”.
Now, these next animals are used as food in some parts of the world, but here they are revered more than some humans. Certainly I have a higher opinion of these animals than I do of politicians. Then again, I often have a higher opinion of these animals than I have for their owners.
I’ve heard it said that one should eat their leafy greens . . . I’m assuming these don’t be them.
Me? I much prefer these fine nutritional examples . . .
This next grouping of food will do in a pich, but I’ll not go out of my way to find it.
Now, these . . .
. . . and these . . .
. . . and these . . .
. . . are all perfectly acceptable foods, both in life and in cloth.
Guns, like many subjects of discussion, are extremely polarizing. My opinion on that fact is that people with various agendas (on both sides of the discussion) have a greater interest in obfuscating the issue than in arriving at workable solutions. Until such time as gun control proponents are willing to approach the issue with sensible recommendations that take into account the concerns of gun owners, my interest in the discussion is next to nill. Zilch. Zero. Niente.
Make no mistake, I am in favor of gun control and gun control laws, much like I am in favor of laws regulating alcohol, laws regulating cars, laws regulating many aspects of our lives. But, if you are of the opinion guns should be banned from ownership, by all means, come talk to me . . . I have a long list of things I want banned; perhaps we can help each other. Things I have no use for but that other people use and result in annoyance to me as I try to go about my life.
Why, alternatively, I could pick something you like, find useful, own, enjoy, and have an interest in, and tell you that it would be best for all of society if I ban you from using, owning, or even thinking about it. Think about it; we could all ban stuff that we have no use for. What could go wrong?
But, really, when it comes to foods, I already mentioned my idea of food consists primarily of . . .
Bread, cheese, pasta . . . you just can’t go wrong with any of those.
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