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One year later, still acting stupid.

One year later, still acting stupid.

I only collected these memes, I did not create any of them. -M

11/13/2016

This a protest to anti-(whatever) marginalizing the atrocities of murdering six million human beings. Stop using one of the most heinous and painful less-than-human world experiences as a meme for your pissy-pants disagreements. It’s overdone and insulting, not to mention insensitive.

Please read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and STOP insulting us and every survivor already. You won’t be heard because everyone is doing it for everything. It is becoming noise, and that is disgusting. History WILL repeat itself if it is relegated to a cartoon.

Be honest. Are each one of these examples truly the murderers of millions? Really?

If you disagree — groovy. Be logical and adult about it. I can handle it, and anyone fit to vote should be able to, also. You will NEVER change hearts or minds by being ridiculous, judgmental, sales-ey, silly, or crass. Really.

No. Really.

If anything, this last election should prove it.

I posted this on Nov. 13, 2016. Sadly, the people I was speaking to didn’t “get” it. They still don’t. Instead, they called me an apologist. A freaking Nazi apologist! Fuck that, and fuck them. They are the ones who made the Holocaust a damn meme. They are the ones spewing hate, lies, and names to the point that anything they say is met with just an eyeroll.

Back then, I did not know who/what Antifa was. I do now. I’m calling them out. You’re nothing but fascist, racist, hateful, violent thugs pretending to be relevant. You’re not.

You embrace Socialism — you know, that ideology that KILLED >TEN TIMES MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE THAN NAZIS! Oh, wait, silly me — Nazis actually are Socialists, too…but I digress…

This is your great utopia? This is what you want to do to the world?

Trump isn’t a Nazi. He’s not Socialist, either. He’s not your problem — YOU are. Who got him elected? It wasn’t Russia, racists, or the boogeyman. Look in the mirror, booby. Stop with the “REEEEEE!” already. How about you all do something CONSTRUCTIVE for a freaking change — like ENDING ACTUAL SLAVERY that is going on now. Quit whining about your first-world problems and bullying anyone who disagrees with you and be useful adults instead of petulant children.

It’s not a race thing. It’s a brain thing.

Josiah Prise

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Josiah Prise

When inviting guests onto this show, I send out an informational form for them to fill out that includes how to pronounce their name phonetically. Our next guest literally has a “sigh” in the middle of his name. It certainly fits. When I first met Josiah, it was when he came as a guest to the Las Vegas Improvisational Players workshop. All the women were thrilled to have a young, good-looking long-hair join the troupe, and both the men and women were even happier to learn that he is more than a pretty face. Josiah enhanced our humble troupe with his humor, quick thinking, and musical talents. We have since performed together several times – that is, when he is not getting paid to fly off to exotic places most of us only dream of. Josiah is a man of mystery and intrigue, yet he’s still a down-to-earth sweetheart who is easy and fun to work with. I’m proud to welcome today’s guest: dating coach, public speaker, world traveler, and friend, Josiah Prise.

Defining moments – Dog Abby

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Defining moments – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

When I was in high school, I got busted for shoplifting at the Piggly Wiggly. I know it wasn’t a big deal, but I still felt really guilty about it. I promised the manager I would never do it again, and he was nice enough to let the matter drop without filing charges or calling my parents. I have never done anything like that again.

I just graduated college, and just found a local position with great benefits. Unfortunately, it’s at the same grocery store company I shoplifted from years ago. I am not really sure what to do — is this something I should still feel guilty about? Should I apply for the job at all?

Angtsy in Andersonville

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Angtsy,

When I was a puppy, I used to chew on my mom’s slippers. Mom was mad, but she was also nice and taught me what things I should chew instead, so I never chewed shoes or slippers again. I have done other silly things throughout my life, but I have always been Abby. Mom never calls me Abby the Slipper Chewer, Abby the Carpet Wizzer, Abby the Toilet Drinker, or any such things. In mom’s book, Get Over it and Get Started, she says that the past may shape you, but it does not define you.

In other words, I have not been identified with silly things I did when I was younger and did not know any better. Most people call me Good Girl, Smart Dog, Great Fetcher, Sweetie, and other things that I am now. It’s the same with you, and those things you call yourself? That is your choice, too.

The nice man at the grocery store could have been very mad, but he saw that you wanted to make it right. You took that chance and became a better person. Mom read your letter, and she says she is willing to bet that if you were to run into that same store manager, he would laugh about it more than anything, and he would be proud of the person you have become. In other words, don’t let such a minor thing control your potential success. You are not a victim, you are the one in charge of who you are and who you will become. Good luck on getting the job; I know you will retrieve it!

Love,

Abby

Social anxiety – Dog Abby

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Social anxiety – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I have been a member of a local fraternal lodge for several years. I was approached last week about running for president of the lodge. I have never been the leader of anything before, as I suffer from social anxiety. But I’m flattered and know I would do a good job if elected. What do you recommend I do to attack my anxiety?

Nervous in Needles

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Nervous,

Social anxiety has become more and more common, and mom says it has a lot to do with the interweb. I don’t like spiders much, either, but I can’t see how they would make you feel more frightened to go out and meet people. Spiders don’t like people, so you’re safe there. Maybe you should just stay away from the interwebs and go out to meet more people so you aren’t afraid.

Mom and I wrote a book about networking, and we’re working on one about making friends. Mom says it helps to know that everyone is on your side and that most people share the same fears, so you’re all in it together. She says to focus on the inclusion and the sameness, which I understand. I hang out with my cats because they like me, and I have a way of finding people who like dogs, too. If I approach someone who does not like dogs, then I find out right away and I know to stay away from them. It has nothing to do with me, so it doesn’t bother me — even though I am sad that the person is missing out on being friends with me, but I’m only sad for a little while because there are plenty of others who are my friends!

It sounds to me like these people are definitely dog people; I mean they like you and trust you enough to ask you to be the president. That’s really neat! Since they believe you will do a good job, and you say you will do a good job, then you will be an amazing president. Just get out there and be friendly.

Don’t take what’s not offered – Dog Abby

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Don’t take what’s not offered – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

Recently I was at a friend’s house, and we were enjoying a cup of coffee and chatting like normal. I don’t know where it came from, but all of a sudden she said something that I found insulting and insensitive. She swears that she did not mean it that way, but I can’t let it go. Should I break off our friendship? How do I get her to understand how hurt I am?

Dissed in Deschutes

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Dissed,

Mom always brags about what a good dog I am because she can leave a plate of food sitting out — even something really yummy like steak or cheese — and I will not touch it, even if she leaves the room. I know that I should not take something that is not mine, and I learned to respect mom’s plate. Mom is always very generous and I have never gone hungry even for a day. I trust her and respect her, so I do not take things from the table even if I can reach it easily, and even if it smells really good.

Mom says that offense is something that can be taken even if it is not given. If you take something that is not offered, then that is stealing, and stealing is not nice. Why would you take — and keep — offense if your friend did not offer it to you? If she says that she did not mean it that way, then why would you call her a liar? If I were your friend, I would feel more offended that you thought so little of me. I would not trust you because you are mean.

Your letter sounds like you want me to give you advice on how to tell your friend they were bad, when it is you who is taking something without being offered and then wanting to smack your friend on the nose with your feelings, even though she did not give them to you. Maybe you should practice being a better friend.

With love,

Abby

The gaze of dog – Dog Abby

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The gaze of dog – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My daughter Megan turned 10 yesterday, and my husband Rob and I planned a party at her favorite pizza place. On the morning of her birthday, Rob got called in to work for an emergency project. This happens a lot at his job. He assured me he would be at the restaurant in time for the party, so we moved forward with it rather than postpone. 30 minutes before the party started, he called and told us that he would be working late to meet the deadline, and couldn’t make the party. He apologized profusely, but my daughter was devastated. She put on a brave face for her friends and tried her best to enjoy the party. Abby, I’m mad enough to spit nails. His work always seems to get in the way of these life events, and I am afraid he will eventually wind up alienating Meg. I’m not in a speaking mood right now, but when I am, how do you suggest I handle this?

Tired of it in Tacoma

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Tired,

As a dog, I want to give a very simple answer to this question, but mom found something really cool that I want to share as part of it. Some people believe that we dogs get super excited when you come home because we are just excitable or we were bored. The truth is that we get really excited when our people come home because we LOVE them. A recent study done at Azabu University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Sagamihara, Japan proved that dogs get a spike of the same hormone — oxytocin — as humans when they are bonding. This oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone” because it is what increases when humans hug, kiss, and do other lovey-dovey things. It is also the hormone that surges when a mother gazes into her baby’s eyes — and now they proved that it happens when I gaze into my mom’s eyes. Cool, huh? They say that this bonding is fundamental to civilization and that no one would ever be able to build trust or care for others without it.

The thing is, you have to be present to win.

I am sorry to hear that Megan’s dad does not understand what is most important in this world. I understand how important work is and that humans sometimes believe that it is more important than anything else — but what are they working for? When I fetch the paper or tell mom the mailman is here, I do it because I like my job and I want to help the family. But, I would never put any of those things above just being with my mom, dad, and cats. If I could not find a way to do both, I would find another way to help the family so I could be there for them when they need me. Another thing that really helps is that my family tells me often how much they appreciate both what I do and when I am with them. Make sure you tell Rob this, too.

Maybe you can show him this letter to remind him. If there is one thing we dogs get right, it is prioritizing our time to be there for the ones we love.

Gazing in your eyes with true love,

Abby

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A Harvey Weinstein rant

A Harvey Weinstein rant

There is a status now going around Facebook that reads,

“If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

No.

I don’t give a shit about “demonstrating the magnitude.” I want change. Change does not happen when people hide, lie, and cover up for others committing crimes. Change does not occur when all you do is whine about what happened to you. Change ONLY occurs when you grow a freaking spine and take responsibility for your actions — or in this case, inactions. Change will only occur when you STOP ALLOWING them to get away with it.

The “me-too”ism attitude is what is keeping this a problem. Oh, you want attention NOW? Too late, booby. What in the hell do you want NOW? Oh, you want to be part of the field of victims. Good job.  Welcome to victimhood, you poor little baby. Where were you when the person who harmed you went out and created more victims because you basically told them it was OK? Your “I won’t step up or speak out because I’m afraid or I need to feel 100% protected or I might lose some income” or whatever else LAME, LAZY excuse you come up with, makes you as much a part of the problem as the perpetrators. Because of you MORE women were raped. Because of you MORE rapists walked free. Because of you, more rapists were created because it was demonstrably OK. You didn’t just allow it, you ENDORSED it. Your silence PROLIFERATED it!

And for those opportunistic, hypocritical cunts who continue to virtue-signal after accepting hush money from the very offenders they now pretend to hate — may you enjoy a special corner in hell where you are forever diddled by the likes of Hugh Hefner and Osama Bin Laden while “It’s a Small World,” plays repeatedly in your flame-covered cell. I hope you choke on your payouts.

From the Boy Scouts to the Catholic Church, to most of Hollywood, have you noticed that the mainstream media only cares when someone rich and famous is taken down by someone beautiful and every bit as famous? Or, only if it’s a BOY? Not all of us were lucky enough to be raped by someone rich and powerful or someone who represented a huge, sue-able organization. Not all of us are given trophies and millions of dollars for finally speaking out on camera years later. Not all of us could go on to make millions more and become the darlings of the public eye. Instead, we had to trudge through our lives making ends meet while being treated like a rag doll by our fathers, our brothers, our boyfriends, our spouses, or our bosses. Most of us just had to buck up, be treated like shit by anyone who disagreed, and go on with no concern, no counselling, and no justice.

We aren’t going to fix this by posting a status update on our Facebook feed. This will only stop when we stop allowing it. Instead of creating “safe places” for snowflakes who can’t handle harsh words, how about we create safe places for our children where they aren’t told that if no one says anything, it’s OK. How about we create a world where the President of the United States does not get a free pass to rape women in the White House, and we don’t even consider the possibility of his hypocritical wife bringing him back to the scene of the crime?

Oh, and let’s stop accusing those who did nothing. You are only making it worse, like the boy who cried wolf. You are ensuring that no one will listen when it does actually happen. People (and I use this term very loosely) like Zarna Joshi who cry rape when a man tells a dad joke need to be jailed for the human excrement they are. Words are not deeds.

You, of all people, want to speak out against Trump, Swinestein? You think that anyone is going to validate you or anything you have to say? You and your Hollywood cronies are only making more people proud for having voted for him and/or planning on voting for him again.

Las Vegas Strong – Dog Abby

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Las Vegas Strong – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

Something really, really bad happened and I don’t know what to do. Mommy is sad, and my big sister is crying a lot. I kind of understand it a little, but it is just too bad for me to believe. We did not have school Monday or Tuesday. When we did go back, my teacher tried to talk to us about it, and a lot of my friends are sad, too.

At church, we did not have Sunday School because my Sunday School teacher was one of the people who got dead. All us kids had to go to the big people’s church. Our pastor prayed for all of the people who died and for the bad man who did it. We lit candles and lots of people cried and hugged each other.

Abby, I am scared a lot. I don’t want my teacher to be dead. I heard Daddy tell Mommy that this bad man had friends. Are they going to come back and hurt more people? How do we stop being sad all of the time?

Bobby in Las Vegas

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Bobby,

I live very close to where the bad things happened, and I heard the scary noises. Mom stayed up all night with me and she cried a lot, too. I don’t know much about the bad man, only that he will not come back. This is a lot for a human to understand, much less a dog.

I remember when mom first brought home Max and his sister, Maggie. They were tiny kittens who had lost their kitty mom, and they cried a lot. They were scared and — because they cried a lot — I got scared for them. Mom had to feed them both with droppers, and she also had to give them medicine and clean their noses and eyes because they were both really sick. Mom would not let me help, but I would stand by the door and listen. Whenever mom was taking care of Maggie, Max would yell and yell from the crate. He did not like it that Maggie was scared and he wanted to be with her. Later, when Max was more well and he could walk around on his own, mom let me take care of him. Max liked to cuddle up to me and sit quietly next to me. It made him feel better, even when mom was giving Maggie her medicine. Maggie finally got well, too, and then she would sit with us. Just being together made them get well faster. It made us all feel safe and not scared.

I think this is what you will have to do with your mom and dad and sister. I think this is why so many people want to talk about it and be with each other. I am really sorry about your Sunday School teacher. Make sure you talk about her a lot, and if you cry, that is OK.

Mom believes that even if this bad man had friends who helped him and got away, there are more good people than bad, so we should not be afraid all of the time. Instead, we should be together and learn more about how to care for each other so that we don’t have to be afraid.

Abby, Max, and Maggie

Abby with Max and Maggie

#VegasStrong

Un-friending with purpose – Dog Abby

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Un-friending with purpose – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

It seems that no matter what I say or post on Facebook, I am always losing friends. Some people have even called me terrible names because I did not agree with them. I don’t call anyone names and I do not say mean things. The thing is, the names they call me have absolutely nothing to do with what we were talking about or who I am. I am afraid that I won’t have any friends left if this keeps up. Yet, I do not want to be silent when people are lying and making things worse. What should I do?

Lost in Translation

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Lost,

Your friends must be watching a lot of TV. Mom says she won’t even allow one in the house because of all of this foolishness.  I guess there are mean people saying mean things all over it, and on Facebook, too. I don’t post much on my Facebook page that does not involve tennis balls or swimming, but that’s just me. If someone were to call me names because I like tennis balls, then that would be just them. People are weird.

As for your friends, the real ones will remain and the rest were not your friends to begin with. I have talked about how easy it is to make friends even when you are very different and even when you disagree. I mean, my best friend is a cat! There are other cats out there that say ALL DOGS are cat-eating, smelly, evil creatures that should be shot on sight. These cats are closed minded and would never even try to be my friend. You know what? I don’t care. I would not want mean, name-calling, immature, hissy cats as friends, anyway. You shouldn’t either.

Right now, people are judging each other based on stupid, selfish, silly things like how they look or who they voted for. If these people want to be your friend, then they will have to grow up and stop being so hissy. Otherwise, you are better off without them. Both my kitties took a chance on me, and I took a chance on them. We are all better off for having gotten to know each other, even when we disagree. Max has taught me how to get extra treats, and I have taught him how to fetch the paper. See? We learn from those we listen to.

Love,

Abby

Wrong side of the pffft – Dog Abby

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Wrong side of the pffft – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I recently started dating a woman I met at church. I think I’m really falling for her, and I know she feels the same way. I recently met her parents, and it is very clear they don’t approve of me, because I came from the “wrong side of town.” I admit that I came from humble beginnings, but I have worked very hard to become a successful business owner, and I am on the cusp of “making it.” I’m afraid that they may try to influence her with their outdated way of thinking. What should I do?

Larry in Lancaster

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Lost Larry,

When mom brought the new kitten, Phrytzie, home, she did not like any of us. That’s even how she got her name – going pffffrft at each of us. She did not like me because I’m a dog. But, she did not even like the other cats! I don’t know if she thought she was better than everyone else or she was just scared of new things. It did not matter. We did not kick her out or send her away. Instead, we treated her with the same respect and kindness that we treated each other with. You know what? She came around. Now we are all one big, happy family. There are many of us dogs and cats that come from all sides of town – wrong and otherwise. This has not changed who we are or how we are loved by our new families. The only way you can change hearts and minds is through kindness. Don’t be defensive if they are judging you. They are probably just pfffffting you because they don’t know any better. Be respectful and kind, and they will come around.