It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like..

Elf…something. Just not Christmas. Where the hell has the time gone? It was Thanksgiving just yesterday and tomorrow is Christmas. Well not literally but you know what I mean. Every time I turn around it seems like another month has escaped me.

Thanksgiving this year was spent with friends and family. A special and admittedly belated thanks goes out to the Busby’s for allowing me to crash their thanksgiving meal after work. Amy outdid herself with stuffed mushrooms and artichoke while Allen deep fried a bird. A small group of us got together to share a meal. Its these times, I believe, where you can sit down with friends and family and eat together where one really appreciates what one has in life. It doesn’t take much to be happy, but when shared with those in your life it certainly rejuvenates one soul.

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That was my traditional Thanksgiving this year. Many thanks Amy and Allen. Oh and Debbie. That cranberry jello walnuts stuff was pretty damn good.

Ok that catches me up for November. Lets get to work on December. Pretty much all that comes to my mind so far in December is a simple, “WTF”

Of course Mr. Obama hauls ass to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. Expected no biggie right? Sure. No Problem. Except one little thing. Well two little things actually. Barry pisses off the wookie Michelle Obama when he grabs a selfie with the hot blond white girl ambassador or prime minister of some nordic country sitting next to him. Second was the douche bag hearing impaired interpreter that really didn’t know the first goddamn thing in sign language. 

Yes its true. During Nelson Mandela’s memorial service the gentleman who was a foot away from the podium translating famous world leaders (including Obama’s) speeches into sign language for the hearing impaired was in fact doing nothing more then waving runners home on infield triples. I am not kidding. You can’t make this shit up, he didn’t “sign” the first word in accepted sign language.

Ok thats a little weird right? Its gets better. A day or so later when the news spreads that this poor bastard doesn’t know shit, he comes out that “I am schizophrenic and was having a hallucination” to explain his rather odd behavior while attempting to translate the speeches. Finally some truth. The guy is actually schizophrenic. Yep nuttier then squirrel shit. In fact has a criminal record a mile long. Charged with rape, murder and a half a dozen other violent crimes.

I have been thinking how crazy is this poor bastard and the situation he gotten himself into? What possibly could be said or done to take the spot light off this guy and be even more ridiculous then this buffoon on a national stage next to world leaders essentially playing retarded patty cakes?

Well you guessed it. Our secret service puts our fucking President within two feet of this guy! Don’t get me wrong. Mr. Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Sir Isaac Fucking Newton. However I do not want to see our President next to some African nut job on the worlds stage attacked and hacked to pieces with a machete. Where the fuck was the secret service on this one? Oh I know. Probably with the NSA watching all the fucking porn I am surfing. Go USA. America #1!!

pissedAnd when you think Mr Obama can’t plunge us into anymore of a bizarro world, I believe he stroked off Raul Castro somewhere exit stage left. To think all Michelle Obama the wookie cared about was when she was overheard saying “dis nigga best stay away from those honkey bitches with his selfie picture taking ass”.

Changing gears a bit.

Lately in the news I have been hearing a lot about this musical act or this artist canceling shows at Sea World.

I guess Sea World in Orlando from time to time has musical concerts at the theme park. I don’t associate Sea World with national musical acts but I guess its a thing now. Hey all the power to them I guess. Its a free world after all.

Anyway as it turns out these musical acts and artists are canceling shows at Sea World because of a recent documentary concerning Sea World and their Orca whales. The name of the movie is titled “BlackFish”. I found it on Netflix this weekend and watched it. Its also on Apple TV and probably most video on demand pay per views with most regional cable tv providers.

I would suggest anyone to watch this movie. Like most documentary movies you have to take it all with a grain of salt and understand the writers, directors, producers have a certain agenda. You have to watch with an open mind, separate fact from opinion and conclude your own position.

All that being said, again I say watch the movie. It may open your eyes to something I can safely assume most of us have ignored or blindly accepted.

Most of you know I live in Florida. Most of you live here too. For those of you who live out of state, or in another country, Sea World is in my back yard. You know it as a Disney like attraction in Orlando. It is. Its a company out to make money. They do. I have grown up around the ocean. I kill and eat the animals I have harvested from the ocean. Generally speaking I think I have been a good steward of the environment. Never take what I can’t eat on the sea or land. Never needlessly be cruel to animals domestic or wild.

I have been to Sea World more then a half dozen times in my life. I know the Sea World company line. “We are here to show, teach, learn about the animals of the oceans”. You hear and see it on the news and TV. Sea World is no different then a zoo, whats the big deal? Right?

What Sea World knows and does to the Orcas (killer whales) is appalling and disgraceful. I can remember going to Sea World as a small child. Shamu the killer whale was the main attraction at the time. The original Shamu is long gone. Now its a whale named Tilikum.

What Sea World doesn’t tell you or the trainers at the time is pretty astonishing. You know trainers that used to swim and run the shows with the whales at Sea World whom by the way are NOT marine biologists with advanced degrees, nope just good swimmers ,is that Tilikum has killed as of today three people while in captivity.

You see every other marine biologist or zoological expert that knows anything about Orcas in the wild will tell you that Orcas do not thrive in captivity. Since Sea World has been banned in pretty much all the states in this nation where Orcas exist and in other nations from taking Orcas from the wild they have been using Tilikum as the head of their in house breeding program. Yep they stud him out and he has sired more then twenty killer whales in captivity with about eleven surviving today.

So whats the problem Brock? They are making their own killer whales now and not taking anything from the wild. That would be ok but heres the only problem. Tilikum as been in captivity for so long and is so emotionally screwed up what you see as a killer whale is not at all what a killer whale in the wild is actually like.

Look at it like this. Imagine if you will that from today forward the only way to extend the human race was to be artificially inseminated with cum from Charles Manson.

Tilikum killed his first trainer twenty something years ago while in a Sea Land park in British Columbia. From there Sea World brought him to Orlando where he killed a civilian (whom sea world claimed stayed in park over night and snuck in to the tank to swim with Tilikum) around the year 2000. Then again around 2009 you probably remember the news when Tilikum grabbed the female trainer and killed her in front of a crowd.

TilikumHere’s  some more facts Sea World will not tell you. Orcas in the wild live about as long as humans. 70+ years. In captivity about 35 years.  Notice the dorsal fin curled over in the picture of Tilikum? No killer whale ever observed in the wild has shown this dorsal fin curled over. Only in captivity does this happen to killer whales and its a sign of mental distress. Killer whales in captivity regularly bite and attack each other. Killer whales in the wild seldom do this. Killer whales in the wild mate and the offspring stay with the mother forever and live in autonomous pods for life with their own specific language. There is no recorded event in history of a killer whale in the wild killing a human. Only whales in captivity have ever killed a human.

What is this rant about Brock? I don’t even know that this is a rant. Merely a discussion and factual talk about what Sea World and other animal entertainment like organizations claim they are providing for scientific research and the reality of the almighty dollar.

I am a capitalist. Make money if you can make money. Even use a captured animal from the wild if you want to. Go for it. Wrestle alligators. Charm deadly snakes. Stick your head in a lions open mouth. Knock yourself out. Where I have a problem is the world of bullshit you use to misinform people with to gain acceptance and justify the inhumane and shitty treatment of the animals to the extent of deadly attacks on the staff and general danger to the public.

If I choose to go to a circus in town and see the animals and a pissed off elephant goes crazy and tramples me and my kid to death then so be it. I know the circus is bullshit and mistreat animals and its my choice. Im informed and I accepted the risk. If i am attacked and killed I should get nothing. If I choose not to go to the circus and give them my money then the circus gets nothing. All is fair and everyone is equally informed. See how that works? Pretty simple right?

Sea World will have you believe what they are doing with the Orcas, Dolphins, Manatees, Sea Lions, Polar Bears, and every other damn thing they have swimming in a tank is for science, and the betterment of human kind from the understanding of our environment. That is clearly a load of fat bullshit. Its about making money through the exploitation of wild animals. I think they have a right to do it and you have a right to choose to spend your money going to see it. However, in your freedom, do it with honesty and be informed. Sure you will see beautiful and intelligent animals. Just know that it is nothing at all what those animals do or represent in the wild.

Alright I have rambled along enough. Lets try and wrap this bitch up and make some sense. Easy. Everything in life is like this. This isn’t just Sea World and Killer whales. Its also Walmart and cheap shoes. Its Obamacare. Its religion. Its taxes. Don’t blindly accept the picture on the outside and what you can easily see. Don’t let anyone do the thinking for you. Be honest look for the truth and then decide.

Let ‘er rip tater chips.

2 thoughts on “It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like..

  1. Hey Brock – Merry Christmas! Although I love pretty much all of your posts, this one happens to be very near and dear to my heart. As you say, we all have a choice and I am not trying to sway anyone’s opinion (as if I could anyway) but will share my thoughts and experience. The animals people put on their plates every day for food would probably trade places with the Orca’s in a heartbeat. What you see on TV is not reality at all. There is no Bessie the cow happily grazing in the pasture waiting to be milked in person and individually by her own personal farmer. There are no bulls in the pasture making goo goo eyes at the pretty heifers on the other side of the fence. I originally adopted a plant based diet for health reasons – I say plant based rather than vegan because vegetables pretty much disgust me. But I digress. Rather than rant – and believe me I could – I would like to also recommend another movie called Vegeucated (spelling may be off – I lost my Netflix) that is also quite the eye opener. As I became more educated about what I was putting in my mouth, I began to care about the living conditions of the factory farm animals as well. And if you don’t care a flying fuck about the animals, then perhaps you’d like to know the truth about that juicy steak or (THE ABSOLUTE WORST) that nice little box of chicken nuggets you picked up for your kid at Mickey D’s. And -ala Forrest Gump- that’s all I have to say about that. Wait – no it’s not. I fully approve of (and would even eat) animals that are hunted in the wild and caught in the ocean. That’s the way it should be. Bet some folks would lose some weight that way!
    As for the issue you began with – there was a seriously mentally ill individual on the podium making bizarre statements that were also untrue and meaningless. And then there was the sign language interpreter. Have also seen on the news (channel surfing of course) that South Africa and the Secret Service are pointing fingers at each other saying that the other one was supposed to be responsible for security. I know – it’s hard to believe our government would point fingers at anybody and accuse them of doing anything they themselves should be responsible for, but it seems to be true! If (maybe WHEN) they come to pick me up and haul me off for not paying my taxes for their lunch money and saying shit like this both on the phone and the internet, I’ll claim mental illness too. Maybe “affluenza” would work too but I sure as hell don’t qualify for that! Good to hear from you again.

  2. Merry Christmas to you Diane and good to hear from you as well.

    I know what you’re saying about the factory farms regarding meat in this county. I have also read up extensively on that subject and here is why I choose to turn not so much a blind eye but more of a “callus cautionary shoulder” to the topic.

    Cows, pigs and chickens, at least in this country are for the most part pretty much man made, drugged, genetically altered, grown and harvested for simple food supply staples. It all tastes like shit, is cheap, loaded with antibiotic this and that and nothing at all like a naturally occurring cow, chicken, pig in nature. At least not as those animals original examples many years ago.

    Do I eat the shit? Yes I do. Should I eat the shit? Probably not, and like you I have given serious thoughts to plant based diets. I am of European ancestry with A+ blood. My forefathers and cave people ate grass and nuts. If I was smart I would probably commit to it. I know health wise it would benefit me, and I know I’d probably generally feel better. But, these days I try and stay active with work and home and frankly I like a nice piece of meat from time to time. Would I grow it and kill it myself. Sure I would. In fact a close friend of mine has been raising a cow for that exact purpose now and I have regularly reminded him I’ll happily slaughter the animal for him in trade for a brisket and some ground beef. He says ok, so I am happy. This is a special circumstance and I know its just nowhere near economically feasible to do this all the time. A single guy, a town, a state, or a geographical region just can’t compete with a Cargill or Tyson with 20 million cows or pigs a year and $6.99 a pound NY Strips or Porter Houses.

    It is what it is and people in this nation want cheap fast and easy meat without seeing how it actually gets to the plate. So we get it with factory farming. Is the picture of factory farming nice? Generally no. Are the animals treated humanely? I don’t know. How do you humanely treat a feed lot with 200,000 head of cattle humanely? You do the best you can but in the end the gears have to turn or I should say the meat grinder has to turn and things have to get done. It probably doesn’t look nice in some cases.

    Furthermore as I said before these animals are specifically bred at this point for the food supply nothing else. They weren’t naturally born in the wild with an expectation of a peaceful life then unexpectedly plucked from their natural habitats and made to swim in a tank 500 times too small and bounce sweetheart swimming Barbie in the pool for a sardine treat three times a day.

    In my minds eye and why I don’t lose a lot of sleep about the topic and factory farming and meat production is pretty simple. Cargill and Tyson as compared to say Sea World, don’t try and bullshit the people eating its hamburger by creating Porter House and Black Angus theme parks with the cows doing tricks in a pen and mooing on command for a fucking handful of hay. Only later to deny and cover up the true facts when the cow gets so pissed off from years of skullduggery torture and stampedes the handlers to death.

    Factory farming, breeds the cows, fattens the cows, kills the cows, grinds the cows into hamburger as fast as they can. Nothing more, noting less. Is it humane? I won’t say I don’t know. I know what the real answer is. In a contextual manner, its probably as humane as can be expected at that level. If I pulled off he side of a road next to a corporate feed lot or chicken shed and saw things for myself I’d probably swallow hard and second guess for a second or two but then I’d climb my fat ass back into the truck and order a double double animal style from the first In-N-Out I came across.

    Hey I am a scumbag about certain things, but goddamn it I come by honestly. 😉

    Enjoy the holidays if I don’t talk to you before then.

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