12.04.2014

Q: Is There Something Worse Than a Racist?

A: Yes, there is.  

I present Exhibits 1 through 25, researched and compiled from Dictionary.com:
  1. Ape:  An imitator; mimic.  
  2. AutomatonA person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence. 
  3. BigotA person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
  4. Busybody:  A person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others. 
  5. Buttinsky:  A person who interferes in the affairs of others; meddler. 
  6. CopycatA person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another, as a child who says or does exactly the same as another child. 
  7. EchoA person who reflects or imitates another; any repetition or close imitation, as of the ideas or opinions of another. 
  8. FussbudgetA fussy or needlessly fault-finding person. 
  9. GossipA person who partakes in idle talk or rumors, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. 
  10. IgnoramusAn extremely ignorant person. 
  11. Imitator:  A person who follows or endeavors to follow as a model or example.
  12. InterloperA person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others. 
  13. Intermeddler:  A person who takes part in a matter, especially officiously; meddle.
  14. MeddlerA person who involves themselves in a matter without right or invitation; a person who interferes officiously and unwantedly.
  15. MimicA person who imitates in a servile or unthinking way; ape. 
  16. MisinformerA person who gives false or misleading information.
  17. NewsmongerA person who spreads gossip or idle talk; a gossip or gossipmonger. 
  18. Nosy ParkerA nosy, overly inquisitive person. 
  19. ParrotA person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another. 
  20. Scandalmonger:  A person who spreads scandal or gossip. 
  21. ScaremongerA person who creates or spreads alarming news. 
  22. Sensationalist:  A person who uses subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce startling impressions, or to excite and please vulgar taste.
  23. TattletaleA talebearer or informer, especially among children. 
  24. ToolA person manipulated by another for the latter's own ends; cat's-paw. 
  25. YentaA person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.

More Words to Consider:
  1. Bigotry:  Complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.
  2. PrejudiceAny preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.  
  3. RacismA belief/doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others;  
    1. Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Eve's Definition:
  • Racist: The first person who cries 'racist' when they disagree with what they hear.

In conclusion, I question: 
  • If racism is 'hatred or intolerance,' then who is the bigger racist: the person who says an unpopular comment, or the person who is intolerant and hateful toward the person who said the unpopular comment? 
  • What makes a statement racist; is it always the person making the statement who is racist, or is it ever the person passively hearing and (mis)interpreting what is being said who is the racist?
  • Why should it matter if someone says something unpopular when that is what freedom of speech is about; in other words, does everybody have to think the same?
  • And if a person makes a racist statement and nobody cries about it, will bears be able to shit in the woods in peace?
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11.26.2014

Want Peace? Stuff Your Pie Hole


Is it just me, or with the passing of Marion Barry
is anyone else tempted to make a marionberry pie?
For this first Thanksgiving in the Olympic Peninsula my pie-making skills have been called upon to work their wonders.  A suggestion was made that both a pumpkin pie and a banana cream pie be the desserts of the day and I found no good reason to argue against such a delicious idea.

So with pie on the mind and a world of humans fighting, it got me wondering: Could pie help bring peace?  As Egon would affirmatively reply: Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?



Mind you, I am not talking about world peace or a pie-bedazzled utopic dreamland where everyone gets along all the time.  As if.  I accept that, as a human and having observed humans all these years, humans are only capable of so much, and world peace is not something humankind has proven to be capable of at this juncture.  However, that is not to say that peace, in and of itself, is unattainable.  I know peace is possible in pocket-sized amounts, from my own experience; it is just that I do not expect to see peace on any grand scale, though I welcome being proven wrong.


So, while pie may not stop the unending conflicts of the world, pie may help bring peace amidst the unsettling problems that occur everyday in a household, in a relationship, in a family, in a business, or elsewhere.

Be a hero, keep the peace.

Think about it:
  • There is the peace that comes with preparing the pie, since fussing in the kitchen is more productive than fussing with a man or other family members.  
  • There is the peace that comes from inhaling the pie's scent, so that the exhale is filled with thoughts of pie instead of moot political points.  
  • There is also the peace that comes with the pie being eaten, the ceremonial stuffing of the pie hole, which can reduce incessant chatter; minus the silent sounds of mastication that overly-alert ears like mine hear.  
  • Then, if you make your pies just right, there is the pie coma, wherein the pie-maker enjoys complete silence while the noise-makers unknowingly surrender in peace, until the next round.
Granted, there are caveats to consider:
  • The peace that a pie creates may not last forever, but neither does a shower, so repeat often for best results.  
  • As well, a pie may not have the same peaceful impact on all humans, simply because that is how humans are, so proceed with caution.

What kind of pie, or other food item, do you plan to stuff into your mouth to keep the peace this Thanksgiving?

Leave a comment.


Happy cooking, eating, drinking, and passing out!


Thank You for Stuffing Your Pie Hole!

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