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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why not Cesar Chavez on a Google Doodle?

Okay, I wasn't going to do this but some things are just so idiotic that they have to be addressed.  Today was Easter.  It was also March 31 which happens to be Cesar Chavez' birthday and Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in Colorado, Texas and California.  Google decided to put his picture up today as their "doodle" instead of bunnies, eggs, a cross or Jesus. This inflamed many Christians to the point of posting rants on their Facebook pages and even calling for a boycott.  Really?  Fucking really?  So some of these "good" folks would like to force us all to celebrate their little religious shindig whether we want to or not?  Is this Iran?  What the fuck are those assholes thinking?  Oh, they're not.  You don't force your religion on people.  Religion is like a penis, it's all right as long as you're not waving it around in people's faces, trying to ram it down some one's throat or taking it out at school in front of my kid.

The most dipshit thing I saw was a comment asking who the hell Cesar Chavez was and the answer that came was that he was "some Mexican working for illegal alien's rights".  How much is wrong with that answer?  Well, to begin with Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, AZ...Mexican American or, if you prefer, American.  He also served in the U.S. Navy.  He was a labor leader who helped to improve wages and conditions for farm workers, he was also a Latino American civil rights activist.  He used aggressive but nonviolent tactics.   In 1969, Chavez and members of the UFW marched through the Imperial and Coachella Valleys to the border of Mexico to protest growers' use of undocumented immigrants as strikebreakers.  So, he was quite the opposite of the description given in the uninformed answer to the question of who he was.  In the 1980's he led a boycott to stop the use of toxic pesticides on grapes.  That sounds like a damned fine thing to boycott about.  I like grapes, not so much toxic pesticides.

Cesar Chavez

So, why not recognize Cesar Chavez on his birthday?  There is a portrait of Chavez in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and the U.S. Navy named the last of its Lewis and Clark-class cargo ships after him.  There are a metric shit-ton of streets, parks, buildings and monuments named for him.  In other words, he's kind of a big deal and...he was real.  I know a certain portion of the Christian population want to try to insist that everyone celebrate their days and bow to their demands.  When that doesn't happen they tend to get all butt-hurt and start whining and bitching.  They are convinced that they are being persecuted because they aren't being allowed to persecute others and make them practice Christianity.  Isn't that one of the things that Americans hold in contempt when it concerns Middle-Eastern Countries and Muslim fanaticism?  What it comes down to is this, everyone isn't Christian, get over it.  If you want to hold onto your old superstitions and folk tales that's your business.  Don't expect me to take it, I won't.  Keep your peckers and your religion to yourself and try a little harder to not be hypocrites.  Kudos to Google for doing something different and standing firm.

And he was on a stamp.  Yeah, kind of a big deal.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I haven't abandoned you

I haven't' been very active in a while but I do have a valid reason.  I just wanted to touch base to let the few select people who may check in occasionally to see what new idiotic ideas I may have come up with know that I'm still out here.  I have been involved in a couple of long-term writing projects which are currently taking up almost all my time.  Trust me, as soon as I either have some epiphany that begs to be written about on my blog or have some good progress on my other projects, I will be back, keyboard blazing.  Until then, I will be lurking around the periphery.  Now, go out, have a drink or two and stir up some shit somewhere!  Stay tuned and thanks.

Keith Browning