I want to take a moment to thank you for standing for freedom by exercising your 1st Amendment right to free speech. Many Americans within are society are being sold a bill of goods that will lead to what the great commentator Paul Harvey spoke of in his discussion titled "From Freedom to Chains." I suggest every American search for and watch his comments on YouTube from 1965. Perhaps then they may understand what politicians are trying to sell them for their vote.
Dear The Rest of The Story:
I appreciate the appreciation! Although most of what Mongoose writes it tongue in cheek, over the top, meant to be taken lightly sarcastic nonsense, the moral of each response, is to in some small way, convince the reader to think for themselves and to exercise one’s individual freedoms we enjoy (for now). I am glad at least one reader gets it.
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Instead of explaining the video to which you're referring, I'll just drop it here. And for good measure, I'll drop another Paul Harvey video below that. Both have never been more relevant.
I recently loaned my sister $300 to get her car fixed. At least that's what she said. It's been nearly 6 months and she hasn't fixed her car and instead, just drives her boyfriend's car. With it getting close to Christmas, I could really use that money, but do I just forget it at this point?
Dear Family Bank & Rust,
I once loaned someone (who will not be named) $2 in 3rd grade, still waiting on it. He said he needed it for the field trip to Mammoth Cave that day and I watched that sucker buy 3 souvenirs from the gift shop. I don’t know your sister but it sounds like her and the $2 bandit are a lot alike. I wouldn’t count on getting your money back and I sure as heck wouldn’t buy her a Christmas present this year. You could get her a card though, “Merry Christmas! I didn’t get you anything because you owe me $300. Love, Your Favorite Family Banker."
I have a compromised immune system and I have been wearing a mask pretty much everywhere except my own house during the pandemic. I attend a local church but only about half the congregation wear masks. Because of this I don't feel safe there. How can people pretend to even respect my wishes and my health if they won't wear a mask?
Dear Safe Space,
This may come as a shock to some but I will attempt to answer this question without interjecting humor, sarcasm or belittlement because this has become a serious situation that I’ve personally experienced. Not as much the effects of this virus but the division that’s been created by people’s reaction to it.
A short answer is this: Respect goes both ways. You're asking for respect by them wearing a mask against their wishes, when you are not giving them the same respect by giving them room to act on their own wishes.
But here's the long answer, (and probably the one that won't be disliked as much--maybe)
I am a married man, I love my wife, we agree on most things but not everything. I have an obligation to her and trust her with my life. I made her a promise that I would be with her through thick and thin, even if we didn’t agree on everything. There are things I’m sure we both do that the other wishes we didn’t, we’ve learned to get past those things, had we not learned we would most likely not be married. The biggest reason I am able to get past our disagreements is because I know she would never purposely put me in a situation to harm me or try to harm me in any way herself. These differences are just that, differences. We both have the choice to dwell on these differences or learn to live with them and look at all the common ground we have.
I can already hear someone say that “she doesn’t put your life in danger like someone not wearing a mask does”, and if you’ll give me a second I’ll get around to that.
In any relationship, be it a marriage or perhaps being a member of a church, there are boundaries. There are things we all deem acceptable or unacceptable, some are tolerable some are deal breakers.
Let’s say I was married to someone who started abusing drugs and would not stop or even try, I would not be able to overlook this, she’d be gone. Now let’s say I was married to someone who started smoking, I for one can’t stand it, its not healthy but I want to think I’d be able to tolerate it rather than getting divorced. Both examples I’ve given could be life threatening to her or me. If I were faced with these situations I would first have to take into consideration a few other things. I made a promise, not just to her but God Himself, for better or worse. Secondly, does the good outweigh the bad? Finally, will we be better off without each other?
I assume you see where I’m going with this. I can’t even get my wife of many years to agree with me 100% of the time and she’s just one person, but we do agree on the important things. You will never get an entire church congregation to agree on everything all the time but if you are a member at said church you must agree on the important stuff. Remember the 3 things, did you make a promise, does the good outweigh the bad, will you be better off without church and will the church be better off without you?
There is no right or wrong answer, every individual has to do what they feel is right for themselves. I can say this with 100% certainty, if you skip church because a few aren’t wearing masks and go to Wal-Mart on Sunday morning instead you probably need to go a lot higher up the ladder than Mongoose for answers.
Dang, almost made it without being snarky…
I read you have kids and assume they are not in school. How do you feel they are doing and do you think they will ever recover?
If I were a lawyer I would object because you just asked a “leading question”. I’m not a lawyer though and after reading your question my guess is you and I both feel the same way about virtual learning therefore I will not object.
***WARNING***THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS OPINION AND IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***
Picture this, a large private meeting room with a conference table stretched out in the middle. On one side of the table is a man in a suit with a crooked smile and 90s frat-boy hair, looking like he just spent the last of his daddy’s money on a new convertible Mazda Miata and can’t wait to tell you about his new business venture that is not a pyramid scheme but is actually multi-level marketing and the product will make you feel 10 years younger for just $19.95/month. Now, on the other side are about 42,000, mostly women with pitchforks and signs that say, “Matt Bevin Stinks”, “Where’s MY Pension?” and similar messages.
Preppy boy and his sidekick, speak to the picketers in English and sign language, “Have I got a deal for you, imagine instead of going to a germ infested school 5 days a week and answering a million questions from snot nose kids, how bout sending them a few videos or links, let them email you the questions and cut out all the silly discussions? On top of that, I’ll keep paying you and show those pesky parents how hard your job really is because they’ll be teaching their own kids now!” “After all, we’re all in this together, say it with me!” All preppy boy needed was a bout 42,000 votes and he’d waive the $19.95/month.
The picketers loved this plan, they even convinced their friends and families to vote too, the rest is history except for who was missing from the board room. Outside the room were kids of all ages, all colors, all economic backgrounds banging on the door. Begging to be taught. Some don’t have internet, some don’t have anyone to watch them while their parents are at work, some, who only used to get beat by daddy after he got home from work now get beat all day, every day because they’re stuck home with daddy --all day. A few of the kids had special needs and teachers they looked forward to seeing every day, who were specially trained to give them the only 5-6 hours of comfort they would get all day, they knew they’d now miss out on that. Some only tried in school because they played sports, bad grades = no sports-- now no sports = who cares.
The first few weeks were rocky, it was unknown territory for the picketers and the kids, they were told it would be over soon, two weeks to slow the spread. Even the kids didn’t mind it at first, it was like a big snowstorm had given the a mini-vacation. Two weeks turned into months, the kids were slipping, they’d forgotten how to interact with others, they were tired of not going anywhere, some looked to drugs, some contemplated suicide, some unfortunately were successful. The picketers even began to miss the kids, some of them did anyway. Kids had new best friends, one named Google, another Photo Math along with Snapchat and Tik Tok. Parents were struggling too, they saw the decline, they didn’t know how to teach, they could teach their boy how to drive a nail or make car parts but had no idea what a past participle was. Preppy boy and sign girl never waivered, still echoing the same empty slogan when in reality no one is in this together except for politicians and pharmaceutical companies.
The United States is one of only a few countries in the entire world to shut schools down. How many times have we been told children are our future, knowledge is power, thank a teacher and all that feel good slogan crap the King spouts every day at 4:00. My own kids have had a few breakdowns themselves, they miss their friends, they miss leaving the house every day, I dare say they miss learning. Once driven, straight A students with good individual problem solving skills, now after their new teachers Mom and Dad lose their patience have become grade A Googlers.
Everyone has their own opinion, I get paid to give mine, the cure cannot be worse than the disease. People are dying, I know this, the innumerable casualty that will have as great of a future impact than the loss of life will be the lost generation of children. Thanks Andy, we ain’t in this together, and I know thousands of parents who know at least a little bit of sign language and they'd love to send you that message--you'll probably understand it without an interpreter.
I heard on the radio this morning that one of the vaccines is shipping today and people should be able to begin getting vaccinated as early as this week. The big question is, are you going to take it?
There are some things that should be kept between you and your doctor I’ve been told, after all its my body my choice right? Whatever, to answer your question, No, I will not be taking the vaccine. I will not be taking the vaccine even after I am unable to buy, sell, or trade without the mark the vaccine leaves in my forehead or hand either.
I do not consider myself an anti-vaxxer, I have taken the required vaccines in order to attend public school, my children have as well. I do consider myself to be a skeptic and a numbers-driven person when it comes to decision making. Consider this; research on the polio vaccine began in the 1930’s and in 1953 the first recognized, successful vaccine was released. I understand there has been a vast amount of scientific development since the 50’s but I care nothing about being a lab rat for a treatment for a virus that we’ve been told has only been around for 10-12 months. 23 years vs 10 months is a lot of difference to chalk up to scientific development.
Besides, if you get vaccinated and it works, why would you care if I get it or don’t get it? You shouldn’t get it because you’ve been vaccinated, got it?
A couple months ago, my wife went to a salon to get her hair and eyebrows done and I didn't know getting your eyebrows done was a thing. She came home looking like Groucho Marx and it's about stupid looking. Is there any way I can say something without getting thrown out of the house?
Dear Silent Movie,
My friend if I could answer this question there would be peace on earth, hunger and poverty would be eliminated, dogs and cats would live together in harmony and the Beatles would still be making music. Do you have kids? If you have kids that are under the age of 13 you won’t have to say a word, I put money on one of your kids saying something to her before the week is up. Kids are brutally honest and at that age don’t run the risk of getting kicked out of the house. The kicker is as soon as one mentions the caterpillar crawling along her forehead you will be asked to do one of two things or both, “Aren’t you going to say something to little miss or mister?” or worse yet, “What’s wrong with my eyebrows, I bet your dad thinks they look good, right dad?” My advice is to try this, act like you’re disappointed in something, along with being a bit stressed, enough that she asks you what’s wrong. When she does, tell her you had no idea she was getting her eyebrows done and now you have no idea what to get her for Christmas because the spa day/eyebrow wax you had scheduled for next week will be a waste of time. Then tell her how the place you booked is supposed to be the best at whatever she didn’t get done and there are no refunds but at least she can get whatever she didn’t get done—done but while she’s there and since its paid for she might as well get the full meal deal. Just don’t forget to book it BEFORE this conversation and warn the eyebrow lady!
I can’t believe we didn’t get to read about the meltdown I’m sure you had when Trump lost. You come out of hiding or therapy yet?
It amazes me how well some people can predict the reaction, thoughts, opinions of someone they’ve never met, someone who is not even a real person, per se, but an online personality who writes opinions that are sometimes not even shared by the actual human being behind the keyboard.
I’ll start by letting you in on some personal insight from the actual person writing this response. I don’t like Donald J Trump, I do not own any Trump memorabilia, I have never ridden on the Trump train, I didn’t even like him in that scene from Home Alone. I did vote for him in 2020 and also voted for him last time too. I will also mention this, I have never sought therapy for any reason and especially over an election.
When human beings put all their faith, hope and trust in one other human being, they tend to stop thinking for themselves. Donald J Trump is a man, he was not heaven sent, he is flawed, he does not play 3D chess or walk on water but he was a better choice than Hillary and Joe.
I might feel differently six months from now when Kamala is president but as for now I still get up every morning, go to work, help my kids with “virtually learning nothing” when I get home and continue to stock up on ammo, wood, fuel, canned goods, shares of Amazon, and solar panels. I haven’t lost one minute of sleep over it and probably won’t until the bread lines get too long.
Do you know the feeling you get when you finally make it home after a long, hard day at work, sit down on the couch, kick your shoes off, exhale and lean back only go get bombarded by your kids with 4,011 questions, requests and demands? Let me just say this, after King Andy’s latest mandates, the kids (Edmonson Voice readers) have bombarded me with questions, requests and demands that nearly crashed my email server and gave me a new appreciation of my own children and their comparable graciousness and patience.
The number one question on everyone’s mind is, “Mongoose, what do you think about the mask mandate?” So instead of responding to countless individuals individually, I felt its easier to hit Reply All and settle the minds of the masses in this form.
Coke or Pepsi, Ford or Chevy, Republican or Democrat, Apple or Android, mask or no mask, as Americans, we tend to be constantly divided between two choices. It is upon rare occasion in which we have a third category to choose from and oftentimes aren’t given the choice and are forced into Pepsi for instance, because they don’t have RC. Americans, for the most part, love freedom, choices, and the freedom to choose an option that isn’t even on the menu. When we are not given options, we sometimes feel like a stray dog that’s been backed into a corner and if you take one more step we gonna bite you.
So enter Governor Andy Beshear... Andy gets dolled up and camera-ready every day to deliver the most up-to-date (and now known to be fraudulent) "Rona" numbers to people that just spent two hours watching morning and game shows, four straight hours watching soap operas, and two more hours watching QVC. The sad part is, the soap operas are probably the most honest thing they've seen all day. Andy speaks to his audience like Judge Judy scolds the wayward poodle owner who didn’t clean up after Fi-Fi doodied on the neighbor's porch. Meanwhile, model citizen Karen swallows every word that Andy, in his own brand of condescension, dictates. Never attempting to taste it, gulping it down, believing every word with the same blind faith teachers have, that they’ll have a pension rivaling that of Warren Buffett. This same audience hanging on every word is most likely to be of the same who berates someone without a mask at the grocery store, posting about it on Fakebook, Instagag, Snapshot, Tweeter, and with Andy-like condescension and disdain for anyone who dare question anything that the Emperor decrees.
I don’t know Andy Beshear personally, have never been within 2 miles of him to my knowledge, but I do know politicians --and I know others that believe everything this side says and disagrees with everything the other side says. I will admit I am generalizing, stereotypical, assumptive-- whatever you wish to call it-- but I truly believe Andy and his followers' passion for mandated masks is not fueled by the desire to keep everyone healthy. It is because Andy and his followers believe those that question anything they deem necessary are too stupid to make their own decisions. They are the same group of people that mandate warning labels on coffee so we dummies know its hot, the same group that argues that backyard BBQs spread coronavirus--and not yelling, screaming, spitting protesters-- and we all know you can’t catch the virus at the liquor store, but church is worse than a Chinese wet market that specializes in bats.
My advice to Andy and his disciples is this; stop treating everyone like they are stupid, we all know stupid people, but very few of us think we are them. If you truly worry about our health and safety, lets discuss it with open minds, we both may learn something and might even be able to help each other stay safe. Andy keeps saying, “keep politics out of this”, I keep saying, “don’t be a hypocrite and follow the law”, lead by example, if you want everyone wearing a mask I better never see you without one, I also want to hear you condemn rioters with the same disgust you condemn revival goers, if you want to criticize the Attorney General for suing you don’t give him something to sue you for and go back in time and un-sue Bevin if you think the Governor has that much authority.
Now, to specifically answer the question, ‘What does Mongoose think of the mask mandate?’, wear one if you want, stay away from big crowds if you want, get sick if you want, don’t ask me to pay for you getting sick and don’t TELL me I have to wear a mask, don’t TELL me I have to wear a seatbelt or a helmet, let me make my own decisions. I don’t wear a mask but I also don’t go near large crowds or reuse tissues or lick toilet seats. I’ve made it this far in life, undoubtedly coming in close contact with things far more dangerous and deadly than the Covid. I do wear my seatbelt and a helmet though, if that matters to anyone.
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