The Inactive Activist

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Intelligent Conversation

Posted by Jimi Cutting on June 22, 2013

Over the last six months I have learned the simple fact that education plays no factor into how well someone can carry on a conversation–no matter where it might tangent off to.  From the psych ward, to the shelter and even to the halls of AA I have encountered some very diverse people who, while not educated, are very intelligent and have provided me with some deep insight into various topics.  For those just learning I spent time on the psych ward, sorry it had to be put forth in this manner…  eh, no I am not.  Hehe

A lot has changed about me since December, I can clearly see that in a lot of ways I am not the same person that I was back then, some changes are for the good and some are for the bad, however, overall they are the changes I have gone through and like evolution itself, we cannot control the changes which transpire completely.  I have learned to accept people differently as well as learned new ways of interacting with people.  I have learned things about myself I never thought I would admit before, (bipolar, manic, majorly depressive, addict to several degrees.)  However strange this trip has been, it has been informative and a growing experience for me and I am quite sure that it is far from being over.

I’ve always been open to the ideas of others, but I find myself being even more so now–to the point that I have altered many of my stances and ideas on things to reflect the new information I have been introduced to.  People come from many different walks of life and as a general rule we tend to alienate those which do not fit into our narrow band of life experience.  If we are truly to become the open-minded people that we seek to be we must open ourselves not only to accepting people from outside our life experiences but be willing to engage in actual conversations with them and be open to accepting their opinions and viewpoints.  Ya never know, you might just learn something!

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My Recovery Blog

Posted by Jimi Cutting on April 4, 2013

So, for anyone that is interested and wants to follow or contribute to it, my recovery blog is at the link below.

http://apathofrecovery.wordpress.com/

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Beginning The Steps

Posted by Jimi Cutting on March 18, 2013

AA Big Book

AA Big Book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, my name is Jim and I am an alcoholic.  I have been battling this disease for a long time now, longer than I care to admit to at times, and it is only recently I was able to fully admit I had no control over it and needed help to overcome it.  For many years I thought I could just drink socially, and for a while I could, but boy what a fool I was.  All those benders I had along the way and the instances of drinking recently have proven to me I cannot control, I never will be able to control it and I need help to stay sober.

 

I have admitted I am powerless over alcohol–that my life has become unmanageable.

 

Step 1 has been completed for me, I have admitted to myself and to others that I am powerless over alcohol, that I cannot control it–it in fact controls me, and because of this my life is unmanageable.  With everything else going on in my life:  divorce, physical and mental health problems, a new relationship, etc.  I do not need or desire the influence of alcohol.

So, what now?  Well, while I have a “recovery buddy”, which is a friend I can talk to about recovery and helping to keep each other sober, what I really need to do is get a sponsor and start going to more meetings.  The problem with getting a sponsor is finding someone that I can trust and have faith in–never an easy task.  I thought I had found one, however it turned out he was involved in a lot of drama (some with my recovery buddy) and that was something I did not want to get involved in, especially considering a sponsor is someone I am supposed to be able to get along with and that would not be easy if I was angry at him and wanted to kick his ass.

I currently volunteer at a social club for people in recovery and it is a good, safe environment for me to be in.  It gives me people to talk with who know what I am going through and are able to talk to me with their own experience in recovering from alcoholism.  The people I have met through the club are important to me and I cherish the impact each of them makes in my life.  Without this network of friends I would most likely be buried in a bottle somewhere at best and still hospitalized at worst.

No need to worry, I won’t be turning all preachy or “booze is bad”, I just wanted to post a disclaimer so everyone would be aware of the tonal changes that are bound to show up in any posts and comments I make in the future.

 

Happy blogging all!

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Things That Have Always Made Me Wonder

Posted by Jimi Cutting on March 13, 2013

Just random thoughts which have always bugged me my entire life.  Some of these are gonna be completely out there and some may offend people–I make no apologies either way.

Why is it when a King marries his wife becomes Queen, but when a Queen marries her husband does not necessarily become King?

The asteroid belt? This one has always boggled me. I constantly hear talk of having to construct vehicles to be able to navigate through the asteroid belt, well is it really a belt or more of a sphere that encloses the inner planets? And if it is really only a belt, why not just fly over/under it to avoid it altogether?

If the requirements to become a soldier/fireman/police officer are XYZ, why should exceptions be made for any reason?

If you made a clone of yourself that was the opposite gender and had intercourse, would it be incest or masturbation?

Why is it coats, shirts, sweaters, etc. designed for females button/zipper the opposite way as clothing for males?  Related question, I know the answer to this one, just curious who else may:  Why does a traditional female bicycle not have the straight bar?

Why are Christmas canes so hard to get open–without breaking?

Why is it acceptable for a woman to be a stay at home parent but not a man?

Why does it seem the older a driver gets, the bigger their car becomes?

Did you know the color of a bullfighter’s cape has nothing to do with angering the bull?  It is the movement of the cape that attracts his attention.

Why is it when people are buying items at a yard sale it is all junk and not worth the money people are asking for it, but when they turn around and sell it in their own yard sale it is suddenly gold?

Why is it called a laptop if you hold it there to long it burns the hell out of you?

Are you aware that what we call buffalo in the USA are actually Bison?  Buffalo are critters like Cape Buffalo and Water Buffaloes from South East Asia.

 

Well, that is all I am gonna include for now, if y’all wanna contribute feel free.

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Let’s Talk About Gun Control

Posted by Jimi Cutting on March 12, 2013

No Guns

No Guns (Photo credit: krazydad / jbum)

Why not, huh?  My big coming back debut, why not talk about this hot button topic.  As with most every other topic I am probably going to piss off everyone with this post, however, I stand by my original statement that these are my thoughts and as always I welcome spirited discussion on them.  Recent events (within the last year), have brought this topic into the forefront once again and it is far past time for me to comment on it fully and share my thoughts on all the different aspects of it.  Let’s start this off like this:

Should private citizens be allowed to own guns?  Absolutely!  Does the 2nd Amendment guarantee private citizens the right to own guns?  By my understanding of it, no it does not.  Seriously, prove to me you are in a militia and then we will talk.  Should there be some form of gun control in this country?  Fucking right there should be and all you cry baby republitards need to get a grip, or will it take one of your kids getting shot at school to make you see things differently?

I have talked about the 2nd Amendment before so I not gonna get into that here, however what I am going to talk about is why we need gun control/monitoring laws.  Answer me this, why shouldn’t you have to pass a background check to own a gun?  You have to take a test to get a driver’s license don’t ya?  Why should this be any different?  This has nothing to be with personal rights, if you are not willing to go through a background check, what is it you are trying to hide?  There should be background checks and qualification exams for many things in this country, such as owning a computer or becoming a parent.  Both of which any idiot can do and cause plenty of harm with both.  The entire point of background checks is to make sure that only stable/safe people are owning guns to lessen the chance of incidents like school shootings are lessened.

One incident that happened here in Maine that bothers me is a local newspaper publishing the names of people that have concealed carry permits.  That is very wrong in my opinion, that is setting them up to be a target.  Why not publish the names of people that have more than $250,000 in their bank accounts or who wear thousands of dollars of jewelry all the time.  While this information is available publicly there is no reason for a newspaper to publish it, very irresponsible.

I don’t care what you say or what arguments you use, there is no reason for private citizens to own fully automatic weapons, high capacity clips or armor piercings rounds or any of that other bullshit.  If you are truly only owning a gun for hunting, target shooting and home defense those items are not needed, not by a long shot.  All you are doing by creating an argument out of those items is clouding the real issue of gun control and making it last forever and creating more problems than there need to be.

If you want to own a gun I have no problem with it at all, but I do want you to go through a background check and prove that you can use and store it responsibly.  Not everyone is entitled to own a gun, just like not everyone is entitled to operate a motor vehicle.  Do I want to see guns removed entirely from the citizenry?  Of course not, but I do desire that my government makes sure that only safe people own guns.     Oh what’s that, “If you outlaw guns only outlaws will own guns”?  Kiss my ass, that is the lamest thing I have ever heard.  No matter what we are gonna have people break the law for the simple fact that they have no respect for the law regardless of the issue.  Guns, cigarettes, jaywalking…  it makes no difference if they decide to break they law they will.  That is where enforcement of the laws comes into play and with guns, the punishment should be even more severe for a crime committed with a gun.

The real problem, as I see it, is this:  If owning your guns is more important to you than the safety of children, then no, you should not be allowed to own guns.

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New Year, New Life

Posted by Jimi Cutting on March 1, 2013

Hey folks,

Been a lot of changes in my life in recent months and the reason I have not been able to blog is my laptop suffered some water damage and was bricked.  So, what has been going on, hmm?  Well I am getting divorced, was hospitalized for a while (the mental side) and am learning how to be me again.

I am hoping to become active here again, as recent events have put forth a lot of stuff I want to discuss.  However, I just wanted to drop a quick note to let everyone know that I am indeed still alive and kicking.  Looking forward to arguing, discussing and sharing with you all again!

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I Think I Am Getting Old

Posted by Jimi Cutting on December 6, 2012

Let me be frank here, I love music, just about all kinds of music.  While I may not care for every song from a particular genre, I am very open to music and try to collect the artists that I do like.  Every now and again I will hear a song which creates an emotional response within me, typically in a romantic sense.  When I dislike a song it is never more than a simple dislike for it, although rarely there are some songs I hate–”Call Me, Maybe” being high on that list.  However, I have encountered a song which gave me a rather large WTF moment;  Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs”.

Bear with me here while I attempt to explain my feelings about this song.  I understand perfectly the feelings described by the two women in the song, perfectly natural to feel hurt and betrayed in that situation and I am fully for the empowerment of women, however I think this song went to far by a long shot.  There have been other songs which relate women getting revenge on men in their lives, The Dixie Chicks “Earl Had To Die” and another by Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats.”  Now, both of these songs deal with revenge and illegal acts, even murder, but one can easily relate to the situations.    However, for me, Two Black Cadillacs, takes it much to far for the situation explained.  Yes, the duplicitous nature of the man involved was evil, however, killing him is very extreme in this situation and takes what had potential to be a good song and turns it into something dirty and hidden.

Honestly, this is just my opinion, one of many on the internet and I doubt it will matter to anyone all that much, just wanted to get it out of my system.

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Repost From Americablog

Posted by Jimi Cutting on November 27, 2012

Give Salvation Army anti-gay bigots vouchers instead of money

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Where I’ve Been & November 6th in Maine

Posted by Jimi Cutting on November 6, 2012

Marriage Equality USA logo

Marriage Equality USA logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I have received no mail, it seems apparent no one is concerned where I disappeared to–kidding, just kidding.  To give it to ya quick and dirty, since 11/2/2011 I have suffered a series of strokes and related head problems, which combined with my attempts to complete school and be an active part of my family’s life have left me with little time to blog.  They have no idea what is causing the strokes, aside from the general term of stress (which I have given up on my dreams of school to alleviate one form of stress), however after much testing and poking and prodding stress is all they can tell me.  I have no deficits from these episodes, aside from constant headaches and what I term “wooziness”, yes a nice scientific term there.
Moving on–November 6th in Maine.  Some will ask why I am not focusing on the entirety of Election Day, well honestly, I know who is going to win the Presidential Election and I have more interest in the issue of Same Sex Marriage in Maine which is being voted on today (an idea I  find stupid and ludicrous, but there you have it.)  It will be interesting to see the results of Question 1 as it has been a hot topic since the last time it came up for vote in 20009, except this time there seems to be more in favor of it.  Perhaps Mainers are in fact waking up to the fact of the 21st century, who woulda guessed it?

 

 

At any rate, let us all hope, in our own ways, the elections turn out for the betterment of not just the country, but ALL the people of this country.

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My Birthday Wish

Posted by Jimi Cutting on June 22, 2012

As anyone who reads my blog will know I am a big supporter of marriage equality. I normally do not do the “Cause Wishes” that get sent out around my birthday but with the ballot issue coming up in Maine this November and all the other states dealing with the issue I figured this would be a good time. So, the link below is to my wish, donate if you can, share either way. It would be nice to raise some money for this very important issue.

 

My Birthday Wish

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