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Cynique last won the day on September 22

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About Cynique

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  • Birthday August 18

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    The great prairie state of Illinois
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    Anything that provides me with clues to the mysteries of life, particularly where its follies are concerned. The current of events, the amusement of show biz and the opinions of other posters occasionally command my interest also.
    I used to like to read books, but - for some reason I have now forgotten how.

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  1. Couldn't resist. Everybody enjoys a good fuck now and then... ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Talk about a Freudian slip. ๐Ÿ˜ง When i was growing up, radio was the main way to hear music. And you could dial from station to station. To me, i liked what i liked, whatever the genre; anything that had good lyrics and a strong melody grabbed me. My choices were made for me. ๐Ÿ˜‘ Symbols are silent messages that trigger a conditioned response in the brain. American flags make patriots emotional. Swastikas stir pride in white nationalists. A raised fist logo spikes aggression in black people. Crosses calm Christians Traffic symbols instruct drivers. The silence of symbols is loud. Letters are symbols that when arranged a certain way inspire sounds that have meaning. Symbols are cool. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    In the year 2018, the whole structure of the family has changed. It can be made up of same sex partners in addition to female headed households, as well as ones run by single dads. Those who say the traditional way is best because it facilitates a balance that creates a better society, are the ones who are stuck in the past. They feel their view is supported by how much better things were back in the "good old days". But is this true? Maybe for men is was. But women weren't always content being confined to the role of subservient wife, selfless mother and dutiful homemaker. The way the divorce rate escalated under these circumstances doesn't say much for how great things worked out with society assigning roles to the sexes. Now that women have broken the mold and are about being equal partners in a relationship, some men want to slap them down and lecture them about how much better things work when women are not strong - something male chauvinist feel is equivalent to being domineering and argumentative. Secure men, however, don't have a big problem with smart, strong women. If a wife, for instance, is better at handling the finances, and a husband is as good a cook as his wife, then sharing responsibilities makes for a stable home environment. "A happy wife means a happy life". Also, a loving environment, no matter what the sexual orientation of the parents, is an acceptable alternative to a tense hostile atmosphere generated by heterosexual parents constantly at each other's throats. Time brings change. Those who can't adjust to it are out of step. For an unattached man like Pioneer, who has never been married and therefore unqualified to speak on the subject, to advise a single black woman who is "soft, warm, beautiful, argumentative, opinionated, and intelligent" that she is, in effect, better off if she plays into the role of being emotionally and intellectually weak, in order to enable men to be strong and smart, is something that calls for a rebutttal.
  3. I could draw the conclusion from this discussion that "freedom" is an unnecessary word, because it is a status that does not exist. Implicit in all the individual contentions is that nobody is totally at liberty to do anything they want because extenuating circumstances come into play and corrupt the purity of the word "freedom". Choices and decisions are rejected as being examples of freedom because of what motivates and influences them . Freedom, if nothing else, is a paradoxical state of mind wherein people are free to believe anything they wish because freedom isn't a reality. .
  4. @DelWell, using the criteria of you and Kalexande,r if we aren't free then we must be enslaved. Since nothing is keeping me from striving for and achieving a goal, then i am not enslaved, so i must be free. All humans are free to dream and imagine. Opting to not do something is exercising your free will.
  5. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    @Pioneer1Watta crock. There you go with a ridiculously generalized statement that you modify by saying that "every woman is different", an assertion you further dilute by injecting the word "most" into the mix, all of which totally voids the viability of your vacillating statement. - a statement that doesn't hold up in its implication that "generally speaking" although "all men are different", "most" of them are mentally and physically stronger than women. Men may have brawn, but their superior brain power is not a given. It depends on the area of expertise. Emotionally speaking, maturity remains elusive in the male development. Biologically speaking, the reason women are the ones who bear children is because they are better-equipped both physically and mentally for this ordeal. Women routinely handle illnesses better than men, who are big babies. Women are also pliant, able to adjust to loss and tragedy wherein men are brittle, - hard, but easily shattered . As for balance, it's not about one sex acting one way and the opposite sex acting the other way; it's about relationships in which both members do what they are better at in order to maintain a stable working partnership. Roles are no longer assigned to gender in today's world. The era of hunters and gatherers has gone the way of primitive homo sapiens. BTW, nobody likes an individual of either sex who is "domineering, combative, and argumentive". Nor does nobody respect a male who is timid, inept, and wimpy. To my sister who said: "I am a black woman and this is how we are cast in this world but I have Feelings, and am soft, warm, beautiful, argumentative, opinionated, and intelligent. Is it so wrong to be a black woman who is strong?", - I say "no". You go, Girl!
  6. May i inject the idea that freedom is an abstract idea and is also relative in that it involves choices. There are personal freedoms and public freedoms. Tangible ones and intangible ones. Mental ones and physical ones. i am free to think anything i choose; free to express an opinion about any subject. i am free to not believe in or worship "god". i do not revere the American flag and i am free to burn one in public, I am free to choose not to vote. I am free to call another black person a nigger/nigga. i am free to kill a person in self defense. Death and taxes are actually the only restrictions in my life but i can choose to not do things that will endanger my life, and even free to not make enough money to pay taxes. It just depends on what challenges you face in life and what decisions you make in regard to them.
  7. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    @Troy I don't care what you or anybody else thinks i have a responsibility to do, or what my role is. My current approach to life, influenced by certain philosophical disciplines, personal perceptions and spiritual inclination, is what guides me. So enough with the preaching. i march to my own drumbeat. ๐Ÿ™„
  8. Cynique

    Kneel on!

    @Troy Why do you continue to explain and justify to me something that i have already signed off on? Am i supposed to be surprised that you are not going to go out and buy a pair of NIKEs? i said this is not some thing i plan to do, either, but your persist in reminding me that those who buy NIKEs are being manipulated. So, - what else is new? ๐Ÿ˜–
  9. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    But all people raised in a hostile environment don't go out and kill each other. Some do, some don't; that's where the stable family environment figures in the equation. And i didn't say my generation was better than yours! All i'm saying is that it is your generation's responsibility to make things safer for your progeny, not mine, something you don't seem to consider when you get disappointed about me just watching the world go by instead of worrying about the future. . That's why I've adopted the attitude i have.
  10. Cynique

    Kneel on!

    I don't know what Colin would've done and it's all hindsight now because his taking a knee has taken on a life of its own and its life has changed his life. So be it. We've had this conversation before so we're just going in in circles. Okay. Make a note. Add NIKE to the list of all the things that are having a negative impact on this world.
  11. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    I don't understand the point you are trying to make. On this thread the only example of me not being understanding of my fellow man is my reference to white bigots who benefit from the same racism that victimizes black people. As for the situation in Chicago, a black newspaper columnist recently made the point that too many black people hurl accusations of "victim shaming" when outsiders like Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanual, suggest that poor home training and lack of character building is at the core of the black-on-black crime. She believes, and i agree from experience that, in private, black people think this, too. But they just don't want to give white people material to use against us. The almost nightly TV interviews when survivors of shooting victims frequently pose the question, "where are the parents of these kids"? Bad schools? Unemployment? Schools cannot educate unmotivated children. Even so, for drop-outs, jobs are plentiful now. But the streets maintain their lure for kids who have no parental guidance. Furthermore, there's not a lot of publicity given to the positive things that young black people are involved in in Chicago. Not all of the inner city kids are gang bangers who are shooting and killing each other. So, apparently, some of them are being raised right, not to mention the middle class blacks whose kids don't go to public schools, but do go to college, subsequently pursuing careers and going into professions, finding ways to function in the mainstream. When it comes to my fellow man, i give credit where credit is due. And i have had ample occasion to do this during a life time of observing my race. You harp on my having no concern about my progeny. First of all, as a child of The Depression who grew up during World War II in a racially biased country, the generation who came before me and my contemporaries didn't and couldn't do a lot for our future. My generation did the best we could by mounting a Civil Rights movement passing on the progress we made to our progeny which was the Baby Boomer Generation. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are who are responsible for the "Me" and "Millennial" generations, who are so self absorbed, so steeped in their sense of entitlement, too hooked on iPhones, and social media and computer games to do for themselves. So don't lecture me about something over which i have no control. You fix it. I'm settling back into my role of spectator.
  12. Cynique

    The Devil Made Me Do It.

    No way.
  13. Cynique

    Kneel on!

    this is not true. Below is all i said when i posted the ad. You are putting your spin on it . i later differed with your opinion that Kaepernick had not sacrified anything because i thought giving up his football career was a sacrifice. Also I later said that NIKE and Jordan were making millions off of slave labor when it came to the manufacture of their products. jordan has sacrificed nothing, taken no stand the way Serena and LeBron James did, and still remains a hero to sports fans of all races. I made it clear i was not under any illusions about NIKE's motives, but allowed that this is a capitalistic country where corporate America is in the business of making money for themselves and their stock holders. Something that you can't seem to wrap your brain around. i later tried to inject a little humor into the proceedings by a posting a meme parody featuring Mike Tyson that was lifted from FaceBook, and you nearly lost your mind over my comment that FaceBook has a sense of humor. Puleeze.
  14. Cynique

    Serena Williams Cartoon

    The coach of Serena Williams broke the rules by hand-signaling to her from his seat in the stands. This triggered an escalating argument between her and the judge which ended with her being penalized a game after throwing a tantrum, and destroying her racquet. Just recently during a game, a female tennis player took off her top because it was on backwards and she wanted to straighten it out. She was reprimanded for this although male tennis players take off their shirts all the time. Coaches routinely communicate with their players from the stands in violation of the rules. Male tennis players get away with what Serena was drastically penalized for. Dating back to the era of Jimmy Connors and john McEnroe on up to the present male players rant at judges and violently react to disputed calls without stiff penalties. The take-away from this for me is that Serena was a victim of sexism, the same consensus among most of her white female colleagues. The cartoon was a caricature, - a depiction of what actually happened. In real life, the slender Naomi's pony tail actually was blond, and in the cartoon her skin tone is slightly shaded, a darker hue than that of the umpire. We see what we want to see. Lately, Serena seems more interested in championing motherhood, constantly making reference to her guilt about being away from her baby, appointing herself as a representative for all the women who encounter problems when returning to work after childbirth, - all in an effort to prove that she's still got it. Serena is rich and famous, a multi-millionaire and the best female tennis player in the world with trophies and plaques to prove this. She has enjoyed a long and legendary reign, amassing a record number of grand slam wins. But a new day is on the horizon. She should retire gracefully and go out on top, imo.
  15. Cynique

    Kneel on!

    I was inspired by your snide remark below. ( I have never touted NIKE and, in fact, said i wouldn't be buying any gym shoes. Because i don't need a pair and they are too expensive) Who's doing this? I didn't