June 2021

The cultural appropriation of Juneteenth Day

Two days ago, Joe Biden and the United States Congress officially made June 19 a federal holiday. They did this under the auspices of June 19, 1965, or “Juneteenth Day,” marking the end of slavery in the United States. Not only was this inaccurate political pandering, but also cultural appropriation. June 19, 1965, was when federal troops arrived in Texas to free the remaining slaves. This is a Texas-specific event that has been recognized there for some time. For a long time, people not from Texas weren’t even aware it was a thing. September 22, 1862 was the day…

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Definition of common sense

Many have attempted to define “common sense,” so I figured… why not? Ideally, “common sense” would be something that was, well… common. That means most people have it. I’m not sure how much “common sense” is left in this country, so it may have morphed a bit into a nostalgic romantic ideal. A sort of way of thinking that seems to have passed us by. Some will tell you “common sense” is gone because we tend to over-think or over-engineer everything. We have too much time on our hands, and we make all sorts of assumptions that usually end…

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A simple IQ test

Today, I was driving in the parking lot of a strip mall when I came across a simple, but very effective and reliable IQ test. I was in my car, driving toward the Subway in the picture when a car came at me traveling in the opposite direction. As you can see, there’s an entire empty lane to the side of the speed bump. One traveling toward where I was to take this picture could either travel over the speed bump or simply drive around it. There are no parking spots where I was standing and the only way…

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Celebrating 800 posts

Today’s post marks the 800th entry into The Bubbler. For more than three years, the goal here at The Bubbler has been to make you think. Not agree. Just think. (Though we’re not sure how you couldn’t agree…) There are plenty of conservative news sites out there, and I wasn’t sure we needed another. (Though we definitely need more people reading them.) So our goal is different. While there are plenty of places to find real news, there aren’t any sites we know of dedicated to teaching conservatism. The Bubbler was built for that. On this site, the goal…

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Clearly labeled

Liberals aren’t known for taking responsibility for, well, anything. But ironically, they do love to take responsibility for one thing. Liberals love to put their causes and voting choices on everything they can. Their cars are full of bumper stickers. Their t-shirts carry their slogans. Their yards display signs with their favorite mantras. The one good thing about liberals is that they’re clearly labeled. We know who they are. We know who’s responsible. The latest entry into their symbolism is the vaccine passport. This weekend, my family was invited to a graduation party. On the invitation, it clearly stated…

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If the world were mentally ill

Based on all of the ridiculous emotional and divisive behavior running rampant in the United States right now, I think many are wondering if we’re all suffering not from COVID, but from mass mental illness. The problem is, if most of us were mentally ill, how would we know? What would be the indicators? Who would make the diagnosis, and who would even stop to consider or trust it? Man, this may be worse that I thought…

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Three marriages in one

It’s amazing marriages last as long as they do. Especially for those who have kids. When you first get married, you commit to living with another person and growing with them as you both advance through life. You assume (or hope) that given the foundational elements of your personality and interests, you will grow in relatively the same direction and evolve, together, in a way that may change you both, but not so much that you grow apart. That lasts for a bit, but then you have children. Children fundamentally alter the relationship as they take your attention away…

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What if we just treated everyone well?

Women aren’t treated equally. We have to start treating women better. They’re not inferior to men. They can hold their own in the workforce. They should be paid the same. We have to treat women better. But wait a minute. What about blacks? We have to start treating them equally. Black people are no different than anyone else. We have to stop shooting unarmed black men. We have to stop putting them in jail. We have to treat black people better. But hold on, what about gay people? We have to start treating them as we treat others. Gay…

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Other people’s privilege

A friend of mine, who’s of Middle Eastern descent, has been traveling the country trying to play golf in all 50 states. The sub-story to his mission is that he’s writing a book about diversity and inclusion within the golf community. His premise is that courses are not as inclusive as they could be. As we discussed this, we talked about the concept of “white privilege” and how the golfers he’s seen so far through his travels have been largely all white. His contention is that minorities don’t have as much access or are not welcomed the way whites…

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Hyphenated last names

Hyphenated last names became a thing when feminists determined they were going to remove themselves from the male-dominated last naming convention within marriages and maintain their last name equality by keeping both partner’s last names with a hyphen. But what happens when a feminist marries someone with the same last name? Do they just say it twice, like “Clayton-Clayton?” Or do they just leave it up to people’s imaginations to decide who won the battle? I wouldn’t think so, because most people, being oppressors themselves, would assume it was the male’s “Clayton.” Or, perhaps they would just call it…

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