Well, first off, my name is Charles B. Fulcher III, though I go by Chuck. I'm kind of a Jack-of-All-Trades who enjoys reading and dabbling in poetry and prose. I find the terms "Indian" and "American Indian" to be rude, racist, offensive and demeaning, and that's a belief for which I will fight. Be honest with me and the world and spit in my face before calling me "Indian." Ignorance in this matter of nomenclature after all these years is a barely acceptable excuse and only continues to show the low regard in which we are still held.
My political leanings are somewhat conservative, though sprinkled with liberal thought.
I'm spiritual, to a point, but not religious.
People have said of me that I can be in turns sweet, insightful, arrogant condescending, understanding, fun, too serious, too much of a joker, a great friend, and a complete asshole. I take this to mean that I'm a fairly normal and well-adjusted thirtysomething male.
For a long time, I didn't see myself as a typical American guy. It almost scares me that since W's election I'm finding out that I might be merely average as the numbers of people I speak with who share many of my thoughts and ideas have increased drastically.
My favourite authors are, in no particular order: Roger Zelazny, Barry Hughart, John Milton, Steven Brust, Terry Pratchett, Glen Cook, Mark Twain, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Jaques and Fred Saberhagen.
My favourite movies are, again in no particular order: David Lynch's Dune, Ladyhawke, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The original Star Wars Trilogy, Silence of the Lambs, RoboCop, Big Trouble in Little China, Fight Club, Falling Down, The Game, They Live!, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, First Blood, John Rambo, Tombstone, Silverado, Sin City, Starship Troopers, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, and Blazing Saddles.
My favourite TV shows are: the original CSI, Supernatural, Dexter, Six Feet Under, Psych, Lie to Me, House, Shameless, Venture Bros, Dead Like Me, NCIS, Pushing Daisies and ...that's about it....
Fave music: Pink Floyd, Pantera, Skid Row, Pachelbel, Johnny Cash, Highwaymen, Rammstein, The Cure, and Warren Zevon.
Oh, and I'm damned near convinced that David Gilmour's guitar skills are proof of the existence of divine presence.
There’s a new cause for which I’ve decided to stand. Though this one is new, it encompasses all causes. I consider it to be an extremely important issue, due to the fact that it can make or break a cause.
This cause is called effective campaigning.
Specifically, as regards the Care2 Network, I mean petitioning and petition signing.
Bear with me a moment.
Now, I’ll assume that if a person has enough passion to speak out, support, and embrace a cause, that the person wants that cause to succeed. Therefore, I would think it follows that people would want to create a solid foundation to show their personal stake in their cause/s.
I’ve been a member of Care2 since 2003. In that time, I have read quite a few blogs and have perused more than a few petitions. Something I’ve noticed over the past five years is that the overall quality of both blogs and petitions has declined drastically. This wouldn’t be a problem if not for the fact that I see that some of the most horribly composed petitions have a lot of signatures.
Someone might ask: Why is it a problem that these petitions have so many people showing support?
Well, if the petition is just going to sit on the site and not go anywhere, it’s not that much of a problem.
The problem comes when that poorly composed petition is passed on to its intended recipient.
Politicos and organizations are flooded with personal letters and petitions. Surprisingly few instances of crackpot petitions need to be received before they simply begin ignoring any that follow.
Yes, I called these petitions crackpot petitions because, face it, that’s exactly what they are! I don’t care how passionate a person is or how valid their cause, the second they begin a rant, misrepresent facts, or otherwise stand for their cause in a questionable manner that petition loses all legitimacy and may as well be a pack of lies.
That lack of legitimacy hurts any and all petitions regarding the same cause. It allows politicians, corporate lawyers, and anyone else with a mind to do so to point at these invalid petitions to aid in destroying the ones that might otherwise have met with success.
What do I think of this? Sadly, even though I probably support the same causes, because of the way that people handle their beliefs in print I hope for the political and corporate lawyers to pick the poorly composed petitions apart and level libel suits against the creators. Extreme? I don’t believe so. I see petition upon petition aimed at saving Arctic habitats. Some are excellent works that I have signed and sent all my hopes for success with them. Unfortunately, there are those composed by ill-informed bandwagon-jumpers, unscrupulous crusaders, and complete imbeciles that purport to champion the same cause. Thing is, these other petitions do more to hurt the cause than to help. They give the intended recipients something to hold up in defense of their practices. They allow them to point out all the ranting, all the lies, and all the intentionally skewed truths in order to make all activists look like raving morons who wallow in their own feces while worshiping Fartemhotep, cat-lizard-whale god of holy healing horse urine.
As far as the good petitions go, there are those that seem to be trying to do their best to ensure failure by adding incoherent comments along with their signatures. I hate to see a petition that is in all ways excellent, that aims for success with its skilled communications and straightforward truths, which then gets marred by all-caps ravings or off-topic rants.
People need to learn to communicate effectively before sending something off for others to see. Petition composers need to take the time to look past the first blinding flash of inspiration to take up a cause and actually look at the crap they are writing.
For most people, I would say, “Take a moment to read and reread your petition. I sit something that tells the truth? If you were a government official or a corporate attorney, is your petition something that is valid and makes sense? Is it something that a person with a brain would read and reread, then feel comfortable with signing?”
If the answer to either of those questions is “No,” then you probably should work on it a bit more.
For the others out there that post the “questionable” petitions I say only this, “You are a pack of goddamned morons.”
Though I am not one, I believe that vegetarians are on the right path for good health and balance with nature...however, I have yet to meet a vegan who is worth the skin that was wasted as a covering and who is anything more than a fanatical sheep--prove me wrong.
Duty, honor, country. Glory, faith, freedom. Liberty. Peace. Death before dishonor.
The sounds of these collections of letters are not words. They are nothing more than meaningless collections of syllables. Silly little songs, if you will. Nevertheless, they are songs that have always held the power to stir the breasts of the young and to please the ears of the old.
These are dangerous songs. Dangerous because they seem to have so many different levels of meaning for each individual. Meanings people are willing to kill for in an attempt to make their definition the 'right' one. These songs are all the more dangerous for the concepts people believe they stand for do not, in any sense, in any realm, truly exist.
To strive for any of these is to succumb to madness.
Try instead for life, love and happiness. The first is usually horrible, the second largely false and the last often fleetingóbut at least you can generally determine for yourself what they are without having to ask someone else.
Of course, some smug bastard will always end up taking all three of them away from you the second your back is turned.
What Gives Me Hope
The fact that I have lived through some rough times and can see light at the end of any tunnel.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
If I were president, I'd withdraw from the United Nations and kick them, Amnesty Internatial, racial organizations, and pro-life groups out of the US--and execute any that tried to stay behind.
Further, I would force churches to pay taxes (as the current seperation of church and state is a farce), eliminate the unfairness that is residential property tax, and make spoken English a requirement for citezenship, extended work visa, etc.
What/who changed my life and why
Hard to say, but if pressed, I would have to give both my father and Catherine L shared credit. The former for his brutal honesty about life, people, and the world; the latter for her open and caring heart.