Saturday was my birthday. I don’t expect much. Birthdays have become much less important to me than they were in the past. I was upset because this one was not special at all. When I woke up on Saturday morning, Mrs. Lion gave me a box with a nice terrarium in it. It was a thoughtful gift. After that, it was a typical day. She decided to install a storm door we got. I figured a handyman would do that. It took her most of the day and wasn’t finished when she stopped working. OK, I get that. I spent most of the morning on the phone with our insurance company and damage remediation contractors. A pipe burst late last week and damaged stuff we had stored in the basement of the house we rent.

Anyway, it wasn’t a great day. Mrs. Lion didn’t ride me. On the plus side, my daughter called and sang “Happy Birthday to You” to me. I’m writing this post on Sunday. I asked Mrs. Lion to go with me to the casino tonight. I can get a nice roast beef dinner and maybe win some money. Mrs. Lion was very nice today when I explained why I felt bad. She loves me. That means more to me than any birthday gift or celebration. I’m thankful for that every day.

The recent revelations about Facebook allowing hate speech and misinformation to persist are just the tip of the iceberg. People learn to read in school. The idea that something in print can be false is not in the curriculum until high school or college. People are inclined to believe what they read. If what they read makes them angry, they will want to read more and stay in their angry state. That’s human nature.

While Facebook reaches one-third of the world’s population, other unfiltered media probably reaches just as many. Blogs like ours are not subject to any content editing. We are free to write anything we want. If we can piss you off, you will probably become a loyal reader. Don’t believe me? Look at StrictJulieSpanks. When she writes a post claiming COVID vaccinations are wrong to require, comments to her post are double the normal number. Why? Because it pisses off people who have the facts.

Worse, some readers will believe her. She claims that she has the “real” information. In this case, she doesn’t. Her sources are other fake news outlets. My point is that even if Facebook dials back the dangerous posts that incite riots and promote the pandemic, the problem won’t be solved. The solution isn’t to filter hate speech and obviously false and dangerous content. Our constitution is clear that almost anything is free expression. The answer is to teach kids right from the start that just because something is in print and looks authoritative, it may be false.

Most lies are much easier to accept than the truth. Lies can easily have perfect internal consistency. They can selectively include some facts along with false information. Truthful reporting is often incomplete. It has to admit that it doesn’t have every fact neatly in place. The truth is often harder to digest. It’s easier to believe that foreigners streaming over our southern border are criminals, drug addicts, and rapists. Didn’t the former president say that? It’s hard to accept that thousands of desperately poor people are begging us to take them in so they can survive.

Compassion is much more uncomfortable than anger. Sacrificing a tiny bit of personal freedom to get inoculated against a deadly disease is much harder than getting angry that if you get the shot, the next step is to take your gun away. Instead of letting the people against vaccines get you angry, take the time to think about what is really happening. Anger is the enemy of thought. Stupid people march with pitchforks and torches. Thinking people consider the merits of issues and decide based on them. Which are you?

[Mrs.Lion — Someone on Facebook the other day pointed out that Biden’s approval rating is dropping so that makes him a bad president. I agree he’s not a great president, but I think he’s certainly better than the last one. The other thought I had was how many Biden supporters think he’s doing a poor job versus how many Trump supporters thought he did a bad job. I came to the conclusion that Biden supporters are willing, and able, to think for themselves and don’t blindly follow along with the crowd. We’ve just surpassed 700,000 deaths from Covid-19. How many people still think it’s a fake virus? How many people refuse to get the vaccine because it will make them sterile or metallic? These are some of the lies it’s easy to follow when your hero spouts them.]

The clock is ticking. Every day that goes by makes it less likely I will get to ejaculate before my birthday in a week. As of Saturday, when I am writing this, it’s been 15 days. My average wait over the last five months happens to be 15 days. None of the waits was exactly that length. The range was between 7 and 23. Mrs. Lion plans to give me a birthday fuck. If she does, it will be the first vaginal sex in over three years.

Some people who play with orgasm control celebrate Locktober. The idea is that the penis stays locked in a chastity device the entire month. Last year we decided to do the opposite, and Mrs. Lion gave me three orgasms. I know, whoopee. Anyway, fall seems to bring out a desire to find reasons to withhold sex. Some celebrate NOvember. This means no orgasms in November. From what I can learn, NOvember is more for women than men.

These ideas offer some excitement for people who have trouble creating their own. Several blogs like to suggest “themes” or “prompts” that other bloggers use to stimulate ideas for posts. I resist these artificial idea generators, and I don’t read or list blogs that follow them. I figure that if a writer can’t come up with something original, maybe the best idea is to wait until something creative surfaces on its own.

We have dry days here. I don’t pretend I can come up with scintillating topics every day. But write posts based on a letter of the alphabet? Puleeze! My point is that a blog is very much like an old-fashioned column in a newspaper. Some are daily, and others are published less often. To get read, the columnist has to engage his readers. We’ve established our voices. Sometimes I wonder if it pays to write a post when nothing is going on here. Other times, I like the opportunity to sound off. Today is one of those days.

I’m appealing to my fellow bloggers to disregard the “prompts” they find and instead write something original. My prompt for you is “Be Original.”

Caught in the act! This scumbag stole our packages on Monday. Recognize him? Please let us know. Click image to view full size. Feel free to spread the word.

Yesterday afternoon, a porch pirate stole packages from our front door. We have a Ring video doorbell, and it captured the theft. This is nice, but law enforcement doesn’t take crimes like this seriously. I filed a police report with the county sheriff. That’s as far as this will go. It doesn’t matter that I have clear images and videos of the crime. The sheriff doesn’t care.

OK, you could argue that stealing from a pair of lions isn’t important enough to get police attention. The chances are that this scumbag also robbed a dozen more houses yesterday. It doesn’t matter. We live in a white, middle-class neighborhood. Our property doesn’t matter. Sadly, my sex and ethnicity are wrong for garnering police attention.

We live in Washington state. Gun ownership is legal here. Mrs. Lion and I are seriously considering buying a firearm. It’s clear we live in the wild west and have to protect our property. I’m researching whether it is legal to shoot a porch pirate. I hope it is. Obviously, killing someone for stealing a package is a bit extreme. However, if the thieves learn that robbing lions can cost them their lives, they may not want to take the risk.

We aren’t violent and have always believed that guns are too easy to obtain. I still feel that way. I also know that I qualify as a responsible citizen who can get a weapon in any state. It makes me sad to think that I have no recourse other than to take the law into my own hands. The situation is that serious. Porch pirates have hit over 50% of Washington residents. The police do nothing more than amass statistics.

Criminals look for weakness in law enforcement and then exploit it. The cops aren’t making any attempt to curtail the situation. I guess we are on our own. What do you think, a shotgun or a revolver?