On Democrats in 2016

I’m not 100% opposed to a Democrat as president of the country. After all, Harry Truman wasn’t too bad, and Kennedy had some pretty good ideas. My problem with the two candidates this year is that neither of them are fit to lead the country.

On Hillary — She only gains support by fostering divisiveness at every turn. She’s always promoting the war on women, or the war on blacks, or claiming Republicans are her biggest enemies. Republicans? US citizens? Not ISIS? Not Russia? Not other terrorist organizations. No one that divisive should run the country. She would have fit in great back in the late 60’s when the country was burning itself down every few weeks. Who wouldn’t want to see a Nixon vs Clinton debate???

On Bernie — Do I seriously even need to explain why this is a terrible idea? We are a democracy, not a socialist nation. Even the craziest Democrats I’ve heard over the years aren’t as ridiculously radical as this man. Don’t be fooled by the term Democratic Socialism. The Democratic is put there to pacify the liberals with half a grain of common sense who know Socialism is the systemic enemy of our country’s foundation.

Let us not forget, Vladimir Lenin once said, “The goal of Socialism is Communism.” Anyone that doubts the true goals of Sanders and socialists alike are living in a dream world. Can anyone show me a socialist country that has thriving industry, trade, education, and a national debt not subsidized by international loans?

Socialists are like children. Children get food, clothing, shelter, and education, and a plethora of extras from their parents. Children assume this stuff just appears out of thin air, not aware or concerned with the hard working parents that go out every day and earn these things for their kids. Socialists supporters seem to believe that we can just provide millions of people with free things whenever and where ever they are needed. Nothing is free. Someone, somewhere, paid for it.

I could rant on Socialism and Bernie all day, but to get back to my main point, Democrat or Republican, if there’s a candidate that supports free markets, smaller government, a strong national defense, isn’t an apologist for America or capitalism, doesn’t impose religious rules or religious censorship on American people, and will not propose a new law every time someone gets their feelings hurt, then I’m all for them.

Our Day In Court

Thanks for stopping by to read this.

It’s no secret that I am in the middle of a motion to change custody of my daughter Laila, and my son Lincoln from their mother to myself. If anything is certain, it is that I would never enter in to a feud of this nature lightly. Filing a legal motion to publically declare someone incapable of giving their own children what they need is nothing I would ever take lightly. Their mother and I formerly shared a life, goals, and common dreams. For whatever the reason or reasons, times changed, and our lives have gone in very different directions.

With that said, I am fully committed to the path I have set upon. I did not file this motion to scare anyone, or to irritate anyone, or to accomplish any other goal, other than the goal to provide the best life I can possibly provide for these two children.

As I testified in court, I believe I owe Laila stability in her life. I believe Lincoln deserves to be around everyone he has grown to know and love as his family. Biological links are not the defining factor, when it comes to who you love and who your family is. I intend to fight just as hard for Lincoln, as I do for Laila.

Concerning the court date on 10/14. This was the court’s motion day. This was not a day set aside solely for our case. We had an hour to present as much of our case as possible. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not complete the presentation. We will be returning to court on 01/21/2016. This is farther out than what I would prefer, but I will take every opportunity to get this resolved that is presented to me.

So what happened in court? Unfortunately, we had to drop Lincoln from the motion, due to other parties, who have a stake in Lincoln’s future, not being present. My lawyer and I are working on taking care of this loose end.

Their mother was questioned by my lawyer, and I was in the middle of being questioned on the stand by my lawyer, when we ran out of time.

In the meantime, I will take advantage of every opportunity to see my two beautiful children that I get. My lawyer and I will continue to put together everything we need to ensure victory in our endeavor.

I want to close by giving thanks where it is due. The biggest supporter I have had throughout this entire process has been from Jessica Silverman. She has taken this burden on as her own, and she has treated me and my children no differently or less passionately than she does her own beautiful daughters. Having her in m corner has made this easier to endure.

I want to thank my lawyer, Jami Crews, and everyone at the Crews Grady Lawfirm in Vicksburg, MS. She and her staff have worked very hard and effectively to make sure this case has the best chance of winning possible. We aren’t done, but I appreciate everything she and her staff have accomplished to date.

A special thanks to the donors on GoFundMe for donating to the legal fees. It’s no secret that legal series are not cheap. You get what you pay for. I will spend every dime I can find if it means a better life for my children. To the donors, you know who you are, and I thank you immensely.

A special thanks to my little sister, Jessica Lynn Slade, for taking time out of her work day, sacrificing a day’s wages, to show up and support us in court.

Finally, thank you to all of you out there, friends and family alike, that have shown support through calls, texts, and social media for me and my family. It’s awesome to have such good and supportive people in my corner.

Keep the faith, and hopefully, this journey will be over by January.

Until next time, be good, and be good to each other.

– G – 10/15/2015 – Covington, LA

Brief Book Review – “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for MeaningMan’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By far, this has been the most enjoyable and most meaningful book regarding psychology that I have ever read. Throughout the book, I was amazed to read what Viktor and his comrades and enemies had endured in the Nazi camps during World War II. His insights of mankind that he took into and away from those experiences are indispensable and profound. I made a point to share some of my favorite quotes from the book on social media as I was reading this book. A few of my favorites towards the end of the book are as follows:

In regards to the notion that the elderly envy the young and the young pity the elderly,

“Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.”

On the pursuit of pleasure as a main goal,

“Pleasure is, and must remain, a side-effect or by-product, and is destroyed and spoiled to the degree to which it is made a goal in itself.”

Concerning how to live one’s life,

“Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.”

And in the afterword, .. writes about Frankl’s view on attitude,

“A positive attitude enables a person to endure suffering and disappointment as well as enhance enjoyment and satisfaction. A negative attitude intensifies pain and deepens disappointments; it undermines and diminishes pleasure, happiness, and satisfaction; it may even lead to depression or physical illness.”

I also very much enjoyed how Frankl covers he much American trend of being unhappy and ashamed of being unhappy. Frankl teaches you to look for the meaning of your suffering, if you must be subjected to such suffering. Instead of looking at unhappiness as an illness, look upon it as a means to a meaningful end.

A huge part of what Frankl is saying in this book, and the biggest lesson I learned from it is that there is no logic in trying to define life in general as having a profound meaning; however, one’s own life should be spent finding the meaning in your own journey, and taking the good and the bad together, and being proud of both, as necessary parts to living a complete and fulfilling life.

I now have an interest in learning more about logotherapy, the psychiatric method that Frankl helped to pioneer and give legitimacy to.



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Brief Book Review : “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kehneman

Thinking, Fast and SlowThinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the four stars indicated, yes, I really liked this book. I love any author that challenges me intellectually to understand concepts on a higher plane of thought and rationale. In this book, Kahneman challenges the notion that what we declare as rationale behavior is actually how our brains rationally work.

He exposes how two different systems in our minds are at work as we encounter everyday decisions, as well as life changing decisions. The text is complete with numerous and very descriptive accounts of experiments and mathematical examples of how the research into his and his colleagues’ theories were tested.

I really like that this book is one in which it changes how I will look at decision making and snap judgments. Any book that can change how you see the world is worth reading.

I high recommend it.



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Growth from Purge

I’d like to think I could go through life not regretting past decisions. This, however, does not mean that I cannot learn from mistakes, grow as a person, and emerge as something more mature, intellectual, responsible, properly cautious, properly adventurous, patient and principled.

My late teens and nearly all of my twenties were spent believing in one thing but doing another. I look back, and I think of so many times that I made decisions that were contrary to the principles that I claimed to believe. Of course, not all of my decisions were bad, and not all of my experiences were unwanted or void of fun and adventure. I do feel,however, that I wasted much time. Lately, wasting time has been the thing that I find myself pondering over and over again.

I do not want to continue to waste the time I have in my life. Whether I live to be one hundred or do not live to see 34, I want to feel like I am constantly growing, on the inside as a person, and outwardly as a neighbor to all I encounter.

Part of trying to improve the present and the future is cleaning up the past. Obviously, I cannot undo anything, but I can clean up certain messes. Part of my recent steps to clean up a few old messes is to purge unwanted or obsolete connections on social media. I have manage to purge my list of facebook connections from over 300 to less than 150.

Another, and more significant step, at least for me, is that I have discontinued my bandcamp and youtube page. Although it was a fun ride to produce and share my music over the last 7 years, I cannot say I am extremely pleased with how its content reflects on the type of person that I want to be and become. I still love music, and I will likely keep making music for others; however, I have no plans to record any new vocals. I do not wish to be judged based on the reactive and aggressive outpourings of a young, ambitious, and sometimes hurting and hurtful man’s verbal tirades.

In regard to not wasting time, there are several things that I would like to do with my life. Most of which would be a challenge as a standalone project and nearly impossible to do while trying to split focus on other tasks. My priority in the short term is to prioritize the things I want to do with my life. I need to focus my attention and dedicate myself to accomplishing something real and substantial.

Thanks for reading.

Best of luck to all of you! Be good to each other!

– G – 08/10/2015 – Covington, LA

Reinvention

Welcome to GSLADE.COM and thanks for stopping by. I have had several websites over the years, and each one has seemed to have a different purpose. This one will be a fluid site. By that, I meant that I have no idea what the end game of my site is going to be. I wanted to get the ball rolling and see where it stopped though.

I have been known for posting independent rap songs over the last few years, and I have also written lyrics for other singers. I am shifting my focus to academia, creative writing, music production, and possibly an occasional editorial.

These days I steer clear of heated political debates; I do not follow the news or world events. I watch much less sports than I used to. I spend my time these days reading economics, history, philosophy, psychology, biographies, and religious texts as often as I can. I am now a remote project manager for a technology firm based out of Australia and Las Vegas in the U.S.

I have recently moved from Mississippi to Louisiana to live with Jessica, my first serious relationship, since my second marriage ended in January of 2012.

I have no expectations of large or regular readerships of my blog/journal/posts. If you are indeed reading this, I thank you, and I hope to keep you interested.

Til next time, I will spend some time adjusting the look and feel of the site. Don’t be surprised if you come back to see a completely different look.

Be good to each other, and stay optimistic.

– G – 08/07/2015 – Covington, LA