It's been a bad week.

In a nutshell we've been dealing with a crazy guy. He's been a flaming turd-monkey. So those in charge decided that it was in our best interest that no one should ever have to face this dickhead alone. That was the policy.

So when my turn came I was confident that I'd have backup. Especially since it was my boss that was backing me.

Oh so wrong.

I'd barely hit the airport at my destination when my phone dinged. The title was "I'm not going to be there tomorrow." I tried giving the benefit of the doubt, since surely there would be someone else. There was a promise of a call at 7pm. No call came at 7pm. I had a sick, sinking feeling. At 7:40 the phone rang, I was going to be alone. My backup had fled. They were home. I was on my own.

I didn't sleep well that night. I didn't even bother eating dinner, I felt so badly. I didn't eat much the next day too as the misery dragged on from 9am until 4:30pm. It was bad, not as bad as it could have been, but bad. People noticed I was alone and took a few free digs. I let them. I'd stopped caring.

Coming back wasn't great either. Although I'd been offered a minimal apology the night before, not much of a mea culpa came thereafter. Given that I'm currently doing the work of 2.5 people (I might have mentioned previously that some people had left/quit) my motivation is well into the crapper. Only my loyalty to my peers and those who depend on me keeps me from taking a month off (oh yes I do have that much vacation time on the books, more even.)

I plan on raising the issue of being hung out to dry to those above me. I don't hold out much hope however. Suck is just plain suck. The world sucks. So here we are.


I mean really, why bother at all?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota elementary school has kissed Valentine's Day goodbye. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul is joining other public schools in opting out of holiday celebrations as school officials strive to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive. The school has a predominantly Asian and black student body, and English is a second language for more than half of its pupils, who come from a range of faith backgrounds.

In a letter to parents last week, Principal Sott Masinic said his rationale was to avoid "encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening a culture of tolerance and respect for all." He acknowledged it would be an unpopular decision for some.

Yep, Scott is fucking brilliant. Now all the kids at his school can stare at the TV and the decorations in the mall and wonder "WTF? We don't know about this." Yes, that's really the way to integrate and mainstream minorities by being AFRAID to expose them to the cultural norms of the nation they live in.

It's one thing to jam culture or religion down a kids throat by making them participate and not explaining why others around them are having fun. It's quite another to shirk your job as an educator under the bullshit guise of "threatening" their culture. I might point out that they're not IN THEIR CULTURE any more. Additionally I might point out that instead of excluding anything he might have just INCLUDED their celebrations and culture. Celebrate Valentines AND whatever the heck else the kids might bring in. But shutting out all holidays smacks of nothing so much as crazy-jehova-esque stupid.

Scott, you're a dolt. And an embarrassment. But I'm guessing that by now you've been told that a few times.


Dunno what YOU were thinking, I'm talking about vegetables here. And no, not of the political kind.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a tractor-trailer crash overturned on Interstate 95 in North Carolina and spilled hundreds of heads of cabbage that took hours to clear away.

And nobody thought to run a rototiller up and down the road and make slaw instead? Talk about your missed opportunities...


I realized the other day that my cats have religion. In their minds taking a good, long claw on the designated, cardboard scratcher somehow results in treats. Thus when they see us, they dash to the scratcher and claw away then come and stare at us expectantly, hopefully like worshippers who had just sacrificed or prayed to their deity for a reward.

Truthfully, our cats have merely been trained to scratch the cardboard by offering them treats. Now, of course, they believe that they're the ones in charge, getting treats more or less with certainty after performing a special act.

Maybe that's how religion works. Still I can guarantee that the cats get their kitty wishes fulfilled more often than humans do. That would suggest that humans are doing it wrong. Which we probably are.



It's not clear what exact words David Cameron used in private conversation but many Muslim women have taken to Twitter to tell him that they are not quite the timid creatures he is reported to have portrayed them as.

Using the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive some have posted pictures of themselves and their achievements to politely put the British prime minister straight. (BBC)

So a handful of muslim women in headscarves sure showed the rest of the world about how they work and play like normal first-world women. Wow education! Oooh fancy skiis!

Only problem is if they're so damn liberated then what are they doing about all the muslim women who aren't? What are they doing about arranged marriages of underage girls? About FGM? About a lack of education? About representation in Islamic government? About burnings and beatings and murder? Those girls suckered into going to Syria? And those who can't drive? Or leave their home? Show their faces in public?


Bitches, you ain't fucking liberated until ALL muslim women have the same nice lives and privileges as you. So what are you really doing to help #TraditionallySubmissive women? Answer? NOTHING.


Assuming they have no more kids, that is.

Officers say four children had been left in the car while their mother and step-father were inside the building a short distance away, paying a bill.

Police say the boy's 8-year-old brother fired the gun. The 7-year-old boy was bleeding from the head.

Investigators say one of the children found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in their mother's purse. They say the child tried to unload the weapon by removing the magazine when the gun discharged. (KOS)

I mean, really, what can go wrong when you forget that you've got a loaded gun in the purse you left in the car with your kids? Honestly, this is getting so commonplace that the news doesn't even bother reporting it any more.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers say a 5-year-old boy was playing video games in his living room when he was fatally shot by an 11-year-old child.

Ho hum, right?


Oh those goofy militia guys in Oregon!

Prior to Tuesday, members of the militia group were allowed to enter or leave the refuge at will, but late Tuesday authorities stopped several vehicles outside the refuge, leading to the arrest of eight people, including group leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy. The convoy was traveling about 100 miles to a community meeting in John Day. About 50 miles from their destination, the FBI and Oregon State police ordered them to stop. A police spokesman said all vehicles obeyed the order except one. That vehicle, containing Ryan Bundy and LaVoy Finicum, was fired upon and its occupants returned fire -- though it is unclear who fired first. The group's spokesman, LaVoy Finicum, was killed and Ryan Bundy was wounded. (UPI)

Ya know how the FBI likes to make easy arrests? They tell people with outstanding warrants that they've won a free cruise and to come get their tickets. Ya know how the FBI makes easy militia arrests? They tell them that they're invited to talk at a forum and the press will be there.

Heh. Stupid. Hope they like being butt ponies in the slammer now. Enjoy!


Italy is fucking pathetic.

Italian hospitality for the visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stretched to covering up nude statues.

Mr Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke at Rome's Capitoline Museum after Italian firms signed business deals with Iran.

But several nudes there were hidden to avoid offending the Iranian president.

Italy also chose not to serve wine at official meals, a gesture France, where Mr Rouhani travels next, has refused to copy. (BBC)

Ok seriously? Italy did the world a disservice. Covering up art because of their guests' sensitivities is not just insulting but utterly sackless. This is ART ffs and if Iran wants to hang with the first world then it needs to develop first world aesthetic. Being "offended" by famous sculptures because they're nude means they're not ready yet to participate. Rather let them stay at home, than giggle like stupid children at the sight of David. The middle east NEEDS to be educated, not insulated from modern norms. Nations hosting "integration" education for asylum seekers know that people raised in the Middle East are not only unfamiliar with equality and respect but they actively shun opportunities for growth, preferring to remain antisocial and ignorant in the name of "faith" or "culture".

Italy, you're idiots. I won't feel bad for your government when Islamic radicals target you next, because you had your chance and you failed.


Or, put another way, law makers are NOT doctors so fuck you and fuck off.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to review lower court rulings overturning North Dakota's ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy - before many women know they're pregnant.

The justices turned away the state's appeal of decisions striking down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect, and abortion-rights supporters said it was the strictest anti-abortion measure in the country.

So here's the big FUCK YOU to North Dakota and it's anti-woman laws. You wasted your tax payer's time and money on an doomed-to-failure effort to restrict women's right to an abortion. Must be nice to have that kind of money to throw away. I'm sure you don't have any kids below the poverty line that could have used that money on, say, school lunches or anything.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.

Fail #2 for the anti-abortion crowd. Lying and publicity will eventually come back to bite you in the ass. Because this is America and while you might be able to get idiots elected, you can't break the laws just because you feel like it. Not that the damage they intended wasn't done. Idiots-at-large who can't think past the rhetoric poured into their brains by conservatives still attack Planned Parenthood based on the misinformation provided by these assholes, and because they WANT to believe the worst there's no way the truth will ever make a difference.

Not that jailing these scumbags won't make some of us feel better.

Smart people are tired of the subject. It's well past time for the GOP to get the fuck off women and contraception, stop the gay bashing and criminalizing non-whites. If they want to represent religion in our society then represent the good, positive aspects of helping the poor and feeding the hungry. Enough is e-fucking-nough.

Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown ?obsessed? with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. (KOS)

Maybe the fat lady hasn't sung, but the Pope is sure a strong second. It's time for the stupid to take a back seat to science. Amen.


UPI doesn't need to buy a vowel, they just need to use a fucking spell checker. Or pay their editors more. Either.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Federal regulators are ordering a recall of 5 million more cars after a 10th death has been linked to the faulty Takata airbags.[..]

The vehicles implicated in the latest recall include certain Mazda, Ford Audi and Wolkswagen models. The announcement adds to the 19 million vehicles recalled in the United States since last year.

Really? Is UPI outsourcing to China? Dunno, but Wolkswagen? Really? From now on I'm changing UPI to UCS for U Can't Spell...



Why does this guy have a gun?

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man was shot dead while attempting to help a driver whose car slid off of an icy road, police said.[..]

Police said Jefferson Heavner, 26, and two others attempted to help Lee after his car slid and crashed due to icy road conditions. Lee became belligerentand the three men decided to call the police, authorities said.

Lee allegedly fired an automatic pistol at the men as they attempted to call police. As they ran, a bullet struck Heavner. He fell to the ground as Lee approached him and shot several more times, police said.

Ok NRA you tell ME why this guy needed to kill someone. Where were his rights violated? How was he defending America and freedom?

Yeah, not so much, huh.


It had been a while, and I've played Portal 2 probably four or five times, so I was surprised when the game started and I couldn't select a gesture on the circular menu. Since your very first task is to wave at your coop partner it was pretty awkward and we were stuck. Then I noticed at the bottom of the screen a red ring. This was also odd. Finally, the gesture menu had a circle with a slash though it - the universal symbol for "no". So I was stumped. Sure, the game had loaded my cloud settings and keybinds, but nothing I did would let me select a gesture with cursor like it had done previously.

Long story short, it turned out to be that I now had a controller attached to my PC. Even though I had disabled the controller in the settings I found that I still couldn't select gestures. Once I physically unplugged the controller however, bingo, back to normal.

Solution: detach your controller if you want to use keyboard and mouse for Portal 2. Dunno, I guess it's a thing.


No really, what?

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his supporters are so loyal they would stick with him even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody.

So Trump is asserting that if he committed murder in broad daylight that his supporters would defend him from the law? And he's running for someone who wants to be in charge of America?

I'll give it to him, every time he tops himself I figure there's nothing wilder he can pull out of his hat. Yeah, I'm wrong with that. Impressive, in an iceberg sinking the Titanic kinda way.


Yeah he does, that's why he's dumping a ton of snow on your sorry asses. But do you get the message? Oh noes you don't.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- March for Life, the nation's largest annual gathering of anti-abortion activists, will battle blizzard conditions Friday to convene on the nation's capital in opposition of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1974 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

The rally, in its 43rd year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision, is expected to begin at noon on Capitol Hill with speakers who include Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and former Baltimore Ravens player Matt Birk.

Omens much? God is telling you asshole STFU in the most plainest of terms.

Welp, here's hoping that Carly freezes to death. Not that would make any difference in what comes out her mouth. She's pretty much brain dead as it is. Enjoy yourselves assholes!


So Dipshit, how's that whole Oregon thing working out for you? Not so great huh. The only people that care are the locals you're pissing off. To everyone else it's not even newsworthy.

Sucks to be stupid. Like you.


So there I was on the flight back. We managed to catch an earlier shuttle but had to take middle seats. All of us. Eh, it was a small price to pay for an extra two hours of personal time and at least my seat-mates were average guys, one older wrapped in his heavy winter coat, the other younger and thoroughly engaged a e-novel on his phone.

Eventually drinks came, and that requisite bag of tiny, stale pretzels that always taste awesome when you're caged like a breeding sow in a pen too tiny to actually move. I carefully put down the tray table and decided it might be nice to take a few notes and have my micro-snack at the same time. Now this ain't my first rodeo. I've done the write and snack thing a multitude of times, but this time, as I scribbled my notes the conical plastic cup tipped from my fingers and dumped juice over the tray, notebook and me.

"Not my finest moment," I kvetched to the raised eyebrow from phone-guy. "Are you ok?" I queried of winter-coat-man. He assured me that he was, proving that indeed he was only cat napping the whole time.

For the first time in probably decades I pushed the call button. I can remember doing so once as a kid to ask for a blanket, but that was quite literally eons ago. A stewardess showed up, more or less promptly.

"Oh, a spill?"
"Yes, can I get some paper towels?"

Clearly this was NOT a new event for them. But when the towels showed up she patiently swabbed the tray and started to leave.

"Uh, can *I* get some? There's juice in the seat." Grudgingly I got towels to mop up under my butt.
"Do you want a blanket?" this from a second stewardess who was passing by.

"Yeah no, it's ok. My pants have already soaked it up." I went back to dabbing the juice from the notebook.

Eventually e-book guy looked over "Well at least it wasn't wine," he quipped. Yeah, ok, that was a valid point.


I don't have any sympathy, not that you could tell.

Spurred by two tuberculosis deaths last year, Alabama public health officials tried reaching out in Marion, and were mostly ignored or turned away. Many people seemed suspicious and unenthusiastic about providing blood samples to the government. Efforts in late 2014 to trace the contacts of people who did test positive were stymied; few in the town of 3,600 seemed eager to tell on their neighbors.

"We had a very, very poor turnout. Our turnout was so bad, we actually had people throwing beer bottles at us," said Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health division for tuberculosis control.(AP)

Idiots who are "afeared" of modern medicine aren't just in Afghanistan, they're right here in the US of A. Frankly if you're throwing bottles at people who are actually trying to save your life then, quite simply, "fuck them". If you're not smart enough to take what's offered to help prevent your own death then good on you, the quicker the better and don't waste time on the hospital on your way out either. And no, I don't agree that bribing people is the right way to solve the problem.

The deaths in 2015 and another in 2011 justified a more proactive response. Using grant money from the CDC, the local health department decided to pay $20 to anyone who comes in for a blood test, another $20 for returning three days later to get the result, an additional $20 for keeping an appointment for a chest X-ray if necessary, and $100 if a patient told to take medication completes the treatment.

The cash made all the difference: In the last two weeks, more than 1,000 people - a tenth of Perry County's residents - have gotten tested, and public health officials found what they feared: an outbreak at a scale unseen in years.

I'm sorry did you say you spent $140,000 just to get people TESTED? No really. You know they spent that shit on booze and ciggs right? My suggestion is, turn that shit right around, take AWAY any benefits, food stamps, welfare, ANY sort of support unless they comply. There's no reason to throw good money away on stupid people when the problem is self solving.