Categories: "Daily Life" or "Sports"

Apr/10
2017

Fly the Fuck You Skies.

You're in Chicago, and you board a United flight to Louisville. Why anyone would want to go there is beyond me, but let's accept the premise. United has naturally fully booked (probably overbooked) the flight. The passengers all board and prepare to continue their journey. Then, United realizes it needs to get four of it's own employees to Louisville. So it asks for people to volunteer to get off for a hotel room and $400. No one takes it. So they go to $800. No one takes that either. Then they decide to randomly pick people to get off. The first two they pick get off without hassle. The third... well... this is where they get into some trouble.

The third man refused to get off because he needed to get where he was going. He said he was a doctor and had patients to see. So, United was of course very understanding. So understanding that they call the cops, tried to forcibly remove the man, knocked him out by smashing his head against an armrest, and dragged his unconscious and bleeding body body down the aisle and off the plane. In front of a plane load of people with cell phones, they thought they'd get away with that. Eventually, he was allowed to re-board the plane, with blood still on his forehead but was clearly disoriented (concussed I'd assume). Then they deplaned everyone so United could "tidy up".

So, let me start with this:

FUCK YOU UNITED!

Now, let move on to the rest. United response? Check this:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

That's it. They're sorry they overbooked.

FUCK YOU UNITED!

Ok, let start with the fact that the man could have avoided this if he'd been a sheep. He could have bent over and allow United to fuck him. Or allow the transit cops to do the same. But instead, he stood his ground and was beated down for it. Now, he broke no laws. United had no legal reason for asking him to leave. He wasn't s a disturbance until AFTER they asked him to leave. The cops therefore shouldn't have any authority to remove him. At that point, they were only there to enforce company policy, not legal code. Moreso because the company had tried to bribe people to get off the plane, and only stopped raising the fee in order to save money. I bet for $2000 or $5000 someone either volunteers to gets off the plane, or United finds another way to deal with getting employees to Kentucky. So, these officers were just thugs, even before they smashed a mans head into the armrest. I really hope they get charged with assault, but we all know they won't.

This isn't quite the worst case PR scenario for United. I mean, preventing a doctor from seeing his patients is bad. Holy crap is it heartless and stupid. But it could have been a person flying to a wedding, birth, or funeral. Can you imagine if he'd been flying to his mother's deathbed? And got there too late because of this crap? The sad thing is that it doesn't really matter why he was flying. Every person on that flight thought that it wasn't worth $800 to get off and fly later. They all had places they wanted to go. NO ONE puts up with going through the hassle of going to an airport, getting molested by TSA, and waiting forever and a day to get on board a flight just because. They all needed to go somewhere. And it doesn't matter if it's a doctor with patients, a person with a dying family member or a stripper going to her next gig. This sort of bullshit is far to common with airlines anymore. And the idea that they think they can use transit cops as armed thugs to enforce company will is terrifying.

Personally, I'll be really sad if this man walks away without pressing criminal charges on the cop and settling for at least 5 million from United. The police need to understand that they're not corporate thugs, and are responsible for the safety of the passengers, not the bottom line of the airline. More importantly, when they're not enforcing the law, they're personally responsible for their actions (in this case, assault). And the corporation needs a firm slap to make it understand that overbooking has penalties.

As for that statement.... holy crap. I don't see how any human being could be heartless enough to write it up. They must have hired a true lizard person style lawyer to be that cold. One person refused to voluntarily leave the plane? I think it's safe to say that the other two people didn't leave voluntarily either. You tried to bribe them, and they rejected it. They were just less willing to push the issue once you threatened them. More than that nugget, you don't even mention that you are directly responsible for the actions of your thugs? That your corporate greed and mismanagement directly lead to a situation that you handled this fucking badly? That your strong-arms brutalized a man and potentially gave him a concussion? That they did so in full view of children? Let alone the rest of the plane load of passengers?

In case it needs to be said again,

FUCK YOU UNITED!

And whoever wrote that statement... I really hope that you end up buried to your neck surrounded by fire ants.

Sep/12
2016

Forget

It's good for people to grieve. When someone you loves dies, you need to mourn them. Grieve for a while. Then move on with your life. When something reminds you of the lost ones, you stop, think of them fondly, and remember what they meant to you. It's a healthy process. As a nation, we've moved well past healthy. Two thousand, nine hundred seventy seven people died. That's a lot of friends and family that had to grieve. As a country, we banded together and grieved with them. We took up their grief and wore it like a badge of pride. Every year, the anniversary of the event comes around again and we wrap ourselves in patriotism and declare with one voice that we will never forget. Except... maybe we should. If not forget, at least tone down the rhetoric and jingoism. 15 years is a really long time to hold onto a loss. If a person went to these lengths to remember someone that died, most people would tell them to seek therapy. You need to let it go in order to move forward. That doesn't mean forgetting it entirely, or pretending it didn't happen. It means moving forward. The scar of 9/11 is part of the national psyche now. It will likely go down with 'Remember the Alamo' and 'Remember Pearl Harbor'. Those patriotic cries faded after the war they were attached to ended. The events remembered, but the sting of them removed. This year, in November, newly minted voters will go to the polls and not be able to remember 9/11. But the conflict associated with it is on-going. They have spent their entire memorable life with people on TV dying in a 'war'. Every year on 9/11, the country pulls out all the stops to remind them why they're fighting. Maybe we should all look forward. It's fine to remember your loved ones. But this national pastime needs to stop.
May/24
2016
Josh Duggar wants to get back on TV. I know, that sounds far fetched. The child molesting fucktard thinks that enough time has passed that he can waltz onto a talk show, preach his special brand of bullshit, blame the devil, beg forgiveness for his flawed human nature and everything will be fine. Then TLC will give him his own TV show to let him live the high life some more. See, this is the central flaw in Christianity. That idea that saying your sorry means total forgiveness. And if God/Jesus forgives him, everyone else should forget about what he did too. It helps if you can offload your own failing onto something else insubstantial and unearthly. I mean, if the devil made you do it, what chance did you have? He's an all powerful demon with an eternity to plot your personal downfall. He spent eons thinking up ways to exploit the tiny cracks in your character to make you fall from grace for just one second. On top of that, Josh thinks that simply offering up his apology, even if sincerely felt, puts everything back to a correct place in the world. That, because he said 'my bad', not only must we forgive, but he deserves to be put back into the limelight. That not only must all good Christians overlook his foibles, but we must assist in his return to 'fame' and fortune. Not every mistake made by person is the same. Some people slip up and deserve to be redeemed with an apology. This isn't one of those times. Josh shouldn't get to be famous again. He doesn't deserve it. If you want to live a penitent and 'forgiven' life, maybe you should avoid the spotlight. After all, the devil can tempt you better there, right? If you come out from under the rock you've been hiding under, you should expect infamy and ridicule. Not forgiveness and adulation. Really, let us be honest here. You deserve nothing. You're scum. Want to prove you're not? Spend the rest of your life making up for your mistakes. Until then, fuck off.
Apr/08
2016
Fuck you and have a nice day. In one of those rare moments, I get to say that after punishment has been meted out. You see, Trooper... ahem... former Trooper Hamilton is an asshole. He pulls you over for a speeding ticket. Everyone hates it. You're caught, you know it, you're pissed off, and you're out a bunch of money. Best case you get a warning and waste 20 minutes. Amazingly, this prick makes a routine traffic stop even more excruciating. His third question after 'do you know how fast you were going?' and 'Can you provide me with your license and registration?' is not in the standard police guidelines. 'What Chruch do you go to?' and the follow up 'Are you Saved?'. He also provides directions if you want to attend his Chruch. yes, of COURSE he provides pamphlets. Seriously. go fuck yourself. The last thing ANYONE wants to talk about when they're getting a ticket is religion. The nicest pastor in the most cordial Church since the beginning of man doesn't want to talk about it then. But hey. He got fired yesterday. So I can't be made at Indiana. He got a warning 18 months ago to knock it off and now his ass is walking the unemployment line. When asked about it, this is his comment: "Oh well... I'm just following what the Lord told me to do and you can't change what the Lord tells you to do. So if the Lord tells me to speak about Jesus Christ, I do. And that's why they fired me so that's where we're at" What a douche.
Feb/29
2016

Reunite

It's been a long time since I saw them, but not long enough. When I say that my time in high school was the worst on my life, please understand that the sentiment is not said casually or jokingly. They are the low point of my life. Every day further from the torture and anguish I suffered in that school is an improvement in my well being. There is a little more haze on the pain, and a little less clarity to the faces. I survived high school. Barely. Of my classmates, I call none of them friends. None of them even rate the level of an acquaintance. Since leaving that school, I have spoken to none of them. Beyond the missives requesting my attendance to these regular demarcations of when we graduated, I don't know if they're alive or dead. I don't care if they're better people. I don't want to know who got fatter or thinner; whose hairline has receded; who procreated; whose job pays the most. None of that matters. They were vile people. While some degree of that can be forgiven in youth, I see no reason to put myself in their presence again. The worst case scenario is that seeing them reopens wounds long since scarred over. The best case is the prostrate themselves before me begging for my forgiveness. The likelihood is that I would discover nothing more than some of them are as bad as ever, some are worse, and a precious few managed to improve themselves into something that doesn't make me want to punch them. I can see no instance where meeting them would make me want to reconnect or repeat the experience. To be honest, I'd be better off going to a random school that graduated the same year and trying to get to know those people. Those random people would have the advantage of not having a plethora of hideous memories attached to them. Those reprobates are all shadows of my past. And despite these attempts to crawl out of the dark recesses of my memories, and asking me to relive it all, I condemn them to remain memories. The crimes and abuses committed are left unvarying moments etched in the past. I do not forgive. I don't foresee any future far enough away to forget.
Jun/18
2015

Another Killing

Today there was another killing somewhere in the world. Unstable/Insane person A didn't like person or group B and decided to kill them. Person A obtained the gun/explosive/knife/spork required for the deranged plan and then went to place C to execute it. Person or Group B was injured/died. This story happens regularly. And you can almost see the orgy of excitement in the faces of the 24 hours news moguls. They love this. They get to examine person A and group B and take reaction videos from everyone who ever knew anyone remotely involved. In the era of cellphones, they have a decent chance of getting footage from somewhere that they can broadcast with grisly warnings about the graphic nature of the following footage. They can hunt down photos of the victims and perpetrator and try to psychoanalyze everyone and everything. They have to manufacture spurious statements about intent and ideology. They have days of news filled off this single event. People have died. And the media are masturbating to the corpses.
Mar/13
2015

The Death of Authors

"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable." REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE. "Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little?" YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES. "So we can believe the big ones?" YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING. "They're not the same at all!" YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET -Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED. "Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point?" MY POINT EXACTLY."
-Terry Pratchett, Hogfather You will be missed, my friend. Farewell.
Feb/06
2015
Let's play a game. I'm going to list off some quotes. Then I'll ask you some questions about the speaker. Don't Google it. That's cheating!
'Obviously rape is awful.. [] What is beautiful is the child that could come from this' '...every cloud has a silver lining. It's just that this cloud is a rape. Every rape cloud can have a baby as a silver lining' 'Now it's all 'War on Women' this and 'my body, my choice' that and 'don't lay your theocratic mitts on my uterus you backwards thinking jerkface.' And I think our country is now lost morally because of it' 'They just need to think of a rape baby as God putting one in you, is all' 'God works in mysterious, sometimes kinda rapey ways'
Now. No peeking. Tell me. Man or woman? Age? Skin color? Political affiliation? Job? What state are the from? Let's see how you did: Male. About 40. White. Republican. State Representative. West Virginia. How'd ya do? I guessed Mississippi and 50, but I feel like WV isn't very far off of the sexist spectrum. For the record, Brian Kurcaba is a loser. He's a pathetic sack of shit, who will hopefully never know the horror of being raped personally, or have one of his loved ones suffer the fate. You're a walking talking stereotype of a hateful sexist pig. Everything about you represents that. I could rail on and on about how horrible a person you are. But really, what more needs to be said. You are what you are.
Jan/08
2015
Stop me if you've heard this one. 3 men walk into a newspaper publishing house. They kill people that write things that offended them. That's the real gist of the story. Dick-Bag (DB), Douche-Canoe (DC), and Rectal Prolapse (RP) decided that some guy's cartoons were so offensive that not only did he merit murder, but the three of them were the ones to do it. The victims offended these three people personally. The murdering fuck-sticks were deluded into believing in a deity or higher power, and because all such higher powers invariable agree 100% with the person believing in them, they naturally assumed that Allah also was offended, thus perpetuating the horrors of dogmatic belief. The great part about this delusion is that since Allah was offended, killing these people was a divine right, mandated by god himself, so not only was it their duty to commit murder, it was justifiably right and wholesome to do so. Let's step back a moment and focus on the original problem. DB, DC and RP were offended. That is the root of the problem. They come from a society where being offended is such a horrible thing that it demands an escalation from speech to action. I get offended all of the time. I'm allowed. Nickleback offends me. Dick Cheney offends me. Pro-lifers offend me. Born-again Christians offend me. Homeopathy offends me. Anti-vaccination advocates offend me. The NSA offends me. The actions of DB, DC and RP offend me. Being offended is fine. Nothing happens when you get offended. You don't get offended and wake up the next day with Ebola. You get offended and you get over it. Offense is subjective. What offends me might not offend you. Offense is limited to a person, group, culture, or society. Offense is not right and wrong. Just because something offends you, it doesn't mean that thing is intrinsically wrong to all people. It's just a thing that offends you. There is nothing wrong with being offended. If I say something that offends you, you get to be offended. That's it. You're welcome to attempt to offend me back if you want. You've got a right to be offended. But you don't have a right to expect me to not offend you. And you absolutely don't get to attack and murder people because they dared to offend you. I'm not sorry they were offended. I don't care that they were offended. They deserve to be offended. People that are willing to kill others over religious beliefs deserve to be offended. They didn't like the depictions of Mohammed? Don't look at them. Grow the fuck up. People teach their child about sticks and stones, right? I assume that's not a thing in the Muslim world? More than that, everyone should be offended at something. If you live in a cloud where nothing offends you, you must belief that world is absolutely perfect exactly as it is. If people weren't offended at things, they wouldn't be trying to improve them. And since offense is subjective, various groups are working against each other to correct the offenses that bother them. That's all well and good. I don't like pro-lifers, but I understand that my beliefs offend them, and they want to fix that. Good on them. But that doesn't mean I roll over and let them do whatever they want. Their beliefs offend me, and I stand up for what I think. That doesn't mean I shoot them in the street. I just argue for the things I believe and have hope that in the end everyone will come to terms with something acceptable to most people. That's how free societies work. It's the ONLY way they work. Of course, that's not the type of society these 3 killers want. They want a theocracy where everyone bows to the same imaginary friend and follows the same arbitrary rules written by people hundreds of years ago who believed that a 53 year old having sex with a 10 year old was acceptable. They want to convert or kill anyone who disagrees with them. They want to suppress ideas that cause doubt about their ideals. They want uniformity. They want unquestioning lockstep belief. They don't want to ever be offended. Nothing that offends them will be allowed to exist. And that offends me.
Aug/20
2014

Not One Incident

In my life, the change in my perception the police has been palatable. Maybe part of that is movement from a rural community to a suburb. Maybe some of it is a factor of growing up and noticing things differently as we age. Maybe some of it is the proliferation of video evidence of things that were previously hearsay. The police stereotypes of bullies lording power over others in an effort to maintain high school feelings of adequacy seem all too real. Those that seek the profession seem more interested in the authority and respect than the ability to protect and serve. The common retort is that the bullies like that are the bad apples, or that the situation is never as black and white as the videos constantly make it appear. Those are both lies. Even if you assume 1% of cops are 'bad apples', the other 99% spend a lot of time covering up for them. Far too often, death by cop is ruled to be accidental or justified even when it's obviously not. Those investigations are handled by other cops in internal affairs, and the Blue Code bias is clear. Even in rare cases when the officer is found responsible, they are given slaps on the wrist while the department pays hush money settlements to the victims. The single cop idea fails even faster when you consider that the scope of police disregard is far greater than that. While one cop can shoot a teen with flimsy justification, entire squads of police regularly bust in to homes to perform no-knock searches that have repeatedly ended with injuries and deaths of both home owners, and pets. Departments claim no culpability when they throw a flash-bang into the crib of a 3 month old infant causing it life threatening injuries. Or on a larger scale the degree that police departments seize property on the basis that it was drug related, and use the sales of that property to fund their own expansion of power. Last year Philly seized 5.8 million dollars of property from owners, most of whom were unable to get through the labyrinthine red tape to recover it before it was sold. Most of it was also seized without any charges being filed, let alone a conviction received. In areas of the south, cops prowl the southbound lanes of highways hoping to seize drug money returning to Florida, while ignoring the drug shipments in the north lanes because the money is easier for them to seize and use. And they don't care if normal people get their legitimate money seized in the process. Every time police departments get a new tool or toy, they want to use it. They have license plate cameras tracking your movements around town. They have devices to wiretap cell phone calls by hijacking them. They have armored cars and flak vests on par with Iraqi invasion troops. They want the right to search everyone at any time for any reason. Look to Arizona and its 'papers please' view of immigrants. Or New York's stop and frisk policy. They fight tooth and nail to use those things even when it's obvious they're racist, non-productive, or blatant violations of the 4th amendment. Even the so called 'good ones' have a very serious hypocrisy when it comes to the use of force. They tell us they support the ACLU and want people to report 'bad cops' so they can be taken off the force. But within paragraphs, the story from that same person moves to demands that the citizenry doesn't challenge his authority, or demand to exercise their rights. To quote the douche: 'If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. [...] Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?' In the space of a page of text, his support for the rights of citizens vanishes into a demand that your surrender your rights for a few minutes, just to make it easier on yourself. It's not a bad cop. It's not even a thousand bad cops. It's a bad system. Like spitting in the soup spoils the entire batch, the entire system of police in this country is rotten. At this point, it's not even a single glob of spit in the pot anymore. In my eye, there are no 'good cops' anymore. Some are better than others, but in the end, they are marching in lockstep with the rest of the Stasi. Guilt by stereotype has become their standard, so I will judge them by it. I treat them with the same suspicion they would a gang member in the ghetto. I don't think they're driving around to serve or protect. They're here to inflate their egos, enforce their will, and exercise their authority. I give them the trust and respect they have earned for themselves. None.
Aug/18
2014

Charitable Blackmail

I got a call the other day from a friend. He wanted to know why I hadn't posted a video online. I was confused. Then he had to send me the link to the video of his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge where he challenged me to do the same. I missed it because I don't read his Facebook page. And to top it all off, he was baffled when I refused to even consider it. I don't have a problem with charity in general, or the ALSA charity in particular. I think ALS is really terrible, and it deserves money to research for a cure. This social media campaign is funneling money to them, and that is great. But I won't be blackmailed. Not for $5, or $100. And that's what this is. It's an attempt to shame someone into donating money that didn't offer up on their own. I have family members affected by various diseases. I give to diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer charities. ALS is a good one, but it's not in my top 5 list when I figure out where my charity money is going at the beginning of the year. That?s not a shot against ALS research, but a commentary on the issues that have more personal impact on my life and the lives of those around me. I?m sorry. No. I won't be blackmailed into your charity. I wish you all the luck, but I reject your challenge
Aug/11
2014

No. You're fat.

I'm sorry. It's true. You're fat. Or to be medically correct, you're obese at best, and probably morbidly obese. And that is not OK. I don't want to hear about your "thyroid condition" that you've never actually had diagnosed. Or that you've got big bones. Or any of the other lies and bullshit you're spewing about why your 5'7" frame is carrying around 300lbs. It's not healthy and you shouldn't be trying to pretend that it's not a problem. It is. The "medical condition" that prevents you from losing weight is lack of willpower and desire. Pure and simple. I've seen you diet. You suck at it. I don't know what breakfast and dinner consist of, but pop tarts at 9, crackers at 10, and chips at 11 negate any potential gain when you have a salad for lunch. Not that the salad means much when you cover it in bacon bits, fried chicken, croutons and a half gallon of honey dijon dressing. No, it doesn't matter that it's low fat dressing, when you use a third of the fucking bottle. See... that's your "diet". You tell people you're eating just 2000 calories a day, or low carb, or whatever your latest fad is. But you lie. You eat a ton of crap all day long, and because it's 1/2 as much as you usually pack into your maw, you feel like you're doing some good. All you're doing is slowing down weight gain. Don't get me wrong. Losing weight isn't easy. I'm 20 pounds over where I should be, and that's after I've already dropped 25. The thing is, your Jabba-esque frame is used to 8000 calorie days. My diet consists of eating around 1500-1750 a day. When I splurge, I'm hitting 2000. While on your last "diet", I watched you eat 2000 calories before lunch. That is why you're fat. Don't try to sell me on your pity party. You're not curvy, you're not attractive, and you're not "healthy at every size", whatever the fuck all of that means. You could lose a hundred pounds and still not be a healthy weight. That's how far away from healthy you are. And the delusional belief that people shouldn't 'fat-shame you for your inability to meet a unrealistic body image promoted by media magazines and Hollywood' doesn't help anything. You're over-weight. Fat. Obese. The ideal of a skinny actor on a magazine cover didn't make you eat those doughnuts. You shoved them in your cheeks and they ended up at your waistline. No millionaire thespians or media conglomerates were involved. Women don't need to be a size 2 and men don't need a 6-pack in order to be healthy. I won't argue with that. But you should probably be able to see your feet. Or walk up a flight of stairs without wheezing like a 40 year smoker. There are a million things about your life that are curtailed because of your inability to control your weight. Quit lying to us. More importantly, quit lying to yourself. Eat less. Move more. Until you do those things, shut the fuck up. You're fat. I'm sorry if that hurts your little feelings, but those little feelings are the only little damn thing about you.
Dec/06
2013

In mid-September, Glenn Broadnax was disturbed, which is to say he was unbalanced. He walked into traffic in NYC. As traffic piled up and police arrived, he reached into his pants pocket to get his wallet. Police, believing he was getting a gun, shot him. Well… ok, not really. They shot at him. And crack marksmen that they are, they hit two people in the crowd and missed him entirely. Then, the cops changed their minds about shooting the unarmed man to death, decided to tazer him, and then arrested him.

He was charged with menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest. Reasonable enough stuff. I’m on board. But now the DA has tacked on something new. Two counts of felony assault. Who did he assault? The bystanders the cop shot obviously. Poor judgment and worse aim led to the cops drawing their weapons and shooting the wrong people, but they’re blaming Glenn instead.

It’s all an attempt to push responsibility for their actions away from the police both to maintain a solid wall of blue (note: the names of the cops are being protected while they’re on paid leave) and protect the city from the lawsuits the victims will press against the city for their medical expenses. The cops ignored the 4th rule of gun safety: Be sure of your target and of what is beyond it. It’s beaten into the students of every gun safety class ever given. And it was casually disregarded by the NYPD. The cops violated rule #4 and hurt bystanders. It’s not the first time. And it probably won’t be the last.

And now the DA is sitting in court trying to make a case based on first mover. The initial cause is blamed for everything that follows after. It's bullshit grandstanding. Based on that, I blame the DA and demand he be brought up on assault charges immediately. Why? Well, his repeated attempts to protect cops from their own mistakes has instituted a culture of negligence where cops don't care if they arrest, assault or murder innocents. This lead to cops firing on crowds last year and again in September. Ipso Facto, the DA should be put on trial. Same logic, new initial cause.

Putting Glenn on trial for a cop's failure to practice gun safety is bullshit. No reasonable person would think that Glenn's actions forced the cops to shoot bystanders. There are doubt that they should have even pulled their guns in the first place since he was unarmed. The thug cops acted precipitously and used more force then necessary. Worse, they missed their target at a range of less than 15 feet and hit innocents. Put the cops behind bars.

Jul/16
2013

Recently, ABC decided to hire Jenny McCarthy to replace a host on the daytime talk show, ‘The View’. Honestly, while I’m not entirely surprised, I’m immensely disappointed.

Jenny is a self-deluded conspiracy theorist who is actively working to increase the number of dead children every year. I don’t say that lightly. Her activism directly leads to infant mortality. And ABC just gave a soapbox to help her convince millions more parents to do the same.

You see, Jenny believes that vaccinations cause autism. She BELIEVES. She also believes that her son was cured of autism by changing his diet. She BELIEVES. She believes that there is a conspiracy in the medical community to cover up the autistic side effects of mercury used in MMR vaccines. She BELIEVES.

She’s wrong on every count. MMR vaccines don’t have mercury based preservatives. There isn’t a conspiracy. She probably didn’t cure her son because he was almost certainly never autistic. Vaccines do NOT cause autism.

Now, she’s not a liar. As I said, she absolutely believes what she’s saying. But she’s incapable of seeing the evidence that she’s wrong. She still supports Andrew Wakefield’s vaccine study years after it was discredited and he lost his medical license for tampering with the results in order to get money from a drug company that wanted to gain market share using his study. Subsequent studies have done the same experiment repeatedly and found completely different results.

But not being a liar doesn’t make her a force for good. Since she joined the tin foil hat brigade on vaccines, she has promoted the view around the world and scared parents into refusing to vaccinate. Sure, she’s not the only person on the bandwagon, but she’s one of the largest faces of it. By her actions, large numbers of children around the world are not being vaccinated. There has been an increase in outbreaks of measles. Where once it was nearly eradicated, children are again suffering from peventable diseases. Whopping Cough tripled its number of infections last year over 2011, which was itself the highest number of cases in a decade.

Last year, 13 infants died of whooping cough. More died of other preventable diseases because their parents believed Jenny.  I lay those children at her feet. Not every one of them could have been saved with proper vaccination. But most could. She is not the only responsible party. But she shares the blame with Wakefield, the duped parents, and the rest of the anti-vax crowd. They’re all culpable in the deaths of children.

And ABC hired her. They gave her a platform to reach millions of parents every day. For shame.

Jun/20
2013

It's Supposed to be Hard

The FBI and NSA have had a rough time of it recently. I’d feel bad for them, but it’s entirely their own fault. Most recently, the director of the FBI warned Congress that  pulling the plug on programs like PRISM, would “reduce the number of dots” they can examine when they are trying to stop terrorists.

And to put a kibosh on just using due process to get information from the communications companies, he claimed that getting a subpoena and getting the information back would take “an awful long time”.

Isn’t that some horseshit? Ok, I have firsthand knowledge that the second part of that pile of manure is incorrect. When a subpoena is submitted, the request can be turned around in under a day. BUT!! That’s not all. When there is an immediate threat, there is a secondary request process that they can ask for the information, get it stamped ‘super mega ultra-urgent’ and turned around in minutes. After the urgency of the request is handled, an official court documented request can follow at a later time to ensure that the proper legal process was followed. Hurray for due process!

As for the other side of the coin, it’s the Fourth Fucking Amendment. It doesn’t matter that it reduces your number of dots or is inconvenient. It’s SUPPOSED to be hard for you to unreasonably search me. You’re seizing my information and data without providing a warrant. But not just that, you’re seizing it from my wife. My family. My friends. My coworkers. The entire damn country.  And you have no reasonable suspicion that any of us have committed a crime. End of story, end of discussion. I’m sorry. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 phone numbers.

But really, that’s the problem. Damn privacy protections. Think of how safe we could be if we just turned everything over to the government. They would just walk around and have a giant pool of data to crunch at any time about anyone. They could go fishing to their little heart’s content. Hunting those evil bad people who have stuff to hide. Yeah. That would be good. I can’t think of any issues with that at all.

What was that? Mid-level IRS flunkies acting on their own initiative to target Tea Party groups?  Don’t worry about that. I’m sure the FBI and NSA are better about that sort of thing. All of their employees are solid upstanding citizens. And their contractors too. They all stick to the letter of the law, right? Certainly none of them would wander off the reservation. To Hong Kong. With reams of information he wasn’t supposed to have and release it to tons of people that weren’t supposed to have it.

Nope. That would never happen.

Right?

Sep/17
2012

Fuck you Post Office

I have a community mailbox. For the fourth time in the past 6 months, I was unable to unlock my mailbox today. Each of the previous times it was because the delivery person had shoved the mail so far into the box that it prevented the latch from turning. Each time, I get to go through the same stupid cycle.

First, I call the post office. Each time, no one fucking answers the phone because that would be stupid. So, I end up waiting in like for 10-15 minutes while the brain dead worker bees figure out how to deal with each customers problem. Then, once I get to the front of the line, the person acts like they've never heard of a community mailbox before. I explain the concept and describe the how the key doesn't turn of the latch is blocked. I'm a polite as can be because I realize that this is shitty thankless job, and this problem isn't the fault of the person I'm talking to. Today... things were slightly different.

Once I described the problem, the bitch behind the country immediately told me this was my fault for not cleaning out my mailbox often enough. I'm sorry, what? Shit-stain, before you open your mouth and say something like that, you should know I get my mail every mother fucking day. And when I tell you that, rolling your eyes is NOT the way to make the situation better. Nor is telling me there is nothign you can do about it, when I know otherwise. I shouldn't have to tell you to give the mail carrier a letter to make it right. Making me suggest it makes me angry, particularly on top of your previous attitude. See, I'm not a nice guy.

I'm really not. I can be. I do my very best to keep things civil. But once you cross the line, all the sudden, Mr Nice Guy goes away. He's on vacation now, bitch. Tonight, you're getting a sizable pile of complaint letters from different sources with different variations on the text all mentioning that you were rude and unhelpful. Some of them are translated into Spanish, and some in German. And tomorrow you'll get them all again. And the probably the day after that. It's convenient that someone scripted submissions to the USPS website for me.

If you're really lucky, that'll be the end of it. My attention span will overcome my anger. I'll get bored and stop clicking submit.  Like I said, I'm not a nice person.

Fuck you USPS lady.

Sep/13
2012

The election is coming up and once again I have a horrible truth pushed to the front of my brain as I prepare to take the final slog through campaign ads. There are people that believe this shit.

I’m not talking about believing little things. I mean, there are legitimate arguments over a candidate’s position on this topic or that. Where does Obama stand on gay marriage? Does Romney’s experience at Bain Capital translate into a good commander in chief? Yada-yada. I expect that. I even expect the more political based things like the possibility that Romney didn’t pay taxes for several years.

No, nothing that mundane. I’m talking about people who still believe that Obama is not a US citizen. Or that he’s a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Who believe that the US is a Christian nation and any adherents of another faith should be deported. Who can’t tell you where Mexico is on a map, but is positive that Mexicans are the cause of most of our economic problems. Who scream loudly about people getting handouts on the unemployment line while hypocritically drawing on Medicaid. Who sit in a world full of technology and believe that Neil Armstrong never walked on the moon. Who honestly and reverently believe that the antichrist has already set foot on the planet, and has gotten elected to the Presidency.

It seems like nearly every week I run into these people. I don’t seek them out, but I see them anyway. Arguing in the work cafeteria. Talking in the supermarket. Posting online. And worst of all, staring out of my TV screen and being given a platform on the nightly news.

They are the biggest problem in America today. Forget abortion, marriage equality, housing bubbles and distribution of wealth. Those are all side effects. This large group of ignorant people is the underlying cause. The average person isn’t real bright, which means this bottom third is REALLY stupid. They reinforce belief structures and help each other wallow in their feeble-mindedness.  They band together and push the rest of the country to acknowledge their particular brand of gobbledygook. They give their money to corporations that indulge them, which just spreads their lunacy further. They band together so you can explain it away as the crazy cat lady down the street.

They believe, and that’s far more important to them than knowledge. You can disprove their views a thousand times and it doesn’t matter. They already locked their belief in place and take any contrary evidence as conspiracy and lies. They believe and will not falter. They will refuse to accept anything that hinders that belief.

And worst off, they vote. In the past twenty years, most of the elections have come down to a few percentage points one way or another. And there are enough of them that they have actual influence on the outcome. Politicians pander to them as a voting demographic. These voters are the mental equivalent of potted plants, but get the same right to speak their… I guess we’ll call it their mind, though I would stipulate that the word is being used loosely.

I’m not saying they should have their suffrage removed. I’m just saying that this time of year makes my head hurt. It also reinforces the need for children to be properly educated.

Hey kids. Don’t be dumb.