Mar/08
2011
Hats off to Kelloggs! I hope people get the word out, and World of Suck is doing it's part right here, right now...
For each breakfast photo a user uploads to the Web site shareyourbreakfast.com, the Kellogg Company will donate a breakfast to a child who might otherwise go without. The project is part of a national advertising campaign for Kellogg called Share Your Breakfast, which will support National Breakfast Day on Tuesday. (NYT)
So you! Yes you! Get out your cell phone and take a picture of that blueberry muffin, that bowl of Count Choc'ula, that granola bar, leftover cold pizza, those blintzes, grits-n-gravy, eggs or whatever! Do it! Take that picture and send it in, there are kids out there who could use a good breakfast. Please!
Mar/08
2011
I think the Ref was way the hell outta line in this one. See what you think.
A man wearing nothing but a bright green thong and a curly black wig dashed onto the field during a low-level game in England on Monday. Dorchester player-manager Ashley Vickers ended the intruder's 30-second jaunt with a thudding, neck-high tackle during the 70th minute of the game against Havant & Waterlooville. Vickers was shown a red card for violent conduct with the score 1-1. "I'm dumbfounded and speechless," Vickers told local newspaper The Dorset Echo. "My only thought was to get hold of him so we could get on with the game. I managed to grab him and bring him to the ground, and the funny thing was the stewards actually thanked me for it. But the ref decided to send me off and it beggars belief." (AP)
Frankly the ref deserves a big sock in the chops for that one. The red card is for excessive violence *against other players* not against assholes trying to spoil the game. Further this clown deserved it after getting away from two officials who had tried to stop him, Vickers only wanted to get on the game and took the opportunity that was presented. Boo for the Ref on that shitty call. Get yourself another job! You suck!
Mar/08
2011
Not because there are buds on the tree outside my office window. Not because I'm seeing bunnies scurrying around on once-again-uncovered soggy lawn. Nor yet because of the month, astrological signs or the farmers almanac. No, I know it's spring because my cats have gone into apocalyptic-shedding mode where they take on the characteristics of dandelions, leaving little tumbleweeds of fluff that can waft gently upward every time the heat comes on. Oh joy.
Mar/07
2011
Missing the mouse on the main screen where you load a game? Hit shift or space bar (or whatever key you mapped to toggle the mouse) and it will show up. I found it by classic discovery: key mashing.
Mar/07
2011
For once I don't know that I agree with the judge when it comes to saving someone's life.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has delayed an order that a cancer patient undergo a hysterectomy to give her time to appeal a finding that she is not mentally competent to make such a decision.[...] L.K.'s appeal says she is a deeply religious woman who wants children and that she objected to the hysterectomy on both grounds, the Missoulian reported Sunday. After L.K.'s cancer diagnosis, Dr. Valerie Knutsen sent a letter to the Missoula County attorney's office in September with concerns about L.K.'s ability to make medical decisions. A nurse sent similar letters in September and October. A petition to appoint a temporary medical guardian was filed in November. On Feb. 11, the temporary medical guardian signed a consent form for L.K. to have the radical hysterectomy. The surgery was scheduled for March 3. During a status hearing on March 1, a psychiatrist from the Montana State Hospital testified that the woman was having religious delusions that God had cured her and that those delusions prevented her from making fully informed decisions about her medical care.
We're a funny nation, and frankly I blame the damned Puritans for this conundrum: We believe in the freedom of the individual to act and think as we like so long as it doesn't effect others. Except when it comes to suicide. Because as it's only your life so long as you value it. If you want to throw it away you're just not allowed. Really I don't get it. The one thing a person owns more than anything else is their right to exist. I don't see the issue with a sane person's decision that they've had enough and want to move on. In that light if this lady wants to die, well ok, why stop her? So long as it isn't a burden on anyone else, cost-wise, if she changes her mind at the last minute then why force her to keep on living? I can't see her being very happy after the operation so why make the rest of her life miserable? Ignorance is bliss they say, at least she can go out being blissed.
Mar/07
2011
Teenagers think they know everything. They believe that they're invulnerable. They won't listen to anything someone tells them. But when it comes down to it their cell phones are provided and paid for by someone else, their parents, and it's actually the parents who are the ones to blame.
Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. Nearly 5,500 people in the U.S. were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2009. And according to a poll LaHood released, 63 percent of drivers under 30 acknowledge using a handheld phone while behind the wheel. Thirty percent say they've sent text messages while driving. (AP)
It's not easy dealing with someone who won't listen and might not even want to talk to you at all but the choices are stark. If you give your kid a cell phone then you need to set rules *before* you give them the car keys. You need to enforce them. You need to check up on them. Habits must be instilled or the risk that your child will wind up dead, or your having to explain why someone else is dead. And if you're equally guilty of distracted driving? Consider the impact on your family if you're the one that winds up dead. Maybe you won't care, but they certainly will.
Mar/07
2011
Having nothing whatsoever to do with the video game. Sadly this is real life.
NEW YORK (AP) — A cab driver furious he was being forced to drive his fares from Midtown into the Bronx rammed two of them with his taxi, critically injuring one, seriously wounding the other and knocking a third to the ground before fleeing, authorities said Monday. Mohammed Azam, 27, was charged with assault and leaving the scene of an accident, and was being held on $100,000 bail.[...] Police said four men hailed Azam's cab at about 4 a.m. Sunday in Midtown Manhattan and asked to be taken to the Bronx after they got inside. Azam refused, according to prosecutors, saying it was too far away, the trip would make him late to turn in his taxi at its depot and he'd have to pay a $30 fee [...] they got into an argument that culminated with the driver stopping at the Midtown police precinct, authorities said. The four passengers and Azam went inside, where officers told the taxi driver he was required to take the fares where they wanted to go. As they left the precinct, one of the men decided to take another taxi, prosecutors said. Azam told the other three to get into his car, but when one of them had his hand on a passenger door handle, the driver abruptly backed up, yanking the passenger and throwing him to the ground.[...] Then he drove forward, ramming the other two, who were carried along on the car's hood for 30 yards before the car turned and they fell to the ground, prosecutors said.
This comes at a bad time, not just for the 17 year US citizen born in Bangladesh, but for Manhattan in general. Like it or not it underscores the impression that most people have that people from that area of the world aren't capable of acting in a civilized manner. It highlights the fear and mistrust that feeds popular suspicions: Muslims cannot be trusted. Personally I don't agree with this. I'm as fearful of Christian and Jewish zealots as I am of Islamic ones. But if I had to choose which one to take a taxi with at 4am? I'd be the most comfortable with the radical Atheist...
Mar/07
2011

Harsh? Not so much.

In a Douglas County Georgia school, a couple a kids got suspended, and one expelled for their comments on Facebook about a teacher. The parents are enraged and thumping their chests saying that school doesn’t have the right to restrict free speech. They’re also complaining that the students weren’t given a chance to retract their statements and apologize. I’d feel pity for them. But I don’t. You see, one called the teacher bipolar. Not that bad, admittedly. The other called him a rapist. And the last one called him a pedophile. They have since admitted that all of the statements were false accusations solely for the sake of name-calling. Maybe the school punishment was overly swift. And maybe the school doesn’t have the right to punish students for activities online outside of school bounds. But, realistically, all 3 students defamed their teacher so some degree. While the bipolar comment is so tame as to be not worth mentioning, the other two were much more serious. If taken seriously, he could have lost his job, and been unable to get another teaching job for the rest of his life. If taken further, it could have actually meant a trip through the court system to prove his innocence, during a time when the accusation of impropriety is enough to ruin his life. To be honest, if the teacher accepts the school suspensions as the only punishment, the kids and parents should count themselves lucky instead of standing up and complaining. Legally, he’s within his rights to sue them for libel. Free speech is one thing, but flat out lying about a person is something else. Be glad your kid got suspended. I recommend long talks concerning proper behavior and respect to teachers. Mix in some lessons concerning the public nature of things posted online, and the grave nature of false accusations. And for a grand finale mention the risk of a serious lawsuit that could have cost them thousands of dollars. But instead, you're just sitting around bitching to the press that someone dared to hold your child accountable for their actions. Cry me a river.
Mar/07
2011
Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader's son is dying of a neurological disease. It turns out that they had a daughter that died of the same genetic disease 8 years ago. Why do people with genetic problems knowingly procreate? I can understand, once, opps, didn't know, but to go and have another child is reckless. I think I know why: Many say a child, any child, is considered a "gift from God". I say people that knowingly bring a child into this world that will only wither and suffer are cruel and misogynistic. Yes, that is my opinion. They have the option to refrain from procreating by using birth control or exercising that abstinence the right heralds all the time. Abstinence isn't only for teenagers, you know. Furthermore the parents of Joseph have not ruled out a run to the States, a run to a hospital that will likely prolong Joseph's life without question. A run that will likely cost that hospital money that they will pass on to the US taxpayers and paying patients. Those advocating for prolonging this child's limited life should help pay the bill. Is it cruel to make this into a dollars and cents issue? Health care ain't free, no matter what our neighbors to the north want to believe. Some wonder why we "need" some sort of universal health care. Sorry, you can't save every baby and control health care costs. It's just not possible.
Mar/06
2011
Lindsay Lohan is on trial for stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. Ms. Lohan claims it was a loaner. The Jewelry store has sold the surveillance tape supposedly associated with Lohan's crime. So I wonder, does the jewelry store wants justice or just a quick buck. Selling the tape just makes them look like opportunist publicity hounds. If the tape fetched a pretty buck, imagine how much the infamous necklace will fetch in auction if Lohan is found guilty? However, the jewelry store many have screwed the case up looking for a quick buck. They went for a quick buck and may still have their day in court, but I certainly have less respect for someone who cries foul and then tries to shamelessly profit off it. Not that jewelry stores are to be held up as beacons of morality, but which is it: Greed or Justice? I think we know which the Jewelry store picked. Can't anyone refrain from making a quick buck off celebrity fascination?
Mar/06
2011
Look folks, until more people in religions *other* are bombing, beheading, harassing, suppressing and agitating for the death of all non-believers, Islam is and shall continue to be the face of terrorism. Sorry. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Muslims are only being blamed for crimes committed in with their name. If you want to be known otherwise then clean up your act. And frankly that's doubtful since moderates don't represent Islam any more, the guys with guns and bombs do. Good luck though and let us know when you've got that all sorted out. Until then, yeah, you all deserve an extra helping of suspicion.
Mar/06
2011
KABUL, Afghanistan — The American commander in Afghanistan apologized in person to the leadership of the Afghan government Sunday for the mistaken killing of nine Afghan children in Kunar Province on March 1, but the Afghan president rejected the apology, according to a statement from the president’s spokesman. General David H. Petraeus attended the Afghan National Security Council meeting held Sunday and explained that the shooting of the boys, who were all between 9 and 15 years old, was a mistake and apologized to the Afghan people. In response, President Hamid Karzai said that the apology was insufficient. Civilian casualties worsen the relationship between Afghanistan and the United States, he said, according to the statement.
I hold no special standing in international politics, nor am I an official representative of the U.S. other than for myself. But in that role as Ambassador of Myself and an American citizen I'm officially telling Karzai to shove it. It may have been our mistake in firing on young men who are nearly indistinguishable from Taliban recruits, but he is also quite responsible for their deaths as well. If his nation weren't in turmoil, if he provided his people with an organized and honest government, if he stopped playing the both sides against the middle there might not have be an ongoing conflict that requires bullets as a solution. But Karzai doesn't want peace, he doesn't want an organized or honest government, because then his position would be marginalized. He wants power and attention, to be unaccountable to anyone but with hands in every pot. He's untrustworthy, narcissistic and unpredictable. Most of all he only wants what's best for him, not for the nation. So yeah, take your fucking rejection and shove it. Start making some progress on peace and prosperity in your nation, be fucking accountable for a change then maybe you'll be worthy of my respect. But trust me, I won't be holding my breath waiting for that day.
Mar/06
2011
But really, what do you expect on a slow news day?
Mar/06
2011
Since everyone is always interested in who is to blame I'll portion that out first. The blame lies in almost equal measures with the media, society, our political infrastructure and, of course, ourselves. Now that you know the answer will you either stop reading or keep going and find out what this blame is for? I don't really care, of course, because this blog is all about me. Ha! There I got you. It's an illustration of my point, that the focus of our every waking moment has been reduced to a pinpoint which centers only on ourselves. "But I care about other people!" you're going to say "I donate to charities, I fold my family's clothes, I help little old ladies across the street." Sure you do those things, but only when it's convenient right? Not when you have something you need, or want on the line. Because that comes first, always, me first. I believe that the age we live in panders to this "me first" attitude. They play on our fears that if we don't support position X or politician Y then something we have will be taken away (or something we need won't be given, same thing, typically more stick than carrot.) "Vote republican and YOU won't have any money when you're old! Vote democrat and YOU won't have enough money today!" We're constantly being barraged with the negative effects of not doing what they want. Me. I. My. These things will be diminished if we don't comply. Actually we know better. The people howling about Bush destroying personal freedoms in the name of "homeland security" found out that it didn't really make much of an impact on our day to day lives. The next set of people howling about Obama restricting gun rights also found out that nothing has really changed (in fact many states freaked out and passed more laws in their favor.) So the question becomes, if we know these are just ploys to work us up why do we fall for it over and over again? Let's go back to my allocation of blame: ourselves (check), politicians (covered), that leaves two more: media and society. Let's tackle the first one. The following statement should be obvious (if you're a thinking adult.) There is no such thing as unbiased media. If you don't agree with that statement then you should probably stop reading now because (like the bible) the rest of the explanation depends on it. The media are out to make a buck. They're a business. They need to distinguish themselves from others and find a way to maintain and grow their market share, their influence. Now while they can't actively lie without suffering major repercussions ("Men from Mars have landed!") they are free to exaggerate and distort, insinuate and warp facts to suit their needs. Further, they know damn well our hot buttons, when to use them and when to lay off. Case in point, the current apathetic response to the Defense of Marriage act. It's not so hot any more, people are tired of this topic, they've heard it all, it's going to be hard to rev people up on the topic when they're more focused on losing their jobs. The media (although not some politicians) has barely mentioned it at all because they know it won't sell, hold viewers or readers in thrall. But they do know that deficits sell. Unions and public employees are hot. So they throw up conflicting messages: "Teachers get paid to take the whole summer off!" "Without good salaries we won't have good teachers and the kids will suffer!" Push, pull, back, forth, we are manipulated because we want to be distracted, energized, emotional. They pander, we pay and the cycle continues. The media feeds our selfishness but that's their job, they too just want to make a buck. Society is also to blame, although this is just a bit more complicated, I think you've read enough (if you've even gotten this far I applaud you.) As a race we have become more wealthy, more decadent. We no longer live in caves, suffer from plagues, die en-masse from weather-related issues. More people live more comfortably than ever before and thus we have the time to ponder our entitlements. A timely example is the whoopla in CA over sharkfin soup. Originally a dish that was only enjoyed by royalty it is now accessible to the merely rich down to the middle class and lower. Environmentalists and scientists want to outlaw the practice of "de-finning" sharks (hacking fins from live sharks then dumping them back into the ocean to drown) by making shark fins illegal. The Chinese residents are furious, saying that we're impugning their culture, denying them freedoms, unfairly targeting them for something they've enjoyed for centuries. The fact that centuries ago most of those complaining would never have been allowed to enjoy this escapes them. But American society has taught us that a person is defined by their culture, the things that set us apart, not the things that make us the same. I worry about us. Humans have thrived because we have been able to cooperate, suffering individually for the greater good of the species. But it seems like that is changing. I've heard the sentiment echoed "who cares what happens to future generations, I'll be dead then anyway." That doesn't bode well for us. I know that in a time of crisis that much of that melts away, and people will momentarily band together (e.g. when Congresswoman Giffords was shot) but how long did that camaraderie last? In a world where it's every man for himself we are destined to be very lonely, very vulnerable and very isolated even as we crowed the planet. I guess it's sad, and doesn't bode well for our future success, but then again, I'll be dead by then anyway so why should I care? (actually I do.)
Mar/05
2011
Bad actually isn't the word for it. Gruesome, inhumane, hell, those are all more appropriate.
CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Animal rescuers in South Carolina said Saturday that they have found two dogs believed to be from a local shelter shot in the head and buried at a landfill, and they suspect there may be more.[...] Knowlton said rescuers who regularly work with the shelter in Chesterfield, S.C., were first tipped off by an inmate working there. Some inmates working at the shelter had been saying that dogs were being taken off-site and weren't coming back, Knowlton said. One told a rescuer working with the shelter that dogs were being taken to the landfill and being shot.[...] When that allegation was made, fellow rescuer Debbie Farhi grabbed a shovel and started digging at the landfill, Farhi said. She found one dog with fresh blood on it that had been shot in the head, then dug up another. At that point, Knowlton said, Farhi was told by animal control officers to leave.
Worse, now that the crime has been uncovered the same people in charge of overseeing the shelter are the same ones investigating. The odds that they're going to actually incriminate themselves is pretty fucking small.
Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker told WSOC-TV, which first reported the story, that his office is investigating. A message left with a dispatcher for the sheriff's office by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Saturday morning. The sheriff's office oversees animal control. "We've got nothing at all to hide here," Parker told WSOC. "We're doing interviews, and we'll get to the bottom of it."
Really? Nothing to hide? Then prove it by turning over the cold-blooded fuckers that shot those poor animals. You know damned well who killed those dogs and that's no way for an animal to die.
Mar/05
2011
Sheen has officially hit the books as a verb. "Man I was totally Sheen last night." "Wtf is wrong wit yous? You so Sheen!" "Guy, don't be givin' me th' Sheen!" And so on and so forth.
Unlike other phrases of (false?) bravado recently associated with Mr. Sheen (“Bring it!” “Winning!” “Tiger blood!”), the terms “sheened” and “sheening” clearly connote partying, questionable decision making and public humiliation. It was mentioned this way last year on the Web site Urban Dictionary, soon after Mr. Sheen’s rampage at the Plaza in New York. On Twitter recently, one J_A_Parker10 suggested that being “sheened” meant getting high on pain pills and sleep aids, while another poster called it “the new name for wasted.” “I have no doubt that his name will spawn one or more meanings besides getting drunk,” said Bryan A. Garner, a language expert and the editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary. Indeed, Mr. Garner came up with a definition of his own. “To ‘pull a Sheen’ could mean to ridiculously try to defend oneself in the public media,” he offered.(NYT)
Sheening to me connotates a mix of arrogance, self-aggrandizement and pure delusion in equal parts. It's used when someone is so clearly out of alignment with anything reasonable, sensible and sane that either drugs are involved or they need to be. Charlie Sheen is a misogynistic fruitcake who needs help in the worst way. I'd feel sorry for the fucker if he weren't having so much fun wrecking his life. I know that's what passes for entertainment these days but that just speaks to how slightly less pathetic we are than him.
Mar/05
2011
Is the show a slam on Christianity or on those that pretend to be good Christians? Some are saying the proposed new show is a slam on Christians. I say, really? I've known women I would classify as "good Christian bitches". One needs to go no farther than one's neighborhood church, denomination unimportant, to attempt to observe these beasts. Yes, they are far from rare. The Southern Baptist variety can be particularly catty and vile, but they don't have a corner on meanness. The expression "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" certainly fits for many church ladies. These are the women my father likes to dub the "la-de-dahs". The ladies that sit back and have never seen someone outside their inner circle that they don't pass judgement on. Clicking their tongue and fanning themselves, every little "damn" is chastised. Just don't you dare look to far into the cobwebs of their broom closets. Yeah, I see this show not so much a slam on Christianity as an examination into the catty bitches that run the female part of churches across the country. Obviously they can dish it but they can't take it. So bitches, tell me how you like the look in the mirror?