Liberals ruin everything. Nothing is sacred, not even the Boy Scouts. I mean it says Boy in the name, you have to be a Boy to be in the Boy Scouts. Until now. Thing is, the dirty hippies didn't take this one from you traditionalists. The Boy Scouts let girls in to make money, plain and simple. They weren't forced, the feminists and liberals did not demand entrance, the private club that is the Boy Scouts decided they needed a new membership base to draw from, so go blame them this time.
It seems everywhere I look I see a tip jar, or a fundraiser or a crowd funding request. Enough is enough. Certain jobs warrant tips, others do not. Certain things should be crowd funded, like research or disaster relief efforts, others, like your fun time hobbies, should not. Episode 49 addresses why everything is crowd funded and tip jars are more prevalent than ever and whose job it really is to make sure labor earns enough to buy the consumer goods and services business is selling. Hint - its not societies job.
So I have had a lot going on. Right, no one cares that I got busy. Quick Rants will return with new episodes over the weekend but for now, here is a repost of one of my favorites, Your Cat Is Not a Child.
Hurricane Irma is an example of the dangers of the "Fake News" slander campaign against the mainstream media. Rush Limbaugh has told his listeners that Irma was not going be as bad as the media claimed and that they were only doing so to drive up ratings and sales of essential items. He also implied liberals go along with it to further a global warming agenda. Rush is playing politics with people's lives. A hurricane is a weather event, the prediction is based on facts and the media is presenting the worst case possibility so that people realize what could potentially happen (death) if they don't evacuate Irma's path. For Rush to imply otherwise is irresponsible. For Rush to tell his listeners it is a hoax and then evacuate himself is cowardice.
For any society to function people have to follow the rules, even if they don't want to. This doesn't extend to laws, or major things, but to little things, like not littering, obeying traffic signs and yes, parking properly. The parking has yellow lines and you are required to park within those two lines, regardless of whether your car is a POS or brand new Porsche. There is no rule that says people rich enough to buy luxury cars are entitled to two spots, one car, one spot.
Today's rant is about the entitled dickbag who for whatever reason feels that his or her car is so special that they don't have to follow the rules. Enjoy.
Everyone at this point is aware that there is a heroin epidemic in this country. It has got so far out of hand that 1st responders are carrying $5000 doses of Narcan in an effort to save lives. This has many people very angry who see it as wasted tax payer dollars to save the lives of criminals who made a poor choice. Rant 46 is all about why this is not only cold view utterly lacking in human compassion, but hypocritical.
There are certain people who just ruin everything with their self-centered oblivious nature. Todays rant addresses two people who make shopping a nightmare - the extreme couponer and the person who buys way to much stuff at the gas station.
Shopping is simple, find your stuff, buy your stuff, get out of the way so other people can find and buy their stuff. People have lives to lead, just because you don't doesn't mean you should waste everyone else's time at the checkout line.
This rant is something a little different than what I have done before. I am not raging about politics or commenting on societies failings. I am simply telling a story about the greatest one upper I have ever met. The man is a local legend, someone that anyone who frequented a certain Ohio pool hall will never forget. Willy O'Dallam was one of kind and his antics are legendary to the few that know him. So here you go, my retelling of my encounters with greatest one upper ever to walk the Earth.
I am a little late on this rant, but I felt it needed to be done. Michael Phelps raced a shark and people are angry it wasn't a real shark but a CGI shark. Of course it was. Did you really think that Phelps was going to get into the water with a real shark?
More importantly, the people who feel their anger over this is justified are the same people telling you not to discuss politics because its pointless. This is the place we have come to in this country, we get angry over discussing political or social issues with real world impact, but we feel justified in getting angry an olympian didn't get eaten by a shark.
Start learning Mandarin people.
Eventually I had to discuss the Trump Jr emails and today is that day. What astounds me is that even though we have the emails and Donald Trump Jr admits to meeting with Russian agents offering incriminating information pertaining to Clinton, 45% of Republicans do not believe the meeting occurred. The meeting Don Jr. admitted to attending.
At first that blew my mind. Then I got to thinking about why when presented with facts Trump voters chose not to believe them and it made sense. Trump voters want to believe that he has a clear mandate and the majority of American's believe that Trump's policies are the best thing for America. To accept that a Russian propaganda attack occurred would be to admit that there was some impact on the 2016 election, which while not legally invalidating Trump's win, at minimum castes doubt on the so called Republican mandate from the voting public.
Well, it has happened. They have gone to far. This insult must be accounted for, we must gather our strength and send a message that certain actions cannot be tolerated by men of good conscious. No, not Trump Jr meeting with Russian hackers, but the BBC must be told that Jodie Whitaker is #NotMyDoctor.
Seriously, this is absurd. People are mad that a progressive TV show on a progressive network mad Dr. Who a woman. This is a great thing. It is an excellent statement for women's rights and gender equality and fits perfectly with the BBC's stated mission statement to enhance diversity in their workplace and on air. Science fiction always leads the way forward in terms of social progress and Dr. Who is an excellent vehicle for a statement like this.
Remember the good ole days before cell phones and the internet? When people wrote letters instead of sending emails, or when the only phone in the house was chained to a wall and the whole family got to hear your private conversation? I do and let me tell you, they sucked.
The good ole days weren't better. Not even close. The good ole days sucked and I could take Doc Brown's Delorean and transport you there after about three days you would be ready to come home. There is a crazy nostalgia movement where people think everything we have today is terrible and everything from the past is so much better, its inanity. They same people talking about how great the 90's were will be missing the 20teens in 2040, because time plays tricks and makes you think what you had is better than what you have.
So I can't ignore 45 any longer. I took a short break from discussing the successful real estate investor turned failing President. With his recent posting of a video of himself attacking a person portrayed as a CNN reporter, and admitting he has no agenda set for his meeting with Putin, I felt a Quick Rant on 45 was mandatory.
45 despises the media. His favorite topic is how the fake news is out to get him. Either he is deranged and ill equipped mentally to handle the spotlight of being President or it is the greatest misdirection act in history. MemeGate has successfully focused American attention on Trump's twitter account and the fake news instead of on N. Korea's belligerence and the United States inability to resolve the issue and bring N. Korea to heel, and that is what the administration wants. Trump's crazy public antics keep the country focusing on his personality and overlooking the fact that he has accomplished nothing in 180 days, in fact, less than nothing. No one is paying attention to the a situation where the United States will be forced to get help from China and Russia, on their terms, to reign in a rogue nation that isn't following instructions.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. America the Great and Powerful is as strong as ever and the world trembles before our might. No go focus on Islamic Terrorists that haven't pulled off an organized attack on US soil in 16 years and fail to notice we can't dictate foreign policy to the world or even N. Korea and that all of our senators and representatives, even the President, are bought and paid for by our true rulers - big corporations.
Happy day after 4th of July.
Michelle Carter has been convicted for involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Conrad Roy. You did read that correctly, it has been determined that Carter, by sending text messages and most damningly telling Roy to get back in the truck after he got out if, is guilty of killing Conrad Roy.
This is simply untrue. Carter is guilty of being a terrible human being, but she did not kill Conrad Roy. Roy had a choice to make and he chose to end his life. It is always tragic. It is senseless. It is terrifying and devastating that a person can become so hurt at 18 that they end their life. It was however, Roy's choice to take Carter's advice. No one forced Roy back in the truck, no one forced him to rig the generator, no one but Conrad Roy chose to commit suicide.
Michelle Carter should have helped Roy find a reason to live. She should have informed authorities and she should have informed Roy's parents. By convicting her though the judge has abrogated Roy's responsibility for his action and placed it squarely on Carter and that is symptomatic of our current society. Our actions, our failures, our lot in life is always someone else fault, never our own. Nothing is further than the truth. Whatever your spot in life you are solely responsible for it. You made your choices, whether by acting on your own or reacting to others actions that impacted you and only you are responsible for the results of your life.
Bill Cosby has been set free by a hung jury - temporarily. He may never be convicted on any of the more than 50 allegations of sexual misconduct brought against him. This is due largely to the time that has passed between the alleged crimes and the investigation as well as due to a lack of physical evidence to support the accusations.
One thing is certain however, regardless of what Cosby's publicist states, he has not been vindicated, nor is his "power restored". Bill Cosby, America's dad, was a lie. He lived a lie for decades, coming across as a respectable, wise, caring man who was morally upstanding, when he appears to have been a monster. Many have stated that Cosby must be innocent, that these women are looking for a payday. I might believe this if it was one woman, but when 50, by some counts 100, have come forward across five decades to accuse America's Dad of assault, at least one is probably not lying, and one is all it takes.
American's don't want to accept a man they trusted and believed in could be this much of a monster, so they don't, they rationalize away the allegations and blame the victims, because it is easier and because as much as Cosby appears to be a monster, he was also a leader, a loved figure, role model and noted philanthropist who almost always said and did the right thing, in public. The truth is unpalatable to many Americans, so they choose not to believe it.
Marketing gurus are amazing at manipulating us. Men are now buying products that were traditionally only purchased by women, scented bath soaps, facial moisturizing cream, hair products, candles, yogurt. The newest entry into this field is "The Man Can" which is, canned wine.
Yep, someone decided that if you put wine in a can and market it as manly, men will start drinking wine. The sad thing is they are probably correct, as history has shown this tactic to work smashingly.
Side note, I am not above this manipulation. In my fridge currently is the "official yogurt of the NFL" that Cam Newton was pitching and I have some Old Spice body wash in my shower. Marketing gurus, insidious and dangerous.
Kathy Griffin thought it was funny to take some photos holding a bloody head that clearly looks like Donald Trump's. She can't understand why American's are angry at her and seems to think it is because she is woman. Kathy is angry and playing the martyr stating that Trump is trying to end her career over a joke. Sucks when it happens to you huh?
For years liberals used the tactic of targeting sponsors and massive public outrage to attack right wingers with opinions they felt to be abhorrent or incorrect. Recently this has started to boomerang back on the lefties and now they don't like it.
Maybe this is what we need. The Salem Witch Trials didn't end until the inquisitions started taking down leading members of society and looked like it was about to bring everyone down. Maybe now, when even the sacred keepers of correct societal thought, the lefties, aren't safe from repercussions. It is pretty clear Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin are not racist or intolerant white nationalists, but none of that is going to save them, they expressed bad thoughts and society is going to take them down.
Free speech is essential to a nation. We as a society have been eroding that right for years by trying to codify what is and is not acceptable thought and we are nearly on the verge of it getting completely out of control.
It has been almost seven months since Hilary Clinton shockingly lost the Presidency to a cartoon character running a campaign based on fear, hatred and intolerance. It has been almost seven months since the left was gut punched with a rebuke from the great majority of America they stopped caring about years - essentially all of not within 50 miles of an Ocean. It has been seven months since America voted Donald The First into office. The left, and HRC, still can't understand how this happened. Let me simplify it for you:
1. Your platform does nothing for anyone not living in a major city or within 50 miles of the Ocean
2. People disliked evil, despicable, immoral, dishonorable Washington insider Hilary Clinton more than they did Donald Trump.
These facts are evident. The left needs to offer something to the people that live in the Red States that make up the majority of the occupied land in this nation. However instead of acknowledging where the platform and candidate failed they are blaming the loss on sexism and racism. Good idea, never complete a self examination, the results are usually hard to deal with.
Minimum purchase amounts. I hate them. They piss me off. So much so that any business that has a minimum purchase amount in order to use a credit card, or a fee for paying by credit, is instantly a company that I will never purchase anything from again.
Why you ask? Why don't I just carry cash? Why do I hate small business so much that I would refuse to purchase things from them? Quick Rant 33 explains my dickish opinion on this one, and my anger is directed at more than the just the business owner who charges these fees, I also have some vitriol for congress and the big national banks.
Science is losing a war in this country. It seems unthinkable but what was once revered in this nation is now dismissed as mere opinion. With the current focus on making America great again many seem to have completely what actually made this nation great - scientific advancement.
America and American businesses have long been the worlds technological leaders and innovators, dragging the world forward one invention at a time. Lately though there are troubling signs that America is starting to use the power and wealth at its disposal to prevent the world from moving forward technologically, whether that is with limiting investment in NASA or not being a leader in the development of clean and renewable energy in favor of coal and oil.
Embracing science, mastering it, investing in it and following where it led us made this country great. A scary trend is developing where people feel science is either lying to them or just simply invalid or not right. Science is complicated. If it was easy everyone would be a scientist. It takes years of research and work to become and expert in a field of science, and that is why to most of us scientific findings are only understandable on a basic level. That doesn't mean we should dismiss as no more valuable than our own opinion. We have to go back to trusting science and following where it leads.