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Random Thoughts: 5/24/2012

I know, I know.  It’s been forever since I posted some random thoughts, but I’ve been extremely busy recently.  Our work force at, uh, work, was reduced and in addition to my everyday duties I had to learn a new job plus study for test for a new IT certification.  I have passed the test and hopefully things will be settling down at work allowing me to spend more time posting.  These posts take an hour or two to complete as I scour the internet looking for stories interesting enough for me to comment on.  So, without further ado….

  • The NFL’s Sunday Night Football in America program dethroned American Idol as this year’s most highly rated show.  The fact that American Idol was dethroned was great.  It was even better that it was the NFL that did it.
  • If Kelly Clarkson introduces her new boyfriend and nobody cares, does she really have a boyfriend?
  • Good news!  The senate is attempting to address the growing problem of student loan debt.  But there’s bad news.  The senate is attempting to address the growing problem of student loan debt.  I guess this is somewhat of a win that it’s being addressed at all, but the two rival political parties can never agree on anything.  Both parties had their proposals voted down yesterday.  An A for effort?
  • Last night, President Obama declared that he’s not an “over-spender”.  The $5 trillion he’s added to the national debt seems to say he’s full of shit.
  • Bill Clinton posed for a picture with some porn stars who happened to attend a charity event he co-hosted last night.  And the shit has hit the fan.  I have multiple questions.  Who cares who Clinton posed for a picture with?  Who cares what Hillary will think?  Why were there porn stars at a charity event?  And finally, how did those chicks become porn stars?  They are freaking ugly.
  •  Hillary Clinton admitted that the US has hacked into Yemen and Al Qaida websites being used to recruit new members.  The question I desperately wanted an answer to went unanswered:  Did the backlash of her make-up free photo last week encourage her to wear make-up last night?
  • The state of New York is looking to outlaw anonymous internet posting.  I’ve already opined on this subject and I hope this law fails.  What a waste of time.
  • Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney laid out a plain to tinker with the education system if elected president.  He blames the teachers’ unions for taking hard-line stances and refusing to change with the times for our “third-world education.”  I have no idea if the teachers’ unions are truly responsible, but I do know these two things:  our eduction system sucks and all unions have become way too powerful.  Both need to be taken on.
  • It seems people get their feathers ruffled over extremely ridiculous things these days.  A Dallas-based pizza chain has announced an offer to give a free pepperoni pizza to customers who can order in Spanish.  A member of the Conservative Caucus has said that only English should be spoken in public places and a member of a Hispanic Market Group called it discrimination (really?).  Look, people, this is a privately owned chain and if they want to give their pizzas away to people who speak pig-latin, wear their pants on the ground, have Justin Bieber haircuts, and walk into the joint doing a handstand while wearing a kilt then they have every right to do so.  Get over yourselves already.
  • Disturbing news from Florida (is there any other kind from that state?).  A 17-year old student was having a full-blown asthma attack in school.  The student had his inhaler taken away and was not permitted to use it because there was no parental consent form signed.  Stupid, but they have to protect themselves from lawsuits.  HOWEVER, the school nurse just locked the boy in a room and watched through the window while the young man suffocated.  What the fuck?  I understand that you’re not permitted by school policy to administer medicine to him, but why would you lock  him in a room to die rather than call 911?  Doesn’t this kind of behavior violate nurse ethics?  Aren’t they supposed to help if they can like other medical professionals?  This school is going to get lit up by the lawsuit that is undoubtedly coming at them.  I don’t normally agree with suing people, but when a school grossly neglects one of its students then it should get what it has coming.  Had that been my kid I might have clocked that nurse after walking in to the office and finding her watching my son suffocate to death.  BUT, both of my children had signed forms and carried their inhalers with them…
  • There’s another viral internet meme making the rounds.  When will internet memes go away?  They are so 2011…
  • The Sunlight Foundation has determined that Republicans sound dumber than Democrats.  After listening to the likes of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry, I have no choice but to agree.
  • A couple of female soldiers have sued to remove the US military’s ban on women in combat.  Quite frankly, this move is long overdue.  There isn’t true equality if women don’t have the same rights and responsibilities as men in our military.
  • A Pakistani doctor has been sentenced with 33 years in prison by a Pakistani court on treason charges related to his divulging the information of Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts to US forces.  It seems to me that if that is considered treason in Pakistan then the Pakistani government knew exactly where bin Laden was and was purposefully withholding that information from the US.  To me, that means Pakistan is a US enemy.  I doubt it will happen, but they should send the Navy Seals back over there to smuggle that guy out of the country.  He should not be punished for doing what’s right, but no good deed goes unpunished, right?
  • Some idiotic pastor (otherwise known as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C.) delivered a hate-filled anti-gay rant to his congregation recently.  This hate-monger thinks we should build a big fence and put all of the “queers and homosexuals” inside and leave them there until they die.  What’s even more disturbing are the cheers from the audience as he speaks these heinous words.  When the church (any church, not just this one) starts to wonder just why fewer and fewer people are attending church, perhaps they’ll finally see the hypocrisy of promoting hate and intolerance while preaching about a peace-loving God.
  • Is it time to legalize marijuana?  A recent poll says that 56% of Americans think so.  As for myself and the limited amount of research I’ve seen, weed is statistically safer than alcohol and cigarettes so I say yes.  Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it.  Nobody should be in jail for possession of dope.  There are people committing far more despicable crimes than getting high that we can prosecute and fill our jails with.  What do you think?
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6 thoughts on “Random Thoughts: 5/24/2012

  1. TwinDaddy, I have missed these. I don’t always agree with everything you say, but it is interesting to “read your mind.” I agree totally on the student who was neglected asthma medication because of the lack of a signed form. What sort of a society have we become.

    I was also glad to see that you agree that Republicans are way dumber than Democrats. So are their policies.

    Welcome back. Glad you passed the test. Glad you’ll be back to posting more often!

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    Posted by Elyse | May 24, 2012, 9:42 pm
    • “What sort of a society have we become.” A pathetic one, it looks like.

      “I was also glad to see that you agree that Republicans are way dumber than Democrats. So are their policies.” The Republicans have gotten way too extreme. About the only thing I agree with them about any more is immigration. If you’re not here legally then GTFO.

      “Glad you’ll be back to posting more often!” That’s what I hope! The guy whose job I’ve been training to take on leaves after tomorrow. So we’ll see how it goes.

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      Posted by twindaddy | May 24, 2012, 9:50 pm
  2. “Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney laid out a plain…I do know these two things: our eduction system sucks and all unions have become way too powerful.”

    Were you trying to demonstrate how much our education system sucks by misspelling “plan” and “education”? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist — the irony was too great.) I definitely agree that our education system has serious deficiencies and teachers’ unions are too powerful.

    “A couple of female soldiers have sued to remove the US military’s ban on women in combat. Quite frankly, this move is long overdue. There isn’t true equality if women don’t have the same rights and responsibilities as men in our military.”

    The problem with this is that in the military women still are not held to the same standards as men. These two women are from the Army Reserve so I looked up the Army physical fitness requirements. There are several sources, but Wikipedia seems to list them most concisely: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Physical_Fitness_Test#Standards.

    I don’t have a problem with these women serving in combat if they are willing to do it (which they certainly seem to be) and can meet the minimum requirements for men. Even so, I don’t see how their lawsuit can succeed and allow women in general to serve in combat as long as women have lower standards than men.

    “Some idiotic pastor (otherwise known as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C.) delivered a hate-filled anti-gay rant to his congregation recently.”

    This idiot and those like him (e.g. Westboro Baptist Church) really piss me off. Not only does this hurt and (rightfully) anger homosexuals with bad theology, but it is counter-productive to Christianity and smears the rest of us Christians. I’ve never understood why these “pastors” use such a hateful message — it’s like they’re simultaneously trying to NOT convert people to Christianity and destroy the faith of people who are already Christians.

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    Posted by Null | May 25, 2012, 1:43 pm

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