Shit that Pissed me off – 9/20
I don’t actually care about the Miss America pageant at all. I have to make that clear. Couldn’t care less who wins. I never notice when it is happening or look forward to it in any way.
But hey, this year’s winner is an American woman of Asian Indian descent. I point out that she is an American because a lot of folks on Twitter seem to think that Miss America should be an American and by American they mean “white.”
Some of them thought she was an Arab. Because they are fucking morons.
Some of them even thought that it was bad form to give the award to someone who was neither an Arab or a Muslim just a few days after 9/11. I guess they were upset because only white Christians died on 9/11.
Science just isn’t that important, right?
This seems to be a big thing in a lot of countries lately. Science is apparently scary because it relies on research and facts and we simply can’t have that in government.
The new Australia prime minister says that the role of science minister will be wrapped up with the minister of industry. Which sounds a lot like a conflict of interest. Why would that be….?
Oh yeah. Because it is!!!!
The school board banned the book, mind you, after two different committees met and recommended that the book in question (“The Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison) remain on school shelves. Sure, it’s recommended reading for High School Juniors but five out of seven of the school board members knew better.
The parent who complained argued that the board needed to respect all religions and points of view when putting books on school library shelves.
OK. How about the point of view that says you don’t get to decide what is appropriate for teenagers to read based on your personal issues with language? How about the fact you make kids more interested in the book by banning it than they were before? How about the fact that people like me would prefer if kids didn’t have access to the bible? Would the parent in question respect my point of view?
How about the fact the kids could choose between three books for a project and if you, as a parent, have a problem with that one, you can make them pick a different one?
And if you are on a school board and two different committees tell you to leave a book on the shelves, you should leave the fucking book on the shelves. They might have a better idea what kids can handle than you do.
I’m not the only person who thinks this is all getting out of hand, am I? Republicans and Democrats have reached the point where compromise is impossible.
I get that the Republicans hate Obamacare. Kind of silly since the damn thing hasn’t taken effect yet and maybe we ought to give it a try but whatever. They hate it. They’ve voted to repeal it more times than they’ve voted on pretty much anything else. At the state fair this year, the Republican booth was basically one big screw Obamacare display.
So at this point, they are basically saying they will shut down the government if they don’t get their way. The Democrats, of course, don’t want to give up their flagship legislation since it’s the only major thing they managed to get done in the two years they controlled the house, senate and white house.
Well the whole thing is bullshit.
I realize I’m a liberal and so I’m inclined to think what the House Republicans are doing is absolutely reprehensible. I’m trying to find the middle ground on this but you know what? Can’t do it.
They are holding everyone hostage because they lost. That is childish and frankly, cruel to the people who are going to be losing their paychecks if the government shuts down.
There is no such thing as being a gracious loser in Washington any more. If you lose, you don’t care whose lives you ruin to get a do over.
American Attitude About Syria
I think that any kind of military action in Syria would be a bad idea because American military action in the Middle East has pretty much always been a disaster. For reference, see the last fifty years of American military action in the middle east. I’m sick of the isolationist bullshit that is being used as an excuse however.
What is wrong with us when we freak out over twelve people killed in Washington DC but we don’t give a flying fuck when thousands of people are killed with chemical weapons half a world away? I’m not trying to suggest that a crazed gunman killing 12 people is anything but horrific but our perspective is a bit skewed is it not?
Assad used chemical weapons to kill civilians. A lot of them. And the deaths he caused were horrible. Read up on Sarin gas if you want to know more. I can’t imagine why you would.
Every single one of us should want to see him punished for what he did.
Isolationist? We’re all still human beings, right? Or does it only count when we are talking about American human beings?
And by American human beings, of course, I mean white people.
Note: I know that the chemical weapon in The Rock was VX gas. I just liked the picture.