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Shit that Pissed me Off – 5/29

The Earth Might be Struck by an Asteroid but it Won’t be This One

Thanks, CNN, for creating the most useless news source ever devised.  They fired editors and other staff who might have vetted stories like this and instead they have a hoax masquerading as legitimate news on their site.

Either you are a news organization or not.  Having a section of your website devoted to user-generated content is a pretty trendy thing to do but if you can’t be bothered to fact check what they post, you’d better be clear that people clicking through to this material should have their bullshit detector on high alert.

I understand you can get these things super cheap on E-Bay

Something everyone should remember, unless you can find a source for the article you linked to, there is a good chance what you are posting is either opinion or completely made up.

The only difference between this CNN article and Armageddon is I didn’t have to sit through an Aerosmith song to read this article.

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Shit that Pissed Me off – 2/21

Student Suspended For Pretending He Was Having Sex With a Teacher

What pisses me off is the simple fact that every time someone makes a false accusation, it is that much harder for someone who is actually a victim.

Now let’s be clear – this kid was making a joke.  He was not trying to get anyone in trouble. What he didn’t realize is that his joke had real world consequences.  He could have cost an innocent teacher her job.

Because even if everyone reading his tweet knew that he was telling a joke, law enforcement has to act as if he wasn’t. Because what if he wasn’t?

Excuse me, ma’am. I’m going to have to take you down to the station and scare the shit out of you because one of your students is an idiot.

This kid did something stupid and while his lengthy suspension may be a little bit severe, kids need to understand that what seems like an innocent joke to them can hurt people more than they could possibly imagine.  Instead of standing up for him, his classmates should be standing up for the teacher who could have lost her job and gone to jail because of a joke.

And they also need to realize that he made it that much harder for someone who is actually suffering from abuse to be heard.

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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 2/7

Coke Super Bowl Ad Creates Unsurprising Freak Out

The ad was supposed to be patriotic.  It started with “America the Beautiful” in English and then transitioned to the song being sung in other languages.

Now the concept (I think) was to show how people from other countries immigrate (legally) to America to pursue a dream of freedom and blah blah blah America is awesome.  Fortunately, the internet is filled with people who wanted to prove to Coke that America is not, in fact awesome.

They objected to the whole idea that an American song could be sung in any language other than American!  How dare Coke suggest such a thing?

Is the word “Coke” even English?

They also freaked out about the fact that the commercial featured an openly gay couple prominently displayed in a song written by a lesbian.

The saddest commentary to me is the fact that when we watched the commercial at our Super Bowl party, we predicted the response.  And no, that doesn’t make us psychic.  Predicting stupidity requires no special skills.

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Shit that Pissed me Off 1/24

Dude is Going to Hunt a Black Rhino and People Respond in a Logical Fashion

This is a story in which nobody involved comes out looking particularly good.

One the one hand, you have a guy who is spending $350,000 to kill a critically endangered animal.  Yes, that money goes to conservation efforts and the animal he’ll be killing is too old to breed.  He’s doing the black rhinos a favor by killing one of them!

This one looks super grateful!

You gotta wonder, though, about a guy who is so anxious to kill one of them that he’s willing to pony up $350,000 to do it.

On the other hand, he is getting death threats.  People are threatening his children.

How does that make it better?  You don’t like the fact he’s going to kill an animal so you threaten his family?

What a fucked up circle of life.

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Shit that Pissed me Off This Week – 12/20

Fox News Columnist Gives Atheists a Christmas Gift

His Christmas gift, of course, is to let all of us atheists know that we are wrong and we can totally stop hating Christmas because he can prove god is real.

Atheists HATE Christmas trees. In fact, we piss on every one we see. That ice rink at the Rockefeller center? Totally not water.

He can’t prove that, of course.  At least not with the arguments he presents as they are unconvincing and make wild assumptions about facts that aren’t actually facts.  There is not broad agreement, for instance, among historians that Jesus rose from the dead since there are no eyewitness accounts that were written anywhere near the time it is reported to have taken place.

What drives me crazy, though, is this notion that I’m sitting around and sulking about Christmas.  Damn those Christians smearing their holiday in my face!  Why won’t someone just prove that God exists to me so I can be happy?

God does not make people happy.  People are happy or not.  I’m generally pretty happy.  Even when it’s Christmas.

Heck, this might blow the author’s mind but I’m even a little bit happy because it’s Christmas.

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Shit that Pissed me off This Week – 12/6

I missed two weeks.  Apologies to my small by loyal fan base.  This covers three weeks of stuff.  I tried to be picky but you may want to expect that I’ll be more long winded than usual.

Oklahoma Drops Benefits to All National Guard Members so they don’t give Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

They can’t help it.

They are one of those states that has constitutionalized discrimination against same-sex couples and because they are constitutionally forced to discriminate, it’s the only way they can comply with the Supreme court ruling.

You gave benefits to legally married same-sex couples who are in the National Guard? GO TO JAIL!

Or some bullshit.

The gymnastics people go through to deny rights to someone who is serving our country makes me want to vomit.  Especially when most of these people belong to a party that regularly talks about how much we need to respect our troops.

Well, you know, they meant the straight ones.

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Shit that Pissed me off – 9/20

Indian Woman Becomes Miss America, Americans Become Racist

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.

I’m not a Muslim? But I thought all women who looked like me were Muslims!

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.

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Shit that Pissed Me Off This Week – 6/14

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Off the Rails

Kennedy has long been an Anti-Vaccine crusader and I dislike the anti-vaxx movement with only slightly less zeal than the creationist movement.

I have two children on the autism spectrum. They were both vaccinated and I know two things:

1)  Vaccinating my kids did not make them autistic

2)  Even if it did (and it didn’t), I would rather have autistic children than children with Smallpox or Polio

You think this guy was happy he wasn’t vaccinated?

Kennedy and others like him have been pushing misinformation and, as this article proves, they are willing to name names.  They people they name, however, never actually said what they are claimed to have said.  Nor do the studies they cite actually say what they claim those studies say.

So all he is doing is engaging in character of assassination.

I get that big pharma is theoretically evil but here’s the thing – vaccines are not.  Yes, pharmaceutical companies make money off vaccines.  I guess that’s a price I’m willing to pay to ensure that my kids don’t get the measles.

Claiming vaccines cause autism is to make the claim that you understand a shitload more about autism than all the folks out there researching the condition.

And in the meantime, making people afraid of vaccines is contributing to the rise of diseases we thought had been eradicated.  That’s what I call a lose-lose.

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Shit that Pissed Me off – 4/26

Arkansas State Senator Nate Bell is a Douche

He decided to take a tense situation and make it all about gunz.  As Bostonians were awaiting the results of a manhunt for a killer, he was wondering how many of them wished they had a semi-automatic weapon.

Ha ha!

I’m going to attempt some mind reading to suggest that the number he was looking for was damn near zero.

There were armed police everywhere.  A bunch of civilians with machine guns weren’t going to make the situation any safer.  In fact, the odds of an innocent bystander getting shot would have skyrocketed.

Maybe this was the gun they were wishing for.

Nate Bell loves his gunz.  He loves them so much that he makes a fallacious assumption that people who don’t love gunz will automatically change their mind in a situation where a gun might have come in handy (although there is no proof that is the case.)  He’s got that one wrong.

As with most things, the people on both sides of the issue have equally strong justifications for their choices and one fugitive is unlikely to change someone’s mind about how many guns they would like to have in their home.

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Shit that Pissed me Off this Week – 3/29

Woman Complains about Sexist Behavior at a Convention and she gets Harassed and Fired

I just don’t get it, really.  A couple of guys were making sexist jokes while sitting in the audience for a panel about women coders and an audience member thought they were in the wrong.  Yeah.  I agree.

She asked the conference organizers to tell them to stop.   They were asked to stop and they did.

Then all hell breaks loose because one of the guys loses his job.

Look, I don’t think the guy should have lost his job for that but I wonder if it was really just for that? Isn’t it possible he was shitty at his job already? Even he was “just” fired for sexual harassment (oh the humanity), the logical response should not be for other people on the internet to attack the woman’s place of work and get her fired.

Hey guys! Let’s use our computers to teach this uppity bitch that she shouldn’t complain when we call her an uppity bitch!

That’s the sort thing dicks do.

Unfortunately, there are an awful lot of dicks on the internet.

Update:  Clarifications in the comments below.  And in this article. She did send a tweet to the conference organizers, not a public one (at least according to what I read).  I question any firings happening and the harrassment is completely unacceptable.

Mea culpa on this one, though.  I usually research the articles better before I comment on them.  I didn’t look into this one deeply enough. If I had, I would still have commented on it but been more clear about all of the details.

The results of this situation – both firings – look to be classic overreactions by both companies and that still pisses me off.

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