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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 4/11

There Is A Direct Relationship Between How Much Someone Knows About The Ukraine And The Likelihood They Believe We Should Get Involved

While I think the situation in the Ukraine is alarming, I also think that there is very little the US can (or should) do about it.  I don’t know if that is because I know where the Ukraine is on a map but it seems clear there might be some relation.

In a very interesting survey, the Washington Post found that the less you knew about the Ukraine, the more likely you were to think we should get involved.

The map in the article shows where respondents placed the Ukraine on a map.  It’s pretty troubling when you see that more than one person chose Australia.  Or Greenland.

Yes. Some of the dots are in the fucking ocean.

 

Now, there is a possibility some of these people were dickishly selecting the wrong location just to skew numbers.

Even allowing for that, people are forming opinions about something they know nothing about.  I’ll bet if they were educated about the situation, though, they wouldn’t change their minds.  People are dumb that way.

 

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Shit that Pissed me off – 4/4

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Idiot Climbs a Rock, Injures Himself and Sues the City for Creating Unsafe Conditions

This moron is probably going to win, too.

He saw a rock sculpture and thought it looked like a lot of fun to climb around on it.  I don’t blame him.  I would have thought the same thing.  I would need a taser and some bungee cords to stop my kids from climbing on something like that.

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Here’s a picture of one of my kids on a rock at Yosemite National Park. There are a lot of rocks at Yosemite National Park and he’s climbed on damn near every one of them.

There were no signs telling him he couldn’t so he jumped on the thing, landed awkwardly and tore his Achilles tendon.  Ouch!

Now he’s suing the city.  Because he did a reckless thing and hurt himself.  Also because he probably has crappy health insurance.

Look dude, if you are going to jump on a rock because it looks like fun, you need to recognize the risks.  If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t jump on the fucking rock.

The only unsafe condition the city created was they one they created when they allowed you to leave your house every morning.

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Shit that Pissed Me Off – 3/28

Mitt Romney Could Have Prevented Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Turns out Mitt can see the future!  He can see it so well, he could have stopped Putin if he’d only been elected President.

I’m sure he was on the phone to Obama several times a week because fixing the problem would have been a lot more important that scoring political points, right?

Look, I know that the Republicans are contractually obligated to say that Obama does a bad job at everything.  However, are they so stupid as to think they could have fixed the Ukraine situation?

Wow! The US is, like, right next to the Ukraine! Obviously we could fix this if there was a Republican in the white house!

No, of course they aren’t.  They know full well that in the same circumstances, they couldn’t have done anything either.  Thing is, they are assuming all the people listening to them are too stupid to figure that out.

And what really pisses me off is they are probably right.

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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 3/21

Pixar is Finally Making The Incredibles 2!

Yes, I know this is, in fact, completely awesome news.  So why am I annoyed?

Because apparently nobody noticed the other movie that was announced.  That would be Cars 3.

Look, I’m as big a fan of Pixar as anyone but are we not concerned that they are making a sequel to the film that is arguably their worst movie to date?  I know that the Cars franchise has made Disney and Pixar countless millions in merchandise and that is why a third film was inevitable.

Make no mistake. This is why they are making another Cars movie.

But can I be a little upset that all Pixar is producing these days is sequels?  I want more movies like Up and WALL-E.  It’s great that Pixar has found ways to mine the existing universes they have created and I’ve been waiting for a sequel to The Incredibles for a long time.

How about a sequel every other year, Pixar?  How about that?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/14

Get Raped at Pensacola Christian College and…Get Expelled!

Wait…what????

Welcome to a right-wing Christian college!  We want to make sure that you follow the straight and moral path so if your boyfriend abducts you and rapes you in a construction site, we’ll ensure you know it is because you are a spoiled vessel who doesn’t deserve to be around decent people!  Especially decent men like your rapist boyfriend!

A regular by-product of fundamentalist religion (any fundamentalist religion) seems to be the shaming of women.  It isn’t enough that you are subservient to men.  You should, in fact, be ashamed of your gender.  If you are raped, it is your own fault for existing.

Actually, it’s Eve’s fault. Blame her for the fact being a woman is so awful.  The church isn’t run by a bunch of misogynist assholes.  It’s her fault!

As is frequently observed, this attitude is no more helpful for men than it is for women because it teaches men that they have no responsibility for their own behavior.  Basically, if you are a guy who sexually assaults a woman, it isn’t your fault.  You can’t control yourself.  She is supposed to do that for you.  If she fails to control your sexual urges, she should be punished.

Tell me again how religious liberty is under attack in this country.

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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 2/28

Alabama House Committee Approves Prayer in Schools Bill Even Though They Lost the Vote

The bill looks to improve Alabama schools by allowing up to fifteen minutes of organized prayer per day. The believe, apparently, that this will improve children’s test scores more than any other more proven technique.  Kids who aren’t Christians are welcome to opt out and deal with ridicule from their peers and teachers.  So that’s fair.

In order for this bill to go before the Alabama house, it needed to be approved by committee.  It wasn’t.

By voice vote, it was two votes for the bill and three against (with three abstentions).  The committee chair claimed that she “heard more yays than nays” and forwarded the bill to the entire House.

Might I suggest she get one of these before the next session?

You would think that her devout Christianity that was on display when she supported a bill to improve schools through prayer would have been on display when she was called on to honestly count the votes.

I guess, though, that she would rather spend state money on defending the inevitable lawsuit coming their way if this bill becomes law.

How, exactly, are Christian values winning out here?

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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 – 2/14

Disney Star Gets Death Threats Because Her Show Featured Lesbians

The star in question, Mia Talerico, is five years old.

Her show featured a play date in which her friend had two moms.  You know, a healthy happy lesbian couple.  Just the sort of thing that causes the bile to rise in the average Christian Right household.

Yeah. This sort of thing is really threatening.

So what’s the Christian thing to do?

Not being a Christian, I’m a bit uncertain.  Can someone tell me if threatening the life of a five-year old girl is the Christian thing to do?

And can someone tell me how this kind of behavior comes even close to hating the sin and loving the sinner?

Also a memo to “One Million  Moms” – you currently have only 60,000+ “likes” on Facebook.  You could increase that number twice as fast if only you allowed lesbian moms!

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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 – 1/31

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Ban All Marriages

There we have it ladies and gentlemen, the nuclear option!  If we can’t stop those pesky gays from getting married, we’ll just stop everyone from getting married.

We all knew this had to happen eventually, right?  While these people aren’t bigots or homophobes (just ask them), they are willing to carpet bomb the entire idea of marriage rather than allow that their idea of what marriage should be in not the only valid one.

When you write stuff down in your idea journal in the morning, sometimes it should stay in the idea journal

In the process, a party that seems really interested in preserving the rights of the small businessperson is willing to propose a law that will screw over thousands of them!  Every event planner, photographer, florist and baker in Oklahoma will lose a whole lot of income if there aren’t any weddings.

But who are we kidding?  Churches will still be allowed to perform weddings.  And because they are churches, they are welcome to discriminate (or not discriminate) in any way they see fit.

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