Shit That Pissed Me Off – 4/3

High School Orders Special Needs Student He Can’t Wear a Letter Jacket

The Principal of the school said he had considered everything and because the young man was only involved in extracurricular basketball, he would not be permitted to wear the letter jacket.  He decided to stick with official school policy.

Here’s what he said:

Teachers told the parents they would prefer he not wear the letter on his jacket. We have considered it, and our decision was no. We decided that it is not appropriate in our situation because it is not a varsity level competition.

It seems silly to me that anyone would care if a kid with Downs’ Syndrome wore a letter jacket.  If it helps that kid feel like a little less of an outsider, what’s the harm?  So you give those letters out as awards to other students.  So what?

The wrong person puts one of these bad boys on and the entire High School pecking order is blown to hell!

The wrong person puts one of these bad boys on and the entire High School pecking order is blown to hell!

Do you think those kids are incapable of understanding why that child who can’t participate in “official” sports would want, and deserve, a letter as well?

I just think it’s a shame that policy trumped compassion.  Whoever complained about this situation should have their hands smacked with a ruler.

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Shit That Pissed me Off – 3/27

Indiana Passes Stupid “Anti Discrimination” Bill That Will Allow People to Discriminate

In a move that I hope will eventually be ruled unconstitutional, Indiana is the first state in the nation to pass a law allowing businesses to avoid liability arising from discriminating against homosexuals.  It will not be the last.

Billed as an attempt to save “good” Christians who simply want to follow god’s law by refusing service to gay people specifically because they are gay, the law is basically protection for a persecuted class that isn’t persecuted.

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It’s like an “anti-discrimination” bill that protects white people who don’t want to serve black people. Except you can’t pass that law because everyone knows that’s bullshit.

 

So what happens if a gay couple runs out of gas in rural Indiana and is refused service by the closest gas station?  It’s legal.  I know that this law is mostly about florists, bakers and wedding photographers but it applies to anyone who wants to discriminate against someone on religious grounds.

It protects anyone.  The Christian right might want to remember that should a time come when they are no longer the majority.

Seriously – since the conservative Christian douchebags managed to get this one passed, I think they should be instructed to put signs in their window saying “No Gays.”  I mean if they are going to be given the right to legally discriminate, they should be up front about it right?

Because they are proud of it, right????

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Shit that Pissed me off – 3/20

Prosperity Gospel Preacher Needs Money To Buy a Private Jet

Creflo Dollar – which I confess is the best name for a pastor ever – needs a new private jet so he can fly around the world bringing the good word to people who can’t afford proper nutrition.

He just needs 200,000 people to reach into their pockets and give 300 dollars apiece.  When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound like quite so much money. I mean, you’re really just giving it to god.  Through an intermediary, sure, but Dollar will make sure every cent gets to god.

He might use a few thousand dollars to pay his gardener but other than that, all the money goes to god.

He might use a few thousand dollars to pay his gardener but other than that, all the money goes to god.

Well, I mean, he’ll put in a good word for you with god.  Not personally, of course, because 200,000 is a lot of names.  But god will know.

What Dollar is doing is using god to justify his lavish lifestyle and getting the faithful to foot the bill.

Do we all think Dollar will use that new airplane exclusively for spreading the gospel or do we think it might get used for a family vacation or two?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/13

Hasbro Seems to Have Forgotten Someone

Hasbro has announced they are releasing a line of 24 Star Wars figures to coincide with the digital re-release of the films.  That is awesome because I can buy them for my kid.  And then play with them myself.

However, they seem to have forgotten the most badass character in the original trilogy.

Nope.  Han is there.  So is Chewbacca.

Do I have to hide some plans inside a droid to help you figure it out?

Do I have to hide some plans inside a droid to help you figure it out?

Where, I ask you, is Princess Leia?  They can include a two fucking battle droids but can’t seem to include one of the most important characters from the original trilogy?

Memo to Hasbro: nobody gives a shit about battle droids.  Nobody.

I realize the Star Wars universe is not full of women but if you can find room for Padme Amidala in your 24 figures, you can sure as hell find room for Leia.

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Shit that Pissed me off – 3/6

One of the Top Picks in This Year’s Draft is Probably a Rapist

A new documentary chronicling issues with sexual assault on campus is out and the woman who has accused Jameis Wilson of attacking her is one of the people interviewed for the film.

Now I don’t know what happened between her and Wilson.  Nobody else does, either.

But let’s just assume she is telling the truth because statistically speaking, she’s telling the truth.

You see, most rape claims are true.  That means if you assume the victim is telling the truth, you are going to be correct almost all of the time.

You see, most rape claims are true. That means if you assume the victim is telling the truth, you are going to be correct almost all of the time.

That means the guy who is potentially the top pick in this year’s draft is a rapist.  He wasn’t prosecuted because there wasn’t enough evidence (which means “the word of a woman saying she was sexually assaulted is not enough to prosecute”).

Still, we presume he will become a millionaire spokesperson and she, most likely, will be forgotten in a few months.  It all just seems backwards, doesn’t it?

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I Know What I’m Doing This Weekend

fcp_logo_bwFirst off, we made our pre-event goal for Die Laughing and that is amazing!  The board offered a $500 matching grant prior to the opening of Die Laughing and we have already raised $500.  That means we’ve actually raised $1000.  Which is amazing.

This blog entry is about my weekend schedule.  I’m not just the Artistic Director of Fearless Comedy Productions, I’m also a performer.  I’ll be performing a lot this weekend so here, in tiring detail, is what I’ll be doing.

Friday, March 6th

7:00 PM – We kick off the marathon with Fearless Lab.  I’m going to be judging a Vilification Tennis match featuring the last four winners of our amateur show – Nick Glover, Molly Glover, Eric Thompson and Duck Washington.  There will also be stand-up comedy, short form improv and a variety of other stuff.  We also kick off the marathon with a $250 matching grant so help us get started right!

Saturday, March 7th

Midnight – PowerPoint Karaoke.  I’m one of the presenters in my favorite improv game of all time.  Presenters are given a series of slides that make no sense and must make up a presentation based on the slides.  Also presenting will be Windy Bowlsby and Dawn Krosnowski.  It should be amazing.  Also, we have a $250 matching grant from CONvergence during that hour!

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Money Makes the World Go Round

fcp_logo_bwI hate asking people for money.  It makes me uncomfortable.  I know I’m not alone.  Asking for money is hard.

But one thing I’ve learned in the last several years is this: The best way to get people to give you money is to tell them you want it.  Nobody has unlimited funds but everyone is prepared to pay something for a thing they feel strongly about.

The Dregs are able to get five dollars per requested song because we have set the price and people want to pay it.  We make it clear that there is a price for our services.

So what I’m asking for today is your money.  Fearless Comedy needs your support this weekend and there are a lot of ways you can help us out.  As I wrote yesterday, we have a lot of plans for the funds we are raising.

First, if you are thinking about donating at least $50, consider a matching grant.  Pick an hour during the event and match donations up to a certain amount.  This has a great impact because it means people are more likely to contribute because their donation is effectively doubled.  The donation you were going to make anyway is also doubled.

Your donation can be anonymous or we can put your name on it.

If you would like to set up a matching grant, e-mail tim@fearlesscomedyproductions.com and I will help you set it up.

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