Shit that Pissed me off – 10/23
In spite of the fact it has been publicly stated that these hearings are nothing more than an attempt to discredit Hilary Clinton as a presidential candidate, the Senate held more hearings about Benghazi this week. In what should come as no surprise, the committee spent considerable time discussing Clinton’s e-mails even after claiming they wouldn’t.
The saber rattling by the right about Benghazi is embarrassing. It is done. We are done.
The public doesn’t fucking care.
I mean, that isn’t true. The far right cares and can’t get enough. They think somewhere there is a smoking gun. Ignoring, of course, the fact that the one body completely unqualified to find a smoking gun is the United States Congress.
If you would like to beat Hilary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders), oh Republican establishment, can I suggest you do it with better policies and better candidates?
Or are you already aware that won’t work?
I will never understand why pro-life advocates are not strongly pro birth control. I mean, people will have sex. It doesn’t matter how many purity rings you sell or how many abstinence only sex ed classes you teach.
Hell, married people who don’t want to have kids will have sex.
And if some of those women who want to have sex get pregnant, they might want an abortion. Why wouldn’t you be in strong support of something that reduces the odds of an unwanted pregnancy in the first place?
I’m serious – there should be pamphlets about contraception and condoms at every pro-life event. They should be handing that shit out in front of Planned Parenthood. Here’s a good slogan: “use protection so you don’t even need to consider having an abortion!”
But they aren’t handing out condoms. In fact, after statistics have shown abortion rates in Iowa dropped after use of contraception increased, the head of Iowa’s Right to Life said:
I think that contraception, by and large, has a huge failure rate.
For the record, she is totally fucking wrong. Used correctly, the failure rate of most contraception is less than 1%.
So – and I ask this with all respect – what the fuck is this really about?
I’m going to be the first to admit that I fucking hate other drivers. All of them. They are in my way and many of them engage in random lane changing or hang out in my blind spot or tailgate or drive too slow in the fast lane or don’t pull into the intersection to turn left until the light turns fucking yellow.
So I really understand road rage.
I don’t understand a guy who pulls out a gun and shoots another driver. Nor do I understand a dude who swerves to hit a motorcycle.
When I get angry at another driver, I honk my horn at them. If I’m super out of control, I might do it twice.
I feel like it is the proper way to say “you drive like a douchebag” without, you know, shooting them.
I know regular readers will be shocked that I didn’t complain about guns here. So let me be clear, I’m not happy some asshole had a loaded gun in his car and shot a four year old. He doesn’t get brownie points for admitting he murdered a kid because some other asshole cut him off in traffic.
Road rage is certainly made worse by a loaded gun. But it is always bad. The solution, of course, is for everyone else to stop driving.
Anti Geek Bullshit
So maybe you know (or maybe you don’t) that this week contained the date Marty and Doc Brown travelled to in Back to the Future II.
You may also know that a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped this week.
Geeks were understandably excited about these two events. The former resulted in a whole lot of jokes. Many of which were repetitive and/or not very funny.
The latter resulted in blog posts dissecting every single shot.
And, of course, both resulted in a bunch of people railing against the geeks for being so fucking excited about something they personally didn’t like.
It takes all kinds, I guess but here’s the thing: if someone is excited about Back to the Future because they fucking love those movies, why do you give a shit? If you are pissed that people don’t love your favorite movie, you need to learn something about art.
Love of art is subjective. And yes – the Back to the Future movies are art.
Pop art, sure. But still art.
You don’t have to like it. But you don’t have to unzip your fly and piss on it either.