United Airlines had a fully booked flight but also had several employees who needed transport to where they would be working the next day. They asked passengers to give up their seats for an $800 travel voucher. Nobody volunteered.
Maybe because it was a Sunday night and they all had work the next day. And their boss wasn’t going to pay them for the day off. What a bunch of selfish pricks.
Anyway, rather than upping the offer (which they totally could have done), the airline opted to pick people at random. And one guy didn’t want to go. So they had security drag him off the airline in front of a bunch of cell phone cameras.
As you might imagine, it has been a bad week for United.
But it has also been a bad week for the passenger who was dragged off the plane. As soon as his name became public, news organizations began to dig into his past and it turns out he’s not a perfect person.
I’m shocked to discover that as everyone else I’ve ever met is completely perfect.
His past transgressions have nothing to do with not wanted to be forced to take a different flight after he paid for his ticket and the airline made some poor planning decisions.
The response from a few corners of the internet have been, basically, he deserved it.
Um…no. The guy was violently removed from the plane. Not removed from the plane. Violently removed from the plane.
You can argue all you like how three other people voluntarily left after being randomly selected. Doesn’t matter. Beating people up just isn’t something you should be doing unless they are a Nazi.
And in spite of all the muckraking our media has done over this fellow, they have not been able to turn up any evidence that the guy is a Nazi. So I’m going to say the beating was entirely unjustified.
He didn’t deserve it. That’s the problem with this whole “let’s wait for all the facts to come out” mentality. It doesn’t matter what type of guy he was. It doesn’t matter if he was a little bit belligerent when told he’d have to leave the plane after buying a ticket.
He was violently removed from the plane. He didn’t deserve it. That is the only fact that matters.
Yesterday, I was invited to be the featured reader at the Not-So-Silent Planet, a speculative fiction open mic presented by Wordsprout. I was flattered and, of course, incredibly nervous because I didn’t know what I was going to write and, as always, I had no idea if it was the least bit funny.
The inspiration for this particular story came from the phrase “I just wish there weren’t so many bass players.” I don’t know why as I have no particular hatred for bass players. The phrase just struck me as funny. Over the course of the day, I managed to find a bunch of words to wrap around that phrase and this is the story that emerged. Honestly, I think it works better read aloud.
But I liked it. And I think it worked well. So I’m putting it out on the internet for people to enjoy or ignore. Warning: this story does not contain any cats.
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.
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?
The ad in question features Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, sporting the date of the Super Bowl in eye black. Like this:
That’s pretty awful, right? Christians should be pissed off because….um….Tim Tebow used to have bible verses in his eye black and since Neil Patrick Harris is gay it is the liberal media just waving their anti-Christian bigotry in the faces of every Christian in the nation…?
No. That’d be stupid, wouldn’t it?
Well yes, it would be stupid. That’s exactly the problem they have with it, though. Harris is throwing his gay agenda all over the Super Bowl! In the most Christian of all sports – football!
Never mind that Jesus Christ would go down with multiple broken bones in the first play from scrimmage. That scrawny little guy wouldn’t last a second. Besides, if you turn the other cheek, the opposing team is just going to strike that one too.
Hey Christians: I don’t know why I have to keep reminding you of this but you are the majority! By a lot! Even if this is, somehow, an anti-Christian thing (which it isn’t), you can take it. There’s still a prayer circle after every football game and every gay football player is still safely in the closet.