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Complete Moronic Incivility This Way Comes

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Caravaggio

“Being civil”.

This can mean many things to many people.  During the homogeneous 1950s it was the era’s byline for “towing the line”.  Civility in many aspects is the glue that holds society together.  Recently I read an article about pirate culture.  They enjoyed a public relations victory by having their ilk described as chaotic anarchists (because such lore provoked their victims to just passively hand over the targeted booty without fighting) when actually they employed extremely civil rule sets for all their members to abide. Without the defined rules, their all-to-human selfishness would have caused a breakdown in their system which would have led to their own demise. Alas, modern day America is facing its own demise.  When I write this, I’m not focused on the highly visible incivility at present. Such as shouting during a Presidential address to Congress or taking the limelight away from an award-winning starlet during her acceptance speech.  No, I’m thinking about the seemingly more benign common man and woman of this once great land.

This morning whilst engaged in the ritualistic behavior called “trash day”, I set about busily collecting and sorting garbage from recyclables to then place the categorized corpus in individual sections upon the curb for pick-up.  At this very time, an assorted Rogue’s Gallery of parents had amassed on the street corner adjacent to my own to watch their grammar school-aged kids wait for the school bus.  When I type “watch”, I mean this empirically and literally. Out of the half dozen parents, no one showed evidence of the slightest electrochemically-induced synaptic-arch leading to a cognitive awareness of their children literally destroying my neighbor’s yard.  Kids were running to and fro while screaming (loudly, very loudly).  Throwing items pulled from the landscaping. And playing tag in-between my neighbor’s cars with backpacks full of the prerequisite contraband comprised of PSPs, Comic Books, neglected school books, and the culturally-desensitized presence of a probable Smith & Wesson .45 caliber handgun, all smacking the sides of the parked automobiles.

My existence at the circumference of this prepubescent melee triggered only a couple of sweet-gestured waves from some of the mommy-attendees. The fathers continued discussing their latest purchase of lawn mower or whatever it is “normal” fathers talk about. (Author’s note: long ago I resigned my club membership from this gender-based, liberated sperm-requisite sub-culture after running out of things to discuss within the first 5 minutes of social interface).  So after a 20 second run down of a risk-benefit analysis, I stood and cast the old “stinky eye” to the parental-aggregate locus.  My body language now being fully incorporated into the vibe of the evil eye ninja move obviously lent itself to full effect as some of the uncivil morons took notice.  And what was the end-result, you may ask?  After a brief interlude of uncomfortable silence between the “adults”, the fathers looked at their feet; the mothers spoke in hushed tones while the kids grew more violent and louder in their miniature, pseudo- G-rated version of Nicholas Poussin’s “Rape of the Sabine Women”.

On this very day … I weep for the future.

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Ponder me this….

Posted on 19 March 2009 by Enigma

I ask of you a question, not because I expect an answer but because I expect all you to ponder the question, situation and my statements as if your life and the life of your children lay dependent upon it.

When a man (human) reaches a point in his (or her) life when every moment is a struggle and all decisions they have available seem as if all other people are at fault then usually it is time to reflect upon yourself….. After all if it is everyone else it is most likely you.

However let us just pretend for a moment that there is a case where it actually is everyone else. Then what are your choices? Well I have come to the conclusion that you have limited options. This person could remove themselves from the problem… end it so to speak. This of course is the easy way out – however if all of a sudden all of the people in this society who are actually right just checked out all at once…. Well it would lead to a very rapid decline in humanity -although I love this possible result for many occasions example: remove all our troops from any country that says they do not want us there. Now let me make myself perfectly clear this message for you to ponder is not an AMERICA IS GREAT Message…. It is a “the whole world is fucked” sort of message.

OK so what is the second option? You could press forward – trying to change the situation or the world one wrong person at a time. This option has some amazing possibilities however it is terribly ineffective, unless of course you could become king…. Ohhh the changes I would make if I were king… but that is yet another story.

The third option is my personal favorite. This person, whom is right, can retreat into a self induced sociopathic psychosis. From then on you can either choose to ignore all of society’s problems and watch the world around you (however big or small it is) crumble and fall apart OR you could help it burn – taking as many of your “problems” down with you.

Now ponder all I have said…. Now think about the state of the world, the quality of people getting educated in the US…. The sad state of our “economic leaders”. Now I ask you to decide…. Unless you are one of the herd of cattle or sheep . What path do you decide?

I would tell you what decision I made…. But what would the fun be in that?

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Politics + Batman = Great Quote

Posted on 25 July 2008 by GlazednConfused

I have yet to see the new Batman movie, because my policy is always wait at least a week after opening. Also, I usually go to the earliest showing possible. Anywhoo, there is all this talk about how it parallels modern times with political themes, but I can’t comment on that – yet. However, I read a great quote in the latest EW:

Superman is how America views itself. Batman is how the rest of the world views America.” – Michael Caine

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Just Fix the F’n Problem!

Posted on 17 June 2008 by Thraxxus

At what point in our glorious national history did Americans stop being problem – solution oriented, opting instead to focus on a problem – excuse oriented strategy? I grow more weary with each day when I approach someone with a problem, that they are actually paid to solve, and the reply I get is something like “Let me explain something to you…” ending with something about how this problem came about because of X, Y, Z and how they are M, in other words, they had nothing to do with the origination of the problem.

Let me give you a ridiculous example:
You are the captain of a spaceship, the SS SupercoolnWhatnot, something like the Millenium Falcon. One day you are walking around the ship when you notice a hole in the side of it leading to open space. Let us pretend for a moment that the vaccuum of space doesn’t instantly yank you out of the hole in a spaghetti like fashion, leaving you a twisted wreck of gooey space debris. Instead let us pretend that only your air supply is gushing out of the hole. You make a hasty call to your Scottish engineer whom you explain the situation to. “Shamus! There is a hole in our hull through which our air supply is gushing out!” Shamus replies with “Here is the thing – I didn’t do it.”

Nevermind that you are all on the verge of suffocating. Nevermind that you will perish any moment and that it could have been prevented if only the problem were solved. Nevermind that the only reason Shamus is part of your crew so that he may fix hull holes. NEVERMIND THAT SHAMUS CLEARLY DID NOT FIX THIS HOLE. Instead let us focus on the fact that Shamus did not create the hull hole! In fact, let us talk about it until we are literally blue in the face FROM A LACK OF LIFE SUSTAINING OXYGEN instead of solving the real problem, that being that you are LITERALLY DYING.

So my issue: I work with software engineers, in fact I have been one for years. More and more in the technical world I encounter “techies” who don’t actually want to fix the problems that they are paid to fix. Instead they would rather amaze you with their intellect delivered via example through a series of misused vocabulary words and dead end explanations that result in you giving up and walking away. More and more this is becoming the norm –  instead of fixing the problem we can just explain to the person who discovered it that they are mistaken by thinking that there actually is a problem. Meanwhile said problem still exists.

As Microsoft put it – “That is not a bug, it is a feature.”

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Everything you need to know about American Policies!

Posted on 03 June 2008 by Thraxxus

A father and daughter discuss American Politics as a bed time story. The Q is the daughter, the A is the father. I enjoyed this.

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Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction honey.

Q: But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.
A: That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them.

Q: And that’s why we invaded Iraq?
A: Yep. Invasions always work better than inspections.

Q: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?
A: That’s because the weapons are so well hidden. Don’t worry, we’ll find something, probably right before the 2008 election.

Q: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
A: To use them in a war, silly.

Q: I’m confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn’t they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
A: Well, obviously they didn’t want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.

Q: That doesn’t make sense Daddy. Why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons to fight us back with?
A: It’s a different culture. It’s not supposed to make sense.

Q: I don’t know about you, but I don’t think they had any of those weapons our government said they did.
A: Well, you know, it doesn’t matter whether or not they had those weapons. We had another good reason to invade them anyway.

Q: And what was that?
A: Even if Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was a cruel dictator, which is another good reason to invade another country.

Q: Why? What does a cruel dictator do that makes it OK to invade his country?
A: Well, for one thing, he tortured his own people.

Q: Kind of like what they do in China?
A: Don’t go comparing China to Iraq. China is a good economic competitor, where millions of people work for slave wages in sweatshops to make U.S. corporations richer.

Q: So if a country lets its people be exploited for American corporate gain, it’s a good country, even if that country tortures people?
A: Right.

Q: Why were people in Iraq being tortured?
A: For political crimes, mostly, like criticizing the government. People who criticized the government in Iraq were sent to prison and tortured.

Q: Isn’t that exactly what happens in China?
A: I told you, China is different.

Q: What’s the difference between China and Iraq?
A: Well, for one thing, Iraq was ruled by the Ba’ath party, while China is Communist.

Q: Didn’t you once tell me Communists were bad?
A: No, just Cuban Communists are bad.

Q: How are the Cuban Communists bad?
A: Well, for one thing, people who criticize the government in Cuba are sent to prison and tortured.

Q: Like in Iraq?
A: Exactly.

Q: And like in China, too?
A: I told you, China’s a good economic competitor. Cuba, on the other hand, is not.

Q: How come Cuba isn’t a good economic competitor?
A: Well, you see, back in the early 1960s, our government passed some laws that made it illegal for Americans to trade or do any business with Cuba until they stopped being communists and started being capitalists like us.

Q: But if we got rid of those laws, opened up trade with Cuba, and started doing business with them, wouldn’t that help the Cubans become capitalists?
A: Don’t be a smart-ass.

Q: I didn’t think I was being one.
A: Well, anyway, they also don’t have freedom of religion in Cuba.

Q: Kind of like China and the Falun Gong movement?
A: I told you, stop saying bad things about China. Anyway, Saddam Hussein came to power through a military coup, so he’s not really a legitimate leader anyway.

Q: What’s a military coup?
A: That’s when a military general takes over the government of a country by force, instead of holding free elections like we do in the United States.

Q: Didn’t the ruler of Pakistan come to power by a military coup?
A: You mean General Pervez Musharraf? Uh, yeah, he did, but Pakistan is our friend.

Q: Why is Pakistan our friend if their leader is illegitimate?
A: I never said Pervez Musharraf was illegitimate.

Q: Didn’t you just say a military general who comes to power by forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is an illegitimate leader?
A: Only Saddam Hussein. Pervez Musharraf is our friend, because he helped us invade Afghanistan.

Q: Why did we invade Afghanistan?
A: Because of what they did to us on September 11th.

Q: What did Afghanistan do to us on September 11th?
A: Well, on September 11th, nineteen men, fifteen of them Saudi Arabians, hijacked four airplanes and flew three of them into buildings, killing over 3,000 Americans.

Q: So how did Afghanistan figure into all that?
A: Afghanistan was where those bad men trained, under the oppressive rule of the Taliban.

Q: Aren’t the Taliban those bad radical Islamics who chopped off people’s heads and hands?
A: Yes, that’s exactly who they were. Not only did they chop off people’s heads and hands, but they oppressed women, too.

Q: Didn’t the Bush administration give the Taliban 43 million dollars back in May of 2001?
A: Yes, but that money was a reward because they did such a good job fighting drugs.

Q: Fighting drugs?
A: Yes, the Taliban were very helpful in stopping people from growing opium poppies.

Q: How did they do such a good job?
A: Simple. If people were caught growing opium poppies, the Taliban would have their hands and heads cut off.

Q: So, when the Taliban cut off people’s heads and hands for growing flowers, that was OK, but not if they cut people’s heads and hands off for other reasons?
A: Yes. It’s OK with us if radical Islamic fundamentalists cut off people’s hands for growing flowers, but it’s cruel if they cut off people’s hands for stealing bread.

Q: Don’t they also cut off people’s hands and heads in Saudi Arabia?
A: That’s different. Afghanistan was ruled by a tyrannical patriarchy that oppressed women and forced them to wear burqas whenever they were in public, with death by stoning as the penalty for women who did not comply.

Q: Don’t Saudi women have to wear burqas in public, too?
A: No, Saudi women merely wear a traditional Islamic body covering.

Q: What’s the difference?
A: The traditional Islamic covering worn by Saudi women is a modest yet fashionable garment that covers all of a woman’s body except for her eyes and fingers. The burqa, on the other hand, is an evil tool of patriarchal oppression that covers all of a woman’s body except for her eyes and fingers.

Q: It sounds like the same thing with a different name.
A: Now, don’t go comparing Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are our friends.

Q: But I thought you said 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were from Saudi Arabia.
A: Yes, but they trained in Afghanistan.

Q: Who trained them?
A: A very bad man named Osama bin Laden.

Q: Was he from Afghanistan?
A: Uh, no, he was from Saudi Arabia too. But he was a bad man, a very bad man.

Q: I seem to recall he was our friend once.
A: Only when we helped him and the mujahadeen repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1980s.

Q: Who are the Soviets? Was that the Evil Communist Empire Ronald Reagan talked about?
A: There are no more Soviets. The Soviet Union broke up in 1990 or thereabouts, and now they have elections and capitalism like us. We call them Russians now.

Q: So the Soviets ? I mean, the Russians ? are now our friends?
A: Well, not really. You see, they were our friends for many years after they stopped being Soviets, but then they decided not to support our invasion of Iraq, so we’re mad at them now. We’re also mad at the French and the Germans because they didn’t help us invade Iraq either.

Q: So the French and Germans are evil, too?
A: Not exactly evil, but just bad enough that we had to rename French fries and French toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.

Q: Do we always rename foods whenever another country doesn’t do what we want them to do?
A: No, we just do that to our friends. Our enemies, we invade.

Q: But wasn’t Iraq one of our friends back in the 1980s?
A: Well, yeah. For a while.

Q: Was Saddam Hussein ruler of Iraq back then?
A: Yes, but at the time he was fighting against Iran, which made him our friend, temporarily.

Q: Why did that make him our friend?
A: Because at that time, Iran was our enemy.

Q: Isn’t that when he gassed the Kurds?
A: Yeah, but since he was fighting against Iran at the time, we looked the other way, to show him we were his friend.

Q: So anyone who fights against one of our enemies automatically becomes our friend?
A: Most of the time, yes.

Q: And anyone who fights against one of our friends is automatically an enemy?
A: Sometimes that’s true, too. However, if American corporations can profit by selling weapons to both sides at the same time, all the better.

Q: Why?
A: Because war is good for the economy, which means war is good for America Also, since God is on America’s side, anyone who opposes war is a godless un-American Communist. Do you understand now why we attacked Iraq?

Q: I think so. We attacked them because God wanted us to, right?
A: Yes.

Q: But how did we know God wanted us to attack Iraq?
A: Well, you see, God personally speaks to George W. Bush and tells him what to do.

Q: So basically, what you’re saying is that we attacked Iraq because George W. Bush hears voices in his head?
A: Yes! You finally understand how the world works. Now close your eyes, make yourself comfortable, and go to sleep. Good night.

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