Respect the Economy!

November 23, 2011

 

The last few days, I have heard way too much hype over Black Friday pushing it’s way into Black Thursday.

 

“Respect the bird,” and, “don’t ruin Thanksgiving,” are statements I’ve heard many times the last few weeks.

This is interesting to me, as most the people I hear these comments from are also upset with the economy.  Aren’t we supposed to be trying to boost the economy and put more people to work?

I, personally, have no problem with stores being open and even having huge sales on Thanksgiving evening.  Heck, if they had all day sales tomorrow, I’d have no trouble accepting it.  I may even just applaud them!

For a country with so many citizens going without, with so many citizens who can’t find work, we sure do complain a lot when a company offers it’s employees the chance to get another days work in.

What about you?  How does this “Black Thursday” chatter sound?

Oh, and before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you get to spend time with family or work to provide for your family, I hope you realize either way it’s something to be thankful for.

 

This will be my first time writing since my wedding in March, I figured I needed to make sure the topic was interesting!
Today the topic is the Birth Certificate of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

Incase you are unaware, he released his long form birth certificate this morning:


Satisfied?
A lot of people aren’t.
The conspiracy theories are still flying…
I’ve heard a lot of them.
If it is really from 1961, why is his father’s race listed as “African”? It should be “Negro”.
David A. Sinclair died nearly 8 years ago. Convenient, huh?
What is the significance of the numbers on the right side of the document?
Why did he release it now, instead of years ago when he was first asked for it?

I’ve never been one to jump on the birth certificate bandwagon.
Until today, he couldn’t prove he was born in America and people couldn’t prove he wasn’t.
He just provided the world with a birth certificate, but people still wont accept it.
In my opinion, there are much more important things about Obama that we should be interested in.
Do we really need to resort to the location of his birth?
All the new theories that are floating around are doing is making the  Birth Certificate movement seem crazier than it did before the document was released!

Only In Alabama!

March 2, 2011

I found this on MSNBC.com:

A small child accidentally shot his mother Saturday night after finding the gun by the side of his injured father — who had just accidentally shot himself, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 9 p.m. the BCSO was alerted to the shooting at 4621 Old Carney Road in Bay Minette. When they arrived at the home they found Allen and Aleisha Jones injured by gunshots.

When questioned by authorities, Allen Jones stated he had taken his Glock .40 handgun from the glove compartment of his truck. He was walking to the house when he tripped and fell. The gun discharged, and he was hit in the leg just above the knee, he told police.

Jones yelled to his wife for help. Aleisha Jones was upstairs bathing their young son when she heard her husband’s call for help. When she arrived on the screened porch, she tried to secure the gun but her son beat her to it.

As she attempted to take the gun from the child, a round fired. Aleisha Jones was hit in the left side of her neck.

I thought this was hilarious, and when I realized it happened in Alabama, it was of no surprise.
Go figure, something so moronic occurring in a part of the country well-known for it’s “backwoods rednecks”.
That’s not the only strange thing to occur in recent Alabama history, though.
I also found this on MSNBC:

Two Alabama families that had been fighting for years turned their feud into a full-scale riot Monday outside a small-town city hall, with up to 150 screaming people hurling tire irons and wielding baseball bats.

Eight people were arrested, and at least four were hurt, Trooper John Reese said. Two were taken to hospitals. The town’s police chief was hit in the head with a crowbar but was OK.

The two- or three-year-old feud apparently prompted a fight earlier in the day at a high school, after a window was shot out of a home Sunday night. Then, “all hell broke loose” later in the day, said Sgt. Carlton Hogue of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was a full-scale riot is what it was,” said Tony Long, mayor of the town of 3,300 about 85 miles west of Montgomery.
Hogue said the rioters were “throwing jack irons, throwing tire irons, anything they could get their hands on.” Some people carried baseball bats and brooms.

Reese said two people were arrested at the high school during the initial disturbance. Relatives of the people who were arrested followed officers to police headquarters at city hall, and then the melee erupted.

Six more people were arrested at city hall, Reese said, and police called in reinforcements from surrounding cities. Some officers wore riot gear, and many planned to stay overnight to help maintain order.

Or how ’bout this one?
Again, thank you MSNBC for bringing me this gem!

A woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she let her daughter ride in a cardboard box on top of their van, police said.

Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said the 37-year-old Alabama woman was arrested Sunday after police received a call about a minivan on a state highway with a child riding on top, The Huntsville Times reported.

Smith said the woman told police the box was too big to go inside the van, and that her daughter was inside the box to hold it down.

Smith said the mother told officers it was safe because she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.

The 13-year-old daughter wasn’t harmed and was turned over to a relative. A jail worker said the mother was out on bond Monday.

Is there something in the water down south?
Or maybe it’s all that redneck inbreeding?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying everyone in Alabama is a moron.
I’m sure Alabama has no more morons than any other state.
I simply found the locations of these lovely stories entertaining!

Our Dumb Youth

December 30, 2010

“If you’re alright with abortion and gay marriage, you’re a Republican.”
A sentence that I heard from a 20-something woman who was telling me about a conversation she had with her Baby Daddy’s grandmother.
Grandma was asking her whether she was a Republican or a Democrat.
She told her she didn’t know and, according to her, that’s how Grandma responded.

Obviously what I was told was a bit off.
The fact that the young woman didn’t notice she had the word “republican” where the word “democrat” belongs is interesting to me.
It’s something I could never confuse.

What Grandma said isn’t correct either.
Registered Republicans who are pro-choice do exist, just as there are Democrats who disagree with the idea of gay marriage.
It was a conversation I wished I had participated in, though.
My answer would have been something to the extent of:
“I am a registered Independent with conservative political beliefs. I feel the Republican party does not properly represent myself and my views.”

Although I was at first shocked that this young lady didn’t know the difference between a Republican and a Democrat, I later realized I shouldn’t be.
Yesterday I went to Steven Crowder’s YouTube page and watched his newer videos, as I haven’t been there in a few months.
After words I decided to dig through his archives and find something a bit older.
One that really got me thinking about the young lady and what she said to me was this:

Those young adults are so…  stupid!
However, those are the young adults who go out and vote.
The young adults who will one day be running our country.
They know nothing about our country, though!

Being aware that today’s youth is so poorly educated on such topics makes me think that homeschooling my future children might be the best option!
It also makes me think, “Ya know, going back to college isn’t really a necessity…”

An Evil Word

December 28, 2010

Religion.
It’s a topic I rarely touch.
I mean, incase you hadn’t noticed, the name of my blog isn’t “Religion With Desteny”.

I am Agnostic.
I will not believe in God until I am proven he exists.
And no, preaching to me about what the Bible says and telling me about various “miracles” preformed by God isn’t going to prove to me he exists.
I do not believe in anything blindly.
Not God, not ghosts, not Bigfoot, not the Lock Ness Monster.

I want to touch on religion a bit today, though.
Although I am Agnostic in my personal beliefs, I am also very open-minded on the topic.
People are free to believe what they want regarding the subject, who am I to say that one religion is wrong?
I have no real beliefs on religion, God may exist… but until I am proven he does, you wont see me skipping to church in my Sunday Best every weekend.
The various religious beliefs of others don’t offend me, as long as they don’t try to convert me.

The entire point of this post, however, revolves around one little word: “cult”.
When you hear the word “cult”, what comes to mind?
Personally, I think of black robe wearing people, their faces hidden under large hoods.
These people are circling a fire, saying a prayer to the Devil before sacrificing a goat to him and drinking the blood of the poor little guy.

I was surprised when I found Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word “cult”:

1: formal religious veneration
2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual
3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious
4: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>
a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work; especially: such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad.
b : the object of such devotion
c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion
I think meaning #3 is the best at describing the way your average person perceives the word “cult”.
But, what is an unorthodox religion?
It’s a religion that isn’t conventional.
It’s not the norm.

I was learning about a religion I had never heard of last week.
I have a friend on Facebook who belongs to a church I was unaware existed.
They have different ways of celebrating holidays, yet they are considered “Christian”.
This information peaked my interest and I started doing my homework.

It seemed to me, after a couple of hours of reading, that this person belongs to a small, very new (in comparison to other religions) church.
While reading, I started thinking about the word “cult”.
Would someone consider them to be members of a cult?
I mean, I have heard countless people refer to the LDS church as a cult…
Does this church fall into the same group?

Since Thursday of last week, when I learned about said church, I have been thinking about the word “cult”.
I have wondered what makes what we refer to as a “cult” really just that.
I’ve come to a conclusion…

We all know that the two topics you don’t discuss at family gatherings are religion and politics.
People generally have such strong beliefs regarding both topics that any conversation between two people with differing opinions can turn into an all out brawl!
Democrats hate Republicans… Republicans hate Democrats.
I have never had strong religious beliefs, so the idea of a Catholic hating a Mormon seemed strange to me at first.
When I took a second to think about it, it really didn’t seem that strange at all.

I know I can’t stand liberal, pot smoking, peace-loving, tree hugging hippies.
There is something wrong with those freaks.
So, if someone celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles instead of Christmas, there must be something wrong with them, too, right?
Humans weren’t made to get along and live in peace… even if we have come to accept the various political beliefs of other people, we still can’t understand when they tell us their religious beliefs are different from our own.

The person who caused me to look into this, the person who made me think about the word “cult”, my friend on Facebook, lost multiple friends over the last week because they don’t agree with my friend’s beliefs regarding Christmas.
‘Tis the season, right?

No matter what your religion, I will not say you are wrong.
I don’t know who God is, I don’t know why we are here on Earth, I don’t know what happens when we die.
If you have a book you read and a church you go to that helps you understand the answers to the questions that every human asks themselves, then that is wonderful.
I don’t have any idea what the answers to my questions could be, and currently I am fine with that.
I can think of no religion that meets my take of the definition Merriam-Webster provided me for the word “cult”.

 

It’s Not My Fault!

December 10, 2010

Is taking responsibility for ones actions a thing of the past?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The maker of Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what is believed to be the first wrongful-death settlement won from a chewing tobacco company.

A legal expert said the case could open the door for more lawsuits against makers of chewing tobacco, an industry that drew fewer legal battles during the 1990s than cigarette manufacturers.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will pay the award to the family of Bobby Hill of Canton, N.C., who began chewing tobacco at 13. He died in 2003 at 42.

Attorney Antonio Ponvert III, who represented Hill’s relatives, told The Associated Press about the agreement Tuesday. Regulatory documents confirmed the deal. – Associated Press

Or how ’bout the woman who sued McDonald’s for serving coffee that was too hot?

On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49¢ cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald’s restaurant. Liebeck was in the passenger’s seat of her Ford Probe, and her grandson Chris parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee.

McDonald’s required franchises to serve coffee at 180–190 °F (82–88 °C). At that temperature, the coffee would cause a third-degree burn in two to seven seconds. Prior to her lawsuit, there had been approximately 700 other burn cases involving McDonald’s between 1982 and 1992.

Stella placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove it. In the process, she spilled the entire cup of coffee on her lap. Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin. – Wikipedia

Both of the above stories are absolutely disgusting.
Americans choose everything they do.
They choose to smoke or chew tobacco.
They choose to open a cup of coffee in their lap while sitting in a car.

In my mind, taking responsibility for your own actions applies to every single thing you do.
It could be as simple as crying… no, your husband didn’t make you cry. You and your feelings caused you to cry.
It could be something more complex, like pregnancy… no, it’s not the fault of the broken condom, the alcohol, the guy, or any other person or item you can blame it on. You chose to have sex and sex creates babies.
It could be something completely moronic, like spilling coffee on yourself… no, it’s not McDonald’s fault you were burnt. You chose to take actions that led to you spilling coffee all over yourself.

It seems the majority of Americans disagree, though.
We have become a sue-happy people.
Nothing is ever the fault of the person who caused a “negative” event to occur.
Americans seem to find someone else to blame for everything.

It’s that time of the year… the “Holiday Season”.
Over the last couple weeks I have wanted to write about Christmas and the politically correct bug that has taken our nation by storm.
Incapable of coming up with something worth posting, I have put the publishing on hold while writing multiple rough drafts.
However, today I was given new material to use thanks to a certain semi driver.

I work for a roofing company in a small town.
Most our materials are sent to us from larger cities via semi trucks.
I know almost every driver who delivers to us as I see them on a regular basis.
One grouchy old driver from Spokane, WA is always fun to talk to.
This morning he delivered a few pallets of shingles to us.
I was the only person in the office and after I signed the delivery slips to confirm he had delivered everything, while he was walking out the door, he said, “Have a merry Christmas.”

He caught me by surprise.
I’m sure I wont see him until after Christmas, but it seemed too early to hear someone speak such words.
It was the first time I had heard someone say that this year, and possibly one of the few times I will hear it.

He made me think.
“Merry Christmas” isn’t something I hear often…
Even the Salvation Army bell-ringer I donated change to a few days ago wished me a happy holiday at my departure.

I know, I know… what about the people who celebrate Hanukkah? What about those who celebrate Kwanzaa?
Wouldn’t they be offended by being wished a merry Christmas?
But, what about me?
If I lived in a predominantly Jewish country, say Israel, I would in no way be offended by someone wishing me a happy Hanukkah.

During a survey of 35,000 adult Americans, The Pew Forum found that 78.4% of people are Christians of some kind.
Only 4.7% fell into the “Other Religion” category.
16.1% claimed to be unaffiliated with any religion.

When nearly 80% of a country’s population is Christian, I think it’s safe to wish people a merry Christmas.
So, why do I rarely hear people say it?
Why do “holiday cards” say “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays”?
What happened to Christmas cards that read “Merry Christmas”?
Don’t worry, I’m not crazy.
I know those cards do exist, but they seem to be less and less common every year.

In all honesty, I think if people cared a little less about hurting someones feelings and offending them and if those who are normally offended quit acting so sensitive, life would be more enjoyable.
Please, wish me a merry Christmas once in a while instead of playing it safe with “happy holidays”.