Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2 Rants by CasualMeyhem

OMG hello its ME Debbie American Hooray!
Im fillering in 4 Lee who intended a like rubut weddering ystrdy #BADASS
So like @CasualMeyhem sent in 2 (too) rants & I dont wana reed ethar 1 of em
cuz both of em R about Smily Vyrus yo. 
I think he wanted me 2 like CHOOZE 1?
Of tha 2 (to)?
But Y dont I just like leeve that up 2 u bye Hooray

Growth is Painful

Finally found a link to Miley Cyrus’ act at the VMA’s.  After all the horrid things I heard on Twitter this morning, I just had to watch it.  Like it was disaster footage or something, I had to see. Well, I saw.
I am reminded that growth is painful. It never goes as planned…and while there are no rules per se, there are always consequences that were unexpected and that one is totally not prepared for. Also, everyone involved will look like an idiot at some time or another. Like that performance.
Of course, in a week nobody but those directly involved will care. So I’m writing about the other thing I saw a lot of on twitter and, strangest of all, why I am hopeful about it. You see, this is what growth looks like.
Anyone who follows Twitter may have noticed that there is at the moment, a trend, I’ll call a Zimmerman backlash, directed at the media mostly.  Pretty much any black on white crime is being used to slap around the MSM’s unequal coverage on race.  I’ll spare you examples, but they are easy to find, and hard to dodge at the moment.
Now, nobody is saying that racism does not exist. I have no use for the KKK and their ilk, but there is no acceptable reason I should tolerate black racisim either.  It’s the same poison in different hands, all deadly and indiscriminate in its use.
For decades even the mere accusation of racism was enough to end careers.  Lately however, there’s been so much race-baiting that people are becoming sick of it.  Some proof of racism is now required. That’s thrown many old race-baiters off of their game and they are not happy.  “Oh for the days when the accusation was enough” I picture them saying.  Whether you want to say the race card has been overdrawn or any other cutesy way of putting it, finally the accuser must provide evidence. That strikes me as fair.
Another thing, and this might be even more important. The black community is being forced finally, to look at the toleration of racism within itself. The whole idea that a black person cannot ever, ever be a racist is pretty much shot. Toleration of racism is as bad as racism itself. It perpetuates the problem by making it consequence free, or so I was taught about white racism. Equality is not always easy.
Nothing I am saying is new.  It’s all been said-mostly by black people to white people. If however, we want true racial equality, we must all use the same set of standards.  Getting used to new rules is aggravating beyond belief, even if the new rules are better than the old ones. But they are still the new rules. Adjust, or get used to being unhappy.
So you see, I believe we are growing. It’s awkward and painful and there are zits, hormones, strange new hair and ever-present unforeseen consequences. Yet I truly believe this will make us better in the end. So weirdly, I am actually hopeful.
And If I look like an idiot, well, I’ve had much more practice than poor Miley Cyrus.
I expect growth to be painful.


My father, god rest his soul, told me more than once that at some point every generation decides that it invented sin.  At the time, that was way too close to the mark, since I perfected sin! As it happens, all those lectures become relevant at some point or another.
This morning when I got on twitter, the big news was Miley Cyrus giggling her butt like she was in the kind of Jello commercials I always thought they should make, in Jr. High.
I could not believe all the hype. How bad could this be? I had to see for myself.  So I did, and sadly a little more innocence has burned away…or not. 
C’mon guys, this happens at least every other year.  Somebody, sometimes a Disney kid, sometimes not, discovers sex and wants to share it with the world.  Somehow they forget that without sex they would not be here and they have to tell everyone. Or worse yet show everyone. I’m hoping Miley gets it out of her system before the sex tape, but face it, the odds are not good.
I had the fortune, call it good or bad, to be in Jr High & High School during Madonna’s climb and the inevitable burnout. I remember it well, or at least well enough that I am not itching to watch it all happen again.
I was never a huge fan of her music, but I didn’t hate it either.  Her voracious business sense and her skill at shocking a few dollars more out of the pockets of her fans however was unrivaled, while it lasted.
The problem with shocking people for a living, especially in the internet age, is you run out of shock value.  Then it goes something like this:
Friend: “Hey, did you hear what Madonna did now? She _____ with a ____ right on stage!”
Me: “What, again?”
You see the problem? Everyone burned out.  Madonna went away for almost a decade before a nostalgia comeback was available to her. Even then she had to rely on the faux-corruption of Brittany Spears as I recall.  I was seriously underwhelmed. She had actual talent, but that’s not what she will be remembered for.
It seems Miley, who also has actual talent, is determined to follow that path.  I find that sad, but not so sad it will ruin my day. Or even my next 15 minutes. She has other better options, although I suppose it is obvious that she has more money than sense at this point.  We shall see.
At least she should talk to Gene Simmons about the tongue thing, hers is just gross.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New CM Rant Yay

OMG Lovers new pic by Zook Zangsten yo:http://twitpic.com/d8wg9q#BADASS
Bias or Buy Us?

It seems to be one or the other these days.  The common thread I found during my daily dive through the news is that what used to be the MSM has a strong liberal bias and seems to be going out of business.
I’m just shocked.  Why would people stop watching or reading news that insults them while telling them what to think?  It’s not like there is a whole internet full of non-insulting opinion at their fingertips.  Oh, wait…
The saddest part is these guys could stay in business by doing one simple thing.  Quit insulting half of their potential customers.
It’s very similar to the reason Jay Leno annihilates his competition.  He does not ignore and insult the 49% of the country that is conservative.  (Are you listening Jimmy Fallon? If you want to succeed, that is how you do it.) These media outlets are killing each other for just barely over half of the available audience by insulting the other half of the potential audience on a daily basis.  Then they howl about the death of traditional media when they themselves are killing it by making sure that I and millions of others change the channel or don’t buy the paper.
Perhaps it’s mean, but whenever I see yet another story about low ratings or losing money hand over fist or poor circulation, I am not thinking “gosh that’s horrible.” What I am thinking is “Good Riddance.”  Or sometimes “Where’s the popcorn?”
The only reason I ever watch CNN is to watch Piers Morgan get beat up.  CNN and MSNBC stay in business onlybecause they are part of the basic cable package.  Literally, that’s it.
Now CNN and MSNBC are going to play the victim because in response to their upcoming four hour commercials for Hillary Clinton, the GOP is not going to let them host primary debates or provide “moderators” whose sole purpose is to make all the candidates look bad.  We should have done that for the last election but by all means let’s do it now.
Still, since the democrats aren’t happy about that, let me offer another possibility.  I could personally moderate the democratic primary debates.  It’s no trouble, really.  I won’t even charge – too much.
What can I say – I’m a nice guy.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Post Office Photographing Your Mail

Hi it's me @PattRiot209 filling in for Alicia and Debbie while they're on vacation in Romania! I hope to do a good job filling in but I also hope you guys can be patient with me, as I'm not getting paid or anything and I'm doing the best I can to help Huzzah!
And now a rant from our friend @CasualMeyhem:
Decimate: kill one person in 10: to kill one out of every ten people in a group, especially in a body of mutinous soldiers.   (via Bing Dictionary)
My favorite evil dwarf Greg Gutfeld just banned my rant. I am therefore going to do it anyway. Can’t leave the little fella without something to complain about…
For a long time now, the Obama administration has been bragging about how they have decimated the leadership of Al Qaeda.   They aren’t wrong; they’ve killed at least one in 10 of the upper leadership.  Problem is, all those leaders were replaced almost instantly. And when we kill the new ones, they will be replaced once again.
Remember that Kurt Russell movie The Thing?  Al Qaeda is like the Thing. When you cut its head off, the head grows legs and eye-tentacles and hisses at you.  Meanwhile the body grows a new head and the threat continues.
Now some will ask “How dare I suggest it’s hopeless?!!?” I am suggesting no such thing.  Think of it as cleaning your house.  I once suggested to my parents that I cleaned my room last week so I didn’t have to ever do it again. That went about the way you would expect- It seems I didn’t have to leave my room except to eat and go to the bathroom ever again either.  Or, I could clean my room again.  It was entirely up to me.
It’s that way with Al Qaeda too. There is always going to be a group or two that wants to destroy us for whatever reason. Used to be the U.S.S.R. and some folks here and there can’t get that out of their heads…..but that’s a different rant.
Let’s take my example into adulthood.  You’ve cleaned your house.  It’s clean!  But then you decide you never have to do it again, so you don’t.  The dirt and molds and bugs take advantage.  They move in and set up shop.  A year or so later you get a nice talking to by the city.  If you are very lucky, you get to star in an episode of Hoarders and a nice trained mental health professional tries to keep you distracted while they clean for you, but probably not.
What usually happens is that the city quickly loses all patience with excuses.  They condemn your house (locking you out of it) and send a mob of city workers over to throw away anything not nailed down. If they can pry it up, it’s not nailed down. Then they send you a cleaning bill you can’t pay along with a list of things you have to fix (but can’t afford) if you want to move back in. You can’t do that, so the city eventually takes your house and sells it to the highest bidder.
That’s the problem with Obama’s policies.  He thinks we’re done.  He honestly thinks we are no longer in a war on terror, because we “Decimated their leadership.”  He might want to tell them that. I don’t think they know. Or care.
It’s a constant thing.  You don’t stop just because you had some success.  If not the U.S.S.R. then It’s Al Qaeda.  If not Al Qaeda, then it’s someone else.  Defense is not a one-time thing.  It’s done every day, all the time, or someone takes advantage.  Would you fire all the police because the crime rate drops?  I’m guessing no…. Crime did not stop just because they jailed Capone. War will not stop because you killed some people.  Imagining it would is the height of foolishness.
Evil will always be sufficient unto the day.