of the people I am sharing this planet with. Not the kinda stupidity where you sit back and say, wow, that guy was kind of a dumbass. But sheer, this is what I believe and I'm going to make everyone go along with it, liberal crap that makes me wish I could just crawl in a hole and divorce myself from society. I'm about to rant about this topic, but there will be some other stuff at the end, if you wanna stick around.
EXAMPLE ONE: Going chronologically, how about we start with the Jason Collins story. For those out of the loop, he is a pretty minor NBA basketball player who made news by coming out as gay- the first such player in major American sport. Me, I don't care. Half the world thinks he's just the bravest thing, and the other half think he did it to ensure he'll get an NBA paycheck next year, whether it be a paycheck or a discrimination settlement. Whatever. What gripes me is that former Collins coach Doc Rivers made a comment that sideways compared what he did to Jackie Robinson.
WHAT A LOAD. Robinson and people like him fought hatred of a kind Collins has never imagined. And guess what, there was no "closet" to hide in for them, no way to hide at all. And it was everywhere they looked, no matter how they acted or attempted to fit in. And for Robinson, IT WASN'T A LIFESTYLE CHOICE. Rivers, a black man himself, should be ashamed of thinking of Robinson and Collins in the same thought.
EXAMPLE TWO: Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside the golden door, and contemporary thought tells us we should give EVERY chance for immigrants to live the American Dream. "Oh, no," you say, rolling your eyes at another let's build a fence story. But that's not what I'm about this time. Do you realize that even though at one point I was in a trailer that I lost because the park raised the lot rent past my paycheck, let alone the trailer payment, I would have been turned down for section 8 housing, welfare, food stamps, because "I made too much" (read, I didn't know how to scam the system). However, the family of the Tsarnaev boys, who "didn't understand America" and "had no friends" and thus felt they should go on a multi-city bombing spree, got all that. Food stamps, TAFD cash, welfare, Section 8- over $110,000 in various aid, not counting another almost $5,600 given to older brother and current corpse Tamerlan to attend college on the taxpayer dime. Yes, this would be the same guy that we were warned about by two different nations, along with his mother (who has a warrant out on her), father (an anti-government activist), who flew under the radar despite all this PLUS trips to terrorist vacation havens like Daghestan PLUS friends at UM-Dartmouth who had a license plates that read TERRORISTA 1 (and what brain surgeon let THAT go through?). Do we REALLY think our intelligence community is stupid enough to let this go by like they allegedly did Benghazi- or is there someone who, in his relentless quest to be PC, just-didn't-listen?
EXAMPLE THREE: Now the morning-after pill, after the fact contraception, has been allowed for 15-year -old girls, without a prescription, without a parent's permission. All involved tell us this is a great day for women (despite the fact that a 15 y-o isn't physically or mentally a woman). But here's what grinds me is that some spokeswitch for the Center For Reproductive Rights (whose slogan is apparently "old enough to pee, old enough for me") said that they wanted all such "arbitrary restrictions" on "women" lifted. Why yes, why not let six year old girls have legal sex? Another CNN news "person" spoke about how many "women" are denied such protection "because they can't get to the pharmacy before they close, or a pharmacy is too far away". We live in a nation where a 24-hour pharmacy is a 10-minute drive away, and you could probably pick out three regular ones from your roof and hit each with a rock; where the hell does she live?
EXAMPLE FOUR: The Pentagon has bowed to pressure from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and banned proselytizing- thus theoretically they will court martial any chaplain bold enough to do his job. “Someone needs to be punished for this,” Weinstein told Fox News. “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.”
EXAMPLE FIVE: A family in (I bet you'll be surprised) Kentucky gave a five year old boy a .22 rifle for a present on his birthday. Today, he shoots his two-year old sister dead. Now, you tell me who is the idiot here- the parent or the gun? You don't need a gun ban, you need a simple intelligence test before you give people access to dangerous things like guns and ballot boxes. I imagine the bereft family is trying to sell the two year old's supply of morning after pills on eBay.
Yeah, maybe the world wasn't so great when I was a kid. Maybe we don't need all these sticky moral rules. Maybe it wasn't so innocent, or so easy, or so kind as I like to remember. But at least it wasn't this fricking
Okay, rant done. Scrappy went in today for a simple tooth cleaning, and now he's recovering from having 7 teeth pulled! Waiting for a call to go pick the poor little guy up.
Finally after about 48 hours, the AIHL website posted the box on Sunday's Perth/Melbourne Ice matchup that the Ice won 9-3. It was native Aussie Joe Hughes who got a hat trick and added an assist to lead Melbourne, and it continues to look like a long year for Thunder goalie Michael Smart. Right now, I bet he'd change the team's slogan from "the West against the rest" to "
you and me against the world."
And on the subject of said website, I decided to write them:
I am an American doing a blog that frequently features world hockey. I have been trying to do a good job on your league, but your site’s ability to get box scores posted does no one any favors. For example, the Sunday Perth/Ice matchup is still not posted 36 hours later! However, there’s little I can do as your country’s newspapers have no idea you even have a hockey league. Public recognition is the first step in league development. I am trying to help, but am dependant upon you not to shoot yourselves in your own foot. Sincerely, CW Martin
And I actually got a response- hoo boy!
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