Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Is this stuff contagious?
Normally I would vent about stupidity on a Martin World News post, but this isn't all "world news", so I'll do it here.
First up, a blog I was visiting (You know who you are, lol) had as the day's post a question involving if you could hypnotise someone for one day, who would it be. And right before I had a chance to comment, another commenter came up with a liberal classic- he wanted to hypnotise a group of conservatives and ask them "Why they really hate Obama."
I gave a polite response, and warned my lovely host, but here in the privacy of my living room, I have this to say:
What an ass-wipe.
I am sick to death of liberals who cannot conceive that someone might possibly have a world view they don't agree with. If I hate Obama, I MUST be racist. Or I have been deluded by FoxNews. Never mind that I have had my share of black friends, never mind that my political orientation was formed LONG before there was a FoxNews. Never mind that in my heart of hearts, I believe that Obama and his associates' conception of what is good for America is fundamentally flawed.
So to him, I say, go ahead, hypnotise me. Maybe you'll find out there are more genuine opinions about politics and life than your own- if you have the wherewithal to cope with that.
The next thing I found completely raving stupid today... well, here, read this paragraph from The Independent:
The leader of a right-wing volunteering organisation in India has accused Mother Teresa of only seeking to help poor people in order to “convert those she served to Christianity”.
This is sad on so many levels. Let me try to help this person and her ilk to understand.
Mother Teresa is a NUN. That means she is a member of a religious order of the Catholic Church, and thus a Christian.
That means that, in her world view, it would be a waste of her time to FEED people in this world if they are GOING TO HELL in the next anyway.
You don't have to agree with the Catholic Church, God, heaven and hell, or anything else to grasp the if-then logic here: If she is a Christian, yes the goal is to save souls.
Okay, a third and less controversial rant: I get my secondary news (such as this last gem) from an aggregator called News360 (yes, I've mentioned this before). Now, it spreads a pretty wide net, but has an option where you can dislike a story and theoretically see less stories like them. It does work, to an extent; and in a recent revamp, they've also given the option to tell them why you don't like the story. It normally gives you four choices on this option- one is usually the news source itself, another the main person involved, and the other two one of the subjects "tagged" for the article. Unfortunately, I have had a hard time convincing News 360 that I do not consider celebrity or entertainment news as "top stories." So today, I notice an article about the latest news on The Bachelor, and thought, here's yet another opportunity to school them on my thoughts about celebrity stuff. I clicked the thumbs down; I clicked the "tell us why" button. My choices came up:
You Don't Like:
-United States Of America
And perhaps there is a reason, had I read the article I didn't want to see, that those would be perfectly logical reasons why I didn't like the article on The Bachelor. What I was hoping for was more along the lines of "really stupid reality shows".
I'm hoping News360's next upgrade includes an "other" button.
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"...I'd likie to see..." sounds like the Beninese are learning English from the Mexicans at my old job...
NOTE: My red squiggly line quickly let me know that in the above, I had typed "Eniglish" rather than "English" at first. Hmm, I thought. Eniglish- "enigma English".
I almost left it in.