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December 7, 2013

Fast food workers demand more pay? Sorry, you don't get to decide that.

Fast food workers in Chicago rallied for higher pay, something all hard working American can get behind. For the 11 million of you without jobs please disregard.

I struggled with this dilemma for a while before coming to the conclusion that it should be put in  the "Stupid Spoiled American" pile. I can appreciate workers uniting for the greater good of their paycheck, but  who do these people think they are, the Pullman Strike of 1894??

Also happened in Chicago

I make no apologies for this remark, but these people are burger flippers. Here a few of their complaints:

"It doesn't pay my bills, I can't buy my kids anything for Christmas. I can't even celebrate Christmas."
"We can't survive on $7.25."

Let me address complaint #2 and offer some solutions.

  • Get two jobs
  • Don't work there
  • Get an education and become more marketable
  • Get rid of unnecessary assets - TVs, cable, iPad, extra phones, eating out, bling, fancy clothes, gas guzzling car
  • Take the bus
  • Move to where the wages are better
I think these suggestions could probably be applied to complaint #1 as well.

So what kind of an increase are we talking about- 15, 25%? Not even close! They want their wages increased from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour- a 107% pay increase. They have balls, that's for sure. Big, entitled balls.

ECON 101:
Fair wages are dictated by supply and demand, by the market who decides what they are willing to pay a worker based on the demand for their product while factoring in the available workforce willing to work for those wages. This inst' a steel strike or a coal strike of the early 1800's when people were dying on the job. This isn't even comparable to the UPS or Postal strikes of my generation. These are people who flip burgers and  prank our food in the back room when nobody is watching.

Go home, fast food workers. You're drunk.
$15 an hour. Really?

November 24, 2013

Americans love a good scandal, until the next one comes along.

Scandal, schmadal

At this point in his presidency, I hope that Obama is a pathological liar and not as inept and clueless as he appears to be. Of course he could be a puppet for a super-secret, string pulling Freemason-esque agency, but if we want to go that far, I prefer the chain smoking, creepy old guy from The X-Files.

When I examine the scandals surrounding the Obama administration I fully expect a Wachowski styleuprising to drive these people out of office. Wishful thinking, I know. People are comfortable where they are, the voters made their decision and will stand by it, either out of ignorance or by sheer head-in-the-sand prideful stubbornness. To prove this point one just needs to look at the President’s approval rating, which is now at a historic low of 41%.

Whoopty freaking doo. So he has low numbers, so Bush’s approval ratings (despite dragging us into a decade + long war and running our deficit up to historical highs) are higher than Obama’s, so what if the list of scandals associated with Obama looks like a rap sheet for a 1930’s mob boss. Obama is looking at the American people and saying, “What are you going to do about it?”

Nothing, that’s what. We will throw our hands up and rant about it, but in the end we will do nothing.

Let’s take a look at the Obama’s Top 10:

These are recent scandals by the way (in order my choosing), since the whole list is just too long for me to include. I think these are enough to make the point that this President should not have been elected – at all.

  1. Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) – ironically, there is something new to report almost every other day about this phony sham of a law intended to help the US.
  2. Census Bureau – Job numbers doctored before 2012 election to make Obama look good.
  3. Benghazi – Lies, lying and cover-ups surrounding this despicable nightmare of accountability and recourse. But people are coming forward and it does not look good for the President or Hillary. Let’s not forget these words of wisdom from the former Secretary of State, “What difference at this point does it make?” when questioned about her role in the slaying of Americans by Al Qaeda.
  4. IRS targeting people who fundamentally disagree with Obama. Lois Lerner “retired”, but nobody was held responsible for her actions- nobody was fired.
  5. Fast and Furious – I hate these names, by the way. This scandal, in case you forgot, involved “Federal agencies” losing track of weapons that eventually ended up in the hands of the Mexican cartel- you know, the ones who like to run cocaine into our country and lop the heads off of American tourists.
  6. Attorney General Eric Holder perjury x2. For fuck sake, what does it take to fire someone in this administration?
  7. EPA shenanigans that start back at Solyndra money laundering and continue through EPA Director Jackson’s secret emails account where she contacted Lobbyists for more deeds of misdoing. Don’t hear about this much anymore.

You know, that is as far as I want to go. There are only 3 three more I was going to put on this list but it just doesn’t matter. As disappointing as this administration has been, it is even more depressing to think about the GOP and the fact that even after all the ammo against this community organizer, they still can’t capitalize on it and win. It reminds me of this poor schlep on Wheel of Fortune: 

Nothing left to do but hunker down, save up and watch what happens next. It does not good to argue with morons about moronic behavior.

October 21, 2013

Local Sacramento Mom comes under fire for her fit body

There aren't too many things that come out of Sacramento that actually make good news and, unfortunately, this is one of them. Receiving over 12,000 comments in the first 24 hours of hitting the blogosphere, Maria Kang has become an international story for posting a picture of her and her three kids:

I read about this story over the weekend in Yahoo News and the comments overwhelmingly fell into a singularity: Haters gonna hate. Here is her response to the attacks:  Hot Mom Defends Herself Against Facebook Haters

Personally, I gave the same look the 3 year-old has when I saw this picture, however many did not share my reaction. If you want to see the effects of Internet bravado and courage read a few pages of the Yahoo comments. People can say the first thing that comes to their mind in the comments section with no backlash or consequence. The disparaging remarks against Kang ranged from bragger to bully and only got worse when her personal life came to light. 

She has a history of bulimia and it didn't take long for the haters to cling to that condition as her reason for being so thin as a mother of three- not the fact that she has chosen a healthy way to lose weight and look great.

Her husband doesn't work and people jumped on that with the usual comments like: "Must be nice to have a stay-at-home-husband to take care of the kids while you work out all day" - not the fact hat her husband is an Iraqi War Veteran who has a traumatic brain injury from a bomb that almost killed him.

Of course, before her personal life was revealed the haters used the go-to excuses of "Must be nice to have all that free time to work out... to have money for a gym membership... etc."- nevermind the fact that she owns a non-profit organization which keeps her busy. Oh, and she works out at home, waking up at 6 a.m., an hour at a time. When she takes her kids to the park she works out as well and has a great comeback for the haters:
“I’m working out. I’m not sitting there on my iPhone.”
Boom, roasted.

The only issue I have is with the quote on her picture, but there is a real fine line between braggadocio and taking pride in one's accomplishments. She had to know she would get backlash for that comment and if she really wanted to just make a statement about being fit as a mother of three then the comment probably could have been left off. That being said, she is defending herself very well.

The fact that this story is even a story bothers me. I can see several sub-categories of Hater that these comments fall into:

  • The Excuse Makers - no matter what Kang says, the Excuse Makers will find something to justify their reason why they don't look like that: they don't have the time, the money, etc. What they really don't have is the desire to get off their fat asses and work out. it is too hard for them to lose the baby weight so they take out their frustrations anonymously.
  • Chick on Chick crime - Catty bitches who don't like women who look better than them, or have more money than them, etc. Watch any episode of Housewives to see an example of this behavior.
  • Guilt crowd - they feel bad for people who cannot achieve some level of success whether it be fitness, social status, employment status, etc. How dare you flaunt your success!
  • Harcore Haters - no matter what level of success you achieve, people are too rotten to acknowledge even the smallest of achievement. "You got that raise because you are a kiss-ass", "Nice body, have body image issues, do ya?", "Nice clothes, life is not a fashion show", etc.
There are a lot of "You go, girl!" comments but the majority are negative. This is a sad commentary on our society and a pervasive attitude that is infiltrating our lives at all levels. It is no longer acceptable to our society to be successful or an achiever.  Interesting how movie stars, professional athletes and model can look this good but not suffer the criticism Kang has. I guarantee these hating, catty bitches would not give any grief to this guy for looking so cut:

The only response I can give to these haters is, "Hate on."

September 17, 2013

Mark Steyn on Putin, Obama.

Far be it from me to get all political on The Dump, however this piece by Mark Stein is one of the best I've seen in a while. This short article pretty much sums up the United States military diplomacy amateur hour last month when the our arch nemesis turned the tables on us and Putin's propaganda machine cranked out a brilliant KGB-esque op ed.

"Any fourth grade history student knows socialism has failed in every country, at every time in history. President Obama and his fellow Democrats are either idiots or deliberately trying to destroy their own economy." - Vladimir Putin

The US government has been a cesspool of waste, fraud and abuse for many decades now and Americans don't seem to care that the pay more-get less attitude of our elected officials has grown to unprecedented proportions. This is not a D vs. R issue, as I've pointed out time and time again- it is a government issue and our elected officials on both sides are sticking it to us. Ignorant, uniformed Americans don't see it that way and keep the very people who hurt them in their elected positions. For a very long time. By the way, look up the word cesspool; I think people have heard it so many times that the meaning has been lost.

Our government reminds me of battered wife syndrome- no matter how may times the US government gives its citizens a black eye or not so conspicuous bruising, they keep coming back.

April 16, 2013

This is why we don't need crying men

I have been writing this blog entry for a few months now piece by piece as more examples are uncovered displaying the downfall of men in this country. Although there are volumes that can be written on the political discourse of some men and how poorly they have shown themselves to stand up for what is right and, instead, cave in to the furthest reaches of the political spectrum. No, I think those men are too far gone to help as is this next group.

Over the last few decades I have seen the character of men degrade to the point that they think it is ok to cry over things that in prior decades would have wrought a showering of ridicule and bullying the likes few people today have been on the receiving end of. We had heroes back then like John Wayne, the Marlboro Man, Charles Bronson, Bear Bryant, Van Halen and the like. The idols I had as a young sprouting lad are much different than the ones trying to pass as legitimate teen idols we see forced down our throats today- Justin Beiber? Or the d-bag sparkly vampires and their sworn enemies that look like German shepherds? Really?

But why the shift from real men to real pussies as what we perceive to be heroic people we can look up to? That story is long and drawn out, but the Reader’s Digest edition would attribute society’s role in chipping away at the manliness that once held this nation together. We were told that real men should eat quiche, that we should get in touch with our feminine  sides, that it is ok for women to play in men’s only sporting events and to intrude in men’s only activities and the worst one of all- that it is ok to cry. This is where they went too far.

I am in a minority of men today who can hold in their emotions, who can keep some composure during a difficult time, who can step up and display levelheadedness during a crisis and there have been more than enough examples in our media over the last few decades to show the downward trend in men who display these attributes. But we only need to go back a few years to see some really disgusting examples of men who lost it and broke down in tears, babbled even, over things that just didn’t warrant crying. Before I come across as too callous, crying at the death of an immediate family member is acceptable, however you must come to grips with the fact that in that moment you were a wuss.

There are plenty of examples in history of the manliest men known to the world who shed tears – Eisenhower, Lincoln, Walter Cronkite and several sports greats when they finally retired from their art. It used to be that when a man cried there was some serious shit that just went down or was about to happen. But now we see crying all the time. It is common place now, and even worse- it is promoted. I must admit that there are a few things that will bring a temporary moment of wussiness upon myself. I am very patriotic and spent 20 years in the military. September 11th was hard on me and on a few occasions a tear or two have welled up in my eyes.  However, I also admit that in those times I am a wuss and I fight back those tears. So I cannot fault Jon Stewart or even David Letterman when they got emotional during their shows when reporting on September 11th. But they were still wusses.

When bad things happen we need a man to hold it together. We need him to hold it together so that he can be a leader during a crisis when having leadership matters the most. Remember this?

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome injury during the playoffs when he broke his leg on the court. He didn’t just break his leg, it was like his leg was tired of being cooped up under all that muscle and skin and decided to bust out to have a look around. That’s a pretty horrific injury and I would expect some tears of pain, not emotion, from Ware. What disgusted me were the tears from his team mates and especially Coach Pitino. 

That is not the time for the leader of a basketball team to cry. Good job, coach. What a great example you are setting for these young men, who were also crying like babies on the most important, and televised, event of their lives. When the shit hits the fan we find out what men are made of.

How about this one? Here is Bubba Watson after winning the 2012 Masters. Pathetic and weak. First of all, it is golf and you can add this sport to the famous quote by Tom Hanks, “There’s no crying in baseball.” What’s next, crying when someone wins the National Shuttlecock Tournament?

Disgraceful. Like I said, there have been sports heroes over the years that have shed a tear or two, however it was a rare occasion. This idiot blubbers every time he is on television.

More examples of men who failed at holding it together can be found by a simple Google search for men crying at their wedding, during the birth of a child, crying because he climbed up on a jungle gym and couldn't get down (I shit you not) and lastly over a video game. What disturbs me even more is the fact that when they are called out for being wussies it is the accuser who gets the blast from people defending these crying idiots.

The final act that made me publish this post occurred yesterday when some chicken shit set off bombs at the Boston Marathon. We see glaring examples of both kinds of men- those who run toward the danger and those who run away and/or cry like babies. Like I said, when the shit hits the fan, and seeing pools of blood and body parts would definitely qualify, we see what men are made of. That is not the time or the place for someone who blubbers at a wedding or because he won a golf game. Thank God the first responders and bystanders had the wherewithal to keep their composure and start the task of first aid and providing strength and decorum to the injured and dying. I saw a man who was holding his wife/girlfriend’s head in his lap while she lay bleeding all over the place. He was calm and collected and that is what that woman needed.

While the many videos of the bombing are horrifying, they are well worth the watch if you want to see the kinds of men this country is losing.

March 14, 2013

People on government assistance stimulate the economy?

I know that I am not the smartest peanut in the turd sometimes, however I cannot wrap my head around this administration's economic recovery plan of getting more people on government assistance, specifically food stamps. Please explain to me how taking more of my money and giving it to bums will help my family and stimulate the economy by giving my money (the government took from me)  to someone who isn't working.

The government takes from people and doles out the money. The government doesn't earn money like I do when I get a paycheck; the government takes money out of my paycheck. That is money I would have put back into the economy anyway, so how does taking that money and allowing someone else to spend it help anything except the lifestyle of a person who doesn't have to work for their money? Yes, that is totally fair.

Here is a good summary of the last State of the Union address from last month from The Gateway Pundit:
SOTU 2013: 2.6 Million More in Poverty, 45 Million on Food Stamps, Median Income Down 10%, Record Unemployment, Record Gas Prices
Sure didn't sound that gloomy when Obama was talking. Much of what this guy has said he will do has not happened. He told us that our taxes would not go up, however my first paycheck of the New Year was less because I have more medical taken out. I guess this administration doesn't think that is a new tax despite the promises we were given during campaign season. From

As a candidate in 2008, Obama said, "I can make a firm pledge" that "no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
Another broken promise.
Addressing Congress as president for the first time in 2009, Obama said, "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime."
And yet this clown won the electoral and popular vote. It reminds me of Stockholm Syndrome. The American public is so stupid, that it doesn't care this guy breaks promises or caters to his special interest buddies at our expense. The majority of Americans are fine with a President that has not stuck to his promises and has not improved our economy, except for the bums on social programs. The sickening part of this attitude is that the Republicans aren't doing anything about it. The Democrats are sticking it in our asses and the Republicans are breaking it off.