This was sent to me by my dad after I got zapped by the 220v electrical service for the dryer earlier in the week. Little did I know that being bug-zapped was just the beginning of my craptastic week.
It ended like this:
But it could have been much worse. Now, read on for what he sent me, and by the way, Snopes says this really did occur, just not in AZ but in UT. See http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/culvert.asp
TRUCK WRECK Read the caption on the first photo, then look at the second photo.
Look at the picture above and you can see where this driver broke through the guardrail, on the right side of the culvert, where the people are standing on the road, pointing. The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail. It flipped end-over-end bounced off and across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling. The 22-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises.
Now look at the second picture below…
If God isn’t done with you, God isn’t done with you.
What you say matters. But just as important as what you say is how you say it. The words you use.
Don’t think so? Really?
Now what do you think?
At first I thought this whole thing was just a joke. Not the budget business, but the laughable statements coming out of the right-wing idiosphere. For instance, Senator Jon Kyle (R- Arizonastan) claimed, on the floor of the U.S. Senate no less, that “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” He said well over 90$ of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions. Well, that’s not exactly correct. Here’s what Planned Parenthood actually does:
See that little, tiny wedge down there in green? the one labeled “Abortion Services 3%”? That’s how wrong Jon Kyle was. Off by a piddly little 87%. But rather than be honest that he was just making stuff up as he went along, his office issued the following statement regarding his whopper saying it ”was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.” Right. Well, at least he was honest about the fact that his statements are not intended to be factual, since they rarely are.
But a U.S. Republican Senator outright manufacturing fake statistics on the floor of the Senate is not really news, is it? The next time one of them actually tells the truth, that might be news.
And speaking of news, or, more accurately, the Not-News Channel, Faux which has an even worse track record than Senator Kyle, here comes “Fox and Friends” — which I call Fox and Fiends” with possibly the most outrageous and stupendously stupid exchange of the week — and the bar is pretty high on that one when it comes to Faux Newz folks. Just watch.
That’s right, these guys just said that women can get all these services like Pap Smears and Breast Exams at Walgreens. Watch the reaction of the couch-decoration in the middle. She hardly blinks. Stares right at Steve Doocey, not even able to look at what’s-his-idiot that made the Walgreens comment.
While it may be true that Republican’s prefer to get their prostate exams in Airport restrooms, that does not mean that women should be expected to jump up on the counter at Walgreens. How abjectly stupid does one have to be to make such a comment? I hope they came home to their wives wearing this T-Shirt at the end of the day:
On the off-chance that their wives could find it. Or want to. Frankly, I’m surprised every Republican isn’t walking around doubled-over after the outright assault on women in which they have engaged recently. It’s shameful. It’s outrageous. It is amazing that the media and the voters are letting them get away with it.
But if these bobble-heads at Faux thing medical care at Walgreens is such a good idea, let’s see them all line up at the pharmacy counter for a colonoscopy or a prostate exam. I think it’s high time we have a law in this country similar to Canada’s which states that you cannot call yourself a news organization if you intentionally lie or mislead your viewers. It’s why Fox cannot get a license to broadcast in Canada. Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news.” Fox News tried to get the provision repealed so they could broadcast in Canada, but they failed. They cannot get a license there. What does that tell you about what they broadcast here? Right. It’s lies and misinformation and propaganda.
Finally, the most trusted name in Cable News, Comedy Central, had, of course, a wonderful piece on this whole thing via Stephen Colbert. I’ll leave you with that so that you will be able to laugh, rather than looking for this key on your computer.
Why is it that a supposed ‘News’ channel is mostly comedy, and a Comedy channel has the best news? Truly a sad state of affairs.
The most disheartening part of this:
Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the wage gap: the fact that full-time women workers earn 77 percent of what full-time male workers do. One major reason is job segregation by sex. Jobs themselves are gendered, such that women have a tendency to enter feminized occupations and men have a tendency to enter masculinized occupations. How severe is job segregation by sex? In 2010, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that about about 4 in 10 women work in jobs that are 75 percent female; the reverse is true for men.
at least to me, is the mere fact that we even have an “equal pay day.” It should not be necessary. At all.
I’m amazed on an almost daily basis that in this, the 21st century, we still have such things as this going on. I am amazed and disheartened that there are still such prejudices and inequalities.
I feel the same way when I hear racist comments. Pretty much anytime I hear some tea partier open their mouth. I just don’t get it. I never really have, but the older I get, the less I understand it.
I’ve written about religious-based discrimination against gays and lesbians before. I’ve written about the things people say about disabled people. And even about the outright racist things even our politicians — mostly tea party folks, but not exclusively — say.
It’s the 21st century for cryin’ out loud!
But back to the main topic at hand. Equal pay. Why is this so hard to do? Since it’s mostly men in charge still (sad but true, really) I challenge all my fellow men — but the ones with actual power and influence, unlike me — to do something about it. If you’re a manager, go through your organization. See if women are paid less. If they are, FIX IT. Take an honest look at the kinds of jobs you provide for men vs. women. Does your organization hire women as “Administrative Assistants” and men for other jobs? Then find a way to pay your administrative assistance more.
Believe me, the admins run the place. Don’t believe me? Try this little experiment. Piss off the admin. I mean seriously piss off the admin. Then see how much gets done. Even if you’re the CEO, don’t imagine for a minute that you can do it without your admin(s). If you’re nodding your head, and your admin is a woman, then give her a massive pay increase. Commensurate with the power and influence and level of control she actually has.
There is simply no rational reason that there is a pay-gap between men and women. For the same work, for the same education, there should be no pay gap at all. From a Mom’s Rising email:
“Women will never make as much money as men…God made Adam first, and so women would always be second to men.” “If you would wear lower cut shirts…., you would probably get more pay.” 
Men say these things at work? Really? Dunno, but my reaction would be to a) record the comment and then b) punch the offending neanderthal squarely in the throat. There is no excuse for such things. NONE. EVER.
I’ve come up with my new term for bullying, complete with its own handy acronym: REprehensible Cowardly Thugs are Ugly and Mean. RECTUM. That’s what I’m going to call bullies from now on. RECTUMs.
I hope it catches on.
You can’t tell, but he has a little “micro goatee” under his chin that is adorable. And when you scratch his cheeks, he furrows his nose so much he gets a deep crease down the middle. He’s also got one blue eye and one yellow eye. And two sharp 90° turns in his tail so it looks like a periscope going by.
Yes, he’s flawed. But he’s perfect. He’s Pickles, Our Big White Cat.
I’ve been writing and responding to email all day using gmail motion and I feel like I’ve run a marathon!
I’m not sure this is as good an idea as google says it is, but I’m sure we’ll all get used to it someday.
This is actually more intelligible than a conversation with a Glenn Beck listener when you get right down to it.
Ok, admit it, you laughed.
So I pay my taxes. I don’t even grumble about it. It’s my duty — even my patriotic duty — as a citizen to do so. There is no Interstate Highway Fairy. No FAA Fairy, No magic Leprechaun that brings pots of gold to pay for vital programs. It’s my country. I pay for it. And I don’t complain about it like the Tea Party “Patriots” that seem to think everything should be free.
What I AM going to complain about, and complain about loudly and continuously, is those that do not pay their taxes. Like, for instance, General Electric. That’s right, GE. And not only does GE pay no income tax on it’s over $14 billion in profits last year, but it turns out that GE is the new face of the Welfare Queen. They not only didn’t pay any Income Tax, they actually got $3.2 billion in money BACK from the Federal Government.
So, if that’s how things work, then I want my taxes back. And I want a refund of 60% of my net salary, too.
No, I don’t. I really don’t. But what I do want is for GE to give back the $3.2 billion, and pay, say, 25% of their $14.2 billion in profits in income tax. 25% seems fair. More than fair, actually, since they rightfully should be in the top tax bracket. So I’m cutting them some slack, really.
And before you start saying that making GE pay its fair share of taxes would be some sort of “job killer” keep in mind that GE has been doing just fine killing jobs here in good old America all on its own, with a 60% refund on it’s net profits and no taxes.
I think Jon Stewart said it best, frankly:
Too bad the other ‘news’ channels haven’t paid much attention.
“People who believe that cruelty is an acceptable means to channel interpersonal conflict, often suffer from severe narcissism with an antisocial element,” she says.
Sums it all up. Having been through a rather extreme case of this myself, I am here to tell you that the other people involved were most certainly suffering from severe narcissism with anti-social elements. In spades. But mostly they are just immature, scared, angry little people without self-control, compassion, or the courage to say/do these things in real life, so they hide behind their computers where they feel ‘safe’ and ‘tough.’
But the case referenced above is way over the top. A 33 year-old adult bullying a dying 7 year old is beyond the pale. The article calls it ‘cyberbullying’ but it was going on in the little girl’s driveway, so it was not ‘cyber’ in nature. It was just flat-out bullying. And the other neighbors that saw this going on and did nothing to stop it, like in another previous post, should be just as culpable.