Monday, December 29, 2008

Commentary: Adventures in Higher Learning

So a very dear friend of mine (yes, I DO mean YOU Stormy!) saw my last post on my Adventures in Higher Learning this semester and wrote me a fairly long response on it. I was so tickled pink and thoroughly amused at his response that I asked his permission to post it. So here it is in all its glory!

Just thought I would comment on your rant in this form, as a comment on your actual blog would likely go on for too long. First off, I think it is safe to say that no one can rightfully accuse you of not having patience and understanding, for the simple fact that you didn't stab anyone throughout the time you've spent with these pompous, self proclaimed eternally held-down by society, %*^$!'s. Granted, I'm white with about a third mexican, so I don't really qualify as a minority in any sense of the word, but there are so many things about the matter that irritate me. I'll just pick up lines from your post, and SoC them.

"decolonize ourselves from the food industry's manipulation and corruption. They are enslaving us and we need to demand justice and human rights! For example, the WHITE MAN made blacks eat soul food and southern food, and that's yet another subtle way that the white man is killing off minorities!"
- Hey, hon? They're called "aisles," they have different food in each of them, and you don't need to show racial identification to go down any of them. Now I can see light in the theory that there is a multi-national conglomerate backed conspiracy to kill off millions upon millions of people via food. McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Wendy's, the list goes on. But in the end, if you eat it, it's your fault. Besides, until you grow, slaughter/harvest, prepare, and serve all your own food and drinks...yeah, you're padding someone's wallet. Welcome to the system.

"I personally have been lucky enough to find a delicate balance between being vegan and NOT making my family and loved ones feel inferior. So I'm taking this opportunity to inspire you to start on your quest to uncover yourself and reclaim WHO YOU REALLY ARE!"
- Modest, isn't she? If this is how she portrays her "family and loved ones" in her mind, I'd hate to see her opinions on her enemies. (Of course, as open minded as I try to be, I'd kind of generally hate seeing her opinions on anything as they seem, at least from the samples you've provided, so hypocritical and painfully...whiny.) Besides, and my facts may have expired here, but I recall several times over hearing the theory that it was evolving man's move to a more carnivorous diet as opposed to feeding on the plantlife of the regions, which helped to lead to the restructuring of the skull to accomodate a better functioning brain. (The enormous molars used to breakdown heavy tubers and the like were toned down as teeth more adept at tearing were gradually built up. The resulting cranial room left room for the brain to develop. As I said, though, this theory may have been disproven in the past few years, as I've been out of the evolutionary science loop.) And on a final note for this little bit...If your food defines you, you may need more than a menu change. Eating healthy, changing your lifestyle, that's one thing, but I doubt switching out chitlins (spelling?) for a tofu casserole will lead to a massive spiritual breakthrough. Of course, if it does, hey, grats.

"He started out by saying that my Americanization and being a 2nd generation Korean American threw him off because I was "challenging". (Read: He can't or doesn't know how to deal with his me, who probably doesn't fit his idea of what an Asian should be.) He told me he wasn't quite sure of how to handle me because of this."
Ok, this one is going to take awhile. Let's start off with the 1st part, Americanization. I don't agree with half the shit this country has done, especially in the past decade or so, but the fact of the matter is, for all that's wrong, there is a lot right, and there is potential for it to get better. Going around talking about "Americanization" is not going to improve anything, it's merely a stereo-typing. And think about this...(Well, *you* have, but ignore the choice of words, I rant with the habit of forgetting who I am ranting to sometimes.) The freedom you have to bad mouth this country non-stop, *within* this country? Try that in China, or Pakistan, or Iraq. But make sure you've handled your final arrangements and said goodbye. And the ability to move outside of your caste and pursue education, career, etc? Yet another part of Americanization. Every time someone screams racial prejudice or harrassment, and someone actually does something about it, yet another part of America.

It's taken some time for these very freedoms that are a part of America to form, (and obviously there are other countries that share them as well) but that is proof in itself that there is more than just a stagnant pond of filth by which to define America as a culture. Granted, there is some real shit in this country, true racism, mindless cruelty, corruption, sexual abuse, biggotry, and more, but there is filth in every country. It is the true effort, vision and determination to work through it and seek a better future, that defines a society as successful. There have been many great leaders who have worked to this end, throughout the world, and in America, and millions upon millions more, who, even though nameless in history, have worked just as hard for those ideals. Just remember, everything you do here, that you couldn't elsewhere, is proof of your "Americanization." (This rant brought to you by an idealistic white guy caught between utter disgust for humanity and still harboring hope for it.)

*Phew* Ok, next point. "Challenging?" What, the "Sarah Palin cultural identity Spin and Speak" didn't have the same data on people of Korean descent as what was right in front of you? Seriously, I would think that a part of working in a group with someone is to actually FRICKING GET TO KNOW THEM! Especially when working on, of all things, negotiations, as your subject. But saying that, in my opinion at least, is akin to saying, "I'm too caught up in my own self-righteous delusion of fighting racism to look beyond what the sterotype says about you. I'll just accuse you of being a corrupted sloth of society to accomodate my own inability to grasp reality." Yeah, real winner there.

"Surprise #2? His critique of a weakness of mine was that I either could not, or would not, or DID NOT, hear the MINORITY VOICE. That's right, me, I don't hear the minority voice."- ... (Er, ok, looking back on your actual post, I just realized that you had that response to it too, but...yeah. What more can I say, when silence says it all?)

Well, I'll bring this lovely little rant to a close here. As I noted above, ignore some of the pronoun uses, as it isn't directed at you, like I said, when I get going sometimes, I forget to what audience I am speaking. And yeah, it's ok to pretend you've never met me before. ><

Bah Humbug!

Xmas crit me for 9k1...which, to those of you not familiar with gamer geek lingo, is not a good thing. I was in Ohio, with real winter weather, experiencing for the first time what "below zero" and "wind chill" REALLY means. Holy fucking hell. How in God's name does anyone ever get up and go to work in that kind of weather? How does anything ever get accomplished in that kind of weather? How, I ask you??

The good news, however, is I didn't have to spend the holidays with my family, which is another thing to be thankful for. And I got to see what a REAL Christmas is, with a REAL and NORMAL family, which was both a new experience to me, and inspiring to say the least. I don't know if the manz's family will ever know how much that meant to me, but maybe someday I'll stop being so guy-ish and learn how to express my feelings better, and actually let them know. Or...maybe not. Who knows.

In any case, I'm back now and in semi-full effect! After I finish defrosting!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Burger King...WTF?

Today on Yahoo News:

If you'd like to smell like Burger King...

NEW YORK – Burger King has launched a new men's body spray called "Flame," which it describes as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat." The fast food chain is marketing the product through a Web site featuring a photo of its King character reclining fireside and naked, except for an animal fur strategically placed to not offend. The marketing ploy is the latest in a string of virile ad campaigns by the company. Burger King is also in the midst of its Whopper Virgins campaign that features an taste test with fast-food "virgins" pitting the Whopper against McDonald's Big Mac.

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WTF?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reminiscing On My Adventures in Higher Learning, TL;DR Inc!

I'll start this one off with one of the best, most smart-ass, and most fitting for ME comments I've ever read:

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. - Joseph Baretti

Unfortunately this semester was moderately painful because of your boy Monty. Oh, I finally learned how to pronounce and spell his Aztec name. It's Axayacatzin, pronounced, "Ah-sha-ya-cot-zeen" for any of you that might be interested in pronunciation of Aztec names. *insert eyeroll here* Interestingly though, somehow the negativity of being grouped with Monty in some negotiation simulations canceled out most of the detrimental effects of having Carolina in my class. I think its because the kung fu of his craziness was more powerful than hers. Or something. Well, for the most part. During our persuasive speeches, however, her rabid liberalness practically had her frothing at the mouth during her presentation.

For shits and giggles I'll recap her presentation so the rest of youse can either support my beliefs that she's riding a little too high on that high horse, or maybe not. So. Her presentation was a persuasive speech based on trying to get us to consider a vegan lifestyle. The topic alone in and of itself already has a variety of compelling arguments FOR it. However, in true Carolina fashion (and don't forget to roll your Rs, bitch!) she had to link NOT being vegan with being held down by DA MAN. Oh yes, if you are not a vegan, then that's because the white man is holding you DOWN, son!

So, what were her arguments to back that statement? Well, she decided to go all Fox News ultra mega propaganda style on it. She started off by saying, and I quote, that we need to "decolonize ourselves from the food industry's manipulation and corruption. They are enslaving us and we need to demand justice and human rights! For example, the WHITE MAN made blacks eat soul food and southern food, and that's yet another subtle way that the white man is killing off minorities!" I was SO SHOCKED when she said this, as a Latina female, that she had the sheer gall to put that out there in front of our black classmates. Then she took it a step further, saying that blacks are contributing tot heir own enslavement by continuing to eat soul food, and they're doing it both willfully and willingly, which in her opinion, was just wrong.

She then went on to say that our bodies are. "victims of organized crime". She didn't exactly follow that sweeping declaration with facts, sadly. She moved onto her grand finale by saying, in THE MOST high-falutin', lofty, condescending way, "I personally have been lucky enough to find a delicate balance between being vegan and NOT making my family and loved ones feel inferior. So I'm taking this opportunity to inspire you to start on your quest to uncover yourself and reclaim WHO YOU REALLY ARE!" Oh yes, she ended it on that triumphant note, just standing there, beaming at the rest of us, glad to have dropped that knowledge on us. Yup, I had to listen to that hot, steaming, pile of bullshit for FIFTEEN FUCKING MINUTES.

I won't even go into Monty's persuasive speech because to be honest, I still have no idea what it was supposed to be about...other than the fact that he ended his speech with, "We didn't cross the border...the border crossed US!"

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So, field trip #2 into Crazytown, dropping me off on the corner of Crazytown Avenue and WTF Boulevard, was my experience with Monty in our negotiation simulations. This dude got so into his role as a Kurdish representative on the distribution of Iraqi oil resource simulation, I thought we were playing an MMORPG IRL and we were on a 100% role play server. No lie. The shit was BANANAS. He brought PICTURES of "himself", the character in the simulation that he made up. We were just supposed to be representatives of delegations, not actual individuals. He also brought pictures of himself and his supposed son, and taped them to the front of his desk. Just in case we forgot. Yes, he really did. And he even brought in props, and and...UGHHHHH /facepalm *headdesk*.

The worst/best part of this whole negotiation simulation was when we had to critique each others' strengths and weaknesses. When the time came for Monty and I to do our little constructive criticism, I THOUGHT I was prepared to hear what he had to say, but boy was I dead wrong. Although in retrospect the fact that he caught me by surprise is probably what prevented me from murdering him on the spot and saved him from a bloody and gruesome demise.

He started out by saying that my Americanization and being a 2nd generation Korean American threw him off because I was "challenging". (Read: He can't or doesn't know how to deal with his me, who probably doesn't fit his idea of what an Asian should be.) He told me he wasn't quite sure of how to handle me because of this. That was surprise #1, albeit a mild surprise. Surprise #2? His critique of a weakness of mine was that I either could not, or would not, or DID NOT, hear the MINORITY VOICE. That's right, me, I don't hear the minority voice.

...

He did not back this up with anything explaining why, and I was so shocked it took me a while to recover so I neglected to even ask. I tried to clarify and give him room for an out, after I did recover a little, just to make sure he wasn't really saying what I thought he was saying...but unfortunately, he really did say it and mean it. That came so out of left field it wasn't until after class ended that I realized I was pissed and wanted to beat his ass down. Wasted opportunity. Ah well.

And so the semester is over. There were a couple of high points. One, I got to know Katlin better, which in my book is a good thing because she's a very cool chick. And in a somewhat timely coincidence, I recall a few quotes from HBO's Boycott, which I think are direct quotes from some of MLK's speeches.

"We have been trampled by the iron feet of oppression...but history is not an accident, history is a choice...there comes a time when time itself needs to change."

And lastly, his best quote that I think applied to the election this November:

"We [as a people] are a chain, indivisible. I alone cannot be what I am meant to be, unless you become what YOU are meant to be."

Word.

Jerry Jones Is Awesome.



I never thought I'd be saying something like that, considering I've never really liked the Cowboys. Not to mention that it seems like every Cowboys fan I know is also kind of a dick. However, when I read this story on Monday, I thought to myself, "That Jerry Jones...he has a way with words." And if he didn't call T.O. an asshole, then I don't understand the English language.

I can't even recap the drama of the Cowboys, because it's just been, in my book, TM, short for TOO MUCH. T.O. is the biggest drama queen I've ever seen, male or female...and that's saying a lot, considering I live next door to West Hollywood. I often wonder what goes on in that dude's brain.

A few thoughts on the story though. Other than Jerry Jones being awesome, Tony Homo is a wee bit less lame than I thought, being man enough to play through the kinds of injuries he was playing through. Also, I like this chick Jennifer Floyd Engel. Maybe that's because she sounds like me. Heh.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Morals of Twilight?



Okay, there's been enough talk as to whether or not its appropriate for young girls. I read and own the whole series, but did so BEFORE the movie came out and before all the movie hype, thank you very much. Yes, I liked them a lot. I did think they seemed a bit on the mature side, and didn't think it was necessarily appropriate to market the series for CHILDREN, which is where I found the series in the bookstore. But to continue, yes, I read the whole series in like 2-3 days. Yes, I thought they were maybe even better than the Anne Rice vampire series, only because it was more...I don't know, modern. Did I watch the movie? No. Do I plan to? Probably not. My stepbrother and stepsister told me about the books this summer, and they know me fairly well, so when the movie was coming out, like any retarded fangirl, I got excited. Until they told me they went to see it with my stepmom, and couldn't stop talking about how awfully campy the movie was. Now, I can take campy, hell, I just watched Army of Darkness recently and loved it. But that's campy for campiness' sake, not campy-trying-to-be-serious.

Anyway, so, yeah, people have been discussing the appropriateness of the series etc, etc etc. The only thing that I think is pretty crazy is, I was reading this article this morning, and towards the bottom, they included comments from kids as to whether or not they felt the book Twilight, the rest of the series, or the movie was appropriate for children.

What trips me the fuck out is the comments these kids made. A supposedly 10 year old girl said this: "I think [the Twilight books] are inappropriate for kids under 10 because there are a ton of kissing parts and some sexual parts, that kids under 10 would think were gross, instead of appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of the love between Bella and Edward." WHAT?? If I recall correctly, 10 years old means you should be in 5th grade or so. MAYBE 6th. But definitely still in elementary school. Since when do kids these age even know what inappropriate means, or even understand the depth of love between two characters in a book? And an 11 year old had this to say about the books: "[The series is inappropriate for younger readers] because there is some sexual content in 'Eclipse' and 'Breaking Dawn'. WHAT KID THAT AGE USES THE PHRASE 'SEXUAL CONTENT" in normal every day talk? Hell, I don't use that phrase in normal every day talk! And I'm 31!

Now either the LA Times completely made all that shit up, or else I have something to be worried about when I have kids. Which is coming up here soon in the next few years. Yikes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jon Stewart Wants His Bike...

AND I DO TOO! GIMMEH MAH BIKE GOD DAMNIT!

Moar internet lulz


HAHAHAHAHA...oh man...I'm retarded.


This is funny in the "this shouldn't be funny to me but I laughed anyway" kind of way. *sigh*


This is like funny in the *cringe* Ha ha! way because it made me think about a scene I remember from the show Oz. Daaaaamn.


HAHAHAHAHA Man, I swear I MUST be a 12 year old boy stuck in a girl's body.

And last but certainly not least...this guy is straight up RETARDED and participating in foolishness on television when he shouldn't have. He went from badass to complete pussy in like .5 seconds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin Had It Right!

I've been meaning to talk about this story for a few days now, but I kept re-writing this blog post in my head and couldn't quite get it straight. Okay, so it's a little gay, but I've been on the happy tip for a few weeks now (I just got engaged! omglol) and this story just struck me the right way as things do, sometimes.

I won't belabor the obvious, but honestly, happiness is one of the best things to be infectious. I myself have also noticed that smiles seem to be infectious, too. For the longest time earlier this year I couldn't figure out why so many people smiled at me, male or female, and I realized it was because they were smiling BACK at me. Despite my rough, rugged, and raw bitchiness sometimes, I do try and APPEAR as if I'm relatively happy-go-lucky for the most part, (happy to beat YO' ASS!) but it does always makes me a little happy on the inside when I smile at someone and they smile back.

When I read this story it put me in mind of my girl Genessee. Haha, on a random note, the other day I dreamt in an alternate universe that we ran away together, which is funny and kind of weird because she's like Bizzaro Diora, she's like the Diora Doppleganger OFDOOM. Anyway, the whole time I was reading this I was thinking about Gen. I knew her from work and actually, I had no idea she was the Diora Doppleganger OFDOOM because she's so low profile in the workplace and she seemed HELLA quiet. (Little did I know! For those that know me personally, you know I'm not exactly QUIET.) It wasn't until we were both working for the same company for a year and she moved offices to be almost next door to me, that I found out what omgsuperamazing chick she was. Well, *cough* I DID say she's my doppleganger. And no, I'm not much on modestym, I guess. Ha.

But as per usual, I digress. So Gen - she's an awesome girly tomboy like me, and likes pretty much almost all the same shit I do, except ever since I've known her she always seemed to have this vibe of complete centeredness and just being totally grounded. When I didn't know her well I wistfully wished I did, because she just seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders, and above all, she always seemed pretty happy. That was the thing I didn't get about her...when I was miserable, some days I wanted to ask her, "What's there to be SO GOD DAMNED HAPPY about??" And I don't mean "Somebody has a case of the MONDAYYYYS!" kind of fake-happy, I mean she just seemed to radiate a calm sort of pleasure and happiness in herself, where she was in her life, and the world around her. I wanted to get to know her if only to find out how I, too, could attain this quality, this...incredible lightness of being. Now that I know her, all my interactions with her, and all the time I spend with her, is imbued with just that quality. I know she's the rock in a lot of people's lives, and I just worry that she maybe doesn't have that in someone else. I hope I am or can be at some point, and also hope that if I spend enough time with her, I'll figure out how to feel that way, too. I think I'm doing an okay job of it so far, actually.

So basically, Gen, you're amazing, and your happiness in yourself and in life affected me more than you knew!

(This sappy almost-love letter was brought to you by D.R.E.A.M - these days it seems like Death Rules Everything Around Me. I've lost a lot of loved ones in the past year, and am about to lose another to cancer, so it seems like a good time to try and make sure that the people I love and appreciate know it.)

Obama and Hillary, Sitting In a Tree...


W-O-R-K-I-N-G! And together, no less. I thought it was a smart move on Obama's part to include Hillary in his administration, especially as Secretary of State, for all the reasons that everyone knows by now. However, I read this story today online and it was very thought provoking, and I think most of you that know me, know that there's nothing I love more than thought provoking topics.

In any case, the writer of the article, Naomi Pope, is VERY articulate and writes exceedingly well, this didn't read so much like a news piece or a newspaper article, but more like something from a book I'd actually read for pleasure. She talks about why Obama picked Hillary and had quite a few statements that really struck me.

Statement 1: "Indeed, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Obama— the son of a strong single mother, raised also by an influential grandmother, man enough to marry an accomplished woman with opinions of her own (I love that statement, because it does take a REAL man to have enough self esteem and self respect to marry a strong intelligent woman, honestly), and a devoted father of two girls — understands in a whole new way how to draw and keep women. He recognises that women will adore you when you include them as a matter of course."

So, so SO true. As a woman, one of the reasons I love my manz so much is because he respects me and treats me like an intelligent human being, in fact that's what he expects from me. And we will love a man, any man, that automatically includes us into a conversation or what's going on, because we know there's not much calculation behind it, he just knows we're capable and feels the need to include us on our own merits.

Statement 2:"Obama is surrounding himself with accomplished female advisers without calling condescending attention to that fact. If you are a woman watching, you feel in your gut that these women won’t be window dressing. They may succeed or fail; but they are really in the game."

All I can say to that is word. I do feel in my gut that he's got strong competent female advisers and future cabinet members, not just there for show or as tokens.

Statement 3:  "I think he chose her because he understands that, even as President of the United States, he is truly a citizen of a global community — one to which he is accountable and with which he is in an interdependent relationship. (I think it's been a long time, if ever, that we've had a President who understood that as Marshall McLuhan said, we really are a global village.) One of Hillary Clinton’s much-overlooked strengths is that she understands that, too— and has demonstrated that she knows what it means. But what distinguishes Hillary Clinton from Madeleine Albright or Condoleezza Rice is where she was willing to go for her education.

She did not stay in the air-conditioned hotels and the parliamentary chambers of the nations she visited; she went to tiny impoverished villages, to places where women walk four miles a day for water, to places where women were basing their families’ prosperity on a $20 loan for a sewing machine. She sat on mud floors and sandy village commons to hear from these communities about their issues and priorities, and she took on controversial and culturally sensitive subjects, such as female genital mutilation and bride burning. Yet the respect she showed for the various cultures and people whom she was engaging did a great deal to allow such challenges to move forward without bitterness, and in a spirit of real dialogue."

I did not know this about her at all. I had no idea that when she visited foreign countries to meet with people that she went to actually BE WITH THE PEOPLE. I had some sort of hazy idea that she kept herself apart from that...most upper class white females, or just upper class people in general, don't WANT to see that kind of shit. They don't WANT to be amidst the squalor and sordidness. So knowing this automatically increased Hillary's rating on the Dioracat scale by about 100.

Statement 4: "[America needs to try] to solve the world’s true problems: environmental degradation, resource shortages, inadequate literacy, and the appalling poverty in which the “bottom billion” live. Obama understands, as I believe Hillary Clinton understands, that resolving those crises is the true key to matters of war and peace — the true marker of the possibility of international alliances. I believe that Obama knows that Hillary realises that conflict emerges from these problems, and that using military intervention without addressing them is merely the equivalent of throwing a blanket into a volcano."

I don't think even if I tried for 10 hours straight could I have put that statement more eloquently or more succinctly. It's true, and it's hopefully something more and more people will come to understand.

And to punctuate that statement, some work by Shepard Fairey:



Monday, December 8, 2008

Worst. News. EVAR.

Not to be all melodramatic, but I read this news headline today, and my poor little heart (or was it my stomach?) plummeted.

Wal-Mart to sell iPhone


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *falls to knees in pouring rain* Say it ain't so, Steve! SAY IT AIN'T SO! SAY IT!

Now I'll NEVER buy one, you can be sure of that. And how COULD Apple align themselves with WAL-MART???

My disgust cannot be expressed in words.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Clerks 2 - 60 second review

So, I watched about...half of this movie. And I'm doing a review after watching half because I don't know if I'll be able to watch the other half. This is not to say that the first half wasn't good, but...well, I digress.

The first half was great. A lot of really good humor of all kinds, and of course I love the appearance of Jay and Silent Bob, ESPECIALLY when Jay goes into his "Silence of the Lambs" impression, which ends with this lovely visual:



Oh yeah, Jay went there. He tucked under and EVERYTHING. As I said, the humor was good, Rosario Dawson was cute and hot. I dig her in glasses in this movie.



I liked Randall's exchanges with Elliott, and of course Dante was a silly bitch, as usual. But shortly after the "Silence of the Lambs" moment of the movie, came the part that I was not down with nor did I find funny in ANY WAY. Yes, it was the "porchmonkey" comment. Now, I would have been fine with just that one comment. Well, not fine, but I could have accepted it as part of the movie and moved on. But then they had to use every god damned racial slur against Black Americans possible, and then a WHITE MAN, namely Randall, had to say the N word like 38478197340871409 times. Was that really necessary Kevin Smith? I love you and all, but REALLY? I even felt a little ill afterwards and we turned the movie off.

Note to all directors out there - racial humor is only funny in small doses, and certainly not when it's racial slurs repeated 1000 times by the white oppressor, thank you very much.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

NFL Lulz

In lighter news, but still concerning stupidity...



Plaxico Burress IS Cheddar Bob!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Reminds me of the Busta Rhymes verse from Green Lantern's release of Hail Mary.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

People Are Still Stupid, And Still Sheep. And Wal-Mart Still Sucks.

What's with the depressing news day after day?? This is why I don't watch the news, to escape hype and sensationalism, and to try and have a better outlook on the world in general. But I read this story just now, and now I'm all pissed off again, as if I wasn't having a bad enough day as it is.

A Wal-Mart employee got TRAMPLED to death by THIS herd of sheep waiting in line on Black Friday.



He was a BIG dude, over 6 feet and over 200 pounds, and yet, thousands of people trample him to his DEATH to get to the superomgamazing Wal-Mart savings. WHAT. THE. FUCK. How do you NOT know you're trampling a PERSON? How do you not know you're stepping on something? Are you that anxious and crazed to get into the store, that you honestly don't care if you're stepping on a real live person? And it was TWO THOUSAND people, at that. TWO THOUSAND. Not ONE person looked down? Wal-Mart has horrible business ethics and practices, and this is another example of them...and just another reason for me to NEVER shop there, as if there weren't enough already.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

People Are Stupid. That's Why I Hate Them. All of Them.

My first thought when I read this story was: What. The. Fuck. And then I thought, why is it that it's always GOOD people, honest, hardworking people that get randomly stabbed or shot? It just seems like that's always the case. Why aren't there headlines about stupid dumb fucks getting stabbed or shot? Then again, I suppose that's not as newsworthy.

Okay, so this guy, just randomly wakes up yesterday, gets on a bus with a bad metro card, and then goes to the back of the bus and the driver let him just to keep everything cool and not start any shit. But then this motherfucker had the BALLS, the sheer AUDACITY to stroll up to the front of the bus, and ask for a transfer. Bus driver says no. Dude PUNCHES the driver in the head a few times. Okay. Stop. At this point, why the fuck did someone not intervene? In my bus traveling days, when people get on and off the bus, or approach the driver, everyone always looks to see what's going on. So someone COULD HAVE stepped up. But no one did. Hell, to take that back even more, this bus driver must have been a really nice guy because let me tell you...in LA, ain't no bus driver letting you get on without paying the FULL AMOUNT. For that matter, I've fumbled for my cash getting on the bus after I ran down the street to catch it, and I got the "BITCH I'MA CUT YOU IF YOU DON'T PAY UP RIGHT NOW" glare from many a bus driver. But, as usual, I digress.

So. Dude gets off the bus after punching bus driver in the face. Then, he turns around, gets back on, and REPEATEDLY STABS the bus driver. REPEATEDLY INTO HIS CHEST AND TORSO. Okay. Stop again. At this point, if you're on this bus, maybe you got taken by surprise by the punching to the head. Fine. Okay. But when dude gets BACK ON THE BUS, shit, even if you thought the bus driver was an asshole, doesn't self preservation kick in when you see the guy get back on? Don't you think to yourself, "Oh shit, this motherfucker is gonna kill somebody"? WHY DID NO ONE THINK TO STOP THIS MAN? Why was it that all people could do is scream and then when the dude STABS the bus driver TO DEATH (which by the way, is not a 2 second deal...it had to have taken a while to stab a man to DEATH) and then jumps off the bus? THEN people reacted and ran after him. WHAT THE FUCK! Its shit like this that makes me have no faith in humanity. Life is a spectacle, and all we can do is watch and eat popcorn.

And let's not even get too into the man who actually stabbed the bus driver. Firstly, as a black man...how are you going to bring your people down like this by being another statistic? As my girl Jessica always says, "You see what my people have come to?" Yes, exactly...this is what people have come to. Not just her people, but ANY people. I've been pissed off before. I've had bad days. Fuck, I've been REALLY pissed off before and had REALLY bad days, and those of you that know me well should know just how pissed off I can get and just how bad those days have been. But NEVER in my life have I considered ending someone's life over a bus ticket. Yes, I admit I've considered ending people's lives before. For hurting my loved ones in any way, for hurting ME deeply. (And I don't mean some emo kid bullshit ass type drama either.) I know violence isn't the answer, but hey, I'm working on it. In any case...I can't even contemplate what it would take for me to be in that sort of position...where not only do I have a complete disregard for others, but to where I don't even respect a fellow human life. Because in a sick way, (sorry, I grew up on the whole bushido/Sun Tzu mentality) at least you afford an enemy some respect by killing him for vengeance or retribution. But death for a bus transfer? No respect for human life whatsoever. I HOPE he was tweaking or something.

But to be completely honest...I'm a little more disappointed in the bus passengers than the killer. What can I say? I have issues.

And in closing...is a good man's life only worth $36,000? In this day and age where auto company CEOs fly to meetings in Washington on private jets? Fuck that. I hate everyone.

Dear LeBron, You're Retarded.

So, in news that anyone who has internet and/or is into basketball knows by now...LeBron James is officially retarded. Oh, you didn't hear THAT news? Well let me enlighten you.

Now, because my manz is a loyal Cleveland fan all the way (I feel sorry for the Browns fans out there, by the way), obviously I hear a lot about LeBron and his basketball team, what he calls the Cleveland LeBrons, and the Browns. The manz has been telling me for a while now, that despite my love for Jay-Z, that one day, he might actually have to kill him, since it looked for a long time that LeBron might leave Cleveland for Jersey. He asked for my forgiveness in advance, just in case one day he didn't come home from work and I found out on the news that he had tried to kill Jay-Z and gotten arrested and thrown in jail. I didn't give it.


Anyhow, so that's been the story/rumor up till like, last week or so. However, last week, Charles Barkley made a comment to LeBron. We all know Charles Barkley has participated in crazy amounts of foolishness over the years, but this one time, I think he was right in what he said/did. "If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up...I'm a big LeBron fan. He's a stud. You gotta give him his props. I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers." And I wholeheartedly agree. See, old school people understand what respect is and what its all about. The Cavs gave LeBron a home, and they haven't said anything to confirm nor deny the reports that LeBron is leaving, nor have they made any bitter comments about it, to my knowledge.


However, these kids like LeBron don't give a shit about respect, all they care about is making money. You know, gettin' that paper. Okay, fine, I can understand that. But to straight out disrespect your team by wearing New York gear when you're not even out for another 2 years? Come on, now.

And how does LeBron respond to the blow to his ego? "He's stupid. That's all I've got to say about that,"

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Okay, now if you're saying Chuck is stupid in general, you could be right. Has he said and done stupid things before, yes. But is he stupid for saying what he did? No. In fact, in true Charles Barkley fashion, he should have just gone all the way in his comments and said the Knicks were stupid too for letting this kind of talk abound two years in advance. 'Cause they are. I mean, why go out of your way to hurt another franchise? I believe that just hurts the game in general, in the long run.

Aw, what do I know. I'm just a girl, anyway.