Category Archives: Observation

So-Called Professionals

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee that parked this truck was carrying a sidearm. Never mind the fact that the only reason a parks and wildlife employee should be armed is as a representative of an oppressive, authoritarian, fascist government, let’s ask an even more fundamental question:

If he couldn’t hit a target as large as a parking space with his truck, why should I have any confidence in his ability to properly use his sidearm?

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Consequences

I don’t write often about politics much any more because I really would prefer to focus on the nice and pleasant things our world has to offer. But I made the mistake of clicking a link describing how an Ohio judge has called out several of the Cleveland Browns players for being idiots. He stated as a veteran, he wasn’t willing to attend any games where players showed disrespect to the people who indirectly made it possible for the players to be there.

This nonsense is an extension of the publicity stunt that talentless Kaepernick decided the only way to get publicity was to kneel for the national anthem. Apparently he’s having a hard time finding a job this year.

I also learned the NAACP has an interim president who lacks the basic understanding of cause and effect, which suggests to me the NAACP should find a smarter person to put at the helm of their organization, if they wish to retain any semblance of credibility.

“No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech – to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations,” NAACP Interim President Derrick Johnson.

Now if Kaepernick had any discernable talent on the football field, owners would be willing to put up with the circus he brings along with him. But he’s, at best, a mediocre player, and therefore isn’t worth the headache.

Despite the refusal to acknowledge it, there are consequences to actions. This is how life actually works, when you step out of college safe zones and the comfort of academia where you can cry until you get your way. Actions have consequences.

Personally, I think the NFL is an utter waste of time, yet another religion competing for your time and money. I don’t pay much attention to the NFL; but if I had, I would have quit paying attention last year after this take a knee nonsense. I’m not blinded by the belief that America is in anyway superior, and I’m as critical of it as they come. But football’s a business, and I don’t spend my money at places that thumb their nose at me.

Kaepernick took a knee, and now he’s just another Monday morning quarterback. Serves him right.

An Encounter with an Asshole

While we were on our way up to Denver yesterday, we wound up dealing with a typically pea-brained, possibly inbred, certainly idiotic road rager. He looks like this:

He was driving a grey Ford F350 with no tailgate and a Colorado license plate: DMT-709

We saw this simpleton driving his ludicrous truck in Sedalia, Colorado; he turned onto Highlands Ranch Parkway after running his suck at the stoplight. As soon as he tried to run me off the road, I’d already called the Douglas County Sheriff’s office; so it was in their hands at that point.

Given the number of idiots and stupid driving incidents I witness on a given day, I’ve often toyed with starting a website called Asshole Drivers Of where people could post stuff like this and the “Of” part of it is where ever they’re from. I don’t think shaming works, but sometimes you just need a place to vent. For instance, this guy is an impotent passenger in his own life, and is therefore an asshole wherever he goes. He’s not going to change, but at least anyone in the area can keep an eye out for him.

Idiots. They’re everywhere.

An Intelligent Person Would Say…

FBI Director James Comey was quoted this week as saying

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we had an impact on the election.”

An intelligent person would say: It makes me nauseated to think…

Though, considering Strunk and White’s Elements of Style

Nauseous. Nauseated. The first means “sickening to comtemplate”; the second means “sick at the stomach.” Do not, therefore, say “I feel nauseous,” unless you are sure you have that effect on others.
–Strunk and White, Elements of Style

… perhaps he was correct in his choice of words after all.

source (And speaking of nauseating, that’s a link to CBS. Click at your own risk).

Tit For TAT

I saw this in the April issue of Aviation News, and I laughed. The caption reads (in the passive voice, no less) TAT was bought by British Airways and this F28-1000 is seen wearing the latter’s livery in 1994.. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to know: Did BA pay a tit for TAT?
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Ich habe keine Ahnung, wenn dieser Witz auf Deutsch arbeitet. Sie können mir einen Kommentar schreiben, wenn Sie denken, ich dumm bin! (Oder zumindest, dass meine Übersetzung ist Mist). Abgemacht?

Ich habe dies in der April-Nummer von Aviation News, und ich gelacht habe. Die Überschrift sag (doch in der Leideform): TAT wird von British Airways gekauft, und dies F28-1000 wird die Beschriftung der letzte in 1994 tragen gesehen. Wann ich es gesehen habe, sofort ich habe zu wissen gewollt: Hat BA eine Wurst für Wurst gezahlt?