Oh ... Really?

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Is EVERYTHING Partisan Now?

The Atomictumor gang is all excited about this band, Christabel and the Jons. AT saw them last weekend at a Knoxville night spot, and they are slated to appear this week at Sundown in the City on Thursday, then again in Oak Ridge on Friday. AT has some awesome taste in music, so I went to check them out a little more. If I can work up the courage to actually go out in public by myself, I might even go see them. It also happens that they are appearing at Vestival on Saturday, which is an arts and heritage festival being held in South Knoxville. I read of this in the Metro Pulse ... an alternative paper for the Knoxville area. Therein lies the crux of my rant ...

This is not about the politics of AtomicTumor, or Christabel and the Jons, or Oak Ridge or Knoxville - that's just for context ... it IS about the general climate in this country, of which this is an example.

They're expecting a big crowd. Saturday at 9:30, police will even close down Maryville Pike. But a lot of people are wondering what the crowd will look like. Festival organizers are inviting everybody, old and young, and they've got keen interest from across South Knoxville's often-contentious political spectrum. It's safe to say that the particular group of people who will convene at the old Candoro place have never been in the same place before.


WTF? Just how does politics play into an arts and crafts festival? Why does it matter what the political persuasion of the other people is at this festival? It's not a rally or protest is it? There's not even an upcoming election for candidates to stump for. Why is this even mentioned? It would also seem to imply that there have been similar events where people of a certain political persuasion were not invited or welcomed.

Has America really become so politically stratified that one has to check out the pulse of a crowd before one goes, lest they find themselves in a minority amidst people who hold differing opinions? Are we afraid of catching cooties from each other? Are we no longer mature and dignified enough to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics and remain friends otherwise? Or at least get along enough to be able to attend events together?

What the hell has happened to America? Have our individual identities been reduced to what political party we vote for or align with? Must we choose, else we don't "belong"?

This is disgusting. This country needs to get a grip and grow the hell up.


Posted by LissaKay on 05/07/07 at 03:24 PM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Monday, June 26, 2006

Freedom of Speech and Opinion?

Not if it isn't aligned with the Left ... and if they hate the messenger, anyone who agrees with the message is hated in a similar manner.

Strolling through Bloglines this evening, I happened upon a post at No Silence Here. Michael Silence quoted, among others, Joe Powell, who stated, "Like others, I don't think much of the anti-immigration stand, but they did have a permit and this IS still a free nation (isn't it?)." My eye drawn to "anti-immigration stand" I traveled over to see if he, like so many others, confuses anti-ILLEGAL-immigration with anti-ALL-immigration, and hurls the ever so tiresome racist and xenophobic barbs at those who wish to keep our sovereign land sovereign.

Good God in Heaven above. I waded into a cesspool of mindless, irrational, illogical diatribes of the looniest kind. Not so much on the ILLEGAL immigration protest, or even the pretty good post on the Fear of Fat, but just below that were two posts ... I am still trying to make sense of it.

Joe Powell says about Ann Coulter, "You are either for her or against her. Since Ann Coulter has found much money for painting the political world in her two-tone dialectics, then it's time to paint her and her supporters with the same brush." And goes on to further state if you agree with her in any way, you endorse her crass way of stating her views.

Whut Da Hell?? He is telling me how I must think? That if Ann Coulter has a viewpoint that I happen to agree with (and there are a few) that I then endorse her crude way of stating them? Or conversely, that if I abhor her ways of stating her views, then I have to oppose her views as well? Hey Joe? Does that mean I have to disagree with her on everything? What if she likes double-fudge marble ice cream? Do I have to hate it lest I be painted with the same brush of scorn she has brought upon herself?

Then, a commenter takes on Joe and his echo chamber. He makes some good points, but Joe et al pull the usual underhanded "debate" tactic of arguing a point not made, when they aren't clapping each other on the back. Inaccurate accusations fly too ... the commenter is said to use vulgar language throughout. I count two craps and one horseshit. Joe's buddies rack up at least four instances of cussing, including some name-calling. All the while staying off topic, not addressing the point being made.

Very juvenile indeed.

The post that follows continues the flow of foam from their mouths ... it seems they caught the attention of the folks at Tongue Tied, a site devoted to pointing out breaches in the right to free speech. I don't always agree with all the views expounded there, and I have stated so in comments, but the site bears watching. Anyway, Kim's comment is quoted by Joe and held up as an example of a "hard core Party Faithful." Um, Joe ... you might want to spend a few minutes over at Kim's place, and then consider perhaps retracting that statement. It makes you look quite the fool. (I am quite liking Kim myself though ... we straddle that neither left, nor right political fence much the same.)

Joe rants on about the commenter on the prior post, totally mistating what they said and accusing him of vulgarity, when he and his buddies are guilty of far worse. I should screen shot those comments, as I bet Joe will race to edit out the Bad Words™ to make themselves look like choir boys. But Joe still doesn't get it. At all.

Try this one on, guys ... I don't like Ann Coulter. I didn't like her before her classless book and tirades recently on TV. She is just the sort of person I don't like. And her political views factor into that not one bit. You see, I have the intelligence, the maturity and the logical capability to separate the person from the opinion. That is why I can debate with friends and still be friends. I can also share opinions with people I do not like, as I do with Ann Coulter and the Jersey Girls. But hey, if it makes it any easier for you to fathom, instead of agreeing with Ann Coulter, let's say I agree with Dorothy Rabinowitz instead.

Does that work for ya, Joe? Can I have my opinions back now?

Posted by LissaKay on 06/26/06 at 10:59 PM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Friday, April 29, 2005

Loser Email from Australia

To the Aussie chicken-shit loser that sent the oh-so-lovely email... without a real return address, of course -- bok bok bok! This moron spent all of 8 minutes here, including the time spent writing and sending the most stupid email I have seen in a long, long time.

You are an idiot. If you think for just one second that anything you said was even remotely close to the truth, perhaps you should schedule a CAT scan of your head to see if any of your brain is left. Obviously, you are just a troll visiting random sites and sending stupid emails to the site owners...

In the three-plus years I have had this site, I have received exactly one idiotic email such as this. Congratulations! You are the first! In honor of this occasion, I will share your idiocy with the rest of the world.

Coming here from IP address 139.168.109.183, which is owned by Bigpond.net.au and Telestra, we have a moron site spammer:

It frightens me to think how much abuse mail you must cop

None. Until your barf was spewed into my inbox. But don't be scared. There is medication that can help you.



Posted by LissaKay on 04/29/05 at 11:38 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Friday, April 01, 2005

Have Fun Today

April Fools Day ....

Heh ... cynics will spoil all the fun. Just so ya know ...

:coolsmile:
Posted by LissaKay on 04/01/05 at 01:01 PM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Bananas are racist fruits

Now, I have heard of the word "banana" used as a racial epithet against Asians ... but a woman attending a Civil Rights march in commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday became offended at the sight of a policeman who was eating a banana.

What. In. The. H-E-double-hockey-sticks???

Michelle Malkin is hot on the case. Go figure, eh? Of course, this is not a subject that she is unfamiliar with, having had a word or two about petty grievances of the offended before.

But no kiddin ... a woman got all bent out of shape because she witnessed a cop eating a banana ...

Just think of all the ways a man might use a banana to offend a woman.

Then you may imagine why some people leaped to the wrong conclusion when a woman complained about a Columbus police officer eating a banana at the Civic Center as people gathered for a Jan. 15 civil rights march.

The woman was deeply offended, she told police. The police were deeply bewildered.

The offense was not what you might imagine it to be. I imagined the officer shoving the banana into his pants pocket to make others point at it and say, "Hey, is that a banana in your pocket or are you just glad to be here getting paid overtime?"

But that was not what offended the woman, who hung up on people who couldn't figure it out.

Then she called Mayor Bob Poydasheff. He said she just started berating him about the police. He told her he'd heard only compliments about how officers handled the weekend march in which the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other longtime civil rights activists led 8,000 people from the Civic Center to the Government Center.

"She said, 'No no no no, when the buses pulled into the Civic Center, I saw a policeman eating a banana.' And I didn't know what to say," Poydasheff recalled. "I was stunned. I said, 'What's wrong with that? Police were on their feet for eight hours. They had to get potassium in their system.'"

He said the woman told him the banana "was an affront to me and to others, including a former state senator." She wouldn't name the senator.

Why was she offended?

Well, it seems that in the context of the march, she took the officer's banana eating to imply an analogous racial slur relating black people to apes.


Gosh ... I wonder what other foods are offensive? And to whom? And why?

Grapes ... they are used to make wine. Men use wine to get women drunk so they can have their way. Grapes are part of the evil oppression and subjugation of women! Because of grapes, women have become nothing more than sex objects!

Bonbons are offensive to full-time mothers because of the old joke about laying on the couch eating bonbons all day watching soap operas!

Fruit! That must be offensive to gays, right? Any kind of fruit! Oh dear ...

I can't think of any more right now ... feel free to contribute ... what food items could be potentially offensive to some sub-group of humans?

Geez ... unreal!

More bloggage on this idiocy:
Ramblings' Journal
Wizbang


Posted by LissaKay on 02/15/05 at 04:34 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Friday, February 11, 2005

When you get to the end of your rope ...

Les and John had better be sharing some of dat stuff ...

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Oh yeah ... that's what I be screamin' ...

Via Parenthesis

Posted by LissaKay on 02/11/05 at 04:52 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Cookie attack

I'm getting fat ... and it is all my father's fault! Damn him for having a heart attack anyway!

So it was a little teeny heart attack. He didn't even know he had it. The doctor found the damage from it on a routine EKG test. So, they do all sorts of testing, up to and including a catheterization. They found a 90% blockage in two of his arteries, so while there, they placed a stent to keep the blood flowing, and hopefully, prevent further infarcts.
Now Daddy, and Mom too, are on heart healthy diets. Low fat, low sodium, low sugar. What sucks is they really love their food. I would go nuts. Anyway, not too long ago, Mom bought this huge (Shedd Spread Country Crock-size) bucket of cookie dough. White chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookie dough. The real stuff .... with butter, eggs, sugar, the whole nine yards. Yummy! But they can't have that kind of stuff anymore, so what does Mom do? She gives it to me.

Great. And I am already toting around several extra pounds these days. (It happens when ya get old and go from an active, physical job to a desk job) I need this cookie dough like I need a hole in my head. My thinking on this is, I need to just go ahead and bake these damn cookies up and get rid of them as soon as possible ... the yummy way. I'll diet later ... no really, I will! And I am washing them down with Diet Coke ... doesn't that count for something?

And besides, Girl Scout cookies will be arriving soon. I'm already obsessing about Thin Mints.
Posted by LissaKay on 02/14/04 at 02:22 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Friday, February 06, 2004

Oh for Pete’s Sake!

Yes, folks ... from right here in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee we have a woman who claims she was "injured" when she "and others" viewed a bare breast. Oh the tragedy! The horror! Bare flesh! On TV!

Terri Carlin wants to make Janet Jackson's bare breast into a federal case.

Carlin filed a proposed class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday against Jackson, singer Justin Timberlake, broadcasters MTV and CBS and their parent company, Viacom.

Carlin alleges that she and others who watched the halftime show during Sunday's Super Bowl were injured by the performers' lewd actions when Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson's costume, exposing her breast.

In the lawsuit, Carlin charges that the exposure and "sexually explicit conduct" by other performers during the show injured viewers.

"As a direct and proximate result of the broadcast of the acts, (Carlin) and millions of others saw the acts and were caused to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury," the lawsuit says.

But Carlin, who works in a bank, doesn't specify the type of injury allegedly suffered.


Now, I am not real thrilled with that little show ... but not because of the bare boob. Those I can deal with. The whole act between JJ and JT was one that depicted violence toward and subjugation of women. That we could use a whole lot less of. But file a lawsuit over it? Get real!

I can only hope that Ms Carlin is laughed out of the courtroom and fined for wasting the court's time and the tax payers' money. Talk about the need to get a freakin life ....

Posted by LissaKay on 02/06/04 at 02:03 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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Saturday, November 01, 2003

I’m a bad, bad blogger

Shame on me.

Lynne and Sharon are scolding me. I haven't posted anything in almost two weeks.

My life just ain't all that exciting ... which is probably a good thing, all things considered. My son is doing rather well. His bipolar adventures have been the meat of my blogging material ... and, praise God, no recent adventures!

My job is OK .... good news! I made the first tier bonus! 30 sales! Not bad for my second month! My next goal is to make the President's Club ... which requires 50 sales. And I am just now getting the hang of it. Our training was a bit incomplete ... to put it in the kindest terms possible. So we've been flying by the seat of our pants, learning as we go. It can be frustrating though ... the insurance biz is not one to make mistakes in.

Nothing on the dating scene. In fact, just the thought of dating makes me break out in hives. I've gotten used to my nice little hermit life ... me, my kids, my cats. I don't want any intrusions right now. So that's all good.

Kiddo has just returned from terrorizing ... er, trick or treating. Nice haul! I can hardly wait until he goes to bed so I can appropriate the Butterfingers and Reeses Cups! I didn't get home until 7:30 so I missed the little ones that come around early. I still have most of my giveaway candy ... I will have to take it to work to share so I don't eat it all. I'm beginning to look like a Tootsie Roll ... you are what you eat?

Now wasn't this a nice boring post?
Posted by LissaKay on 11/01/03 at 12:36 AM in ~ Oh ... Really?
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