Volume Six: Am I Crazy…?

Posted on 04/07/2009

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I have to start this blog with the caveat that I have always been raised and taught to think critically about everything – even those things, people, and policies that you agree with. Thinking critically is what keeps us rational in the face of the irrational. It keeps our emotions in check. It keeps the highs from getting too high, and the lows from being too low. Paraphrasing Rudyard Kipling, it helps us “meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same.” Critical thinking is that which truly sets us apart from our relatives in the animal kingdom for it allows us to create empathy and see all sides of a scenario. With that being said, I’m going to point out some glaring examples of people that should have, but didn’t, use their critical thinking ability…

Am I crazy…? or should the executives at AIG have suspended the scheduled bonus payments – regardless of whether they were agreed to in the bailout provisions or not? I mean, public opinion is going to drive some of the actions surrounding the legislation regarding the bailout dollars. Yes, it was an extremely small percentage of the money, but why is anyone getting a bonus? What is it for? Being the best loser? I believe that President Obama showed extreme restraint in his response to hearing of the bonuses. I would’ve been sitting in the CEO’s office with my feet on his desk looking for my money. And, to those of you that blame the President for that 90% bonus tax, that is misplaced aggression. Blaming him is like blaming the janitor for taking too long to clean up after a party that got out of hand.

Speaking of banks and bailouts…

Am I crazy…? or shouldn’t we be applying the same treatment to these bank CEO’s and execs that they would apply to us? I mean, if we’re a few days late on our mortgage or car payment, we get some collection rep on a power trip telling us how we should have gotten our finances together better so we could make our payment. Why can’t we call them with the same type of pressure? If they got 30 calls a day from the Treasury Department, they might think twice about scamming the taxpayers money – especially since they are individually still very well off. Is that the American way? Most people I know would be allowed to fail and go bankrupt. It’s ironic that the same people complaining about government handouts (e.g. welfare and universal healthcare) are asking for bailouts? I guess corporate welfare is okay…

Am I crazy…? or is the term “reality TV star” an oxymoron? The line of isht we get fed by most of these so-called “reality” shows is that ordinary people get chosen to have their lives filmed for entertainment purposes. Well, unless “ordinary people” are histrionic narcissistic alcoholics that enjoy exhibitionism, random, multiple sex partners, and absolution of any system of morals or responsibilities, then we (the real ordinary people) are falling for the proverbial okee-doke. If they’re so “ordinary” then why do they have agents and have auditioned for multiple shows? Puh-leese! Until they put a fat-ass car mechanic that enjoys NASCAR, honky tonks, and filterless cigarettes; or a airport baggage handler with a pair of Air Forces on and the auroma of Black and Milds around him on TV, please spare me the “ordinary people” crap. Reality TV is where bad actors, poor writers, and worse producers go to die – or is it thrive?

Am I crazy…? or are you tired of people directing traffic from behind the wheel? I mean, thanks for letting me make that left turn or merge when the traffic is thick; but please, please, please, stop trying to play junior traffic cop or stop light by letting EVERYONE in. Good Lord! It’s like you have absolutely no place to go, so you decide to annoy the rest of the drivers behind you by deciding that you will decide when we get to move on. Who are you? What makes it worse is that you have the nerve to get upset when I tap my horn to get you to move your @$$! I’m not the one holding up traffic and getting on everyone else’s nerves!  And while I’m on it, please put the cell phone down!

Whew! I think I need a cigarette…

That’s just my three cents…

sill-E

“Peep my ver-na-cular cuz I don’t know how to act.”

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