Posts tagged I can't
Posts tagged I can't
Sometimes, you run across a post that breaks your brain. This would be one of those times.
Chris Kyle was the most deadly sniper in American history, tragically murdered by a good friend at a shooting range. Here’s an alternate perspective on his life and death beside that of nationalism. Chris Kyle was, by many accounts, a loving son, father, and husband who said he had “no regrets” over what he did as a sniper, which was rob others of the opportunities to be loving sons, husbands, and fathers because he was ordered to do so.
From the New York Times on the death of Nelson Mandela:
Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990. He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.
"A peaceful end" — do you see that? After being released, he peacefully negotiated with those who imprisoned him and brought the African National Congress to electoral victory, joining with others to banish government-sanctioned apartheid.
If you’re going to criticize the president for not recognizing the death of Chris Kyle, where should it stop? Must the president speak out on the death of every veteran? Or the death of every person killed by a bullet?
I’m tired of this false equivalency of “Obama did ____ but didn’t do _____ … hmmm.” I’m not sure what this post above is trying to do. Is it documented that Obama was given the opportunity to speak on behalf of Chris Kyle and chose not to? All I can find are insinuations. If Obama orders a burger, does that mean he hates chicken farmers? If Obama gets a chocolate milkshake are we to say he hates White people because he bypassed vanilla? The death of Nelson Mandela has global reverberations and ought to be recognized by the president. I’m not sure how that’s inspiring discontent, but apparently it is.
Perhaps in the next speech Obama gives, he could recognize the growing problem of PTSD among combat vets and the ease of obtaining guns, two factors that played a role in Kyle’s murder. Or maybe he could mention all the men, women, and children murdered by U.S. forces in the name of enforcing democracy. Or just maybe, Obama could state we’re moving towards embracing Mandela’s legacy of ending oppression through non-violence. That’s something I’d like to see the president speak on behalf of today.
The senator helpfully forgets that he led the charge for the shutdown that he says is now threatening the country’s security.
YOU! YOU DID THIS! IT. IS. YOUR. FAULT. YOU AND YOUR TEALIBAN CRONIES DID THIS!
Prof: “Criminal negligence still has a duty of care attached to it, though the law is more likely to punish sins of commission versus omission. What does that mean?” (Prof cold calls student, gunner interrupts).
Gunner: “But if you see a car accident, you’re legally obligated to remain there because you’re a witness. If you watch an accident and you leave, isn’t that fleeing the scene? Can’t you be criminally charged for leaving the scene? You assumed the duty of care by voluntarily watching it.”
Prof: “No. That is not the way the law works. With negligence —”
Gunner: “Yes, it is.”
Prof: “No, I assure you, it’s really not. With negligence —”
Gunner: “But why is there a charge for leaving the scene then?”
Seriously, dude. Your argument is all sorts of wrong sauce. I get that you want to ask questions, and that’s great, but when you’re told you’re wrong, and the prof is trying to explain the concept, wait a tick and see if your question gets answered. But don’t just keep asking it again while insisting you’re right.
Jerry wants you kids to get off your “parent’s” plan.
And probably his lawn. By God, he had Bootstraps™ at 18 — which, by the way, was 50 years ago.
I bet the world’s changed a tick since.
Let me fix that for you:
“I do not like them on a boat.
I do not like them in a moat.
Please do not make me help a poor.
I cannot stand them any more.
I care not if they fall sick
I care not since I’m a dick.
Poors also shall not eat.
The poors shall not have meat.”
I’ll respect your background if you respect mine.
There are some things I can’t abide today. This is one of them. This article is full of choice passages like this one:
"I want to stop lying about the suits I buy for my internship. I want to stop saying they are hand me down’s from my cousin. I want to be able to say thank you when I receive a compliment on them. I was taught that you should always dress for the job you want, not the job you have. I want to be taken seriously at my internship and look professional—and I have the resources to buy nice-looking suits and have my hair professionally highlighted.
I’m tired of justifying my address and the backlash I receive when I tell people I am a student and live in a high-rise apartment. I’m tired of the looks my doorman gives me when he hands me my package (of work clothes) delivered from J.Crew.
So stop making me feel like I’ve done something wrong. Stop making me feel like I am less deserving. I didn’t ask to be born into this kind of circumstance and I’m tired of being judged for it.”
Does she seriously not understand how much she is flaunting her privilege with this post? If this is how she talks to the poors in person, perhaps there’s a different reason people think she’s insufferable. Maybe it’s not the wealth. Maybe it’s regaling others with stories about how uncomfortable you feel making eye contact with your doorman when he brings you your packages of (work clothes) from J. Crew. And maybe your doorman gave you the stink eye because you didn’t tip like a lot of privileged douchecanoes.
I went shopping for (work clothes) at the thrift store. So thanks for implying that I’m somehow less than you because I’m not looking “professional” like you.
And the next time someone gives you a compliment? Just say “thank you” like you want. People don’t care where your suit came from unless they said, “Nice suit. Where did you get it?” Trust me, no one is expending that much mental energy worrying about where you — you special little snowflake, you — got your hair done or your suit. You are not the center of the universe.
Let’s pretend for a second you’re right, even though you’re not. Everyone is critiquing you on whether or not you are dressing for the job you want. Good news, snowflake! If you fail that critique, well, you can always order another round from your pal, J. Crew. Those of us without said resources get judged, too, and there isn’t a goddamn thing we can do about it except pretend it isn’t happening, smile, and move on. Because if someone is judging us for last season’s suit, there’s no way to fix that when the electric bill is overdue and the cupboards are empty.
I just can’t with this shit. Your parents worked hard. Good for them! Mine worked hard too, and they’re living on social security and a pension. Plenty of people are working hard RIGHT NOW and aren’t even able to put food on the table, i.e. a good portion of SNAP recipients who have full time jobs.
The tl;dr version? Maybe it’s not all of us. Maybe it’s you. And that’s the ultimate privilege — not having to look in the goddamn mirror and see what inane vanity it’s reflecting back.
In what would be a dramatic change of course, House Republican leaders are considering a strategy of risking a government shutdown at the end of this month if Obamacare isn’t defunded.
Seriously? The 40+ symbolic votes to repeal it — at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $1.75 million each time — just weren’t enough. And now, in hopes of attaching it to a must pass bill, conservative Republicans are squealing with delight at imaging the blame they can place on Democrats for either voting to shut down the government by voting against a repeal. However, others are speculating that it’s Boehner caving to the tea party caucus and kicking the can to the Senate, where it has no chance of passing.
Either way, it’s more of the same — the House is playing chicken with a government shutdown that has very real consequences. On the 37th repeal vote, Boehner justified it by stating, ““We’ve got 70 new members who have not had an opportunity to vote on the President’s health care bill.” By that logic, there’s over 300 members of the House who didn’t get a chance to vote on the original Civil Rights Act of 1964. Is he going to hold a vote on that?
Actually, don’t answer that. I don’t want to give them any ideas. This is not a party of ideas or solutions. This is a party given to tantrums and hostage taking.
Meanwhile, as House Republicans prepare to
set another million bucks or so on fire vote on the Obamacare repeal yet again, millions of Americans are losing income and vital services daily because of the sequester they pushed for and quickly disowned.