LIKE, AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF, LIKE, IDIOTS…..LIKE!

Watch  an old movie or TV show made anywhere from the earliest days of Hollywood to sometime around the mid 1980s.   Pay close attention to how the people in the old show are speaking.   Besides the obvious differences in speech patterns and slang phrases,  one thing jumps out at me every time I see an old program from those bygone eras;  the fact that NOBODY, young or old,  used the word “like” twenty times in a sentence the way people today do!    Here is a typical verbal communication from someone today :  “Like, I was, like, walking down the street, and like, I didn’t see the truck, like, speeding, and like, I had to, like,  jump out-of-the-way to keep from, like, getting run over, and like, killed……like!”   Oh, how eloquently put!   A shear master of verbal communication skills!   Yes, our public school system should certainly be proud of the job they’re doing!   Like, it’s amazing…..like!

So what is the cause of this seeming obsession that people today have with the word “like”?   Well, in the 1980’s, the popularization of  excessively using the word “like”  probably started with the Valley Girl culture in Southern California,  and the subsequent teen movie that was made about it.   Anyone who was young in the 80s remembers the phrases “gag me with a spoon”, and “fur sure”.   One aspect of Valley Girl lingo was using the word “like” repetitively in a sentence.   There is an old adage in sociology that what usually starts as an urban fad or trend eventually becomes a full-blown part of mainstream culture.   Somehow,  the process of being unable to communicate a complete thought without interjecting the word “like” between almost every other word has actually become acceptable.

Okay, eh hem,… I’m learning to communicate in the modern era:   Like,  I really enjoy, like, blogging.  Like, it’s a great, like, outlet, like, for anyone who is, like, creative, or just wants to, like,  share their thoughts and, like, ideas.

Like, thanks for, like, reading……like!

GLENN BECK: POSSIBLY THE MOST PATHETIC RIGHT WINGER OF ALL TIME.

In the annals of conservatism there have been many pathetic and  narrow-minded right-wing wackos, but perhaps none as pathetic as Glenn “Blank Eyes” Beck.   Over the past few years,  Blank Eyes Beck has risen from near obscurity to become a leading voice in right-wing delusionology, with his own show on Fix News and several books on the market.  A parody of his latest literary effort is pictured here.   Yes,  while twisted little whiney pricks like Bill “Bozo” O’Reilly and Sean “The Idiot” Hannity at least attempt to appear logical,  Blank Eyes Beck displays no logical reasoning or objectivity whatsoever!    Like most conservative windbags,  Beck makes his total lack of compassion, sympathy, and empathy for others transparently obvious.   You see,  Beck promotes the basic mindset of conservatism, which is the idea that if people do not live their lives according to how conservatives DICTATE they should live their lives, then they do not deserve success, or health care, or medicare, or funding for education,  or social security,  or anything that Beck categorizes as not having been “earned”.   Right wing wackos like Beck are simply so narrow-minded that they truly believe themselves to be the judge, jury, and executioner of  all mankind.   But while Blank Eyes Beck is quickly establishing himself as top fly in the garbage bucket known as conservatism,  he has a considerable way yet to go before he surpasses the king moth of right wingdom; Rush “The Windbag” Limbaugh.   Yes, only time will tell if Glenn “Blank Eyes” Beck will take conservatism to new depths of stupidity and inherit the crown from Limbaugh, the iconic slob of right-wing fanaticism.   May heaven help us all.

HOW TO SPOT A REPUBLICAN

Different people look differently.   It’s no secret that appearances say a lot.  If someone is happy or sad,  it obviously shows in their faces, as well as their demeanor.

I work in a unique industry where I come in contact with many different  people on a daily basis, and due to the nature of the business, political views usually get expressed.   This being the case,  I have become somewhat adept at identifying a person’s political affiliation before they even verbally reveal it,  just from their appearance.   Now admittedly, this is a generality, but overall it seems to hold true.

HOW TO SPOT A REPUBLICAN

What does a Republican look and sound like?   Hmmm, well,  this can be broken into two separate categories:  younger Republicans, and older Republicans.   They both share the same ideology, and there are very similar physical traits, but with slight variances.

A)  OLDER REPUBLICANS.   This is someone, male or female,  middle-aged to elderly.   Generally, this person looks and sounds a bit cranky all of the time.  Where males are concerned, they are usually military veterans, and look as though a broomstick was stuck up their butt and never removed.   They give off a “I don’t trust ANYBODY” vibe, and usually have barbed wire voices that have a distinctive sour tone.  It’s always very obvious that this person has NEVER been “cool”, nor has any knowledge of, or interest in being cool whatsoever!   Nope, they believe everyone should be a cranky old distrustful turd like them, and anyone who isn’t simply  MUST be a dreaded liberal socialist  Democrat.  For the females, it’s basically the same thing, except they have boobs, which they are usually ashamed of.   Older Republican females give off a submissive vibe,  being trained from birth to yield authority to the dominant Republican male of the household.  After all,  it’s what the Bible teaches.

B) YOUNGER REPUBLICANS.   Male or female, younger Republicans come across as more self-assured, and less distrusting than their older counterparts.  They have a ” screwing someone over is the natural way of things” air about them.  They’ve determined that all of their enemies, (i.e. evil liberals) will all soon be destroyed, and they will inherit the earth.  They suffer from a false sense of security that many times leads them to recklessly blurt out their most narrow-minded conservative viewpoints with the assumption that everyone will automatically agree with them!  Isn’t everyone a conservative Republican??   They are somewhat harder to spot than older Republicans because they appear to blend in with a more contemporary appearance and demeanor, but make no mistake, they can be identified.  All Republicans, I repeat ALL,  young or old, share one common trait that is unmistakable;  the same glazed over, empty blank stare in their eyes.  Unmistakable!   Now, before you accuse me of exaggerated stereotyping,  let me point out that it is a clinical fact that people who suffer from delusional mental disorders almost always display a very distinctive look in their eyes.  And there is no one  more delusional than a Republican!!   I rest my case!

EXCLUSIVE! SEAN HANNITY NUDE!

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THE UNNATURAL AND DEGRADING BUSINESS OF WORK

Many years ago, I happened across a manual written for college graduates entering the work force.   It contained the usual information about having a successful job interview, etc.,  but one particular paragraph was very interesting.   It dealt with the psychology of accepting submissiveness to authority.  It clearly stated that while yielding to a superiors authority may feel degrading and unnatural, one must learn to accept it  in order to function effectively and productively in the business world.  So in other words, we MUST deliberately allow ourselves to feel unnaturally degraded in order to work for a company.  This concept brings to mind the old process of “breaking” wild horses on a ranch.  The idea being that the untamed spirit of a wild animal must be broken, and the will of the master must be imposed in order to make the animal AGREEABLE to being ridden.  So when a person enters the work force they must willingly become “agreeable” to being submissive, no matter how unnaturally degrading it feels. How nice.

Whenever a company (large or small) puts you on their payroll they believe they own your very soul.  You are now bought and paid for.  Typically,  to an employer you’re nothing more than a number.  In their minds you were born into this world ONLY to perform whatever silly, trivial tasks they need completed.  Surely no one is so naive as to think they actually are “valued” as a human being by their employer?  And, of course,  if  they do not like the way you perform their silly, trivial tasks, they’ll  find another number to replace you.   Its almost humorous (in a grotesque sort of way) how companies demand the utmost loyalty and honesty from their employees,  yet show absolutely no reciprocation of that loyalty and honesty whatsoever.  You exist only for them, and the accomplishment of their silly menial tasks.  After all, they’re paying you, remember?  Therefore,  you owe them your life.  That’s the reality of being a hired hand,  an employee of a company.  If you think not, then you are truly fooling yourself.

I’ve known many people who worked nearly their entire lives for one company or another only to be let go because of “downsizing”, or “efficiency ratings”, or some other BS nonsense.   Some of them were let go without warning or notice.  Oh, but companies have the nerve to DEMAND that they are given at least two weeks notice before an employee quits his or her position.  What a joke!   Oh, but wait… they’re paying you, remember?

Most bosses are ego maniacal idiots, drunk on the power of authority.   They secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) enjoy making employees jump through hoops when they bark out an order.  They enjoy feeling the Godly power of life and death they wield in the work environment.  They may be nobody in the real world,  they may feel powerless outside the office, but inside those four walls they are King Kong.   And if you don’t like the selfish, cold, uncaring, inhuman way your boss treats you, well,  just remember….. they’re paying you.

And the subject of pay is a perfect example of just how “loyal” and “honest” a company is to its employees.   A long time ago, employees of all types were paid on a weekly basis.  At the end of the work week, you received your pay for the total hours worked that week.  Then, companies discovered something very interesting.  They discovered that by paying their employees, whom remember, they DEMAND the utmost honesty and loyalty from,  on the 1st and 15th of every month,  at the end of the year the employee will have unknowingly worked for approximately 2 weeks without pay!   Oh, how “loyal and honest” of all of these dirt bag companies to do such a thing to their trusted employees.

So remember, if a company wants to treat you like a meaningless number, well hey, they have that right, don’t they?  After all,  we were all born for  ONLY one reason;  to work for the company and ensure that they accomplish their oh so important bottom line, right?

Oh wait, and remember…..they’re paying you.

UGLY WHEELS AND BAD TASTE: TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD

The car you drive is like the clothes you wear;  it says a lot about you.  While the general public’s love affair with the automobile is nothing new, past generations had the good fortune of being car buyers during the heyday of such legendary classics as the 57 Thunderbird,  66 Mustang,  1960 Cadillac Eldorado,  or the 1967 Corvette Stingray, to name a few.    Unfortunately, attractive styling in automobile design is something that went the way of the dinosaur many years ago.   Today, consumers plop down more than three times the new list price of one of those classics to buy one of today’s many styleless ugly vehicles.  I’m amazed every time I see a new car commercial for some ugly new generic vehicle in which hired actors gawk and fawn over a completely unappealing, unattractive, ugly car in an attempt to “convince” the public that the car is irresistibly desirable.   And the nauseating result is people with REALLY bad taste actually go out and buy these ugly hunks of crap!  The following is only a partial list of the most ugly vehicles on the roadways today.

mitsubishi-lancer-2-lg MITSUBISHI LANCER.   Yep, if you make enough goofy TV commercials with young actors getting  excited  over this supposedly “sporty” 4 door compact as if it were a Ferrari, then sure enough,  young car buyers will actually believe that it IS  “sporty”!  In reality,  this ugly,  boxy, very average looking blob of metal is anything  BUT sporty.   Classic car enthusiasts get nauseous just looking at it.

chevrolet-avalancheCHEVY AVALANCHE.   All  SUV’s and trucks are butt ugly, but this ridiculous looking hunk of crap is the epitome of ugly.  This  machine should be in the dictionary as the definition of ugly.  How can anyone look at this thing and say “duh, I’ll pay 30 grand for that”?.

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DODGE CHARGER.  This  attempt to re-introduce a muscle car classic is one of the most pathetic examples of today’s style challenged era.  The original Charger was a sleek,  sexy,  rocket shaped 2 door sport coupe,  NOT a bulky, square,  ugly,  boxy,  4 door hunk of non- sporty crap!  Even the deluxe  R/T model is a joke,  despite its racing inspired paint scheme, rear spoiler,  and 20 inch rims.  Just plain ugly and stupid.

hummer-h2-7HUMMER.  Two words sum up this vehicle perfectly: Ugly and stupid.  And two words sum up the people who want to own one:  Bad taste.  Anyone who finds this pile of crap appealing should not be allowed to vote, buy recorded music, or do anything else that requires good taste and good judgment.  And no, the giant, cheesy chrome rims DO NOT make this joke any more attractive, “sporty”, or appealing.   S-T-U-P-I-D.

2008_toyota_corolla_leTOYOTA COROLLA.  Yeah, its a “sensible” car.  People who want economical affordability flock to car lots to buy not only this bland, styleless, boring vehicle, but approximately one zillion other similar looking bland, boring “sensible” cars just like it.  Everywhere you go these days,  “sensible”, ugly,  unattractive, bland,  boring  cars like the Corolla infest the roadways, driven by people who just don’t realize (or worse,  just don’t care) that for about the same money they could’ve actually purchased something that looks good.  What’s worse is the fact that while drivers of truly beautiful machines like Corvettes are required to pay outrageous insurance rates, all based on the assumption that a racy sports car means speeding and accidents,  it is always,  I repeat,  ALWAYS cars like the Corolla that I see piled up in intersections every time I drive past an accident scene!   And usually,  it’s an SUV who has collided with them!  I have yet to witness two Corvettes in a deadly bumper embrace ANYWHERE!   In fact,  I have NEVER,  EVER seen a Corvette wrecked along the road in my entire life!  Always the “sensible” drivers in their silly little  “safe” 4 cylinder cars who don’t seem to know the difference between green and red, and yet pay  lower insurance rates because,  hey, they drive a ” safe, sensible car”, right?   Excuse me while I puke!

2008_chevyPICK UP TRUCKS (all of ’em!) No list of stupid looking vehicles would be complete without including the “Redneck Cadillac” itself, the pick up truck.   Pick ups enjoyed surging sales numbers over the last two decades,  coinciding precisely with the increased popularity of country music and the plummeting  I.Q.  of the American public over the same period.  Hmmm,  coincidence?  I’ve lost count of how many “Touch my truck and I’ll shoot” bumper stickers I’ve seen over the years, and the fact that most (if not all) pick up drivers are staunch conservatives goes without saying.  The most ridiculous trend of late is the “sporting up”  of pick ups with hood scoops, chrome rims, rear spoilers,  and other assorted racing accessories.   IT’S A TRUCK,  YOU MORONS!  I don’t care how fast it will go,  IT’S A FRIGGIN’ TRUCK AND IT LOOKS RIDICULOUS!!  Also, it seems to be a scientific fact that pick ups will not run properly unless the driver is wearing a baseball cap, either frontwards  or backwards.  This important discovery was apparently  made by rednecks many decades ago, which explains why nearly every goofball you see driving a pick up is wearing a cap.  Either that or the cap is necessary to hold the driver’s pea sized brain in place.  Whatever the case,  pick ups have one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to haul things.  It’s a work vehicle.   It’s not a Cadillac,  it’s not a hot rod,   and it sure as hell does not make it’s driver more “manly” , “macho”, or the king of the road.   Sorry rednecks.

PROPEL FITNESS WATER NOT ABOUT FITNESS ANYMORE

propel-oldIf you are a drinker of Propel Fitness Water you may want to take a close look at the ingredients label on the product’s newly redesigned bottles.  The people at Gatorade, the makers of Propel, have decided to introduce High Fructose Corn Syrup as the drinks primary sweetener, replacing the previously used Sucrose.   Of course, NOWHERE on Propel’s fancy new bottles is there a declaration of this change of sweeteners to alert consumers of what they are now drinking.   Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave these last few years will undoubtedly have heard the findings from the medical community warning consumers that drinking beverages containing High Fructose Corn Syrup is not healthy.  It can increase a person’s risk of developing sugar diabetes by 80% by just consuming  ONE  12 oz.  beverage.   Most regular sodas contain High Fructose Corn Syrup,  and while many companies,  such as Hanson’s Natural Sodas,  have been removing High Fructose Corn Syrup from their products,  the good people at Gatorade have decided to ADD it, unannounced, to theirs!   And of course,  Propel is marketed as a vitamin filled “fitness” drink.  Just another example of a company not really giving a damn about anything other than profit.

If you would like to tell the geniuses at Gatorade what you think about the addition of High Fructose Corn Syrup to Propel “Fitness” Water,  copy this address into your browser and go to their home page:

http://www.gatorade.com/

(NOTE: pictured is the old Propel bottle)


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The 3 lowest forms of life (in order of intelligence)

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