Congress, The Bad Employee

Congress works for the American people. They are our employees. We have hired them to run our country. They are terrible employees. Here’s a little play to illustrate.

A company hires someone to run things. The company is America. The boss is us The employee is Congress.

Boss: Congratulations. Based upon your resume and the ideas we discussed in the interview, you’ve been selected to run the company.

Employee: Yeah, I lied in the interview. I’m not actually going to do any of that stuff. I just said it to get the job.

Boss:  OK. Here is our ideas for how to make the company better.

Employee. Nope. I’m smarter than you so I’m just going to run the company my way and ignore you.

Boss, at the annual review: You are really bad at your job, but I’m going to give you an extension because I know you and the unknown is scary. Please try to be better at your job.

Employee continues to ignore the boss and do a terrible job running the company.

Boss, next review: You are still terrible at your job, but I’m still not going to fire you.

Employee: I’m shutting the company down!

You wouldn’t keep an employee like this in a business. Why keep an employee like this in charge of the country? Let’s fire them and try to replace them with people who might actually care about what we think.

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We Are Getting Dumber Every Day

I saw a headline today that YouTube was going to remove all videos of people eating Tide Pods because people are apparently still eating Tide Pods. I used to laugh about all of the stupid warning labels on products. I thought “Do we really need to tell people not to eat the silica gel packets?”  or “Do we really need to tell people not to iron their clothes while they are wearing them?” Apparently, the answer is yes. We now live in a world where people are eating detergent pods and YouTube is forced to remove videos because. despite all of the warnings, people are still eating Tide Pods. We are now a people who are too stupid to not eat detergent.

It shouldn’t surprise me. We are going on a year of the presidency of a Cheetos colored reality TV star becoming our president. His base believes his “Fake News!” claims and believe that everything negative about him is a “vast media conspiracy.” Our president just spent an evening handing out “fake news” awards. We are a stupid people. Another TV star recently spoke at an awards ceremony and people want to vote for her to become president. “I saw her on the TeeVee! Let’s make her president!” The ruler of the free world has become a reality TV show. More people would vote if they just did away with the election process and had a season long TV show where a potential candidate is eliminated each week based upon a vote on social media. We are all worshippers in the cult of personality. Public service and intelligence is no longer what we desire in a leader. We want tweets and a TV presence. Popularity and fame is all that matters. Our net president might be the person who ate the most Tide Pods.

Of course, I might be part of the problem. I write this blog in the hopes of getting people to read it. I would gladly accept a world where I got paid to post stupid stuff online. Maybe I should eat a Tide Pod…

Tater’s Late Weekly Wrap Up

This was sitting in my draft box. I added a new one and decided to post it. I will try to be better about getting these back to Friday with more takes on current events. I know y’all are very excited.

 

The Today Show – The Today Show announced on Tuesday that Hoda Kotb would be the full time replacement for Matt Lauer. I was surprised by the news. I thought for sure they would hire a man for the job. I was expecting Craig Melvin or Willie Geist.  I like both of them, but I think going with two women anchors is a good idea. I’m just not sure how I feel about Hoda Kotb. My only reference for her until recently is what I’ve seen of her with Kathie Lee on the 4th hour of Today and I was not a fan. I wonder if CBS will go that route as well or if they will hire another male anchor.

Logan Paul – I will admit that I know nothing about Logan Paul. I’ve never watched one of his videos and I’ve only watched and read what the news is saying about the latest video. I think it is in bad taste to go and film in a place known for suicides and extremely bad taste to film the body and post it.  I think YouTube should suspend his account for a period of time and rethink what they allow people to post. Do I think Paul should be banned forever? No, I don’t. We need to get out of this habit to want permanent repercussions for wrongdoings. There should be repercussions, but I don’t think a lifetime ban is warranted. EDIT: I wrote this before the other video from Japan surfaced. It prbably is better that he not post anymore.

I Have a Giant Mental Stable: I jokingly say that I am a genius all the time. If you feel the need to announce that when you aren’t joking, odds are you are not one. If you feel the need to announce that you are known for your mental stability, you might not be mentally stable. If you feel the need to announce that you are not a racist or a homophobe, odds are you are saying that in response to someone catching you being racist or homophobic. But I really do have the biggest mental stable in the history of mental stables. Just ask me.

Just Be Nice

This week a video of a boy in tears talking about being bullied went viral. Celebrities and athletes posted messages of support in response. For one brief moment there was a flood if niceness on the Internet. It was a brief moment, however, because we can’t have nice things. I took a look at Twitter today and saw that there is now controversy about the boy and his family.

There are photos of the family with Confederate flags with a message of intolerance towards those who don’t like the flag.

There was a Go Fund Me page that reached $56,000 before it was paused. The person who started it does not know the family and no decision has been made on what to do with the money.

People are angry that celebrities responded with kindness toward the kid because his family might be racists. People are asking them if they are sorry they offered support or invited him to movie premieres, etc. Out brief period of niceness was over.

My question – why can’t we just be nice?  Nothing changes what we saw in a video – A kid in tears because he is being bullied. Are we supposed to be OK with the bullying because we don’t like his family? Are we supposed to vet everyone before we have any sympathy toward them? Is it not possible that human kindness could counteract the negative views he might be exposed to?

Can’t we just live by the standard of “just be nice”?

What is My Lane?

So many things have happened since I left and returned from Manila. The week I was away started with Trump calling for the NFL to fire players who kneel during the anthem. The NFL responded with many more people kneeling. Right after I returned, 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured in the shooting in Las Vegas. I had an idea about the following post while I was away. I almost didn’t write it because it seems a little trivial after  Vegas, but I really didn’t think anyone needed any more posts from me on tragedies or the NFL so here it is.

In the current political climate it has become more common for athletes, actors, singers, sportswriters, really everyone to post their political views on social media. Every time an athlete or sportswriter does this it is inevitably followed by people telling them to stick to sports. When actors and singers speak out there are posts from people asking why they should care what an actor or singer has to say. Of course what this really means is that they disagree with what they said. The same people who want the left leaning celebrities to be quiet have no problem sharing post from Chachi, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. My question is – wy should I care what you have to say about this? If an athlete should just shut up and play shouldn’t you just shut up and do whatever it is that you do? If no one should care what a celebrity has to say why should they care what a (insert your job here) has to say? Why do you think people should keep quiet because they have a certain job?

I’m a librarian. Should I only talk about libraries and books? Should doctors only talk about medicine? Should mail carriers only talk about the mail? You have no problem telling people to “stay in their lane” but how is telling someone that your lane? What is my lane? Regardless of occupation, we are all people with interest, thoughts and feelings about a variety of topics. The world is my lane and I will drive in it how I see fit.

Tater’s Weekly Wrap Up 8/11/17

#YATwitter: A friend shared this article about the toxicity on Twitter regarding YA literature. It is a long, but fascinating article mostly dealing with the backlash about the book The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. There are so many things wrong with what’s happening there. Demanding a book be pulled and/or giving it bad reviews without actually reading the book. The attitude of “if I don’t like it no one should have it.” The anger at people who disagree with them. It’s all just so ridiculous. The new favorite American past time is being offended.

The End is Near: Two nations with nuclear weapons. Two countries with nuclear weapons and stupid leaders. Two countries with nuclear weapons and stupid, possibly insane leaders. Two countries with nuclear weapons and stupid, possibly insane leaders in a pissing match. What could possibly go wrong.

Music: I bought a new car in May. The new car comes with a 6 month free trial of Sirius Radio. My wife has a subscription, so I knew about the 80’s station, Hair Nation, and all of the other classic rock type stations. With my subscription I discovered Underground Garage and 1st Wave, but also a station that plays 80’s and 90’s country and the Garth channel. I’ve discovered that I have missed my country roots. More often than not when scanning through my favorites I end up stopping on the country.  I guess it’s the Kentucky in me.

Ravens Game Frustrations: Last night was the first pre-season game for the Ravens. I take light rail in to the games. Every year there is at leat one game(usually more) where light rail is so messed up that it takes way too long to get to the city. Last night was one of those. I finally got to the stadium right as they were singing the national anthem. unfortunately, I still didn’t get in easily. The security lines were long and slow. Even the side entrance I use had a very long line. I watched as person after person had to stop for a bag check. I am apparently one of the few people who does not feel the need to carry a bag to the game. Why don’t they have an express line for me? The security people were very slow clearing people and once the people were cleared it seemed to take them forever to move out of the way for the next person. I got to my seats about 20 minutes after the game started. I will need to adjust my timing for the rest of the games if this is the new normal.

Tater Takes on Some Current Events

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about stuff in the news. Here are some thoughts:

Kathy Griffin: Griffin recently posed  holding up a bloody head resembling that of President Donald Trump. Griffin issued an apology after almost everyone agreed that it was disgusting, inappropriate and possibly criminal(threats on a president’s life is a federal crime). She has since been fired from CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. I agree with almost everyone else that this was disgusting, inappropriate and possible criminal. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I throw up in my mouth a little every time I have to type the words. This does not mean I support anyone who would even joke about his assassination. Regardless of how you feel about him, he is a human being with a family. How would you feel if someone posed with a bloody head resembling one of your loved ones? Or posted on social media that they hoped you died? Get some perspective.

Portland’s Burritos: There was a recent article in the Washington Post about a Portland burrito cart that was forced to shut down because people were angry that two white women had “stolen culture for profit and gain.” Someone even created a Google doc listing all of the white owned restaurants “that have appropriated cuisines outside their own culture.” They even singled out a place called Voodoo Donuts for “profiting off a religion thought to combine African, Catholic and Native American traditions.” This is all ridiculous. Portland has lost its mind.  As a friend put it on Facebook, “Whatever happened to the concept of “melting pot?” White people aren’t allowed to learn from other cultures? A white person who loves Mexican food and can cook it isn’t allowed to open a restaurant? Is a person from Mexico allowed to own a pizza shop? Should we shut down hot dog stands not run by white people? Dumb.

Sports: The Wizards are out of the NBA playoffs. The Caps are out of the NHL playoffs(not that I’m a hockey fan), the Braves are bad again, the annoying Nats are in first place and we are far away from football season.  I get the Post so this down sports time is filled with whiny Nat’s coverage. Wah, little Brycey got hit by a pitch. Wah, little Brycey got suspended for charging the mound. Wah, wah, wah. They are the whiniest bunch of baseball people. They don’t deserve a good team. These are the same columnists that spent years bitching about John Wall and trying to run him out of town because he couldn’t single handedly turn their crappy basketball team around. Now that hey are winning they love him.  As soon as they have a bad stretch they will hate him again. Is it football season yet?

Weather: This month has 31 days. It has rained on almost all of them. I can’t find the actual number, but I’m pretty sure it is over 25 days of rain this month, Enough already. I need the sun.

Donald Trump: Still a bad president. Still possibly colluded with Russia. Still tweeting stupid stuff.