Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Good Luck RGIII - You're way too classy for DC!

The way in which the DC Media and fans screwed over Robert Griffin III really pisses me off!  I'm so glad this season is over and done with so that perhaps this outstanding athlete and all-around profoundly decent human being gets a chance to latch on to a team and a city that will truly appreciate and develop his many talents -both on and off the field.

This poor guy was doomed from the day he was drafted by the Deadskins. He was made out to be some other-worldly super human being who would be able to leap buildings in a single bound and walk on water. The lone person who was going to swoop in an save Washington's dysfunctional football team which, by the way, had (and has) way more serious problems than the lack of a decent QB.

And, guess what - he came in and did everything and more that was asked of him that first year.  He took a beating thanks to a lame-ass offensive line and he practically carried the entire dysfunctional bunch to the playoffs only to have his coaching staff sacrifice him mercilessly on the field in that last play-off loss to the Seahawks.

But that wasn't the end of the story for RGIII.  Nope, he beat almost insurmountable odds to come back -months ahead of schedule- from a very serious injury to be ready to go by the start of the next season. He displayed a level of commitment and discipline that's becoming more and more rare these days in the NFL. His determination was unwavering; his allegiance to the team unquestionable. He always tried to say and do the right thing on and off the field and yet, at every turn the media was there to take something he said or did out of context and pounce on him... question his loyalty... intimate a huge ego on his part.  The poor guy didn't stand a chance -especially being part of such a historically dysfunctional organization as the Redskins.

There's no way he was 100% for that second season.  Anyone with half a brain could figure that out.  But RGIII knew what was expected him and he did his best to be ready and, again, put himself and his body on the line playing behind another lame-ass offensive line.  Was anyone really surprised he got hurt again so quickly?!  But instead of becoming a bigger hero for this team, he started to be a labeled a liability and the media and fans started to find fault with how he played the game - how he put EVERYTHING on the line to win. That just wasn't smart!

The coaching staff -realizing full well that their very expensive QB was becoming nothing more than a crash test dummy behind an ineffective offensive line- decided it was time to try to change the way RGIII played the QB position.  He had to be more of a drop-back passer and less of a scrambler.  RGIII obliged and plunged himself full force into learning this new QB methodology.  Some QBs get years to develop these sorts of skills - RGIII was given a couple months and it was everyone's expectation that -being the super human being he is- he would master it in record time.  And when he didn't it became all his fault.

Redskins fans were tired of losing and they had little patience when it came to RGIII - after all, he was the Messiah according to all the press reports!  The savior of DC!!!  Surely he could do more super-human feats!  Why did he suddenly need time to develop??!  This isn't what everyone paid millions of dollars for.  Washington fans wanted results and they wanted them IMMEDIATELY.  Never mind the fact that there were 53 other players on the team who needed to step up. No! This was all RGIII's fault.

And at every turn, RGIII handled himself with poise and professionalism, constantly reaffirming his commitment to his team, his coaches and the fans.  Somehow this kept getting thrown back in his face as a sign of his huge ego.  The media was constantly trying to cook up stories about locker room discontent and RGIII was constantly misquoted and misinterpreted. Anyone else would've cracked or struck back at all the lies and false accusations. Not RGIII.  He just tried to stay positive and do what was asked of him and he continued to be professional, patient and an all-around team player up until the very last game of this season.

Meanwhile, the fans who had once kissed the ground he walked on now made fun of him and heaped all the blame on him for everything wrong with their beloved football team. Thanks for taking a beating for three years - both on and off the field - but don't let the door hit you on your ass on the way out!  Good riddance to you, loser!

Sorry, RGIII is the furthest thing from a loser.  The real losers are the fans.  It's made me embarrassed to root for this team and be grouped in with some of the asshole fans who find it so easy to talk shit about RGIII and what a bust he was.  Truth is, even if he never takes another snap behind center, he's accomplished 1,000 times more in his young life than a vast majority of the asshole fans talking shit about him will their entire lives.  He walks away from Washington with millions of dollars and a great deal of dignity. Only time will tell if he can rebound physically and professionally from his mistreatment in Washington, but there's no doubt in my mind he'll continue to be a stand-up human being and someone that young folks can look up to and admire.  Football is a game - nothing more.  And there are plenty of players who are superstars on the field and total fuck-ups in every day life - that seems to be the norm more and more in the NFL.  But RGIII's got a very bright future ahead of him; whether it's on or off the field and he's made a lot of life-long fans out of folks like me -not for what he's done, but for who he is.  I wish him the very best.  And to all the Redskins fans who jumped on the bandwagon to tear him down and bought into all the media bullshit all these years. Well... you can all kiss my ass!  HAIL!

Friday, July 31, 2015

This one's for you, Cecil.



Killing majestic, exotic, and (sometimes) endangered species just for the sake of gaining a "trophy" really pisses me off. We, as humans, reside at the top of the food chain. I consider that a privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. We're charged with being stewards of the earth and all its natural resources and living creatures. Sadly, more often than not, shit-for-brains members of our species  do stupid things that serve no purpose but to destroy the earth and its inhabitants.  I place so-called "big game hunters" in this category.

First let's establish one thing: Big game hunting isn't "hunting", it's blood sport.  There's absolutely no good reason to go out and kill wild, exotic and (sometimes) endangered animals other than to have a dead animal's head hanging on your wall or a set of ivory letter openers on your desk. It seems the more exotic, majestic, and rare the animal is, the more determined a select group of dipshit humans is to kill it and turn it into a trophy or trinket. That's not hunting.  I'm sure it's therapeutic for individuals with small penises and/or too much time and money on their hands, but maybe put that money and time into therapy instead of picking up a weapon, eh? Go talk to a real hunter about how a good sized deer will feed his family for most of the winter -and about how very little of that kill goes to waste. 

There was a time not so very long ago, before big chain supermarkets and factory farms, that hunting kept food on the table and provided warm clothing.  We've all come a long way from our humble beginnings but I can't say that all the progress we've made has been good progress. It's sad that after all this time on the earth, some of us still haven't learned the value of life; not just human life, but ALL life and how it contributes to a delicate balance of nature all around us. Of the 44,838 species assessed worldwide, 905 are extinct and 16,928 are listed as threatened to be extinct. I'm confident that a large percentage of these extinct and threatened species have humans to thank for their situation.

I heard and read where a lot of people are quick to stick up for this piece of shit dentist that killed Cecil the Lion. Sure, he was just pursuing his passion... he didn't know the lion was protected... he trusted his African guides when they told him it was legal and permitted to kill the lion... blah, blah, blah.  Dude, you tortured (40 hours to track him once he was wounded with an arrow) and killed a fucking LION for no good reason other than to have his head mounted on your wall!! How can that be justified by ANY stretch of the imagination?!?  Furthermore, this asshole shows up in Zimbabwe flashing around $50,000 (more money than a lot of Zimbabweans will see in their entire lifetimes!) to kill a lion - you don't think some enterprising Zimbabwean isn't going to find him a lion to kill (legal or otherwise) come hell or high water?!  I don't buy ANY of this dentist's bullshit excuses or reasoning for killing this creature. He's obviously got some serious egotistical, emotional, or mental issues to even dare attempt to justify what he did. NO ONE should be taking down lions in Zimbabwe - NO ONE.  If anything, we should be helping the authorities there STOP the senseless poaching and killing. Once these animals are gone, they're GONE - FOREVER. A lot of people don't seem to get that.

This fucktard deserves all the scorn and outrage that he's currently getting - $50,000 dollars' worth and more. I hope he does get extradited back to Zimbabwe to answer to the authorities - and I hope he ends up paying $50,000 more in fines. Moreover, I wish they could somehow take away this guy's "hunting" rights FOREVER. That's not possible, I know, but it's obvious that he -and a bunch of his "big game hunter" friends- can't see anything wrong with what he did -other than trust the wrong people. He'll be back out there again soon with another majestic animal in his crosshairs.

Monday, July 20, 2015

How To Stop Terrorist Attacks Here in America



 The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  We keep on lighting candles, saying prayers and paying homage online to the innocent folks who keep getting killed by radicalized Muslims -a lot of them U.S. Citizens. This keeps happening over and over and over again and we keep voicing our horror and sadness and anger and lighting more candles.  Perhaps it's time we actually start asking ourselves what's making these people get so pissed off and outraged to the point where they think their only recourse is to blow themselves and a crowd of other innocent people up in protest. I'm tired of everyone just chalking these atrocities up to "terrorism" and deciding that the people who commit these crimes are just plain evil psychopaths with no legitimate reasons behind their actions.

For decades now, the big bad U.S. Government has inserted its mighty military into places and issues that we have no business being involved with. We've used our incredibly brave and dedicated men and women of the United States Armed Forces as pawns to carry out our Government's underhanded and dirty little wars that are always dressed up to look like another noble endeavor in preserving OUR freedom and way of life.  But if you look at the real facts behind why we did what we did (and exactly what we did) in Iraq and Afghanistan, you'll find far less noble pretenses. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of INNOCENT people in Iraq and Afghanistan have been killed by the United States military. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of people have lost their homes, their families, their cities, their entire way of life because of the U.S. A lot of these people were already weary and ragged from years of wars within their own country and religion and then the U.S. comes along and dumps more shit on them and makes their lives and their futures even more difficult and uncertain.

It’s all fine and good to hate, despise, and blame the people who perpetrate these senseless attacks on innocent people here on American soil, but let's not stop the blame train with them... let's keep it going to our Government and our military leaders who have wreaked havoc on the Muslim people and countries and then left them all in shambles. They’re also responsible for THOUSANDS of dead brave men and women in the U.S. military who serve without hesitation and without question. All those brave souls didn’t have to die and thousands more of their fellow soldiers didn’t have to lose body parts and their sanity in wars that had absolutely nothing to do with protecting our freedom. What those wars did do is piss off a whole bunch of already-pissed-off people and gave them a nice big target on which to take out decades of frustration and anger.  So while you’re lighting candles and sending prayers to the families of those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, maybe think about cleaning house in Washington and help get all these war-mongering, money-grubbing fucktards out of office and get in some true American patriots who can get this country back on its feet and get our military out of places it doesn’t belong. That’s the ONLY way we’re going to make any positive strides in reducing these terrorist attacks (home-grown and otherwise) on our own soil.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strap yourselves in! It's almost that time again!!

In some ways, politics is a lot like the NFL.  In the NFL, you have all these die-hard fans who get behind a team for any number of reasons and blindly follow that team until the end of time. In reality, all an NFL fan is really rooting for is a color scheme and a logo. Each team consists of a lot of over-paid atheletes from all over the country who end up an any given team because of back room deals, trades, and lucrative contracts. Most fans argue that they're rooting for the "home team" -even though none of the players of that team call the fan's home their home.  They're there because they're getting paid to be there.  And yet fans keep on blindly following and, when referring to the team, they say things like "We need to beef up our defense" as if they're actually a part of the team. That's frickin' hilarious to me.

It's the same thing with the two major political parties and all their "fans". Staunch Democrats and Republicans who pretty much swallow anything their party bosses tell them.  They jump on the bandwagon every election cycle and get behind whoever their party puts forth as the front-runner. They agree whole-heartedly that everything that's wrong with this country is the other party's fault. Many actually believe that, once their candidate takes office, things will really change.

It's like believing there's any difference between any of the NFL teams. There isn't - they are all collectively "The NFL" and their primary goal is to bilk you for as much money as humanly possible, regardless of what team you're rooting for.

Politics is the same way. You think there's a difference between Republicans and Democrats but there isn't. They're working together to ensure that they, and they alone, retain control of the United states of America. All that blame-gaming and fiery rhetoric is just smoke and mirrors to prevent you from realizing they're all just one big greedy organization dead set to stay in power and do whatever the hell they want. Year after year; election after election.  And their primary goal is to bilk you for as much money as humanly possible. I wish I could say that that was hilarious to me as well. It's not.  It's scary.  Scary that so many of us drink this kool-aid year after year and still expect things to change and get better.

With the 2016 General Election right around the corner, I can't wait to hear how the new candidates are going to change this country and bring about new hope for the coming years.  I look forward to the new and innovative ways that the Democrats and Republicans will prevent any viable third-party candidates from joining the debates and getting on the ballot. The excitement is almost more than I can bear.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Football, Rice, and Videotape



The entire way this whole Ray Rice incident was handled really pisses me off.  Let me first go on record by saying that I loathe and detest the Baltimore Ravens and I don't have a lot of love for any NFL player that gets himself in trouble over stupid stuff.  Knocking out your drunk girlfriend with a left hook falls in the category of 'stupid stuff'. Mom always told me "never hit a girl" and, so far after 45 years of life, I've managed to follow that advice.  I'm not saying there weren't some very close calls - and I'm not claiming there can't be exceptions to the rule. But one thing is for sure, you should never left-hook your girlfriend or wife -no matter what- because this is the person you're supposed to love. This isn't same random raving female lunatic who comes out of nowhere trying to kill you, this is the person you love... your potential soulmate, your other half. Love is war sometimes; I get that.  But, for God's sake, just walk away from her and punch the nearest wall if the argument is getting THAT heated and she's got you THAT wound up.

So, yeah, dumbass move Ray Rice... clocking your girlfriend like that.  And, unfortunately for you, big brother was watching and got the entire incident on video so you, your now-wife, and the rest of the world can relive that dumbass move over and over and over again. I don't think anyone will disagree with me when I say he was in the wrong and what he did was a major no-no.  Great. We've established that.

The other fact that most people will not argue about is that the NFL's punishment for Ray Rice did not even come close to fitting the crime. You cold-clock your girlfriend and knock her unconscious, end up getting charged with assault, and the best the NFL can do is suspend you for two games?! Yeah, I can understand why a lot of people were outraged.  It became a running joke.  Every time another NFL player was punished, it was compared to Ray Rice's punishment. But to Ray's credit, he came out and sounded genuinely contrite about the entire incident. Was he really sorry or just sorry he got caught? I don't know.  Is he just a nice guy who lost his head?  I don't know that either. Only time will tell. But what followed among Ravens folks was a general "forgive and forget" attitude in Baltimore.  And after taking a lot of heat over the less-than-adequate punishment handed down to Ray Rice, the NFL changed their policy so that if and when something like this happens again, the punishment would be much worse - a six-game suspension for first-time offenders, and a potential lifetime ban for repeat offenders.  Everybody makes mistakes -some of them grievous. Ray Rice got off light, the NFL had egg on its face, but at the end of the day it looked to me like some positives had still come out of the whole mess. Ray and his girl got married (maybe she's just a terminal victim but I'd like to think maybe they worked things out in their relationship so no more boxing matches take place), the NFL is now prepared to treat future domestic violence cases as the serious crimes they are, and we witnessed that people can be forgiven and move on with being better people in their lives despite dumbass moves.  Ah, a happy ending.

And then TMZ (one of the shittiest organizations on the face of the earth) releases the entire video of that awful night with Ray and his girl... including the actual brutal punch that knocked her out cold in the elevator.  Suddenly, all the progress that had been made over the past months was wiped from everyone's memory. Now that folks could actually SEE the punch -the abuse- well, suddenly, that changed everything.  Suddenly Ray Rice was back in the dog house, fallen from grace and forgiveness and now just a piece-of-shit woman beater.

Why? Just take the video out of this equation for a second.  We all already knew that he punched his girl hard enough to knock her out. We all already knew that he was charged with assault.  We saw how the NFL handed down a less-than-adequate punishment and then saw Ray Rice publicly apologize. We witnessed major NFL policy changes as a result of this whole incident, and then we (or at least I) saw the Ravens organization as a whole stand up for Ray Rice and basically say "Yeah, he made a really horrible mistake.  He committed a terrible crime. But you know what, we're going to give him the benefit of the doubt. We're going to forgive him because we believe he's a good person and that this was just a dumbass move that he will learn from and never ever do again.” Ray was warmly greeted by fans during the preseason. Players and coaches had nothing but good things to say about him.

No one should really need to actually see the video to realize that what Ray Rice did was brutal. We already knew that he knocked her out cold -what, does everyone think he did that with a little slap or a tap on the cheek?!  No one was able to put two and two together in their head and say to themself "man, he must've clocked her good!" -c'mon, really!?!  We all know the facts of what happened.  The problem is we're a bunch of suckers when it comes to sensational videos.  Never mind the facts, just show us some controversial, sensational video and we'll all just lose any modicum of common sense we may have had and totally lose our minds.  Way to go TMZ!  If you read any of my previous posts in this blog, you already know I HATE the media and all they do to stir the pot.  TMZ is no different.

In my humble opinion, Ray Rice should've been suspended for the entire season from the get-go. I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash if the NFL would’ve banned him for life. But he wasn't because the NFL seriously dropped the ball on handing down sufficient punishment. He already received his punishment from our criminal justice system, so that's pretty much a moot point. To their credit, the NFL changed their policy for the better.  That was a good thing.  And then everyone else seemed to move on (not saying there weren't a whole lotta people still pissed off).  Ray apologized; the Ravens organization and fans seemed to say "OK Ray, we'll give you another chance" and that right there should have been the end of this entire terrible episode. 

But it wasn't.  We all took a huge step BACKWARDS when TMZ released the video.  Everyone in the Ravens camp did a complete 180-degree about-face and turned on Ray like he had done ANOTHER bad thing. All because a video showed in graphic detail what we all already knew -and had decided to leave in the past.  What does that really say about us as human beings?  If we had had this reaction from the beginning, I'd have no problem with it. But we all sort of flip-flopped and in the course of 10 hours, Ray went from the poster child for redemption to the devil incarnate. Sorry folks, that's messed up.  Ray Rice remains the same guy he always was (for better or worse) whether you see that video or not. The only thing that changed after seeing that video is the forgiveness that a LOT of people willingly gave to Ray Rice.  To me that's just as shitty of a move as Ray clocking his girlfriend in the elevator.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Stop Bitching, Start DOING

 
Folks who bitch about the sad state of affairs in this country, yet continue to vote for the same group of idiots election after election, really piss me off.

Our government was shut down for 16 days while a bunch of rich, childish politicians argued with, threatened, and blamed each other for the shutdown.  They played a game of chicken while holding the entire country hostage to see which side would blink first.  Millions of us common citizens suffered and worried while these detached assholes in Washington played their belligerent childish games.  And at the end of the game, we really don't have any clear and final resolution to the problem, do we?  What do you think we have to look forward to come January?
 

Of course, we all expressed our outrage -while essentially doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about these morons.  If you drank the Republican Kool-Aid, you blamed the President and his allies. If you drank the Democratic Kool-Aid, you blamed the Republicans and their Tea Party Conservatives.  Me? I don't like Kool-Aid. I blame the entire corrupt, dysfunctional, and out-of-date government; starting with the President and including every single member of Congress.  They're all inept, greedy, and ignorant when it comes to addressing and tackling the real problems in this country.  They're all controlled by special interests groups, lobbyists, and multi-billion-dollar corporations and benefactors.  They CLEARLY do not have the common person's best interests or well-being at the top of their agenda.

Sadly, it's been this way for DECADES.  We keep letting the same two corrupt and morally bankrupt parties -The Democrats and Republicans- run this country into the ground.  We're somehow stupid enough to believe that things will change just because we get a new name to elect.  We're WRONG.  And we better all come to this realization collectively or we're all headed to hell in a hand basket by way of the express lane.

NOW is the time to DEMAND change.  Our system of government is antiquated and inept.  In this age of Internet and technology please explain to me why in the HELL we need 535 congressmen to run things!!  I understand why, back in our forefathers' day, this was a plausible idea, but things have changed DRASTICALLY since the 1800s -and yet our system/structure of Government has stayed pretty much the same.  Entire industries have sprung up -while others have died away- thanks to miraculous advances in technology and education.  We've changed and revolutionized the way we communicate, do business, and travel. And yet, NOTHING has changed as far as the way our Government is run.  This two-party choke hold has been in place for a hundred years and we keep letting it be that way.  The entire way we vote is rigged by these two parties and we end up with the same two shitty choices being shoved down our throats every four years: Democrat or Republican -sure the names change... Bush, Obama, Clinton, etc. But are you really that fucking STUPID to think that there is really ANY difference?  These people are just puppets of their party.  And the same two parties keep doing the same dumb shit to this country year after year after year.  They fight with each other over money and power while the rest of us suffer the consequences.

So, for God's Sake, what do you say we DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS NOW?! --Before 2014 rolls around and we're stuck with the same bullshit election laws.  Let's make sure the next General election ISN'T controlled by the Democrats and Republicans. Let's fight for truly OPEN and FAIR elections and let's elect some folks that are true subject matter experts who aren't afraid of revamping the Government and actually FIXING the problems we have.

Start by educating yourself - turn off the news -they're all just recycling soundbites from the two major parties.  Seek out organizations that are trying to effect REAL change in this country and give them your support.  Get involved.  Be the change.  Stop bitching and start doing. Nobody wins in this two-party choke hold.  We all lose. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Land of Apathetic, Home of the Depraved

The apathy and downright idiocy of the majority of the American population really pisses me off.  How much longer are we all going to sit around and watch a bunch of inept, over-paid, infantile assholes systematically run this country into the ground?  How bad do things have to get before we come to the realization that this two-party pissing contest is corrupt and ineffective and that the time for change is RIGHT NOW.  These so-called elected 'representatives' do not, in fact, represent the will and opinions of the common people.  The entire process which got them elected is, in fact, rigged and controlled by the two parties themselves.  And the two parties are puppets to the corporate Goliaths and billionaires that control the majority of the wealth in this country.  This is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave.  It's the playground of the rich, inept and greedy who continually make a mockery out of the system of democracy that our forefathers had so painstakingly forged.

Millions of us regular Americans are breaking our backs every day just to try to make ends meet for ourselves and our families. Add to that the hundreds of thousands of our men and women in uniform bravely and selflessly defending our American way of life both here and abroad for a salary that any senator or congressman would consider laughable. The national debt keeps rising while the middle class steadily slides deeper and deeper into poverty while the greedy, filthy rich 1% keep getting richer and keep finding ways to make even more money and profits.

Meanwhile, we all sit by and watch - many of us duped into drinking either the Democratic or Republican Kool-Aid along with the notion that it's the OTHER party's fault we're in the mess we're in.  That's all we really have on Capitol Hill; a bunch of pointing fingers and belligerent screaming children determined to get their way while preventing the opposing group of belligerent children from getting their way.  These rich, stubborn assholes have absolutely NO IDEA what we, the regular folks in America, are going through.  They live in a world that is totally detached from the reality that we all live and breath and suffer through on a daily basis.

The plain and simple fact -- the irrefutable fact -- is that our Government DOESN'T WORK -- the people who have been elected to do a specific job continue, year after year after year, to FAIL MISERABLY at doing that job. Things continue to get worse, and yet we all DO NOTHING besides bitch and moan and look for who to blame.  We're all to blame for letting these assholes to continue to get rich while playing a pissing game where the only losers are the common citizens.

If the Government shuts down tomorrow.  Every single member of Congress and the Senate along with the President of the United States need to be held directly responsible and then FIRED and replaced by people who aren't part of a political machine or puppets of the wealthy.  REAL people. REAL Subject Matter Experts who can come up with a plan and move forward with it quickly.