Category Archives: Rants
In communication there is a phenomenon called a double bind. Wikipedia describes it this way:
A double bind is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will be automatically wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore cannot resolve it or opt out of the situation.
Double binds are extremely frustrating, especially in the workplace.
Something has touched a nerve today, I’m not quite sure why. I was sitting her surfing the interwebz when I, again, became annoyed with the political establishment in this country. For several generations now we, the citizenry, have sat back and allowed our government to become extremely top heavy on the Federal end. In some cases, an extremely vocal minority have called for this increase. In most cases, an extremely apathetic majority simply sat back and did nothing.
We have lost something that the founders had enjoyed and come to love. I do not say founders in meaning the Big Boys of American History, but rather the citizens who supported the Big Boys. The citizens of the original 13 Colonies had spent almost 170 official historical years governing themselves. Lifted from the source of all truth and knowledge, Wikipedia – “Each colony developed its own system of self government. The[y]… voted for their local and provincial government.”
Yes, the early years of American history are not the golden age that many on the right try to paint them. They are not, however, the historical arm pit that many on the left try to paint them. It was imperfect, what with indentured servitude and slavery and what not, but it was 17th and 18th Century America. The one thing they truly got right was local government and a citizenry active in that government.
The British government started poking their nose in where the American Colonials felt it didn’t belong. The Americans rebelled, declaring
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The War was fought, the Americans won (with the help of the French who wanted to spite England), and The United States of America was quickly recognized as a nation by Morocco. The people then set out to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….” On September 13, 1788 the United States Constitution was confirmed ratified and the country was set on its historical course.
The US citizenry then fought another war about slavery and about independence in government. For the better, the Union won the War of Northern Aggression and the United States stayed intact, to some extent.
So, what am I rambling on about? “Federalism,” the great American experiment, has changed many, many times over the last 235 years (see the source of all truth and knowledge). The authors of the Declaration of Independence were correct when they said, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” In modern speak, Common sense (because “common sense” has replaced prudence) tells us that when a government has been around for a long time it shouldn’t be changed on a whim. History also shows us that the people will mumble under their breath against government overreaching rather than giving up the entitlements granted while their rights are being trampled.”
Sound familiar? It should, because we are living it! The Federal Government has gotten too large and overstepped its constitutionally set limitations. Several factors are involved, not the least of which is the ever expanding authority of the Executive Branch, the weakness of the Legislative Branch and its relinquishment of authority to the Executive, and the failure of the citizenry to remember that the Judicial Branch exists outside of the Supreme Court (apart from viewing the Judicial as a tool to circumvent the Legislative). I’m not saying that the Federal Department of Education can’t exist, but I am saying that it shouldn’t under our current Federal Constitution. Do you want a Federal Department of Education? Then convince your state legislature, or your Senator or Representative, to make a push for a Constitutional Convention or Constitutional Amendment so that the Federal Department of Education can be instituted properly.
Your role as a citizen is to read and understand the United States Constitution and your State Constitution. If you haven’t read them then you can’t know when your governments are overstepping their bounds and what their constitutional limitations are. When you know these things then you can become active in your community and allow the private sector to do what the government has no authority to do.
Governments are not all powerful. If you think they should be, please remove yourself to Europe. They favor that type of thinking over there. The United States of America was founded on principles of INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. To members of the Right and the Left who have special interests, you are partially at fault for the current state of American politics. The apathetic also hold responsibility, as do the political weasels who have found “public service” to be a career and not service.
There, my rant is over. Return to your regularly scheduled programming.
I’d like to invite Lane Kiffin and the other pansy coaches of the SEC to quit whining to the press and to handle their complaints in a manner that isn’t going to take up space in my sports news reading. I’d also like to invite ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and each and every other sports news agency/ affiliate to stop getting a hard on and showing it to the world every time one of these second graders complains to the press.
Most people that I talk to agree that high-profile athletes aren’t worth their salaries, regardless of their talent and what they do for our favorite teams. And it’s strange to see how that attitude is starting to apply to coaches. For example: I think Urban Meyer is an amazing football coach and I’m very grateful for what he did with the University of Utah program, leading us to our 2005 Fiesta Bowl win. But now he’s whining to the press about how SEC refs blew a call against the holy child Tebow (the call didn’t even determine the outcome of a game).
All of this crying has led to the decision by the SEC to no longer hand out reprimands but to start fining or even suspending coaches who act like 8 year olds. I think it’s a good move.
Okay, I’m done.
I wish that once, just once, when you tell someone that they’re doing something stupid, and later, after everything that you told them was going to happen actually came to fruition, and the person to whom you told it would happen realized that it had in fact happened just as you said it would; I wish that just once that person would listen to you again when you tell them that they’re doing something else stupid.
But no. Unfortunately, stupid people enjoy living in their delusions and foolishness, until one day they wake up and say, “Oh! Why have I been so stupid?! Why did I let my stubborn foolishness get in the way? What am I to do now?”
By then it’s too late, and the fool must suffer with the consequences – unless, that is, they are not allowed to suffer the consequences because others seek to protect them from learning life’s lessons.
And the cycle continues…
[Officer] Crowley wrote in the Cambridge police report that Gates refused to step outside to speak with him, the police report said, and when Crowley told Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” the report said.
The report said Gates initially refused to show the officer identification, but eventually produced a Harvard identification card, prompting Crowley to radio for Harvard University Police.
“While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me,” Crowley said, according to the report.
Gates was arrested for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space” and was released from police custody after spending four hours at the police station.
So, the police get a call about a potential home invasion. When they knock on the door the homeowner refuses to be cooperative and becomes belligerent. I wonder, does his Harvard ID have his address on it?
The Supreme Leader was all to happy to send mixed messages and play the race card.
“But I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”
No.1, Yes, I would be pretty angry if I was trying to do my job – you know, protect and serve – and someone was being uncooperative and accusing me of racism when there was absolutely NO reason; No. 2, I guess those Harvard ID badges must have the identified’s address printed on the card; No. 3, Those racist cops! I can’t believe that they just randomly go around knocking on people’s doors an arresting minorities.
Just for fun, look at the second picture in the article. See anything of interest?
There are a couple of things annoying me tonight:
- Dogs that bark for long periods of time. Most of you know that I’m not a huge fan of dogs in the first place. They’re always in the way and they are too needy. Then, they bark, and bark, and bark, and bark, etc. I need to find a pillow that will muffle the kaboom from my .45…
- Smokers. Now, not all smokers bother me. I have smokers in my family and I love them very much. What annoys me is when it has been raining (which it has been) and the air is clean and I’ve got the windows open so as to enjoy the clean air and some jack ass smoker stands right outside my window and allows me to enjoy his poison gas. Wonderful.
Okay, return to your business.