Saturday, July 30, 2005

See, I told you so ...

FOXNews.com - Boy Scout Officials 'Not Prepared'

Exactly what I was spouting off about the other day.

Taking themselves too seriously


I am exactly one-half Cajun. Ancestors on my mother's side of the family were the very first of the settlers expelled from Acadia.

Additionally, I affectionately call myself (as well as others whom I am friends with) a coonass.

Then there are people like Warren Perrin and Barry Ancelet who have too much time on their hands and take themselves way too seriously.

Warren asked the Queen of England to apologize for the Acadia expulsion. Who cares and what does that do for me, my family or my ancestors who went through the ordeal? Exactly nothing. I haven't lost sleep over it, neither has my family and, well, my ancestors are dead so I don't think they care either.

Next, they want to be the big fish in a little pond by creating a mountain out of a pile of crawfish heads. Barry doesn't like the term because it has the word 'ass' in it. He wonders how "coonasses" would feel if they were called a horse "ass" or chicken "ass" or cow "ass". (I wonder if he's ever been called a dumb "ass".)

It's not like I haven't been called a jack "ass" or horse's "ass" before - sometimes by my friends or family and quite often by my wife. The point is that if anyone uses a slur as a point of anger or derision, then it's bound to make anyone angry. Even if the slur is coonass.

Some people sum up the use of coonass nicely. Mary Tutwiler on emerils.com writes, "... The bugs, an affectionate term for crawfish in the same politically incorrect vein as "coonass" is an affectionate term for Cajuns ...".

I especially like what Drew Landry wrote on his site:

"... Furthermore, I would like to formally thank the Queen (of England) for getting us out of the Frozen Tundra of Hoserville, Canada.

Thank you for boudin, cracklin, shrimp boots, Cajun music, hunting dogs, "The Cajun Rap Song" and the struggle that showed the true character and ingenuity of Cajun people. Thanks for my status as an American citizen and all of the wonderful things that make me come back to Lafayette each time I think the grass is greener somewhere else and try to move away."

My mother and her parents are all 100% Cajun. They've never been bothered by the term coonass because, I imagine, they realize that it's only a word. It doesn't define who they are.

By the way, I'm also half redneck. I guess that makes me a red-ass?

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Friday, July 29, 2005

D.C. the 51st state?

Jesse Jackson, the moron that he is, wants to know why ESPN has not included Washington D.C. in its 50 States in 50 Days promotion. Yes, he is serious about this and plans to picket ESPN for not including D.C. This from a man who has run for president of the United States.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Eye for an eye

Mark R. Downs Jr. is on trial for allegedly telling a youth baseball player to assault a team mate who suffers from various challenges, including a form of autism.

I'm afraid to admit what I would do to Downs if it had been my child he (allegedly) had assaulted. The ACLU might would sue me.

Coach to stand trial in T-ball bounty case

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

American

Why isn't it simply American? Why is it African American or Asian American?

At least they have it easy with the description. Mine would be Acadian Spanish German Irish Scottish Native American American (or, ASGISNAA). Does that make me a minority?

I want reparations for my ancestors being booted out of Nova Scotia and for the treatment of my Native American family by the federal government.

Please join ASGISNAA today. Without your help, we cannot fight for the rights of all Acadian Spanish German Irish Scottish Native American Americans.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Amen

Today on the Sean Hannity radio show a topic of discussion was the (anti-) American Civil Liberties Union and how they have been attacking the Boy Scouts of America. Apparently the ACLU has a problem with the organization's propensity towards God as it's foundation as well as not allowing openly gay members.

The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization protected by the First Amendment (in a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court) to control who can join and who can't. This decision over-rides any state's anti-discimination laws. Additionally, they can continue to have God as a core part of the Scout philosophy.

This is how it should be.

If a gay atheist wants to join an organization of heterosexual Protestants, they don't have any rights to do so if the group doesn't want them in it. Instead of realizing that the Scouts is not for everyone, the ACLU wants to create problems that eventually will lead to the downfall of all that is good and right about this country.

When is the ACLU going to sue the KKK to let in blacks, hispanics and Jews? Are they going to sue the Catholic church to have women be priests and to have any mention of God stricken from prayers, sermons and all other matters involving the church? Better still, sue Crayola because the use of "black" as a color offends, well, blacks.

I will not be surprised if the day comes that the ACLU's impact is such that the Bill of Rights and Constitution are completely rewritten. Not until the U.S. is a socialist government will the ACLU be happy.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Be Prepared

Are there no overhead power lines in Alaska? I don't understand how four leaders of a Boy Scout troop could make such a horrible mistake.

A few days later, I read that hundreds of Boy Scouts are being affected by the high temperatures at the national Scout Jamboree. It's understandable for a few to be affected, but come on now, we're talking about THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA with "Be Prepared" as the motto.

"The Scout motto is BE PREPARED. A scout prepares for whatever comes his way by learning all he can. He keeps himself strong, healthy, and ready to meet the challenges of life."

I spent several years as a Boy Scout and ended up with the rank of Star. It seems to me that these people should have been prepared by drinking lots of water and rest in the shade. The area is experiencing record heat. There are adults on hand. Who was watching out for these kids? The four leaders from Alaska?

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Win a date

Imagine how much different the world might be if guys like this could just get a date ... with a girl and not a camel. Take a bath, shave the beard, cut the hair, wear some deoderant, have a little dental work done as well as some plastic surgury.

Maybe that's why Osama is so mad. I guess I would be too if I had to sleep in a cave, had no toilet paper, used a camel to get around the desert and couldn't buy a Coke.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

teamsters need to move to Canada; labor unions banned

Labor unions have long been the bane of my existance. They undermine the complete rhelm of the American republic, free enterprise and overall economic health.

The teamsters, AFL/CIO and other labor organizations only care about themselves and nothing else. I have a total lack of respect for any organization which protects the lazy, the inept, and anyone else who should by all rights be fired for one reason or another. I also have a total lack of respect for any organization which puts greed ahead of the true protection for its membership.

You see, a company can only hire labor union members if there is work. If the labor union puts the company in danger of failing because of high wages or the like, then how does this ultimately serve the common good? Why exactly is it that for the past 30 years more and more jobs continue to move overseas? It's because companies cannot compete on certain levels when they have to overpay unskilled labor (which they can't fire because of labor union protection). A labor union would rather have an unskilled member handle a job than let the company bring in a skilled non-union member.

Labor unions suffer from short sitedness. It's the immediate gain rather than the long-term benefit. Get the money now before moving on to the next union job. If the union decides the members need to earn a $1 an hour more, then hit the picket line. It's a sham, a farce.

Labor unions rank right up there in stupidity as the national minimum wage.

Minimum wage benefits no one except the politicians who use it as a moral stance every four years. It's meant to help the poor and underprivelaged, but it is those who are hurt the worst by minimum wage.

Making Economic Sense: "In truth, there is only one way to regard a minimum wage law: it is compulsory unemployment, period. The law says: it is illegal, and therefore criminal, for anyone to hire anyone else below the level of X dollars an hour. This means, plainly and simply, that a large number of free and voluntary wage contracts are now outlawed and hence that there will be a large amount of unemployment. Remember that the minimum wage law provides no jobs; it only outlaws them; and outlawed jobs are the inevitable result."

Key minimum wage negatives:
  • Increases labor costs ... perhaps minimum wage is too high for certain jobs.
  • Increased labor costs are shifted to the consumer through increased product/service costs ... you think the company is going to absorb it?
  • No employee incentive ... why learn more skills or do a better job when they know another minimum wage job is just up the street?
  • Leads to the export of jobs ... why pay minimum wage or union rates when someone in India will gladly do it for $1 an hour?

Government's placement of mandatory labor rates is an attempt to counteract the natural law of supply and demand. If companies aren't allowed to pay employees a fair and equitable rate based on the job and the employee's skills, then they don't get hired. The leads to an over supply in the labor pool (i.e. unemployment). Also, if companies can't grow because their forces to pay unskilled workers an unfair rate, then they shut down, reduce production, cut staff, or maintain a status quo. No matter the result, you end up with a stagnant economy because of limited business development.

Here is a realistic take on minimum wage from a business owner.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Para espanol

Unless I'm in Spain or Latin America -- and when calling any organization's customer service, using an ATM or any other time this may occur -- I should not have to "Press 1 for English, Para Espanol prensa numero dos." It offends me that in order to continue using a service, I have to indicate that I wish to continue with English instructions.

The last I checked, this was the english speaking country of the United States of America. English is the national language and is also the international business language. If a business has customers in the United States who can't speak English, then the customer needs to learn the language or go back home (because more than likely they're here illegally).

It's inept (is there any other kind?) political correctness along the lines of using 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry Christmas.' I don't care if someone is Jewish and I wish them merry Christmas. I wouldn't be offended if they wished me happy Hanukkah. At the same time, I wouldn't be offended if someone told me 'happy holidays.'

Tune in later for, "Why illegals need to be sent home."

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Dead

He is dead.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Dukes

I'm not sure, but this sure does seem useless.

Ben Jones, better known for his stint as Cooter on the Dukes of Hazard than the time he spent as a Georgian politician, feels that the new Dukes movie is too raunchy. From what he says, the original was a good, clean show.

Now, don't get me wrong, I grew up on the Dukes of Hazard and loved every minute of it (except when the original Duke boys quit for more money). What I liked most was Daisy Duke in her, well, "Daisy Dukes" showing off her femininity. I thought it was wholesome family entertainment too, Cooter.

Seems to me that he's just bitter that his career has failed while John Schneider, Tom Wopat and the others have moved on.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.