American journalist James Foley was brutally beheaded in a live video by the terrorist organization Isis. While watching the news report on Facebook I found it bizarre and surreal when I had to wait while a diaper commercial commenced. Even in the midst of a horrific and mind defying execution we still need to get in a marketing plug. Seriously?
“That guy” (who represents an entire segment of the US population) is still at it. When Trayvon Martin was murdered he seemingly made it a personal mission to share every non-mainstream report available that painted Trayvon as a criminal monster who deserved to be shot. There were also numerous opinion pieces posted defending poor George Zimmerman and arguing for more guns. Now he’s got another target: Michael Brown. In the span of six days there have been darn near twenty articles linked that outline why Brown was a thug, why the police officer was justified in shooting Michael six times, and why black people are, in effect, animals. If THIS is a prevailing attitude among some Americans then we are truly screwed.
Here’s the thing. When you find yourself sharing article after article that belittles, berates,and impunes the character of unarmed teenagers whom you've never met and who are now DEAD, then maybe it's time to walk away from the keyboard for a breather. Or, at minimum, see a therapist. Honestly, ten articles is probably enough to get your point across.
I will never use the word “very” while writing again. At least if I can help it. This must be one of the things they teach you in creative writing grad school. I need to (proverbial)**** or get off the pot and enroll.
Everyone’s kids are adorable on their first day of school. If you don’t think so then you are grumpy. Also, single friends, keep posting your pets on the first day of school. They are just as adorable (my dog and cat are sometimes WAAAAY cuter than my children).
They Royals are winning, the Jayhawks are pre-season number 3, and it’s time to remember if you attend a Chiefs game do not, I repeat, do not leave your group to take a nap in the parking lot. Unless you want to end up on someone’s Face Book wall while people debate whether or not you deserved to die.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is marketing genius. People love to give to a good cause when they are prodded. People love to laugh at each other and themselves. People love to include their friends…in just about anything. And for those of you who think it’s stupid, self serving, or that it’s pointless? Simple: don’t do it. Donate money silently (I assume by your complaining that you already regularly donate to worthy causes). The ALS Foundation and the families fighting this nasty disease offer their profound gratitude and ask that you keep dumping ice water on your heads, challenging others to do the same, and donating.
Robin Williams did amazing things during his life. His films not only entertained the masses but they touched us, pushed us to explore places we otherwise would’ve avoided. The Captain is still moving us, even through his death, to understand and explore depression. His succumbing to a condition affecting millions of Americans has also allowed Rush Limbaugh and Fox News to show the world, once again, why they are assholes.
Many of you think Johnny Manziel is an asshole. I’ve never met the guy but maybe, just maybe, someone should break his middle finger? On the other hand, Guardians of the Galaxy has given my two children endless giggles when it comes to this particular digit.
Kansas gubernatorial challenger Paul Davis has Governor Sam Brownback on his heels. That should tell you something. In KANSAS, home of the Koch Brothers, the most conservative governor in the country is in trouble. Kansans aren’t blind Sam. The only silver lining to be found in your systematic decimation of our state budget, disability rights and education funding is that you poked the voters hard enough to wake them. And for that, we thank you.
Katy Perry was in town this week, selfies are still the rage, summer vacations have ended, football is beginning and campaign signs are lingering.
Speaking of campaign signs, Ken Selzer please, for the love of God, pick up your signs. The primary ended fifteen days ago.
And speaking of voting….the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18 1920, giving women across the country the right to vote. Many of my female friends and African American friends posted this on Monday. I don’t find it odd at all that two groups who had to fight tooth and nail for the right to vote would still honor that fight almost 100 years later.
I’ll end with one final tid-bit gleaned from Facebook this week. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is complete and utter bullshit. Yes, I called it that. What else do you call “documentaries” that include scientists and cell phone footage made up of actors? When creators have to manufacture fake newspaper articles in order to drum up viewers I draw the line. It’s one thing for cable news to make up stories; I want 35 foot shark documentaries to be true.
I mentioned silver linings earlier but here’s another one. Sharknado 3 is due out in theaters next year.
I’m betting there won’t be a Pampers commercial before THOSE trailers.