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Things That Bug Me
Every Friday my syndicated column appears in a bunch of papers around North America. Here's this week's. For all you Americans, forgive my references to our election! I think in your election, people did talk about the issues more, though with a lot of spin. Oh, and for translation purposes, Canadian RRSPs=401ks. Anyway, read on:

Lately in these columns I’ve been trying to write about light and happy things. My life has been pretty busy and stressful lately, and I need a chill pill. Unfortunately, I am not really a light and happy person. Things bug me, which is probably why I wanted to become a columnist in the first place and get stuff off my chest.

So in that vein, I thought I would take this opportunity to write a cathartic column and list some of the things that are really irritating me today.

To start, I wish people would stop having meetings that don’t actually get anything done. And even more than that, I wish they would stop expecting me to attend these meetings. Most meetings are entirely unnecessary, but people who get paid to go to meetings don’t realize that. Just send me a list of what you need me to do and I’ll do it. But don’t make me sit somewhere for an hour and a half discussing it first.

I’m angry at how ugly our media is. The other night I walked into Blockbuster Video to see what was new. I started at the Z’s and worked my way down the alphabet, growing increasingly more desperate as the number of possibilities grew smaller and smaller. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw 27 Dresses, the very last movie on this alphabetical tour. Luckily, it ended up being kind of a cute. But why did I have to scour the entire store to find a fun movie? Why do we have to glorify the ugliness of life so much?

Speaking of ugly, I’m angry at people who wear t-shirts venerating mass murderers. Why do people like Mao? The man is the biggest mass murderer in human history, massacring one hundred million of his own people. And before anyone starts saying that the Americans kill people all the time, there is a big difference between people dying unintentionally in a war, and people being massacred by their own leaders. I’m angry that people don’t get that. If you don’t get it, then you must think Churchill was just as responsible for World War II as Hitler, and that’s just wrong.

Before we leave T-shirts, can I please put in a request that teenagers stop wearing Che Guevera ones? The man was Castro’s executioner. By his own admission he ordered the killing of several thousand, and murdered some himself, including some as young as fourteen. Would you wear a Paul Bernardo T-shirt? A Timothy McVeigh T-shirt? A Muhammad Atta T-shirt? Then stop wearing Che ones. Just because he’s a communist doesn’t make him cool. It makes him evil. Learn more about the guy before you wear him on your chest.

I’m also ticked that my RRSPs have plunged, and my parents’ RRSPs have plunged, even though we were doing everything we were supposed to do. I know stock markets have their ups and downs. I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is a financial crisis caused by imbeciles who work in banks and imbeciles in the American Congress who decided that giving out dumb loans was a smart thing to do. I may not have an economics degree, but even I know that qualifications for loans should include more than “can I see your welfare slip and your note from your parole officer?” And I’m angry they won’t go to jail for plunging the world into this crisis, where the poorest will be hit the hardest.

I’m angry that we can have an election and barely talk about the real issues. We tip toe around the stuff that’s really important and never really say what’s on our minds, in case people might disagree with us. No wonder so few people voted! Maybe if someone opened up their mouths and said what he or she was really thinking, more people would have realized that politicians are real people, too. Instead, they seem far removed, and they all have really bad hair.

Other than that, I’m pretty happy. I wish more people would take responsibility for their actions, and be good to their families, and I’ll keep hammering those points home. But now that I’ve got these ones off of my chest, I can breathe a sigh of relief, and wait until next week when something else is sure to bug me again.


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4 Comments:

At 12:09 PM , Blogger Tracye said…

Very well said!!!

 

At 1:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

"What I’m not fine with is a financial crisis caused by imbeciles who work in banks and imbeciles in the American Congress who decided that giving out dumb loans was a smart thing to do. I may not have an economics degree, but even I know that qualifications for loans should include more than “can I see your welfare slip and your note from your parole officer?” And I’m angry they won’t go to jail for plunging the world into this crisis, where the poorest will be hit the hardest."

Agreed!! And still the socialists argue, "But we WERE helping the poor people! We gave them loans for houses so they could have 'the dream!'" Ugh. I was only wisecracking when I told my partner I could retire in 40 years "unless Obama redistributes my 401k too," but now I am already hearing rumors that one of his financial advisors is in favor of such a thing. My father is wisecracking that he's going to quit his job and go on welfare, because "that's where the money is." Yes we can joke, but there are definitely some things to be concerned about. But, no matter what happens with our earthly politics or economics, God is still on His throne and I'm trying hard to remember that and not be afraid.

~S

 

At 5:47 PM , Blogger Jennifer said…

I am so with you on the meetings that don't accomplish anything. It seems that people use them just to hear themselves talk. That aggravates me to no end.
Smiles!

 

At 12:29 AM , Blogger BarbaraLee said…

I find people so stupid to vote for a person for their looks. Most Americans don't even know what Obamas issues were. They seen a black man who is going to give them money. Obama was raised by his Muslim father. Who hate Americans? Thats right. What a way to destroy Americans. Money & abortion. And he is doing it w/his ways.

Oh by the way if some one wants to call me racist I wouldn't have voted for Hillary either.

 
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