The GOP Way? Incite Violence.

This is ridiculous.

“Prominent conservative media critic Dan Gainor has offered $100 to the first member of Congress who punches “smary [sic] idiot” Alan Grayson (D-Fl.) in the nose, reports Media Matters. When fellow conservative Jim Geraghty responded (via Twitter) that Gainor should offer that $100 to Grayon’s opponent instead of “financ[ing] violence,” Gainor tweeted that he was joking, although he would “love to see the video.”

The outburst was prompted by comments that Grayson made on the House floor last night regarding unemployment: namely, that Republican lawmakers are “taking food out of the mouths of children” and “trying to revive the America of desperate straits and cheap labor” by blocking the passage of legislation that would extend unemployment benefits. Gainor tweeted that Grayson is “a caricature of a Congressman,” in addition to offering cash for a physical assault on him.

Gainor is the vice president of the Media Research Center, a $6 million-a-year organization that has been praised by Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Newt Gingrich, and he is often cited, interviewed and otherwise taken very seriously by Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander.

But Grayson is not one to back down from a media brawl. He told HuffPost: “I think he’s overlooking something important: I punch back.””

I wonder how this is even acceptable (or if it is acceptable) to anybody. Sure, there have been people I wanted to punch in the face, or at least see a video of them being punched in the face, but I have never considered paying someone to punch them for me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a lot of money–at least not enough to burn by paying someone to inflict violence on someone else for me. What makes this whole thing even more preposterous is that this douche-hole Gainor essentially out a hit out on an ELECTED OFFICIAL. Sure, it’s not a death hit, but it is a hit nonetheless–literally in fact.

How can this guy get away with it? Is it because he said it “was just a joke?” So, we can make outlandish claims, or offers to people, but it’s okay as long as we say we’re joking? What are we twelve? This behavior is unacceptable and it boggles my mind that there hasn’t been more of an uproar concerning the bounty. And don’t kid yourselves, it IS a bounty, and it should not be allowed or accepted. Say what you want about Grayson, or any elected official for that matter–it is our constitutional right to do so–but don’t go around inciting violence and offering bounties on people.

Sure, right now it’s 100 dollars for a punch in the face, but it has the potential to escalate into something much worse and more dangerous, like 100 dollars to abduct someone to put a good scare in them, or whatever. The point is, the slope is slippery and actions like Mr. Douche-Hole Gainor’s just add grease to it, thereby making even more slippery and hard to navigate.

I truly hope that there are enough sensible Goppers out there (I know there are, I just wish they would come out of wherever it is that they are hiding) that see this despicable “joke” for what it is, a thinly veiled call for violence against a duly elected official.

Again, all I can really say is mind boggling.

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A Little Bit of Craziness From my Hometown

I was reading this blog and I came across something surprising and scary. One might even describe it as shocking. I won’t, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who would.

Here is what I found: Groveland man involved in shootout. This caught my attention because Groveland is my home town, and it is a very small town–the sign says population 1,500, but the place seems even smaller than that. Fortunately I do not know this nut (or at least I don’t think I do) but I would be willing to bet money that someone in my family does, and I am not a gambling man. In a town that small, how could they not?

It is plain to see that this man has problems–he’s a twice convicted felon and he’s unemployed, not a good combination. Also, he apparently is a violent person who was on his way to do something violent, if the guns and body armor are any indication anyway.

I understand that he is upset and worried about the United States of America and the direction it is taking, but his actions, and possible planned actions, are inexcusable. Shooting at police officers? Unacceptable. I don’t care if some cops are crooked, or like to abuse their power, they are public servants and they are there to protect us. Protect us from what, I hear some of you asking, well, to protect us from people like Byron Williams, for example. And besides, not all cops are corrupt or on a power trip. In fact, I would be willing to wager that most cops are good people who have chosen a dangerous line of work so that the rest of us can exist in relative peace.

Byron is worried about the country. That is good. There is nothing wrong with it, and in fact we should all be worried about the United States of America. Between what BushCo started and what ObamaCo is continuing (wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, operating Gitmo, just to name a few things) there is major cause for concern. However, going out and killing a bunch of people is not the answer–unless those people are terrorists because well, you know, they’re terrorists!

It is easy to feel powerless and like you don’t have a voice, especially when you are unemployed, and unable to find employment because of something on your record that tells employers you would be a risky hire (something like bank robbery, for instance), but that doesn’t mean you should go out and start shooting people. There has to be a better solution–start your own company–do work for friends–donate to the sperm/plasma/blood marrow bank and get cash that way. There are all kinds of alternatives to grabbing some guns and getting ready to go out in a blaze of glory, taking as many of “them” (whoever they are) with you as possible.

It is important to note that the guns weren’t his (thank goodness for that), but his mothers. She kept them in a safe because she believes a revolution is coming, which is kind of a scary thought, especially considering it will probably come from people like her and her son–small town crazy people who are deathly afraid of what those libruls in the govmn’t are doing to their country, but who remain ignorant of the fact that it is not just the government (both parties) that is ruining things for them, but also bankers and corporations. They rally against those in power and complain about job losses to places like China, but then they shop at Wal-Mart and other places who get most, if not all, of their items from places like China so that their products can remain cheap.

Living in a democracy it is important that people be concerned/involved in/ and informed about what their government is doing, and it is our jobs to watch them and hold them accountable, however; that does not mean inciting or being driven to violence. It is our civic duty to be involved in the process, but being involved in the process should not include grabbing a gun and going out to shoot cops, government officials, or anyone else for that matter.

Funny Comments

A while back I wrote a semi-review/reaction to “The Lovely Bones.” You can read it here, if you want.

Well, the other day someone left a comment on the post. Actually, he left three comments, the first one was posted at 7:41 am July, 4th, and the third one was posted at 7:43 am, July 4th. That’s right, he left three comments in three minutes, and it is awesome to see the progression of his anger because he is (or at least appears to be) extremely upset about my interpretation/viewing/review of the movie.

Here are the comments he left, in case you didn’t click on the link that took you to the post about the movie.

Comment number 1:

Nick wrote: You obviously have no good tastes in movies because this movie was brillant. I don’t cry in movies and this one almost brought a tear to my eye and thats saying something.

Comment number 2:

Nick wrote: You know how many young girls were probably put in similar situations in real life that the Salmon girl went through? I’m guessing quite a few so i find it disrespectful that you make a mockery of a deep movie such as Lovely Bones.

Comment number 3 (My personal favorite):

Nick wrote: Asshole

Now, I could not let these comments go without a response, but I did not want it to be an emotion filled response. This is the internet and people are going to write would be hurtful things (but just to be clear, I was not hurt or offended by any of his comments–I was entertained by them and found them to be quite recalculous) and I can deal with that. However, that does not mean I have to stoop to calling people names. I am more clever than that, so while my reply may be a tad sarcastic and over the top it is relatively free from name calling, and curse words.

Anyway, here is my reply to his comments, and no, I haven’t heard back from him since, and I kind of doubt that I will.

Unrulytravller wrote:

Oh Nick, you obviously have delicate sensibilities and I am sorry to have offended them. Really. I do, however, find it difficult to believe that you don’t cry during movies when you are obviously a very emotional person. I bet you cry every time some extra in a war movie dies as a result of collateral damage because you have nothing but the utmost respect for the millions and millions of innocents who have died as a result military action.

As far as my taste in movies is concerned, I could say the same to you because you liked a movie that I thought was a shit sandwich dipped into a pile of vomit and garnished with the carcass of an elephant who has been stripped of his ivory by poachers (oh no, am I being insensitive to elephants and their plight now?), but I won’t. Do you want to know why I won’t, Nick? because it is just your opinion that this movie was brilliant just as it is mine that it was a trite and boring piece of shit.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to whatever wise and profound comment you decide to leave next.

Gone for the weekend

I know I’ve been absent from blogging for a while, and after the two posts yesterday my three regular readers might be expecting me to start posting a bunch again.

Well…that will not be the case, at least not until the 7th of July, as I am headed to Rock for People for the weekend. There I hope to hear lots of good music, drink some beer, and generally have a grand ole time.

Happy fourth of July to all my American Readers. Be safe, and if you stumble drunkenly into a place that serves food, be it Pita Pit, McDonald’s or more of a sit down place, be especially nice to your servers–after all they are stuck at work while you are out getting faced.

Ninja Video is Gone

A long time ago I wrote a post about a streaming movie site called ninjavideo.net. Well, yesterday I read that they had been shut down by the feds.

Here is the story

I am truly sad to see ninja go, and I hope those responsible for running it do not get into too much trouble. I know my previous post about ninja was a little inconsistent and complainy,  but they were valid complaints. The issues I mentioned (missing videos, ridiculously long load times) were there, but what I failed to say in a follow up post (until now) is that they eventually most of those problems and they became less frustrations and more like hiccups in the system. And as much as hiccups suck, I can bear with them because eventually they will work themselves out.

Phara, Wadsworth, Ruffii, Afrika and everyone else who was a member of team ninja I hope that you do not get into too much trouble because of this, and I would like to thank you for all of your time, effort and hard work, and for allowing me to watch American television while I am living overseas. I read in an article yesterday that Phara said, “Oh my god, if NinjaVideo goes down,a thousand others will come up.”

I know this to be true, but I will always miss ninja, even if it did mess up sometimes and cause me some frustration. It was an awesome site with a ton of shows and a quick turnaround. If a show aired at 4am my time I could watch it as early as 430am, and no later than 7am.

You were awesome Ninja. Thanks again.

Hockey, Free Agency, and the San Jose Sharks

I am no expert on hockey. Sure, I like the game, and I can talk a little about strategy, and how the game is actually played. I have no real credentials, however. I am a fan who understands enough of the game to have a general conversation, but nowhere near enough to possibly understand the mess that is Free Agent Frenzy, but I do understand what I want from the off-season.  And what I want is simple: a prospective big time D man who can play at home defense.

My knowledge of D men is even more limited than my mediocre knowledge of the sport in general. To be sure, I enjoy the sport of hockey, but I have only really been following it for the past nine years or so. To say that I follow hockey is a bit inaccurate, though, because I really only follow the San Jose Sharks. I don’t care about any other team in the league. Yeah it fun to see highlights from other teams, but I’m not such a hard-core fan, but I do believe in supporting the hometown team–unless its the Giants or the Dodgers (but if i had to choose between the two it would be the Giants because they’re not the Dodgers)–so I follow the Sharks. I am not from San Jose, but I lived in Northern California , and the Sharks being the only NorCal NHL hockey team, I decided to be a Sharks fan.

Plus, sharks are just cool. Look at this picture and tell me I’m lying.

Anyway, to return to the point (I do ramble sometimes) I want the team in teal to end up with a solid defensive player who can play twenty two minutes or more a night (If you think that isn’t a lot, especially because they are on skates and can just glide you think wrong and I would thank you to shut up.) I don’t just want minutes, oh no. That would be too easy. If all I wanted was a body out there on the ice, it wouldn’t matter who was on the ice. For example, Brad Staubitz. Not only do I want a body that can play almost every night. Ideally he wouldn’t miss a game, but realistically that is just too much to hope for. These guys get hit wit pucks, sticks, fists, skates. They get smashed into boards and goalposts. And sometimes hey fall down for no reason, but maybe that song is reason enough to fall down–WITH LAUGHTER!

So we won’t be getting a guy that can play every game, but if he can play between 70 and 75 games where he clocks in around 25-28 quality minutes a game that would make me happy. And that is the thing, The Sharks not only need a defenseman who can log bug minutes, but who can make those minutes quality minutes. Dan Boyle is an excellent example of a d-man who logs big time quality minutes. He is a bit more offensive minded than defensive minded, in my opinion anyway (I am sure the numbers prove it, but I don’t really trust numbers, they’re tricky), and the team needs a more stay at home type. Sure, he can have some offensive ability, but I want him to be a big and solid skater. I want him to block shots, give hits, be able to take a hit, all the while remaining in position. I want a shut down man.

I want a bear on the ice. A Russian Bear. I didn’t know who this guy was until I read that article by Ivano M, but as soon as I had read it I knew I wanted the Russian Bear on the Sharks. It would combine two of the deadliest beasts on the planet and he would wreak havoc upon the league, unleashing his primal bestial urges upon unsuspecting opponents such as Tomas Holmström, Corey Perry, or Brian Campbell (I have to make that joke because I’m a Sharks fan, but I really harbor no animosity toward Campbell. How could I or anyone else after this:

Sadly, the Sharks were unable to sign the bear, but they did pick up a goal l know nothing about, but I do know I need to learn to spell his name, and it’s a doozy.

His name is Antero Niittymaki. It’s actually not that bad, but I think I will call him Mr. Tymaki, which I find hilarious because I like to think of it as a cross between Mr. T and Mr. Miyagi, a wise man who was prone to anger. I find this somewhat fitting because by all accounts Niittymaki is inconsistent. He’s a Dr. Jekyll Me. Hyde goalie. What Seinfled might call a two face.

And it is even more perfect because in the clip the back booth in the coffee shop is the only place she looks good, and this is just like Mr. Tymaki’s dominance over Atlanta, the one team he always plays consistent against.

The regular season is months away and the deadline is even further. I have confidence in Doug Wilson, despite the contract that shall not be spoken of until it proves worth it (and I don’t mean Nichol or the dude whose last name sounds like a jar of mustard.)

He has plenty of time to make a move and get a good solid d-man.

And until the trade deadline I wait with baited breath.

Go Sharks!