This is what someone posted on a FB group I’m in:
This was my response:
That is all.
Many of those countries have the same race issues as we do here, some much much worse. Therefore, “Hispanic” does not mitigate all possibility of racial bias, it just makes it… bilingual? Yes, people, we still have race issues in The United States of America. Everything that’s happened since 2008 serves as continual proof that we deny this simple fact.
It’s not that they had trouble believing George Zimmerman acted with depraved indifference toward human life, it’s that they found it so easy to believe Trayvon Martin did.
After watching everyone argue about “Man of Steel,” and remembering “Dark Knight” and “Dark Knight Rises,” I think I’ve figured it out.
"E = [W + (I/S)] • R]"
"Enjoyment Level = [Writer + (Inconsistencies/Willful Suspension of Disbelief)] • Resistance to Change"
W= Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David Goyer, or any combination of the 3.
I call it The “Goodman Theorem - A.”
I totally own this.
SCREW YOU, James Dolan, your forced trade for Melo still pisses me off. This is nothing against Melo as a player, or even as a human being, but the simple fact is he played chicken with the Knicks front office and he won. The move was excused with talk of “we gotta win now” but that’s complete and total bull. If you “gotta win now” why trade away almost your entire core of talent? A Galinari starting to come into form (because you can’t teach 6’10” with an outside touch, but you can teach him to play smarter D), A Wilson Chandler who was only getting better and had the right attitude, A young, fit, MOTIVATED Ray Felton playing the best ball of his career… Mozgov - well, really, I don’t know what he was ever going to become, or if. You then neutered your first All-Star/MVP Candidate/All-NBA Team Member (since Patrick Ewing) in Stoudemire AND stymied the development of an emerging Landry Fields AND took away the weapons who were starting to gel under D’Antoni - who, by the way, was the architect of an offense that was #1 in the league and had us RELEVANT for the first time in almost a decade. Think about that for a moment, almost a DECADE since any team even had to start to worry about playing NY. Garden was rockin’ - I know, like many of you I was there. But, okay, “we gotta win now, and screwing up our team chemistry in the middle of the season - even though this guy really wants to play here and is a free agent in a couple of months - that’s the best way to get us to a Championship NOW.” Bull, Dolan, you wanted to have an extra marquis name to justify hiking up your prices (only ONE of the reasons you’re scum). And do I even need to START to mention our draft picks? And you wonder why Donnie Walsh suddenly “fell ill?” Tell me, James Dolan, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT??? Because, seriously, first you wanna build, then you wanna “win now,” I personally think you just want more money for coke and hookers. You haven’t given me a reason to think otherwise.
MELO - Let’s be real for a second: you wanted your extra $20 mil. Just admit it, it’s okay. But, you also wanted to be “the man” here, and that comes with some extra responsibilities. Guess what? Your coach wants you to move the ball AND move without it? You do it. All that crap about “coaches needing to adjust to players” is exactly that, CRAP. A coach can only do that when he can trust his guy 100% on the court, and you haven’t exactly done that, have you Melo? This isn’t about playing hard, everyone knows you do that, nobody questions that - well, maybe on the defensive end sometimes, right? Look, all I’m saying is this: Russell gave himself to his coach’s system, so did Magic, so did Bird. Jordan learned to play the triangle well before he won anything and, hell, Kobe learned to do it TWICE plus learned how to defer when necessary. That “Big 3” in Boston? They took less money, and became completely beholden to their coach in order to win. And Lebron, someone who I could go off on for days for any number of reasons? He, Wade, AND Bosh all took less to give themselves a chance at immortality with that team I can’t stand. Oh, and the Spurs? They are ALL ABOUT THE SYSTEM. But you, even at your own admission, couldn’t be troubled enough to fully commit yourself to what your coach was doing, then showed you could have been doing it all along after he was gone! So, what, you didn’t wanna give it a chance? And this year, with the coach you preferred? Solid MVP campaign to start, but - despite winning your FIRST scoring title and finishing third in MVP voting - you regressed. I don’t know if it was fatigue from a long year starting with the US Team (for whom you played your heart out, showing assistant coach D’Antoni game you NEVER showed him during the season), but you regressed. So here’s my question for you: WHAT do you WANT? If it’s all about winning, then give yourself over to your team and coach. We all know what you can do, so DO IT. And do the things you NEED to do even more. You got your extra money, so why not?
In the space of about one week, I’ve seen the following used by people (ADULTS!) attempting to win online arguments:
Someone posted a picture of an attractive woman doing cosplay, and all I could comment was “Wocka, Wocka, Wocka.” Now I think I should say that WHENEVER I meet an attractive woman, or even just happen upon one in passing. But I think I need to say it like this
People wanna post pics of one of the dead suspects all over, claiming “that’ll show’em.” Yeah, I remember when we plastered photos of Saddam’s sons blown apart in the rubble from an explosion all over the print and tv media. Because of that, evildoers the world over vowed never to be like that again, and everyone learned a valuable lesson, and everyone felt instantly vindicated and awesome. Good times.
Internet bloodlust serves nobody except the “internet tough,” who are slightly more pathetic than the “phony tough.” Leave the gore to the movie professionals.
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Items 15 & 16: "The Congress shall have Power To… (15) provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions… (16) provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress"
Article II, Section 2: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States"
2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Okay, so I’m no “Constitutional Lawyer” or anything, but I can read, and have the startling ability to comprehend complex sentences. Those articles in the Constitution seem to CLEARLY define what a “well regulated Militia” is, and what it’s for. The 2nd Amendment seems to just guarantee the Militia and its members have a fundamental right to be armed.
So, why is it that nobody ever talks about that part, when extolling the virtues of the 2nd Amendment? Furthermore, why is it that nobody acknowledges, whilst stockpiling their own personal armories, their complete and total failure to have lived up to the part of the Constitution that explains the Militia is there to serve as an emergency branch of our Armed Forces?
And THAT’S why the Gun Lobby bothers me so much, it’s the manner in which they’ve managed to cherry-pick from the Constitution, mix in some hollow words like “Liberty,” “Tyranny,” and “Freedom” to make catchy slogans, and consistently get anyone who can’t voice their own argument to help those slogans spread like wildfire. It’s just… cheap, is all. Really effing cheap.
And to the people insisting on making the “why don’t we outlaw cars/knives” argument? Shut up, just shut up. You know exactly how ignorant you sound and, yet, you still insist on spouting such nonsense. CARS were created as a means of transportation. KNIVES were tools long before they were weapons. What were guns, again? Look, guns were invented for one reason: to make killing easier. Anybody who keeps guns that aren’t issued to them for their work keeps them for one of three reasons: 1) they think they’re cool instruments, 2) they love the rush from firing one, or 3) they don’t want to feel powerless in a given situation. Stop deluding yourselves that it’s something other than that.
That’s what this inane argument has been over, weapons for detached murder and our feelings of entitlement to have as many as we can get our hands on - without the need to be held accountable.
I don’t want people to misunderstand my argument as some sort of “anti-gun” stance, because it isn’t. I like guns just fine, I actually think they’re pretty damn cool. I’ve just never seen the need to own one. I’ve had enough of them pointed at me to know I prefer to have little to do with them. I also understand their ability to make people “phony tough,” and that’s just something I have no use for.
That being said, here’s the “gun control” I want. Stop people from anonymously buying them, Stop them from getting into the hands of gang members and psychopaths, and Stop letting private organizations neuter the law enforcement bureaus we’ve tasked with protecting us.
So, yeah: if you’re so gung-ho for your guns, get off your butt, and get your state/federally sponsored Militia up and running, and be ready to both take and protect lives when you’re called upon. Otherwise, your argument is cheap and weak.