Four for $10; hot damn!
I don’t know why I bother engaging people in debate expecting some form of rational argument. The most recent example is of an individual that decided that Amurricans should speak English and “follow our laws” (meaning stop trying to come here in search of a better life already it’s not like we’ve been perpetuating this notion of the American Dream or anything for the past 200 or so years).
I kindly pointed out that by the way, “those people” do the jobs you would NEVER do for no benefits and they are not taking your jobs and isn’t it Christian to want to better the lives of the less fortunate? The result was a diatribe about how agnostics and atheists are destroying America.
If I had the option to drink some rum with McNuggets, it may actually motivate me to buy McNuggets!
Think of a chain like a Panera Bread. I could get wine and wifi with my bread bowl of cheesy potato? Why the hell not?! Honestly, what I think this country needs is more (responsible) drinking*
*This may or may not be attributed to my own documented love of lady liquor.
If I have to see one more annoying Facebook/ Twitter/ whatever post about “Why oh why is it wrong for Americans to be proud of their country?!” I am going to invent the matter energy transporter and transport myself to their exact location for the sole purpose of slapping them in the face.
Recently, I have joined the glorious beta community that is Pottermore. If any Tumblr folk should be inclined to want an additional Internet friend as we destroy our cauldrons and navigate through our treacherous adolescence all over again in a magical setting, my username is HazelFloo8.
He is. And I almost deleted my post for just that reason. But I decided to leave it, because his argument still falls down, in my opinion, and as the long post that I didn’t get around to reblogging argues, he’s wrong about it being about religion. Instead it’s a gross disregard for consistency of values and of selective reading and application to serve the need to control everyone else.
I also almost took it down because a lot of the Evangelical and ultra-conservative Protestants in this country are also convinced Catholics aren’t Christian and/or worship the devil. (This one really blows my mind.) But again, left it, because I feel like having a concrete example of another country that totally ruins his argument is beneficial.
Italy is far more politically and socially dysfunctional that the US, and in many respects far more conservative, yet they have legal abortion that is not a constantly contested nor protested issue (yet IVF is illegal? idk either…) Yet, the country does NOT have the death penalty, not in spite of it’s religion, but precisely BECAUSE OF it’s religion. Though the original ban was actually the work of a non-religious Humanistic politician (Beccaria), nonetheless, the Catholic Church, as BricksandMortar pointed out, is majorly anti-execution, and would do everything in its considerable power to prevent the institution of a death penalty.
Anyways, my basic point is that he’s blaming everything on religion again, instead of looking at the deeper nuances of the issue, and I was throwing out an example of a country where his argument falls down, to facilitate an understanding of his sort of crass partiality on this argument. The death penalty in the US goes far deeper than our status as “the most religious of the modern western nations.” (This is an observation I think I am on board with, but am hesitant to fully throw my weight behind, given how many people lie about their religious beliefs in surveys because of the sever stigma against atheism or agnosticism in this country.)
That’s one of the things that aggravates me about Hitchens. His religion arguments are sound UNTIL he blames everything on religion. If you ascribe to the belief (as Hitchens himself does) that humans created God, then the flaws in our judgement and the injustices we perpetrate against each other are rooted in basic human behavior and socialization and are not the sole result of religious interference.
Pottermore has more “over demand” messages than Twitter’s Fail Whale. And considering that this thing is still in beta, it’s something they MAY want to fix.
The reading demographic of Jezebel must have really changed.
When posting a list of retail worker gripes gets comments like:
- If you hate customer service so much, DON’T DO IT.
- Do us all a favor, and don’t work retail if…
“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s people working retail who have this smug attitude toward their customers. “
AAAAAGGGGHHHHH. It’s not a smug attitude; it’s the employee having interacted with so many customers to the point that they become pretty proficient at reading them.
These people are just like the assholes who complain about tipping standards. My theory is that many moons ago, people had live-in servants. Now since that practice has become more uncommon, they instead look for the “service” experience in the PUBLIC sectors of retail and in foodservice, and get upset when their entitlement hits them in the ass.
Agreed. As God as my witness, I’ll never be sane again!