If you think about it, T.G.I.F., or Thank God it’s Friday, is a depressing phrase.  It means that you dislike your occupation enough to cause celebration that the work week has finally come to an end.  Personally, I do not want to be in a position where I dread the start of a work week and celebrate the short respite the weekend offers.  That is a dreary existence and one that I want to avoid if at all possible.

Imagine this.  You have a job that is so enjoyable, so fulfilling, that you look forward to going to work on Monday morning.  You are excited by the prospects of being able to accomplish something.  Then Monday takes on a whole new meaning.  It is just the beginning of something you are looking forward to.  That sounds like a much more pleasant mindset.

How do you achieve such a thing?  That’s where it gets difficult, and in a way easy.  Every person must search out something that excites them, something that they so eagerly want to do they can’t imagine doing anything else.  Then, you have to figure out how to make money doing it.  What is that old saying?  If you do something you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.  So, go do something you love, and start proclaiming Thank God it’s Monday.

Police Lives Matter

If the title of this post got you excited, hold that thought.  This post is about to take a left turn.

One of the news articles that popped up on my phone today was an article on written by Todd Starnes.  The article is about some Walmart employees refusing to make a Police Lives Matter cake for a police officer’s retirement party.  If you would like, you can read the story here.  I gathered from the article that the employees refused on the grounds that they found the concept to be racist.  From that, I will operate under the assumption that the employees are likely black.  I could be wrong, but that seems a safe bet.  If I am wrong, I apologize for being a racist and insensitive white guy from middle America.  Sue me.

Mr. Starnes wrote of being surprised that the employees were not fired for refusing to make the cake.  So he is obviously taking the side of the daughter trying to get a cake for her retiring father.  That seems to be a sensible position, because how could someone be against an assertion that Police Lives Matter.  I mean, police lives really do matter.  But here’s the thing.  The phrase Police Lives Matter is a direct challenge to the Black Lives Matter organization.  It trivializes a movement that aims to protect the lives of a minority group.  While I understand the sentiment behind the phrase Police Lives Matter, I cannot help but to say those Walmart employees are absolutely correct.  They had every right to refuse to make that cake.  I applaud them for standing up for their convictions.  It takes courage to stand up to your boss and say no when there is a real possibility of being fired for it.  Kudos to the Walmart employees.

That being said, Walmart should have fired them on the spot.  Walmart is a huge corporation, and they cannot have employees dragging their name and brand into political issues that they cannot win.  No matter which side Walmart takes, they alienate some segment of society that are potential customers.  Once those employees made that decision and it hit the news, Walmart could not win no matter what they did.  In this case, they tried very hard to take care of the customer and make the cake.  In the process, they possibly angered everybody that is sympathetic to Black Lives Matter.  They appear to be siding with a woman that some people will view as racist.  They could not win.

So, what about Black Lives Matter?  The news has been constant lately.  It seems that every week another story breaks that follows the same theme.  An unarmed black man is shot and killed by police officers.  These incidents are the reason the Black Lives Matter group exists.  All police agencies in this country need to understand something.  If you want the Black Lives Matter group to go away, stop killing unarmed black men.  It really is that simple.  It has gotten so bad that according to a Huffington Post article, three countries have issued warnings about travel to the United States.  This country is supposed to be a welcoming environment that is safe for all people.  That is no longer the perception some people have of us.

One thing I will not do in this post is list stories about unarmed, black men who have been killed by police.  Even if I limited the list to those that occurred in 2016, it would be too long for this post.  And that’s only part of the problem.  There is another side to the problem, and could be argued is much more important.  For so many years there has been an attitude within law enforcement that “We protect our own.”  It is important to know that you have backup in a stressful situation.  I understand that, but there needs to be a reasonable limit to that.  Covering for criminal activity is in itself a crime.  This Good ol’ Boy atmosphere in the police ranks no longer has any place in our society.  It is sad that the reason it is being challenged now is only because of squad car dash cams and officer body cams.  Until now there has never been proof when an officer acted outside the law and killed an unarmed person with no provocation.  Now we are seeing it weekly.  And much to the horror of the black community, the powers that be keep sweeping it under the rug.  They take a very long time to come to the decision that the officer acted appropriately when all the video evidence tells a completely different story.  What do you expect the black community to do when this happens.  They are the underdogs.  They are the marginalized.  They are  the powerless victims.  They are the ones that die.  Don’t be surprised when they stand up en mass and fight back the only way they know how.  This is the only way they can effect change in a broken system.  Who will listen to them if they petition lawmakers?  Who will take them seriously if they speak out?  It is only through the actions they are taking that they bring attention to the issue that is most important to them.  This is the only way they know to defend themselves from an armed adversary.So, what should the police do about this?

There is a good example of what not to do.  According to this article from CNN, North Carolina enacted a new law removing squad car dash cam footage from the public record.  In North Carolina, dash cam footage was considered public record, so it was available for scrutiny.  Not anymore.  This sends exactly the wrong message to these groups protesting police shootings.  If you do not have anything to hide, stop hiding the evidence.  The solution to the violent protests that are happening after the police shoot an unarmed, black man is not to hide the evidence behind some new law.  The solution is to STOP SHOOTING UNARMED, BLACK MEN!  Why is this so difficult to understand?  If you hide the video footage behind this new law, the black community will assume that you are guilty, and they will riot.  This law is not fixing anything.  It is perpetuating the Good ol’ Boy mentality that I wrote of earlier.

The best way to end this Black Lives Matter movement is to stop hiding the evidence.  Stop defending obviously guilty officers that kill any person without cause.  Release the unedited video in a timely manner so everyone can see what really happened.  Put the officers that are guilty of killing any person without just cause in prison.  The only thing that will end the Black Lives Matter movement is complete, honest, transparency.  Until that happens, they have every right to rise up against you.  Don’t act surprised when they do.

PS: I find it odd that I wrote such a liberal piece.  I mean, I am likely to anger more Republicans with this post than Democrats.  I don’t know that I like that, but it is what it is.  I created the Politically Incorrect category with the expressed goal of pissing off the Liberals and Democrats.  Unfortunately, with this post, I likely failed.  But stay tuned.  I’ll get back to my vast right wing conspiracies soon enough.

WTF Microsoft


Back In February, you started pushing advertisements through Windows in several ways.  The first I noticed was on the lock screen.  A small tile was offering me a suggested app for just a few dollars.  once logged in, while trying to launch an app, I noticed another advertisement in the start menu, also offering a suggested app.  Since you offered the Windows 10 operating system for free to so many people, I can almost understand how you could feel justified in generating ad revenue through advertisements.  If your user did not pay for the platform up front, you can try to make up some of that loss on the back end.  That almost sounds smart.

That is all fine and good, but I paid for this copy of Windows.  In fact, I paid a lot because I required the Professional version that opens up Bitlocker and allows marginal control over updates.  On top of that, I got the Retail version, not the OEM.  So I paid $189.98 at Amazon to get Windows 10 shipped to me on a thumb drive.  Then, so that I could put Windows 10 on a second computer, I bought a duplicate copy.  In that light, I took offense at advertisements being pushed in front of me.  So I did a few searches and learned how to disable those ads.  It was not difficult, but I should not have had to do it.  You know who bought the OS and who got the free upgrade.  You could very easily disable the advertisements by default on the paid for copies.

Last night, much to my amazement, an advertisement was again in my start menu.  This happened just after some updates were installed.  Seriously, how hard is it to retain user settings through an update?  This is not the first time my system has not retained settings through an update.  I very meticulously locked down all of the privacy settings and disabled Cortana.  I’m still not sure why I checked again at a later date, but I did, and they had been enabled.  Now I have to check them regularly just to make sure you have not turned those features back on.  It seems that you are up to your old tricks again.  This is why I do not have a Microsoft account, actively go out of my way to avoid getting a Microsoft account, and vow that never in my lifetime will I ever sign up for or into a Microsoft account.  I do not trust you, and you are giving me really good reasons not to.

It is completely unacceptable to alter a user’s settings through an update.  I find it offensive that you would enable advertisements on my computer after I specifically disabled them.  But it is especially egregious to alter the privacy settings.  You demonstrate no respect for me by dictating how I can use my computer.  You demonstrate no appreciation for the money I spent on your product by degrading my user experience.  It leaves me thinking of a specific posterior orifice I would like for you to insert this operating system into.

WTF Microsoft

Stranger Things

Stranger Things
Stranger Things

In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a peculiar incident starts a chain of events that leads to the disappearance of a child – which begins to tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community. Dark government agencies and seemingly malevolent supernatural forces converge on the town, while a few locals begin to understand that there’s more going on than meets the eye. ~ IMDB

This is one of the best shows I’ve watched in a really long time.  With each new episode, I am amazed at how good it is.  I keep thinking, How could it possibly get any better?  Then it does.  And to top it all off, this is a Netflix original series.  I thought that any show made by and for Netflix could not possibly be any good (House of Cards).  Wow was I wrong.  This show alone is worth the price of admission for a Netflix account.  It’s so unlike that other one.  The only down side, season one only has eight episodes, and I’ve already watched half of them.  They were all released at the same time on July 15th.  I only have four left before I have to wait for season two.  Given the July release of season one, I can only surmise that I will have to wait ten months for the second season to hit the net.  That is entirely unacceptable.

If you have not yet watched Stranger Things, stop everything and go watch it right now.  Seriously, stop reading this and go watch it.  Right now.

Male or Female, Man or Woman

CAUTION: The following text is politically incorrect.  I wrote it with the intent to piss off liberals and the politically correct.  If you find this offensive, good.  I accomplished my goal.  Please comment.  I would love to start up a wall of shame.

Several years ago I attended a college class on Sociology.  It was interesting and quite strange.  While I enjoyed the class, there were a few topics we discussed that I strongly opposed.  The one that I will focus on here has to do with Gender Identity and or Gender Traits.

The professor stated that the terms male and female were not the same as the terms man and woman.  The belief being that male is not synonymous with man or boy, and female is not synonymous with woman or girl.  She lectured that it is also possible to be a male woman, a male girl, a female man or even a female boy.  The terms male and female only apply to the physical parts of the body, that being man, woman, girl or boy is an identity independent of the body’s sex.  I hope that I have described her views fairly, so now I will get on with my rebuttal.

That view, being taught in schools all across the country, is the foundation for the entire transgender rights agenda.  What was once considered strange, or freakish, or just plain weird, is now being applauded.  It seems that the media and academia are falling all over themselves to remake the transgender into a normal and socially acceptable reality, no different than choosing a style of clothing.  Were you born male but wish you were a woman?  No problem choose a feminine name, put on a dress, call yourself a woman, and everyone is expected to go along with it because it would be wrong to hurt your feelings.  Were you born female but wish you were a man?  Same thing, nobody can say anything, because that would be hurtful.  Well, I reject that for what it is.  Bullshit.

If a person is born with a penis, that person is male.  That person is a boy.  That person will grow up to be a man.  If that person decides he wants to be a girl/woman, that’s fine.  He is totally free to identify any way he chooses.  That is none of my business.  The same goes for a female (girl/woman) who wants to be a man.  They can identify any way they choose.  It’s none of my business.  However, there is something that is my business, the terms of which I choose to describe these people.  I believe in free speech.  I am free to use the words I choose to describe these people.

So, what words will I use to describe a person born with a penis, no matter how they identify?  I will always use the male-specific pronouns for that person.  If this person chooses to put on a dress and change their name to a feminine one, that’s fine, but that person is still a male, a boy, and or a man.  It does not matter if this person gets a complete sex change operation in which the penis is replaced with a vagina.  That person was born male, so they will always be a man.  They will just be a man without a schlong.  You cannot change that.  Calling that person a woman, girl, or she is lying.  They are free to lie to themselves and the world all they like.  But I will not.  I will NOT participate in that lie.

And the same goes for any person born female that gets a penis sewn on.  That person is a woman with a schlong.  Calling her a man is a lie.  Even using the pronoun he is a lie, and I will not do it.  Kaitlyn Jenner is not a woman.  He is a man whose name is Bruce, will always be a man, and nothing will ever change that.  He may get his penis cut off, but that will not make him a woman.  He is an outlier.  He is not normal.  He represents a small percentage of the already minority group that is the LGBTQ community.  If anyone wants to call him a woman, that is their right.  If anyone wants to reference him with she, or her, that is their right.  If Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner wants to call himself a woman, he can.  But exercising my freedom of speech is my right, so I will not.  I will always refer to him as a man, because that is what he is.