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Ranty Friday.

So I’m feeling a bit better. Man, I read through those last few blog posts and kind of wanted to punch past me in the face. Seriously, people. I am not somebody that you want to spend a lot of time around at That Time™. Or I am if you like to punch people in the face. You know, if that’s your thing.

Apparently the kids at Penn State were all experiencing That Time™ too because that is the only thing that can explain rioting when a jackass like Paterno gets fired. It’s maddening, actually. When I heard this was going on, it made me sad for the World that these kids with their selfish, ridiculous decision making skills are the future.

Students chanted “one more game” – asking that the university to allow him to at least coach in the final home game of the season, at home to Nebraska Saturday, so fans could pay tribute to what he has accomplished. (Source: article)

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? This man did NOTHING when he realized that his long time friend and coworker was molesting minors and you are going to PROTEST because he was FIRED? He should have been fired AND arrested the minute this story became public and it SICKENS me that there is a group of people rallying behind this man.

Not that I really EVER think that protesting is okay. We live near Oakland, Land of the Idiot Protesters, where it seems like the normal response to hurt feelings is to loot and generally fuck up your local community. I’ve never understood how that’s an appropriate response:

I am mad that somebody hurt my community (like the recent verdict in the Oscar Grant trial) so instead of finding a way to BOOST the moral in my community, I’m going to light my neighbor’s car on fire, steal from the local business owners and beat up the police that are just trying to protect me.

MAKES SENSE TO ME!

Of course, I don’t think that ignorant tweets like this one from Ashton Kutcher helped the situation at all:

“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste”

Good article about the tweet and the backlash here. And an interesting follow up where his assistant basically makes a complete ass out of both of them here.

For the record, I’ve NEVER been a fan of how Ashton has basically deemed himself the King of Twitter. I’m sorry, and this will sound incredibly elitist, BECAUSE IT IS, but I (and most of my online friends) were on twitter for an entire two years before that jackass figured out it even existed. And honestly? It was better off BEFORE he did. I liked it when my stream was full of my favorite geeks talking about my favorite geeky things and nobody else “got it”.

HE didn’t make twitter big. Twitter made HIM big. Without it, he would not have the media reach he has today and actually, today he has a bit less of a reach. I unfollowed him after that tweet. Not just because of the tweet itself which was bad enough but because after he realized the enormous mistake he’d made, he blogged that he was going to turn his feed over to his “team” and I’m sorry, but that’s an incredibly coward move. Apologize for the mistake, take the backlash like a man and then move on. Running away and letting your peons handle your feed for you because you can’t take people not agreeing with your asinine opinion means you are probably too sensitive to be putting yourself out there like that online anyway.

The internet isn’t a place for people that don’t have the backbone to deal with people that disagree with you. If it was, I’d have been chased away years ago. And one thing that you should NEVER do is beg for followers (which he did OFTEN to have the biggest follower count) then turn around and abandon your “brand”. Apparently he doesn’t have this internet thing as figured out as he thought he did.

3 Comments on Ranty Friday.

  1. Dad
    Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I understand what you are saying about what is going on at many of the protests, but one should differentiate between a protest and a riot. Protest is a useful way to make sure that a message is getting out. You protest all of the time in your blog and on Facebook when speak out about the stupid things people do (like commit crimes and thus spoil an otherwise legal assembly.)

    Personally, I support the right the protests that are currently taking place to draw attention to the assholes that have run our economy into the ground while sucking every possible cent out of the suckers that feel for their scams. However, I’m against those who think that pitching tents in a city center, on a college campus or in a public park in violation of the law is ok, or feel that committing criminal acts of any kind is justified by their cause.

  2. Anna
    Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Yeah, I agree totally. I should have been more clear about protesting vs. rioting. I am 100% for the right protest in the case of the 99%ers, anti-war, etc. I mainly meant the stupid rioting that goes on when a verdict doesn’t go the way you wanted or a team loses a championship game.

    In my head, there was a difference between the two but it never made it out through my fingers. ;)

  3. Cori
    Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m going to be honest, I was pissed when Paterno was dismissed after he’d announced he was going to retire. But at that time I had kind of side stepped the scandal, not really having the time to find out anything about. I caught snippets on ESPN, thought that Paterno was being held accountable for the actions of his assistant coach, and was kind of pissed he was being punished for it. Then I read the grand jury report. I have no words to describe how disappointed I was. Paterno was an amazing coach, but a shitty individual. Also, Ashton Kutcher is stupid. What the hell is “volitile fotter”? Does the douche’s blog not have a spell check?

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