Posts from January 2013

Friday night in Sparkle City
It's Friday evening in Spartanburg, if you hadn't already figured that out. After freezing rain and sleet all day, the roads are pretty bad in a lot of places and everyone is home trying to keep warm on the coldest day we've had all winter. It is what it is.
I left a bottle of Jack Daniels in the toolbox on my truck. I don't have much use for tools at the moment, but I have some ideas in mind for that bottle of whiskey.
There's only one thing that could get me out of this house right now and she ain't calling. Here's to the night, the ice and the smile on my face I can't quite explain. Y'all be careful. Stay safe. And Rob Ianuario has your back if it ever gets too hairy. He's good at that.
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Gun Control - Where's the discussion?
We are really, really dumb. It seems to me that America's primary forum for political discourse is now Facebook. It makes sense because dumb people are way more into politics than smart ones. The only smart people into politics are the politicians. Everybody with yard signs, car stickers and tooooo much time devoted to the cause...they just need a hobby. Especially the other 3 years of the cycle. Or maybe they just enjoy misery. I'm sure some of them just enjoy misery, but most of them need a hobby.
Facebook is where gun control is playing out! The argument! The argument where no one listens to the other side. Or responds to the other side. Or talks to the other side.
In case you're one of these people, I'll give an example of how a discussion goes.
You: Look, I feel this way about this.
Me: Well it is too bad you feel this way about this. Hopefully we can ease your fears and find some middle ground because I disagree with the way you feel about this.
You: I kinda think we should do this.
Me: I don't agree with that. I think we should do this.
You: Well I don't agree with that, but how about this?
Me: At least we're making progress. Not quite. How about this?
Eventually, you get a result out of that. Eventually you get results out of discussing anything. As long as you're an adult discussing something with an adult. Facebook gives us the opportunity to be mean and hateful and really lose the argument. So does Twitter. TV news. The internet in general.
Meanwhile, we are allowing politicians to do exactly as they wish because, as usual, they are smarter than the people they're playing like puppets.
I guess what I am getting at is pretty simple. Stop being childish and ignorant. If you see someone doing it, stop them from doing it too. Negativity only breeds more negativity. Remember that next time you're being a jerk just because he can't punch you over the internet.
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Death Pools!
Death pools are a pretty morbid concept. We brought ours back to the show this year and I enjoy it, but at the same time I realize what it is we are doing and I have some internal questions about it.
Then I thought about the texts people send us wishing death upon us when they've disagreed with us. Its a regular occurance at 72341 when we discuss certain things.
The only thing I can gather from this is that we are living in a negative time and place. Not really a mystery there if you ask most people.
Our death pool is just a reflection. Most anything we've ever done to offend anyone has been a reflection of the world in one way or another. It may be getting under some skin because the truth, or a vague reflection of it, can sometimes suck. So we root for old people to die?
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