Wednesday, December 21, 2005


The end of AARP

My two-year subscription to AARP has finally lapsed! Whew! I hate their monthly rag, which should have been called "(old) People". All it does is glorify hollywood and the NY glitterati.

As if I care what Susan Sarandon thinks about anything! I used to like her acting, but then she began to play off her acting fame to advance her left wing radical issues, and all of the hollywood illuminati jumped on the bandwagon as if her opinion was more valuable than say, mine! I noticed that AARP has slowly begun to juvenate itself. We see more and more idolatry of 45 year old hollywood has-beens and wannabes. A recent list of 10 most influential people included 3 under 50. Aren't there a few more people over 55 who are doing something useful? But it was AARP's stand on the 2004 election that finally got my ire. Where did they get off shilling for kerry? Better that they had kept their focus on retired people...

Now that I'm on a roll, here are a few more kvetches:

Why does Morning Star Farms package its fake sausage patties in oversize boxes? In a box big enough to hold a dozen patties, they pack only 6.

Why don't computer monitor manufacturers list the actual screen size (viewable width by viewable height) of their monitor screens? I have a 19" CRT. But NOWHERE in any of its literature and specifications is there any mention of the fact that it is really only 18" diagonal, with only a 14.5" x 10.5" viewable screen. So, last week I bought an HP 21" wide-screen LCD monitor from BestBuy, which turned out to be only 18" x 10.5". Not that much different from my existing monitor; so I returned it. (I've since ordered a Dell LCD monitor that is 20.5" x 12.75" - a major improvement in size, and about the same cost as the overhyped HP unit.)

Why do all the new cars have fog lights in the bumpers? Of course everyone who has them feels like they have to use them all of the time. Trouble is they usually only add to the dazzle for oncoming drivers. Especially when they are replaced by amateurs who don't take the time to aim them DOWN at the road. It's not as if you really need them except in fog. But it makes you cool, I guess.

Why do drivers think it's OK to pull out onto the highway right in front of you, gradually pick up speed to about 35 mph, and then after a while slow way down before turning off the highway a few miles down the road? Seems like they could try to be courteous to the oncoming traffic moving at 55 mph or more, and not make them have to slam on their brakes and creep along behind them before they finally turn off.

Why do people think nothing of poking along on a 65 mph two-lane highway (no snow, ice or water on the road, no wind - in other words, for no good reason) for 10, 20, even 50 miles; with a dozen cars following behind? Nobody can get around him. The guy knows what he's doing, yet he deliberately passes up every opportunity to pull over and let everyone by.

Why don't the TV news hosts challenge their talking head guests who come on their shows and proceed to spout out their preprogrammed talking points? The host(esse)s ought to insist they say something original, something not on their daily pushpoint sheets from party central. I really don't care that guest G... X... can outshout guest M... Y... , if all that either of them says is the same exact thing the previous talking heads parroted half an hour earlier. These hosts should take some training from Bill O'Reilly in how to push their guests beyond the spin. It's usually worse in the morning shows.

Why do the politicians in DC act like their only job is to try to turn the electorate against their opponents? It's reached the point that no one can say anything honest or straightforward anymore without immediately being derided and belittled by the other side. Harry Reid, Howard Dean, and Nancy Pelos!, along with that fat old gasbag Kennedy, are among the worst. The demos are particularly evil these days; but the repubs also did it to Clinton every chance they got. Maybe I'm too biased against the demos, but I'm getting pretty sick of it. (And, I am glad that Bush is finally fighting back.)

Why is every controversy couched in the terms "The War on ..."? Lately it's the War on Christmas, before that it was the War on Drugs, War on Poverty, etc. Unfortunately, with all these virtual wars, it's not surprising that people don't really believe or care that we're in a real War, against Terrorism. I think this has added to the general complacency and negativity. It doesn't help that at the same time we're trying to defeat worldwide terrorism, we're trying to end a proxy terrorist war in Iraq by handing off the responsibility for fighting their local terrorists to a novice Iraqi army.

Why does every store and radio station feel compelled to blare out all those inane muzak-xmas-songs at us? (It reminds me of walking down a city sidewalk in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, with all the shops blasting music into the street from huge speakers in front of their shops.) I really have no problem with xmas. I don't agree with those who say it should not be religious, although personally that part means nothing to me. I'd almost be willing to cross over to ACLU's side if it would mean radio stations and stores would stop playing that crappy music. What's funny is that a lot of those rehashed old xmas songs are sung by the same hollywood/NY hasbeens who so avidly support the left's campaign against christmas.


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