If you don’t know the difference between the USA and countries like Iran, or you think somehow that people all over are inherently good and all the same, you need to wake up. I mentioned in a recent post how brutal some cultures and countries still are, citing the impending “stoning to death” of an accused adulteress in Iran.
If you need another example of how horribly backward and violent Iran is, read on. Iran held elections in 2009 that were of course rigged in favor of the ruling class. Eight days after the election, an innocent bystander named Neda Agha-Soltan was murdered in the street. This is a pretty graphic video, so don’t watch unless you’ve got a strong stomach.
Normally I’d embed the video into the posting, but in this case I’m posting the link to YouTube instead, so no one will see the images by accident.
A quick summary: A 42-year old Iranian woman is accused of adultery. She’s lashed 99 times, and finally confesses. Later on she recants and denies the charges. There were no witnesses, and yet she was still found guilty. Now she’s going to be stoned to death.
Yes, STONED TO DEATH. She’ll be buried up to her chest in the ground and people will throw sharp rocks at her until she’s dead. The rocks can’t be too big – wouldn’t want to kill her too quickly. The whole point is to make her death slow and painful.
Just when you think you’ve heard everything, the bloated federal government sets new standards for stupidity. Apparently the EPA has classified milk as an oil (because of it’s fat content) so they can regulate it under the Clean Water Act. That means more rules, more regulations, and higher costs of production. Dairy farmers over a certain size would have to pay for things like Spill Prevention plans. Higher productions costs pushes small operators out of business and it raises prices for consumers. That’s hardly what we need right now with unemployment sky-high and the government spending what money we DO have like it’s going out of style.
Let me start by saying that I by no means have perfect grammar, and undoubtedly there are phrases or words that I use incorrectly. Even though, I notice when other people say things that don’t make sense to me. Lately it’s been the word “literally”.
It seems like everyone around me is throwing “literally” into their sentences. The odd thing is, the sentences are already literal. The only time it makes sense to say “literally” is if otherwise the meaning would be interpreted figuratively. It turns out that I’m not the only one who noticed this. A quick Google search found multiple references to the mis-use of this word.
Another phrase I’ve heard mis-used many times is, “I could care less”. That would mean that it were possible to care less, which means that I care somewhat. The proper term is, “I couldn’t care less”, which means that no matter what, I care so little that it is impossible for me to care any less.
It may seem like a small thing, and I’m sure people will think I’m just being picky. To me it’s important to be correct and to be understood.
I wrote a short piece a few days ago about my experience at a local restaurant drive-through and the nose-piercing that greeted me there. Well, I didn’t get moving fast enough this morning to make breakfast at home, so I found myself in the same drive-through again. Luckily, this time the line was short and so was the wait.
No piercings at the window! But wait…. instead of piercings, this girl had tattoos. Now, I’m not against tattoos on principle. I think a tasteful tattoo in a discreet is okay. A small flower, heart or butterfly on a girl’s ankle or shoulder can be kinda cute. However, this girl was sporting a ring of letters around her left wrist, in a band about an inch wide. I’m not sure what it said, and I really didn’t care. She also had something on her right inside forearm. I’m assuming if she had two out in the open she probably had others.
The first thought that popped into my head was, “Good luck working for minimum wage the rest of your life.” She could smart and a hard worker, but if she goes into an interview with a tattooed wristband of words, she’s going to get put at the bottom of the pile. Is that fair? Maybe not, but the reality is that people for the most part do not react well to things like piercings and tattoos. Employees are the face of of a business, and no business owner is going to hire someone to represent their company if they think that will tarnish their image.
A few days ago I was in Walmart and saw a young woman with a bunch of blue stars, around 6 or 7 about 1/2 inch tall each, tattooed to her temple just behind her left eye. I’m sure she’s destined for greatness.
I’m in the drive-through of a local fast food establishment this morning, waiting patiently (or not) for the fast (slow) line to move forward. Normally this particular restaurant is reasonably quick, which is why I chose it. A similar restaurant on the other side of town is always slow regardless of the time of day or what I order. Sometimes I think I should just ask them what’s on the warmer and tell them, “I’ll take that!”.
Anyway, today as I pulled up to the window, I was greeted by a young female employee. I couldn’t tell you whether she was tall or short, fat or skinny, blonde or brunette. All I remember is the nasty nose piercing that she was sporting. I suppose it could have been worse – a nose ring or lip ring or something even more hideous, but the stud through the top part of one nostril was bad enough. Whenever I see a nose ring, I always imagine how dirty they must get. It’s like a little snot-collector. It’s also WAY too close to my food.