It should be clear by now that there are an awful lot of things that drive me nuts. My mindless rants are about 85% of the content of this site. I realize, though, that most of it is off the wall, pointless, unwarranted nonsense. That’s why I get so excited when something comes along that completely justifies my hatred. These are people and groups that have buried their message so deep under layers of madness and blind fervor that their lunacy is clear to anyone that isn’t drinking the Kool-Aid. Let’s look at a few, shall we?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. On the face of it, PETA seems like something I could get behind. I like animals, and I think they should be treated ethically. If that was the message they were trying to get across, I might donate some money. Here’s an experiment. Go to Google image search and type in PETA. Count the number of naked women. Women in cages. Women in plastic wrap. Dressed in demeaning costumes. The message I’m getting here is, “Respect animals, not women.” They throw paint on people wearing fur, which leads to fur-wearers to have to replace their fur coats, thus necessitating the anal electrocution of a few dozen more minks. I call that counterproductive. So I don’t have a whole lot of respect for PETA, but I do admire their inventive new ways of getting women to strip.
I’m not a Republican, which makes me a Democrat by default, I suppose. It works out pretty well for me, since most of media is made up of loudmouthed, self-righteous Democrats. As a Democrat, hearing their liberal piping is marginally less annoying to me than if I was a Republican. Then there’s FoxNews. These are the loudmouthed, self-righteous Republicans, and since they are outnumbered, they are spraying insanity at a breakneck pace to make up the difference. The best part, though, is that they aren’t very good at it. Well, that’s not true. Their insanity is top notch. They just aren’t great at making sure it is plausible or actually helpful to their cause. At more than one point in the past they have shown off footage of a sparsely attended event and spliced in crowd footage of a different, better attended one in order to make it seem more popular. And I don’t mean one from the previous day, or the previous week. We are talking months apart. Different wardrobe, no leaves on the trees in one shot and full foliage in the next. Did they get caught? OF COURSE! They’ve even accused other news networks of failing to provide coverage of events, then used shots from their rival’s supposed lack of coverage in ads decrying said lack of coverage! I should hate them just for making me say coverage so many times in a row. If you are going to try to gain my trust and respect, please, try to manipulate me just a smidgen less transparently.
This really isn’t a fair label I’m using. I know quite a few people who adhere to the fundamentals of their religions to the letter and are genuinely kind, understanding people. The ones I feel justified in hating her the bad ones. A better term for them would be religious extremists, or just extremists in general, but I find most of them like to apply fundamentalist instead. At least it includes the word “mental”, so that applies. These are the people who spend their Friday afternoons writing up signs that say “God Hates Fags” or “Pornography is the Devil”. I’m of the opinion that if God genuinely hated someone, I would never find out, because those people wouldn’t exist. Hate is a powerful emotion, and God is all powerful. If these people holding up these signs believe that He created heaven and earth in less than a week, what makes them think that even a whisper of hatred on his behalf wouldn’t simply unmake the target of His fury. Hell, the Incredible Hulk has no problem tearing things up when he’s moody. Surely God would do the same. He probably wouldn’t recruit a proxy to speak on his behalf, who in turn would recruit others to hold up signs and chant. The only useful information I’ve ever gleaned from people holding signs was traffic related, apartment related, or informing me what services the bearer will trade for food. If they wanted me to support their ethos, the least they could do is spin and flip the sign like those advertisers. Strangely, the same people who stand out in the rain to explain The Almighty’s opinions to passersby have a strong likelihood to be the kind of folks who aren’t, shall we say, classically educated. I guess a closed mind keeps out the knowledge, too.
I’m sure there are a few hundred more things that belong on this list, but I’ll leave it there for now. If you have any groups that you feel are deserving of a little ill feeling, leave a comment! Or maybe if you’ve got an interesting story about how hamburgers are murder, Obama is a Muslim, and God will smite me, then by all means, let me know. Just so long as you’re visiting.