Friday, August 3, 2012

Irony in the News

Just remember: these are the representatives YOU voted for.  And now, with little finished and lots left to do, Congress is taking a vacation.

When's the last time you took five weeks off from anything?  Unless you've just had a baby, probably not since middle school have you had a full five weeks off.  Granted, those elected representatives are probably kissing hands and shaking babies to build some currency with their constituents, but still...

My tax dollars are paying for the big gorgeous office, the expensive house in the DC Metro area, not to mention YOUR PAYCHECK (yeah, I'm talking to you, Fleischmann).  So get your ass back in there and get back to work.  I don't get five weeks off, and neither do you.  If you want my vote at election time, earn it by doing some ACTUAL WORK, not by wandering the bizarre gigantic congressional district and gladhanding the voters.

And another thing: before you guys ever vote yourselves another pay raise, first ask us, the people paying the taxes that are the revenue behind the raise, whether WE approve it.

When Chick-Fil-A's founder and head honcho, S. Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, stepped up to a mic and announced their support for traditional marriage, it raised one almighty ruckus.

As I said in a previous post, CFA is a privately owned company.  The Cathys can do what they want with it.  That includes using it as a bully pulpit, if they want.

But the thing about pulpits is that they usually have congregations.  Here in the Southeast in particular, that means lots of conservative Christians.  Our favorite CFA had to go to the nearby grocery store twice on Thursday, "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day," a grassroots support for the Cathys and for CFA.  They had to go to the store because they were out of bread for their sandwiches.  Sales were off the charts.

So even though CFA is in the news for something that isn't necessarily good - alienating an entire segment of the population - it's getting lots of coverage, and coverage means recognition.  And today is supposed to be "CFA Kiss Day," when gay couples go to CFA and make out.

What do you want to bet some are hungry and want a sandwich?  No matter how you slice it, CFA is riding this crazy train all the way to the bank.

Obama thinks he's discovered the linchpin to the 2012 election.  He says it's Virginia.  There's a good chance he's right, and I'm not certain that this is an ironic bit of news.  I'm just putting it here for future reference.  We'll know whether this was ironic in November.

Russia is calling for UN monitors to remain in Syria to help maintain their struggle toward a democratic government.  That whole sentence is ironic.  Russia fighting for anybody's democracy in any capacity is just weird to someone who grew up during the peak of the Cold War.

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