The Jury Talks Back

10/14/2009

This was brought up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 6:27 pm

I’ll admit that I’m not entirely aware of what’s led to this, but apparently twitter is abuzz with BS tonight.  Apparently, Meghan McCain posted a pic that showed a lot of bewb (hard for her not to, honestly, the gal is “gifted”), and folks started talking mean.  You know, like the Internet is wont to do.  Allahpundit got drawn into this, and she insults him flat out, and has in the past attacked his employer.  This guy, who’s about the only right-leaning person who staunchly defends her and tries to think well of her.

Her, who has done her best to make a name for herself by attacking her vastly better betters, using derogatory terms and plenty of vulgarity.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.  Hell, I do it all the time – it’s kinda my thing.  The difference is, I expect the backlash.  I don’t shy from it, and I sure as hell don’t bitch and whine when it comes.  Unlike Meggie Mac.

Now, Jake Tapper (one of the few real journalists left, and one of the VERY few people who report on Washington that I respect) is taking people to task for attacks on Meghan McCain.  One of the things he’s on about – maybe rightly, maybe not – is the cowardly nature of talking shit to people over the Internet.  Even saying “I’d say it to her face” is pretty empty usually, because most don’t use their real names.

Now, if there have been threats made, then I’d be the first person to step up and put down the jack-ass making those threats.  I don’t stand for that.  Hate someone all you want, but baring REALLY serious stuff, threats are not acceptable.  Flat out not cool.  Just like I’d kill with my bare hands anyone who tried to kill or injure the President.  There are limits.

That said…

I’m Scott Jacobs.  This is my real first and last name.  I don’t hide.  I’m right here, take it or leave it.  And I’m saying right now what I wish I could say to her face:  Miss McCain, you have no class.  You make your name by attacking people who have been established for years in the hopes that the controversy elevates you.  You insult, you mock, you demean and you profane.  You slap away a hand that has done nothing but  do it’s best to try and shield you from your own ignorance by holding back those who would display their displeasure with you.  You wouldn’t know about that because you care not one whit for anyone or anything besides yourself.

You have done nothing to help your supposed Party.  I’m not even a member of the Republican party, and I’m embarrassed that you’re a Republican.  You go after anyone with “street cred” in the hopes that being a raging, ignorant bitch gets you some of that respectability.  It has not, it does not, it will not.  You will forever remain in the eyes of many as nothing more than a spoiled, stuck up, rude, ungrateful bitch that has no idea just how big of a joke she is.

I am Scott Jacobs, and I would stand five foot back, hands behind me, and look you in the eyes (you know, that thing most guys don’t do, and which you count on to keep us XY’ers mollified) and say exactly that.

And then I would walk away, having wasted far more time on you than you were worth.

You used to be someone I thought was attractive.  A shame that you had to prove  the old saying “beauty is only skin deep”.

Water suppliers won’t get that pension increase

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 10:55 am

What a shame.

Instead, General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger sent employees a memo acknowledging that “in today’s uncertain global economic climate, this proposal does not enjoy broad enough support.

Translation: “Shit. This story got out, so we’re gonna have to ditch this.”

No thanks to those idiots at the LAT.

H/T to Glenn Reynolds

Holy crap, Captain Lou died

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 8:14 am

Resquiescat in pace, Captain Lou.

Today, not only has wrestling lost one of it more colorful characters (I remember all those rubber bands in his beard), but geekdom has lost an icon.

If you don’t know why, then watch this, and be humbled.

Shit like that got me through part of my childhood…

What else the “official” numbers don’t tell you

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 7:14 am

Ignoring the “phantom jobs” that the Labor Department has been adding (over 700,000 this year alone), there are cases like this.

He is now in the co-pilot’s seat in the 50-seat commuter jets he flies, not for any failure in skill. He wears his captain’s stripes, he explains, to make that point. But with air travel down, his employer cut costs by downgrading 130 captains, those with the lowest seniority, to first officers, automatically cutting the wage of each by roughly 50 percent — to $34,000 in Mr. Lawlor’s case.

After my previous employer got bought out by Bosch, there were many changes.  Some people were let go (but given many months notice, so they had a paycheck and time, so that was nice), but everyone took a pay-cut.  Everyone.  The President on down (frankly, the Pres should have been fired for being an idiot and having a direct hand in the need to sell in the first place, but what do you expect from a with just a GED – seriously, when I have a better education than the guy running the place, we have problems) took a cut.  I don’t know how much salaried people took in cuts, and it was likely different from person to person – you cut less from the people you need most, I would assume – but yeah…  Cuts…

While it is good to get to keep a job, when you have your pay cut drastically, or your hours slashed, it has an unseen impact.  When your earning power is decimated, you fall behind on things and/or your standard of living takes a massive blow.

The roughly 17% unemployment (if you calculate it like we did back in the 70’s) does not take into account the people who experience this.  If it did, I suspect we’re be looking at one fifth of the population.

Also, I loved this gem from the article:

He still thinks he will return to being the family’s principal breadwinner, although as the months pass he worries more. “I don’t want to be a 50-year-old pilot earning $40,000 a year,” he said, adding that his wife does not want to be married to a pilot with so little earning power.

If that is accurate, and not just what he thinks his wife believes, I have something to say to her…

“Fuck you, bitch.”

I swear to God, if my wife were to say something like that, I’d have divorce papers on her night stand the following evening.  My above words can not begin to accurately portray my anger and disgust towards her (and any spouse like that).  It isn’t like it was his fault – he didn’t ask for it.

It’s good to know she really took the whole “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer” thing seriously.


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