Friday, November 6, 2009

Rant #127: More Random Thoughts

Once again, there are a couple of subjects I would like to discuss which really don't deserve their own rant, so here goes:

Military Psychiatrist Allegedly Kills 12 In Assault at Fort Hood, Texas: It is bad enough that we feel the need to send soldiers to some of the most treacherous spots on earth to defend these wretched places, but when one of our own servicemembers decides to make a military base a war zone, you really have to sit up and take notice.

This guy obviously snapped when he heard he was going to be deployed, and isn't it ironic that he is a psychiatrist? I guess it takes one to know one.

The thing that I don't understand is that the government was well aware that this person might be a risk; he had posted some thoughts on the Internet that were being monitored. Why didn't they nip this thing in the bud and do something to prevent such a situation before it happened--and they were going to deploy this idiot yet!

I just don't get it. Sorry, I just don't.

Rihanna Reflect On Her "Selfish Decision For Love": Singer Rihanna, who was brutally beaten by her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, several months ago, said on "Good Morning America" yesterday that she still had feelings for Brown, but "When my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. ... "I could not be responsible for telling them 'Go back.' If Chris never hit me again, who's to say that their boyfriends won't kill these girls. ... I just didn't realize how much of an impact I had on these girls' lives until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me, big time."

No Rihanna, you are still asleep. This self-serving quote just goes to show that while she certainly didn't deserve the brutality that Brown inflicted on her, it is a good thing this girl can sing, because I wouldn't want her advising my daughter on male-female relationships.

Please, get your own house in order before you worry about others in the Rihanna Nation.

Obama Win Doesn't Help Many Democrats This Time Around: While not every Republican won their respective races on Election Day this year, enough did win, showing that the voting patterns brought out by the Obama victory last year generally didn't transfer over to this year.

Obama's candidacy galvanized so many people to vote who hadn't voted before--including younger voters and minorities--that the Democrats probably thought that they could do it again this year.

Well, they couldn't, and it just proves one thing: millions of people voted for Obama simply because of his race, not his platform.

He is our President, and I stand behind him 100 percent--I kind of like him and his All-American family too--but let's face it; minorities did not come out in droves this year like they did last year. Look at the New Jersey governor's election. The President actually stumped for incumbent John Corzine, but the districts that were heavily black took a pass on their voting privilege this time around, and Chris Christie won that election.

But you can't talk about this, because it is politically incorrect to do so.

Well, I guess I just have.

Yankees Win the World Series: Well, this did deserve its own rant (and rave) yesterday, but today, more specifically, I would like to address all the sour grapes that have been hurled the team's way since they wrapped this up on Wednesday evening.

Mostly coming from Mets' fans (the Yankees really poor cousins in Queens), they consist of barbs like "the Yankees bought the World Series" and "since they can write checks like they can, they should win every year."

Of course, I expect this of Mets fans, since the team has only won the World Series twice in the team's 47 years of existence and had an absolutely horrible, injury-filled season this year in their brand new stadium which was criticized for not highlighting the Mets or their history, but please, give me a break with the economics lesson.

Not only do the Yankees spend lots of money to fortify their team each year, but so do the Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, and yes, the Mets too.

But it is more than money that makes a great team, it is heart--and the 2009 Yankees had a lot of it. They never quit, never looked at the score and gave up. Sure, having stars is great, but you have to have the right mix to win. The Yankees didn't win since 2000 (when they beat the Mets, natch), and they spent plenty of money in the intervening years to win, but those teams just didn't have that magic that this year's team did.

And let's remember, the Yankees beat an equally talented Phillies team in the World Series. The Phillies (as Mets fans know but probably won't acknowledge) are a great team in their own right, so the World Series was certainly not the haves versus the have nots.

So, Mets fans, pay more attention to your own checkbooks and enjoy the parade today.

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