(Yeah, I can’t wait to see the search terms that crop up from that title.)
-First the plug. “Tales of the Geek Nation” just went live at the iTunes store. Which means if you have an iPad, iPod or iPhone, you can down load that puppy for $1.99 a copy. Which means if you’re an Apple user and you want to down load fifty pages of rib-tickling comedy*, this is your best option. Hell, get one for yourself and one for a friend. Let’s move some books and send this boy to camp!
*Warning. The term “Rib-Tickling” is meant to be metaphorical. If you actually feel the sensation of your ribs being ticked, please seek immediate medical attention.
-And for those of you peeved by my incessant hawking of my meager wares, you can take comfort that I’m not as bad as this asshole!
The Orlando, Florida “businessman,” says he has sold out of the targets, which feature a silhouetted character with a black hoodie and a target drawn on its chest, along with a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea can in the pockets. Martin was walking home to his father’s girlfriend’s house after purchasing the items, when he encountered Zimmerman on February 26th.
The seller, who did not identify themselves by name, told a local Orlando news station he thinks Zimmerman “is innocent and that he shot a thug.” He admitted that his “main motivation” in creating the targets was to “make money off the controversy,” according to WKMG Orlando.
Translation: Yes I recognize that that what I’m selling may stroke racial animosity, But damn it, poppa’s gotta eat.
Again, we see the fatal flaw in capitalism. Selling anything in large numbers is considered a success, even if that thing is something awful.
-Once again, Mitt Romney proves that he has absolutely no business running for a damn thing, let alone President. (Via: The Washington Post.)
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors
The point of the article was to show that Romney, far from being an emotional automaton, actually has a wild and crazy prank playing streak to him.
There’s just one problem.
That wasn’t a prank, that was an assault!
A prank is when you order a dozen pizzas and have them sent to your neighbor. A prank is when you fill your friends Volkswagen with shaving cream. A prank is something that after it’s ended, everyone, even the victim has a hearty laugh over.
Mr. Lauber did not have a hearty laugh over this.
On an overcast Saturday, David Craig, a senior prefect and day student, drove his car down Martell Drive along the school grounds and saw a figure duck into the hedges. He thought the person might be trespassing and stopped, only to find Lauber puffing on a cigarette. In a move that he said he later regretted as an excess of the “dorm trooper” mentality instilled by Cranbrook, Craig reported Lauber to the headmaster. Soon after, Lauber was expelled.
“He just disappeared,” Lady said.
Sudden disappearances at Cranbrook were not unheard of. Students might pass a dorm neighbor on the way to class and come back hours later, with all their belongings gone and their beds stripped by maintenance staff. Bad behavior and bad grades were not tolerated.
Ben Snyder, who as an assistant headmaster later spearheaded the school’s effort to recruit inner-city students, said Cranbrook in Romney’s time “had its standards and applied them briskly when needed.” As chairman of a group of faculty members and students who were in charge of discipline, he described a strict school in which offenders could be “dismissed, period.” Snyder could not recall dealing with any transgressions involving Romney. “I wouldn’t expect to see him,” Snyder said of the disciplinary tribunals. “The family was so straight, they don’t do those types of things.”
So smoking was forbidden but forcibly cutting the hair of another student was not. As far as I could tell from the article, Mitt Romney was never reprimanded for his actions.
And as a grown up, all he can offer is this half assed apology.
In a radio interview added to the candidate’s public schedule at the last minute, Romney said he did not recall many specific incidents involving pranks or bullying during his school years — including the hair-cutting episode.
But he admitted that “did some dumb things,” and “if anyone was hurt by that I apologize for that.”
Everyone does stupid shit when they’re younger. The question is do they learn from their mistakes and become a better person?
Mitt Romney started out as a entitled fool and he’s still an entitled fool.
Forget the “Romney as Replicant” meme. He’s Warren Elllis’s Smiler!