Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Driving Pet Peeves

Since I go to Buffalo and/or Rochester 2-3 times a month and have a 40 minute commute to work each morning and evening, I’ve racked up quite a few miles on the road. With that comes quite a few things that moronic drivers do that piss me off. My commute is split pretty evenly between interstate and non-interstate driving so I’ll cover both.


Interstate/Thru-wa
Taking a Calendar Year to Pass Someone at 68 mph/Abusing the Left Hand Lane
The left hand lane is for passing and passing quickly and/or for driving 110 when your wife is in labor or your dad’s having a heart attack. If you can’t use it right you need to get the god damn hell out of the way. If you want to piddle along at 65 mph to save gas, that’s fine. I do it all the time, but there’s a lane for that. Look in your rear view mirror once in a while so you can see if there’s a line of cars behind you that circumnavigates the globe.

Truck Drivers, I know this is unavoidable and there’s only so much speed you can coax out of your rig, but for the love of god choose your spots a little better. Swinging your truck in front of me before I can get by when there is NO ONE IN SIGHT behind me is a total dick move.

Rubbernecking
This one is truly awful in cities and it happens on a daily basis in Rochester. You’re going along just fine until you meet some congestion. Incensed you continue at 30 mph until you get to the scene of the incident…only to find out that it’s someone with a flat tire that isn’t blocking any lanes or impeding any traffic. But because of the sheer volume and the tendency of drivers to slow down and gawk, things have come to a crawl. This highlights the stupidity of drivers in bright neon pink.

Slowing down to below the speed limit when you see a cop
Not only is this utterly ridiculous, but it’s also incredibly dangerous, especially if said driver doesn’t look in their mirrors before stomping the brakes. Look, the guy is not only stopped on the side of the road, but HE’S NOT EVEN IN HIS SQUAD CAR. He doesn’t give a shit that you’re going 70 in a 65…AND…even if you are going thirty mph over the speed limit, you’ll be long gone before he can do anything about it.

Tailgating
Yes I’m in the left hand lane and I’m not going as fast as you, but I’m still going 78 and I have ONE GODDAMN CAR to pass. I will be out of your way in less than ten seconds. Are you seriously trying to pass me on the right now even though I already have my signal on showing I’m getting out of your way? You fucking asshole.

Not Using a Turn Signal to Change Lanes
This one absolutely terrifies me because people will wing their vehicles from lane to lane like they’re driving go-karts at the fair. I’ve actually physically seen it cause accidents in front of me. It’s even worse when you’re heading by a long line of cars on the right knowing that any one of them could decide “fuck this, I’m passing these tards” at any moment and slam into your passenger door.

City and Back Roads
Not Driving the Speed Limit in Perfect Weather
This one is the worst for me. I drive an hour and twenty minutes total a day, I don’t want to spend five extra minutes sitting behind you dicking around at 40 mph in a 55 because you’re 900 years old. It’s dangerous anyways. If you’re too old to maintain speed either hit a tree before you hit another driver or turn in your license.

Passing to Get to Red Lights Faster
There are a few areas I drive that are long strips of commercial areas with a dozen or so lights. It’s amazing how many assholes will race in front of me and then cut me off only to be sitting in front of me at the next red light. Utterly unnecessary.

Horribly Set Up Traffic Lights
There is so much to fall under this category. First has to be the weight sensor lights that don’t pick up my tiny ass car. Right behind them has to be the lights that are time based and don’t operate on any sensors. Nothing like sitting at a red light with no other cars around. And all municipalities have to do is turn the lights into blinking reds (essentially a stop sign) from 1-4am. Also, while "no-turn-left-on-green lights" are useful in some areas, they’re horribly abused in others. There’s one traffic light by my house that violates all of the above. Fuck that thing.

Doesn’t Understand Yield Sign Guy
This one goes into two categories, the guy that treats it like a stop sign when there’s no one else around and the guy that doesn’t even acknowledge its existence. Both incredibly dangerous.

Souped up Car Guy
Good job, you modded your Honda Civic. Join a racing league instead of showing off in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I wish I could neuter you so you can’t reproduce.

Poorly Maintained Intersections
A lot of you probably don’t live in the country and don’t deal with this as much, but I see it every day. There are a lot of long straight roads with almost no traffic by my house which encourages people to drive like idiots. There are also a lot of intersections with poor visibility because the woods are overgrown or a house has built its garden out to the right of way. I don’t need to highlight the dangers of having to pull halfway into an intersection just to see on a road where people often go 90+ mph, do I?

Culture Change

As various hate groups try to link the Penn State and Syracuse University (investigation pending) scandals with the evils of homosexuality, it has become clear that they are right in a sense, just not in the way they think. There is a connection between homosexuality and the sex scandals, and it extends beyond to STD prevention, abortion prevention, teen pregnancies, and sexual education. What is abundantly clear is that this country needs a culture change in the worst way.

The taboo nature of sex and all things sexual has allowed misinformation and fear to run rampant. Part of the reason that it takes so long for molestation and abuse victims to come forward is because society tells them it’s not an okay thing to talk about. Part of the reason the United States is one of the worst countries in terms of overall reproductive health (including STD rates, teen pregnancy rates, and abortion rates) is because programs like abstinence-only/superior sex education are pushed in over 80% of our public schools. It shows, with emphasis, how stuck in the stone age we really are.

The taboo nature of sex has worked to fight an insidious two-front battle. It pushes abuse victims into hiding and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered individuals into the closet fostering an epidemic of poor mental, social, and emotional health in this country AND it makes society wholly incapable of dealing with these things when they are pushed into the limelight because real information has been made so sparse.

Given what science has come to discover about gender alone, that it is more fluid than we thought, that brain chemistry and genetics and anatomy are not always in sync, that anatomical males can have female brain chemistry and cells and vice versa, it is absolutely stunning how strictly we adhere to our preconceived categorizations of such things. But therein lies the problem, the information is so buried under our cultural prudishness that people don’t know enough to question the status quo. Transgendered individuals are freaks, homosexuality is wrong, and marriage has a very ironclad definition.

And what’s even worse is that the solution remains equally buried. We can combat the bullying of LGBT individuals with legislation, but that merely assigns a negative value to actions, it doesn’t address the root of the problem, people growing up in a culture of ignorance and misinformation. We can try to introduce birth control to teenagers to stop the spread of STDs and teen pregnancies, but that does nothing for the teens that are too afraid of their parents’ wrath to have condoms on hand to use, or mothers and fathers too stupid to allow their teenage daughters on birth control. We can pass age of consent laws, but an eighteen year old virgin with little sexual education is no better equipped to handle sex than a fifteen year old of the same status.

I can’t bring myself to believe that there is no solution. I can’t bring myself to believe that an aversion to sex is so deeply ingrained in who we are as Americans that we will never be able to escape from its clutches. Perhaps all we need is time, after all we’re talking about a culture change. That does not typically happen with any haste. I think we’re seeing it already as LGBT rights not only move into the realm of ‘mainstream issue,’ but continue to build support and lose detractors by the day. But we’re not there yet…we’re not even close. I hope that my kids will see us move at least a little further.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stevie Johnson and the TD Celebration of Doom

For those of you that don't know, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, after scoring an early touchdown Sunday mocked Jets' receiver Plaxico Burress by miming shooting himself in the leg and falling over. Just about everyone in the sports media has said that it was out of line, which means (much like Randy Moss's mooning of the Lambeau crowd) that it was hilarious.

I don't really have a problem with what Stevie did other than that he took it far enough to draw a penalty. I, for the life of me, cannot see the line he crossed in making fun of someone not only stupid enough to shoot himself in the leg in a nightclub, but to also do it with a gun that was illegally owned. Now granted I think the penalty Plaxico got was harsh especially considering that it wasn't typical NFL thuggery and that Plaxico had the gun registered in another state. But let's not lose sight of the big picture here, Plaxico Burress is an idiot and is in no way not deserving of ridicule.

That people are getting so riled up about this and not say Vince Wilfork or Ndamukong Suh throwing cheapshots at opposing players left and right, or getting himself arrested. Last I checked what Stevie Johnson did was harmless. Bunch of fucked up priorities in the NFL.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CV Cast - Capitals

Loser's GDT - Capitals

sabres d core for tonight's game, accoring to one of their fans.

Sekera-Ehrhoff
McNabb-Leopold
Gragnani-Brennan

that's:

if the caps dont score 3/4+ in a win, that's:
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It's conflicting when you want your team to win tonight but you also want another loss since there's a big feeling Boudreau could be fired.
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Quitter-quitter-quitter
Quitter-quitter-nevercared
Quitter-quitter-quitter
Quitter-quitter-quitter

Quitter-quitter
Pylon-quitter
Pylon-quitter

Quitter
Quitter
(Caps lines)
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RT @BenRaby31 #Caps Dennis Wideman: First 10 games this season: 3G,7A & plus-7. His last 10 games: 0G, 3A & minus-11. (Holy shit.)
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Can't blame anyone but coon on that one. No a like a goal scorer took that shot... (wut?)
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I dont know how they can call that a dive especially after Pominvilles display when Backstrom barely touched him.
(I completely agree on the latter part.)
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Dang Laich just got bowled over by Sekera. Now that is amazing.
(*Nods*)
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LOL....Alan May still going...


"Locker the Caps had an 8 game losing streak last Dec, followed by a 7-0 loss in MSG. What's worse, that or basically losing the Rochester Americans tonight?"
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Working - What I've Learned So Far

1). This is a Two Way Street

Interview tips and good work practices leave one thing out...it isn't just about getting a job and keeping it, it's about finding a fit that's beneficial to both company and employee. I know early on in my career I over-valued what the company gave to me, and undervalued what I was giving to the company. That will not happen again. No company will think twice about kicking an employee to the curb for not holding up their end of the bargain. For too long employees have failed to hold their employers to the same standard.

2). All I Know is that I Know Nothing

Some of the best teachers and some of the best co-workers I've had were the ones that had little more experience than I did. Saying "I don't know" can be difficult in an economy where it's impress or get out, but often it's the right response to a question. The good coworkers will be aware of your level of experience and be looking to shore up their own and learn with you. The most infuriating teacher's I've had in the corporate world were the ones that were too pig headed to give an idk response and blathered on incessantly to satisfy their own lack of confidence.

3). You Usually Have One of Two Things...The Tools to Succeed, or the Ability to Acquire Them, so Be Confident

My current job is the one in which I've entered with the least applicable experience, and yet the one at which I've excelled the most. A big part of that is confidence, going back to my high school mentality of "I can figure out anything given the time." For the most part jobs aren't about a great depth of knowledge, but acquiring good experience.

4). This is a Two Way Street Part II

If a coworker or a boss is being a dick, call them on it. It's not up to you to figure out how to get along with everybody, it's up to them to meet you halfway. I had a boss (who was partially responsible for training me) that treated me like I didn't exist (except when something went wrong). When it was brought up during an evaluation, promises of more interaction were made. They were unkept. In fact, that person's boss started belittling me to be more engaging. I should have called them both on it.

5). Never Get So Busy Making a Living that You Forget to Make a Life

I worked at a company where every single person needed to be beat upside the head with this until they either got it or unconscious. I feel bad with some people's kids that have to put up with absentee parents. For most of us, work isn't the most important thing we do with our lives...it's one of the least. Family, friends, health, sleep, and several other things should always come first. I have 80 years on this planet if I'm lucky, I'm not spending it working 10 hour days and weekends in a box.

Power Rankings and Life

Those that follow sports are familiar with Power Rankings, little more than an arbitrary organization of teams from best to worst on the weekly whims of sportswriters. They’re fun, but essentially useless. And yet the line of thought that goes into making them is a critical life skill. Often times we’re forced to make a “Power Rankings” of activities or jobs, or things we can do with our time. We might not necessarily spell it out, but inevitably some things rank above others and they get addressed while the rest does not.

I think the most common reason for doing this is how to use one’s time. We’re always told that the American work model is structured to give us 8 hours each of work, sleep and leisure (a fallacy, but we’ll ignore that for now), but there’s some leeway even there. My whole feeling is that since work takes up about 11 hours a day (I wake up at 6:30 and get home at 5:30 and there’s no way getting ready for work, driving to and from work, or eating lunch at work can be considered leisure time) and I value my leisure time, I’ll let the sleep take a hit. Perhaps not the most healthy alternative, but it’s worked out well for me so far.

And my method is by no means the only way to do things. Some people would much rather have their eight hours of sleep. Others are perfectly content to be in the office from 5 AM to 9 PM (freaks). But those decisions are still made, and made more often than we realize. Go to the gym or work out at home, watch TV or play a game, goof around with your kids, or work on elaborate plots to hold your family for ransom to get money from the government. Power Rankings, as annoying as they are in the sports world, are an integral part of who we are and how we live.

Friday, November 18, 2011

CV Cast - No One Caresolina

Losers GDT - No One Caresolina

I like shitty southern teams because their GDTs are short. Let's begin


Venue: That place where State plays basketball.

Channel: The one with all the Viagra commercials.

Announcers: Sideburns and Watershed.

Canes Lines:

Jealous Older Brother - Depressed Older Brother - Our Savior
Those of Finnish descent and a 19-year-old child
Small Horse - Should be our Captain - Compete Level
Fats - Our best FA signing - This player should get real ice time

Drunk - The Man I spent 30 All-Star votes on
Our best Dman - The dude from the Simpsons
That guy none of us like anymore - AHL Hardest Slap Shot winner

Our only chance of winning
BOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Sabres Lines:

Better than ours

Let's go Canes!!!
(Wow, post of the night. That's really all you need to see.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CV Cast - Devils

In New York we Spell Evil N-Y-F-R-F

Those of you that read avidly (god bless you) already know of the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation and its bigotry thinly veiled beneath a veneer of supposed religious morality. Since it's important to be aware of such organizations and the ways they demonize certain groups, I decided to post a laundry list of the NYFRF's transgressions here, specifically in regards to Gay Rights.

Right off the bat is the fact that the NYFRF has partnered with the Family Research Council on several "studies" that are little more than a religious circle-jerk. Among the FRC's transgressions are using the discredited research of Peter Cameron and the American College of Pediatrics which falsely states (among other things) that homosexuals live shorter lifespans and that homosexuality poses a danger to children. Peter Sprigg, the FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies has said that gay behavior should be outlawed and that gays should be deported. That's essentially all you need to know about the NYFRF, but I will go into greater detail.

The NYFRF has steadfastly opposed any legislation designed to protect Gal, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered individuals. This is based on the assertion that such laws promote homosexuality.

But that's not enough, despite an aggressive "pro-life" stance, the NYFRF does not support anything that would protect teens from bullying based on their gender or orientation. The NYFRF blatantly disregards gender identity issues calling them "code for crossdressing and transsexuality." Evidently no one has told the NYFRF that gender identity syndrome has been corroborated as a legitimate diagnosisby brain scans that revealed male brain chemistry in those of a female sex (and vice versa) prior to hormone treatment. To illustrate how much of a fringe group the NYFRF is, New Yorks Anti-Bullying bill passed by votes of 18-1 and 131-5 in the Codes Committee and NYS Assembly respectively.

The NYFRF will also try to tell you that anything in favor of LGBT rights promotes hate. In a hilariously titled article, the NYFRF complains about signs at a pride rally that said things like, “Another Straight New Yorker for LGBT Equality & Justice” and “All Families Deserve Equality.” The horror.

Equally horrible is the effort by some major businesses to "destroy families" by donating to pro-LGBT forces.  How this destroys families is unclear.

What's funny is that the NYFRF continues to treat Gay Rights like a minority cause even though both a majority of New Yorkers and a majority of Americans support marriage equality.

Monday, November 14, 2011

CV Cast - Canadiens 2

Losers GDT - Canadiens

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(For once I don't mind the Hab fans so much.)
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Wow, look at Enroth stats: 5-0-0 - 1.75 GAA - 94.4%
Very impressive !

I have a feeling that it will be a close and low-scoring game. 2-1 or 3-2.
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Lost a bit of respect for Gaustad on the Lucic charge...I always thought he would be the perfect 4th line center for the Habs, even Moen (which I like a lot) would have been more agressive than him.
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The NHL is a ****ing disgrace. The entire post-lockout "new" NHL is basically disposed of every time Lucic steps on the ice. Why the league thinks letting Claude Julien coach a goon squad is more important than having a functioning rulebook is beyond me. Miller's arguably the best goalie in hockey, and he was elbowed in the head at full speed by a proven cheap shot artist and is now out indefinitely. Lucic got 2 minutes and the Bruins got an easy win. Seems fair.
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I feel bad for Miller, he gets run over and nothing gets called. Lucic really is a piece of ****. I like that he plays with intensity and I like that he's the powerforward type player everyone wants, but you have to draw the line somewhere, and than line is way before running over goalies. Goalies aren't big like players are, they don't need to be able to handle a physical player.

I think Boston has been going around doing whatever they want for too long. And you just know all the Bruins fans are laughing at the "overreaction" from NHL fans for Lucic running over Miller. I don't agree with payback because it's not good for the game but just once I'd like to see Boston at the short end of the stick with this crap. Why doesn't someone run over their goalie and get away with it.

I would never hope for a Bruins player to be injured, it's sadistic to hope for other players' injuries, but let me tell you, if it did happen, I wouldn't care as much as if it happened to a player from another team just because Boston seems to not care for the well-being of the colleagues so why should we care about their players?
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Oh by the way Tyler Myers is a healthy scratch tonight. Looks like Lindy Ruff likes to stifle young players development too.
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3-2 Habs in a shootout.
(so close...)
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Absolutely Enroth has been better than Miller this year, but still Miller's a perennial all star. He really is a marquee player. Anyway I don't think Lucic took out Miller to make the game an easier win, he did it to injure him, plain and simple. He clearly enjoys taking cheap shots, just look at the people he's sucker-punched.
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No Miller,

We have no excuse if we lose this game
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It's impossible to have a civil discussion with most of their fans. Some of them are pretty cool, I suppose it's the case for most fan bases, but I don't know. I just can't stand bRuin fans.

And yeah, there was quite a few trolls on these boards during the Pacioretty incident.
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Even though it's against my team, but if the sabres run our goalie I don't expect that player to get suspended...
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I wonder what would have happened had he connected. Miller probably would have been suspended.
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Pretty good period, the DD line looks solid, Buffalo is sleep walking be nice to get a couple early in the second and bury them.
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Chara didn't even know Pacioretty was on the ice.

Apparantly awareness of what is going on around you is not a pre-requisite to being an NHL player.
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I find Lucic a disgrace for what he did, go back to your board with your dirty team.
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Just a matter of time before the Sabres tie this game up if this continues..
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lol Gaustad is such a clown... if we were better on the PP the loss would be entirely in his hands
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If it goes to SO the sabres are gonna crush us.
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Who is the brunette seating behind Lindy Ruff ?
Andrew Brunette
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Watch Vanek score with a monster shot
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vanek, roy, pominville, stafford, etc. SO = we lose
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Vanek is a beast in the SO...
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Knowing What You Are in Sports

Colin Cowherd made the point on his radio show today that a big part of sports (football specifically) is knowing who you are and what you’re good at. While it’s definitely true in the NFL and each good team has an identity, I think it’s important at the individual level as well.

The best example I can give is my own experiences as an inline hockey player. I took up the sport later than most (age 22) and because of that, had some catching up to do. My skating was always pretty good, and I’m a small, fast, agile guy, but my puck-work always lagged behind. When it eventually did start to catch up, I still wasn’t lighting up the scoresheet. I realized at the beginning of my third year that I wasn’t making the best use of my skills. I’d always been a pass-first player because that’s what I was good at first. But I came to realize that at 140 pounds of muscle I had a unique combination of strength and a lack of size. Because I was strong and yet so light, I could accelerate and turn faster than everyone in the league. But that’s not exactly conducive to a pass-first mentality.

In short I needed to make use of my newfound ability to keep the puck on my stick with more control. I could either outskate everyone until something opened up, or create space for myself to score. My goal totals went from 4 in my first year, to 6 in my second to 22 in my third. Once I realized who I was and what I was good at, everything opened up for me. My style of play took on a definitive shape and even though my opposition also realized what I was, they were hard pressed to stop me. (It felt like using a cheat code.)

The Worst Non-Injury of My Career

I was playing ice hockey last night, forward covering the point. The puck came back and I got in position to block the shot, hoping to deflect it ahead and get a break. I did just that...the problem was what I blocked the shot with.

The defenseman's slapper hit me square in the cup, which unfortunately had gotten dislodged. It happened to press the edge up against my dick like a foam covered knife. Not one to pass up a breakaway I skated after the puck but was eventually foiled. It was then that the adrenaline started to wear off and my junk started to hurt. It literally felt like the tip had been chopped off. I coasted to the bench, crumpling over the boards and tore off my gloves. I expected to see blood when I opened my pants, but thankfully there was none. Five minutes later it stopped hurting and I went on for another shift still whole-dicked.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CV Cast - Bruins

Penn State and Catholicism

Again, I said I wouldn’t write anything on the Penn St. scandal and here I am, a liar. And again, this is in that vein, but focusing more on something else. I’ve seen a few people here and there whom I know to be Catholics expressing their outrage and disgust at what Sandusky did.

It makes me laugh.

Sorry, but that’s the response I have when something in front of me is devoid of all logic. And these are smart people…they don’t just hate Sandusky for molesting boys, they hate McQueary, and Paterno, and the PSU administration for enabling and allowing that horror. They have a good idea of what happened.

But these people are just as bad and they don’t even know it. They give money to an institution that not only has seen several of its authority figures molest children, but then pays those molesting priests to go somewhere and hide (in the cases where they don’t just move the priest to another church) instead of exposing them to the full force of the law…when they’re not outright challenging the allegations. AND they’ll encourage churches to hide money to avoid paying reparations to victims.

Look, Penn State may have handled this thing in the worst way possible, but at least they got to the point where the guilty parties are being held accountable. The Catholic church is nowhere near that point. Nowhere near it. Sandusky was arrested. The Catholic Church sent one of its worst priests to Ireland and it set to pay him a stipend totaling around $90,000. This is the institution that Catholics give money to! A portion of their money ends up in the hands of a known child molester! Practicing Catholics are paying a child molester!

And spare me the bullshit about giving money in support of all the good things the Catholic Church does. That is complete and utter crap and anyone with half a god damned brain knows it. That’s like all these Penn State idiots defending Joe Paterno because of all the good things he’s done in his tenure at coach.  Awesome...but he’s still a child molester enabler. And Catholics are still passively supporting pedophiles. You make me just as sick as Sandusky, and McQueary, and Paterno, and all these moronic PSU supporters do.

Edit:
It occurred to me that a perfectly valid response is to point out the involvement that NAMBLA or the North American Man Boy Love Association has with several LGBT groups.  Obviously many of those groups have publicly anti-endorsed (is that a word) NAMBLA much like many individual priests have spoken out against molestation.  It's a little different animal than these priests doing nothing other than parroting the company line and not doing more to effect change in a thoroughly broken organization, but there are similarities.  Does that excuse church goers who (I'm sure) do not endorse some of the things that the Catholic Church does when they give money to their parish (even if a portion of that does work it's way up the ladder)?  I'm not sure.

The thing is there are parallels everywhere.  Not just LGBT orgs linked to NAMBLA, but gas stations that link to terrorism, or at the very least anti-American organizations.  Clothing and electronics manufacturers that make use of child labor.  What's lost in the above (probably because I didn't mention it) is that stuff like this happens all the time. 

Maybe we're all a little sick.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Losers GDT - Senators

Enroth starting? ****.
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I can just feel a W coming tonight!
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Derek Roy sucks.

His name sucks. His diving sucks. His face sucks.
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its too easy for Buffalo...goalies really dont have much of a chance when there is nobody covering these guys in front
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These Buffalo fans get excited at every play..
(Yeah, it's called having a team that doesn't suck.)
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(Ten posts later...)
wow that building sounds dead
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is it me or does Harry Neil sound......not well?
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I'll say it again. Buffalo wins the cup this year.
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Why do our goaltending always has to suck?

Shots are 26-15 Ottawa, but it's 4-1 Buffalo...
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Tonights goaltending has reminded me of healthy Pascal Leclaire.
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Just an epic fail.

CV Cast - Senators 2

Moral Fiber

Okay, so I lied a little bit. I said earlier that I wasn’t going to write anything on the Penn state scandal because it’s painfully obvious what opinion any reasonable and decent human being should have. This isn’t quite in that vein, but it is partially related.

I want to talk about morality. People keep saying how disappointed they are because of Penn State’s high moral standards, and though I don’t know anything about the university, I think the claim is complete bullshit solely because it invokes the word ‘morality.’ Morality has, for a while, been a word most often used to excuse something that a lot of people generally find reprehensible. It’s what bigots use when they want to denigrate a group of people because their religion (or their perversion of their religion)tells them to. I don’t know that the word has any meaning any more, and the more I think about it, I don’t know that it ever did.

Morality, as we can see, is a completely arbitrary set of rules that decent people are supposed to live by. You shouldn’t kill anyone…but wars are okay, and so is self defense. You should spread love and peace interculturally…unless those other guys worship a different invisible man in the sky. You should be civil and treat others the way you’d like to be treated…but we can’t even manage to agree on how to go about doing that. So I don’t put much stock into Penn State’s, or even anyone’s moral values.

As Maude says in Harold and Maude, “Vice, virtue, it’s best not to be too moral, you cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality.” I’m not sure that’s anything in particular other than a random collection of words meant to sound profound, but I think the lesson is that we need to free ourselves of the rules that don’t seem to have any purpose or backbone. I like the Wiccan ideology, “If it harms none, do as you will.” That sounds perfect.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Losers GDT - Thrashers

Let's hope we are a little more discipline. I was almost off my seat when Oduya was making good PK plays and it was scary.
(Yep...nope.)
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Buffalo has great team defense... could be another shutout for the Jets.

Likely a low scoring game either way.
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I predict a very similar finish that we had against the Rangers, that is:

- The Jets will suck the life out of the game with their "garbage hockey" style of play which will frustrate the opposition until one of their snipers opens things up with a late goal in the second. Then the Sabres will add a few more in the third.
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Say what you will about Jeanneret, but I still think he's one of the best in the game.
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We're probably gonna get destroyed.
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I gotta tell you after watching 7 years of those marshmallows known as the Edmonton Oilers play, it's refreshing to see a team that's not afraid to be physical.

We might take some extra penalties but it will win you more and more games down the road and into the playoffs.
(Might?)
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Jets PK is poor. Gotta avoid taking penalties.
(That's a bold strategy Cotton...let's see how it pans out...)
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Eesh. That looked bound to happen at some point. Buffalo's PP dominating.
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Buffoon just stood there. He is a useless piece of fat-ass ****.
(Putting the fugli in Byfuglien since...)
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Buff again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
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Can we cut buffs fat *** he is so useless
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Most undisciplined team in the league
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Who the **** falls over from a hook that little?
(These are the type of people that have never played hockey. Doesn't take much to knock someone over on ice.)
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Why does everyone blame the refs when clearly we take stupid penalties? We are an undisciplined team and take OBVIOUS penalties. This is a joke.
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I love these bi-polar Jets. Games are either zero-goal snoozers or shooutout shinny. Listening to the Sabres broadcast team and Jeannerett is an absolute beeeaaaassssstttttt.
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Well played Buffoon. Now use this as momentum to get your fat-ass in gear.
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PS the Sabres passing is sublime.
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This is an absolute embarrassment. These refs should be ashamed of themselves.
(Whine whine.)
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Derek Roy is pathetic.

Dives like a little schoolgirl, then does a ridiculous celebration when his lucky one timer goes off the side of Pavelec's head and in when it would have missed the net if it didn't hit Pavelec.
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I despise Roy with a passion and would have no problems if someone gave him the 'Matt Cooke' treatment.

He is everything that is wrong about the game.
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OT. At least 8 points on the road trip, that's a positive.

I predict Buffalo gets the game winner on a PP after a questionable call.
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Just thought of something disturbing.... Mannino is going to need a start soon
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Did not see the game but ANY game you allow 4 PP goals and a SH goal against you do not deserve to win.

Terrible special teams play.
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CV Cast - Thrashers

Saturday, November 5, 2011

CV Cast - Senators

Loser's GDT - Senators

Our Haikus have been
pretty unsuccesful for
our most recent games.
(what?)
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How can you not hate Toronto and Montreal more with all of their arrogant fans filling our building and acting like they own the place? Buffalo is just a fun team to play against.
(How indeed. As far as rivals go, Ottawa's fans are probably the most amicable.)
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still looks like we are a team with 3 or 4 top six forwards and 9 or so 3rd or 4th liners..
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Poor Columbus. They desperately need goaltending.

Apparently Cody Bass was yelling at the team. He's probably wondering wtf he walked into but at least he's playing in the NHL.
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1 - 2 Sens.
(lol)
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I can't stand this terrible powerplay.

Spezza is playing like absolute garbage.
(What a dumb cock, their powerplay was second in the league.)
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If I just read this thread I'd think we were down by four and Spezza has scored on our net twice.
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Vanek is almost a sure thing in the SO.
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wtf was that EK

Vanek got a lazy goal, you can't
(the hell?)
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I hate Roy.

I hate his face. I hate his antics. I hate his diving. I hate his name.

Why did it have to be him to win it?
(Ahahaha fuck you.)
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Loser's GDT - Flames

Most Pathetic Game Day Thread I've ever seen. Three pages? What the fucking fuck?

We're doomed.



GO FLAMES GO!
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I have faith in the new lines, however, I think Buffalo takes this. 3-2
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I really really don't want to watch Regehr play against us
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Flames win 5-3, Regehr gets lit up all night and proves why we traded that weak slow bum!
(Good call moron.)
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I do not really understand why everyone is worried about Bruno, he is a very good backup.
He isn't Kipper.
(He's younger and better.)
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I think Regehr got traded for a reason. In order to get rid of Stajan and Hagman's contracts, we had to ship Regehr. It's all strategy as Regehr will "tunnel of death" both Hagman and Stajan. Lifetime placement on Injury List

But seriously, i miss Regehr.

CV Cast - Flames

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CV Cast - Flyers

Not feeling things that suck

Shitty feelings are exactly that, so for the most part I opt to not feel them. Which sounds like I'm burying the negative beneath a thin, and ultimately unstable veneer, but those who know me know that isn't the case. I think you can address and deal with something that has a negative impact without getting swept up in the emotional tide.

It helps that I have a strong desire to not bullshit myself, and an overwhelmingly realistic approach to life. Because of this, I'm not often surprised by things that happen. Most of the time I'm pretty aware of all possibilities and try not to hold myself to any one in particular. When something bad does happen, I feel more of an "oh, well I knew it was possible," more than a "that sucks."

It also helps me fix problems that crop up, getting to the root of what is making mad, sad, etc. If I'm not distracted by the feelings, I'm focused on what will get results.

Introversion

Last weekend when I was at my girlfriend's house, her housemate's friend insisted on meeting me. Upon shaking hands, he said something to the effect of "yay now we can all be friends and be social (he is also gay)." Um...no.

I can't help but think this was some misguided attempt to "rescue" the quiet people who never leave their room. What utter bullshit. It's as though being perfectly content to spend your time with limited company is somehow wrong. I'm sure this guy is and was a fairly nice and well meaning person, but if he was attempting to "rescue" us, then he was behaving like a complete and utter asshole. "Being quiet isn't a part of your personality, it's a defect! Come fix it!" Fuck that guy.