While everyone was giving each other high-fives and because of "how cool it was that President Obama called Kanye West a Jackass", the president was talking about extending provisions of the US Constitution's natural enemy: The Patriot Act. We're fucking arresting people then sending them to Afghanistan. What. The. Fuck? When did we become the country that does shit like THAT? Anyone who doesn't realize that the intent of the government is to make the Patriot Act a permanent part of the law is an idiot. Congress put in the "expiring clauses" to sooth the public, and like sheep, the vast majority of the public bought into it. There is no emoticon strong enough to convey the level of disgust this inspires in me. If you haven't figured out that both of the major parties are essentially identical, and that neither has your constitutional interests at heart (where it's inconvenient for the government, that is), then you're a moron. The primary job of someone in power is to perpetuate and/or extend their influence. Tie this in with the Peter Principle and look at our current political environment, and it gets pretty goddamn scary. The Patriot Act is essentially an attempt to vaccinate us against freedom. That's the kind of flu I don't mind having, but I guess the rest of my fellow citizens are ok with trading liberty for convenience. Fuck 'em.
For a few years, I had an Oregon Scientific projection clock that rocked my night world. It put the time up on the ceiling in red, the alarm went off when it was supposed to, and it just worked. So of course, I bought a replacement. I was at Bed, Bath & Beyond shopping for, fuck, I don't know. It's one of those stores where you go in for a shower curtain and come out with $150 in gadgets, then have to go back to get the shower curtain you forgot to find. Anyways, I see this clock sitting there on this stand looking all blue and shit, and I immediately notice the following awesome things about it:
- It looks like a UFO.
- It's a projection clock.
- It also has a wireless outdoor temperature sensor and will TELL ME exactly how goddamn cold it is outside while I'm snuggled up all nice and warm under the Thundercat! blanket I tell people I bought ironically.
Do you know what happened when you turned in a car as part of this process? The dealers put two quarts of sodium silicate into the engine and ran it until it destroyed itself. If you're not disgusted with this program and all the money it cost you, then you're a fucking retard. This entire program was based on the broken window fallacy of economics. It took money out of your pocket and made you think you got cash, but everyone who pays taxes was robbed. The only people who liked this are the auto companies. Why wouldn't they like it? It was another bailout, and you paid for it, suckers.