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March 31, 2008

Common courtesy seems to be something of our past.

People have allowed common courtesy to go out the window, with the advent of the belief that “I’m more important than you are”,

Things like young people not standing up on a bus to allow the aged to sit down, to driving down the freeway and being cut off by someone who absolutely must be in front of you just in case they can get to where they are going a few seconds faster.

Ever sit at a traffic light and have someone’s car thumping so loud from a sub woofer that your car shakes? They too must be much more important that you since they feel you need to listen to their music.  Oh and my favorite the people who stand there engaging in a cell phone call talking so loudly that you can hear everything they are talking about, from ex’s to sex and so on.  People we don’t want to hear your calls, that’s your business not ours.

If we all actually took a step back and thought about how our actions effect others we’d remind ourselves that common courtesy isn’t something we should let go by the way side. Take a moment to think about what you do and how it affects those around you.  Being courteous takes so little effort, so give it a try!

Have a great day!

Kat

Filed under: Life,Money Matters,Politics,Rants by Kat at 11:04 am

March 30, 2008

Lazy Sunday

There are just times when you have to enjoy a lazy Sunday.  Today was one of those for the kids and I.Â

It started off with Ace trying to wake me at 5am, for some reason he hasn’t figured out that on Saturday and Sunday, he doesn’t need to wake me up for work, after snuggling with him for a bit he wandered off to play with Cera and Tori leaving me to snuggle back under the sheets and catch a few more winks until he decided it was time for Mom to get up.

Getting up at 9am is a luxury that I am rarely allowed, having no real drive this morning I flipped on the television, only to watch the various infomercials for products that I’m sure I can’t live without.  Finally the drive of needing something to eat drove me to the kitchen for that big bowl of frosted cheerios and soy milk.I noticed that while I was enjoying my breakfast that Ace was sprawled out, sleeping on the chair my parents brought down on their recent visit, seemingly exhausted at his job of waking me from my deep slumber.Â

I finally watched The Transformers, a movie I had bought a while ago and never quite found time to watch. I was surprised to find that I liked it.  It was just what I needed to start my morning off, a good shoot them up action adventure.Â

I finally at 3pm caught a nice hot shower and I think it’s time to put a London broil on for dinner tonight.

Lazy Sundays aren’t an every weekend thing, but I sure do enjoy them when I slow down long enough.

Enjoy what is left of your Sunday, lazy or not!

Kat

Filed under: Life by Kat at 4:18 pm

March 29, 2008

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech has always been subjective…take, for example, the old standard of yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. While someone might argue that they have the inalienable right to say whatever they want whenever they want, another side is that their speech is causing harm to those around them. This was the basis of many lawsuits that have reached the supreme court, insofar as what kinds of harm that speech can cause.

It’s a matter of reality…yes, we have the right of free speech, but it’s always been conditional. You can’t just walk into a courtroom in the middle of a murder trial, and start spouting off that you like the pink marshmallow peeps during Easter…they’d arrest you for contempt. You can’t walk into a church during services and start spouting off about how you like to nail fish to a cross because you can call it a “carpafixion”. You’d be arrested for disorderly conduct. The venue and timing of your speech also has to be taken into consideration…and we all know this, regardless of how much we want to scream that we have the freedom of speech.

Now, on a more practical note, the individual wearing the t-shirt is expressing themselves through their mode of dress. This, is typically not a big deal, to much of anyone…except those that like to nitpick. I think the basis of his being refused entry was that the comment on the t-shirt presented a potential liability. The comment, while not overt, would undoubtedly be seen as inflammatory by some. The tennis event, I’m assuming was televised, so i can see two bodies that would have a vested interest in denying him entry. One, the television stations that most likely would be taking all the complaints from the viewing public (because people in this country can’t help but to complain about everything, even if it doesn’t directly affect them), as well as the potential lawsuits that could result. Also, the venue that the match was being played was most likely privately owned, so the ownership didn’t want anything on the grounds that could potentially incite violent activity. This is perfectly within the rights of the ownership of the venue, as while I think it’s overkill, they were probably trying to protect themselves from a liability issue.

Yes, it’s stupid…people in this country have somehow managed to completely forget how to ignore things that offend them anymore…..it’s almost as if they seek things out to complain about, or fight about. The concept of “political correctness” has transformed this nation into two groups….those that are offensive, and those that are offended…and the membership of these groups gets swapped on a regular basis. I’m sure during my little tirade here that I’ve managed to offend someone…and you know what? I don’t care. I swear a constitutional amendment of “sticks and stones” needs to be implemented, because people are too childish to just let things go that they don’t agree with.

Wow….I must be cranky this morning….more caffeine is necessary!

(This is another of Tim’s famous rants.. I enjoyed it and I hope you did as well. ~Kat)

Filed under: Politics,Rants by Kat at 7:42 pm
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