The Raging Elephant

I hate citing Buzzfeed for ANYTHING, but this accurately reflects what everyone who lives in this town already knows, and why I haven’t left despite multiple chances to go someplace  ”better”.

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communismkills:

I remember back in middle school, when we were forced to go through our diversity/sensitivity classes, we were told “race doesn’t matter.” Now, in 2014, it’s “race is the most important thing in the world and saying you don’t care about race means you’re racist.” “Not judging…

basedheisenberg:

Alright kids, I see a lot of people going back and forth about guns and gun control. However, people who seem to know aboslutley nothing about the subject also seem to be the loudest.

So, here’s the deal-

You are not qualified to talk about gun control if one or more of…

Shutting down flights from Liberia doesn’t make sense.

So an idiot liberal friend of mine, (who was once a conservative, until he married into a rich, liberal family) posted on Facebook that shutting down flights from Liberia doesn’t make any sense.  And i agree with him.  Alone, those actions won’t accomplish anything, they don’t go far enough.  And since my liberal friend isn’t on Tumblr, and I’m not on Facebook, here is my response.  I’m sure this won’t do anything to persuade him, but I’m putting it out there anyway.  

  1. Shut down flights from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and any other nation which contains a significant Ebola outbreak - This prevents anyone who has had a high risk of exposure to the disease from easily entering our country. All other methods into the US from these countries is significantly more expensive and take significantly longer time periods.
  2. Quarantine anyone who enters the country with a passport stamp from any of the aforementioned countries that is less than 21-days old - This will prevent people who traveled through these countries, or who came to the US from these countries via another country from entering the US until they have cleared the incubation period.
  3. Let the Border Patrol and National Guards do their job on the southern border - This will significantly curtail the ability of people sneaking across the border from Mexico carrying infectious diseases.  (this should have been done a long time ago)

Will this mean that we turn away people who have totally legitimate reasons for entering the US?  Yep, and I’m fine with that.  If a US doctor goes to Liberia for two weeks to provide medical aid, he better find somewhere else to go for three weeks after he’s done, because he ain’t comin’ back here until we can prove that he is not a carrier.  

Will this provide 100% security against Ebola entering the US?  Of course not.  But it’s like putting a lock on your home’s doors and windows.  If a thief wants in bad enough, that thief is GETTING IN regardless of your attempts to stop him.  The purpose of the locks is to discourage that thief enough that he/she chooses another target, other than your house.  

Once the Ebola threat in west Africa has been eliminated, we can re-open the borders.  This may sound harsh, but these measures are cheap and simple compared to what we’re facing if the US has an Ebola outbreak.  And as Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Caught my son clapping like Les Miles. Put a stop to that shit REAL quick!

Roll Tide!

Caught my son clapping like Les Miles. Put a stop to that shit REAL quick!

Roll Tide!

For $4, these are damn hard to beat!

For $4, these are damn hard to beat!

Congratulations Kansas City Royals on making it to the World Series!

It’s been a long 30 years.

thelittlealpaca:

theragingelephant:

republicanausa:

theragingelephant:

So CVS wants you to quit smoking because cancer.
But apparently they’re TOTALLY FINE with obesity and diabetes.

Not even Nicotine or tar in moderation are okay for you.  And it’s not like people are shoving 50487847875087 candy bars in their mouths. Compare one cigarette to one candy bar. 

One candy bar/day is more damaging than 1 cigarette/day. But here’s the REAL reason. It’s more profitable. The reason CVS kicked cigs is because nobody buys cigs from them. They buy them from gas stations, grocery stores, liquor stores, etc. they eliminated a non-performing revenue stream and cloaked it in good intentions. My issue is the hypocrisy and moral grandstanding. If they care SO MUCH about the health of their customers, they’d eliminate the candy too.
According to the American Diabetes Assn. there are 29 million Americans with diabetes.  Compare that to statistics from the CDC showing that 207K Americans have Lung Cancer.  And while cancer is significantly more deadly than diabetes, the fact remains that by putting THAT MUCH sugary sweets in such a convenient spot to the register, that CVS is encouraging the spread of a disease that already engulfs far too many Americans.  So much for the moral high-ground.
The truth is, I don’t give a crap about any of it.  CVS can sell or not sell whatever they want, I don’t give a rip, it’s their business they can do what they want.  It just annoys me when people get on their high horse and make a show.

Oh my god. CVS did sell ciggerates. A lot of them. People still come in asking to for them, not realizing that we no longer sell them. Just because they have a ton of candy doesn’t mean they actually sell it. The real reason they stopped selling them was for the safety of cashiers. Not to mention the way CVS works, cashiers do 90% of the work so we couldn’t even guard them all the time. CVS lost a ton of money from people stealing it. Once someone tried to climb behind the counter to steal some while I was there. Another time a guy snatched them out of my hand and tried to hit me to get them. No one is going to do that for fucking candy. Not to mention Candy is not addicting and not bad for you in moderation (depending on the candy) You can’t blame CVS for people’s lack of self control. Why are you on top of CVS for putting candy infront of their registers? Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Every convenience store ever, does the exact same thing. It’s not a new concept to put candy in front of a register. It’s a marketing ploy that everyone uses. CVS isn’t acting high and mighty. They are trying to make a statement. I personally think it’s stupid but I’m glad we no longer sell them. No one will try to kill me to get behind the counter anymore. 
And if you truely didn’t care why would go on a rant about it?
(Good Job CVS for protecting your cashiers. We appreciate it.)

Wow, bitter, table of 1! You have just proven my point. You’ve proven that the removal of cigarettes has nothing to do with the health of the customers, which was my point. And your personal anecdotal evidence supporting my point is in addition to other anecdotal evidence on another reblog. And apparently you totally missed the point of my original post, and that is that I DON’T care what CVS sells, I DO care about grandstanding hypocrisy, which is what they’re doing.

thelittlealpaca:

theragingelephant:

republicanausa:

theragingelephant:

So CVS wants you to quit smoking because cancer.

But apparently they’re TOTALLY FINE with obesity and diabetes.

Not even Nicotine or tar in moderation are okay for you.  And it’s not like people are shoving 50487847875087 candy bars in their mouths. Compare one cigarette to one candy bar. 

One candy bar/day is more damaging than 1 cigarette/day. But here’s the REAL reason. It’s more profitable. The reason CVS kicked cigs is because nobody buys cigs from them. They buy them from gas stations, grocery stores, liquor stores, etc. they eliminated a non-performing revenue stream and cloaked it in good intentions. My issue is the hypocrisy and moral grandstanding. If they care SO MUCH about the health of their customers, they’d eliminate the candy too.

According to the American Diabetes Assn. there are 29 million Americans with diabetes.  Compare that to statistics from the CDC showing that 207K Americans have Lung Cancer.  And while cancer is significantly more deadly than diabetes, the fact remains that by putting THAT MUCH sugary sweets in such a convenient spot to the register, that CVS is encouraging the spread of a disease that already engulfs far too many Americans.  So much for the moral high-ground.

The truth is, I don’t give a crap about any of it.  CVS can sell or not sell whatever they want, I don’t give a rip, it’s their business they can do what they want.  It just annoys me when people get on their high horse and make a show.

Oh my god. CVS did sell ciggerates. A lot of them. People still come in asking to for them, not realizing that we no longer sell them. Just because they have a ton of candy doesn’t mean they actually sell it. The real reason they stopped selling them was for the safety of cashiers. Not to mention the way CVS works, cashiers do 90% of the work so we couldn’t even guard them all the time. CVS lost a ton of money from people stealing it. Once someone tried to climb behind the counter to steal some while I was there. Another time a guy snatched them out of my hand and tried to hit me to get them.
No one is going to do that for fucking candy. Not to mention Candy is not addicting and not bad for you in moderation (depending on the candy) You can’t blame CVS for people’s lack of self control. Why are you on top of CVS for putting candy infront of their registers? Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Every convenience store ever, does the exact same thing. It’s not a new concept to put candy in front of a register. It’s a marketing ploy that everyone uses. CVS isn’t acting high and mighty. They are trying to make a statement. I personally think it’s stupid but I’m glad we no longer sell them. No one will try to kill me to get behind the counter anymore.

And if you truely didn’t care why would go on a rant about it?

(Good Job CVS for protecting your cashiers. We appreciate it.)

Wow, bitter, table of 1!

You have just proven my point.

You’ve proven that the removal of cigarettes has nothing to do with the health of the customers, which was my point. And your personal anecdotal evidence supporting my point is in addition to other anecdotal evidence on another reblog.

And apparently you totally missed the point of my original post, and that is that I DON’T care what CVS sells, I DO care about grandstanding hypocrisy, which is what they’re doing.