I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!


There’s one thing about blogging that I have a hard time stomaching. It’s some of the pretentious self-righteous supposedly socio-conscious wanna be authors you find here. I suppose they’re common in every blogging community but it’s sad to see so many getting notoriety for it. It’s bad enough that you see more and more professional bloggers from radio stations and news outlets getting pressed but every now and then we get some know-it-all who likes to slather on a dictionary of complex words to try and mask the fact they’re talking shit. It gets downright intolerable when you sit there and watch a bunch of drones pander to them in a shameless show of self-promotion just because they’re on the front page.

Let me steer the ship back on course before I run aground on another Freshly Pressed rant.

I’m all for people speaking their minds but sometimes it seems as though people are being rewarded for ignorance. Who am I kidding? That’s the standard in society now. We reward stupidity and denigrate the wise. That brings me to the chewy center of my rant. I’m a firm believer in the philosophy of “shit or get off the pot”. It’s a lovely little quote from the movie Clerks II but has so much relevance in the way people present themselves nowadays. Everyone wants to be a crusader, an advocate or spokesperson for whatever platform they’re supporting. I have no idea what’s with all the self-righteousness going on as of late. Maybe my disdain for people in general has made me oblivious to this trend and it’s been going on for longer than I realize. Either way it’s in your face more than ever now. With all the Twits, Facebookheads and blahgers out there now everyone feels the world has to know their political, religious, health care, or environmental beliefs.

People bitch. That’s expected. Supposedly it’s everyone’s God given right… if you believe that sort of thing. What really grinds my gears to hear people complain about things they won’t lift a finger to change themselves. It’s annoying to see people preach about being green and saving the world while they’re texting on their iPhone cruising around in their Honda CRV. Or how about the people bitching about how much they don’t like Breast Cancer Awareness marketing and profiteering knowing they’ve probably never even read a pamphlet about prevention or tossed a penny towards any research. My favorites are the political nutjobs who swear they know all there is to know about how to cure the ailments of their country and lambaste anyone in office because they’re “not getting the job done” meanwhile they won’t move any further than their monitor to make something happen. Seriously people if you’re not going to do anything about a matter, why complain about it? Why criticize others as though your shit smells like Cinnabons? If you’re out there doing your part to help the planet or your fellow man do you really need to be recognized for it? Isn’t the deed supposed to be the reward?

There’s a little Canadian girl that few people know about who’s a shining example of my philosophy of shit or get off the pot. Some of my fellow Canucks might know the name. Hannah Taylor. She’s the founder of the Ladybug Foundation, an organization that helps the homeless and fights against hunger and poverty. Hannah is 13 years old. She founded the organization when she was 8. Words can’t even begin to describe the amount of respect and admiration I have for this little girl. She doesn’t want accolades or recognition. She just wants to help people who are less fortunate. That’s it. It’s inspirational and gives me some faith that at least some of our youth aren’t going to grow up and turn into a bunch of whiny holier-than-thou procrastinators like you find all to often as of late. If you don’t know anything about her, stop reading my crappy blog and check her website out.

What were you doing at 8 years old?

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12 responses

  1. No kidding…did you see the FP for recipes? I wouldn’t even feed that to someone I didn’t like. I was going to link it, but chose not to for the same reason as you.

    October 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    • It’s turning into a sad state of affairs with some of these pressings. It’s all good though. I’ve found a nice selection of blogs I read regularly so I try not to pay attention to FP anymore.

      October 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  2. Amazing how easy it is for adults to dismiss the humanity of a homeless person when Hanna gets it at a young age.

    Saw that post too, coudnt even stomach clicking on it.

    October 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    • True enough. As adults we paint this image of homeless people being deranged and dangerous with absolutely no justification for it other than the fact that they’re on the streets. Sure, some are in desperate times and one in a thousand will turn to a violent act to make ends meet but it’s not the homeless you see on the news murdering, robbing and molesting people is it?

      October 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      • Exactly. The homeless are like any other part of society, they’ve got their share of good and bad souls. The bad seem to become the representatives by default.

        Semi-related – the same thing happens to people on public assistance or who live in less desirable areas. A few cause trouble or play the system, all are painted with the same brush.

        October 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

      • Yeah it kills me how everything and everybody has to be generalized and stereotyped. I thought we progressed more as a society but apparently it’s still cool to assume.

        October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

  3. Thanks for speaking out, Ian! I bet you read the same FP post I did about Breast Cancer Awareness…I was pissed off…my aunt has battled it for 13 years, and my best friend has lost two sisters and her mother to the disease. As far as I’m concerned, the more awareness, the better.

    I have indeed heard of Hannah and her work…she is truly amazing!

    Wendy

    October 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    • Yeah, I didn’t want to link to the article and give it anymore publicity than it already had. I even did something I don’t normally do and challenged his position in one of my comments yet of course it went unanswered. Another gentlemen brought some great facts about what the NFL is doing for awareness as well and that went unanswered as well. I just hate the ignorance. While I tend to agree that all cancers need to be put in the forefront but if someone is going to promote one over another, why are people complaining? It’s better than no notoriety.

      I too lost a loved one about a year and a half ago to rectal cancer. All forms of cancer should be put more in the spotlight no matter how unattractive they sound, but I’m not going to go up in arms because there’s more attention being paid to breast cancer. So long as something is being done I’m best served letting the brainiacs do their job.

      October 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

  4. I read FP last night and had similar thoughts.

    And omc I’m in awe of that young lady. I was building lego houses and playing card roads at 8. I wasn’t saving the world that’s for sure. Kudos to her!

    October 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

    • No kidding. The focal point of my life at that time was Matchbox cars and GI Joe.

      October 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

  5. Blahgers. Love it.

    Nice that you’ve spotlighted Hannah…I suspect that in about 15 years, she’ll be in the same position as Craig Kielburger who founded Free the Children when he was 12. The youth is not yet lost, but they are definitely headed that way…what with all the teen pregnancy and NJ Italian reality shows out these days…

    October 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

    • You leave Jersey Shore alone. We need stupidity in order to appreciate brilliance.

      October 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

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