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Earlier this year, Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School drew the wrath of the entire nation when it cracked down on deadbeat lunch accounts. Instead of asking parents to pay up, they waited until the kids were in the lunch line, lunches in hand, discovered they were in arears, tore the lunches out of their hands, tossed them into the trash, and replaced them with an alternate lunch of fruit and milk. [source.]
No one knows whose bright idea it was to do this. A school administrator? Lunch room supervisor? Food service manager? No one has been identified as being responsible for Lunchroom Gate. Perhaps for their own safety, since the story went national and people reacted quite emotionally. In fact, a similarly named school in South Ogden, Utah, received so many calls about the debacle they had to bring in extra staff. [source.]
Unfortunately, it’s not the end of the story. Uintah Elementary School is back in the news. “The district issued a request for proposals from public relations firms for up to $49,999 — $1 shy of what’s required for full board approval, according to the district’s administrative procedures.” [source.]
Nice work around, people.
First question: why does a public school district need a public relations firm? You have a captive audience. You have no one to impress. I doubt many of the families in your district will move their kids to another school. Even if you aren’t kid-friendly. Seems like a lot of hassle and work.
Second question: there wasn’t anything better to do with $50,000 for the kids in your district? In my district, teachers and programs have been cut. The money could bring back sports, after school programs. Maybe kids could have art, music, and PE more often.
- You could be totally frivolous with the money and still do something for the kids:
- buy every child a new book/backpack
- invite James Patterson to speak
- have a pizza party
- go skiing
- go to a professional game
- buy sports equipment
- buy computer equipment
- invite a boy band to perform
- have a circus stop by
- bring a Ben & Jerry’s truck in for the afternoon
- take everyone to a movie
- send staff members to sensitivity training
Why take money from the kids to fix a mistake that should never have happened in the first place? Talk about throwing good money after bad!
What would you suggest they do with $50,000? Any advice?
Other than never make the same mistake twice?
Ted Nugent made headlines again last week for campaigning with Greg Abbott, a gubernatorial candidate in Texas. Abbott had no problem traipsing about the Lone Star State with the Cat Scratch Fever rocker who has made a name for himself for calling the President a “subhuman mongrel” and his vile attitudes toward women.
Liberal media went nuts. Abbott pretended he knew nothing about Nugent’s reputation. Nugent pretended he knew nothing about his reputation. Fox News says it’s everyone’s fault because…well, everybody does it.
I don’t let my kids get away with that, and I’m not letting them get away with it either. Because the case of Ted Nugent goes way beyond normal political sniping.
Ted Nugent called a human being a subhuman mongrel. This term has it’s origins with Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Wolf Blitzer did a story on the origins of it and concluded:
…the words “subhuman mongrel” were used by the Nazis to “justify the genocide of the Jewish community.” We found ample evidence that the Nazis used those words — in their own language — to repeatedly describe Jewish people in the build-up to the Holocaust.
Nugent is a dangerous dangerous man communicating with a dangeous subsection of our population who are vilely racist. In 2014, black men, Hispanic men, men and women of any color than white are considered subhuman by many of our neighbors and fellow citizens. No one seems to want to talk about this. But we need to.
We don’t need to take a step back in time. We need to go forward, which means men like Ted Nugent and laws like Stand Your Ground that reek of racism need to be repealed.
The fact that politicians are willing to campaign with Nugent is a scary prospect. What is their agenda? They are always white, Republican, Tea Party-backed. Mostly from the South, sometimes waving a Confederate flag at their rallies. They favor states rights’ and wait for the day they need to take up arms against the Federal government.
Except they aren’t waiting and they are taking up arms against United States citizens. Maybe against you. Or your family. Or your friends. Neighbors.
To clarify, Nugent isn’t racist only against black people. He also thinks it would be fun to shoot Hispanic people from a helicopter in East LA like “feral hogs.”
He is a dangerous dangerous man, spouting a dangeorus rhetoric, and politicians are encouraging him. Almost like they hope he will incite some damage and destruction. Is Abbott hoping someone shoots President Obama? Is Abbott hoping someone comes to Texas to take care of an immigrant problem?
Why else would these people choose to even associate with someone like Nugent?
As citizens–Democratic & Republican–we have to ask ourselves how long we are going to stand for this nonsense? When are we going to stand up and call “foul”? This is our country, not the Tea Party’s. We can take it back.
What is it with those Palin chicks? Seriously? Every time something remotely controversial happens, Sarah and Bristol are out there giving us their opinions. Some might like hearing Sarah’s opinion since she is an adult with a checkered, half-assed political career. But what has Bristol done? Single mom on a dance contest? Cancelled reality star? Not exactly the moral or political leader of the world.
Yet, Bristol felt the need to tweet something about Wendy Davis, basically calling her a husband/child ditching, baby-killing Texan.
Wow, Bristol. Where’s your law degree from Harvard?
Conservative opponents of Wendy Davis came unglued when they discovered that some of the details of her rags to riches story didn’t add up. For instance, she described herself as divorced at 19 when she was only separated. And she only lived in a trailer for a few months.
What makes me sad and angry is that Wendy Davis had to give any amount of time to a nobody like Bristol Palin–a reality-star wanna be. She has nothing to say that makes a difference to the intelligent people of our country.
I find it interesting that Davis’ parenting is being called into question at all by conservatives. Where were they when Sarah Palin was prepared to leave her newborn son and young children while she went off to be Vice President? Maybe Sarah should do something for all women right now and come out and call the critics of Wendy Davis out for their stupidity. It would be a uniting action.
I do hold hope for Bristol Palin. She’s still young. Maybe in a few years she will see that the world isn’t so black and white. That one woman’s decision isn’t always the right decision for all women. Or maybe she’ll learn that every thought doesn’t have to be tweeted.
I don’t know how you were raised, but I was raised to be polite when I had dinner away from home. If the hosts made something I didn’t like, I was highly encouraged to eat it. I was never ever supposed to blurt out that I didn’t like it. If there was no way I was going to eat it, I could push it to the side of my plate and explain how I was just too full to eat another bite.
I was also taught not to talk about myself incessantly. I ask questions. I learn about the people around me . I discuss subjects: common interests, news items that are not polarizing, my children without bragging, weather, etc.
Apparently these rules don’t apply in today’s diet/food obsessed society. Complaining about the food being served almost seems expected. And people on diets are compelled to let everyone around them know their dietary restrictions. Obviously, the more food complaints you have, the better person you are!
I’m not eating butter. I need something less fatty.
Sour cream? I’d rather have strained Greek yogurt. I mean who eats full-fat sour cream?
Ice cream? Actual ice cream? Do you have a fruit sorbet?
The main course is ravioli? I’m gluten free because I know I’m gaining weight from wheat.
The dessert was made with sugar? Actual sugar? But I only use stevia…
I cannot eat a baked potato. A white potato? Where’s the fiber? What’s the glycemic index?
I’m going to have to work out two extra hours today because I’m eating something with milk chocolate.
Diet talk is heard year-round, but is especially prevalent this time of the year. It gets even worse when we are forced to dine with co-workers and other associates we might not be exposed to at any other time. Trust me, nothing makes a merry Christmas luncheon turn into a mental stabby fest faster than listening to Dana Dieter’s endless diatribe against the normal human act of consuming food.
I guess the one benefit is that you don’t have to learn anything else about Dana Dieter than you did about her diet. Surely she can’t be anymore interesting that her eating habits, right?
I grabbed this image from the new tumbler, We Don’t Need An Excuse. Read this. Process this.
Do you know what a total and complete asshat douche canoe someone has to be to pass this out at Halloween?!
For god’s sake, turn off your porch light and hide in the dark. But don’t be a jerk to the neighbor kids. Yeah, you’re probably the one who keeps the balls when they roll into your yard and yells when someone steps on your grass. So it’s not like you’ll be missed or anything at the block party.
If you are someone who feels that this is the right thing to do I have a few questions:
1) What, exactly, is moderate obesity? Do you have a scale hidden under the welcome mat? Is this something that can be seen with the naked eye?
2) When did sugar and treats become completely off limits? Are you so sure that I, as a parent, need your input into my child’s diet?
3) Who appointed you king or queen of this neighborhood?
4) What happens if my kid is fat? Maybe it’s not as terrible as you’ve been led to believe.
I’m not linking to the links that answer some of these questions. Check out these bloggers, who do some great work with the science behind the madness instead.
And eat a Snickers…you’re not acting right!
Except this time I am so skeeved out by this ad that I cannot contain myself. I’m not even embedding this in the post because it has made me so furious.
Backtracking here, I am normally not a thin-skinned person. I don’t see Halloween costumes called “Naughty Kitty” and immediately think “sex.” I don’t see little girls licking lollipops as being sexual. I don’t look at Kodak print ads of tree branches and think sex.
But this pap smear being administered by Creepy Uncle Sam (aka CUS) gave me nightmares. I resisted watching for so long. I think my brain was trying to tell me something. But I watched…and am completely perplexed by the message being sent.
As most women will tell you, being spread-legged in your doctor’s office with your feet in stirrups is not a pleasant thing. I’ve never been a woman who enjoys her pelvic exams. I’m not saying those women don’t exist, but I don’t know any of them. Which is why seeing this young woman wondering where the hell her doctor went and then seeing this caricature of Uncle Sam appear between her knees is awful.
Whoever created this ad is a demented, woman-hating, sadistic bastard. And they were hired by the Republican party to create this ad as a way to encourage young people to forego health coverage. Because we know young people are never in accidents and never get sick. Not!
When CUS pinches the forceps at the end, I wanted to punch him in the puppet face and kick him in the balls. That’s how much he pushed all my buttons. I cannot be the only one.
Moving past all the woman-hating that went on to create this piece of dreck, I am going to point out the outright absolute hypocritical message of this ad.
The Republicans don’t want anyone to have health care. They can’t even pass a budget bill without attaching pieces about birth control and abortion. They are morally and politically against the vagina.
Except when it comes to probing our uteruses (or is it uteri?!) with ultrasound wands if we want abortions. Then it’s okay. Because women need to be punished for having sex and wasting the almighty man’s sperm. That’s what it boils down to. You know it. I know it. They know it.
But the hypocritical buffoonery doesn’t stop there. Because Republicans want babies born something terrible, they are willing to cut off all aid to women and children in need. Because once a baby is born, they want nothing to do with it. They think fairies morph out of the landscape and provide food, shelter, day care…it certainly doesn’t take money! Or government assistance!
Here’s their train of thought: abortion is bad, birth control is bad, sex is bad, women are bad, abortion is bad, children are bad. There’s no making these people happy.
I wish I could say these were only men doing this. But there are Republican women who believe these things also. Apparently, they nor anyone they know has ever enjoyed sex. I almost feel kind of bad for them. Not! I’m guessing the Republican men they are sleeping with have strange pap smear fetishes that make sex an uncomfortable subject…
Despite my declarations of being media free, I have not been. Between the Facebook announcements people share and the news feed email I get daily, I’ve been inundated with articles. I’ve even been paging through Yahoo news. (Which is actually an oxymoron because half of the things reported as news are anything but news. For instance, the hazards of emoji, a really big boat, and Lindsay Lohan anything is not news.) I’ve also been guilty of scrolling through the trending topics.
But yesterday I cut myself off cold turkey. No email, no twitter, no facebook until after dinner. And then I only went through email to delete the unwanted (newsfeeds were included) and see if, unlike every other day of the week, something important had come through. I spent the day reading an actual book (a really good one!) and relaxing.
Without the news, it was relaxing. I had no idea what was going on in the world. Even at the restaurant for lunch I saw CNN on the television and ignored it.
Today I pretty much avoided the news until Facebook. Then I found two articles that pissed me off and made me grumpy as hell. This is why I need to avoid the news.
See, I’m beginning to understand that I really can’t change things in the world. Because mean and nasty people run the world. Mean and nasty people don’t play fair. Mean and nasty people are winning.
I know, it sounds melodramatic, but it’s true. The media tries to distract us with stories of the Kardashians and Justin Bieber while things like election fraud, corrupt politicians, and personal rights are being dismantled under our noses. It’s not right.
I wish I knew how to fix all of this. But I don’t. Unfortunately, being morally right no longer matters.
I don’t know what to do…
If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you’ve probably seen the article circulating about two Texas women who have been pulled over for littering–chucking a cigarette butt out the window–and ultimately end up getting road-side cavity searches because the cop smelled marijuana. The two women have sued, officers have been fired, and basic health safety has been discussed because the same set of gloves was used on both women for both cavities.
Let me explain this even more clearly: two woman are pulled over at night on a busy Texas highway. One of them threw a cigarette butt out of the window of the car. (Honestly, I see this happen so often here in Chiburbia that I didn’t even know it was a crime. I might have to do some citizen arrests of my own!) The officer smells marijuana, but doesn’t search the car. Instead, he calls in a female officer who comes to do the cavity searches. Donning one pair of gloves, she probes the vaginas and anuses of both women, without ever changing the gloves. On the road, as cars drive by. All while being recorded by the dashboard camera. No marijuana is ever found. No arrests are made. Except those of the cops.
Where to even begin? There are so many things wrong with this and other people have done the finger pointing and head banging. But my ultimate question is this: what if this happens to you or I? What are our options right at that moment?
I imagine if I refuse the roadside cavity search/gynecological exam, that I will be instantly hauled off to jail. Do I avoid the embarrassment and inconvenience of an arrest and let them probe me? Do I put up a fight? I can’t exactly call the police…since they are the ones doing the initial wrong thing.
What would you do? How would you handle this?
I think this is something we really need to address and be prepared for. Because these things are happening. What do we teach our daughters? What do we teach our sons?
Most of all, when did the police stop being the good guys?
Last week I nearly went on an unfriend spree on Facebook when links appeared to articles about the Texas pro-choice protesters being devil worshipers. It seems several “trustworthy” news sources (e.g., having “red” or “conservative” in their titles) reported that there were women chanting “Hail Satan” at the protests.
I did my research. I looked for a reliable news source. Hell, I would have even read something by Fox. I did find something at MSN, but I got the feeling from the comments that the source might not be neutral.
I saw a video of one girl walking by saying something. People have assured me she’s saying “hail satan.” But on my video it looks a little off. Another source said five women were chanting the offensive phrase. Five women can not be representative of the tens of thousands of women at the protest.
Still the stories were shared on my Facebook feed with comments like: “see who you’re really supporting when you support abortion” and “forgive them, they know not what they do.” Lumping all the pro-choice women in with the devil-worshipers. How offensive is that?!
See, I am vehemently pro-choice. I will fight for the rights of everyone. Even for the rights of people whose opinions I disagree with. It’s what America is all about.
But lately there has been a change in our country. We are no longer a nation founded on religious freedom, respectful of all people despite their differences. We have become a nation at war with ourselves: the people who wish to support the original wishes of our founding fathers and the people who want to control everyone with their narrow views. Instilling their limited brand of religion into politics where they don’t belong. Calling people who disagree with them devil worshipers is just another weapon in their arsenal.
I guess that’s easier than actually being educated on what happens during a woman’s reproductive cycle, what is included in a rape kit, and what happens during a rape. It’s easier to spread fear and disinformation than actual facts. It’s also more profitable (getting Koch brother money) to stomp on women’s rights than to actually earn campaign donations from pleased constituents.
Where I come from, Jesus taught us we had free will. We get to decide what we do and deal with the consequences. But in today’s society, the politicians want to dictate their values on anyone under their control. Unfortunately, it always ends up being women and minorities, but that’s a discussion for a different day.
They preach their twisted message from God, scaring people who disagree with them with eternal damnation, and reaping the benefits. Although I’m not sure what benefits come from forcing women under any and all circumstances to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Add to it a reluctance to allow birth control and we’ve got a hot mess of not making sense soup.
Basically, we’re battling over a woman’s free will. It’s her body, her choice. It is a decision to be made between a woman, her partner, and her doctor.
No one else needs to be involved. No one else needs to make judgments. No one else gets a voice.
See, it’s not devil worship. It’s human rights.
This isn’t the first time I’ve lamented the lack of customer service in the United States. Seems businesses have so many customers that they no longer have to be nice to anyone nor do they have any interest in keeping customers happy. Why should they when they are probably getting tax benefits and breaks, and not relying on actual sales for their bottom line?
Lately I’ve watched my satellite bill increase and increase. Didn’t matter that I had a contract. In fact, the contract only benefited them. They’ve raised my rates over the two years at least two times. But because I’ve been pleased with their service and had been a customer for nine years, I wasn’t fretting it.
Then I saw the rates they are offering new customers. Which are almost half the rate I paid on my last bill! I called and asked what they could do for me. The answer: a nice big, resounding no.
I said I was interested in new customer rates because I’ve been a customer for nine years. They said no.
I said I was still using nine-year old original equipment on one TV. They said so what?
The first person I spoke to refused to do anything. She passed me off to someone who offered me $10 off my bill a month. OK, the last increase was $7 which makes the discount $3. And that’s not considering the other increase. It didn’t even come to 10 per cent of my bill! Seriously, people, 10 per cent doesn’t even count as a discount.
I ended up changing providers. When I was disconnecting the original service, they were ready to offer me things to stay. The woman kept saying, “you’ve been a customer for nine years! We hate to see you go!” Yes, that was my point yesterday. Also, I started with new customer pricing as my base bargain. I would have been happy with 20 percent off…
What I’ve learned is that when my new service contract is up in two years, I will begin searching for a new provider. Obviously, that’s the way things are done now. A loyal, prompt-paying, low-maintenance customer is meaningless to these businesses.
Damn, this makes me mad! I want someone to be interested in me as a customer. Amazingly, I went to twitter and found my new satellite provider. I was presented with a list of things they were doing for new customers and got every one. They installed within 24 hours. They swear my bill will not change for 24 months; we’ll see about that.
My needs in customer service are not demanding. I don’t require a foot massage and champagne when I interact with your business. But there are things I want and need:
- Customer service reps who speak clear English. I want them to enunciate their words and speak clearly. I want them to actually listen to questions/concerns and answer in a knowledgeable way without resorting to canned responses outlined in the training manual.
- I want to walk through a parking lot without getting run over or having my car blocked by the cart retrieval guys.
- I want clutter free aisles. Even if you’re stocking shelves, isn’t there a way to do it that doesn’t actually impede the shopping of your customers?
- If I am a frequent shopper, I want my very rare returns treated politely and respectfully. When you’re snotty and bitchy because I’ve returned clothing I haven’t even taken the tags off, it doesn’t make me want to come back to buy more from you.
- If you are an employee and you’re walking through the store, do not run me over. Have some respect for another person.
Do you think poor customer service is just a reflection of our very rude society? I can’t be the only one who has noticed that people are far less courteous in recent years.
Are employees treated so poorly that they simply reflect their own treatment by the business owners? Do business owners realize how this affecting their business reputation?
Let me be clear, I have had some wonderful customer service lately also. The customer service at Target in Glendale Heights is great. Especially in the pharmacy, where I am treated very well. After a rocky start with Verizon, I have to say they have wonderful customer service. Even the original satellite provider had amazing customer service–until I wanted something. Though I’m regretting all the times I raved about them over the past nine years.
Am I the only one noticing a surge of poor customer service? Tell me what you think!