Friday, 12 October 2012

Malarkey

There's a word in the English language which is slowly dying out.....rarely used....and prone to be tossed around without folks knowing a full-meaning of it.  The word?  Malarkey.

I sat and heard VP Joe utter malarkey last night.  It's kind stuck to me.

Back in the 1920s and 1930s....malarkey was commonly used....especially up in the New England states. It was supposed to mean BS, lies, deceit, foolish talk, a big fib, etc.  If you sit and watch movies from the 1930s....it was probably used in every single movie that was crime or comedy-related.

In my entire life....I've never uttered the word.  It's on my list of words not worth remembering or using.

I'm guessing last night that 300k folks had to Goggle up the word malarkey when VP Joe used it, and maybe it'll catch on for a several months with the youth-generation.

Then we'll start to hear other dead words being tossed around: scuttlebutt, hobnob, lollygag, hodgepodge, and balderdash.

The neat thing about malarkey is that you can utter it and accuse the other guy of being a liar.....but be nice enough to avoid using the word liar.  It's the kind of act you can perform at the barbershop, the drug-store ice cream shop, and Woolworth's Five and Dime.....oh....yeah......the old places where people mingled, discussed gossip, and accused each other of being a FDR-supporter, or a loser who supported Hoover.

The Thursday Night Debate

There's only four observations I can make over the Ryan-Biden debate.

First, I think Biden did a better job than the President did ten days ago.  I would give Biden that much credit.  Ryan might come out like a three point lead on this debate....my humble opinion....no better than that.

Second, these laugh or smirk episodes that Biden did during the debate....kept getting my attention.  It wasn't really a negative, but it just kept occurring throughout the whole debate.  There's probably seventy of the smirks in all.

Third, yes....there were a number of interruptions by the VP (Biden) on Ryan.  More than fifty or sixty times....I'm guessing.  After a while, I kept looking for interruptions by Ryan on Biden....but over the last thirty minutes of the "show"....I just didn't notice any.  Maybe Ryan was more respectful....it's hard to say.  The interruptions were fairly regular....I doubt if VP Joe ever made it more than four minutes max, without an interruption.  I hope he doesn't do this to the President on a regular routine.

Finally, whoever the dentist is for VP Joe....he does a good job and really whiten up Joe's teeth an awful lot.  On the teeth whiteness scale....Joe is a plus-eleven, on a ten-point scale.  Maybe teeth whiteness isn't a big deal in picking a VP, but after an hour of close-ups.....you tend to notice stuff like this.

Note: if you did watch CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News after the debate, then you'd have the official results of fifty percent of folks saying VP Joe won, fifty percent saying Rep Ryan won, fifty percent saying that neither won, and fifty percent saying the moderator did better than Ryan and VP Joe combined.  Kinda like that Manbearpig creature that Al Gore created for the Southpark show.

The Nick Channel Dopes

Does the kid channel....Nickelodeon....matter much in election news?  Normally...no.

This year....the Nick folks got around to more news than normal, and the election fell into place.  There's this special...."Kids Pick the President" which was supposed to educate the kids on the topics, and hopefully have both the President, and Mitt Romney show up.

Well....folks started to notice a while back that the news angle was kinda slanted, and when the invitations went out.....the President accepted, but Mitt Romney declined.  Some negative comments did eventually come out from the Nick host on their "news" show (Linda Ellerbee).

Normally, I wouldn't care much....the Nick channel is mostly worthless unless you fit into this seven to thirteen year old group.  For some reason, they did up a poll after all their education efforts on the channel, and found of the top eight topics that people cared about.....that kids prioritized in a different fashion.  Gay marriage rights was number one, and jobs was dead-last.

I paused here, to ponder.

Dear Punks:

It's nice to get all uppity about politics at age ten.  I imagine that every afternoon....compliments of the Nick News folks....you get a dose of some political ideas and consider your new friends to be kinda reliable.  So, let me give you a few lessons in life.

That fancy orange juice that Mom bought for your breakfast?  Well....it only comes because your dad is employed and makes enough to pay for $5 a bottle for fancy orange juice.

The $88 jeans that you have on?  That came because your dad is employed and can afford to pay stupid prices like that. If he wasn't....you'd be at Wal-Mart and buying the $18 Chinese-made jeans.

What happens when your dad get unemployed?  You can figure a very quick change on priorities. The 120-channel deal on cable?  That will disappear after a few months.  Your Nick channel?  It might not be on the cheap cable deal that dad has to accept.

What happens to the swim-center all-summer passes that your dad used to buy?  Well....they go away, and if you are lucky....there's some local community pool passes that dad might procure with what little money he has.

The chance to get dad's car for a date?  Well....with gas at $4 a gallon....you might be lucky to afford one date a month.

Did the Nick guys ever tell you much about economics?  Well....no.  The Nick guys skipped that, along with how to buy a house with a lousy credit rating.  Have the Nick guys said anything much about all the bonds that we've sold to China, and why you....at age ten....are screwed for the rest of your employment life?  The Nick guys never did mention credit cards did they?  The Nick guys talking about taxes and the effect on the economy?   No....they didn't really give much detail about that.  Have the Nick channel guys spoken much about cities in California which are bankrupt....because they spent more than they can ever turn on tax collection?

So punk.....it's a slanted story that the Nick news folks tried to tell you.  Sorry.  Folks don't really care if you get all the facts or not.

How much will you watch the Nick Channel after age fourteen?  Probably zero.  You will eventually ask some stupid questions and realize the zero value of the Nick Channel.  In the end....they pretty much made entertainment....into something that isn't really entertaining, or news worthy.

The Diversity of Being Anti-Diverse

There's this nifty growing job area called Chief Diversity Officer.  What it typically means, is that you run around the company or organization.....ensuring that everyone stays focused on accepting diversity.  You give speeches....build training seminars.....and work on building a diverse atmosphere.  Naturally, being a diversity expert.....means you can be against smokers, rednecks, and Conservative folks (typically).

So this is a rather simple story.  There's a private college in the Washington DC area called Gallaudet University.  They have Chief Diversity Officer, who lives over in Maryland, and is a resident of Maryland.  In fact, she's a registered voter there.  This November, this a ballot initiative in Maryland over gay marriages.  Some folks up a challenge, to ensure gay marriages don't get state approval.  There was this petition that got passed around.

Well....the Chief Diversity Officer of Gallaudet University.....signed the petition in support of going against gay marriages.  I don't think she really intended to advertise this fact....but someone on the facilty turned the complaint in.  You just can't have your Chief Diversity Officer....going against gay marriage.

So this week, they suspended the Chief Diversity Officer.

What happened here?  Well....I suspect that the Chief Diversity Officer sat there and realized this bonanza that could out of something like this.  You sign a petition that openly challenges the job you are in.....the leadership are fairly stupid about what they will achieve by firing you.....and you smile as they fire you.  A month will pass, and some lawyer will show up to sue the university.

Since you are a resident of Maryland, you had the right to sign a petition.  They can't fire you for signing a petition, unless they are idiots in management.

You grin over at them as the lawyer explains the two prices they have to pay.  Since you've only been there a year (as the news guys hint).....you basically suggest that you would have worked there until retirement....so they owe you the salary difference, along with the pension or 401k deal at the end.  Figure at least $2 million involved in this one payment.  Then there's the "damages" for taking away your state civic rights.  Figure around $6 to $10 million for this deal.

The university brings in their fancy lawyer....not the idiot who helped shape the firing.  He tells you to settle up and offer $4 million in hopes that you will accept this and walk away.

You grin, and just say no.....you'd like the $10 million number more.

Eventually, they offer $6 million and you accept that.  For roughly two years of working with some glorified education experts....you just got yourself a huge pay-off.  You can retire to Florida and hand your lawyer $1 million for representing you.

The humble truth here is that once you get into diversity stuff....it mostly just becomes a joke as people manipulative the system.     You could give up and let the gal back into the school....but I'm guessing a bunch of gay folks over at the college will be all anti-diverse over someone like this being a leader in the school.

Kind of comical....if you think about it.