Totured by Bill O'Reilly on the way home
One of the biggest differences between my life this week and last week is that I now drive to work. I get up around 6:00 and I don't get home until 7:00. I work with some really cool folks but it's definitely a work-a-holic culture (which is cool b/c my natural disposition tends that way). Anyway, two guys I work with were there when I got in at 7:00 and were still going strong when I left at 7:00 - and they both eat lunch in the office. Since I don't walk to work anymore, I've chosen to help kill the rain forest by driving to lunch (instead of letting my boss drive me to lunch like I previously did). So at lunch I flip on talk Radio - Rush was out this week and some dude Roger Hedgecock was sitting in for him. Different approach than Rush for sure but still an interesting guy. Since I now work at a consulting firm that pays my salary with money derived from state government contracts, I'm much more careful to keep my political views to myself. My previous company derived virtually all of its income from the Federal Government so it wasn't likely to get back to anyone if I started bitching about them (and I doubt anyone at the Veteran's Administration cares what incompetent dolts I think they are). Anyway, it's probably a good idea because I have political views that put me out of touch with just about any group of people I'm around. Socially, I'm a complete liberal and even though I'm a devout Christian - I firmly believe that the Religious Right needs to keep its nose out of government. Fiscally, I'm so conservative that George Washinton would consider me a liberal. Actually, that's not true. If you've ever read Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek . On defense - well I really hate wars but they are inevitable if you have http://www.saudinf.com/ trying to destroy you. I also firmly believe in the Bill of Rights, INCLUDING the 10th Ammendment (Tenth Ammendment). So basically I have a lot in common with modern Liberals, Conservatives and Libertarians (I hate Socialists and think it is an utterly vile philosophy) but also tend to believe in stuff that pisses off each group so I fit in nowhere. Oh well. But one thing I pride myself on is that I can listen to other viewpoints (except for socialists/anti-globalists who are complete dumb a33e3) and not get all sh1tty about it. It's amazing how simply by saying you're a Replubican or Democrat you can make a whole group of people HATE you. I think Al Franken is funny, love Howard Stern but also enjoy listening to Rush .
But the local radio station around here plays Bill O'Rielly. He's sooooo terrible it defies words. I think he must get paid by self-congratulatory comment he makes. Sure, Rush jokes around about a lot of stuff that's boisterous, but O'Reilly really believes his own hype. The dude sucks so bad it hurts my ears. His position on the Swift boat vets is unreal. Ann Coulter Did a remarkable job of outing this a-hole and love her or hate her, Ann is funny as hell. I mean, if you like Bush, then the Swifties are real and Kerry is full of crap. If you like Kerry the reverse is true. But sticking in the middle of the road and whining about how you got smeared for 4 fu***** days is the lamest crap I've heard. So Big Mouth O'Reilly has a right to talk about no spin 55 zillion times but these guys don't have a right to talk. THE FIRST AMMENDMENT WAS SPECIFICALLY INTENDED TO PROTECT POLITICAL SPEECH - YES POLITICAL SPEECH. Did anyone in the media ever read this bit of trivia? Guess what, Michael Moore also has a right to be heard and so does everyone else, including Socialist dumb a33e3. There's a channel changer on the radio or TV if you don't like it. But just like I get pissed off by Kerry lecturing people like me about being greedy, or Bush telling us that the Saudi's are our friends in the war on terror, I really hate O'Reilly (I make my living because of the First Ammendment) telling people that they don't have a right to speak. And that's just one of his many dumb a33 points. How can he be this popular? He's not funny. He's not interesting and he's completely annoying. In fact I only listened to the ahole each day b/c the radio station was there and it took me 30 seconds to put on my seatbelt so I didn't have a free hand to change the station. He's like the Populist's answer to NPR (which also totally sucks a33).
But you know what, if the worst thing I have to complain about in life is listening to some idiot for 30 seconds a day because I keep forgetting he's on, and all it takes is a 2 inch twist of my wrist to turn him off, it proves that I live in ONE GREAT COUNTRY.