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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Something Positive For A Change

Some of you may have already seen this- Hopefully its not a repost-- Its lengthy but pretty good...



JAY LENO..." HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD"
>
> The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll
>data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source,
>right?
>
> The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with
>the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is
>unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the
>citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.
>
> So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ''What we are so
> unhappy about?''
>
> Is it that we have electricity and running wat er 24 hours a day, 7 days
>a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the
>summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these
>unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery
>store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the
>last year?
>
> Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic
>Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through
>each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find
>along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands
>of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good
>enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show
>up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you
>to the hospital.
>
> Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You
>may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group
>of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment
>to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.
>
> Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a
>burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a
>bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or
>loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias
>raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of
>teenagers own cell phones and computers.
>
> How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy
>that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67
>percent of you folks unhappy.
>
> Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world
>has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain
>for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in
>the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have and what we
>hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we
> live here.
>
> I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no
>plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval
>rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days
>after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of
>recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the
>book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from
>terrorist attacks?
>
> The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there
>defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or
>talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you
>couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be
>glad?
>
> Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually
>caused you personal pain OR is it because the "Media" told you he was
>failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
>
> Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have
>volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom
>There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They
>are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an
>''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a
>''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig.
>
> So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of
>Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it
>leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash
>with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the
>corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations.
>They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by
>"justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a
>murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his
>wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!
>
> Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off
>the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your
>bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is
>exponentially more good than bad.
>
> We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God
>several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.
>
> With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
>severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and
>with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a
>good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
> Jay Leno
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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> Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off
>the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your
>bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is
>exponentially more good than bad.

>

yezzzz, please, cut the government a break. They have a hard enough time censoring you as it is, so just start censoring yourself for a change.

lets pay no attention to the under qualified politician leading out country towards a dismal future. Lets pay no heed to the corporations making billions while minimum wage is still merely seven dollars, barely enough to support yourself let alone children. Lets not even consider how much debt poor americans are getting into because they cant afford healthcare, and lets just simply over look the fact that our education system ranks among the lowest of todays first world countries.

Lets just keep taking the happy pills the government gives us and never worry about a thing until we see a big flash in the sky and then nothing.
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I like it, but I don't think Jay Leno said it...

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yezzzz, please, cut the government a break. They have a hard enough time censoring you as it is, so just start censoring yourself for a change.

lets pay no attention to the under qualified politician leading out country towards a dismal future. Lets pay no heed to the corporations making billions while minimum wage is still merely seven dollars, barely enough to support yourself let alone children. Lets not even consider how much debt poor americans are getting into because they cant afford healthcare, and lets just simply over look the fact that our education system ranks among the lowest of todays first world countries.

Lets just keep taking the happy pills the government gives us and never worry about a thing until we see a big flash in the sky and then nothing.
1. Under-qualified politician... I will not defend the man, but that's just not true. Think what you want about him, but to say he is not qualified or that he has done nothing good for this country is ignorant. Does the bad outweigh the good, maybe not, but letting your emotional reaction control your logical thought is a bad way to live.

2. Corporations... Damn them for wanting to be successful. Damn them for generating millions and millions of jobs each year. Damn them for putting money into the economy and keeping this country going.

3. Minimum wage... The majority of minimum wage earners work part-time, are unmarried, and are under the age of 25... The largest portion of them do not have children. I can find 100 jobs that require zero education, zero skills, and pay $8-10/hr... Sure there are areas in which these jobs are not plentiful, but they are out there. Not to mention that poor non-skilled or under-skilled folks can get free education...

4. Debt... Most debt problems are self-inflicted. Credit is easy to obtain and people are idiots when it comes to managing it. Medical debt is just a small portion of the problem. Credit cards are the major issue. I guess we could have free healthcare, but then the quality of it goes down the chitter...

5. Education... Our education system sucks, but in a lot of the school systems that are the worst... the problems run much deeper than the school itself. My ex told me stories about her old school... New teachers would come in, start strong, then get broken down by the students... No real accountability outside of the school was the problem. Hell, I saw some of the same thing with a few of my friends in school... Kid gets busted for whatever, parents say "well, they are just out to get you." No BS... I've witnessed it MORE than once... firsthand.

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F**K Jay Leno. Double F**K George Bush.



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THANKS, Yeah I'm not blind to our issues but we do have it good in comparison. I'm guilty of a negative attitude- yesterday I saw this on the net and it reminded me that I need to stop bitching... I figured it could brighten the day for some of you guys too.

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Thanks Bro for putting it out there. It's so right!!!!
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3. Minimum wage... The majority of minimum wage earners work part-time, are unmarried, and are under the age of 25... The largest portion of them do not have children. I can find 100 jobs that require zero education, zero skills, and pay $8-10/hr... Sure there are areas in which these jobs are not plentiful, but they are out there. Not to mention that poor non-skilled or under-skilled folks can get free education...
Don't know about everywhere else, but I know around here, 99% of the time, McDonalds is hiring.
Minimum wage? McD's starts you at $8.50/hr
Qualifications? Can you stand, flip a patty, then take it off the grill? HIRED

My opinion, if working a fast food joint is "below" you (as I've heard from a lot of people) then don't complain to me that your sorry @ss can't find a job.
I feel no pitty.

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THANKS, Yeah I'm not blind to our issues but we do have it good in comparison. I'm guilty of a negative attitude- yesterday I saw this on the net and it reminded me that I need to stop bitching... I figured it could brighten the day for some of you guys too.

IMHO, it's not about stopping the bitchin', but rather realizing that no matter what the hell is going on, we have it better than 95% of the rest of the human race... It's just putting everything into perspective.
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Don't know about everywhere else, but I know around here, 99% of the time, McDonalds is hiring.
Minimum wage? McD's starts you at $8.50/hr
Qualifications? Can you stand, flip a patty, then take it off the grill? HIRED

My opinion, if working a fast food joint is "below" you (as I've heard from a lot of people) then don't complain to me that your sorry @ss can't find a job.
I feel no pitty.
I have heard people say that here too. The Columbus job market is insane... I seriously think you can go get a new job every week for the rest of your natural life and never work at the same place twice.

We have McDonald's in certain areas around here that start people at $10+/hr... Also we have FedEx and UPS... Both offer part time hours with pay between $9-11.50/hr with full benefits. These places are ALWAYS hiring... They cannot keep people... It's sad really... Nobody wants to work anymore...
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I worked a minimum wage job for a couple weeks AFTER getting out of the USAF... Talk about a humbling experience- but I wasn't about to sit around waiting on unemployment. It paid off cause the guy I was working for brought me on full time as a supervisor... Turned out to be pretty good $$- the only reason I left was I was offered more $$ where I am now. The jobs are out there... Which is why I believe we need SEVERE welfare reform.
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