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Viewsonic’s Customer Services Sucks the Wrong End of a Donkey

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

And you thought you were having a bad day?

Check out the shit my old Dad's been having to deal with:

dealingwithviewsonic.com

There were many times in the past few months, while we were trying to help him with this mess, that I thought my Dad was literally going to have a heart attack while dealing with these people. I've known him all my life, and I've never seen him so upset and angry.

Suffice it say, none of us will ever be buying ViewSonic again. For the sake of your sanity (and heart), I encourage you to buy elsewhere as well.

Also, you can help by spreading the word. Take the URL above - link it, use it, spread it. You have my thanks.

That’s Right, I Said “Holiday Tree”

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Why beat a dead horse, right?

Because sometimes you just want to hit something!

Okay, to revisit the Christmas tree stupidity for just a moment, I would like to point out that the "Christmas tree" has about as much to do with "the birth of Jesus" as Santa Claus does.

Ok?

So all you screaming that calling it a "Holiday Tree" is ruining Christmas for the Christians, blow it out your freakin' ass!

Thank you.

I Like ‘Allah Plant’

Monday, December 12th, 2005

I recently received this email in my Inbox:

To Whom It May Concern: This Is NOT a Holiday Tree

This is a Christmas tree.
It is not a Hanukkah bush,
it is not an Allah plant,
it is not a Holiday hedge.
It is a Christmas tree.

Say it... CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas

Yes. CHRISTmas - celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ!!!
If this offends you...too bad.
Get over it ~

You know what I think? I think it's a fucking tree any way the cut goes, and - regardless of what you call it - everyone is still going to purchase them and decorate them in the same ways they always have and for the same reasons.

It doesn't matter what it's called, or who is calling it what. If you want to call it a fucking Christmas tree, call it a fucking Christmas tree.

If the store you are buying from calls it a Holiday tree and that offends you, fuck it and call it whatever you FUCKING WANT. If it offends you THAT MUCH, take some more medication and shop somewhere else.

I'm so sick of all you whiny, fucking people throwing hissy fits because some people decided to call a "Christmas tree" a "Holiday tree" - as if that means everyone in the world HAS TO USE THAT TERMINOLOGY NOW.

Call it whatever you want. No one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to say "Holiday" instead of "Christmas", now are they? There is no new law that says you can no longer refer to them as "Christmas" trees.

It's just another thing for you bored, lazy, hypocritical, selfish morons to BITCH about. In the big scheme of things, this means absolutely nothing, but you've got to go and make it "something". You know what, get a fucking life. Even better? Take your goddamn CHRISTMAS TREES and shove 'em up your tight asses.

Happy Fucking Holidays.

George Carlin Isn’t This Ignorant

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

I'm getting so sick of seeing this piece of shit floating around in my Inbox every other day:

Been sitting here with my ass in a wad, wanting to speak out about the bullshit going on in New Orleans.

For the people of New Orleans... First we would like to say, Sorry for your loss.

With that said, Lets go through a few hurricane rules: (Unlike an earthquake, we know it's coming)

#1. A manditory evacuation means just that... Get the hell out. Don't blame the Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see the arguement. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs. (We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)

#2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables. If you didn't do this, it's not the governments fault you're starving.

#2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some. (Remember, shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible. Leave them alone.)

#2b. If the local store is too looted of food or water, leave your neighbor's tv and stereo alone. (See # 2a) They worked hard to get their stuff. Just because they were smart enough to leave during a manditory evacuation, doesn't give you the right to take their stuff... it's theirs, not yours.

#3. If someone comes in to help you, don't shoot at them and then complain no one is helping you. I'm not getting shot to help save some dumbass who didn't leave when told to do so.

#4. If you are in your house that is completely under water, your belongings are probably too far gone for anyone to want them. If someone does want them, Let them have them and hopefully they'll die in the filth. Just leave! (For Christ's sakes, it's New Orleans, find a voodoo warrior and put a curse on them)

#5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you? You want to live below sea-level, do your country some good and join the Navy.

#6. Regardless what the Poverty Pimps Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to believe, The US Government didn't create the Hurricane as a way to erradicate the black people of New Orleans; (Neither did Russia as a way to destroy America). The US Government didn't cause global warming that caused the hurricane (We've been coming out of an ice age for over a million years).

#7. The government isn't responsible for giving you anything. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but you gotta work for what you want. McDonalds and Walmart are always hiring, get a damn job and stop spooning off the people who are actually working for a living.

President Kennedy said it best... "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Thank you for allowing me to rant.

First, and foremost, George Carlin did not write this sorry excuse for a rant. A quick stop over at Snopes before hitting "Send" would save everyone a lot of aggravation.

Yet even people who know it isn't Carlin forward it along with a "this is still hilarious - I totally agree!!" message. Really, you ignorant fuck? Becaue of this disaster, 1,302 people are dead. Yeah, real fucking funny. I can't seem to stop laughing.

It's very easy to look at something so terrible, and bitch about the people who need help - especially the ones audacious enough to demand it. No, I don't agree with the actions of a large number of my fellow Louisianaians, but I'm not ignorant enough to group every single person that went through the nightmare of post-Katrina into a greedy, welfare-addicted, piece of trash.

Have you ever lived in New Orleans? Do you know jack fucking shit about New Orleans? I have, and I do. Here's a little bit of info for those of you that feel justified "agreeing" with the tripe above.

#1. A manditory evacuation means just that... Get the hell out. Don't blame the Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see the arguement. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs. (We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)

News Flash: New Orleans is a city. It is a smaller version of a concrete jungle with excellent public transportation. People don't own cars in New Orleans because it is easier, and more economic, to walk and ride the bus to get around. Much like in New York, Chicago, etc. Not every NOLA-native that is carless is so because they are too poor to afford one.

Of course, there are those that are. The rant claims that "even if you don't have a car, you can get out." Really? I'd like to hear this - how so? Please, enlighten me on how you can get out of the city without a car; keeping in mind, of course, that the airlines were jammed, Amtrak & Greyound had been shut down before the storm hit.

A large number of people stranded in New Orleans during and after Katrina were tourists and/or business travelers; even with all of their money and resources they were unable to book themselves on a flight, a bus, a taxi...what have you. If it was so easy to "get out" - then why couldn't they? Why were a "large number" of people "stranded" in New Orleans tourists? Perhaps it wasn't so easy to get out - ever think of that? How's this? Unlesss you were there and saw what avenues of escape were available and which were endless dead-ends, shut the fuck up.

#2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables. If you didn't do this, it's not the governments fault you're starving.

#2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some. (Remember, shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible. Leave them alone.)

#2b. If the local store is too looted of food or water, leave your neighbor's tv and stereo alone. (See # 2a) They worked hard to get their stuff. Just because they were smart enough to leave during a manditory evacuation, doesn't give you the right to take their stuff... it's theirs, not yours.

Have you ever gone shopping for supplies prior to a hurricane? Even before a minor hurricane with little threat, the shelves are quickly bare of essentials like water, non-perishables, flashlights, batteries, radios, etc.

Katrina came quickly; there was little time to prepare. Also, stores and supply shops quickly closed down and boarded up - so places to purchase supplies became even fewer. Again, if you weren't there...what the hell do you know?

Most people who broke into stores did take things they needed to survive. Not everyone was rampantly looting and stealing from their neighbors. Please remember this. Not everyone saw this as a free-for-all. There were real people who were truly desperate getting things they needed to survive.

Yes, there were rapacious looters. As there were in Biloxi, MS after Katrina, as there were in Texas after Rita and as there are now in Mexico after Wilma. I don't see people lumping every one trying to survive into a greedy looter in those places. It happens - everywhere.

#3. If someone comes in to help you, don't shoot at them and then complain no one is helping you. I'm not getting shot to help save some dumbass who didn't leave when told to do so.

I'm getting very tired of this ignorant gripe. In case you weren't aware, the majority of shots fired were desperate people on rooftops trying to get the 'copters attention.

It wasn't 'BANG-BANG' - "Rescue us, motherfuckers, or I'll shoot at you again!", it was 'BANG-BANG' - "Over here! We're over here! Please save us!!". The rescue crews mistakenly thought they were being shot at and retreated. Most of the shots were fired at the ground (or into the water, I should say).

Sure, there were some - some - morons shooting at rescue crews or law enforcement. The majority, however, were not. End of story.

#4. If you are in your house that is completely under water, your belongings are probably too far gone for anyone to want them. If someone does want them, Let them have them and hopefully they'll die in the filth. Just leave! (For Christ's sakes, it's New Orleans, find a voodoo warrior and put a curse on them)

Hey - know what? Fuck you. People from New Orleans, love New Orleans. Refusing to be rescued wasn't just about staying behind to watch the house and possessions. It was shock over losing everything they'd ever had or worked for, and then also having to abandon the city and community they held so dear to their hearts.

These people were shell-shocked, hurt and broken. They've lost everything, and then someone comes along and tries to take them away from what little they have left. Naturally, they're going to balk and refuse to go. They are scared and hurt. Have you ever lost everything you ever had? Didn't think so.

#5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you? You want to live below sea-level, do your country some good and join the Navy.

So next time tornadoes wipe out homes in the central U.S., they shouldn't be rebuilt and the homeowners should be given nothing? When mudslides and earthquakes wreak havoc on multi-million dollar California homes and huge prominent cities, nothing should be done?

If you don't want your tax money going to help fellow Americans that have lost everything, and to rebuild a major metropolitan city and national landmark, exactly what do you want it spent on?

New Orleans is below sea-level so it shouldn't be rebuilt? This is your logic, ignoramus? Sure, let's not rebuild New Orleans; it's just another city - it doesn't serve any real purpose, right?

Here's a few facts for you, about this useless city that you don't seem to think is important enough to rebuild:

The Port of South Louisiana, located in New Orleans, "is the fourth largest port in the world in terms of raw tonnage, and among the largest U.S. ports for several major commodities, including cement and coffee" (wiki: New Orleans).

Oil is pretty important to America, and to the world, wouldn't you agree? New Orleans "is home to the corporate offices of oil companies with major offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the distribution and service centers of offshore equipment suppliers and fabricators. The manufacturing industry is a significant part of the economy, with petroleum, petrochemical, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries all playing a role. The New Orleans region also functions as a mining, processing, and transportation center for other minerals, principally sulfur. Service industries are playing a larger role, with health care and telecommunications leading the way. The New Orleans region is widely regarded as a leading center of medicine and health care in the South". (infoplease - New Orleans)

Louis Armstrong International Airport is located in New Orleans. For a city so unimportant, the need for an international airport seems pretty impressive to me. New Orleans is also a "major rail, highway, air, and river hub" (encyclopedia.com - New Orleans).

The multi-cultural, diverse and unique atmosphere of the Big Easy is responsible for giving us the talents of Louis Armstrong, Truman Capote, Kitty Carlisle, Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy Lamour; all from New Orleans (famous Louisianians). It has also been an inspiration to some of America's greatest icons and artists: Tennesse Williams, John Grisham, Stephen Ambrose, Anne Rice, William Faulkner, George Rodrigue; all from or inspired by New Orleans.

Interesting - but let's not rebuild. Who needs it?

#6. Regardless what the Poverty Pimps Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to believe, The US Government didn't create the Hurricane as a way to erradicate the black people of New Orleans; (Neither did Russia as a way to destroy America). The US Government didn't cause global warming that caused the hurricane (We've been coming out of an ice age for over a million years).

I agree with you on this one, though it has little to do with the people of New Orleans. Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan, to name a few, are a bunch of self-serving, hypocritical morons.

#7. The government isn't responsible for giving you anything. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but you gotta work for what you want. McDonalds and Walmart are always hiring, get a damn job and stop spooning off the people who are actually working for a living.

I'm not sure who you're aiming this at. If you're using this as an argument against the poor of New Orleans, it's a little late, don't you think? Telling them to "get a job" at this juncture is...a little pointless. And stupid.

The sad thing is, whatever jackass wrote all of this really sees himself as clever and witty. That's the real joke here.

CNN Sucks

Monday, August 29th, 2005

You know, it's bad enough - this impending fucking storm - there is no reason for you journalistic getting-off-on-the-tragedy-of-others' sharks to blow this up and make it sound like the end of Earth in Southern Louisiana as we know it just to UP YOUR GODDAMN RATINGS.

Sore spot, forgive me.

But this article, posted at CNN, Katrina may be 'our Asian tsunami' made me want to spit nails. Like I, and all other southern Louisiana natives keeping up with the storm online, need to see SHIT LIKE THIS. Like we're not scared enough or worried enough about our home state and beloved city. It must be nice to write some seemingly brilliant piece of journalism, just frightening and shocking enough to catch the eye, from the comfort of your perfectly safe office THAT IS NOT ABOUT TO BE HIT BY A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE!

Fuck all of you, most who have probably never seen or lived through an ACTUAL hurricane, journalistic types who have hard-ons and wet panties right now at the sheer thought of the damage Katrina is about to cause and all the hours upon hours of rehashing the same shit reporting you're going to do in the aftermath. I hate all of you.

Please note the URL of this particular piece - the tail end - /katrina.doomsday/ Doomsday. Fucking doomsday? It's a goddamn hurricane, not the end of the world or Noah's second coming. It's going to be horrible - absolutely fucking catastrophic. But to you it means ratings - to us it means loss of life, property, places and things we love. It means seeing a huge part of us and our culture destroyed.

There's no need to push this to the extreme. It IS extreme! The flashy headlines - the doomsday heralding - the catastrophic comparisons. Just stop. You are NOT helping.

Whiny Fucks Need Not Apply

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

So World of Warcraft is having a bit of unexpected downtime this evening (it happens). I stroll on over to the official site forums to see if they've said anything. They haven't but it's pretty obvious - it isn't working at the moment.

Then I made the mistake of clicking on an entry (already 6 pages long) where people were griping about the downtime. By time I got through three pages of "We should slap a class-action lawsuit on them" and "this is my hard-earned money that's being wasted", I was livid.

Stupid, immature, whiny fucks - all of them. And I decided to let them know it. This pretty much sums up how I feel about people like that:

All of you whining children with your "hard earned money" and your "class action lawsuits" need to get a grip on reality.

"Oh, it's a *service* - we PAY for it to WORK." Perhaps in whatever world you live in every service you pay for and everything you buy works perfectly all of the time; lucky you. But here in the *real* world, things break, go wrong and don't always go quite like you'd like them to - whether you're paying for it or not.

Let me tell you something, from a professional i.t. tech, I *promise* you that the good folks at Blizzard are busting arse right now to get things back working smoothly; as they always do. I guarantee you they feel bad that all of you who have nothing better to do while your favorite game is down for a bit can't play; they know you pay dearly for this service and they are, I've no doubts, doing everything they can to get it working again for YOU, their loyal paying customer. So hush up and wait.

Or, no, go ahead and sue them, or cancel your account - it's so very mature and what you've displayed so far here speaks volumes of your maturity levels. Go play some other game (which, I promise, will have downtime as well!). Rant and rave some more on the forums b/c that does SO MUCH GOOD. Do whatever you have to do so that you feel better about the wrongs that have been wrought upon you poor, innocent, hard-working people. My heart is bleeding for each and every one of you.

And to those of you that whine you only have "certain times" you can play, and that happens to be NOW - during the "down time" - GET OVER IT. This is Life; in case someone hasn't told you yet, let me share the bad news with you - Life Is NOT Fair. I'm sorry; I know this must come as quite a shock to you. I'm sure this won't change the fact that every one of you now believes Blizzard owes you some type of compensation; an "I'm sorry" that, somehow, magically, works for everyone with an odd schedule and limited playing time. And if they don't, you'll threaten to quit or sue...I know how it goes. But, really, just...get over it - you're going to give yourself some serious high blood pressure freaking out over something so petty.

Yes, $15/month IS a petty thing to gripe about; especially considering the fact that THIS GAME WORKS **MORE OFTEN** THAN NOT! But of course, all you ever seem to notice, or speak up about are the times it *doesn't* and you, poor little you, are slightly inconvenienced (and if the game being down inconveniences you more than *slightly*, you should really get a life.)

It's a thankless job these guys do; not so much as a thank you or a pat on the back when things are working smoothly. Yet the minute something goes wrong you attack them like a pack of wild animals.

Regardless of what's happening or how long it will take, the bottom line is it WILL be fixed, you WILL be able to play again and all of you can go and find something else to whine about. Until such time as that happens, please, for the love of all things holy and sacred, *grow up*.

Save a Life – Learn to Drive

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Saturday night my brother's young girlfriend was in a car accident. Thankfully, she's okay - shaken up and bruised, but okay.

On her way home from work a young boy ran a red light causing her to hit him. He admitted to her that this was his second wreck this year.

I rant and rave a lot on here about the majority of our populations bad driving habits, but it is something I take very seriously. When I'm in my car, I am always conscious of the fact that I'm driving a potential deadly weapon - and that it only takes a fraction of a second for something to go wrong and someone (maybe even me) to end up dead.

Because we drive so much it becomes second nature. We don't think about it. People talk on the phone, eat lunch, apply their make-up while they're driving...some people even read. Often we're not paying full attention to the road even if we aren't doing some other activity; our mind is on work, family, what's on TV tonight.

Every year over 40,000 people die in fatal car accidents in the United States. Forty-thousand people. Young people make up a huge chunk of this death toll; motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people from 15-20 years old.

I think, perhaps, its time we changed the way we issue driver's licenses, and what you have to do to keep them. What about a point system? You get points on your license for every accident you cause...enough points and you lose the ability to drive - why not? Wouldn't something like that make people a little more aware on the road? Maybe for a while.

Let's tackle the problem even earlier. I think we need more aggressive training for potential drivers and harder tests to get a license. The training also needs to focus more on the dangers of driving and the terrible results of inattention.

Think about this: Police officers are given extensive driver training. Police officers spend most of their job on the road, involved in more dangerous situations more frequently than the rest of us - yet they have fewer accidents. Why? Because they are trained to drive safely, even in perilous situations. Why couldn't a similar driving trainer course be created for the general population? With the appallingly high death toll, one has to wonder, why hasn't it?

The young boy that ran the red light had already been in another accident that year. My sister was involved in a crash a few years ago; the teenage girl whom she was riding with had been in three previous crashes. Our youth need experience, true, but even before experience they need some good, hardcore training!

The responsibility of getting behind the wheel should never be taken lightly. 40,000 deaths says it all.

These statistics taken from Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-Based Encyclopedia. Visit for more information.