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Friday, May 13, 2016

LOOKING TO STIR THE POT


LOOKING TO STIR THE POT
A CRANKY OPINION FOR

CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY

The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined.  Opposing opinions are welcome, but they are wrong.  As always, please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid head.

What is it about this great country of ours that we always seem to be looking to stir the pot?  Lately it seems like every day the news has someone or some group being treated unfairly or rebelling against unfair treatment.

Gay people are incensed that a Christian baker refuses to make a wedding cake for a gay wedding because of their religious conviction.  I don’t completely get it, I think a Christian can bake a cake for a gay couple without sacrificing their personal beliefs, but that is just me.  Why does the gay couple have to sue the bakery?  They can’t find another baker?  Why do they want a cake made from someone that hates their gender choice? Would they ask a Jewish deli for a ham sandwich? Do they just want to stir the pot to make a point?

Several states have pending laws that will make it illegal for transgendered people to choose the restroom of their choice.  Why?  Has this been a problem?  There are only two types of people that will chose a restroom that is not specific to their biological gender; transgendered people and perverts. 

 I don’t know about you, but I prefer that someone who looks like a lady, walks like a lady and acts like a lady use the woman’s restroom.  And if you don’t have a penis, you are going to have to use a stall, so who gives a rat’s backside?

When it comes to perverts, why will a law stop them?  It is already against the law to act creepy.  It is a bathroom, you go in, you pee or poop, you wash your hands and check your hair…that is it.  If you loiter, stare, or waggle your noodle you can be and should be arrested, not for being in the wrong restroom, it is creepy and illegal even if you do it in a restroom that matches your body parts.  These restroom laws are only to stir the pot.

This next one leaves me tick tisking.

A group of African American West Point graduates posed for a traditional picture.

“It's a time-honored tradition at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York -- graduating seniors in small groups don their ceremonial high-collared uniforms and pose for a photo in front of historic Nininger Hall.

Their poses are typically stern and stoic, mimicking sepia-toned editions that date back to the 1800s.”

This group posed with their closed fists held out.  Immediately there is a fuss as it is assumed the pose was for “Black Lives Matter” or “Black Power” and politicizing any position is frowned on in the military.

Perhaps the pose was ill conceived, but the raised fist is not just a black solidarity thing.  It is a power thing; it is a victory thing and is common.  I do it if I throw a strike in bowling.  Baseball players do it after hitting a game winning homer, football players do it all the time after a tough win.

These women are holding their heads up high, are under crossed swords and are proudly wearing their Army Dress uniforms.  One lady is smiling widely.   Contrast that to the John Carlos, Tommie Smith ’68 Olympic protest. In a protest to black rights violations, Carlos and Smith stood on the podium with a black gloved fist raised high and their heads looking low.  Not the same.  Why the fuss over these women’s picture? 

It is just pot stirring, looking for controversy for the sake of controversy.  

We have lots of problems in this country.  We have poverty, we have crime, we have racism, we have drug issues, we have health care issues, the economy could be better, we have ecological problems and terrorism worries remain high. 

We have plenty of shit to fix in this country, do we really have to pick bull-crap issues and stir the pot?

The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.

20 comments:

  1. I think stirring the pot is good, provided it leads to rational discussion

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    1. I hadn't thought of it that way.

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    2. I think if MLK hadn't 'stirred the pot' in '62 we'd still have segregation in schools.

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  2. Because it goes against what the Bible defines as marriage, a Christian person more than likely is always going to have problems doing much for a same sex couple in the way of business, making a cake, doing flowers, providing music, etc. Hubby and his brother are very talented musicians with over 100 plus years experience between the two of them. They made the choice to stop doing weddings a few years back rather than be sued for not wanting to do someone's wedding. I just think people should be able to choose who they do business with or don't do business with and not end up with a lawsuit on their hands. There are plenty of other businesses I am sure ready to take on the work if someone says "no." Though I guess someone just likes to stir the pot.

    The whole issue with the bathrooms is a nightmare. Makes you never want to have to go out in public unless there are places that just have individual stalls and make them unisex for whoever uses them next and I have to admit, I rather not be using a restroom after a guy that might not have the best of hygiene habits.

    betty

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  3. Many issues comes an goes. People cannot be perfect al the time.

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  4. I think the transgenders-in-the-bathrooms thing is driving a lot of people who never thought about it before nuts.

    I mean, are the people you've been in public restrooms with over the years sporting the same equipment as you?

    These are the same people whose lives I'd be able to ruin if I told them about the number of mites inhabiting the average person's skin or that the two halves of everyone's face is at least a little asymmetrical.

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  5. There's so much pot stirring going on all over the world. Clearly all these stirrers do not have anything else to do with their time. Like going home and stirring up a real pot with maybe soup or stew in it. A much more worthwhile occupation in my opinion.

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  6. Same here in the UK. People get stirred up over the least thing yet at one time no interest was taken in anything. As I heard someone say 'It's all about selling papers!!'

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  7. media contributes to each one of these problems and turns them into a side-show. *sigh*

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  8. While everyone is having a meltdown over stuff that doesn't really matter then the real issues aren't being dealt with. Very simple. It's called deflecting. The government are pros at deflecting.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  9. Yes, what Sandee said! Who cares about the transgender bathroom issue...let's care about the REAL bathroom issue and let's stir the pot then: I've been in a bathroom in Burger King when an employee came out of the stall and went straight into the kitchen without washing her hands. I went back into the restaurant where my husband had been standing in one of the long, long lines and hollered: "Let's leave...the gal in the kitchen didn't wash her hands in the bathroom." Boy, talk about a stirred pot!

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  10. You're making sense again--I thought I warned you about that!!

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  11. You really hit some nails squarely with this post. You also make a point I hadn't thought of. Why insist someone prepare your food who hates you? You would be lucky if only a bit of spit was added.
    Well done Cranky.

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  12. Some pots need stirring, and some do not. The ones you've mentioned do not.

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    1. Good point, thank you. I guess I should have stipulated that so some people would not compare black people being allowed to go to school, vote and drink from a water fountain with a gay couple buying a cake from a Christian baker.

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  13. Stirring the pot? Can't they just smoke it, and forget about being offended?

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  14. I've never understood the people who feel they have a right to force other people to conform to their values. If I'm told that a place doesn't want my business, I'm extremely happy to find someplace else that wants my money. Why do I want to give my money to someone who doesn't want to serve me or who doesn't like me? WTF is the psychological problem these people have that makes them want acceptance from everybody? NOBODY is accepted by everybody. That's life. Get used to it and stop being an asshole.

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  15. Some things seem weird or small unless you are affected by them, but yeah, a lot of this stuff seems unnecessary and is exhausting. So much public commentary now seems to be all about second-guessing and one-upmanship. And the rest in America seems to be all about people suing one another!

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  16. I feel the same way. We have kids going hungry, people sleeping in the streets and still no cure for cancer. Focus on something important.

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  17. We live in a society full of micro aggressions!

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