I DO Blame Peter Lanza!

This week, Peter Lanza, father of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza, came out and said he wished his son had never been born. He seems to think that this should garner him some type of sympathy and/or excuse him from any culpability, by distancing himself from his son. It does not.

It is a sick, cowardly comment from a terrible father and horribly stupid person. Had Peter Lanza stayed in his son’s life and tried everything possible to help his son, yet ultimately failed, I would have sympathy for him, regardless of what he might say in the aftermath of such a tragic end. That’s not what Lanza did.

Lanza abandoned his son, and when his ex-wife emailed him regarding Adam’s increasing depression, he did nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I think both of his parents were idiots. If my child spent hours lying on the bathroom floor crying, I would not be emailing her father asking “oh what do I do? What do I do? I don’t know what to do?”

YOU FUCKING CALL 911, MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And if your ex calls you and says your child has been lying on the bathroom floor for hours and she/he doesn’t know what to do….

YOU FUCKING CALL 911, MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!

No excuses about not having insurance or your child not wanting to go to the hospital…if your child had been hit by a car, would you refuse to call an ambulance because of the cost? No! So why when your child is telling you they don’t don’t have a reason to live and they spend days lying on the floor in such obvious pain wouldn’t you CALL A GODDAMN AMBULANCE!!!???!??!!!!

No, Peter Lanza, you do not get to distance yourself from what your child did. He screamed for your help for years and you turned your back on him. I am sorry your son was born…to such stupid, incompetent people. You may not have known that Adam was capable of such horrible violence, but you DID know that he was in unspeakable pain. The emails between you and his mother make it clear that you both knew how miserable he was, yet for some reason you did nothing beyond wringing your hands and whining “I don’t know what to do!”

This is not 20/20 hindsight. A normal, loving parent rushes their child to the doctor when they see them lying on a floor, crying uncontrollably. Do the world a favor. Get a vasectomy.

Here’s what happened with DirecTV – Smart Circle at Sam’s Club

When I enter a Sam’s Club, or any membership based shopping club, I expect a certain level of protection from fraud from 3rd party vendors in the store, especially from vendors that are doing promotions with the club directly.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, I was approached by Sales rep at Sam’s Club located at 1725 34th Street N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713. JP (the rep) told me that DirecTV was doing a promotion with Brighthouse and Verizon. Customers could keep current internet and switch to DirecTV and save significantly. I told him what my current internet-tv bundle was and he said that my internet alone with Brighthouse would remain at $40 ($39.99 to be exact)/mo and that DirecTv would cost 56.99/mo for the first year and $91.99/mo for the second year. I again asked if he was sure about my internet remaining with Brighthouse and being $40/ month unbundled for the 30 Mbps high speed internet I currently had. Please note, he specifically asked me which internet speed/bundle I currently had and told me what the new internet-only price would be with Brighthouse, while saying that DirecTv and Brighthouse were working together on this deal.

As told to me by JP, the new configuration would save me approximately $40/mo the first year and be about $7/mo less than my current costs in the second year. When he told me that part of the discount was for paying via auto pay, I again asked about the internet remaining with Brighthouse and if I would now have to make separate payments to both Brighthouse and DirecTV, since DirecTV was automatically withdrawing the TV portion of the bill. I was once again assured that even though I was splitting the internet and TV, DirecTV was working with Brighthouse to bring this deal to Sam’s Club members. They were also doing a similar deal with Verizon customers, and at this point John directed my attention to a computer screen nearby with a page advertising a DirecTv/Verizon deal, branded with both logos visible on the screen. I assume (now) this was to support his claim that DirecTv was indeed working in conjunction with both these companies.

Because of these repeated assurances that my unbundled internet would cost $40/mo with Brighthouse and JP’s assurance that he knew this because DirecTv was working with Brighthouse on this deal for Sam’s Club members, I signed up for the service. Mind you, I’m a skeptic, so when I began this conversation with the rep, I really didn’t believe he would be able to save me money over my current Brighthouse plan. So once he had shown me that the plan would indeed be cheaper, I felt it would be silly to reject it at that point. He had indeed shown that he could save me money as he claimed he would.

On Tuesday, once the DirecTv was installed, I called Brighthouse to discontinue the cable TV service and was told that the unbundled 30 Mbps Internet service was $75/mo. Which means that I am saving less than $10/mo the 1st year (maybe not even that after taxes) and will be paying $27 more per month the 2nd year. They also informed me that they were definitely not involved in any promotions with DirecTv or Sam’s Club.

Needless to say, I would not have signed up for this had the person representing DirecTv not blatantly and repeatedly lied to me. By assuring me that DirecTv was working with Brighthouse, he falsely presented himself as being able to speak to Brighthouse costs as if he were representing them as well. This is clearly fraudulent.

I now realize that this was a Smart Circle employee, not a DirecTv or Sam’s representative. Yet all of the material I received said DirecTv or DirecTv for Sam’s Club Members. The only way I discovered he was not with DirecTv is when I called the number on the DirecTv for Sam’s Club members pamphlet that I received when I signed up in order to complain on Tue, Nov 26th and the phone was answered by Smart Circle.

I am currently trying to get some resolution to this matter. I would like to give DirecTv/Smart Circle a chance to make things right and at least deliver on the same amount of savings that I was promised in order to entice me to sign up for the package in the first place. There is nothing that I can expect BrightHouse to do about their billing. They were not involved in the matter at all and I cannot expect them to change their pricing because a DirecTv/Smart Circle Representative committed fraud.

UPDATE:

I am canceling the DirecTV within the 24 hour grace period. Brighthouse is reinstating my service with them at no extra cost and no hassles whatsoever. They were the most understanding reps I spoke with all day. I would advise people approached by any DirecTV Sales reps to tell them to go fuck themselves. to walk away without response.

FURTHER UPDATE:

Just spoke with someone from the Office of the President of DirecTV (I sent an email to a VP). I will still be canceling the service, but they are now at least doing their best to be sure that I’m not charged anything and that the contract is canceled without penalty and my installation fee is reimbursed. They also assured me that they will be sending the information to their dealer services department in order to be sure it doesn’t happen again. They were surprised to hear that Smart Circle had been accused of the same behavior in another local Sam’s Club, so perhaps they will re-think allowing that dealer to continue to represent them. We’ll see. I remain skeptical.

FINAL UPDATE:

Well, Smart Circle contacted me the week after Thanksgiving with all sorts of apologies for their representative misleading me. They sent me a $200 check as an apology. I also still received the $200 Sam’s Gift card that was part of the original deal with DirecTv. So in the long run I came out $400 ahead….at least until I have to remove the damn dish from my roof and patch the screw holes.

What’s Wrong with the Burqua

I must admit when I see women wearing traditional Islamic garb, I wince. I can’t help it. Multiculturalists insist that women should have the right to choose to wear the all encompassing symbol of their faith. And if they wear the burqua or the hijab outside of Islamic controlled countries, then obviously they are choosing to do so since they have that freedom.

But do they really?

Is it really freedom to choose if your entire community has told you that if you choose differently you are evil, whorish and will burn in the fires of eternal damnation. Is it really freedom if you are beaten by your husband when you do not cover yourself in the way that the male leaders of your community say is necessary? How can a woman be considered free if her community tells her that her testimony is only worth half of a man’s? How can a woman be free if her community only allows her to inherit half of what her brother can? Simply because she doesn’t have a penis. Can a woman be free to choose if her entire life she has only been given one choice?

Do we believe that victims of abduction that have been held against their will, and develop what is known as “Stockholm Syndrome,” actually have the freedom to choose? When Jaycee Dugard didn’t run away from her captors after years of isolation and abuse, did she really “choose” to stay with them?

No. We consider people with Stockholm Syndrome and people who have been systematically denied education or are not conscious of their ability to say no to have a diminished capacity to choose. This is why consent for even basic medical care must be informed consent. People must know their choices and have the freedom to exercise them. If you believe the consequence of one of your choices is that you will burn for eternity, be shunned by your community and possibly even beaten or killed – even if you believe that this is all justified – then you do not have a choice.

I also wince at the thought of banning the burqua. It grates against every freedom-loving fiber of my being. I hate the style of wearing pants down below the butt and allowing boxer shorts to show, but I will defend your right to do so with my dying breath…no matter how stupid I think it makes you look. With the exception of showing one’s face for identification purposes, or ensuring that whatever you wear does not impede your vision in situations that you need clear sight (eg. driving), I don’t believe any government should be in the business of telling people what to wear. I would hope that through education and example the western world can show Muslim women that they are equal to men, that they are not second class citizens in countries that value freedom.

So much meaning has been instilled in the simple headgear of another culture. When I see it in the Western world, I could say to myself, “Well at least here, she has the choice to wear it.” And maybe she really believes she does have that choice.

I wince because I imagine what could happen if she chooses to say no.

The End of the World…As We Know It?

I suppose I should have some sympathy for this bunch of Rapture pushers. After all, many of them have given away all their possessions and will find themselves in quite the pickle when they are still here come May 22nd. However, I am so disgusted by their complete and utter stupidity, I am having a hard time feeling the least bit sorry for them. These are people with children. How the fuck are they planning on taking care of their kids now that they have quit their jobs and given away all their money?

If you are so stupid as to throw away all means of supporting your children, based soley on one man’s interpretation of a story passed down by illiterate, uneducated goat herders over 2000 years ago…then you should have your children taken away from you and placed in homes of people that know how to think rationally.

It is the fucking 21st century. You are putting your faith in fairy tales that were invented by people that thought the world was flat and the sun revolved around it. What a bunch of dimwits.

Is Rationalism Bigoted?

Today is Draw Mohammed Day and all of the uproar from the Islamic world has made me want to examine why most atheists, myself included, have no problem offending people because of their religion. Most of us would be appalled by anyone making offensive comments based on race or sexual orientation, but do not see any hypocrisy in verbal attacks against people based upon their beliefs.

Do I see this as a contradiction? Not at all. For one simple reason: Religion is a choice.

People cannot choose their gender, race or sexual preference. These are things that we are born into. They are innate. Your religion, your system of beliefs, however, are completely your choice.

If a person were to say, “I believe the earth is flat and it sits on the back of a purple dinosaur named Barney,” no one would think twice about ridiculing him. No one would call me a bigot for telling the holder of such a belief that he was a complete and total imbecile. In fact, it would probably be expected of me.

Consider that the same amendment of the constitution that guarantees the freedom of religion – the freedom to believe whatever you wish – in the very next breath guarantees the freedom to ridicule those very beliefs.

I do not have the right to tell you that you cannot believe in a magical sky-daddy god or even a purple dinosaur carting around a big, flat planet. But I am constitutionally guaranteed the right to point and laugh and ridicule you if you do.

The Myth of Sexual Purity

I caught a little bit of a call in radio show this afternoon where a gentleman had called in to say that he was dating a girl who wished to remain a virgin until marriage. And though he cared for her, he felt that sex was an important part of a relationship. He told his girlfriend that he respected her decision to not have sex, however he could not be chaste and would continue to see other women for sexual gratification. The fallout on the radio show was scores of women calling him an asshole because “all he wanted from her was sex.”

I had the immediate urge to call and tell the young man to run away, run quickly away. This woman’s desire to hold on to her virtue like some sort of magical shield spoke volumes to the kind of woman she was…a deluded one. I am sure I will get a lot of flak for this stance, especially from women, but bear with me and open your mind.

Female purity is a patriarchal construct that has one purpose and one purpose only, to subjugate women. We are sexual beings. As with any species, it is hardwired into our DNA to reproduce, to continue our genetic code. In order to ensure this happens, we have evolved to enjoy sexual intercourse. It is pleasurable for us, increasing our desire to copulate and therefore increasing the opportunity for reproduction.

By vilifying one half of the population for following our very nature, those who demand women remain sexually pure gain control over them. Women’s purity becomes a bargaining chip in the selling of daughters and sisters to men with money and power.  These men see virginity as a virtue because that makes them the only sexual partner, increasing the likelihood that their DNA is passed and decreasing any chance that the inexperienced bride can question their virility or expertise.

As long as women continue to buy into this crap, we will continue to see the horrors of honor killings and female circumcision. I will not respect any religion that demands female purity. I can tolerate a lot of what I consider “misguided delusions” from Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc., but I refuse to hand over the control of my own body.

Women, when religious leaders demand that you remain pure, ask “WHY?” When your political leaders demand that you be virtuous, ask “WHY?” When your fathers, uncles, and brothers demand that you remain a virgin until they can marry you to a man twice your age, ask “WHY?”

Any answer that ties your sexual purity to your morality or your worth as a human being is the WRONG ANSWER.

Idiots that Make Me Glad to be an Atheist!

Today Pat Robertson said that the entire country of Haiti deserved to be crushed by the earthquake that hit them because they had made a “pact with the devil.” This is a man that in the 1990’s had extensive business dealings with former Liberian president Charles Taylor who is currently on trial for crimes against humanity.  Taylor gave Robertson the right to mine diamonds in Liberia.

Robertson lied to his 700 club followers, calling the “Operation Blessing” flights that he used to transport mining equipment to Liberia humanitarian relief to Rwanda genocide victims. Charles Taylor is on trial this week for war crimes and crimes against humanity. At the time of his business dealings with Robertson, this despot was harboring Al Qaeda terrorists.

Pat Robertson, this paragon of Christianity, is one of the foremost reasons I am glad to be an atheist. Since atheists aren’t putting themselves up on pedestals, claiming moral superiority to any other groups (although some may be claiming “mental” superiority), we don’t have to worry about being embarrassed when one has such obvious moral failings. I’m thinking that  Marion Gordon Robertson might as well just change his nickname from Pat to Douchebag and move along.

The other Christians that make me so happy to be an atheist are the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which is mostly just Fred Phelps and his family. This bunch of inbred losers think that it’s a wonderful pastime to show up at funerals of soldiers with signs that say “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” When they’re not huffing paint or denigrating our brave armed services, they’re protesting anything they think is “gay” because apparently “God hates fags.” I’m still not clear on what that has to do with soldiers killed in the line of duty, but that’s probably where the huffing and reduced gene pool come in.

If anybody thinks that the “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” signs sound like a threat on the lives of soldiers and their families, I would suggest going to their website (godhatesfags.com what else?) and checking out their scheduled protests in order to “protect” yourselves.

You may feel the need to disinfect your computer after the visit. Perfectly understandable.

Now I would never advocate violence against any of these mouthbreathers, but should they show up in your community with signs advocating the death of US soldiers, anyone would understand how that might be viewed as a terrorist threat which would call for protection by any means necessary. You can decide what those means are. Since I don’t believe in God, I could care less who some family of retarded baboons claim he hates.

As for my Christian friends and followers, you have my deepest sympathies this week. I really am sorry that there are people out there making fools out of themselves and giving your faith a bad name. Those believers that have good hearts and loving attitudes, that do not condemn or try to force their beliefs on others, have got to be shuddering at the antics of these loudmouthed idiots.