Monthly Archives: June 2014

Addressing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

No one will accuse me of being quietly opinionated.  In fact, it’s nice to know that there are those out there who want to hear what I have to say about things and I’m glad that I’ve got a place to put them where everyone who is interested can check them out.

Incidentally, for those of you who are checking this out in the hopes I’ll write about you in the next “Life Imitates Wrestling,” you’re a little too vane.

What I’d like to address is the Supreme Court ruling that a “closely held company” can now deny birth control to employees based on their religious beliefs.  Those are the facts, now come the opinions.  My opinions.

There has been an outcry of Christian whining that Christianity is being oppressed and they deserve this and they deserve that.  Well, I’m here to tell you “now you know how I feel.”  When does MY religious right come into play?  When does MY religious belief supersede the beliefs of others?  When does MY religious belief give me the right to tell others what they can and can’t do with THEIR lives?

I’m tired of the bullshit, honestly.

Christian groups that want to force their beliefs on others, whether or not those others are interested in Christianity at all, is absolutely oppression.  The very DEFINITION of oppression.  The SCOTUS ruling simply vilifies their right to impose their beliefs on others and I am completely sickened that they have become so blinded that they can’t see what they’ve opened the door to come through.

“Hey, DJ, you always preach against the slippery slope.”  Guess what?  They use it, so I will, too.  The door swings both ways.

First, they have the right to deny contraception to anyone they want that is employed by them.  Great, don’t work for them.  That just means that businesses can now start pushing the boundaries of this ruling to other things that will be tested in the future, and not JUST by Christians.

Imagine if you will a radical Islamic company comes in (I use radical because I’m illustrating a point).  ISIS Ice Cream comes into town and sets up franchises all over the US.  Now all female employees have to wear burkas.  The ruling is challenged and everything gets pointed back to “well, we can deny contraception due to our beliefs, why can’t we force female employees into our designated ‘female uniform’ in ISIS Ice Cream shops?”  ISIS Ice Cream wins and all people can say is “well, don’t work for them.”

The idea isn’t that they shouldn’t have rights to do things.  The idea is that they can now tell ME what I can do with MY shit.  I’m not a woman but there may be a time when something I need can be denied based on religious reasons.  I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN AND WILL NOT ABIDE BY CHRISTIAN LAWS.

If they want to be bigots, great, don’t be a publicly traded company.  If you support their right to deny this health related option, then you are just as much a bigot as they are.

Hobby Lobby will never see a penny of my money ever again.  If you think “well, how much did you really shop there, anyway?”  My wife shopped there, and she’s as pissed about this as me.  Guess how often SHE shopped there?

Two companies will never see my money: Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby.  Want me to boycott more?  Say something that reinforces that Christianity is a front for discrimination, bigotry, and your “right” to oppress others.

Thus endeth the sermon.

World Football

I’ve been rebuilding my website during this World Cup and I’ve thus been silent.  Now that I have things up and running, though, I’d like to toss some thoughts out about where we’re at so far.

As I write this, some of the Round of 16 has been completed.  The matches that are left are France v. Nigeria, Germany v. Algeria, Argentina v. Switzerland, and Belgium v. USA.

France, in my opinion, is stronger than Nigeria.  I think they’ll advance because of last year’s embarrassing elimination and the fact that they are actually really strong.  I don’t personally know much about the Nigerian team but I have confidence that France will advance and face the winner of Germany v. Algeria.  Speaking of that match, Germany will win.  I think Germany has a good chance to run the tournament, so they’ll be going far.

Argentina v. Switzerland?  Well, this is going to be a tight one but I think that Argentina has the slight edge, even though I wouldn’t put it past Switzerland to pull out the win.  My vote, though, is for Argentina.

That leaves Belgium v. USA and I’m going to be a homer here and go for USA.  We’ve got a fairly decent team and I think that we can advance, at least to the Round of 8.

That leaves me with the evaluation of the Round of 8… which I’ll evaluate after the Round of 16 is done.  Then I can do a proper play by play.

Thanks for reading.

A Little Review of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

So, the wife and I just came from Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.  While the movie has gotten both good reviews and bad reviews, mostly bad, I’ve got to say just a few words about the movie.  Yes, this is a review… sort of.

Michael Bay honestly needs more story and less explosions.  The fact that there were as many explosions in this movie as there were makes me believe that he thinks that replacing story with explosions is acceptable.  It is not, sir, it is not.

The first Transformers movie was… well, it was fairly okay.  Out of 5 stars, I’d give it a 4.  A self contained story that could have easily been the only Michael Bay Transformers we’d ever need.  Then Bay did 2 (2 stars) and 3 (2 stars), leaving me wanting more Transformers but not because his was any good.  Revenge of the Fallen wasn’t inherently bad but if he’d have gone with the “seeding the story” arc better rather than pasting on the amazing back story like we wouldn’t notice was poor choice.  Dark of the Moon was another bad decision covered up by massive amounts of explosions.  There should have been a reboot here, honestly.

Nope.  Age of Extinction starts us in the middle of something that wasn’t really explained entirely, like the bounty hunter and why humans hated Autobots but not the thing helping them hunt the Autobots.  They’re all Transformers, people, it’s like the X-Men hate when they accept Human Torch and Captain America without question.  The back story, again, was pasted on and covered with explosions.  Not a great decision.

I will give Age of Extinction one distinction over Dark of the Moon and Revenge of the Fallen: it had dinosaurs in it.  In fact, that was really all that made that movie better than the previous two because Bay doesn’t know how to handle any of the Transformers except Optimus Prime and Megatron.  He screwed up the Constructicons, he barely made a Dinobot worth a damn, and I don’t want to talk about his erotic love connection with Bumble Bee.  For the love of all that is holy, reboot this franchise and get Bay OFF it.

I’d give this one a 2 star rating, but make it known that it IS better than both 2 and 3.  I could have done without an hour or so of the movie, too, but I can only complain about so much.

That is all.