No, I’m not suffering like several of my cousins, but will instead be voluntarily shedding my locks for the unmitigated joy of playing Uncle Fester in Grandstreet Theatre’s upcoming production of Addams’ Family Musical. I hope you will come see it!
From Rick Hill on Facebook:
One of my liberal Facebook friends asked the other day what it is that conservatives are trying to “conserve?”
The answer is that conservatives are seeking to conserve traditional views about faith and family. We seek to conserve property rights including the right to benefit from one’s labor. We seek to conserve the traditional advocacy for smaller and less intrusive government. We seek to conserve traditional views of individual rights and liberties such as free speech, free assembly, right to petition, religious freedom, right to bear arms, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection, states rights and representative government.
All under attack from the left.
Oh please. – Let’s break it down:
The answer is that conservatives are seeking to conserve traditional views about faith and family. – Which are discriminatory towards me, so no, you don’t get to keep being a bigot. Get over it, grow up, and be a decent human being. Jesus never said anything against the gays, lesbians, trans or bis. Your evangelical narcissists do, but they are bigots, and if you follow them, so are you.
We seek to conserve property rights including the right to benefit from one’s labor. – But not at a fair wage if you’re not already a millionaire.
We seek to conserve the traditional advocacy for smaller and less intrusive government. – Except if you’re a woman, because then you want to stand between her and her doctor to tell exactly what she can and cannot do with her body and her health.
We seek to conserve traditional views of individual rights and liberties such as free speech, free assembly, right to petition, religious freedom, right to bear arms, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection, states rights and representative government. – Whooo boy. Free speech – we’re having that right here, and while I want you to learn, to be smarter, and not say stupid things, it’s your right to do speak on anything, regardless of your understanding of it. It is our right to judge you on your ignorance, that’s part of the deal.
Free assembly – oh, you mean like the Occupy movement? Or maybe the crowds gathering in Ferguson? Oh, not those, eh?
Right to petition – no one is stopping you from doing this. No one. Find me some example of this, please.
Religious Freedom – your religious freedom is as sacrosanct as mine. A good way to think about this, tho, is that your religion is similar to your penis – you can have one, you can even be proud of it, but don’t wave it in public and don’t shove it down anyone’s throat.
Right to bear arms – go for it. I have no issue with responsible gun owners. I do think we should have background checks when people buy them, because we’ve so much proof that even just that dramatically decreases the gun violence we’ve been subjected to recently.
Now, this next part gets me. I know what you meant to put, but the order you put it in, Rick, is ambiguous and entertaining.
Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure – yep, nothing new here, although you should be complaining about the militarization of police forces, but I don’t see you speaking up on that at all.
Equal protection – you want to be free from equal protection? Because you don’t think that everyone should be treated equally under the law? What the hell, Rick? Oh, this is your poor writing skills at work, eh? You want to have equal protection? Well, so do the liberals of the world. In fact, only the liberals do, because the conservatives act like they’d rather keep the patriarchy of the Old White Guys in place.
Freedom from states’ rights? Heh.
As for what you meant to say; that you’re conserving states’ rights, yes, as are we. We believe even in city and county rights, that they enact things first to see if they work or if they suck, and so we can have some experimentation and get it right before we take it nation-wide. But eventually, when we figure something out and realize it should be that way for everyone, we are going to take it nation-wide. Heck, your side does that, too, just not as often because it does require good ideas that can be proven to work.
Representative government – we have this. Like it or not, this is what we have. We vote, and the people we vote for do things that sometimes we like and sometimes we don’t and we have some issues with money adversely affecting the process, but overall, we have a representative government. Where we lack this is in keeping people out of power when they aren’t elected, but that requires we change how things work when people lose elections. And if I remember right, that would have directly affected you, so I’m guessing you really don’t go for that.
So thank you for spouting the platitudes, but you aren’t actually fighting for a one of them. You, and your party, are actively trying to destroy them all.
Our government is by us, for us, and we willingly pass it off as ‘just another annoyance’. To be forgotten. To just fucking let it go.
Well, I’m not letting it go. I’m not letting the naysayers and evildoers of the world continue to abuse and destroy our country. I’m not going to let the rich own the world and let nothing be left for the rest of us. I’m not going to let the hawks cry for war, sending the sons and daughters of the people to fight for their oil and money, and then bring those sons and daughters back, in body bags, in ruins, in tattered minds and shattered souls, to be tossed on the streets and forgotten. I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting the owners of companies continue to act like it’s ok that they make millions while the people doing the actual work of their business get paid less than is necessary to live. The front line workers should be thriving, because they are most important parts of your business, not some throw-away cog in a machine that you don’t even understand, and I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting the crooks off because they are too big to fail. They’ve bought and paid for the representation that they currently enjoy, but they need to hire lawyers and a defense team and stand in a court of law and pay for the misdeeds they committed, and be held accountable for the damage they inflicted on the world’s economy. I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting our science and math skills fail because we put pressure on teachers to produce a product instead of teaching a person. We’ve forgotten that everyone learns slightly differently and we’ve decided that we’re too damn busy to figure out a real way to test if a child is learning and teacher is teaching, and instead insist on giving crap tests with number 2 pencils that a computer can read but that no one can understand. I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting our manufacturing prowess continue to rot in the cities abandoned by companies that strived to make things cheaper on the backs of the workers instead of investing in new technologies and keeping C-level paychecks in line with the realities of the world. It’s not acceptable to move the manufacturing to reduce the labor costs when the end product doesn’t cost less, you’re just padding the paychecks of the executives. I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting our space program die on the vine. When I was a kid we talked about terraforming Mars and faster-than-light travel, but now we don’t even have shuttles, let alone spaceships, and while we haven’t returned to the moon since before I was born, China has. With most of the modern conveniences coming from research into space and space travel, this is beyond stupid, it’s dangerous. And I’m not letting it go.
I’m not letting you forget your civic duty to vote. I refuse. You voice matters, and your only voice, your only chance to make a difference is to vote. So yeah, you’re going to see a lot of political posts from me. But I care about where we, as a nation, are headed, and I’m not letting it go.
Neither should you.
Oh, I actually have met jhwygirl and like her, but I disagree with her thoughts and her premise on this. It’s not that she can’t have her opinion, trust me, I’d much rather have her opinion than not, she’s extremely sharp, and I read her article because it touches on a thought I’d had before.
First off, let’s back up a bit tho – Amanda is who I’m supporting. Dave is about as interesting as wet paint, and while many have heard of him, of the 35 or so that I asked about him couldn’t put that he was in politics. They’d heard of him, but not of anything he’d done. When asked about Amanda, most of them knew her, in some form, some from her music, some from production work on TV, and some from the legislature. I only met one that hadn’t heard of her, but after giving a bit, even they’d seen her videos last session. Chalk this up to being in Helena, where politics is fed to us in the water. We’re a tad weird.
As for Amanda not running, that was her being polite. Butte lost a seat and the other incumbents had seniority, and, honestly, she did as she was asked even tho she didn’t like it. That’s just being a good person, really, so she shouldn’t be faulted for that, especially now, when if she had been running, she’d have to give up the seat, and that would create problems because in the last race she ran uncontested in the general election, which triggers odd things because I’m not sure an uncontested race can be replaced? It’s something to think on.
We’ll be 79 days from the election when the Dems have decided on who is replacing Walsh, and it’s going to be tough. But as I’ve posited before, the only person who can make the media stand up and shine is Amanda.
The focus of the national press has turned towards Montana and especially this party, as we face a unique moment. In a race that has been flagged as wasted, lost, and unimportant, the amount of ink, pixels and video thrown at it the last week, on a national level, is almost unprecedented – in fact, the last time we had this was the last presidential election, and the spotlight was used by the GOP to create the monster that is Sarah Palin. It’s an amazing amount of focus, and can, obviously be used for evil. The media is hungry for a story that will make the mid-term elections interesting, and it started with Senator Walsh’s paper. They are focused on Montana right now, and we can feed that focus and keep them here if we have a candidate that is compelling, interesting, intelligent, and connected. And We have that candidate.
We have a chance to really try something new. To find a leader from our ranks who represents the values we hold, without being a beholden subject of the whims of outsiders and special interests. We have a chance to grab that spotlight and shine it on a candidate that can represent all of Montana. A candidate whose life, whose story, whose strength and whose character, are exactly the stories that the press is starving to tell, will continue to hold that focus on this race and her candidacy for the next 100 days.
We are at a precipice, and when we jump, we can jump with anyone and hope for a soft landing – that’s exactly what everyone expects. The people expect it, the press expects it, and honestly, most of us expect it. Or we can do something daring, unexpected, and completely interesting, and jump, with a chance to fly.
Let me tell you some of the highlights from the story of this candidate. She grew up in Billings, but found her heart in Butte. The daughter of a member of the Laborers union, who only had access to dental and healthcare because of the union. A graduate of Montana Tech, and currently, she’s finishing up her master’s at the University of Montana. She’s taught math in both Helena and Butte, and she’s served a term as a representative in the state house.
We have the chance to take that media focus, that amazing media frenzy, and illuminate a candidate that the camera loves, and who can answer questions about foreign policy, education, energy, land use, healthcare, social security, and just about any other topic you can think of, without missing a beat.
Of the people floated, I like them all, and know they are good people. Putting your support behind someone means making a decision, and I hope that my friends are still my friends after I’ve published this, because I do like them. Dirk has great ideas, and while I disagree with some of his positions, I don’t agree with Amanda on all of them. I know his best chance at winning is running a full campaign again, because he needs time to get his message out. His messages are compelling, and his ability to lead seems legit, but I think he needs a bit more gumption and a bit less politics to get there – but he certainly will.
Bohlinger is awesome. How can you not like the guy? He’s shown his ability to lead time and again, and his compassion and grace are beyond reproach. He served in the military, he’s own a successful business, and he’s grown as a person and politician and his growth lead him to switch parties because his understanding of the facts compelled him to. That’s a great thing. If he were to get the nom, I’d certainly work my tail off to support him, that’s for sure.
Dave isn’t really known. He’s one of those legislators that doesn’t stand out, and while seems to be right on many issues, hasn’t really lead anything. Hell, Bryce Bennett has been more vocal than Dave, and has a better story to catch the media’s attention.
The list of amazing women in the Dem ranks is astounding, but they’ve all declined already. Amanda hasn’t, and she’s amazing. I’ve known her since I moved back, and after eight years, I can’t think of anyone better for this race. She has the energy, drive, passion, compassion, grace, smarts, training and background that we really want, and frankly, she hasn’t been poisoned by our political system.
You make think it’s a gimmick to choose her, but it’s not. Amanda is ready for this race and will be an awesome senator, so don’t think for a moment that it’s not about winning now, because it very much is.
Otherwise, we’d all just be supporting a white man. Same old story. Same old song. Same lost seat.
“A Message From Dave Watson,
July 21, 2014
You probably know that there has been a fair amount of media attention about a recording of a phone call between one of our Customer Account Executives (CAEs) and a Comcast customer. The call went viral on social media and generated news headlines. We have apologized to the customer privately and publicly on Comcast Voices, making it clear that we are embarrassed by the tone of the call and the lack of sensitivity to the customer’s desire to discontinue service.”
Fuck, we got caught, and we are doing damage control in every way (we control).
I’d like to give you my thoughts on the situation.
Let me continue to shovel shit.
“First, let me say that while I regret that this incident occurred, …”
“…the experience that this customer had is not representative of the good work that our employees are doing. We have tens of thousands of incredibly talented and passionate people interacting with our customers every day, who are respectful, courteous and resourceful.”
…but thankfully, most of our calls are only recorded by us.
“That said, it was painful to listen to this call, and I am not surprised that we have been criticized for it.”
This was nothing, actually. We have worse calls recorded internally.
Respecting our customers is fundamental, and we fell short in this instance.
We are dicks. Always.
I know these Retention calls are tough, and I have tremendous admiration for our Retention professionals, who make it easy for customers to choose to stay with Comcast.
We pay people to be dicks, specifically ‘not-caught-being-dicks dicks’.
We have a Retention queue because we believe in our products,…
No one understands our pricing and packaging…
and because we offer a great value when customers have the right facts to choose the package that works best for them. If a customer is not fully aware of what the product offers, we ask the Retention agent to educate the customer and work with them to find the right solution.
…and that’s on purpose. We baffle them with bullshit to get their money!
The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands of other Retention agents — to do. He tried to save a customer, and that’s important, but the act of saving a customer must always be handled with the utmost respect.
He fucking failed. We blame the terrorists.
This situation has caused us to reexamine how we do some things to make sure that each and every one of us — from leadership to the front line — understands the balance between selling and listening.
We’re all taking new training to listen for the click of a recording device.
And that a great sales organization always listens to the customer, first and foremost.
Legal is looking into suing the guy who recorded the call.
When the company has moments like these, we use them as an opportunity to get better, and that’s what we’re going to do.
Well, the legal department will.
We will review our training programs, we will refresh our manager on coaching for quality, and we will take a look at our incentives to ensure we are rewarding employees for the right behaviors.
We won’t get caught again!
We can, and will, do better.
We will be bigger dicks!
Thank you for your support, and many thanks to the thousands of exceptional employees all around the country who work so hard to deliver a great customer experience every day.
i.e. all you fucks who haven’t been recorded.
I am confident that together we will continue to improve the experience, one customer at a time.
Hopefully another plane will go down so we’re out of the news soon.
Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Cable
I’m sure many of you have heard that Jonah Hill first lost his damn mind and called some paparazzi “faggots” and told them to suck his cock. Or something. I haven’t watched the video because I refuse to support the business of TMZ and others like them, hateful cunts that they are.
I’m not even a fan of Jonah’s. I’ve seen him in a few things, and he’s not bad, but not someone I seek out to watch. Although that may have changed, because of his apology. The man owned his mistake, and was open, honest, and did the right thing. That’s something that’s so rare these days, and should be applauded and copied, over and over and over again. For that, I truly thank him.
Do I forgive him? For what?
You see, what we didn’t get from the fuckchuckles at TMZ is the part where the paparazzi is terrorizing Jonah. And I don’t use that term lightly. This asshole was terrorizing a celebrity to make a few bucks, which TMZ then gladly handed to him in an attempt to tell a story that they are responsible for creating in the first place.
Terrorism: [noun] the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
That’s exactly what the paparazzi was doing, and while it wasn’t for political gain, it was for power, and that’s what politics is all about anyway.
Jonah was attacked, his friends and family with him were attacked, and like any animal backed into a corner his fight-or-flight response ramped up, and his brain was busy doing other things and he spouted out words that had been used to hurt him in an attempt to wield a weapon against his attacker. All perfectly natural things, things we all do.
And those word-weapons he grabbed? Those were the ones used to hurt him, and trust me, they hurt a lot, especially when you’re a kid. Again, nothing to see here, kids tend to be assholes because parents think it’s not a problem that they say shitty things.
At the end of the day, Jonah regrets letting it get to him, and his apology is, as I said, applauded. Great.
But we should be apologizing to him. We’re the ones who made TMZ possible. We are public that eats this shit up. We are the creators of the terrorists known as paparazzi, and we need to stop them. And we start by apologizing to Jonah and everyone else we’ve terrorized in our quest for trivia about our idols.