1st Amendment and Protests

Not one to shy away from controversy … let’s get into it.

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Let me start off by saying I believe what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy and a blatant misuse of force by Officer Derek Chauvin. Mr. Floyd was in custody and there was no reason for the police officer to keep his knee on Floyd’s neck for that excessive amount of time after he was restrained … especially when Floyd was saying he can’t breathe.

I don’t know Officer Chauvin to make any sort of judgement on why he felt the need to do that. Did he do it because he’s racist and Mr. Floyd was black … or did he do it because he just saw him as another criminal. I don’t know … and neither do you! The only person who truly knows the answer is Derek Chauvin. If you say you know what his intentions were then you are full of shit and making assumptions to fit your narrative.

I believe that police officers have a very difficult job … especially in today’s “hate the police” culture and the growing empowerment to be argumentative by segments of the population when they are pulled over. I’m not sure when it became okay to tell an officer that “I don’t have to exit the vehicle!” but is seems to be happening more and more. Gone are the days when you did what the officer asked and respected the position they were in.

Every stop an officer makes has the potential to turn deadly with a growing segment that are ready and willing to attack cops just for doing their job. The only people I feel qualified to truly judge officers actions are other officers who have faced similar situations. If you work a 9-5 job behind a desk, it’s really easy to pass judgement and say what an officer should and shouldn’t have done but until you’ve been in a situation where someone wants to kill you … you don’t really know how you’d react! The only thing you have to worry about at your job is getting a paper cut from your TPS reports. Cops could die doing their job and never make it home to their families. Your paper cut will heal … they risk dying.

I’m always of the mindset that I want to see the entire video to make up my mind and not blindly believe edited footage that steer a watcher towards a specific narrative. From what I saw of the extended video, Derek Chauvin was out of line and on a power trip. Again, I’m not an officer and I wasn’t there but from a layman’s point of view … it appeared Chauvin used excessive force. Some videos speak for themselves and I believe this is one of them. When you watch the entire video and not some edited version, it seems obvious Derek Chauvin went rogue and killed George Floyd.

In my opinion though, Officer Chauvin is the only one responsible for Mr. Floyd’s death. I know it’s not a popular opinion but I’m not interested in being popular. The two officers who initially handled the altercation had been on the job 4 days. From what I saw, they had the situation under control and then an officer with more seniority (Chauvin) comes on the scene and takes control. The rookie officers asked if they should turn Mr. Floyd on his side so he can breathe and Chauvin said “No!” I don’t know about you but I don’t think many people on their 4th day of work would feel comfortable telling someone how to do their job.

Imagine Mr. Floyd did not die. The next day when the rookie officers get to work they would be called into the office and fired for going against an officer with seniority. You can tell me I’m full of shit … but you know damn well that scenario is very plausible.

Upon people seeing this video and it going viral, people became enraged. I can totally understand why. What happens from that point forward is where I have a problem with “the movement” that is now happening.

It doesn’t matter how pissed you are … burning down a police station isn’t justified. Anybody who gets behind the statement …

“We protested peacefully and you didn’t listen, so this is what you get!”

… is a person letting their emotions get the better of them and not using their head. They are letting their emotions take over and that can be dangerous. That is mob mentality and is in no way constructive. Reasoning like that turns people off to your message and makes many people view your message in a negative manner.

If your message is not getting heard … then you figure out a different way of saying it so that it is heard. When you start justifying violence to get your point across … how are you any different from Derek Chauvin!? He wasn’t getting the response he wanted, so he got violent. Is that the comparison you want? I’m guessing probably not … but that’s how I view you if you are behind burning down a police station to “get your message across.”

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Obviously peaceful protests take a lot longer … but that is what brings people over to your way of thinking. Not destroying things! For all the protesters starting to shake in anger right now yelling …

“Those people aren’t part of the protest. Stop lumping them in with us!”

You have no problem lumping all police officers together with Derek Chauvin! You’re saying all police are violent based upon the actions of a few bad cops … so why can’t I lump the criminals and looters in with your protest!? Yeah! It seems like bullshit that I won’t separate the two, huh? Well it’s bullshit when you paint all cops with a broad brush and say all cops are violent.

I’m not saying there aren’t bad cops … sure there are … but I believe the majority are caring people. When you say all cops are violent … it’s no different than me saying all protestors are looters. The majority of both are peaceful but the few bad ones spoil the whole bunch.

Now that we can both agree that it’s not fair to paint groups with a broad brush … let’s talk about “the movement” and how it’s not okay to have a different opinion anymore.

While the 1st Amendment protects your right to go out and protest and chant your point of view … it also protects people’s point of view that don’t align with yours! If you’re out protesting right now, you don’t OWN the 1st Amendment … it extends to everyone! If someone has a point of view different from yours, it has to be okay for them to have it … even if you think it’s ridiculous! Trust me … there are people who think your point of view is ridiculous but they don’t say anything because currently no other viewpoint is acceptable except the one the protesters have!

Ask Drew Brees! He found out that he’s not allowed to have a different opinion from the “collective opinion” right now! He simply said he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America in regards to Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem.

“I love and respect my teammates, and I stand right there with them in regard to fighting for racial equality and justice, I also stand with my grandfathers, who risked their lives for this country, and countless other military men and women who do it on a daily basis.” – Drew Brees

His teammate Malcom Jenkins said that he was “hurt” by Brees’ comments and that they were “extremely self-centered.”

“Our communities are under siege, and we need help and what you’re telling us is don’t ask for help that way. Ask for it a different way. I can’t listen to it when you ask that way. We’re done asking, Drew. And people who share your sentiments, who express those and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem. And it’s unfortunate because I considered you a friend. I looked up to you. You’re somebody who I had a great deal of respect for. But sometimes you should shut the fuck up.” – Malcom Jenkins

This is part of the problem. If someone doesn’t just blindly fall into line with the agenda currently being pushed … then simply put … they are the enemy! Not someone who has a different opinion … THE ENEMY!

The “You’re either with us or you’re against us!” mentality is bullshit and needs to stop! What happened to civil discourse!? I thought America was celebrated for it’s diversity and acceptance. Apparently that’s only if you accept the message the protesters are serving up.

The attitude of the protests right now are eerily totalitarian. There is no room for any thought other than the one they are promoting! Why can’t someone disagree with you? Can’t we have different opinions co-exist at the same time and both be legitimate? Isn’t that what America is all about!? The answer is apparently NO!

The newest slogan in the protest is: White Silence is Violence.

Oh, the “protester” that came up with that little rhyme must have been so proud of themselves! Write it on the cardboard with a Sharpie and let’s walk it through the streets. Although I understand the sentiment behind the clever little rhyme … it’s a little misguided and complete bullshit!

Maybe people are just stressed the fuck out because they lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus and can’t pay their bills … so they’re worrying about that? Maybe people just aren’t into protesting? Maybe white people tried to say something supportive but got lectured by “the movement” and told they were “culturally insensitive” or it “wasn’t good enough.”

Ask Madonna or Heidi Klum!

Madonna is not racist. She adopted children who are black. Heidi Klum married Seal and had children with him. These are not things a “racist person” would do! So “the movement” gets upset that white people don’t speak up and when they do … their support is critiqued and they are cut down. The definition of racist is changing so much lately, it’s hard to keep track of. I think it boils down to if you don’t parrot what BLM is saying – you’re racist.

Did you ever think that maybe white people are just silent because even when you try to show support you are lambasted if you don’t show it correctly! What the fuck do you want!? To equate someone not saying something to violence is completely asinine! Whomever came up with that little slogan can Fuck Off! What’s really happening is that “the movement” wants you to say something so they can decide if you’re with them or if your … the enemy!

It’s time to chill the fuck out!

I completely get behind people’s rights to speak out about what they feel are injustices but the current “movement” that is happening is nothing but a bunch of bullies using intimidation … and I can’t stand bullies! Continue to protest because the cause is worth it but you need to calm down and think about what is going to get your message heard. Being aggressive and confrontational is only going to turn a lot of people off to the message you want them to hear. Seeing businesses being looted by criminals that hide in your protest are not helping your cause either. Stop saying “They aren’t part of the peaceful protest!” but guess what … you’re giving them cover and they’re spoiling your “peaceful” protest!

It’s time to approach this a different way … OR … just continue doing things the way you’ve been doing them. I’m old … what the fuck do I know!?

What I do know .. is that I’m getting fucking tired of my city having to board up it’s stores and making it look like a third world country. I’m tired of how small businesses are being ransacked and putting people out of work because the protests make the perfect cover for criminals to steal stuff. I know that I’m growing tired of the unrest and becoming tone deaf to the message … and I’m really tired of the politicizing of every fucking issue under the Sun!

Oh … and I know I’m ready for 2020 to be over.

Graffiti on a Hiking Trail

If you spray graffiti on a hiking trail you are the biggest piece of shit to ever walk the face of this earth. I despise anyone who “tags” at all … but to do it out on a hiking trail reaches a new level of depravity. If you’re reading this and you are a “tagger” please close your browser immediately … get in your car … don’t bother with the seat belt … find a bridge and drive your useless fucking ass off it. What is the purpose of tagging a hiking trail!? I know some stupid assholes in gangs “tag” to let the other losers know that this is their shitty territory. If you’re tagging on a hiking trail does that mean this is your trail and I should stay off of it!? Get the fuck out of here!

I didn’t need to know what information was on that sign.

Who the fuck is bringing spray paint with them when they decide to go hiking anyway!? I guess you just put it in your backpack along with the granola bar and Gatorade.

Thanks, that looks so much better.

Maybe you thought Mother Nature was doing a shitty job and you could do better?

Oh … that’s definitely art! I’m sure his mom is proud.

When I looked up graffiti, some websites said that it is an outlet for people’s artistic skills. Bullshit! And anybody who thinks that should get in the passenger seat of the tagger’s car mentioned above. It is vandalism … plain and simple. If you have artistic skills … use your bedroom walls as a fucking outlet! NOT on someone else’s property … or a hiking trail! If you do this shit … I hope you die … painfully … today.

No Produce in the Self Checkout Lane

The whole point of the self checkout lane is to speed up the process of checking out. (This eliminates having to stand in line behind the customer who apparently is shopping for the Duggar family and is going to be there for the next three weeks.) If you only have a few items, you walk up to the self checkout, scan the items, insert your card and you’re done. What prevents this from being an efficient process? The asshole who brings fucking fruits and vegetables to the lane. Sure, you can bring them to the line to checkout but should you … NO! To get these items checked out you have to search through pictures 17 levels deep to find your item … and then the machine has to weigh it … then the whole process starts all over again for every piece of produce you have! Go to the fucking cashier lane with that shit!

“But they have little stickers with the scan thing on them.” Yeah … but they never work! And they know that and that’s why they put the pictures of the shit! The sticker is curved around your cucumber so it distorts the lines that the machine reads. So what does the moron in front of me do? He tries to scan it with a twist of his hand thinking this will do the trick. It doesn’t. Then he continues to do the same thing 20 more times, determined that one of these times it will work! And don’t get me started on the dumbshit who tries to read the bar code through the plastic bag! Again, not working … but they’re going to keep trying because they know one of these times it’s going to scan! All the while, I’m starting to boil over on the inside watching this shit … and a long line is forming behind me.

Self checkout lines were created for items that scan and go. All other shit … go to the fucking line with the cashier! Also, don’t get in the self checkout lane with a FULL cart of groceries. All you’re going to do is make the people behind you contemplate if they could murder you and get away with it! There are unwritten rules to using the self checkout machines. If you’re not sure what they are, I’ll tell you next time you’re in front of me fucking everything up for the rest of us!

Air Hand Dryers

I’m sure there are a lot of you out there that are behind the move to air dryers for a multitude of reasons. I’m sure some of which are because they save the environment and it’s more sanitary. Although those reasons may be true, I fucking hate these things! Every time I go into a public restroom and see one of these on the wall … and no paper towels to be found … I have an internal temper tantrum and plan on being in the restroom for the next hour. These things don’t work! How many of you use these only to wipe your hands off on your pants while you walk out? Exactly! These things blow out air for what seems like an eternity and at the end of the cycle your hands are still wet! If you have the time … and the patience … then you stay through another cycle … and another cycle … and another cycle … until your hands are finally dry. I don’t have that kind of time! Paper towels work just fine. And if you’re going to tell me that paper towels are unsanitary … I call bullshit! If you have washed your hands with soap, then your hands are already clean and you are just using the towel to dry them. How is that unsanitary!? The only unsanitary part is when all the disgusting slobs leave their towels on the floor instead of properly disposing of them in the waste basket. That’s unsanitary for the poor guy that has to clean it up … but not for me using them! As far as the “it kills trees to make paper towels” group … 90% of the 74 mills that make paper towels use recycled materials. So relax tree huggers! This is another idea of fixing something that doesn’t need fixing. Not to mention, half of the time you go to use these things, they’re broken and then you have nothing to dry your hands with … well, except your pants.

Wait … I’ll make an amendment … there is one air dryer that I’ve used that is actually amazing. It is the Dyson Airblade. I’ve only seen this in a few places because most of Dyson’s products are on the pricier side. If every place had one of these, I might change my mind.

Dyson Airblade

Holding the Door Open

As I’ve stated in previous posts, politeness and common courtesy are ideas that have gone by the wayside. I was raised to hold the door open for people and in return … they would say “Thank You.” It’s a fairly simple exchange of niceties and it shows kindness toward your fellow man. Well … I’m seriously thinking about giving that shit up! Nine times out of ten when I hold the door open for people anymore … they walk right past me like I’m not even there!

Do you think the door just miraculously stayed open for you because you’re so fucking amazing!? I don’t have a Bellhop suit on … so you can tell it’s not my fucking job to hold the door open. I was trying to be courteous but apparently you think you’re too good to even acknowledge the simple act of me holding the door open for you. If I knew it was going to go that way, I would have slammed the door in your face and prayed you slammed into it! As infuriating as it is to hold the door open for some ungrateful asshole and not get any sort of acknowledgement … it’s just as annoying when the door is not held open for you. I don’t expect you to stand there and hold the door open for me if I’m 20ft away … but if I’m a couple feet behind you … hold the door open Fucko! Is it really that difficult or going to take too much of your precious time? These simple acts are part of our unwritten social code! I’m amazed at how self-involved and oblivious people are becoming. Actually … no I’m not!

Potholes on the Road

With the amount of taxes this state applies to gasoline … there should not be a single pothole on our roads! As of July 1st 2019, Californians will be taxed 65 cents PER GALLON of gasoline!

Pause for a moment and let that sink in.

On average, Californians consume roughly 14 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Taxing that amount by 65 cents per gallon yields $9.1 billion in revenue. California gets $6.5 billion of that amount … every year … to be spent on road maintenance. These streets should be covered in gold for Christ’s sake with the amount of money we’re taxed … yet EVERY road I drive on needs repair. Where is all the fucking money going!? I’ll tell you where it’s going! It’s the criminal legislature stealing the money from the gasoline tax to put into the general fund for stupid shit. Those taxes initially were intended towards maintaining the roads … nothing else. Now, it’s become common place for the government to use the money for something else and then complain they don’t have enough money to fix the roads. WHAT!? I’m at a loss how the assholes in Sacramento can do this shit and people aren’t rioting in the streets! Oh yeah, people are too busy watching cat videos to get upset about anything that matters. I have a coronary every time I pull into the gas station and see the prices. Then, I have to dodge potholes while leaving the gas station which just reminds me how bad I’m getting fucked. Every fill up should come with a packet of Astroglide! And don’t tell me to start taking public transportation so there’s not so many cars damaging the roads. Fuck off! I like my car and the freedom it provides and I don’t think I should be made to feel guilty about that! If you’re in the State Government, YOU should feel guilty for the piss poor job you’re doing with OUR funds! Take your pet projects and social engineering and shove it up your ass! Fix the roads that we ALL use every day … going to work … creating more tax money … for you assholes to waste!

The Government’s lack of action on fixing the potholes is such a joke that Domino’s Pizza started filling potholes as a marketing campaign. Hey Government! A pizza chain is doing your job! What the fuck!?

Police Pullovers

I’m a pro-cop guy. I believe they have a very difficult job and deal with a lot of crazy shit … very professionally. I believe the majority of them are very considerate and obviously have a lot more patience than I do … but there is one pet peeve they do that drives me absolutely fucking nuts! When they pull somebody over for a traffic stop right in the lane of a busy street! Why can’t you have them pull over into a parking lot or residential street so it doesn’t back up traffic!? Then to make it even worse, the cop will stop their car slightly into the next lane behind the stopped car to protect them during the stop … thus partially blocking that lane also! If you’re at the end of a pursuit and your getting out guns drawn, I get it. But for a normal traffic violation … take it off to the side! You know 95% of the population are rubberneckers who will backup traffic even more when they see the flashing lights. I’ve seen cops direct people into parking lots before, so I know it can be done! Come on guys!

Single Use Plastic Bag Ban

This law is one of the biggest scams ever. [The bullet train gets the title for the biggest scam … but this is a close runner up.] So, in California we now have to bring our own bags to the grocery store to bag our groceries or purchase a bag from the store. What bags are they selling? Plastic! I thought the whole idea behind this stupid fucking law was to cut down on the amount of plastic bags that ended up in the ocean. If they are selling plastic bags … it doesn’t seem like that’s going to help. All the law is really about is making money for the grocery chains … and I’m okay with that … if that’s how you frame it. Don’t give me some bullshit though about how it’s for the environment. Whenever some company wants to raise prices or enact something they know isn’t going to be popular, they go straight to the “heart string” phrases. You know … phrases like:

  • It’s for the children.
  • It’s to save the environment.
  • It’s to save these helpless animals (cue the Sarah McLachen music with the image of a shivering dog).

These are the phrases that enact immediate sympathy and will open the checkbook of any moron who doesn’t want to take the time to do any research. They will donate or vote however you tell them to, just so they can get back to watching their fucking cat videos and not have to think too hard.

First, it was no more paper bags. We’re killing our trees! So, we come up with an alternative: plastic bags. Now … we’re killing our oceans! Make up your fucking mind what you want! I have to have something to bring my groceries home in. The simple fact is humans create waste and passing this law is not going to change that. Now, we buy thicker plastic bags that end up in the same fucking place … but take longer to decompose. What!? You couldn’t foresee that one happening? I don’t want to re-use my bag because the bottom of it has chicken juice in it that will for sure give me salmonella, right!? Well, wash your bag then. Nobody wants to wash their re-usable bags people! In case you haven’t noticed, we have become an instant gratification society. Do you think anybody is going to take the time to wash their grocery bags? Besides, even if I did wash them, I’d fucking forget them at home and have to buy new bags anyways! And that’s what it’s all about. I know this because for a while you could ask for paper bags after this law was enacted … at no charge. So, everyone started going back to paper bags … obviously. Then, “Oh, we don’t have any paper bags. Sorry.” Then, what do you know, when they have more paper bags … they start charging for them.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but you can still get those single use plastic bags at places like Home Depot or a myriad of other places … at no charge. So, it wasn’t ever really about saving our oceans, otherwise they would have passed a law banning them altogether. It was just about grocery stores wanting to charge for them.

Men in Public Restrooms

I am always blown away by how much piss is on the floor all around the urinal. How fucking hard is it to aim!? Now, being a guy, I understand that there is back spray from hitting the water that may cause little droplets on the floor and there’s not really much you can do about that. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about actual puddles that require wading boots for me to get close enough to make it in the bowl. And don’t try to give me that shit that “it’s like a fire hose when I let go.” Fuck off! You’re not Lexington Steele. I seriously doubt you piss on the floor at home … so why would you think it’s okay to do it somewhere else!? Grab your little pecker and aim it in the bowl like a civilized human being! And by the way, handling it is a prerequisite.

Don’t be one of those douche bags that just put your hands on your head and lets it go where it goes. If you do this you are a self-aggrandizing asshole. You know someone else is going to have to clean that up … but you don’t care … as long as it’s not you! And don’t give me some shit about how you don’t like to touch it. There’s not a guy on this earth that doesn’t have his hand on his junk half of the day. What’s happened to common decency? This is one of those things like using tools that separate us from the animals. Come on guys! Next time you take a leak … see if you’re one of the guys I’m bitching about. If you are, start sitting down to piss … like the bitch that you are!

Driving With A Dog On Your Lap

If you drive with a dog on your lap … you are a fucking idiot! There’s really no room for debate on this. I’m sure I’m gonna touch the 3rd rail on this one with all the whacked out pet owners … but someone needs to say it. Does the thought not even cross your mind that this might be slightly dangerous!? You are operating “heavy machinery” with a live unpredictable animal in front of all the controls you need to control the car. I’m sure you’ve spoke with Fluffy and he understands that he needs to sit still while you’re driving, so I should just relax and leave you alone. Get the fuck out of here! It’s a dog. He doesn’t understand you, okay! He’s excited to be doing something other than licking his ass all day, so he’s ready to jump at anything that excites him.

Yeah … this looks safe!

And don’t get me started on the people that let their dog hang half way out the driver’s window. This is a recipe for disaster. Once that dog starts to fall out the window, the owner is going to grab for the dog and ignore any actions needed to keep the car on the road. Don’t worry that you might hit another car … or person for that matter … while you’re grabbing for your precious little angel. Dogs are great and give people companionship but they don’t need to go everywhere with you. If you just can’t stand to go anywhere without your little baby because you need the emotional support on your errand… put them in the back seat where they belong. OR … you could just fucking leave them at home. This crazy pet owner thing where people have to have their pets everywhere is getting out of hand but it’s too big for one post … so I’ll touch more on that in the future. I’ll be ready for all the hate mail.