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Trolls and more Trolls ~ UPDATED

“The Idiots are getting far too big
a Voice in Social media.” ~ Joe Tessitore, ESPN

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Click the above graphic for a hyperlink to the ESPN video regarding the punter’s mistake after the Michigan-Michigan State football game on Oct. 17, 2015.

Sad but true.  I have already written a few pieces criticizing the use and abuse of social media (especially facebook) and a few Op-Eds about the psychological damage caused by it on the populace in general.  It is as if you can spit in someone’e eye without any fear of retribution whatsoever.  Almost a pseudo-attitude of pure narcissism.

There are a few online tests which can be used for a somewhat eye-opening purpose if you or someone you know may be dealing with a psychopathic condition or a degree of narcissism which could be classified as “unhealthy.”
Check here: http://0eb.com/index_psychopath.html

My intent in writing this blog piece is NOT to stir the pot or make back-handed criticism, rather, I hope that people might consider looking at themselves a little clearer.  Sometimes we cannot see ourselves when we have strayed afar from our original personalities and it takes a “Friend” to jog a person back on track.  Please scroll back and see the blog entries which I had begun using upon this same theme starting in April of this year 2015.  Nothing particularly earth-shattering – except that to the people to whom it regards and consequently offends.
Sorry about that, Chief.

The Muslim Conundrum – Pass the Ketchup, Please

Remember when you were young?  You were always suspicious of the “new Kids” on the block and you often went to great lengths not to interact with them.

For years…….

There is a growing phenomenon in the greater Muslim world that Western societies are largely “Islamophobic.”  Ex-patriots from the Middle East and from Africa who now settle in traditional American cities are complaining that they don’t feel “welcome” and that they do not get equitable, fair treatment and the same civil privilege as the general populace.  They seem to believe that we “owe” them something by extending a greater amount of understanding.

Is it possible that these Muslim people coming into a well formed society in the West are expecting a bit too much?  I know when I visited Turkey I was welcomed with open-arms.  But I did not try to “convert” local customs and traditions to my own familiar ways.  I did not expect the laws of the land to “pardon” my indiscretions and misunderstandings of local religion and tradition and allow outright civil “misbehavior.”

Update I:  Muslims are not exactly Helping Their Own Cause
Update II:  Islamic Supremacy: Raping White Women for ‘Allah’
Update III:  Muslims Threaten Campus Shutdown in Ann Arbor
Update IV:  Record Number of Muslims Deported in Norway – Crime Drops

The truth is I embraced the change and adapted to it.  I was not disappointed that they did not have my favorite tomato juice on the shelves – I took what was available and learned to like it.   Turn the situation around and compare to what is actually happening here in America – I was not “demanding” that they take pork off of the local sub-shop menu and insisting (by way of protest) that new and more expensive Halal1 meats be substituted or outright required to be sold or threaten closure of an established business.

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TGIFriday’s now serves Bacon-Encrusted Ribs.  Ka-Boom!

Am I insensitive?  Am I Islamophobic and socially un-fit?  No!!  I have always appreciated the differences and even went so far as to “sample” the new cultural flavors – and several I actually enjoyed.  I’m talking lamb stuffed grape leaves, baklava, the Aremenian vegetable guess-what-that-was and some of the other raw veal and “see-food” items.

What a Difference a Few Decades Makes

Then you reach adulthood. You work for a few decades and then decide to open up shop because you are tired of working for “the man.”  You open a new business which caters to tradition (as you know it) and all of a sudden you get hit with “new” regulations that tell you that you can’t do things in the manner you have been accustomed to for the past 50 years and you have to be “more sensitive” to people.  Things like learning their language and respecting their ways and if you don’t – you are in trouble with the law.

Wait a minute.  I did not ask you to come here.  I’ll help you learn how to be comfortable living in MY surroundings.  But be forewarned – I’m not going to change just because you may have to extend your effort and adapt to the American way.  And by the way – get registered as a legal alien and I’ll even respect your right to vote.

Please pass the Ketchup.  And would you mind taking that off your head when you sit at MY table?  It is, after all, allowed in the Qur’an.2

**Addendum by Author, Tom Urich:  “I am not attempting to pass judgement nor promoting racist phobia one way or the other as much as I am illustrating that adaptation to a new culture and a new homeland should include a modicum of tolerance.”  There are extremes, however, that occur every day which can lead us to anger and hatred.3

1 Reference: http://www.religiousrules.com/Islamfood00table.htm

2 Reference: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/spiritus/v013/13.1.hess.html

3 Reference: http://goo.gl/tkJ9Qn

Defining Happiness – Looking Out Or Looking In?

Some believe that the term “Happy” refers to a state of Joy or Euphoria.  I think that it is better suited to describe that state of “Normalcy” which we experience when we are simply pleased with our own existence.  Or maybe it is simply that my team just scored a goal.

This is how I feel when my team scores a goal.  It has nothing to do with anything with being in a state of happiness.  But contentment is also suggested here, too.

This is how I feel when my team scores a goal. It has nothing to do with anything about being in a state of happiness. Or it could!  Contentment is also suggested here, too.

It is keeping in mind that we are happy with ourselves, in other words.  This does not suggest that a Happy person has no more wants or needs – no dreams of a better whatchamcallit or a release from a painful ache that has been nagging you for years – this is again accepting the current state of existence which we can carry with us through the whole day, and even sometimes share it with another person.

Are you Anxious?  Nervous?  Curious?

Longing?  Loving?  Living?

Angry?  Jealous?

Those are all things which YOU have elected to experience.  (Your definition of “Living” might actually be your personal estimate of your own happiness, in fact.)  These are things we see when we are “Looking In” and not actually feeling sensations and having physical reactions from the outside or “Real” world.

Are you “Looking Out?”  Does that mean you are afraid?  Is someone coming after you?  Is this in your head or is it a form of paranoia?  I believe “Looking Out” means you are standing securely on your own two feet and feeling so strong in your state of being that you can begin to “Share” that state of mind and give it to somebody else who needs it.  “I’m Looking Out for YOU.”  I am looking out for something to eat for dinner.  I am looking out for an opportunity.  I am “Looking Out” so that I don’t do that again!!  “I’m “Looking Out” for Germany because they are going to be tough!”

And so on.  Pretty Simple.  Just Being Happy.

Make It A Good Day – It is YOUR CHOICE

#DFB_TEAM

The People Around You During the NCAA’s

Those around you are not always who you think they are.  Sometimes they are “cloaked.”

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Believe it or not – none of these teams made it to the Elite 8

That person over there is rooting for the same team you are.  Does that alone make them your “Friend?”

 A quick and easy example of a “set” of characters is a description of the thieves in the 2001 re-make of Ocean’s Eleven.  Carl Reiner’s character, Saul Bloom, is the Boesky1. That’s Ivan Boesky, a hot-shot wall-street trader who got caught committing securities fraud. He’s supposed to be a wealthy man to foot the bill who also has some inside information.  Let’s call him the athletic director.

The Jim Brown1 represents a confrontation between Bernie Mac’s character (Frank Catton, the inside man) and Matt Damon (Linus Caldwell) that is staged to distract. It is after a famous football (american) player who later went on to play leg-breaking thugs in a bunch movies. (Don’t mess with me or you’re in for it.)  Let’s call him the power forward.

The Miss Daisy1 refers to the SWAT van, their “getaway” vehicle. It comes from the movie,
Driving Miss Daisy.  There is a mascot.

The two Jethros1 are “hillbilly gear-head types” to take care of Miss Daisy. They are Casey Affleck and Scott Caan (Virgil and Turk Malloy)  The guards.

The Leon Spinks1 is the disruption of the boxing match, after Leon Spinks’ famous surprise upset victory over Mohammed Ali.  The strong center.

And the Ella Fitzgerald1 is the tape they make and play in a loop in order to get into the vault. This is based on a Memorex commercial from the 70’s in which a recording of Ella’s voice breaks a glass and the quesiton is asked, “Is it live or is it Memorex?”  This is a player off the bench that wins the game on the last second shot.

Now what has that got to do with college basketball?

Everybody (OK – not 100% but pretty high) has a team they want to see win in the current NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament.  They wear school colors and distribute insults and generally get down to serious rivalry mode.  Of those – 99.999% are not even basketball players.  Another 72% are not alumni nor did they attend the school they root for.  These people around you are simply like-minded in one respect – they are caught up in an event and like you – make a lot more out of it than it deserves.  It is simply an excuse to get together and enjoy oneself.    The bar owner thanks you.

Then we are all going back home and commence to argue politics with the spouse or housemate?  Is that any different?  Once again – the members of the “team” are people you don’t really know and you allow yourself to get all worked up over issues you differ on.  Better to remain silent………….etc.

What can I say?  How are we going to get a point across?

1Read more: https://thetfp.com/tfp/tilted-entertainment/46348-slang-terms-oceans-eleven.html#ixzz2x7CAcNpA

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Hints Seinfeld Reunion

George Costanza appears on Sony Web Show

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Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld visited Tom’s Restaurant in NYC to make a SB promo.  <Courtesy: Twitter>

During the Super Bowl: Jerry Seinfeld and his former co-star Jason Alexander (George Costanza) were featured in a vignette bickering in their old coffee shop in New York. Turns out it was a promotion for a six-minute episode of Crackle’s hit Comedians in Cars featuring Jerry and George taking a drive, in character.

UPDATE

The whole promo was just that – a promo.  The stunt was as much about promoting a stunt as the stunt itself.  Enjoy!