Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Down Time

Greetings my Angry Angels!  Sorry it has been a while, these winter colds can be brutal!!  Fortunately I had Angry Woman to help nurse me back to health, which basically meant lots of juice and keeping me alone in a dark room lol.  Whatever works right?  With the new Obamacare I'm sure there will be plenty of victims or "patients" who are advised to do much the same.  Just make sure you don't let anyone know you are taking care of a sick relative or the Service Employees International Union will start making you pays union dues.  If you don't think that could happen, well it's already happening in Michigan.  Un-fucking-believable right?

Well no not if you read any of my other would absolutely believe the depths to which politicians enjoy finding ways to screw their constituents.  I'm not really going to get into can read a good blog about it here:   I just know that the amount of ridiculous bullshit we have to put up with is raging out of control.

For instance a school district in Long Island, NY is going to monitor their students off time, meaning not school time, with electronic bracelets designed to track activity levels.  How much is THAT gonna fucking cost the local community?  So aside from providing them three squares, schools are now gonna save the kids from obesity, caused by their own dietary plans?  Excuse me from laughing.  These are the same administrators country-wide who protect the "free speech" of students that results in the deaths of bully's and victims alike.  These are the same administrators who are driving the standards of American education right into the toilet.    I'm sure they will be massively successful in their efforts and Michelle Obama will take as much credit for it as she can.

And yes, that was total sarcasm.

You know that the funds spent on this program are just going to go to groups who support the ELECTED school board.  It always does!  The corruption in governmental oversight is as endemic as a crooked three-card monte game on a street corner.  The hustlers just dress better and use bigger numbers.

I didn't watch the Presidential Address last night, I didn't need to.  It's all the same.  American's have to buck up and stick with believing in our ever expanding government.  And by "buck up" I mean pay more.  Our economy is in the toilet and we have to trust the people who put it there.  Same with our education system and our legal system.  Sure we can pay more, but to what end?  The Fed borrows one dollar for every three it spends.  That's a pretty dangerous ratio.  And what has it gotten us?  More regulations?  More bureaucrats?  Are they trying to solve the unemployment problem with more government?

That isn't working out too well for Greece, Spain and Italy and it sure as hell didn't work out for the Soviet Union.  I wonder if North Korea has state mandated education...

What really gets me ANGRY though are jackasses like Warren Buffett who say that the rich should be paying more in taxes because he pays a higher real tax rate than his secretary.  Wonder how much he pays his secretary?  I mean the guy is worth $44 BILLION!  If she is paying a higher tax rate than he is, then there might be a little bit of a moral gap here.  This guy is the DEFINITION of crony capitalism. He is going to make quite a bit of money on the president torpedoing the XL Pipeline project, but we don't hear about that in the State of the Union do we?

We talked last week about how we should recall all these politicians based on their approval ratings, which personally I would love to see happen.  But these sanctimonious jerks like Buffett, and Soros who want people to pay more and pay their fair share need to blow it out their ass.

How about you STOP SPENDING MONEY ON YOUR FUCKING BUDDIES!!  It is really up to every Angry American to call bullshit on this merry-go-round!  This incestuous relationship between government and business is being paid for by all of us.  We are the ones who are sullied and soiled by this, not them.  And even if they were, their sociopathic tendencies wear like teflon suits and the shit just rolls down on us.

Now before any of you kool-aid drinkers start in with the "It's the democrats fault" or "It's the republicans fault" I want you to take your head out of your asses and take a good long look at where we are.  A REALLY hard look at what it was that made this country great, and what is fucking it up.  BOTH sides pull the same crap and both sides are getting richer and richer and richer while we have to pony up an extra 22% for a pound of bacon than we did 3 years ago.

Long gone are the days of Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, Reagan and Kennedy.  These men built the greatest nation on the planet.  It makes me really Angry and a little sad that the only choices we have to elect to lead this nation now are greedy, selfish propagandists and we are left with the lesser of two evils.

It's time all my Angry Angels, and Angry Americans everywhere, expect better and demand more.  If we keep letting these asshats destroy our present, imagine how tragically empty our futures will be.  Get loud, let your representatives know you are angry and demand a change in recall laws!

Great session today!

Next up: Forgiveness in death!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Who Do You Trust?

Greetings my Angry Angels!  Hope today finds you well and you are all charged up for another Anger Management Session!

Yesterday I said we are going to talk about TV and thats what we are going to do.

Have you ever looked at the TV schedule and wondered how the hell do so many of these programs get on the air?  Granted I have my guilty pleasures of watching some "competition" shows like Top Chef and Angry Woman seems to like Hardcore Pawn quite a bit, but who is putting all these reality shows on?  Seriously!  Every cable channel has at least three or four shows that are geared to this phenomenon.  This doesn't even touch on these "talent" shows like American Idol or X-Factor or whatever, that are designed to tell us who is a star and who isn't.

Now there are some truly great shows out there, most of which you would have to pay for like Game of Thrones on HBO or Spartacus on Showtime.  Sometimes the free cable channels hit a great story like the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica a few years back, or Firefly before Fox COMPLETELY fucked that up.  But to look at the major networks schedule from season to season, they all rely on "reality" or instant gratification TV.  There used to be a time when you would hear a song on the radio and either really like it or really not.  Then you would call into the radio station and request to hear the song when you were sitting near your HiFi praying that Casey Kasem would get around to your request.  The other way to hear about new music, or tv for that matter, was word of mouth.  Basically a friend or family member would stumble on a new show or tune and suggest it to you.

Usually this last method was the best indicator of something that you would like assuming that your friends gave a damn about what you liked.  But it's easier today.  We don't have to wait for our friends to recommend anything because we have "experts" like Simon Cowell and that dried up dude from Aerosmith to tell us what real talent is.  We get to pretend that we have a choice on who we are going to get to listen to ad nauseum through phone voting, but it doesn't really matter.  Everyone involved in these types of shows makes money from top to bottom. And that is really what it always comes down to...the money.

Now I don't bear any grudges or hide any anger at these contestants seeking fame and fortune and generally putting forth a very honest effort.  The process of natural selection as it comes to "The Next Big Thing" has changed somewhat and they are just adapting faster than some.  But we as consumers have the real choice in the long run on whether or not to place our trust in what we should like as defined by Simon et. al. or if we should decide for ourselves.  When it comes to music, and tv, and movies and other forms of entertainment there really isn't that much harm in promoting to the largest denominator possible.  Notice I didn't say anything about reading as that requires a bit more effort and dedication, I mean "A Song of Fire and Ice" on which "A Game of Thrones" is based is only 5 books in, out of a planned 7 and that's already 5,000 pages.  That and I'm sure there wouldn't be a huge tv audience for America's Best Author hosted by Stephen King.

So why the hell am I writing about this my Angry Angels?

You know what happens this year?  That's right!  The Mayan Long-count Calendar says this is the big year and the sun is gonna go crazy and Nibiru is gonna crash through the solar system and all hell is gonna break loose and everyone is gonna die.  Except John Cusack.  He'll survive and be the only remnant of the Huffington Post in the new world.

Actually it's a lot worse than sitting through 158 minutes of Roland Emmerich.  It's a presidential election year.  The ultimate reality show.  The consequences are more dire with NONE of the humor in absurdity like most of Roland's offerings...

The tragedy however is that this season's run of The Greatest American Liar's X-Factor is going to result in NO CHANGES WHATSOEVER!  You want to know why?  Because just like the voting in American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, this is a reality show where your opinion matters for shit. For far too long the course of this nation has been shaped by people who have less and less in common with you, us, we the people.  Yes I'm talking about corporate interests and crooked politicians and the rest of the circus.  But before any of you start getting angry at those self-righteous conservatives or looney liberals, I want you to get mad at the people who deserve it and that's "US" my Angry Angels.

Yeah, they are the ones who have a 13% approval rating in Congress, but how many of them are not going to be in office come next inauguration day?  Very few.  And they are being led by someone whose approval rating is below 50%!!  According to Real Clear Politics only 28% of us think the country is going in the right direction!  28%!!  If only 28% of us think the country is going in the right direction, why do these people still have jobs??

In any other career path, if your boss said you were only doing a good job 28% of the time you would be out on your ass looking for another job!!  So why do we let this continue?  Why do these people still run our country?  Because we let them!

I don't really care what side you are voting on, but a 13% approval rating for congress means NONE OF US TRUST YOU ANYMORE!  But yet you are still in office, telling US what to do!  Are you fucking kidding me?

I'm sure if Carrie Underwood had a 13% approval rating she wouldn't have won season 4 of American Idol regardless of any improprieties in voting or who in the corporate world was supporting her! Carrie has sold something like 13 million records and makes a ridiculous amount of money on tour so it would seem that putting our trust in Simon and Randy and Paula has worked out for all of us, especially her.  But that is the American dream isn't it?  Entertainment's version of natural selection worked.

So why does natural selection of politics seem to work in the exact opposite?  Partially because the political versions of the American Idol judges are so incredibly rabid with partisan polemic that we forget there are actual issues and lives at stake and view the show as just another form of entertainment!!  We get wrapped up in the emotion and drama of the show and forget that this isn't American Idol.

In 1960 the first televised Presidential Debate was aired on CBS between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon.  Little did the nation realize 52 years ago that they were watching the first reality TV program.  Image, for the first time, played a role in the shaping of our nation.  In 1980 Ronald Reagan would use his ease in front of the camera to translate into a landslide election victory over Jimmy Carter.

Now here is an interesting bit.  On Oct 3, 1988 ( Oct 3 being my birthday, remember that!), Nancy Neuman President of the League of Women Voters, who had been a non-partisan host of the Presidential debates for the previous 3 elections issued a statement regarding the upcoming debates between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.  This is an excerpt:

The League of Women Voters is announcing today that we have no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public. Under these circumstances, the League is withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate scheduled for mid-October in Los Angeles.

On the threshold of a new millennium, this country remains the brightest hope for all who cherish free speech and open debate. Americans deserve to see and hear the men who would be president face each other in a debate on the hard and complex issues critical to our progress into the next century.

The whole statement can be found here:

"Americans deserve to see and hear the men who would be president..." Yeah we still deserve that and I don't think we ever will see it again.  And why?  Because there isn't a SINGLE politician at the national level, and probably not at the state level either, who hasn't been carefully crafted by handlers and other big money interests.  Now the first one of you who says that voting for our current president was a vote for change, I want you to go outside and punch yourself in your head until you can come back with some fucking sense.

We have a permanent class of professional politician in this country, and this profession comes with entitlements and liberties NONE of us have the opportunity to take advantage of.  How many of these elected officials come out of office SIGNIFICANTLY more wealthy than when they went in?  Damn near all of them.  How many of my Angry Angels have jobs where you get to influence the stock value of companies you invest in by writing laws?  I would bet a good amount of money to say "ZERO OF YOU!!"

Out of 300 million citizens in the United States these 536 with a 13% approval rating are the best we can do? No.  They in fact are not.  They are the ones someone has chosen for you to represent you.  And they are presented to you by asshats like Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck, all of whom have a vested interest in keeping you tuned in.  And do these "presenters" really CARE about what happens to all of my Angry Angels out there?  Hell no!  They care about keeping their rancorous shows on the air, so they can get paid by their sponsors.  The more of us that tune in, the more views their commercials get, the better.  The more conflict they can create between the two sides, the angrier we get at each other, the more money they make.

Is this anyway to run a company let alone a country?  OUR COUNTRY??  Fuck no!!

It's time we redirect our ANGER not at each other, but at the real problem in this country.  The politicians who keep us as a class of serfs and constantly change the rules to ensure we never rise up.  It's time they all go back from whence they came.  If at the end of any given year the President and Congress have an approval rating of lower than 25% and the direction of the country is less than 50% that should serve as an automatic recall.  If you are recalled, you do not get to run for reelection at the state or federal level.  EVER.

Yeah I realize that this would cause some serious issues with our election cycle and  blah blah blah.  So what??  All you Occupy this and Tea that folks have to focus on one thing.  Big Politics is NEVER going to let the system change.  The power, the money, the control, the legal abuses, the two party system all of it is balanced against us.  The fastest way for us to even the score out is to put them on notice that their jobs are in immediate jeopardy.  Not when the election cycle rolls around. Now.  Just like ours are when we don't perform.

Wipe the slate clean and starting fresh is sometimes the best thing we can do.  And since the odds of a military coup are tragically small, we have to stage our own constitutional coup.  Once we get rid of the top of the political class, maybe we can start with a real government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Until we turn off the volume on all these screaming heads on tv and stop believing when they tell us what our choices are, we are going to be stuck with the same type of discourse we have now.  And quite frankly, I think Simon Cowell is a better judge of future performance than any of the Matthews and Becks and the rest of their circus folk are.

Great session today Angels!!  Remember to take your ANGER and make a difference!!

Tomorrow:  Group Session #3


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tebow, Jesus and the Holy Football

And another Hump Day is upon us my Angry Angels, and what a Wednesday it is!  Four more days until the NFL Championship games and the Giants opportunity to avenge a regular season loss to the 49'ers and the Ravens attempt to find a way to keep the Patriot's out of the Super Bowl.  Anyone who watched Saturday's game against the Bronco's is of course eagerly waiting to see what Tom Brady can do this weekend.  It's hard to imagine that Brady was drafted 199th in the sixth round!  With every touchdown this guy throws and every record he adds, talent evaluators in the NFL have got to be thinking "Dammit!!"

I'm sure there is no shortage of fans out there who think about what could have been if "our" team had drafted him.  Personally I'm pretty happy with my team's QB Eli Manning.  While he isn't Tom Brady (who is?)  he did beat Tom in an incredible Super Bowl which is really all we as fans care about.  We want wins and we want championships.  In no other sport is one player so influential in it's teams success as the quarterback is in football.  From off and on-field leadership, to strategy such as play calling, to overall skills, the QB gets the most of the glory and fame.  Of course if they SUCK they get the lions share of the blame.

Having grown up a Giants fan and attending some memorable games, including the snow ball game in '95 where a San Diego Charger coach was knocked out by fans throwing snow balls.  As most fans have, I have witnessed the best and the worst of the team but have been loyal throughout.  When we ended up with Eli Manning "we" were overjoyed hoping he would be the second coming of his brother Peyton who almost single handedly turned the Colts into perennial contenders.  I was even at the first "Manning Bowl" where the brothers faced off at old Giants Stadium leading a raucous chant of "Eli's Better!"  Peyton would go on to win the Super Bowl MVP that year seriously calling into consideration my chant earlier in the season.

Then 2007 happened.  In his third year as a starter, fourth overall, Eli followed his brother as Super Bowl MVP in one of the more improbable runs in sports memory.  And we Giants fans seemed to forget Eli's 73.9 passer rating that year and 20 interceptions.  Now Eli has had his ups and downs and if I'm doing my math right, he might actually have a shot at breaking Brett Farve's career interception record.  One thing about him though is he doesn't really inspire a strong reaction, one way or the other, outside of the New York market.  And I am excepting the sportscasters who seem to GUSH over him every time he's on tv.

Now Eli has a career 82.1 passer rating.  Not great, not terrible...decidedly average.  All of his stats point to a long career of average.  Certainly not inspiring numbers but he does inspire his team to win when they NEED to.  Another current QB who does that is Tim Tebow.  Yet one major difference between the two is that football fans, no matter how casual, have a REALLY strong reaction to him, a surprising amount of it negative.

In 23 games Tim has a 75.1 QB rating, which is probably a little on the short side of average. His touchdowns  both through passing and rushing are 29 with total turnovers 26.  In 121 games Eli has total touchdowns of 189 and total turnovers of 196!!!  Yeah you read that right!!  196!  That's one and a half PER GAME!!  So why are there websites supporting Tim Tebow haters and not Eli? Or any other QB for that matter?

Is Tim a great QB?  Not right now.  No idea on how his career will play out but it hasn't started too terribly.  The arguments about him being one dimensional are concerns more for his coaching staff than anyone else, they knew what they were getting when they traded to draft him at #25 in the first round.  I have a hard time believing that people would put SO much effort into HATING an average QB who hasn't even started a full season yet.  Do they hate him for taking a team that started 2-3 to the playoffs after winning 6 straight?

Or is it something not football related?

For those of you not familiar with "Tebowing" the official "Tebowing" website defines the act as: to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.  I suggest taking a few minutes and checking out  My personal favorite so far is the plane load of people all tebowing in the center aisle, hopefully in response to a successful on-time landing.   They even have a marketing and sales manager to promote Tebowing merchandise!!  Anyone want to volunteer to promote Angry Man merchandise?  I think I may be a few steps away from needing that just yet.

Now some of the backlash I have heard and read about this phenomenon is that people don't like how he is showing his faith and his thanks to a higher power that he believes in for giving him this opportunity.  And somehow this means that he thinks he is superior to his detractors.  Does that mean Hakeem Olajuwon and Muhammed Ali thought they were better than everyone else because of their religious faith?  How about Josh Hamilton on the Texas Rangers or the now retired Kurt Warner?  I remember Kurt being the subject of derision for thanking Jesus as his Lord and Savior after he won the Super Bowl, but certainly no websites devoted to mocking him.  Certainly no DJ's weighing in on how they don't like his showing of religious devotion during games.  Well what does that say about Olajuwon and Ali?

So there is no place for religion in sports?  There is no place for belief in sports?  Now my dear Angry Angels is where I normally ask "Why am I ANGRY?"  Well not today.  Today I ask "Why are THEY angry?"

They are angry because in their view, their own religion is being impugned.  All around the country, actually most of the world over, people very strongly identify with sports teams.  Doesn't matter if it's high school football in Texas, college football in Pennsylvania or soccer in Europe.  To a huge degree people identify themselves as believers in a sports team, usually more devout in their following of their teams than their religion.  We will wear a cross underneath our clothes while adorning ourselves with the colors of our team for all to see.  And how does that work out for us?  It didn't work out to well for San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, or New York Rangers fan and former US Marine Neal Auricchio Jr.

Tim wears his cross on his sleeve, and his beliefs for all to see.  And while that bugs the adherents to the new religion of sport, what really drives them crazy with fear and anger is that his moderate success in their temple is attributed to a higher power that is not them.  And that's not the worst of it.  In under a year, imitating Tebow's shows of thanks and humility and service to something beyond the grasp of secularists has spread worldwide.  Do a google search for tebowing images if you doubt me.

Instead of adhering to the holy writ of marketing plans, Tim, like many others before him, uses his gifts and his opportunities to fund better opportunities for those in need.  His charity has raised $2.5 million dollars this year.  Unlike ALL of the charities I have railed against so far this year, 100% of the donations go to the intended beneficiaries.  How does he do that?  He pays salaries and administrative costs out of his own pocket.  You may not agree with all his viewpoints but you gotta give him respect for that.  Actually what I think I respect more is that he would likely be doing this type of work regardless of his celebrity and success.

So what then is the fucking issue?  As a group we by and large gave Michael Vick a pass on his behaviors because he was skilled.  Same with "Pacman" Jones and Michael Irvin.  Hell, Don King the boxing promoter was convicted of two homicides including beating to death one of his employees!!  Why is redemption in sports valued more than someone who doesn't need redemption?    Well it's because the one who doesn't need our redemption is out of our control.  Do you think Vick got paid by PETA or the NFL for his public service announcements?  I would wager no.  Tim Tebow's existence is a public service announcement and there's not a damn thing his detractors can do about that.  Regardless of his success on the football field, he measures his success off of it.

If even a small fraction of the people who take their pictures Tebowing adopt the generosity of self that Tim has, we will all be able to measure his success, and our own as well.  Irrespective of our own faiths, shouldn't we all be trying to DO something in our lives that would make us WANT to throw a "Tebow?"  If a few more of us Tebowed maybe we would have fewer Jerry Sanduskys in the world.

And with that our Anger Management Session for today draws to a close.  Remember that ANGER without a directed resolution is pointless!

Tomorrow: TV!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rats Among Us

Greetings Angry Angels and welcome to our Tuesday session!

Today we are going to start off with a little bit of weird news, so go ahead and laugh where appropriate, but just keep in the back of your mind that I wouldn't be writing about it unless it made me angry!

So let us press on!

I read a news report out of the Virginia/DC area yesterday before doing the post on Joe Paterno and the Catholic Church regarding a new DC law regarding trapping and handling of  vermin and pests such as rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels and so on.  The law is the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.  The law roughly states that the vermin must not be killed but captured preferably in their familial group (lol) and RELOCATED, preferably across the Potomac into Virginia, which would be in violation of federal law.  As you can imagine this doesn't sit too well with a lot of people, specifically the Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli.  Some of the other people who this directly effects are those who provide pest control services and those who NEED pest control services.

Now those who provide the pest control services are going to see massively increased costs as they will no doubt have to be certified by the city as complying with the new law, not to mention increased labor costs associated with having to constantly check the HUMANE traps that they are mandated to use.  Now since the traps don't differentiate between what gets caught in them,hence the de facto mandate for humane traps,  the PROTECTED rodents get released while the non-protected ones get shipped off to "rehabilitation centers," which of course cost money to man and maintain.

So where do you think the costs of all this is going to get passed on to?  Well first and foremost it's going to come from those who need pest control the most.  Private citizens and businesses.  The pest control businesses have to contend with higher costs to do business so they pass that along to their customers.  Of course the pest controllers might just decide to take the vermin out of DC and dump them somewhere in Virginia, which is what Cuccinelli is concerned about.  Who knows what kind of diseases these beasts may have contracted from the Occupy DC crowd, where they seem to be congregating.  Well remember that the transport of wildlife across state borders is a federal crime.  So anyone who gets busted will of course have their licenses pulled and the fines associated will likely put them out of business.  So now the customers will have fewer choices at constantly increasing costs.

So here we have increased costs, potential layoffs, and potential spread of disease.

Sounds like a great law so far!  Am I right to get ANGRY yet?  You want to know why I'm angry and who is REALLY behind this sort of moronic legislation?

Animal Rights Activists have now SUCCESSFULLY put vermin as a higher priority than Humans on the law books in the nations Capitol. The massive scam that this represents is truly breathtaking.  Who do you think is going to be responsible, and very well paid by the government, to run the vermin rehab centers?  Friends of the DC council maybe?  Recommended by animal liberation groups funded by PETA and other domestic terrorists?  I would imagine that PETA or Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA was well paid for designing and endorsing the humane traps that will be the de rigueur of an industry now.

How long do you think it is going to be before trapping vermin at all becomes illegal?  If you think that will never happen well you just saw the first step on the road to that end!  Here we have the government of the seat of power of the United States mandating that "FAMILIES" of rodents be kept together and treated better than families of HUMANS who go through the DC child welfare system are treated.

Now my anger at groups like Humane Society of the United States has been documented in the post for their deceptive use of advertising utilizing heart-wrenching images of poor abused kitties and puppies to tug at your wallets.  But the endorsement of legislation such as the one in DC is bordering on reprehensible.  And here is why: animals do not have rights.

One of the founding arguments is that since humans are animals all animals should have the same rights under the law that humans do.  Well I disagree, humans are THE Animal.  I capitalize Animal when referring to humans, because unlike other animals we are able to distinguish between our own interests and what is right. That ultimately is what differentiates the human species from ALL others.  It is this obligation to distinguish between our interests and what is morally right  is where Rights derive from.

Does a pack of wolves debate which deer to attack based on the social needs of the deer?  Is there consideration that they might be orphaning a young deer by their actions?  The answer to both is "no."  They attack the deer which will prove the easiest to turn into dinner for the pack thereby serving ONLY their interests.  There is no ambiguity in the animal kingdom.  Humans as separate from the animal kingdom believe that animals should be treated with respect and compassion, especially those who are pets.  Aside from romantic anthropomorphism in literature and the radical indoctrinated speech of animal rights activists, how often do animals DECIDE to treat humans the same way?  Even our beloved pets act in their own self interest engaging in behaviors to continue their own care.

Human rights are enumerated through various governmental proclamations through history, but they are always based on a prevalent morality.  As human morality evolves, so do the proclamations as evidenced by historical events such as the Sufferage Movement or the Civil Rights Movement which we celebrated with yesterdays observation of Martin Luther King Day.  The right to vote, rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, rights to free speech, rights to freedom of religion are all based on morality.  Human morality is always changing, animal morality does not exist.

What does exist within human morality and the Rights we enjoy is responsibility. A responsibility to the planet we inhabit as its custodians.  When animals show that responsibility to each other and to the planet itself, then they can have rights.  But until then, I have had my fill of the superior moralizing of people like Ingrid Newkirk and the Animal Liberation Front and the city council of Washington D.C.

We should certainly take a cue from the pest control experts in D.C. and get rid of the Rats that seek to take away your rights and treat all my Angry Angels like disease infested vermin.  Vote to get them all out of the halls of power and lets relocate them to rehabilitation centers of their own.

Great session today everybody!  In response to all the emails I have received on the issues with animals, pets and charities I have decided we will have an Anger Management Session once a week on Tuesdays.  Please keep the comments and the amazing emails coming!

Tomorrow: Tim Tebow!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Paterno's Priest Law

Happy Monday to all my Angry Angels!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to a new week of Anger Management sessions!

First off, how about them NY GIANTS!  Wow!!  Never did I think that the game would turn out like that.  I'm really surprised about how well the Giants played and am feeling if we can keep that up I can't wait to see them play the Pats in the Super Bowl.  And yes, I'm picking the Pats next weekend against the Ravens.  I just don't think Joe Flacco has the chops to beat New England.  Niners Giants should be a hell of a game if their playoff history is any indicator.

While enjoying the football weekend I had the opportunity to correspond with lots of people regarding the Penn State child abuse scandals.  It is somewhat surprising to me how many apologists for Joe Paterno and Mike McQueary there are!  I'm going to assume that the vast majority of the people I have had accuse me of hating Joe Paterno, or Penn State football are themselves Penn State alumni or current students.  Much like when the Catholic Church priest rapists were being defended by people blinded by their own faith in the infallibility of their church and called me anti-Christian.  That was quite a surprise to me as I was raised Catholic and by and large consider myself Christian today.  Quite frankly I could give less of a damn about PSU football, or any college sports for that matter.

However with the realizations of the similarities between the reactions it occurred to me what was actually happening.  We weren't watching the fall of a football program or a university, we were watching the fall of another type of church.  One where belief was absolute and allegations were made against the faith, not just against the perpetrators of criminal acts or conspiracies of silence.

A few statistics from the John Jay Report which was based on over 10,000 allegations against over 4000 priests spanning 52 years.
  1. 81% of the victims were male
  2. 22% were 10 years old or younger
  3. 149 priest were responsible for roughly 3000 victims
  4. The 4000 priests represented roughly 4% of those practicing during those 52 years.
Some other statistics not related to the John Jay Report
  1. $2.6 BILLION dollars have been paid out in abuse related costs since 1950
  2. $615 MILLION was paid out in 2007 alone.
  3. Bernard Francis Law, archbishop of Boston, was forced to resign after evidence of participation in the cover up of abuse by priests in his archdiocese.  
  4. The Archdiocese of Boston was forced to close 65 parishes in order to pay out roughly $120 million in civil claims.
 Granted Penn State doesn't have the wealth of the Catholic Church, but it does have a $1.5 billion endowment and roughly 95,000 students system wide.  It's Beaver Stadium, where it's football team the Nittany Lions play, seats over 107,000 people.  Sounds like a pretty big, and rich church to me.

In fact college football is probably the most widespread religion in the United States today!  On a Wikipedia list of largest stadiums one has to go to the 16th entry to find the first professional stadium which is MetLife Stadium in  East Rutherford NJ where BOTH the NY Giants and NY Jets. play.  The top five college stadiums combined seat over 500,000 people!  I wonder how many Catholics go to church every week.  I would wager that between all the 120 Division 1-A schools more go to a college football game in a year than go to church.  According to Forbes, Penn State's football team generates $100 million in revenue and an amazing $53 million in profit.  PER YEAR!! 

 The defenders of Mike McQueary, the assistant at PSU who initially discovered the abuse, and Joe Paterno have universally expressed the same opinions being "What did you want them to do" and "They did what was required by law."  Well I'm sorry but this type of argument is absolutely pathetic and it really gets the ANGER rolling.

I want all my Angry Angels to tell these pinheads the same thing.  I want them to protect these kids!! 

But what is the price of protecting kids?  Is it one coaches status as a legend?  Is it too costly financially to run investigations? Or is it the fear that our beliefs and institutions surrounding them won't stand the test of scrutiny?

Joe Paterno's legacy is destroyed.  No matter how many wins he had, no matter how long he coached or any of his other accolades, he will be remembered as the man who turned a blind eye to child abuse happening right under his watch.  Mike McQueary is even worse.  He witnessed the abuse, reported it to Joe and dropped it.  One particularly angry JoePa defender made the moronic comment that I wanted him to wear a cape and be a superhero.  No.  I wanted him to pick up a fucking phone.  Don't need a cape for that.  Call the police, call the DA's office, call a newspaper reporter for all I care but DO something.  Two men had the ability to do something and did NOTHING!  Don't give me that shit that they did what was required by the law.  Fuck that law that absolves them from responsibility.  What kind of person hears about this happening, a crime being perpetrated by one of his assistants and hands it off without doing anything?  What kind of person WITNESSES it happening and does NOTHING?  Reporting it to your boss?  And then?  These people were supposed to be responsible to their community and they shirked their duties.  Joe Paterno's legacy isn't destroyed because of Sandusky raping those kids.  It's destroyed because he had the opportunity to change the outcome of those kids lives, and he did nothing.

Is he as bad as Cardinal Law of Boston?  Absolutely.  They are both guilty of allowing their actions to perpetuate the abuse of children.  While Joe and Mike's guilt is different from Law's in that theirs were sins of omission compared to sins of commission by the Cardinal, children were still abused.  Whatever the means were, the ends were the same.

Now we have seen the sheer numbers associated with the fallout from the Catholic Church scandal.  Quite frankly it is mind boggling the dollars that are spend on settling claims, not to mention the damage done to the "brand" that the Catholic Church represents.  College football and athletics represent an equally HUGE amount of branding revenue.  Kristi Dosh, a sportswriter, had a fantastic website called Business of College Sports.  While she has moved on to other sports endeavors, I am going to link to a study she did regarding the top 50 profitable college sports programs here:  These 50 programs represent at least $500 million annually!

That is a ton of money!  Now I don't know if Kristi or other researchers at Forbes have included tv revenues which Roger Pielke Jr at the New York Times has estimated at $10.8 BILLION dollars!  We are talking some serious money here!

Everyone involved in college sports has an interest in this pie.  Even a tiny slice of a gigantic pie is still a lot more money that we will see in our lifetimes.  So like the Catholic Church protecting their pie, the NCAA has got to be wondering what is going to happen to their pie!

But there is a bigger pie that we all should be worried about.  That pie is our humanity, integrity and responsibility.  And we really have no-one to blame but ourselves.

For a very long time, we as Americans have been ceding our responsibilities to our communities to state and federal government entities, most specifically child welfare services.  So now that the feds and the state have responsibility for our children's welfare what do we have to do?  Do we just make them and let the government worry about their success or failings as children?  Or do we let the government protect them from predators like Sandusky?  Paterno and McQueary put their faith in their higher ups and the government to do what was right and look what happened.  Do we trust government agencies where our kids are concerned?  In 2010 the Deputy Director of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department, that's the guy who is second in command, was arrested by the FBI for trading in Child Pornography!!  Mark Edwards admitted to trading and downloading child porn for at least 10 years!!  What the fuck?!?!  How many others are out there?  Remember 4% of all priests in the Catholic Church were implicated in abuse and that translated into over 10,000 allegations in 50 years.  That's 200 a year average.  I bet the NCAA is shitting bricks hoping that Sandusky (and possibly Bernie Fine in Syracuse) are as far as this goes.

This is where we have come to?  We have learned the helplessness that Big Government and Big Church have so long encouraged.  And now we are going even further in the apologists defense of a legend of Big Sports.  The NCAA will investigate their schools and come up with recommendations. The DA's offices who aren't hamstrung by Big Governments ridiculous statute of limitations will do their investigations and hopefully file criminal charges.  Big Government will help Big Sports protect their pie in exchange for tickets to games, or maybe a practice facility named after them.  And we will all tsk tsk and move on with our lives, comfortable in our community of one.

And that makes me really dammed ANGRY.  "Why?" you ask my dear Angry Angels...let me tell you why.

Because with that mentality we will NEVER be successful.  With that mentality how can we hope to better ourselves or our communities by giving the responsibilities to someone else? How, when we can clearly see the results, can we allow this to continue?  Big Government, Big Church, Big Sports, Big Charity all exist BECAUSE of us, we don't exist because of them.  They owe us.  And if they don't change their ways and be held accountable to us, we either have to move them along or bear the blame for what we let happen.  We ALL have to get angry and take the responsibility BACK!!

We the people are angry.  Very ANGRY.  Let the word spread.

Great session today!

Tomorrow: Rats!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Group Session #2 "Sleep Well Sweet Girl"

Welcome my Angry Angels to Group Session #2.

In our groups sessions we address a reader comments and more frequently reader emails.  As usual I can be reached at

Before I address the week's feedback I want to send out a very warm regards to Jennifer Petkov and her husband Scott.  For those of you who don't remember the Petkov's, they were the ones from Trenton, Mich who took to cyber-bullying Kathleen Edward and making her life a living hell.  Kathleen, of course was completely asking for it since at the time she was all of seven years old and suffering from Huntington's Disease.  I'm sure that having her as a neighbor really fucked up the Petkov's eugenics fantasies of a perfect Michigan.  Especially since Kathleen's mother Laura had already died of the same disease.

Aside from posting pictures on Facebook of the little girls face with crossbones underneath, I thought it was a stroke of genius to build a coffin and drive it in front of the Edward's house while honking your horn.

Is this what passes for fun when you are 33 in Michigan?

On the positive side young Kathleen passed today at the age of 9.  I hope every one of my readers, and everyone in America will take a moment and say a silent prayer for her soul which is now reunited with her mothers. And remember how a young girl showed us all a beauty and strength that most of us can only hope to have briefly in our own lives.

Once you are done with those silent prayers, I want you to remember the Petkov's faces.  Anytime you think that there isn't pure, sick, disgustingly evil sacks of shit out there to prey on you and your children, you remember these two.  You remember that all the suffering that Kathleen and her family went through, these people were there to make it worse.

Maybe we can redirect some of that anger and do something with Kathleen's name on our hearts.  Volunteer a few hours at a children's hospital or a after school center.  Just do something to wipe a little bit of the darkness off our hearts that the Petkov's have soiled us all with.  Be just a little better to someone tomorrow than you were today.

Actually, I've got an even better idea.  I want every single one of my Angry Angels, every damn one of you to send a two word email to David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee.  In the subject line put Bullying Legislation and in the body, just two words.  Kathleen Edwards.  And while you are at it send it to every legislator you can.  Hell you can even make up your own email addresses and sign it "AN ANGRY ANGEL" if you are afraid of reprisals from these uber-bullys.

Bullying is a crime, no matter the perpetrator, no matter the victim.

On a side note, I have seem to have really struck a nerve with the HSUS/PETA and animal postings last week!  I think I am going to do a weekly post on this issue as I have received a TON of information on these scams from people around the nation!  Very excited to get so much feedback from you, and of course it does nothing to assuage my anger!!  You  my Angels are making this more fun by the day and of course it wouldn't be effective Anger Management if we weren't YELLING about it!

So what would you think about doing specific topics per day?  I'll think about it this weekend while I'm watching the Giants pull off the biggest upset of the season by knocking the Packers out of the playoffs!  Go Blue!!

And a shout out to Angry Angel Matt celebrating birthday 37!  Good luck making it to 38 and thanks for the emails!

So my Angry Angels, have a great weekend relax a bit and remember little Kathleen Edwards.

Until Monday!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Running of the Bullys

Greetings Angry Angels!

Welcome to our Anger Management Session! I hope that you are ready for a great topic today and that you are well rested. It's been a great day so far celebrating Angry Woman's birthday so I'm all charged up and ready to vent!

Last week we spoke about a bullying incident that led to the bully actually getting killed While this is far from the norm, it does show that regardless of who is doing the bullying and who is the bullied, there can be very far ranging tragic consequences of these types of behaviors.

Recently there has been a peak in teen suicides and a good amount of studies are showing a link between bullying and depression and suicide. If you want to read more about them please feel free to visit the American Psychological Associations website and look at some of their reports and links

Now when I was growing up the big rage to blame teen suicide was on music, specifically the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was founded by Tipper Gore and her like-minded nanny-state morons and all of a sudden I've got stickers all over my albums (yes vinyl for those of you who remember them!) and suicide counselors on stand by in the high school.

After a while the furor died down, law suits against musicians were ultimately tossed and most of us went on our way. We all seemed to forget about the suicides and how really devastating they are on a community and a family. That was of course well back before the internet and mass media became what it is today facilitating rapid and global dissemination of news and opinion.

So now we, my Angry Angels, have a rise in teenage suicides again, this time focused within the LGBT community, and due at least in part to harassment and bullying. Now if you want to reread the post listed above you will get a really good idea on how PISSED OFF it makes me for any child to be victimized while adults, especially teachers, ignore the problem or down play their own roles and responsibilities.

I really thought that I had reached my own peak of anger until I read an article out of Tennessee. Apparently there is a group of ass-hats down Tennessee way calling themselves "Family Action Council of Tennessee" who think that there should be exceptions to anti-bullying laws. The Family Action Council's President, David Fowler, a former Republican state senator has gone on record as saying that any anti-bullying laws need to protect the free speech rights of those who want to express their views on homosexuality and "not create special classes of people who are more important than others."

Now I'm sorry but as I consider myself somewhat of a conservative, but did my head just fucking explode from the sheer idiocy of this statement? Excuse me Dave, but you think that RELIGION is now an excuse for bullying if the victims are GAY? So you approve of creating a special class that YOU belong to in order to protect your narrow minded views but not to PROTECT people from your narrow minded views?

So bullying should not be a crime if it's claimed as a "religious" view point. Hmm. So to follow that along then, since we aren't creating special classes if a group of gay Episcopalians bullied your child into suicide because of his straight and narrow (no doubt inherited from you Dave) that wouldn't be a crime either right? Or how about if a group of Muslims bullied your child into suicide because he doesn't believe in Allah, that wouldn't be a crime either would it?

You know what REALLY makes me fucking ANGRY though? Is that this shit for brains feels perfectly justified in excusing the death of an American child in order to spout his own brand of bigotry. We have talked a little bit about this before Angels and you know I have ZERO tolerance for people like this schmuck who want to be a little bit more equal than others because of their belief in their own superiority.

Now I'm not going to make this into a gay rights blog or anything of the sort, but I fully support Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project in saying that this type of legislation condones hate through a specious religious sanction. Teaching kids to hate and to bully is fucking ridiculous. It's not enough that they have to go through the dangers of growing up in the first place, but we have fuckers like Dave who want to turn our schools into killing fields? I don't really give a damn about who is being bullied, or who is doing the bullying. Protect our kids goddammit!! I'm talking to all the school administrators, I'm talking to the coaches, I'm talking to the priests, scout leaders and especially to the other parents. AND I'm talking to our legislators!!

Oh did you guys think you were going to get a pass on this one? Not a chance on your fucking lives!! Now back in 2010 the Feds stepped up their game and warned that "if school administrators fail to properly deal with harassment based on gender, race or other issues, they risk being cited for contributing to a pattern of civil rights violations that could, in extreme cases, lead to a cut in federal funding." This from a CNN report from August of 2010.  Personally I would like to see the wording stepped back and rather than the ACLU and the LGBT groups making it their issue how about we make it a KIDS issue.  How about we protect ALL THE KIDS??  HUH?  You think THAT would make sense and make schools worth going to?  

And how about rather than just cutting funding, because really who does that hurt, how about we start holding administrators of the schools and the perpetrators equally responsible and make it a federal children's civil rights crime.  Who gets hurt if the funding gets cut?  Certainly not the union protected teachers!!  So who get's the shit end of the stick?  Your ANGRY kids do, who incidentally are mandated that they attend these government institutions.  So the next time you get up in a politicians face and you get a shithead response from an idiot like Michelle "It's Not a Federal Issue" Bachmann you tell her to get on the same page or get the hell out of office.  The government makes our kids go to their schools, learn what they want to teach, and subject them to falling standards and now excepted bullying and we are supposed to sit back and take it?

You know who is responsible my ANGRY ANGELS!!  All our kids are equal and deserve equal protection under the law.  I don't care your race, creed, orientation, or religious bent.  Equal means EQUAL.  Let your representatives know, lets your school board know, let your neighbors and everyone else know: Equal means equal.

While you are doing that I strongly suggest a great website  founded by Brenda High.  I came across the site while researching this moron from Tennessee and I am sure I will be referencing their materials in the future.

That wraps up our session for today Angels!  Group session #2 tomorrow so keep the emails and feedback coming in.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Happy Hump Day to all my Angry Angels! We are midway through our sessions for this week and are enjoying what is in my neck of the woods a beautiful, if not slightly breezy day. I hope this Wednesday finds you well as we jump into the topic of the day.

This past Friday U.S. Attorney General Eric "Fast and Furious" Holder announced a long overdue revision to the Uniform Crime Code to redefine "rape." Vice President Joe "Tough Guy" Biden, author of the Violence Against Women Act, of course weighed in with his usual "me too" comments so we don't forget he's there. Interestingly enough the VAWA is up for reauthorization in 2012, last having been passed in 2005. Now at first glance the VAWA looks like a very noble undertaking, providing violence prevention programs, rape counseling centers, and of course legal aid. In 2000 upon reauthorization of the Act, the Office on Violence Against Women was established in the Department of Justice.

Looking a little deeper however we find some provisions that are a little disturbing, and much to my surprise, I find myself in agreement with the ACLU on some of these points. First off, the 1994 Act allows for mandatory HIV testing of people who are CHARGED with a crime, not CONVICTED of a crime. Second it allows for increased detention of people who are CHARGED with a crime. And among other things that the increased penalties were "rash."

With the establishment of the OVW and the continued renewal of VAWA, we as a nation have been sold on the horror of domestic violence and that women are perpetually victims by special interest groups. However the OVW's definition of domestic violence states that it can happen to anyone regardless of sex, age, race, or religion. So why is it the laws are not applied equally in regards to those mitigating factors? The increase in states incorporating "hate" crime statutes give rise to divisions based on those factors rather than providing equal protection, and prosecution, under the law.

Are Jerry Sandusky's crimes any less appalling because his victims were male? Or white? Or impoverished? No they are not.

Was the murder of Jessica Kalish, a gay rights activist, any less disturbing because it was committed by her wife? 222 stab wounds is pretty fucking disturbing.

Is the sexual abuse by 57 year old Jean Hardy of a 17 year old boy any less criminal because the perpetrator was a woman? Still, no.

So welcome to Eric Holder's new criminal world. Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Sounds better than the previous definition of: The crime, committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with him, esp. by the threat or use of violence, right?

Well...not quite.

I'm sure Jean Hardy was quite consensual in getting penetrated by her victim. As was Pamela Rogers Turner. And Jennifer Lea Burton. And of course Debra LaFave, who could forget her.

Do you know what all these women have in common with that piece of shit Sandusky? They all used their position of power and influence to commit a FUCKING CRIME!!!

What does it matter if the perpetrators were women or men, white or black, gay or straight? What does it fucking matter?

My dear Angry Angels, if someone is RAPING your child, do you really give a damn about anything else except for the crime perpetrated on your child? If someone murders your spouse do you really fucking care what their sexual orientation or religious bent is? If someone is stabbing you 222 times does it matter to you whether or not it's your spouse, your child or a random stranger? I'm pretty sure all you are thinking is "Holy fuck I'm gonna die!!!"

So what is the point then of redefining crimes as hate crimes, or domestic crimes, or anything else? A crime is absolute in its violation of the rights of the victim. The punishments should be absolute as well. If we as a country and a society need to differentiate victim from victim and perpetrator from perpetrator based on sex, creed, color and whatnot, all we are doing is creating inequalities in a justice system that is supposed to protect us all as defined by our constitution. If we need to add reasons to punish perpetrators because of special interests, maybe the punishments aren't harsh enough to begin with.

Let your politicians know that you do NOT support special treatment under the law for any perpetrator of crimes. Do not accept that a crime against you is any less severe because the criminal piece of shit who perpetrated it is different from you. Let me know how Angry YOU are at the continued corruption of equal protection by our lawmakers and special interest groups.

Crime is crime, and angry is Angry!

Till next time Angry Angels!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Where lies truth?

Greetings Angry Angels and welcome to another Anger Management Session!

I hope our session yesterday regarding child abuse got the anger flowing for the week and gave you some ideas on how to vent.

I mentioned yesterday that I was going to be talking today regarding Sean Hannity and what has been reported as a huge scam perpetrated on us by Freedom Concerts.

A little background first though.

Freedom Concerts are run through the Freedom Alliance as a way of promoting our thanks as Americans to the military personnel who freely give their lives in the defense of this country by raising money for the families and children of deceased service members.  Additionally they raise funds for scholarships for the children of service members and run several other programs such as Military Leadership Academy.  The concerts reportedly have raised about 10 million dollars in the last eight or so years to further these goals.  Sean Hannity, a popular conservative commentator, has been involved with the promotion of the concerts on his radio and tv shows for several years.

Now being somewhat conservative in my political leanings I sat back and applauded doing something for these kids rather than HOPING the government would.  We have all seen over the years how unwilling our government is willing to support those who defend it with their lives. Given that Freedom Alliance was founded in 1990 by Lt. Col. (ret) Oliver North, I was really happy to hear that the public was going to do what was sorely needed.  Back in my college days, I had the good fortune to volunteer for the American Defense Institute  which was founded by Eugene "Red" McDaniel.  I strongly suggest you visit their website and learn a bit more about their organization and "Red" himself.  What i did take away from that experience is that around the time of the Vietnam War, combat veterans basically became persona non grata in much of American life.  The reasons for such a climate shift from the days of parades through hometowns are well varied and all equally repugnant.

Recently this tide has turned and service men and women are more appreciated than they had been, though still not enough.

Which brings us to March 2010 and some very serious allegations by a Ms. Debbie Schlussel regarding the conduct of Sean Hannity and the promoters of the Freedom Concerts and Duane Ward.  Ironically I came across Ms. Schlussel's blog and articles regarding this while researching another scam by the name of Humane Society of the United States.  (You might remember those rants and there will be more coming!)  Apparently the amount of money that the Freedom Concerts actually disburses to the families of wounded or deceased soldiers and to disabled soldiers themselves is ABYSMALLY low, like on the order of 3% of funds raised.

Now my first reaction was a very loud "WHAT THE FUCK??"

Now I know very little of Ms. Schlussel save for what I have read the last few days, and I similarly know very little about Mr. Hannity save that he is a very successful commentator.  So given that, I am going to hold off on personal judgments for now regarding the case.  With any luck I can get some feedback from Debbie regarding any further investigations she may have done regarding those allegations.

NOW...comes the ANGER.  And it is coming big and loud my Angels.

Last week we got really angry about the blatant hypocrisy regarding animal welfare groups and their less than forthcoming stance regarding their true nature and how we should give money to adorably sad little critters on tv.  Now I'm hearing rumblings about how our nations soldiers are being paraded about as a tragic cause to separate us from our dollars!!  Are you fucking kidding me?  These fighting men and women are being used by charlatans and shit heels to sell their snake oil?  In MY AMERICA??

At the surface it would appear that a good portion of the 97% of proceeds raised by Freedom Concerts goes to perpetuating their own existence!  This is flat insane!!  And I certainly hope that there is an explanation from Freedom Alliance that can invalidate these allegations.

But aside from allegations and counter-allegations which I am still researching and reading, we find a much much LARGER problem here in America.

For much longer than we need, we have been inundated with news reports daily regarding "Occupy" this or that.  These protesters claiming to represent the 99% of Americans rail constantly against "Big Business."  Well I'm here to represent 100% of Angry Americans who are sick to death of these fuckers running non-profits in the most heinous of ways.  I'm going to call it "Big Charity."

"Big Charity" is way more dangerous than "Big Business" will ever be.  It doesn't make goods.  It depends on free labor while massively over-compensating it's executives.  And worst of preys on the best in human nature, our desire to help out.

Have you ever been to Rolling Thunder?  Or visited a VA Hospital?  Do you know someone who has served and come home physically or psychologically wounded? Hell have you ever seen Saving Private Ryan or We Were Soldiers?  Take some time and think about what sacrifices have been made so you can sit there with YOUR family and enjoy the freedoms you have.

Now wouldn't you like to give back just a little bit?

"Big Charity" would LOVE you to give back.  They would love you to give back until you yourself are a charity case!!  Give till it hurts right?  It's amazing how fifty cents a day, and nineteen dollars a month and $65 for a concert ticket all add up.  But it's all tax deductible right?  Well to a certain degree yes, but are you giving money to get a break on taxes?  No!!

You are giving money to help causes YOU believe in and because you want to do something you can feel good about!!!  You are helping the community!!  If it were only that true.

I am certainly not a proponent of more government oversight regarding anything, but non-profits and charities certainly seem to be worthy of oversight given the pandemic of corruption therein.  Especially considering that these organization do not pay taxes!  Now there are plenty of voluntary reporting websites regarding charities such as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, or the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.  These are a good start but they are voluntary...meaning that they don't really hold anyone accountable.  I guess that's where you my Angry Angels are going to come into play.  If these fuckers are going to play fast and loose with our money and our emotions, it's time we take the game up a notch and that means no more money without accountability.

No more sad stories about tragedies that you marginally support. No more preying on our sensibilities.  No more free rides.  I want everyone reading this to do a little research about who you can support, locally.  No more "Big Charity" until we know EXACTLY where every fucking cent we send you is going!!  Support local animal rescues.  Support local human services like in Albuquerque.  Be an informed consumer and be 100% ANGRY!!

And that draws our session to a close!  I will be looking forward to hearing from Debbie Schlussel and hopefully the Freedom Alliance regarding their differences of opinion so hopefully we can revisit sometime in the next few weeks.

Tomorrow we will get a little bit angry about Rape!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Hard crime, hard time

Greetings Angry Angels!

I certainly hope life finds you well this wonderful Monday and that you had as amazing a weekend as I did!  Angry Woman and I spent the weekend working out, watching football (GO GIANTS) and generally enjoying each others company.  It's important after a week of venting anger to all of you that we take some time to recharge and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Later this week we are going to vent on rape, bullying and some professional commentators before our Friday group session, but today I'm going to go back a little bit to something I have already touched on in the blog  Our week is going to start off calmly with some reflections on child abuse as a crime.

I recently read a blog regarding a gentleman by the name of Phillip Ray Greaves II.  The author of this blog who I will not name here is a little upset regarding the treatment of good ol Phil.  Phil, a resident of Colorado, was arrested on a Florida warrant of distributing obscene material.  Now you may ask, why is Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County Florida bothering with some 47 year old wanna be author three quarters of the way across the country?  Might have something to do with the title of Phil's book: "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lovers code of conduct."

Yeah you read that right.

This guy wrote a book on rules of conduct for raping children. The blogger defends Phil by saying there is no proof that Greaves ever molested anyone and that he is only depicting the "psychology" of a child molester which many other authors have done.  If other authors have done the same type of depicting in their novels, why ISN"T Sheriff Judd going after any of them.

Well the answer you dumb-fuck is in the title of Phil's book!!  It's a code of conduct, in other words it's a FUCKING INSTRUCTION MANUAL!!  This isn't a scholarly work where teams of psychologists, psychiatrists and and other researchers armed with pointed pencils and pointier probes find out what makes these sick twisted sociopaths tick.  This is a book designed to help them "tick" more efficiently and likely without drawing the attention of Sheriff Judd or others like him.

Put aside for a moment the obvious big name cases like that piece of shit Jerry Sandusky, or Bernie Fine whose piece of shit status is still under investigation and let's go through some recent "highlights" that don't seem to make the national news.

William and Jamie Willis of Arizona, he of the huge stash of kiddie porn (and when I say kiddie porn I don't mean naked kids.  I mean kids fucking.  Little kids) and the Silence of the Lambs inspired torture room he was digging out in his backyard.  And his loving wife Jamie who tried to help him escape charges by cutting off his monitoring anklet and moving them both.

John Landrum Jr also of Arizona who was in the process of downloading child porn when the police showed up to serve him with a warrant "has no idea" how TWO external hard drives and his main drive on his computer were filled with graphic "child erotica."

Anthony Ganter of Colorado, molester of 14 boys he babysat for, arrested for downloading child porn and failing to register as a sex offender.

Mark William Woerner of Texas, a friendly neighborhood guy who would give thumbdrives filled with child porn to kids to take to elementary school and share with their friends.

Julie Ann Moore of Texas molested three 15 year old boys, fortunately non of whom were students in her elementary school class.

And my personal favorite, because it touches on another issue, Juan Galindo of New Mexico.  Juan only racked up one victim.  One victim who had two black eyes, a bite mark on her cheek, brain bleeds, a lacerated liver, and anal and vaginal tearing.  There was also evidence of partially healed broken ribs.  His victim was four weeks old.


It will be interesting to see what kind of justice New Mexico tries to serve up seeing as Juan is an illegal who had already been deported.  Oh and he was high on meth.  Kudos to the mom for picking out such an upstanding baby-sitter while you went out to the casino.  I'm sure Eric Holder and all the other illegal immigrant "rights" groups will have their say before this all plays out.  

At this point I am beyond the point of belief that ANYONE would defend these vicious fucks let alone defend them in the court of public opinion as this particular blogger did.  So let me ask you a question dear Angry Angels, and please feel free to leave your response as a comment or send me an email, WHAT THE FUCK IS OUR LEGAL SYSTEM LETTING HAPPEN TO US?   

These are our children!! These are ANGRY BOYS and GIRLS who will never have the chance to grow into what they could have because of these fuckers.  And now some spineless apologist has the nerve to say Phil didn't do anything wrong?  Do we really need the child rapists to be more efficient??

Four days ago Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico stated she was going to push a bill to remove the statute of limitations on any homicide case.  Certainly a bold move in a state where crime and punishment play second fiddle to  graft and cronyism at a higher per capita than any other state in the nation.  

As Governor Martinez is a former prosecutor I strongly applaud the effort, but I gotta say aren't going far enough.  Not by a long shot.  The statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases is pathetically short in most jurisdictions, something we saw to our collective disgust in the Sandusky and Fine tragedies.  Further more I would like to see "accessory" charges flat removed.  If you are a confederate of a child abuser, or a murderer, or a rapist, you get the same punishment as the perpetrator of the crime.  If like Joe Paterno or Joy Epstein you were aware of a crime and did nothing to immediately prevent it you are thereby a confederate in the crime and are likewise guilty.  If you are an ILLEGAL and you commit these acts on U.S. soil then that should be considered a crime against the nation and an act of terrorism.

Now you might say "Angry Man!  That's just crazy!  There's no way the politicians and special interest groups will let that happen!"  And you are right my Angels!  The politicians won't let this happen.  Just ask Senator Kay Hutchinson a Texas Republican who helped scuttle a measure to federally standardize criminal punishments citing states sovereign rights.  Fuck you Kay, glad you are retiring.  

Angels it is time that we get really GODDAMNED loud and let our politicians know how ANGRY we are.  We listen all the time to prosecutors, and police, and politicians and their never ending excuses about why they can't do something. I'm sure their empty words will keep all of these broken and abused children warm at night, knowing that in a few short years their abusers will be back, coaching football, saying mass, or teaching their own children someday.

It's time we tell them they damn well better do something or they are going to be out on their asses looking for a new job.  And given the situation they have put us all in, they'll have a hell of a time finding a new one.  I'm one person who will not be giving them a positive reference.

Ok, time is up for today!  I look forward to our session tomorrow where I will be venting some anger towards a Mr. Hannity and if he's scamming us all in the name of our wounded troops!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Group Session #1

Greetings Angry Angels!

Welcome to our first week ending group session in which I will address some of the comments and emails I have received during our Anger Sessions throughout the week.  I appreciate the comments and emails that have been sent along and hope that this will continue as we explore the roots of our anger and how to fully address the issues we all face as Angry Americans!  I am always interested in hearing from you and hope that you will keep up the commenting and the emails.  If you would like to express an opinion not made public on the comment boards you can reach me directly through email  And of course if you have something that makes you angry that I haven't covered, by all means let me know!  I will be happy to express your anger and outrage for you.

Of the subjects covered this week I got a few comments, and multiple emails from, the Humane Society of the United States was by far the winner.  I had not actually expected such a heavy response on that particular issue as I had for the child abuse posting:  The defining points between the two, I believe at least, are that while it comes to child abuse it seems to be pretty cut and dried in that everyone agrees it is "bad" and "unfortunate."  Animals on the other hand seem to elicit a much more emotional response.  On one side we have the animal rights fringe who think that animals should have every rights humans do including the right to vote with their own organizations casting the vote by proxy (I think they tried that back in Chicago in the '60's).  On the other side we have the animal welfare group who believe that we have a human responsibility to care for all life with care and compassion.

For the record I fall squarely on the latter side.  When I visit an animal shelter I look at a couple things, firstly is the conditions the animals are kept in.  Are the kennels or rooms they are kept in clean?  Do they have dog runs or yards to take the dogs out for walks and exercise?  Are the animals labelled with as much history and information that can be provided?  Is there enough space for the animals in each enclosure or are they all jammed in tight?  But mostly I look at the facility and the people there.

There have been times where I have been impressed by the facility and unimpressed by the people, and all variations and permutations regarding the two interacting.

But I had to ask myself...why does this facility impress me?  Well the last one I went to was absolutely HUMONGOUS!  I would wager it's at least five thousand square feet of just adoptions plus another separate building for admin and medical services.  All of this on a HUGE expanse of land.  Now you just KNOW my Angels that this was not government funded.  A little research later and the numbers were revealed through tax returns and some basic interviews.  It was a private facility and certainly more luxurious than all the city shelters I have been to.  The amount of donations to the shelter were staggering.  And while I don't have the specific amount in salaries for this particular shelter, there are a very good number of "executives" making six figure incomes while the "99%" who actually interacts with people make minimum wage or volunteer.  Now guess who is doing their job because they believe in what they are doing?

I was forwarded an article by Dr. Carol Stuart, host of Animals, Science and Stories on WFBG.  I'll let you read the article and it's very well researched footnotes here:

Several people have written and complained that I am ANGRY at HSUS because I mistakenly believed that they ran or supported shelters.  Well let me ask you my Angels a simple question: When you see these commercials on tv where the hell do YOU think the money is going?  Do you think the money is actually going to help the little fuzzies that look so sad and lonely on the ads?  Or do you think the money is going to perpetuate an organizations lobbyists and lawyers?  Since it's an election year maybe Romney can seal the deal by taking some kitties with him to the next debate, or Obama can get his jobs bill passed by bringing a three legged dog with a safety collar with him to Congress.

What I am ANGRY at is the slight of hand these groups use to separate my well intentioned Angels from their hard-earned money as proficiently as any street corner three card monte hustler.  Why do I have to go digging through mountains of paper and statistics to follow the trail of my dollar?

The answer is simple: it's all about the money.

There is a huge divide in the personal attitudes of the people who do the work.  There is the minimum wage/volunteer attitude and there is the six figure income attitude.

Now if you haven't already read the link to the article above please take a few minutes to do so.  I'll wait.

Now what I take away from this article and research done at and is that THIS is the definition of "Big Business."

I am going to quote Loretta Baughan directly here because I do not think I could put this into any better words than she already has: "We can no longer blindly accept the pie-in-the-sky guesstimates groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS, People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA) and other similar agenda-driven animal extremists put forth.  Follow the money. These are organizations whose very existence are dependant upon the amount of money they can raise from misguided animal lovers who think their donation is actually helping puppies, kittens or their local animal shelter. The reality is that these animal rights fanatics seek to impose their vegan lifestyle and utopian dream for humans have zero contact with animals."

As soon as I get shirts and bumper stickers made Ms. Baughan and Dr. Stuart are getting some.

We are being deceived my Angry Angels!!  Our hearts are in the right place I'll allow us that much, but we need to be more vigilant in discovering for ourselves the truth of these organizations and we need to hold these organizations accountable.  Don't be angry because the animals you love don't have a loving home of their own.  Be ANGRY because these fuckers are top level predators and are the CAUSE for your hard-earned money being wasted and thousands of ANGRY PUPPIES and ANGRY KITTIES are being euthanized by the organizations we believe are protecting them.

Support ONLY your local shelters, rescue groups and reputable breeders.  Support the people who are actually doing the work they say they are.  Support the groups whose actual agenda agrees with yours. Tell all the stars and media personalities who beg for your money in these EXPENSIVE ads that you are tired of the deceit and that you are ANGRY at them for helping perpetuate the fraud!!  Tell your local, state and federal representatives that you want accountability and transparency for all these "Non-Profit" organizations.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this weeks Group Session especially Dr. Stuart and BeachDog for the great links and further information on these scams, and thanks to Will for an email I will address in it's own right in one of next weeks individual sessions regarding animal shelters and human needs.

Next week we can also look forward to Anger Management Sessions on bullying, rape, and a certain political commentator who might not be on the up and up.

Have a great weekend, watch some football and remember if it makes you ANGRY you have a safe place to vent here with me:


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dead is dead no matter who you are.

Greetings my Angry Angels!!

I hope this Thursday finds you well and we have a good session today! On a personal note I am having a great day already having resolved some relationship issues with my fiance, Angry Woman ( you can imagine the stress of a relationship between the Angriest Man in America and the Angriest Woman in America), getting in a fantastic shoulder workout, and of course reading the feedback on yesterdays blog:

Today I would like you to remember two names for me: Ronen Katz and Yuliana Vasquez Reyes.  Got them?  Ok.  Now a quick Google search of these names will turn up one MAJOR thing they both have in common.  They are both dead.  Yuliana died a few days ago in Santa Fe New Mexico, Ronen Katz died in late 2010 on the West Side Highway in New York City. Yuliana was four years old, Ronen was 27.  Ronen was a hedge fund manager and a motorcyclist, we will never know what Yuliana could have been.  Now my friendly group of angerphiles you are probably asking yourselves "Why is he angry about this?"

Being both a motorcyclist and a father both of these touch at different parts of my heart.  It always sucks to lose a fellow biker regardless of the circumstance, and a dead child is just fucking tragic.  But I get really damned angry when I read about the circumstances surrounding the treatment of their killers.

Naisha Sutton, a 26 year old woman who should not have been driving a vehicle as she did not have a license and made an illegal turn killed Ronen.  Unfortunately he didn't die quickly, he died on the side of the road having been thrown from his motorcycle.  Naisha left the scene, left Ronen to die.  She turned herself in hours later.

Deborah Aaron, at least didn't flee the scene after killing Yuliana.  I'll speculate after seeing a picture of the accident that she wasn't able to.  Partially because of the damage to her Land Rover she smashed into the minivan Yuliana was riding in, and partially due to the fact that she was DRUNK!!  Of course the prominent surgeon has already set up her defense through her lawyer Dan Cron that she didn't CAUSE the crash so therefore can't be held RESPONSIBLE for Yuliana's death.  Now I know he didn't make major news but last year dear Dan got a guy by the name of Scott Owens off in the DWI deaths of FOUR, count 'em FOUR, teenagers in Santa Fe.  Dan apparently has found his niche.  I wonder how much he's gonna charge the surgeon to get a jury to believe that even though she was breaking the law and contributed to the death of a four year old that she is completely innocent like Scott Owens.

Now I'm not angry at Dan even though I personally think that getting these people off is morally reprehensible, he chose a profession and he happens to be really good at it.  I'm kinda angry at Deborah and Naisha for being incredibly irresponsible knowing that neither of them should be driving and their stupidity and/or arrogance cost two people their lives.

But who I am REALLY ANGRY at are the assholes we elect to office who enact laws and legislation that routinely devalue our lives and the prosecutors and judges who further negotiate down punishment for the end of an innocent life.

What are we worth now?  If you, dear Angry Angel, are killed what can your family expect in terms of justice.  Now imagine your child, or parent, or spouse lying dead in the street because someone who shouldn't have been driving was and ran them down with no more regard than if  they were a pink flamingo lawn ornament.  What do the legislators, the prosecutors and the judges say that life is worth?

Ronen's life was worth 60 days in jail and 3 years probation.  60 FUCKING DAYS!!!  Now having spent 10 days in the county lock up I will tell you jail is not pleasant, not by any stretch.  The food sucks, the accommodations suck, the entertainment sucks, and god help me the fashion sucks!!  Orange just washes me out...

The four lives Scott Owens took were worth nothing.

How much do you think Yuilana Vasquez Reyes is worth?  If you were to ask her family and friends and community I bet the answer would be a lot more than "nothing."  I bet her mother who is still in the hospital and two months pregnant thinks she was priceless.  Unfortunately we already have an inkling of where the judge and the prosecutor are going with this.  Dr. Deborah Aaron, who had her license suspended for five years, botched two surgeries in Arizona resulting in malpractice investigations by the state board, and was CAUGHT PRESCRIBING NARCOTICS FOR HER BOYFRIEND is back in Arizona, relaxing.  She is suspected in a fatal accident and she is in FUCKING ARIZONA???  Now correct me if I'm wrong but Arizona isn't a prison, is it?  Aside from Joe Arpaio's neck of the woods I mean.

I am now so ANGRY I'm having trouble typing.

I think it's high time that as Angry Americans that we demand of our justice system equal protection under the law.  Enough of the special interests. Enough of the buying your way out of justice because you are a rich doctor.  Enough of the lenient sentences because social status or skin color.  Enough of the dead being bargained away by corrupt judge's and incompetent, weak-willed prosecutors. Enough of the political cronyism and back scratching special interests that create inequalities.  Equality means that we are all protected EQUALLY under the fucking law!!!  Stop bargaining away our lives!!

White, black, gay, straight, female, male, adult or child.  Whoever you are.
Dead is dead, no matter who you are.
And no matter who killed you.

And that concludes our time for today!

Tomorrow: Group session where I talk  about some of your emails and comments!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Breaking your heart, stealing your money

Greetings Angry Angels!!

I hope this lovely hump day finds you well and brings you just what the name implies!! Oh yeah!

I'm in a pretty good mood today and have just one little anger issue I would like to discuss with you.  Surprisingly enough it was caused by the holiday season.  I'm usually a pretty happy guy around the holidays.  Basically from the first week of October (which is when my birthday occurs) through New Years Day I find to be my favorite time of the year.

I think this time of year should be everybody's favorite.  It's chock full of holidays to celebrate our own decency.  Whatever your religious beliefs are I don't really care.  If we all would spend a little more time finding reasons to NOT be offended at every little fucking thing I think we could dramatically improve everyone's quality of life not just our own.  Having been raised Catholic, Christmas always had special pomp and circumstance to it.  Though not as specific to the foundations of the faith as Easter, I always felt it was something we could all participate in regardless of what direction your faiths pointed you in.  People were a little nicer, colors were a little brighter, candy a little sweeter during this time of year.  Maybe it was me growing up and changing perspectives or maybe it was the times changing around me...but what the FUCK is with all the CYNICISM surrounding the holidays now?

Are you fuckers really so joyless that you sue your neighbors for decorating their house and being excited about a time of year where everyone should be just a little bit kinder?  Are we really becoming so hateful of our fellow man that what we really look forward to the holidays just so we can find ways to be offended?  I try really hard to remember what is important to me at this time of year, family and friends, despite the growing cynicism of the populace.

Until I saw one commercial and did a little research.

Most of us remember Alyssa Milano from either Who's The Boss or Charmed.  A cute young girl who grew into a beautiful lady.  Fortunately for her she dodged the perils of childhood stardom.  Now she uses her celebrity status to raise money for causes she believes in.  At least I hope she believes in the causes she promotes and is not just shooting commercials for a paycheck.  The one commercial though that piqued my interest is the one for Humane Society of the United States.

The reason I was interested, and not because of her acting skills or pleading, was because for the last year my fiance Angry Woman has been working for our local Humane Society.  I've seen both sides of the equation from the dedicated volunteers donating time and the incredibly generous people donating money and goods to help take care of animals to the down side of people who are in my view a bit jaded and pretty over paid.  While certain aspects of the organization still rankle me, for the most part those on the front line are genuinely interested in providing homes and medical services for animals less fortunate than Angry Puppy, who is happily gnawing away on a ham bone while I write this.

So I did the ever popular Google search to find some info on HSUS.  Of course their very well designed website came up which features the usual "What We Do" stuff telling the public how your donations will be spent and how much your donations mean and so on and so forth.  Good boy.

Then something clicked in my head.  I paged back to google and saw some links to a scam.  Now I know PETA, People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals is probably the most vile and hypocritical organization in the country, regardless of what banner they fly under.  But the Humane Society of the United States?  Come on!!  Does this mean Alyssa misled us?

I found this website which talks specifically about HSUS and what an amazingly GIGANTIC scam it is:

Did you know my faithful Angry Angels, with angry puppy's and kitty's of your own, know that of ALL the shelters in the country that HSUS runs NONE of them.  That's right.  A big fat fucking ZERO.  Apparently the only creatures that they are willing to financially support and protect are lawyers, litigators and propogandists.  Now the PETA lunatics are fairly well known.  They don't really give a damn about pets or animals in need as evidenced by their 93.8% euthanasia rate in 2010, and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk, well lets just say she has a special place in the afterlife that will keep her nice and toasty.

Now THIS is why I'm Angry...not just slightly angry...incredibly angry.

This HSUS/Alyssa commercial ran NON-STOP through the holiday season, no doubt to prey on our seasonal motivation to do something a little better than we normally would.  For only $19 bucks a month we can do so much good...  Yeah Alyssa?  FOR WHO?  Not for the poor little animals who are paraded across the screen, looking so sad and desperate and tugging at our heart strings that's for damn sure.  Are any of those animals even alive or did they get PETA'd?  How many people were fleeced this year by you and Wendie Malick and the rest of your crew of deceivers?  What amazes me is that these "stars" align themselves with groups that are neither Humane nor Ethical!!  I defy either one of you to visit Peta's pet freezer (and that's not a personal pet air conditioner) or to go on a consulting trip with HSUS where they CHARGE local humane shelters for this "service."

Now ask yourselves my Angels, would you rather put your money into Alyssa's and Wendie's pocket's or would you rather actually SAVE A FUCKING ANIMAL??  Stop donating your hard earned money to these charlatans.  Do a little research like I did.  Go local if you want to really help.  Donate a spay or neuter at your local shelter, foster a dog or a cat, volunteer an hour or two to go walk dogs.  There are so many better ways to help animals locally rather than throwing your money away on people who don't need it or use it to help animals. Most of all don't let these predators in charitable clothing steal your sense of the the holidays, or your desire to contribute to the good of your own community.

I'm really disappointed in you Alyssa.

That concludes this session, but not this subject I assure you!!

Next up: Justice behind the wheel!