Peter Shankman was hardly the first New Yorker to be punished by the city for his devotion to maintaining his own physical health.
Okay, the real story here is not that the NYPD is filling quotas by enforcing obscure and nonsensical laws. The real takeaway is that there are people living freely amongst us that train for triathlons at 4:45AM in the middle of winter. How are such clearly deranged people allowed to walk (or run, bike or swim) amongst us sane people?
If we can’t impose fines &/or sanctions on these, “4:45 fitness freaks”, then the justice system is broken, damn it!
It is the dead of night, and this is what a coup d’état looks like. It hasn’t sunken in yet that I myself have no way of leaving the Crimean peninsula through traditional means. In other words, I’m trapped behind enemy lines.
Crowd sourcing: How to best reply to a crazy person who posts on your Facebook timeline?
There was one of those, “I hate Obamacare, mostly because I quietly dislike the color of President Obama’s skin”, posts on my timeline yesterday. I’ve known the woman who wrote the post for the better part of 25 years. We are no longer close by any stretch of the imagination. So, I ended up posting an LA Times article that was basically, “Maybe all those Obamacare nightmares aren’t as bad as they were made out to be.”. By no means am I ready to say the new healthcare law is free of many, many flaws, yet I also know when someone is blindly picking it apart due to their own personal prejudices.
So, I received an email this morning, telling me that this woman “tagged” me in her reply in my newsfeed AND posted her reply directly to my own timeline with the following:
T your article from the LA Times is mostly opinion and I don’t pay attention to articles. I’m in the front lines as a Medical Professional with a small business that happens to be in the Medical Industry who still provides medical benefits, having said that I as an individual, a family member and a Medical Business owner get the glorious privilege of taking it up the ASS on all spectrums. My stories are real and valid and with merit…. Wouldn’t I love to be proven wrong, to know the Medical Insurance is actually and truly affordable, that it is provided with high quality in mind, and that as a family I’m not getting raped. So who cares about that Leftist article cause it’s just an article, I speak of my own unfortunate experience and exposure to how this is really not what was sold. Ok… So the uninsurable now can get Insurance, and no caps in the amount of coverage, but intense regulation with Medical Professionals to take drastic cuts, push paper and data like crazy so big brother can monitor how many times one takes a SHIT. No thankyou…. We have all been fooled! The Dems, Liberals, Conservatives, Moderates etc… Please tell me that I can keep my coverage, that it won’t cost me more, that my benefits will not be less, that the IRS is not in charge of my Medical Plan… Ok Tell me that and I might shut the f up. RATTLED”
Obviously I am going to reply to her & call her out for her use of the word “raped” & applying it to what is, in my opinion, a very comfortable life. That’s a no brainer. Anything else that jumps out as needing to be addressed or is it just take aim at all the low hanging fruit that is provided?
Silly game gets tens of millions of downloads seemingly overnight, creator is uncomfortable with the monster he’s created and ends up deleting the app and retreating from a bigger payday. I mean come on, it’s an amazing story and there are lots of angles to it.
Replace “game” with “blog” & “tens of millions of downloads” with “thousands of followers” and you have Tumblr from 2008-2011.