There are many signs that parents aren’t doing a good job as parents. All you have to do is look around at the millions of people living out the results of their own bad parenting to know that. Take a moment and look at these ten signs and evaluate how you are doing: Ten Signs…Details
Seems like such as easy question to answer. The average, normal person would quickly say “my kids,” or “my family” or “being healthy” and so on. I bet those answers are about what you came up with when you first read the question too.
It’s just that I’m not buying those answers. I’m not calling anyone a liar who recites those quick and easy answers, it’s just that I don’t buy that’s what is really important to most people. Why would I say that? Because their isn’t too much proof to suggest those answers are the truth.
One of my basic philosophies is that your time, your energy and your money go to what is important to you. So if kids and family and being healthy was as important as most people say, it would follow that is where people would focus their time, energy and money. Follow? Well, it isn’t happening. Look around and you’ll see that people are clearly not putting their actions into the important things in life. People are putting their time, energy and money into lots of things but more often than not, it’s the temporary, the mundane, and the instantly gratifying. The ridiculous occupies people’s time, saps their energy and seduces the money from their fingers. And the media helps with that fascination. But I don’t blame the media because they only give us what we beg to see. It’s not their fault they are capitalizing on our preoccupation with the stupid; it’s our own. Watching stupid stuff on television is voluntary participation. No one forces you to sit there and see who the newest stupid celebrity is and what he/she is doing. You choose to do that. People choose to participate in things of no importance and neglect what is really important. I dealt in great detail about this problem in my book, The Idiot Factor: The Ten Ways We Sabotage Our Life, Money and Business (formerly titled People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It.)
Are there exceptions? Of course there are so don’t get all fired up and write me a bunch of comments about how wrong I am and how my premise doesn’t apply to you. Fine. You may be the exception. Read this and be satisfied with how none of this applies to you and find some satisfaction in pointing the finger of blame at everyone else.
“I get it, Larry. So what is important?”Details
I have been remiss in writing a good rant for a few weeks especially when so much has happened for me to rant about! I guess it is because that I have just been so overwhelmed with the disrespect, lack of civility and stupidity that is running rampant that I couldn’t focus on just one or two issues. And I still can’t! So I‘ve decided that you folks might be willing to put up with a series of short rants on all of the things that I am finding especially irritating in the news and in life these days. I hope you enjoy, if you want to share any of these, feel free but give credit and send folks over to the blog and to my fanpage on facebook. This little rant is obviously called, “It’s a damn shame……………….”
It’s a damn shame when someone writes on my Facebook page defending irresponsible behavior with the words “Personal responsibility is such a cliché. It’s a condescending over-used phrase that has become the stock answer to everything.” Yes! It is the answer to everything! And it’s a damn shame that people would rather do anything in this world than take responsibility for their actions, including dismissing the notion as cliché and condescending.
It’s a damn shame when all of us can’t be happy when one of us has something good happen. Obama gets the Nobel Peace Prize and it suddenly becomes a battle cry of the right wing about how he doesn’t deserve it. If your name isn’t Nobel or you aren’t on the committee then you don’t really have a say in his deservingness. Don’t say he didn’t earn it – it’s not up to you to decide that. The Nobel Peace Prize committee decided he was deserving so you don’t really get a say in who wins the award since you don’t sit on the committee. This is not about politics or whether you like Obama’s stance on … well, anything! It’s about the President of the United States gets recognized on the world stage for something good and our divisive political system can’t say “congratulations” and then move on to better things. Which means it’s a damn shame when important things like healthcare, the recession, Medicare, Social Security and other major issues are taking a backseat to this inane non-issue.Details
The Lazy Man’s Theory Of Relativity.
I want to make it clear from the start that this rant was inspired by Troy Sammons. He wrote me on Facebook with his comments that I have included below. It was so good that I suggested to him that he write more and put it out there somewhere but he said for me to run with it if I wanted to. So I am going to add a bit to what was already a great email he sent me, but I want to say thanks to Troy upfront for his inspiration.
From Troy: “It is my observation that there is a growing epidemic of excuses that I call the “Lazy Man’s Theory of Relativity.” Americans seem to continually measure their position or situation in relative terms that makes their lazy lifestyles appear more successful. Let me give a few examples: I am relatively thin compared to that fat guy; I’m relatively rich compared to that broke ass over there; I work relatively hard compared to the narcoleptic janitor; I’m a relatively great parent compared to that woman wearing the muumuu feeding her kid Twinkies for lunch; or the worst one—we are relatively free compared to people in other countries.
What has happened that has enabled us to give up on our ideals and settle for relative success or perfection? Why are we always on the search for that loser whose life sucks more than ours so we can remind ourselves how good we are doing. I can’t stand it when someone makes relative comparisons to make the current situation appear less painful or pathetic.”Details
Healthcare, Hyper-Partisanship & What Larry Winget Believes About Nearly Everything
I believe that basic healthcare is the right of every citizen. I think we have a moral obligation to help people who are sick regardless of what made them that way or whether they have any money or not. If we have the medical ability and expertise to do it, we should do it. It is the right thing to do. That said, I don’t want my tax dollars to pay for people who knowingly ruined their health by eating themselves into diabetes or other obesity related conditions. I also don’t want to support folks who smoked their 3 packs a day and got emphysema or lung cancer or other smoking related condition. They knew what there were doing was stupid and we shouldn’t have to support them. But you can’t exclude them either. I am a mean SOB in many ways but I can’t let people who are sick just die because they were stupid. I just can’t. If you can look sick people in the eye and tell them “no healthcare for you!” I don’t understand you. I can let stupid people who bought more house than they could afford be foreclosed on but I can’t let sick people die. Especially over politics or money. It’s not right.
I don’t believe we can afford to tax ourselves any more in order to pay for the proposed healthcare plan. That will only put a burden on small businesses that will contribute even more to our economic problems. We should be doing whatever it takes to help small businesses, not hinder them. Taxing people and businesses more is not the way to fix this problem. I don’t want more taxes period right now. You can’t tax or spend your way out of an economic mess.Details
Fan or fanatic? Do you know the difference? I am continually astonished that many people don’t. It seems that for many, they are unable to draw a line between being a fan and being a fanatic.
A fan is someone who likes football. They watch it, follow it, go to some games, and talk about it with their friends. A fanatic is a person who rounds up six of his buddies, paints their big ol’ beer bellies with the letters C-O-W-B-O-Y-S (or any other team) and then takes their shirts off at the game even when the temperature is freezing. They somehow think that their fat, hairy, letter-painted bellies are going to cause their team to win. No one really likes these guys and we all think they are pitiful jokes, however, they are the ones who get their painted bellies on TV. Just like many of the fanatics on some of the evening cable news programs: I know Glenn Beck and Keith Olberman have painted bellies under their suits!
Pro-life/pro-choice. A fan of pro-life votes their conscience on that issue or go to a church that supports their belief or may send money to support politicians who believe the way they do. A fanatic kills an abortion doctor. See how the difference betweens a fan and a fanatic can turn ugly?Details
That’s right. It’s easier to be stupid than it is be smart.
It is easier to listen to the political pundits and television news anchors and trust their words completely than it is to study, read, and search to discover the truth about a political issue or to actually read one of the bills or proposals you are so vehemently for or against.
It is easier to believe Rush or O’Reilly or Hannity or Olberman or Rachel or Beck or even Larry Winget than it is to actually do a little fact checking of your very own. It’s work to find the truth out about any issue, so it’s easier to just accept what you hear as fact.
It is easier to listen to the preachers and believe every word they say from their pulpit than it is to read the book yourself, or maybe lots of books and search for your own insight and develop your beliefs based on your own experiences.
It’s easier to just toe the party line because you are registered Democrat or Republican than it is to ask whether the party line makes sense or not.Details
This week facebook allowed you to select a user name so people could find you more easily. You could select one name and it could not be transferred, edited or changed, so you were advised to select carefully! At 12:01 Saturday morning when it became legal to select your user name, people went online and grabbed their name, usually their real name, in order to have their own dedicated URL such as www.facebook.com/larrywinget.
I certainly had every intention of picking my username when I woke up that Saturday morning but I didn’t plan on staying up and camping out online to grab it at 12:01. So when I woke up that morning and went to get my user name, I couldn’t because a dirtbag, cheeseball named Eric Winager had already made larrywinget HIS username. Why would he do that? I couldn’t figure out how using my name would benefit anyone other than me. What good would my name as a URL do someone who wasn’t named Larry Winget? It turns out I am not nearly as devious as some people.
I contacted Eric Winager, who proudly claimed to be an Oklahoma Alum and who already had about 350 facebook friends of his own and asked why he would grab my name for his user name. His response to me was this:Details
I get a lot of email from people who have either lost their jobs or are losing their jobs. Their 401K is gone, their savings is zeroed out or maybe their unemployment checks have run out. This is becoming a common situation for a good part of our society as unemployment rises. Many people are facing a lack of employment and a lack of funds. Yet their family still needs to eat and the bills still have to be paid. Does this apply to you? I hope it doesn’t. But I am betting that you know someone who is in this situation.
It’s too late to tell people they should have saved more (six months cash set aside to cover your monthly expenses.) It’s too late to say you should have worked harder or smarter or better so you wouldn’t have been the one who got laid off (not always the case but it is often the case.) It’s too late to say that you shouldn’t have spent so much money on stupid stuff – that you shouldn’t have wasted money on things that gave only very temporary satisfaction – that you shouldn’t have gone out to eat 4 nights a week or bought that car you couldn’t really afford or that house you knew you couldn’t make the payments on if anything happened to your income. It’s too late to beat people up about any of that stuff at this point, so I don’t and I won’t.
Instead, it’s time to give folks some ideas they can use when it’s crunch time, they are scrambling and when survival is the main concern. So here you go:Details
I have a few issues with what has happened in the news today. These issues can be used to teach your children valuable lessons. I apologize to my more sensitive readers as this is rougher language than I normally use in my rants. If you are offended, sorry. But seriously, grow up!
1. LeBron James refuses to shake hands after getting beat. He claims, “I am a competitor. I am not a poor sport. I like to win. That’s just who I am.” Sorry Asshole, let me help you with who you really are: you are a poor sport. You shake hands after a game. Period. Win or lose. Here is the opportunity for all parents to use this example of poor sportsmanship to teach your children a valuable lesson. Explain to your kids that they are not supposed to act like this. Teach that this is not acceptable behavior by anyone. Knock this guy off every pedestal he has been placed on and don’t let him pretend to be a role model for your kids. He is an ungrateful jerk. We ALL like to win. We all HATE to lose. But losing is a part of life and you better learn to do it graciously. Teach your kids to lose graciously and win the same way.Details