Every so often, my musings will veer off the roads to Geeksburg and Nerdhaven and go down the road to Politicalville. So...sorry, my fellow geeks and nerds, but this is going to be one of those musings. Actually...it's more along the lines of a rant, because the government and the hippies are at it again and I'm just about at my breaking point.
First of all (and I know it's been a while since this particular instance happened, but it still irks me and is therefore worth mentioning in this post), San Francisco goes and outlaws the Happy Meal. That's right, people...in the city of San Francisco, it is illegal to sell/buy/enjoy a Happy Meal at MacDonald's. Why, you may ask? Because the hippies bitched, complained and protested that the children of today were fatty-fat-fat-fat, and those hippies brought this issue to a hippy with enough power to pass one of the most unnecessary and stupid laws that have ever been passed. This law was passed in order to discourage feeding children junk food and thereby reduce the rate of child obesity.
As with anything (including Communism) the idea looks good on paper. However, the actual practice of it can be poked full of holes until it looks like Swiss Cheese.
That stupid law isn't going to cut down on child obesity because people can just go out of the city limits (let's say they're going to Big Bear or Mammoth for some skiing, or they're going to visit grandma) and get a Happy Meal along with other travel-convenient and ready-made meals to eat on the road. So much for the law in that respect. But then there's also the very real possibility of Happy Meal-aged children now being forced to eat from the big person's menu which consists of BIGGER portions.
So...HOW exactly does that retarded law cut down on child obesity?
Seriously, people...it's called common sense. INVEST IN SOME!!
However, that law is not the foundation of this musing rant, but rather the law that was recently passed in West Hollywood after the hippies and PETA-freaks bitched and complained until they once again got their way (by the way, have you noticed that all these retarded laws are being passed in California? Seriously...if there was ever a reason for my husband an I to move away...(never mind the fact that our state's economy is completely down the toilet, but that's not the subject of this post)). The law to which I'm referring is animal-related. In the city of West Hollywood, it is now illegal to not only de-claw your cat, but it is also illegal to even buy or sell cats and dogs. Forget going to breeders to get your fancy-schmancy, show-quality cats and dogs. Forget going to your local Petco or Petsmart on the weekends in order to adopt a homeless cat or dog. If you were to do any of this within the city limits of West Hollywood, you would be breaking the fucking law.
But this is only part of the animal-related law.
In the city of West Hollywood, it is now illegal to buy or sell animal-fur products. That means no more ducking into your favorite boutiques to buy fur coats or leather of any kind whether it be shoes, wallets, belts, jackets, pants, corsets, hats or purses. Looks like stores that cater to the Kink community will be taking a massive hit, but who cares about people and their needs?
Did you not get the memo?
People don't matter anymore...animals are the only ones that matter in this day and age.
Now don't get me wrong. I love animals. I grew up with a household full of pets, and I have several cats (one of which is even curled up in my lap as I'm typing this current musing) whom I love dearly and spoil within an inch of their lives. I'm personally not allowed to go to pet stores by myself on the weekends because my husband fears that I will come home with a puppy or another cat. I also don't go around wearing real fur coats. All of my fur coats are fake. Now, all of this behavior of mine does not mean that I'm a PETA-freak...not by any means.
Are you kidding me?
I LOVE meat. Meat is food!!
Besides, I Personally HATE PETA because they're fucking evil and insane. You don't believe me? Watch the PETA episode of Season 2 of 'Penn & Teller's: Bullshit'...I'm not kidding when I say that it will blow your minds!
While I refuse to wear real fur, I have no problem whatsoever in the wearing of leather. When it comes to the wearing of animal products, I take more of a Native American stand on things. I don't believe that an animal should be hunted solely for its pelt while its carcass is left to rot somewhere. I believe that all of the animal should be used...as in the case of cows. All of the cow is used and nothing goes to waste. Their meat is used to feed us, their hides are used to clothe us, their poop is used to grow fruits and vegetables that also go towards feeding us, and I'm sure that their bones are used for things too (even if it's just to supply the western-cow skull decorating motif. Because I know that the cow was not simply killed to create my leather jacket, I thereby have no problems wearing it.
But my personal beliefs and practices when it comes to animals or even the Happy Meal are not the driving forces behind this musing. Rather, it is the fact that the government is once again sticking its big, fat nose into matters that don't concern it. Never mind trying to so solve the economic crisis or fixing roads that need to be fixed, or seeing that public schools get the necessary books and supplies that they need.
You know...issues that actually matter?!
Who cares about those issues when people are de-clawing their cats in order to ensure the longevity of their furniture because they currently can't afford to replace it once the cat has shredded it to bits? Who cares about the dwindling of our education system when there's villainous people on the loose wearing leather belts and jackets? Who cares about the state of our economy when Joe or Josephine Average are looking to adopt a cute puppy or kitten?
The outlawing of spaying and neutering your pets?
The outlawing of any fabric that isn't plant-based?
Seriously...the government needs to back the fuck off and focus on things that actually do matter in the grand scheme of things. They should focus on helping those who are in desperate need of their intervention by fixing the economic crisis so that these people are able to find jobs (and incidentally keep them because the current and crappy state of the economy isn't forcing their employers to downsize and thereby lay them off) and thereby be able to feed and clothe their families and not have to worry about how they're going to keep a roof over their heads or where their next meal will come from.
You know...THE MAJORITY!!!
The government needs to stop listening to the senseless complaining of the privileged few who have nothing else to complain about except for petty fashion statements and food choices of other people who have nothing to do with them. The government needs to listen to the voices of the people who actually NEED their help!
But, that would make too much sense, wouldn't it?
Why would the government care about unemployed people (the majority) being denied the unemployment checks that they rightfully deserve when they can pass stupid laws that cater to the self-absorbed and privileged few (the minority) that actually have money to burn?
That would just be too much like right, wouldn't it?
So yeah...I'm just going to come out and say it.
As a society...we are all completely and totally doomed.