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Things that hack you off

Been stressed and grouchy dealing with a maddening foster dog who came in at a maddening time and stayed under maddening circumstances. Thank heaven he leaves this morning for doggie reformatory a wonderful program to help pit bulls and pit mixes. And thank heaven wonderful volunteers have stepped up to transport him so I don’t have to.

Oh frabjous day, callooh, callay!

This has been a great (bad) time for considering things that hack me off. Yeah, yeah, I know that’s not the most noble use of what small brainpower I have. But a little venting is good for the blood pressure now and then. It definitely beats a little bloodletting, which at times during the last 10 days has seemed like a tempting alternative.

So herewith, in no particular order and perhaps of no particular relevance, are Four Things That Hack Me Off.

Feel free to do some venting of your own in the comments.

1. Products that don’t work. I’m not talking about a defective item that you can return to the store for one exactly like it that actually works. I’m talking about products that, right out of the box, are not even seriously intended to function as advertised and there’s no point getting a replacement because they’re all going to be just as bad.

2. People who think that, because you live in the country, you have three eyes and marry your sister. I’ve lived in the country or in small towns for ages and off the top of my head I can think of dozens of highly accomplished, fascinating people who also live in these places (not to mention hundreds of perfectly sharp, nice everyday friends and neighbors). A developer of solar power systems. A couple of novelists. A Harvard Ph.D. Three people who’ve worked in Antarctica. A rock concert promoter. Half dozen awesome artists and jewelry designers. A woman who sailed around the world & then came home and hand-built her own house. A couple who build multi-million dollar custom sailboats. A magazine publisher.

I could name more. But because we live in the middle of nowhere, it’s fashionable to assume we’re all snaggle-toothed Billy-Bobs.

3. People who talk about “teamwork” and “unity” when all they really mean is they want everybody to do things their way and won’t tolerate any dissent. “Loyalty,” too. Those who preach it most loudly demand it for themselves but never hesitate to sacrifice others.

4. Organizations whose leaders crap all over you in thoughtless, perfectly avoidable ways, making your life harder — then tell you how important you are and how they really, truly value what you do.

Ummmmm … no you don’t.


Alright. That’s my vent for the day. And you know, it makes me feel a whole lot better. I’m going to feel better yet after a friend comes over for lunch and we kill a bottle of Gewurtztraminer. After that, she has to return to work. But I’m not gonna. Pffffft! So there!

Now, what hacks you off?


  1. Pat
    Pat May 24, 2012 4:28 am

    1) People who try to interpret (or misinterpret) your words, and won’t take them at face value; or who’re so busy trying to think up clever responses, rather than listening at all.

    2) People who think that because you’re older, you can’t do something; or because you’re struggling with something, they should jump in and take over; or who look right past you without seeing that you’re human too. (I’m not going into old age gracefully, as you can tell!)

    3) Companies, both large and small (but mostly large), that refuse to follow up when you ask for an item not on their shelves. They seem to think if they don’t have it, it shouldn’t be wanted; or they put the blame on the distributor.

  2. BusyPoorDad
    BusyPoorDad May 24, 2012 7:01 am

    1) People who ask you for advice then tell you you’re wrong.

    2) People who demand that others do something so they don’t have to. (trimming the grass around the fire hydrant in their front yard…”It belongs to the Fire Department, you’re responsible for taking care of it.”)

    3) People who get upset when ID is asked for at the voting booth (interfering with the human right to vote) but advocate background checks and ID checks to buy or own or carry a firearm (interfering with the human right to self defense)

    4) People who don’t look left or right when they turn on to a side street to see if there are runners or bikers out there.

  3. Matt, another
    Matt, another May 24, 2012 7:01 am

    Products that don’t work are usually labeled “As seen on TV.”

    1) People that move to a small town and then complain about that town’s smallness and at the same time do nothing to contribute to that community.

    2) People that live in the country that think those that live in towns and cities all look down upon them and have hi-falutin’ snooty ways. Predjudice is a two way street.

    3) People that always want more, no matter how much you’ve already done for them.

    4) Teamwork and Unity that means one or two people do all the work, a committe gets all the credit for success, but none for failure.

  4. -s
    -s May 24, 2012 7:27 am

    Companies that put the lives and safety of their customers at risk to indulge in pathetic self-promotion to a captive audience.

    United, whose official corporate policy is crapping on its customers (as you climb the “elite” frequent flier ladder, the volume of crap is reduced) now degrades the already tedious and widely ignored mandatory preflight safety video with a commercial. Their CEO claims that normal maintenance (like painting airplanes) and merger-based cost cutting are improved service.

    I would be hard pressed to find more compelling proof that United places the safety of its customers well below their corporate self-interests.

  5. Carl-Bear
    Carl-Bear May 24, 2012 8:45 am


  6. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal May 24, 2012 9:11 am

    People who commit themselves to something they have no intention of doing by themselves, but depend on your “help” to do half (or more) of. And then act betrayed when you would rather not have been committed to the task without your consent. (“What else do you have to do?”)

    The Psycho Hose-Beast. (see above)

    I could go on for pages, but I’ll spare everyone.

  7. Scott
    Scott May 24, 2012 9:18 am

    1) people who think that if you’re from the South(especially if you have an accent), your some sort of unibrow inbred moron.
    2) Calling a government agency to ask a simple question that should have a yes/no answer and getting everything but the correct and simple answer.
    3) Spontaneous Public Performance Artists-someone at work, or in a store, who just has to have their daily drama event, loud and in front of a crowd.
    Confirming BusyPoorDad’s #4-I’ve been smacked by truck mirrors while riding my bike three times-and they didn’t stop.
    I agree with Matt, another’s #2-there are nice people-and jerks-everywhere…fortunnately, there are more nice people than jerks.

  8. clark
    clark May 24, 2012 9:41 am

    Along the theme of – 3. People who talk about “teamwork” and “unity” – I can’t stand all the signs around my town with the word ‘united’ on them.
    Freakin’ commie slogan if there ever was one, imho.

    It hacks me off when People don’t use their turn signals and have that, “Me First!” approach to driving in situations when they shouldn’t or don’t need to.

    It hacks me off when stores ask for my phone number to make a purchase.
    I almost tried out a new place to get my haircut the other day, they wanted my telephone number, psft.
    I said I don’t have one.
    That freaked her out a bit and she looked at me as if I had two heads.
    She asked for my last name,… then my first name, then asked how it’s spelled.
    I made one up.
    I’m thinking, All This for a haircut?
    I told her I changed my mind and walked out.

    It hacks me off when I’m asked for my ID to buy alcohol, and doubly so when I see them ask – no, demand – an ID from a 70 year old man buying alcohol and then it Triple hacks me off when they want to scan the ID through their computer.
    Are their computers secure?
    Are they storing a database for hackers and others to steal your identity? Seems like it.

    I’m Not just a number.

    It hacks me off when a store expects me to use self checkouts.
    Am I getting paid to do this job?
    Am I getting a price discount for doing this job?
    No. So why would I do this?
    All I’m doing is taking someone’s job and making the store money at my expense.

    It hacks me off when People push past you in a store, bumping you and such, And Then say, “excuse me”. Psft, that’s what you’re supposed to say Before you bump someone. But they’re not as bad as pushy&shovey who don’t even say, excuse me. Or, they expect you to move so they can get through when there’s other ways to get to where they want to go, all without saying, “excuse me” as if it’s too much trouble to take that effort?

    It hacks me off when People walk up right next to you in the store while you’re trying to read some fine print and they talk to someone on their cell phone VERY LOUDLY and linger while doing so.

    It hacks me off when I’m standing right in front of the counter at a store, ready to buy, and they stop and pick up the telephone and service someone else, especially if it takes a long time. Hello? I’m here now, what happened to first come, first served? Sometimes I just turn and walk away.

    It hacks me off when my computer does not act as I expect it to, especially when I can’t stop webpages from loading all those extra gizmos, causing me to wait, or worse, freezes my PC up.

    It hacks me off when People yawn with a gaping mouth while I’m talking to them.

    It hacks me off when People around me whoreship the military like a golden calf.

    It hacks me off when I see goberment officials driving $80,000 SUV’s while I go by in my rusty old vehicle.

    It hacks me off when they are out snowplowing the bike path when the roads haven’t been touched and they have a foot of snow and ice on them.

    It hacks me off when I see them using $20,000 lawn mowers to keep the parks like they are golf courses and then complain they need to raise taxes.

    It hacks me off when a DNR official asks to see my “papers please” when I’m fishing on the Fourth of July. And to top it off they want to question me as if I’m a prisoner of war or something.

    It hacks me off when my retarded neighbors use my driveway as a turnaround and yet they won’t wave or say hello.
    Maybe it really bothers me because they frequently wake me up at night with their loud car that they said they were going to fix the muffler on.
    Thank goodness they are moving, Yeah!

    It hacks me off when a squirrel digs through the seedlings in my garden. As if it’s just for fun?
    Which reminds me, I need to go check my trap…

  9. clark
    clark May 24, 2012 9:49 am

    Oh yea, Jim B.’s comment reminded me that it Really Really hacks me off when I read about People being tasered, especially pregnant women. Or when they shoot the family dog.

    It also hacks me off when I read People are being bombed by drones or killed by snipers a mile away, “for our freedom”. As if. For the banksters freedom to loot maybe.

  10. CJ
    CJ May 24, 2012 10:04 am

    1) when someone starts their sentence with ‘what you ought’a do’, or, ‘if I were you…’. Maybe it is a regional thing, I don’t know, but, you are NOT me, and what I ought to do is walk away from people telling me ‘what I ought’a do’. I could go on for hours (or more) on this particular issue, but….
    2) people with NO geospatial awareness. We are not alone on this planet, it is more noticeable as we congregate, especially in tight quarters. I will try to make a hole for people when they are underway, or, having a sense of my surroundings, will stay off the path to facilitate the flow of ‘traffic’.(perhaps you have heard me say on a crowded street “make a (expletive) hole, I’m trying to navigate!)
    3) LIES !!! If you will not speak the truth, then just keep it SHUT! Remember, you have the right to remain silent…
    There is more, I assure you that, but I will keep the rest of my issues to myself.

  11. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit May 24, 2012 10:10 am

    Four For Four

    People who DIY legal work and then get angry because it costs even more – first to undo the DIY and then to do it right – as a result. This is not, of course, unique to the legal field as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and gunsmiths could all testify to.

    People who haven’t even read the law but want to argue about it. And are surprised when they lose the argument.

    People who can’t string two sentences together and who haven’t had a coherent thought since the day they were born, but believe that their opinion (given to them by someone else) is somehow just as valid as your own work and research and effort.


  12. just waiting
    just waiting May 24, 2012 10:40 am

    I live in the country and I get irked when people who move here from the city complain because: there are no street lights, there are no sidewalks, no guardrails, gravel roads chip my car, no one will deliver food to your house, the store is too far away (the closest 24 hour store is 7 miles away and closes at 6 pm winter, 7 in the summer), then follow up their gripe with “well, where I used to live we had…..” If you had all that great stuff you needed, then why did you move here?

    And spandex wearing bicyclists in packs.

  13. Ellendra
    Ellendra May 24, 2012 10:45 am

    1: When people start their sentances with “That’s because YOU think …….” This is not the Psychic Friends Network, folks! You are not capable of reading my mind, yet you dare to try and tell me what to think?

    2: When people don’t say what they mean or mean what they say. I’m just slightly autistic, so I tend to take things at face value. But I’m somehow expected to know that when a person says X, they really meant Y, Z, and Q. Then they get mad at me for not magically knowing that.

    3: (Related to #2) When people ask me a question and get mad when I answer. I can’t read minds. I don’t know what answer I was “supposed” to give, so what comes out of my mouth will most likely be the honest answer, especially if I’m tired or distracted. And I don’t mean the obvious ones like “do I look fat in this?” Even I know better than that. But, something that seems so innocuous like “should I make chicken, fish, or beef for dinner tonight?”

    4: False dichotomies. They just grate on me. People have such a strong tendancy to reduce things to either-or that they often can’t even process that an opinion might not fit those extremes. I sometimes call it the Binary Mindset, because of how they can’t accept anything but 1 or 0. Our entire social and political system is dependant on false dichotomies, and it drives me crazy.

    5: Passive-aggresivenes and emotional manipulation. A combination better known as “my dad”. If you’ve got something to say to me, come out and flippin’ say it! Don’t say it to the cat and pretend that works. If you make a mistake, own up to it, don’t whine and sulk and pretend to be the victim because you made someone mad. They are allowed to be mad sometimes!

    6: People who take out their emotions on me. (Also known as Dad). No matter how rude your coworker was to you today, you do not come home and scream at me for it.

    I’d better stop there.

  14. Ellendra
    Ellendra May 24, 2012 10:48 am

    Oh, 7: When people mess with my property without permission. I am extremely territorial. I’m generous when asked, but I turn into an enraged bear when I find somebody messing with my stuff without asking. Even worse, you want to test to see how angry I can get before I kill you? Try to justify it afterwards by claiming you were doing me a favor. You want to do me a favor? ASK FIRST!!!!!!

  15. CJ
    CJ May 24, 2012 11:13 am

    Ellendra Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 10:48 am
    ….You want to do me a favor? ASK FIRST!!!!!!
    I agree! If you do not ask me first, you are not helping me, you are IMPOSING on me

  16. Karen
    Karen May 24, 2012 11:29 am

    Short list…… people. And that’s why I live in the woods.

  17. UnReconstructed
    UnReconstructed May 24, 2012 11:39 am

    Psychic vampires, ie People who hang around you for no other purpose than to suck up your energy. To fill my space with their emptyheaded silliness.

    I have fortunately gotten away from the breed, for the most part, but lately at work, I seem to have attracted one. He ain’t taking hints. Gonna have to get rude, and of course he will take offense. Hopefully he’ll take off in a huff and bother me no more.

  18. MJR
    MJR May 24, 2012 11:57 am

    At work these two things that I deal with on a regular basis really annoy me.

    First up are the people that will not think or themselves. (respond to a call to unlock a door and find that the door was not locked, all that had to be done to open it was to turn the knob.)

    Then there are the people that will not lift a finger to help themselves. (25 year old guy in parking lot with car that has a flat tire calls for help and expects a 57 year old man to change it for him.)

    At home what really gets me are those good kind folks who drop in with no warning or phone to say hi late at night. As a shift worker I feel strongly that waking a man from sleep is not a hanging offence… the first time.

    The biggest pet peeve I have are these four words… that’s not my job.

  19. Michael Dean
    Michael Dean May 24, 2012 12:02 pm

    Whenever I ask for people’s opinion on the Internet about buying a PC (running Windows), some wonk invariably says “Don’t get Windows, get Linux.”

    My work flow involves my mastery of literally over 100 programs, all for PC. I’m not going to learn those same processes on 100 Linux programs, some of which don’t work as well, just to be a cool kid using Linux. I think in the future when I ask a PC question and someone says “Get Linux instead!” I am going to block that person for good. They just don’t get it, and they tend to be incredibly pushy. They’re like Christian evangelicals.

    I can tell you 20 reasons why I won’t switch, but how about this, “Why should I?” I already use Linux on one computer (for encrypted e-mail, and just to mess around), so I know what it is and how it works. But there is no upside for what I do to use it for my main computer for editing video and audio. None. Zero. Zilch. Telling me to use Linux is saying “throw out everything you know and learn a bunch of stuff so you can be one of the cool kids!” Telling me to use Linux on my main computer is like telling me to learn Spanish and use it for my main language. Spanish makes more sense linguistically, it has less complex structure and more consistency. But I’m quite excellent at communicating in English.


  20. Nathan A
    Nathan A May 24, 2012 1:57 pm

    People oblivious to what is going on around them. I’m an individualist, but I also realize that I am not alone in the world and that I must pay attention to what is going on around me, if only for my own safety. ESPECIALLY when driving. It scares me that there are so many people out there who do not seem to understand that there are other people around who might be harmed by their complete lack of attention to the two tons of metal, glass and plastic they are piloting. This might hit a little closer to home for me as I am on a motorcycle for most of my road miles.

    Texting grammar (or lack thereof). Thanks to goddamn morons, when I mistype the word “I” as “u”, autocorrect ignores it. I’ve went off on more than a few people (my mother included) for things like, “hey wut are u up 2? want 2 hang 2marow?” “luv u 2!” No. You get negative points and a sarcastic reply, if any. Stop it.

    People who refuse to learn, usually about computers. I’ve shown certain friends and family members how to do X multiple times, and still get asked for help because they don’t know how to do X. Or about troubleshooting, again usually with computers but not always. Even after I’ve sent them this:

    I could go on, but I think I’ll just say that Ellendra hit many other things that hack me off.

    Come to think of it, the phrase ‘hack me off’ or ‘hacks you off’ kind of hacks me off.

  21. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 24, 2012 3:05 pm

    Telemarketers… especially the automated kind that call you with a recording. They are expecting me to call THEM? Who calls THEM? There must be even more stupid people on earth than I originally though.

    And with a cell or cordless phone, you don’t even get the satisfaction of hanging up noisily when actual people call. But I hang up anyway, just as soon as I know it isn’t someone I want to talk to. Political calls and solicitations for the Law Enforcement benevolence funds especially.


  22. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 24, 2012 3:17 pm

    Karen summed up my answer, LOL…people….

    Except at the moment, I’m out of the woods and back mingling with the confused ones… only reminds me of just why I don’t like people….I realize there’s no hope in making them smarter/whatever, so I spend too much time dealing with the effects of it…when there is more important things I should be doing…

    There seems to be an increase in stereotyping-to-understand-then-dictate-the-results going on. Most can’t have a conversation until that process has spun around in their minds, either. The problem with that is I don’t fit in any “type” and I didn’t ask for their decisions on what to do. People (in general) are the causes of 99.999% of the world’s problems. Especially when it comes to minding their own business and doing their jobs correctly.

    I’ll get back into the woods if I have to walk there, LOL. Just as soon as I get myself out of the situation Claire listed as her #3.

    Other than that, I tend to get miffed every time I go to get something I know I have & then remember it’s all packed in boxes buried in storage. That’s always good for a 15 minute angry brain rant.

  23. WolfSong
    WolfSong May 24, 2012 7:07 pm

    Oh, so many things here I agree with!

    A couple of my peeves beyond the already mentioned…

    Bad grammer and poor spelling. I’m not the smartest woman around, but I do know the difference between your and you’re, and I wish others would learn it. Or, take the time to think when they type. I also really hate “alot”. It’s 2 words, people. A. Lot. See? Easy peasy. If we’re discussing alot, then here’s a hilarious post on “Alot”:

    My second peeve is people’s complete lack of care in what they eat. Great flaming ghosts. Parents who think McD food 5 times a week is good food for their kids, kids who have no clue how a carrot grows, adults who happily eat meat, but can’t/won’t look the animal in the eye. If an animal is going to die for you to eat it, you damn well better be willing to recognize the sacrifice the animal is making for you to eat.

    Oh, and fat kids. FFS, that drives me nuts. Not the kids who have medical issues, but the ones who sit on their asses all day because parents are too f-ing lazy to get up with them. Usually these are the same parent/kid combos who eat at the Clown place 5 times a week.

    Okay, 1 more. People who are too lazy to garden, then try to mooch from me. Yes, I planted 45 tomato plants, but that’s not so I can share, that’s so I can put them up for the winter. Plant yer own!

    Whew, I think I’m done. For now. 😉

  24. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou May 24, 2012 7:18 pm

    1. People who move to the South and then complain constantly that it isnt the North.
    2. People who dump their furry family members at the pound because they’re ‘moving’, having a baby, or have a new boyfriend-girlfriend who is ‘allergic’.
    3. People who are always SO much busier than I am and so dont have time to deliver food to the food bank, help out at the shelter, or do any damn thing except tell me importantly how busy they are. (and some of em dont even WORK)
    4. People who SAY they’re going to do something and then, don’t.
    The older I get, the more I value dependability. The highest of virtues,lol.

    There are more, of course. I’m not even getting into the truly evil people who hurt others (people and animals) just cause they can.

  25. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal May 24, 2012 8:06 pm

    This seems like a good place to post my “Unfortunate Truths”:

    #1: People are idiots.

    #2: No one ever does what they assure you they will do, and the more they assure you, the less likely it is they will do it.

    #3: Nothing is ever as important to the other person as it is to you.

    #4: Entropy and adversity forever increase.

    #5: Girls don’t want to hear the truth. They want you to tell them what they *want* to hear, and then make it true.

    #6: Any solved problem creates new problems.

  26. clark
    clark May 24, 2012 8:47 pm

    Well, Kent McManigal, I can assure you #2 is wrong.
    I would write (if I were you, heh :P) that *most* People never do what they assure you they will do…

    And that hacks me off too.
    Maybe because I (and one other) almost always do.
    I guess I have too high of expectations of others?

    … Oh, wait, this was just supposed to be venting, not solutioning. My bad. Which proves #6.

    Also, I came across this kind of funny short bit about grammer and was reminded of this thread:

    Another also, as a result of reading this thread I may never forget, and may use the phrase:

    “make a (expletive) hole, I’m trying to navigate!”

    Ha, good one.
    No, on second thought, I’ll prolly never use it,… but it is a good one.

    … Interesting comments all around.

  27. Jim B.
    Jim B. May 25, 2012 12:41 am

    Guys, Guys, Guys,

    Whenever you feel hacked off, consider yourself lucky, unlike this guy.

    Yes, there are those who have to really struggle, more than you, just to have a “regular” life.

    BTW, take a look at that literacy rate. Despite better communication tech, I doubt that rate have changed much.

  28. Ellendra
    Ellendra May 25, 2012 9:37 am

    8: Being told that I’m not allowed to be the least bit unhappy about anything because somebody, somewhere, at some point in time, had it worse than me. That will always be true. Emotions are subjective, not objective, and therefore they are not negated by someone else’s life story.
    (Not solely directed at you Jim, my dad does that too. He’s allowed to complain and be miserable and make everyone around him miserable, but if anyone else has a bad day, it’s “Just be glad you don’t live in _____!!!”)

  29. Claire
    Claire May 25, 2012 10:00 am

    Ellendra — amen!

    “Stop complaining! Children in _______ are starving!”

    I never understood how I could help them by stopping my complaining. (This was particularly true when my mother would pull that line while trying to get me to eat something I hated. Somehow, my response that well, then she could just SEND THE OFFENDING FOOD TO CHILDREN IN ________ never went over very well with her.)

    Jim B, I agree some folks can be drama queens over very little and we all can use a reminder now and then that our problems ain’t so big in the great scheme of things. But it’s funny — as I read that deaf guy’s lament, I kept thinking about the deaf volunteer who helped take my foster dog to the shelter yesterday and who took those beautiful dog photos I posted earlier this week. I can’t even imagine the everyday obstacles she faces, yet she has apparently adapted more readily than the guy who wrote that article about his own experiences.

  30. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit May 25, 2012 2:49 pm

    Claire, there was a time when overcoming obstacles and great odds with little-to-no-whining or complaining was a source of pride and strength, a thing to be admired.

    Now … the masses look for methods to become victims, since here in the late-20th/early 21st Century America an Orwellian meme “weakness is strength” has taken hold.

    My only Lew Rockwell piece on “victimizationing” is still timely, all these months/years later…..

  31. Geoff Ross
    Geoff Ross May 25, 2012 6:10 pm

    1. Folks with cell phones who answer the phone and talk loudly..while sitting in a classroom while I am instructing. (Made me give up training newbie exterminators).

    2. Seeing constantly rising School Property taxes, when everyone else is loosing jobs,homes and savings. Taking a 90 year old woman’s home in a tax sale is not just wrong, it is Immoral. Especially when some moonbat claims we all must ‘Pay our fair share”.

    3. People who think they are “Elite” and look down on you because you work with your hands.

  32. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth May 26, 2012 12:21 am

    I actually enjoy being thought a hick (or insert the presumed insult of your choice…there are many) because I never go to the urban jungle on purpose. It’s not only fun to be underestimated–it’s tactically useful. But maybe that’s just me. 🙂

    Three things that do get to me, though:

    1. People who presume that because I advocate for a stateless society, that I automatically must wish to be a hermit. Truly this is a mindset that is not only not listening, but one which proudly advertises a profound lack of imagination. (Remember imagination?)

    2. Those pluperfectly idiotic “I voted!” buttons that come out on election day. They declare nothing more than that the wearer has no imagination (hm…personal pattern there?), but absolutely knows how to follow orders.

    3. The disgusting, vile term “operator” to describe an enforcement thug. The term conjures up the image of an absolutely mindless, remotely controlled drone which knows how to run weapons and take orders and nothing else. I’d expect this from the FedGoons, who seem clearly to want just such automatons in their ranks (and who seem dazzlingly effective at recruiting same), but it’s depressingly chic among a large segment of gunnies, who seem oblivious to the dehumanizing aspect of the very word. Please forgive my French, but if there even is such a thing as a “peace officer”, he is NOT a fucking “operator”–he should be a human being first, with a MIND that operates by its damn self. (The ONLY value that comes from breeding “operators” is that in the end they will prove no match for a thinking adversary. Go ahead, breed your damn drones–free men and women will best them the world over.)

    Yeah, that pisses me off. 🙂

  33. Michelle
    Michelle May 26, 2012 7:08 am

    people who don’t bother to control their bratty kids in public.

    neighbors who feel they should be able to free range their dogs on your property.

  34. Michelle
    Michelle May 26, 2012 7:13 am

    oh yeah….

    and relatives that feel because you got a *widget* that you obviously are doing well and must spread the wealth around to MIL BIL BIL #2 and SIL and her scraggly hubby.

  35. Michelle
    Michelle May 26, 2012 7:29 am

    …and Pastors that when you bring up a difference about their view on something say “you are obviously confused….” GRRR.
    ok i am done now.

  36. CJ
    CJ May 26, 2012 8:59 am

    Okay Michelle, we’re gonna need you to take a deep breath, let it out slowly and release your stress. By the way, have you seen my dog, I let him out to do his business and he ran towards your yard 😉
    Curious how much wealth has been spread around by MIL BIL BIL #2 and SIL and her scraggly hubby. Some have taken to the idea others should share their wealth… or that they are ‘entitled’ to a share of others wealth.
    …Beware the ‘free’ meal…

  37. winston
    winston May 30, 2012 2:14 am

    -that turd who comes to work and can’t function becuase ‘ive got so much going on at home’ and then goes home and complains that ‘ive got so much going on at work!’. We all told you it was a terrible idea to marry a girl with 2 kids that arent yours, spends all your money and tells you she loves you to get a friggin green card. Dumbass.

    -that other turd who uses all the tp, doesnt put on a new roll and leaves the little cardboard tubes all over the bathroom floor. And go ahead and leave your skidmark drawers on the floor too, thats totally fine. And you wanna ask me why i’m halfway through a bottle of black label on a wednesday night, really?

    -people who ask for smokes ALL THE TIME. Yes, they cost a lot here which is why I don’t care to give all mine out to people i dont even know. Get your own.

    -flaky aussie girls. And stop bitching that i cant understand you, your accent is rediculous over the phone. Its cute but my dog speaks better english.

  38. winston
    winston May 30, 2012 2:19 am

    -trying to properly post comments with a weird smartphone after killing half a bottle of black label on a wednesday night….

    Oh and having to leave my curtains open during the day so some asshole with rank can come tell me to do something work related.

    NOTHING IS GOING ON. Watching The Pacific is as work related as it’s gonna get…

  39. Mary
    Mary May 30, 2012 3:23 pm

    The southern accent comment got to me. My daughter, with a bachelor’s degree from one prestigious university and a master’s from an even more prestigious one, was told by a person with a Michigan accent that she couldn’t expect to get ahead with her “awful southern accent”. Of course, she climbed over his lazy, judgmental body to get ahead. Her evaluations always said that she got along so well with all kinds of people. His said he didn’t relate well. I wonder why?!

  40. Mary
    Mary May 30, 2012 3:30 pm

    People who belong to organizations, spend one session on a minor committee and say forever after “I’ve already served and don’t need to do anything else” while the same people have to do everything year after year because they know that SOMEONE has to do it to keep things going. And, of course, guess who is front and center when the organization get praise of some kind.

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