But I’m No Expert


The State of Discussion in America
February 5, 2011, 10:30 pm
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It appears I need to clarify a few things for the people of America. I read on CNN this morning that Chick-fil-a, my favorite fast-food restaurant, is catching grief from an organization in New York because The Chick donated food to an organization that supports traditional marriage.  Traditional marriage, meaning one man married to one woman, for those who are confused.  I was surprised this was somehow a national news item and even more surprised at the ignorance and utter stupidity shown by the commenters to the article.

There is an apparent requirement for national-chains to adhere to some list of rules developed by popular opinion.  While this is somewhat true for publicly traded companies (they have to deal with the SEC and other such organizations, not to mention the whims of their investors), privately held companies can do what they like.  According to this commenter, Chick-fil-a is not doing their part in prolonging the illusion of the public’s control over the behavior of every company in existence.  They stated it’s OK for a Mom-and-Pop restaurant to donate to organizations like this, it’s not for Chick-fil-a, since they are, or are trying to become, a national chain.  Huh?

Why would a national chain matter more than a Mom-and-Pop when it comes to these “moral” issues?  If it’s wrong for the big boys, it’s wrong for the little ones too.  Truth is scalable and objective.

Another thing I noticed was people kept saying The Chick hates gays.  Just because someone disagrees with your opinion, doesn’t mean they hate you.  That’s just inflammatory and immature.  Surely you realize that not everyone is going to agree with you, right?  You’re not really that naive, right?  Funny enough, the CEO made a video statement on The Chick’s Facebook page stating they don’t have an agenda against any one.  How’s that for hating?

And along those lines, just because you disagree with someone’s opinion, it doesn’t automatically make you correct even if a bunch of other people agree with your side of the issue.  This is the flaw of “public opinion”, the mistaken idea that if most people agree on something, it’s  correct.  Not so bozo!  “Most People” have agreed on many things that turned out to be incorrect: like the Earth is flat.  I’ll give you, that’s a pretty extreme and old example, but at some point, “Most People” agreed the Earth was flat which was completely wrong.  Funny enough, “Most People” seem to be about 49.9% of the people out these days, since the entire world seems polarized on every issue and there is rarely a  majority opinion on any issue.

Another winner of a comment said The Chick was wrong for discriminating.  Discrimination is not a bad thing.  You couldn’t tell the difference between an apple and orange without discrimination.  Because that’s what it is: making a difference between two things.  What you do after you make the difference is where morality and ethics come into play.  Like firing someone because they are a woman, not a man.  Or beating someone half to death because they are a man and prefer other men over women.  There needs to be another word for this action after a discrimination, so we don’t get confused by the perversion of terms.

Here’s the final kicker, and I’ve seen this in response to many different issues.  An issue somehow gets blamed on Christianity, therefore, Christianity is obviously horrible.  This person said she won’t eat at Chick-fil-a any more because her daughter worked there and spilled the beans about how employees would routinely not wash their hands and practice additional poor hygiene.  Followed by: if that’s an example of “Christian” management, I’ll have none, thanks.  Seriously?  Prepare yourself: people sometimes don’t wash their hands.  There.  I hope you can recover because I’m sure the shock just knocked you on your ass.  How this fact is related to Christianity or management is beyond me, but this is the irrationality of the commenters on any given message board/comment system.  I bet I could find enough fodder there for a post every day, if I cared to look.

Let’s put this simply: Jesus is not to blame for people’s bad choices.  He didn’t ask anyone to lead the Inquisition or the Crusades.  Those guys were simply deluded and hungry for power and glory.  In fact, most of the crap that gets blamed on God and Christianity has nothing to do with either.  People make bad decisions and sometimes follow through on them.  Ouch, is your butt sore yet?  I’m knocking you down quite a bit here.  Recover, then continue reading.

People are not God.  People who know God don’t always listen to God.  When they don’t listen, God is not to blame.  Sure, he could force them to do what he wants, but that defeats the purpose of the whole set up here on Earth, but hey, I’m no expert.



How to Quit a Job
August 11, 2010, 3:25 am
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It seems recently there’s been a rash of stories in the news about people quitting their jobs in outrageous fashions.  Steven Slater, the former JetBlue flight attendant made big news the past few days when he quit by using the airplane’s PA to cuss out a passenger (who apparently hit him on the head with his carry-on), then snagged a few beers, and slide down the emergency escape chute.  He was later arrested for his non-emergency abuse of the emergencies-only slide.

In contrast, Jenny from an unknown company quit her job after finding out her boss spends nearly 20 hours a week playing Farmville, but hypocritically monitors his employee’s internet usage.  She put together a slide show of her holding a white board where she had written her message.  This was much more creative, considerably less destructive, and humorous as well, since she emailed the entire office to rat him out.  If you’re going to quit and don’t mind making a splash, do so without damaging your own future and give others a laugh on your way out, but I’m no expert here, I’ve always quit nicely…



Nashville Is the Manliest City
March 5, 2009, 9:06 am
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According to a recent study done by the oh-so-scientific Mars Snackfood company, Nashville ranks as the manliest city in the US.  The rank is the result of analyzing data about the city.  These items helped a city’s manliness:

  • Number of BBQ restaurants
  • Number of professional major league sports teams
  • Frequency of monster truck rallies
  • Popularity of tools and hardware

These item detracted from a city’s manliness:

  • Number of beauty magazine subscriptions
  • Abundance of home furnishing stores
  • High minivan sales

I’m sure there were more categories that Nashville rocked too.  I feel more manly already, but I’m still no expert.



Water Jetpack

On youth group trips to the Jekyll Island, I dreamed of buying some property and opening a tourist magnet.   You know, one of those places that you know is over priced, but you can’t help but blow tons of time and money there because you’re a tourist and you’d otherwise be stuck with the plain ol’, free beach.  Of course, putt-putt, go-carts, and bungee jumping are commonplace now, so I’d have to have a bunch of Zorbs, a.k.a. giant hamster balls for humans.  It would be amazing to get in on one of those ideas before everyone else and be the first to have it.  I think I’ve found one.

It’s the JetLev, water-based jetpack.  The floating jetpack, which is really just a set of nozzles and controls, attaches via hose to a lawn mower sized engine that pumps water up to the nozzles.  The pressure from the water coming out of the nozzles gives you enough lift to reach 50 ft off the ground and speeds up to 46 mph.  With a range of 186 miles, you could really explore the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or your favorite lake and still make it back safely.  You’re always attached to the pump, but you’re free otherwise.  It looks pretty amazing and I’m tourists would kill to be the first to use one.

I can imagine it now, having the only jetpack rental company in all of Florida.  People paying hundreds of dollars to fly around the Gulf, watching frightened dolphins swim as fast as they can away from the loud, evil, flying monsters above them.  Pontoon boat owners renting them to make cleaning their boats more fun.  Land lubbers trying to fly back to their hotels only to fall, splat, in the middle of road and getting run over by passing 18 wheelers and…ok, wait that’s not so good.  Lawsuits aside, I can see this becoming the next vacation thing to do.  You know, after putt-putt, go-carts, bungee jumping, rolling in a Zorb, renting a scooter, renting a jet ski, renting a Segway, and now, renting a JetLev.  It’ll be a money maker, but I’m no expert.



Inauguration = The End of Transparency?
January 20, 2009, 4:28 pm
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I don’t want to be critical our brand new president, after all he hasn’t even had a day to screw things up yet.  And I’m not convinced he will screw things up, I’m just sayin’.  I read an article on Wired that got me thinking and I noticed something quite disappointing.  For the guy who will make government more transparent and accountable:

150,000+ subscribers follow Obama’s Twitter feed.

0 tweets have been posted by Obama staffers since the election.

So, you’re going to be more open by not twittering any more?  I don’t want to falsely equate twittering with good and open communication, I’m sure he has more important things to do, but you have to wonder: if twittering is so important during an election (or the big sales pitch), why is less important now that you’ve gotten the job?

This same article mentioned that his administration also disabled comments on his first few Youtube fireside chats, supposedly out of fear that the comments would embarrass him – like the one that came like “USA susks”).  But this is par for the course on Youtube and makes the communication two-way.  So my question is: is Obama really going to make things more transparent or was that just the sales pitch needed to get into office?

Again, I don’t want to be overly critical, but I think we need to hold our leaders accountable, especially for the stuff that got them elected (no new taxes, huh?).  I hope he is successful an changes the office of the president for the good, unlike some of his predecessors.  Either way, I’m hopeful for the future and still no expert.



No Arms, No Legs
January 18, 2009, 8:18 am
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This guy is cool. How many people can make techno music with no arms and no legs? Check it out:

If he can do what he does without any lmbs, any of us can do more, but I’m no expert.



But I'm No Expert
January 15, 2009, 10:46 am
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In 2006, I began my first blog, But I’m No Expert, as an experiment and to learn how to blog. After forgetting about it for months at a time, I’ve decided to move that blog onto this one, after all, I’m all the same person anyway.

I’m adding a new category called But I’m No Expert. For now, it will simply delineate the old But I’m No Expert posts from the Christopher Joel posts. In the future though, I plan to do op-ed type posts under that category, especially stuff that isn’t music-related.




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