Stuff I don't Understand.

Some things I just don't get.  Here's a short list:

 

Courthouse steps.  Virtually every major city, and some not so major ones, have court houses where people have to climb x number of steps to enter the building.  WHY?  Here in Vegas, for example, we have hotels five times as high as the courthouse, and you can just walk in off the street.  Why can't new courthouses be built without steps?  What am I missing?

 

IRS forms.  It's that time of year again.  There are a kajillion forms with stupid numbers.  Why would the standard form be 1040?  Why not, uhhhhhh, ONE!  And from there you can go 1A, 2A, etc.  And from there, they could go 2, 2A, for another type of form with a different function.  It's bad enough we have a tax system that penalizes production, do we have to have stupid forms, too?

 

Mail from the government with all those perforated sides.  If something is simple, you can bet the government will complicate it.  When I get something from the Social Security Administration, I have to tear along the dotted lines on three sides.  They can't just stick it in an envelope and mail it?

 

Snowflakes who feel "uncomfortable."  I was reading about some yahoo student at Penn who was ohhhhhh so messed up in the head because his professor would not acknowledge his "white privilege."  Poor baby was so upset, he couldn't go to that profs class for a month.  When did this start?  Since when do students go to school to feel comfortable?  Students SHOULD feel uncomfortable sometimes.  I don't know as much as I would like, but I do know that if you're nineteen years old and ya got it all figured out, you're ignorant.

 

The myth of the "tolerant" liberal.  Oh, they're tolerant as long as you AGREE with them.  If not, you're a racist, sexist, homophobe with Nazi tendencies.  And if you're thinking that not all liberals think that way, fine; however, they rarely criticize the nutcases out there spouting this hatred.  Today, Maxine Waters called the president's cabinet "a bunch of scumbags."  Expect mild criticism, at best, from her liberal colleagues.  There was a time when I considered political differences something I can live with, and I can.  But when someone identifies himself or herself as a liberal, I'm thinking This person voted for Barack Obama, and my opinion of that individual goes down.  Liberals used to be tolerant.  Back in the day, conservative speakers could come to a campus without fear of being shouted down, or being hit with a pie.  Many colleges these days won't even allow conservative speakers.  Can't have students being uncomfortable -- see above.

 

And with that, I'll cut my list short.  I may want to write a book some day.

 

 

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Comments (32)

  1. SEC

    That covers quite a few of my headscratchers nicely

    February 22, 2017
  2. Munkyman

    I keep hearing that Trump is like Hitler, he’s more dangerous than Hitler because he has our nukes & Hitler had none. This bugs me, IF I thought Trump was even possibly the next Hitler, I’d shoot him tomorrow or die trying. If you really think that, that’s your duty to the rest of us. The lefties like to throw around these insults & get offended when they get hit by them themselves, but they obviously don’t believe what they’re selling or they’d do something about it… unless they’re just utterly spineless & hoping to instigate another to do what they don’t have the brass to do themselves. If someone makes a sincere attempt on Trump’s life & says the name Hitler or the acronym NAZI, I suggest every talking head that has been drilling those ideas into their flock should be charged with conspiracy… they have every reason to believe their slander & libel will incite someone to do something. It would be unreasonable to expect nothing to come of it, after all why bother saying that stuff if you believe it has no effect.

    February 22, 2017
  3. stevehayes13

    Maxine Waters thinks Russia is invading Korea.

    February 23, 2017
  4. willsblog

    If one looks at actual history and FACTS, Adolf Hitler was a SOCIALIST NOT A CONSERVATIVE. They can try to twist history all they want but the FACTS show that they are complete liars.

    February 23, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Hitler was neither a socialist nor a conservative.

      February 23, 2017
      1. willsblog

        Adolf Hitler WAS a SOCIALIST and said so quite publicly and in his speeches.

        February 23, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          Block capitals makes it look like you are shouting.

          February 23, 2017
          1. willsblog

            Looks can be deceiving.

            February 23, 2017
        2. croker

          Hitler used the term “national socialism” and that is not the same as a socialist.

          February 23, 2017
          1. willsblog

            Maybe to YOU it isn’t the same but a Socialist is a Socialist is a Socialist.

            February 23, 2017
            1. croker

              I again beg to differ with you. Hitler organised attacks on socialists. Hitler sought to unite Germany based on racial identity whereas socialists would aim to build a workers state. Thus the two are diametrically opposed – Hitler further sought the eradication of class focused socialists.

              February 23, 2017
            2. Munkyman

              Croaker, the sticking point is strong central government controlling all aspects of a society. Fascist or Socialist that’s the issue for many of us.

              February 23, 2017
            3. willsblog

              broker – You can read in and lie about whatever you wish but I have read, studied and watched MANY documents and documentaries about Adolf Hitler and I KNOW that Hitler was a Socialist so you may as well peddle your lies somewhere else.

              February 24, 2017
            4. Munkyman

              Will according to the tenets of socialism, he wasn’t, he was in fact a fascist, most socialists are actually fascists, socialism is one of the more direct routes to fascism.

              February 24, 2017
  5. croker

    Munkyman – I would not dispute what you say but my point is Hitler was not a socialist and to brand him as such is inaccurate.

    February 24, 2017
    1. Munkyman

      I agree, but I find that most socialists are in fact fascists in sheep’s wool, they use socialism to create a fascist regime, you see this from Stalin & “Glorious Leader” to Castro & Chavez.

      February 24, 2017
      1. croker

        However, the key elements are different but again I take your point.

        February 24, 2017
        1. Munkyman

          I’d just point out that we ALL call people who aren’t the least bit Christian, Christians because they claim to be. Hitler called himself a socialist, I agree he certainly was not.

          February 24, 2017
    2. Munkyman

      This is very much my issue with the modern left trying to steal the word liberal, when they are not liberal by any reasonable definition of the word.

      February 24, 2017
  6. stevehayes13

    Back to the OP. Courthouse steps: they are supposed to impress people with a sense of majesty of the law.

    February 28, 2017
  7. LovingLasVegas

    Oh. Well I’m not impressed, and neither are my aging thigh muscles.

    February 28, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      What are you doing in court?

      March 02, 2017
      1. LovingLasVegas

        Oh, I haven’t been to court since jury duty, but I’ve been binging on Law and Order, and seeing those courthouse steps got me to thinking in general about how it’s not much fun for those getting up there a little, to plod up those steps.

        March 03, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          I have watched Law and Order. It is amazing. Jack McCoy, for instance, often, even in the same episode, will take a position directly opposed to one he has just finished advocating. He suborns perjury, coerces evidence, suppresses evidence – all the while claiming the moral high ground and in the name of impartially upholding the law.

          March 03, 2017
          1. LovingLasVegas

            He tends to move right up to the line, rather than cross it. He will coerce evidence or suppress it, all within the confines of the law. The defense takes advantage of every technicality, and so does McCoy. He will lie to the accused about evidence or witnesses he claims to have, which is legal. The one episode where he really crossed the line was when he went for the death penalty for a DUI offense, because his former female assistant, was killed by a drunk driver. He backed off, but he almost got disbarred for it. I don’t remember him ever suborning perjury, as such, but he has come close by showing a willingness to put someone on the stand that he suspects is lying, but he never actually does. He deals with the dregs of humanity, and plays hardball, at least that’s the way I see it. Personally, I prefer the first assistant D.A., Ben Stone, played by Michael Moriarty.

            March 03, 2017
  8. stevehayes13

    The perforated envelopes. They are much cheaper than stuffing letters in envelopes as it is all done by machines, which is much cheaper than paying people. Whilst it is true that machines can (and do) stuff letters and forms in envelopes, it costs more than the perforated envelopes.

    March 02, 2017
    1. LovingLasVegas

      That may be the only thing the government does to save money. Now, if you can tell me why the IRS has all of those goofy numbers instead of form A, form A1, etc., you will have solved one of life’s great mysteries to me.

      March 03, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        The goofy numbers are a result of the public seeing only the tip of the iceberg. From the internal perspective the form numbers are logical, but from the outside one only sees odd examples of the sequences.

        March 03, 2017
        1. LovingLasVegas

          Sorry, I still don’t get it. What’s wrong with 1, 1A, etc? And who came up with 1040? Why not 1000? It’s hard for me to believe they couldn’t make it a simpler system, but whatever.

          March 03, 2017
  9. SEC

    “[My task is to] convert the German volk (people) to socialism without simply killing off the old individualists” ~ Adolf Hitler
    His differences with what we call Socialism was in implementation not the philosophy. Hitler wanted to use the old classical liberal class, the entrepreneurs and the individualist’s resources to build socialism in Germany. Socialism is defined technically as public ownership of the means of production, and instead of doing what Stalin did and purge the capitalists, he committed himself instead to simply confiscating their capital. The economy could easily be controlled simply by dispossessing the capitalist class of their means of production, and guiding their productive capacity through the hands of the state.

    March 02, 2017
  10. LovingLasVegas

    People can call Hitler and Stalin whatever they want, but they both regarded their citizens as mere expendable pawns used in their quest for ultimate power.

    March 03, 2017
    1. SEC

      yup

      March 03, 2017