Tag: Tucson

Sometimes assholes get their due

 

Via Business Insider comes the story of  a bully, who picked on a girl working the drive thru at Chick-fil-A. The guy, Adam Smithy is an exec, or should I say WAS an exec at  medical supplies manufacturer Vante, until he taped himself being an ass to a girl who is just trying to make a living

Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir today when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.

 Smith berates the worker about her company in the video, which was initially titled ”Reduce $’s to Chick-Fil-A’s Hate Groups.” It has since been taken down (though others have uploaded it too).

“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” he tells the employee at the window. “I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.” 

”I’m a nice guy, by the way … totally heterosexual,” he continues. “Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate.”

Here is the video

What a gigantic jack wagon! No class at all. Complain to Chick-fil-A, not to a girl ho just works there. And to berate her like tis douche nozzle does? Frankly, he deserved what his company decided to do, which was to fire him!

Here’s the press release from Vante announcing that Smith is “no longer an employee of our company,” effective immediately:

TUCSON, AZ–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2012) – The following is a statement from Vante:

Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.

Note, he got canned not for expressing or holding a view. He got canned for bullying and abusive behavior. William Jacobson is not cheering the termination, and asks if he is drawing a moral equivalence somehow

I just can’t cheer.  Yes, he brought it on himself.

But aren’t many of the arguments you can make in favor of the termination just variations on the arguments used against conservatives all the time?  Where to draw the line certainly is a problem.

Or am I just drawing a false moral equivalence?

Yep! You are sir, you said it yourself, he brought this on himself. He could have expressed his opinion in a myriad of ways. He, and he alone decided to berate a kid for something she has nothing to do with! I know I would not want this clown working for me, making decisions. I know of a man, who was in a position to hire people to be managers for him and his company. He would do the final interview at a restaurant, and he would watch how the potential employee treated the staff. If they were rude, condescending, or abusive, he would disqualify them. He wanted to see how they treated people “under” them. Seems to me that is a great approach. 

 

What kind of tacos are these again?

Well, you might not believe it, but, trust me, I ain’t “lion” about the meat in these tacos!

Have we run out of things to consume? In a country where obesity is at an all time high and 99¢ menus dominate the landscape, I’m really at a loss here. This is the kind of stunt that allows vegetarians to score points.

“Bryan Mazon, the owner of Boca Tacos and Tequila, said Monday that his Tucson eatery has received “many threats” against the restaurant, family members, customers and vendors since he announced last week that he was taking prepaid orders for the exotic tacos.” via msnbc 1/25/11

*Shakes head in disapproval* Two words: ‘Disgusting’ and ‘sad’. 

What will the MSM say next?

Our Blog of the Day, the great Conservative Hideout, tells us.

The “progressives,” obviously, have never liked this ability. We have been a significant thorn in their sides, and most all efforts, up to now, have been unsuccessful in negating our message.  It’s really not a surprise that they have repeatedly floated the idea of regulating internet content and talk radio.  Of course, those regulations would prevent us from discussing or exposing any of their activities.  On the other hand, the left would be able to spin their propaganda unimpeded.  they would love to return to previous decades, when the major papers and the three broadcast networks could control the flow of information to most Americans.

After the shootings in Tucson, the progressives and their MSM minions attempted to blame the tragedy on Conservative personalities.While that effort, devoid of any actual evidence, has failed, they have managed to insert the civil discourse narrative into the MSM (ironically, while lefty pundits are violating it consistently).  While this will be discarded at a time convenient to the left, it does leaves them with an opportunity…

To expand the meme of “inciting violence” to negate one of our greatest strengths-exposing the words and deeds of leftists.

Powerline had an article that leads to my conclusion this past Saturday…

Be sure to read the whole thing. There is zero doubt that the Left will not stop until every Conservative voice is muted. Whether by intimidation, FCC actions, legislation, threats, or any other means necessary, the Left will never stop. This is war, in their minds. A war against anyone who dares disagree with them.

Understand this, everything is political to the Left, EVERYTHING! Their ideology is their faith, and they are passionate about transforming America into a Socialist utopia, and if you refuse to follow their lead, then they will declare war on you. The desire for control is as natural to a Leftist as is breathing, it is not part of what the Left is, it IS what the Left is. Controlling information, and political discourse is crucial to the Left. They cannot win in honest and open debate, and they know it. Therefore, they seek to squelch any voice, be it on the radio, TV, in print, or via blogging, that exposes their true agenda.

This is why we must never stop writing, speaking, blogging, etc. If we ever stop, or allow ourselves to be sucked into the traps of “toning down the vitriol” or being “bi-partisan” then we are finished.

Why The Left Lost It

Why The Left Lost It – Wall Street Journal

There has been a great effort this week to come to grips with the American left’s reaction to the Tucson shooting. Paul Krugman of the New York Times and its editorial page, George Packer of the New Yorker, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, Jonathan Alter of Newsweek and others, in varying degrees, have linked the murders to the intensity of opposition to the policies and presidency of Barack Obama. As Mr. Krugman asked in his Monday commentary: “Were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?”

The “you” would be his audience, and the answer is yes, they thought that in these times “something like this” could happen in the United States. Other media commentators, without a microbe of conservatism in their bloodstreams, have rejected this suggestion.

So what was the point? Why attempt the gymnastic logic of asserting that the act of a deranged personality was linked to the tea parties and the American right? Two reasons: Political calculation and personal belief.

The calculation flows from the shock of the midterm elections of November 2010. That was no ordinary election. What voters did has the potential to change the content and direction of the U.S. political system, possibly for a generation.

Only 24 months after Barack Obama’s own historic election and a rising Democratic tide, the country flipped. Not just control of the U.S. House, but deep in the body politic. Republicans now control more state legislative seats than any time since 1928.

What elevated this transfer of power to historic status is that it came atop the birth of a genuine reform movement, the tea parties. Most of the time, election results are the product of complex and changeable sentiments or the candidates’ personalities. What both sides fear most is a genuine movement with focused goals.

The tea party itself got help from history—the arrival of a clarifying event, the sovereign debt crisis of 2010. Simultaneously in the capitals of Europe, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and elsewhere it was revealed that fiscal commitments made across decades, often for liberally inspired social goals, had put all these states into a condition of effective bankruptcy.

This stark reality unnerved many Americans. The tea partiers’ fiscal concerns were real. Despite that, a progressive Democratic president and congressional leadership spent 2009 and 2010 passing the biggest economic entitlement since 1965 and driving U.S. spending to 25%, or $3.5 trillion, of the nation’s $14 trillion GDP. A public claim of that size hasn’t been seen since World War II.

They expected to take losses in November. What they got instead was Armageddon. Suddenly an authentic reform movement, linked to the Republican Party, whose goal simply is to stop the public spending curve, had come to life. This poses a mortal threat to the financial oxygen in the economic ecosystem that the public wing of the Democratic Party has inhabited all these years.

The stakes for the American left in 2012 couldn’t possibly be higher. If then, and again in 2014, progressives can’t pull toward their candidates some percentage of the independent voters who in November abandoned the Democratic Party, they could be looking in from the outside for as many years as some of them have left to write about politics. A wilderness is a terrible place to be.

Against that grim result, every sentence Messrs. Krugman, Packer, Alter, the Times and the rest have written about Tucson is logical and understandable. What happened in November has to be stopped, by whatever means become available. Available this week was a chance to make some independents wonder if the tea parties, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Jared Loughner are all part of the same dark force.

Who believes this? They do.

The divide between this strain of the American left and its conservative opponents is about more than politics and policy. It goes back a long way, it is deep, and it will never be bridged. It is cultural, and it explains more than anything the “intensity” that exists now between these two competing camps. (The independent laments: “Can’t we all just get along?” Answer: No.)

The Rosetta Stone that explains this tribal divide is Columbia historian Richard Hofstadter’s classic 1964 essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Hofstadter’s piece for Harper’s may be unfamiliar to many now, but each writer at the opening of this column knows by rote what Hofstadter’s essay taught generations of young, left-wing intellectuals about conservatism and the right.

After Hofstadter, the American right wasn’t just wrong on policy. Its people were psychologically dangerous and undeserving of holding authority for any public purpose. By this mental geography, the John Birch Society and the tea party are cut from the same backwoods cloth.

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote. “In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority.”

Frank Rich, Oct 17: “Don’t expect the extremism and violence in our politics to subside magically after Election Day—no matter what the results. If Tea Party candidates triumph, they’ll be emboldened. If they lose, the anger and bitterness will grow.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Tuesday in the Huffington Post: “Jack’s death forced a national bout of self-examination. In 1964, Americans repudiated the forces of right-wing hatred and violence with an historic landslide in the presidential election between LBJ and Goldwater. For a while, the advocates of right-wing extremism receded from the public forum. Now they have returned with a vengeance—to the broadcast media and to prominent positions in the political landscape.”

This isn’t just political calculation. It is foundational belief.

So, yes, Tucson has indeed been revealing. On to 2012.

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