What Kind of Country

I’ll just give you the opening lines and encourage you to read the rest:

Why would anyone believe, even for a moment, that any Western state could “pre-emptively” nuke the Muslim world when it cannot muster the will to secure its borders, balance its budget, get Pakistan to release a diplomat or get Argentina to release a C-17’s cargo load of equipment? That would be like thinking that man who can’t run 50 yards can run the 100 meter dash in 9.5 seconds.

Most Annoying Things in America

Some of the most annoying things I find in America and why:

1. Mail subscription cards inside Magazines

I already subscribe to your publication. Why in the world do you want to stuff your publication with little pieces of cardboard that fall out as soon as I open the thing to read it? Or they are attached at weird points in the magazine and force it to fall open so I can’t read what I want without fighting the magazine. Honestly – how many subscriptions have you actually gotten from these little cards? Get rid of them.

2. Handicapped Parking Spaces

So the Lifetime Employment for Lawyers Act (Americans with Disabilities Act) mandates handicapped parking spaces at every building and lot in America. Hundreds of thousands of disabled parking spaces exist today. And in 30 years of looking at these parking spaces sit there empty, when was the last time you actually saw someone with an actual disability use one? Sometimes you see cars parked there with temporary disability tags for people who don’t have a handicap that you can even see. Apparently doctors can prescribe these things for people recovering from surgery or who compalin about back trouble or whatever. But just how much acreage is wasted day after day after week after month after year on parking spots that are never really needed?

3. Extended warranties

Have you ever tried to actualy file a claim against an extended warranty. Most people forget that they have the things in the first place. But assuming you actually do remember that whatever product is covered, you then have to dig out the information, find out how to file a claim, and meet the warranty requirements (which invariably exclude whatever problem you are actually experiencing). Now lots of people who SELL the stupid things like them, but I would like to see them banished. They are a big rip-off.

4 . DMV Offices

It doesn’t matter what state, the DMV offices are setup to remind you that your government masters have absolute and utter control of your life. They are purposefully irritating: from the industrial beige paint on the walls, to the hard plastic chairs in which you MUST sit for hours, to the nitpicking pinheads who sit behind the counters pecking one finger at a time at their keyboards. They reek of government arrogance and control, and as such I degree they all be abolished. Their replacement? DMV employees must make appointments with you and personally come to your house to handle your licensing requirements individually and directly.