The Arrogance of Young People and their BS Claims of Being Green

What follows was Copied from a Facebook post:

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

English: Seven modern Dairy Crest milk bottles.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

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The Man with the Golden Voice one year later.

Homeless man with a voice

Man with the Golden Voice

One year ago at this time all of America was a-gag over a new celebrity created by YouTube.

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And I was being un-friended and excoriated by so-called friends on Facebook because I was skeptical of  Ted Williams, the man known as The Man with the Golden Voice. One year later my skepticism proved spot-on and my friends probably don’t even remember the hurt they caused me. They ripped me for not jumping on their love fest of this man.

If you don’t remember, or if you were out of the country for the month of January 2011 Williams became famous overnight based on the posting of this video: Homeless Man gets National Buzz

Following the fame of this video, the man was quickly picked up off the street and cleaned up. His hair was cut. Someone got him new clothes and he made an appearance on the Today Show. Numerous other TV appearances followed. His handlers took him to meet with his mother who he’d not seen or spoken with in about 20 years. In each TV appearance Williams told those interviewing him that he had given up drugs and alcohol abuse and as you saw on the video that he’d been clean for two years. Job offers started pouring in, including an offer to serve as the P-A announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team.

I didn’t believe him; and while I didn’t publish those thoughts specifically I did say I “expected another shoe to drop”. I found it hard to believe that this man was STILL living on the streets, pan-handling two years after being sober. Clearly the man has a talent and a skill that through a sober mind could be monetized in the form of a job.

I was also disgusted by the job opportunities that came his way. Why should this homeless criminal alcoholic drug addict get a shot at some very lucrative voice-talent opportunities when so many people IN MY INDUSTRY were unemployed AND sober. That was my thinking.

Turns out Williams wasn’t and hadn’t been clean and sober. He continued to drink heavily. While continuing to fool people he did manage a few jobs including this Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial: Kraft Mac & Cheese commercial

Williams apparently was checked into a rehab clinic which he left before completing. The most recent news on him that I have been able to discern dates from last August 2011 in which he was filing a lawsuit  against three people that he claims took advantage of his addictions to cut themselves a sweet deal. Williams explains in court papers that when he inked the deal he was dealing with “significant drug and alcohol abuse” issues and was “totally incapable of understanding what was happening to him or handling his own affairs.”  He is asking a judge to void the contract.

What he’s doing now is not public and I’ve not been able to find out.

My point is now, and was one year ago, that stories of redemption are great and they are inspiring. But lets first make sure that the redemption has actually taken place and is praiseworthy before heaping riches and lots of responsibilities onto those who are undeserving and unprepared. Mr. Williams was clearly undeserving compared to so many other radio and broadcast veterans who are struggling and don’t abuse alcohol or drugs; and apparently Williams was unprepared.

Secondly, stories of redemption should never trump those who never needed redemption to begin with. And so many of us need and are given second chances in one or more aspects of our lives, I wonder how many realize that good, honest, hard-working, people really do exist. And while not perfect, nobody is; these people who trudge along in life and avoid the mistakes and temptations that Ted Williams did not seldom get the praise they deserve. They seldom get half of what Williams received, before he again apparently pissed it away.

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Poor People Shouldn’t be so Comfortable.

English: Poverty Rates by Age: 1959 to 2008. U...

Here I go again. Where is my compassion? This is what my Democratic friends and non-friends will say.

But as I wrote in an earlier blog called “Get Mad! Defend yourself. Conservative Values are Worth Defending”  I won’t take it. When I say “those in poverty in the U.S. live too comfortably and need to find it a little bit more challenging”; I’m the one with compassion. I’m the one who cares for their well-being. Democrats who want to keep them down by giving them JUST enough to continue their meek existence are the inhumane, the uncaring. Believe it. They’ve been dominating the poor in this country for far too long by keeping them fat and happy…and poor.

A recent study reported by The Heritage Foundation demonstrates dramatically that being poor in the United States doesn’t leave you much worse off than the average American. “Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?” by Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield points out that 97.7% of poor households have televisions. That compares to 98.7% of average Americans.

Additionally the study finds:

  • Over 78% of poor have air conditioning; compared to just 36% of all Americans in 1970.
  • 63.7% have cable TV
  • 65.1% have more than 1 TV
  • 38.2% have a personal computer; compared to 68% of the general populace.
  • 29.3% of poor families have a video game system, compared to 31.3% of average American households.
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The list is extensive and alarming. As the article points out the overwhelming majority of the 50-million who are classified as “in poverty” live relatively well with all kinds of modern amenities. The majority of them have air-conditioning, tv’s, cars, microwaves, adequate housing and ample access to food. The home of the average poor family was NOT over crowded and was in good repair. The average American poor family had more living space in their home than the average (overall average, not just poor) European.

There is no doubt that the poor in our country are struggling; but when they are struggling to pay for cable tv, the latest video game, and the comfort of air conditioning we have to ask why tax payer funds should go toward helping that struggle. The overwhelming budget deficits run by the current administration make it an even more important question.

MORE IMPORTANTLY there are people without adequate shelter or food who are hurt by the exaggerated deprivation of those classified as “in poverty”. But according to the study those who are homeless and at times without adequate food only represent 0.5% of the population; not 15-16% as Census reports in September 2011 indicated.

Of course its in the interest of certain demographic groups and organizations to exaggerate the numbers on poverty. In doing so more government money can flow to your demographic group through Federal programs designed to ease your burden and/or deprivation. But when a poor family’s amenities are nearly equal to the average household where is the deprivation. The study asked survey respondents if their home included a list of 30 household items they would have classified as amenities. The median average American household had 19 of these 30 items. The median poor household had 14.

Its worth noting that the average poor person does not represent all poor people. Like everything in life there is a range. But in order to come up with effective and efficient public policy to help care for those who are truly in-need we should be able to have a clearer definition of who is in need. And those who receive public assistance shouldn’t be so comfortable, and if they are, they shouldn’t receive public assistance.

The good news from this seemingly harsh stance is that those who live comfortably with lots of household amenities will be forced to make wiser choices for how they spend and save their money. They’ll certainly have greater motivation to work harder and smarter for the amenities they covet. And our nation’s deteriorating work ethic will get a necessary kick in the butt. And could it be that we all, even the poor, will learn to be more grateful for the things we have and the great nation in which we live.

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( Here is the link to the article in which the majority of this blog is based: )

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