Really? (or, 6 things that will blow your mind.)

This week has been a head-scratcher.  Today’s Really? post could have been much longer, but I just had to cull some things in the interest of my time and yours.

So, here are 6 things that will make you ask Really?

Obama1.  President Obama gave the now infamous “red line” statement back in August, 2012, and now he’s saying he didn’t say it.  Really?  Here he is again, saying it was an international statement.  Perhaps the best comment is from the Twitter-sphere when @RameshPonnuru said, “So we’re going to go to war to defend the credibility of a comment Obama won’t take responsibility for.”

And, while we’re on the subject, those who oppose military action against Syria, and thus oppose President Obama, are now called “isolationists”.    As Jonah Goldberg rants regarding the labels, “An isolationist is someone who doesn’t want to bomb foreigners when I do.”  Apparently, now, if you disagree with popular opinion, you get a label.  Really?

2.  Mashable tells us that the shoe company Pearl Izumi has apologized for recent ads that imply their shoes will allowCPRdogThumb dog owners to run their dog to death.  Apologize?  Really?

How about we get a sense of humor and stop taking life so seriously?  When someone uses hyperbole to imply a particular quality that obviously doesn’t exist, do we have to catch feelings about it?  Really?

sergio3.  Lawyer jokes are funny.  Ever hear the one about the the guy who wants to be a lawyer but he can’t because, well, it would break the law?  No, really.  Really?

Turns out that Sergio Garcia (not the golfer), an undocumented immigrant, has finished law school and passed the bar exam.  And now, he can’t be licensed to practice law in the U.S. because it’s breaking the law!  What was he doing in law school when they discussed that chapter in Law 101?  Did he miss that day?  Was he asleep?

As usual, it’s the state of California that wants to give him a license to practice law, and they’re taking it to the California Supreme Court.  I just can’t understand Garcia’s rationale when he says,

I’m very confident at the end of the day that the court is going to make the right decision. I think that the wonderful message that can be sent today is if you work hard, if you persevere and you don’t ever give up, you still can make your American dream a reality independently, whether you have the blessing of being born in this country or not.

I mean, drug dealers work hard…what about making their American dream a reality.  What about people who steal cars or rob banks?  Don’t they have an American dream?

I mean, Really!

4.  Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens unintelligible linebacker, recently said that when the lights went out in the Super Baltimore Ravens' Suggs waits on the field after the half the lights went out in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New OrleansBowl game this past season, it was intentional.  Really?

Apparently, his conspiracy theory is that the Ravens were about to blow out the 49ers, so someone pulled the plug.  Really?

johnny-manziel-time-magazine-cover-pay5.  Bleacher Report informs us that the latest Times magazine probes the question of whether college athletes should be paid, and they adorn the magazine’s cover with a picture of Johnny Manziel.  Really?

Athletes do get paid.  It’s called a scholarship.  And, four years worth could add up to well over $100,000.  Then, add in potential earnings that, say, an accounting degree or engineering degree could draw, and you have significant opportunity to make large sums of money.

The solution?  Instead of giving athletes a scholarship, give them a check for the cost of one year’s tuition (since scholarships must be renewed every year).  They can do with that money what they want.  But, if they choose to use it on something other than tuition and school costs, i.e. a new truck or car, then they’re still responsible for paying their school bills.  Maybe then, athletes would realize that they are getting paid.  Really.

6.  Apparently, yelling at your kids, cursing them, or calling them pejorative names (like dumb or stupid) makes their yelling-at-teens1_wide-473ac06736e3476142276c2dd8ab21912c3e8926-s40-c85behavior worse and is not an effective way to parent.  Really?

According to NPR’s Nancy Shute in her article, “Parents’ Harsh Words May Make Teen Behavior Worse”, “harsh verbal discipline may backfire.”  She says,

Researchers asked parents of 13-year-olds in the Philadelphia area how often in the past year they’d yelled, cursed or called the kid “dumb or lazy or some other word like that” after he or she had done something wrong.

Almost half of the nearly 900 parents said they used harsh verbal punishment — 45 percent of the moms and 42 percent of the fathers.

Calling your child “dumb or lazy or some other word like that” is not verbal discipline – it’s verbal abuse.  While most parents have claimed to have lost it, or yelled at their children, belittling them with names is a red line that must not be crossed.

And, you can quote me on that!

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