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Things I Think I Thunk, Pt. 2

Updated on February 17, 2012

How much do you cost?

He who decides the outcomes of games.
He who decides the outcomes of games. | Source

How much do you cost?

There's something inherently wrong with hockey (National Hockey League, NHL) these days, the referees are deciding the outcome of games more than the players are lately. How much do they earn? A fraction of what a fourth-line checker earns, that's for sure. When they fuddle a call they more so make buffoons of themselves.One great example of referee buffoonery would be when a referee called Ottawa's gentlemanly defenceman, Eric Karlsson for diving, late in a game and the resulting power play for the opponents gave them the win. The ref even skated over to the Ottawa bench to clarify that he was calling Karlsson for diving, "because he is a known diver". It was his 3rd penalty for diving in his 3-year career, all of which were extremely unfounded.

After suffering a concussion from a blow to the head last January, Crosby has been the major promoter of getting rid of head shots in the NHL. For 10 months he couldn't play, and he ranted and raved about how dangerous head shots are. Then, he delivers a big old head shot on Nick Foligno, then calls it "a normal hockey play". We'll see how normal of a hockey play that was when Crosby's team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, next play Ottawa with Crosby in the lineup! Some memories do last longer than others!

It's a league mandate that the star players be protected more than the average working stiff players, but this is getting out of hand. When a star player delivers a blow to the head, or a spear (both are "guaranteed suspensions and fines") to the nether regions, they must be penalized the same as other players. The rule is in the books to protect star players from being hurt, not from being penalized or suspended. Eric Karlsson exudes star quality, leads the LEAGUE in assists, and leads all defencemen in scoring totals.

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Hey, ref, how much do you cost?"

Bud the Spud

Potato, Potatoe, let's call the whole thing off!
Potato, Potatoe, let's call the whole thing off! | Source

Potato, Potatoe, let's call the whole thing off!

Okay, I get the idea of why political connectedness is needed in society these days, but they are taking it way too far. In Canada, in many cities you can't say "Merry Christmas" in schools, in stores, in Parliament or in advertisements. You have to say "Happy Holidays" so that it won't upset people who aren't followers of Christianity, or any other faith that believes in Jesus Christ. However, you can say all of the Jewish and Muslim greetings. Ditto for all other religious sayings, it's just the "Christmas" that can't be uttered.

I really do think that they are leading up to cancelling Christmas altogether. It's turned into something it was never meant to be; a crass course in mass sales to the masses. How crass. Just call it "Gifting Day" and keep the presents, trees and other stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with celebrating the Son of God's birth.

Now, we have predominately English speaking towns that have to hire bilingual (French-English) nurses, doctors, janitors (in case the garbage cans don't speak English?) and even teachers. This is going too far, especially when in Quebec, there are no "bilingualism" requirements - you only need speak French fluently to obtain good employment, or to be schooled or treated at a hospital. Now, don't chuckle too quickly!

In Cornwall, Ontario (my present locale) there is a French Medical Clinic, for French-speaking clients (patients) only. It's a lot like Toronto's "Black Pages", a phone book dedicated only to black residents and businesses. Imagine trying to start an authentic "White Pages" for Caucasian peoples only! There would be riots, demonstrations, politicians would state their displeasure (if it's an election year). At the French Medical Clinic, they turn patients who don't speak French away at the door, no matter their infliction.

However, just like the way referees are deciding the outcomes of games, politicians are now deciding what we can and can't say. Isn't this sort of like repression of freedom of speech, a major human rights infringement?

I say let's call the whole thing off! Politics, that is!

What's wrong with society these days?

Let's call the whole thing off?

Say what?
Say what? | Source

What's left?

In hockey, we have referees deciding hockey games, players whining to the refs and getting their way. In politics, we have politicians telling people not to utter "Merry Christmas" for fear of upsetting people, but we can say anything from all of the other religions. What's going on these days? Why are people so afraid to offend people, when we pay shock jock Howard Stern over $10 Million a year to spew idiotic. Maybe we should have a North American Spring, like the Arab Spring, and overthrow the politicians? No, they'd just hire referees to rule the countries until they could find new idiots to run things.

Watch what you say, young man!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Atta girl! (I can say "girl" these days, can't I?)... I remember last year a guy was fired from his greeting job at Wal-Mart (we call it Wally World) because he was caught saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" as the store required of their greeters. In the stores now, it is all "Happy Holidays" and in the schools they can no longer say the morning prayers - all because someone might get offended... no matter what you say or how you say it, someone somewhere will take offense. What's this world coming to, eh?

      Thanks for dropping by, Red!

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      Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Absolutely nothing PC about me. And no apologies for it!

      Thanks, Marc.

      Red.

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