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Dec

13

Illegal Immigration is an Oxymoron

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A couple of days ago a demonstration was organized by the gay community in California in a vain attempt to prove their apparent worth to society. It was basically a work walk-out, where gay people didn’t show up to work on a certain day. The intended effect was for commerce to come to a grinding halt, showing the rest of us how much we need them. At that point I guess we were supposed to come crawling back to them begging for forgiveness, pleading with them to please come back to work, offer them generous raises, and allow gay marriages in the State of California (which was the real point of the whole thing). After seeing first-hand what a vital part of society they are, they would never experience any kind of disrespect or discrimination again.

Guess what happened? Nothing, really. Nobody noticed. A few people didn’t show up for work but other than that it was business as usual. The intended effect backfired embarrassingly. It is now pretty clear that the rest of us don’t need them. The smooth flow of commerce does not depend on this particular sub-culture showing up for work. The normal functioning of our society is apparently not hinged upon their cooperation.

Gee, who would have thunk? Gay people organizing a showdown with the rest of the world and having it flitter into a non-event. It’s laughable, isn’t it? Pretty much exactly what we would expect from them. But this type of demonstration can be quite effective. You can’t blame the method here, just the ineffective bumbling group of inept idiots who were trying to use it.

About five years ago another subculture group in California used the same tactic, with very different results. It was the undocumented workers – that is, illegal immigrants. (Remember when we used to be able to call them illegal aliens?) These guys pulled it off, however. Commerce did come to a screeching halt. Business what not as usual. A clear statement was made. We need these guys, and after that little stunt everybody in the state knew it. I remember I was sitting at my favorite pizza parlor having a beer and all the pizza delivery guys were back in the kitchen trying to make the pizzas. It was a bad idea to order anchovies that night!

Of course they never did that again because the loss of one day’s income to this particular group is a noticeable financial hardship. They must have really wanted to make a statement. I don’t really remember exactly what it was about, but I am of the mind that it was pretty much a moot point.

After all, the state of California, like most states, has long since stopped deporting illegal immigrants unless they have been arrested for committing a crime. They are fully integrated into our society and the only problem which remains is dealing with the archaic laws which are now completely ignored. Once you get across that border, you are in. You have to get busted for breaking the law after that in order to have any immigration issues. Like it or not, that’s the way it is.

Personally I have no problem with it. Once you have lived in a society that has given up on the entire issue of illegal immigration it becomes easy to accept. There aren’t any problems because of it, and in fact (as they have proven) we need now need them. I’d much rather deport the gay community.

Papa Riah

Dec

10

What if Tatoos Become Uncool?

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Each generation of teenagers is rebellious against their parent’s generation. No way would they be caught acting like their parents or following their example. And they certainly are not going to conform to their parent’s idea of what’s cool. Quite the contrary, they are likely to use that as a gauge of how uncool something is. Interestingly, the older generation usually ends up succumbing to the younger generation’s trend setting when it comes to cool. Must be the mid-life crisis thing, no doubt fueled by the ridiculous divorce rate in America. The first thing a newly divorced man in his forties usually does is buy a Harley, usually followed by a tattoo or two.

Tattoos are a trend that has just about run it’s course in our society. Maybe not quite yet, but the end is on the horizon. Very soon too large of a percentage of the older generation will have them. They have no shock value any more when everyone is getting one. Teenagers these days are pretty much expected to get them. That’s juuuuusssssst about the time teenagers usually stop doing something. Especially when their parents have them and think they are cool.

The last generation that came down the pipes really went for the shock value by piercing every conceivable part of their body. This drove their parents nuts, which is obviously why they did it. But you know all those kids who did that are starting to have kids themselves. So what in the world can those kids do now to shock their parents? That’s a hard act to follow.

I think the answer is obvious. Expect today’s infants to shock their parents by being straight-laced and getting good grades. Remember preppies? We might be getting ready to come full circle. Dressing nice and being well groomed could be the next big thing. Body piercings and tattoos might be considered totally stupid, old-fashioned, and uncool in the not so distant future.

You don’t have any do you? What are you going to do when they become uncool? There was an episode of the Simpsons where Moe was going to remove Homer’s tattoo with a cheese grader. That humorous little bit wasn’t all that farfetched. If you thought getting the thing hurt, wait until you have it removed. To say nothing of the scar it’s going to leave.

Papa Riah’s stepdaughter has a rather large tattoo on her upper back that she is not proud of. Oh she loved it when she was 18 and knew that getting it was against her mother’s every wish. But now that she is 30 and getting married she wishes it wasn’t there. So does her fiancé. Getting it removed leaves ugly scars that are worse than the tat, especially one that large. She is planning on covering it up with some kind of makeup for the wedding.

Doing something to your appearance that is motivated by wanting to look cool is one of the stupidest things in our society. Before you do anything that falls into that category you should really consider just who is it you are trying to impress, and are they really worth it. You might also try and consider long-term consequences if your brain allows you to think past tomorrow.

Papa Riah

Dec

7

Teenage Girls are Trouble

By admin

If you are the parent of teenage girls, or girls who will soon become teenagers, you have my sympathy. Unless they have their heart set on becoming nuns, you are going to have your hands full. Even if you think you are doing a good job as a parent and have perfect little princess teenage girls, you can never really be sure. They are not about to tell you all about their developing hormones and what goes on in their social circles. It’s a safe bet that they have a certain part of their lives and thinking which they would just die if their parents ever found out about.

After all you were the same way when you were a teenager, regardless of your gender. Your kids are going to be no different. No matter how much you tighten the reigns they will find ways to act out as irresponsible teenagers (who think they should be able to make the same decisions that adults get to). The only difference between them and adults is the system society has bounded them by, in their view. And they will take every opportunity presented to them, no matter how brief, to break those bonds and express their independence.

Papa Riah is fortunate enough never to have been the parent of a teenage girl. I inherited a step-daughter who was well past that stage when I got involved in the deal. However Mama Riah tells me all the time of her efforts in that era. Basically she was the most strict parent in the world when it came to letting her daughter out of her site, but the most generous when she had control of exactly what she was doing. Because her daughter was very popular in high school, her garage became the hangout for her click. All her friends used to tease her when the street lights came on as that was when she usually had to be home.

Does that sound like a little too much? Well this girl so respects her upbringing that she constantly affirms to her mom that she will be raising her own children the same exact way. And she is the most well-adjusted person I have ever met, in spite of coming from a broken family.

It all starts well before the teenage years of course. If you are letting your 5-year old run your household, it’s a pretty safe bet that you will have major problems with them as a teenager. Have you seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Remember the spoiled brat little girl? Now how do you think she would have been as a teenager? You can expect some phone calls from the police during the teenage years if you are going to allow your little girl to act like that at a young age.

Looking around when you are out in public, you will no doubt notice that teenage girls who are unescorted by parents seem to be magnets for trouble. Especially ones who are apparently aware of their recent transformation into the adult-looking female form. They are throwing it out there as bait in the water, just to see how many different species of fish are interested in it – completely unaware or unconcerned of the dangers associated with this behavior. They are discovering themselves in a way that puts their very lives in danger, and flat-out don’t care.

Much too often in our society does an adult male well into his twenties find himself approached and tempted by a teenage girl who is 16 or 17 years of age. This is a dangerous situation for the guy, the girl, and the parents of the girl. But it’s something that happens all the time out there and the parents of the girl have no idea what’s going on. This is trouble. And this trouble is started by the promiscuous teenage girl, not the happy-go-lucky guy who becomes ensnared in the trap.

I’m sure you have noticed that anytime you drive by a teenage girl who is less than moderately dressed and you happen to innocently glance in her direction, she is always looking back at you. Now how can that be? It can only be because these girls are looking through the windshield at the driver of every car that drives by. If you happen to be a male less than retirement age, their gaze will stay with you longer than just a quick glance. Why? Because teenage girls are trouble. Real trouble. Good luck with your daughters, America.

Papa Riah.