Monday, November 22, 2010

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming...

Usually my blog is about my kids and chronicling our (mis)adventures. But some recent news items are driving me a little bit crazy. Rather than upsetting people by responding to facebook posts I will just write my own views here.

1. It is NOT okay to stick your hands in my kids' pants. Or mine. Just because I bought a ticket to fly on an airplane does not mean I want to be radiated, or in the alternative, have your hands in my pants. Make me take off my shoes and sweatshirt. Make me take off my kid's shoes and sweatshirt even though he will immediately go into a screaming fit because he thinks the machine is eating his shoes. Do "additional testing" on my bags because of my son's suspicious Leapster gaming unit. Put me through a metal detector. If that goes off give me the old wand routine. If that still goes off give me a back of the hands pat down. If you still have a problem THEN give me the option of a dose of radiation or an "enhanced pat down." My kids don't need a dose of radiation every time they go see Grandma. And they definitely don't need minimally-trained-and-paid strangers putting their hands in their pants. Yes, I remember 9/11. No, I don't think it is an either/or choice.

2. I vaccinate my kids because I do not want them to die or suffer from preventable diseases. Imagine a disease is spreading through your neighborhood. 8 out of 10 kids that get it die. As in all my kids, and all your kids too. As in 300-500 million people. Then someone tells you "Look! One little poke in the arm and your kids won't get this!" Sweet salvation. Can you imagine the lines? That was called smallpox. Vaccines have eliminated it from our vocabulary and our lives. I won't tell you what to do with your kids and you don't try to tell me I am unintelligent/ignorant/naive/uncaring because I vaccinate my kids. Deal?

3. Leggings are not pants any more than my swimsuit top is a shirt.

4. Chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup stirred in are not the same thing. Please don't put "chocolate ice cream" on the menu if what you really have is vanilla ice cream with various mix-ins available.

5. If your commercial shouts "All jeans on sale!" and then underneath says "Select styles only" you are either lying or in need of a basic dictionary.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.


Nicole said...

Hahahaha! :-) All very valid points!

mollie said...

Leggings are not pants! Why do people think they are?!

Also, I agree with your other points.

And I had to avoid an argument today with a girl who told me people who don't want to go through the body scanners or be patted down are insecure, prude, uptight, and basically unAmerican.


Jess said...

I spent almost an hour on the phone with my brother the other day. He believes in a lot of conspiracy theories - one of which was vaccines. "Why is the government forcing people to get flu shots? What's their angle?" Well, first of all, they're not forcing everyone... secondly, the angle for flu shots is so that you don't get sick. But he also believes that vaccines are created by the government to control your mind. Or to pump a lot of money out of us. I kept telling him that he can do what he wants with his family, and I'll do what I want with mine. He wanted me to realize the error of my ways. Sigh. It's hard not to call him a weirdo sometimes!