Dumb parents, unconstitutional ruling

I’m the first to make fun of parents who, for the life of me I don’t know why, decide to give their children the dumbest names. I don’t have to name off a list, everyone knows what I’m talking about.

But mocking and ridicule are a giant leap away from ruling that someone, under penalty of law, must change their baby’s name. Cue the crazy judge from Tennessee who just crossed that line, from the local NBC station:

A Newport mother is appealing a court’s decision after a judge ordered her son’s name be changed from “Messiah.”

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“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Ballew said.

Martin [the father] responded saying, “I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”

According to Judge Ballew, it is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.

I agree that strange names can cause problems for children as they grow up. But as much as I hate the name, it isn’t our place to force the parents to change it. From a legal stand point this Judge doesn’t have a pulpit to stand on. I don’t know if she missed the day the First Amendment was covered in law school, but she may want to take a refresher course.

It is also worthwhile to know that, according to Slate, 700 children where named Messiah in 2012, and the world didn’t come to an end. I guess when some people speak of the freedom of religion, what they really mean is the freedom to impose their religion on you. I find this also comes with an amendment; they get to make up the rules as they go along.


It’s not my fault I can’t understand what you’re trying to tell us

Grammar is becoming a lost art. I’m not often in a position to comment as my own battles with the English language are well known. However, a long time ago I embraced the sharp eye of others that both improves my skills and ensures my message is conveyed clearly.

Unfortunately, it appears our building management has yet to learn the same lesson, as evidenced by their most recent butchering of the written word.

This past Friday night, our rooftop deck reopened. Today, the notice below was left under 500+ doors. Apparently we can have a party on the roof, if I’m understanding “No parties are prohibited” correctly. They also have a habit of using more words than required.

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Give me the championship or the couch gets it and other lessons learned at college

Win or lose, would college students and drunk sports fans stop burning things and destroying property already. On this morning’s annarbor.com was this headline:

Several fires set in Ann Arbor after Michigan Wolverines lose NCAA championship to Louisville

Late at night, after all the beer is gone and the game is over, it might seem fun to burn the couch your parents bought you. But be warned that along with that hangover the next morning will be the regret you feel from destroying the one thing in your living room you could have sat on.

The sad thing is if Michigan would have won things may have been worse. As Christina said (born and raised in Ann Arbor so consider the source), those kids were just channeling their inner Michigan State. You can read all about that schools god awful reaction to college basketball here.

In all seriousness, any student found to have been participating in acts of vandalism and violence should be immediately suspended from school and made to perform hundreds of hours of community service to once again earn admission.  It would be easy to kick them out, however, I believe in second chances and if there is a way they can learn from their mistakes, I’m all for it.

People pissing me off, riding the Metro edition

When I was working on the hill, the Metro (DC’s subway system) played a primary role in my daily commute. Since October however, buses have become my transportation of choice. So when I ventured out to Greenbelt this afternoon on the Greenline for an REI visit, all the things that people do to piss me off on the metro came flooding back. Here is my short list.

  1. Using your phone as a boombox. Your music stinks, there is no reason to assault our ears with the distorted mess created by music being pumped out of tiny cell phone speakers.  I can’t tell if those doing this just want attention or they know it is annoying and just want me want to strangle them. I can tell you that dirty looks makes no difference to these inconsiderate folks.
  2. Obstructing doorways. During the rush commute there is a need to stand in the area around the doors, but when riders move on and off, get the hell out-of-the-way. Nothing is worse at the end of a long day then to have two people decide they really like the spot in front of the doors and refuse to budge as you have to struggle to move past them. These people almost always have headphones on allowing them to avoid the horrible things I’m yelling.
  3. Standing on the left side of escalators. Tourists are the biggest offenders but are far from the only guilty ones. DC is a city of perpetual motion so to have the escalator blocked by visitors to the city or just douchebags who think they are the only people in the world is enough to make you want to kick people down the steps.
  4. Metro employees more interested in talking to each other than doing their jobs. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a problem with my transit card or watched someone else with the same problem have to scream at the station attendants because they’re too busy laughing and carrying on with one of their colleagues to notice. Hey, how about I throw my bag at your head, will that get your attention?

My list of complaints is far from complete as I’m sure my fellow DC residents can give me examples of their own pet peeves. If you have some, just share them in the comments.