tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:/posts Douche of the Day 2017-02-25T21:39:06Z Douche of the Day tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/922572 2015-10-26T23:06:44Z 2017-02-25T21:13:34Z The phrase "hard worker"? Yeah, it's now racist.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry claims the phrase "hard worker" should be reserved to those who work in the fields.

I want us to be super careful when we use the language, 'hard worker', because - I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like; so I feel you that he's a hard worker... but in the context of relative privilege.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477053 2013-02-05T20:40:00Z 2017-02-25T21:34:53Z The term "illegal immigrants" is "inhuman"
The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee warned his colleagues not to use the term "illegal immigrant".

"I hope no one uses the term illegal immigrants here today. Our citizens are not — the people in this country are not illegal. They are are out of status. They are new Americans that are immigrants."
- Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat.

Rep. Conyers was correct on the first part of his statement. Our citizens are definitely not illegal. It just seems as if he isn't familiar with the dictionary definition of the term, "alien":

relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477056 2012-02-24T00:08:00Z 2017-02-25T21:39:06Z Killer whales "slaves", protected under the 13th amendment?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claimed that five killer whales at the San Diego SeaWorld are treated like slaves because they are forced to live in tanks and perform daily.

But a federal judge yesterday dismissed the lawsuit saying the 13th amendment - which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude - applies only to humans.

Who knew whales weren't protected by the Constitution?

Sea World's attorney Theodore Shaw called the lawsuit a waste of the court's time and resources.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477071 2012-01-26T20:19:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:40Z Verizon wants to charge customers $2 fee to pay bills online, then buckles under bad press

For some reason, on December 29, 2011, Verizon thought it would be a good idea to start charging a fee to pay your bill online if you don't sign up for their auto-payment plan.

Verizon Wireless offers customers numerous free and simple payment options and we encourage customers to use those options. Starting January 15, a new $2 payment convenience fee will be instituted for customers who make single bill payments online or by telephone... The fee will help allow us to continue to support these single bill payment options in these channels and is designed to address costs incurred by us for only those customers who choose to make single bill payments in alternate payment channels (online, mobile, telephone). It is waived for those who pay by electronic check or enroll in AutoPay...

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Personally, I don't like auto-pay because if I have an issue with a bill, I'd rather not pay until I get it resolved. But the issue here is that Verizon is claiming this new fee will help them "address costs incurred" to support it. I'm sorry, but I'm already paying you $100 a month. You need another $2/mo just to take that payment? It's absurd, and insulting this is their excuse.

The next day, December 30, they sent out a new press release, reneging the fee.

Verizon Wireless has decided it will not institute the fee for online or telephone single payments that was announced earlier this week.

The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions. The company continues to encourage customers to take advantage of the numerous simple and convenient payment methods it provides.

“At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers. Based on their input, we believe the best path forward is to encourage customers to take advantage of the best and most efficient options, eliminating the need to institute the fee at this time,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477117 2012-01-26T20:08:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:40Z Group protests bank for staying open on MLK Jr. Day

About 50 people gathered Monday in Burlington City Hall’s Contois Auditorium to mark the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday, and to offer reflections about the importance of King’s legacy. Later, about a dozen people moved to a nearby bank to protest that it was open on the holiday.

The marchers briefly gathered in front of the bank, then tried to enter. Patrick Brown, director of the Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, said he would hand leaflets to bank tellers protesting the bank’s MLK hours. The leaflet read: "Dear TD Bank, you are defying the King holiday. Shame, Shame, Shame. This is a racist act. Shame, Shame, Shame."

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So, staying open on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is an act of racism? I'll tell you what: Start protesting establishments that remain open on the 4th of July because of their "lack of patriotism" and maybe I'll be more inclined to side with your calls for justice.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477126 2012-01-26T20:02:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:40Z Representative Hank Johnson: "My fear is that [Guam] will become so overly populated that it would tip over and capsize."

This is an oldie but goodie. If you're impatient, skip forward to 1:16.

Representative Johnson later came out and said he was joking, but I'm not buying it.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477146 2011-12-17T20:19:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Today's 2fer: Petty Congressmembers Sheila Jackson Lee and Lamar Smith

Congressman Steve King posted this tweet after tuning out Representative Sheila Jackson Lee in SOPA hearings this week. Jackson Lee responded by saying, "It's inappropriate to have a member of the Judiciary committee be so offensive."

As if that bickering wasn't enough, Lamar Smith decided to take issue with the word "offensive." The House has rules about "disorderly words" and "unparliamentary language" and apparently the use of the word "offensive" to describe a Congressmember applied.

According to CBS News, "[Smith] had apparently concluded that unlike 'boring,' her use of the word 'offensive' violated House rules. He asked Jackson Lee to formally withdraw her remark. She refused."

Smith tried again, saying that he was trying to "avoid making an official ruling" to the effect that Jackson Lee "impugned the integrity of a member of this committee." Would she "consider having just that one word stricken from the record?"Jackson Lee again refused. She wanted King to "give the committee an apology."

Finally, the resolution: Jackson Lee relented. She wanted to have "just that one word stricken from the record."

It's no wonder the approval rating for Congress is in the single digits. This is a total joke. Congressmembers need to get over themselves and work to fix real issues this country is facing, rather than spending time trying to get people to apologize for getting their feelings hurt.

Regardless of whether or not the comments made by King or Jackson Lee are rude or abrasive, there's only one solution to this whole mess: GET OVER IT.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477149 2011-10-26T01:18:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z It's official: the FBI concurs Rep. John Murtha was a douche

Late Rep. John Murtha was the first person to be honored with the prestigious Douche of the Day award. Today we find out the FBI was on to him the whole time. Too bad Murtha never found out while he was here on this earth.

The following is a snippet from rollcall.com.

FBI Saw Dark Side of Rep. John Murtha

Agency Suspected Lawmaker in Scheme Funneling Funds to Benefit Friends, Ex-Staffers

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Neither Rep. John Murtha nor anybody from KSA Consulting was ever charged with a crime, and it is unclear what happened to the FBI’s investigation.

Last week’s release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker’s friends and former staffers.

Bits and pieces of this story were kicked around for years before Murtha died in February 2010. The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, the Washington Post and others had documented the odd appearance of earmarks for tiny defense contractors that just happened to open an office in western Pennsylvania and just happened to hire one of the lobbying firms close to Murtha and just happened to begin making campaign donations to Murtha and other Members of Congress close to him.

Reporters could do little but assemble the coincidences and couldn’t prove there was anything wrong with the bigger picture.

But it turns out the FBI was reading the stories and was very interested — interested enough that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into Murtha and some of the lobbyists in his orbit, a fact that never leaked while Murtha was alive.

Read the rest of the story at rollcall.com.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477171 2011-09-14T20:53:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Chris Matthews is a douche and a liar, flat out lies about a statement from Ron Paul.

Chris Matthews told his viewers that Ron Paul said he would let someone die if they couldn't pay for their health coverage. But actually, Ron Paul said quite the opposite.

Fortunately there are people who fact check this stuff. It's unbelievable that Chris Matthews is said what he said. He couldn't have said anything further from the truth. Hey Chris - how about reviewing the tape before you make these accusations?

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477192 2011-08-16T02:53:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Come on, @Nouriel. Rick Perry didn't make "murder threats" on Ben Bernanke and you know it.

I should start by saying I'm not a fan of Rick Perry. But I'm also not a fan of people who take things completely out of context to try to prove a political point. I'm looking at you, Nouriel Roubini.

Earlier, Nouriel Roubini, an academic at NYU, tweeted this:

Murder threats? That sounds pretty serious right? So I clicked on it. Here's the video:

Hmm, that's a bit far from a "death threat", Mr. Roubini. Sounds like someone is crying wolf.

He later tweeted:

The mind of Rick Perry (his sick words on Bernanke) is not much different from that of the Norway mass murdered. Loaded words cause violence.

Riiight. Okay. So conservatives are continually called racists and Joe Biden can call the tea party terrorists for not wanting to raise the debt ceiling, and that's different? There is a clear double standard here. Besides, it's not like the left has never held a violent protest before.

Liberals will say that events like Norway and Gabby Giffords are the result of right-wing "nutjobs" who were "incited" to violence. But the reality is that people on both sides say and do stupid things, and the opposing political party will always find some one on the other side to point the finger at. But I digress.

This tweet by Roubini went a little far. There is obviously no "incitement" to violence whatsoever, and he knows it. And if he honestly doesn't, it's clear he doesn't understand American culture and what Perry was inferring.

Roubini should stop taking things out of context for the sole purpose of brainwashing the young minds he teaches. It is disappointing to me that people like Roubini, a lifetime academic who has never held a real job in his life, represents the vast majority of educators today. They don't understand how the world (and business) works because they've never actually had to live in it. So when this opportunity arose to slam an opposing viewpoint, he attempted to take advantage. But he completely took Rick Perry out of context. And unfortunately for Roubini, the only thing he did was make himself look like a douchebag.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477196 2011-07-28T16:10:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z David and Victoria Beckham are now "bad role models" for having a 4th child. (Seriously. You can't make this stuff up.)

Just when you think people couldn't get any more absurd, the CEO of UK-based Optimum Population Trust Simon Ross decides to trash talk the Beckhams for having a fourth child. He claims it's irresponsible.

"The Beckhams, and others like London mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families. There's no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100% by having another child," he said. "England is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and the fastest-growing in population terms in Europe. In 15 years we'll have an extra 10 million people here."

I can see an argument for large families who aren't able to support themselves and have to rely on the government to provide for basic necessities like food. But the argument that carbon emissions will increase by a well-off family having an extra child is just insane. Thanks to the Beckham's prosperity, there's a good chance their kids will go to great schools, get great educations, and potentially have a significantly positive impact on society. Their 4th child might end up curing cancer, or who knows, maybe finding a way to reduce carbon emissions through science, something that would never be possible if the Beckhams were only allowed to have two kids (as is the goal of Ross' organization).

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477217 2011-07-14T20:30:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Nancy Pelosi is "almost too busy" to listen to the debt limit meetings

Nancy Pelosi is back for her fourth appearance here on Douche of the Day, this time for two reasons:

  • She thinks she's too important to do her job. (Check out 0:55 in the video below.)
  • She declared the Barack Obama has more patience than Job. Yes, Biblical Job (pronounced (Joe - b), from the Old Testament. To put it in perspective, Job was a rich guy with a wife and ten kids. They all died, he lost everything he had, and was covered with a multitude of diseases, but he never once accused God of any injustice (the patience Pelosi is referring to). (Read a summary of the story here.)

The arrogance of this woman is unbelievable. Of course, we all remember this moment:

I can't wait until she's voted out of office.

To be honest, the fact that Pelosi even knew the story of Job is kind of amazing.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477240 2011-06-23T16:47:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Being successful is now a bad thing: The NJEA attacks, lies about Chris Christie in this TV ad.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently getting railed by the New Jersey Education Association. But their angle is to attack his prosperity. The attack ad begins like this:

Chris Christie seems to like the company of millionaires. His Chief of Staff, his State Treasurer, even his Acting Commissioner of Education, all millionaires. Christie himself has a net worth of over $3 million.

What the commercial fails to cover is the fact that Christie is a self-made millionaire. Christie is a guy who clearly knows how to make money and keep his personal finances in check. That's why he's still worth close to $4 million, long after earning the bulk of it in his private life. The whole point of the commercial is to attack his success. The same goes for his cabinet. They're attacking a guy just for being successful, and I find that outrageous. They are trying to punish success.

Since when did being successful become a bad thing? It never ceases to amaze me how the people attacking him don't understand that self-made millionaires are usually the most qualified for the job. They understand things like economics and balancing a budget. They did it in their personal lives, so they have a good chance they can do the same in their government positions. The debate between creating wealth vs. inheriting wealth is best summed up by this statement:

"If you didn't earn it yourself, you're probably going to squander it because you don't appreciate it. You don't understand what it took to get there and you have no concept." -Pat Gray

That's why it's important to have successful people in politics. They know what it took to get where they are and are more capable of handling money properly. Because they've done it before.

Side note: the commercial goes on to say that he cut taxes for millionaires. This statement is flat out lie. The democrats proposed a law that would raise taxes on millionaires which he refused to sign. I'm sorry, but a veto of a tax increase bill targeting millionaires does NOT equate to a tax cut.

The NJEA is a group of corrupt liars and it's dispicable that they're trying to bring down a succesful guy simply for being succesful.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477263 2011-06-21T00:12:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Slippery slope: Judge sentences woman for spanking her kid

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS) -- A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.

"You don't spank children today," said Judge Jose Longoria. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children."

Rosalina Gonzales had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injury to a child for what prosecutors had described as a "pretty simple, straightforward spanking case." They noted she didn't use a belt or leave any bruises, just some red marks.

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This is unbelievable. What gives Judge Jose Longoria the right to dictate how a woman's child should be disciplined? Does he not realize that our country is in the state that it's in today because of people like him who didn't discipline their children when they were young?

Sure, we all have different parenting styles, but unless this woman was clearly abusing her child - which it doesn't sound like she was - Judge Longoria has no right to sentence Ms. Gonzales.

Judge Longoria should be unseated for violating the personal rights of this woman and for being a giant douchebag. His job is to uphold the Constitution, not impose his beliefs on others when they're not rooted in the Constitution he's supposed to uphold and protect.

The problem with Judge Longoria's descision was best summed up by a commenter: "The nanny state is here. This is a slippery slope!"

Indeed it is.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477268 2011-06-11T21:44:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Anthony Weiner need a conscience, not sex rehab

I don't need to explain why Anthony Weiner is a douche. Aside from his current tweeting scandal, there have been many times in the past where I should have written about him for idiotic things he's said in Congress. But I'm not writing about either of those incidents today. I'm writing about the fact that Weiner refuses to step down from office, despite a call from Nancy Pelosi, the most corrupt of them all, and has decided to check himself into a treatment center for sex addictions.

This is nothing more than a PR move. Anthony Weiner knows he doesn't need to go to rehab for his "problem". He just needs to take responsibility and learn how to control himself like every other man in the world. The only reason he's checking himself into treatment is because he thinks it will make him look better in the public eye. He's trying to take a page out of the Tiger Woods playbook of damage control.

But the difference between Tiger Woods and Anthony Weiner is that Weiner is an elected official who is supposed to represent our country. What Weiner really should do is step down. Our Congress is supposed to be made up of upstanding citizens, above reproach and free from any sort of scandal, whether sexual or fiscal.

Can you imagine what our founding fathers would think if they saw what is going on today? Weiner has clearly shown that he does not represent his district, unless his district is primarily made up of pervy men who don't know how to control themselves.

Anthony Weiner is a douche for refusing to step down and let someone with more morality step in and represent his district. Weiner has ruined his reputation and it's something from which he can never recover.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477282 2011-05-19T21:15:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Native American Activist Winona Laduke plays the victim card. The US Govt. didn't equate Geronimo to Osama bin Laden.

This video made my blood boil. Native American Activist Winona Laduke is up in arms about how the U.S. Government is "racist" for using the code name "Geronimo" to relay the news that Osama bin Laden was dead. This made Laduke, and many others, believe that the government was equating Geronimo, the Native American leader, to Osama bin Laden. Too bad they didn't have all the facts.

As it turns out, the navy seals used the name Geronimo in quite a different way. Here's the actual story from the AP:

Back at the White House Situation Room, word was relayed that bin Laden had been found, signaled by the code word 'Geronimo.' That was not bin Laden’s code name, but rather a representation of the letter 'G.' Each step of the mission was labeled alphabetically, and “Geronimo” meant that the raiders had reached step 'G,' the killing or capture of bin Laden, two officials said.

But Laduke turns the use of the name Geronimo into a platform to discuss a larger grudge, drawing out examples of how the military has a pattern of using Native American names in a "negative light" in her opinion.

Laduke says the following starting around 1:45 in the video above:

The military is full of native nomenclature. You've got Black Hawk helicopters, Apache Longbow helicopters, you've got Tomahawk missles. The term used when you leave a military base in a foreign country is to go 'off the reservation.' So what is that messaging that is passed off? It is basically the continuation of the wars against indigenous people.

Actually, I don't think she could get it more wrong. It's an honor to have military properties named after you. If anything, it correlates to the fact that the Native Americans were mighty warriors.

She goes on to say that the government uses the same name for a cavalry as we did in 1890 during a battle between the United States and Native Americans. I'm sorry, but dragging out an event that happened two generations ago just to prove a point is nothing more than playing the victim card. The war was between previous generations. We are not the same people today, and thus the name doesn't carry the same connotation.

Rather than the government apologizing to Laduke, she should apologize to the government for making a complete fool of herself.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477287 2011-04-30T19:00:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Off-duty cop makes arrest, unions file complaint

If you didn't already think unions are the scum of the earth, this should convince you. The chief of police in Scranton, PA was checking into a drug complaint on his day off and it led to him making an arrest. Sounds good, right? A heroic public servant who is doing his part to keep crime under control, even on his day off. Well, that's not the way the Scranton police union saw it.

The police union saw the action by the chief as one that could result in the layoffs of regular officers if the chief has to "step in and do the work."

You've got to be kidding me. Whose side are these unions on? Only a convoluted mind could twist the actions of the chief into being a negative thing. The union is trying to punish an honest, hard working, true public servant for doing the right thing. The cops and the chief are supposed to be on the same side!

Shame on the Scranton police union. Instead of complaining about their chief busting punks and threatening the jobs of union members, the union members should take some proactive steps to demonstrate their value to the community and thank their chief for his dedication to the community.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477315 2011-04-08T16:27:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:43Z Harry Reid is off his rocker, says Republicans want government shutdown to keep women from cancer screenings

Senator Harry Reid has made numerous appearances on Douche of the Day, and for good reason. What he said today is another prime example:

(Reuters) - Ratcheting up the rhetoric, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Friday said Republicans want to shut down the government because they want to deny funding to women's health clinics.

"Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there's nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings. This is indefensible and everyone should be outraged," Reid said on the Senate floor.

Really, Harry? Really??

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477343 2011-04-08T15:39:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:43Z The REAL problem with Congress

Congress has a lot of problems, but none greater than passing pointless recognition resolutions. It's such a waste of time. This video was made last year, when Congress ran into the same problem of not passing a budget by the deadline, but it applies just as much today as it did a year ago.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477354 2011-04-01T23:40:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:43Z Michael Moore thinks "America is not broke"

Mr. Moore, I have only one thing to say to you: usdebtclock.org

Also, did I hear a vuvuzela at the end of that clip?

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477379 2011-04-01T00:15:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:43Z Worst idea of the day: banning perfumes on college campus

The human resources director of Framingam State University, Rita Colucci, decided to consider a fragrance ban after receiving "numerous complaints" from faculty members.

What is wrong with this woman?

According to the report, the faculty members also noted that cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems. I'm sorry, but is the solution to stop using cleaning products? Is it time to stop disinfecting things?

This is just an example of a person with a minority voice trying to make a change that the majority doesn't want. Even the reporter stated, "I couldn't find a single student on campus who thought banning perfume was a good idea."

But the best quote came from a student at the university:

"There's always going to be something that [somebody doesn't like] but you don't just take it away for everyone. You learn to live with it and you learn to cope and you compromise with each other."

Hmm, maybe he should take over the job of HR director. He seems to have his head screwed on a lot straighter than Colucci does.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477076 2011-03-31T23:59:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:40Z Ohio town removes "Easter" from Egg Hunt

Easter is more than just a Christian holiday - it's a cultural tradition in America. But Munson Township, Ohio decided pull the correlation between Easter and their annual egg hunt to be more inclusive.

Have you ever met anyone who has been offended by an Easter Egg Hunt?

If people keeps killing our cultural traditions, we're going to have nothing left. We'll have a bunch of random celebrations that are meaningless, and the next generation will wonder why we even celebrate them at all.

Mark my words: next, these idiots will start a war on our July 4th Independence Day celebrations because it's exclusive to America.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477096 2011-03-25T02:37:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:40Z Today's Douche of the Day: Nancy Grace of CNN

This one needs no comment. It only takes 45 seconds to start understanding why she's today's douche.

Kudos to Bernie Rayno for not losing his cool from Nancy's condescension. I probably would have walked off the set.

And one of my favorite comments on this video (from YouTube):

Nancy Grace.... Often wrong but never uncertain.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477130 2011-03-09T00:45:00Z 2016-07-08T06:25:54Z Why is the U.S. Government buying pointless ads on Facebook?

Toward the end of this post, I'm going to share with you the advertising budget for the U.S. Census Bureau. Before you read it, make sure you're sitting down. You're going to be appalled.

Whenever I see various government agencies buying ad space on TV, radio, or internet, I get a little annoyed. Last year, Medicare aired this TV spot:

There are very few occasions, if any, where the government should be paying for TV ads (with the exception of recruiting videos for programs like the Armed Forces). As such, I see very rare need for government agencies to spend tax dollars on advertising.

Today, I saw a Facebook ad posted by the Census Bureau, announcing results of the 2010 census.

There is absolutely no reason the government should be wasting money on promoting the Census website. The Census is taken a couple reasons: to apportion the correct number of state representatives and to divy up government funds. While the information found in the census results might be interesting, it's not the role of the Census Bureau to pay to advertise its results.

One of the reasons we have free press in America is so the government isn't feeding us news. While the Obama Administration claims to be "more open and transparent" than previous administrations, the proper channel to disseminate information like census data is to share it with the news media. They, in turn, can analyze the data and share it with viewers.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with having a website to share information (unless said website cost taxpayers $18 million *cough* recovery.gov *cough*), but spending tax dollars to promote the results crosses the line.

The Census Bureau isn't new to this whole marketing thing. If you're in the United States, I'm sure you remember the constant TV ads they ran during the census, reminding you to fill out the census form so they didn't have to send agents to your door. Oh, and then there was the direct mail campaign, before the census, telling you that they were going to send you the census form the next week. Huge waste.

So I decided to do a little digging (okay, I googled "census bureau advertising budget"). Here's what I found:

The 2010 advertising budget for the U.S. Census Bureau was over $140 million.

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It's pretty appalling that the U.S. Government is spending $140 million on what are essentially free public service announcements.

If Congress wants to seriously look into a government agencies that waste money, I'd suggest the Census Bureau as a good candidate. Aside from the huge controversy and fraud that took place when the government hired thousands of census takers, there's this whole $140 million that could have easily been saved.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477151 2011-02-21T00:27:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z The dumbest things Harry Reid has ever said

Harry Reid is no stranger to Douche of the Day. Recently, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere did a rundown on Harry, posing the question, "What is the dumbest thing Harry Reid has ever said?" Here are two of my favorites.

Harry Reid on debt/social security
"When we start talking about the debt, the first thing people do is run to Social Security. Social Security is a program that works and it's going to be fully funded for the next 40 years...No, it's not a crisis.  This is something that's perpetuated by people who don't like government. Social Security's fine."

Harry Reid and baseless assumptions
"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay?  Do I need to say more?"

Watch the full video here.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477173 2011-02-04T06:36:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Woman Tries To Mail Puppy In Box

Here's another story where I don't really think I need to elaborate. The title and video say it all. Ms. Stacey Champion, for your sheer stupidity (and, at the very least, for choosing to send your pup via 2-day service rather than overnight), you are a douche.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477193 2011-02-04T06:11:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Fire Chief Ticketed at Accident Scene for Refusing to Move Emergency Vehicle

Need I say more? What a douche.

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tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477199 2011-01-05T16:46:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:41Z Cop gives couple ticket after helping them rush to hospital to delivery baby

When a pregnant Angela Couglin looked at her husband John this fall and said “You need to get me to the hospital,” he loaded up the car and took off. Fast.

In a hurried attempt to ensure his soon-to-be-born son wasn’t born in the car, he sped. In fact, he sped (at 102 mph) right by a New Hampshire state trooper. When the trooper realized what was happening, he escorted the couple to the hospital. But then he did something that has many scratching their heads: he gave them a ticket.

There is an exception to every rule. I bet this cop didn't let his kids stay up on New Years Eve either. What a douche!

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Cory Watilo
tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477221 2011-01-04T23:37:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Nancy Pelosi admits the American people are irrelevant to the Democrats in Congress

To me, it sounds like Pelosi is accidentally admitting that healthcare reform had nothing to do with helping all Americans get "quality" health insurance. The liberals have an agenda and are carrying it out, regardless of what is good for the American people. Of course, we've known this all along. It's just nice to see Pelosi come out and admit it.

And by the way, Nancy Pelosi is officially the most popular topic on Douche of the Day. Probably not something to be too proud of, Nancy!

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Cory Watilo
tag:doucheoftheday.co,2013:Post/477241 2010-12-20T15:01:00Z 2013-10-08T17:03:42Z Will someone please explain free speech to Al Sharpton?

"Those that make references EXPLICITLY OR IMPLICITLY based on race, gender and sexual orientation, and we intend to follow that up with PUBLIC HEARINGS and bring some of those in front of a public hearing to explain how they justify the use of federally regulated airwaves to OFFEND people based on who they are, not using free speech based on what their opinions may be."

- Al Sharpton on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, December 15, 2010

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