Darryl’s Ish List, Volume One


This is a list you do not want to be on

This is a list you do not want to be on

In the wake of all the crap going on today, from the stinky economy to the crappy off-season of the Eagles, I figured it would be an acceptable way to rant if I put together the list of the stuff that is getting on my nerves, to the point where if I don’t vent, I’m gonna kick the dog (not really, but damned if I don’t want to).  The Ish List, Vol. I:


You cannot make this stuff up.

You cannot make this stuff up.

-the Iraqi journalist that threw a shoe at former President George Bush was sentenced to three years in jail for the incident.  Huh?  WTF?  Are you serious?  Why?  What was the real crime committed?  Forcing W to  shake off the rust and duck?  Exposing the Secret Service as slow in their reaction time?  Being abusive to footwear?  I mean, damn, maybe a couple of months, even as much as a year would have been pushing it…..but three frigging years?  Nah, I don’t see it…..Bush laughed it off and let it roll off his back like water off of a lame duck…..oops, that’s what he was, sorry.  Barack would have sent the dude a coupon for Florsheim or Foot Locker.


Take a Bong Hit, get a box of Corn Flakes

Take a Bong Hit, get a box of Corn Flakes

Kellogg’s donated boxes of Corn Flakes to a food bank, which, in and of itself, is a needed and admirable charitable gesture…..the problem is that the boxes donated featured the image of since banished Bong Master Michael Phelps.  How do you make such a donation with a bunch of product you deemed unworthy for store shelves?  Won’t the people in the soup kitchen be corrupted by the simple sight of such a despicable human being…..or, in this case, Michael Phelps?  Doesn’t Kellogg’s ring a bit hollow with this act?  They played themselves when they cut him and they further play themselves now.


If you talk smack on your own show, talk smack everywhere.

If you talk smack on your own show, talk smack everywhere.

Jim Cramer is a loud, obnoxious, hyperactive television financial pundit that screams at the top of his lungs nightly on his CNBC show, extolling the virtues of his stock picks, and doing his part to stir up his already jumpy, shellshocked audience.  When Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, decided to call Cramer on his bullshit, Cramer freaked and called Stewart a “comedian” and a “variety show host”, as if the nonsense that Cramer trots out every night is of a higher quality.  The two hosts waged a war in the media over the course of this past week and today, Cramer accepted Stewart’s invitation and appeared on today’s episode of the Daily Show, in a much more mild, almost humble tone.  My beef is that if you earned your bones talking shit, then don’t clam up and act modest when you are called on it.  Cramer shrunk before the audience’s eyes, seeming miniscule in the face of Stewart’s withering attack.  That is an annoying trait, Cramer, ball up and speak your piece, if that’s what you believe.


I love ya to death, but you are wrong on this one.

I love ya to death, but you are wrong on this one.

The President rolled out his education strategy earlier this week, calling for, among other things, a longer school year and school day, at least one year of post secondary school for all students, and merit based pay for teachers.  I’ve supported this President because I thought his energy and ability to bridge gaps would  serve our problems well, but alas, I have to disagree with him here.  You cannot ask teachers to accept being paid on merit when the system that is used to measure their progress is skewed to begin with.  Teachers are facing crisis today unlike any other time before.  A shortage of resources (many teachers spend their own money to try and help cover costs where their school boards budgets fall short), overcrowded class rooms, the “No Child Left Behind” mess that W. left behind.  If the other problems around the teachers aren’t addressed, how in hell is it possible to bring a teacher’s merit into their compensation?  Mr. Prez, you need your squad to go back to the drawing board on this one, it is patently unfair and unproductive towards your stated goals…..take care of your educators, they teach our kids.

As the time passes, this list will most certainly grow……stay tuned.


~ by darrylthewriter on March 12, 2009.

One Response to “Darryl’s Ish List, Volume One”

  1. LOL…good shit!!

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