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Friday, March 7, 2014

Tragedy at Walmart


My wife and I went out to dinner tonight. Afterwards, we stopped by Walmart.  A morbidly obese woman had crashed her scooter into a huge pyramid of beer, and there were broken beer bottles and about an inch of beer all over the floor.  I heard her telling the guy who had to clean it all up that "my scooter just swerved to the right, I don't know how."



I guarantee you this was some holy guerrilla warrior. We only got beer and wine sales in this county about two years ago, and the primitive baptist, holy roller, pentecostal, take up serpents crew is still not over it.  So they hang out at the check out stand and then harass people buying beer and wine. Or, they do things like this. Sometimes they harass the wrong people and then you hear on the scanner where the ambulance is going out to pick them up in the Walmart parking lot. My understanding is that if you die giving someone crap for buying a six pack, you go to heaven and live in a beautiful house with a lovely garden and spend your days watching the sinners roast in hell. But this is only hearsay.


I guess afterwards she took her magic marker and went to the library, where she doubtless spent a happy hour or two putting black lines over words like "hell" and "damn" in the books. There is a huge sign on the wall in the library that says "Please don't censor the books." But doing right ain't got no end, you know.


33 comments:

  1. Is this something like the pro-abortion people that rip down the signs of little aborted babies and crash through the picket lines?

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    1. I'm not familiar with that form of diversion. But if I wanted to go somewhere, and somebody tried to stop me crossing their picket line, it wouldn't stop me. I'm not very tolerant of people trying to make me live according to their view of the world. Unless they impact on me, I don't care how people live. But if they start trying to keep me from doing something, then it gets ugly.
      That's why I detest anti-gunners so much. I never tried to make anybody buy a gun. I don't appreciate their trying to prevent me from doing so.
      If I want to buy a beer, it's not up to some religious fanatic to try to stop me. If I want to read a book that has cuss words in it, I don't care if they don't, but I don't want them monkeying with the book to change it. So I'm not sure if it is the same as what you mentioned, but if it is, I'm all for it.

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    2. My point is that type of behavior isn't just a fundamentalist Baptist Christian thing. In today's society just about every group participates in those tactics to get what they want. Except Conservatives I think.

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    3. It's strange you mention that, because I've been reading another blog, by a fellow I respect, that raises this issue. He firmly believes that people should comply with a law which I consider to be an example of an active minority forcing their own values on a lethargic majority. He's sincere and has some good logic on his side. For me, it's more a "feeling" that something is out of kilter. Here in North Georgia, not all conservatives are fundamentalists, but I'd hazard to say all fundamentalists are conservatives. So, on this issue of alcohol sales, I find myself on the opposite side of the fence from people I would normally support. I will say that we have some "lunatic fringe" churches here, I'm not joking about the "taking up serpents" crowd. The primitive or "foot washing" baptists have always set me on edge, because they don't tolerate any deviation from their line. I've been told I'm going to hell because I don't adhere to their beliefs. If I am, at least I won't have to put up with any of them once I'm dead.

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  2. They need to get off their fat asses and walk! Since all I see are fat people on these scooters, I don't think they should be available to shoppers. It is all I can do to keep my mouth shut when I see some of these slobs. Oh, is that not politically correct?

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    1. Ya know if they get rid of the fat people scooters they should reduce the handicapped parking places to an actual statistical percentage as well :)

      I haven't seen a handicap tagged vehicle in years that the driver didn't walk as well as I do.

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    2. I can see the scooters if you have arthritis or some real issue with walking. But I have to say, I would be less than honest if I didn't say your observations match my own. I also notice that many of these people are very aggressive, driving right down the middle of the aisle and blocking it to all comers while they peruse the goods. That aggravates me.

      The whole front tier of our Walmart parking is handicapped parking. For the most part, it seems to be seniors who are perfectly mobile but are just milking their age for a plate or tag. Hey, I should get me one!

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  3. Those folks who are convinced their religious beliefs are the only right beliefs, they scare me some. The ones who try to tell me what is right and what is wrong, they just irritate me. The ones who tell me I am headed for Hell if I don't do things their way, they make this ornery old woman mad. Seems to me that wherever I wind up is between me and my maker and is nobody's business but my own.

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    1. I concur. I get along with Mormons, and even Seventh Day Adventists, because they may want to convert me but they don't harass me if I don't get with their program. A very tiny majority, the fundamentalists, kept this county dry for years. People were intimidated by them because they threatened that if a person voted to allow beer and wine sales they would go to hell. Even the people who weren't fundamentalists and went to less vehement churches voted against it out of anxiety that they might be right. What finally broke the dam was the influx of "half way backs" from Florida, who weren't in the least concerned about this. Much of what the half way backs have caused to happen here has been negative and destructive, but I will give them that one as a positive development. I don't drink, so I didn't have a dog in that fight but it was a clear example of law being used to force one sets values on another set. I didn't care for that.

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  4. Spilled beer is a hate crime down south right?? I see lazy folks riding those scooters all the time. My wife asks me on my bad days if I want to use one, and they are out or dead. In Florida folks would walk away from them if they ran low on power. You would hear a low tone beep for several aisles.

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    1. Yeah, it's a sacrilege. This lady had taken out a whole huge stack of Canadian beer. You'd think the Walmart manager would begin to get the idea that this is not accidental, but he's an import and has no clue of the nature of local values and issues.

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  5. Religious Fanatics----Harry, don't get me started. These self righteous folks just
    display their stupidity when they do the things that you mentioned. No wonder someone opens a can of "Whoopa$$" on them in the parking lot!!!!

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    1. It's an issue here. Many years ago the Catholics built a church here and it got burned down ASAP. I'm not a Catholic but that kind of behavior gives everybody in the county a black eye and lets the pundits in Atlanta wax eloquent about the rustics and what dreadful people they are. Besides, if people get away with that kind of thing, who knows what group or individual they'll break out the kerosene jug on next time? One interesting thing, when these people mess with short fuse individuals and get thumped, they don't press charges. They say God will avenge them. Lightning hasn't hit anybody yet but who knows? I stay inside during thunderstorms, just in case! :-)

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  6. thank God the athiests never act stupid and try to deny anyone of their rights....

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    1. Nobody said that, Matt. Don't get your back up, I'm not running down religion. I have said repeatedly that a persons religion doesn't bother me if they aren't hurting anyone. Except maybe Islam and I admit to prejudice there, but I have good reason for it. There are plenty of athiests who are jerks. I don't care what flag people are flying if they try to manipulate me or control me, I won't have it.

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    2. You know, Harry, I don't actually have my back up. And it wasn't actually your comments in your post that had me post this although I didn't actually specify that so that's my bad it was those that like to dog-pile on. It's always great when we all get to express our opinions in reply to your post, but let someone like me say something snarky in response and all of a sudden I am presumed "to have my back up". I'm simply doing what a couple of others have done.....expressed my thoughts and opinions, and please note I didn't use any adjectives to describe the atheisst in my first comment as compared to the other adjectives used to describe religion....... so just how is it that I have my back up? I actually find this funny.
      However, since you presumed that I have my back up let me state this:

      I personally can get along well with the non-religious types and the atheists, although it never fails that I can respect their choices, but invariably those who lean more towards religion are called derogatory names, presumed to be stupid and superstitious and full of nonsense.

      Those that feel this way about religion are fine with me. Religion has turned more into a private thing with me the last decade or so. Those that are believers but non-religious are free to do as they feel. They will answer for their beliefs just as I will for mine. I'm good with that and I say that here in a non-judgmental way. I also feel the same about the atheists. If they are happy laying in the mud from the time they die till whenever, more power to them. I don't really care at this point.

      Hey, it's all good on this end, but once again.... I don't have my back up. I was simply making a comment and an observation.

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    3. Matt, everybody knows you get mad pretty easily. So it's not beyond the bounds of reality to think you are mad if you get "snarky."

      Now don't get mad I said that!

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    4. Well, Harry, I largely gave up trying to change people's opinions years ago, although I ocassionaly engage in a good discussion. But given that and the fact that you and I only communicate only via the internet, about all I can say is you're welcome to your opinion on that.

      That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

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    5. Maybe some day I'll be somewhere around your area and we can get together. I've met some of the people that you see on here, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility. The internet is difficult to communicate with, even if you use emoticons and most people don't anymore. No tone of voice, no body language, it's easy to misinterpret a written communication.

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  7. That sorta nonsense is why I'll let people say whatever they want in my blog comments except for the superstitious religious stuff. I sometimes think I'm the only non-religious survivalist out there.

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    1. You're not. But I think most survivalists are religious to one extent or the other. Lots of people won't "forgive" you if religious beliefs weigh lightly on your shoulders. I don't want to sail under false colors so I have mentioned, from time to time, that I'm not religious. As long as people don't try to force their values on me, I don't really care. I suppose I find things like Santeria, or Voodoo, or Islam repugnant but I haven't tried to beat anyone up over it yet. I do try to avoid religion as a topic though, because it has so many different shades you can't talk about it without making somebody mad, and often the "somebody" is a person I like.

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    2. Lots of non-religious survivalists for sure. Some of them are on the left and thus don't call/think of themselves survivalists. I do think it is generally true that they are a little quieter about their activities.

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    3. I think there are. I also believe there are a lot more survivalists out there than we think, but they are completely off the skyline.

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  8. Being politically correct is the religion of the liberals. I remember the world before PC when our first amendment rights were still intact. Now, if one does not comply, one is a racist, or warring on women or offending the perverted. It is like the Inquisition! I am really, really sick of it, folks. Don't tell me what to do or say or believe. If you don't want to be offended, get out of my face.

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    1. I don't mean you guys here. You know who I mean

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    2. Great minds think alike. If you write a blog I'd like to read it. Tried to check your profile but couldn't get access to it.

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  9. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Ya' see Harry, that's why you should move to Texas. We give beer killers lethal injection down here. We got Beer drinking Bible Thumpers down here in Texas that turn Hops into heaven, Corn into moonshine and grapes into Wine.

    We got one of the holiest sites in all of Texas at Shiner Bach Breweries in Shiner, Texas just up the road from me and vineyards in the Hill Country.

    I don't drink wine myself, I'm a beer bitch and proud of it.

    As per fat people at Walmart, yeah' we got plenty. What gets me is the fat people start to collapse into themselves and have all kinds of health problems and get on disability. I have no respect for that, that's like giving an alcoholic disability. Funny when the .gov money runs out and they checks bounce, there will be a whole lot of unhappy huge people out there. Some will adapt, lose weight and survive, most will die from illnesses associated with obesity. I can see gaining some weight later in life, happens to most of us. In fact its good to have some calorie reserves in case of emergencies or health issues, but 350 LBS. in a Walmat cart, but the human body just ain't designed for that.

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    1. Yes, but can you folks in Texas dance around holding rattlers, and put them in your mouths, and kiss them on their non existent snake lips? Of course, sometimes they bite you and you die, but that's because your faith wasn't strong enough. North Georgia has some of those churches, they are illegal but the Sheriff doesn't mess with them unless somebody has the poor taste to get bitten and die. North Carolina is the epicenter of the serpent handlers. I knew a lady who "spoke in tongues". She would start shrieking out this babble at her store, then go stiff as a board and do a face plant on the carpet. She invited me to a serpent service once when I was in the store and I had to make up some lie to get out of it. I hate snakes.

      I guess you could have thyroid problems, or glandular problems and get morbidly obese. But every time my wife and I go to the "all you can eat steak house" in town, the hog bodies are there hosing down the potato salad and grits and gravy. So at least in some cases, it's a self inflicted wound. As you say, when you get older you put on some weight, but my God, some of these folks are grotesque.

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  10. G'day Harry,

    You mean it was illegal to buy alcohol anywhere near your place? In the words of the great Crocodile Hunter "Crikey"!! Churches must be different down here, we used to go to a church where the Pastor was quite fond of a good red or a nice cold beer, when you went to his place for dinner we always made sure we took a couple of bottles along, I just finished watching a series on TV about the Prohibition era in the US, it was both fascinating and incomprehensible, Aussies are pretty easy going but try and take away our beer and I can guarantee a popular uprising!!

    As for that Walmart clip, crap!! I am speechless. Although it would be fun to hijack one of those trolleys and go for a spin around the store.

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    1. It's a strange situation in the mountains. In my county, until two years ago, it was against the law to sell beer, wine, or any other alcoholic beverage. You could (and still can) buy moonshine if you knew the right people, but that was illegal too. Instead, we had county line "joints." Right on the county line north of us was a liquor store. So people would drive up there, cross into North Carolina, and buy booze then bring it back. North Carolina also had a state run hard liquor store, where you could buy rum and such, but it was (and is) heavily taxed. Two years ago we finally overturned that law in a referendum, due solely to the large number of half way backs from Florida who , rightly in my opinion, said to hell with that. It was a major trauma and there are people here who have still not gotten over it. I like a glass of wine sometimes myself, but I don't drink a lot. It was mainly the issue of having my own rights curtailed by a pressure group that irritated me. We have a real problem here with people being overweight. I need to lose weight myself so I am not being high and mighty by saying that. I am not needing a scooter yet, thank God. I've thought from time to time it would be fun to ride one myself, but never dared do it for fear someone I knew might see me.

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    2. Harry, one of my pet hates is the high tax we have here on Alcohol, especially spirits and similiar. On a holiday to Italy 2 years ago I could not believe the price of alcohol, the little shop in the village we stayed in was selling Lemoncello (a liqueur that I am addicted to) for 7 euros, it costs $45.00 in Aussie!!
      I had no idea alcohol was so regulated, I always thought that Americans drank Bourbon like water, that's what you always see on the movies!

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    3. Well, I am pretty sure that in most of the country it's just like any other commodity. But in the Deep South, you find a lot of very old fashioned people , especially in the rural areas. There are places here where people still don't have electricity or running water. Years ago, I was out just riding around on old roads, seeing what was there. I came up on a group of about 15 buildings , real ramshackle places. The people living there were Cherokee Indians. They made it crystal clear that I wasn't welcome and I didn't argue, they were some hard looking people. When I first moved here, there was a whole little settlement called "Wolf Pen Gap" where all the people lived in tar paper shacks, there was no water or power out there, they used a spring. It's more modern now but the old ways still linger.

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