When Mike Rowe Speaks Out

After seeing the blip on my radar for this story on Mike Rowe’s Facebook page as well as on The Blaze I knew it was going to be an interesting story for sure, and I was right. If you don’t know who Mike Rowe is then you just might want to come out from under your rock today. Yes, I know, we are not all fans of Mike Rowe, the rest of us won’t hold that against you. I saw the truth and humor in what was said therefore its time to share. Everything below, text and pictures, was borrowed from The Blaze in its original form without anyone’s permission to repost it, please enjoy.

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“After Mike Rowe Had a Disagreement With a Lawyer at a Liquor Store, He Went Home and Did This Just to Spite the Attorney.

Mike Rowe, the former “Dirty Jobs” TV host and current head of Mike Rowe Works, has shown he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. Monday, he proved it once again — and took on a lawyer in doing so. It all started when Rowe decided to hit a local liquor store recently and noticed a picture near the front of the shop. That picture was of a man in a white shirt that the store was identifying as a shoplifter.

“Good for you,” Rowe says he told the owner whilerecalling the encounter on Facebook. “I wish every store in the country did this.”

That’s when things got a little awkward. Someone behind Rowe in line disagreed, saying that it wasn’t right to publicly shame someone who may be innocent.

That started getting Rowe a little fired up. The conversation continued with Rowe’s response as well as the store owner’s:

[Rowe continued:] “If I were falsely accused I would feel angry. But why would the owner put my face in his window and identify me as a shoplifter if he didn’t have proof that I was in fact a shoplifter?”

“Mistakes happen,” said the guy in line.

I looked at the manager and said, “Frank, have you ever made a mistake or falsely accused someone of shoplifting from your store?”

“Of course not,” said Frank. “I have the proof on the video. I put up a new photo every week. I have hundreds of these scumballs on tape.”

“Really? So has this strategy helped cut down on theft?”

“Big time,” said Frank. I used to get ripped off every day. Now it’s more like once a week.”

And that’s when the lawyer got involved. According to the lawyer, Frank the storeowner could technically be sued for posting the photo and shaming the man. That’s when Rowe became “incredulous” and even had some blunt words for the attorney:

Then a third guy chimed in. He identified himself as a lawyer, and said that even if Frank had proof of the crime, the guy in the photo could sue him and very likely win. I was incredulous.

“On what grounds?” Telling the truth in a storefront window?”

The lawyer shrugged. “I could argue that the man in that photo – were he my client – suffered irreparable harm to his reputation and public standing. I’d argue that Frank here was the proximate cause of that damage. Moreover, the level of potential harm caused by this photo goes far beyond the punishment typically handed down for this kind of petty crime.”

“Are you that good a lawyer,” I asked? Or does our country really have it’s head that far up it’s own ass?”

For the next ten minutes, we discussed the law, public shaming, petty theft, and the rights of the accused. I expressed my belief that stocks should be brought back to the public square. Frank concurred. The first guy in line called me a “modern day Torquemada,” which I took as a compliment. The lawyer was in favor of stocks, but only because they’d be good for business. The whole thing made me very thirsty for the Whistle Pig, waiting patiently in my brown paper bag.

Finally I asked, “What would happen if I posted this photo on my Facebook page? Could the shoplifter then sue me?”

“Alleged shoplifter,” said the guy in line.

“Sure,” said the lawyer. “Anybody can sue anybody for anything.”

“Yeah, but would you take the case?”

The lawyer looked at me with something I’ll call recognition. “If I thought there were a decent chance at a recovery, sure.”

“So if I post this image on my Facebook page, and the guy in the photo comes to you and says I’ve ruined his reputation by telling the world he’s guilty of shoplifting, you’d sue me? Even if the guy is proven guilty on tape?”

“Suing celebrities is fun,” said the lawyer. They usually settle, just to avoid the headache. But just to be clear – I’d sue Frank here as well.”

So what did Rowe do? He decided to stick it to the lawyer. He posted the picture of the crook (although he redacted the face):

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“After careful consideration and deliberation with Frank, I’ve decided to post the photo in his front window,” Rowe concluded. “But upon the advice of my own attorney, I’ve concealed the identity of the no-good shoplifting scumbag in the white tee-shirt and jeans. I realize this defeats the purpose, but that’s what things have come to in my world.”

So far the post has over 55,000 likes and over 10,000 shares.

Originally posted: Jun. 24, 2014 10:09am Jonathon M. Seidl on The Blaze.”

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Realtree Camouflage Toyota Venza?

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When someone e-mailed me with this Realtree Camouflage Toyota Venza I was at a loss for words. I’m still at a loss for words to tell y’all the truth. Now, I’m not knocking the Realtree Camouflage, but I would have to really question doing this camouflage wrap on a Toyota Venza. Why? WTF? I have NEVER, repeat NEVER, seen a Venza out in the woods loaded with hunting gear, loaded with large men, or a big bad buck strapped to the hood. Why haven’t I see this? Because it isn’t very practical as a hunting vehicle. The Venza itself, very practical I’m sure, but not really what I’m looking for when I shop a vehicle to take me deep in the woods to do a little hunting.

I was reminded, by my wife no less, that camouflage has gone “mainstream” and isn’t just for the “hunter” any longer. She’s right, I must admit, camouflage is the new black and everyone is using camouflage to make some sort of a statement. Here’s my statement, “I am a hunter, I use camouflage to remain unseen so I can bring home dinner”.  When I see things like this Venza I want to just weep for mankind because I know it won’t be long now before bad decisions will make us ALL extinct. The Venza camouflage job looks great, the company did a fantastic job inside and out, they just made a bad judgement call actually going through with the Venza wrap. I mean really, what kind of fucktard does a Realtree Camouflage wrap on a Toyota Venza anyways?

We The People Has Been Temporarily Disabled

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Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, We the People has been temporarily disabled.

As a result, you will be unable to create or sign We the People petitions. Once government funding has been restored, We the People will be re-enabled. Petitions that were open as of October 1, 2013 will have their deadlines extended.

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.GOV.

That above statement is actually from the https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ page which re-directs you to http://www.whitehouse.gov/we-the-people-temporarily-disabled page. How do I know this? I was actually looking for a specific petition for something I was going to attempt to write which I felt worth sharing. That story to come here in the very near future. I just thought I would share this information as I found it kind of entertaining with this partial government shutdown and all. This crap just amazes me. Why not shut down Whitehouse webpages. I bet the Whitehouse still has WiFi though, just a thought.

Artistic Statement

Before I begin I would just like to say that I have witnessed many disturbing things in my life as I have traveled around the world, anywhere from the birth of a child to watching a man gasp for his last breath because nothing could be done for his injuries. I live with many disturbing images in my head which have been comfortably suppressed deep within for a very long time now. Yesterday, while messing around on Pintrest I came across a picture (shown above) that in my opinion crosses many lines. I found out one doesn’t have to look very hard on the internet to find results in regards to humans breastfeeding animals to make an “artistic statement”. The example I found and will use is found on Wikipedia where I found a sampling of information regarding the history and modern culture of humans breastfeeding animals. To me, I find the practice of humans breastfeeding animals in modern times very disturbing. Historically I found it sorta interesting because certain cultures used the practice for religious purposes and for cultural purposes. But, for some reason, there are artists who create images to make an “artistic statement” in our modern times. These can be seen on anything from music album covers to protests by PETA. Which is why I am here today, not to discuss history or sub-cultures in third world countries, but to discuss the impact of modern day images done to make some form of statement artistically. I can’t actually believe I am committing time to explore the information to create a post to share. Part of the reason that I am doing a post is because of a discussion I generated last night on Blogcatalog called “What in the fuck is wrong with people?” and some of the responses it generated. Now, I am not in anyway saying that those comments or opinions are right or wrong but it really got me to thinking about the artistic value of a picture showing a young woman breastfeeding a lamb, shown above.
Now, y’all are free to keep and maintain your current opinions about humans breastfeeding animals for the sole purpose of being photographed and the image used to portray a certain kind of message. Clearly the message is lost on me because I don’t get it. I do get the value of “shock” however since in today’s society it seems to be par for the course so one person can out do another at whatever it might be. Granted, I am NOT an artist in any regard and I will NEVER claim to be an artist or to be able to think along the lines of an artist. But, out of guilt by association, I do know artists, either self-proclaimed or professional. I have shown the very top image in varying circles of acquaintances, friends, and family to try to provoke a response of opinion. The opinion’s were as varied as the people. On-line, of course, what a person says can always be taken in or out of context with many saying things they would never say in front of their mother. The people “polled” varied, as well, in age, sex, and ethnicity. It was what I would consider to be a pretty broad spectrum of people. I sit here today writing this post a disturbed man because I am still trying to figure out what the fuck is wrong with the human race. As I get older and try to deepen my understanding of the world around me I find myself wanting to crawl into a box, tape it closed, and never come out ever again. I know what you are thinking and yes there are many more insane things for me to be disturbed about. I think what bothers me the most, using the three images here, is the fact that these photos were posed and done on purpose. They were not photographs of things happening in some remote village or a casual accidental photograph, they were planned, they were posed, and then they were published. Which reminds me, before I forget, I googled “women breastfeeding animals” and these pictures were part of the results. I could not find “credits” for them nor did I look too hard either. They belong to who they belong to and that’s just fine with me. In the end, I don’t care either so there is no sense sending the information to me, just don’t waste your time or mine.
Overall, I am left with more questions than answers. I was hoping I could solve the “why” part of the mystery while doing some research. Instead I have made it worse for myself. I am a simple person, I like things to have a simple answer, and I get bothered when thresholds I don’t understand get crossed. It catches me offgaurd in so many ways. If the images don’t disturb you then you are a better person than me. I wonder if the artists who took these photographs will stumble upon my little ol’ blog and want to offer up what in the hell was going through their skull to “need” or “want” to do a photo like these. Better yet, maybe one of the models would like to explain why they chose to do the picture and what doing the picture has done for them personally and professionally. Until then, lucky you, I am at a loss for words. And, as I mentioned above, I am not trying to change opinions here, just expressing my own opinions. You can get back to the life you live now. I thank you for stopping by and looking at some disturbia that does have “WOW” factor and still makes me ask WTF!