Big day yesterday for our state…I am really glad to see this. I’m sure you saw many people talking about this yesterday…I saw many Facebook status updates that said “Today I couldn’t be prouder of our state” or something to that extent. What am I talking about? Well…SeaTac airport was honored for on-time performance! How awesome is that? Ok…that is true, but that’s not the big story…we are one step closer to legalizing gay marriage. Honestly, and my trip up on this soap box will be quick, but it’s about damn time. How stupid is it that we live in a country where all of us pound our chest in how great it is to live in a free country…yet, there are people that think 2 people that are in love should not be “free” to be married. My only question…whose last name will they take? In a marriage with a man and woman, the woman takes the man’s last name…and I would like to see the same tradition happen with gay marriage. I’ve come up with 2 very practical (sarcasm) ways: For men…it’s a joust…or a good old fashioned thumb war. For the ladies…the lady with the shorter hair keeps her last name. Bam, done.
So the Boston Bruins made a trip to the White House yesterday afternoon to celebrate last season’s Stanley Cup championship. However, their goalie…Tim Thomas, was absent. The playoff MVP, released a statement on Facebook regarding his absence:
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
Bruins president Cam Neely made a statement on Thomas' absence, saying, “We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject."
This stirred up a lot of “ESS” on sports and news channels…I have to say, I spent a lot of time thinking about this yesterday and I was fascinated by how polarizing this became with people. My opinion wavered quite a bit, it's a tough one to be fully on one side or the other...as both sides do have logical arguments on why this was wrong/right. My initial reaction was that Tim is being a douche, and using his celebrity to spew political crap...but then the more I read about it and the more I thought about it, the guy does seem to care about where our country is going....and just as we all wave the freedom flag for other topics, the same could be applied to this...what he did took huge testicles, and props to him for standing by his convictions. My biggest issue was what he wrote at the end: “This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic” – to that I say “Shut Up Tim.” You took to a public forum to say why you won’t attend; you should be willing to answer to what you said. I get that they are in the middle of a season and he probably doesn’t want to be distracted, but then he shouldn’t have said it in the first place. If I was him, I would’ve said, “Hey…I won’t be there due to my beliefs, and so that I don’t distract from the season we are in the middle of, I will not elaborate on this. After the season, I will be more than happy to talk about why, I hope you respect my decision.”
After Tim made his statement on Facebook, his page blew up with comments from those that read it:
Barry: just another reason you will go down as a Boston legend!
Cedric: You're an embarrassment to hockey and professional sports!
Josh: I do not like most sports, especially televised sports... however, i just read about this, violently yelled "GO TEAM" at my monitor and slammed my fist upon my computer desk repeatedly while chugging a beer.
Jill: am not a sports (of any kind) fan, would rather watch paint dry. I am now, however, a Tim Thomas fan. Way to represent.
Matt: Classless and selfish move Tim, have an ounce of respect for your team, for your fans, for your ownership, and for the Office of The President. Shame on you
Tommy: I'm a Habs fan, and you just did the unthinkable: a Bruin is my favorite player now. Thank you for standing up for liberty and truth.
Jeff: You put yourself ahead of the team and your fans Mr. Thomas. Completely selfish moves.
Mike: Taking a stand for your beliefs is a very noble act. I'm not a hockey fan but I am now a Tim Thomas fan.
Lance: On Monday, Tim Thomas put himself ahead of his team. He embarrassed his teammates & the city of Boston. Period.
Leo: I will always be proud to be an American and when the leader of the nation invites you to the White House you go. You are right, it's not about politics or party affiliation but about a d-bag who wants attention.
Amy: I've just become a hockey fan.
That is what was said on Tim’s Facebook, but what about you? Do you applaud Tim for doing this, or does this upset you? Why? Here are some of the texts we got:
100% agree with TT!!!! Way to go!
Damn straight! Good job Tim
He deserves a lot of props for standing up for what he believes in. Way to go TT.
there needs to be more tim's in america.
I agree with him, and respect his decision, the American people need to stand up more often.
Thumbs up to Tim!
Hell f-ing yeah11 major props tov him!
Tim Thomas is my all time favorite athlete, bruins my favorite team, I'm voting for Obama, and I support his voice and choice.
Glad he stuck to his morals and said no thanks! I tried to do the same with Clinton, but was ordered to as a young Marine.
The decision to not attend is admirable, maybe this movement (Occupy, etcy) would gain some credibility and leadership if this type of thing was more common
As a Canucklehead, i hate 'TT', but you can't fault a person for standing up for what they believe. Suck it Bruins, Go Canucks!
The dude is allowed to have an opinion. Right or wrong its his opinion and no one should hate on him for it. Nick from spanaway
How can you not love this man? For years we've been talking about how ridiculous it all is, and finally someone gets the opportunity throw it right in their face, under fire the whole time? Mad props, this guy is ballsy. - the DV
Total douche. . And unpatriotic as hell. . .and the poor. . Poor republicans are being picked on. . BS! it wasnt politics. . Just goodwill. . Man up and dont be a little bitch
Good for tim! Americans need to take back individual liberties. I'm proud of that guy for standing up for himself.
This is turning into a rather politically based blog…ok, not really, but lets move away from that. Here is another fun video of my pup Lulu…here she is teething and using my hand to make it hurt less.
Ok…lets talk about pro-choice or pro-life! Ok…I’m kidding!!!!
Last October, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement…which is like their version of the…paid 15 employees to get hammered at work. AWESOME! They were worried they were going to lose funding to buy a type of breathalyzer called the Intoxilyzer 8000…it had a reputation of being wildly inaccurate and having the results thrown out in court, it might be inaccurate but it has the best name ever: The Intoxilyzer 8000!. Rather than pay experts to do actual scientific testing to prove whether or not they work, they decided to spend $8,000 to run their own not-at-all-scientific test. They had 15 employees come in, on the clock, and drink all the Jim Beam whiskey they could handle. Then they had them blow into the Intoxilyzers. They also took blood (dang I hope they had a professional do tha and not Bob the kid in the mailroom with a needle), so they could compare the blood-alcohol readings from both methods. In December, a representative went in front of a panel of state judges to present the findings of the study. They instantly saw the flaw…it was just one amateur study. And they saw another flaw too…the results of the blood work still hadn't come back, so it wasn't even clear whether the study proved the Intoxilyzers were worthwhile or not.
Florida paid 15 state employees to get hammered in an attempt to test breathalyzers...you have to admit, that is a pretty cool thing to get paid to do while on the clock! Based on this, what is the coolest thing you have been able to do while on the job?
I use to sell magazines door to door and I got action from a lonely house wife..also smoked some dank with e40
Delivered margarita machines to parties always picked 'em up half full. Had to "clean" them in the warehouse with my friends. Lots of loose women at adult parties too. I was 19 at that time
I used to work for a firearms store so I got to spend a portion of my day product testing different guns. I now work for lynnwood harley davidson and I get to put 500 miles on the rental bikes to break in the motors
I got tattooed and pierced for free when it was a slow day at the shop. I worked as a shop manager and body piercer at Colorbomb Tattoo north of Seattle. When we were bored my boss would tattoo me just to stay busy! It was pretty rad. –Becca
As an armored truck driver I once took a nap on over 18 million dollars
Coolest thing ive done was drift cars while working at a valet for a hospital
Drank a twelve pack and had sex with my boss on her desk
I got to do lines of blow in the prep area of a fast food place with my manager... More then once! She paid for it every time and she always shared it with me. Making food was alot more fun and it increased my speed and accuracy!
My boss took me to the gun range & shot all his guns with me, i didn't have to pay or anything even though i was getting paid -Josh in Bremerton
My boss wanted nachos so we want to the movies....saw avp 2
At a certain large seattle company which shalI remain nameless i played a game of flip cup against my company's president on the clock. Brian
Today's Video blog is a gift for BJ from CRAZY SHERI!