All of you know when I would fix that turning point; it would be the day that George W. Bush took the oath of office and control of the White House. At that moment mediocrity and smirky doofusness won the day, and we have never, ever been the same since. The country decided it was more important to have a President with whom they wished to "have a beer" than one who could, say, clear the board on "Jeopardy."
But I digress. My point--and I do have one--is that No One With Any Smarts seems to be in any position of authority anymore. One does not have to look very far to see Stupidity In Abundance. And on sale! Here, for example, is a shirt I found at Target here in NEO, where everyone is beyond tickled that LeBron James is back to rescue us and make our lives immeasurably better:
There is absolutely no justification for this shirt's existence. None. Do you mean to tell me that there was not a single person involved in the creation, execution, and packaging of this garment that didn't notice its error?
Here's some more Stupid that makes me sad. I'm the first person to admit that I am not mathy. But holy crap, I sure as hell don't need the Ortega Taco Shell people to hold my hand as if I might be so feeble as to need to take my shoes and socks off right there in the grocery store to figure out what The Value Is:
Oh, brother. And believe it or not, I can actually link these two items, the LeBron shirt and the taco value pack, because I'm reminded of when Dan Gilbert first took ownership of the team and arena. One of the things he did was to add a New! Feature! to the Jumbotron scoreboard. Called The Diff, it showed the point differential between the Cavs and their opponents. Yes. That's correct. It did the math for you so that you didn't have to. Another example of The Stupid. Here it is, in all its glory:
Sigh. Finally, because Stupid is The New Normal, no one cares to do any better. Everyone gleefully pulls out his markers and her doofusness and figures it's all going to be Just Peachy because You Know What They Mean, Right? Like this:
Listen. Apostrophes, correct grammar, intelligent discourse, and clear speech aren't like high heels and pearls and tuxedos; they aren't meant only for special occasions and the elite classes. Too many people and businesses are engaging in Sweatpant Language, and I'm sick of it. Class up your act, America, and do better.