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Columnist Tim Bryce

~~ by Tim Bryce – 6/26/2013 ~~



– That’s it; enough is enough; leave me alone!


Recently I came upon the following headline, “Drinking Too Much Coffee Is Now A Mental Disorder” and I was taken aback by the column. I don’t know which was worse; the column itself or that a publication would give it Internet ink. After reading it, I just snapped. I’ve been drinking coffee since college and, like a lot of people, have made it a natural part of my morning ritual. I love a good cup of coffee and I don’t want to be accused of having a mental disorder. This type of warning is how political correctness starts and frankly I’m sick of it.

I’m going to continue to drink coffee, enjoy my Scotch, and smoke a good cigar. No, I do not need Viagra, Cialis, and my testosterone level is just fine thank you. No, I do not need all of the drugs they list incessantly on television, and I certainly do not want to bother my doctor to talk about it. Yet, I am remarkably free of social disorders and mood swings. I eat red meat, as well as white, fish, and just about everything else. No, I am not planning on dropping them anytime soon. I use salt, pepper, sugar and other condiments as I see fit, and I’ll bet my cholesterol is better than those of you who do not. I’ll drink a “Big Gulp” if I am so inclined, and maybe enjoy some chocolate now and then. I do not need to see the listing of calories on my menu; I already know what is good for me, and what is not.

No, I do not want to shave my chest or wear whisker stubble at work because it is supposed to be sexy; it’s stupid. I am not impressed with what Hollywood produces, nor do I care what the dim bulb entertainment crowd thinks. I also do not like computer generated graphics in the movies, preferring instead a good story line and script, but I guess that’s asking too much. I still do not wear a helmet when I ride a bicycle, which isn’t often, and I occasionally forget to put my seat belt on; I guess I like to live on the wild side.

I do not believe in “undocumented immigrants”, they are illegal and they are certainly not citizens, hence I’ll continue to use the expression “illegal aliens” regardless if it offends anyone. And, Yes, there is still a “War on Terror” and there are “Extremist Muslims” who are terrorists. No matter how you try to dress up a pig, it’s still a pig. I do not need any sugarcoating. Also, quit trying to give my money away to someone else. I’ll decide what charities I want to support. And leave my guns alone. The “violent” cartoons of the 1950’s didn’t cause me to kill anyone or mutilate myself.

I guess what I’m saying is quit trying to dig up crap that I couldn’t care less about. Do not try to be my conscience. Solve the big stuff stupid and let the little stuff take care of itself. Where I come from, you are responsible for your own actions. No, I do not want to live in a Nanny state where I’m “dumbed down” by the likes of Mayor Bloomberg who should just go away and mind his own business.

I may not be politically correct all the time but I certainly do not lose sleep over it. Why can’t these pseudo do-gooders just work and pay their bills like everyone else, and leave the rest of us alone? Thank you for your interpretation of what you believe is good or bad, but I’ll make my own decisions.

With that said, please forgive the nasty twitch, I think it was the caffeine talking.

Keep the Faith!

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