Andy Rooney's Point of View on Everything
Date Added: May 22, 2003
The Internet is a great big open forum in which virtually anyone can express his opinions with as much anonymity as he wants. Unfortunately, when we read something we really like, we don't want the author to be anonymous. In fact, it's best if we can believe somebody famous was actually responsible for it. Thus we get cases of false attribution like this one.
Andy Rooney said on 60 minutes a few weeks back: (for those of you that don't know Andy Rooney, he is a 82 year old US TV commentator)
I like big cars, big boats, big motorcycles, big houses and big campfires.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some governmental stooge with a bad comb-over who wants to give it away to crack addicts for squi rting out babies.
Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.
I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?
I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.
I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.
I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.
When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of probability.
I know what sex is, and there are not varying degrees of it. If I received sex from one of my subordinates in my office, it wouldn't be a private matter or my personal business. I would be "FIRED" immediately!
I believe that if you are selling me a milk shake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!
My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours. I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry self if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.
I feel much safer letting a machine with no political affiliation recount votes when needed. I know what the definition of lying is.
I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.
We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor. I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.
I believe a self-righteous liberal or conservative with a cause is more dangerous than a Hell's Angel with an attitude.
I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building. Ask your buddy that invented the Internet to help you.
It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"
"I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me french fries!
I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.
And if you don't like my point of view, tough. DON'T PASS IT ON!!
Chain letters that express opinions that we are too afraid or to ashamed to represent as our own are very popular on the Internet - A phenomenon I like to call "Rent-An-Opinion." But, opinions are always more interesting if we know whose it is. Make that person a celebrity, and you've got a popular and long-lasting chain.
The above rant was not written by the America's favorite curmudgeonly commentator and has never been featured on "60 Minutes." Rooney is just the latest celebrity to fall victim to the "well, he ought to have said it" mindset of e-mail chain letter forwarders. A quick check of Rooney's archive on CBS.com proves that he never said it on the air.
The text is a liberally edited version of a popular rant that also has been incorrectly attributed to George Carlin, Ted Nugent, Dennis Leary and Rush Limbaugh, to name a few. it actually originated in in a FreeRepublic.com forum in 2000. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, it was changed slightly, retitled "I Am A Bad American," attributed to Carlin or Nugent and made a very popular chain letter.
It was originally titled "I am a Bad Republican" and was posted by an author identifying himself only as "Bootyist Monk," who takes full responsibility for it.
Attributing things like this to people who seem likely to have said them serves two purposes: First, it elevates the rant from one-person's anonymous opinion to fact-by-proxy. Second, it separates us from the comments, giving a nice buffer zone to protect us from being blamed/credited for them, should our friends and family members not share the views.
BreakTheChain.org recommends against forwarding the work of another person (whether it be correctly or falsely attributed). E-mail is not a reliable format and every recipient is free to alter the message anyway he sees fit. Even when the source is known and verifiable, there is often no way to know if the text is unchanged from its original or that it was intended for broad distribution. Break this chain.
References: Andy Rooney Archive