I read a post today and had to respond to what I think is becoming too familiar these days, the stupid comment on first world problems. We all have real and painful issues, but sometimes, some people take it way too far. Let me give you an example. “There’s few feelings worse in this world than going on Netflix, planning to watch a movie or show, and then realizing it was pulled from the instant streaming list the day before,” writes Bryce Olin, editor of Netflix Life.

Really Bryce? Are there really only a few worse feelings in the world you could have than not being able to watch Boyz n the Hood, Duck Soup, or The Bad News Bears Go to Japan! on your Netflix queue?

Do you really have that kind of sheltered life that you can’t imagine what it would feel like to wake up starving, or to watch a loved one waste away from a disease, or limp to the couch to watch Netflix because you’re in pain from arthritis or have lost a limb in an accident? I could come up with thousands of worse feelings. firstworldproblems

I’m not trying to pick on Bryce or be a Debbie Downer, but I do find statements such as this utterly ridiculous and if you’re going to post something online in such a public way, you deserve to be ridiculed. Again, not trying to bring someone down but rather point out how rich and wonderful our lives are so that when something TRULY is bad—or we see someone in situation that is actual worth being concerned over—we can recognize it and take action to help. Instead of doing what Bryce suggests in his editorial (http://netflixlife.com/2014/12/26/reminder-movies-leaving-netflix-dec-31)—that is, spending as much time in the next day watching old movies—how about spending that time helping someone in need? Here is a link to the National Community Church page where you can see places to meet with others every second Saturday of the month to serve people in our community (http://theaterchurch.com/events/second-saturday-serve15). And then when you’re done and want to spend some down time with your family or just quietly alone on your couch, check out a movie or two and relax. There is nothing wrong with that—but MY suggestion is to keep your priorities in order and your problems in context.

Tim Hawkins has a great new video that will make you laugh about what’s truly “the worst.”

The dreaded April 15 day is here again. A day most Americans dislike because basically we have to give three months (give or take) of our hard earned wages to the elitist game-playing politicians who then spend at least a third of it on nothing. I say nothing because all of it gets used up paying for bureaucratic waste.

I try not to give the government any money in advance because it’s mine and I could be earning interest on that (which would be taxed so why bother) but I have to admit, it makes the whole season easier to swallow when I get a refund. I feel like it’s play money. And this year I’m going to use it to play in Norway and Iceland with friends. (Pause for a little dance here.)

This year we actually get a few days break. As you may or may not know, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16. (This is the same city that’s currently being held hostage and used in the political warfare of our representatives—who supposedly all look after the interests of the citizens living in said city.) Poor Washingtonians. Taxation without representation. The very thing we started the Revolutionary War over—being overly taxed. And without representation. Why Congress cannot see the irony in all of this is beyond me. And by the way, I think Emancipation Day should be celebrated everywhere with big parades every year. What a great thing to celebrate. Freedom for a group of Americans who had been oppressed for more than 200 years. The only reason most of us know about it is because of tax day.

Okay, well the only thing beyond whining about it is to joke about it. So I found some funny things on the Internet to get us through this day.

Monty Python:
Politician #1“Gentlemen, we have to find something new to tax.”  

Politician #2: “I would tax foreigners living abroad.”

Jimmy Kimmel calls an Indian call center and they tell him this joke:
“What do Tiger Woods and a fishing boat captain have in common on tax day? They both want to know if their crabs are deductable.”

And of course Dilbert:

This guy, Tim Hawkins, is a very funny comedian.
You should check out his other videos—good stuff!

Classic Fail from the Fail Blog (tax advice fail)

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