Sep 24

Once Again Republican Hypocrisy Rears It’s Ugly Head!

There’s a long list of things that make democrats and republicans hypocrites.  However, republicans seem to excel at it!  It’s as if they really do take pride in being known as the stupid party.  Seriously, some of them feel so strongly about being the stupid party they created a subset called the Tea Party.  These are for ignorant fools who feel the religious right isn’t extreme and hateful enough.  So it comes as no surprise to me when I wake this morning to see that republicans are once again attacking Obama.

In case you missed “Lattegate”.  While President Obama was exiting Air Force One he offended conservatives everywhere.  Not a hard thing to do actually.  All you need to do is be black, poor, a women, on welfare, unemployed, use facts, understand advanced concepts, go to college, to name a few.  Today, we add saluting while holding a cup of coffee.  Yes, that’s what has republicans in an outrage this morning.  It’s not the unemployment rate.  It’s not the fact that we’re dropping bombs again either, it’s all about a fucking cup of coffee.

Now, I will admit that when I saw the video of the president saluting with coffee cup, I thought, “That was kinda tacky.” and then I went back to scrolling through Facebook while sitting shirtless in my underwear at my home office.  (Don’t worry, I have pants on now).  I kept scrolling because my Facebook feed is interesting.  I have some celebrity stuff, lot’s of news stuff, horror movie stuff, TV shows I like.  If something happens in the world, my feed will let me know.  So I kept scrolling because I wanted to know what’s going on this morning.  I am on the left coast, the East Coast had been up for hours already.  I wanted to read the updates on Syria, ISIS or as I call them, “dumbshit cowards”.  But, I wasn’t getting the news, I was getting all this shit about Obama and a cup of coffee.

Here’s the thing that bothers me about the situation.  It was tacky I get it.  But, the outrage by republicans is fucking silly.  Let’s be honest here.  These simplistic morons do nothing but sit around and wait for democrats to fuck up and when they don’t fuck up, they make shit up or they make a mountain out of a mole hill.  And, what bothers me the most is that when these fucking idiots fuck up, they take absolutely no responsibility for it.  None!

republican hypocrisy 300x334 Once Again Republican Hypocrisy Rears Its Ugly Head!Getting back to Lattegate.  So there I was sitting here in my Fruit of the Looms and I decide to make a meme to vent my frustrations.  I create this nice piece of artwork.  However, as I finished and was ready to go about posting in various comments sections I realized that it just wasn’t enough.

I get so damn frustrated with the audacity and the hypocrisy of the republican party. I know the party well because I used to be a republican.  I decided that I just need to rant about it because their bullshit and pettiness has got to be stopped.  It must pointed out and their stupidity cannot go unchecked.

So I decided to come up with a short list of things that the republicans do that offend me.  The list is in no specific order.

Let’s get started…

The Iraq War.  Why is no republican taking responsibility for this?  We were lied to about about weapons of mass destruction and went to war over it.  How many U.S and allied troops died over that mistake?

President Bush Jr. had at least once had a chance to capture or kill Osama and he basically let him go at Tora Bora by twice refusing extra troop requests to keep Osama trapped in in his cave complex.  So with a simple bribe to the Afghan militias that captured him Osama got away.

Another lie that helped to lead us into a war with Iraq, remember being told that al-Qaeda was in Iraq? Well, in case you didn’t know, it was all bullshit.  Yet another lie to get us into a war with Iraq.  Even as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came out with a report exposing the lie, the Bush administration was still telling the lie that al-Qaeda was in Iraq.  Where is the goddamn outrage?  How many dead soldiers were caused by the Bush administration?

How about these moron republicans claiming that ISIS is Obama’s fault. They tried to spread lies that it was Obama who released the future leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  It’s simply not true.  It was Bush that had scheduled the release, not Obama.  So what do republicans do?  They quietly let that go and return to their bullshit claim that ISIS in Iraq is Obama’s fault for getting the troops out of Iraq.  Really? United States soldiers were dying at a rate of about about 3 or 4 a week or a day until Obama finally got us the hell out of there.  Once again republicans and their short term fucking memory.  It was the Bush administration that started a war in Iraq over lies about WMD’s and al-Qaeda.  It was that war that actually brought al-Qaeda there in first place and that is why ISIS is in Iraq now.  Again, no claim of responsibility from the republican party, it’s always Obama’s fault.

Now let’s talk about all this bullshit over Benghazi.  How about we first look at how many times congress refused to fund more security at our Embassy’s.  How is it that the majority of republicans voted against the funding?  How about all the people that were killed in Embassy attacks under President Bush’s watch?  No investigation into those?  No outrage over them?  Really? They’re just going to let all those deaths slide? I wonder why.

sgt bowe bergdahl 300x270 Once Again Republican Hypocrisy Rears Its Ugly Head!The republican party has become such an embarrassing joke that I am ashamed I was ever part of that party.  They have been telling me total bullshit my whole life!  They complained that we traded prisoners for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and yet they didn’t bat an eye when they did the same with the “Iran Contras” when we traded arms to secure the release of several hostages among some other dubious things.  No outrage, as it went before congress by republicans who basically snubbed their noses when democrats were upset with the concept.  Hell, they even made t-shirts wanting Oliver North for President!

Back when Dole was running for President against Clinton they tried to make Clinton out to be a pot smoking hippie communist. What he was, a Roads Scholar that had traveled the world.

The republicans have learned that they don’t need facts.  They live by the theory, “Why let a little thing like the truth get in the way of a good story.”  It’s become their way of doing business.  They simply make up any lie they want and spread it.  It doesn’t matter that they know it’s a lie.  Their sheep followers will believe it even when confronted with the facts they will ignore them.  These people have a cult mentality.  They have lost all ability to think for themselves.  They live in a world where they will only watch Fox News.

I know these people.  A long time family friend of mine is one of these crazy people.  He openly believes the most paranoid insane shit that Fox News tells him.  And, when confronted with the truth he simply denies it.  We don’t talk much any more.  I found myself calling him names to his face for being so goddamn stupid.  He used to email several times a day with all these bullshit and sometimes racist anti-Obama emails.  I was spending all my free time responding to him and factually pointing out where he was wrong.  He would never respond or admit the errors.  He would just keep sending new stuff.  I finally had to tell him to stop it.  I just couldn’t get any work done dealing with his nonsense.  He’s completely denial of facts and reality were just pissing me off and I had to step back.  He spends all his time watching Fox News and they have got him so paranoid and angry over things that  just simply are not true or taken completely out of context.

I am angry that a dumbass like Ted Cruz was able to shut down the government in an attempt to blackmail the president and make no mistake, that is exactly what he did.  If you think otherwise you might just be an idiot.

I literally could go on all day ranting about the extreme list of bullshit the Republican party is responsible for.  Their hypocrisy knows no bounds and as a country we have got to stand up and call them out on it.  And, the only way to do this is to get out and vote!  Get these assholes out of office.  Ted Cruz should be in prison not a member of congress.  Mitch McConnell should be fired for turning his back on the people when he openly said that the only goal of the republican part is to make Obama a one term president.  And, don’t forget this fucking coward said this at a time when, thanks to Bush, our country was in the middle of the worst recession since the great depression.

mitch mcconnell chicken shit coward 300x162 Once Again Republican Hypocrisy Rears Its Ugly Head!Hell, I could even let that comment go if he and the rest of his bat shit crazy republican party actually did something?  But, they did not.  They claimed to support the troops and yet refused funding to properly fund them.  They refused every single jobs bill.  They opposed nearly every single bill the Obama administration put forth.  In fact these people are so full of shit with their hatred for Obama that when Marco Rubio heard that Obama was ready to work on immigration reform he pulled his own bill off the floor!  Once again, they talk a big talk but when it comes to getting anything done, the only thing they can do is complain, blame Obama, vote to wage war and take long, long vacations while condemning the poor for being lazy.

Their actions border on criminal and the only way to solve the problem is to vote them out of office.  Vote democrat, vote independent, vote green, just don’t vote republican, not now.  I don’t care how level headed you think your republican politician is, he’s a republican and republicans vote republican almost all the time.  They are party of sheep plain and simple.  Now I am not saying that the democrats don’t have their fair share of sheep and crazy people.  They absolutely do.  The difference is that democrats don’t listens to the crazy ones.  Sadly the republican party is being led by the crazies and people like Boehner who is too much of a coward to stand up to the crazies.  At this point in time, the party cannot be trusted and it’s up us to vote them out of office.

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Aug 26

Finally Watched Season 4 of The Walking Dead!

the walking dead Finally Watched Season 4 of The Walking Dead!

So with all the traveling I did over the past I finally got to watch season 4 of The Walking Dead. It started off good then they brought the Gov back and he was just nothing but annoying. Then I got pissed off that after all that time in Prison they didn’t have a better plan for an attack and they had the shittiest escape plan. The writing couldn’t have been any worse. It turns out that I was wrong, the writing did get worse.

They went and split everyone up! I get it, it’s a drama, if you don’t have drama, then you don’t have drama. But, you can have drama without having stupid.

It was just about this time when I had given up on the season. I was a little more than halfway through the season. I don’t know if to say “It got good” is the way to say it. But, I got hooked. The storyline with Carol, Tyreese and the girls. So heart breaking. What she does, wow! It was so good!

the walking dead season 4 beth 300x379 Finally Watched Season 4 of The Walking Dead!When I copied the episodes on to my flash drive for travel, for some reason episode 13 didn’t transfer over. If you skip that episode then are you left with the impression that Beth was killed. I was heart broken!

It was kinda funny, I had developed a little crush on her. But, I had been feeling guilty about it because this is the little girl that was in some of the Harry Potter movies. On TWD she’s the younger daughter of Maggie, she’s just a kid. I decided to look her up online. I just don’t really remember much of her character from previous seasons and how did I not really notice her. I discover, she’s not a little girl, I am thankfully not the pervert I had been feeling like I was. She isn’t a teen at all. She hasn’t been one for a while. She’s 29 years old! I had been feeling guilty that she was like 17 or 18. I felt so much better about my crush after learning she’s almost 30.

I finally watch episode 13 and to my relief, unless I missed something, Beth is not dead! She’s been kidnapped! I can live with that. That means she’ll be back!

Oh and on side note, I can’t believe they killed the old man! WTF was that all about!? Who didn’t love Hershel?!  After that, they couldn’t kill The Governor enough! His death should have been more violent and painful.

All in all it turned out to be a great season.

Season 5 starts on AMC Sunday October 12th according to their website.

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Aug 19

Jesse Williams the Actor Promotes Stupidity and Ignroance!

jesse williams and his racist attitude 300x156 Jesse Williams the Actor Promotes Stupidity and Ignroance!I was just reading what actor Jesse Williams said on CNN and I became outraged at his total ignorance and racist attitude.  Yes, I am calling a him racists.  I am also calling him uninformed and quite possibly stupid but definitely shallow.  But, please don’t get me wrong I truly believes he means well and I am sure he is a wonderful person but in this some of the shit he said was uninformed, biased and racists.

I then saw another article about Jesse that popped up on my Facebook feed from the UPWORTHY Facebook page.  I started to rant about it.  It soon became way too long to post it there so I decided to post it here.  This has added benefits of allowing me to get it out of system and not having to worry about a bunch well intentioned liberals going off on me, because no one reads my blog.  I have no traffic to this site.  It’s my safe way to feel as though I am shouting my thoughts and feelings to the world but not really because no reads it.  So anyways, that happened to me last in another Facebook post claiming that FOX News is making the Michael Brown look bad by suggesting that he was on drugs.  I started to laugh out loud.  I commented, with a mini-rant, a “rantlet” if you will (rantlet, see what I did there?)  So my rant started with, “FOX News is making him look bad?  Really? I thought him committing a robbery and going for a cops gun made him look bad. Hell if he was on drugs at least that would explain his bad behavior.”

As you can imagine, several liberal heads nearly exploded.  As much as I tend to lean towards the left, I am not a liberal or a democrat.  I know that most of my posts are slamming Conservatives and Christians but that’s only because their hypocrisy and ability to tell such bold face lies with a straight face is so overwhelmingly shocking to me that I can’t help but to point it out, to yell and call them names and to most of all mock them.  I used to be a republican and now it’s something I am ashamed of.  However, my liberal brothers and sisters can at times be just as full of shit.  This Michael Brown tragedy is one of those times.  So, below is what I didn’t post in the comments in section of an UPWORTHY post that was praising the idiot ramblings of actor Jesse Williams.


Is this the same uninformed person that actually said this doesn’t happen to white people? He’s words are saddening and offensive. A bunch of white cops beat a white guy to death who suffered from schizophrenia and was homeless and then recently acquitted in Fullerton, CA. Where was the public outcry, mass protests and riots? In Texas a few years back a white veteran was killed by a black cop. James Whitehead was an ex-marine as I recall, he was unarmed and killed by a black cop. No protests on this one? No outrage? How about Dillon Taylor in Salt Lake City. The cops there shot and killed this white guy who was also unarmed. They said he “wasn’t following directions.” That’s it. Unarmed and wasn’t following directions and the cops killed this guy. This just happened a few days ago. No nationwide media coverage on this one? Once again no public outrage? Could it possibly because these victims of police violence where all white? That couldn’t be? No? Cause according Jesse Williams this kinda thing doesn’t happen to white people.

And before I start getting bashed here by a bunch of people who think they are so enlightened and so above it all. I am not some hateful, bigoted right wing conservative. I can’t stand them! I have my own personal blog that I had intended to be just that, a personal blog but instead it has turned into rant after rant about these idiot, religious and conservative political nutjobs and the fools who follow them. But, the one thing I can’t stand above all else is those who claim to be fair and humane then turn right around and make the most ridiculous, hypocritical claims that do nothing but promote more hate and anger. It’s absolutely shameful. This guy is an actor making stupid, uninformed claims and providing absolutely no facts to back them up.

I don’t watch FOX News, ever. So I can honestly say that all I have heard from the media is that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot and killed by a white cop. That he was about to start college oh and that he might have committed a robbery. Other than that he was a good kid. Doesn’t matter there’s a video of him clearly committing a robbery, he’s only a suspect. Doesn’t matter that what started the entire incident is that this “kid” was walking down the middle of street like he and his friend owned the damn thing. And that the main witness is an oh so credible friend with tear drop tats said that Michael Brown was surrendering. Doesn’t matter what the cop claims. I guess his word means nothing. Doesn’t matter that he might have feared for his life when Michael Brown went for his gun. Doesn’t matter that the officer just might have thought that when Michael was turning around to supposedly surrender that from the cops perspective it looked he was reaching for gun or knife. None of that matters because it seems that every liberal website in the world has already condemned the cop. It amazes me that Michael Brown was just a robbery suspect and the cop has already been convicted of murder by so many.

In my eyes this is a tragic situation. Absolutely the most horrific outcome possible. The sad part was that it all could have been avoided. Had these two friends not been breaking the law by walking down the middle of the road. The cop would have had never had to stop for them to tell them to get out of the road. Had Michael Brown not gone for the officer’s gun, “allegedly”, this would have never happened. These are the facts of the case as we know we them. This was what lead this troubled young man to his death. I am not saying that the cop isn’t guilty of murder. I don’t know what they cop is guilty of yet, do you know why? Because it hasn’t been investigated yet! None of us know yet. We only know what we have been told by a witness that has more reason to be biased than not. And by a police department that also has every reason to be biased. But, I guess it’s too late for this. This case has already been turned into a civil rights issue because it was a white cop and black victim. That’s it. That’s all it takes in this country and how truly sad is that. We don’t even give the police a chance to explain their actions. Because we don’t understand what it’s like to be a cop. We will never understand the risks they take and the toll the job can take on them. The white cop is always the racists. Is this just how we play it now?

And the “liberal” media is just glorifying this situation along with the liberal Facebook pages. (I am not saying all the media is liberal, just saying that some media is but I am not one of those people that believe that everything not FOX News is the liberal media.) They are outraged over this incident! I have liked all these liberal FB pages and almost every post they make if it’s not telling me about something stupid a conservative has done it’s telling me how unjust this shooting was. And yet, not one of these sites have put in half the effort if any at all into the unarmed white people who have died at the hands of the cops I mentioned above as they have over the Michael Brown shooting. I guess those white deaths just weren’t as important. And, according to the blindly racist and uninformed Jesse Williams, they never even happened!

I know this site and all the liberal sites that I follow are well meaning. But, perhaps they should take a look in the mirror every once and a while. So many times they are so biased and uniformed and hypocritical that it’s simply shameful and embarrassing. It’s one of the things that I can’t stand about FOX News. They take a story and spin it with such a simple and easy to swallow lie or half truth that is biased. Then the sheep watching it just believe it and become outraged over what they are being told. And, if the liberals don’t think that the same is being done to them in this case, they are sorely mistaken. I follow the same sites and I can tell when I being played, and in this case, I am being played. We’re all being played. You have from what I read by my liberal sources that FOX News is down playing the unarmed fact instead pushing the robbery aspect and criminal aspect of what the kid did. The liberal media outlets are pushing the unarmed, good kid leaving for college, racial violence aspect of the case. Has everyone lost their sense of reality anymore? Have we all turned into a bunch of sheep that don’t know what to think unless we’re told by whatever media coverage we choose to listen to, be it the left or the right? Because in this case, I see racists on both sides and sickens me. The conservatives are claiming racism for the reason I stated above. Liberals are claiming racism because it was a white cop and a black victim.

As far as the actual events of the case, there has been absolutely no proof that race played any part in this case. None. The cop has no history of racism. In fact he has won an award for being a good cop. In his six years as cop prior to this shooting he has had no claims of abuse against him. In the six days prior to this shooting, Michael Brown, had probably committed a robbery, assaulted a cop, went for a cops gun and last and least, was jaywalking. So isn’t it just a little possible that maybe race has nothing to do with this case? Have we all become so liberal that it’s not even worth considering? It’s a white cop, black kid, of course the cop is guilty. Let’s go ahead and convict the cop let’s pass our judgments. Remember as a liberals it’s only okay for us to pass judgments without all the facts. When Conservatives do it, they’re ignorant, stupid, misinformed, hypocritical liars. When we do it, we’re enlightened, free thinking people. What a joke. Seriously such a tragic event and both sides of the media pushing an agenda instead doing what they should be doing and simply presenting the facts as we know them and letting us make up our own minds.

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Aug 08

5 Truths You CANNOT Disagree With!

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Conservative Christian Bullshit

This was just posted by a friend of mine. Someone who is openly religious. I am guessing Christian but I don’t know. I did find it full of such hypocrisy that I had to rant about it. Seriously how any Christian could post this kind of bullshit propaganda is amazing to me. Well, no it’s not. I actually would be surprised if a Christian didn’t believe in this kind of bullshit. Because this type of un-Christian thinking has to be stopped. I don’t blame the Christians and conservative followers for posting this type of ignorant propaganda. I know that most conservative Christians I have met are actually good decent people like my friend who posted this meme. Really good guy, and I hope he reads this. I also hope he doesn’t hate me for completely disagreeing with him.

I don’t honestly believe he believes this crap. I think this type of bullshit propaganda was sold to him by politicians. Politicians that want to take his hard earned money and give it to the rich. Most people don’t see this because conservatives are very effective at taking the simple route to their politics. They take very difficult issues like economics and world issues and break them down into simple taglines and many times flat out lies that are easy to believe. These types of people don’t see this because they are told that big government is always bad and always trying to take things from them. So it’s easy for conservative politicians to call out anything democrats want to do that costs money.  Sadly republicans never turn that same microscope on themselves.

So when I saw my friend post this truly misleading and hypocritical meme, I couldn’t help myself.  I took a breath and calmed down after reading all the truly ridiculous and misleading statements this meme implies, I had to respond. So allow me to point out the ignorance and propaganda this meme has to offer.

The first truth listed is pointless because no one is trying to legislate the poor into prosperity. This is a misleading and completely misleading view of what some politicians are trying to help the poor and middle classes. What some people are trying to do at the very least is level the playing field. That doesn’t mean making everyone the same or making everyone have the socioeconomic status. It is an attempt to help those like the homeless and the poor better themselves if they choose to be helped. Not all poor and homeless are lazy. Some just made bad financial decisions. Other made bad personal decisions. The vast majority are not lazy. This has been proven time after time and yet people still like to believe that people are poor because they are lazy.

The second truth listed is such an anti-Christian statement it boggles the mind! It shouldn’t even be on the radar of a good Christian. I can certainly quote Christ all day with how he felt about the poor and how he felt they should be treated. And, this ridiculous and completely selfish statement just goes to show the mentality of some Christians, I got mine because I worked for it and screw anyone that wants to take away what I worked so hard for! How sad is that? Especially from a group of people that claim to follow the teachings of Jesus. It was Jesus who said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Well who do you think is supposed to teach him to fish? The families that have given up on them? And that statement doesn’t say not to feed them. It just says that you can do so much more than just feeding them!

The third truth is so completely hypocritical. It is absolutely true however. Let’s look at what the government gives away. Here’s just one little fact. It would cost an estimated 79 billion dollars to end poverty in this country. (though I will admit you can never really end it, there are some folks that are just lazy and have no desire to work for a damn thing. However, it would completely put an end to anyone who didn’t choose to be poor or homeless.) 79 Billion sounds like a lot until you look at just this year alone the republicans want to give over 700 billion in corporate subsidies to this country’s wealthiest businesses. 700 Billion dollars. Are you kidding me? Record profit last year, the stock market hit its highest levels ever and republicans want to give it all away to the rich. And, what these same conservatives do to help the poor? They took away over 4 billion in food stamps from the poor and hungry. Why aren’t republicans and their followers upset about this fact? Because it’s easy to shame the poor and make them feel guilty about while giving away a ridiculous amount of subsidies to business that absolutely do not need them!

And, stupid truth number five. Who are these “half of the people”? Can anyone point to one statistic that shows that one half of this country doesn’t want to work? This stupid statement is designed solely to make the average conservative enraged and angry with the poor. The idiocy of this statement and it’s misleading point it’s trying to make means nothing. This is not a threat, it’s not a problem, it’s never been a problem in this country. And, almost every other country you study that takes care of the poor, you find that almost all of them have better economies then the U.S does.

I just can’t believe that person I believe to be a Christian posted this crap. I hope this person doesn’t really believe this kinda propaganda bullshit. because their post goes against everything that Christ tried to preach. Christ washed the feet of the poor! He gave up almost everything he had to help the poor and the week. It was kinda his thing. Does anyone honestly believe he would approve of this kind of thinking? Jesus didn’t just post a few prayer memes on Facebook and drop a few bucks in the basket at church.  As the story goes, he actually practiced what he preached and what he preached wasn’t on the meme above at all!

Here’s a better list, a true Christian list that all 2.5 people that might actually read this blog post can feel free to pass around. I just made it. I hope you like it.

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5 Real Truths Any Christian Should Be Proud To Post

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Aug 07

Some Basic Shark Facts!

san antonio douche bag catches 800 tiger shark port aransas 300x225 Some Basic Shark Facts!Last night in my Facebook news feed I came across a story that ABC 7’s news feed put out about an idiot fisherman from San Antonio.  He spent 8 hours killing an 800 pound Tiger shark off the coast.  I tried to not rage about it and failed miserably.  My anger and frustration was put forth in mini-rant left in the comments section.  It was than followed by a smaller rant when I shared ABC 7’s post on my timeline.

This morning I noticed a response from one of my Facebook friends asking some very good questions.  I spent about 30 minutes trying to answer them the best I could.  I am not a shark expert.  Although, maybe I am?  I seem to know more about sharks than anyone I know.  I’ve have been watch Shark Week from the very beginning.  But honestly, I don’t really consider myself to be an expert.  Just educated on the topic is all.

So, I thought that I would put together some basic information here.  Information that answers very basic questions people might have as well as some links to where I got the information. These are just basic questions about populations, fatal attacks and a few things along those lines.  Now, I would never expect anyone to just believe me.  You should always fact check your information by checking at least two different legitimate sites.  I don’t have time to list to a bunch of sites but I will try to list at least one reputable site when I post things as facts.  If you want to question what I say beyond what I say and the links provided, please do so.

How many people do sharks kill on average per year?

On average about 4.2 but it really does vary I’ve seen years where the numbers have been between 11 and 15.  But the average is still about 4.2 a year worldwide.
http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-act/shark-attack-statistics

 How many sharks do we kill per year?

About 100,000,000!  That’s right, 100 million!
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/01/100-million-sharks-killed-every-year-study-shows-on-eve-of-international-conference-on-shark-protection/

How many sharks are there?

There are an estimated 1,000,000,000 that’s 1 billion for the numerically impaired out there.  However, this is just an estimate.  No one knows for sure.
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-many-sharks-are-in-the-ocean/

How many kinds of sharks are there?

There are at least 440 species of sharks.  Most of them are completely harmless.
http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/shark
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 If there are so many sharks, how can they considered to be endangered?

I know how to answer this but I am not sure how to link to just one or two sites to show where I got my facts my from.  I will post some links of course but they won’t give you the full story so I suggest you do your own research or just take my word for it.  Though I am not going to lie to you, it’s always best to do your own research.

Not all sharks are considered to be endangered.  As I mentioned earlier there are well over 400 species of sharks and most of them go unnoticed by society as they aren’t threatening to us.  It’s the large sharks mostly that are endangered.

I think the first thing to understand is the world’s oceans take up most of the Earth’s surface.  About 70% of the earths surface is covered by water.  That’s a lot of water.  Now consider that the larger, endangered sharks are the ocean’s top predator.  They are the top of the food chain.  When their numbers decline it effects everything else in the ocean straight down to plankton.  That also means that they effect the whales and even coral reefs.

Another way to look at is to consider the world’s population is 7 billion.  It sounds like a lot doesn’t it.  But, in reality, if you placed a two foot by two foot square on the ground and then placed them side by side, the worlds population could fit in LA County.  Now we’re talking about maybe just a billion sharks world wide.  So we’ve got 7 billion people living in 30% of the world that consists of land.  The remaining 70% is filled by just 1 billion sharks.  Now when you consider that it’s mainly just the large sharks, the ones we consider to be the top predators, the numbers are so much smaller.  Yet, they are completely responsible for the ocean’s food chain.  The more we kill, the more damage we do to the world’s oceans.
http://oceana.org/en/eu/our-work/marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-more/the-importance-of-sharks
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/jun/25/sharks-extinction-iucn-red-list
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/111031-population-7-billion-earth-world-un-seven/
(See question number two and then scroll down to see the answer.)

How do we kill so many sharks?

We are fishing them into extinction.  Many places around the world there is a thing called Shark Fin Soup.  Sharks are killed by the thousands every hour by these fisherman.  It is a brutal, horrific and cruel death for these sharks.  These inhumane bastards catch the sharks an then cut off all their fins while the shark is still alive.  They are then just tossed off the ship, again, still alive as they spiral down to the bottom of the ocean where they suffocate and die or are killed by the enormous pressure along the way.

Then there’s the idiots that just kill sharks for the fun of it.  The typical moronic actions of sports hunters.  A perfect example of this type of moron is Ryan Spring from San Antonio. The guy spent 8 hours killing a Tiger shark for no reason.  Or if there was a reason, he isn’t saying.  He did say that he is going to donate the meat to charity.  But, that’s a lot like killing someone for fun and then saying, “It’s okay, I plan to do some community service so it’s all good.”
http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/shark-finning-sharks-turned-prey
http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/texas-fisherman-catches-809-pound-tiger-shark-24856106

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Shark Fins by Getty Images

I hope this answer some questions.  I enjoyed writing about it and I think if I get some more time I will try to write another shark themed article on the best ways to avoid getting attacked or killed by sharks. Sure you could just stay out of the worlds oceans and rivers but what kinda fun is that?  Yes, I did just say “rivers”.   If you didn’t know, there are some species of sharks that can swim in fresh water.  Sorry to ruin your next trip to the river…

 

 

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