Thursday, December 14, 2017

Super-Surprise Me

Morgan Spurlock relates a personal story that is one part confession, one part redemption and one part acknowledgment that we have a long way to go in dealing with man/relationship dynamics (let alone the rape and harassment culture). 

Very few men are willing to admit what he has, and let's hope that this inspires others to do the same.

Also, let's hope that his accuser (as well as others) get the justice and/or peace of mind they are seeking.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shorter Bill Sailing (Who Served with Roy Moore's During Vietnam)

Friday, November 17, 2017

MSNBC Reveals That The Democrats Are Ignoring Their Base (Again)

H/T: the Humanist Report

Here's my question: why is it that whenever either the Democrats or the Republicans lose, the solution is to become more conservative. Republicans usually says something along the lines of, "Candidate X did not campaign on our party's conservative values" while Democrats will say something like, "We need to avoid running to the left."

Well, you have pro-corporate rich guys threatening to cut Democrats off if they dare to do anything progressives. Progressives are being purged from the ballot and from positions of influence and power. Hillary Clinton touted the fact that Henry Kissinger supporter her in the general election.These actions haven't endured the Democrats to their base and doubling down will most likely end up losing support.

(Oh, and raising a ton of money should not be seen as a sign of political success when you can't win elections).

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Papa Johns Is Terrible (And the Pizza Ain't That Great Either)

Remember when the owner of Papa John's was complaining about the ACA (aka, Obamacare), saying that it was hurting his business. I mean, who cares if the guy making your pizza is sneezing and coughing all around the kitchen if you can get a medium for under $10.00?

Well, the guy has a new target: politically-minded athletes:

To hear Papa John’s founder John Schnatter tell it, better suppression of First Amendment rights make for better pizza sales.
Schnatter told shareholders on a conference call that NFL players’ protests over racial injustice are killing his pizza business during the games, according to the New York Daily News. He also blamed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for not putting the protesting players in their place. A prominent sponsor of the NFL, the pizza company’s position is that the protests are to blame for the NFL’s sagging ratings, which, in turn, are driving down pizza sales.
“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter told his shareholders. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”
NFL players and owners, of course, did resolve the issue of what to do about players kneeling during the national anthem by letting the protests continue.

Never mind that the owner never complained when things like the rise in cheese occurred, because that has a direct correlation to the price of pizza. Nope! Let's blame low sales on the fact that NFL players want to stand in solidarity with people who believe that police brutality is wrong.

Besides, everyone knowsthat wings are the ideal football food, not pizza.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Why Most of the United States Aren't Registered as Democrats or Republicans, In One Picture

Of course, this picture was taken before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump became political rivals. Since then, Clinton's gone on to say that Trump makes her skin crawl. So either she's lying now (gotta sell that book!) or she was putting on a good for the party (or her husband, but why?).

Anyway, about 40% of voters are independent. Less than 30% are Democrats, and less than 30% are Republicans. Full Disclosure: I'm still registered with one of the parties for the sake of getting (and laughing at) their notifications.

But both parties have their flaws. Republicans continue to shield and support racists, misogynists, homophobes, non-Christians and immigrants because those people make up too much of their base to ignore. The Democrats are in bed with Wall Street, and love that cash too much to pay attention to their base. Both parties love Big Pharma and the prison-industrial complex. Those who were paying attention noticed this during Clinton and Trump's back-and-forth last year.

Oh, and both campaigns used Russia to find dirt on each other. Of course, Clinton has the media on her side so Trump looks like more of a villain, but truth be told they're both essentially guilty of the same thing here.

And that is the crux of the matter: both parties are at the point where they are equally willing to do the same thing to win elections. And even the losing party doesn't really lose, because they'll just go to their party supporters and beg for more money for the next cycle.

Maybe it's time for some third, fourth and fifth parties to rise up...

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Friday, October 20, 2017

War Vet Lies as Much as His Hero, President Trump

An ex-Navy Trump supporter lied about the degree he served: no Purple Hearts, no time in Vietnam, not a Navy SEAL.

Imagine if he was also a football player taking a knee during the National Anthem.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Today, In "Dumb-Ass Republican News"

Thursday, October 05, 2017


There's a story from the NYT that would have us to believe that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's trigger-happy rampage is connected to his love for online poker.

I really don't remember gambling addictions being attributed to the people on Wall Street who played around with people's money during the housing crisis. But then again, the victims there lost their livelihood, not their lives.

Also, maybe Paddock having more guns then Neo from the Matrix might have been a factor. I mean, a gun hoarder would make me raise an eye-brow over someone who likes poker a little too much.

(Oh also he STARED at people and looked unpleasant while gambling. Sounds more like a "poker face" to me).

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

For Every Season, A Moment of Subtle Racism

Thursday, September 21, 2017

As Long As You Don't Hurt Their Bottom Line, You Won't Get Fired

"I find it absolutely amazing that people think a huge company like Comcast spends its time telling a weekend cable host what to say."

- Joy Ann Reid

How about a huge company like ESPN? What if someone there made a comment that could put the company in hot water?

Obviously, Ms. Reid has heard about Ms. Hill's comments and has given her opinion on them. But I can't help but notice that her angle of commentary is that "Trump White House = Bad For Wanting Jemele Hill Fired" and not, "A Huge Company, When Pressed On, Can Influence Their Employees; What Was I Thinking?"

I mean, it wasn't too hard for the Root to come to that conclusion.

Trump voters and Trump supporters like sports. ESPN is all about sports. If ESPN employee of note makes negative comments about Trump, of course his sports-loving supporters will be riled up, and of course a group like ESPN will scramble to cover their butt.

Because whether it's entertainment, political or sports, the corporate news is about ratings and profits.

So for example, if Ms. Reid would tweet that the TPP was a bad idea (instead of the opposite) or about how having only six companies owning all of America media isn't a good thing or about how people really hate Comcast for doing crazy things like getting dissatisfied customers fired for complaining about poor service, I'm pretty sure the "bosses" would schedule a "chat."

I mean, didn't Phil Donahue, Ed Schultz and Melissa-Harris Perry also work for MSNBC for a time? Why did they all leave?

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