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

OMG HE PLAYED POKER!

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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hillary Clinton Is Just Too Status Quo For Her Own Good

First, read this, watch this and read this to see where I'm coming from.

The common thread here is Clinton has accepted the world we live in to a degree, and is shocked whenever someone does something or says something that doesn't fit the narrative. Whether it's a news organization's goal of ratings/profits, young voters being enamored with Bernie Sanders, or completely toning down her religious leanings, Clinton is seeing everything from a perspective of The Status Quo.

For those who don't know, politically-speaking The Status Quo says that the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) isn't perfect but it's the best Americans can hope for. TSQ says that the police are just doing their job, and if minorities (and the occasional white woman) are harassed or even killed, it's all for the greater good. TSQ says that all registered Democrats must support anyone with a "D" next to their name because the Republicans are mean and naughty. TSQ says that climate change is debatable. TSQ says that lobbyists and corporate cash in politics is normal. TSQ says that is you're working a McJob or even a middle-income 9-to-5 and you'll struggling to pay rent, the bills, health costs and food, then it's you're fault. TSQ says that we'll always be in some kind of conflict or war with a country (or two or three), but don't worry about the specifics (**cough-cough** PETRODOLLAR **cough-cough** NATURAL RESOURCES).

Funny how the two most anti-TSQ presidential candidates from 2016 were Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Trump promised jobs for coal workers, the end of NAFTA, and less wars. Bernie campaigned on universal health care, a higher minimum wage and free college. Now sure, Trump was mostly lying and Sanders isn't technically with either party, so Defenders of the Status Quo were justified in being pessimistic. But...it's not what the political gurus and pundits believe, it's what the voters believe. And what the voters believed is that the country needed a president who was the antithesis of the Status Quo.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, embraced the title of being Goddess of the Status Quo. And let's get this out of the way: the only difference between her and most of her peers was her being a woman. Politically-speaking, she is not much different from Chuck Schumer or her own husband. And for people thinking that her being a woman hindered her to a great degree, remember that Sarah Palin was almost a heartbeat away from being in the Oval Office.

In the end, Clinton really didn't do anything to stand out (if she was named "Melinda Platter," had no connections to the DNC and was like some Governor of a small state or from the House or Representatives, would her message still resonate?). She embraced the world as it was and gave lip service to trying to make it a little better for some people. She was the "good enough" candidate in a time where "good enough" was no longer "good enough."






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Smug Horn-dog Interviews Unrepentant Horn-dog

Oh Happy Day. Remember when O'Reilly considered NBC/MSNBC the enemy?

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Privilege Is NOT a Way Of Life

I say this for those who believe, like apparently 39% of Americans, that white people are "under attack" in America.

Of course this is a stretch in logic. There are plenty of reasons (given in the link) why by any reasonable metric this feeling is unfounded.

But I supposed that is the crux of the matter: something is making people feel this way. Because white people are not being rounded up, separated from their families or targeted by the authorities.

If 9-11 happened, like, every month, in cities that were predominately white and the terrorists behind it were sending videos after each event claiming that this was because of white people, then that could be called an attack.

The only thing that can be arguably in danger is white privilege. Not the ability to argue with a police officer without fear of getting shot. Not having to worry about someone placing bananas or nooses on the door to your children's dorm-room. Not being labeled lazy because you can't find work, and if you do, not having to hear that you got the job because of your race.

So yeah, white privilege may be in danger; but not white lives or a white person's way of life.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton Cares So Much About America, She Wrote a Book to Make Money Off of Them

Monday, September 04, 2017

Can't Let Something Like a City-Destroying Storm Get In the Way of Profits!

Joel Osteen, he of soothing voice and prosperity gospel advocacy, was recently in the spotlight for being shamed to opening the doors of his church to flood victims who may or may not all be part of his congregation.

It's good that he finally did (hey, it took Moses a little while to get with the program; God's used to working with stubborn people).

HOWEVER...

When you run a tax-exempt organization that's allowed to do most anything without scrutiny, you gotta find some way to compensate for those bums who may be *gasp* trying to take advantage of your (strong-armed) goodwill!

So why not pass that plate around while people who are looking for shelter are still hanging around? They may not have a house, but I bet there's still money in the bank!

Let it be said that this humble blogger's theory is: Osteen never wanted to open the church as a shelter in the first place because he was thinking about Sunday service, and he wanted his congregation to come into a nice clean church, not something out of Book of Eli. He probably also realized that donations might be a little low if half of the people present could barely avoid what in the vending machines (his mega-church use to be the home of the Houston Rockets; I'm just guessing the vending machines are still there). It probably wasn't malice, just business. Cold, uncaring, greedy business; like in the Bible.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Democrat's "Resistance" Needs Work

On the heals of a Russian scandal*, defending protests that included a modern-day Nazi running over people with his car, and hawking a book while Houston was drowning, California Senator Diane Feinstein (D) had this to say about President Trump:

“The question is whether he can learn and change,” Feinstein told the crowd at the Commonwealth Club event. “If so, I believe he can be a good president...we’ll have to see if he can forget himself enough and have the type of empathy and direction the country needs...there are things that can be done....I have to work with people and a punch in the nose is not going to do it."

OK fine, I get it, you don't wanna fight all the time. But let's just remind ourselves that there is very little about Trump's agenda that should appeal to any Democrat. And therein lies the rub: there are Democrats in Congress who will work for any person who happened to be President, whether it was Trump, Hillary Clinton or Dracula. They are the same type that get smacked around by the GOP when there's a Democrat in the White House and/or they have a majority, but when they have no leverage all they want to talk about is "working with" the people who treat them like scum.

Those types of Democrats are not needed; they will not help in pushing an agenda to help the American working class. They will not challenge bloated defense spending. They will not refuse to authorize or support questionable military policies and/or operations. They won't challenge a society where cops will kill a black man over cigarettes but do nothing when a white supremacist shoots his gun at a crowd.

Democrats who talk resistance online and on news shows then vote for the agenda they are supposed to be resisting are selling their constituents falsehoods.




*It's really more of an annoyance, and the hacking angle is being debunked by anyone who cares, but it's still something lingering over Trump's administration.


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