Kathy Griffin Just Lost Her Head for a Moment – Get Over It

June 3, 2017



(picture not shown as practically
everyone has already seen the
image of the bloody covfefe
)



Kathy Griffin’s rather tasteless “beheaded Trump” photo was a poor attempt at humor. Call it a poor decision at the end of a long day or whatever, but it has created quite the maelstrom.

Now her lawyer has gotten into the mix.

Apparently, no one involved knew that such a threat against the President – even in jest – was illegal. But, as Kathy’s lawyer should have known, ignorance of the law is no excuse. I thought even lawyers knew that.

So now the Secret Service is all up in her face and she’s a bit intimidated by it all… “it was just a joke!” she says. And she is, after all, a comedian and sometimes jokes do fall flat.

Now, CNN has fired her from their New Year’s Eve show… like when did CNN even care about what Trump thinks?

So, Ms Griffin has gotten a great amount of press over the past couple of days but I think we should really just move on. She doesn’t need a life sentence for her stunt, a mere slap on the hand should do, shouldn’t it?

Something should also be said about Brad Plumer’s recent NY Times article where he seems reticent to mention the President as anything but “Mister” Trump.

Sure, it’s not as bad as a beheading cartoon but it does continue the divisiveness that has come over the country of late.

“Not My President” has become a sort of rallying cry for the dividers. Strange, but I first came across the phrase where people were trying to distance themselves from the then President, Obama. I objected to it then and I object to it now. If the President of the country is not “your” President, if you would rather show him disrespect, or if you would rather behead him, then kindly leave and join a country where he would NOT be your President.

Otherwise, work to make the country better with what we currently have, learn to work together regardless of party preference (or comedic preference), and perhaps we will get a new leader in a few years… perhaps the one we should have had in 2016: Bernie Sanders.

Until then, stop tilting at windmills. It is too distracting and there is a lot of work to do.



Not Your President? There’s the Door…

November 10, 2016




I read this morning that there was a lot of protesting being done over Trump’s victory. Apparently, the violence of the Trump supporters is now being revisited on us by those who, well, opposed that… you know, that same sort of violence.

Makes sense, I guess… somewhere…

Anyway, the most common phrase at these grudge-rallies was “He’s not my president.”

Now, I may not be a genius when it comes to Constitutional Law but I thought that was the point of the election: to name OUR president. It’s not like the portion of the country that voted for the other guy/gal gets to secede and by lorded over by the loser. The elected president is the president for the whole enchilada.

So, for Trump not to be “your” president, you either: 1- reside in a foreign country and your vote doesn’t make a bit of difference, or 2- you are presently deceased, in which case it shouldn’t matter one whit because you have others things weighing more heavily on your soul.

I understand people being upset by their side losing – hey! I’ve visited Civil War forums before – and the most common phrase bantered around is “You lost, Get Over It!” And that phrase seems to apply in this situation as well.

Many think it is a travesty that Hillary got more Popular Votes than Trump but it is not like that’s the first time that’s happened in our history. I believe it also happened as recently in 2000 when Gore had more of the popular vote.

We have had worse trials in our country than what most are fearing from Trump. We had Millard Fillmore for president… and survived. We had Teapot Dome Scandal… and we still survived. Heck, we even survived missing the Olympics in Moscow!

Do not break the system because you didn’t get what you wanted. That is childish; you can’t just take your toys and go home. This is America and the system put in place will still work even with a bad President (anyone remember Nixon?) or a horrible President.

And rest assured that four years from now you will have the opportunity to once again vote for the candidate of your choice.

Unless, of course, you’re a foreigner or deceased and Trump really isn’t your president anyway.



Let the Soul-Searching Begin

November 9, 2016




Well, the political follies of 2016 are over (finally!) and will probably go down in history as one of the strangest election cycles ever. I awoke this morning to check the results and almost fell down laughing.

The Republican party fielded a candidate that as recently as ten days ago, the party heads were pressuring the candidate to resign from the race. Many pundits have said the Republicans will have to do a lot of soul-searching to re-make themselves in the coming days… and that was before the results came in.

Meanwhile, the Democrats ignored the dismay felt by so many that Sanders was shafted and Hillary crowned without consent of the populace; she was the choice of the party machine. But now that Clinton has stumbled and apparently many of the party have voted for Trump in order to oust Hillary. Who knows? Either way, the party now has some soul-searching to do as well.

In both cases, we see political parties that have gotten completely out-of-touch with their membership. Both parties have tried to distance themselves from what their people wanted, preferring what their political machines wanted.

And in both cases it has turned out rather badly.

Now, it seems, both parties have got to reconfigure what they are really about. There seems a vast chasm between the people of the left and right and the party machines that hold sway over those antipodes.

Perhaps, in the future, the parties would listen to the electorate rather than trying to force some “correct” political model on the party faithful. Many are saying that if the Democrats had fielded Sanders, they would now be the ones celebrating… but who knows, really?

Still, ever the skeptic, I figure neither party will really learn much from the debacle and will simply regroup the next election cycle and try again with the same ol’ same ol’; status quo feels so much safer than going out for a radical change.

Which is what we have at the present.

It is going to be an interesting four years, to say the least.



A Trumpence For Your Thoughts?

November 7, 2016




Tomorrow’s the big day we have waited most of an eternity for: election day!!

Yes, we can finally put the excruciating anguish behind us int time to compose ourselves and have something, hopefully, to be thankful for as that holiday approaches. Most people seem to just want this painful extraction to be over with.

As an historian, I looked back through the years and – though there have been a few rather nasty campaigns in the past – this one is by far the most bizarre and bewildering event I have ever seen.

We have the outsider who acts as though he is in some reality popularity contest and then the ultimate insider who assumes to have the victory nailed down already… and judging from the treatment Bernie Sanders got, I think Hillary may be right about that. The fix may already be in.

One pundit I heard claimed that Hillary should not be elected for another term as she already ran the Presidency for two terms at the end of the last century – “who do you think ran the country while Bill was busy chasing skirts?” But that is just a minor technicality.

A friend in England – the “old” one across the pond, not the “new” one still nursing the grudge from Deflategate – asked me quite seriously, “Are you telling me that you have three-hundred-million people there and these two clowns are the best you can field?”

My reply, with a straight face, was, “Apparently so.”

The outcome would not be the travesty it certainly appears or the generalized CF it also appears to be were it not for one small, teensy little problem:

The candidate who will be elected will not be voted for.

Yes, you heard that right: the candidate who wins this election will not do so because the majority of the voters want him/her. They will only win because the vast majority of the electorate is voting against the other candidate.

A friend of mine said he was voting for Johnson, the Libertarian. Someone piped up immediately with “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump.” I overheard someone else claim “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Hillary.”

No one seems to get it: a vote for Johnson is a vote FOR Johnson. The same for those voting for Stein. The people with the “voting against” mentality cannot conceive of someone actually voting for a candidate because they are better. No, they would rather let evil win, even if it be the lesser of the two.

Yes, there are people who really, really support Hillary, and many who really, really support Trump, but the vast majority this year are voting against someone. When did the system get so broken?

And on Wednesday, two days from now, we can hear the people asking their friends: “So, who did you vote against?”

And that seems to be the only thing of importance this year: being against what you don’t want it the White House.

Imagine what might happen if everyone who really did not want either Hillary or Trump actually voted FOR someone?

Or would that make a little too much sense?



More Than a Little Confused… as Usual

October 12, 2016



I find it funny that the heads of the Republican Party are now trying to distance themselves from their candidate, Donald Trump. These guys claim the Donald is NOT representative of what Republicans stand for.

Somebody should break the news to these out-of-touch human beings: the majority of Republicans around the country are supporting Trump.

Maybe not so much the Party, but the Republicans certainly support him.

It makes me wonder WHICH Republican Party are these fellows talking about. ‘Cause it is obviously not the same party the people who are voting Republican think it is.

Maybe there is a Lame-o Republican Party who did not field a candidate this election cycle, or perhaps a Good Ol’ Boy Republican Party who didn’t get their guy on the ballot either.

All the Republicans I talk to are fully behind their candidate. That is, unlike the hierarchy of the supposed “Party” of those same people.



I agree with most political analysts about the Republican Party needing to do a little soul searching after this election.

Primarily, they have to figure out if they are going to represent the Republicans around the country or continue trying to represent their own interests and some fantasy populace they have dreamed-up.



The Last Angry Man

July 22, 2016



DATELINE 2201 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MC: Today I am talking to Jebadiah Horsepunt, a hundred-and-three year-old who is probably the last living supporter of Donald Trump. The election of 2016 was quite an experience according to the history books and we thought we would hear the impressions of someone who actually lived through those turbulent times. Mister Horsepunt:

JH: I know a lot of people have mentioned the anger that attended Trump and his campaign. The RNC leaders kept trying to get him to tone it down but he’d have none of it. He wanted the anger to flow, he wanted people to get mad enough that they’d get off their butts and do something about it.

What most people didn’t notice was that there were other angry people in America too, not just the middle-aged disenfranchised who supported Trump. There were plenty of young people angry as well and they all supported Sanders. Their anger was not as loud as Trump’s supporters nor as virulent but it was there. The angry people were tired of the same old government of usual that had been going on for years. They each approached the problem from different angles but they were both as angry.

When Sanders lost the nomination bid and bowed to Hillary, his supporters become further disenfranchised, disillusioned by party politics.

That’s why Cruz ran in 2020 with the slogan “Make the Republican Party Great Again”, echoing Trump’s slogan from the earlier election.

MC: So you are saying both parties were backed by angry people?

JH: Yep. The only people who were satisfied about the status quo were the Democrats supporting Hillary. But those people had been lulled to sleep by the rhetoric of the previous eight years when no change came to America, as Obama had promised.

Everybody else were awake enough to be mad at what they were seeing, mad at what this country was becoming, mad enough to do something. The vocal angry were for Trump, the quiet angry were for Sanders. And when you have seventy-percent of the electorate being mad about the way things are being run – or not being run, mind you – things are likely to go South.

MC: “Go South”?

JH: Yeah, get a little squirrely.

MC: Uh, and that means…?

JH: Let’s just say everything got a little bit messy for a time.

MC: Thank you, Mister Horsepunt. That has been a small view into the politics back in 2016. I’m not sure if it clears up much for any of you but that’s the take of the fellow that calls himself “the last angry man”. The views and opinions expressed on this show have been those of the speakers and not the views of this corporation, its subsidiaries, or its parent corporations.



Yes, Goodell is THE Man… with a pie-face

July 16, 2016



Roger Goodell has won the long tug-of-war with Tom Brady.

Most people are saying it is the final chapter of Deflategate but this has really stopped being about that comedy some time ago.

Goodell wanted to show that he had the muscles to flex and, like some schoolyard bully, was not going to stop coming after Brady until he got his way. Yes, he has proven that the Collective Bargaining Agreement had indeed given him the power to act so cavalier and petulant.

And the best part: he has insured that he will never get that sort of power again. In the next iteration of the CBA you can be certain he will have blown his wad on this innocuous little trifling matter.

Can anyone say “imbecile”?

That sort of power should have been used for something materially more valuable than swagger and stroking his ego. Exactly what, I don’t know but something bigger than trying to humble the MVP still in the league since the turn of this century.

As a fan, I am no fan of RG. (RG3, yes, RG, no!)

And speaking of RG3, Brady’s first game this coming season will be against the former Redskin.

I’m just sorry I won’t see him in the first four weeks.

Thanks for nothing Roger… go roger yourself in private next time.



Time for a Change, for a Tree Change

May 4, 2016



My wife took up a hobby last year: doll rescue.

Seems a lot of people were distressed over the image of young women being portrayed by new doll lines for young females – like the Bratz dolls.

Some think the dolls were promoting an image of… well, let’s just say it: streetwalkers.

Of course, some people don’t see it that way… to each their own.

What is interesting though is what is happening on the business side of this niche industry. And mostly on the Etsy shopping platform.

One of the most successful promoters in this market is Sonia Singh, and her business called “Tree Change Dolls”. And apparently the success has gone to her litigious bone.

Any vendor on Etsy that uses the word “tree” in their product name is shut down. Same with the word “change”. BAM! Shut down.

One store, Channeling Martha, was closed by Etsy because their keywords included “tree house” and “spare change”… Whoa! Doesn’t that just sing!? Unfortunately, that is dangerously close to “tree change”, isn’t it? (other terms others seem forbidden to use now include “repaint” & “made-under”. Sheesh! What’s next?)

Then there is another store that sold knitting patterns for doll-sweaters. She had been selling these things even before Ms. Singh came along. Apparently, since the late-coming Tree Change dolls wear knitted sweaters – and other sweaters might present something like… you know, competition… so naturally Ms. Singh had that shut down as well.

Perhaps Sonia got her break-out from forcing other shops to bend to her interpretation of the universe although perhaps this attitude only came about after she had achieved success. Perhaps this is the only method of protecting her marketshare she can think of. And it works, most certainly, the Mafia used it quite successfully in the twenties when they were running booze and guns. And if it worked so well back then, why not?

But I’m not exactly sure how long Ms. Singh is going to allow people to keep using her other favorite word: “dolls”.

I should imagine that soon anyone wanting to sell dolls on Etsy will have to use some other identifier meaning “dolls”. What it might be, I don’t know, but I am sure some creative people will… well, get creative.

Meanwhile, Etsy has become the storm-trooping arm of the Tree Change Dictatorship. (Hey, does anyone know if this lady is related to Kim Il Jong? Uh, maybe not.)

I told my wife, next time find a safer hobby, like skeet shooting in Tehran.



Natural Acts, Public Places

March 21, 2016



[an (almost completely) imaginary scene]



An older couple sat eating at the table to our right as we were seated and given menus. We engaged in small talk after making our selections, waiting the waitress’ return.

Meanwhile, to our left, a young mother was given a seat and she propped her baby-carrier on the table. The infant seemed to be content or was sleeping quietly.

Presently, the waitress arrived and took our drink orders. We both took water.

On our left, the infant began to make some noise. The mother stood, unstrapped the baby, and sat again. Then proceeded to open her blouse, drop a cup, and begin to feed her child.

To our right, I heard a gagging noise. I turned to see the old fellow was having a hard time swallowing something. Before I could rise and offer the Heimlich, he had regained control of his faculties. He signaled the waitress over.

I thought perhaps he was going to order a large glass of water but what he asked for instead was a request that the young woman should be removed from the restaurant, either to a restroom or a private area not in full public view.

The manager got involved and she told the old fellow that she saw nothing wrong with the public display.

“It is a completely natural function, you know.”

After a moment of working his jaw, the old fellow nodded. “In that case, my dear, would you please bring me a chamber pot.”

My wife and I departed even before the water arrived. Or the chamber pot.

Nor did we know if he ordered toilet paper on the side.

Some natural functions are meant to be private.





A Weight Watching Clusterf- oops!

December 28, 2015

 

 

 

My wife has been in Weight Watchers for many years (doing quite nicely, thanks) and recently learned of the new program WW has rolled out.

 

There have been a few complaints about the new points structure and the removal of the activity points as well as reduction bonus points for the week.

 

Most egregious of all is the favorites (products, recipes, and such) each member kept on the Weight Watchers website to aid in tracking their points have been summarily erased.

 

Yes, it would seem that each person has to re-enter ALL that data again!!

 

But the problem really isn’t that great for many… really! Quite a lot of people have simply exited the program. Hey, how easy was that, huh?

 

WW isn’t too worried, however, because they know the people will be back. Yes, they’ll come crawling back and take the inexorable amount of time to re-input all their favorites, recipes, and so forth.

 

And the best part – at lest for the company – is that the stress all this has caused will create… you guessed it: weight gain!!!

 

Stress is probably the single-most major contributor to weight GAIN and Weight-Watchers has added this vital tool to their arsenal of prolonging memberships.

 

Man! The guys over in marketing are probably getting great big, FAT bonuses this year.

 

You bet!