Monday, July 24, 2017

"Adorable"? Or was it more like deplorable?

Image result for reds fan kick marlins imagesSomething happened at a baseball game a couple of nights ago that all of America thought was very cute. A little kid was invited on the playing field to meet some of the payers, and the little brat took the opportunity to kick Miami Marlins player, Dee Gordon. His mother swears that her little kid would never do that, but yet, there he was, kicking the baseball player right in the shin.

Not cute.  I know that he is being called "adorable", but what the hell is "adorable" about going up to a grown ass man who is trying to be nice to him and kicking him in the shin? And if it was pre-planned, shame on the Reds for promoting that type of course behavior and getting a five year old kid involved.

I guess the days of taking your children to the ball park to bond and eat Cracker Jacks are over. Now it's just kick the opposing players on the shin.

"Little Johnny, what did you and daddy do at the game today? Did you catch any foul balls? Nope, I kicked that bum Dee Gordon right in the shin."

 Gordon took it all in stride. It's not like he had a choice. What was he going to do, scold the kid in front of thousands of Reds fans? Then he would have looked like the jerk, although he was well within his rights to do just that if he chose to.

"Gordon, to his credit, handled it well. He turned away and appeared to be laughing about the whole thing. The ump quickly ushered the kid in another direction. He did look back at Gordon as he walked away. Does that look say “whoops, I hope he’s OK,” or “the next one is going between the legs?” We can’t tell."

Ha ha ha; laughs all around. All while the trumpification of America continues.

That kid didn't go to the baseball game to learn the game and bond with his family. He went to practice his trump rally skills and do his best imitation of the president.

Sadly, from where I sit,  he did a pretty good job.

*Pic from sbnation.com



Sunday, July 23, 2017

President Twitter strikes again.

Image result for twitter trump imageHello America, your president is tweeting again.
 
"As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for angry sessions oath images

I need a caption for this pic.

Example: " Remember, if I get impeached, that guy next to me will be president."

*Pic from dailykos.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

Night off.

MORE DISCLAIMERSI'm off tonight field hands. I am brushing up my resume.

I hear that the president might be looking for a new AG really soon.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Juice is loose. (Again)

Image result for oj images"I'm not black, I'm O.J.


I hear ya Juice, and now that you are loose again, it might be a good time to remind you that while you do not consider yourself black, white America certainly does. You just don't "allegedly" kill two people in cold blood and walk free because of how messed up our country is when it comes to the treatment of black folks, and then expect white folks to forget about what you did.

And let me say this for the record, as I said earlier on twitter, white folks please don't ask me anything about O.J., I will not speak for that Negro. Us black folks traded him years ago.
Not only is he an "alleged"  murderer, he is a dumb one. He "allegedly" killed two people and got away with it, and he put himself right  back in legal jeopardy by doing one dumb thing after another while he was free.

The result: nine years in jail for something he should have probably gotten probation for.

The Juice being loose again will open old racial wounds, and it will have some folks pontificating about where we are on matters of race in America.

Sadly, when it comes to race, America feels just like it did in 1995. Not much has changed. In fact, you could argue, that things have gotten worse.

If black folks believe that letting one high profile killer go to send a message to white America, would all of a sudden make America a just place, they would be wrong. It's 2017, and we are seeing far too many cases with unjust results in the justice system.     

"...is that people look at me like a man first, not a black man.” Simpson went on to tell the story of a wedding he’d attended with his first wife and a group of black friends. At some point he overheard a white guest remark, “Look, there’s O. J. Simpson and some niggers.” Simpson confessed that the remark hurt. But that wasn’t the point of the story. The point was not being seen as one of the “niggers.”

Well Juice, you a "nigger" now.

Speaking of not considering himself black, put sportscaster Mike Tirico in that camp.

Apparently Mike has had one plate of bruschetta too many, and now has bought in to this whole Italian thing.

"Tirico says, most people assume he is black. But he’s seen pictures of his father, his father’s mother and his father’s sister – all of whom are white, Tirico says. “The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family. And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now"

Ok, earth to Mike. Mike, this might be a good time to look in the  mirror my brother. Nothing about you screams Italian to me. I mean you don't even look as Italian as say Giancarlo Esposito (who has more of a claim to Italian roots than you do), and I don't hear that brother running around and chirping that he isn't black.

Self-hate is never a good thing, and it always gets the better of you in the long run.

Just ask O.J. Simpson.


*Pic from abcnews.go.com



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSToday is open thread Wednesday, field hands, and I need your thoughts on a couple of things.

For instance, John McCain being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor, and Donald trump spending an extra hour with his bromance buddy with no other American present.  (That little meet and greet already seems to be paying off for Vlad.)

Also, now that a black police officer has shot and killed an unarmed citizen who happens to be a white women, what are the odds that a jury will find him not guilty?

Holla at your boy.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You gotta wait for the chickens to hatch before you start counting. GOP healthcare bill fails.

Image result for healthcare trump images Today the president of the United States said that he wants the current health- care system to fail because he lost a political battle, and he wants to get even,

Think about that for a minute: The president of "all the people" wants health care to fail so that millions of Americans to be kicked off their health plan, and ultimately they will die or be so sick that they will wish that they were dead. This is your president. Rather than trying to come up with a bipartisan compromise and working with elected officials to come up with a healthcare plan to provide affordable healthcare for all Americans, he tweets and whines like a little baby when he doesn't get his way.

So chalk up another L for trump and the repubs in Washington. They chirped for seven years about "repealing and replacing" Obamacare, but even after wining both houses of congress and the executive branch,  it is still the law of the land. 

Finally, a word about Michael Vick. When the talented but streaky quarterback first came to Philly after a stint in federal prison for dog fighting, I was one of the many birds fans who supported his right to get a second chance and earn a living. He had some rough patches, but thanks to some decent play on the field, and fans like yours truly, he was able to survive.

Now, rather than coming to Colin Kaepernick's defense, he is telling the former San Francisco QB to get a haircut. As if cutting his hair will change the minds of the NFL owners who have clearly black-balled him. It's a kind of informal collusion if you will. All the haircuts in the world won't get Kaepernick back in the league, and this is because the owners have decided that he is not good for their brand or their politics.    

It's sad to think that a league that willingly accepts wife beaters, drug users, and yes Michael, even guys who abuse animals; is not willing to accept a guy who took a moral stance for something he believes in. The last time I checked this is America, and we are supposed to allow each other to freely follow our conscience.

Michael Vick has clearly decided that it is best to sell-out and stay in the owner's good graces. He has come a long way from Leavenworth, Kansas, but sadly, while he is physically free, his mind clearly is not.


*Pic from washingtonpost.com
  

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Made In America"?

Image result for made in america week imagesSo it is "Made In America Week" in trump world. Yes, you read correctly, "Made in America". (No Melania jokes, please. We know that she was not made in America.)

This from an administration led by a man whose family is notorious for importing (and outsourcing the making of goods) items from other countries, including his long ugly ties. (China)

"If America produces the best craftsmanship, why, then, does Ivanka Trump’s company manufacture no items in the United States? As The Post reported just last week, her company relies “exclusively on foreign factories,” including in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and China, to manufacture the shoes, handbags, blouses, dresses, jeans and shirts for the first daughter’s line of clothing.

Similarly, many items in Trump’s own clothing and home accessories are produced overseas in countries including China, Bangladesh and Mexico. When he excoriates American companies for moving manufacturing jobs overseas, then, he is including himself in his own criticism — but of course would never admit that. Instead, when questioned about why he manufactures items overseas, his answer was, essentially, everyone else does it. "
 
Anyway, every time I see the rampant hypocrisy of trump and his minions, I search out thoughtful and sane poeple who are not afraid to put their thoughts and feelings out there for the world to see.

This is from columnist Leonard Pitts:

"So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged.
But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well.
There is no sign of progress on that border wall, much less any idea how he is going to make Mexico pay for the thing. His promise to preserve Medicaid and provide healthcare for everyone has dissolved into a GOP bill that would gut Medicaid and rob millions of their access to healthcare.
Meantime, the guy who once said he would be working so hard he would seldom leave the White House spends more time on golf courses than a groundskeeper.
But for all that Trump has not achieved, there is, I think, one thing he indisputably has. He has taught us to live in a state of perpetual chaos and continuous crisis. Six months later, the White House commands the same horrified attention as a car wreck or a house fire.
In that sense, last week’s revelation that the Trump campaign, in the person of Donald Trump Jr., did in fact collude with a hostile foreign power to influence the 2016 election was just another Tuesday. Sure, it might have been shocking from the Bush or Obama campaigns. But under Trump, we live in a state of routine calamity.
Besides which, a few days from now, there will be something else. With Trump, there inevitably is. Things can always get worse — and usually do.
And when they can do, we can count on the GOP, that inexhaustible fount of righteous outrage, to stand tall and courageously look the other way. For almost 20 years,the party has never seen a minor episode (“Travelgate”), a sheer nothing (Whitewater) or even an international tragedy (Benghazi) it could not turn into Watergate II. Yet, as credible accusations of treason, obstruction, collusion, and corruption swirl about this White House, the GOP has been conspicuous in its acquiescent silence. It seems the elephant has laryngitis.
But the rest of us can’t stop talking.
Indeed, from the studios of CNN to the bar stools of your neighborhood watering hole, amateur psychoanalysis has become America’s favorite pastime in the last six months. Dozens of theories have been floated, all aimed at answering one question:
What is wrong with him?
But I have come to believe that question misses the point. Sixty-three million people voted for this. And make no mistake, they knew what they were getting. It was always obvious that Trump was a not-ready-for-prime-time candidate, but they chose him anyway. And the rest of us need to finally come to grips with the reason why.
It wasn’t economic anxiety. As a study co-sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic reported in May, people who were worried for their jobs voted for Hillary Clinton. But people who dislike Mexicans and Muslims, people who oppose same-sex marriage, people mortally offended at a White House occupied by a black guy with a funny name, they voted for Trump.
That’s the reality, and it’s time we quit dancing around it.
This has been said a million times: Donald Trump is a lying, narcissistic, manifestly incompetent child man who is as dumb as a sack of mackerel. But he is the president of the United States because 63 million people preferred that to facing inevitable cultural change. So I am done asking — or caring — what’s wrong with him. Six months in, it’s time we grappled a far more important question.
What in the world is wrong with us? [Source]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







  



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Delta vs. Angry Ann.

Image result for delta airlines imagesI happen to fly Delta airlines a lot, because I usually fly South and make my connections in Atlanta. So, for my domestic flights at least, Delta is usually my airline of choice.

I am glad to say that this trend will most certainly be continuing, because recently right-wingnut mouth piece, Ann Coulter, chose to put Delta on blast.

"In a series of scathing tweets, Coulter called Delta “the worst airline in America” and claimed the airline gave away the “extra room seat” she purchased before the flight departed. A spokesman for the airline confirmed with HuffPost that Coulter was on a flight from La Guardia Airport in New York to Florida on Saturday. "

What a loser! She gets bumped for a seat she paid a few bucks for on an upgrade on and she whines.

Talk about the "victim card". And to think conservatives like to blame liberals and blacks for playing the that card from the deck.

So you had to switch seats. Put on your narrow girl pants and suck it up. Shit happens when you are traveling.

Delta's response was classic.



"But the second was a remarkably bold admonishment from a corporate social media feed:"

Good for them, because political bitterness and rancor has found its way into everyday life, and it's folks like Ann Coulter who are driving the anger train.

We can't seem to get away from these whiny angry people no matter how hard we try.
You would think that the election of trump would make them happy, but it has only seemed to make them worse.

"Coulter’s rant against the airline, which lasted about two hours, included complaints about the flight’s WiFi, which she claims wasn’t working, “probably to prevent passengers from tweeting from the plane about how they’re being treated.”
Coulter claimed she was upset over the alleged seat change because she took the time to “investigate” Delta’s aircraft and meticulously chose her “pre-booked seat.” She pointed fingers at the female passenger in the above photo, claiming that she had “waltz[ed] at the last min” and took her seat."
Oh shut up!
Next time go Greyhound, and then tell the driver to drop you off in small town in fly-over country and just stay there. 
 
*Pic from twitter.com