Sunday, July 05, 2015

Donald Trump did not expect backlash over racist statements to be "so severe." Seriously?

Courtesy of CBS News:  

On the heels of several major corporations distancing themselves from Donald Trump's various business interests, the Republican presidential candidate admitted Saturday that he didn't think the corporate backlash to his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants would be "quite this severe." 

"I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don't run for office," Trump said in an interview on Fox News, addressing the recent spate of businesses that have severed their relationships with his brand. "I didn't know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad."

So as you can see Trump is still unable to fault entirely fault himself for making those racist comments about Mexicans, and instead tries to spin this as some prejudice against "successful" people running for office. Because you know we've never elected a successful man as President in this country.

Well despite Trump's attempts to deflect, the negative reactions to his comments keep right on coming:

For instance Mexico's largest television network has cut ties with Trump.

NACAR is now refusing to hold its annual Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet at the Trump National Doral Golf Club Hotel in Miami.

And now even Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney have condemned his remarks as well.

And of course this all comes on the heels of NBC dumping "The Apprentice" and Macy's dropping his clothing line.

All of this has caused Trump to label himself "America's whipping post."

And we all thought that Sarah Palin was the queen of self pity and victimization.

I don't know about anybody else but I can hardly wait to see Trump up on the debate stage with the rest of the GOP clown car. That is going to be some "must see TV."

The average gun owner is white, 55 years of age, and apparently from Alaska. Wait, what?

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

After a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina claimed nine lives, President Barack Obama called for the nation to come to terms with the fact that no other advanced country in the world suffers mass shootings as frequently as the U.S. It won’t be until we acknowledge this basic truth, he said, that we’ll realize we have the power to put an end to gun violence. 

But that won’t happen until we learn more about the culture that drives gun ownership in the first place, according to Dr. Bindu Kalesan, a gun violence researcher at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. In a first step toward understanding who the typical American gun owner is, as well as the role guns play in their lives, she conducted a nationally representative online survey of 4,000 U.S. adults in 2013. The findings, published Monday in the journal Injury Prevention, reveal a wide range of gun ownership rates across the country as well as the profile of an average gun owner in America. 

He’s white, married or divorced, high income, and over 55 years old. Unsurprisingly, he’s also more than twice as likely to be a member of “social gun culture” than those who don't own firearms. In all, almost one in three Americans owns at least one gun, but gun ownership rates vary widely across states. At 61.7 percent, Alaska has the highest rate of gun ownership, while Delaware has the lowest, at 5.2 percent.

HuffPo goes on to define “social gun culture” as a phenomenon in which friends or family would think less of you if you didn’t own a gun, and if your social life with friends and family involved guns.

Which to me sounds pretty accurate. And I certainly know people like that up here.

I have to admit that I am a little wigged out by a study about gun ownership that describes me so accurately.

Yes, I am white, 55 years old, and living in the state with the highest gun ownership in the country.

However I would not characterize myself as having a high income, and more importantly I DO NOT OWN ANY GUNS!

The article goes on to offer this chart which demonstrates that more gun ownership equals more gun deaths.

Which is a fact I know, which is why I DON'T OWN ANY GUNS!

Look I don't have any idea what it is about holding onto a piece of metal that we are conditioned to equate with male dominance and power that men find so appealing.

But I guess that might be due to the fact that the source of my own self confidence is more internal and not something that I can buy at the local Wal-Mart while I am out shopping for a new toilet plunger.

As of August first the Sarah Palin Channel will be free.

"How come nobody wants to give me any money?"
Courtesy of the Sarah Palin Channel:

Thank you for your subscription to the Sarah Palin Channel. 

Effective August 1st, the Governor will be making all of her content free on her Facebook page and at SarahPac.com. 

• If you are a monthly subscriber here on SarahPalinChannel.com, you will not be charged anything after this month. There’s nothing that you need to do. 

• If you are an annual subscriber, you can have the balance of your subscription refunded to your credit card or you can roll your subscription into one of the other channels on our network.  

So does this mean that Palin is quitting again?

Kinda sounds like it.

I think that we know Palin well enough to realize that the ONLY reason that she is now making the content free is because she was not making any money through subscriptions anyhow.

Which, by the way, is something that most of us predicted on the day the channel made its debut.

I wonder if that is why the content had been, shall we say, less than plentiful as of late?

And now with no money coming in at all, do we really think she is going to bother making those insipid little videos for free? 

So to sum up, Sarah PAC is now running on fumes, Fox is no longer paying her to babble incoherently on their cable news channel, she can only get paid to speak about once every four or five months, nobody, and I mean NOBODY, is interested in any more of her ghostwritten books, and she cannot make any money through subscriptions to her internet "channel."

Gee, what is a washed up old political has been to do?

Well, there is always that I guess.

P.S. For those of you wondering, yes the folks at the Sea O'Pee absolutely think this is a sign that Palin is running for President.  But then again, they think every time she blows her nose it is a sign she is running for President.

Christian sex education course tells high school girls that too much sex will break their "chemical bond."

Courtesy of The Age:  

Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape, in a Christian sex education program at a public Victorian high school. 

The students at Fairhills High School, in Knoxfield in Melbourne's outer east, were also told that a chemical released in females' brains made them more needy than boys. 

A booklet titled 'Science & Facts', that was given to the students, said that "girls are needier than guys in a relationship and always want to be close".  (Wait, the booklet is called "Science & Facts?"  Is that like calling Fox News "Fair & Balanced?")


It said that a chemical called oxytocin, is released when "two people touch", and was produced by women more than men, making them needier. (By  the way Oxytocin is a hormone released by the pituitary gland to help regulate breastfeeding and childbirth. It is not released when girls simply touch a boy.)

"If a woman becomes physically close and hugs a guy for 20 seconds it will trigger the bonding process, creating a greater desire to be near him. Then if the guy wants to take the relationship further it will become harder for her to say no," the booklet said. (Why is it always the female's job to say no?)

It warned that having too many relationships could break "this special chemical bond" and harm a woman's capacity to form future relationships. 

"Having multiple sex partners is almost like tape that loses its stickiness after being applied and removed multiple times. So the more you have the harder it is to bond to the next," it said.

Yes too much sex will make it much harder to use women to hold things together. Makes perfect sense.

This particular school is in Knoxfield, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, but you know this same type of garbage is being introduced in public schools here in America as well. And in many private schools it is undoubtedly the ONLY curriculum available.

Since this article was first published the church was forced to apologize, but I think we all know they  will continue distributing this false information until all of the schools car them from their campuses.

Once again this kind of misinformation and shaming of girls is just another type of child abuse, and simply should not be tolerated in ANY educational setting.

A little perspective.

Personally I find this somewhat humbling.

However I consider myself lucky to have ever spent time in the top portion of the hourglass, making it harder to regret my eventual tumble into the bottom.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

And finally a 4th of July message from someone who actually understands the importance of the occasion, President Obama.

Now THAT is an inspiring 4th of July message.

In fact considering the last week, this might be the best 4th of July that President Obama can remember.

However the President refuses to call this last week, his "best week ever." That label goes to another week from his past:  

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that last week – when he won historic victories on trade, health care and gay rights – was “gratifying,” but he stopped short of calling it his “best week ever,” as some pundits have. 

“In terms of my best week … now my best week I will tell you was marrying Michelle, that was a really good week. Malia and Sasha being born – excellent weeks,” Obama said during a joint news conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Now that is a smart man.

Well for this American that last week was pretty damn special, but I also have to agree that it cannot hold a candle to the day that I held my newborn baby girl for the first time.

And I want to thank this President for helping me to keep a promise I made that day to help make the world a better, safer, and more tolerant place for my daughter to live.

Chicago brewery stops making beer for Donald Trump, renames leftover beer "Fuck your hair."

Courtesy of Boing Boing:  

A Latino-owned brewery in the Chicago area is renaming leftover beer they produced for Donald Trump, after he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers. 

"We would be doing an injustice to the community we serve (and live in) by engaging in business with someone who does not accept our role in society and expresses a rhetoric of hate and ignorance towards us," said Andres Araya, co-owner of the 5 Rabbit Cerveceria brewery. 

Araya told Chicago radio station WBEZ the brewery is going to stop making beer for Trump Tower's Rebar, and instead insult the orange-haired pendejo by re-christening what's left 'Fuck Your Hair.' 

The 50 remaining kegs of the summer golden ale will be sold to Chicago area bars under the name “Chinga Tu Pelo."

Okay does anybody else suddenly want to buy beer from this company? 

Because though I rarely drink beer, I kinda do.

Well you just know this is going to piss off the conservatives.

Courtesy of Page Six: 

Malia Obama’s already a first daughter — but she also just wants to be one of the “Girls.” 

President Obama’s elder daughter was spotted in Williamsburg on Thursday, casually sipping a soft drink while hanging out on the set of the raunchy Lena Dunham comedy. 

The 16-year-old — who turns 17 on Saturday — spent about three hours on location in Brooklyn as the HBO show filmed at the Aurora Ristorante, a hipster haven on Grand Street.

Well considering how much the conservatives hate Dunham, and  of course their all but overwhelming hatred for the President, I think we can rest assured that this is going to cause some Right Wing heads to explode.

Gather round kids, Sarah Palin is going to tell us the meaning behind the 4th of July.

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue moron's Facebook page:

Happy Fourth of July! This day epitomizes what is unique and beautiful about the greatest nation on earth, our own America. Countries are normally based on geography or ethnicity, but ours is based on ideas that bind us together and were declared in writing on this day in 1776. On that day we were united. It is time for that unity again, so that we may stand again. (Does she mean the unity that she is always trying to undo with partisan political attacks against liberals, and our Commander-in-Chief?)

To explain to the next generation what those essential, exceptional ideas are, ask a child to look closely at a handful of loose change and read what’s written on our coins: E Pluribus Unum. In God We Trust. Liberty. These are the notions our nation was built on, and they are still true and necessary today. Divided from these precepts our nation will fall. (Actually E Pluribus Unum was only officially added to our coins in 1873, almost a hundred years after the country was founded.)

This Fourth of July, we celebrate our Founders making their desire for liberty plain by declaring their independence from Britain’s King and his burdensome government. May that same unifying desire and courage to fight for God-given sweet freedom be our driving force today. (Yeah God didn't give us our freedoms, our ancestors fought for them. That's actually what today is all about.)

God bless you all and God bless our United States of America! 

- Sarah Palin

You know the fireworks in Anchorage have been cancelled this year, and there are restrictions all over the state, but I bet there will still be a noisy display coming out of the Palin compound this evening fueled by alcohol, another unwed pregnancy, and long festering animosity.

All I know is that if I happen to be anywhere near Wasilla this evening, and I might be, I am going to keep an eye out for any flying wedding rings, or loud explosions of temper.

Personally I will be headed down to the parkstrip today to catch the 4th of July parade, and see if I can find that awesome corndog stand again.

Mitt Romney invites Chris Christie and Marco Rubio over for a pajama party.


"I'm going to have this man over for a pillow fight."
Courtesy of Yahoo News:  

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney's property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. 

The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march in Wolfeboro's Fourth of July parade. 

Christie, who formally jumped into the race this week, told reporters in New Hampshire Friday that he was grateful for the invitation. 

"I suspect there might be a little politics discussed tonight with Mitt and Ann, but me and Mary Pat, and Andrew and Sarah are really happy that Mitt and Ann invited us to stay with them tonight," he said, according to video posted by NJ.com.

Well how adorable.

I wonder if they will stay up late braiding each others hair, telling scary stories about Obamacare, and playing Truth or Dare. (Though I think we all know they would choose "Dare" because Republicans are genetically incapable of telling the "Truth.")

Update: You know the Romney's like sports. Maybe they'll want to play baseball.


That should be fun.

Do you think when you spend the night at the Romney's they make you wear their super secret magic Mormon underwear?

Well I guess this would be a great opportunity for Romney to prepare Christie and Rubio for what it's like to be a political loser and national laughingstock.

Anchorage broke another record for snow. Well actually for the LACK of snow.

Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch: 

The outcome hasn't been in doubt for awhile, but on Wednesday, the National Weather Service made it official: The winter of 2014-15 was the least snowy on record for Anchorage. 

For record-keeping purposes, snowfall seasons end June 30. The following day, the weather service announced the new record -- 25.1 inches for the season -- in a public statement. That's about 5 inches less than the previous record set more than 50 years ago, in the winter of 1957-58 when only 30.4 inches fell. 

A chart tweeted out by National Weather Service Anchorage shows this year's record low snowfall was only about a third of the normal seasonal snowfall of 74.5 inches.

But remember folks, global warming is a liberal myth. 


BP reaches settlement for 18.7 billion over Deepwater Horizon spill.

Courtesy of NBC News:  

BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. 

Roughly $18.7 billion in settlement money will be used to resolve the Clean Water Act penalties; resolve natural resources damage claims; settle economic claims; and resolve economic damage claims of local governments, according to an outline filed in federal court. The settlement involves Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

"If approved by the court, this settlement would be the largest settlement with a single entity in American history; it would help repair the damage done to the Gulf economy, fisheries, wetlands and wildlife; and it would bring lasting benefits to the Gulf region for generations to come," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Yes 18.7 billion is a huge amount, but considering the damage the spill caused, the incredible impact on marine life, and the loss of revenue to the states affected, I still think they got off pretty lucky.



Yeah, very lucky indeed.

Still these five states did a hell of lot better than Alaska did after the Exxon Valdez spill