Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES

Remember this skit on Saturday Night Live?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGTaMp5txXI

Apparently, United Airlines not only remembers it but has modeled their customer service policy after it!

Here is the scene Sunday as a man was forcibly removed from the plane by airport security.



After all that, this guy must have brought a bomb on board, right?

No so!

His crime?

He was randomly selected to be ejected after no one nibbled at the $200 voucher offered in exchange for giving up their seat to a UA flight crew who needed transportation.

He refused to leave the seat he'd bought and paid for and was sitting in after following the airlines' established boarding procedure.

In short, he did nothing wrong.

Airlines commonly overbook flights to avoid empty seats, and that dance of offering vouchers to people willing to be bumped happens all the time, but usually the airline keeps sweetening the deal until people cave.

Except for the unfriendly skies of United.

To make matters worse, United gives their employees priority over paying customers.

It seems to me that United is at fault in three ways-

THEY overbooked the light

THEY failed to offer adequate incentive for people to volunteer to give up their seat

THEY failed to have a contingency plan for getting their flight crew where they need to be without cheating their paying customer base.

The good news is their shares dropped, wiping out about $255 million in their market capital (Warren Buffet's share of that was $24M).

Hopefully people will have long memories and boycott the airline so the stock market (which often has a short memory) keeps on punishing them.

Apparently the video is causing them problems in other markets as well-in China, where UA dervies over $2 billion in revenue annually, the video has gone viral.

I have listened to a couple of the videos posted by passengers, and heard a few saying that the man was given a bloody lip (they said "busted lip") by security.

Would we treat an Islamic terrorist this poorly? 

Kind of makes you want to take the train, huh?








Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DEATH FROM ABOVE



Oklahoma could soon join Louisiana and Texas in allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.

Dubbed "the flying pig bill," the proposal would allow private landowners, companies and pilots to apply for a state license and be responsible for the activity. Hunters on board the aircraft wouldn't need a license, nor would they have to provide their names to the state.

The change would follow a similar shift a few years ago in neighboring Texas, where shooters can now hire an aircraft for anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per hour for a hunt.

Republican Rep. Jeff Coody, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the proposal is intended to "to take aerial depredation a little more back to what was originally intended several years ago."

I guess the firearms do not give human beings enough of an advantage over the animal-since hunting is a "sport" I guess it is sporting to hunt a pig with a flying machine and lots of firepower.

I guess the odd will even up a little when pigs fly.






Friday, March 24, 2017

HOT FOR TEACHER

Two different stories about teachers having sex with students have me puzzled.

Here's the accused teacher in Texas (who, according to her attorney, is smiling for her mug shot because she's innocent).




And here is the teacher in Florida. Less happy in her picture, but maybe that's because they accused her of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.




And here is my question.

Who is filing the complaints here?

The student in Texas claims that he made contact with her breasts and that she touched his genitals. I had a couple of student teachers in high school where those events went through my mind in each class session. And a couple of my regular teachers fueled my teenage fantasies as well.

Is this kid complaining because a hottie teacher came on to him?

In Florida, the teacher admitted to having sex with the student. Again, as an adult, I have to not condone this behavior, but as a former teenage boy, this was a wet dream come to life.

Did this kid complain, or did another adult overhead him bragging about it?



If either of these ladies want to contribute to the delinquency of an old man, I will cheerfully volunteer!

All you women who are thinking "Oh, oink," I agree with you.

All you men who are thinking anything but "right on-sign me up!" you're either gay or full of it!





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TRANSGENDER FELINE DEBATE

Garfield's gender has become the subject of an internet debate.



The Washington Post reports Wikipedia locked changes on the animated cat's page after the site's volunteer editors battled over whether the animated cat is male or not.

The controversy bubbled up two years after Garfield creator Jim Davis told viral content site Mental Floss that as a cat, Garfield is "not really male or female."




Davis sought to clear up the controversy this week, telling the Post that "Garfield is male" and has a girlfriend named Arlene. 

Davis' spokeswoman tells The Associated Press that he also told the Post he likes animals because "they're not perceived as being any particular gender, race, age or ethnicity" and says the "humor could be enjoyed by a broader demographic."



Word is that Garfield will use the litter box of the gender he identifies most strongly with on any given day.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

LUCRAFT IS ONE OF THE WALKING (BRAIN) DEAD

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings. 

This time, it's for T-shirts.



The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe."

However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post.

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show. EW reported Morgan responded with a tweet, saying, "people are stupid."

How far we have come as a PC Nation!

Now something is offensive if someone decides it can be edited to be offensive.
The POSSIBILITY that someone could replace one word for another is enough to consider something FANTASTICALLY OFFENSIVE.

That’s worse than offensive, right? 

It sounds bad, huh?

Doesn’t that pretty much mean every T shirt with a slogan should be banned?


Morgan was half right-it’s the retailer who was stupid. They made an inventory decision based on ONE letter from an obvious moron.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF ABILIFY IS RIGHT FOR YOU




The American Psychological Association said many Republicans and Democrats are stressed out over politics. The APA published a report last Wednesday that reads, in part:

"Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans.

"More than half of Americans (57 percent) say the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress."

Katherine C. Nordal, the APA's executive director for professional practice, said the current stress levels resulting from politics are "deeply concerning."

"It's hard for Americans to get away from it," she said. "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most ... While these common health symptoms might seem minor, they can lead to negative effects on daily life and overall physical health when they continue over a long period."

WSB-TV’s Rikki Klaus spoke with licensed psychologists at Synapse LLC in Atlanta to see if their patients are also experiencing anxiety tied to politics.

"They are experiencing more stress, and we see that as well in the research," said Dr. Janet Cox.

"For some, they are reacting as if their life is in danger," Dr. Neal Cohen told Klaus.

Chris Hill, with the local militia group Georgia Security Force III%, said the new administration has been a relief.

"Not even a month into it, we have what I've always wanted: an outsider, an independent," he said. "Every day, it's been like waking up Christmas morning."

It was a different story at a rally in Atlanta on Monday at which protesters called for President Trump's impeachment.
"We think there's possible reasons for impeachment," one opponent told WSB-TV.

"The best I can hope is that marches like this will at least keep him under control and let him act like a Republican, instead of an egomaniac," another opponent said.

Cox and Cohen recommended several strategies for coping with stress, including eating healthy food, exercising daily, spending time with like-minded people and practicing mindfulness.



Wow.

To Mr. Hill, I ask-can you elaborate on the "Christmas every day" comment? Is President Trump actually coming down your chimney to build walls and deport the illegals infesting your home?

To the protesters who are still seeking to oust the president:

Your candidate lost.

Live with it.



You are like a bad anti-depressant commercial, and now may be the time to ask your primary care physician to whip out his little pad and prescribe you some.


Come one, people! I am not a huge fan, but what exactly has changed in the last 33 days?

I am still drinking coffee out of the same cup. Women are walking down my street unmolested, and I even see some folk out there that look Latino, so the mass deportations haven't started.

Trump will not bring the country to it's knees any more than Obama did, or GW before him, or Slick Willy before him.

Take a pill if you must, but relax!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

DO NUMBERS EVER LIE?

I know that polls can be manipulated to say almost anything, but I found this one a bit surprising.



A Gallup poll released on Monday found that 62 percent of those interviewed earlier this month believe that the president keeps his promises.

These results were divided along party lines, with 91 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents saying they believe Trump keeps his promises and 36 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents agreeing.

Gallup also found that 94 percent of Republicans polled believe that Trump is a strong and decisive leader, while only 29 percent of Democrats believe that to be true.

The last time that the group conducted a similar poll was in September 2016, when 57 percent of Americans felt Trump was "a strong and decisive leader."  I would think that if you blend the current statistics for Repubs (94%) and Dems (29%) you'd probably end up with a similar blended statistic-not sure why the article did not give that metric.

It was not all positive for the president. Only 42 percent of the survey group said that they believe the leader "is honest and trustworthy."



The poll was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5 and collected from a random sample of 1,035 voting-age adults.

Trump's approval has increased since the September poll, with more people saying that they believe that he "can manage the government effectively" and "is honest and trustworthy."


Still, less than half of Americans (44 percent and 42 percent) agree with those sentiments.

While I still wish the President would tweet less and act more, well, PRESIDENTIAL, I think that a lot of the people protesting need to take a deep breath as well.



Women have not been relegated to second class status during his first month, and immigration has not ground to a halt.

Heck, we haven't even had any good Muslim profiling scandals.



Is it possible that the world will not end under President Trump?

All of the protesters (protestors?) are showing how self-absorbed and insensitive they are.

Since January 20, there has really only been one person who has suffered as a result of Trump's presidency.


And that's this guy! 

Talk about a no-win job!






Thursday, February 2, 2017

PIGS ARE FLYING...



Well, flying off of supermarket shelves, anyway.

The U.S. bacon supply is at a 50-year low, as pork farmers struggle to keep up with demand and prices surge.

Frozen pork belly, which is what bacon is made from, fell to the lowest levels since 1957 by the end of December, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It appears the world’s appetite for bacon is outpacing the supply. 



The frozen pork belly inventory measured 17.8 million pounds in December, down from 62 million pounds at the same time a year ago, the USDA reported.

The agency said increased demand both in the U.S. and abroad could explain the diminishing inventory.

In a related story, travelers from the seven temporarily banned countries are being offered all the BLT sandwiches they can eat.




Apparently, the chocolate-covered bacon and bacon-flavored ice
cream crazes are taking their toll.



And I just could not resist....



Monday, January 23, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

One clear upside to the new administration...


Congratulations, Alec Baldwin, on four years of job security!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUWSLlz0Fdo




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Gf0mGJfP8



Friday, January 20, 2017

GIVING DOWNSIZING A WHOLE NEW CONTEXT

Donald Trump's new Washington D.C. address will be a bit smaller than his popular Palm Beach, Florida estate.



When the president-elect and his family relocate to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they'll have slightly less room to roam than at Trump's iconic Florida property, Mar-a-Lago.




Here's how the two properties compare:




According to Realtor.com, the White House comes equipped with a jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, bowling lane, half-court basketball court, horseshoe pitch, rose garden and military guard. 



Mar-a-Lago boasts a swimming pool, beach club, salon, croquet court, spa and concierge service.



Trump may be the first President who considers the White House "slumming it."


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

HOW CAN WE MISS YOU IF YOU'RE STILL HERE?


It’s President Obama’s second-to-last full day in office and he is holding his final news conference this afternoon.




But wait!

Didn't he give a farewell adress last week?

Isn't this sort of like Kiss doing a "Farewell Tour" and then touring again?

Are we sure Obama is done?

Can we get that in writing?




At least with President Trump, the televised conferences should be at a minimum.

He tweets everything that's on his mind! 

What could be left to say?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

POLICY OF EXCLUSION

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has decided not to perform at the Trump inaugural welcome concert, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.




In a letter addressed to "my beloved LGBT community," Holliday explained why she initially accepted the invitation to perform at the inauguration, saying she wanted to perform for the people, not for Trump. 

But after a vocal backlash, Holliday has decided not to perform.

According to The Associated Press, Holliday was referred to as an "Uncle Tom" and her decision to participate would be a career-ending move.

Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway, said she voted for Hillary Clinton, and has performed for Republican and Democratic presidents.

In the open letter, Holliday apologized for her "lapse of judgement" and for "causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans."

I guess racism and anti-straight sentiments win.

I just did a search, and could not find any good examples of anti-gay sentiment coming from Trump. 

Not that I did not trust Arlee Bird’s post earlier in the week, but I wanted to be sure for myself.

A page with an obvious agenda (lgbtqnation.com) did their best to do a top ten list, but most of their rationale was a read in between the lines rather than anything from Trump's mouth or Twitter account.

For example, the site claims (I did not try to verify this but will assume they did) that Trump said that Arianna Huffington is “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.” 



This made number 8 on their list, but where exactly is the anti-gay sentiment?

Is the comment in bad taste?

Sure.

Is it immature and sophomoric?

Absolutely.

But anti-gay?

I don’t see it.

All of their comments from Mr. Trump show the same lack of restraint and internal editing that I have criticized him for, but poor judgment does not a homophobe make.

My question is, why is Ms. Holliday less offended by the racist comments aimed at her (she was called “Uncle Tom” by her “beloved” fans) than by the unsubstantiated allegation that the president-elect is anti-gay?

Oh, right-it would have been “career suicide” to perform.

So rather than stand for what she felt was right, Ms. Holliday is really all about the fucking money.

And so, maybe the “Uncle Tom” comments are not that far from the mark.

In what may surprise regular readers, I am not familiar with Ms. Holliday’s work. Nor will I ever be. I am boycotting her work, not because she may be LGBT but because she is a hypocrite.

The LGBT agenda is supposed to be one of inclusion.

But this act shows, as we have seen so many times, the agenda is really "our way or the highway." 

Monday, January 9, 2017

SAY CHEESE!

A man was taken into custody after firing a gun when a family member took a bite of his sandwich, police said.




The man became angry while eating with his wife and daughter when one of them took a bite from his grilled cheese sandwich, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"Apparently, the man had made a grilled cheese sandwich and either the wife or the daughter, we're not exactly sure who, but somebody, one of the females in the house, took a bite of his sandwich," Cpl. Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County police spokesman, told WPTZ. "Apparently, that enraged him to the point that he fired shots in the house."

The man fired a shot and the women fled. An hours-long standoff with police then ensued.

No one was injured.

Baltimore County police intend to charge the man. 

While family members did not appear to want to press charges, the sandwich was extremely traumatized.

Also, one quick etiquette tip-according to Rachel Ray, you do not want to serve a gun up with grilled cheese. 

It's not done. 

See below for a sample firearm plate (from the kitchen of Warren Zevon).