WTF… October 1, 2014… Deadly virus, Christian radio, conspiracy theories and more…



joe11) Saw this on Facebook on Monday (9/28)… Christian radio host welcomed the Ebola virus as a cleansing force.

So I just had to go check it out…

And, what I found is that this dude, Rick Wiles who has his own program called “Trunews”, said “This Ebola epidemic could become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming. Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography, and abortion.” Rick-Wiles-Tru-News

I am a true believer in the proposition that everyone has a right to his opinion no matter how wrong they are. I mean, after all, who the hell am I to dictate what anyone should be believing or not believing… but that’s where your rights stop. This is to say that you can damn well believe what you want, but, you damn well cannot force me to believe it, too. Especially, if, me and a gazillion others think you are not all that damn right.

I know quite a few peeps that could be called righteous and good faithful Christians and almost to a person none of them would agree with everything Wiles is proclaiming… and none would particularly believe that a plague would be an acceptable answer to the “problems” of certain folk’s manner of conducting their lives. For Petey’s sake… even Pope Frankie says he would welcome all sorts of so-called sinning peeps… from divorcees to atheists to homosexuals, etc… into the Catholic Church because he doesn’t discriminate against anyone and always holds out hope they can be “shown the way to salvation”.

Salvation is a funny thing… it’s supposedly what a whole slew of religions are all after, yet, not one of them can agree on how to achieve it. But, still and all… though they may not agree on how to get there, I don’t know of any peeps, who say they follow them religions, that go around shilling for plague to come down smiting the so-called evil doers of the world.

Now… this would almost be laughable, but, first and foremost, it appears this guy is serious about folks dying off in the name of his brand of true believing… “If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you, you better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.”

But, oddly enough, the day before he made his pronouncement of joy that the dread of Ebola would be coming to America and acting as a cleansing of society agent, he said something entirely different about the disease… specifically, that President Barack Obama could spread the deadly virus through a mandatory and mysterious vaccine.

Here’s what Wiles laid out to evangelist Augusto Perez over the airwaves… that the Bam Man would authorize the use of an ineffective or placebo type vaccine that would obviously not protect people against Ebola but would act as a way to spread the disease instead. Why? So that Bam could take another step in growing government to the point where he could simply just control us all.

Now… if this sound confusing it may be because it is… let me use his own words and then judge for yourself if they make any damn sense… “Obama would claim executive powers to mandate that every human being in the United States be vaccinated. (Government) could use the panic to stampede hundreds of millions of people in this country to be vaccinated, in fact billions worldwide, they could stampede the world to receive to a vaccine against a deadly virus and nobody knows what is in the vaccine.”

His cohort in spreading paranoia said that the vaccine would not work due to unhealthy eating habits and chemtrails, spreading Ebola further and empowering the government to become oppressive and force people into FEMA camps.CDC

Let’s stop here for mo… never heard of chemtrails or those who believe in chemtrails…aka chemtrailers? Neither did I before I saw this Perez guy reference it. Here’s what I discovered… there are these conspiracy peeps who believe that those jets in the sky, that are visible in my neck of the woods alone, about 40 to 50 times a day, are spraying chemicals that will kill us. Yep, these peeps believe that the contrails left behind by airplanes are streams of chemicals sprayed from airplanes to make us sick, control the weather, control our minds, and, other schemes all in an effort to rule over us and ultimately cause our demise. And, why would they want to do that? Want to kill us? Because the government told them to do it…

Back to the maddening duo… all of this somehow would allow the big bad Bam man to declare martial law and force Americans into FEMA camps.

Don’t know if you caught it but the contradictions in this theory are rampant…

The president is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and as such in a state of national emergency could call into service the state units of the National Guard, and, also in times of emergency, may be given the power by Congress to manage national security or the economy.

Now… what have we seen so far during the Bammer’s tour of duty as the prez as far as Congress is concerned… not a whole hell of a lot… these two jamokes really think he could evoke his executive powers to force we the people to take some sort of vaccine just like that? Hardly… It would mean that the entire stonewalling by the elephants on almost everything the Bammer wanted to do was one great big ruse… and now they would suddenly and miraculously just say…go git ’em Bam. Nope. Ain’t about to happen. Not under the scenario they describe.

As far as causingn billions world wide to be vaccinanted?  If he can’t get a consensus that will agree to let him do anything in the States what would make someone think he coudl do it world wide? And,why would anyone think he had any power world wide to begin with? Right … the Bam man is gonna send over troops and medical folks to start injecting whatever into the citizens of other countries. Yeah…that’ll work. 

Then… on one hand, they say the vaccine is real but won’t work due to poor nutrition and …ahem …chemtrails… and on the other hand it is a mysterious something-something that will either further spread the disease… because it’s a placebo? Or, because it’s the disease itself? Or, because it’s something entirely unknown altogether… And… this entire chemtrail deal… STOP!!!!!

Enough… here’s my thought… my one and only thought… this guy is a wacko…

Now, he can say he is a Christian all he wants but a Christian…especially a so-called man of God… does not wish pestilence and death upon anyone or any groups of folks…no matter how or why. They just don’t. And, all of these conspiracy theories… it makes for good science fiction or good political thriller novels but I mean…really? I think they are all a lot of hooey.

The only conspiracy theory I subscribe to is this one… the 1% want to take away 99% of my money and leave me with the bare necessity to sustain my life so I can make them even more money by purchasing their corporations’ goods and services.

If I do have a prayer… it is this… God save me from these charlatans.

2) President Obama is attracting a fresh wave of criticism across social media after a White House posted video of him saluting Marines while holding a cup in his hand. A lot of internet media folks made comments including… “I’m a civilian and I know better. Blatant disrespect by the Commander in Chief and I suspect he could care less.” obama coffee

This, in a way, is old news as it was addressed by two writers at 7Poundbag… Archie… a regular contributor to MLBRT and writer of other op-ed pieces… as well as myself. Back then we both said it really wouldn’t hurt for someone who is saluting to learn the proper way to do it if ya’ll intend to do it at all. Archie a tad more vociferously than I… 

Seems the Bamster never got the message or doesn’t read 7Poundbag, or, if he did then he ignored the advice. 

Presidential saluting being done improperly is not anything new… George Bush the second did it once with a dog in his arms. So it’s been done… disrespectful saluting… from both sides of the political spectrum… elephants and donkeys. 

bush-puppy-saluteBut, I have a solution… a real simple one… stop the saluting. It’s all pomp and ceremony anyway and is kinda irrelevant if the guy doing the saluting was never even in the military in the first place. 

And, ya know when it started? Back after Dwight David Eisenhower… aka Ike… was prez. Ike was a five star general and the head of military ops during WII and ya’ll know how many times he saluted anyone when he was deplaning or dehelicoptering? Nada… he never saluted and he was more military than anyone who has been prez since his turn in office. 

Why didn’t he salute? Try this on for size… The President of the United States is a civilian. He is not a member of the US Military and is therefore not entitled to salute. While the President is constitutionally the CINC, he is not a member of the military… even if his name was Dwight David Eisenhower. 

So, then where does all the damn saluting come? 

Most peeps versed in this type of trivia say it all started President Ronnie Reagan. Ronald Reagan said, “I never ceased to enjoy reviewing our men and women in uniform and hope I started a new tradition for presidents.”

Eisenhower deplaning
Eisenhower deplaning

While looking into this saluting stuff I read one former service man’s opinion that offered… “Some presidents, like both Bushes, Carter, Kennedy and Reagan have earned the right to salute as veterans of our military forces. Other’s like Clinton and Obama did not.” He also said… “Perhaps we should step back and re-establish the fact and the image that the POTUS is a civilian and he (or she) should look and act like a civilian. Should we stop the blurring of the lines between civilian and military authority? Commander-in-Chief is a job position not a military rank. The CINC is only CINC of the military, not civilians. Is this militarization of our president an erosion of Constitutional liberty or simply a figurative gesture honor our military?”

Interesting questions…

So once again… I think let’s just stop the saluting altogether since protocol says it should not be done unless it is done by someone in the military… and whether a person is a career military guy… like Eisenhower or not it simply does not matter because while he is the prez he ain’t military. Rather, he is just one of us… a “we the peeps of the US of A” … a civilian who is not supposed to be saluting.

So, let’s not and then we can stop all this bitching one way or the other once and for all.

3) The season-long Derek Jeter farewell tour for the most part has been met with real affection and appreciation from fans. There has been some grumbling about the dude being selfish or even that the farewell tour is sort of a bit much but usually it’s been low-key when it was being said. 

And, in New York… the guy is usually cheered wherever he goes. But, now… Chris Carlin, aka “The Continent,” is dissing the Jetes big time. During a recent edition of SNY’s “Loud Mouths,” Carlin called Jeter a fraud as well as inferring he was a hypocrite. AND… he called Yankees fans suckers. 


Carlin’s rant, which focused on the recent Gatorade tribute commercial that went viral went, “This is now grand commercial No. 2 on the farewell tour. And it’s not just the tour… Mariano Rivera did that. It’s not just that Derek Jeter’s doing commercials. It’s that this has never been what Derek Jeter has been about. He has been about team, not me. He has never let us into his personal life because he’s always been about the team. He frankly is being a complete fraud right now. What a complete and utter joke. And here’s the other thing I can’t take: I can’t take this notion that Derek didn’t want this, the Yankees wanted this, Derek’s not comfortable with this. He looked pretty damn comfortable to me as he’s collecting the checks, and I’m shocked he’s not hurt from patting himself on the back all year.” 

Let me see… Jeter announces back… when was it, February… that this is his last season. First thought that I had? Nope… not “awww… that’s sad”…or… “too bad”… and… not even “well it’s about time your skills been going south for a while”… or… “well, everyone’s time has to come sooner or later”… nope… not a one of the those thoughts popped into my skull. Rather, it was this… “He is gonna make a mint off of all the promotional and souvenirs and whatever else that can be thought to be sold”. A merchandiser’s dream is what I thought. I immediately thought that way back then. 

So, now this rotunda of noise… sorry… but check out the video on YouTube and you’ll see what we folks who have access to SNY have known all along… the guy is noise personified and his voice is irritating and not even in an acceptable New York sort of way. He just has a voice that makes you scream STFU and whatever message he has is lost because I either change the channel or hit the mute. 

So, if, this gasbag does think that what he says is true then why is he just starting in on dissing Jeter now and telling we the fans that we is asses? Why wasn’t he doing this public service a long time ago and saving ourselves from being our stupid selves way back whenever? 

Why? Because his message… his all-knowing message… him saying this stuff… is the most important thing and he knows that when he says that Jeter is a fake and moneygrubbing SOB that it will grab headlines and he gets noticed. It’s the old… it doesn’t matter what folks say as long as folks is talking about you. jeter gone

As far Jeter making the big bucks… ummm… Michael Jordan ring a bell? Merchandising is all part of the game. All big stars… even middling stars… do it. And, it ain’t no never mind to anyone. Believe me if Jordan had thought about a retirement tour and the marketing opportunities that went with it then he damn well would have signed on in a heart beat.

Next! What country do we live in? America… And what type of economy we got? capitalism, last I looked. Some peeps might try to say certain folks be taking us toward socialism but last I looked we still be capitalists who love the color of green… the color of the dough re mi… as much as the color red white and blue. In a way they do sorta go hand in hand. 

If Jeter wants to capitalize on his retirement and his name then that’s his choice. 

We have a choice too… to buy into it or not. Don’t like a certain farewell commercial? Got a clicker right? Change the damn channel. Oh, yeah, I guess Carlin thinks we all is too stupid to do that.

Chris Carlin is a pompous gasbag airhead who is nothing more than a self-serving noise maker. 

And, just so ya’ll know… whenever I watch SNY and this putz comes on the air… click… hmmm ESPN… drag racing… naw… click… MSG… old Knicks game… naw… YES… argghhhh… Michael Kay… oh well, he ain’t Chris Loudmouth Carlin… besides I get to watch my favorite team stink up the place.

4) Just two weeks into the new season of “The View,” co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg tore into each other during a commercial break and they did it in front of the studio audience.

Goldberg interrupted O’Donnell, a mom of five, to go to a commercial break before she was finished commenting in a “Hot Topic” discussion about the issue of spanking children. 

Now… O’Donnell refuses to wear an earpiece, which, if, she did wear one then she could hear the producers while the live show is airing and would have clue that maybe it might be time to wind things up and then STFU. But since she doesn’t she didn’t. And, Goldberg cut her off. 

O’Donnell had a fit during the break, telling Goldberg, “You hurt my feelings. I’m very upset by it.” 

Whoopi Goldberg & Rosie O'Donnell-
Whoopi Goldberg & Rosie O’Donnell-

Goldberg, aware of the situation… live audience… tried to calm O’Donnell by saying… “This isn’t the time for this, Rosie.” 

O’Donnell whined on…”It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this.” 

Goldberg, getting pissed said…“I said this was not the time, Rosie.” 

O’Donnell, not one to waste a pissy mood… ranted on. 

Goldberg ranted back… “Fuck it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen. If you want to go there, Rosie, I will, damn it. I’m really sick of your shit!” 

A pin coulda be heard if it were dropped at that moment… then… co-host Rosie Perez said…“Oh, shit, Twitter is going to be off the hook now.” 

Back on the air from commercial… everything looked hunky-dory.

Later a spokesperson said that having strong opinions is part of the job for Goldberg and O’Donnell and they just had “… a misunderstanding and an exchange. They talked it out and they were back to business as usual.” 

Nothing like a little cat fight and some claws being exposed to get them damn ratings up, huh?

5) ESPN suspended Bill Simmons on Wednesday for three weeks after his much publicized recent tirade against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In it he called Goodell a liar several times and said he had seen the elevator tape of Rice hitting his wife.Simmons

ESPN issued this statement… “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria.”

Okay… stop chortling…

This is, more or less, how I feel… it is not an issue of whether or not I believe any of that ESPN pap… and… it is not an issue of free speech… not at all. Here is why… 

Simmons has signed a contract to represent ESPN and by that agreement he must toe the party line whether he likes it or not. Yes, ESPN may have hired his ass to spout out opinion but only as long as that opinion doesn’t hurt the ESPN product… part and parcel of that product is how they want to present certain of their partners in business… and… like it or not the NFL and ESPN are partners in business. They have a product to sell and to sell it they need to show it in its best light. 

And, that means at times avoiding calling a duck a duck no matter how much it quacks and waddles. After all just because it does quack and waddle really isn’t proof a duck is a duck… although it strongly would indicate that duck was exactly that if all those traits were in alignment… looks like, acts like, sounds like, then  probably a damn duck. 

But… in the case of a TV sport personality, or, if, you would… a journalist… he has the right to expose certain things… like if an NFL commissioner is lair. But, only if he has proof to back that up… and… then only if his employer… in this case ESPN… says go ahead and run with it. If he espouses an opinion… such as the commish lied and then his boss… ESPN… says ’nuff of that. Then, he does it again… he gone get his dinky slapped and slapped down hard. 

It’s like this… If I work for a newspaper… or any corporation or company for that matter…and I go around saying stuff about that corporation or about any businees partner then someone will soon tell me to STFU. If I don’t STFU… and I keep on saying stuff… the next person that I see will be peeps from security telling me they gone escort me out of the building and to just leave everything where it is… it will be sent to me later. 

End of story… they pay the moneys; they get to call the tune. Don’t like it? Then, find another job elsewhere. 

If, they are breaking the law then ya’ll got a choice to make don’t ya? But, ya damn well better make sure you got real hard core proof or evidence before you go tilting at windmills is all I got to say. 

That’s just life in the big city… like it or not… it has nothing to do with free speech because once you sign your name to the contract you indenture yourself to that company and will need to speak the company line or suffer the consequences. What you say elsewhere, on your own dime is another thing altogether but when you is on the company dime you need to toe the line.

6) Democrats hoping to use income inequality to drive voters to the polls in November face a critical problem: Americans may not know just how well-off the nation’s rich are.CEO-Pay-

In a recent study, Americans told researchers they thought CEO pay at major corporations was approximately 30 times more than their own.

Problem is that what a CEO gets paid averages 354 times what a worker gets paid at the same company.

Americans also said they thought the pay gap between CEOs and workers should be approximately 7 to 1.

To achieve that ratio, workers would have to make $1.8 million each year, a separate study concluded.

So, get cracking ya’ll got some catching up to do…

7) Ya’ll heard that Walmart says that Tracy Morgan is responsible for the injuries he incurred when a driver of a Walmart truck rear-ended the limo he and some mother folks were in?

A lawyer for Morgan said… “He’s very upset. He’s struggling every day, fighting hard just to get incrementally better, and they hit him with this.” 

Morgan himself said, “After I heard what Wal-Mart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can’t believe Wal-Mart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong.” walmart-crash

In court filings Monday, Walmart said that the injuries suffered by Morgan and his fellow passengers, “…if any, were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt device.” 

Morgan’s lawyer replied that Wal-Mart’s arguments responding to the negligence suit he filed on behalf of the victims were “callous” and “disingenuous” and that seatbelts had nothing to do with it. The lawyer also said, that Morgan’s limousine bus was “at a dead stop” and “it was hit in the rear by a (Walmart) tractor trailer going 65 miles per hour. The driver never braked, never swerved.” 

Morgan’s comedian pal James (Jimmy Mack) McNair was killed and he and two others were seriously injured.

A police report said seatbelts weren’t an issue in the case. It also noted and that none of the occupants can remember if they were wearing them or not. 

Part of the reason no one may remember is because each of the injured parties all suffered traumatic brain injuries in the crash. 

Me? Walmart needs to do whatever it can to help these folks… not because the driver was negligent but because it’s the right thing to do and they got the damn money to do it with. 

Sometimes these legal maneuverings are just silly and inane. I know everything needs to go through due process but sometimes you just need to do the right thing.

8) News flash… a study found that non-digestible compounds found in apples promote the growth of friendly gut bacteria, which stabilizes the metabolism and creates satiety. 

Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith Apples

Translation… good bacteria in the colon means a healthier you.

And, this discovery could prevent several of the health problems associated with obesity, like the onset of diabetes, which is quelled by the anti-inflammatory components of a healthy bacteria balance in the colon.

A spokesperson for the study said “What determines the balance of bacteria in our colon is the food we consume. We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these non-digestible compounds but there are differences in (the) varieties (of the apples consumed).”

The best apple to eat? Granny Smith. 

But.. damn… that’s it? An apple a day really does keep the damn doctor away? Now you freaking tell me?

Okay, okay… damn it… I gotta go to the grocery… stat.

9) They were out to celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary and wound up having to wait more than an hour for their entrées.

After they finally had their meal, the check came to $66.55… they left a tip. No, not a penny. They left a $100. And, a note on the check receipt… “We’ve both been in your shoes. Paying it forward.” tip1n-1-web

Iowa residents Makenzie and Steven Schultz were the couple and Makenzie posted a picture of the receipt to her Facebook page and it has received nearly 1.5 million likes and almost 200,000. Before you start to thinking… well, that was mighty selferving of herself.

On the Facebook page she said “I’m just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation, before you judge. And always always always remember where you came from.” 

She told media sources that folks were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was. And, yes, it was bad but it was very obvious that the issue was the resturant being short staffed, not the server’s fault. 

You are better folks than me, Gunga Dins… much better…

10) In the spirit of the previous piece… from something a friend posted on Facebook…  













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  1. I usually learn something from your blogs, but I had no clue about the history behind Presidents saluting. I thought all Presidents just did that. Had no clue that it began with Reagan.

  2. Not to press the issue, but there is a difference between holding a cup or coffee with your other hand empty and holding an animal with both hands. Imagine the storm if Bush had tried to shift the dog to one hand and dropped him!

  3. Still… its an improper salute and as “disrespectful” as any other improper salute if that is the tack we are taking in this discussion. I stand by my “solution”… just do away with saluting altogether since all presidents are civilians and shouldn’t be saluting any way.

    But… Bush should have put the dog down if he wanted to salute and Obama should have left the coffee on the plane or given it to someone else to hold. The weird thing about the damn cup is this… what the hell is in that coffee that he needs to take with him any way?

  4. If I’m not mistaken. Obama is left-handed. Switching hands would be awkward for him, plus with all the things he’s got on his mind these days, it probably never even occurred to him to switch. If the Marine at the base of the stairs wasn’t offended by the coffee cup salute, why should we?

  5. I just re-read my last comment… and saw this… “Bush should have put the dog down”… I just wanna say… In no way was I inferring Bush should murder the dog…

  6. I don’t know anyone who could have read what you said and thought that but since my curiosity is peaked, what if Bush did put the dog down? Would his apologists love him more or less for that?

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