1) On Thursday (10/2) the top guy… the Bammer… aka POTUS… had a keen insight into the obvious… when he observed to a Northwestern University (Illinois) crowd that while he won’t be running for any office this fall his polices will be… as well as the issue that a lot the so-called experts say the economy is getting better but most of the citizens of the good old USofA don’t really think it’s all that damn great.
And, why is that?
Try this on for size… most peeps buying power is just not that damn great these days… yeah, peeps make more than they used to but things cost more too… a lot more than they used to.
And, that was Bam’s keen insight… “When the typical family isn’t bringing home any more than it did in 1997, that means it’s harder for middle-class Americans to climb the ladder of success. That means it’s harder for poor Americans to grab hold of the ladder at all … This is the defining challenge of our time. We have to make our economy work for every working American.”
And, then he trotted out a lot of the same old same old… the need to rebuild the nation’s economy by raising the minimum wage, immigration reform and greater infrastructure spending…
He also added that there are good things happening… such as new investments in energy and the fact that the U.S. has passed Saudi Arabia and Russia as the top oil and gas producer in the world which is creating thousands of jobs in energy manufacturing. And these new energy jobs contribute to 200,000 Americans being hired each month which has helped the jobless rate to drop to 6.1% from the 10% it was in 2009
And, maybe that’s a bunch of good things… but… if we are producing more oil and gas than anyone else, then, why are our oil and gas prices still so damn high? Because, if that’s the case… we produce the most… then the Big Oil peeps gotta be making more than ever… and… if that’s the case… then the profits they are seeing must also be bigger than ever.
How’s about throwing us all a bone… like… would it be so hard on, or harmful to, their purses if they gave give back some of them profits and made the cost of oil and gas lower?
If, they made the cost of fuel cheaper then what would that mean to bringing the goods we buy to market? Answer… the cost of doing that would be cheaper.
And, what’s the biggest thing that folks who run businesses say that there is to why they need to raise prices? Answer… transportation costs mostly due to rising fuel costs.
So, how’s about simply lowering the cost of fuel and then once that’s done we best be seeing a lowering of the cost of everything else. No?
And, if, that’s the case, then, that other big bugaboo… raising the minimum wage… won’t really be necessary will it? Because, if, everything costs less then the money, that we all make will simply now be buying more stuff… orrr… maybe we can buy what we need and then have some money left over, too.
Hell, maybe we can go out… like dinner and a movie.
Or wait! Maybe we can think about moving on up to the East Side to a deluxe apartment… ok, ok, ok… let’s not get crazy… but… maybe improving where we live might be in the cards for some folks. Or… maybe even think about getting a house… a home. Why not if there is more money floating around to be put into our pockets?
Or, maybe finally getting a knee fixed that was being put off because now with a little extra in the pocket it won’t be so financially difficult to be out of work for a bit… because ya’ll know that 50% disability from work won’t cut it otherwise… and… you best believe the cost of health care and insurance should be going down now, too. Why not?
Or… maybe, just stash some bucks away for that rainy damn day we always be hearing about… and… if we start doing that stuff then… then… why… then maybe, just maybe, the economy might be stimulated. (Face slap!) Why Great Jumping Johnnies… we done did it. .we solved the economy crisis!!!!’
2) Also, on Thursday, VP Joe Biden spoke at the John F. Kennedy forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and before he spoke he was introduced to the audience by David Ellwood, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. As Ellwood listed Biden’s in office achievements, he foreshadowed what was about to occur by stating Biden sometimes was plagued by slip of the tongueism…and that it “…causes him problems, but it’s part of his appeal,”
And, word was Biden did not disappoint… joking with his audience as he spoke about foreign politics, immigration reform, and the administration’s efforts to fight both the Islamic State and the Ebola virus, among other topics. He even took time out to praise George Bush… Bush the second… when during the question-and-answer portion of the event he was asked about the lapse in funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a government initiative that aims to combat the nasty ass disease epidemic. Biden agreed there were deep cuts to the funding of the program but then said the program had significant inroads into turning back the scourge of the illness and that was due in large part to “George W. Bush. George W. Bush did this. George W. Bush, a Republican. Democrats can be as petty and as mean as any Republican I know, so George Bush deserves the credit.”
Barack and some other Dems probably were cringing slightly at that tidbit but hey if its true than what the hell…
But, the moment of the night may have come when good old Joe made a blunt… and, what some say was another Bidenism, another blunder, another episode of Biden-foot-in-mouthism, but, I think it was just something that was just from the heart and him being honest… comment to a student who said he was Harvard’s student council Vice President… Biden just said, when he heard that piece of info, “Isn’t it a bitch, that Vice President thing?”
As the audience rocked with laughter… he did immediately say… “That was a joke. I’m joking, I’m joking… best decision I ever made.”
Still… how much truth was really in those few words… how much was honest and from his inner heart? I mean after all isn’t being the VP of most things pretty simply being backup to the guy at the top? And, let’s face isn’t VPOTUS just a position full of dealing with the secondary crap that the man at the top either just doesn’t have the time to deal with… the bullcrap stuff… or… simply doesn’t want to deal with… because it’s not worth his time? So it all gets put onto the VP… right?
So, yeah maybe he was just being real when he said it was a bitch because maybe it really is just that.. .a real bitch to be him and what he does.
Just a thought that rambled through my gray matter…
3) Jerry Holbert, the veteran editorial cartoonist for the Boston Herald, drew a cartoon featuring the Prez that was called racist by more than just a few peeps.
Why is that?
Well… the cartoon…”White House invader got farther than originally thought”… shows Bam brushing his teeth while an intruder bathes in the tub that is behind him. The man is asking the Bammer… “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”
“Really? No one notice the racism in this Obama cartoon in the Boston Herald? Really? Everyone else did”, said one tweet.
The Massachusetts Governor said, “Frankly my expectations are not very high, it was stupid.”
So the news rag… The Herald… said “oh, my, gosh… we are so sorry” and took the cartoon off its website.
Ok… they really said… “As Jerry Holbert discussed on Boston Herald Radio this morning, his cartoon satirizing the U.S. Secret Service breach at the White House has offended some people and to them we apologize. His choice of imagery was absolutely not meant to be hurtful. We stand by Jerry, who is a veteran cartoonist with the utmost integrity.”
Holbert, who received the National Cartoonist Society’s Editorial Cartoon Award in 2000, went on Boston Herald Radio Wednesday (10/1) morning and said the phrase was not meant to be offensive. At least not in a racist manner… I’m guessing it was meant to be offensive to those in charge of the Secret Service.
He also said… “I did the sketch and because it’s calling for a new flavor I thought I’d do something different than spearmint and peppermint. I remember my son’s girlfriend bought some toothpaste in the past and left it in the closet upstairs. I went and pulled it out. It’s a kid’s Colgate watermelon flavor. I thought, ‘That would be good.'”
Interestingly, the syndicate… gocomic.com… where he works reached out and asked him to do a little editing on the cartoon and he obliged. The flavor of the day is now raspberry.
Holbert said, “They said there’s a racial element to it. I disagreed to be honest, but I [fixed] it anyway. I didn’t think people thought like this anymore. I didn’t think of it at all when I did the cartoon.”
He then issued the run of the mill standard apology… “I don’t think along the lines of racial jokes, I never do. Naive, stupid those kind of things I understand, but racist I’m definitely not… I want to apologize to anyone I offended that was hurt by the cartoon. It was not my intention.”
Personally, I’m not so sure any apology was needed… call me stupid; call me dumb; even, call me naïve but I really don’t think there is that big of an issue here. If, this is what some folks are gonna get their feathers all ruffled over… get their panties in a bunch over… then maybe they ought to check their own priorities and think about what’s all so fired important to be getting worked up about. The flavor some cartoonist makes some toothpaste in a cartoon where some black guy is brushing his teeth or the fact that the secret service fucked up and someone could have killed the president, his family and many others while they slept and not just while brushing their teeth with some flavored toothpaste… watermelon, raspberry or otherwise.
4) Check this one out… New York’s Governor Cuomo’s has ordered, all 64 campuses of the State University of New York, to adopt a rule requiring students to somehow ask in some way… either verbally or non-verbally… for permission to go to each and every level of sexual relations.
It’s like this… may-I-kiss-you, may-I-touch you, may-I-whatever must somehow be asked and answered before two folks can take their sexual activity to the next level… from first to second to third and all the home, if, ya’ll get the meaning.
Now I am not about to get into all the ins and outs of what is consent and how it is conveyed or be determined and so forth and so on…
I just wanna know… ya think a sexual predator gives a good damn whether someone wants to get it on or not?
5) Anyone remember telephone booths? Well, before the cell phone became so popular, there used to be such things and they were all over the damn place.
And, now, they may be coming back in a big way.
NYC has allowed advertising giant Titan to install Bluetooth pinging devices in hundreds of phone booths… yes, there are still some of the dang things hanging around… throughout Manhattan last fall. And?
They installed devices, in about 500 existing phone booths, and they transmit signals picked up by smartphone apps and then send advertisements tailored to a user’s precise location.
The company that manufactures the devices says it does not collect “personally identifiable information” on app users and that the users must opt in before the pinging devices can do what they theoretically can do so well.
But, the fact is that those who opt in will be allowing those companies who use the devices to get a neat little picture on its app users…such as the amount of time they stand at a given location and the websites they’ve visited.
AND… it’s also not entirely clear who else could be mining that info… or what they could do with that info…
I think the words of Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, are worth heeding… “To the extent that the city is involved in this, the lack of transparency about this data-mining operation is even more, of even greater, concern. This is an agreement that has to be suspended pending an open process about what’s going on.”
And another person, who was informed about whatall was going on by a NYDN reporter, said.. “It’s too much. It’s like a tracker. Technology is getting more and more intrusive every year.”
Someone say… Big Brother?
When asked by the NYDN, the NYPD did not respond when asked if it is using beacons for tracking purposes.
6) Ben Affleck appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday (10/3) and when the talk got around to the topic of Islam.
Maher said to fellow panelist and self-described liberal, author Sam Harris, “You and I have been trying to make the case that liberals need to stand up for liberal principles. Freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, including homosexuals, these are liberal principles that liberals applaud forbut then when you say in the Muslim world this is what’s lacking, then they get upset.”
Ben said, “Thank God you’re here. Are you the person that understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam?”
Harris retorted, “I’m actually well-educated on this topic.”
Affleck, who was sitting with Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, and author Nicholas Kristof, was not about to back down and was persisting with his point that radical Islamists are not the majority Muslim view.
Maher asked, “Why are you so hostile about this concept?”
Ben came back, “Because it’s gross, it’s racist, it’s disgusting.”
Harris entered with, “Islam at this moment is the motherload of bad ideas.”
Ben, with steam beginning to show, said, “That’s an ugly thing to say. How about the more than a billion people, who aren’t fanatical, who don’t punish women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, pray five times a day, and don’t do any of the things that you’re saying all Muslims do?”
Maher said, “That’s just not true, Ben. You’re saying that the idea that someone should be killed if they leave the Islamic religion is just a few bad apples?”
Affleck continued with his thought process when Maher said, “It’s the only religion that acts like the mafia that will fucking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”
I find myself in a quandary here… usually I agree with stuff that Maher opines about but this time… Affleck, and his so-called right leaning cronies, are right… what Maher is saying is racist and ugly and disgusting. Most Muslims are not a bunch of murdering thieving no good sons of bitches who would kill us as we sleep or anyone else who would dare oppose them.
I mean think about the terrorists… think about al-Qaeda… ISIS… or any other terrorist group… how many are they… individuals… hundreds… thousands… not much more? Ok… a hundred thousand? A couple of hundred thousand? Now, how many Muslim countries do we count as allies… some, in fact, are contributing to the fight against ISIS right now… Saudi Arabia… Turkey… and others. They comprise a whole lot more. population-wise, than those terrorists… no?
Now, let’s go back in history… the Spanish Inquisition… the Crusades… how many non-christians were killed in the name of the supposed one true faith?
If, Maher really believes what he said on that show then personally I think he is wrong and maybe not as “good and liberal” as he thinks he is. Seems to me he has a little small minded bigot in him if you were to ask me.
7) News Item: A new study on sexting… sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages… confirms earlier data on the subject, stating that teens who sexted as sophomores are 32% more likely to have had sex in the next year than those who did not.
No freaking shit… now… how much did this study cost and who funded it?
8) Kid is running from two cops… dumps 17 bags of pot… then he slows… stops…
One of the cops coldcocks the kid…
The News says that the video was taken around 2:20 a.m. on August 29 at St. John’s Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
If this is all true then I hope a recently convened grand jury hearing evidence against the two cops is brought to an indictment and these cops are put through the wringer. Simply… there is no place in our society for people who are entrusted with protecting we citizens and then doing anything like what is seen in the video provided by the NYDN.
9) By now, I am sure ya’ll heard about the manhunt going on for accused cop-killer and self-styled survivalist Eric Frein… Dude has eluded capture in the eastern Pennsylvania woods since September 12…
Freaking Rambo is real???
How many more of his type are floating around the country?
Now, once we all get over the real frightening prospect that these SOBs are out there, I got a thought… can we just tell them all, “Olly olly oxen free”… and then hire them all and then fly them over to go after ISIS?
10) Celebrity pastry chef Dominique Ansel has released his recipe for the world-famous Cronut.
Be warned: the recipe clocks in at roughly 2,290 words.
Ansel is letting out the secret behind the hybrid croissant-donut that made him a culinary sensation after years of keeping it a dark closeted secret.
But, not so sure many will actually attempt the recipe. Because, per the instructions, the making of the Cronut requires advance prep, with all sorts of involved ingredient manipulations, will take two days in advance of the final product being produced.
Per the NYDN here’s the abbreviated version… “The pastry is made with laminated dough, similar to a croissant, proofed, and then thrown in the deep fryer. While still hot, the pastry is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with glaze.”
Here is a shorter version… go to any Dunkin Donuts… buy a glazed doughnut; buy a croissant; smush them together, then, get an ice cream cone and smush it into the Dunkins concoction and, viola, cronut on a stick for less than 5 bucks and in a matter of minutes.
And this week’s gratuitous pictures…
Another thousand words….
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