Posted by Bill (not IB) | Saturday, June 18th, 2016 | Website Issues | 4 Comments
In all likelihood, relatively few of our readers noticed that two posts of mine disappeared suddenly and with no explanation.
There are reasons, as follows:
1) First post – had to do with the draft, which is a very contentious issue. Items that Chris posted seemed to merit more concern and attention than mine, so my lackluster observations have been “retained for resubmission at a time in the future to be determined; said time to be defined by the Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the price of pickled beets.”
2) Second post – a very, very humorous item. But – it referenced hunters; was based on the voice of “Donald Duck”; and was incompatible with the tragic death of a toddler at Disney World. This item shall also reappear when the timing is right.
I will never, ever yield to the self-appointed deities of political correctness. But damned if I don’t know the difference between what’s right, proper, and appropriate; and what is tasteless, tactless, and thoughtless. Doing the considerate and decent thing allows one to sleep soundly at night, and deal with the face in the morning mirror with no doubts or regrets. (And I assure you, my face needs all the help it can get!)
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, June 17th, 2016 | LGBT+54 | 12 Comments
If “men” who “self-identify” as “women” are allowed by law to use female bathrooms, then uttering the insult, “Go eff yourself” will probably be considered a hate crime or something.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Stupid People | 16 Comments
These skanks are the reason (well, one of them) why the word “racism” has lost all meaning.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, June 16th, 2016 | Sports | 20 Comments
I watched this on ESPN2 the other day. And TBS is currently running this as an ongoing series. It’s nice to know that all those hours I spent at the 7-11 when I was a kid weren’t completely wasted, it’s always fun to officially be a pioneer and if they ever get a classic video games thing going, I might have a shot at playing Pole Position on national television even though I made it to the third level exactly once.
But come on now. Are you people that hurting for sports programming? You can’t work out some kind of Rugby deal or bring Australian Rules football back on a regular basis? If so, then I can guarantee that the American people will see televised Angry Birds or Candy Crush tournaments in the very near future.
And absolutely NOBODY wants that.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | Website Issues | 23 Comments
WordPress, the folks what power, whatever that means, this here site, has just had an upgrade. I don’t know about my associate but I’m not entirely used to the software yet. So if something goes sideways around here for the next couple of weeks, Bill and I officially apologize in advance.
On an unrelated note, would Katherine, FW Ken and The Little Myrmidon drop me a line? Put your handles in the subject line so I’ll know it’s you. I’ve got a proposition for the three of you.
And I’ll have propositions for even more of you in the coming months.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | The Court has Decided... | 13 Comments
Since the news has been so depressing lately, I thought that the following might lift your spirits. Never ever forget that every so often, the good guys win and the bad guys lose:
A federal appeals court on Monday threw out $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book “American Sniper.”
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sent a portion of the case — Ventura’s defamation claim — back to the district court for a new trial, saying Ventura’s attorneys made improper remarks and the trial court “clearly abused its discretion in denying a new trial.”
Kyle is a former SEAL regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. In his book “American Sniper,” he wrote a subchapter called “Punching Out Scruff Face” in which he describes decking Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after Ventura made offensive comments about SEALs, including that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” in Iraq.
Kyle, who was killed on a shooting range in 2013 by a troubled fellow veteran, gave sworn videotaped testimony before his death that his story was true. The case proceeded against his estate.
In 2014, a jury awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, appealed, asking that the verdict be thrown out or that a new trial be ordered on First Amendment and other grounds. Ventura’s lawyers, however, argued that jury got the verdict right.
In Monday’s ruling, a three-judge appellate panel reversed the unjust-enrichment award, saying the theory of unjust-enrichment “enjoys no legal support under Minnesota law” and fails as a matter of law.
The majority found that Ventura’s attorneys improperly let the jury hear that publisher HarperCollins had an insurance policy to cover a defamation award and attorney fees. The majority said those comments prevented Kyle’s estate from receiving a fair trial and that Ventura’s attorneys deliberately referenced a “deep-pocket insurer” to try to influence the jury and enhance damages.
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Website Issues | 15 Comments
Yes, MCJ was “out of service” for a long time today.
Katherine picked up on the likely cause almost immediately – the “yobbo” who thought he was so slick at updating the website.
in other words, – moi.
I have apologized to CJ, offered a fatted calf in sacrifice for my transgressions, and volunteered to make monetary amends to CJ retroactive to the beginning of time (courtesy of the First Trans-National Bank of Eden; Mr. A. D. Am, proprietor). What *really* hurts is that CJ wants me to give him my collection of Hot Wheels… (not really).
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 7 Comments
Great posts don’t have to be long.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | From the Editor-in-Chief | 4 Comments
In case anyone’s wondering why I haven’t been around much lately, I’ve been having Wi-Fi troubles again. Well, not so much Wi-Fi troubles as Wi-Fi pain-in-the-ass irritations. You know, like when you were a kid and your little brother/sister was around working hard to annoy the crap out of you. But as you all can see, Bill’s picked up the slack and I’ll get stuff up whenever I can.
I’ll explain all this eventually.
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Sunday, June 12th, 2016 | Prayer Requests | 51 Comments
Please, please pray for the victims and their families. . .
Thoughtless or out of line comments will be dealt with severely.
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Saturday, June 11th, 2016 | Everyone a Victim | 63 Comments
Every time I think I’ve heard/seen it all, something comes along that proves liberalism, leftists, progressives, and their ilk are able to find ways to turn even the most reasonable things into a “cause celebré” defining a new group of victims.
And in this case, it hits close to home – Plano, Texas to be exact, which is where I lived once upon a time, and is still closer to the “Bill” residence than most other suburbs in the DFW area.
Why, oh why, is it necessary to treat high-achieving students like some kind of , rather than to honor them for what they have accomplished:
Full disclosure – I was NHS Junior and Senior year. We didn’t have stoles for graduation, just a pin on the collar of our gowns that was about 1″ x 1/2″. If anyone could see it from anywhere past the 2nd row of seats, they were using a telescope…
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, June 11th, 2016 | Hockey, Sports | 6 Comments
There are certain people who it is simply impossible to imagine dead. Quite a few of them are athletes; Stan Musial was like that here in St. Louis. And folks in Detroit and, well, pretty much everyone in Canada just lost another one. Gordie Howe got called up to the big club.
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 46 Comments
Jeepers, a Presidential Election is a true gift when it comes to material to write about!!!!
In the “Hillary the Unavoidable” post, BillB had an interesting observation:
“The POTUS, if that is still the title…”
I was about to post a comment in response, and then I saw an opportunity to let everyone join in the fun.
I believe that the acronym “POTUS” would remain the same if Hillary ended up in the
ovary Oval Office, but the title would change. My idea was:
“Psycopath of the United States”
But, I have no monopoly on humor, satire, or creative ideas. So – lets hear from you, people. What do you think the title would change to – and yet retain the same acronym?
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 54 Comments
Update – there is now the best of all possible reasons to reject Hillary as the Democrat candidate for President. Obama has endorsed her…
So, Hillary has the Democrat Presidential Candidate nomination clinched.
But, does she?
There are many, many supporters of Bernie Sanders who will never, ever accept Hillary. And just because she has a majority of delegates based on primary elections is no guarantee that those delegates will actually support her.
One of the great “fallacies” of the primary process is the idea that delegates are obligated to vote in accordance with the results in their local/state elections.
They aren’t actually *required* to vote for anyone in particular. The primary election results are significant, but they are not binding.
This is especially true for “Superdelegates”; those with large numbers of votes who are theoretically directed to follow election results, but in point of fact, they can do whatever they want with no fear of retribution.
One other thing that I hope will get lots and lots of press in the coming months. Barack Obama received 93% of the black vote in 2012, after having received 96% of the black vote in 2008. If this had happened to a candidate of another race (say an Asian or Latino) the hue and cry over “bigoted and racist voting” would have knocked down the foundations of the Supreme Court building. But, in the race (pun intended) to elect the first black (or is it African-American? Medunno…) President, it’s quite clear that race transcended politics.
Does anyone want to speculate as to what the numbers will be for Hillary with regard to female voters? (Please, let’s avoid the LGBT+54 aspect…) If she ends up with, say, 90% of the female vote, can there be any question as to whether or not it is her politics or her gender/sex/sexual orientation/DNA assessment/personal self-identification that is the basis for the votes she receives?
And, how can Hillary *POSSIBLY* claim to be an advocate of women’s rights and still be married to her philandering, faithless, lying P.O.S. husband? What Billy Boy did (and it’s not a matter of speculation, it’s a matter of fact; the DNA on Monica’s dress doesn’t lie) is a disgrace to marriage, truthfulness, and victimized a woman who fell under the spell of a professional politician/manipulator.
What is the likelihood that Hillary would have “stood by her man” if she wasn’t desperately hoping to find herself on track to major political aspirations?
Hillary has got more baggage to deal with than the Griswold family heading out for a trip with stops in St. Louis; Coolidge, Kansas; Phoenix; Walley World; London; Paris; “Dimplestrade, Somewhere in Germany”; Rome; and Las Vegas. (And Hillary doesn’t look NEARLY as good as Beverly D’Angelo…)
Between Bill’s pants problems, Benghazi, the email servers, the Clinton foundation, Vince Foster and the Rose Law Firm, and Hillary’s monumental failure with health care reform as “First Lady” (gee, who would have though that someone who wasn’t elected would have troubles with major political machinations…) Trump has enough ammunition to prevent Hillary from having a chance of *ever* getting off the defensive. And Trump has no regard for the “inside-the-Beltway-codes” that allow for treating some things as being out of bounds – having fought in the world of business and finance for decades, Trump knows that nice guys finish last.
Hillary could still lose the nomination. She’s vulnerable – MUCH more so than Sanders, and she really has nothing to offer over and above Bernie’s qualities other than the fact that she is a She (political correctness apologies requested…).
Truthfully, if I were a Democrat, I’d rather it be Bernie than Hillary carrying my flag to the finish line. And therein may reside a lot of hope for Republicans.
Posted by Bill (not IB) | Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 | Website Issues | 9 Comments
Update – brief list of HTML tags added to Comments page…
Update – addition of the author name in the post heading completed!
Well, I think I’ve gotten almost as far as I can with improvements to the MCJ blog. Here’s a brief rundown of the changes:
1) Addition of a “Recent Posts” list
2) Addition of a “Recent Comments” list
3) Addition of a “Preview” function for comments – to use it just click “preview” If you’re satisfied, click “post”. If changes are required, make them IN THE ORIGINAL COMMENT BOX. You can then either click “preview” again, or click “post”.
4) Automatic closure of comments on posts more than 30 days old (if it hasn’t been said by then, it ain’t worth saying…)
5) Removal of numerous “dead” links in the Blogroll; this will be ongoing
6) Reformatting of margins, spacing, etc. to allow more information on a single page
7) Changing the “Archives” from a “month/year” list to a “year” list
8) Moving the “Search” function up to make it more accessible
9) Addition of an email link for contact on website issues (goes to “Bill not IB” rather than Chris)
10) Addition of categories to posts (these may change over time)
There are three things left that I’m working on:
a) Addition of the author name in the “Recent Posts” list
DONE!!! b) Addition of the author name in the post heading
c) Resolving the “right hand edge” formatting issues with the sidebar.
As progress is made, I’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile – in exchange for the amazing added value to the MCJ blog, please consider clicking the PayPal link and making a donation. All funds go straight to Chris – and I’ve started the ball rolling with a donation of my own.