Posted by Bill (not IB) | Monday, September 19th, 2016 | The Religion of Peace | 38 Comments

The Religion of Peace: Bringing Love, Tolerance and Unity to the Masses…

Trains disrupted after police respond to suspicious device

Who is behind chelsea explosion

There’s more to be developed on these stories, but so far the facts point clearly to a group like ISIS or Al Qaeda. It’s probably not Code Pink, Greenpeace, the NRA, The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or even the Military-Industrial Complex.

What I’m waiting to see is if any of the accused are “persons of color” (an awful phrase, but there is NO politically correct descriptor), and, if so, how long it will take until some group like “Black Lives Matter” steps in and defends the actions as statements of discontent springing from frustration and oppression.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, September 18th, 2016 | Sports | 11 Comments

For college football fans, there is nothing more humiliating than your team losing a game and having the other team put up at least 60 points on your boys.  This doesn’t usually happen within your conference (although I can remember Oklahoma racking up 77 points against Missouri once back when both were in the Big 8).

This usually happens when some lesser program schedules a game against Alabama, say, or Ohio State.  Since the prominent team’s reserves are usually better than the lesser team’s regulars, the prominent team usually gets an easy win while the lesser one leaves their crushing defeat with a huge pay day.

Usually.  Sometimes, scheduling teams like this can blow up in your face.  Like that time Appalachian State went into Ann Arbor and beat Michigan.  Or yesterday when the University of Iowa lost at home to North Dakota State.

Anyway, I just watched a game like that on television.  The University of Texas at El Paso Miners lost 66-14.  UTEP’s actually not that bad of a team.  They’ve already won one game so far this season and their best running back rushed for over 100 yards against Texas.  So the Miners are not slouches.

But their Saturday opponents essentially played a flawless game.  They scored on every single one of their offensive possessions and racked up nine touchdowns in total.  UTEP got 10 first downs in this game; their opponents got 33.  The Miners managed 269 yards of total offense.  Their opponents?  598 yards.  It was one of the most impressive performances that I have ever seen in my entire life.

So what college football powerhouse was responsible for this beatdown?

You’re not going to believe this.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, September 17th, 2016 | Sports | 7 Comments

If you ever played American football, particularly in high school, contemplate the prospect of breaking the huddle, walking up to the line of scrimmage and seeing this kid lined up directly across from you.

When John Williams found out his wife Angela was pregnant with a boy, he dreamed that the child would one day grow to be 7-feet tall.

But he had no idea the boy would become the largest high school football prospect in the country – taller and heavier than any player currently on a NFL roster.

Take a look at some of the pictures.  But if you have played football at some point in your life, particularly the offensive line, you might want to not.  Because the term you’re looking for here is, “Sweet mother of God.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 49 Comments

This is why Donald Trump won.

UPDATE: John Hinderaker.

Reporters assumed the statement would be about Obama’s birthplace, and, sensing an opportunity to halt Hilary’s decline in the polls, hurried to the Trump International en masse, with camera crews in tow. The cable news networks cleared time to broadcast the anticipated Trump humiliation live.

What’s funny about this is that reporters were done in by their own partisan obsession with “birtherism,” the now-discredited suspicion that Obama was telling the truth when he claimed for many years to have been born in Kenya. Trump’s tweet said not a word about it, but reporters let wishful thinking get the better of them.

To be fair, it isn’t difficult to outsmart most reporters. But it is still fun to see it done in such epic fashion.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, September 15th, 2016 | There IS Justice... | 33 Comments

Your Esteemed Editor has just figured out what he wants for his 61st birthday (October 30th):

For the second time Wednesday, Republicans turned to a parliamentary maneuver to kill a Democratic filibuster and force a vote on a bill, this time to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill eliminating training and permit requirements to carry a concealed gun in public.

Previously, gun owners could carry a concealed weapon in public by passing a criminal background check and completing a gun safety training class in order to get a permit.

The wide-ranging bill would also reduce the penalty for carrying a firearm into buildings where it is not allowed from a felony to a misdemeanor and implement a so-called “stand your ground” law that says people no longer have a duty to try to retreat before using lethal force if they think their life is in danger.

Am I actually going to buy myself a gun and ammo to go with it?  I seriously doubt it.  About all both of those things would do would be to sit in one of my closets and gather dust and I’d never take my gun out of state.

On the other hand, if Ol’ Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie-Woogie Flu somehow manages to take down this pot, then all bets are off.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 | LGBT+54, Sports | 29 Comments

You have a call on the white courtesy phone:

The drop in TV ratings for the NFL wasn’t confined to Monday night.

With the dust settled on Week One, the NFL saw a reduction in most key apples-to-apples comparisons from 2015 to 2016.

Via Forbes, the Thursday night opener between the Panthers and Broncos drew 25.2 million, down eight percent from 2015 (Steelers-Patriots) and six percent from 2014 (Packers-Seahawks). Also, Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Cardinals generated an audience of 23.1 million. Despite the game being decided at the last second, the audience fell by 14 percent, in comparison to last year’s Giants-Cowboys Sunday night opener.

All metrics were down with the exception of the late-afternoon Sunday game, thanks to another Week One Giants-Cowboys contest, which saw growth in ratings from 14.7 from last year’s Ravens-Broncos game to 16.9, according to SportsBusiness Daily.

Back when Jane Fonda was still a bankable actress, I never attended any of her movies.  Hanoi Jane was, of course, a major-league radical and in her movies, the good guys were all left-wingers.

I got to wondering why I should pay my hard-earned money to see a leftist sermon when I could go to my Episcopal church and see one for free whenever the mood struck me.  And judging from quite a few of the comments following this article, a lot of people are beginning to feel the same way about the NFL.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell?  Granted, most of us around here know that you’re a lying son of a bitch but even we don’t think you’re stupid.  So you’d better understand something.

As noble as any cause might be, most people don’t enjoy having other people’s politics relentlessly shoved in their faces, particularly during times when they’re trying to relax and enjoy themselves.

If you’re okay with renaming it the SJWFL, know that I spent last Sunday watching the final round of whatever golf tournament NBC televised.  And I’m quite happy to watch Premier League games or whatever other sports programming I can find.  Or I can watch streaming CFL games on my lapper.

See, we here in St. Louis have an advantage that way, Rodge.  From 1960 until the Rams left, this town has seen five or six years of decent football while the rest of it was complete crap.  We all know that St. Louis had absolutely no chance of keeping the Rams and that there is no way that the SJWFL will ever come back here.

We’ve moved on, Rodge.

Go ahead and turn your games into televised Black Lives Matter rallies.  Because if you do, more and more people in more and more places are going to decide that they’re just not that into you any more.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Next spring, the University of Iowa will begin offering a Bacherlor’s Degree in Working A Fast-Food Restaurant Drive-Through Window:

The University of Iowa has become the first school in the state to add a bachelor’s program in social justice to its list of degrees, after its Board of Regents approved the motion Thursday.

The school already offers a first-year seminar on social justice as well as a “Justice for All” living learning community where students can live and “learn about systemic problems in our society.”

“The proposed program will appeal to students who want a vocation related to helping others, or careers in government services or the nonprofit sector, but are not necessarily interested in teaching or social work,” a proposal for the program suggested, noting that there is no “specific degree program” at the university or in the state that provides “opportunities in these areas.”

According to the proposal, the program will be interdisciplinary in nature, since more and more students have “expressed a desire to integrate academic work more deeply with anticipated career paths,” such as social activism work with a non-profit.


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Vox Populi | 20 Comments

Sometimes, ideas for a post just kind of creep up on me. (I know, many of you wish they’d just keep on creeping along and disappear into that Place Where Everything Which the Average Reader figures is Compost Material rather than a Discussion Topic belongs…)

I just finished watching “Once Upon a Time in the West”. I believe that the opening sequence is the best that has ever been filmed for any movie; I particularly enjoy watching Jack Elam deal with the fly that keeps bothering him (catching it in his gun is so, so perfect!). And when Charles Bronson says “you brought two horses too many”, the tone of the entire movie is set.

Then when Henry Fonda’s character proceeds to shoot a young boy as the opening sequence continues, it just adds to the depth of the film; I cannot imagine a western which combines all of the elements of characters, performances by actors, story line, and cinematic reality better than this film. It’s amazing.

Just for laughs, I decided to check “Rotten Tomatoes” for a list of the all-time best western movies. Get ready for some pretty tough reading here, folks:

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3. High Noon
4. The Searchers
5. The Wild Bunch
6. Once Upon a Time in the West
x7. True Grit (2010)
8. A Fistful of Dollars
9. Unforgiven
10. Sweetgrass
x11. Django Unchained
12. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
13. True Grit
14. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
x15. Blazing Saddles
x16. Lone Star
x17. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
x18. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
x19. Near Dark
x20. Bone Tomahawk
x21. The Proposition
x22. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
x23. Meek’s Cutoff
x24. Dances With Wolves
x25. The Homesman
x26. The Hateful Eight
x27. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
28. Open Range
x29. Shanghai Noon
      30. Appaloosa
      31. Assassination of Jesse James by Robert Ford
      x32. Red Hill
      x33. The Horse Whisperer
      x34. Blackthorn
      x35. The Keeping Room
      36. Tombstone
      x37. Fah talai jone
      x38. The Salvation
      x39. The Rover
      40. Maverick
      x41. The Claim
      x42. The Missing
      x43. Heaven’s Gate
      x44. Legends of the Fall
      x45. The Quick and the Dead
      x46. The Killer Inside Me
      x47. Sukiyaki Western Django
      x48. Ned Kelly
      x49. Seraphim Falls
      x50. Down in the Valley
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx51. Cowboys & Aliens
      52. Forsaken
      x53. Jane Got a Gun
      x54. A Million Ways to Die in the West
      x55. The Lone Ranger (2013)
      56. The Alamo (2004)
      x57. Wild Wild West
      x58. Priest


Titles whose number is preceded by an “x” are, in my estimation, someone’s idea of a bad joke to be included as a part of this list. Perhaps excessive use of LSD during formative years; viewing all of the Star Wars episodes 5 or more times (especially the digital remasters); subscribing to “The Best of Kate Schori’s Sermons”; or even being a member of Oprah’s book club is the explanation behind such a destructive and mind-altering influence.

You’ll notice some VERY important omissions:

Almost all of Clint Eastwood’s works, most notably:
      For a Few Dollars More
      Two Mules for Sister Sara
      The Outlaw Josey Wales
      Hang ’em High
      High Plains Drifter
      Pale Rider

Practically all of John Wayne’s films – where’s:
      Rio Bravo
      The Alamo
      True Grit
      Fort Apache
      El Dorado
or even
      The Shootist ( which I think is his best; he’s not playing a role, he’s being John Wayne…)

Perhaps the name “Henry Fonda” rings a bell or two with some folks:
      My Darling Clementine
      The Ox-Bow Incident

And THE most glaring omission; the elephant in the room; the one instance that proves just how “Rotten” Rotten Tomatoes is:

How about the Prototype of “Superstar Cast” Films, The Magnificent Seven (whose soundtrack EVERYONE knows; it’s THE official theme song of westerns)???

It’s become awfully easy for us to rely upon various Internet resources for all sorts of reasons. Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, and many others provide lots of information – but, THERE’S NO ONE CHECKING THE VALIDITY OF THAT INFORMATION. When I was much younger, my parents spent a small fortune on a copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica. It was THE authoritative reference source; if I cited a Britannica listing in an essay or homework assignment, it was never questioned. And annual updates (“Yearbooks”) were issued so that one could be assured of having the most recent facts.

PLEASE, people – DON’T rely on Internet resources for anything unless you are willing to do some fact checking and ensure that you’re getting at least a semblance of the truth. And that includes what I tell you – my claims to omniscience and infallibility expired the day that I bought the 45RPM record of “Rubber Ducky”.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, September 12th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 94 Comments

The password is…PNEUMONIA (ding!):

Hillary Clinton’s doctor says she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, and was “overheated and dehydrated” at the 9/11 commemoration event Sunday morning, where cameras caught her stumbling and then being placed into a van by her security details.

“I have just examined here and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” according to a statement attributed to her doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack.

“Secretary Clinton has been experience a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated,” said the statement.

So.  Mrs. Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday.  I’ve always understood a diagnosis of pneumonia to be a fairly serious matter, one not to be taken lightly.  Nevertheless, the former Secretary of State attended a 9/11 event two days later at which she collapsed and had to be carried into a van.

You know what they say, Clinton campaign.  When you’re in a hole…


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, September 12th, 2016 | Football Foibles | 5 Comments

If you’ve got any yard work that needs doing or if you have to get the hay in, the corn harvested or the winter wheat planted, these guys are going to have a couple of free weekends:

The on-field officials and replay crew who bungled the finish of Saturday’s Oklahoma State-Central Michigan game have each been suspended for two games. 

The replay officials were from the Big 12 and the officiating crew was from the MAC. Both conferences announced Sunday that they were suspending their officials involved in the game. 

The officials awarded CMU an untimed down after Oklahoma State committed intentional grounding on fourth down with no time left on the clock. The Chippewas took advantage of the extra play by scoring on a Hail Mary pass to win the game

The head referee, MAC official Tim O’Dey, admitted after the game that his crew had erred in awarding the untimed down. Both conferences confirmed the error in a statement released after the game but said the result would not be altered. 

We here in Missouri are familiar with incidents like this (here’s a video if you’re interested).  So while I love to see the Chippewas getting national exposure (and I love even more the idea of a ranked team being taken down by, well, Central Michigan), the fact is that Oklahoma State was straight-up and inexcusably robbed.

That said, Okie State would do well to remind itself that even if that last play hadn’t happened, it would have only beaten Central Michigan by three points in a game in its own house.  So there’s that to consider.



Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, September 11th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 32 Comments

During this campaign, questions have been raised about the state of Hillary Clinton’s health.  Last week, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post sneeringly dismissed these questions as so much right-wing conspiracy-mongering:

The simple fact is that there is zero evidence that anything is seriously wrong with Clinton.  If suffering an occasional coughing fit is evidence of a major health problem, then 75 percent of the country must have that mystery illness. And I am one of them.

What Trump cannot — or, at least, should not — do is continue to engage with these wacky theories that emerge out of the fever swamps on the very fringe of the conservative movement. Every single person who believes in the Clinton health conspiracy is already for Trump. What he needs to do is find ways to reach voters who have doubts about him but may carry even graver doubts about Clinton’s ability to do the job in an honest and transparent way.

Now Cillizza isn’t so sure of himself.

Hillary Clinton falling ill Sunday morning at a memorial service on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will catapult questions about her health from the ranks of conservative conspiracy theory to perhaps the central debate in the presidential race over the coming days.

“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”

What that statement leaves out is that a) it came 90 minutes after Clinton left the ceremony b) reporters — or even a reporter — were not allowed to follow her and c) the temperature in New York City at the time of Clinton’s overheating was in the low 80s. (A heat wave over the eastern United States broke last night/this morning.)

Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the “overheating” episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around.

But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her. (Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!

Clinton may well be totally fine — and I certainly hope she is. But we are 58 days away from choosing the person who will lead the country for the next four years, and she is one of the two candidates with a real chance of winning. Taking the Clinton team’s word for it on her health — in light of the episode on Sunday morning — is no  longer enough. Reasonable people can — and will —  have real questions about her health.

Sunday morning changed the conversation in the race about Clinton’s health. Or rather it will force Clinton to have a conversation about her health in the race.

I’m not yet ready to jump on the serious health problem bandwagon.  US presidential campaigns are grueling so all this could be nothing more than exhaustion.  Or it could be, as Glenn Reynolds put it, a case of “one too many Mimosas at brunch.”  People would understand and it wouldn’t affect the Clinton campaign in the slightest.

But whatever’s going on, be forthright with people.  If Hillary’s just extremely tired, have her physician tell the country that Mrs. Clinton has been ordered completely off the campaign trail for a week, all her events scheduled for that week will be cancelled, and that whatever campaigning to be done during that period will be handled by Tim Kaine and other Democratic surrogates.

Because if formerly scornful skeptics like Chris Cilizza are any indication, this story isn’t going anywhere (and God forbid Mrs. Clinton should have another episode any time soon).  Add the health question to her “basket of deplorables” insult and Hillary Clinton suddenly has a serious problem.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, September 11th, 2016 | Childish Overpaid Athletes | 58 Comments

Editorial Note:
Chris wrote a second version of this post to update it to today’s most recent circumstances. There are ways he could have simply moved the old post up and added text, but that’s geek stuff for the tech staff like me, not creative content type effort.

So – I have moved all of the comments from the original post to this one, and also combined the text of the posts.

The most recent text is up top. You can scroll down to the original text; it’s clearly marked.

CJ – would have asked you about this, but I wanted to get it done ASAP.

Bill (not IB)

Today’s Seattle Seahawks-Miami Dolphins match-up may be more interesting than it otherwise would have been.  Seems that the Dolphins may put on a little display of their own:

The Miami Dolphins held a players-only meeting Friday to discuss a possible demonstration against racial inequality during the national anthem in their season opener.

Sunday marks 15 years since the September 11th terror attacks. Families will mourn lost loved ones. Americans across the country will pause to reflect on one of the most horrific days in our history.

But in the NFL, many players say they’re considering using that day to protest.

It’s a controversial gesture which will likely be even more polarizing with the opening of the NFL season falling on the 9/11 anniversary.

Dolphin fans were outraged.

“My family and friends won’t be going to games this year, and some won’t buy products advertised during games,” one commenter posted. Another threatened a similar boycott: “I’m protesting the disrespect for our country and boycotting the NFL until they make everyone stand. I’ll watch college football and baseball and hockey, period.”

Others took offense to the potential protest occuring on 9/11. “Protest the anthem especially on 9/11 and the Dolphins are dead to me,” one reader wrote. Another posted: “Truly disgusting what they are doing. … I’m sure our soldiers abroad will be horrified and disgusted at their unpatriotic behavior.”

Even longtime fans were offended: “If the Dolphins decide not to stand for the national anthem on 9/11 I will never attend another game in my life. And I’ve run bus trips for 29 years.”

If all this goes down and I was a Dolphin fan, I would do one of two things.  I would immediately and very ostentatiously stand up, leave the stadium, get in my car and drive home.  Or I would stay and watch the game until its conclusion.  And if the Dolphins scored, do you know how I would react?

With absolute silence.

Why?  Three words.


If you want to protest some little cause or other during a game, fine, go for it.  It’s your right.  You should know, of course, that if you want to turn the NFL into Black Lives Matter, Professional Sports Division, and relentlessly stuff your politics in our faces, that a great many of us will suddenly discover the virtues of soccer and spend our weekends waiting for Premier League telecasts.

That’s your call.  But I’d strongly urge you to take this weekend off.

Because if you DARE hijack the anniversary of one of this country’s most traumatic events in order to advance your stupid political agenda then I have no more use for your sport.

Or you.

Go to hell.


I miss the NFL less and less:

The Seattle Seahawks hope to make a statement in their season-opening matchup versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

But some of the players might make a statement before the game even starts.

Following protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane, members of the Seahawks might join together to address the issues that motivated Kaepernick to first sit, then kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner said Wednesday that the team is considering a show of unity in order to promote justice and equality for all Americans, regardless of skin color.

Remind me who the President of the United States has been for the last EIGHT FREAKING YEARS?

“Anything that we want to do, it’s not going to be individual,” Wagner said ahead of practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. “It’s going to be a team thing because that’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”

Know what Sunday’s date is?

One complicating factor could be that Sunday’s game falls on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a fact that’s not lost on Baldwin.

“I think it’s very ironic that 15 years ago on Sept. 11 is one of the most devastating times in U.S. history, and after that day we were probably the most unified that we’ve ever been,” he continued. “And today you struggle to see the unity.”

And whose fault is that?  Oh yeah.  That would be President SlicedItIntoTheWaterHazzard.

Look.  I get the whole First Amendment free speech thing and I’m fine with it (although refuse to bake some gay guy some Pride Day cupcakes on account of your religious principles and see where that gets you).  But to stage a protest on the anniversary of one of the most solemn days in this country’s history doesn’t seem like it will sway many people to your point of view.

If they wanted to get really creative, Kaepernick, the Seahawks, whoever that lesbian soccer player was that did this and whatever other pro sports crapweasels who ostentatiously tell the world how morally wonderful they are might as well fly to Normandy, France next June 6th, knock back a lot of great wine at Rouen, visit the graveyards at the battlefield and collectively piss on as many American graves as they possibly can.

After all, it’s important to send a message.

Then there’s this.

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

When I watch a professional football game on television or personally attend one, I want to see a professional football game.  Period.  I’m kind of not that into paying more money than I can afford for the privilege of watching a bunch of people who make more money than I ever have or ever will earn making stupid political statements.

Particularly on the anniversary of one of this country’s saddest days. 

Quick suggestion.  Take the day off.

Canada?  If the CFL ever wants to try their mid-90’s south-of-the-border experiment again, a St. Louis team could get a sweet lease at the dome here and I would be SO down.  If that’s not going to happen, I’ll wait for hockey.  Or for the Blues to bring an AHL team here. 


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Sunday, September 11th, 2016 | Vomit Inducing Stupidity | 6 Comments

After all these years, I can’t honestly say that there’s much which surprises me anymore. The ability of people to crawl into sewers, cover themselves with excrement, and then proudly proclaim themselves as being coated with healthful fertilizer abounds with ever-more tasteless examples of human – um – “mental flatulence”.

Mattress store airs offensive 9/11 commercial

I don’t know how long the youtube link will stay up; I have stored a copy if it gets pulled (which any sane person would have done on Sept. 11, 1999…)


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 64 Comments

Has Lady Macbeth just thrown this thing away?

“You know to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” [Mrs. Clinton] said as the crowd laughed and applauded. “…the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

Clinton said that it was unfortunate that Trump had given them a voice, citing “offensive mean-spirited rhetoric” on websites and Twitter.

“Some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America,” she said.

Update from Bill (not IB)     Check out the CNN headline:

“Clinton calls some Trump supporters ‘deplorables’ “


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | Childish Overpaid Athletes | 6 Comments


Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Seems that some lesbian or other is incredibly ticked off because she was denied the opportunity to show the world that she is not as other men are.

In changing the timing of their on-field pregame program, the Washington Spirit organization successfully denied Megan Rapinoe the opportunity to kneel in protest during the national anthem. 

Rapinoe, along with players from both the Spirit and her Seattle Reign FC, were still in the locker rooms at Maryland Soccerplex when the anthem was played, obviously ahead of its usual place in the pregame routine.

Her attempts at a pregame protest muted, Rapinoe spoke out following the contest.

“It’s f—ing unbelievable,” she told reporters when asked about the home club’s decision to move the anthem in order to avoid her announced protest. “[I’m] saddened by it.”

Rapinoe took direct aim at Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch, telling Caitlin Buckley of that she believes Lynch is “homophobic.”

Of course you do, cupcake.

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