Monday, June 17, 2019

NOW I'M DONE

Yum.  Give me a crack at this and you can go ahead and kill me.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

PANDER BEAR

An outstanding question.  Why should only student loan debt be forgiven?

While you’re at it why don’t you cancel mortgage debt and credit card debt and auto loan debt too ... psh, why should anyone have to pay back what they borrow? OH, and make sure you write a check to those who already paid their loans off.

REFOCUSING

You're famous for being famous.  You've personally made millions and millions of dollars merely for appearing on a reality television program with your mom and your sisters and you have paparazzi in the hundreds fighting for the chance to photograph you wherever you go.  But if one day you suddenly decide to take whatever blessings you've received and whatever societal influence you have and do something genuinely meaningful with them, I can only applaud you.

President Trump and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West announced programs aimed at helping former prisoners become gainfully employed.

At an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday afternoon, the president said his administration was taking steps to encourage businesses to hire former inmates.

“The unemployment rate for former inmates is up to five times higher than the national average. My administration has set an ambitious goal: We want to cut the unemployment rate for these individuals to single digits within five years. And we think there’s a really good chance of doing it,” said Trump.

At the event, Kardashian West announced the creation of a rideshare partnership aimed at helping former inmates afford transportation to and from job interviews and places of employment.

“I’m so happy to announce today that we have a rideshare partnership where formerly incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so that they can get rides to and from job interviews, to and from jobs, family members, and that is so important — so needed,” she explained.

“I think the ultimate goal is everyone wants the community to be safe. And the more opportunity that we have and that they have, and the support that we help give them, the safer everyone will be.”

Friday, June 14, 2019

YOU WANT US TO DO WHAT??

Personally associate with a bunch of...good gawd...FARMERS??

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees turned their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday, apparently over plans to relocate them from Washington to the Kansas City area.

Perdue announced Thursday that two of the Department of Agriculture’s research agencies, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be relocated to be closer to major farming regions, according to Politico.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BLUES WIN

[Stares blankly]

Holy crap, they actually pulled it off.

UPDATE: Here's the local write-up.

UPDATE: It's now Thursday morning and I still don't get it.

UPDATE: I know somebody who's going to be buying a new car.

UPDATE: Backstory.  The St. Louis Blues were never supposed to have existed at all.

In 1967, when the NHL expanded from six teams to twelve, the Blues were the last of the new six.  In fact, that franchise was supposed to have gone to Baltimore.  Only reason it didn't was the Wirtz family who owned the Chicago Black Hawks.

The Hawks ran a Central Hockey League farm team called the St. Louis Braves (when I was a kid, I loved listening to those guys on the radio) and also owned the St. Louis Arena which was a dump.  Truth to tell, it basically remained a dump until the day it was knocked down.

So whichever Wirtz was running the show then approached a local insurance executive and Democratic Party power broker named Sid Salomon Jr. with a proposition.  Take the Arena off my hands and I'll get you into the NHL. 

Salomon Jr. was initially skeptical but his son, Sid III, seems to have talked him into it.  And the rest is history.

UPDATE: Worst to first.  SI's write-up.

The Game 7 victory marked the city’s first Cup since the Blues’ inception in 1967, and it came as the conclusion to something like the perfect sports story. The team was the worst in the NHL on the morning of Jan. 3, a date that’s loomed large in St. Louis’s consciousness this spring—since the 11-game winning streak in January and February that vaulted the team up the standings, since it found itself improbably the No. 3 seed in the Central Division at the start of the playoffs. It’s been a sprint all spring, from worst to first for this team that was so recently left for dead.

UPDATE: The Blues flew this very sick little girl and devoted Blues fan into Boston to watch the final with her heroes.  Aftermath.

UPDATE: First title for the Raptors, first title for the Blues.  Same season.

Makes you think.

KIDDIE PORN

The Democratic Party outreach continues.

In addition to blackface, infanticide, and alleged sexual assault, the Democratic Party in Virginia can now add “sex with minors” to the list of questionable hobbies they’ll allow politicians to dabble in.

On Tuesday night, Joe Morrissey, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, won the Democratic primary for state senate. It was less than four years ago when Morrissey, who was in his fifties at the time, was jailed for having sex with a 17-year-old secretary at his law firm. According to statements from a prosecutor, Morrissey had sex with the girl multiple times in his law office and possessed a nude picture of her that he texted to a friend.

Morrissey was indicted for felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor and possession and distribution of child pornography. He denied the charges, but ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in 2015. After serving jail time that year, he continued to deny sexual contact with the teenager, then denied paternity of a baby she delivered months later. Fast-forward a few more months, and Morrissey admitted on the radio that he was the father of the child, and the former secretary is now his wife.

Morrissey won Tuesday’s primary by 14 points...

RIP VAN ACOSTA

CNN pretentious jackass Jim Acosta, who has a new book coming out wondering where the hell his damned Congressional Medal of Honor is, has a warning for conservatives.

Explaining why he wrote his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, Acosta told Anderson Cooper, "What I wanted to do is sort of take the big-picture view on this and say, 'Is this the kind of country we want to hand off to the next generation, where we’re now comfortable from here on out saying that the press is the enemy of the people?'"

"And to our friends in conservative media, Anderson, I say this: It is no guarantee that you get to stay in power forever," he continued. "And so, another administration could come in and do the very same thing to them and say, 'Well, Donald Trump did it. Guess what, we’re going to do it to you, too.'"

But cut Jimmy some slack.  The poor guy's only recently awakened from an eight-year coma.

If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.
 
Mr. Trump made his animus toward the news media clear during the presidential campaign, often expressing his disgust with coverage through Twitter or in diatribes at rallies. So if his campaign is any guide, Mr. Trump seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood component of Mr. Obama’s presidential legacy.
 
Criticism of Mr. Obama’s stance on press freedom, government transparency and secrecy is hotly disputed by the White House, but many journalism groups say the record is clear. Over the past eight years, the administration has prosecuted nine cases involving whistle-blowers and leakers, compared with only three by all previous administrations combined. It has repeatedly used the Espionage Act, a relic of World War I-era red-baiting, not to prosecute spies but to go after government officials who talked to journalists.
 
Under Mr. Obama, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. have spied on reporters by monitoring their phone records, labeled one journalist an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal case for simply doing reporting and issued subpoenas to other reporters to try to force them to reveal their sources and testify in criminal cases.