Thursday, August 25, 2016

Random Musings

Last week Ryan Lochte apologized on social media—and did a round of The Mea Culpa on every news channel—for not being “more careful and candid” in the way he described events to Brazilian police about that “robbery” that never happened.

Careful and candid? Howsabout saying:
“I’m sorry I’m a drunken ass who vandalized a bathroom then lied to police about then fled the country while my friends were detained.”
Say that, then go away … and that very well may happen because in the wake of lying and being just a general douchebag, Lochte has lost 4 sponsorship deals, including Speedo:
“While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone the behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for.”
And then Ralph Lauren, which outfitted Team USA for the opening and closing ceremonies, announced they would not renew their contract with Lochte either.

Good. Now go.
It seems like it was just a couple of years ago that we — the LGBT community, that is — were boycotting Target for donating to anti-LGBT political campaigns.

Cut to 2016 and there’s a new Target in town … Last week Target announced that it will spend $20 million to install gender-neutral restrooms in every single one of its stores, saying the change is part of an ongoing effort to make all customers and employees feel welcome. Most Target bathrooms are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Good on Target.
Last Saturday night was Trash Movie Night at Casa Bob y Carlos so we enjoyed — and I use that word loosely — a disaster epic, in every sense of the word, called San Andreas.

The film starred Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock and I will say, he’s a horrible actor. But worse than is acting is that I couldn’t decide if he looked like a talking elbow or a taking penis.

Just sayin’.
In South Carolina LGBT News … Crystal Moore is the chief of police in Latta, South Carolina—population 1,400. Yup, a woman — in that small town — and a gay woman to boot. But Crystal Moore isn’t just content with being the chief of police, she’s set her sights on becoming the female sheriff in South Carolina and the first gay one, too.

South Carolina. Gay sheriff; female sheriff. Who knew?
Carlos and I make a trek to CostCo about every six weeks for supplies; we used to travel up to Charlotte, North Carolina, because that was the closest one and it was about a 90-minute drive up and a ninety-minute drive back.

But two weeks ago, they finally opened a CostCo in Columbia and so the drive is down to thirty minutes each way, but this story isn’t about CostCo. It’s about Dumbass South Carolina drivers.

On the way up I-20 we ran into stopped traffic; there was, most likely, an accident up ahead. We stopped very near a freeway off-ramp and so many cars were pushing to the right to get off the freeway and avoid the mess. As the driver, I noticed that up ahead the traffic was still moving, albeit slowly, so I chose to stay in my lane and get through.

As I also looked up ahead, I noticed that some drivers were doing u-turns and getting off the freeway via a freeway on-ramp and driving the wrong way up the on-ramp.

Stupid ass people. But then, just when you think people cannot be dumber, some of those using the ­on-ramp to get off, were backing up the on-ramp so as to look less conspicuous.

Seriously. I lived six years in  Miami where I saw crazy drivers every single day and I never saw anything like this is my life; South Carolina; it’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.
I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and they were doing a piece on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show bandleader, Jon Batiste.

Talented musician, great fun, fabulous style, and oh so easy on the eyes … I may have to stay up late some time.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars starts tonight, with returning queens, Adore Delano, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards,  Coco Montrese, Detox,  Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O’Hara,  Roxxxy Andrews, and Tatiana.

I hope Ginger takes it all the way; I hope Adore isn’t allowed to speak because she has a voice only a non-hearing person could love; I hope someone pushes Roxxxy off the stage; I hope someone tapes Phi Phi’s catty mouth shut.

But that’s just me …
In news that is not surprising, it seems that Weston Imer, a twelve-year-old boy, is running Donald [t]Rump’s campaign office in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Imer’s mother Laurel is listed as the office’s official field coordinator but she says she’s allowed her son to organize volunteers as co-chair of the county office.

Makes sense, the candidate has the temperament of a self-indulgent twelve-year-old so …
I originally posted about Martin Blackwell  back in March — see post HERE — after he was arrested for pouring boiling water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.

This week Blackwell was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert; the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The jury refused to accept Blackwell’s defense attorney, Monique Walker’s statement that this wasn’t about hate, but about “old-school culture, old-school thinking.”

I wonder if Monique would offer that same defense on a racist white man who poured boiling water on a black man. Hate is hate, Monique; stop trying to justify it as “old school” thinking.
Speaking of asshats … the price of life-saving EpiPens has jumped from an average price of $56.64 in 2007 to $317.82 today.

And conveniently enough, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, the pharmaceutical executive who oversaw the increase was given a raise from $2,453,456 in 2007 to $18,931,068 today.

Mylan purchased the EpiPen from Merck in 2007; each pen contains about $1 worth of epinephrine. Now you pay $300 for the dollar’s worth of medicine … oh, and you get the pen, too!

Heather Bresch; she’s the new Martin Shkreli. I hope she gets what he got.
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9 comments:

Raybeard said...

"....and a gay woman to boot." I do hope not! Must admit I've inadvertently used the very same expression myself. :-)

the dogs' mother said...

I read that Ryan Lochte is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. ak!

Toni said...

People! They come in all forms!

anne marie in philly said...

Heather Bresch - you disgusting bitch! if you EVER need a drug to live, I hope the price is so high that YOU can't afford it! I wanna punch your ugly face!

the rock - talking penis.

Martin Blackwell - should get the death penalty!

Biki Honko said...

Thankfully our medical insurance covers medicine. As it is my epi-pens STILL cost me $75.00!!! And thankfully so far I haven't needed them. So every two years I toss out the old ones and pay $75 for a new set.....

Biki Honko said...

Today while being out and about running the errands that keep life perking along, I was driving on a divided road, with a posted speed limit of 55. And as I rounded the bend, there was a pick up truck COMING AT ME! The man behind the wheel was quite old and looked bemused and confused. I got around him, but the traffic behind me came to a complete standstill.

Sorta the same thing, yeah?

Anonymous said...

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch this woman is a HILLARY Clinton supporter & daughter of Joe Manchin a Democrat Senator from PA. I am glad that I posted this info because democrats are just as big of ASSHATS as you call Republicans.

Bob Slatten said...

@Anon
Yes, let's blame Bresch's father and Hillary Clinton for her greed.
Why not blame Barbara Bush for the Iraq war because she was W's mommy?
Sit down.

Helen Lashbrook said...

1. Apparently this Dwayne person is the highest earner in Hollywood
2. They do idiot things like reverse up the motorway entrance ramps here too....in fact the police catch them at it and charge them
3. Here there is a call to nationalise the railways; blow that, nationalise big pharma.....we fund them to develop new drugs and then pay extortionate amounts of money to pay for the drug itself