Thursday, September 29, 2016

Random Musings

Big surprise, I don’t follow sports; well some sports. I do surprise Carlos with my sports trivia knowledge when we watch Jeopardy. I answer a question right—or is it Question an answer right?—and I get a look from him like he doesn’t know me. But I digress …

I don’t follow sports, especially professional skateboarding, but apparently one of its biggest draws, Brian Anderson, has just come out as gay. Anderson, who won the Skater of the Year award and a World Cup of Skateboarding title back in 1999, and founded 3D Skateboarders, is now forty and says he is now being asked why he waited until now, and not come out earlier where he might have been an inspiration to others; Anderson replied:
“Hearing ‘faggot’ all the time, it made me think at a young age, it was really dangerous to talk about it. I figured it out how to balance it to where nobody questioned it and I was a big tough skateboarder, of course they’re not going to question that. Nobody thought anything. … I was really scared,” he said. “People would have perceived it differently if I’d said it 15 years ago.”
Anderson says his family and friends knew he was gay, but he never publicly talked about it until now:
“I think of how I felt when I was younger, totally scared. A lot of these kids who don’t have hope are really scared to death. To hear what I went through, and that everything got better for me, and I got a lot happier and felt more free and didn’t have all this shame buried in my body, you become a happier person. So to convey that message is really important to me. I consider myself a skateboarder first, gay second. I’m a skater, that’s all I know.”
And now an inspiration to others, and the recipient of The Gay Agenda and The Coming Out Toaster Oven from HOMO HQ.

Welcome out, Brian; however you do it, and whenever you do it, just do it.
Again, for those of you thinking Pope Francis is an LGBT-friendly Pope, he had once against proven that he is not.

This past week, Pope “Who am I to judge?” Frankie voiced his support for an anti-gay protest in Mexico which was attended by up to 80,000 people.

And, despite saying in 2013 that LGBT people should not be “marginalized” and in 2015 saying the church should apologize to gay people for how they have been treated by the institution, in April he said there are “no grounds” for comparing same-sex marriages with “traditional marriages” and last month he spoke out against transgender children, saying “Today in schools, they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their own gender” and now he has given his blessing to a Mexican protest against same-sex marriage and is “in favor of family and life, which in these times require special pastoral and cultural attention around the world.”

Who am I to judge? Well, it’s pretty easy when his actions are decidedly anti-LGBT to know that he’s full of … well you know.
Despite the video, and the fact that nearly 100 million people saw it, Donald [t]Rump denies he had sniffles at Monday night’s debate:
“No, no sniffles. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But no sniffles. No cold.”
[t]Rump also blamed the mic for the fact that future President Hillary Clinton mopped the floor with that dead rat on his head:
“My mic was defective within the room. No, no — I wonder. Was that on purpose? Was that on purpose? But I had a mic that wasn’t worked — working properly. But overall, I thought it was great. And if you look at the polls, they’re though the roof.”
Yeah, for Hillary.
Last week little Prince George met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tried to high-five the child who was not having it and who then said:
“A high five? I don’t think so, sir. Protocol calls for a bow from the waist.”
Now, bow!
So, I heard there was a new TV show based on The Exorcist film of the 1970s and I wasn’t really interested. But, I does likes to be scared, so I DVR’d it and Carlos and I watched it over the weekend.

It’s creepy, and ooky, and icky, and, well, Carlos might have had nightmares—the man cannot handle scary — but it also had one thing going for it: Alfonso Herrera as father Tomas, or, as I said when he first appeared onscreen:
Hellooooooooo Padre!
Carlos was not amused.
So, it looks like Disney wants to buy Twitter, on the market for some $20 billion dollars.

No changes planned; you’ll still be limited to just 140 characters, but now they’ll all have to be animated.
Back to the debate … remember when future President Hillary Clinton brought up the architect of a [t]Rump gold course clubhouse, who was stiffed by the “billionaire”?

That architect, Andrew Tesoro, whom Trump still owes over $100, 000 — rouighly half Melania’s Botox Budget — spoke to MSNBC about [t]Rump, and addressed [t]Rump’s claim that “maybe he didn’t do a good job” and that’s why he was stiffed, by showing a letter of recommendation that [t]Rump wrote for him in 2006 when the job was done. In the letter, Trump praised Tesoro as being a “top-notch architect” and yet he stiffed him on the bill:
“[t]Rump paid partially along the way and the project snowballed over a four year period … We became very much involved in interior design and construction stage work. We made many supplemental agreements as we went along and in the end those agreements were not honored … Trump had his chance to pay his bill ten years ago. It was a considerable sum of money, probably in excess of $100,000 that we were left short at the end of the project.”
Tesoro says [t]Rump assured him that much more work and recommendations would come if he’d just let the outstanding debt slide.

Huh, he cannot even afford $100,000? He ain’t no billionaire, he’s just another con man.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf may not lose his job over the phony account scandal that has cost his bank its reputation but he’s gonna lose his bonus and then some.

Last week, the Wells Fargo board announced that it is forcing Stumpf to forfeit his $45 million dollar bonus.

Yes, that’ll hurt, because a man who has a job where his bonus is forty-five million is very clearly making much more than that annually. Plus, he’ll probably get a double bonus next year.

Greedy fothermucker.
Too bad so sad, but [t]Rump’s children [of the corn] are said to be very unhappy with the new management of his campaign, led by Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.

Oh kids, they are the third team he’s chosen this year so maybe it’s isn’t them, it’s him?
Former House Speaker, and fellow serial adulterer, Newt Gingrich, has gone to the mud with that other GOP pig Donald [t]rump and his body shaming of, Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe by winner, telling an audience of Trumplodytes, AKA Log Cabin Republicans:
“You’re not supposed to gain 60 pounds during the year that you’re Miss Universe. Not fair. Even my act of saying that is sexist and proves I’m not being sensitive.”
Funny, right? Of course, when you consider this comes from a man who cheated on two of his three wives and who supports a man who has cheated on two of his three wives, well, this is the GOP.
So, a Florida woman has paid some $50, 000 for the right to punch pharmaceutical-douchebag Martin Shkreli in the face.

After recently learning his friend’s 6-year-old son was battling cancer, Shkreli decided to auction off a chance for someone to punch him in the face to raise money for the boy’s treatment.

Sadly, before the first punch was even thrown it has become evident that Shkreli — judging by that photo below — has already been pummeled in the face and in that empty spot where his heart ought to be.

So, we have a new employee at work and I made the mistake of discussing politics with her; she’s a [t]Rump supporter and literally believes every word the man says.

So, I remained calm — I did! — and told her that it might be best if we didn’t talk politics … because she’s a loon. As I said, I maintained my calm, and left out that last part.

But then another co-worker and I began discussing the shooting in Charlotte of Keith Lamont Scott and this new person inserted herself into the discussion saying that the Black Lives Matter movement was created by Obama and funded by the DNC.


I replied that I wasn’t sure about that but that I was disgusted by the fact that so many black men — this was the morning we learned about the black man in San Diego shot by police — were being  gunned down, and that you never hear of white men being killed by police. She said, and I quote:
“That’s because white people don’t act like that.”
I again retained my calm, and simply held up my hands and said:
“I’m out. This conversation is over.”
I’m still shocked that this is, or at least appeared to be, a rational woman. And I work with her … pray for me. Pray for her.


the dogs' mother said...

Sniveling! I likes that!! :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That cartoon of Pope Francis is an entirely accurate representation of his LGBTQ "progressiveness." The Catholic Church remains the profoundly homophobic institution that it has always been.

mistress maddie said...

I have a co worker like that too. She loves Trump. I asked her if she was ever in an institution. She just looked and stared at me. I'm thinking I also need to be watching the Exorcist!!! There is a new,show which looks interesting coming on syfy called Channel Zero. Looks very bizzare and disturbing. Right up my alley

anne marie in philly said...

I like that last graphic! and your co-irker needs to be bitchslapped hard and often!

John Gray said...

Trudeu is such a dish and homo friendly too!

Sadie J said...

Ah, the close minded, 'just how much glue did you sniff in high school?' co-worker. We've all got them. We'd all like to slap them.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Yay for Brian Anderson!

As for the assholes discussed in today's post, I just can't.

However, Alfonso Herrera!!! If real priests all looked like that, I might become Catholic (well, probably not, but I'd do an awful lot of confessing).