Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Another Police Shooting Of A Person Of Color ... In Sixty Seconds

The Daily Kos has a theory that it takes about 60 seconds for police officers to assess a situation before fatally shooting people of color.

Philando Castile was shot 64 seconds after being stopped by Jeronimo Yanez.

That was a little long ... children get shot faster.

Seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot 9 seconds after police surrounded the house she was in as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant. 

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot 2 seconds after officers approached him in the park where he was playing with a pellet gun by himself.

So, maybe for kids the Sixty Second Rule doesn’t apply, but for grown people of color ... ?
Last week in Oklahoma City police shot Madgiel Sanchez less than a minute after coming upon him; and Sanchez was deaf.

Sanchez was shot outside his home after police showed up to investigate a hit-and-run. The first officer on the scene pulled out his Taser and ordered Sanchez, who was on his front porch, to drop the two-foot-long pipe he was holding.

His commands didn’t seem to register with Sanchez, who walked off the porch toward the officer, waving the pipe in his right hand, as Sanchez’ daughter yelled:
“Don’t kill him, he’s deaf. Don’t do it!”
Six other neighbors joined in, shouting at the officer, but within sixty seconds another officer arrived and pulled out his handgun; the first officer fired his Taser and the second fired his handgun.

Okay, so was Sanchez coming at the officers and they felt threatened? Well, everyone, including the officers, used the word “amble” to describe his movements—meaning Sanchez was walking at a slow pace; he was not charging at them. And people were shouting that Sanchez was deaf, but the officers tasered him and shot him dead nonetheless.

In his neighborhood, Sanchez was known for walking the streets and was always carrying that pipe to shoo away stray dogs. Neighbors say he even used the pipe “to communicate,” moving it around to try to convey what he meant. They say he was doing that with the officers before he was killed.

Now, some might say this isn’t about race, it’s about a man wielding a pipe, even though he was deaf, and even though was ambling off his porch, and even though one officer tasered him while the other shot him dead.

People will say that police have a difficult job and must assess a situation within seconds but ...
“Black men are 2.8 times as likely to be killed than white people during encounters with police. Hispanic men are 1.7 times more likely to be killed. Black women and girls make up 33% of fatal police shootings of women despite only being 13% of the female population.”
Doesn’t sound right, does it? And if it doesn’t, isn’t it about time to do something about policing?

And wouldn't it be nice if we could get it done in less time than it takes to shoot a person of color in America.

Sassy. Gay. Republican ... Hypocrite.

For some reason, about a year ago, 21-year-old Alex Newman Mesa decided to switch political parties; he even went so far as to create a new Twit-name for himself: Sassy Gay Republican.

And then he began sharing his thoughts, er, thought, on Twitter, mostly the one he had criticizing the Affordable Care Act mandate that everyone have health insurance:
 “I'm conservative because if democrats can force us all to pay for health insurance, what else will they force us to pay for?”
And because he’s such a rightwingnut, and gay, to boot, some of his posts have gone viral; but on September 12 he posted something that went viral in ways he didn’t expect.

Sassy Gay Republican Alex Newman posted that he was in a serious crash while working as a pizza-delivery driver and went to the hospital:
"The hospital they sent me to didn't take my insurance, so now I'm having second thoughts about not having free healthcare cause this is bad."
Oops. Wasn’t it just a few months earlier Alex blasted the idea of the ACA and now he’s lamenting it? And so what does a hypocrite do: he created a GoFundMe page and begged people to help him pay his bills.

But then a few days later, he Tweeted that Worker’s Compensation would cover his hospital visit but that his car insurance would not be covering the collision:
"Guys (please) pray for me during this rough time. Really didn't plan on insurance bailing on me. I'll see what God wants me to do."
Oh, the hypocrisy; a Republican, and an ACA opponent whining about his insurance coverage and asking for donations, and then asking for donations to buy himself a new car; oh, but he did.

And because he’s such a polarizing figure and hypocrite, Twitter came for Alex Newman accusing him of making up the accident, using old photos that weren't his, and being a fraud. 

Newman said he received death threats, including comments from people telling him to kill himself or saying they hope that he can "never walk again."

Now, that’s not nice but let’s look into this horrific crash ...

The Arizona Department of Public Safety [DPS] confirmed there was a crash involving three vehicles at Loop 202 and milepost 25 on September 12, but would not confirm who was involved. 

Newman says he was entering Loop 202 and was distracted by a nearby car on fire when he slammed into the vehicle in front of him at 65 mph. 

DPS reports that no one in the crash was taken to a hospital, and now Alex Newman says he decided to go to the hospital later that day after developing pain in his lower back. Newman has proof his car was towed, he has proof he was ticketed for speeding, and proof he got pain meds the night of the accident.

But still, it must have been a horrible accident because he was scarcely able to get out of his car and photographing the vehicle and then Tweet about it before going home:

And then, later that night, Tweeting about how he was lucky to be alive after an accident he very clearly walked away from:

And he now says that—because he has insurance through his parents—his Tweets about insurance were for his car, and that he’ll use the GoFundMe money to buy himself a new vehicle:
"I did just use the donation money to buy myself another car so I can get working again," he said.
Wait. The Tweets were about car insurance? Then do tell Alex, why the first Tweet awas about the hospital not taking your insurance ... unless you were trying to use your car insurance?

Newman raised about $3,000 online from 125 people, some of whom donated just so they could comment:
"We're just trying to point out the irony of your life choices, but we're still giving you money — money that you need because you don't understand how insurance works."—This man gave $5
Newman says he created the fundraiser to cover potential medical costs, though, since he is improving, he isn't expecting to need physical therapy:
"I feel like if I ask from the government, I feel like I’m stealing in a sense because when it comes to the government, people are being forced to pay into things they might not agree with or want to do.”
And so he used the internet to beg from strangers. Oh, and it’s not the first time Alex Newman used a money beg for help; he also created a GoFundMe page a few years back to help him go to rehab.

Alex Newman doesn’t believe in the ACA, especially when he can stay off Obamacare and use MamaAndPapacare or beg for coins from strangers.

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Two Cents ... on Colin Kaepernick, the Bigot-In-Chief, Taking A Knee, and The National Anthem

Is the president a racist? I don’t know, though I’m beginning to believe that if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, we oughta just slip a white sheet over its head and call it a racist.

I mean, this is the man who called brown-skinned people from Mexico drug dealers, rapists and murderers.

This is the man who called brown skinned people from the Middle East terrorists and tried to ban them from coming to this country.

And, yes, this is the same man who watched a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis and Klan members march though Charlottesville, Virginia, and said some of the are nice people.

But, this week, a brown skinned man, an African American man, a professional athlete who is using his position to protest racial inequality in this country by taking a knee during the National Anthem is a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sensing a theme here: white people are good, while brown people are drug dealing, terroristic, sons-of-bitches ... at least according to the Bigot-In-Chief.

Now, to be fair, _____ did make these latest asinine remarks about Colin Kaepernick’s First Amendment right to Free Speech and protest, in Alabama, where, for the most part, people of color are still “those” people, so he was clearly pandering to his audience. But I’m here to tell you that, as a white man, and I am really really white, I would rather take a knee with Kaepernick than stand alongside a president who is trying to divide this country into us—white—and them—everyone else.

And it all began so innocently; _____ was supposed to be campaigning in Alabama for Senator Luther Strange and, as he does, he drifted off-topic to ask his crowd, his base, his Deplorables, if they’d “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired’?”

Fired, for taking a stand in this country? That’s the America that _____ wants to go back to, the so-called ‘Great’ America; where people cannot speak out against injustice, racial inequality, lest a man who is oh so patriotic he avoided the draft five times because his feet hurt, a man who is so patriotic he’s never lifted a finger to help anyone at any time, anywhere ever in this country, unless it served him first.

That’s our Bigot-In-Chief, but, luckily, as we saw yesterday, a majority of athletes all across this country took a knee with Kaepernick instead of standing alongside a man who decries Free Speech unless it comes from a Nazi.

 But what is it about the national anthem? I mean, why can’ Colin Kaepernick just carry a protest sign, or work with the Black Lives Matter Movement, start a charity to raise awareness, offer to work with the African American community and the police departments ... all of which he has done; but why the National Anthem ...

Perhaps it’s because Colin Kaepernick if one of the few people that know all the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” For most of us, the song is a couple of lines about rockets and flags and being proud:
Oh say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And thy rocket's red glare,
Thy bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
The story, as I remember it, was that the song writer, Francis Scott Key, was a prisoner on a British ship during the War of 1812 and wrote this poem while watching the American troops battle back the invading British in Baltimore. That, however, is not quite the whole story ...

Francis Scott Key was an aristocrat, city prosecutor in Washington, D.C., a slave-owner and an anti-abolitionist; he believes that blacks were mentally inferior, and so their masters should treat them with more Christian kindness. And, should slavery end, he didn’t want the free blacks to stay here, in his country; he wanted them to go home, to Africa.

And, since he didn’t think highly of black men, he was clearly unnerved at the idea of the Colonial Marines, a battalion of runaway slaves who fought with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom. These black men were not only a terrifying example of what slaves would do if allowed to fight for their freedom, but also an affront to the white superiority theory that men like Francis Scott Key believed in.

All of this came to a boiling point at the Battle of Bladensburg, where Key was serving as a lieutenant when he came upon a battalion of Colonial Marines. His troops were overtaken by the very black folks Key loathed, and he ran home in Georgetown to avoid capture. But those black troops, along with the British forces, marched into Washington, D.C., burning the Library of Congress, the Capitol Building and the White House, all of which was much too much for Francis Scott Key.

And so how do we get to Francis Scott Key as a prisoner on a boat in Baltimore where he wrote that poem? Well, we don’t, really; in fact, far from being a captive, Francis Scott Key willingly went aboard a British ship to beg for the release of his friend, William Beanes. And Key was on that ship watching the bloody battle of Fort McHenry—a battle that American forces lost, though they managed to inflict heavy casualties on the British—when the idea struck him for what would become “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Rockets red glare; bombs bursting in air; the flag was still there. It’s all so anthemic and pride-inducing, except most of us don’t know that Key wrote a full third stanza denouncing those former slaves who fought with the British army:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
In other words, Key hoped that the blood of those former slaves, those “hirelings”, would wash away the pollution of the British invaders; he wanted those black men dead. And yet we stand for his words? Well, at least since 1931, when “The Star Spangled Banner” was officially designated the national anthem; and ever since then, from time to time, people in this country have debated the suitability of its lyrics, from its militaristic tone, to its apparent joy at the death of slaves.

What about a change? I mean, it’s been the anthem less than a hundred years; why not a switch to “God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful". At least those songs don’t celebrate battle and the murder of freed slaves.

Yet here we are, still asking people to stand for that song because we’ve forgotten, or never knew, or simply ignored, the meaning behind the lyrics and the temperament and feelings of the man who wrote it. And yet here we are, asking Colin Kaepernick, or any person of color, or any person who decries any form of racism, to stand for that?
Colin Kaepernick made his decision, during the 2016 NFL pre-season, to kneel, in part, because of a slew of police-involved shooting deaths of black men, including Philando Castile and Alton Sterling:
"I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed."
To stand up for people who are oppressed, and who can no longer stand up for themselves ... and yet we have a president who denounces that stance, who calls Kaepernick a “son of a bitch,” but said nothing, nothing, about a white supremacist who ran down Heather Heyer with his car in Charlottesville this summer.

Kaepernick, however, isn’t the only one to protest; other black NFL stars, like Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, are also taking a knee, or sitting down, or raising a fist, when the anthem plays.

And it isn’t just the black players; Jenkins' teammate, Chris Long, who is white, put his arm around Jenkins in solidarity when Jenkins raised his fist before a preseason game last month. Long, who is vocal about his political views, played college ball in Charlottesville, at the University of Virginia:
"I think it's a good time for people who look like me to be here for people fighting for equality."
And there has been a fight for equality since forever, for all kinds of people, black, female, gay, lesbian, Muslim; why not have a song that doesn’t denounce any one group, or sing praises upon the death of that one group? Think about the black athlete who put it like this:
"I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world."
No, that’s not Colin Kaepernick in 2016; that was Jackie Robinson, beloved baseball pioneer and civil rights activist, who wrote those words in his 1972 autobiography, "I Never had It Made."

Kaepernick simply took Robinson’s words and put them into action, by sitting during the pre-game anthem and saying he would not stand "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Yet he’s a son of a bitch; he’s called un-American, and worse; he’s been told he is disrespecting our military men and women—though those men and women have actually fought for the very rights that Kaepernick is using, Freedom of Speech.

And yesterday, on CNN, one of _____’s henchmen, Steve Mnuchin, said Kaepernick, and any others who would not stand, are also disrespecting first responders; but when did the anthem start applying to first responders and members of the military and not to all of us, no matter our skin color?

There is no disrespect, unless it’s disrespectful to stand for a song that celebrates slavery, and glories in the death of slaves.

Colin Kaepernick is not alone; more and more athletes are following suit, and more and more people are talking about the issues he’s brought forth—which is a good thing; his stance even caught the eye of former NASA astronaut, and former NFL player, Leland Melvin, who released this statement after hearing _____ speak in Alabama the other night:
“To Donald _____
I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their tenets of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, only applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me.Donald Trump, I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say.
We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit.
Donald Trump, your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.
I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student only to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trod by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to make America White again. (their words). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to make America Great Again were “nice people”?
Comparing this to what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black man peacefully protesting by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is appalling, unnerving and reprehensible.
Today, you called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.”
You said he should be fired.
You are calling his white mother a bitch.
The strong contrast in language for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?
Our National Anthem has been edited to try not to offend, because when Francis Scott Key penned the song he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza:
“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain freedom from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution.
In 1814 former slaves fought with the British for their freedom from their American enslavers.
Key witnessed a battle from a ship off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry, which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.
I served my country not in the military, but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans, but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way.
Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump, maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.
Donald Trump, please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing.
May God bless you.
Leland Melvin
Former Astronaut and NFL Player”
Well said, sir, though, as we have seen since his campaign began, and since he took office, this particular president doesn’t listen to We The People ... he’s too busy riling up his base.

So, let’s let Colin Kaepernick’s mother have the last word. And though she started off with a bit of a laugh when _____ first went off, she came back strong. See, when she first heard the President of the United States call her son a “son of a bitch,” Teresa Kaepernick Tweeted:

And that spoke volumes, though Teresa Kaepernick wasn’t done:
“You know, I always say to my husband ... we don’t get too upset over most of this stuff anymore. He and I will look at each other and say, “We do lead an interesting life, I guess.” I mean, how else are you gonna look at it? I can’t be losing sleep over this kind of stuff. It’s disappointing that Trump is the president and talks the way he talks, though. It’s just incredibly disappointing. Rick and I had never been real political people, but prior to when all of the campaigning was going on, I mean, it didn’t take more than a minute to realize we didn’t want Donald Trump in the presidency. The guy is not all there, and I can’t tell you how shocked we were when he won, but we have been pretty vocal about it since long before Colin took a knee. So, we have some pretty strong feelings about that part of things. To see this man that you have no respect for, basically because of all that he’s done in this presidency so far, slandering my kid publicly ...
We didn’t watch his rally, I don’t watch rallies. He’s not playing to me anyway. But I saw on Twitter that he’d said it and I said to my husband, “What the heck,” and I looked to see what was said and I thought, “Aw man, this is just ridiculous that he continues to attack private citizens like this and continues to not be able to see what freedom of speech is and that he just refuses to acknowledge those kind of things.” Yet at the same time, in Charlottesville, he would not call out the Nazis, not call out the white supremacists, but he’s calling out these guys who are peacefully kneeling and asking for their country to do better.”
All Colin Kaepernick, and others, are asking is for us, as a country, as a people, as a world, as a president, to try and do better. Is that really so awful?

Don’t bother, that’s a rhetorical question; I’ll just go back to something I said earlier:

I’d rather take a knee with Colin Kaepernick than stand alongside this president.

Any day of the week.
The Daily Kos
Egberto Willies

Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's Snarkurday!

Ever since Leah Remini left Scientology in 2013, she has no more f**ks to give for that Cult, and she calls the cultists out at every opportunity.

Case in Point #1: when Leah’s show, Scientology and the Aftermath, recently won an Emmy and when she took the stage to accept, silent Scientologist Elizabeth Moss left the room. And Leah explained that since she’s escaped the cult, and was now a suppressive person, cultists cannot have anything to do with her. And so, when the press jumped on the Is-Lizzie-Moss-a-Scientologist bandwagon, she had to admit that, yes, she is, but doesn’t feel the need to share her, um, faith, in any other way than walking out of a room when a suppressive person is honored.

Case in Point #2: Leah outed Jada Pinkett-Smith, the Kelly Preston to Will Smith’s John Travolta, as a Scientologist:
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. [Will and Jada] opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
Will and Jada did open a school—which has since closed—but never acknowledged that Dianetics was one of the actual textbooks used there even though it was. And then Leah shared the story of the time that Tiny Tom Cruise made her, Will and Jada, and other guests play Hide-n-Seek in his mansion. Tom even made Leah be ‘it’ when she declined to play.

Leah also says Jada lied to Andy Cohen when he asked about that game:
“She was on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live a few weeks ago promoting her film [Girls Trip], and Andy said to her, ‘Have you read Leah Remini’s book?’ and he was like, ‘What was that whole thing about playing tag?’ and she said, ‘Oh, she lied.’ He goes, ‘Isn’t that weird, to play tag?’ and she goes, ‘No, the kids were there.’ That was untrue. Bullshit. There were no kids there. I was like, okay, alright, you’re gonna do that? More power to ya.”
Like I said, Leah Remini has no f**ks left to give when it comes to that cult and she’ll even come for Jada Kelly Preston Pinkett-Smith.
Last year Justin Bieber posted a picture on him alongside Marilyn Manson with the caption:
“Night out with the boys.”
Well, maybe not so much, because Marilyn isn’t feeling the ALLEGED bromance and now that he’s out promoting his new music, Manson gave several interviews where he outed Bieber as a Little Brat:
“I ran into him in some fancy bar where a lot of celebrities—a word that I despise—go. I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blond hair, and it turns out to be Bieber. I sit down, and I say, ‘Hey, so you wore my shirt and everything onstage.’ He was one of those touchy people that hit you when they talk, and he comes up to about dick height. Then he goes, ‘I made you relevant again.'”
Well Marilyn was not happy about the ‘made you relevant again’ business, and the t-shirt thing—the front had Manson’s picture on it, but the back said “BIEBER”—that Biebs was hawking for $195 a pop, and he threatened to sue until Justin’s team told him that he could have all the proceeds from the shirt. Manson then explained that he wouldn’t have taken the money if Justin hadn’t acted like such a little brat”:
“He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that.”
And so what do child-like rock stars do when they are dissed by child-like pop stars? Exact a little child-like revenge:
“The next day I told him I’d be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do Beautiful People.”
And then he never showed up. Seriously? I mean, I like Manson calling Bieber out on his bratitude, but this I’m’a-be-there-now-I’m-not stuff is stupid.
Martha Stewart is continuing her passive aggressive feud with Gwyneth Paltrow and she’s channeling Mariah Carey to do it.

Y’all remember, years back, when Mimi was asked about JLo and she responded with “I don’t know her,” right? Well, Martha was on Watch What Happens recently and when a caller asked:
“Are the rumors true that you are happy that Goop is having deceptive health issue claims?”
And Martha replied:
“Who’s Goop?”
And you just know it sent Gwyneth’s minions searching for a passive aggressive way to get back at Martha, like the time Martha dogged Gwyneth about the “conscious uncoupling” and the kids at Goop posted a recipe for “jailbird cake.”

Children. Play nice.

Jada Pinkett-Smith does not like that Leah Remini called her a Scientologist and instead of simply denying it, or saying nothing, Jada pulled a _____-like Tweet-storm at 3AM to clear the air; it went like this:
“I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai... but I am not Jewish.”
And this:
“I have prayed in mosques all over the world... but I am not a Muslim.”
And this:
“I have read the Bhagavad Gita... but I am not a Hindu.”
And this:
“I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist.”
And this:
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.”
And this:
“I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”
And this:
“NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”
Methinks the Scientologist doth protest too much.
Feud Alert:

Jeffrey Mezger, the CEO and chairman of KB Home, was caught on tape hurling homophobic slurs and profanities at his neighbor, Randy Bick, and his girlfriend, Kathy Griffin, so you just know it became a thang!!

Jeffrey was caught on security cameras saying:
“Hey Randy, go f**k yourself. You’re stuck with a f**king bald dyke who Donald _____ kind of put the heat on. F**k you and f**k Kathy. You’re not our f**king neighbor, you’re a f**king asshole.”
The rant was over noise; noise! It seems Mezger’s grandchildren had been swimming in the pool at his home when the police showed up on his doorstep to register a noise complaint; Mezger instantly went after Bick and, by association, Griffin.
“Seriously? You call on my grandkids at 9 o’clock? You’re not even the f**king owner! Let’s declare war, asshole, ’cause we got a lot to go for. Let’s bring it on, you bitch.”
Bick says he made the noise complaint after enduring hours of excessive party noise coming from Mezger’s yard. He admitted to hearing kids, but said there were adults who were being loud as well. And, while speaking to officers, Bick said his security cameras caught the audio of Mezger’s profanity-laden tirade and you can hear Kathy in the background, while taking notes so she can pout this latest feud into her act:
“Randy, what’s happening?”
And Mezger yells back:
“If you’re asking Randy what’s happening, he called the cops on my 5-year-old granddaughter, you f**king c**t! Bullsh*t—9 o’clock at night—oh, this party’s loud, this party’s really happening. F**k you. I’ve done enough trying to be a nice partner—f**k you, neighbor. War’s happening. Don’t wait until we’re gonna bring some things on you. Now f**k you.”
Mezger, who was once named “most admired homebuilder” by Fortune magazine, has been the CEO of KB Home since 2006.

I may be wrong, but I think the KB in KB Home might stand for Kill [a] Bitch?

And so, naturally, when the tape went viral, Mezger had his team release the non-apology, this is not me, statement:
“Mr. Mezger regrets losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint involving his three young grandchildren in his swimming pool around 8 p.m. on Saturday, while they were being supervised by their mother and grandmother. He apologizes for the language he used, as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes.”
Mad this may not end, because this was started about a year ago, right when Griffin and Bick moved in to Mezger’s gated community.

Homeowners association logs show a long history of noise complaints filed by Bick—at least five—with some being filed almost immediately after the couple arrived. Mezger denies ever throwing loud parties and says if there is noise, it’s coming from children ... as if that makes it any less noisy?

No, it does not, but I guess rather than walking across the lawn and politely asking people to keep it down, Bick and Griffin call the law, and Kill [a] Bitch goes apesh*t.

It’s well-known that Barbra Streisand only wants to be filmed or photographed from her “good side” ... and that includes when she appears at a charity event.

The diva joined other celebrities—Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington and Diddy—at the “Hand in Hand” relief benefit in LA last week, but made sure photographers shot her best side ... her left side.

In fact, Babs actually walked the red carpet backwards—heading toward the door and not the event site—just so she’d only have her left side available for pictures.

Streisand is famous for insisting on being shot from the left; she even swapped seats with Fallon as a guest on his “Tonight Show” and did the same when she appeared on Oprah years back. On Oprah she even wanted to have a microphone that matched the color of her outfit.

Whatever diva wants ...
I love Kelly Clarkson, and not just because she has a fabulous voice and can sing just about anything, but because she has a back bone.

Kelly was one of the first celebrities to come out and support Kesha in her ALLEGATIONS of sexual misconduct and bullying by music producer Dr. Luke. But Kelly wasn’t just talking; she’d had her own experiences working with him, though she wasn’t sexually harassed, but says he was “difficult to work with” and “kind of demeaning.” 

In fact, Kelly was so disgusted at being forced by her record label, RCA, to work with Luke that she refused a song writing credit for My Life Would Suck Without You because she didn’t want her name next to his.

Doesn’t sound like much, really, until you realize that by removing her name from the song, she removed herself from any royalties the song would ever produce ... a number that could be in the millions:
“I was making a point to the people working with me, going, ‘This is how much I didn’t want to do this.’ I don’t care about the money. I don’t care about, oh, ‘You’re going to be the most famous person ever if you do this.’ That’s not what holds weight in my life.”
Clarkson ALLEGES that RCA vowed not to release her album if she did not work with Dr. Luke:
“Basically, they were gonna sit on my record unless I did what they wanted. I was so frustrated because I literally said, ‘Anyone in the world but this one person. I will work with anyone you want to put in my path.’ ... It was just this one thing, and I asked not to work with Dr. Luke just because I had not a good experience with him ... You have to really be a special kind of … for me not to like you.”
And so she did it, under force, but when the time came to add her name to the tune, she said:
“I don’t want my name near his. I want to pretend this didn’t happen in my life and I want to forget it.’”
Good for her.

PS Another reason to love Kelly ... over the 4th of July holiday this past summer, she sent out a Tweet in support of our overseas troops and someone responded with this:
"You're fat."
Kelly instantly replied:
"And yet ... still f**king awesome!"
Loved that one!