Reasons Not To Vote Republican #91456
Kim Kardastrophe met with _____ this week at the White House to discuss prison reform.
Seriously. Two of the bigest asses in the world in the same room!
Reasons Not To Vote Republican #62158
Florida GOP Congressman, Gus Bilirakis is “excited” to announce his first “annual” summit for women that will feature “relevant topics” for women “that have a direct impact on their lives.”
The summit also features financial planning advice for women, even though Bilirakis voted against equal pay bill in 2007, and voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Bilirakis also opposes marriage equality. And he voted against the Violence Against Women Act. And against paid parental leave for federal workers.
But again, he’ll tell you how to grow your own salad.
Balenciaga—Spanish for “suckers will buy anything”—already pranked fash-holes with a $2,145 hideous knock-off of the luxurious IKEA bag and created CROCS on steroids, has a new shirt for y’all.
Balenciaga’s website is selling the “double” shirt; the one on the left sells for $1,490) and the one on the right is the cheaper version, for $1,290.
And, no, you’re not seeing things: the shirts are button-down dress shirts sewn onto t-shirts.
Reasons Not To Vote Republican #79631
Complicit _____ has been keeping a lower profile lately, well, at least after her cheerful smiling selfies in Jerusalem while children were being murdered a few miles away.
But this week she reappeared on social media and posted a picture of herself with one of her children … while Daddy’s Corrupt Administration is fighting off rumors that they lost 1500 immigrant children that they took away from their parents.
Out of touch doesn’t begin to explain it …
Mitt Romney revealed this week that voted for his wife, Ann “Let Them Eat Cake” Romney in the 2016 presidential election because he couldn’t vote for _____ or Clinton.
His wife also revealed this week that she didn’t vote for Mitt in the 2012 presidential election.
Alabama GOP Congressman Mo Brooks, who just a week ago claimed rising sea levels was due to rocks falling into the oceans, now claims that “people who lead good lives” don’t have pre-existing conditions, and people without pre-existing conditions have “done things the right way.”
So, you know, if you get cancer, it’s your fault.
If you have a heart attack you’re to blame.
Basically, Books is claiming that people don’t deserve affordable healthcare because “people who lead good lives” don’t have pre-existing conditions; and if you do have a pre-existing condition, you probably deserve it because you have not been living a “good” life.
Again, the GOP does not care about anyone but themselves and their donors.
Kim Kardastrophe met with _____ this week at the White House to discuss prison reform.
Seriously. Two of the bigest asses in the world in the same room!
Reasons Not To Vote Republican #12866
GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher told a group of Realtors that homeowners should be able to refuse to sell their property to LGBT buyers:
“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone (if) they don’t agree with their lifestyle. We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should extend that line. A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.”
His ignorance ignited a protest by a Realtor gay-rights group, prompting the National Association of Realtors to withdraw its recommendation that members send campaign contributions to Rohrabacher.
Perhaps we should suggest that homeowners be allowed not to sell properties to Republicans?
I have been sharing this everywhere because it makes me giggle … It was posted on this here blog in my post about Roseanne by Debra She Who Seeks, and she said...
The best joke I've heard so far about this is:
Use "Ambien" in a sentence, Roseanne.
"I Ambien a racist!"
I’m still giggling.
Reasons Not To Vote Republican #17311
New York Republican Congressman Peter King had a _____-sized Twitter meltdown last week when New York Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said he would pay the fines for any of his players who continued to kneel during the national anthem:
“Disgraceful that @nyjets owner will pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem. Encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!”
Yes, he equated a peaceful, nonviolent protest against racism and discrimination in America with being a Nazi.
On this rainy Memorial Day weekend, at a home in Smallville, one husband said to the other husband …
“You wanna see a movie today? There’s a documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Nickelodeon in Columbia. We could go and them have lunch at Michael’s after.”
Long pause and then the other husband says …
“What do you wanna do today?’
Not to be outdone in the GOP Idiocy Contest, we have a Democrat …
“Most idolatry is rooted in fetishism. Simply put, a fetish is an object with a spirit attached to it. If we’re not vigilant, we can open doors to familiar spirits in our lives and homes simply by the items we possess and the practices we keep.”
Dolls have filled with sprits invading our homes from toy stores.
pray against thanked God for slavery
Seriously, shouldn’t she be a Republican?
Okay, I posted my bit about Roseanne, but the same day that happened, we learned that 79-times as many people as we thought had died died in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria.
Over 4,000 people dead.
Keep that in your head and let Roseanne wash away.
Reasons Not To Vote Republican #21916
Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigned this week amid a sexual misconduct scandal and allegations of misuse of a charity donor list; Greitens had previously said he his post despite the allegations against him and a possible impeachment,.
The traditional family values candidate, and _____ lover, was accused of taking and transmitting a non-consensual—partially nude—photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair.
What? A family values Republican cheating on his wife? Who’d a thunk it?
We stared watching Trust this week, the story of the Getty family. It stars Donald Sutherland so, yeah, it’s good. But the butler, Bullimore, played by Silas Carson is kinda tickling my ivories.
We’re also watching Genius: Picasso, and Charlie Carrick plays one of Pablo’s mentors; he could mentor me any day. Am I using that word right?
And on this washout weekend, I watched Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down The White House and loved, for all the right reasons, Marton Csokas as acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray; he could interrogate me any time.
The architects created a home that includes the outside surroundings into the building and decided to set the house so that it takes advantage of the views of the Chiche River canyon in El Chaquiñán, Ecuador.
From the entrance you feel surrounded by nature, and yet the property shares land space with a neighboring home; the house is located on a hill with a 30% slope but has been adapted in levels that follow the terrain, while maintain privacy from the street side.
This decision allowed for afternoon sun protection on the West facade as well as letting the morning sun inside the home. The bedrooms are on the lower level, with the public spaces above cantilever over the canyon, and the roof was designed to mimic the surrounding mountains.
The construction of the home is also interesting; it’s a system of light-weight building materials that are sandwiched between a metal structure outside and wood panels inside, making the construction easier for running plumbing and electrical. That sandwich also creates an air layer that allows fresh air when it is hot outside and saving heat while the weather gets colder, maintaining the house always at a moderate temperature. In addition, the house uses 100% renewable energy through solar panels and water is recycled via a grey water treatment system used for irrigating and water closets.
But, while all that’s nice, this one is all about the views.
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By now you’ve all heard about Roseanne’s stupidity; her bad taste, her outright lies, and her blatant racism, and how it lead to her show being cancelled and her talent agency basically saying #ByeFelicia.
Well, Roseanne isn’t done … being an ass of epic proportions.
After the cancellation and the firing, Roseanne said not a word; no apology, nothing. It wasn’t until the _____ Tweet Witching Hours—like _____, she Tweets her lunacy in the middle of the night—that Roseanne offered an apology for saying a black woman looked like an ape:
"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste."
Um, Roseanne? There isn’t an apology big enough to make that better and you know it. And you also know it wasn’t a joke because jokes are supposed to be funny
After Roseanne Tweeted that apology—to Valerie Jarrett, but not to the Clintons or George Soros—she announced she was leaving Twitter … except that was a lie and she was back on Twitter a few hours later blaming Ambien for her Tweets:
“Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible [sic]. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
Ambien; um, again, honey, if you knew, as you said in your Tweet, that Ambien makes you do things you wouldn’t normally do, but continued to take it anyway, then you only have yourself to blame.
Oh, and I don’t believe you anyway.
But Roseanne still wasn’t done; when her costar, and TV daughter, Sara Gilbert, who spearheaded the drive for the reboot, Tweeted:
"I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love -- one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."
Roseanne blasted Gilbert this morning because, as racists do, they think their co-workers should stick up for them.
And yet it wasn’t just her co-workers. , a consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she was quitting her job. And then ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey released this statement:
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
That was followed by Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, who said:
"There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing. Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."Michael Fishman, who played Barr's son in the reboot and the original series, offered this statement:
"I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes. Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness. The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved."
And so naturally, Roseanne attacked him on Twitter saying the inclusive nature of his character—in an interracial marriage with a biracial daughter—was her idea because, you know, that makes racism and stupidity okay.
Actress Emma Kenney, the one who played Roseanne’s granddaughter, and the one who the Roseanne character physically assaulted during the show in what Roseanne thought of as comedy, Tweeted:
“I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable. As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by , Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.”
Sadly, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf have yet to say one word, but I’ll say something …
Be racist, Roseanne, or anyone else, if it’s how you feel. Enjoy it, and wallow in it, and live your life thinking anyone who doesn’t look like you, sound like you, love like you, worship like you, vote like you, should be attacked and mocked and ridiculed. Speak it to your circle of friends; join a group; light a torch; march.
But … when you step outside your group and Tweet your ignorance you are no longer speaking to “your” people, you are speaking to the world, and the world, your employers, your co-workers, even some of your friends, will clap back.
You have the right to say what you want but understand that there are consequences.
The only one, right now, who isn’t paying for their racist remarks, their outright lies, their ignorance, intolerance, bullying, is the so-called “President.” And I firmly believe that this spike is racist rants, on Twitter, on video, in the streets and parks and dorms across this country, are a direct result of having that buffoon in the White House.
But, We The People have a voice; We The People, by way of a TV network that cancelled her show, and a talent agency that severed ties with her, have spoken rather loudly that this behavior is unacceptable.
We don’t want to hear it; we don’t want to see it … those of you who use the police as your “racism valets’ because you’re uncomfortable that people of color are near you need to stop now. If you’re uncomfortable that two black men aren’t drinking coffee in Starbucks, then you’re the problem; if you need the police to wake up a black woman sleeping in your dorm’s common room, then you’re the issue; if you call the police because black people are barbequing, or Latinos are speaking Spanish, you are what’s wrong here.
We need to step up the fight and take it to the voting booth and make it perfectly clear that those in office, no matter how high the office, are responsible for this behavior, and those who condone it, by agreeing, or worse, saying nothing, are done. The time has come to stop this nonsense, once and for all. When someone says something racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-transgender, ageist, call them out on it.
Silence = Agreement
Silence = Acceptance
And it’s time to stop accepting it.
As I often say, down here in South Carolina it's not the heat it's the stupidity, but, I learned a few years ago about the first Decoration Day, which would later become Memorial Day, that occurred down here in South Carolina, where good, sweet, wonderful things do happen.
Americans understand that Memorial Day, or "Decoration Day," as my parents called it, has something to do with honoring the nation's war dead. It is also a day devoted to picnics, road races, commencements, and double-headers. But where did it begin, who created it, and why?
As a nation we are at war now, but for most Americans the scale of death and suffering in this seemingly endless wartime belongs to other people far away, or to people in other neighborhoods. Collectively, we are not even allowed to see our war dead today. That was not the case in 1865.
At the end of the Civil War the dead were everywhere, some in half buried coffins and some visible only as unidentified bones strewn on the killing fields of Virginia or Georgia. Americans, north and south, faced an enormous spiritual and logistical challenge of memorialization. The dead were visible by their massive absence. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died in the war. American deaths in all other wars combined through the Korean conflict totaled 606,000. If the same number of Americans per capita had died in Vietnam as died in the Civil War, 4 million names would be on the Vietnam Memorial. The most immediate legacy of the Civil War was its slaughter and how remember it.
War kills people and destroys human creation; but as though mocking war's devastation, flowers inevitably bloom through its ruins. After a long siege, a prolonged bombardment for months from all around the harbor, and numerous fires, the beautiful port city of Charleston, South Carolina, where the war had begun in April, 1861, lay in ruin by the spring of 1865.
The city was largely abandoned by white residents by late February. Among the first troops to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the Twenty First U. S. Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the formal surrender of the city.
Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these events, and unknown until some extraordinary luck in my recent research, took place on May 1, 1865.
During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the planters' horse track, the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, into an outdoor prison. Union soldiers were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of exposure and disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand. Some twenty-eight black workmen went to the site, re-buried the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, "Martyrs of the Race Course."
Then, black Charlestonians in cooperation with white missionaries and teachers, staged an unforgettable parade of 10,000 people on the slaveholders' race course. The symbolic power of the low-country planter aristocracy's horse track (where they had displayed their wealth, leisure, and influence) was not lost on the freedpeople. A New York Tribune correspondent witnessed the event, describing "a procession of friends and mourners as South Carolina and the United States never saw before."
At 9 am on May 1, the procession stepped off led by three thousand black schoolchildren carrying arm loads of roses and singing "John Brown's Body." The children were followed by several hundred black women with baskets of flowers, wreaths and crosses. Then came black men marching in cadence, followed by contingents of Union infantry and other black and white citizens.As many as possible gathering in the cemetery enclosure; a childrens' choir sang "We'll Rally around the Flag," the "Star-Spangled Banner," and several spirituals before several black ministers read from scripture. No record survives of which biblical passages rung out in the warm spring air, but the spirit of Leviticus 25 was surely present at those burial rites: "for it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you… in the year of this jubilee he shall return every man unto his own possession."
Following the solemn dedication the crowd dispersed into the infield and did what many of us do on Memorial Day: they enjoyed picnics, listened to speeches, and watched soldiers drill. Among the full brigade of Union infantry participating was the famous 54th Massachusetts and the 34th and 104th U.S. Colored Troops, who performed a special double-columned march around the gravesite.
The war was over, and Decoration Day had been founded by African Americans in a ritual of remembrance and consecration. The war, they had boldly announced, had been all about the triumph of their emancipation over a slaveholders' republic, and not about state rights, defense of home, nor merely soldiers' valor and sacrifice.
According to a reminiscence written long after the fact, "several slight disturbances" occurred during the ceremonies on this first Decoration Day, as well as "much harsh talk about the event locally afterward." But a measure of how white Charlestonians suppressed from memory this founding in favor of their own creation of the practice later came fifty-one years afterward, when the president of the Ladies Memorial Association of Charleston received an inquiry about the May 1, 1865 parade.
A United Daughters of the Confederacy official from New Orleans wanted to know if it was true that blacks had engaged in such a burial rite. Mrs. S. C. Beckwith responded tersely:"I regret that I was unable to gather any official information in answer to this."In the struggle over memory and meaning in any society, some stories just get lost while others attain mainstream dominance.
Officially, as a national holiday, Memorial Day emerged in 1868 when General John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union veterans organization, called on all former northern soldiers and their communities to conduct ceremonies and decorate graves of their dead comrades.
On May 30, 1868, when flowers were plentiful, funereal ceremonies were attended by thousands of people in 183 cemeteries in twenty-seven states. The following year, some 336 cities and towns in thirty-one states, including the South, arranged parades and orations. The observance grew manifold with time.
In the South, Confederate Memorial Day took shape on three different dates: on April 26 in many deep South states, the anniversary of General Joseph Johnston's final surrender to General William T. Sherman; on May 10 in South and North Carolina, the birthday of Stonewall Jackson; and on June 3 in Virginia, the birthday of Jefferson Davis.
Over time several American towns, north and south, claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. But all of them commemorate cemetery decoration events from 1866. Pride of place as the first large scale ritual of Decoration Day, therefore, goes to African Americans in Charleston. By their labor, their words, their songs, and their solemn parade of flowers and marching feet on their former owners' race course, they created for themselves, and for us, the Independence Day of the Second American Revolution.
The old race track is still there — an oval roadway in Hampton Park in Charleston, named for Wade Hampton, former Confederate general and the white supremacist Redeemer governor of South Carolina after the end of Reconstruction. The lovely park sits adjacent to the Citadel, the military academy of South Carolina, and cadets can be seen jogging on the old track any day of the week.
The old gravesite dedicated to the "Martyrs of the Race Course" is gone; those Union dead were reinterred in the 1880s to a national cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina. Some stories endure, some disappear, some are rediscovered in dusty archives, the pages of old newspapers, and in oral history. All such stories as the First Decoration Day are but prelude to future reckonings. All memory is prelude.
David W. Blight teaches American History at Yale University; he is the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the author of the Bancroft prize-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and the forthcoming A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.
After it was revealed that Matt Lauer was a creeper, and a creep—with a secret-button-under-the-desk to lock his door after women entered—his wife Annette Roque ended their marriage and kicked him out of their Hamptons’ home.
Annette attempted to file for divorce once before, back in 2006, but Matt
Annette wants more … like she wants both of their family homes—a 40-acre farm in Water Mill, NY, and the manse in the Hamptons; she and Matt own a ranch in New Zealand which they are selling and splitting the profits. Annette also wants financial support for herself—not spousal support—but a one-time payout of $20 million, and then she won’t ask for child support for their three children, though Matt will still be responsible for half the education and health costs until each child is 21.
Who knew that marrying Matt Lauer would be like winning the lottery?
I’d have married him for two houses and $20 million.
John Travolta lives in a world where it’s perfectly okay to fondle the crotch of your male massage therapist without permission … ALLEGEDLY … but last week, in Cannes to promote his next big flop, Gotti, Johnny was asked about the #MeToo movement and his answer was so incredibly ignorant and stupid and nonsensical that I thought maybe his toupee was too tight.
During a press event, a moderator spent most of the time gushing about Travolta’s career in movies—not his career in men’s locker rooms … ALLEGEDLY—but finally someone asked about #MeToo and the nearly 100 women protesting at Cannes about the underrepresentation of female filmmakers at the festival. Travolta said he hadn’t really heard much about #MeToo because, again, my guess, tiny tight toupee:
“I honestly don’t know a ton about it, because I try my best to keep people equal— men, women, races. My father was brilliant at it. He had a global viewpoint. I’m a citizen of the globe, and I’m a citizen of groups and people.”
You know you’ve had too much Scientology when …you don’t have a clue what’s going on in the real world but call yourself global.
Jennifer Love Hewitt walked the red carpet of the Fox Upfronts last week—she’s taking over for the departing Connie Britton ion 9-1-1 next season—and then went on Instagram to apologize for something no one said about her.
After the event, Hewitt—who wishes she’s trademarked ‘JLo’ for herself—saw her photos online and was mortified and so she raced to film an Instagram live video to explain:
“We go to the Upfront yesterday and nobody tells me the day is going to be like 12 hours long and the humidity is going to be almost 100 percent in New York City. So, I just have to apologize. Wearing a black suit? Not a good idea. Not wearing enough hairspray and teasing in my hair? Also, a bad idea. I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out. I was literally melting ... My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet. That is not what I’m going to look like on the show. I’m going to have makeup on my face. I’m not going to be sweating ... Honestly, I apologize. I should’ve really gotten it together!”
Honey? No one asked about your looks. They were too busy wondering why anyone would hire you for anything.
Apologize for that.
After fathering five or so kids with two or so women, Hugh Grant has actually decided to marry one of his Baby Mama’s.
Hugh got engaged to his longtime girlfriend and mother to some of his kids, Anna Eberstein. Hugh and Anna have three kids: a two-year-old daughter, a five-year-old son, and a third kiddo who was born earlier this year that they aren’t talking about too much.
Hugh also has two kids with his ex, Tinglan Hong.
Whether that means he’ll be changed enough to alter his outlook on monogamy remains to be seen. Back in 2016, Hugh had a mouthful to say about the subject of long-term relationships to Howard Stern:
“If you ask me the question, ‘Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships?’ No, no. Whoever said they were?”
That’s one way to start a marriage with a woman who gave birth to three of your five children at the same time another woman was giving birth to the other two kids.
Religion has always been the go-to for pop stars seeking to portray themselves as rebels; think Madonna during her entire career. Think Katy Perry trying to evict nuns from their home because she wanted it.
Now think Beyoncé who just snatched up a church in New Orleans for $850,000. To be fair, the 100-year-old, church has been out of commission since a lot of the members died, but still … Beyoncé … church?
Why? Oh, she thinks she’s some kind of a god … of auto-tune and weaves and oscillating fans. Or maybe she’s found another way to whore herself out for coins. See, recently, about 900 of her most devoted zombies began attending a church service in San Francisco called “Beyoncé Mass.”
And now Beyoncé bought a church in Nawlin’s? How long before she starts her own mass, and sells tickets to his and turns the alter into a concession stand?
If it ain’t making her money, Beyoncé ain’t doin’ it.
Last weekend Janet Jackson won the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards, and many members of the family were there to see her—after probably cashing a check from Miss Jackson.
Prince Michael was there; Mama Katherine, too. Even the non-singing one—except for that one unfortunate tune in the 80s—Rebbie Jackson was there. Not there; Paris Jackson. Was it because no one likes Paris?
Not according to her; the day after the show, Paris posted an Instagram story complaining that nobody had bothered to tell her about Aunt Janet’s big night:
“No one from my mgmt reached out to me about attending billboards or about the award, and no one from my family did either. I had absolutely no idea until y’all spammed with hatred.”
Hey Paris? The Jackson Five weren’t there … LaToya? Nope. Blanket? Unless he was laying under a seat he wasn’t there either, so it wasn’t just you … it’s most of your messy family who didn’t get the ticket, or a check.