Friday, August 17, 2018

#ThisIsMe


I Didn't Say It ...


Kim Kardastrophe, on her recent exchange with model Tyson Beckford which prompted accusations of homophobia after she referred to him as “sis” and suggested he was gay:

“Really, dude? Like, you’re going to body-shame me? Like, okay, okay, okay sis. … When I choose to clap back I don’t do it to people who I know are just looking for the come-up. I want to say something so badly. I’ll end you … People were sending me stuff on his page, he keeps on going and going and going, and I’m just like, ‘dude, that’s so female lame’ that’s just lame to me.  And for anyone to say that I am homophobic with the comment of saying sis? All my best friends are gay. I support the community. I love the community, they love me, that has nothing to do with this.”

Um, I’m part of that “the community” and I find you reprehensible, shallow, vain, stupid, a media whore, vapid, talentless. But hey, all my best friends are Armenian-Americans who made a name for themselves with porn tapes that their mothers sold to the highest bidder, so it’s okay if I say that, right?
Stephanie Mills, singer, blasting Sam Smith because he admitted he doesn’t like Michael Jackson’s music:

“Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was. I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour. When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something. So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats and come for me if you want to.”

Um, Stephanie? He has a right to his opinion, and just because he’s a soul singer doesn’t mean he owes anything to Jackson.
Perhaps you should take a seat.
Stephen Colbert, on Omarosa Unhinged:

“Yet another close adviser to President Trump has betrayed him. The White House is basically a reboot of The Last Supper: Oops All Judases. [But] this is huge. Finally, we have proof that the guy who refused to rent to black tenants, said that a Nazi Klan rally had some ‘fine people,’ and called Africa a sh*thole—is a racist. Tear up your history books. Rewrite the history books. We didn’t know! …  The media’s been all over Omarosa’s Omaroasting of her former boss, but while they’re reporting on it, they’re also dismissing her as unreliable … Yes, she’s a liar and a backstabber with no credibility—exactly like everyone else in the Trump administration … She’s not below anyone else in the White House. She and General Kelly may have completely different pasts, but they have exactly the same future. You can never scrub off the Trump stank.”

Word.
Dogs lying down with dogs, then complaining about fleas.
Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia governor, on _____ and Nazis and last week’s white supremacy rally at the White House:

“To see these neo-Nazis and white supremacists, about a thousand walking down the streets screaming most vile things about members of the African American community about members of the Jewish faith – I’ve never seen anything like it. People used to wear hoods in this country because they this country because they wanted to disguise themselves. They don’t feel the need to do that anymore. I talked to the President that afternoon, explained him the situation, what had been going on, what these people were doing in the city of Charlottesville. When he came out and gave his statement that it was both sides’ fault, I’ve got to tell you, it was shocking to me. It wasn’t both sides. You had one side of neo-Nazis wearing Adolph Hitler T-shirts, the white supremacists screaming obscenities at the African American community walking down the streets. They came armed. There’s a time in your presidency when you need to show moral leadership and you need to stand and send a message to the world. He failed that day.”

And he continues to fail every single day.
Seth Meyers, on Omarosa and Michael Cohen and _____:

“So now we have one liar who admits she lied in the past claiming she’s telling the truth now about the liar she worked for, and a third liar who’s under investigation for lying who taped the first liar to prove he wasn’t lying said the second liar’s lying about the first liar. I’m starting to think none of this happened or they all ate pieces of paper. “

Liars all, and all pretending like they know the truth.
Shepard Smith, Fox News, on the lunacy of Rudy Giuliani:

Much of Giuliani’s attack on Brennan involved the dossier compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele that the administration has repeatedly asserted was what began the Russia investigation. It was not. The investigation began after the former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had dirt on his then-political opponent, Hillary Clinton. That information was passed on to intelligence officials. Giuliani calls that dossier laughable. For context, the research in the dossier includes 17 memos produced by the former spy Christopher Steele. They allege misconduct and a conspiracy between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Some assertions in the dossier have been confirmed. Other parts are unconfirmed. None of the dossier, to Fox News’ knowledge, has been disproven.”

Well, did anyone expect Rudy to know what he’s talking about? Or to tell the truth?
Charles Blowjournalist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, on _____’s alleged use of the N-word and how his base would love it:

 “We would be insane if we kept questioning and saying this is a matter of opinion of whether he’s a racist or not. He is. People have cooked that into the books. I think that if you found the tape of him using the N-word, it might actually increase his support. This does nothing to them, they believe wholeheartedly in this approach, and none of these insults to people who look like me hurt them because it is not them. There is not a betrayal of their belief in him, there is not a betrayal in what they want him to do, this is what they want him to do. This is what they accepted. This is what they want.”

Sad, and scary, to say that his strongest supporters are racists and evangelicals.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bobservations


We had a bit of a scare last Friday involving the Greatest Cat in the World, Tuxedo.

See, our cats do not go outside, at least unattended. Tuxedo is allowed to walk along the railing with me by his side, or sit in my lap and take a siesta, but because of the rural nature of Casa Bob y Carlos, and the wild-ish animals who roam nearby, it’s not a good thing to let cats wander.

That said, over the course of time we’ve lived here Tuxedo has escaped a handful of times and has always been lured back inside by the promise of treats.

Last Friday, Carlos got up, let the dog out, fed the cats and made the coffee; we had breakfast and chatted and then I got up from the table …
“Where’s Tuxedo?”
“I don’t know, He was here for breakfast.”
Did he get out when you let the dog in?”
“I don’t know.”
We began the search; through the house, in all the bedrooms, the office, the laundry room, the sunroom; under couches or on tables; in closets where perhaps a door was closed on him; in the bathroom.

No Tuxedo. I head out back, treats in hand, shaking the bag…
“TUXEDO! TUXEDO! TUXEDO!”
No Tuxedo. I go into the front yard …
“TUXEDO! TUXEDO! TUXEDO!”
No Tuxedo. Now I am scared and getting annoyed because I think Carlos missed him when he ran outside and so all kinds of thoughts—of what happened to the cat and what I will do to Carlos—are racing through my head.
“TUXEDO! TUXEDO! TUXEDO!”
Back inside; no cat. I then check every single cupboard in the kitchen, the laundry room and all the bathrooms, shaking that damned bag of treats as I go …
“TUXEDO! TUXEDO! TUXEDO!”
In the master bathroom, I look into a cupboard; no cat. I turn … and there he is, sitting in the bathtub.

See, the night before we’d given all the cats a hit of Advantage because they were scratching a lot. You give Advantage at the base of their neck, so they can’t lick it off.
Tuxedo, because he is so smart, thought he’d wait until Mean Daddy—his name for Carlos—got out of the shower and then he would roll around on the bottom of the tub so see if he could rub the Advantage off.

He got yelled at for disappearing and big smooch from Nice Daddy—that’s what he calls me—for being safe.

In the car, later, driving Carlos to work, I said:
“Sorry for all those hateful things I said about you when we couldn’t find Tuxedo.”
“You didn’t say anything mean to me.”
“In my head, sweetheart in my head.”
“Oh, I expect it was especially vicious then.”
“Yes.”
And luckily, just in my head.
Model Todd Sanfield created an underwear line a few years ago, and that’s one of the photos of the newest campaign.

Um, is it invisible, underwear, Todd?

The “Commando” Line?
This week we learned that 300 priests in Pennsylvania have molested over a thousand children. Boys and girls raped by priests and the Vatican has said
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That’s all.
Up there in Vermont, Christine Hallquist has become the Democratic nominee for governor.

Not a big deal, except Hallquist is the first openly transgender nominee for governor.

The march goes on, but still …
A middle school in Achille, Oklahoma is closed on the heels of violent threats by parents … parents … on social media against Maddie, a 12-year-old transgender student who identifies as female and uses the girls’ bathroom.

Maddie had been using the staff bathroom at her old school but began using the girls’ bathroom at the new school because she didn’t know where the staff bathroom was. And, naturally, she was accused of using the bathroom to “peep” at other students.

And that’s when the threats began on a private parents’ Facebook group for the school. The parents … again parents … called Maddie “it” and “thing”, suggested that her genitalia be mutilated to make her female …
“A good sharp knife will do the job real quick”
Another illiterate, toothless, possibly cousin-f**king parent said it was “hunting season on them kind” and that there was “no bag limit.”

In Vermont trans females are running for governor, but in Oklahoma trans females are running for their lives.
Oh, lord, he doesn’t “get” time zones!

It appears that several times in the first year of his administration, _____ wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon but there was awe problem: afternoon in DC is the middle of the night in Tokyo and _____ didn’t understand that.
Seriously. His team tried to cover his buffoonery by saying that, as a global businessman grifter, _____ does understand time zones, but that he can’t be bothered to add up “time differences” when he feels like calling a foreign leader.

Oh, yeah, that’s a much better explanation.
In the wake of Omarosa going unhinged, Minister of Propaganda Kellyanne Conway ran into some trouble when she couldn’t name a single West Wing staffer who is African-American.

This Week host Jonathan Karl noted that pariah Omarosa had been the most senior black person in _____’s White House and asked Kellyanne who that person might be now, and Kellyanne said:
“African American?” 
She then named HUD Secretary Ben “Brain Surgeon” Carson, but Karl quickly pointed out that Carson is not a member of the White House staff. He asked again:
“I’m asking you about the White House staff. Who — who there is in the White House staff right now?"
“We have Ja’Ron [but Conway couldn’t remember the last name of Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs Ja’Ron Smith] “He’s been very involved with Jared Kushner and President _____ on prison reform from the beginning.”
Karl asked if Smith had an office in the West Wing, to which Kellyanne lied:
“He has an office on the — in the EOP, absolutely, the Executive Office of the President, yes.”
The EOP is where non-West Wing staff work and it’s in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House.

Oh, Kellyanne, facts are hard, eh, girl?
In case you needed more proof that Republicans lie whenever their mouths are moving, I give you Florida Republican State House candidate Melissa Howard.

There were rumors that she didn’t earn a degree from Miami University in Ohio, so Howard flew home to prove the naysayers wrong. And then she posted a picture on social media of a partial college transcript and another picture of her holding a copy of a diploma, but …

… the degree is a fake, according to Miami University General Counsel Robin Parker, who saw the pictures. And quicker than you can say, ‘Bitch don’t lie,’ Howard removed the diploma pictures from Facebook.

Miami University says Howard attended the school, but did not earn a degree, either in 1994 as she first stated, or in 1996, which she later claimed. And the degree she’s holding so proudly in that picture is a Bachelor of Science in Marketing something Miami University does not offer, and never has.

In addition, the "diploma" contains the signatures of Robert C. Johnson, Dean. Well, Johnson was dean of the graduate school not the dean for the School of Business and therefore would not have signed Howard’s diploma.

Howard has stopped talking which means, for now, she’s also stopped lying.

UPDATE Melissa “Pants On Fire” Howard has dropped out of the race. Bye Felicia!
____ ally and confidante Roger Stone posted a photo to Instagram—which he has since deleted—showing _____ and his Flying Monkeys—Senator Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and Sean Hannity—dressed in “Space Force” uniforms.

Stone posted the picture with the caption:
“I love this —proud to be in this crew—but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags.”
Trouble was the uniforms were emblazoned with Swastikas.

Sheesh, Republicans are dumb.
Some men I’d like to see model the Todd Sanfield Commando Line?

Christopher Meyer, top left, who plays the young hottie Anton on The Affair… Sidenote: The Affair might be one of the best shows you’re not watching.

Christopher Abbott, top right, plays Mason on The Sinner, a kind of Whydunnit instead of a Whodunnit.

Will Brittain, bottom left, plays Dave, one of the good … hot …guys on Colony, while Tory Kittle, bottom left, plays another good … hot … guy on the same show.

Just sayin’ …commando.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Architecture Wednesday: A Simple Italian Country House


This house in Brenna, Italy, in the Province of Como, is the picture of serenity, surrounded by trees and green. It’s a modern take on an age-old country house, neither very large, not very small; it’s just right.

The interior is quite simple, with the use of wooden slats as room dividers and to define the staircase, but it’s the light that is so soothing. First, all the light in the glass pavilion on the back; that’s the room where I’d spend all my time, even in winter, given the fireplace. But the light floods the house from above, too, with the addition of skylights in nearly every room upstairs, where the soaring wooden ceilings give added charm and reinforce that idea of an old country home.

It’s now a ‘Wow’ house, but it’s certainly a ‘wow’ house.

HomeDSGN

Logan Michael Osborn Will Serve No Prison Time For Rape Thanks To Judge Hauler


Logan Michael Osborn attended a high school play at Cosby High School with a fourteen-year-old girl. Afterwards they went for a walk; the girl was unfamiliar with the campus, but Logan was not. When the path ended at a fence, Logan Michael Osborn became aggressive.

He forced the girl onto her knees, then tied a belt around her neck and hands before he sexually assaulted her, releasing her only because she said her mother was coming to pick her up.

The girl's mother knew something was wrong, and the teen told her what happened during the ride home.

Logan Michael Osborn was arrested and charged with sexual assault. Now 19, he pleaded guilty in September of last year. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison ... with eight years suspended. Yes, he’d serve just two years for sexually assaulting a minor, but …

In January, Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler decided to pause the two-year term, saying that he wanted to review the case.  And just last week he declined to reinstate the original sentence so Logan Michael Osborn will serve no jail time for rape.

I wonder if Judge T.J. Hauler Barr knew that, at age 12, Logan Michael Osborn was charged with grabbing a student's genitals, or that he’d been accused by seven different girls of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Logan Michael Osborn will have to register as a sex offender, and has lost an academic scholarship to the University of Mary Washington, but he’s still an admitted rapist who will serve not one day behind bars.

And this isn’t the first time Judge Hauler has been in the spotlight for controversial decisions regarding someone accused of violent sexually-based crimes.

In 2016 he rejected the state of Virginia’s request to deny the release of Dana William, who was in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend; William had been accused—but not charged—in several other rapes.

But William was released because of Judge Hauler and soon after his release William strangled to his ex-wife’s father to death and abducted her mother. He killed himself as police were about to arrest him, and investigators later found the body of the mother on the side of a road.

It’s hard to tell the criminals from the judges, sometimes.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Why We Kneel: John Crawford III


In 2014, John Crawford III was at an Ohio Wal-Mart, buying whatever one buys at that store, when he happened upon a pellet gun.

On surveillance video, Crawford is seen holding the gun, which was not packaged, while talking on his cell phone, allegedly to the mother of his two children; perhaps was asking if he could buy it …

At the same time, another man, Ronald Ritchie, was on his cellphone, calling 911 to say that that there “was a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store” and that “he’s like pointing it at people” and “waving it back and forth.”

The video shows Crawford continuing through the store, looking at this and that, and appearing to still be on his phone. The gun is pointed at the ground and several people pass him by, seemingly unconcerned.

Then, police enter the frame to his side and Crawford turns his head, falls to the ground, scrambles in the other direction, then turns back around before ultimately falling again to the ground.

It’s unclear whether he dropped the gun before being shot or after. What is sure is that he was killed for being a black man in a Wal-Mart with a BB gun.

Now, I get it that he was a man with a gun, I get it that police officers have to be cautious, and  I get it that they were responding to a call from Ronald Ritchie saying Crawford was waving the gun around and pointing it at people.

The trouble is, once the surveillance footage was released, Ronald Ritchie changed his story and said Crawford never pointed the gun at anybody.

Too late, though, because James Crawford III was shot to death, because a white man feared the image of a black man with a gun; and police officers didn’t take two seconds to ascertain what kind of gun Crawford had and what he was doing with it.

And, to be clear, I know, I know, that, had it been me, or any other white guy, this would have ended quite differently.

Still, there was a trial, like there was a trial in the Emmett Till murder. After a grand jury watched hours of video, listened to audio recording and heard the testimony from 18 witnesses, they decided, after three days. that the officers were justified in the shooting.

Ronald Ritchie is 2018’s Carolyn Bryant and James Crawford III is 2018’s Emmett Till.
Two black men were murdered after being wrongfully accused by white people.

It isn’t over; I don’t know if it will ever be over, but I do know that we all need to speak up when we see racists in action, when we hear racists in action, when we realize that a racist is sitting in the Oval Office.

Why We Kneel: Emmett Till, 1955 and 2018


Most of you know the story of Emmett Till, but bear with me …

Emmett Till was born and raised in Chicago, but in the summer of 1955, when he was just fourteen, Emmett went to visit relatives in Mississippi. One day he went into to town, to a grocery store, and spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the wife of the white owner of the store. There has been some dispute over what occurred inside the store; some say Till was flirting with Bryant, and perhaps even whistled at Bryant.

But we do know that Carolyn Bryant told her husband, and a jury, Emmett Till made physical and verbal advances toward her, though, decades later Carolyn Bryant admitted she’d lied about a great deal of what had happened, especially when she’d said Emmett Till grabbed her waist and uttered obscenities.

But by then it was far too late.

Several nights after the store incident, after Carolyn Bryant lied to her husband Roy about Till, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam went armed to Till's great-uncle's house and took Emmett Till by force.

They took him away and beat him and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and tying a heavy cotton gin fan around his neck, sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River.

Three days later, Till's body was discovered.

His body was returned to Chicago where his mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket, so the world could see her son’s bloated, mutilated body. That image, and I will not show it here because it’s far too gruesome, sparked the Civil Rights movement.

A few months later, in September 1955, after a nineteen-day trial and an hour of jury deliberations, Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury of Till's kidnapping and murder. And then, in 1956, in an interview with Look magazine, and protected against double jeopardy, both men publicly admitted that they had murdered Emmett Till.

After Milam and Bryant were acquitted, they initially remained in Mississippi, but were boycotted, threatened, attacked, and humiliated by locals. Milam died in 1980 at the age of 61, and Bryant died in 1994 at the age of 63. Bryant expressed no remorse for his crime and in fact said:
"Emmett Till is dead. I don't know why he just can't stay dead."
Here’s why … In 2007, fifty-two years after Emmett Till was murdered, historical markers to be erected at locations related to his death—at the river where his body was found and at the spot where Bryant’s store once stood.

But the sign at the river has been replaced three times; the first was stolen in 2007, the second was destroyed by gunfire in 2016; the third sign also has a bullet hole in it.

That’s why people kneel during the anthem; sixty-three years after Emmett Till was murdered because a white woman lied to a jury, his life, his death, are being assaulted.

This is not just an old story, stick around ….