Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Halloween Is Coming

I was feeling a little starry-eyed sad clown thing coming on, but then I wonder if the gold bikini strikes a different tone.

Another Deadly Milestone

This week we hit that mark … Covid-19 is now officially the deadliest outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the US fatalities from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. You know, when we had no vaccines and access to health care was far worse than today.

Now over eighteen months into this thing deaths due to Covid in America alone crossed the 675,000 mark on Monday and are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities each and every day, due to the fast-spreading Delta Variant.

The 1918 flu—which came in three waves, from the spring of 1918, the fall of 1918, and the winter and spring of 1919—killed an estimated 675,000 Americans in total, so now a 100 years later with modern technologies and treatments and new science available, we are still watching Americans die.

But by all means, please tell me masks don’t work and vaccines don’t work, because these new deaths and new cases fall squarely at the feet of those who don’t mask up and didn’t get the prick because … because.

Let’s compare that flu in 1918 and 1919, and COVID in 2020 and 2021:

In 1918 the US population was an estimated 103 million people; in 2020 the population was roughly 330 million. That means the 1918 flu killed about 1 in every 150 Americans, while COVID has taken the lives of 1 in 500.

Sure, there were fewer people in this country in 1918, so the percentages of those who died then are greater than today but think about healthcare and vaccines and treatments that we have today that were mere dreams to medical professionals a century ago. Unlike today, there was no vaccine for the 1918 flu; unlike today there was no CDC or national public health department; there were no antibiotics, intensive care units, ventilators or IV fluids.

And yet now more of us are dying than died then … some 2,000 a day.

The greatest country on Earth with the most stupid people who are more concerned with vacations and bars and football games than they are with helping save their fellow men and women.

And children.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Odds and Ends

Here are just a few stories I found floating through the interwebz this week ...

Inoke Tonga, a volleyball coach from Valor Christian High School in Colorado, says the school administration told him to convert to being straight and “denounce being gay” or lose his job. Tonga, who is gay and Christian, was called into a meeting with school administrators last month, thinking that he was up for a promotion, until he was asked this:

“Did you ever post anything about identifying as a gay man or advocating for the LGBT community?”

Tonga happily said ‘Yes,’ because he wanted to stand up for gay people, but that didn’t make the administrators happy.

“Well how do you think that reflects on the school? You’re a danger to put in front of the kids.”

That meeting went on for about an hour and a half and Tonga says that he didn’t advocate more for himself because he thought he was there for a promotion, not a public shaming. As he was leaving, an administrator offered him some “kind of conversion books” and said:

“When you are ready to accept our help—we’re not holding this coaching position over your head, but when you’re ready to denounce being gay and accept our help to become a child of God, then you can have your position back.”

Tonga refused and, the next day the administration emailed the volleyball players and their parents saying he had chosen to leave because he’s “struggling with a spiritual battle.”

No, he was told to leave his job because he’s gay.


After nearly a decade in the NFL, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley saw his fame skyrocket in recent months, though not because he’s such a talented player—of that I have no idea and don’t care—but because of his anti-vaxxing stance.

And then this week, as the Buffalo Bills hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cole Beasley dropped a pass in the first quarter, and Twitter was ready with jeers and heckles to mock the receiver.

It would seem that Cole cannot catch the virus and he cannot catch a football. COVIDIOT.


That bigot who is credited as the architect of Texas’ abortion ban, and would like to see Roe v Wade overturned, Jonathan Mitchell, says the Supreme Court’s inaction on that Texas law has opened the door for other “lawless” rights and protections to be reversed … as in the right to have gay sex and the right to same-sex marriage.

Mitchell says that while it was not necessary for the high court to immediately overrule the legal cases that enshrine those rights—Lawrence v Texas, which outlawed criminal sanctions against people who engaged in gay sex, and Obergefell v Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage—those cases are just “as lawless as Roe.”

And to be fair, this is an absurd interpretation, but it’s all in Mitchell’s brief, as is the case of Loving v Virginia, which ended racial discrimination in marriage.

Keep in mind that one of the justices who gladly jumped on Mitchell’s antiwomen, anti-choice, anti-abortion law is one Clarence Thomas, a black man married to a white woman.

I wonder how Thomas will feel if and when Mitchell comes for his marriage?


Recently Grady Knox, a  Tennessee high school student , was advocating for a mask mandate in schools during the public comment section at a Rutherford County Board of Education meeting and spoke about his grandmother who died of COVID-19 last year:

“This time last year, my grandmother, who was a former teacher at the Rutherford County school system died of COVID because someone wasn’t wearing a mask.”

And as he continued to speak, several adults …adults … behind him began to laugh and shake their heads; at one point, someone in the background can be heard screaming, “shut up!”

The heckling continued until Coy Young, the school board chairman stepped in:

“Hey guys, we’re here to act professional.”

Adults, laughing at the story of a woman dying of COVID.


Another ‘Karen’ bites the dust, y’all. In a recent viral video a woman dubbed “Coughing Karen” followed, and coughed, on a masked mother and daughter in a Lincoln, Nebraska Super Saver grocery store because … COVIDIOT.

And then, within a matter of days, social media did its thing and the woman was identified as Janene Hoskovec, an employee of SAP, a software company based in Germany.

And within hours, SAP posted a response on Twitter, writing that the company was “taking the matter of an SAP employee incident very seriously” and that an investigation was underway. That same day, SAP announced that Janene Hoskovec, AKA “Coughing Karen” was terminated from their employ.

Bye Karen.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

I Ain't One To Gossip But

Of course, I am not sorry … but Bill Cosby is finding out the hard way that being an ex-con, even a famous, wealthy entitled ex-con, ain’t easy.

Y’all know that Cosby went to prison for ALLEGEDLY drugging and raping Andrea Constand—among many others—but then saw his conviction overturned because the prosecution screwed up. Cosby was released from prison, saying he was innocent, which is an untruth, and instantly set about planning a comedy tour to get his bank account filled up again. But the tour—and try as I might, it won’t be The Rape Isn’t Funny Tour—has been put on hold due to an upcoming civil trial in which Cosby is accused of … wait for it … sexual assault. Again.

It seems Cosby is being sued by Judy Huth who claims he “pounced on her at the Playboy Mansion in the ’70s, when she was just 15.” A trial date has been set for April of 2022 and so Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt is saying that “Cosby wants to avoid going on tour for the moment because he doesn’t want this dark cloud hanging over his head … as he seems to think the case would become all the media talks about while he toured.”

Or because he’ll be found guilty … again … and would have to cancel the tour and could be sued by the venues he’d booked.

Easy solution: have Cosby do his act in the cafeteria of whatever prison he ends up in.

Works for me.

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Speaking of sexual abusers on trial, what’s new with R. Kelly?

His defense team has tried every trick in the book to get the myriad of charges against Kelly thrown out and now it’s clear they have reached the bottom of The Excuse Barrel because the newest one is:

“It was the MSG!”

One of Kelly’s many victims, identified only as Sonja, testified that in 2003 that she met R. Kelly in Utah and he invited her to his studio in Chicago. Sonja, who was twenty-one at the time and a radio station intern, chose to go because she thought an exclusive interview with R. Kelly could jump-start her career.

But things went south the moment she arrived. Sonja testified that one of R. Kelly’s employees ALLEGEDLY asked if she needed a condom, to which she replied: “No, I’m not here for that.” That employee also ALLEGEDLY asked for her contact information and had her an NDA to sign along with a set of rules as to how she should behave in R. Kelly’s home—like needing permission to eat or use the bathroom.

Sonja claims she was locked inside a room for three or four days, begging for food. Finally, she was given Chinese food and became sleepy. When she woke up, she saw Kelly “doing up his pants in the corner” and felt “some wet stuff in between my legs.” She says she did not consent to any sexual acts with Kelly and after it was over, she ALLEGEDLY told not to tell anyone about the encounter and did so out of fear since R. Kelly’s people had all her contact information of her closest family and friends.

So, where does the MSG come in? From the myth about Chinese food making you sleepy or sick, and that’s what happened to Sonja, not that she was drugged by Kelly so he could rape her.

It was his fault; it was the Lo Mein.

Seriously.

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Tori Spelling is clearly so desperately for attention that she’s taken a page from Khloé Kardastrophe’s playbook by restructuring her face. Only Tori took it all too literally and restructured her face to look like Khloé’s twin.

Last week she celebrated the wrap of her MTV show Messyness with co-star Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and most folks thought it was Khloé and Snooki doing up the town.

Why? WHY? Well, maybe if Tori starts looking like a Kardastrophe Kris Jenner will mistake her for a long-lost daughter and bring her into the family and all Tori’s money problems will be over!

PS That is "real" Khloé down there.

Y’all all know 50 Cent is a pig, but he recently became even piggier.

After the ALLEGED drug overdose of The Wire actor Michael K. Williams 30 Cent, AKA Curtis Jackson, posted some emojis of wide-open eyes alongside a screenshot of The New York Post’s report of William’s death with this caption:

“Damn if you didn’t see Raising Kanan check it out that fentanyl is no joke, killing the clientele. R.I.P micheal k Williams.”

Yes, he misspelled the actor’s name, but made sure to follow that with hashtags promoting his line of wine and cognac.

Curtis has had a long feud with Williams about … who cares … but to promote your TV show and businesses on a man’s death is sick, even for Piggy Cent.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

I Didn't Say It

Adam Kinzinger, GOP Congressperson with a brain—a rarity in the party that appears to have just one shared brain between them—on Biden’s vaccine mandate:

“I think it’s going to save lives. And the failure here comes in leaders that have basically used vaccine status as some tattoo of what political tribe you belong to. I mean, we all hear stories of people that are in very red areas that are embarrassed to say they’re vaccinated. That is insane and silly. And that is a problem with leaders, particularly Republican leaders, that don’t stand up and give cover to people. There are some Republican members of Congress and stuff putting out fundraising after fundraising email about first, it’s going to be a vaccine mandate, next thing, the Gestapo’s going to show up at your door and take your bible away. Like, that’s not going to happen and that’s playing on people’s fears.”

He’s asking people to do the right thing for health of others and yet we are such a selfish and self-involved society that we don’t care about others.

And that’s the beginning of the end.

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Rudy Giuliani, who used to be known as America’s Mayor, realizing he’s now just a fool and a punchline:

“I don’t care. I am aware of that. And what’s happened is, our country has gone off the rails…I’m exactly the same person. They changed! I don’t think I’ve ever done an interview drunk. I mean, I drink normally. I like Scotch, I drink Scotch. I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a functioning, I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.”

Little Freudian slip there, Rudy. You seldom ever pass a bar without going in.

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George W. Bush, speaking about terrorism at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Shanksville:

“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

Okay, I’m glad he compared terrorists flying planes into towers to domestica terrorists flying flagpoles thorough windows of the nation’s capital, but let’s be clear that a lot of the ills in this country can be traced back to W’s Big Lie about Saddam Hussein and 9/11 and getting us into Afghanistan..

That’s all.

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Pat Toomey, GOP Senator from Pennsylvania, urging his party not to nominate Thing 45 in 2024:

“I think that the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, and not to be a party about any one individual, and I think we will learn a lot from the next set of primaries. I think after what happened post-2020 election, I think the president’s behavior was completely unacceptable, so I don’t think he should be the nominee to lead the party in 2024.”

Nice vanilla statement. Howsabout being a little more forceful if you believe Thing 45 is unfit to be president, huh?

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Chris Wallace, Fox News, on refusing to have Big Lie spreaders on his show:

“There are plenty of people who were the leaders in the Congress of challenging [the election] that I just have not had on the show ever since then, and have purposefully not had on the show, because I don’t frankly wanna hear their crap.”

A rare moment of sanity from a Fox News employee.

Who knew?

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Bobservations

We are headed out West next month to see my dad and this week Carlos was on the phone making flight reservations. We have some AMEX miles we wanted to use and so he was dealing with one of their representatives. She reeled off several flight out options, and we picked one; then she did the same for the return. She asked how many tickets, we said ‘two,’ and she said:

“It comes to $687 before the miles and will be $459 with the miles.”

Carlos shrieked one of his Howler Monkey Shrieks™ until the woman said:

“You know that’s for both tickets, right??

“Both? Roundtrip? Both”

“Yes sir.”

Carlos’ voice dropped several decibels to a more human level and he said:

“Sounds fair. Let’s go ahead and book that then.”

Nice save. Not.

Tuxedo has zero fucks to give to this anti-women woman who does the bidding of old white men.

There are sure a lot of books coming out, and more to come, written by people who worked in the White House for Thing 45. And they want y’all to know that they were there, watching all this chaos and lunacy and criminal behavior unfold.

I, however, would like y’all to remember that they were there and saw it all and did nothing about it except wait and author a book and make money off the story of this country teetering on the edge of anarchy.

Fuck ‘em.

My father and brother have been going round and round about COVID and the vaccine. My father is a retired science and chemistry teacher and masks and social distanced and got the vaccine, while my brother is an anti-government-COVID-is-a-hoax-tool who, sad to say, might have gone to the insurrection, but is too cheap to travel cross-country.

My dad has told my brother that he cannot visit unless he comes with a recent negative COVID test and wears a mask whenever he’s around my dad. My brother won’t be visiting any time soon because …

… my brother, sister-in-law, and niece all have COVID.

Oy, the hoax of it all.

I was commenting on a blog the other day and used the word scrubdown [sic]. Now, Duchess Deedles loves to needle me about my misspelled words that Spell Check doesn’t catch, but I will say I often write ‘scrub down’ as ‘scrubdown’ because I use it like this: ‘a Silkwood Scrubdown™.’

But when commenting on the blog I wasn’t using it like that and as I Spell Checked my comment, the suggestion was made that perhaps I meant ‘SC rub down.’ I have lived in South Carolina 14 years now and have never heard of an ‘SC rub down,’ but now I am both curious and on the prowl.

I don’t watch The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City because even I don’t like that much trash, but after watching E! covering the Met Gala, RHoSLC came on and I was writing about the fashions I’d just seen so I didn’t change the channel.

I looked up in time to see the daughter of one of the "wives” ... who came to this country from Vietnam ... playing piano rather brilliantly, and then talking about how school was very important to her, and uttering the best line I’d heard in a long time when she was asked if she was a straight-A student:

“Well, I am Asian, I’m not B-sian.”

I.Died.

I wanna be her when I grow up,

It boggles my mind that parents will crash a schoolboard meeting to protest their children wearing masks in public, but never once crashed a schoolboard meeting to question guns and gun control and school shootings.

They don’t wanna protect their kids from a virus and yet they want to have active shooter drills because guns in schools happens.

I saw this on BosGuy Twitter  …

I’m not saying the new husband’s a homo, I’m just sayin’ he likes a man in a speedo walking out of the surf more than his new bride.

That’s all.

One thing to take away from the California recall election, which failed by a margin of 68% to 32%.

So, what does this mean? Simple, when Democrats show up to vote, Democrats win. We outnumber Republicans, but you have to get you asses to the voting booths every single election where you can vote. It’s like I always say:

CAST A GODDAMNED VOTE!

In this week’s episode of Would You Hit It, I give you male model Rafael Miller. He’s from France and became a fitness trainer to get himself in shape and then turned to modeling. He also, as you can see below, likes to do the one leg long, one leg short style of dressing that Mitchell often features on his blog, Moving With Mitchell.

So … Would you hit it?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Architecture Wednesday: The Prinseneiland House

I wish I knew more about this house in the Prinseneiland neighborhood of Amsterdam. I know that Prinseneiland is 1 of 3 man-made  islands in Amsterdam’s Centrum district, and that they are collectively known as Westelijke Eilanden, or the ‘Western Islands’.

The Prinseneiland neighborhood is really a small village; you can go on a boat cruise around the islands, visit local shops, or explore its canal houses. It’s mostly known for its art scene, which draws in a multitude of creative minds, from actors and musicians to artists and furnituremakers. In Prinseneiland brick homes with open shutters are a common sight, like this home, which was formerly in use as a pillow factory and a garage until being renovated into a warm and eclectic family home.

I love the openness of the front, almost as though it’s a small shop, but that front area is the original part of the factory, with its aged brick walls and wooden beams. The first room is a sitting area and a library and perhaps a small office, and a music room all in one, but walk through steel-framed French doors and you are in the open-plan living and dining and kitchen area.

The kitchen, with its massive skylight and interior window that rings light into a small central bedroom,  features a mixture of green tiles, green painted mullions, and exposed wood beams that contrast sharply with the industrial stainless-steel island.

Down a small hallway is that central bedroom, along with another bedroom and to baths. At the end of the hall is the primary suite, with fireplace, patio, sitting area, and a sleeping alcove hidden behind stained-glass doors and features its own small skylight.

Yeah, I could live there. I love the old and the new and the unusual and the Amsterdam of it all.