Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Miranda Lambert Stops Concert For An Awesome, Moving Moment

Miranda Lambert displays a beautiful sign a
fan was holding that moved her to tears at a
recent concert 
I'm a big fan of Miranda Lambert.

Her songwriting is amazing, and so is her wonderful country music voice.

Some people are even bigger fans of Lambert. Like the person who held up a sign at a recent Miranda Lambert concert in Hartford Connecticut.

The sign read, "3 combat tours - your voice was the last thing I heard every night. Thank you."

When Lambert spotted the sign, she had just launched into her classic song "The House That Built Me."

She couldn't finish the song. She was understandably moved to tears.. I think this is why performers like Lambert do their job; many of them want their music to help and comfort people, to help understand life, and get them through their days

So a big thanks to Lambert, and an even bigger thanks to the soldier who held up the sign.

Here's a viral video from that concert moment:

Bad Day On The Ship: Watch This Russian Cargo Go Overboard

Sometimes getting goods across the ocean is tough.

Storms arise, seas get rough, things go wrong.

For instance, watch what happens when the straps holding some giant pipes on a Russian ship snap in a storm. Explain this to your boss when you get to your destination!

Massachusetts Neighborhood Combats Anti-Gay Bigotry In Best Possible Way

Some anti-gay bigot vandalized Cari and Laura Ryding's
house in Natick Massachusetts. But what the neighbors
did about it was perfect. A 
My new favorite town is Natick, Massachusetts.

A married same-sex couple, Cari and Laura Ryding of Natick, recently came home from vacation to find their rainbow gay pride flag stolen and the front of their house egged.

Somebody doesn't like gay people, apparently.

The Rydings were understandably nervous that something like this would happen again, and they filed a police report, just to have a record of what happened in case something else came up.

What happened next, though, restored the Rydings' faith in humanity and especially their neighborhood, where they've lived for several years.

One by one, neighbors put up gay pride rainbow flags on their houses and properties. As of last report, at least two thirds of the homes in the Rydings' neighborhood have gay pride flags flying.

"The first thing when I heard about it, Alright, I'm going to put up a flag. We should all put up flags," neighbor Maura Gaughan told television station WCVB.

Kids in the neighborhood rode around on bikes, delivering flags to homes.

The Rydings are grateful, to say the least.

"It's wild. Just fill up with tears driving down the street," Cari Ryding said.

Here's the full report from television station WCVB:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Couple Upset Restaurant Posted "No Tip To Non-Citizens" Note They Left On Receipt

The nasty note left on a restaurant receipt. Add caption
Nasty notes written by customers on restaurant receipts is a reliable source of outrage, and we have another.

According to the Washington Post, Sadie Karima Elledge was working in her grandfather's Harrisonburg, Virginia restaurant last Monday. A couple Sadie served did not leave a tip when they ate there, and instead wrote a note on the receipt that read, "We only tip citizens." 

Yeah, real nice. Just that stupid hostility to anybody who is non-white because 'Merica is for Whites Only! Or something like that. 

By the way, Sadie was born in the United States and is of Honduran and Mexican descent.

Sadie's grandfather, John Elledge, who is white, posted a photo of the couple's nasty note on Facebook and captioned it "You are a complete and total piece of dung."

A little too polite in my opinion, but what the heck.

Then again, Mr. Elledge also had this to say on Facebook, according to the Washington Post:

"I'd happily do the jail time if I could get just one solid punch in to the face of the son of a bitch who paid for his meal at the luncheonette where my granddaughter works and left the receipt for her with a note saying 'Sorry, we only tip citizens."

Sadie is universally known in town as a fine young woman. She recently graduated from a local high school and is set to start classes at a community college soon.

Sadie Karima Elledge got a nasty note
from a customer due to her heritage. A
As is often the case with these rude receipts, which I've written about before, this one caught fire on social media.  

The people that left the nasty "citizen" note also saw it on social media and --- poor babies --- they are mad, MAD I tell ya!  

The couple returned to the restaurant and complained four digits of their credit card were on the Facebook post (turned out it wasn't their card).

But they were equally mad about having their note out there for all the world to see. You can see the signature Ada M. Doriot on the receipt.

The guy yelled at Mr. Elledge, but otherwise didn't get much resolved. "The guy, he was being really belligerent," Elledge told the Washington Post.

The woman half of the couple asked why he posted it, as if it wasn't obvious.

By the way, the couple is not invited back to the restaurant.

Maybe this couple wants to go back to the days of the whites only lunch counters?

I think maybe they should eat out less often and just stay home in front of the TV. Maybe while watching white supremecists videos.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Listen To These Horrible Pro-Trump Racists On CB Radios And Be Totally Terrified.

There were also plenty of Confederate flags at
a Massachusetts rally where extremely racist CB
radio chatter was captured.  
Yep, some Donald Trump supporters are racist, that's for sure.

Not all of them. Definitely not. But Raw Story  via Winning Democrats, has an interesting take from a rally in Massachusetts in late July in which their chatter was caught on CB radio.

It's definitely chilling and scary. And this is coming from a white guy. Imagine if an African American were nearby and heard what you'll read about.

From Raw Story:

"A Massachusetts convoy of Trump supporters drove from Wrentham to Foxboro in their trucks, RVs and SUVs on July 31 and were caught on tape spewing racist epithets and calls for anti-black violence.

'Lynch the ni**ers by their dicks,!' said one driver, according to Winning Democrats, which highlighted a YouTube video of what the 'Make America Great Again' convoy talked about on its CB channel when they thought no one was listening."

'Burn every single ni**ger!' says another driver.

'All I know is we got plenty of trees to hang ni**gers from,' says another.

 Yeah, real sweethearts in this group of idiots.

The YouTube video is at the bottom of this post. It's very disturbing. First of all, the group in the trucks and at the rally were pretty scary looking, judging from the video.

I'm sure the YouTube video only selected the most abhorrent words. And I suppose we could question the veracity o the video, but from what I can tell it seems legit.

It came from Winning Democrats, as I noted, and they are obviously an advocacy group against Trump, but all evidence supports the idea the CB traffic is real.

The video proves the point I've made quite often lately: Donald Trump isn't really the scary one. It's some of his supporters:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Deez Nuts Learns Federal Election Commission Is Not Amused With Him

"Deez Nuts" got 9 percent of the North Carolina
electorate on his side at one point last year.
Some might say Donald Trump is a joke. Others might same the same of Hillary Clinton.

But at least they're actual candidates for President. This election cycle has brought us a horde of fake candidates like Deez Nuts, Left Shark and Toy Testicles.

The Federal Election Commission is sick of it, and they have a point, this is starting to get obnoxious.'

According to USA Today, the FEC is now cracking down on the merry and not-so-merry pranksters with their fake presidential runs.

An FEC news release says:

"The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where there is no indication tht the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals or similarly implausable entries as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee."

The letters will inform the pranksters that there are potential penalties for making false filing with the federal agency, and if the jokesters don't respond to the FEC letter within 30 days, they will be taken off the FEC's website.

USA Today says there are 1,850 filers or president on the FEC data base, including Bippy the Clown and Sir Cookie Zealot.

There were only 419 filers in the 2012 election. The jump this year is probably because the FEC put up a new form so that people could easily post a "statement of candidacy" online.

This statement isn't the same as running for president, as you have to be a real person and qualify for the ballot, and  candidates have to qualify for the ballot in each of the 50 states.

Still, fake candidates are making waves at times. In a North Carolina poll last year, Clinton and Trump were nearly tied with about 40 percent of the electorate each, but Deez Nuts threw off the poll by getting 9 percent of the potential vote.

I suppose you could still vote for Deez Nuts in the presidential election, but it's probably a wasted vote.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wacko Who Said Floods Are God's Punishment For Gays Is Flooded Out Of His House. TG

Tony Perkins took this photo of his badly flooded
Louisiana home as he and his family escaped.
In the past, Perkins has agreed with those who said big
floods were God's wrath because gay people exist. 
I found it odd that, unlike in every previous horrible weather disaster, I didn't hear from the extreme religious wackos that the huge Louisiana flood happened because God is annoyed gay people exist.

One possible explanation for the lack of damnation talk with the flood is that one of many people whose houses was trashed by the Louisiana flood is a guy named Tony Perkins,

Perkins is President of the Family Research Council, a notoriously anti-gay conservative activist group.

While Perkins has never been the leading voice of the "God created this disaster because he hates gays" he at least agrees with the sentiment. According to Snopes, he was interviewing Paster Jonathan Cahn last October after a storm caused terrible flooding in South Carolina.

Cahn said the flood was God's anger that the United States legalized gay marriage, and Perkins agreed that God was trying to send a message.

(What was left unexplained that if God hated gay marriage so much, why did He unleash the flood on South Carolina, one of the most conservative places in the nation.)

I confess I'm a bit guilty of schadenfreude, though I really am not that pleased that Perkins' house was wrecked. Like all flood victims in Louisiana, he needs our support.

Still, I find it interesting that Perkins didn't say anything about God's anger. He called the disaster a flood of near biblical proportions, which is true, and said this was an opportunity for Christians to help others in need, which of course is a refreshingly good thing for Perkins to say.

I also noticed the home page of the Family Research Council web site has a large block asking people to donate toward Louisiana flood relief.

Perkins, his wife and five children escaped from their flooded house via a large canoe. An RV on their property was undamaged, so they will stay in that until their home is repaired.

And no, I definitely don't think God is punishming Perkins for being so virulently homophobic.