Monday, August 31, 2015

President Obama arrives in Alaska. Update!

So the President has landed here in Anchorage, and he is currently staying at the Captain Cook hotel only eight miles from where I am right now, and a place where I once spent the night in order to impress some woman I was dating.

I have been invited to a rally downtown tomorrow for the President but I think work is going to make that impossible.  (I know that most people think this is my job, but yeah not so much.)

As Anchorage prepares for the Commander-in-Chief there have been a few bumps, such as the fact that APD accidentally towed away a Secret Service vehicle.

But don't worry they put it back.

Apparently while up here the President will participate in one of our favorite Alaskan past times, appearing in a reality show: 

Obama will appear on a special episode of the NBC outdoor adventure show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the network announced Monday in a news release. The president and the host will be trekking through the Alaskan wilderness. The episode, to be taped, will air on NBC later this year. It will highlight the effects of climate change in that area.

You know I bet that episode gets MUCH higher ratings than another short lived reality show featuring a politician that I can think of.

As previously reported the President will be here all the way through Wednesday of this week, and I am sure that he will be greeted warmly by most of my fellow Alaskans.

To be honest so long as he avoids the Mat-Su Valley and Fairbanks he will probably see mostly friendly faces.

Speaking of friendly faces, the President might also want to avoid going to Ohio anytime soon as they are in a real snit over his decision to officially rename our largest mountain by the name we have been calling it all along.

Apparently by doing that he has insulted Ohioans, disappointed Republicans, angered conservatives, and pissed in John Kasich's cornflakes.

Yeah Kasich kind of lost me there, but all I know is that it is none of his, the Republicans, or the people of Ohio's business what we call OUR mountain.

If they want to honor William McKinley so badly why don't they name one of THEIR mountains after him?

Oh that's right, they don't have any.

Update: Well Donald Trump just lost the Alaskan vote. 

OANN boss says he was very impressed with Sarah Palin's performance as host last week.

Courtesy of WPTZ:  

OANN very much wants to have Palin stick around, but at the moment there are no further plans for her to host. 

"We'd love to have Governor Palin as a full time host, but we'd need to convince her to relocate for long periods of time and I don't think we are at the point as a network where we can afford what she is worth," Charles Herring, president of the San Diego-based channel, told CNNMoney. 

Herring said the response to Palin's guest hosting was "tremendous." He also said "we'd love to have Governor Palin back as a guest host as often as we can."

Finally! A TV gig with a bar set low enough for Sarah Palin to overcome.

I am sure that Palin would love the job as well.

Of course OANN is going to have to re-outfit that Fox built studio of her again, and hire her children to do her hair and make up, and of course hire Todd to work the camera, but I'm sure her asking price for all of that is not too steep these days.

After all the Trump interview that OANN posted on You Tube received almost three million hits.

Of course we don't know if her appearance helped with the ratings because, "the channel is relatively obscure and isn't rated by Nielsen."

Sounds like the perfect place for Palin.

Don'tcha think?

Two of Josh Duggar's sisters, and his mother, appear on TLC program about child sex abuse. Oh this ought to be good.

Courtesy of People:  

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jill (Duggar) Dillard appeared on TLC's documentary Breaking the Silence Sunday, seeking education to address the aftermath of the abuse they faced at the hands of brother Josh Duggar more than a decade ago.

"It's amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with this exact same thing in their own families," said Jill, 24. 

"So just being educated is very good." Jessa, 22, noted, "I feel like this should be a discussion people are having, even regularly. I think that it shouldn't be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about this." 

Okay I'm confused.

Didn't the Duggar family do just about everything they could think of, including the threat of a lawsuit, to keep people from talking about Josh Duggar's molestation of at least five young girls, including his own sisters?

And doesn't the family still claim that none of the victims even knew they were being abused?

Michele Duggar also appeared on the program and here is what she said:

"I was so glad that my girls and I were able to do this together and that we could just be a support and encouragement to each other to be able to gain more information about this important topic," said Michelle, 48. 

Yes well that's all well and good but it does not really speak to the fact that the family's refusal to get Josh Duggar the treatment he really needed early on, and their ignorance about his predatory impulses, allowed him to victimize his own siblings as well as other young women who made the mistake of sleeping over at the Duggar household.

Not only that but the fact that Josh was also recently outed as a paying customer for the online cheating website Ashley Madison, and that he paid for sex with a porn star, should also suggest that Josh's problems were not due to childlike curiosity, but rather to a pathological need for illicit sexual encounters that may very well have resulted from his upbringing and the example set by his parents.

If true than the problems in the Duggar family are undoubtedly more problematic than we have been led to believe, and they should be the last people trotted out as "victims" in any sense of the word.

Donald Trump's reception in Tennessee was not exactly welcoming.

Courtesy of the Tennessean: 

 Hundreds of rain-soaked demonstrators, some with children on their shoulders, marched down Fourth Avenue South Saturday to advocate for undocumented immigrants while Donald Trump used violent imagery to characterize them as dangerous during an event at Rocketown. 

While Trump addressed "anchor babies" and building a wall at the Mexican border, rally leaders beat on bucket drums while the crowd circled the building chanting, "Who are we? Tennessee" and "Racism has got to go." 

The rally was organized by a coalition of social justice groups led by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Workers' Dignity. Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of TIRRC, said about 400 people attended. While Teatro insisted the rally was aimed at combating the "ugly turn in the conversation about immigrants" for many of the presidential candidates, not just Trump, some of the demonstrators' signs specifically targeted him. 

"In God we trust," one sign read, "Trump is a disgust."

Yeah I know these protesters are not exactly the GOP base, but they DO vote and they DO have a political presence.

And besides 400 protesters is nothing to sneeze at in Tennessee as it really does not get much more Republican than there.

Just imagine the reception Trump might receive in a state which is colored not quite such a dark shade of red.

Bernie Sanders edges closer to Hillary Clinton in the Iowa polls placing her front runner status in jeopardy.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

Hillary Clinton’s once-prohibitive advantage in Iowa has slipped enough to jeopardize her front-runner status and Bernie Sanders has moved to within striking distance, revealing a Democratic presidential field in unexpected flux as Vice President Joe Biden mulls whether to make a late entrance into the race. 

The results of the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, released Saturday, show Clinton is now the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in the state where the first ballots of the presidential contest will be cast early in 2016. She's followed by Sanders at 30 percent and Biden at 14 percent. It’s the first time the poll has had Clinton's support under 50 percent. 

In May, the Iowa Poll put Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, at 57 percent, Sanders at 16 percent, and Biden at 8 percent.

Okay NOW we have a horse race.

And the great thing is that I think this has inspired Hillary to get a little tougher with her GOP rivals and make remarks like the one she made comparing  them to terrorists and a more recent one where she suggested that they wanted to gather up undocumented immigrants and ship them back home in buses and boxcars.

That has not only REALLY pissed off the conservatives, but it has also changed the dialogue from her so-called e-mail "scandal" to the fact that she compares Republicans to terrorists and Nazis.

Personally I'm okay with that, because, you know, it's pretty accurate.

The thing that sets Clinton apart from Bernie Sanders and the rest of the potential Democratic candidates is that she can not only take a lot of hard hits from the Republicans but when she is tired of playing rope a dope she can hit back hard enough to make their knees shake under them a little.

As an ex-fighter that kind of thing really gets my attention.

To be honest I don't just want a candidate who can win, I want a candidate who leaves the GOP bullies lying bleeding and fighting for consciousness on the canvas.

But hey, that's just me.

If Chris Christie is elected President he wants to hire the founder of Fed Ex to help track immigrants just like they do packages.

Courtesy of ABC News:  

"At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's on the airplane," Christie said, speaking at a VFW hall in New Hampshire Saturday morning. "Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them." 

As president, Christie said, he would enlist the help of Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express, to show Immigration and Custom Enforcement how to track immigrants who might otherwise overstay their welcome. 

"We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in, and then when your time is up, we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go,'" Christie said.

Later a Christie spokesperson clarified the statement to suggest that Christie is suggesting the use of technology, such as drones, to keep track of immigrants.

I wonder if Christie understands that Fed Ex is able to keep track of a package because it is constantly in one of its warehouses, planes, or vans at all time?

Surely Christie is not suggesting that we warehouse human beings so we can keep track of them?

What did they call that during World War 2?

Interment camps I think.

Or perhaps Christie is suggesting that all new immigrants visiting the country using a Visa have a microchip tracking device implanted under their skin?

That WOULD achieve the same purpose, I but I think there might be a little pushback from religious fundamentalists who consider that to be in the same category as the Mark of the Beast from the book of Revelations.

I think it's time to remind Christie that "people are not packages."

Yet another excellent point by John Oliver.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

President Obama just renamed Alaska's tallest mountain.

Courtesy of ABC News:  

President Obama has changed the name of Alaska's Mt. McKinley to Denali, the White House announced Sunday, a day before the president is set to visit the state. 

"Denali" is the Alaskan Native name for the mountain, which is North America's tallest - and a site of cultural significance to Alaska's native population. 

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed the order renaming the mountain on Friday. Obama will officially rename the peak in Anchorage tomorrow, where he will kick off his presidential visit to the 49th state. 

The name change follows a longstanding effort to re-designate the mountain by its Athabascan name. In 1975 Alaska's governor formally requested that the secretary of the interior work to change the name, following a resolution from the Alaska State Legislature. 

"For centuries, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as the 'Great One.' Today we are honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as Denali," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, wrote in a statement thanking the president.

Well I'm glad to see that Lisa Murkowski is supporting the name change, because true Alaskans have been  arguing for it for decades.

Denali was renamed Mt. McKinley by some white gold prospector and that became the official name back in 1917. And it has been pissing off the Alaska natives ever since.

The name Denali means "the great one" and if you have ever seen it you know that is the name it deserves.

Look, President Obama is already doing great things for Alaska, and he has not even landed here yet. One can only imagine how much he will accomplish in the three days that he is scheduled to be here.

Update: Oh and by the way fuck Ohio. That's right, I said it!

Jeb Bush loses three top fundraisers as poll numbers plummet.

Courtesy of Politico: 

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned. 

There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign. 

None of the three responded to requests for comment. Bush spokesman Tim Miller would only say that “Governor Bush has the widest and deepest fundraising operation of any candidate in the field. Ann Herberger — a longtime aide with more than two decades of experience in state and national politics — will continue to lead the operation in Florida with our team in Miami.” 

The departures came at a time of uncertainty for Bush. While he has had massive success raising money for his Super PAC, he is overseeing an official campaign that has many more staffers but far less money. Earlier this week, the New York Times revealed that it had taken steps to rein in some of its spending and had gone so far as to cut some employee salaries. And POLITICO reported one Bush fundraiser expressed concerns about the slowing pace of the campaign’s fundraising after Bush’s shaky debate performance. 

For the record I in no way think that Jeb bush is going to have any difficulty raising money. In fact that campaign is already reaching out for replacements, and will assuredly find them.

However I do think that it is a sign that Jebbie is just not the candidate that Republican establishment had hoped for.

Not only is he a gaffe machine that makes Joe Biden seems smooth by comparison, but his poll numbers now have him trailing, not only Donald Trump, but also Carson, Walker, and Ted Cruz.

And it seems that every time Bush tries to rise above the pack, he jams his foot so far down his own throat that even W. is shaking his head in disbelief.

At this point not only is Jeb's inevitability in question. So is his viability.

Bristol Palin takes the baby bump out for some sunshine.

Caption reads:

Start of my sixth month, feeling like a tannnkk already! Eek

Okay so if this is the sixth month that means that the baby is due sometime at the end of December which matches with what I had heard previously.

And that also means that Bristol would have had to get knocked up right about the same time she was announcing her engagement to Dakota Meyer.

So the mystery remains, since Dakota is certainly not talking about soon becoming a father, just whose baby is this?

P.S. Oh an what is it with the hair covering the face thing? Did somebody recently receive some new plastic surgery that has not quite healed yet? Or is it maybe just some of those irritating pregnancy pimples that she does not want to share with the world?

Well it looks like Sarah Palin is in no hurry to get back to Alaska.

Dee Dee Sorvino is a political operative who recently married actor Paul Sorvino after the two met while appearing on a Fox show.

Personally I think Palin can stay the hell away from Alaska until AFTER President Obama's visit.

After all I would like the President to have a pleasant experience up here in the Last Frontier.

And we certainly do not need another incident like this.

Anti-choice activists are dumpster diving in order to find the personal records of women using abortion services. WTF?

Courtesy of Think Progress:

Abortion opponents are sifting through public records — including 911 calls, autopsy reports, and state health department documents — in order to glean medical information about women who have had abortions, according to a report from the Washington Post and ProPublica. 

The report also states that some activists dig through the trash at abortion clinics to look for patient records in dumpsters. If they find these documents, they use them to file complaints that providers are violating privacy laws by making their patients’ information too easily accessible. 

The anti-abortion activists who seek this type of medical information — many of whom publish their findings online — say they’re not trying to identify patients’ identities or breach women’s privacy. Instead, they want to make sure that abortion doctors aren’t breaking the law.

Oh yeah these folks are not creepy stalkers invading the privacy of women making an incredibly personal and private decision, they are simply doing this because they care about women and want to make sure that their privacy is not being invaded.

You know by creepily stalking them and invading their privacy.

Makes perfect sense.

Son confronts father and father's bimbo about their affair on video. As it turns out father is, sorry was, president of Baptist college.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

The footage starts with the man identified as Paul Epting pointing the camera at himself and saying, “Here we go. It might be a bad day” before entering a house by unlocking what the News called a rear door. 

“Oh, hey buddy” Jimmy Epting says, only for Paul to reply, “What are you doing, Dad?” 

Paul then walks into a bathroom, asking, “Where is she?” before confronting the woman and asking “What are y’all doing? What are you doing?”

Jimmy Epting is seen coming into the bathroom, before Paul says, “No, no, I know exactly what you’re doing. Why? It’s over, dad. It’s over.”

The footage reached the attention of  the North Greenville University leaders who did not take kindly to learning that the president of their university was a sleazebag:

In the statement released Thursday afternoon by the school’s board of trustees, Chairwoman Beverly Hawkins said, “North Greenville University’s leaders are expected to lead Christ-centered lives and abide by all campus policies and procedures.” 

“The administration and faculty on campus today reflect our legal, moral and ethical expectations. We take our responsibilities as leaders of a Christian institution seriously and hold each member of our community to the highest of standards,” the statement said.

As it turns out Epting has been the president of Greenville university for 24 years.

You know until he got caught with his pants down.


You considering what we have learned from years of watching evangelicals fall from grace, the Ashley Madison hack causing pastors to scramble like headless chickens, and this video outing a Christian university professor wetting his wick, one might tend to think that the folks who talk the most about morality are the people the least likely to be practice that self same morality themselves.

But that can't be true? Can it?

Making America great again. Check!

You know we have seen how the Republicans make America great with unnecessary wars, a poor economy, and fewer rights for American citizens.

I think I'll stick to the "not so great" version of America under Democratic leadership. 

Thank you very much.