Cliven Bundy Is Not Your American Hero

24 Apr

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From the NY Times:

But if the federal government has moved on, Mr. Bundy — a father of 14 and a registered Republican — has not.
He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

The Times reached out to spokespeople for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), who have spoken in support of Bundy, and for Texas Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott (R). Those who responded distanced themselves from Bundy and his remarks.

So, he freedom for him, but not for blacks since they can’t control themselves. OK. Shame on the politicans that expressed sypmathy for this loon.

JPRANCHER1-articleLarge[1]You thought that was it? Well, there’s more.  This ‘patriot’ doesn’t recognize the federal government that he supposedly loves:

Mr. Bundy’s case is clearly divisive. About 16,000 ranchers across the country pay relatively modest fees for their herds to use public land. The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, while expressing sympathy with some of Mr. Bundy’s complaints, pointedly did not endorse his methods.
“This should not be confused with civil disobedience,” Mr. Mrowka said. “This is outright anarchy going on here.”
Mr. Bundy disputes the legitimacy of both the bureau and the courts that have ruled against him. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to honor a federal court that has no jurisdiction or authority or arresting power over we the people,” he said.

Well, they do.  They’re the federal government that has owned the land for some years, and thousands of other cattle ranchers understand this and pay fees.  This ‘American patriot’ appears to want to have the trappings of being a patriot without actually understanding that recognizing and agreeing to the rule of law comes with it.  Then again, if nothing’s going to happen to a bunch of armed protestors, I guess he can continue to think he won:

But Alan O’Neill, who had a similar struggle with Mr. Bundy when he was superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, expressed concern that the government had backed down.

“He calls himself a patriot, and says he loves America,” Mr. O’Neill said. “And yet he says he won’t follow any federal laws. You just can’t let this go by, or everybody is going to be like, ‘If Bundy can break the law, why can’t I?’ ”

Yes, why can’t you? Just bring guns to your protest and the government will let you do what you want. Just don’t protest in a park.

 

Joel Pineda Should Quit At Cheating While He’s Behind

24 Apr

It’s the second time he’s been caught cheating against the Boston Red Sox, and this time it’s not obvious AT ALL. Blink and you’ll miss the foreign substance:

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Your Right To Call Apple/Grape Juice ‘Pomegranate Blueberry’

22 Apr

For your consideration, Supreme Court:

If “Coca-Cola stands behind this label as being fair to consumers,” he said, “then I think you have a very difficult case to make. I think it’s relevant for us to ask whether people are cheated in buying this product.”

Justice Kennedy’s question seemed in keeping with the court’s general skepticism about Coca-Cola’s arguments that it could not be sued by a rival for false advertising over the label.

The product in question, sold under Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid brand, is made almost entirely from apple and grape juice. But it is called “Pomegranate Blueberry,” followed in smaller type by the words “Flavored Blend of 5 Juices.”

Well, what’s almost entirely apple and grape juice???

The label shows a pomegranate and blueberries in front of an apple and grapes. The juices are dyed dark purple. But the beverage contains no more than trace amounts of the two featured juices. It is 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice. Pom Wonderful, which sells pomegranate juice, is suing for false advertising.

Bizcourt-master180[1]Oh, I see.  So what the hell’s the argument for labelling obvious grape/apple blend in this manner? Coca-Cola:

“We don’t think that consumers are quite as unintelligent as Pom must think they are,” she said. “They know when something is a flavored blend of five juices and the nonpredominant juices are just a flavor.”

Usually when something is advertised as Pomegranate Blueberry I just assume it’s mostly full of apple and grape juice, but a Supreme Court justice isn’t similarily-minded:

Justice Kennedy frowned. “Don’t make me feel bad,” he said, “because I thought that this was pomegranate juice.”

That idiot Kennedy thought it was full of pomegranate just because it had pomegranate on the label, was advertised as full of pomegranate juice and was dyed a color that would be the equivalent of blueberry and pomegranate! Why, another justice seems similarily dense:

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked whether that was realistic. “You don’t think there are a lot of people who buy pomegranate juice because they think it has health benefits, and they would be very surprised to find when they bring home this bottle that’s got a big picture of a pomegranate on it, and it says ‘pomegranate’ on it, that it is — what is it — less than one half of 1 percent pomegranate juice?” he asked.

Come on Coke, defend yourselves from these spurious arguments:

“We’re not talking here about safety,” she said. “We’re talking here about labeling so that consumers have adequate information, at the same time as manufacturers are not put to the burdens and inefficiencies of having constantly shifting labeling standards imposed by juries, which ultimately will cost more to the consumer.”

Yeah! Since we originally labelled it Blueberry Pomegranate, it’s going to cost money to change it to Apple/Grape w/ a splash, and that’s not fair.  Why didn’t you tell us to begin with that we should label things to align with the ingredients inside?!

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You Too Can Be A Professional Athlete! Bartolo Colon edition

21 Apr

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Saturday Morning Comics #27: Eternal Editing

19 Apr

Silver Fox’s picks: 1. Manifest Destiny #6
2. Royals: Masters of War #3
3. Flash Gordon #1

COCs picks: 1. Magnus Robot Figher #2
2. Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1
3. Batman Eternal #1

Kyle!’s picks: 1 All-New Doop #1
2. All-New Ghost Rider #2
3. Avengers Undercover #2

BIG Eisner-Nominated Image Comics Sale On Comixology

16 Apr

Image Comics is offering a HUGE sale, anywhere from 50-66% off of their 2014 Eisner-nominated titles ranging from Saga to Rat Queens to Jonathan Hickman’s East of West and Manhattan Projects.  There’s something here for everyone.

Check it out!

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Five Years Since Harry Kalas Passed Away

13 Apr

Great tribute from Comcast Sportnet:

And our initial post when he abruptly passed away that fateful day in DC.

 

I’ll never forget 1993. I’ll never forget 2008. I’ll never forget his home run call for Michael Jack.  Here’s to you, Harry.

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