I haven’t used this format in a while but now seems as good a time as any. There’s only so much you can say at length about morons, extremists and feckless leaders that can be just as easily said in fewer words and a smaller space. So here goes.
Oklahoma might want to consider changing it’s state slogan from “Native America” to “美国本地人”
“China obtained another chunk of North American oil and gas holdings this week, as state-owned Sinopec moved to purchase half of Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy’s oil and gas holdings for $1 billion. This follows a flurry of deals that in total put $17 billion of North American oil in the hands of Chinese state-owned oil companies.” SOURCE
The irony of this is that the biggest promoter in the U.S. Senate for fossil fuels, Oklahoma’s Senator James Inhofe, is also the most vocal critic of that energy’s source effect on increasing man-made climate change. Oklahoma is one of three states with the severest drought conditions in the country as this map indicates.
Nice move Okies. Keep pumping out that drought generating energy source. Even Texas is beginning to see the advantages of the clean energy in wind power.
It’s one thing to be nervous these days and over react to a possible threat of gun violence in schools but when it happens from being unfamiliar with some lyrics from a popular TV sitcom, you know we have reached a level where rational thinking is too often absent.
… a staff member from a doctor’s office called a student at Ambridge High School [in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County] to confirm an appointment. Getting the student’s voicemail, which featured the theme from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the woman misheard the lyrics “shooting some b-ball outside of school” as “shooting people outside of school.” She called 911, which forced the entire school district to go into lockdown for 30 minutes. Police detained the student for three hours, before determining it was all a misunderstanding. SOURCE
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire was a popular sit com back in the early 1990’s. More than likely there’s a small population that is not familiar with this popular program or the catchy hip-hop tune performed by the ever popular Will Smith. Yet it’s still a little surprising that any of the lyrics would be interpreted as threatening. The expression “b-ball” in the lyrics was evidently filtered in a way that apparently came out as ”people” in the mind of perhaps a distracted doctor’s office receptionist.
Listen to it here
One scenario that could have contributed to this was that the lady at the doctor’s office perceived the rap music she was hearing in a negative fashion and in the words from an earlier music artist, Paul Simon, she heard what she wanted to hear.
This could have had nothing to do with it but in today’s tense socio-political environment with gun violence in schools happening far too frequently, it is clear that people are on edge at even the slightest suggestion that yet another tragedy like Columbine and Sandy Hill will occur.
Mitch McConnell and Obama – Kindred Spirits
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell got a taste of what Michelle Obama has had to endure since her husband has become President. Defending their spouses American citizenship. In a tasteless tweet put out by a volunteer for the grass-roots organization, Progress Kentucky, McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, had her birthright disparaged and her status as an American citizen challenged.
“This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress — she’s his #wife,” the group Kentucky Progress tweeted on Feb. 14. “May explain why your job moved to #China!” – SOURCE