There‘s a huge rainbow outside!
Either its the sunshine coming through the just lifted rain, or the LBGTG army has taken over!
1. But..but..the narrative! On Sunday, a man entered a church in White Settlement, Texas, and started firing on worshippers, until he was shot dead by a member of the church security team. Two worshipers died. Thettacker was only able to get off two shots before being shot by a security guard ,reportedly an ex-FBI agent, who was an excellent marksman.
Several other armed congregants at the West Freeway Church of Christ grabbed their own firearms and prepared to shoot if necessary.
A 2017 law passed by the Republicans in the Texas legislature allowed church goers to carry licensed guns, on the theory that gun-free zones wouldn’t deter killers and criminals, which yu would think would be self-evident. Democrats and allies of Michael Bloomberg condemned the law.
Where’s that “if it only saves one life” rationalization that President Obama was so fond of?
2. Fun at McDonalds. Caught between an appointment and skipped meal, I found myself at what is known in our household as the Bad McDonald’s, which had joined a local Fridays in a lifetime ban after an outrageous piece of non-service that I barely recall. (The Good MacDonald’s isn’t all that great, but it’s tolerable.) I was in a hurry, soused the drive-thru lane—where I could rouse no reaction after shouting into the speaker for about 5 minutes. After maybe three more minutes of shouting in the second speaker, I roused a thick, THICK accented Hispanic woman (no, not “Latinx”) whom I could barely understand and who seemed to barely understand me. “Gee, I wondered if you were going to ever answer,” I said, with an edge. “I’ve been yelling into your speakers for almost ten minutes.” She said something about the other speaker being broken.”
“THAT’s good to know,” I relied. “Why don’t you put up a sign? Is that so hard?” She said, I think, that she’d check with her supervisor. I ordered a Bacon Barbecue burger, the only non-basic McD’s fare on the new bare-bones menu, plus a small fries and a small shake, it being a festive season. When I went to pay, I suggested to the cashier that someone should post an “out-of-order” sign, as I noticed that the car behind me had also been stuck shouting into the wrong speaker. Then, reaching the window that is supposed to emit the food, I was told my order wasn’t ready, and asked to wait in one of the “waiting for your fast-food order that is no longer fast” parking spaces, where I waited…and waited.
Finally a middle-aged, accented but not so much that she was incomprehensible woman came over to my car. She said she was sorry, but they couldn’t fill my order because the special sauce for my Bacon Barbecue burger was “out.”
I was not in the mood to be conciliatory. “Why did you take my order, then, if you couldn’t fill it?” I asked. She muttered something about not knowing the sauce was gone. “How?” I asked. “You run out, you tell the staff not to accept any more orders. Right? Isn’t that the procedure?” She admitted that it was, and said she was sorry. I said that I didn’t care how sorry she was: I paid my money and had no meal. And since we were chatting, why doesn’t your speaker work? She said again that they had run out of sauce. “SPEAKER” I said with emphasis. Oh, she said, it had broken down and it takes a while to get a repair person in. I asked when it had broken down, and she said, “Two years.” TWO YEARS? “Oh, I mean two days.”
She was flustered. GOOD.
“You’re the manager” (I correctly assumed) “and it didn’t occur to you to put an ‘out of order’ sign up? I came here because I ‘m in a rush, and this allegedly fast food establishment has taken 20 minutes to tell me it accepted my money for a product it couldn’t provide. That’s not acceptable….
“Wait!” she said. “They are telling me that they COULD make your sandwich! I’ll be right back!” She left, and after another wait, returned with a bag. “I’m so sorry,” she said. “My name is Lotta, and when you come back, ask for me, and we will give you a free lunch.”
I forced a smile, said thanks and drove off, thinking, “Like THAT’S going to happen.”
The fries were ice cold, and there might have been a half-teaspoon of sauce on the burger.
3. Rachel Maddow Ethics. That’s an oxymoron, as I hope you know. When one of my progressive friends says that they watch Maddow on MSNBC, I regard that an admission as damning as conservative friends saying that they are loyal Sean Hannity fans, or my closed-head injury friends saying they admire Brian Stelter, Chuck Todd or Chris “Fredo” Cuomo. She’s a shameless, arrogant propagandist, and has always been so, with her cute little sneer and feined professionalism. Finally someone in the mainstream media is pointing out what Glenn Greenwald and the conservative media has repeatedly noted already: she hyped and lied about the Russian collusion case, and promoted the Steele Dossier shamelessly. Washington Post media critic EriK Wemple wrote last week,
Maddow’s entire perspective, like the rest of MSNBC, but her colleagues have been thoroughly outed as hacks–she’s supposed to be better—has been that she so, so wanted the dossier to be true, so the “resistance’s” wet dream could be realized.
The “baseline” claim of the dossier — that the Trump campaign and Russia participated in a towering election conspiracy — hadn’t yet borne out, conceded Maddow. “But even if that is as yet in itself uncorroborated and undocumented,” she said, “all the supporting details are checking out, even the really outrageous ones. A lot of them are starting to bear out under scrutiny. It seems like a new one each passing day.”
[Obligatory note: Charles Green, erudite progressive commenter here who is a corporate ethics consultant, and who told me he was a Maddow fan, quit the blog because I wrote that the FBI’s manipulation of the FISA court was finally obvious and showed a “get Trump” mentality. He said that proved that I had chugged the right-wing Kool Aid. Still waiting for that mea culpa, Charles.]
After more documentation, Wemple, a left-biased reporter himself, concludes,
This was all convincing to those who had drunk the real tainted Kool-Aid that MSNBC, led by its star, Maddow, has been peddling all along.