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Sunday Morning Coffee with a little musing: fake news, will it ever end?

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I feel like it’s a job in itself to try to muddle through the news that we are fed every day to see if there is any truth to it. It is so frustrating. The latest to irk the hell out of me is this confrontation between Nick Sandmann and Nathan Phillips. I, like everyone else, saw that initial video and like many i had the same repulsed reaction to it. I was appalled at this young man and his ridiculous smirk. There was alot of online reaction to it and as is always the case alot of reaction coming out of Hollywood types as well. Soon after this video went viral, because you know everything does, the mother of Nick spoke out stating that there were inaccuracies to the story and that her son was being wrongfully attacked. I am sure many rolled their eyes and thought, she’s a mom being a mom protecting her son. Soon after that, a longer video started to circulate adding validity to her claims. Eventually Nick spoke out as well reiterating that not all is what it seems. Anyway, the fact is that the longer video certainly paints a different picture. A narrative if you will. And that’s the bottom line, it’s all about the narrative. Edit a video to put out your narrative even if it means distorting some facts. Having said that, here are my 2 cents on this incident.
It takes two to tango. In this case there were actually 3 parties involved. There has to be a shared responsibility here. However, I don’t for one minute believe that Phillips was trying to egg on or instigate a confrontation by walking towards the youths. I also watched Sandmann’s interview on NBC. Since it took a few days for him do the TV gig you have to believe that he got prepped/guidance from his parents and lawyer on how to carry himself and what to say. Enough was said in the interview but i will focus on one point he made. He says his “smile” was his way of trying to defuse the situation. I don’t buy it. For one, it was a smirk and not a smile. He smirked while his school mates cheered him on in the background. His ego was being stroked and he was reveling and loving every minute. He certainly came across as holier than thou who saw Phillips as being beneath him. A sense of entitlement. No manipulation or editing of any video will change my mind on this.
Anyway, do you know how someone who really wanted to defuse that situation would go about it? You turn around and walk away and tell your school mates to follow suit. That’s how you do it.

Finally, i could care less about what cap he was wearing. I grew up Catholic but this is a different kind of catholic that’s for sure.

I follow many a stars on twitter, one is @Alyssa_Milano.. she wrote a piece on this incident. You can find it here: https://www.thewrap.com/alyssa-milano-red-hats-maga-hats-in-trumps-america-its-not-enough-to-not-be-a-racist/. It shocks me to read the vitriol comments she gets on her IG account. Mad respect to her though for being so relentless.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: ‘professional child men’, football edition.

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Before I get into my rant I will mention that there are always two sides to every story. All of my posts are opinion pieces. This one is no different.
This season the steelers had some drama to contend with. They started the season with one distraction and ended with another. Le’veon Bell held out at the beginning of the season and in the end failed to report on time and therefore was no longer eligible to play. Antonio Brown was benched for the final game of the season for some altercation during a practice. It’s not the first time he’s created drama as well.
As it the case with everyone on this planet, we must take care of our own well being. Both Bell and Brown are doing that. They feel they’ve been wronged and they chose not to accept that. Fine. Here’s my beef though, do you have to be babies about it? Literally man children and quite honestly I blame social media especially twitter for giving these pros a platform to be man children. Bell on many occasions used twitter to imply (whether through emojis, cryptic tweets or stupid one liners) that he was coming back while going completely dark on his teammates. In the end he did not. He messed with people’s emotions and that’s not cool. And please let’s not argue that it wasn’t premeditated. It was. On a side note yet somewhat related, I was unfortunate enough to draft Bell in my fantasy football league this year but thanks to my shrewd managerial skills I won the championship in spite of that so screw youuuu Le’veon Bell!!! No resentment here at all 😋. Brown also decided to take a page out of Bell’s PlayBook and hopped onto twitter to put out these cryptic tweets that just do nothing but show the level of immaturity of some of these professional players. Steelers TE Jesse James said it best, the steelers were worse than the Kardashians this year. On the news for all the wrong reasons.

The sad thing is that both these players have been problematic in the past and you would think no team would want to touch them. That assumption would be wrong. There are teams willing to take that chance.

PS: I am not a steelers fan.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: What’s in a lyric.

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Decided to take some time off writing during the holiday break. Been off work for two weeks and just chilled and ate and ate and ate. I start work tomorrow so I’ll be getting back to my old routine. Oh and even though I haven’t posted I do continue to have my coffee 😁.
The holiday season is basically over and it really hasn’t been a hot topic of conversation since the early part of the xmas period but I want to throw in my 2 cents on the ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ lyric controversy.
My post will be short and sweet. Depending on your thoughts on it, it might not be sweet for you. Per the so called experts, when you read the ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ lyrics through today’s lenses they are deemed inappropriate. That’s right. Different time. Different lenses. I am not going to write that I did significant research but I wonder if these folks that have issues with these lyrics take the time to listen to today’s musical artists, regardless of their genre to see how many songs contain inappropriate, sexist and mysogenistic lyrics. Like selective memory maybe these folks use selective lenses? Anyway, I could have taken the time to list a few here but no need to. Google it. Works like a charm 😁👍.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Poor Rudolph

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Nevermind that the other reindeer never let him join in any reindeer games. Rudolph has bigger problems.

I love the holiday season because it’s a time for getting together with family and friends. Our world has become increasingly busy and so times like these are important. There is also another reason I love the holiday season. The classics like ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘The Grinch’ and of course ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ to name a few. I continue to make it a point to watch these classics even now at the ripe old age of 49. These specials bring back tons of great memories. But God forbid now you try to enjoy something for what it is or what it was. Nope. Can’t do that nowadays. Seems Rudolph is promoting bullying and bigotry.

Rudolph Actor Says Critics of Bullying Plot Miss the Point: ‘It’s More Relevant Now Than Ever’

My God man, this world has become so ridiculous and overly sensitive. It’s all about getting to your safe place when things don’t go your way. Jesus Christ. This nonsense has me swearing on a post about the holiday season!! Everything is a problem with todays generation. Now they want to rewrite Rudolphs history. I say no…

“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history!”

Can’t something just be what it is? There are far worse things in this world that need immediate attention.

Anyway, I took the following from a friends FB post..

let’s just go all the way and ban these songs also!

Merry Christmas !

We should banish the following:

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn
2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation
3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances
4. White Christmas? Racist
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker
6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying
8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben
9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail
10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman
11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow
13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
14. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership. Forcing religious beliefs.
16. Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer: Woman attacked & Grandpa gambling.

Sunday Morning coffee with a little musing: @timhortons must be spinning in his grave

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Nevermind turning in his grave… he must be spinning full throttle.
A few years back my daughter and I were staples at Tim Hortons every weekend. We’d go there both days and sometimes multiple times a day. No matter what I chose to eat I always had to have my coffee. It was great coffee. When they introduced dark roast I hopped on that train because it was beyond good. Then the unimaginable happened. In 2014 Burger King agreed to purchase Tim Hortons. Or as I refer to it, the beginning of the downward spiral into the depths of hell for the once iconic Tim Hortons. The quality and service just isn’t the same anymore. Their coffee both regular and dark roast is sub par.. I’ve never tasted dirty water but I think the coffee I have at Timmie’s is dirty water. When they introduced the hot lattes it was a godsend because even though more expensive I had a good option replacement for the terrible coffee options. It too now is not an option any more. It no longer tastes as good as when it was first introduced. Needless to say I rarely go to Timmie’s nowadays.
Anyway, it’s not all bad. Their app is decent and convenient for the times I do want some Timmie’s. Place an order while at home or in the car, pay via the app, pick up. Convenient. I also like their breakfast biscuit.
I guess it would be fitting to mention that my usual Sunday morning coffee is nespresso. The irony though is that I wrote this post from a Timmie’s this morning. Early morning trip to nonna’s and so a quick stop at Timmie’s to have some breakfast.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Bill Maher, oh no you didn’t .

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Like everyone else I know Bill Maher from his tv commentaries. He comes across as a guy that likes to make noise. Says stuff for the shock value. Sure, there have been times when I have agreed with him but boy oh boy do I disagree with him now. Although he recently said that his initial attack on comic book culture was not a swipe at Stan Lee… Ummm, yes it was. I cannot believe the audacity of this man to try to take down the legacy of a man that just died by being so ignorant. Proof of his ignorance comes in the form of his claim that suggested comic book creator Stan Lee was partially responsible for Donald Trump becoming President.

He followed that up by writing

Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.

So ignorant.

Bill Maher knows nothing about comic books and its culture and so should not be writing about it.

I grew up reading comicbooks and I have no pblm admitting that I am one of the ‘dumb’ grown ups Bill refers to who still reads them. Many, many years ago I was introduced to the world of comic books by a friend whose brother was into reading comic books. And I will never forget that day simply because of the sheer amount of books he had. I was literally a kid in a candy store.
Growing up, comics allowed me to escape to a world of super heroes. It was a fantastic journey of imagination. It’s not just about art, fantasy. There are life lessons in these books. It’s about right and wrong, acceptance, inclusion. It’s about understanding the consequences of the choices you make. It’s about morals and so much more. Literally the opposite of what Donald Trump represents. So, really. Who’s the dumb one here.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you’re going to comment on something try to atleast know the subject matter. I’m sure Bill never picked up a comic book in his life. Like everything else this will soon pass but it doesn’t change the fact Bill is ignorant on this matter.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing:Keeping it real.

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Are you serious? You’re trying to keep it real for your followers you say? Stop. One of the many fake ppl flooding instagram. There really isn’t alot to say here. Mr ‘I am natural but taking steroids’ is keeping it real for his followers. Lol. Ok there buddy.
His beefy condition = off his cycle = keeping it real. Lies. But hey he’s ready to write fitness programs for you. Tell you what to eat. Suggest what supplements to take.. And while you’re working your ass off and not seeing results he’s popping gear and/or stabbing gear into his ass.
Btw this dude went out with Paige Hathaway for like a split second. Blink and you missed it.

You’re probably asking yourself if I am following him. I was. I’m done now.