A Dose of Saturday Snarky Snippets

Saturday afternoon … and all the news is about Paul Manafort’s plea bargain and Hurricane Florence.  While these are both very important stories, I cannot add much to what is already being said, so, I went in search of a few snippets beyond today’s headlines.

The last laugh …

nike-toonWhen Nike announced that their new ad campaign for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” motto would feature Colin Kaepernick, the man who took a knee to take a stand against racial injustice, some portion of the nation went a bit berserk.  There were reports of people burning their Nike clothing & shoes, cutting holes in their socks, and all manners of rather stupid (considering they paid for those clothes & shoes) protests.  Boycotts were called for, and Donald Trump, of course had to get in on the act saying, “I don’t like what Nike did. I don’t think it’s appropriate what they did.”  Rather tame for him, come to think of it.

The rumour mill, aka ‘social media’, fed by people who have entirely too much time on their hands to think up stupid things to do, went wild.  Within days of the announcement, for example, it was reported that Nike scotched the deal after Kaepernick launched into an “anti-white rant” in public (false), that Nike lost an $80 million U.S. government contract because of the deal (false), and that former NBA star Michael Jordan had resigned from Nike’s board of directors in protest of the Kaepernick deal (also false).  Then on September 9th, it was reported by a junk website that Kaepernick was arrested for trespassing after running onto the field during the national anthem “as a publicity stunt” at an NFL game in San Francisco.  Also blatantly false.  Trump talks a lot about libel laws when somebody reports something unfavourable yet true about him … these stories about Kaepernick are what libel actually looks like.

And of course, the predictions by some were that Nike would be on the verge of bankruptcy within a year. Thus, it is with great joy that I report that on Thursday, Nike stock reached an all-time high, closing at $83.47, and gained yet another two-cents yesterday, closing at $83.49!  Additionally, Nike’s online revenue increased by 31% in the days after the announcement. Go Nike!

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NRA oopsie … 

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting corporations and unions from making expenditures in connection with federal elections.  Known as Citizens United, this case opened the door for massive amounts of money to be spent by big businesses and lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) on advertising for individual candidates who they believe will, in return, vote in their favour once in office.  There are, however, some rules & limitations.

One such rule is that while such groups can raise and spend virtually unlimited amounts on an election, they must do so independently of the candidate. In other words there cannot be an agreement between, say, the NRA and a specific candidate.  And so, when the following conversation between republican senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and an unidentified person took place in a bar one July night, it was in violation of the Federal Election Commission (FEC rules).

“I fully expect the NRA is going to come in… in August sometime. The Supreme Court confirmations are big. That’s what sent the NRA over the line. Because in ’12, with [Republican Senate nominee Denny Rehberg] they stayed out, they stayed out of Montana. But Chris Cox told me, he’s like, ‘We’re going to be in this race.’”

matt rosendaleChris Cox is the head of the NRA lobbying efforts, and sure enough, earlier this month, the NRA spent more than $400,000 on ads hitting Rosendale’s democratic opponent, incumbent Jon Tester over the precise issue that Rosendale mentioned—the senator’s votes on Supreme Court nominations.  Dirty pool?  You betcha.  Is anything likely to come of it?  It is extremely doubtful, for there is no evidence in the audio recording that Rosendale consented or encouraged the contribution. Just one more of the many tricks the GOP and NRA have up their sleeves.

‘Fear’-less library …

fear-libraryThe town of Berkeley Springs is located in Morgan County, West Virginia.  West Virginia voted 75% for Donald Trump in 2016, which says something about the state.  Nonetheless, there is a library in Berkeley.  The Director of the Morgan County Public Library is one Donna Crocker.  On Tuesday, when Bob Woodward’s book, Fear:  Trump in the White House, was released, Berkeley Springs resident Rob Campbell generously attempted to donate a copy of the book to the library but was turned down flat.  Crocker declined his offer, saying that they “… wouldn’t be putting books like that on the shelves anymore.”  Books like that???  Like what?  What year is this, again?

After a hue and cry on Facebook by residents who are apparently eager to read the book, Ms. Crocker’s decision was overridden by Connie Perry, the president of the trustees of the Morgan County Public Library.  Ms. Perry attempted to pass the incident off as just a ‘misunderstanding’, saying “It was an employee who . . . wasn’t aware of what she should have done.”  And yet … Crocker is the Director, not just any employee.  I strongly suspect Ms. Crocker made the decision based on her own political preferences, for when asked in a phone interview about her decision, she said “I don’t want to get in the middle of that. We have other Trump books.”book banning

And thus concludes yet another episode of Snarky Snippets. Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!

59 thoughts on “A Dose of Saturday Snarky Snippets

  1. Jill, regarding your Nike story, last night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Steve Ballmer, former Micosoft CEO and owner of the NBA Clippers said the NBA empowers their employees to speak out and use their voice. This was after it was noted the NFL fan base is 60% Republican. I found that high, but it explains several things.

    By the way, one of the reasons I left the GOP was there strong tendency to make things up. Both sides will lie, but it is not a normal distribution and is heavily weighted to Republicans – this predates Trump. Keith

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    • I really like that attitude much more than that of the NFL, who are cowering in the shadow of Trump rather than standing behind their players. It seems they may have forgotten that without the players, they are bankrupt. Personally, I would love to see the NFL players call a strike until the ban against taking a knee on the field is lifted.

      It would seem you are right, that the tendency toward deceit and dishonesty is higher in the GOP than among democrats. I suspect part of it is the difference in the major platforms of the two. The GOP is more about big business, where the democratic party is more about social programs and taking care of people. We need both, but we need a reasonable balance, and we are not seeing that balance today.


  2. And the there is this…


    Apparently, the president can now legally send texts to all cell phones (but for emergencies only, supposedly) so a test will be rolled out…

    “Users whose phones are on will twice hear a tone and vibration and then see an English-only (for now) message: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed…

    The test is supposed to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20. Under the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006, cellphone users cannot opt out of the presidential alerts.”

    The article says it is because people do not get their information from the TV or radio any longer.

    Well, I hope all you lucky folks in the US, can’t wait for a text that you can’t block! You might not want to anyway…. Tiny fingers seem to like big red buttons! 😒

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    • You are kidding!!! No, I know you aren’t but … SHEESH!!! I just put a reminder in my phone’s calendar to turn my phone OFF on the 20th at 2:00 p.m.!!! Imagine the abuses this could lead to! Not like I don’t already get 20 bloomin’ robocalls every week! AAAaarrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh! Thanks for sharing this … I hadn’t seen it and had no idea!

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      • Colette, Jill, the person I don’t want to hear from in an emergency is a person who will tell me all about himself. I would rather he just be quiet and let the more competent people do their job. Trump will come down to Carolina later in the week. If he tosses paper towels again, I hope the people throw them back at him. Keith

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        • I fully agree, but can you actually imagine him being quiet? I can’t. If I were a resident of North Carolina, I believe I would be sending him a text to tell him to stay home, that his presence is neither needed nor wanted. I imagine his handlers won’t let a roll of paper towels come within a half-mile of him! Take care, Keith — I’ve been thinking of you.


  3. Hi, Jill,
    Not sure I understand your joy in Nike making even more money on the backs of wage-slaves in off-shore countries, but that is your choice. Maybe you were being sarcastic, but it didn’t read that way.
    As for the NRA/GOP connection, they will find every loophole possible. But one thing I have never understood, and it happens in Canada as well as in the States, why does political spending most often correlate to ballots cast. Can’t people see that the wolf has more money to make itself look like a sheep, while still being a wolf. “I deserve your vote because my campaign is spending more money than the other guy!” And is that money trickling down to the voters? No, it is going to the few who already have more than they know what to do with.
    Are voters really this gullible? Apparently so…

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