Milk Is The New Symbol Of Racism.

We’ve heard it all now.

Writing for the “D48er,” the paper of the University of Long Beach, staff writer Samantha Diaz tries to make the case that milk is racist.

Yes, really.

When you think of milk, what first comes to your mind? If you’re a millennial, you probably think of strong bones, Got Milk? commercials, or maybe eating your favorite cereal while watching cartoons on a Saturday morning.

What about racism? White nationalism? If you’re having trouble finding the connection between these institutions and milk, you’re not alone. You, along with the rest of the nation, have been so accustomed to hearing the benefits of milk that you probably didn’t even realize the subtle racism hidden in our health facts.

It may not surprise you that the United States was founded on racism. That every institution we uphold has racist roots that are sometimes difficult to catch and even harder to fight against. This phenomenon affects our voter ID laws, state testing and, yes, even our federal dietary guidelines. But how can our health guidelines, a system meant to be built upon scientific fact alone, have racist messages? Where there is a deep-rooted tradition to suppress an entire race’s existence, there’s a way.

MSNBC And The Election.

In case you missed it, this past week MSNBC mouthpiece Rachel Maddow tried to make a big deal over the idea that she had gotten a copy of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. The whole thing was a bust as the tax return showed Trump payed more in taxes as a percentage and in dollars than either Hillary Clinton or the Obamas. Not only that, but she had hyped the tax return to the point where people are calling this worse than Geraldo Rivera’s opening of Al Capone’s vault.

Maddow’s show took a hit in the ratings the following night:

The episode was down -36 percent in total viewers from Tuesday, and down -9 percent in total viewers from the previous Wednesday. The audience decline was even sharper when it came to adults 25-54, a category which includes marginal TV news consumers who are more likely to watch when there’s a noteworthy event transpiring. In the A25-54 demo, Wednesday’s episode was down -54 percent from Tuesday, and down -16 percent from the prior Wednesday.

To be honest, we didn’t watch the show and we haven’t watched anything on MSNBC since they carried an Olympic curling match years ago.

While we had read about the bias of MSNBC and the total stupidity of the hosts there, we had no idea it went as far as this video shows:


Chuck Berry Passes.

(CNN) Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at a residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside.

“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.,” the post said. “The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

We know that we are going to sound a little like old farts and very much in the vein of “get off the grass!’ but most of today’s “artists” couldn’t hold a candle to Chuck Berry. He can certainly be called a pioneer of rock and roll, a title that really doesn’t seem to say enough.

Friends in Safe Spaces.

This has been making the rounds and we thought it was worth putting up here.

Funny stuff.

But a video from the same group (well one of the people in the group) is really dead on point:

St. Patrick’s Day.

Be safe and wear the green!

Cocoa Beach: Meetings and Woulas, Doggies, and Licenses.

Tonight the City of Cocoa Beach will host a regular City Commission meeting starting at 7:00 AM. The agenda and supporting documentation can be found here. The meeting can be seen online at the City website or on Spectrum Channel 497.

Before we discuss tonight’s meeting, we want to jump back to last meeting, specifically to item item J(2) which was described as:

Review the City Attorney’s firm performance, and determine whether to continue or terminate services per the existing contract.
Representative: Commissioner Williams
Recommendation: Determine whether to accept resignation and solicit replacement, terminate services and solicit replacement, or continue services until further action

We wrote about the genesis of this item prior to the March 2, 2017 meeting. Never could we have guessed what came out of the meeting that night.

First, when the item came up, we were stunned that City Attorney Fowler was not present. He simply wasn’t there. No reason was given for his absence, but we have to say that if one’s job, credibility and reputation is on the line and is going to be discussed, one would think you’d show up at that meeting. Not attending the meeting or having another person say why you weren’t attending is, in our opinion, a slap in the face to the Commission and the people of Cocoa Beach. In Mr. Fowler doesn’t care about his contract, we see no reason as to why anyone else should.

It is our belief that Fowler’s actions which came to light during the February 16, 2017 Commission meeting were illegal and contrary to the City Charter. Four of the Commissioners – Commissioner / Mayor Malik. Vice Mayor / Commissioner Woulas, Commissioner Martinez, and Commissioner Miller were accomplices to those illegal actions.

It is also our belief that this was the final straw to Commissioner Skip Williams, who was not part of the activities and who had not even been asked about what direction the City Attorney should take when it came to the Ocean Dunes lawsuit. Williams seems to have the moral decency and ethics to know that if you can’t trust your lawyer to do the right and legal thing, you don’t need that lawyer. That is why he brought forth the agenda item to have the contract of Fowler terminated and a search for new representation for the City initiated.

(NOTE: It certainly caught our ear that the amount of the base contract for the City Attorney was $140,000 and last year the City had also contracted for $100,000 more work above the contract. That number stayed with us because of this:

Crying Wolf.

From AF Branco at Comically Incorrect:

What we found interesting about this cartoon is that four things that Trump is carrying directly impact business: deregulation, jobs, consumer confidence, tax plans, and urban development.

For all of his faults, (and there are a lot of them) Trump realizes that the old axiom of “its the economy, stupid” is dead on. Dealing with the economy is what most people want to see. Of course, Trump’s “attack” on regulations have raised the ire of those who never met a regulation or government intrusion they did not like and support.

While some regulations have merit, not all do and we should look to eliminate those which have no value as the cost of regulations is high and passed onto the consumer.

How high are those costs?

Can anyone really say that the over $1 trillion dollars in regulations could not be better spent on companies hiring new people for expansion? That consumers wouldn’t have more money in their pockets to spend at their discretion?

To show how ridiculous this has become, Seattle, Washington and surrounding King County have now passed a law – a law – that requires landlords to rent to the very first person they interview who qualifies for the rental property.

UW-Madison Students Support Freedom For Muslim Singers. What About Christian Photographers?

Excuse us, but your hypocrisy is showing.

Everyone agreed that a creative professional should have the foundational freedom to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or beliefs. But, when faced with a situation that goes against current cultural expectations, like a Christian photographer declining to promote a same-sex wedding, the gears start grinding. If a law that forces someone to promote something against their beliefs is so laughable, so unimaginable…then why is it so difficult to extend the same freedom to a Christian creative professional?

We believe that this entire thing depends on contract law. That allows for creative people to create what they want without supporting people and ideas with which they disagree, and at the same time destroys the “blacks were discriminated against at lunch counters” argument.

The basic thought process is this:

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