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Finding your best defense with someone else's worst offense..

Early in the week Kathy Griffin thought it would be humorous to be showcased in a photo shoot raising the severed head of Donald Trump.

Later in the week.. Bill Maher uttered the N word during his HBO REAL TIME live broadcast..

Anger online!

Twitter repudiates!

This morning, Bill Maher is facing widespread calls that he should be fired for his joke!

Maher was talking to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) about the senator’s book, “The Vanishing American Adult,” which explores why today’s young people are unable to survive in a competitive global economy. The conversation drifted to Halloween and how dressing up is no longer just a children’s tradition. Sasse said adults don’t do that quite as much in his state because it’s frowned upon. In response, Maher said he should visit Nebraska more.

“We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” Sasse said.

“Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n—–,” Maher said, raising both of his hands up. “No it’s — it’s a joke.”

At this time, there has not been a public response from Bill Maher. It will undoubtedly come.

But we did have a response from Griffin, who late in the week blamed Donald Trump and family for attempting to take her career down.

At this time, people including Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter who writes for the right-wing site Rebel Media, have called for Maher to be fired. #FireBillMaher is circulating on Twitter.

The rest.. rest.. the rest may be history.

This has been an awful year for fake outrage over things that don't matter. Like when the Late Show host Colbert had a nasty joke about Trump.. Or when people wanted Sean Hannity fired for being political opposed to them.. or when Steve Martin had to say sorry for calling Carrie Fisher beautiful shortly after she passed away.

This is tiring.. This is getting to be a drag on freedom of speech. And unfortunately, as the whole mess of 2017 continues, this nonsensical tripe will most likely keep occurring.

Should Kathy Griffin say sorry? Sure if she wants to. Same for Bill Maher. But should they be fired? ....I suppose the private companies who employ them can only decide after reading the tea leaves.. But my God.. my God.. jokes are over. In the new age, everyone can take offense at what they choose..demand repercussions for their agony.. and then at the end of the day still demand the termination of whatever person said something to offend them.

Conservative.. Red states.

Blue state liberals.. All the same.

In the end, the middle of the roaders--all of us--have been forced into a giant mess of madness.

Welcome to the modern age. Pop culture may have to slice and dice the MIC in favor of the duct tape. Over the mouth. Not a word to be uttered in the 21st century breakdown.


spiPhone X: Brave new world with a filter

It is hard to believe that only ten years ago, the technology that Apple would be selling the public was just about unfathomable.. Extremely fast processors. Facial recognition. Emojis that can make poop turn into your face and voice. 

In 2007, people were happy with Myspace and turning 'off' the net in favor of a night out. Now they can't leave home without the smartphone.
Apple wants to capitalize further on the influencers: Those who we are told have 'disposable income' (credit cards) and are below the age of 25 .. those who care less about processor speed and more about selfie. Those who would indeed literally buy an iPhone simply because it can turn their face into an Emoji of feces...

Let's pause for a moment. The most precious few seconds of Apple's big unveiling was a big flop: They tried to announce facial recognition but when they actually attempted to use it, it failed.
Apple has offered an explanation for an embarrassing glitch at the launch of its …


As the Earth Changes..

This is reporting from the WASHINGTON POST ( along with a must-read article about the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the destruction being seen in the islands:
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands — The Asolare restaurant is gone, practically blown off its cliff, along with its world-famous carrot ginger soup. The facade of Margarita Phil’s is a junkyard of yellow and vermilion planks. Multimillion-dollar homes and aluminum huts alike lie in ruins.On the island of St. John, that was only Irma’s beginning. Once a lush gem in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a chain steeped in the lore of pirates and killer storms, this 20-square-mile island is now perhaps the site of Irma’s worst devastation on American soil.Six days after the storm — some say several days too late — …

DOES 'MOTHER!' DESERVE THE PRAISE IT IS GETTING? (A spoiler alert with this one)

The horror film 'mother!' Is getting high praise from noble media affiliations. It is also being billed as an intellectual horror flick with a message.. religious overtones.. social justice ramifications.
Big name star: Lawrence. Big name director: Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN FAME) Shock scene (SPOILER): Infant being eaten.

Let's unpack this.. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ( opines:
Taken purely on its surface, the film is about the horror of hosting ungrateful houseguests. Going beneath that surface, it’s about gruesome male narcissism. Ignoring its text and subtext entirely though, mother! is something more ambitious: A herald of prestige horror at a moment when we might actually need it. It’s September, the calm before the dizzying storm of awards season self-aggrandizement, when we stop thinking of movies as works of art and start thinking of them as show horses; we sac…