A Bishop Fools ESPN

People get fooled by con artists all the time. It must work or why would so many people be trying to hustle us? Some of the best know Internet cons include: the Nigerian Prince promising you millions after you send 4 installments of several thousand, or your friend that has been robbed in some other country and turns to you to wire them money, or the person threatening to send your internet search history to your wife.  The cons exist everywhere and prey on those unsuspecting. Corporations sometime get fooled as well; it happens, although no one gets fooled like ESPN did a week ago.

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ESPN a Disney subsidiary has been televising high school football games on Friday/Saturday and Sundays for several years now.  These games highlight matchups of high school powerhouses traveling across state lines to play one another.  In addition, they showcase junior and senior athletes that are some of the most sought after prospects by colleges across the country.  These games are very popular as college recruiting has taken off in the last seven years.  These games attract quite a few eye balls, and the matchups are intriguing.  Also there isn’t much else to watch during this period on ESPN so it fills a time slot.

Now the con job comes into play.

One of the matchups featured Florida powerhouse IMG Academy vs Bishop Sycamore a school out of Ohio.  The game was played and IMG won 58-0.  IMG Academy is a school boasting between 15-20 players who will play high level Division 1 football upon graduating, including 7 in the top 100 of ESPN’s own ranking database as seniors.  Bishop Sycamore claimed to have several Division 1 caliber athletes….emphasis on claimed.  In the 3rd quarter with the game out of hand, the commentators wondered aloud why this game was being played and at one point even called into question player safety.  Yes the game was that lopsided.  Here is a quote from ESPN about this… Paragon who is referenced apparently is a broker in finding these matchups to be aired.

“We regret that this happened and have discussed it with Paragon, which secured the matchup and handles the majority of our high school event scheduling. They have ensured us that they will take steps to prevent this kind of situation from happening moving forward.”

So what happened exactly here?  These same 2 squads matched up a year ago.  Another quote regarding the “so called top players on Bishop Sycamore”

“Bishop Sycamore told us they had a number of Division I prospects on their roster, and to be frank, a lot of that, we could not verify,” ESPN’s announcers said during the game “They did not show up in our database, they did not show up in the databases of other recruiting services. … From what we’ve seen so far, this is not a fair fight.”

Well it isn’t hard to discover Bishop Sycamore is a fake school.  First off, the term “Bishop” usually has an association with the catholic church/diocese in the area.  The Columbus area diocese has no record or affiliation with this school.  Ditto for the governing body of high school sports in all of Ohio.  Bishop Sycamore claims they are a charter school but can’t claim a sponsoring entity.  Maybe the following is why.

Chief says this is an actual bishop sycamore or a tree in close proximity to a Catholic Church

Bishop Sycamore is a scam, they are run by 2 men, Roy Johnson who has warrants out for his arrest for passing bad checks, among other things, and Andre Patterson a former Ohio State football player.  Patterson is listed as director, and assistant football coach. (Update: Johnson was fired, now Patterson is in charge.)  Patterson for his part continued the con job by saying the following about the talent on his “team”

“I try to defend when people who say, ‘Oh well, yeah, you lied about kids having Division I offers?’” Peterson said. “Well, I guess the best way for me to fight against that is having you sit down with us on signing day.”

Signing day is the day high school seniors make their decision of where to play in college.  Mr. Patterson is either delusional or has lied to himself so much he actually believes his schtick.  Bishop Sycamore had the wind taken out of its sails by a couple former “players” who said the class room consisted of just a building where we were told we could do classes, emphasis on could.  The classes were allegedly put on by a prep school online.  There was no practice schedule or field. They played in abandoned parking lots (yep) or fields at a local park.  When I tell you “tuition” (I use that term loosely) was $2,000 a year, it may start to come into focus.  This wasn’t a school; it was a glorified travel ball team.  When they traveled to the host team’s site, they would stay in a hotel, several to a room, with fraudulent check writing Roy Johnson “fitting the bill.”  One parent even said he wound up paying for the whole team once, as when he went to check-out, the front desk lady said no one had paid, and the credit card on file was rejected.  My favorite was the team was evicted from its own “team lodging apartment complex.”  The school has no address. It uses a PO Box and the website is too damn funny, it was taken down prior to publishing of this blog.  My favorite part was under each school centric tab, the drop down menu would say coming soon.  Here is the check writing shenanigans…

Canton Police Lt. Dennis Garren confirmed Wednesday that hotel management reported the team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South, 4025 Greentree Ave. SW, on Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms.

According to police reports, the hotel reported two invalid checks totaling $3,596. Garren said they were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York, New York.

Bishop Sycamore accused of stiffing Canton hotel, writing invalid checks

To further the con, the members of this team were a who’s-who of undesirable folks, and by saying that I mean no racial bias.  Some of the players were 19 or 20 year olds making this squad a danger to those it played against.  Additionally some had criminal records and would have been found ineligible just like the other “young adults.”  These players were from all over the country and would have been impossible to track on a database.

Bad News Bears coaching staff

Just check out what Coach Tayven Jackson has to say about the school his team “plays for”

Jackson spoke with NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend and answered questions about Bishop Sycamore, providing a fairly blunt assessment that actually seems to line up with what most people assumed in the first place.

“We do not offer curriculum,” Jackson told NBC4. “We are not a school. That’s not what Bishop Sycamore is, and I think that’s what the biggest misconception about us was, and that was our fault. Because that was a mistake on paperwork.”

Jackson later refers to Bishop Sycamore as a “post-grad football academy.”

NBC4 notes that when they pressed him on what that mistake was or entailed, Jackson didn’t provide any further information and said he didn’t know much about the paperwork, which was submitted to the Ohio Department of Education before he was hired.

They also pressed him on the fact that the “school” had reported a bell schedule for the prior year, beginning at 7:10 a.m. and going until 3:05 p.m. As for why a school that is not a school would have a bell schedule, Jackson had no answers. Bishop Sycamore head coach: ‘We are not a school’ but a ‘post-grad football academy’

Bishop Sycamore head coach: ‘We are not a school’ but a ‘post-grad football academy’

Stunning.  These schools pop up all over the country, some like IMG and others are legit, and can make your son/daughter into a much better athlete and earn that scholarship.  Others like this Bishop Sycamore are also common, and they are a scam.  This school didn’t even have an away uniform, so when they played IMG both schools were wearing black uniforms.  They even started a gofundme.com page to raise money for their uniforms.   Roy Johnson, Tayven Jackson and others all talk a good game, but it’s a load of crap.  Check out this comment by a former player “lunch and dinner?  Whatever we could steam from Walmart or a convenience store, they didn’t provide us with anything.  What a fecal blizzard this whole thing is.  ESPN is exclusively at fault here, they could have done some due diligence, even a little and it would have turned up this whole thing didn’t pass the smell test.  By the way Sycamore played a game the Friday night prior to the Sunday game against IMG, this is dangerous on a whole nother level.  These folks have zero regard for player safety.  Folks football is glorified gladiator, I played it in High School, there is a reason the games are held once a week, it does a toll on your body.  More crap from this scandal:

Bad News Bears got nothin on these guys

It was revealed that Johnson recruited the students with the prospect of “practicing at Ohio State‘s facilities.” In reality, they held practice outside of an apartment complex that housed students at Ohio State. The team also did not have athletic trainers, which resulted in the athletes playing injured. The apartments housing the students frequently evicted them after Johnson failed to pay rent. Many players already graduated from high school and there “were four or five kids that were 20, 21, [and] had children of their own.”  A number of players had legal issues; at one point so many players had active arrest warrants that the team couldn’t fly to away games. One player actually joined the team immediately after being released from jail. The team also struggled with camaraderie; a former player claimed there were at least five fights at every practice. Heads should be rolling at ESPN but I mean does anyone even have cable anymore?  I found out this story on the website awfulannouncing.com I visit every so often.  I used to think the cable companies were a con job, turns out it’s the cable companies getting conned by a school, who in turn cons you the payor.  Ouch.  Glad ESPN could not be bothered to check the top high school player rankings they literally have on their website…ouch.  Or maybe a Google search to see this school used to be called Christians of Faith Academy, which folded under the same scenario.   Or their story about being affiliated with the third district of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, another lie as the church claimed to have zero affiliation with this group.  An investigation showed money did exchange hands between the two…no shock most churches would take money from Satan himself today.  Roy Johnson also used the church’s name and the school’s name when he was selling life insurance in another scam…. FACEPALM.  there is a lot more out there folks.  But man is this fun to write about.  The worldwide leader in sports scammed by a group of guys who toss a pigskin round on a green belt.  Only thing this story is missing is uncle Jimbo who could thro  ball over them thar mountains, or stories about multiple DUI’s.  

Folks if it sounds too good to be true it likely is.

Chief

PS:  The name Bishop Sycamore Centurions I will say is a pretty scary sounding team to play against so I will give them some credit here.  I however do not remember a bishop named after a tree in the Bible but oh well.

For more on Bishop Sycamore click here for the Awful Announcing Archive on this school.

Simone Biles is not the GOAT

Took me a while to write this due to the outrage I have toward vile Biles and her performance at the Olympics this past month.  Folks first of all Simone Bile’s is a gymnast and is very decorated, winning 4 Olympic golds in 2016, along with a bronze.  She has won other various events, but we are only going to discuss the Olympic wins.  Specifically, the 2020 Olympics’ and the nickname she gave herself “The Goat” which means Greatest of All Time.

Bile sporting her trademark goat

Fast forward to 2020 er 2021 due to Covid.  Bile’s who calls herself the GOAT and landed tons of endorsement deals grabbed a silver medal in the team competition, then prior to her events (again she is the best in the world, just ask her) she dropped out, saying it was a mental health crisis.  While we here at reallyright.com respect mental health and the struggles that go along with it, Bile’s story does not add up.

These were her best events so why drop out then, as opposed to earlier?  She claimed to have been suffering from this for a while.  If she was then why not send someone else in her place?  These Olympian folks train for years for this, and most do not get to make the trip as the team size is limited in numbers.  Biles sat out all the events until the balance beam event and she won bronze…congrats?  I say it that way because the media fawned all over her and loved that she was taking a principled stand for mental health.  They proclaimed Biles a role model and someone to be looked up to.  She cost her team and the USA badly.  Good luck explaining that to the media or the cable watching cabal who think she is the greatest of all time.

Bile shows bronze as in win, place, or show

Folks I just want to put someone else in the same scenario and see if you still have sympathy for Ms. Biles. Say someone who actually is the Greatest of All Time, like Tom Brady quit on his team and claimed mental health.  Say 2 minutes left in a game, trailing by 2, and he gets the “twisties.”  For some reason I don’t think the reaction would be anything close to the same.  Quite frankly the major news networks would be trashing him. If you don’t believe me, just tune in after a loss to any news medium.  Brady would stand no chance, since he is a professional athlete.  In the case of Biles, she gets to perform on a big stage once every 4 years, how could a mental health issue stop that? 

Tom Brady one of the greatest

My hot take is this and it will likely land me in hot water with our readers, but I feel Biles never took her training seriously.  Maybe it was Covid, or maybe her mouth wrote checks that her body couldn’t cash, or the endorsements came so easy her head wasn’t prepared, who knows, but it seems genuinely odd to sit out of all your big events sans the last one due to mental health.  She claims to have been a foster kid so I would never question her resolve and will to battle against the odds, but when the lights went on she crumbled?  When she returned stateside one would think she would get some help right? Nope, she decided to hang out at her pool next to her boyfriend who she labels “The hottest pool boy ever.”  Doesn’t sound like a mental health crisis to me, sounds like a made-up fairytale.

My take is this, Biles had no mental health issue, she didn’t take her training seriously.  There was pressure on her to get gold, but she decided not to take it seriously. She knows she has natural talent so why worry? The pressure on her was nothing compared to what a normal professional athlete has to handle.  Also, the Olympics were taking place between 1-3 am USA time so it’s not like there was a huge live audience.  In addition, with viewership down over 50% it’s not like it was the talk at the watercooler the following day.  She then got over her crisis for her last event and placed bronze so the media could put a bow on her fantasyland story.  All this from someone who calls herself the greatest of all time and even wears a goat logo on her apparel. 

Biles fooled everyone and the media fawned all over it.  This was not a fairytale ending. She manufactured this so her performance would not be judged negatively.  A GOAT does not wuss-out and blame mental health.  If you had a crisis, why didn’t you fly back stateside and seek out help?

Ali said he was the greatest and backed it up

Tom Brady and Muhammad Ali were among the greatest in their respective fields and proved it every chance they got; in contrast, Biles concocted a way to save her fiscal/endorsement butt and laughed all the way to the bank without having to back it up. She is best not compared with other world-class gymnasts but folks like P.T. Barnham.

The Chief (with additional commentary from the editor)

Troll on the News-July 2021

L Brands to split into 2 companies: So L Brands which is the owner of Bath and Body Works as well as Victoria’s Secret has decided to split into 2 companies.  This move will happen in August.  They spent a lot of money on this, and the best those idiot bankers and consultants could come up with is a tax free spin off?  Wall Street Jargo like you read about.  I would have gone with “Lift and Separate” I mean isn’t that what Victoria’s Secret is famous for? 

KC Chiefs Defensive End Frank Clark facing a felony gun charge in CA:  Give this guy an all-time award for stupidity, $105 million dollar contract, Super Bowl winner rolls around in a 1993 Toyota Tercel with an Uzi in his back seat.  So this Clark fella feels he needs to live in the hood, drive a ghetto car, and pack a semi-automatic machine gun on his person?  Secondly how did he get charged with a Felony gun charge in LA County?  Seriously in that County Capital Murder is punishable by a 2 minute timeout and no ice cream for dessert.  Clark my suggestion, go with the “I was headed to the ANTIFA/BLM riot down the road”, if nothing else AOC will bail you out of jail.

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo arrested on felony indecency sexual conduct with a child on July 8th:  First of all, I thought this Barkevious was a type of tree in California, second, I thought maybe this was like a tree disease in California, nope it’s just a skid mark on society’s underpants.  He is 30 so he has had a 7 year career in the league so basically he has enough money to “buy sex” yet he picks out a child. Clearly the rich and powerful miss Jeffery Epstein.

I will say this on these two: THE NFL IS BACK BABY!!!!!!

Deranged woman attacks McDonald’s workers in Ohio suburb after not mixing all 3 slushy flavors together for her.  Cherysse Cleveland attacked the manager and another employee after they refused to “mix all three slushy flavors into one cup.”  She actually ended up getting her ass beat by an employee and arrested and charged as well.  Dang, Cherrysse it’s a stupid $1.50 per slushie, what a rookie move to not just order all 3.  Also why not go to, I don’t know, a place famous for making your own slushy like 7/11?  We cannot post the video or I would provide additional commentary on what I saw.

  1.  The lady with the headset throwing the haymakers:  Total pro move, knowing you needed to keep working the drive thru headset whilst beating her a**.  Gotta be peak efficiency.
  2. Cherysse here folks shows us the female silverback in her natural habitat.
  3. CNN I heard was starting a GoFundMe for her legal fees.
  4. Have to admire the form on Cherrysse prior to getting handcuffed, she knew what to do, this wasn’t her first rodeo.
  5. Is it sad I was waiting for the zookeeper to be called in to tranquilize this animal?  Who beats up minimum wage workers over a stupid slushy?
  6. Wanna bet that Cherrysse isn’t working because she makes more on unemployment by staying home

Governor Newsom denies 21 oil drilling permits in Tulare County:  I want to congratulate our benevolent King on his latest decree, I love paying big $$$ for gas.  Makes me feel like a big shot…its ok I can afford it!  Seriously talk about Common Core Math at work, less supply must equal lower gas prices, right?  State Oil and Gas director Uduak-Joe Ntuk sent the letter and claimed it was in the “public health and safeties best interests to deny them.”  I thought the Russians were folks who loved Trump and the oil industry, guess this person didn’t get the memo.  We do not assume gender here at reallyright.com.  Secondly have either of you been to Tulare County?  It reeks of cow dung, public health from a couple more wells won’t matter much.

Bill Cosby released from jail:  Just in time for his Jell-O pudding pop with depends boy Biden!  BLM finally gets on of their own outta jail, may I suggest Bill Clinton replaces him?  Oh wait he was the first black president sorry Barack.

Steve Ballmer in rare form at a Clipper game:  The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner did a wild celebration mid-way through the game.  Pictured is the move.  I’ll call it the double dick grab…wild move outta Ballmer.  Ballmer though is certifiably crazy, like a total lunatic.  Also has anyone every seen Ballmer and the Penguin from Batman Returns in the same room?  I think they are the same person.  #HeToo on this celebration.  By the way, I wonder what Clipper’s super fans Pat Sajak and Billy Crystal have to say about this! 

In closing, that double grab thing, I want to experiment by doing it to Jen Anniston and Carli Lloyd, you two down?  I’ll call it the double D grab.

Steve Ballmer grabbing for a lifeline or something. Why ESPN calls this celebrating is disturbing .

Troll

Johnnie Does, you medium rare pink B***h first of all Carli is super-hot, secondly my mother provides me 3 square, nutritious meals a day, and I do not live in her basement, I call it “my place.”  Secondly I saw Jake the Snake the other week, and during his sermon he used props of a branch, an apple and said he forgot his last prop, so a live snake is out and about at your place.  Sleep with both eyes open hardo.

This Week in Trolling

What a couple weeks it has been.  CA has now safely re-opened so that weak link of this blog, Johnnie Does, can finally start reviewing food again.  Seriously that guy pulled off a bigger heist than the criminals did to EDD.

Well, here we go. Let’s start with a story:

I left a copy of the Babylon Bee’s recent article about Gavin Newsom giving 5 lucky winners in the vaccine lottery a free U-Haul to move out of state.  The Babylon Bee is a satirical publication; call it a rightwing version of The Onion.  Well, a certain colleague walked by and felt he needed to read it. He bought it hook, line, and sinker.  He asked why the Governor would be paying for people to leave the state?  I responded saying well only 5 people are so lucky.  He became lost in thought wondering why we would shrink our tax base by choice, and with prizes funded by taxpayers like him to boot.  I told him think of it this way, getting the shot could get you a one-way, all expenses paid trip to move out.  The only other “trip” in CA I am aware of involves the hippy grass and that is never free. 

But this story gets even better. I also had a copy of the “Here Are The Vaccine Incentives Being Offered In Each Of The 50 States” article by the same publisher.  He grabbed that article off my desk as well and said this is unreal.

Look at the freebies we are giving out!  I mean Arkansas was giving out a 12 pack of Busch Light and a scratcher for Christ sakes!  He bought it again folks, even saying Alabama offering free photos of you and your sibling’s wedding!  Oklahoma is offering free horseback lessons with Liz Warren!  The list was so funny as well as preposterous!   Michigan offering a free abandoned house?  Minnesota free admission to the police academy?  But he bought it. Even Connecticut giving away “a crappier version of what New York is giving away.”  Not to be outdone as I was trying to convince him this was satire, I showed the article saying “Putin, puts sign on Joe Biden’s back saying “if found return to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”  He still bought it.  For a while, I thought I was being trolled but nope, he believed every outrageous syllable. I guess I will go ahead and say, Babylon Bee 2, New York Times 0, naïve folks 0. This was a brutal week for low information cable viewers.

I did follow-up with him, and he said he still believes that to be true.  To which I replied, well you got the vaccine, so you’re in the lottery, best of luck to you.  I still feel I was trolled!

US Women’s Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe becomes new Victoria’s Secret model/ambassador:  Rapinoe best known for saying “f**k Donald Trump” every chance she can, as well as speaking loudly about equal pay, BLM, and other anti-American rhetoric signed on after bad mouthing Victoria’s Secret for a couple years.  I guess if the check clears the bank… right? 

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Photo courtesy of AMC’s TWD

Rapinoe will be joining Priyanka Chopra Jonas (a trans model) and someone named “Sampaio” as the new models.  They ditched the term “Angel” and these women are claiming they won’t be modeling skimpy underwear.  First of all, you couldn’t have picked either of Rapinoe’s more attractive teammates?  Like any of them?  Maybe favorites of the Troll such as Carli Lloyd or Alex Morgan?  Why an America hating troll?  Are they trolling me?  Look on a serious note, I get the whole inclusive thing and rape/sex culture thing, but if you are the best like top 5% of what you do, shouldn’t you be allowed to hit the red carpet?  I know Rapinoe likes a different kind of carpet, and that’s ok.  But like Top Serial Killers for example?  We can have Ted Bundy and co strut their stuff?  Just saying.  Last thing on Rapinoe, we will be exposing you’re really sad 180 you have done on all issues since Biden got elected, but hey if the check clears right!

The man who reported on Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch infamous tarmac meeting found dead:  Let me guess another suicide?  Married, 3 kids, seems like the suicide type, right?  Wanna bet it’s two bullet holes in the back of his skull? Since we are using the Babylon Bee as a trusted news source now, they are reporting if you know the Clintons you have an 843% higher chance of committing suicide.  Frankly if you know the Clintons or report on them what is their average lifespan?  I guess as soon as a thug takes them out! 

And….OMG NOOOOOO Kamala Harris just tweeted out Joe Biden has dirt on the Clinton’s…well congrats on becoming President Kamala!  We have not confirmed whether the tweet was sent out with her on her knees or not, we hope you stay tuned for those reports.

And finally for this week.  A US Senator Trolled far better than I ever could.  Seriously, Rand Paul tweeted this at Dr. Anthony Falsie after it was reported the publisher would not publish his book.  Just a classic burn by Senator Paul, maybe I have lost my fastball as a troll? 

Til next time, admire the lovely yet out of work Hope Hicks, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Jen Anniston.

Editor’s Note: we have previously published photos of Hope Hicks and Jen Anniston for Troll so due to space considerations please views his previous posts for classic photos of these women. However, since he has added two more to the mix, I had to look them up and this is what I found for Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

Alex Morgan too hot for the woke version of Victoria’s Secret
Carli Lloyd too hot for the woke version of Victoria’s Secret

60 Minutes Cares Little About Facts

In what should surprise no one who possesses an IQ above room temperature, 60 Minutes debuted a hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last night.  DeSantis is a Republican and Trump ally so, he like most ignore science, and due to his actions more folks have died of Covid than any other state.* 

*Florida actually has fewer deaths than California and New York, but that is usually left out of any analysis. 

60 minutes reported Governor DeSantis gave grocery chain Publix “priority access to the virus vaccine, as a result of campaign contributions made by Publix to the Governor in the form of a pay to play scheme.”  Publix like most grocery stores has a pharmacy and pharmacies are tasked with distributing the vaccine to the masses depending on eligibility.

DeSantis who has done a commendable job combating the virus, got support from the unlikeliest of people, the Mayor of Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, a Democrat, accused CBS’ “60 Minutes” of “intentionally false” reporting for suggesting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave grocery store chain Publix preferable treatment to offer the coronavirus vaccine because of donations to his PAC.

“The reporting was not just based on bad information – it was intentionally false,” Kerner said in a statement on Monday. “I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and ’60 Minutes’ declined. They know that the governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the county administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County.”

“We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. ’60 Minutes’ should be ashamed,” Kerner continued, adding that the program left his side of the story out because it “kneecaps their narrative.”

Kerner thanked DeSantis for his work to help Palm Beach County.

“Because of his efforts, working in coordination with Palm Beach County officials, over 275,000 seniors in our county – which is over 75% of the total senior population – have been vaccinated. I am proud of how our county and state leadership have executed on this important mission, and the results speak for themselves,” Kerner said.

Publix called the notion that it received special access “absolutely false and offensive.”

“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Gov. DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive. We are proud of our pharmacy associates for administering more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and for joining other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our part to help our communities emerge from the pandemic,” a Publix spokesperson told Fox News.

“60 Minutes” journalist Sharyn Alfonsi pointed out that Publix donated $100,000 to the governor’s PAC and said Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay claimed DeSantis “never met with her about the Publix deal.”

Democratic Florida mayor defends DeSantis: ’60 Minutes should be ashamed’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

There was no pay for play. 60 minutes, like most so called journalism shows these days, does nothing but paper or gloss over facts to fit a narrative.  Case in point, Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo are seldom talked about poorly, yet they have the highest covid-19 deaths of all states.  Florida has one of the lowest, but you would think DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott killed all their citizens by “ignoring science.”  Maybe we should ignore these journalists?  Folks this should not surprise you, these talking heads only think one way…. something, something, something orange man bad…something, something, something Red state governors bad, something, something, something virus will kill us all.

This is why I make fun of the cable watchers so much. Not only will they believe all of this, but they also believe DeSantis is a killer.  But then again Sacramento’s own Lester Holt, host of NBC Nightly News, made waves by saying in essence facts don’t matter anymore and to inject your own commentary.  I guess Merriam Webster should change the definition of journalism.

Chief

Disney Once Again Fires Their Woke Gunn

This week an actress employed by Disney’s Star Wars subsidiary was fired for saying that we should respect people’s political opinions even when we disagree with them. Yep, this revolutionary concept used to be a bedrock value when this country was known as America, but no longer.

Here’s the story. Please understand that due to the transitory nature of content on the Internet that the original and allegedly offensive comments were purged. Furthermore, most news stories on this incident don’t have the courtesy and objectivity to tell you what was actually said. I recall that journalism once prided itself on telling you all sides of a story and trusting readers to make up their own minds. This has not bee true in many decades.

According to Variety, Carano, 38, shared a message on the social media platform in which she compared today’s political divide to the events in Nazi Germany.

“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,”

Gina Carano faces backlash for social media posts, ‘not currently employed’ by ‘Star Wars’

Two things to point out on the above; first, she did not write this comment, it appears that she reposted the comment; and secondly, is the end where it states, “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?

Note to Liberals: Those of us that are devout Christians see many parallels with the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany and the current treatment of Christians in this country. Our faith has been under attack; especially over the last 15 years. Our love for Trump is based in large part to his removing the heavy hand of the federal government from restricting religious liberty. Joe Biden has been signaling that persecution of people of faith will resume under his leadership. California government has never stopped persecuting us, but they have had their agenda derailed while focusing on Covid. Thus, the comparison above which appeared on social media is in fact a valid comparison.

Thus, Gina Carano is saying that we should not hate people that have different views from ours. Translation don’t hate me or other conservatives that disagree with you.

Oh, she also once posted a meme disagreeing with the stupid mask requirements.

A second post contained a photo of a person wearing cloth masks to cover their face and head with the caption: “Meanwhile in California.”

Gina also posted the following:

“Expecting everyone you encounter to agree with every belief or view you hold is fucking wild”

BREAKING: Lucasfilm caves to WOKE MOB and fires Gina Carano from Mandalorian

This is not the first time Carano, who played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, has been the focus of social media ire for her political comments. Last November, she issued contentious tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and another in which she falsely suggested voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s thinking tells THR.

‘The Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano Fired Amid Social Media Controversy

If you want to find the pot calling the kettle black, search for James Gunn liking the posts about Carano being fired. Gunn was fired by Disney and was subsequently rehired for actually posting derogatory stuff on social media. Also, note that at the time, I posted a blog in support of Gunn. I don’t have a problem with free speech only with people demanding that I have to agree with them.

Quick Note on Disney’s Star Wars Library

The family voted to get one month of Disney Plus to watch the Mandalorian and see what else that they have to offer. We did a quick binge on the Marvel movies less anything Spider-Man (Sony stills owns the rights so not much Peter Parker on the Mouse channel) and then moved on to Star Wars.

Folks, the Star Wars franchise is one that editors tweak on a regular basis. Even before Disney bought the franchise from George Lucas, the original trilogy had been released in at least three different edits. As a rule, each of the edits added more special effects and content to the films. When Disney bought the franchise, they promptly killed-off almost every spin-off, series, or story idea marketed during the thirty or so years that Lucas owned the rights. In effect, Disney purged the “Star Wars cannon” so they could make the new Star Wars universe in their image—oh and market the crap out of the galaxy far, far away…

The latest trilogy—episodes seven thru nine—haven’t been out that long. Tonight, we watched #8 The Last Jedi (2017) and while the movie is much as I remember it, there was a noticeable edit at the end that didn’t escape my attention. I’m not that immersed in the Star Wars lore, but I do remember the end of episode 8 because it completely undid everything in all the previous films except maybe Jar Jar Binks. After Luke Skywalker dies, goes to his reward, or whatever— (“Die” just seems like the wrong word because just like a comic book, when is someone really dead enough not to come back to life? Even the grave didn’t keep Carrie Fisher out of the ninth movie.) — anyway, the last scene of the movie had shots of random children exercising “The Force” with the idea that it was now freely available to everyone. The Force was unleashed. When I saw it the first time, I was really angry that the whole idea of wrong versus right was gone and replaced by shades of gray and moral relativity. At the time I even blogged on my feelings. However, watching it this time, the stuff that offended me was absent. Magically, some uncredited person at Disney removed the offending material and set the story on a path more in tune with the concept used by Lucas of good versus evil. Star Wars was again a morality play in a galaxy far, far away…

As much as I disliked the theatrical release of The Last Jedi, I have a problem/gripe/concern with what I witnessed (or in this case didn’t witness). Most people will never own a physical copy of this or any other film that they can stream from the internet but folks, doesn’t the idea that some mega corporation can change content on a whim bother you just a little? If something can be added or removed without letting you know then isn’t that just a step or two nearer the dystopia of Orwell? Truth is reduced to what government or mega-corp. says it is. Isn’t that why many of us have left Facebook and Twitter? Yet when it comes to digital media, we usually don’t notice when they edit your eBook or flat out delete it from your Kindle reader. Real books are portable and immutable, but the internet and other forms of digital communication are malleable, ethereal, and transient.

So, while in this particular case, I think the edit strengthens the story, it bothers me that it was done without notice or disclaimer. How many other things have I streamed into my living room that have received edits which change the plotline of the story and I never knew the difference?

Folks, please keep my experience in mind when you interact with anything digital. It can be manipulated or removed from your device without any notice to you. If it’s important enough then buy a copy of the physical media whether that be a book, DVD, or whatever. If the content lives on some else’s computer then you don’t really own it no matter how much you paid for the illusion of ownership.

Biden Offers Republicans Olive Branch

Joe Biden has offered an olive branch of sorts to some Republicans in the Trump Administration. Biden has offered to retain most of the Republican women currently employed in the White House for his first term.

When surprised reporters got wind of this news, they queried the presumptive President Elect. Biden replied that Trump’s White House has employed more women than any other Administration in U.S. history. Joe conceded that Trump’s women are a much better-looking lot than their Democrat counterparts. Turns out Republican women bathe regularly, have better smelling hair, dress sharper, and are more polite than the feminazis in his own Party.

When told of Biden’s comments, a shell-shocked Nancy Pelosi responded that Joe probably misspoke but further comment would have to wait because she was busy defending her position as Speaker.

An indignant Kamala Harris said there was no place for Republicans in her White House or her country. On a hot mike, she was also heard to reference sometime about “more soma” and “twenty-five … mints”

Most surprising of all was the praise given to Biden by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh who praised Biden’s honesty, bipartisanship, and his confirmation of Undeniable Truth of Life #24.

Oh, Limbaugh’s Undeniable Truth of Life #24 Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.

In these troubling times, we are striving to Keep Hope Alive (and gainfully employed).

White House communications director Hope Hicks

‘til next time…

Society’s Problems in One Photo

While browsing television options in an Idaho hotel last week, I ran across this juxtaposition of programming.

Yep, the Crave channel is offering More Sex, Less Stress followed by Boy Scouts: The Sex Abuse Coverup.

Gee, what’s next Bill Clinton: the Monica Years followed by Jeffrey Epstein’s Weekend Getaway? No wonder people in our society are so confused about morality.