Sunday, July 5, 2015

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hello, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Robbie Robertson of The Hawks and, later, The Band. Here are some other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE:




DUMP TRUMP LUMPS:






SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:





GIMME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION:





FREE THE WEED!!!






ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA:







HACK ATTACKS:




OUR FUTURE ROBOT OVERLORDS:




FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




IN INNER SPACE:






IN OUTER SPACE:






VIDEOS DU JOUR:



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrating Independence Day on Bizarro World

One of the most curious aspects of the Religious Right is its ability to turn around every controversy in order to play the victim. This despite being the dominating force of all public life for the last several millennia. The Phony War on Christmas has now morphed into the Phony War on Christians.

After the Supreme Court's recent decision granting Marriage Equality to the LBGT communities, the Religious Right lost its collective mind. Several GOP candidates for president have denounced the Supreme Court, forgetting the Founding Fathers designed the government in such to provide the Checks and Balances needed for the Republic to survive.

Senator Ted Cruz called the decision "the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history," clearly topping such events as the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil War, and 9/11, to name just a few. For his part, Mike Huckleberry Hound says, if he were president (an absurd notion in the first place) he would use Executive Orders to roll back the Supreme Court ruling (an absurd notion in the second place). As PoliticusUSA quotes him:
America didn’t fight a revolution against the tyranny of one unelected monarch so we could surrender our religious liberty to the tyranny of five unelected lawyers. The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and the Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than they can the laws of gravity.
Had the media not been following the shiny object called Donald J. Trump and his bigoted comments on Mexicans, we might have heard more about this GOP insanity.

However, the Religious Right have been taking notes from the GOP. They don't like this Marriage Equality dealie. They don't like this Marriage Equality dealie ONE BIT!!! That's why these butt hurt Christians -- whose churches pay no taxes, of course -- have made a video portraying their victimization at the hands of people who believe love should triumph over hate. In Anti-gay marriage video by US pressure group CatholicVote plays victim card, by Damien Gayle (a spawn of Satan if I ever pigeonholed someone based on merely their name) wrote:
Over a soundtrack of soft ambient music, the first woman to speak says: “I am a little bit nervous about people, kind of, hearing that I am this way and then thinking, well, she’s not welcome here.”

“I have tried to change this before,” begins another woman, who is close to tears. “But it’s too important to me.”

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” continues the first, her view repeated by the rest.

Some speakers emphasise [sic] that they have gay friends, and insist their position is based on their religious conviction rather than bigotry. “I have gay friends. I don’t fear them,” one young man says. But he goes on to suggest that, as gay marriage grows in acceptance, his conviction is beginning to attract the stigma once attached to gay men and lesbians.
WATCH:

And, as day follows night, naturally there is already a parody version:

WATCH:

If it were not so frightening, it would be highly amusing that Christians feel they are under attack. Equality is NOT a zero sum game. Giving equal rights to LGBT folk takes nothing away from churchgoers.

Only when, and if, the Religious Right truly understands that, can they celebrate a true Independence Day for all, including themselves.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Johnny Dollar Wars ► The Last Chapter?

Cyber-bully Mark Koldys as a child
As I prepare for the 3rd Annual Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research, I would be remiss if I allowed an anniversary to pass unremarked.

July 4th of last year was a personal Independence Day of sorts. It's the day Ashley Graham, the Head Nutjob of The Flying Monkey Squad, tweeted his last tweet. Grayhammy, as he called himself on the interwebs, stalked me online, revealed my alternative lifestyle, and cyber-bullied me for more than 3 years. He didn't do this for himself. He did it on behalf of Johnny Dollar, who gleefully joined in on the cyber-fun.

Johnny Dollar -- in reality, former-Wayne County Michigan prosecutor Mark Koldys -- is a self-appointed Fox "News" defender. Because I was writing Fox "News" criticism, Johnny Dollar thought the very best way to defend Fox "News" was to publish details of my private life on his sewer of a blog. If you can't kill the message, try to kill the messenger.

Despite July 4th of last year being the last cyber-attack, I waited a full 6 months before I was Declaring Victory in the Johnny Dollar Wars. Things have been very quiet since that went up.

IRONY ALERT: While Mark Koldys had no compunction about publishing details of my private life in his quest to be an apologist for Fox "News," he squealed to facebook and Google when I used pictures of him and his family that I found online. He then tried to pretend that he was the victim of my unprovoked attacks, as if I had no reason whatsoever to retaliate.

However, that's water under the bridge, all written down, and currently being poured over by editors. However, one of them makes a fair point: "Where's the Fairness & Balance in your story? What does your antagonist have to say?"

CANTON, MICHIGAN
Home of Mark Koldys, who, as Johnny
Dollar, is a proud Fox "News" defender


Fun fact: Canton is a township, not a town
Official Wesbite
Wikipedia Entry
Canton Weather
Public Safety Office
Public Library

◄ MEDIA ►
Observer and Eccentric - Canton
Plymouth-Canton Patch
Canton Videos
Canton at ClickOn Detroit

◄ WHAT'S UP IN CANTON? ►
Things to do in Canton
Attractions near Canton
IKEA Canton

◄ BOOKS ABOUT CANTON ►
Canton Township
Cornerstones: A History of
Canton Township Families


◄ BOOKS THAT MENTION CANTON ►
Seven Fatality Christmas Tree Fire
Encyclopedia of Invasive Species: From
Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels

Leaving Home to Find Home

NOTABLE RESIDENTS OF CANTON
Let me explain. Since the day Johnny Dollar outed my alternative lifestyle I have been writing The Johnny Dollar Wars, a full-length book on what it's like to be the target of a viscous and relentless cyber-bullying campaign.

Mark Koldys (Johnny Dollar) lives in Canton Township, Michigan. Therefore, The Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research was always an itinerary based on my need for on-the-ground research. I purposely named it such so he would know I was coming. While the word "Canton" means little to most people, it hit the intended target: both Ashley Graham and Mark Koldys, who stalked my social media for anything to use against me, made a point to mention it.

During the upcoming 3rd Annual Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research I am hoping I can finally write the last chapter of The Johnny Dollar Wars by interviewing Mark Koldys himself. This will be a way for Johnny Dollar to finally go on the record and describe the skirmishes in The Johnny Dollar Wars from his side of the battlement. Maybe there were extenuating circumstances that resulted in my private life being outed.

I have a journalistic duty to find out, I suppose.

Because Johnny Dollar blocked me on Twitter after I started sharing The Johnny Dollar Wars with his correspondents, I cannot message him there. I am hoping someone -- like maybe his brother Bruce -- will pass along this interview request to him.

Funny story: Bruce and I exchanged some messages in 2013, after which I wrote Fun With Pictures. For reasons I don't quite remember (I hope I was trying to be funny) I blacked out his name in that post, but it was Bruce Koldys I had been addressing.

During that exchange of messages, Bruce asked me not to judge an entire family based solely on the nut that fell from the tree, but I am paraphrasing wildly. TO BE FAIR: He merely wanted me to know that his politics are far different from his older brother's and to leave him out of The Johnny Dollar Wars. Ever since, Bruce Koldys has regularly retweeted some of my Fox "News" snark, which is probably his way of tweaking his brother's nose.

IRONY ALERT: Just before publishing this, I checked his
Twitter timeline. I'm glad I did because it's obvious Johnny
Dollar has reformed. Now it's diseased and creepy to stalk
people online. I'll have to ask him why he changed his mind.
So, I am hoping I can dragoon Bruce into passing along my interview request to his big brother Mark.

Bruce: Tell him we will meet in a neutral location, preferably a Starbucks. He should come alone and make sure he's not followed. No weapons of any kind. Both of us can record the interview for posterity. Everything said, from first greeting to last goodbye, is ON THE RECORD. Any deviation from these instructions and the truth gets it.

If he agrees to these terms tell him to give me a call. Mark once indicated (correctly) that he knew my address and phone number, so that should be no problem. Or, he can email me. I will be in Canton from July 17th, through to the 24th performing some last-minute research. He can contact me right up until the 24th.


SYNCHRONICITY ALERT: Those who have been following my Pastoral Letter series will be glad to know I finally have a copy of A Letter to my Congregation by my childhood friend, Pastor Ken Wilson, of the Blue Ocean Faith Church in Ann Arbor.

I started reading the book as I always do, from the title page on, including the copyright page. Lo & behold: A Letter to my Congregation is published by Read The Spirit Books; an imprint of David Crumm Media, LLC; of Canton, Michigan.

It all comes full circle. Maybe Pastor Kenny can help me how to find forgiveness for Mark Koldys. However, I'm more inclined to think I'll be able to forgive when the full-length Johnny Dollar Wars is finally on the shelves of bookstores all across 'Merka.

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hey there, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to keyboard player, Roy Bittan, of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Here are some other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:

Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE:


Chris Christie is the GOP's most emotional
candidate, but will the show get old?



DUMP TRUMP JUMPS:






SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:




LGBT NEWS:






MORE OF THAT REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:





ANOTHER SHOOTOUT AT THE OK CORRAL:



GIMME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION:



FREE THE WEED!!!








ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA:




HACK ATTACKS:



OUR FUTURE ROBOT OVERLORDS:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





IN INNER SPACE:






IN OUTER SPACE:







VIDEO DU JOUR:



Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hey there, Headliners! After a short absence we are back. Today's birthday belongs to Lena Horne. Here are some other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE:







SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:




LGBT NEWS:




SCOTUS WATCH:






TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:




GIMME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION:



FREE THE WEED!!!





ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA:





HACK ATTACKS:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




IN INNER SPACE:








IN OUTER SPACE:







VIDEOS DU JOUR:



Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.