Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Isis Ebola

I agree.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Breaking Bad: Toys R Us Petition

Toys R Us has a 6 action inch figure of Walter White, aka Heisenberg. Sale price: $13.99, originally 17.99.

Product Description

Mezco Toyz would like to introduce Walter White: chemistry genius turned science teacher turned kingpin; the central character of Sony Picture Television's critically acclaimed, award-winning, hit series Breaking Bad, is now immortalized as a collectible action figure.

This unforgettable variant edition figure features Walter as his alter ego of Heisenberg. He comes complete with removable hat, removable glasses, a sack of cash, and a bag of blue crystals.

Relive the tense, edge of your seat excitement as Mezco's Breaking Bad action figure stares at you from inside his collector friendly clamshell package, he dares you to make your move.

Figure stands approx 6 inches tall.

All Hail The King!
"All Hail The King!"???

Online review from a purchaser:

The 6 inch figure is great with great details , just looks like the actor from the show comes with a gym bag full of cash and a small blue bag of his famous blue stuff from the show over all great buy if you liked show pick up the figure wish they had Jesse

Should Breaking Bad action figures, complete with guns, bags of crystal meth, and sacks of cash, be on the shelves at Toys R Us alongside children's toys?

Some parents don't think so.

There is an effort via an online petition to have these "toys" removed.

From TIME:

Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad. “I thought it was a great show,” she told a local TV station recently. “It was riveting!”

Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children. So last week Schrivjer launched a Change.org petition criticizing Toys R Us for selling “a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys [as] a dangerous deviation from the [company's] family friendly values.”

The petition, which asks Toys R Us to stop selling the dolls, had attracted signatures from more than 2,200 supporters as of Monday morning. The “Breaking Bad”-Toys R Us protest picked up extra steam after Schrivjer appeared on The Today Show this weekend, making her case that “anything to do with drugs” should not be sold in a toy store. She has no problem with the figures being sold by e-retailers and shops that are less likely to be frequented by children, such as adult novelty stores. (For what it’s worth, Breaking Bad figures are also sold by Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and other major retailers. Walmart even sells a pink Breaking Bad teddy bear.)
Why would anyone want a Breaking Bad action figure?

Are adults supposed to play with these things or just collect them?

I don't know. That's more than a little weird to me, but whatever.

I understand the whole collectible thing. Certainly, Toys R Us has stocked and sold plenty of "bad guy" action figures, but the fact that these collectibles refer to the manufacturing and distribution of an illicit drug I think would make them inappropriate for Toys R Us to have on their shelves near kids' toys. Some could see it as a "gateway" action figure.

You have to think about Toys R Us customers - families and children.

Of course, young kids probably wouldn't be attracted to the Breaking Bad toys. Little ones would be clueless, but the older kids, those more susceptible to cultural references regarding drug use, could be influenced negatively.

We are so hypersensitive when it comes to exposing children to things like smoking or other "bad" things. Good grief, sugary treats have been banned in schools! Sugar! Michelle Obama is leading a personal crusade against Happy Meals. Yet, it's OK for children to brouse a Toys R Us aisle that includes a "toy" that celebrates a character who makes exceptionally pure crystal meth?

No. That makes no sense. There's no consistency.

Walmart sells a pink Breaking Bad teddy bear?

Why would anyone want that? Does it come with the detached eyeball?


If there's a market for that stuff, and apparently there is, the "toys" shouldn't be promoted anywhere near a kid-friendly place.

Peyton Manning: Most Touchdown Passes - 509

Brett Favre no longer owns the NFL record for most career touchdown passes.

That belongs to Peyton Manning.

From USA Today:

Peyton Manning now stands alone as the NFL's all-time touchdown king.

The Denver Broncos' 38-year-old quarterback threw touchdown No. 509 of his career Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers to break Brett Favre's career record.

The record-breaker went to receiver Demaryius Thomas, in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead. Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Julius Thomas – Manning's stable of pass catchers – played keep away with the record-setting ball before Manning finally took possession of the ball that will soon land in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Congratulations, Peyton Manning!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Obama Golfs, World Going to Hell in Handbasket

What did Obama do yesterday?


From Breitbart:

President Barack Obama’s new Ebola "czar" Ron Klain has skipped another White House meeting on the Ebola crisis, a readout of who attended a Saturday meeting with Obama shows.

Obama held the Ebola meeting after spending four hours and 40 minutes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir, according to the White House press pool report from the New York Daily News' Dan Friedman.
Nothing gets in the way of Obama's golf game.

The world is going to hell in a handbasket. It's overwhelming.

But Obama is relaxed. He putts. He's happy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola: Obama Weekly Address (Video)

Sadly, I suspect much of what Obama is offering as education for the public will be tossed out as rubbish.

Some choice quotations:

"Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch. It's not transmitted through the air like the flu. You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus."
Oh, now you CANNOT get it from riding on a plane or a bus.

So why is the CDC scrambling to contact everyone who was on the planes used by Amber Vinson?

It's easy for Obama to say not to fear public transportation when he and his family trot around the globe on Air Force One. When he pays a visit to Gwyneth Paltrow, Obama doesn't take a Frontier Airlines flight.

The White House needs to call the CDC and tell them to change the information on the CDC website. Obama is feeding the public different information.

I hate the comparison to the flu. The flu does not have a 70 percent, or higher, mortality rate.

The flu/Ebola comparison can't be called an "apples and oranges" thing. It's more of an "apples and toxic waste" matter.

"We know how to fight this disease. We know the protocols. And we know that when they're followed, they work."
If that's the case, why hasn't Obama expressed anger and extreme regret over the breakdown in protocols in Dallas, and the failure of the U.S. government to adequately prepare for the inevitable? Obama refuses to be held accountable, and hold buffoons like Tom Frieden accountable.

"We can't just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging. Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain. Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse. It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth. Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track."
Of course, we need to stop the virus at its source. There is an enormous difference between "sealing off an entire region," as if to abandon it, and being responsible in terms of free travel by infected individuals. The screeing process didn't keep Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan from lying to his government and getting through to infect American healthcare workers.

What's working in Africa, dramatic measures like closing borders and severely restricting travel, should be done here to protect our homeland.

Obama doesn't get that his first job is to protect Americans, not expose us to a lethal virus.

This has been a disaster. Obama and his administration have screwed up royally.

I am praying that Nina Pham and Amber Vinson fully recover. In order to survive, they have to beat long odds. The video of Nina in her hospital bed is heartbreaking. It is awful.

Nina didn't get on a plane or go on a cruise. She did the right thing. God, my heart goes out to her and her family. Amber, too.

Has Obama called Nina? Has he called Amber?

If Ebola is so hard to get, I want to see photos of Obama visiting Nina and Amber in the hospital.

Would an image of Obama in a hazmat suit be kind of bad?


If Obama golfs tomorrow, I will flip out. I swear to God, I will go berserk.

Scott Walker, Mary Burke - Debate 2

The second debate between Scott Walker and Mary Burke was a waste of time.

The format was like the first debate. It was awful. It wasn't really a debate. There was no interaction between the candidates. They didn't even look at each other as far as I could tell. I don't recall any camera shots of them looking at each other.

Boring as hell. Really bad.

I wonder how long it took Mary Burke to learn her lame line about Jim Doyle - "the hair alone should tell you we're very different people."

When Ted Perry posed his question about violence in the city Milwaukee I got the feeling he was pitching a screenplay idea. Heavy on the drama. I'm not making light of the problem, just Perry's overwrought delivery.

Charles Benson had the last question of the evening. He called an "audible" and gave Ted Perry the floor.

That was weird.

Burke seemed a bit less terrified this time, but she still appeared tense and uncomfortable.

Burke's closing statement was ridiculous. She needed to keep looking at her notes, repeatedly looking down during her relatively brief statement. Very awkward.

She said she wants to "change the tone" of politics in Wisconsin. REALLY? What a joke!

Remember, Burke didn't distance herself from the disgraceful comments made by Debbie Wasserman Schultz on her behalf.

Burke said Walker's strategy is to "divide and conquer."

That's just stupid. No one uses "divide and conquer" the way the community organizer-type Leftists like Burke do.

Wow. What a waste!

I wish I had that hour of my life back.

Lilly Badtke Pizza Party

This EXCLUSIVE story by TMJ4 is positively embarrassing.

Toppers Pizza invited Lilleona "Lilly" Rose Badtke to come have a pizza party. The restaurant shut-down Monday evening, when they got word the little girl was missing. Employees immediately joined search crews.

"We scoured this city," says Tim Krahn, who works at Toppers Pizza. "It hit home for all of us. We all have kids. We felt compelled to help find her."

"Being a father, you just don't expect to get a call saying your child is missing," says Lilly's dad, David, who got a call from his ex-wife, saying Lilly never came home from school. "It's the worst feeling. But the fact that the community rallied around us, was so amazing. It was unexpected, and very appreciated."

It turns out, Lilly had slept over a friend's house, without telling anyone. She showed up at school the next morning, and had no idea everyone had been looking for her.

"My mom didn't know," Lilly says. "I was pretty surprised when everyone started hugging me, and my stepmom was crying."

When asked if she's thankful so many strangers stepped-up to help her, Lilly's answer was simple. "Yes, very much."
So someone involved called TMJ4 to bring their cameras to this little party celebrating the fact that a 7-year-old's parents couldn't keep track of their child.


It's an "exclusive" embarrassment.

Video here.

Lilly, guest of honor, got to help make pizzas at Toppers. What a reward for being the child of parents unable to get their act together!

Yes, it's great the child wasn't abducted or injured or worse. That's reason to be very thankful.

She was simply spending a school night sleeping at a friend's house and none of the adults involved communicated at all. That's mindboggling to me.

Does this really merit a celebration that deserves EXCLUSIVE coverage on the 10:00 PM news?

I'm sure Toppers is enjoying the free advertising, but I don't think a celebration, highlighted on the local news, is in order here.

Hey! Let's celebrate bad parenting and getting people to frantically search Sheboygan for a kid not really missing! Woo hoo! Pizza!


Jimmy Fallon: Ron Klain Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Of course, everyone is still worried about Ebola, and President Obama just appointed someone named Ron Klain as the new Ebola czar to oversee the government's response to the crisis, the Ebola czar. You know, that's going to be a tough job, but not as tough as introducing yourself as the Ebola czar. 'How ya doin'? You don't want to shake my hand? I'm the Ebola king. Mr. Ebola. How ya doin'?'

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ron Klain - Ebola Czar, Political Hack

Obama is trying to look like he's doing something about the Ebola outbreak in the U.S., other than welcoming more people with the virus into the country.

He appointed Ron Klain to be the new Ebola czar.

Terrific. Joe Biden's former chief of staff. Sounds like a real winner.

From the Washington Post:

President Obama has asked Ron Klain, who served as chief of staff to both Vice President Biden and former vice president Al Gore, as his Ebola response coordinator, according to a White House official.

"He will report directly to the president’s homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, and the president's national security adviser, Susan Rice, as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don’t distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa," a White House official wrote in an e-mail.

Klain, a longtime Democratic operative, served as Biden's chief of staff from 2009 to 2011 and as Gore's from 1995 to 1999. He helped oversee the Democratic side in the 2000 presidential election recount as its lead lawyer, a role that Kevin Spacey portrayed in the HBO film "Recount."
Oh, good grief.

I'm REALLY confident that Klain will put politics aside in managing Ebola.

Check this out: Category Five Hackery: These 14 tweets from Ebola Czar Ronald Klain are unbelievable.

Klain is useless. Worse than useless. He'll probably do more damage than good.

If Obama wanted to calm Americans, he should have appointed someone like Rudy Giuliani, someone people trust to take appropriate steps to manage a crisis. Appointing political hack Klain only exaccerbates the frustration.

I have no confidence in Obama to handle this, absolutely zero.


I have not been this concerned about an outside threat, in terms of not feeling safe and worrying that my loved ones may be in danger, since the terror of 9/11.

What's scary about the spread of this lethal virus, this terrible threat to Americans, is that our government is actually working against us.

After 9/11, I was confident the government would do what needed to be done to protect me and my family.

In this case, the government I fund with my tax dollars is not protecting me. There is complete incompetence, misinformation, and perhaps intentional deception.

My government is my enemy when it comes to Ebola.

That's a problem.

We need to do what African nations have done to contain the virus - enact travel bans.

I suppose in the meantime Obama will deploy a SWAT team.

Jimmy Fallon: Ebola Jokes

JIMMY FALLON: Yesterday, the CDC tried to calm people down by saying that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on public transportation. But, you could give it to someone. So, in simpler terms, don't worry, but, you know, worry. What does that even mean? You can't get it unless you get it from someone who gave it to you. OK, thank you. That makes no sense. Explain it better. I don't get it.

I read that because of the Ebola scare now hazmat suits have turned into popular Halloween costumes. And people walking around in hazmat suits were like, 'Uh, yeah, Halloween. Yeah, right. That's why I'm wearing... Trick or treat. Don't touch me!'

Obama Ebola Policy