Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pat McCrory Gets Cornered In DC

CP is no fan of former Governor Pat McCrory but this is way over the top. And you can't help but think he was set up.


CP figures, some really unhappy hotel staffer said "sure use the alley next door to Blackfinn, hit the button and I'll buzz you in" then he called his protesting buddies with "you'll never believe who I just sent to the alley door of the hotel".

Monday Odds and Ends - Trump 45 Edition


What a week! Trump becomes the 45 President of the United States of America and that really wasn't the biggest news.

The real news at least via what's trending on Twitter was Melinia Trump

Stunning and wow were often followed by elegant and channeling Jackie Kennedy

Sadly Michelle O stepped put of the White House wearing "plantation chic" looking like Oparh Winnfrey's co-star in a Color Purple.

Cedar's Take: Had to be a stratagem strategic move, knowing she could not out dress the new first lady she opted to with the communist workers party look aka working common people vibe.

Madonna May Have A Little Issue With The US Secret Service -


The Secret Service has reportedly said it will open an investigation into Madonna after the singer told the Women's March on Washington that she had thought about 'blowing up the White House'.

Donning a black pussyhat, the music icon caused more controversy by dropping the F-bomb four times, sparking a slew of apologies from broadcasters airing the protest live.

She went on to speak of her rage at the election result, telling the crowd she had thought a lot about 'blowing up the White House' but knew that it 'wouldn't change anything'.

Secret Service Office Spokeswoman apparently told sources that the well known singer had crossed the line and that the Secret Service takes all threats seriously, even more so when they are made in public and broadcast nationally.



Media and Twitter trolls are having a grand time with Barron Trump. 


Easy to make fun of the kid, he's at that stage of adolescence ungainly totally awkward sort of kid who looks like he's about to die of boredom. Some of the attacks have been pretty heartless ie:


Katie Rich a senior writer for SNL tweeted this gem soon after the inauguration had wrapped up. She later deleted it but has refused to apologize.

So consider this, he's only ten and 50 years from now you'll likely taking a pernament dirt nap, and he'll be partying like a rock star spending his father's billions and sleeping with your great granddaughters.


Yep last man standing.

Maybe you've noticed these green parking meters around Charlotte. They aren't really parking meters, they are CMUD water sampling stations. 

Sampling Station Located at Raintree Country Club in South Charlotte
CMUD (Charlotte Water as they would rather be called, got a major black eye over the meter reading fiasco a few years ago and they needed a more contemporary image and so Charlotte Water was born) has a team of water quality staffers who do nothing but collect samples of water around Charlotte.

You probably didn't know that Charlotte Water staff take samples from all over the county to make sure your not drinking water like that in Flint Michigan. 

Every Green Dot is a sample Red Dots are samples that are of concern.

Harris Teeter stores, Country Clubs, Office Towers, just about anywhere they can get a sample. And so with the need to have reliable access to regular testing locations Charlotte Water decided that the expenditure of an estimated $500,000 to add sampling stations around the county was reasonable. 




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Black Squirrels In Charlotte

CP is not a wildlife expert but apparently this black squirrel is rather rare in North Carolina.


From Wikipedia: The overall population of black squirrels is small when compared to that of the gray squirrel. The black fur color can occur naturally as a mutation in populations of gray squirrels, but it is rare. The rarity of the black squirrel has caused many people to admire them, and the black squirrels enjoy great affection in some places as mascots. In several U.S. states, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom, black squirrels have been introduced into the wild in the hope of increasing their numbers.

Though black squirrels are common or predominant in many areas of North America, their overall rarity (perhaps as few as 1 in 10,000)[4] has caused many towns, cities, colleges, and universities to take special pride in their populations of black squirrels. Several cities and towns in the United States and one in Canada make efforts to publicly promote their local populations of black squirrels.

CP's Take: I'm not a fan of squirrels, and living in a home surrounded by massive trees make squirrels basically public enemy number one. So far this one has not decided that my attic should be his home. However, I do see where a stuffed black squirrel fetched a robust $150.00 on eBay recently, just saying.

Cedar Update: The Black Squirrel met an early demise. No surprise I live in a neighborhood of self absorbed idiots in too big of a hurry to slow down for the hapless rodents. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Madison

A man who lives a long life, will own many dogs, and as the years roll on he will often pass a dog in a park or on a long walk, and in that dog he will see a familiar face, a remembered look, or a recognized bark. And as he walks by, that dog will return a glancing look as if to say "I remember you, do you remember me?"

Madison Aurora Mercedes 2001-2016
In the late spring of 2001 I adopted a 4 month old AKC Registered Black Labrador Retriever, she was from a Championship Blood Line. Yet, I paid the local breeder only $40.00; just enough to cover her first vet visit and shots. You see the breeder had pre sold "yellow labs" from a proven Yellow mother and Yellow father, but when the litter arrived they were are all black, 9 beautiful Black Lab puppies. It happens, but normally Yellow parents mean Yellow pups. Sadly, most of the buyers only wanted a Yellow dog and demanded a full refund of their deposit.

Which meant the breeder had a house full of 9 playful pups, growing bigger by the day into big black dogs.

Even at the shelter black dogs are the always the last to find homes.

For the next three years Madison rode "shot gun" everywhere. Only when work started taking me to Charleston for days at a time did she stay behind. She would later team up with two other adopted Labs, Abby and Callie. But Madison was always the leader to the younger two. Kind and tolerant, crazy smart, full of energy and always ready to lead the way and go for a run.

“People love dogs. This is, I hope, the least surprising sentence you will read in this book. I myself have had long discussions with my dog friends, and by that I mean my friends who are dogs.”  - Bill Nye

Madison AKA @myweatherdog on twitter, CP's weather tweeting sidekick was often the basis for the crazy doggie humor posted between more serious weather notes and updates.

Early last year her stride began to slow and the once steady 70 pounds of puppy playfulness began to fade. As the vet explained to me, "she's nearly 16 and that's 5 years past her expiration date".  The average life span of a Labrador Retriever is about 10 years.

At first it was the long stretch of stairs from the yard to the deck that she could no longer bound up at breakneck speed. Then is was the three steps at the front door. As fall arrived she would often get "stuck" in some far corner of the yard, but with some encouragement or a gentle pull on her collar she could get moving again.

By Halloween her appetite had waned and her tail no longer wagged. But she still wanted to run and a long slow walk wasn't totally out of the question, as long as she didn't have to walk back to the house.

From Thanksgiving on I would carry her outside to use the bathroom 3 or more times a day. Once on all fours she would wobble a little, but she would become a little more steady once she had forward motion. There were times that she thought she young again and she would try to jump over small things and even try to run, but her body wouldn't cooperate. So it was that she spent the last few weeks before Christmas, just laying on the deck in the sun, barking encouragement to Callie who would charge across the yard to let the deer on the golf course know they had been seen.

Sadly the front part of Madison worked fine but the back half was no longer cooperating and while the front half would get up but the back half would not follow. 

As her bladder began to fail she would have accidents, but I didn't mind. The 2 am bark to go out that once was a simple flip the lights on and open the door became an hour long process of carrying her out the front door and following along offering encouragement and leading her around the yard at painfully slow gait. At times she would fall over, or just "sink" into a pile of black fur on the sidewalk, and I'd pick her up and steady her till she could get moving again. Then I'd carry her back inside and softly place her on a rug on the kitchen floor so she could watch all that went on around her.

My goal was Christmas, if we could just make it to Christmas once more, I would tell myself. It wasn't really necessary since, when you have a Lab in the house, every day is Christmas. Every morning to a Lab is another joyous day, rain, snow, cold, hot, the sight of just a leash or food bowl was reason enough to jump for joy as if it were Christmas morning.

When I carried her into the vet's office a few days after Christmas she could barely hold her head up. It was time, even if I couldn't admit it to myself. Her vet Dr. Blair Smith was kind enough to stroke my arm, as I choked back the tears, and tell me it was ok. And in a moment Madison was gone.

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. ”  - James Thurber

Mrs. Cedar and I live on a golf course with 2 dozen acres of wet lands beyond the groomed and manicured fairways. For 16 years Madison would race towards the sand traps on the golf course yet, dutifully stay clear as commanded, least she leave huge dog tracks in the pristine sand.

Madison with Abby close behind heading for the creek. Circa 2007
Madison loved running on the golf course and nothing in my life has ever given me the same joy as watching her unbridled love of running and diving head long into the water, or watching her vanish into the tall broom straw that defines the edge of the golf course and the start of the forest, with only her tail visible as she went into what I liked to call "full dog" mode.

So no better place to spread her ashes than the golf course.

Amazing what little remains of a cremated 70 pound dog.

So late in the afternoon Mrs. Cedar and I let her ashes gently fall into the sand trap behind our home. Finally, after all these years of saying no, she can play in the sand trap. The sand and her ashes blended seamlessly. Inside five minutes the small wooden box was empty. In the fading half-light as a winter day ends, we laugh, we cry, we walk hand and hand home without Madison.

And the joke will always be the same, from now on whenever an unsuspecting golfer hits out of the bunker behind my home, we will be able to say "there goes Madison again" as free as the wind, drifting in and out of sight a never ending explosion of energy and joy.

“If there is a place in heaven for Labrador Retrievers (and I trust there is or I won't go) it'll have to have a brook right smack in the middle - a brook with little thin shoals for wading and splashing; a brook with deep, still pools where they can throw themselves headlong from the bank; a brook with lots of small sticks floating that can be retrieved back to shore where they belong; a brook with muskrats and muskrat holes; a brook with green herons and wood ducks; a brook that is never twice the same with surprises that run and swim and fly; a brook that is cold enough to make the man with the dog run like the devil away from his shaking; a brook with a fine spot to get muddy and a sunny spot or two to get dry.”  - Gene Hill

Monday, January 9, 2017

Streep Yaps About Trump and Trump Doesn't Respond Via Twitter

CP is no fan of Meryle Streep neither the actor or the mouth piece for liberal causes. Not surprisingly her moment in the spotlight at last night golden globes gave her a chance to yap about Donald Trump and the evil empire. 

Surprisingly Trump didn't respond via Twitter, rather he took a call from a NY Times reporter doing a follow up  to Streeps comments. 

Streeps wandering discourse us here:

Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read.

Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

McKayla Maroney



Ever since her famous "Not Impressed" photo "vaulted" her to internet fame in 2012, McKayla Maroney has been on a Instagram quest to break the internet.

The 100 pound 21 year old is now known more for her provocative poses than for her Olympic Gold and Silver Medals. But stand by, she recently hinted at a singing career, so we shall see.



Since the internet is filled with "clickbait" and endless annoying "slide shows" CP offers up this assortment of McKayla's best of 2016.














Monday, December 5, 2016

The End Of Stronger Together

1130_hillary-clintons-plane-paint-job-tmz-wmHillary Clinton's campaign plane is pulling one last job before calling it quits -- a paint job.
The bird is getting an overhaul at Dean Baldwin Aircraft Painting in Roswell, NM. Hillary's campaign was leasing the 14-year-old 737, and it's unclear what kind of service it's going into next ... but we're sure HRC's logo won't be needed.
The jet will be remembered for not making enough stops in Iowa, Michigan or Wisconsin. However, it did have a good run in Ohio ... after the campaign. The University of Dayton men's basketball team reportedly used it to fly to an away game a week after the election.
Unlike Hillary, they won a close game.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WBTV Tornado Alert Fail

This evening I took dinner, simple take out stuff, to my parents house just as a line of strong thunderstorms swept in to the Upstate of South Carolina and pressed on into the Charlotte area.

The parents are both in their early 80s, sharpe minded, active seniors who watch mainly FOX News. Both are fairly iPad and iPhone smart. Mom's on Facebook and Twitter, Dad texts when he wants help and dad still heads to the office every morning.

A little after 6 both of their iPhones chirp to life with weather alerts. At my suggestion they turn on the flat screen and change it from Fox to WBTV. 

The next 20 minutes is sobering because the message that WBTV delivers is lost in the confusion of malfunctioning on screen graphics and the non senseical voice of Eric Thomas who is talking a mile a minute. The radar image zooms in and out, then pans up and down, north then south, zoom out zoom in, pop ups burst onto the screen and then vanish, zoom zoom zoom. The colors change and the pop ups come and go. It's madness. 

Thomas is having trouble with the computer and images vanish then reappear only for a second or two. Thomas shifts from giving massive inforrnational overload to giving a just this side of a FCC barage of profanity directed at his computer.

Finally my mother says "I don't understand a word he's saying" do we need to take cover? The images continue, Fort Mill, Chester, Rock Hill, Huntersville, Shelby, Charlotte, zoom in, zoom out, pan, pan and pan again. My father points out that they are talking about Uptown Charlotte, as a live shot from CMPD headquarters fades back to Eric Thomas. 

The answer is no, we don't need to take cover. But I'm keeping a watchful eye on my iPad's wx app that's showing a live radar picture. I'm also watching outside, where there is nothing but light rain.

Thankfully we are in a hole in the line, heavy weather to the west and north, more heavy weather to the south. But here nothing.

Eric Thomas' voice a stracotto rapid fire phalanx of nonsense continues to blast from the kitchen television. Finally we vote to mute the stupid bastard while he is trying to explain wind patterns represented by radar image in colors of Christmas red and green. 

My mother wonders aloud if the colors are just for the holidays?

Sobering is the fact that neither parent has a sense of urgency, despite being in the direct line of approaching thunderstorms and two possible tornados. Facts that Eric Thomas has failed to provide to viewers. All the radar and computer technology in the world can't make up for the lack of clear and concise reporting. 

Eric Thomas has failed to inform these two people despite the fact that they were watching his weather report. To my parents the ever changing map was of little value and Eric Thomas was unable to convey even the need to pay attention to the weather. 

Much of the time the crawl at the bottom of the screen blocked out crucial information. Just when you were able to locate your home Thomas would shift the view to something else.

Eric Thomas might want to try to say more with fewer words. As far as my parents are concerned he talks way too much and is far too excitable. 

How many seniors watched WBTV tonight and sat at their kitchen table as a tornado passed over head? I'd bet a bunch thanks to Eric Thomas and WBTV.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Stolen Valor Confrontation Gone Bad

A Texas veteran says he was disgraced and humiliated at a Chili’s restaurant, on a day meant to honor and pay tribute.



On Veterans Day, Ernest Walker and his service dog were enjoying the free meal that Chili’s Restaurants across the country were offering to veterans.

Walker was wearing a military uniform without a nametag, which he purchased after retirement, when he says another customer at the Cedar Hill, Texas restaurant questioned whether he was actually in the service.

Walker says an elderly customer approached him and asked about his service.

“‘They didn’t let you blacks over in World War II,’ That’s exactly what he said to me, but this guy is 70-some years old,” Walker recalled.

(CP Notes: The customer is clearly wacked, for Walker to be a WWII vet he'd have to be around 90 years old. Maybe the old guy was just an angry racist?)

The man left and walked toward the back of the restaurant. Soon, a manager came to Walker’s table.


When a manager then questioned the veteran, he showed him his discharge papers and identification. “He should have said, ‘thank you for your service; I’m sorry.’ Instead of him saying that, he says to me, ‘well he [the other customer] says your service dog is not real and you haven't removed your hat so you're a fake.'”

(CP Notes: On the video the manager can be seen taking Walker’s food away. Walker clearly agitated didn't really help his case but you can't blame him.) 




CP Update: The manager was fired and Chilli's apologized.

Cedar's Take: The "Stolen Valor" enforcer bull shit has gotten out of hand. Sure there are posers out taking advantage of free food, up front parking, getting dates with gullible women and taking advantage of the gratitude of others, but if I called out every retired service member for not removing their "cover" (hat) entering a restaurant I'd be freaking crazy busy.

US Naval Academy midshipmen learn early on the phrase "Eyes in the boat" in other words worry about yourself and not others.

I'm guilty of cracking of my CMPD friends for standing around with their hands in their pockets, and there's this retired Marine who every Sunday walks into the Original Pancake House wearing his dirty Marine Corps hat and happily dines with it affixed to his head.

As many retired and former service members I know who proudly display their service there are many who don't. They quietly go about their lives seeking neither free stuff or gratitude. I have an acquaintance who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and as he put it, "I just got tired of hearing thank you for your service".

When I asked him why, he responded that it wasn't that he didn't appreciate the accolades it was just he was tired of talking about it, then he added then there are the jackasses who want to quiz me with trick questions. I'm just tired of the "bull shit".

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Happening Sweetheart Trump Stuns Liberal Press And Liberal Moon Bats

Celebrities sobbing online, college kids unable to cope turning to group "cry-ins" where tissues and hot chocolate are passed out. One college invited undergrads to try coloring books and playdoh to deal with the grief of Hillary losing the election.




Perhaps it is understandable, given that we have raised a bunch of pussies. Lock step education where everyone graduates, participation trophies just for showing up. Obama's back to back victories and Hillary Clinton's unchallenged assent to become the democrat's great white hope, all led to the shocking reality that someone had to lose.


Can you imagine, your employer closing the office or factory for a week so that you can emotionally collect yourself? A dozen colleges did just that, they canceled classes, and postponed exams for so the melting precious snow flakes could mourn and comfort each other.


Dozens of libtard media types felt is was necessary to post "how to" guides on explaining Hillary's loss to your children.  One explained the defeat of Hilz to his 6 year old this way:

"Imagine the stupidest thing you could ever do, like peeing on a stack of pancakes. Now, imagine that the United States is a stack of pancakes. Millions of grownups just peed on it.”


Protests sprang up overnight in cities where Hillary had the votes locked up. The madness of protesting after the election, is like holding a pep rally after your team lost 34 to Zip!


Can you imagine forking over $60k per year for your daughter to attend Cornell and this is the photo that greets you on Thursday evening? Can you imagine?


Cedar's Take: Arrested intellectual development goes hand in hand with arrested emotional development. In other words, stupid is as stupid does.

Many of these precious snowflakes distraught over the defeat of Hillary Clinton are clearly unable to cope with the realities of life ahead. As Cedar's see it these nut cases may never recover from the sudden realization that contrary to what their parent told them you can't be whatever you want to be. You can only be who you are.

Seriously flawed these liberal moon bats think this is normal, its perfectly understandable to have a melt down over the defeat of Hillary because in their world the election was everything. In reality national elections happen every four years, someone wins, someone loses and life goes.

Protesting for five nights straight is nutty and this is why America voted for Trump. 

Most republicans expected the coronation of Hillary Clinton to go ahead as planned, even as the polls showed a closer race. But what was missed on the masses was that most weekly polls for two months prior to the election showed Clinton's lead was usually within the margin of error.

Then there's the recurring electoral college debate.


Yes cupcake that's right most of the geographic nation didn't vote for Hillary. All those people who live in rural and small town America have a voice and they said no.

Its as simple as Ford over Prius, Budweiser over Pinot Noir. Fact is Tofu lost to Steak and Baked Potato, and you should have seen this coming.

Hilz didn't couldn't relate to hard working America. Her campaign staff knew this and kept her rallies to cities were they new she would win.

I know, I know Hillary won the popular vote. Sad isn't it.  

One college kid screaming that Hillary won the popular vote, "she was elected, the electoral college is bull shit" adding with increasing volume "the world is changing, the world is changing".

Yep the world is changing, and its happening sweetheart, its happening.

Conservative hard working America, finally found its voice. So sit down and shut up.   



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday Odds And Ends - Election 2016 Edition

Panthers Ugly Win - It's 2am and Roger Goodell's personal cell phone is ringing, but the calls are going straight to voice mail. The familiar "I'm sorry but the mail box you've reached is full and can not accept any additional messages at this time." Does little to satisfy a certain caller.

It's tough being a star player in the NFL, thougher when you spend four quarters seeing stars circling around your head. But as Cam Newton found out Sunday sometimes throwing your weight around letting the entire league know your on first name basis with the top guy, tends to put a really big target on your uniform.

Newton was sacked five times Sunday at LA's Memorial Stadium and was under pressure countless other times. Newton might have expected at least a text from his BFF Roger, but none came. Neîther did the yellow flags that Newton kept looking for after his fifth sack of the day taking a LA Rams shoulder to the helmet. 

Nope that definitely wasn't fun.

But there might be some good news Panthers will have two home games back to back before Thanksgiving and have a chance to get back to .500. Surprised?

If not this might surprise you Dallas yes the Cowboys are 7-1 as are unsurprisingly the Patriots, on a sad note John Fox and the Bears are 2-6 ugh!

The Afterglow In Wrigleyville - Cedar's cousin lives in Wrigleyville and posted these photos Thursday morning which I promptly stole to share with you.





Cubs 1908 World Series Champions 







Finally my grandfather's 1945 Cubs Baseball and three finger baseball glove, a faded and tattered connection to the past. The ball with signatures from 14 members of the team several impossible to read. But this ball was passed around the dugout one Sunday afternoon in 1945.




Go Cubs Go 





Oh yes the Election - Thank God we are nearly done with this election process. The smell is overwhelming. The FBI folding like a lawn chair, the bias reporting, Trump's mouth, Hillary's voice. And saving the worst for last Mecklenburg County Board of County Comissioners Vilma Leake will be re-elected again. Looking forward to another 2 years of mindless comments like this:



UGH!

Cedar's Take: The election process is far too long. The idea of one nation under God is lost.

If I had it my way there would be one primary date and one election date.

No election ads print radio TV or internet on election day.

PAC's would be banned.

Using another candidate's image without consent would be forbidden.

Polls would be outlawed.

Uniform laws with regard to voting times, and registration requirements.

Robo Calls would be unlawful

Early voting would be limited to one date two weeks prior.

Election Day would be a national holiday.



Monday, November 7, 2016

WBTV's Blinky - AKA Sarah-Blake Morgan Brings Annoying To Never Seen Before Levels



| WBTV Charlotte

This is amazing watch the on camera start and end of Sarah-Blake Morgan's report of Barrack Obama's visit to Charlotte. How many time does Blinky blink? Got me I lost track at 28 times in 30 seconds. The video may also still be here.




A few weeks ago, I got a lot of grief for picking on Blinky's "Bride of Chucky" look when she interviewed CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. Maybe that was a little harsh, and I should have just poked her in the eye because of her soft ball questions regarding the sharp increase in crime and the department's response to the Keith Scott protests and riots.



After all, what is really scary is the local media talking heads who let former CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe promote his phony crime stats for years. These are the same reporters who are now blown away by the sudden dramatic rise in all types of crime.

You'd think they would figure this out.

Now I do give props for Blinky standing fearlessly among the rioting masses during the pointless Keith Scott shooting protests, that took some nerve or maybe not.

So back to Friday's POTUS Visit:

Here's Blinky's tweet about Barrack Obama's visit to Charlotte last Friday.


"Thousands packing into PNC to hear @POTUS speak" tweets Sarah-Blake Morgan, but the photo shows maybe 100 people.

So when I call her out on this embellishment her response is to block me on twitter.

Maybe I was too mean to point out that her math skills were lacking. But clearly she was before the event started, planning to promote the local DNC message of "thousands".

Kristen Hampton weighed in and wants me to show a little respect and #benice #bekind

I know it should all be good news.


But if Sarah-Blake Morgan she was a real reporter she would have noted that PNC Pavilion holds 19,500 guests and that while the Mecklenburg DNC reported 8,500 attendees, CMPD's count was around 5,200. These sort of things always have crazy amounts of no shows. Which...

Means Barrack Obama's appearance, his solo act, barely filled 25% of the venue.


I'll admit she steered clear of the DNC claim that the event brought together people from all across the state, when she pointed out that the crowd, unlike the above screen grab, was mainly "young and African American".

Yes the white folks behind the President are selected to stand behind him because they are wait for it.... white.

Kristen Hampton further responds to my calling out by saying Blinky is a "great story teller". Maybe that's true, if so she Binky might want to stick to writing fiction.

Otherwise she's no better than these two from ABC news who added crime scene tape for dramatic effect to their live shot.


By the way, the above photo was tweeted by a competing news crew from CNN, proof that there is indeed "no honor among thieves".

Perhaps more telling was this idiotic Halloween post of both Blinky and her husband fellow WBTV reporter Nick Ochsner.




Yep they actually dressed up as sleep deprived reporters covering the election and the presidential candidates.

OK I give, its kinda cute and pretty funny.

But I don't want cute and funny, I want the news, I want the facts, I don't want embellished slanted news, I don't want to be told how I should feel, or that I should cry (Molly) just the facts ma'am just the facts.