They’re even painted red, white, and blue!

Qureshi Donates Tennis Wheelchairs To Iraq

These people are meshugenah!

Zara Apologises For Selling Striped “Star Of David” Children’s T-Shirt

The clothing retailer apologises for a design that looks like the uniform Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

  BuzzFeed; Aug. 27, 2014

“Zara said the garment, advertised online as a striped ‘sheriff’ T-shirt, was inspired by ‘the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.’

“‘We honestly apologize,’ Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets…”

Earlier today, negative comments began to build on social media regarding this T-shirt design.

 
I understand that everyone makes mistakes.  I’ve made perhaps one or two comments, decisions, or jokes that may have offended or pissed off people.
But there was also this:

Just a play on words – or racially offensive? Zara comes under fire for selling ‘white is the new black’ T-shirt

By Margot Peppers for MailOnline;14 August 2014

Not so clever lay on words: Zara has come under fire for this T-shirt, which some have interpreted as 'racist'

 

And this:

Zara bosses forced to withdraw ‘Swastika’ handbags from shelves

Mail Online;   18 September 2007

“A bag embroidered with Nazi-style swastikas was withdrawn by fashion store Zara today after a rush of complaints..”

The Zara handbag - Photo: Kent News

 Photo: Kent News

Friedrich Nietzsche, who died in 1900, is credited by some with being a prophet of the 20th century.  Many of his ideas are (somewhat unfairly) regarded as anti-Semitic.  Regardless of intent, he was surely an inspiration for Hitler’s ideas.  In his Thus Spoke Zarathustra, for example, he talks about the concept of slave morality that was essential to his thought.  Elsewhere, he identifies Judaic thought as a major culprit in its detrimental development.

In the face of all this unwelcome publicity, a Zara spokesman had this to say in an interview with Arianna Huffington:

“We erred big time, and to ensure that there are no prejudiced employees or misconstrued actions, our final solution will be a mandatory sensitivity training course for all employees.  Yeah, they’ll have to put with all that faggy bullshit that’s bound to go on, but that shows how serious we take this.  Why are you looking at me funny?  Because I said ‘faggy’?  Oh, Jesus Christ.  Like fags pay any attention to fashion news.”

I’ll visit New Hampshire before it gets cold, Iowa before tornado season

Obama condemns Hamas for breaking cease-fire
By Rebecca Shabad – 08/01/14-The Hill

Obama Condemns Israel for Shelling a U.N. School; Shrinks from Criticizing Hamas
By: Jake (Diary) | July 30th, 2014–Red State

Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq
By Alexander Dziadosz and Steve Holland
BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass.; Aug 20, 2014; Reuters

The Wire: Obama condemns ‘brutal murder’
By Karl Kahler; 8.20.2014; San Jose Mercury News

President Obama condemns ISIS after beheading of American journalist
By Chelsea J. Carter; August 20, 2014, CNN

Merkel and Obama condemn Russian convoys in Ukraine
8.23.2014; DW

Lots of condemnation of unpopular acts going on by the Judger-in-Chief. Being president is starting to sound like a cakewalk. I just wish he would condemn cancer, earthquakes, and dropping food that you just spent 20 minutes preparing.

W., by the way, was advised to speak in terms of good and evil because they feared he’d say something like, “I condone the September 11th attacks.”

Since both make being president look so easy, I think I’ll throw my hat in the ring for ’16. (Because I’m going bald, I will immediately don another hat.)

What have YOU been smoking, bud?

Florida Anti-pot Leader: Weed Is a Date Rape Drug and Will Make You Gay and Vulnerable to AIDS

Homosexuality “seems to be something that follows along from their marijuana use…,” says former Reagan drug czar
by Mark Frauenfelder | Boing Boing.net | August 21, 2014
 
Any potheads or former potheads like me can attest to this.  I shot up some marijuana several weeks ago, and I went on a viscous crime spree.  Naturally, that included rape.  Women or men, girls or boys, raccoons–no one was safe from my reefer madness.
 
This guy said it best:
 
 
 

And they prefer to be addressed by their avatars’ names

World of Warcraft may soon be a job-related skill
By Aaron Pressman August 20, 2014; Yahoo Finance

“It’s been perfectly acceptable for years to list certain leisure activities on a resume, such as golf, bridge or even poker. But what about some of the more modern and digital pursuits — say World of Warcraft, Minecraft or fantasy baseball?

“As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, some avid video gamers are starting to include their gaming prowess on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. After all, many young people enjoy video gaming instead of traditional leisure pursuits including golf and tennis, which have seen their popularity take a dive…”

From employers’ points of view, the advantage of hiring avid gamers is that their social lives are far less likely to interfere with work. However, they are significantly more likely to go on a shooting spree in the office.

Burn Your Money

A Line Is Drawn in the Desert
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another

By NICK BILTON AUG. 20, 2014; The New York Times

“…If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air.

“A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different. Over the last two years, Burning Man, which this year runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, has been the annual getaway for a new crop of millionaire and billionaire technology moguls, many of whom are one-upping one another in a secret game of I-can-spend-more-money-than-you-can and, some say, ruining it for everyone else…”

I asked my friend, Rainbow, about this phenomenon, since he’s been attending since the mid-90s. Here’s what he had to say:

“Man, we were just, like, tripping off these guys. The Facebook cat–starts with a Z–he had obviously coke all over his face, and he’s running around yelling, ‘We’re the one percent, motherfuckers! You all can suck it!’ He started peeing on my friend T-Bone, then asked, ‘How do you like me now?!’ My dog’s all chill, so he’s just like, ‘I do not like this. This is not cool and you’ve got to chill, bro.’

“Let’s see, then there was some guy walking around in just a suit and tie. No fucking pants or nothing! Can you believe that shit? Someone told me they had sold him some fake E earlier. I don’t know if he was high on other shit or just a natural douchebag. He was chilling with some guy who was a big shot banker. He was trying to take people’s tents and shit. He messed with the wrong guy who got in his face and was like, ‘If you don’t go back to your spot, we’re gonna’ burn you.’ Then the guy sat down and cried for about half an hour. I really felt bad for him, you know?”

Tired of Watery Eyes?

Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet’s terrible hoax-news industry

By Caitlin Dewey; August 19, 2014; The Washington Post

In a move that could permanently cripple the Internet’s unchecked hoax industry (… and ruin at least a couple of decent punch lines), Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites such as the Onion, Clickhole and Empire News as satire — and, hopefully, alert the millions of gullible people who share these sites as truth each week.

The perception of phony news stories as legitimate ones is the number four crisis spawned by the Internet age, according to Willard O’Brian of Pepper State University. Its damage is only superseded by that brought by identity theft, hacking of government and corporate data, and sexual crime. Poor Wifi connections rounded out the top five.

“Our goal as a publicly-minded service,” commented a Facebook spokesperson, “is for people to maximize their use of Facebook as a social and commercial tool. Do you like this picture of your cousin’s cat? Do you have more friends than your co-workers? We don’t want people to have to question what is real and what is not. Leave that to the philosophists.”

In response to the problem, the language instruction company Rosetta Stone will begin offering Satire Recognition courses in April, 2015.

Sick of Being Shut Up and Shut In

Julian Assange will leave embassy ‘soon’

By Justin Moyer; The Washington Post; August 18, 2014

“…Assange, whose organization facilitated the publication of materials leaked by Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), has been in exile at the Ecuadoran embassy in London for more than two years…”

Although banal, Assange has been compiling data for a Wikileak on the embassy’s going-ons. He has released a few excerpts of the revelations:

–“Manuel never washes his hands after using the bathroom. GMWAS.”

–“Maria tells EVERYONE to have a nice day, but everyone knows she’s just a big phony.”

–“Hugo has re-gifted 3 times since I’ve been here. And I’m sure the gift certificates he’s given me are invalid b/c I can’t go out and VERY FUNNY assh*le!”

–“There are hardly any rapeable women here. WTF, Ecuador?!!!”

Ti-ti-tit for Ta-ta-tat

Local researchers get in on Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money, awareness for ALS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun, August 13, 2014

“…Sattler dumped ice water over her head Wednesday to help Packard, which had raised about $25,000 in the past few days from the campaign, which involves taking the chilly bath within 24 hours of being challenged or making a donation to an ALS cause…”

To reciprocate, hypothermia researchers have started their own baseball league.