Antonio Brown is a wide receiver in the NFL. He wanted out of Pittsburgh, and got his wish when he joined the Raiders. He has self-inflicted issues with his feet….and the Raiders waited. He didn’t want to change his helmet as per NFL guidelines, and fought the league about it….and the Raiders waited. Brown then called the Raiders GM a “cracker”….and coach John Gruden says Brown will play on Monday night.
But a released private phone conversation between Brown and Gruden, and an Instagram post by Brown saying, “Release Me” made it clear – Brown wanted out….and the Raiders said goodbye. Brown responds by saying, “I’m Free!”
‘Will and Grace’ was a TV show that aired about a decade and a half ago. It was based around the lives of four friends, two of whom were gay, living in New York. The show was funny; it was good, it made me laugh. NBC decided to bring it back, but this time their goal was to do as many seasons as they could bashing President Trump and his supporters. And bash they did, for three entire seasons. And it was as boring as can be.
Eric McCormack and Debra Messing play the title characters, Will and Grace. Now McCormack and Messing have both taken their roles as Trump bashers off the set and into the streets of Twitter.
There is a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, CA for Donald Trump, and McCormack and Messing would have nothing of the sort in their backyard. McCormack tweeted out to The Hollywood Reporter:
In the span of 72 hours, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar went from being denied access into Israel to being shown as hating Israel so much that one of them, Rep. Tlaib, was willing to throw her own grandmother under the bus.
Tony Katz hosts Eat! Drink! Smoke! presented by Fanimation.com. Why didn’t Reps. Tlaib and Omar go with the rest of the Congressional delegation? Why did they accept funding from an organization that has vocally supported terrorism in Israel? And why did the media spin the facts – or simply fail to report them?
Chick-Fil-A now has mac and cheese. Tony, Fingers Malloy and April D. Gregory give the definitive review. They also reviewed the Bardstown Bourbon Company Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon and the Diamond Crown Figurado #6 cigar.
Speaking of Chick-Fil-A, they rank highest in customer loyalty and emotional connection. Makes sense, but how did Taco Bell get into the top 5?
Eat! Drink! Smoke! is recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.
Trusting The New York Times is no longer possible. They told us during the 2016 election that they were going to forego journalistic integrity because Donald Trump had to be defeated. Once Donald Trump won the election, they declared, “Alright! We are back to journalism now!”
Well, that didn’t last long (if it lasted at all.) The New York Times has now decided that they have talked about collusion all they possibly can. And with that talking point worn out – because it was proven to be a lie! – the Times has shifted to racism. As Byron York notes in the Washington Examiner: “New goal for New York Times: ‘Reframe’ American history, and target Trump, too”
Yes, at a “crisis townhall,” Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet declared the newsroom was going to shift from covering Trump and Russia to covering Trump and Racism:
We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.
China seems poised to engage in a crackdown on Hong Kong, with troops amassing on the Hong Kong border and police (controlled and supported by Beijing) violently removing protesters from the Hong Kong airport that they have occupied over the last two days. I have spent a lot of time on radio over the years talking about China; how its government runs and military acts, and the issues of its citizens. And I have repeatedly discussed how we, as Americans, should never think of China on any sort of equivalent footing: Never think of a Communist nation as in any way equal to a free nation.
In America, the concept of ‘Green’ has become social media fodder, based too much on emotion, and not enough on data. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has pushed the Green New Deal. It’s a radical proposal: short on specifics and long on limitiations of the rights of Americans. It’s a bad idea (airlines are good and flight is a brilliant innovation that should not be limited, and there is no eliminating cow farts with out eliminating, well, cows.)
But assume, somehow, America adopted these life-altering proposals. Does anyone think the Green New Deal is going to get implemented by the Chinese Government? Does anyone think China can be hashtag-campaigned into making a move like this?
If we listen to the media, America seems to want changes to gun laws in America. But does the ‘Do Something’ crowd really know what it wants?
On the Eat! Drink! Smoke! Podcast, presented by Fanimation, Tony Katz and Fingers Malloy dig much deeper into media reaction, America’s reaction and possible next steps. They also review New Riff Rye (they’ve have previously reviewed the New Riff bourbon) and the La Imperiosa cigar from Crowned Heads.
Eat! Drink! Smoke! is recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.
Lies have been told. And those lies about President Trump – pushed by media and celebrities and political elites – have been allowed to take hold in America. And we must put an end to them. A decent society demands that lies be called out, and corrected. And those who lie must be called out, and admonished.
There are people out there who don’t like Donald Trump. There are people out there who don’t like what Donald Trump says or tweets. Those people exist, and those feelings are pretty normal; you aren’t going to like every person and you’re not going to like what every person has to say. However, if you dislike the President to the point you proactively and aggressively lie about what it is that the he has said to move your agenda? That is obscene. It is gaslighting.
The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Gaslighting by the media is pushing a narrative, theory or belief about a person or group of people that provides political advantage to another; and that group is the Democratic Party and the political Left. Nowhere is this more prevalent than the media vs. President Trump and the GOP, and on no subject is it more prevalent than white supremacy and bigotry in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
Sometimes awful people do awful things. This is why I believe in protecting and defending myself, and the ones I love. Every single instance of every single horror does not lead me to a place where I, nor you, should have less rights. But rather, I lean to a place where we should ensure our rights and act upon them. We should be prepared.
After El Paso and Dayton, there will be a lot of conversation about Red Flag Laws, including Indiana’s Jake Laird Law. A Red Flag Law allows for the state authorities to remove firearms from the possession of a person who has been identified as mentally unstable (as the Jake Laird Law has described it, “dangerous individuals.”) My issue has never been with the concept of a Red Flag Law, my issue is how it is implemented.
If implementation means a law enforcement officer can simply say, “this person is unwell, so we are going to take their firearms,” I stand squarely in opposition. I oppose the idea that a police officer should be able to make that call in the moment.