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August 31, 2014

94 years ago this week the 19th Amend was ratified. These were some arguments against it.

John Fugelsang ✔ @JohnFugelsang
94 yrs ago this week the 19th Amend was ratified. These were some arguments against it #Womenvote

1:24 PM - 30 Aug 2014

August 31, 2014

First Family

The First Family leaving Andrews for New York today

August 31, 2014

Dianne Feinstein, Go fight in Iraq yourself!

NBC News ✔ @NBCNews
Sen. Dianne Feinstein on @meetthepress: President Obama 'too cautious' on ISIS http://nbcnews.to/1pYSfsk

8:53 AM - 31 Aug 2014

I, and many Americans, have had it up to our eyeballs with greedy Military Industrial Complex shills like Dianne Feinstein!! What the hell is wrong with these MIC stooges, regardless of party affiliation? And Dianne Feinstein’s incessant disrespect towards the leader of her own party and President of this country is all the more unforgivable! Did she stop to look in the mirror to examine that her own shortsighted votes in Congress metastasized the deep canker tearing the Middle East apart? Or worse that her greedy actions to shovel taxpayer $$$ to defense contractors like her husband have nasty consequences?

How many Americans does she want DEAD and MAIMED just when President Obama has toiled to clean up the mess of the last blunder of a war under George Bush, that she voted for? It is bad enough that we have war snake oil salesmen McCain, Graham and Mike Rogers preening daily in front of cameras with being held accountable for their dangerous and always inconsistent warmongering statements. They wanted us arming ISIS to the teeth in Syria last year. Now they turn around and Chicken Little about ISIS in Iraq means the Caliphate is at America’s doorstep!! Sheesh!!


How about we get a buy-in from the many factions inside the strained powder keg that is Iraq, especially Sunnis who are vital to any strategy to root out ISIS? They must be assured that their interests are better served in a national coalition with Shia and Kurds AGAINST ISIS precisely because ISIS is claiming to act on their behalf having been shut out of power by Al Maliki’s government. That delicate cultivation of a NATIONAL front against the terrorists is EXACTLY what President Obama is working on in order to neutralize the potential for BLOWBACK that sustained military action against ISIS could generate. But NO!!! Dianne Feinstein finds cheap thrill in playing to the cameras of our moribund media. The conniving media then latches onto her words like they did Hillary’s 3 weeks ago to malign President Obama.


I fear for this country come 2016. I fear that we may indeed have to choose between weak-kneed candidates from either party who care more about vanity catcalls to be “tough” from irresponsible media and war profiteers, than deal with complex global problems with surgical precision. And we all know the disastrous results of the lure of waving phalluses, than being diligent statesmen and women.

Diane Feinstein and her fellow 1%ers are hellbent on never giving us ordinary Americans breathing space to recover our disappearing economic security. No they suck and suck and suck a the teat of our government to fatten their coffers while sending us to be cannon fodder for their wars.

Sick sick sick!!!

August 30, 2014

Mt. Everest

I'm really glad that I saw this ... now I can scratch climbing Mt. Everest off of my bucket list....


This is amazing . . . it's almost like being there and there's a 360 degree view from the top!


August 30, 2014

Robin Williams as the American Flag

The Robin we all love and remember! This is a perfect example of the comic genius of one of our favorite personalities, recently lost. Robin Williams hits it out of the park with this fairly short routine taking on the role of the American Flag.

August 29, 2014

Video Shows CEO Kicking A Puppy In An Elevator, Forcing Him To Apologize

Multimillionaire Des Hague, CEO of $6 billion-dollar snack company Centerplate has been caught kicking a friend’s puppy multiple times in the stomach, thanks to recently released footage caught on an elevator surveillance camera in July. In the disturbing video, Hague is seen abusing the small Doberman as it flinches from being kicked and yanked into the air.

When footage and word of the incident got out, officers from British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals went to investigate the Vancouver apartment where the Doberman puppy lived. On Sunday, The Vancouver Sun reported the officers’ findings:
“…they found a Doberman pinscher puppy in its crate, surrounded by the stench of its own urine with its food and water bowls out of reach, according to court documents. Once let out of her cage, Sade — the one-year-old female puppy — was skittish around people and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers said she appeared physically abused, according to the information to obtain a search warrant filed in B.C. Provincial Court and obtained by The Sun.”

Hague has been CEO of Centerplate since 2009 and is well-known in the food service industry. Upon seeing the footage, animal rights activists and animal lovers in general were infuriated. Many requested that all Centerplate operations across Canada be boycotted.

On Tuesday, Centerplate released a statement, distancing itself from Hague’s disgraceful actions:

We are aware of the incident involving Centerplate CEO Des Hague and the attention surrounding it. The company has now gathered all of the current facts from local authorities and is in the process of conducting an internal review. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company’s clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review.” (

More here:http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/08/27/video-shows-ceo-kicking-a-puppy-in-an-elevator-forcing-him-to-apologize/

August 28, 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Predatory Lending (HBO)

I Wanted To Send This Lady A Muffin Basket Until I Learned What She Did Less Than A Month Later

Delightful Brit and talk show host John Oliver has little something to say about predatory lending (you know: car title loans, payday loans, and the like). As usual, it's something you should listen to. Pay special attention to the exchange at 7:50 between politician and payday loan chain owner Gary Elkins and Vicki Truitt, a lady I wanted to send a muffin basket to (that is, until I learned what she did less than a month later).
August 28, 2014

Bill Maher supports ALS, but wants Cheney to take the ‘douse yourself in gasoline challenge’

HBO host Bill Maher on Thursday became the latest celebrity to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of ALS, and then issued his own challenge to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Hi, Bill Maher, ready to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to knock off ALS,” the comedian explains in a Funny or Die video before pouring a bucket of water on himself.

“And having done so, I like to pass the challenge along now to Mr. Kirk Douglas — not Kirk Douglas — Dick Cheney!” he adds. “But let’s be honest, folks, ALS is a bad disease, but there are diseases that kill more. Malaria has killed more people than all the wars, famines and natural disasters in history. It demands an even greater response.”

“This is a gallon of gasoline, and I challenge other people to take the ‘set yourself on fire challenge’ to wipeout malaria in our lifetime.”

After lighting himself and bursting into virtual flames, Maher again encourages people to take the “douse yourself in gasoline challenge.”

“And challenge others to do it too! I challenge Dick Cheney!”

Watch the video below from Funny or Die.


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