The “Free Stuff” News, 20 July 2016


“Well just been sit n hear soak n up this #RNCinCLE convention an it just hits HOME we gotta stop that WOMAN from taken are White House.” Barbie (rest of name omitted for privacy) on Twitter during Monday July 18 convention coverage. Exact quote (sic). (Twitter)

“Isis created by Killary and Obummer remember JV team good lord who needs demonrats with you.” Heartlandguy (rest omitted), also from Twitter on 07/18. Exact quote (sic). (Twitter)

“Well, after learning about Nice…it just goes to show that Terrorist do not care about Nationality or anything else. A country just needs to go over to the Middle East, drop a few Nukes, and make it a glass parking lot. When is enough going to be enough? This world has become such pussies, that no one will stand up for anything anymore…” A, on Facebook. (Facebook)

“This 'old white people' business does get a little tired…I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) (Washington Post, CNN, Twitter)

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald


Melania Trump

There Are Four Presidential Candidates. You can follow them on Twitter. Hillary Clinton, Democrat (@HillaryClinton); Donald Trump, Republican (@RealDonaldTrump); Jill Stein, Green Party (@DrJillStein); Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party (@GovGaryJohnson)

Women are *Exactly* as They are Depicted in Disney Films. Right, Governor Pence?


Mike Pence + Mulan

Women in the military. Veep.

Four Diane Rehm Shows That You Should Listen To: (1) Interview with Johnathon Rauch, “How American Politics Went Insane.” (2) Robert P. Jones “The End of White Christian America” (3) The Future of the Sharing Economy and What it Means for Work (4) Andy Stern “Raising the Floor

So, Mrs. White is Looking for a Job: Hasbro has canned Mrs. White from Clue. The long-lived (and probably long-suffering) housekeeper has been removed from the latest incarnation of the board game. She has been replaced by a younger and (presumably) better-educated femme, the scientist Dr. Orchid.

You know, there's something to be said for the “old” Clue with the stodgy, old, Agatha Christie-ish characters. Clue is sort of inherently old-fashioned and therein lies its charm. Must everything be updated?

At any rate, if your house needs cleaning, Mrs. White might be available. If she's not on Skid Row or something by now. Poor Mrs. White.

Upcoming dates:

July 26: Indiana Republicans will choose their candidate for governor to replace Mike Pence on the ticket.

August 4-7: Gen Con (Indianapolis, Indiana)

August 5-21: Indiana State Fair (Indianapolis, Indiana)

August 18-28: Indy Fringe Theatre Festival (Indianapolis, Indiana)

August 20: WAMM Fest – wine, art, music, microbrew. 11am-8pm (Greenwood, Indiana)


And…this edition's title is proudly brought to you by Charles in Charge, Scott Baio, who said “being an American doesn't mean getting free stuff.”



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