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Friday, June 23, 2017

Death Care, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby, and Penn State: What a Week!

What a great week it's been. Trump's Death Care Bill was finally released to the public, and hot damn, it's a doozy. When you scrape away the technical jargon, and get down to the bare bones, you realize that's what many Americans will become if this bill becomes law: bare bones. The gist of the GOP's Death Panel legislation is the poor will pay a lot more for really, really shitty health insurance. Vox has a good article on this, and it includes a chart!

Johnny Depp's in the news this week, and not because the 416th "Pirates of the Caribbean" sucks. No, it seems that Mr. Depp decided, while in England, to joke about assassination. According to CNN:

Even before Johnny Depp said it, the actor seemed to know that his comment would ignite controversy.

"This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible..." he said, speaking to a crowd on Thursday. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"

The actor was at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK when he made his remarks, which were recorded.
    The Secret Service is aware of the comments Depp made about President Donald Trump, Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

    "For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities," according to a statement from the Secret Service.
    Depp brought up the topic of President Donald Trump while speaking to the crowd.
    "Can we bring Trump here?" he asked.

    The UK crowd booed and roared, "No."

    "I think he needs help," Depp said, as the crowd laughed.

    "This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible," he said. He paused briefly and said, "But I like that you're all a part of it."

    "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?" he asked.

    It appeared to be a reference to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

    After posing the question, Depp said, "I want to clarify. I'm not an actor."

    The crowd laughed.

    "I lie for a living," he said.

    Conservatives who cheered when Ted Nugent told Barack Obama to "suck on his machine gun" are livid this morning because, well, Obama's black, which makes threatening to kill him okay, but Twitler's white-orange, which makes a tasteless joke DEEPLY OFFENSIVE. Conservatives like Kelly:

    Kelly Dover Jordan This is not free speech! This is a threat to the President! Why is the Secret Service allowing this? This type of violent rhetoric should not be tolerated!

    And Dee:

    Dee Byrum MINE TOO!!!!!! Do they have a CLUE how stupid they are?? And their words are THREATS??? Why aren't they ARRESTED??? Most are washed up has beens anyway just wanting attention because they have no work.

    And Linda:

    Linda La Londe What angers me more than these idiot liberals making their threats, is how the secret service does nothing. I bet if I said this I'd be locked up.

    Depp's joke is making headlines, while the fact that he is a domestic abuser is not. In fact, when Amber Heard accused Depp of being violent towards her, she was labeled a liar and a gold digger. I guess a tasteless joke about assassination is bad, but beating a woman is fine.

    There are more, but honestly, there's a limit to how much of their hypocritical drivel I can stomach. On to Bill Cosby!

    Bill Cosby, accused and acquitted serial rapist, has recovered from being blind and at death's door so well, he's headed out on a speaking tour. That's right, young Americans, soon you will be able to listen to a man who drugged dozens of women and sexually assaulted them tell you how to get away with rape! No, seriously:

    Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations.

    His spokespeople said on Thursday that due to changing laws, more young men will face sexual assault allegations.

    Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury.

    Prosecutors plan to retry the case. At least 50 other women accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

    Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC-TV's Good Day Alabama that the comedian will begin his summer motivational speaking tour in Alabama as early as July.

    "This is bigger than Bill Cosby," Mr Wyatt said, adding "this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today".

    "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing," he told the interviewer.

    Just a smidge more:

    Ebonee Benson, who also appeared on the programme, noted that the statute of limitations on sexual assault accusations is being lengthened, allowing accusers more time to come forward to authorities.

    "This is why people need to be educated on - you know, a brush on the shoulder - you know, anything at this point can be considered sexual assault and it's a good thing to be educated about the laws," said Ms Benson, who is a spokeswoman for Mr Cosby's wife, Camille.

    PS: This right here, this bullshit, is why women don't report rape.

    Finally, in what might be the most tone-deaf thing ever done anywhere, Penn State students are collecting teddy bears to give to kids in "stressful situations." You know what's a stressful situation for a kid? Being raped and molested by an adult. An adult who's a coach. And the coach's boss, the coach's college, the college's entire football program, conspire to protect that coach. And you know what happened at Penn State? Young boys were raped and molested by Jerry Sandusky, and the Penn State football program covered it up. Protected Sandusky over his victims. But it's okay now, because Penn State students are giving out teddy bears.

    Take the weekend to regroup, recharge, mow the lawn, wash the car, take a nap, get some sun, go to work, join a protest or rally, hug your dog/cat/ferret/whatever, spend time with your family. Walk on sunshine for two days, because you know next week will be just as FUBAR as this one.

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