Red Foxx loved to chastise people who exercise. “Someday you’ll be laying up in the hospital dying of nothing.” 😇
Sometimes old people can still deliver like they did 40 years earlier. Here’s the new song from Rod Stewart.
The Courier-Journal’s Phillip Bailey recently asked about people who protest when public officials are trying to have a meal, go to church, or shop. Shockingly, I had an opinion on the matter.
Does every foulmouthed crybaby feel the need to holler at politicians in restaurants or Target stores? Of course, someone else is always rolling video so the paunchy malcontent can GO VIRAL!
Go home, you cross-eyed whiners. Consider that other people have to absorb your inane, poorly structured chants while they’re trying to enjoy their meal. Even turtle man Mitch has the right to eat in peace.
Democrat congressman John Yarmuth was recently harassed by the #OccupyIce group at a public event. A radio talk show host once suggested that she may broadcast Yarmuth’s home address with a notation that he is anti-gun so it’s obvious that his home is unprotected.
Protests are an American tradition dating back to the birth of our republic. People have shouted insults at each other from the beginning of time.
Today’s protests sometimes trigger unhinged people to resort to violence, looting, and crimes of assault. No matter how well-intentioned an organization’s message, there is the risk of some mentally ill person to glom onto the group and take things way too far.
Ask Steve Scalise or Gabby Giffords.
Protests must be conducted with some level of order or the possibility of tragedy is heightened.
Is Trump the root of all of our discord? No. But his antics have soiled the image of the Office of the President of the United States. Those old 18th century powder wig dudes were pretty rough with each other, but they didn’t have Twitter to instantly stoke the rage of 53,000,000 followers.
He can be a jerk, but he’s our jerk. All of this “NOT MY PRESIDENT” nonsense sounds like 5-year-olds complaining about having to eat their peas.
Trump won. Get over it. Want change? Vote.
UPDATE: An activist named Ray, the guy who shouted “We know where you live, Mitch” (McConnell) outside the Bristol restaurant, called WHAS to accuse me of spreading false news. Ray thinks I inaccurately reported that he knew the senate majority leader’s home address. When you read the article, it is obvious that CJ writer Phillip Bailey made that reference, not me.
Nonetheless, I don’t believe any public servant should be harassed outside their home. Everyone deserves some private time at home and screaming mobs erase the quiet for everyone who lives nearby.
Do you need a hug? You certainly need attention. That’s why you bond with other rude flakes who don’t give a rat’s ass about the serenity of hundreds of neighbors who must listen to your loud, usually vulgar street cacophony aimed at some politician.
You absolutely have the right to protest. You also have the right to use your brain and realize that you are being disruptive to countless people who are innocent recipients of your upheaval.
Those people may have overnight jobs, sleeping babies, PTSD, a sick mom, maybe someone who’s been assaulted and now lives in fear, or just the desire to be left alone. Don’t scream in front of some politician’s house at the expense of others.
You’re shouting into your own echo chamber. Why not do your raging on a group text or Facebook like other politically-obsessed nitwits? Your screaming does not change one mind.
After you’re finished whining, you go back to your quiet home and enjoy your life of peace. Everyone else deserves the same situation.
Protest outside the offices of a politician unless it’s next door to a nursery, you jackass.
FOOTNOTE: For all of you screaming that I am forgetting the FIRST AMENDMENT, please note that in addition to freedom of speech, it also secures freedom of religion. Praying is best done in a quiet place. Thank you for respecting the ENTIRE 1st Amendment.
The founder of Papa John’s pizza company admitted using the N-word during a recent media training exercise. The slur was reported on Forbes.com and “Papa John” Schnatter was quickly removed as chairman of the Louisville-based company.
The University of Louisville then removed Schnatter from its board of trustees, scrubbed his name from the business school, and Papa John’s pizza no longer retains naming rights to the Louisville football stadium. Papa John’s immediately bleached Schnatter’s image from all of its marketing materials.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 15, 2018
The University of Kentucky then announced it would remove the Schnatter name from its business school, and Schnatter’s alma mater Jeffersonville High School scraped his name off the field house where the pizza baron donated $800,000 for upgrades.
At the end of his brutal week, John Schnatter spoke exclusively with me in a 28 minute freewheeling interview.
Deadspin.com ripped Schnatter’s entire appearance.
Schnatter claimed that he “was pushed” to say the N-word by the company conducting the training exercise. “I should have been more sensitive. I wasn’t raised that way. I did it. I own it. And I’m sick about it.” He added that he feels “horrible” for the Papa John’s “employees and franchisees who did nothing wrong.”
In response to our interview, Papa John’s directors are demanding that Schnatter cease all media appearances. They even took the extraordinary step of preventing him from using his office space within the company headquarters.
Schnatter then wrote a letter to the board saying it was a mistake to resign his chairman position.
In our WHAS Radio interview, Schnatter also claimed that Papa John’s “fired” the NFL, not the other way around, after his 2017 comments complaining about African American players protesting the national anthem. Rival chain Pizza Hut is now the official pizza of the NFL.
The WHAS interview also delved into Schnatter’s role in the firings of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich.
Schnatter chafed at the question about whether his family would continue living in the Louisville area or would flee the hot cauldron of controversy.
In a subsequent interview with WLKY-TV, Schnatter claimed that the Laundry Service marketing firm that conducted the media training tried to extort him “to make it go away.” The firm originally asked for $1 million for services then upped the price to $6 million. Schnatter claims a Laundry Service exec said “If I don’t get my f-ing money, I’m going to bury the founder.”
When I asked John Schnatter if he would sue the marketing firm that leaked his racist gaffe to media, he didn’t mention extortion. “I don’t like litigation. I don’t like lawyers. I don’t like what (Laundry Service marketing) did.”
Papa John’s was also dropped by marketing partner Olson Engage.
Now Major League Baseball execs urged Schnatter to stay away from Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game. Multiple teams have suspended or ceased their promotional deals with Papa John’s, and the MLB league-wide promotion of Papa Slams has been shelved.
Others think he needs to disappear entirely.
I asked John Schnatter about the firings of Tom Jurich & Rick Pitino. (1) Jurich says he will respond after the September @60Minutes story. (2) Pitino says Schnatter lied, “he called Tom every week trying to get him to fire me.”
Pitino no holds barred book drops in September. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/FHXEpsP0S7
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 13, 2018
2/2 Pitino on Schnatter’s current conundrum: “U know Terry I hate seeing any person suffer – it’s not something I enjoy” Says his book “will expose all 3” (w/o specifying who) & “I’m not kind to” @GovMattBevin pic.twitter.com/XsFZYJVHPY
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 13, 2018
COURIER-JOURNAL: The Rise & Fall of Papa John Schnatter
For his part, Schnatter tells me he is focusing on the philanthropic work he has done and he plans to continue working for the betterment of his community.
One day after our radio chat, Schnatter wrote an impassioned letter to the Papa John’s board to recap his claim that he was coerced into the N-word discussion, the makings of an extortion attempt, and that he shouldn’t have resigned before the board conducted a complete investigation.
He’s now hired Los Angeles attorney Patricia Glaser, who has managed cases for Harvey Weinstein and Paula Deen, to handle his forced departure from Papa John’s. She has declared that Schnatter will not go quietly.
🐔 Trigg Adams, grandson of Col. Harland Sanders, takes issue with the characterization that the @kfc founder was a racist. 🎙️ #Kentucky #Fried #Chicken https://t.co/m0EYIrfZ6l (jump to :39 seconds) pic.twitter.com/xCpmsvFfty
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 16, 2018
📻 Me’Shorn Daniels from Descendants of American Slaves thinks @IAmPapaJohn Schnatter is being unfairly persecuted. 🎙 https://t.co/uW710cfUfc @840WHAS #racelanguage #civility #loumedia pic.twitter.com/XLWwz8tFcO
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 17, 2018
With the recent passing of Jackson Five family patriarch Joe Jackson, a 1987 interview with Michael Jackson has resurfaced. In it, Michael attempts to answer questions about his odd personal life but is interrupted by his overbearing manager Frank DiLeo.
Nonetheless, the weirdness of then 29-year-old Michael’s disguises, his fascination with children, and other oddities were revealed. Enjoy the quirk.
Not long after Michael Jackson’s 2009 death, Joe Jackson famously noted that the superstar’s son Blanket “can really dance!” – a signal that Joe was ready to start pimping his grandkids. If anything, Ol’ Joe was consistent.
Here are many of our iHeart Radio broadcast voices reciting the Declaration of Independence. Have a wonderful birthday, Americans! Celebrate freedom.
And our apologies for one of our guys mispronouncing the word tyranny. Oops!
This was @tonyvanetti's idea and it turned out great – @iHeartRadio Louisville's rendition of the Declaration of Independence @terrymeiners @amynicradiochik @LelandShow @PaulMiles840 @ShannonTheDude @davejennings790 @T2tnt https://t.co/ztyZDp6wp4
— NewsRadio 840 WHAS (@840WHAS) July 3, 2018
The Late, Late Show host James Corden delivered one of the most imaginative, moving, and funny television interviews ever. Corden snared Sir Paul McCartney to appear in his carpool karaoke series, returning the Beatles legend to his hometown of Liverpool.
It was pure gold.
Clever, heartwarming, and entertaining for multiple generations. That’s the rarest of feats in today’s splintered media universe.
Which one of these two photographs generated overwhelming news reports and analysis? You already know the answer.
DUDE! MERKEL HATES TRUMP! It’s indicative of the way the WORLD HATES TRUMP! Write the story! Post it! Talk about it! Trump RUINED OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD!
Oh wait. Here’s a different photo from the same meeting. But don’t write stories about this. Acrimony is clickbait.
This kind of false hysteria is why our media business is melting down. Partisan reporting has crushed our credibility as people now cling to flavored news that is skewed to their personal bias. Sad!
It's all in the editing. @weijia asks @realDonaldTrump a question and then shouts him down as he replies. @NBCNews edits clip to show Trump saying "Quiet!" to incite anger. Full clip from Fox. NBC edit here https://t.co/QOc177Gidi #media #manipulation #objectivity https://t.co/9zIVk59xl3
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) June 15, 2018
Be sure to watch this video of Yoyoka Soma all the way to its conclusion. Priceless.
Imagine how Muhammad Ali would have been destroyed by today’s virtue signaling youth once they heard his views promoting racial segregation. The internet mob would have chased Ali into oblivion for pulling at the corners of his eyelids to imitate a Chinese man. “They love (their) little slant-eyed pretty brown skin babies.”
On mixed race children, Ali asked “Who want to spot up yourself and kill your race? You’re a hater of your race if you don’t wanna stay who you are. You ashamed of what God made you?”
But Ali is forgiven for his brash promotion of racial segregation during the 1960s (and well into the 80s). He was simply spouting his religious beliefs according to his mentor Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam.
Most of today’s hyper-sensitive snowflakes honor the religious teachings of Muslims, no matter how sexist or racist they are considered in western culture.
“He evolved” say today’s virtue posers, the very same people who instantly destroy the careers of Roseanne, Kathy Griffin, and dozens more who post something insensitive, racist, misogynistic, or anti-LGBTQ.
Samatha Bee and Kathy Griffin took some backlash but regained their footing because they’re Liberals. Enablers quickly explain that vulgar Liberal speech enlightens while vulgar Conservative speech is hateful bile.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 11, 2018
Idiots are sometimes just temporarily stupid. People learn and grow into more well-rounded, thoughtful elders. OK, most people do.
Below is a fascinating June 1968 interview with Ali that covers race, Nation of Islam, segregation, alleged white supremacy, government control, hiding money, and Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the Army.
“I know whites and blacks cannot get along. This is nature.”
Ali is not fully truthful in explaining why he severed ties with his Louisville backers, the facts of which are deeply detailed in the excellent Jonathan Eig book ALI: A Life.
Ali was a showman. He was deceitful to many of his four wives, his sycophants, and the public. But don’t let that get in the way of a good story.
If Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all time, given his Muslim-based sexist and misogynistic language and predatory behavior toward women throughout most of his life, please offer others the chance to show that they have improved. Everyone deserves a chance to float like a butterfly before the holier-than-thou internet mob can boot stomp them to death.