Alabama high school principal Dr. Quentin Lee knows what it takes to reopen schools in 2020. All he needed was a mask, a tape measure, Lysol, a song from 1990, and tireless energy.
📻 @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell on #CARESAct money in KY, advice for re-emerging from isolation, praise for @GovAndyBeshear, effigy hanging "hate speech," vaccine timetable, his own childhood polio challenge, field 🏥, @MLB plans, more 📲 audio https://t.co/w6kSRyewFy @840WHAS pic.twitter.com/OG4WxE7VWy
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) May 26, 2020
📻 @RepJohnYarmuth on the knee choke death of George Floyd by @MinneapolisPD, further #COVID19 stimulus, workers making more money in unemployment than at their suspended jobs, voting by proxy, KY vs NY in per capita federal aid, more 📲 audio https://t.co/5ZEYKpP3tW @840WHAS pic.twitter.com/eS6wyyGMdr
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) May 26, 2020
Also, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear firmly responded to a group of protesters who hanged the governor in effigy outside the Beshear residence.
"There, just a windowpane away from where my kids play, the mob chanted and heckled. Thankfully, my kids weren't there that day, but I want to remind you they are 9 and 10 years old." https://t.co/mPBl1m4TIv
— WKYT (@WKYT) May 27, 2020
HEY Y’ALL. IT’S CANDY ANDY, HANDING OUT TREATS TO THE ONES I LOVE. MY KENTUCKY POWER IS HUUUUUGE CUZ I’M STOMPIN OUT THE RONA! IF I LIKE YOU, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO TO MAKE MONEY. IF I’M NOT A FAN, WELL, WE AIN’T GONNA LET YOU BE DOIN’ THAT. CANDY ANDY DECIDES THE WINNERS AND LOSERS. IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR BIDNIZ TO DIE, YOU BETTER LET US KNOW YOU SUPPORT OUR DEMOCRAT TEAM! AND BY SUPPORT, SURELY YOU KNOW TO HIT THAT DONATE BUTTON ON OUR WEBSITE! DOUGH-NATE! REPEAT AFTER ME: WE GONNA GIT THROUGH THIS. WE GONNA GIT THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. Y’ALL NEED TO WEAR A MASK, STAY HOME, NOT LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, AND DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR UNLESS IT’S THE CENSUS TAKER. IF IT IS THE CENSUS PERSON, TELL ‘EM THE NAMES OF EVERBODY IN THE HOUSE AND INCLUDE THE PETS AS PEOPLE. AND GIVE THE CENSUS TAKER THE NAMES OF EVER ONE OF THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD. THEY ALL COUNT AS KENTUCKIANS, AND THE MORE KENTUCKIANS WE CLAIM, THE MORE MONEY MITCH MCCONNELL AND TRUMP HAVE TO SEND FOR ME TO SPEND HOW I SEE FIT. BUT THIS AIN’T ABOUT POLITICS. THIS IS ABOUT BEING GENTLE WHILE PEOPLE ARE GOING INTO FI-NANCIAL RUIN.
JUST SO YOU DON’T GIT MADDER ABOUT BEIN TOLD WHAT TO DO, LEMME READ ANOTHER LETTER. 14-YEAR-OLD SHELLY SAYS: “GOVERNOR…I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE DOIN A GREAT JOB NOT SENDIN US BACK WHERE SCHOOL IS AT. I HOPE WE AINT NEVER GOIN AND STUFF. ME AND MY FRIENDS IS SOCIALIZIN DISTANCE AND GIVIN EACH OTHER TATTOOS THAT SAY ‘ANDY IS MY BOO.’” WELL SHELLY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT A BOO IS BUT I HOPE IT WEARS A MASK.
HERE’S ANOTHER LETTER FROM LITTLE JIMMY, AND HE SAYS: “CANDY ANDY! WHEN IS MY MAMA GOIN BACK TO WORK? WE USUALLY STAY WITH GRAMMAW BUT NOW WE CAN ONLY KISS HER THROUGH THE WINDOW. MAMA MAKES US CLEAN OUR ROOMS AND PICK UP OUR DISHES OFF THE FLOOR. GRAMMAW USED TO SET ON THE TARLIT ALL DAY AND YELL AT US TO MIKE-UR-WAVE OUR OWN PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST. THEN WE PLAY GRAND THEFT AUTO ALL DAY. CAN YOU MAKE MAMA GO TO WORK AGAIN?” WELL JIMMY, ODDS IS THAT YOUR MAMA IS GITTIN MORE MONEY STAYING HOME WITH YOU THAN GOIN TO SOME JOB SOMEWHERE. SO SHE’S PROLLY GONNA STAY HEALTHY AT HOME. WHY DON’T YOU STICK SOME BREAKFAST PIZZA IN HER MOUTH WHILE SHE’S ASLEEP AND THEN SHE’LL LEARN HOW GOOD IT IS! WELL…I’D LIKE TO STAY ON YOUR RADIO AND T.V. FOR TWO MORE HOURS TELLIN YA THAT SICK PEOPLE DIE AND IT’S SAD AND THAT I DEE-CIDE WHAT YOU GIT TO DO NEXT BUT IT’S TIME FOR ME TO GO WRITE DOWN LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS OF ALL THEM HARRIBLE CONSERVATIVES BUYIN TRUMP SAMWICHES AT CHICK-FIL-A. PUT ON YOUR MASK. AND IF YOU AIN’T A DEMOCRAT, WEAR IT IN THE SHOWER TO WATERBOARD YOURSELF TIL YOU LEARN HOW TO BE A ANDY FANDY! DOWN WITH RONA! DOWN WITH RONA! BUH-BYE!
American pizza sales during the global pandemic have remained stronger than most other restaurant ventures. As the economy tanks, small business owners including pizza chain franchisees are hanging on for survival.
Papa John’s franchisees have been through a living hell the past several years after the company’s founder repeatedly humiliated the brand with racist, caustic, thoughtless comments. “Papa John” Schnatter was prominently featured in the pizza company’s commercials so his downfall affected sales.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Papa John’s pizza has clawed back to respectability by focusing on human diversity, kindness, humility, and a sharper TV commercial focus on the actual pizza instead of the now dethroned Papa.
The problem for tens of thousands of Papa John’s franchisees, managers, and employees is that John Schnatter, the man who purchased his celebrity through TV commercials, won’t go away. The manufactured (and illogical for a then twentysomething pitchman) title “Papa” was created by a college buddy.
When a TV mascot like Schnatter screws up, a company quickly gets rid of him the way Subway did with pedophile Jared Fogle. Yet Schnatter continues to refer to himself as Papa to glom onto the pizza company that wishes he’d disappear from the public spotlight.
The last thing any company needs is bad publicity. But that’s exactly what ousted Papa John’s founder John Schnatter cooked up for his former company’s franchisees.
The world is in a state of unprecedented pandemic misery and John Schnatter figures it’s a great time to brag about how rich he is. Total dick move.
Using social media to gloat about his mansion, car collection, and helicopter in the midst of a crushing pandemic, Schnatter’s heartless grandiosity sullies the Papa John’s brand by association. He still calls himself “Papa” as if he is associated with the pizza chain that wants no part of him.
🍕 PAPA TONE DEAF 🍕 While #COVID19 creates massive death tolls, record unemployment, food lines, and suicides, ousted pizza schlub @iampapajohn offers views inside his mansion. #totaldickmove 📸 story: https://t.co/UmMB08x2n9 “Did you know I have my own helicopter?” 🙄 pic.twitter.com/UP7PSfk8KA
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) May 14, 2020
And Schnatter doesn’t mind mocking 2.3 billion Christians by parodying the Sacred Heart of Jesus image to elevate himself as a pizza deity. God complex much? It’s a safe bet that he wouldn’t parody Allah or Buddha or any other religion.
Make no mistake, John Schnatter has been generous through philanthropy and service to community over the years. I have publicly supported him in various publications, on radio, and television over the years because of his generosity when others were lambasting him.
John Schnatter has also been a pain in the ass for multitudes of former pizza company employees that he fired or treated roughly until they left. Many of them signed NDAs upon their departure and are averse to talking about their turbulent times working for Schnatter. Forbes spoke with 37 former associates who described Schnatter’s “bro culture” at the pizza company headquarters.
Outside of Schnatter’s former “bro culture” business life, he has also irked his neighbors by flying in and out of his neighborhood on a helicopter that is mostly pointless in a medium size city like Louisville. Instead of driving 15 minutes to the Clark County airport where Schnatter’s jet is based, he prefers to spend considerably more money for a 7 minute helicopter ferry.
A helicopter above traffic in New York, Los Angeles, or even Atlanta makes sense. Louisville? Please.
After Schnatter’s N-word utterance began collapsing his career, he called me and asked to be interviewed on my radio show to clear the air. I have known Schnatter personally for many years which gave me unique insight into business acumen, his incredible drive, his feelings about those he considered enemies, and his randy behavior with some women, resulting in legal wrangling.
Schnatter knew that I would be challenging but fair as an interviewer and that he would have an unedited platform to give his side of the story.
📻 My complete interview with @PapaJohns founder John Schnatter. No topics off limits. N-word, who fired whom, @UofL, @NFL "divorce" #philanthropy Who fired Jurich & Pitino, much more 🎙️ https://t.co/cTbrabOfsZ #Louisville #business #loumedia pic.twitter.com/L1HGzQP0Qe
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 13, 2018
Schnatter has not spoken to me since. He did respond to texts for awhile but last year sent a reply that said THIS IS NO LONGER JOHN’S PHONE NUMBER. Of course that is not true because the phone number spells out his name so there is zero chance that he would ever surrender it.
As the months click by and Schnatter awakens as a very wealthy outcast, he clamors to be relevant.
So he posts about himself and his material possessions on TikTok like a little rich girl. Or there’s Instagram like a 20 year old Ivy League sorority girl. Cool!
But his career is over. Schnatter’s N-word idiocy followed other verbal implosions where he scolded African American NFL players kneeling to protest police brutality, and he bemoaned the costs of paying for employee healthcare.
Around Louisville, his ex-wife Annette is seen as the generous philanthropist while John Schnatter is mostly seen as the ill-at-ease rich rube squealing his tires inside the football stadium. It’s the very same stadium where the University of Louisville quickly removed his sponsored name after African American players hinted that they would no longer play football if that name remained in place.
I'm going through a bunch of videos on my hard drive and found this beauty of my man Papa John Schnatter driving into Cardinal Stadium with his Camaro, burning out, and sending all the smoke into the stands. Papa's in the house! pic.twitter.com/IUfOUU9gCF
— C. Shelly 🐚 (@ballydolphin) April 19, 2020
Years ago, John Schnatter tried to prove that he could catch lightning in a bottle a second time by purchasing a burgeoning Florida fancy sandwich concept called Calistoga Artisan Sandwiches. The idea was to franchise the Calistoga brand as a fancier version of Panera restaurants. Schnatter opened a flagship Calistoga on Dutchman’s Lane in Louisville.
Annette Schnatter did all of the hard work to shape the project but the price point was too challenging in a world saturated with more reasonably priced Subway, Jimmy John’s, Jersey Mike’s, Blimpie’s, and others.
Since then, John Schnatter pitches himself as a motivational speaker, a trainer of entrepreneurship and vision. Sadly, he is unable to visualize that the best role for him now is to drop the “Papa” ball-and-chain and discover who John is again.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues ravaging humanity. Even a helicopter can’t fly above the carnage. But who cares? Want to see my golden toilet?
— Senator McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) April 22, 2020
The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spent 10 minutes on the phone with me today to talk COVID-19 relief money and limitations on states as to how they can spend it. And who should give it back.
"I was pleased to see one of the big companies after the publicity return the $$$. More of them should do that," @senatemajldr McConnell on large corporations that got millions from Paycheck Protection Program aimed for small businesses.
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) April 23, 2020
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) April 2, 2020
The codependency of an adversarial media vs. a narcissistic president produces skewed news.
This is a glowing example of how our media business has crashed and burned. As comedian Jon Stewart pointed out years ago, media egos took the bait and no straight reporting has been produced since.
Let’s not bury the lede. The largest stimulus bill in American history was passed by the Senate, then the House, and signed by President Donald Trump today.
It was an honor to join @POTUS at the White House today for the signing of the CARES Act.
The American people needed this rescue package. They needed it quickly. And the Senate delivered, 96-0. It's a proud moment for our country. pic.twitter.com/jk33y5D5lg
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 27, 2020
Now for the rocky road to get here. America is in a freefall from the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus called COVID-19. Surely every elected official will jump in to craft a plan for recovery!
Not quite. But Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi would have to steamroll one grandstanding Kentucky pol before getting the deal across the finish line.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined me on 840WHAS after prevailing in a raucous negotiation with Democrats and some debt damning Republicans to pass the biggest economic stimulus package in American history. The COVID-19 pandemic trashed the U.S. economy when businesses were forced into quarantine.
Jobless numbers skyrocketed. Millions of Americans practiced social distancing, staying home to watch Netflix and remain sequestered with immediate family.
📲 The logjam is over. Money is on the way. I asked @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell how the #CARESAct agreement was reached after a turbulent week of negotiations. And will there be a 2nd stimulus? #StimulusPackage2020 #economy #joblessclaims @840WHAS audio https://t.co/muU15jNacm pic.twitter.com/HFXxBUCv8C
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) March 26, 2020
While McConnell was celebrating his victory, a different Kentucky Republican quickly became a turd in the punch bowl.
Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to overrun Massie’s quest for fame so Americans making less than $98,000 annually will receive stimulus checks within the next few weeks.
Are they afraid of the truth? I’ve been told that they don’t even have 1 minute available for me to speak against this bill during the 4 hour debate. The fix is in. If this bill is so great for America, why not allow a vote on it? Why not have a real debate? #SWAMP
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 27, 2020
Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He's given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!) https://t.co/N1CNLPsZjc
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 27, 2020
Sorry, Tommy Boy. Nancy Pelosi got the job done without dragging everyone back into a chamber with a pandemic spreading among congregating humans.
Members of Congress are coming together following the passage of the bipartisan #CARESAct, a families & workers-first relief package. With my signature, this legislation heads to the President’s desk. #FamiliesFirst https://t.co/XzVQB96i0e
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 27, 2020
And the finishing touch. Thomas Massie was not invited to the signing ceremony.
NOW: Trump signed $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus, the largest relief package in American history.
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) March 27, 2020
President Trump: "We must try hydroxychloroquine & azithromycin."
The Media: "That's false hope! It's not approved for use yet!"
New York Gov. Cuomo: "We must try hydroxychloroquine & azithromycin."
The Media: "This is real leadership! What a fantastic idea!"
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) March 23, 2020
And that’s a summary of America’s messaging during COVID-19.
But wait! Where’s Fauci! Where is he? Trump had him killed for second guessing him! Trump is a monster! Trump is a dictator! Trump is….oh wait…never mind, America. But thanks for the clicks on our websites! That raises advertising revenue!
Dr. Fauci Reemerges After Absence From Monday's WH Briefing, Denies Rift With Trump Amid Reports of Tension https://t.co/QBwwcGxHyR
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 24, 2020
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