WTF Wednesday Wound-Up

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A couple things happened yesterday.

If fast food workers start making $15 hour with union benefits the price of Big Macs will be $10 each. But it’s not McDonalds that will be suffering, it is the small business owners who will take it in the neck.

If I had any money I would invest in restaurant robots and fast food automation. It’s gonna be a growth industry in the near future.


Jesse Ventura awarded $1.8 million in defamation suit against late American Sniper

Justice may be blind, but it sure isn’t especially fair.

In 2012, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the estate of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, claiming that he was defamed in that book.

According to Kyle, he and Ventura got into a confrontation in 2006 during a wake for a Navy SEAL who died in combat. Kyle claimed that Ventura made disparaging remarks about the war in Iraq, prompting Kyle to punch the former governor in the face.

The late author of American Sniper, who was shot to death by a Marine Corps reservist while attempting to help him work through his PTSD issues, claimed in his book that he knocked out Ventura who he referred to as “scruff face.” Kyle also claimed that Ventura told him “You deserve to lose a few.”


On Tuesday, the jury came to a conclusion and ordered Kyle’s estate to provide Ventura with $1.8 million in damages.

Ventura is a noted conspiracy theorist whose kneejerk impulse to blame the American government for everything from the 9/11 attacks, to the raid on the Osama bin Laden compound, to the JFK assassination has netted him frequent appearances on networks like Russia Today. Chris Kyle served his country with distinction in the Navy and lost his life while helping his fellow veterans re-acclimate to civilian life. Justice is blind as a bat.

But a jury has determined that Ventura was defamed, and that offense should be addressed. It seems the height of cruelty to punish Kyle’s widow for her late husband’s offense.

The social media reaction to the verdict has been divided evenly between disgust and outrage. I hope the judge does the right thing and reduces Ventura’s damage award to a nominal $1 and tells him to split it with his lawyers.

Last and least: Obama flew to Missouri yesterday to have dinner with some of his fans. In the morning he is supposed to give a speech that will save our economy.

There must be a golf game and/or a fundraiser on his schedule somewhere. Obama never goes anywhere these days unless there is 18 holes and/or some rich donors involved.


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122 Responses to WTF Wednesday Wound-Up

  1. The Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      The really stupid part of that ad is that the guy escalated to a gun for no particular reason. He already had her son. Usually, abusers will hit a woman as their first move. I would be surprised if someone doesn’t make a version of that ad where the women shoots the guy with her gun and resolves the situation.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Is it still defamation if it’s true? Whatever Ventura said against the war or the war dead just pales in comparison to suing a veteran’s widow. That makes him a bigger ahole in my mind and probably quite capable of sputtering that assine stuff in Kyle’s book.

    • elliesmom says:

      When a jury decided cases opposite to what I thought they would, I used to think they heard things I didn’t hear so I shouldn’t judge them. Then I spent several months recuperating from a surgery when Court TV had “gavel to gavel” coverage of trials. I saw what those juries saw, and I’ve gone back to scratching my head over some juries’ verdicts.

      • The Klown says:

        Putting a case to a jury is always a roll of the dice. It’s the same with judges.

        Usually they get it right, but sometimes . . .

    • The Klown says:

      With some exceptions truth is a defense to defamation. The exceptions have to do with exposing secrets/violation of privacy.

      I don’t see where the exceptions would apply here.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      For sure. 😡

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Ventura to CBS news: I’m the victim here.

    Another lawsuit against the publisher in his future?

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Sticks and stones.. 🙂

    • swanspirit says:

      Ventura is such a blowhard . He has said in the past that he is not “about the money ” . If that is the case , why not return the money to the widow and be satisfied that that case was decided in his favor? he is just another hypocrite .

      • DeniseVB says:

        Disclaimer: I sent Ventura money for his Minnesota Gov campaign. Also, to Franken for Senate. I’m done with Minnesota, they’re on their own now 😉 Seriously, do you see how my former LoFo self was sucked into being cool and contributing to WWE and SNL coolness ? Because Cool ? Ugh.

      • WMCB says:

        I don’t even care whether he’s legally correct that Kyle “defamed” him or not. Just because you have a legal right to do something doesn’t mean you should. I choose not to do many things that I rightfully *could* do…. because NOT A DOUCHE. Going after the widow is simply a dickish and asshole thing to do.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Nothing speaks to the virility and manhood of a wrestler-turned-politician like sobbing to the media about his victimization.

  4. mothy67 says:

    My motto with kids is be prepared
    I love whar my babies karate teacher is doing. He wants exptession good or bad
    I knew I was in over my head when I asked my punk why she had a face painted in nail polish on her laundry basket(a white trash can) SHe told me that is where she puts her anger.
    Her mother had another child with a different guy and never picks up the phone. Her father(my nephew) lived two houses away when she turned 4. He was smoking Newports(6.50;/pack) and drinking a three dollar energy drink. Stain didn’t even give her a card.
    I cannot correct that. She is very smart and that comes with a price.
    Going into 3rd grade and has never gotten a b. Once Christian pulled her hair and she yelled out in class stop. She got her name on the board
    Devasted she was Cried so hard.
    She has fucktards for parents It is what it is.
    I refuse to let her pity herself which is why I love karatand other eastern physical arts.
    Every emotion is valid. No child needs to sli k away from anger, but kid or adult we need s pressure valve.
    I pray my urchin will never find herself in a situation like the above clip. I cannot protect her from all assholes but I implore my god to favor me with enough knowledge to impart. Karate is handy.

  5. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      As a real nerd, I appreciate this article.

    • swanspirit says:

      I used to like Neil deGrasse Tyson , back when he still had a shred of modesty .

      • DandyTIger says:

        He became religious. Prog/elite religious. Most of what he does, including his recent re-boot of Cosmos, was a mix of promoting his religion and bashing what he saw as an opposing religion (people that aren’t members of his religion). Sad really.

        • swanspirit says:

          Yep, he joined the cult .

        • threewickets says:

          Yes his particular brand of golly-gee-stars science dogma does come across more like a cultish religious pitch. Even Carl Sagan back in the day reminded me of some spaced out car salesman. Ultimately NdGT’s thing seems less about actual rigorous science and more about personal branding. Another flavor of Richard Dawkins egomania built on sweeping unquestioning reductivist New Atheism conceptions of Science!!

          • threewickets says:

            And the thing his nerdist followers get off on most is space fantasy science-fiction. Yes, fiction means make-believe.

  6. gumsnapper says:

    I thought it was very difficult for public figures, especially politicians, to sue for defamation in this country.

    • threewickets says:

      Yes compared to the UK, the burden of proof on libel suits lies much more with the plaintiff in the US. Stronger freedom of speech laws and ethos here. Wonder if that’s going to change though…now that we’ve got all kinds of things being shouted and thrown about on the internet and social media. 🙂

  7. The Klown says:
    • gumsnapper says:

      Well, if you read the comments over there, lots of “demonizing” of people who hold different political ideologies. It’s a real hate fest.

  8. The Klown says:
    • Constance says:

      The whole lesbian thing has really exploded among child bearing aged women. And the young men seem to have been conditioned to be happiest doing it alone in front of porno on their computer screen. Maybe both examples are the result of over population of the earth. Humans are compensating by switching out their sexual behavior to practices that don’t result in reproduction. I SAID MAYBE! I don’t know whats up but it’s pretty weird.

    • The Klown says:

      Cosmopolitan is bringing its hilariously bad sex tips to lesbians now. They’re just as laughable as the straight version, and prove the mag knows little to nothing about real life lesbian sex.

      After nearly 40 years as a (straight) women’s magazine, Cosmopolitan has finally acknowledged the sex lives of lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer women with an illustrated online slideshow entitled “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions.”

      Cosmo may be making a bid for a more diverse readership with this slideshow but what’s more likely is that they’ve finally exhausted all possible configurations of heterosexual intercourse and simply need some fresh material. There are only so many ways, after all, to melt an ice cube on a nipple.

      In honor of Cosmopolitan’s historic step forward, my partner and I decided to try some of their “mind-blowing” positions. We had our reservations, of course. Cosmo’s sex tips, as any devoted reader knows, have always been more performative than practical. I can confidently guess, for example, that no woman has ever followed the advice to “dip your breasts in edible body paint,” suspend yourself over your man, and paint his body with your pendulous breasts as if he were the Sistine Chapel and you were some sort of sex-starved, upside-down Michelangelo.

      We asked ourselves: Would Cosmo’s lesbian sex tips be just as terrible as Cosmo’s straight sex tips? Probably! But with two vaginas and plenty of time on our hands, we had nothing to lose. Our experiment would either end in laughter or arousal, we told ourselves, and we’d have fun either way. Pants were removed, chairs were put in place, laptops were strategically positioned on the edge of the bed, and we got to work.

      The rest is inappropriate for a nice family blog.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    One of my favorite beach reads this summer was Henry Bushkin’s Johnny Carson which was sizzling. Buskin spent 20 years with Carson as his attorney/consigliere and some of the stuff he wrote about I remember thinking “defamation” of St. Johnny, not to mention behaviors of friends in private settings. I did look up Bushkin wondering if there were any lawsuits, lol, nah, just some tax troubles over the profits of this book.

    The portion of Kyle’s book Ventura sued over sounds like a Roadrunner cartoon in comparison to the obnoxiousness of the rich and famous. Now I know it must ALL be true, that Carson was a total bastard and a very disturbed man (serious mommy issues). Whoa.

  10. Constance says:

    I don’t know if you all have seen this but it’s pretty funny. John Stewart on the USA solving the problems in the middle east.–a-love-story

  11. WMCB says:

    This is a really good piece on localism, and why it matters. We’re built for it, pretty much.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Still thinking of that defamation thing. Too bad Zimmerman didn’t have Ventura’s jury when he sued NBC ? Perhaps Sarah has a case against ABC now? From the Newsbusters filter……

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    Should Sarah sue? I say no. 🙂

  14. WMCB says:

    And people question why feminism is getting massive blowback. Crap like this is why:

  15. The Klown says:


    • The Klown says:

      An estimated one-third of American children live in homes with firearms, according to public health research, and 43 percent of these homes have at least one unlocked firearm lying about as an invitation to accidental mayhem.

      The inevitable results are appalling. Federal data says that between 2007 and 2011 a yearly average of 62 children, age 14 and under, were killed every year while playing with a family gun left loaded and unsecured, and 660 were injured badly enough to require hospitalization.

      But the actual toll could be even greater — with 100 youngsters or more shot to death each year in grossly careless family settings — according to a detailed new study of child deaths by firearm conducted by Everytown for Gun Safety, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun research and lobbying organization.

      Tens of MILLIONS of kids live in a home with an unlocked firearm. Less than 100 are killed each year.

      That is way less than 1% – not exactly a “widepread” problem.

      Every child death is tragic, but the vast majority (99%+) of guns never hurt a child.

      • Lulu says:

        Most guns are carefully put out of the way of children’s access. Gun safes, locked closets, guns and ammunition stored separately. The children killed by careless gun owners often have many problems with the adults in the household endangering them in many different ways with loaded guns being just one of them.

        • WMCB says:

          Exactly. Homes that don’t lock up guns also often don’t lock up poisons, leave lighters/matches lying around, leave small kids alone in the bathtub, etc.

  16. The Klown says:

    Read the replies:

    • The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      Lerner is one of the dumbest shits ever. She put stuff like that in emails. That is some of the most unprofessional stuff I have seen. Say it don’t write it. In the olden days when there were standards of behavior for civil servants she would have been reprimanded and then fired if she was so trashy and stupid to continue with it. This administration is straight out of a sewer.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There are so many violations of the Hatch Act in this administration I could cry. My #1 pick for firing so far is Holder, nobody seems afraid of him, especially Lerner.

      • Constance says:

        Lerner’s unprofessional behavior is just stunning and disgusting. How do people like her stay employed in an economy like this?

  17. Monster from the Id says:

    The minimum wage pic reminded me:

    Yeah, it’s Hullabaloo. Yeah, it’s Spoony. 🙄

    But what if this is one of the two times per day the stopped clock is correct?

    What happens to the work ethic if there just isn’t enough need for human workers?

    • WMCB says:

      Spoony may indeed be correct about some things in this piece. Here’s the problem, though:

      From my observation of human nature, what the futurists rosily call a “post scarcity society” would be a nightmare. There is a VERY small segment of the population who, if their physical needs were all met, would happily create art, philosophy, find worthy pursuits. The rest would come unglued.

      If you have a small number of elites at the top actually making and doing, and the vast bulk of the country is basically dependent, this is an unstable society, regardless of whether those “rich” people are willingly providing more than enough to support everyone.

      People NEED to be useful. We just do. We may eventually need to make some economic decisions that are NOT the best for the country’s overall wealth, but ARE best for keeping people employed. Being useful and employed is a human need. It’s not just for the money.

      • The Klown says:

        Like all leftists, Spoony believes in magic. “If we just do X, human nature will change and we will all live happily ever after.”

      • Monster from the Id says:

        Assuming that’s true, how could ordinary humans stop the 1% from constructing that sort of society–if it would profit them, at least in the short term–when the 1% own all of the political systems?

        • WMCB says:

          I’m not worried about the 1%. The 1% have existed in every civilization, good bad or indifferent, in all of history. I’m worried about the utter stupidity of the ordinary humans.

        • The Klown says:

          If you cede power to government, the 1% will end up controlling most or all of it. The less power government has, the less power the 1% will have.

        • Monster from the Id says:

          Oh, and maybe the nesting problem is confusing people. I meant to ask how ordinary humans could stop the elite from constructing an “almost-nobody-works” society, if it would profit the elite to do that?

    • threewickets says:

      For me it’s not so much about the one percent or even about the size of government. Simple fact is if the middle class and working class are shrinking with less money in their pockets, our broad economy does not run, period. There is no business or commerce if there is no demand, and there is no demand without employment, wages, and disposable income. Wall Street can go on having a party, but the general economy will continue to stagnate. The basic income scenario is worth throwing into the mix for consideration…in case the US private sector at large continues to cut back investment in American workers. Because right now, more and more large corporate productivity investments are being made overseas. So ultimately basic income is not a question of charity and welfare so much as an issue of keeping the lights on in our domestic economy…beyond Wall Street, healthcare, fast food, Walmart and Amazon.

  18. The Klown says:

    More helpless feminists:

    Maybe they should have picked a state university instead of one run by the Catholic church.

    • WMCB says:

      Maybe they should have picked a state university instead of one run by the Catholic church.

      ^^THIS^^ Look, I’m not going to go deliberately get a job with some gun control non-profit, then start pitching a hysterical fit that I can’t exercise my concealed carry rights at work. It’s just an asinine and dick thing to do.


      • DeniseVB says:

        Same goes for wedding cakes 😀

      • 49erDweet says:

        Agree with the point, WMCB, but doesn’t “concealed” have some sort of definition that if it isn’t, it’s no longer qualifying?

        • WMCB says:

          Yes. Most states have reasonable guidelines re: what is concealed vs open carry. Concealed doesn’t mean “hidden so well that there is NO way anyone could EVER tell NO MATTER WHAT.” It just means in a handbag or under clothes in a reasonable manner. Discreet. You could still see it if you know what to look for, or someone is reaching and their jacket falls open, but it’s incidental peek, not hanging it out there on purpose.

          • Somebody says:

            Actually they just changed the law in Florida, thankfully. The original CC law said you couldn’t expose your weapon, even inadvertently and your clothes couldn’t “print” your weapon which means you can see part or all of the outline through your clothes.

            I think it varies by state. Prior to the recent change in Florida lots of people had the Popo called on them because a scary gun hurt somebody’s fee fees.

            Don’t fuck with Floridians in loose fitting clothes, LOL!

    • 1539days says:

      The ultimate question of the opt-out form won’t be settled until the Supreme Court gives it a proper hearing on the merits. For now, Miller is out of luck. The Notre Dame-affiliated insurance company refused to cover an IUD or its insertion, which together cost at least a thousand dollars.

      “That’s over half my monthly salary,” said Miller.

      An IUD can be used up to 5 years. That rather large $1000 cost goes down to $16 a month over 5 years. The really stupid part is that an IUD is basically useless against STDs. Either these medical researchers are in committed sexual relationships or they like to play the dice in a part of the world with the most dangerous exotic diseases.

      I bet good money at least one of them is a Democratic Party hack.

  19. Lulu says:

    Ugh. Research camp bunnies. That is what they are called. Make the old farts they sleep with pay for the rubbers. Or even better write them into the grant under “supplies”.

  20. DeniseVB says:

    After a dose of cranky feminists, I found this inspiring……meet some of the ladies of the IDF :

  21. WMCB says:

    Barack is whining again about people “hatin’ on” him.

  22. The Klown says:
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  24. mothy67 says:

    I wonder how many people react to the non stop Catholic bashing like I have. I know the church has faults but so do my mom and dad. I love my parents . So over my mom crying when she found out I was gay. Big deal. 30 years ago you move on.
    Everytime I turn on the nees I just hear whining. Shut up or do something about it. The bully stuff at school is insane. Kids are brats. Unfair yes but does it warrent psychologists from the county giving a lecture. Unless it is extreme I say buck up.
    My kid got told her home lifecwas wierd. I do not want nor expect the community to bend over backwards for me and the crud. I told her you betcha I am odd. Pointless to hide the obvious.
    Baby girl got something different. Neither bad or good. Just different. I cope with my living room becoming an island/float just like any other parent. I am well aware that if I step on hardwood floor I will be eaten alive by sharks.

  25. WMCB says:

    Something weird is going on with the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. Where will it end?

    • mothy67 says:

      2030 pic way off.
      First Luckt needs to come out then he has to discover he was drawn in the wrong body then he has to have gender reassignment on the tax payer dime because his only job was cocoa puffs. Snap crackle and pop affirmed the drcision clearex their dockey and where last seen in a men’s room while some guy named Tony yelled great.

  26. mothy67 says:

    How is thiis possinle. I an on my FIos internet at least five vmiles from the router. I checked I am connected to my account. I am in a bowling alley that displays free wifi but my kindle saysbit is connected to my home

  27. The Klown says:


  28. mothy67 says:

    Been driving me crazy for weeks I knew there was a song dead sexy from my juvenescence that Natanyahu evoked Could not putvmy finger on it. Went through tonsvof 45’s and finally found i “i am Said I”

    • mothy67 says:

      I love Niel Diamond I love Barry Manilow I love Led Zep Blue Oyster Cult and Air Supply. Earlly Madonna and Tina doing Nutbush. I treasure bowie and sinatra coltrane and piaf. I prefer the Beach Bous to the Beatles. Love mamma Cats. Confess I do lovec”Evergreen” from a Star is Born.

  29. The Klown says:
  30. mothy67 says:

    Amy Whinehouse was in talks to cover “The Way We Were” before she died. I am no babs fsn(do like Stony Rnd and the Main Event) but that is a brutal sad song Amy may have given it justice.

  31. The Klown says:
  32. mothy67 says:

    I ache for a campaign that says keep it real.
    I am a self centered little prick but if you said to me my pup gets a pass if I eat my own fingers off the bone I think i would self canobolize. Not for me not for my parents. My baby hell yes. I think kids are the achilles heel of progressives. Sarah is strong and she stays true.SHe is a mother whovraised some good kids.
    Babies are the toughest thing in the world. Putin has nothing on a mother applying pamperin to a child with diaper rash. Kick ajd fight in a way that only someone who has done it can explain
    Cracks me up when I see ads with I super thin mom nestling a quiet child.
    News flash theycare never quiet and as they get older they poop in very inappprpriate places. My pup is old enough now to take care of herself but it did not stop her from yelling TT wipe. My name is Tim and when she was just a scab I said my name is Timothy John. Guess it had too many letters do I became tt
    I almost killed a guy once. She was still in pampers and we were at the zoo. This guy made a comment and then had a look in his eye. Next thing I knew I was on the floor with a guys knee on my chest and prople were holding my hands and feet. I would have killed himvand had no remorse.
    Idid not get arrested but was asked to leave. I was raging. Pedophile licking his chops in the bathroom. I was shaking in anger

    Woman cop sat down next to me and said we are going to get him. That was all she said.Color me sexist but she made me settle down I would have ripped his esophagus out of his throat with my teeth
    He got arrested later in the park later that day because they were watchng him
    PISS OFF A single guy going to the zoo Profile that shit.
    I went all kinds of crazy. I do not feel there is a demon behind every door but monsters are out there.
    I have a membership to the Foo Foo museums in Pittsburgh. I was going to be on the board but I think I was squashed for being a lesbian homonormative freak.
    Whatever. If you ard on public assistance you payone dollarfor anly museum.
    Sounds nice but it is all billed. DISGUSTING. Friday after Thanksgiving we do a family trek to the museum. Lexi got us thrown out for playing hide nl seek amongst ancient ruins.

    OH well. I do not work for the library but often paths cross. There is something free everyday.

  33. Lulu says:

    Several things have shifted in the past few days according to my super early morning reading of news sources (even propaganda has its uses) and the general zeitgeist. Public opinion polling is so bad on open borders and amnesty that even endangered Democrats are beginning to peep about it. The fat guy that yells on MSNBC is saying this open border stuff is not so hot. Another thing I was alerted to (by my adult kids) is the greenies are not happy that massive numbers of poor people streaming over the border is going to turn Denver, NYC and Austin into San Paulo, Bejing, and Mexico City. They want population control not population explosions with poor people with very high birth rates. Even the greenies see this all as a massive catastrophe.

    Labor unions other than AFL-CIO (who increasingly are going into public and service unions to serve and hire illegals) are stiffening their resistance. Endless slave labor to the trades, truck driving, and manufacturing is a nightmare of falling wages. States, cities, counties, school districts, and law enforcement are getting screwed and the citizen taxpayers know it. The political correctness demanded to address this horde is starting to break down. Harry Reid was accused of trying to sneak the Gang of Eight bill into the funding bill the House is trying to crank out to be sneaked in conference and even the media is acknowledging this underhanded stunt which will doom any funding.

    And finally Cecilia Munoz, WH Domestic policy advisor, is in the shit. La Raza shill, George Soros Open Society flunky, McArthur “genius” and Jarrett pet, is being viewed in the WH and her pals as an incompetent nothing burger and tarring the prezzy with her mess (gotta blame someone and SHE is blaming coyotes for their excellent business plans) that he told her to do in the first place. In other words another cascading Obama, Democratic, open border amnesty, Soros clusterfark. And the polling gets worse everyday just in time for the midterms!

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