by baldilocks

Remember that old warning that came from your parents if you said a bad word?

“If you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.” Of course, my various parental units never had occasion to give me that warning because I was Miss Goodie Two Shoes, baby. Now might be a different story.

Anyway, some kids are preemptively putting soap in their mouths and swallowing it; not because they feel guilty for using four-letter words; not because they feel dirty inside.

But, just because.

Spring cleaning may be several months away, but laundry detergent is making big headlines this week as a dangerous stunt called the “Tide Pod Challenge” is going viral on YouTube and other social media platforms.

The challenge is for participants –- primarily teens and young adults, in the videos making the rounds –- to put the pods into their mouths, sometimes even chew them, and then post videos of what happens. Some of these individuals experience foaming at the mouth and severe coughing spells after consuming a pod.

It’s more than just a strange behavior, it’s potentially deadly. Here are some facts about the craze to help

friends and family protect teens from the hazardous experiment.

What are Tide pods?

Tide pods, the brand’s version of the popular laundry detergent pods, are small packets of detergent designed to dissolve while washing clothes. Each pod contains pre-measured, concentrated detergent levels.

The outside wrapping of a tide pod is made of polyvinylalcohol (PVA), a water soluble plastic compound. For the same reason that this packet dissolves in the machine washing laundry [sic], it can also dissolve in a person’s mouth — leading to the immediate release and absorption of the contents.

Even if the stuff couldn’t kill you, who would want to put soap in their mouths? The whole reason that the old-school fake threat was so useful was that soap tastes horrible.

But, as a friend pointed out, we old people did crazy things when we were kids. My “crazy” usually involved biking/rolling skating down a steep incline. Helmets and knee-pads never crossed our minds or those of our parents.

In short, old-school crazy usually involved fun.

But I guess You Tube fame is the new fun.

May they all remove themselves from my lawn with prejudice. As a matter of fact, I don’t even want them on my street. That much stupidity is probably more contagious than this year’s flu.

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Although most of my European friends tilt toward the left of the political spectrum, immigration is an issue where they agree firmly and resolutely with the conservative perspective.

“They don’t speak the language. They don’t understand the culture. Many of them don’t work,” sniffs a French friend, who wants to see significant limits on the number of people allowed into France.

A longtime British diplomat notes that more than 50 percent of London residents were born outside the United Kingdom.

Even an Arab friend complains about those who wear Islamic garb in public.

If you think U.S. immigration is a mess, just take a look at Europe.

Demographers project more and more immigrants for decades to come. Annual net immigration into Europe is projected to increase steadily from current levels for another 20 years. This year, just over one million immigrants will arrive in Europe, according to Eurostat, the statistical agency of the E.U. That figure will reach nearly 1.5 million in 2036, the agency projects.

By 2080, these migrants and their families will have increased the population of the E.U. by 121 million, relative to what the continent’s population would be then without any immigration. The result will be a Europe that is substantially different than it is today.

For example, the number of European Christians is projected to decline by about 18 percent, to 454 million, by the middle of the century, according to the Pew Research Center. The organization predicts that the number of European Muslims will nearly double, to about 71 million.

In London, Brexit has stumbled along toward implementation, a policy that came about almost entirely as a rejection of the immigration policies of the E.U.
In Germany, Angela Merkel has had significant problems as a result of her open-door policy toward immigrants.

In France, the government has engaged in a significant crackdown on illegal immigrations. In a recent dispatch from Paris, The Associated Press notes that French President Emmanuel Macron, hardly a conservative, has launched significant changes in immigration policy.

“Critics contend that increasingly tough policy on migrants — though wrapped in a cloak of goodwill — contradicts his image as a humanist who defeated an anti-immigrant populist for the presidency, and has crossed a line passed by no other president in the land that prides itself as the cradle of human rights,” The AP says.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has ordered regional representatives of the state to crack down on illegal immigration, to act quickly to expel those who fail to gain asylum, and to report results immediately, according to a November order cited by the newspaper Le Monde.

Opposition to President Trump’s immigration policies may be getting a lot of bad press in the United States, but many of my European friends would welcome his approach in their own countries.

Lionel: Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jefferson and not a representative of the whole black race.
Mike: Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.
Lionel: Sure man what’s the first thing you say whenever I see you, something about the “black” problem right?
Mike: C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?
Lionel: Sometimes yeah. Black people have weather too. We get rained on and everything.

All in the Family The Games Bunkers Play 1973

On Sunday Jake Tapper had GOP Congreswoman Mia Love on and the topic was (as Hotair predicted it would be) how bad is trump for his comments on Haiti.  Here is the interview in full:

Now as I listened to this interview I was impressed by Mia Love (as I have been for years) that she kept trying to bring to the conversation to the issues and refused to play the “I’m a victim” card but take a look at the questions that were asked by Mr. Tapper:

How does it feel to hear these comments from the president?

You’re calling for president Trump to apologize he obviously hasn’t done so on twitter has he done so at all?

I want to get to DACA and the Dreamers in a second, but I do want to ask you because I remember talking to you during the 2016 campaign when President Trump was making a direct appeal to Haitian American voters, there’s a sizable community in Florida.  He really was going after their vote, how do those Haitian American’s feel today?

This weekend marked the anniversary of that devastating earthquake that struck Haiti eight year ago.  The Trump administration announced in November that by July 2019 it wants want to end the protected status designations for Haitians in the US granted after the earthquake  that of course protects individuals from deportation and authorizes them to work in the United States.  I know you want to change his mind, because Haiti is still reeling from that earthquake, do you think you can, do you think it’s possible to change his mind on this?

Speaking of leadership I have to observe Republican leaders have been pretty quiet about these comments which I know a lot of people consider empirically racist and offensive, are you disappointed?

I’m going to ask you about the Dreamers and DACA after this last question on the president’s comments:  What do you say to the Haitian American who comes to you and says:  ‘Congresswoman, I think the presidents racist.”?

The president’s comments come of course as lawmakers are trying to make a deal done on DACA and the dreamers as you’ve noted.  You’ve said you want legislative solutions for the dreamers.  On Friday the President threw out a deal brought to him saying didn’t properly fund the wall an it made what he calls ‘chain migration’ and ‘the diversity lottery’ worse Do you think there should be just a clean bill on dreamers just on dreamers with no border wall funding or anything else?

And it’s obviously tough for people to put emotions aside when such horrific expressions are…[Congresswoman love answers before the question is finished]

Where the comments racist do you think?

Now this hits one of my pet peeves ,whereby a person of color brought on a show is only asked about “person of color” questions or a Hispanic reporter is on a panel and only asks “Hispanic” questions as if North Korea, or Taxes or the economy are not issues that Hispanics or blacks care about. Furthermore Mia Love represents Utah’s 4th District, not Haiti yet all of Jake’s questions concerned either the president’s remarks or Haiti.

This irritated me and let to several passionate tweets on my part including this one:

It was this tweet that elicited the following responses from Mr. Tapper:

That actually seems an odd reply to that tweet, I presumed that Jake replied to the above tweet his response was actually directed to an earlier tweet saying the following:

Alas for me I had left for mass just after the tweet that Mr. Tapper replied, stayed late to talk with my Pastor and receive Confession, and then went to lunch with my wife so I didn’t see his response for hours later (I don’t do smart phones nor twitter away from my PC).   I thought it was rather sly for him to respond to the clearly incorrect point implying Congresswoman Love not having been on (I should have used the word rarely) rather than acknowledge the irony that the supposedly racist GOP not only elected the only senator of Haitian ancestry but did so in a majority white district.

Nevertheless given the link provided concerning last year’s March for Life Mr. Tapper and others is clearly correct that the other tweet was too broad a statement as he has in fact had congresswoman love on before discussing non-racial issues.  It’s actually odd that I’ve never seen her as I tend to watch Jake more than any other MSM person)

Rather than play musical tweets and rules lawyer,on which tweet was wrong and given both the error and the fact that several hours had passed by the time I had seen it I thought it best to simply admit the error at once and issue a mea culpa:

And since I’m not constantly at twitter I followed up with the following:

and that mea culpa tweet is my current pinned tweet and will be for another day.

But having made said Mea Culpa there is still a question on the floor and a point to be made

and a question to be asked

Why were there no questions outside of the context of Trump/Haiti (given that the supposed comments came at a meeting on DACA that would be within that context)?

It’s not like there weren’t a lot of good possible relevant questions, here are four possibilities:

We just spoke with Congresswoman Gabbard concerning the Ballistic Missile false alarm in Hawaii.  Have you been in contact with those who provide early warning either on the state or federal level concerning safeguards to prevent such a mistake?

Democrats are threatening a government shutdown this week over DACA.  This has been a scenario that has come up in the past with the GOP which took a lot of heat for it, do you anticipate a deal before them or does the party think it’s to their advantage to put the Democrats in that spot?

As you know longtime Utah Senator Hatch has announced he will not run for another term.  You’ve already stated you will not be running and former Massachusetts Senator & GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is generally thought to be in the running for the seat, have you been approached by the representatives of him or any other potential candidate for an endorsement?

The annual March for Life is coming up in a couple of weeks. Last year the Vice President spoke, do you anticipate this administration again having high level representation at this event or even the President himself being involved?

Why didn’t we see any questions like that?  I submit and suggest that the answer is the meme of the day for the MSM was “President shithole is a racist and so is the GOP is by association” and for reasons of both advancing said meme,  and drawing ratings by generating newsworthy quotes (which in fairness IS the first job of a person hosting a network show) the only goal was to get a soundbite to support that meme at all costs.

But to me the big story from that interview remains the ultimate irony that I’m sure was completely missed by the #nevertrump viewers dying for red meat:  that the person questioned to advance the “GOP/Trump Racist” meme  is a black republican woman elected in a 87% majority white distinct by those self same “racist” republicans.


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