About brobrubel

Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

The other N-word

Fuck civility. It it walks like a goose stepper and talks like a goose stepper, it’s a Nazi.


GOP ponies lead a spectacular witch hunt

For those of us still in the real world, gathering information to determine if Spanky and his gang of enablers are Putin’s ponies bent on undermining the United States and the rest of the Western world is an investigation. Attacking a member of the team who is conducting the investigation is a witch hunt.

The congressional GOP is running with the ponies.

Let’s make sure the right terms are applied to the right circumstances.

And his pizza sucks, too

I find this interesting, coming a day after my post on the chicken guy. From Forbes:

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John’s—used the N-word on a conference call in May. Schnatter confirmed the incident in an emailed statement to Forbes on Wednesday. 

The call was arranged between Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service. It was designed as a role-playing exercise for Schnatter in an effort to prevent future public-relations snafus. Schnatter caused an uproar in
November 2017 when he waded into the debate over national anthem protests in the NFL and partly blamed the league for slowing sales at Papa John’s. 

On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online. He responded by downplaying the significance of his NFL statement.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s,” Schnatter said, before complaining that Sanders never faced public backlash.

Schnatter also reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died. He apparently intended for the remarks to convey his antipathy to racism, but multiple individuals on the call found them to be offensive, a source familiar with the matter said. After learning about the incident, Laundry Service owner Casey Wasserman moved to terminate the company’s contract with Papa John’s.

In an emailed statement on Wednesday afternoon, Schnatter confirmed the allegations. “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” he said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

Fucking up a conference call where you’ve paid people to show you how to not come across as a racist requires a level of stupidity few people can match.

And as I say in the headline, your pizza sucks.

Possible explanations? I vote for No. 3.

This is going to sound insane, but there was a time I thought scenario No. 3 was a legitimate possibility. I really did say to myself, “did someone turn on the Large Hadron Collider on Election Day.”

Because the only way this was possible was if there was a rip in the space-time continuum caused by the Collider, and I was shifted into an alternate universe. Somewhere in the quantum realm, Hillary Clinton is president, the kandy kolored klown is on Fox News spewing stupid shit, and the Republicans have begun impeachment hearings on stuff that they made up, but stuff that Spanky is actually doing in my current reality.

But then, I thought, I’ve been watching too much “Star Trek.”