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Archive for May 11th, 2013


Hello Widdershins.  It’s Saturday so as is my habit, we’ll look at some of the lighter things in the news that caught my eye.  No serious thinkin’ required today.  And also, no “B” words today either!  😉

Some people should not be given microphones

Ted Johnson formerly of the New England Patriots has a radio talk show in Houston.  However,  he might need to put the mic down for awhile.  Now, I’m not saying that Ted is a dumb jock, but I don’t think he’s quite gotten the grasp of the idea that Google, the internet, Twitter, etc. will easily repeat what you’ve said or written.  You see Ted violated an age old rule:  Don’t talk bad about another man’s wife.  And especially, don’t talk bad about Vince Wilfork’s wife, when Vince looks like this.  And here is what Ted said:

You know what, I’ve got it,” Johnson said on CBS Houston when a caller asked him to identify the player with the least attractive wife (audio here). “And this is a big, big man. This guy had his way with the Texans this year. He won’t hear this — Vince Wilfork.”

Now Ted is no slouch either when it comes to the big and brawny but ole Vince can probably take him easily.  Quoting some more from the article:

Thing was, there was no way Wilfork — who played on the 2004 New England team with Johnson — wasn’t going to hear that awful response…

And once he did, let’s just say that Johnson was lucky Wilfork didn’t book the next flight to Houston to teach him a thing or two about respect. (Would anyone here have blamed him if Wilfork forcibly fed Johnson his microphone?)

Wilfork instead took to Twitter to point out just how wrong Johnson was.

You can go to the link to see Vince’s response.  And it’s really sad that Johnson said anything like this.  Being a fellow team mate I’m sure he had to be aware of this:

 Bianca Wilfork has always been very public with her support of her husband and the couple runs The Vince Wilfork Foundation, which raises money for diabetes research. She may not fit society’s traditional definition of beautiful but she’s clearly beautiful to the only person whose opinion matters — Vince Wilfork.

Ted here’s a scoop for ya:  Not everyone in the world can be Tom Brady handsome and Gisele Bündchen gorgeous.  So until you Ted can engage your brain before engaging your mouth, as the Soup Nazi said:  “No soup for you.”

Everyone gets graded “F” here

The scene is a United Airlines flight going from Denver to Baltimore.  On board are a couple and their two children ages 4 and 8.  There is an in-flight movie, Alex Cross, that will be shown.  The movie is rated PG-13.  Mom and Dad were concerned about the violence in the movie so they asked the flight attendants if it could be turned off.  The flight attendants said no.

The parents, whose children are 4 and 8, believed the film to be too violent for their kids. “Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible” and would be a nuisance to the people behind them.

At this point, according to the letter, the people behind the parents spoke up and said it would be fine with them if the movie screen was closed. “Both flight attendants, and later the purser, claimed that they have no authority or ability to change or turn off the movie. The purser did, however, agree with us, as did many more of the passengers around us, that it is patently inappropriate to expose children to such content.”

The parents wrote that throughout the discussion, no voices were raised and everyone was civil and polite. The parents apparently accepted that the movie was going to be shown. They attempted to distract their kids from the “horrific scenes on the movie screens,” they wrote.

Okay.  I get that the parents were concerned about the “violence” in the movie.  By the same token, however, if they were concerned about a movie, perhaps they should have done a little further checking with United online to see what movies would be playing onboard the aircraft.  It seems that United has some aircraft that are “mainscreen equipped” while others have the personal viewing screen channel seats.  Even though the other passengers were in agreement about the movie themes suitability for children and did not mind having the movie stopped, what if others had not been willing to do so?

What isn’t discussed in the Yahoo piece is that the parents asked if the pilot had the authority to have the screen raised and movie turned off!

We asked if the captain has the authority to address this issue, but received no response. A few minutes later we asked for the captain’s name (I failed to make note when he welcomed us on the PA system), and was told, by the purser, that we will have to ask him ourselves when we disembark.

So now at this point apparently they have one pissed-off pilot they’re gonna deal with.  In fact the pilot was so p.o.’d that he announced that due to “security” concerns the flight was being diverted to Chicago O’Hare.  To quote from these two aggrieved parents:

After landing a Chicago police officer boarded the plane and, to our disbelief, approached us and asked that we collect our belongings, and follow her to disembark.


After we were interviewed (for less than 5 minutes), our identities and backgrounds checked, we were booked on the next flight to BWI, and had to linger in the terminal for hours with our exhausted and terrified little boys.

Now wait a minute because there’s more from the two outraged, offended, and concerned parents.

To us, this incident raises two grave issues. First, the abuse of power by Captain [XX]. We understand that airline captains can and should have complete authority. However, when this authority is used for senseless, vindictive acts, it must be addressed.
Second, and of even greater concern is United’s decision to inflict upon minors grossly inappropriate cinematic content, without parents or guardians having the ability to opt out. Had this been in a cinema or a restaurant, we would have simply left if the content were too violent, or too sexual, for a preschooler and a 2nd grader. Cruising at 30,000 feet, leaving was not an option.

Okay obviously the pilot was a jerk, but then so were these two people who were so overly concerned about a freakin’ movie!  Lady and sir:  If you were that concerned about your two precious  young’uns’ sensibilities, then as I wrote above, you could have checked United online and found out what the movie was going to be and thus plan accordingly.  It is up to you to make these decisions for yourselves and not to expect an airline to accommodate you and your kids in a situation like this.  I’m of the opinion that the content of the movie wasn’t going to affect the preschooler very much and for the 8 yr. old, didn’t they bring anything to occupy the kid with while on the plane?
I put this in my “lighter fare” post because for me it’s so “light” I lmao’d when I read the article.   So here’s a hint for the young man or woman or both the next time they are going from Denver to Baltimore:  Take a train, bus or car.

Now lastly I give you Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Wittness News where he or a staff member go out in public and take the pulse of the American public on vital issues of the day.  The question of the day here is what did folks think about Obama’s appointment of Judge Judy to the Supreme Court.  (sigh)  Sometimes I’m afraid of the gene pool.

So what’s on your minds today Widdershins?  Tell me in the comments below and also, a Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow for all the moms around.


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