Leprechaun Laughs # 356 for Wednesday Sept 14th 2016


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As you enter the Conference Room you see the stage is literally strewn with folders documents and  papers. File boxes stacked off to one side presumably hold yet more paperwork awaiting floor space while handcarts with still more file boxes seem to be tagged with their destination awaiting their turn to be carted off  to what ever their fate is.

Lethal and Friday more down the walk ways left between the piles tablets in hand consulting paperwork and comparing between the two. More clerical staff stand ready to shuffle the papers as directed by the pair. Friday notices you all watching, smiles warmly at you causing the knees of a half dozen males to buckle as a result and gesture towards the seats. She nudges Lethal and points you out to him.

“Huh? What? Can’t be time for them already! I just saw them…oh yeah Saturday….the Special Remembrance Issue.” (Lethal’s voice cracks as he says the words Special Remembrance Issue and he pauses to blow his nose in a bright Orange handkerchief).

“Alright then. You know it amazes me, we missed one issue on Labor Day weekend, the end result of which was I wound up not authoring 2 regular issues (Impish did last Wednesday and the Special Issue), the rate at which things happen in these instances as opposed to other ‘normal’ (normal being an entirely relative term hereabouts) times.

There’s a lot in the issue today to cover as I try to catch up on topics crowding my Inbox as still more pour in. I suggest you grab something to nosh and sip and get to it. Mean time I’ll get back to trying to unbury my desk from this blizzard of paperwork before the next Special Issue comes along.”

Lets Roll 24

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Lets start with a photo from our Labor Day End of Summer Bash. Impish was off someplace scheming on how to get to Leprechonia, I had not yet popped in from Leprechonia and so here are Ginny  Diaman and an unknown trying to figure out the workings of one the the grills.

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HILLARY CLINTON GOES TO A GIFTED-STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NEW YORK TO TALK ABOUT THE WORLD. AFTER HER TALK SHE OFFERS QUESTION TIME. ONE LITTLE BOY PUTS UP HIS HAND. HILLARY ASKS HIM WHAT HIS NAME IS.

“KENNETH,” HE SAYS.

“AND WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION, KENNETH – ??” SHE ASKS.

“I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS,” HE SAYS.

“FIRST — WHATEVER HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI??”

“SECOND — WHY WOULD YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF  HANDLING TWO E-MAIL ACCOUNTS??

“AND, THIRD — WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MISSING SIX BILLION DOLLARS WHILE YOU WERE SECRETARY OF STATE ??”

JUST THEN THE BELL RINGS FOR RECESS. HILLARY INFORMS THE KIDDIES THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE AFTER RECESS. WHEN THEY RESUME HILLARY SAYS,

“OKAY, WHERE WERE WE?? OH, THAT’S RIGHT, QUESTION TIME. WHO HAS A QUESTION ??”

A DIFFERENT BOY — LITTLE JOHNNY — PUTS HIS HAND UP.  HILLARY POINTS TO HIM AND ASKS HIM WHAT HIS NAME IS.

“JOHNNY,” HE SAYS.

“AND WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION, JOHNNY??” SHE ASKS.

“I HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS,” HE SAYS.

“FIRST — WHATEVER HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI??

“SECOND — WHY WOULD YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF HANDLING TWO E-MAIL ACCOUNTS??

“THIRD — WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MISSING SIX BILLION DOLLARS WHILE YOU WERE SECRETARY OF STATE ??

“FOURTH — WHY DID THE RECESS BELL GO OFF 20 MINUTES EARLY??

“AND, FIFTH — WHERE THE HELL IS KENNETH??”

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Recipe Warning

Alright all you droolers week kneed and those who never met a calorie you didn’t like start scrolling past right now or proceeded at your own peril, you have been forewarned.       This is an exceptionally dangerous issue for all of you.

Baileys Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread

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“Rich and dark chocolate Guinness bread laced with chocolate chips and walnuts then frosted with a sweet Baileys glaze.”

I’ve baked with Guinness before, and though I prefer drinking the beer, it always makes for the perfect combination with chocolate – especially dark chocolate.

Makes: 1loaf | Prep Time: 10minutes | Cook Time: 55minutes

 

Ingredients

Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 egg
1 cup Guinness

Baileys Glaze

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. Baileys
2 tsp. half and half cream

Instructions

For the Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 pan with baking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and white pepper. Set aside.

  3. Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the edges of the bowl, then mix in egg. Add beer and mix for 30 seconds, just enough to break apart butter mixture into the beer.

  4. Slowly add dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mixing gently in between. When all dry ingredients have been added, mix until just combined, when dry ingredients are no longer visible.

  5. Gently fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, then pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean with a few moist crumbs.

  7. Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Baileys Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, Baileys, and cream.

  2. If you’d like the frosting to be thinner, add a small splash of baileys until desired consistency is reached. If you’d like the frosting to be thicker, add 1 tbsp. powdered sugar at a time until frosting is thick enough.

Putting it All Together

  1. Once bread has cooled, drizzle Baileys glaze on top of bread.

  2. Bread can be stored in a sealed container and kept on the counter for up to 5 days.

Don’t worry folks, its not T-storming Texas style outside, the rumble wasn’t distant thunder, nor was  thud a thunder clap, Rather those were (in order) Impish’s gut rumbling and the result of Ginny’s knees failing. The rain sound you hear is Impish rapidly filling the drool barrel I had fastened around his neck before the issue started.

Guinness Leprechaun Army

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

OK someone start the pump on Impish’s drool barrel please he’s about to go into overdrive on drool production.

I’ll admit I’m being slightly unfair to the blue one. See Impish and I live for banana bread. We’re Banana Bread Snobs, Connoisseurs, Gourmands. We live for the stuff. Exchange ideas. Compare test and contrast every recipe we run across and judge it up against our personal closely guarded ones.

Day old, lightly toasted so its slightly crisped and brown on the outside, yet still soft and warm on the inside with a wee bit of butter melted across it, this might well even surpass a full on Irish breakie for early morning perfection with a nice cuppa. It sure as hell raises afternoon tea to an entirely new level.

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This easy banana bread is outrageously chocolaty with three kinds of chocolate that go into the recipe. It’s a perfect twist of the regular banana bread that is for sure to please all the chocolate lovers out there!

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 60 min

Total time: 1 hr. 10 min | Serves: 6-8 servings

 

 

Ingredients

  • For the Banana Bread
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • For the Chocolate Glaze
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Instructions

  1. For the Banana Bread
  2. Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350 F degrees.
  3. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  4. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  5. Combine the melted butter and sugars until incorporated. Mix in the eggs and mashed bananas. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
  6. Bake 50-60 minutes.
  7. For The Chocolate Glaze
  8. Heat whipping cream and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until brown sugar has dissolved and tiny bubbles start to form on the edges. Stir in vanilla and butter until melted and turn off heat. Dissolve the instant coffee granules into the warm milk, and add this mixture to the saucepan. Add chocolate chips but do not stir, and let sit for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Mix the chocolate chips until fully incorporated. Cool completely and drizzle over bread.

Notre Dame

No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

It’s footballs season again. I know this because after 12 PM on the weekend Molly barely says 2 words to me unless it’s “When are you feeding me? I’m watching 3 games here.”

Unless you’re tailgating before the game at the stadium football requires munchies to watch, it’s an unwritten rule.

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Total Time: 1 hr. 17 min
Prep: 16 min
Inactive: 1 hr.
Cook: 1 min
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Level: Easy

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
2 cups pretzel rods, crushed into crumbs
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup plus 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions

In a medium bowl, add the melted butter, pretzel crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup of the peanut butter and stir together until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish. Combine the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth; two intervals should be enough. Mix to blend, then spread over the peanut butter-pretzel layer.  [Force yourself to] Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

You might want to experiment with using Nutella in place of the Chocolate chips. I have not tried this as yet but it certainly seems doable.


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Baked Ziti

Finally because man cannot live on baked goods alone (trust me Impish and I both have tried to) here is some actual food. Fast and easy to make with a salad and some garlic bread (popped in the oven when the Ziti comes out to sit) you can feed the whole family or a couch full of football watchers with ease.

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Total Time: 1 hr. 45 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive: 5 min
Cook: 1 hr. 10 min
Yield: 12 servings
Level: Easy

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce or marinara sauce
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with juice
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ziti
1 1/2 pounds mozzarella, grated
One 15-ounce tub whole-milk ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for sprinkling
2 eggs

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté until starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and sausage and cook until browned. Drain off almost all of the fat, leaving a bit behind for flavor and moisture. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper. Stir, bring to a simmer and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove 3 to 4 cups of the cooked sauce to a bowl to cool down.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add some salt. Cook the ziti until not quite al dente.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix 2 cups of the grated mozzarella, the ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, eggs and some salt and pepper. Stir together just a couple of times (do not mix completely).

Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking and cool it down. Pour it into the bowl with the cheese mixture and toss to slightly combine (there should still be large lumps). Add the cooled reserved meat sauce and toss to combine.

Add half the coated pasta to a large casserole dish or lasagna dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over the top, then top with half the remaining mozzarella. Repeat with another layer of the coated pasta and the remaining sauce and mozzarella.

Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before sprinkling with chopped parsley to serve.

Notre Dame 2

Philly Cheesesteak Pizzas

Finally this one straddles the lines between game munchies, lunch and dinner.

It’s 3 of my favorite things when it comes to a meal, Easy, Fast and Tastes good!


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Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

 

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 Italian frying pepper, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound shaved or very thinly sliced beef
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 whole-wheat pocketless pitas or prebaked individual-size pizza crusts
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend, or a mix of shredded mozzarella, provolone and parmesan
1/2 cup pickled sliced sweet or hot cherry peppers

Directions

Preheat the broiler. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and frying pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, 1 more minute.

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with foil. Place the pitas on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle each with 1/4 cup cheese. Top evenly with the beef mixture and the remaining 1 cup cheese.

Broil the pizzas until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Top with the cherry peppers and cut each pizza into quarters.

Per serving: Calories 590; Fat 33 g (Saturated 13 g); Cholesterol 95 mg; Sodium 1,159 mg; Carbohydrate 32 g; Fiber 5 g; Protein 41 g.

Two tips:

1.) You can make this even faster to make by using jarred fired onions and peppers (I recommend Mancini brand if you can get them). Be sure to drain them well.

To drain I open the jar place a strainer over the top so it sits tight against the jar them invert over a bowl or the sink. I use the bowl if I want to save the now flavored oil for something else (it makes killer oven roasted potatoes or pan fried pork cutlets).

2.) If you cannot find ‘pocketless’ pitas you can get an Indian bread called Naan. Its basically the Indian flat bread version of pitas. Fewer people are familiar with them so the chances of finding them might be higher though you might have to scout the ethnic aisle, store bakery section or bread Aisle to locate them. Naan usually come round though I have seen and purchased rectangular ones.

Pepperidge Farms also makes something called a Deli Flat which comes presplit and each half would work well for making munchie sized version though you might need to keep a close eye on the baking time. Since these come in Whole Wheat and 7 Grain you can console yourself with the thought you’ve provided a semi healthy snack.

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That would be what Impish and I looked like if we we dog and cat respectively. Begorrah! I’m still prettier than he is even as a cat!

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Despite receiving a thorough examination and clean bill of health last year from Dr. Bardack, speculation about Clinton’s medical fitness has run rampant during the 2016 presidential campaign, with some sources claiming she suffers from seizures, others purporting to spot evidence of brain damage, and still others diagnosing her from afar with Parkinson’s disease. Opposing GOP candidate Donald Trump has played a major role in fomenting such speculation. – http://www.snopes.com/2016/09/11/hillary-clinton-medical-episode/

Lord knows during an election year the number one pass time of political pundits, reporters, conspiracy theorists and the population at large is speculation. Some of these speculations gain traction and morph from speculation into urban legend seemingly over night.

To wit: Many of you have sent me the following:

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: HILLARY CLINTON HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE, DOCTOR CONFIRMS – YouTube

Sorry to bring the light or reason into your rampant speculation party but I’m throwing the flag again.

Ref with BS Flag

Shaky Diagnosis

A montage of photos and video clips of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrates she has symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

http://www.snopes.com/hillary-clinton-has-parkinsons-disease/

The entire article is quite lengthy and this issue looks to be a long one so I’ll not post it all here. Follow the link if you want to read why its all Grade A Heifer Dust. Besides, I haven’t given you my theory/take on the situation as yet (which IMHO is far easier to swallow, more plausible and probably closer to the truth.

See I think Hillary’s problem at Ground Zero was related to the fact that it was Ground Zero, which is now hallowed ground.

She simply could not stand being on hallowed ground consecrated by the blood of American lives which was brought about by liberal touchy-feelie/politically correct “love-everyone-invite-them-in-make-your-enemies-your-friends” policies.

I suspect if you took her to the US Diplomatic in Bengasi the site of a massacre of  2 US Diplomats or the site a scant few miles away where 10 CIA officers died and made her stand there for any length of time she’d probably be consumed in a pillar of holy fire.

AS DL/LL Enterprises resident Dr. of Quackery and all around Charlatan that’s my arm chair diagnosis and I’m sticking to it.

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Some of you may recall that I had a commemorative marker installed in front of the pavilion on the picnic grounds back in 2014 to mark the occurrence an historical event. Here it is here:

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Well after due deliberation, consultation with my opponent Impish, as well as a ruling by the judges, there will now be a second one placed beside it marking he occasion of Impish’s almost win against me in trying to get to Leprechonia. I felt since it was the closest he’s ever come to beating me (except for that one time I was unconscious thanks to drinking with Bacchus and Impish got away with locking me in the middens for 5 days) the feat was worth memorializing. So here is what the new marker will look like and say:

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That’s likely the ONLY time you’ll ever see a woman happy about being told she’s fat!

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Gene Wilder’s Best Moments on Film

 

Mel Brooks Misses Being Able to Call Gene Wilder

 

While we’re on the subject of missing people-

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I strongly suspect the Ninja Kitty Clan of arranging this crash.

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At least they are still hard at work!

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Ah ha. I se Brutus has an apprentice now. Meet Snuggles the Souleater.

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Well THAT explains a few things. Impish tired telling me he landed in a cactus patch after trying to pet a porcupine he’d accidentally rubbed the wrong way.

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All I can say is it’s a good thing he wasn’t slow dancing with the owner of that bra!

 

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On Black Athletes Refusing to Stand For the National Anthem

Let’s start off with a little background on the inciter of this debacle of Civil Protest, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernic. We all know whet he did and his alleged reasoning for doing it. However as much as his statement covers it seems there were other personal reasons that he kept silent on:

The Real Story On Why An NFL Quarterback Refused To Stand For The National Anthem

San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick, pictured above has a new ‘protest’…refusing to stand for America’s national anthem:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The 49er’s, of course, came out with an incredibly PC response to this:

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

Now, the fact that ‘people of color’ have more rights under the law, more freedom and more economic opportunities in America than almost any other country on earth is something I suppose we can just ignore…Colin Kaepernick obviously has!

And I’m sure Colin Kaepernick’s adoptive family of Typical White People might not want to weigh in on this either.

But there’s a little more to the story that the media and the NFL will avoid at all costs, because it explains the real reason Mr.Kaepernick has suddenly come out with the idea of inflicting his agenda publicly on the fans. And the media and the NFL have no intention of it coming out if they can help it.

As the French wisely say, Cherchez la femme, look for the woman.

nessa 2In this case, the woman is hip-hop radio personality DJ Nessa Diab.She’s a Berkeley grad, a very dogmatic outspoken Black Lives Matter advocate and a Muslim. She and Colin Kaepernick are engaged, and Kaepernick converted to Islam during the off season.
The two are reportedly planning what Kaepernick calls ‘a traditional Muslim wedding.’
Pretty simple…boy meets radical girl, they find they have interests and ideology in common…except,it’s haram, forbidden for a Muslima (a Muslim girl) to marry a non-believer.

[Funny, she certainly doesn’t dress anything like a devout radical Muslim woman!- L.L.]

This is not to say that Kaepernick wasn’t pretty far along the radical path anyway.

It’s a real love story…not only do they love the same things, but they can hate the same people too. There are certainly a fair amount of patriotic American Muslims, but many Muslims here follow the Qu’ran which says their first loyalty aside from Allah is to the umma, the worldwide Muslim polity. And no one with much common sense would call the folks at Black Lives Matter remotely patriotic. So it all fits together pretty well.

Another part of the back story is that both Kaepernick and Nessa Diab have been agitating the 49er’s to trade Kaepernick to New York, where Diab is based. Ideology aside, this might be Kaepernick’s way of adding some fuel to the fire.

The 49er’s have obviously made a business decision to keep Kaepernick on their roster and, with the collusion of the media, to keep this part of the story covered up. That’s fine, but it is a business decision. And although I have to admit that if I felt that way about America I’d vote with my principles and leave, Colin Kaepernick also certainly has the right not to honor the flag of the country that has treated him so well.

But football fans can also make a decision…like boycotting the 49er’s and any subsequent team they might trade Kaepernick to until he’s history.
Now, that’s freedom too, isn’t it? Based on the 49er’s puerile statement, I’m sure they’d agree.

There are very few countries where Colin Kaepernick and his Muslima bride to be would be so blessed to earn a living and live in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed courtesy of the Red, White & Blue and while it is their right thanks to this great nation and those who fight to keep America the land of the free, one can only hope that some force out of their control will someday humble these ungrateful elitist fools.

Forgive me. I’m merely exercising my right to call them by that which they are.

Colin Kaepernick and the rest of his Klan pushing Black Lives Matter meme have no interest in making a difference. It’s all about them. Most rappers and Black professional sports players have no interest in reaching out to young men Black in urban America.
Of course, they’ll do a little something but again, it’s to soothe their ego.
I also suspect that Kaepernick has an ulterior motive like throwing the race card out there should he find himself cut from the team.

Timing as they say is everything.

A raised fist, more kneeling players as NFL anthem protest spreads

As is so often the case with a liberal making a personal protest statement Kapernick’s more self interest serving as opposed to political statement protest has garnered imitators demonstrating their ignorance of the true issues and problems in true monkey see- monkey do fashion.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist and several Miami Dolphins players knelt during performances of the U.S. national anthem on Sunday, the latest gestures in the National Football League to draw attention to racial inequality.

The gesture on Sunday by Peters, 23, who is African-American, recalled the raised fist demonstration by black athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

The other Chiefs players they decided to lock arms as a sign of solidarity after discussing the issue as a group.

“It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11,” the team said in a statement. “It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed.”

Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, in a video he posted online announcing his team’s decision to link arms, said, “Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.”

Sunday’s games fell on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and many NFL teams commemorated the tragedy with special ceremonies.

Four Miami Dolphins players – Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills – knelt while the national anthem was played at their season opener against the Seahawks. On the other side of the field, the Seahawks locked arms while standing during the song.

Photos published online by Sports Illustrated showed Tennessee Titans players Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty raising their fists ahead of their game against the Minnesota Vikings as well. It was not not clear whether the images were taken before, during or after the anthem however.

In Thursday’s NFL season opener, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall had knelt during the anthem.

The protesting players have been seen as allies of the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew in response to a string of high-profile police killings of unarmed black people across the country. About two-thirds of NFL players are black.

The protests also have provoked anger in some fans who see the gesture as disrespecting the U.S. flag, the military and the nation in general.

Seriously I don’t see where this behavior comes as much of a shock, we have been fighting for the rights of the Blacks and oppressed since the Civil War and given them more opportunities and many white people get. Indeed some of the ‘equality’ programs and initiatives were technically discriminatory against whites. Black created for Blacks only Originations (I.e. the NAACP) are given a pass by the Federal Government on prosecution for Violating Federal Anti Discrimination Laws. Despite this all we ever get back is Ungratefulness, Racial Hatred, ‘Blackatutide’ and demands for more Entitlements so they don’t have to use all the mechanisms that we put in place to give them preferential treatment in the 60s, 70s and 80s by liberals.

In short they’re not interested in a hand up only in a hand out and protesting if they are expected to conform the the standards of the rest of society, especially with regards to law and order.

Taking a Stand by Refusing to Stand

Now this ‘it’s-all-about-me-doing-whatever-I-want-and-don’t-try-holding-me-accountable-for-my-action-either’ Black Lives Matter Blackatitude Bullshit and its wonton display of disrespect for America is spilling over onto the kids that these people are supposed to be providing a good example for and like good little indoctrinated liberal lemmings they’re drinking the Kool-Aid and following blindly right behind their self serving poster boy.

The debate over whether athletes should stand during the national anthem may have been kicked off this fall in the National Football League, but it has spread to the college ranks.

On Wednesday, three West Virginia University Institute of Technology volleyball players fell to their knees during the playing of the national anthem before a game. The players, all of whom are black women, said they were kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who set off a national debate for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of racial oppression and police brutality.

On Saturday, one football player from Indiana State University and one from the University of Tulsa knelt during the national anthem at games their teams were playing.

And on Friday, word spread that the chancellor of the University of Texas System (which has not seen instances of players not standing for the anthem) had distributed a memo urging — but not requiring — all athletes to stand and face the flag, with hands over their hearts, during the playing of the anthem.

The debate over the national anthem and athletes is part of a broader discussion of the appropriate role of college athletes in speaking out about political and social issues.

Athletes, Race and Protest

In the case of the college athletes who are not standing for the national anthem, all who have been identified are black, and the cause they are embracing is the fight against racism in American society. When black athletes — for example in the 1968 Olympics — have used their visibility to promote the fight against racism, they have been praised by many but also criticized by many, and faced ugly racist attacks in some circles.

The Protests and the Responses

Since Kaepernick started his protest, players’ decisions with regard to the anthem have received unusual scrutiny. A week ago, Bowling Green State University said that football players who appeared to be on their knees during the national anthem before a game against Ohio State University were actually praying.

The first confirmed case of college athletes declining to stand during the anthem was Wednesday’s women’s volleyball game at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. The students there said they wanted to support Kaepernick’s protest.

“He’s exercising his right to choose to sit or stand, so you have to recognize that he’s got that right,” Keyonna Morrow, one of the players and vice president of WVU Tech’s Black Student Union, told a local news station.

WVU Tech released this statement about the action by the students: “As an institution of higher learning, we encourage the free exchange of ideas among all our students, faculty and staff. We value everyone’s right to free speech. Even though there were differences of opinion among those in attendance at Wednesday’s volleyball game, our students were respectful of one other and their opinions. We are proud that our students can have civil conversations about difficult issues and concerns. They are a positive example of how we can hold different views and opinions while still engaging in constructive dialogue to gain new perspectives and understanding. The university will protect the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution.”

 

While the Constitution does guarantee Freedom of Speech it unfortunately stops short of pointing out that with that right comes responsibility. The responsibility to weigh the appropriateness of venue and the timing of your exercising that right. Additionally that right is solely to Free Speech not one to Freely Disrespect as there protestors would have us believe.

In the USA Movie Stars, Athletes and others Notables are looked up to as icons and examples of what children and young adults should aspire to be. At least they were when I was growing up. Sure you had a few occasional bad apples (i.e. Pete Rose), but even those provided a teachable moment as and adult pointed out that while they had broken the faith and temporarily profited from it they were eventually caught and punished to the point the punishment far outweighed any profit they had gotten by going bad.

However in the last 10 to 20 years more and more of these heroes have morphed into zeroes. Sadly the fact that the values and behavior these people espouse is not something to be emulated is completely lost on the majority of the younger generations.

How sad it is that the biggest and best examples of the old school sports heroes/icons belongs to a sport that is has had to historically had to defend that label as being appropriate for it? I’m talking about Professional Wrestling,  John Cenna and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Are there bad cops out there whom misuse their authority? Of a certainty. Every barrel has at least one bad apple and let’s be perfectly clear I’m quite sure there are just as many Black, Hispanic and Asian bad apples as there are White. Are the majority of police officers bad? No certainly not. Do Police officers tend to profile, pull up to a scene with preconceived notions and over all tend to act more aggressively when Blacks are involved as opposed to whites? Possibly, hell in certain areas of the country I’d even up that to probably.

However as Impish remarked to me the other day while we were discussing this:

“When you have 27% of the population committing 78% of the violent crime how is it not possible for there to be some level of  justified profiling going on?”

I would remind you that by and large its that same 27% that will do anything up to and including murdering police officers to avoid being held responsible for their actions.

Until the remainder of the Black Community wakes up to the fact that;

1.) ALL Lives Matter, not just Black lives (which considering the number of black on black violent crimes is apparently something that seriously escapes them) INCLUDING Police Officer’s Lives.

2.) Behavior such as Black Lives Matter protests and this kneeling during the National Anthem then hiding your true reasoning behind a façade of bullshit ceases has to end. IT’s not working to help alleviate the problem in fact, its making it worse, though this is hardly surprising when you consider it originated  from within the core problem group, that violence prone 27% who objected to not being able to get away with violence against police officers any longer.

3.) Despite all their unhappiness with the status quo all they need to do it take a good hard look at a few other countries and  just exactly how good and how restrained the majority of our Police are. I can tell you from first hand experience and observation that the Police Forces of Countries like Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Uruguay and South Korea would not put up with one quarter the bullshit out of these clowns that America Police do. The Police forces of Ireland, Denmark and Uruguay all carry machine guns. Machine guns not pistols, granted they are chambers from the 9mm pistol round as opposed to any caliber rifle round but its is still a machine gun that is strapped to the chest in the low ready position not slung over their shoulder which would the the rough equivalent of American Police with holstered pistol.

4.) That they need start educating their young that the behavior and actions of that violence prone 27% is not acceptable and that behaviors have consequences, preferably by pressuring the black community’s heroes and icons, such as Rappers who routinely glorify violence and the killing of Police in their lyric to change their behavior and message.

this situation will continue to be self perpetuating and hurt the Black community far far worse than it impacts any other.

“Teach Your Children”

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

 

OCD

About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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3 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs # 356 for Wednesday Sept 14th 2016

  1. Maggie says:

    Dear Mr LL,
    In my humble opinion,, there is no athlete, worth 19 million dollars a year. If they are so set on protesting, what they feel is inequality, then let them take the money they make and devide it among the poor and unfortunate they claim to care for. I have worked 40 years for my Social Securtiy check which just about covers what it costs me to live. You can be damn sure if I had more I would try to share it with others, who have less than I have. I am tired of all the belly-acheing these so called do-gooders are yapping about,, Let them PUT UP or SHUT UP.

    Ok enough of my ranting I along with many others here do really appreciate all that you and the Blue fella, do here to keep us informed and entertained.

    Have a good week
    Maggie

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Maggie Darlin’-

      No reason for you to feel the need to apologize. Impish and I rant all the time.
      We welcome opinions and guest ranters (as long as they’re not liberals, they can get their own blog in the fantasy section).
      Besides you make several good points which had not occurred to me as relating to this subject, especially the ones regarding the sports salaries
      and how few of the rich protesters put their money where their so called beliefs are.

      Thanks for the comment and the note of appreciation as well!

  2. Ginny says:

    Wow, after your special 9/11 issue you managed to show us, you are the GREATESt! There was smoke coming from the wheel on my mouse when I hit the weak-knee section…OMG I think you are trying to kill us all…lol I enjoyed everything and my take on the ASSHOLE who won’t stand
    for our National Anthem…..take you protest and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. It DOESN’T belong in sports!

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