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What’s Up With That?

Everyone knows SmuttyCat is lazy, but he just had to take a break from catching up on the season finales of his most favorite shows to blog on an outlandish discovery. The story is that humans value chimps over people and their own community.

SmuttyCat’s partner sites DKemp Designs and Infinity Run Media started a community initiative a short while ago. It’s called CoffeeChange.org based on the philosophy that the small change spent on coffee by many people once a month, can create lasting local and global change.

Sounds good, right? Throw a couple of bucks in a virtual bucket once a month and viola! One new business starts or the next genius gets the education needed to cure cancer or end world hunger. What a simple concept.

But SmuttyCat just found out that in 4 days, over $72,000 was raised for abandoned chimps and yet in 2 weeks only $12 has been raised to help a single mom get a stable space to raise her daughter and grow her small business. Now, the backstory is this is a young lady who went to college, got a job, got married, had a child and then went through a divorce while a stay at home mom starting a business. She found herself homeless and unemployed, but managed in less than one year, to buy a car, get a job and an apartment. But the apartment is small and has no yard so there is no way to grow the business. This enterprising person in our community is trying to buy a modest home but has had no time or extra income to save for a down payment or the appliances that will be needed.

CoffeeChange.org is not about fixing all the world’s problems, they are not big enough. They are about leveraging small changes that ripple out through the globe. A $2 donation will not end world hunger or cure cancer. But it can stabilize a small business effort or educate the next genius.

SmuttyCat refuses to believe that there are not 6,000 humans in the Metro Detroit area who won’t donate $2 toward this important project. No, you won’t get a fancy t-shirt (although you can e-mail CoffeeChange.org about buying one of theirs), but for a $2 to $5 dollar donation you can stop complaining and start building.

Spread the word: a cup of coffee can change the world.

Black Friday Morphs into Black Thursday

Smutty loves turkey and naps.  A day that celebrates both is Smutty’s idea of a perfect holiday.  So, the idea of giving up any part of a day of food, family and napping leaves Smutty baffled.

Why, oh why, would anyone get up from a feast and leave to go shopping?  For stuff no one needs?

What about leftovers?  What about seconds? What about the naps during the Christmas movies?

black Thursday

Smutty says it is time to put an end to the madness.  Keep Thanksgiving sacred.  Don’t shop unless it’s from your couch.  Use your laptop or tablet to browse.  Don’t leave your family to go shopping.

If you do go, don’t complain when you return to no pie or dark meat from the turkey.  Thanksgiving shopping for anything other than gravy and cranberry sauce is just wrong.

Salt Lake Tribune Says ‘Too Many Mitts’

RomneyLiesAgainJust in case you needed any more convincing to vote for President Obama, here is an article reprinted from the NPR.  Smutty says go Vote.

The biggest newspaper in the state likely to give Mitt Romney his biggest margin on Election Day has endorsed Barack Obama for president.

The Salt Lake Tribune‘s endorsement, which is titled “Too Many Mitts,” praises Romney for his “singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal” and declares him Utah’s “favorite adopted son.”

But the newspaper’s editorial board says the Romney it has gushed over since his 2002 Olympic performance is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.

“As the party’s shape-shifting nominee,” the Tribune says, “Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’ ”

The endorsement praises Obama as “a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day.”

For more than a century, the Tribune has been perceived as the left-leaning, non-Mormon — sometimes anti-Mormon — daily newspaper in a Democratic city in a Mormon-dominated state.

The Tribune has endorsed Republicans from time to time, but it also endorsed Obama in 2008.

The paper’s endorsement “undermines part of Romney’s narrative,” says David Magleby of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, a school owned by the Mormon Church.

“It is potentially damaging to Romney in that the paper always praised his skills in managing the Olympics,” Magleby says, “and is now criticizing how those same skills have evolved on the presidential stage.”

But Magleby says the endorsement will not change many votes in Utah, where he predicts an Election Day tally of at least 70 percent for Romney.

“It could be the largest margin in any state,” he says.

The Romney campaign has yet to respond to a request for comment, but we’ll post any comment here if and when the campaign responds.

But Kirk Jowers, a long-time Romney adviser and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says the Tribune “got it wrong.”

Jowers says he’s known Romney since 1994 and says the Republican nominee “is the same man with the same character and the same values, and he’s the same singular force who saved the Olympics.”

Romney, Jowers adds, “is the singular force to save the country.”

Jowers doesn’t believe the endorsement will have any impact inside or outside Utah. The Romney campaign, he says, is more concerned about newspaper endorsements in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio.

The Tribune editorial board says it “had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago.”

“The president has earned a second term,” the endorsement says. “Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.”

Bill Clinton Jazzy Without Sax

To wrap up Smutty’s coverage of the DNC, here is the word from Obama BFF Bill Clinton.

Former President Bill Clinton delivered the nomination address at the DNC and wowed as usual.  But in less than one hour, Clinton addressed every one of the Republican’s so-called issues with President Obama and revealed them for the lies they are.

By having facts and accurate figures at his fingertips, Clinton destroyed all of the rhetoric proclaimed at the RNC.

The best quotes; “We’re all in it together” “Arithmetic” “Their number one priority is not to put America back to work, it is to put President Obama out of work” “We left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough so fire him and put us back in”.  Shouldn’t the Republicans be concentrating on positive outcomes for the American public, not just getting President Obama out?  Smutty’s just sayin’.  Check the video for yourself,  Smutty gives it 4 paws of apawoval.

Word From the Top; “I am the President”

Smutty had to skip a few naps but he watched the entire speech from President Obama at the DNC.  If you missed it, Smutty has graciously posted it below.  There were so many good phrases and sound bites it is hard to choose, but Smutty’s favorite is this;

Smutty is Eastwooding

Smutty EastwoodingYes, Smutty has been #Eastwooding.  Smutty is ashamed to admit it, but after reading the Huffington Post, he had to jump into the #Eastwooding fray.

Eastwooding is not just a momentary fad, Smutty declares that Eastwooding will become a lifestyle choice.  Seniors of the world rejoice, your moment to shine has been delivered by Dirty Harry himself.

The sheer volume of Facebook and Twitter communications ensures that this trend will be with us for a long time to come.  Every time you see an empty chair, you will smile fondly in remembrance of this shared American experience.

In case you have been in a Tibet monastery for the past few days, Smutty is graciously posting the video of the speech heard around the world which birthed “Eastwooding”.

The Informed Opinion

Hey Fox News, check your fact checkers before posting stories.  Make sure they don’t think like this;

Monday Funnies

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What Were They Thinking??

Smutty occasionally takes time out to ponder some questionable Human behaviors.  Yesterday Smutty found out that major sportswear company Adidas, had developed and almost brought to market a pair of sneakers with bright orange shackles attached to the ankles.

Correct me if Smutty is wrong, but isn’t Adidas’ primary customer base young, African American males?  What possible spin could be placed on a product which evokes images of slavery and prison?  There is no way someone in the entire Adidas company did not mention this as a possible issue.  If not, Adidas needs to hire some minorities in Public Relations immediately.

The design was defended by Adidas as being “quirky and lighthearted”.  Smutty wants to know if the designer feels lighting cat and dog tails on fire is considered “quirky and lighthearted” or if he would be offended if a mugger slapped and beat his mother then sold brass knuckles as a “fun” product.  Shackles cannot be considered in a fun or humorous manner by anyone, for any reason.

If Adidas is truly sincere about not intending to offend, they should hire some minorities on the product review team right now.  Smutty is available for consultation.

Meantime, all young males need to sell their Adidas’ and head to the nearest Nike store.  Vote with your wallets and show this company just how “quirky and lighthearted” you feel about their offense.  Smutty will not be gracing any of his 4 feet with any Adidas products.

No Excuse For Rudeness

Smutty had the horrifying experience of witnessing “customer service” in action at a “Human Services” office. The customer was having an emergency of some kind and wanted to talk with her worker.  After calling on the in-house phone several times, she got no response.  She got in line again and politely asked if they would check and see if her worker was in, or send an e-mail to say she was waiting.  The desk person snidely stated “that’s the way they did it on (street name) this is (street name)”.  The customer said there’s no reason to be rude, and was subjected to more rudeness before some other staff intervened.

Smutty knows rudeness when he hears it, and this “customer service” person treated everyone in her line like crap.  We all are aware of the state of the economy, but there is no excuse to treat people seeking help like pond scum.  Most new entrants to the DHS system would rather be anywhere else.  Why mistreat them and make it worse?

Hopefully as the economy gets better, humans will remember their manners.  Otherwise, animals will be better behaved and will tell their kids “don’t act like a bunch of humans”.

Smutty can hope.