The Real Housewives of New York s10 ep1 A Home is still A Home unless its on Montauk Highway


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Disagreements, the Countess in black face, dog pee in HD and this is the first episode of the season.   Does this mean Bravo’s season 10 curse ends in New York?

Bravo’s older franchises Orange County and in Atlanta are in desperate need of retooling.  New and fresh faces.    Bravo through everything at Atlanta. Bringing Kim and Nene back, and having three friends.  The result was zero.   Its still the number uno franchise but its rating are slipping.

New York isn’t as popular as Atlanta or New Jersey, but in the last few years its been the best of all the US Housewives franchises. (Yes, the real Housewives is global)    Smart and funny, its has its drama and its share of confrontations.  However, unlike most of the housewives (Atlanta, New Jersey , Potomac and Beverly Hills) the issues are resolved and not dragged out for an entire season.

Last night, they brought us up to date with the ladies.   Tinsley $$$$$ has moved out of Sonja townhouse of wayward housewives into a hotel.  She doesn’t cook and cleaning? Who does that?   She has a little dog and we get to see the pee before someone from the hotel clean it up.    Distance, ended her whirlwind romance with Scott.       Mooving on.

Carole is working out and preparing the run a marathon.  She  and Adam are over.  How so nevah the friendship is on, he brings her coffee every day and every now in then they have sex. How Modern!

Sexy Sonja, has taken time off to take care of herself.  She got on anti-depressants but didn’t like the way they made her feel .  She and young “Frencny” have parted ways and she seem to have hitched her cart to the ever patient Rocco.

Ramona, is still in the middle her life renovations, single,sixty and dating .

Dorinda is Dorinda. She’s planning a costume party and plans to be Lady Gaga. She orders a copy of Gaga’s famous bubble dress online, and discovers its more of a bubble kit. Fortunately, this is New York  she knew someone at Saturday Night Lives costume department who agrees to assemble the dress for her.

Luann could very well have as news crew following her.  Her life post Tom,has keep the gossip rags lights burning at night.  Tom was the cad everyone thought he was and  I’m sure the people at Bravo are seething!     First, they weren’t allowed to film the controversial and then the Countess divorced Tom after the reunion.  It sounds like the ladies reached out to her after the divorce, everyone except Carole and she’s pissed about that!  Right now she is Manhattan Homeless and has to find a new place on the Isle.  Not sure if she is returning to Sonja Townhouse of Wayward Housewives.  She thinks Sonja has been talking to the press about her life.   So I’m gonna guess no.

We have to bow down to Bethenny, who walked the walk.  Instead of sitting on her stacks of cash and watching  the devastation in Houston and Puerto Rico.   She got involved and made a difference.     She was one of the first responders in Puerto Rico, she found away around the red tape, and she didn’t just write a check.  She went with the plane and helped distribute the supplies. Bethenny found others to physically and financially help her, while the government was printing forms.   She got the supplies to the desperate Americans who needed assistance.   Tinsley donated 10 grand and Ramona donated 3 grand.

“If you want DRAMA throw a party”

Drink?  Dorinda as Lady Gaga is pissed at Sonja who came as Lucy with Rocco. She didn’t didn’t make the rounds and chatted with the other women and worse, didn’t greet our Bubbled hostess, which pissed Dorinda off.    Yeah, Sonja was rude and if she didn’t hear Dorinda mention it she had to feel the spray from Dorinda.  Everyone knows to bring an umbrella when Dorinda’s drunk.

.LuAnn comes in as Diana Ross, with an oversized afro and was sprayed in blackface.  The party was the PERFECT place to air her differences with Carole.

Carole, who was dressed like an aviator.

Lets be clear, our Ramona is a snob.  If its ins’t in the right neighborhood, isn’t trendy, it isn’t for her.   One of things that work for the #RHONY ladies.  Most have known each other for ten years or longer. So even a drunk Bethenny ,should know better.  But this is reality TV and they are drunk.

Most of us know Bethenny from the early seasons when she was living by her fingernails trying to get her business off the ground .   She had gone from the poorest New York housewife to the wealthiest.  Mazel Tov !

With her wealth has made her superior to the other ladies to the point of being obnoxious.

She has bought a place in the Hampton’s.  On Montauk Highway.  Ramona has a place in the Hamptons and Montauk isn’t a place she’d want to live.  She and Bethenny have a stupid ass pissing match about the address.   Ramona like Bethenny is an alpha female t. and she is NOT backing down.  When Ramona says, “I know about real estate,” Bethenny comes back ,, “You have an apartment and a house in the Hamptons. I have five properties.” Ramona doesn’t have Bethennys stacks, but she has had money longer.   Bethenny goes deeper  To make her point. “When you start being successful at something, call me.”

Ramona is a bad azz bitch !   She has started several businesses.  Seeing what her mother went through, she wanted her own money.!   No man was going to tell her what to do and control her !    After the love of her life cheated on her and they divorced.    Ramona, was/is broken but when it came to her funds,she  came out on top.  She is not only renovating the East side apartment she shared with her hubby of more than 20 years, she renovated her Hamptons home and the sixty year old is dating..   Put Ramona in a corner and she will punch low and hard.    Leaving Bethenny playing the victim   ON the cruelness level ,they are about even.    This was stupid….   Everyone return to your homes where ever the location.

From the clips, this season looks good and maybe just maybe it will break Bravo’ Season 10 curse.

CityFella

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Portrait of a Hypocrite: An Outspoken Supporter of the #MeToo Movement failed to Protect her female aid from her male Chief of Staff


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“For too long, the culture in Washington has accepted entirely unacceptable behavior,” . “That needs to change — period.” (Novemeber 2017) Elizabeth Esty

 

“You better fucking  reply to me or I will fucking kill you,” Tony Baker (Esty Chief of Staff) said in the May 5, 2016, recording left for Anna Kain, a former Esty aide Baker had once dated.

According to e-mail optained by the Washington Post, the Congresswomen found out about the episode within a week.  She also spoke to Kain on May 11, emails show; Kain said she provided detailed allegations that Baker had punched, berated and sexually harassed her in Esty’s Capitol Hill office throughout 2014, while she worked as Esty’s senior adviser.

Kain and Baker met in Esty’s office following her 2012 election. They dated casually in 2013 before being promoted to senior adviser and chief of staff, respectively, in early 2014.

Baker did not leave for three months. By his last day on Aug. 12, according to documents Esty provided to The Post, he and Esty had co-written a positive recommendation letter he could use in a job search and signed a legal document preventing her from disparaging him or discussing why he left. Baker went on to work for Sandy Hook Promise, the gun-control group created after the 2012 shooting in Esty’s district. He was dismissed from the group this week after The Post contacted him.

Tony Baker received five thousand dollars in severance pay.

According to Kain’s petition for a restraining order, Baker punched her in the back and “repeatedly screamed” at her in Esty’s office while threatening to retaliate professionally if she reported his behavior. She did not tell Esty or the House Ethics Committee out of fear for her safety, her petition stated.

Kain told The Post that she was so anxious about imperiling her boss’s chance of reelection that she removed her cellphone from the House’s WiFi network so that she could privately look up how to report misconduct to the Ethics Committee.

“I was 24 and doing a job that I believed in for an institution I was proud to be a part of,” Kain said Thursday in an interview. “But I was being severely abused and had nowhere to turn. Nobody talked about things like this. I was suffering and thought it was weakness.”

On May 5, 2016, Baker called Kain approximately 50 times and said he would “find her” and “kill her,” she alleged in the petition.

Ricci disputed that Baker punched Kain but did not challenge her other allegations. He said that Baker was too intoxicated at the time to remember leaving the message and that he offered to resign after Esty learned what had happened. The congresswoman said Baker never offered his resignation.

Baker was barred from working out of Esty’s Capitol Hill office starting on July 24, 2016, according to the separation agreement, which required Esty to serve as a reference in his job search outside of Washington. A draft letter of recommendation from Esty that was attached to the agreement praised his “considerable skills.”

Baker accompanied the congresswoman to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28 before sending a departing email to colleagues on Aug. 12.

A spokeswoman for Sandy Hook Promise declined to comment on Baker’s departure this week.

In retrospect, Esty said she dealt with the situation poorly. She said she plans to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for what she described as the roughly $5,000 Baker received in severance. She also plans to improve how she runs her office.

“What I did was not good enough and it didn’t protect [my staff] enough,” Esty said Monday in an interview at her home in Cheshire, Conn. “ . . . I’m hopeful now with this conversation and this coming out that I’ll be able to be much more direct and help other people in Congress understand the risks they are placing their staff at when they don’t think they are.”

Esty said she plans to advocate for greater accountability in how congressional offices are managed.

 

Honda: Ugly at no additional charge?


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I like Honda”s, the company builds very competent vehicles that do most things well.    While Mazda’s are more fun to drive, Honda are more livable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any Honda.

The Honda Accord has been around for more than four decades.  No car, Mercedes Benz, BMW,has appeared on Car and Drivers Magazine’s “10 Best” more than the Honda Accord. It has won many award all over the world.

The Accord was the first Japanese car manufactured in America.  For nearly ten years the Honda Accord has been the second best selling car in the United States, only behind the Toyota Camry.   While more people are buying SUV’s than passengers cars.  The Accord remains very important to Honda.

For 2018, The Accord and Toyota Camry are all new.  Japanese cars are typically conservatively styled. No extreme curves or creases.   This year, the gloves are off, as the two vehicles attempt to slow the slide of market share.

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2018 Toyota Camry: America's Favorite Sedan Is All-New

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The news has been good for Toyota. The Camry sales are up nearly 13% for the year.    Sales for the Honda Accord, the car that won the prestigious North American Car of the Year and The Canadian Car of the Year, is down nearly 15%

Could it be the wrapper?  

I think the stylist at Honda have lost their way.  First at Acura its luxury brand.  It seemed the stylist focused all their attention on the front of the car with its complex lighting and slabs of chrome.

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Honda revealed the new corporate grill in the 2016 Honda Civic.

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A thick and heavy piece of chrome with an “H” in the center.   The saving grace for the Civic is it’s unique rear lighting.  Charles Fleming of the Los Angeles Times said the Civic was bland.  While there was love for the performance of the top spec Civic Type “R”. few had positive words for its styling.   Saying the car was overdone with “too much of everything”

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Car and Driver said: The Type R’s flaws are plain to see for anyone over the age of 19. The designers appear to have drawn inspiration from fly swatters, anime hairstyles, and suspicious growths. And the interior team must have used their year’s allotment of red Sharpies coloring the seats and the lower half of the steering wheel, because they all but stopped at the B-pillar, dressing the rear only with perfunctory red stitching and belts. On the upside, think of all the money you’ll save when you can’t find a more garish fiberglass body kit for your Honda.

Which brings us back to the Accord.   Last summer Kelly Pleskot of Motor Trend asked its readers was the New Accord Refreshing or Revolting ? Christian Wardlaw of the New York  thought the Accord  looked sensational, especially in comparison to what will be its primary competitor, the new 2018 Toyota Camry. Dan Wise of  the  St Louis Post Dispatch  Said the styling is polarizing.     Car and Driver saysIt’s certainly the most elegant-looking Accord since the sleek, pop -up headlight model ,from the late 1980s, and its body thankfully avoids much of the surface excitement that plagues the latest Civic. The front-end styling has proved polarizing among our ranks, but from any other angle, it’s undeniably a handsome piece.

DESIGNERS NEEDED STAT!

Apply at the Honda Design Center in Cailfornia

 

Its likely the face of the Accord, will be refreshed for next year.   However the sales year isn’t over and waiting in the wings is the 2019 Nissan Altima (the 3rd best selling midsize car) which should arrive at dealership early summer.

There are cracks over at Honda.   Sales have slowed for the (10th generation) Civic now in its third year. It is slightly ahead of the Toyota Corolla(11th generation) now in its fifth year.

Sales are also down for the Honda’s best selling vechicle CR-V (5th generation) in its second year is down nearly 19% for the year while sales are up for the Nissan Rouge (2nd generation) 20% in its fifth year in production  The Toyota Rav4 is the best selling SUV in the US.  The fourth generation is now its its sixth year.  The fifth generation is due to hit the showrooms this summer.

The heat is ON!

.Mazda is quieting their vechicles to make them more competative.  Hyundai and Kia having raided Audi and BMW engineeers and designers, are preparing for their third act Genesis.

At the end of the day, what we drive is an extention of who we are and who wants to be bland?

CityFella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stormy Daniels is a feminist hero


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And we owe it to her to give her the respect she deserves in her fight to break her silence

If American history has taught us one important lesson, it’s that sex scandals — in all their forms — can be more powerful than whispers of corruption when it comes to pushing a politician out of office.

By: Nicole Karlis/Salon.com

While this isn’t always the case, it seems to be true more times than not. Blame it on the country’s puritanical roots, America’s obsession with private lives or the increasing intolerance for abusive men in positions of power. When one’s sex life becomes public knowledge, and it reflects poorly on that person’s character, it’s likely their days in office are numbered. This trend dates back centuries. As every Lin-Manuel Miranda fan knows, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had an affair while married. A journalist exposed him after he served in office, but he still had to issue a public apology, which reportedly harmed his reputation and future in politics. Then there’s Bill Clinton, who set a new standard of what the implications are when you lie about an affair under oath.

 

When news broke that adult film star Stephanie Clifford (whose stage name is Stormy Daniels) allegedly had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006 while he was married to Melania Trump, gasps and glimmers of real hope arrived for many who are utterly exhausted by Trump’s misogyny, racism and bullying. Unlike the many would-be scandals that have followed Trump all the way into the Oval Office, Clifford has a real chance at thwarting Trump’s position of power.

Click on the Link below to Salon.com for the rest of the story

https://www.salon.com/2018/03/18/stormy-daniels-is-a-feminist-hero/

 

They were SERIOUS about their “Panther” seats There is a bullet hole in the theater ceiling to prove it.!


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Remember way back in day, when you could go see a movie and sit anywhere?

Well that is so, 2015.  Today in some of the newer theaters, with  power loungers the seats are assigned.  So it often much longer to buy a ticket in the new style theaters.  To make matters worse because of the space they require the new theaters have fewer seats.  Image result for amc fire tower 12

A few weeks ago here in Sacratomatoville, I saw “I Tanya”  in one of the newer theaters. The theater wasn’t much larger than my living room * 44 seats.

“Black Panther”is the hottest movie ticket in America today.

On Friday February 23th,  30 year old Shameka Latrice Lynch bought a ticket at the AMC Fire Tower 12 in Greenville, North Carolina, for the 11.45 showing of the Black Panther Movie.

When Shameka arrived in the theater she discovered someone in her seat and it wasn’t Goldilocks.    Because their names was on the Police report I’m guessing it was either  Deandre Cox or Randy Jones sitting in her seat and I’m guessing  they wouldn’t move.

Ms Lynch, paid for the  tickets and wanted to sit in her seat.  Quick, fast and before previews!   To get their attention, a National Rifle Association approved 32 caliber pistol was fired into the ceiling.

Not only did she get the full attention of the two men allegedly sitting in her seats.  She had the full attention of the people in theater.

When the police arrived, Ms Lynch seat was empty. In fact all the seats were empty, not only in theater two ,but in all twelve theaters.   The police evacuated the entire complex.

Ms  Lynch turned herself in on Saturday (24th )where she is being held until $250,000 until her court date on March 14th.

Early news reports say’s she was the person who fired the gun.  Witnesses in the theater says a black man, wearing a blue and white striped shirt and hat fired the gun.

A couple of days later (26th), Greenville police arrested Chadwick Cherry.  The Tarboro, North Carolina resident, is facing two charges of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of discharging a weapon in an enclosure to incite fear. Mr Cherry is being held on a $300,00 bond.Image result for chadwick cherry north carolina

 

 

One wonders, what would have happened if someone would have asked a theater employee for assistance.  For all of their actions, they may have to wait for “Black Panther’  to appear on TV.

I still haven’t seen “Black Panther and when I do.  I’m going to an old school movie theater with ordinary seats. Excuse me please ,sorry didn’t mean to step on your toe. SORRY!

CityFella

*My living room doesn’t have 44 seats.

Students Plan Protests, Washington March, to Demand Gun Control After Mass Shooting


 

 

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PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rifle, joined others on social media to plan the events, including a Washington march.

“I felt like it was our time to take a stand,” said Lane Murdock, 15, of Connecticut. “We’re the ones in these schools, we’re the ones who are having shooters come into our classrooms and our spaces.”

Murdock, who lives 20 miles (32 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were shot to death five years ago, drew more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition on Sunday calling on students to walk out of their high schools on April 20.

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-students/students-plan-protests-washington-march-to-demand-gun-control-after-mass-shooting-idUSKCN1G20S8

Ford Woo’s Baby Boomers and Dog Owners


By: Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press

Ford is to unveil its redesigned 2019 Transit Connect Wagon on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, positioning the seven-passenger vehicle as an affordable alternative to the minivan for entrepreneurs, pet owners and grandparents.

“Not everybody needs the DVD player and built-in vacuum,” said Sam Locricchio, Ford product communications manager. “You know what? We sell a lot of these bad boys.”

With a segment-exclusive diesel engine and new driver-assist technologies, the vehicle can be used to haul both passengers and cargo.

“We’re living longer. We’re working harder. We’re changing careers and people now have their own side businesses that relate to their passions, whether it’s painting or antiquing,” Locricchio said.

Karina Shaughnessy, 36, a pharmaceutical report writer from Paw Paw, said she can’t do without her 2016 Transit Connect Wagon purchased last June. “I travel a lot with our three Border Collie mixes and compete in dog sports, primarily disc (Frisbee) dog sports. So we needed something that could hold three dog crates, two adults, a 9-year-old child and all our stuff while getting great gas mileage.”

The family likes its 2011 Dodge Caravan, but the vehicle lacks needed space. So their 2012 Toyota RAV4, which “only held two dog crates,” was replaced. Other sport dog families recommended the boxy Ford.

In addition to pet owners, the Dearborn-based automaker is trying to appeal to consumers born from 1946 to 1964.

America is home to 111 million baby boomers who control a vast majority of the nation’s spending power. And one in three boomers plans to purchase a vehicle in the next three years, according to AARP.

Kevin Brown, 63, a graphic artist who lives in the Houston suburb of Nassau Bay, Texas, uses his 2013 Transit Connect Wagon to haul surfboards on weekends with his wife, deliver custom T-shirts to clients up and down the Gulf Coast and shuttle his nine grandchildren.

“Unlike most people in Texas, I don’t have much use for a pickup. Everything I carry can’t get wet. I have to keep everything dry for business,” he said. “This has dependability, comfort, fuel efficiency and whatnot. I used to drive VW buses. This has more volume and lower floorboards for loading. The doors open and just get out of the way for my dolly or whatever I have.”

The wagon, which has dual sliding doors, features standard pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection to help avoid hitting anyone who might unexpectedly cross in front of the vehicle’s path. Available adaptive cruise control automatically slows the vehicle when radar detects traffic slowing ahead. A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with auto start-stop comes with the all-new 8-speed automatic. Ford targets at least a 30 mpg EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating with the all-new 1.5 liter-diesel engine.

“Customers pay for what they need and not for what they don’t,” said Imran Jalal, Ford commercial vehicle brand and communications manager. “These customers are on a tight budget.”

He noted that 63% of new vehicle buyers are aged 50 to 68. And that group purchases 6.2 million vehicles annually, far more than other demographics. Ford is looking at a market of 17 million drivers over 50 during the next decade.

“Baby boomers are the first generation that regularly changes careers after age 50,” Jalal said. “That means they may want to convert their vehicle from a people mover to a cargo van for small businesses.”

The vehicle has voice mail, e-mail, text, Bluetooth, GPS and voice dialing capabilities.

“Everybody’s on the go. We never stop,” said Tim Stoehr, Ford general fleet marketing manager. “You need connectivity to remain competitive.”

The 2019 Transit Connect Wagon has up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity with the available tow package, and a better payload than a diesel-powered Ram 1500 traditional pickup, he said.

“This is for baby boomers moving into a new phase of life,” Stoehr said.

Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Cox Automotive, said the Transit Connect Wagon is ideal for a do-it-yourselfer.

“This applies to a part of the market that’s underserved,” she said. “You can go with a pickup truck, but there’s not really a similar product from other manufacturer in the market.”

While a price has not been revealed, Ford promised that it would be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in the United States with more cargo volume behind the first row than a Chevy Tahoe.

The Ford Transit Connect Wagon is built in Valencia, Spain.