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Monday, September 13, 2021
For most of its history Tiffany has refused to sell any men's diamond rings, including engagement rings—it considered them to be in bad taste. The firm introduced diamond engagement rings for women in 1886.
Walter Hoving, who ruled Lord and Taylor, and then Tiffany for 25 years, firmly enforced the policy.
Once, a customer tried to buy a man's diamond ring from Hoving himself, whose flat refusal was: "What you want is your business. What we sell is our business."
(Hoving wouldn't sell silver plate or provide charge accounts to customers who had been rude to his employees, either)
He explained his stance to told Women's Wear Daily.
"Sometimes you mustn't pay too much attention to your customers. That's the best way to mess up your merchandise.He meant it, and no one, not even President Kennedy, got a pass.
In 1962, Kennedy, a fanboy of all things space age, directed Tiffany to supply 32 acrylic calendar mementos for those who had been close to him during the Cuban missile crisis—mementos made of then-new Lucite (Poly(methyl 2-methylpropenoate)).
What the Leader of The Free World received instead of the goods was a terse letter from the Chairman of Tiffany informing him that his firm did not execute objets d'art in plastic.
Kennedy change the order to silver.
Even in 2015, when Tiffany ran its first ad for rings for gay male couples, they couldn't have anything heteros couldn't have — just gemless bands.
|2015 Tiffany print ad for gemless rings for male couples|
But last January Tiffany's sale to French-owned LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (which also owns Bulgari, Christian Dior, Givenchy, etc.) was completed, and three months later, diamond engagement rings for boys went on sale—for $15,600 to $278,500, each.
And no BOGO, homo. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
|Rep. Don Bacon speaking at Omaha Walkaway|
Rally last Fall. Photo: Matt Johnson
ThinkProgress considers the Walkaway organization a grifting operation.
Straka faces federal charges of entering restricted grounds and impeding a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.
He cannot now leave Nebraska without permission, and has made his twitter account, with its half million followers, private.
|Kirk, with Bacon|
Don Bacon, who votes against LGBT interests in Congress, but unabashedly solicits gay support, spoke at Straka's event.
In 2018, Bacon showed up at Creighton to pose for a selfie with Charlie Kirk, of Turning Point USA. Kirk bragged on Twitter about sending 80 busloads of people to a Trump Rally in DC. (After it turned into a a violent insurrectionist mob, Kirk tried to bury his role by deleting the tweet.)
In 2019, Don Bacon told a constituent outraged by his relationship with the Family Research Council, that the DC pressure group was not an antigay hate group, even though the Southern Poverty Law Center has been saying exactly that for decades.
FRC's president, Tony Perkins, has a sordid political history; he once purchased Klansman David Duke’s mailing list for use in a Louisiana political campaign he was managing.
|Rep. Don Bacon receiving a good behavior trophy for his 100%|
support of the homophobic FRC's legislative agenda.
News sources have debated the extent to which WalkAway is an example of astroturfing rather than a genuine grassroots movement. David A. Love of CNN condemned the campaign as "pure propaganda [and] a psychological operation." The website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russia's interference on U.S. elections, reported that WalkAway was "connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots to manipulate voters into thinking the movement was more popular and active that it actually was."
Abby Ohlheiser of The Washington Post claimed that "[t]here’s little actual evidence to suggest that #WalkAway represents a mass conversion of millions – or even thousands – of Democrats" and contrasted the broad appeal of true viral videos with the "Conservative Internet viral" nature of the WalkAway video. ThinkProgress characterized the WalkAway campaign as "a grifting operation," noting efforts by the organizers to sell dinner packages priced in the hundreds of dollars to march attendees.
Slate journalist Mark Joseph Stern accused Straka of presenting royalty-free stock images from Shutterstock and claiming they were of people who had left the Democratic Party, though Straka has denied that any such material originated from the WalkAway campaign. Fact-checking website Snopes stated that it could not determine whether this use of stock images had originated from campaign organizers.
Straka has stated that WalkAway does not receive major donations and that "everything is grassroots support from Americans who send us $5 or $100." As of May 2020, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that of the $20,104 donated to WalkAway in 2020, $7,521 were contributed by nine large ($200 or more) donors, of which Straka is one.
Soon after its founding in 2018, WalkAway received a $10,000 donation from Alex Jones and InfoWars. Straka has stated that he is grateful for the donation.
Friday, January 8, 2021
On "A Closer Look," Seth Meyers was having none of Sasse's bizarre redirection.
Quick follow-up question for you, Ben Sasse: What a-the fuck are you a-talkin' about?
Violent separatists just ransacked the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow Democracy, forcing lawmakers and staff to lock down and shelter in place and you're solution is to shovel your neighbor's driveway? This isn't Lake Wobegone.
You're not the host of Prairie Home Companion. You're a United States Senator and insurgents just breached the Capitol.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Free Webcams for owners of the following cameras: Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic Lumix, Sony, GoPro and Olympus
Now that Zoom participation has, well, zoomed during the pandemic, decent webcams have become scarcer and more expensive — but millions of people already have digital cameras far superior to most webcams.
Most can connect to computers to transfer photos and video, but live video output from most DSLR or mirrorless cameras is not in a streaming format.
Not to worry.
At least six of the world's biggest camera companies offer FREE software to turn their products into very high quality webcams. Below are the links. You're welcome.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
|Margo Howard is a journalist and author, known by|
many as Dear Prudence under Mike Kinsley,
who started Slate Magazine.
A basic tenet taught to children by most parents and, I am reliably informed, nuns, is that, “One should not hate. Doing so damages the vessel more than the object.” I have lived with this belief all of my life — until now. That I’ve made an exception I find astonishing. I remember being glued to the televised Army-McCarthy hearings and feeling disgusted by drunk, old, double-gaited Joe, but I don’t recall hating him; just being revolted by such an obviously opportunistic, destructive, and dishonest Senator playing to a gallery of the gullible.
Donald Trump’s despicable, if not deliberate, approach to COVID-19 has precedent. He is culpable in the preventable deaths of tens of thousands of Americans due to the evisceration of environmental protections. The deregulatory attack against the standards of mercury, soot, and carbon dioxide alone will lead to 245,500 preventable deaths over a ten-year period – a calculation based on EPA staff estimates. This is more than the population of the city of Norfolk, VA., or Boise, ID.
OK. Once you’ve made peace with the fact that there is someone worth hating, you get busy and start imagining (OK, wishing for) certain punitive outcomes. I gave myself permission to inflict imaginary damage on the disastrous and unfit Mr. Trump because a psychiatrist told me years ago that no thoughts or fantasies were unacceptable because they were just … thoughts or fantasies. So, for Trump I have selected an LIS, also known as “pseudocoma,” or “locked-in syndrome.” It is the condition in which a patient is aware but cannot move or communicate verbally “due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for vertical eye movements and blinking.” (It is the kind of stroke old Joe Kennedy had.) I felt this would be suitably frustrating because it would make his rages impossible … not to mention, of course, that it would end his tweeting.
My second choice would be for a patriotic Secret Service agent to have his gun go off, seemingly by accident, with the bullet striking the president somewhere significant. That is, no kneecap or shin injuries. As motivational speakers put it, “Aim a little higher.” You are certainly welcome to imagine your own choices, because, really, who amongst us does not want to punish evil?
Editor's note: Even the throes of her most vehement disgust, Margo has never encouraged actual mayhem and isn't here, obviously. We hope Google's content algorithms are smart enough to make that distinction, though we have our doubts.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Douglas Co. GOP now promoting quack hydroxychloroquine video banned by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
The GOP send two tweets today, the first reading simply HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE!!! and the second containing a retweet of the video made by quack doctor Stella "deliverance from demon sperm" Immanuel.
That video is now been banned on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
"I’m just saying clearly studies have shown there’s something to look at there."
"I think this is unfortunately a disservice to the public, to patients, this is something that is very dangerous."
Sunday, July 26, 2020
|Left: Don Bacon; Right: Augusto Pinochet|
|Click above table to enlarge|