"mot·ley" - Pronunciation Key - [mot-lee]
–ADJECTIVE: 1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd. 2. being of different colors combined; 3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
–NOUN: 1. a combination of different colors. 5. a parti-colored effect. 6. the parti-colored garment of a jester. 7. a heterogeneous assemblage. 8. a medley.


Black Friday? Hell No, Baby, Brown Tuesday!

Forget about Black Friday. Except for the entertainment-challenged among us (which seems to be the majority these days), where is the satisfaction in camping out in a Best Buy parking lot for two days just to get a shot at a $200 50" television? Where is the excitement in being elbowed by a rabid soccer mom who is prone to serious mayhem if she thinks she won't score a "Frozen" toy this year? Black Friday is borrrrrrrrrrring!

No more Black Friday, Hell no, baby, we need to make Brown Tuesday our new Thanksgiving / Christmas season custom. You know, the Tuesday immediately prior to Thanksgiving when Grand Juries announce the results of their findings and people who have been waiting for days to loot and riot finally have permission to kick off the holiday season with a (gun) bang and some good ol' fashion lawbreaking. What better way to honor the memory of a lawless and self-centered thug than to set aside a day once a year to go out and be a lawless and self-centered thug yourself. Buying a 50" TV ain't half as 'citing as stealing one. Scoring a "Frozen" action figure ain't half as satisfyin' as the thought of sending a cop to the freezer in the morgue.

White people can keep their Black Friday if they wont to, but it ain't gonna' be like in the past. By the time they get in the door of the burned-out store, ain't gonna' be no TV's left, Black Tuesday, baby!

Did God Sit Out the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

Disclaimer: I did not follow the 2014 elections nearly as closely as I have followed national elections in the past. For that reason, I hope readers will provide examples that prove me wrong in this post.

With that disclaimer in mind, I don't recall hearing a single candidate utter a single word about God or the candidate's religious beliefs. For me, that is disturbing on several fronts.  

It says that faith is not important to either the candidate or the voter. It says that candidates' political beliefs and the voters' election decisions are not based on an external, objective standard of Truth (God's Word), but on the candidate's and the voter's own personal interpretations of what Truth and Standards are. If that is truly the case, we are in a boatload of trouble.

Did Employer Open Enrollment Open the Floodgates for Republicans?

One critical aspect of the 2014 mid-term elections that has been almost universally overlooked is the effect of insurance Open Enrollment meetings held by virtually all private employers just prior to the elections.

For many years now, October has been Open Enrollment time for private employers, that stretch of time when meetings with employees are held to unveil next year's health insurance coverage plans and, most critically in the minds of employees, that time when they learn whether their coverage is more or less generous and more or less costly. In 2014, the vast majority of employers presented their workers with significantly higher deductibles, diminished scope of coverage, surcharges and higher premiums. And employers were not bashful about telling their employees that all those negatives were a result of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Undoubtedly, Obamacare was on the minds of millions, and not in a good way, during October's Open Enrollment meetings. Employees were not just disappointed with their new employer-provided policies, they were downright angry. And this time, they were not angry at their employers, who had the good sense to place the blame where it belonged, they were angry at the Democrats and President Obama. Oh, how prescient the Republicans were when not a single one voted for the ACA.

Note to Democrats, Progressives, Marxists and other purveyors of socialist, government-provided health insurance: Timing is everything. Who would have guessed that the timing of Open Enrollment would have contributed so powerfully to the scorched-earth defeat of the Democrats in 2014? ##