The recent sickening incident of United Airlines (UA) injuring and then forcibly dragging an involuntarily bumped passenger off the plane, speaks volumes about the corporate culture at UA. True to form, the CEO of United Airlines soon proved beyond any doubt the toxic culture he created and the stupidity of the man in charge.

These days everyone has a smart phone with a camera. In no time, the video of the entire horrid episode is available for the whole world to see – how United Airlines treated its passenger. CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, sent an email to UA employees, further inflamed the outrage. Just like the video, didn’t Mr. Munoz think the email would also get out for the whole world to see?

Mr. Munoz supported the actions. “Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this.” You mean established procedures like forcibly dragging a passenger off the plane? He commended their actions. “I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond” I think the world would agree injuring and dragging a passenger off the plane is indeed going WAY above and beyond.

The employees of UA would not have acted this way without the CEO establishing a belligerent culture at the company. The employees of UA would not have acted this way without explicit or tacit approval from corporate higher-up. Mr. Munoz also said “we are taking a close look… Treating our customers…with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are.” No, apparently, treating your customers with respect and dignity is NOT your core value. And, dude, as for your close look, look no further than in the mirror. You, Mr. Munoz, are the problem.

Whatever United Airlines and this CEO thought they would gain (about getting 4 staff to their next flight), pales into such insignificance when compared to the bad publicity and damage to their brand. Apparently, damaging to the UA brand is no big deal for this CEO. The victim has already lawyered up. This will end up in court, and costing UA millions. Is the United Airlines Board of Directors watching the news? There is an idiot running your corporation. Do the one and only defined duty of any board – show the CEO the door.

Recent news show the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, is a McDonald’s fan.

In fact, he actually did a commercial for McD, in 2002, with Grimace.

His endorsement commercials do not end there.

Pizza Hut – in 1995, with his 1st wife, Ivana.

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Of course, he is not above promoting his own brands.

Trump Collection – dress just like Trump

Trump Steak – eat just like Trump

Trump Home – sleep just like Trump

Trump The Game – play just like Trump

Trump also like to mingle with sports and athletes.

He owned the short-lived USFL Generals – with some high profiled player signings

With the Manning brothers

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Is appointing Linda McMahon as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a payback for beating up and shaving Vince McMahon?

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March 15, 2017

For those Seinfeld sitcom fans, “The Muffin Tops” was one of the more memorable episodes. It asked the questions on all of our minds, whenever we had muffins. “Can I have just the top?” “Why do they have to make the bottom also?” Muffin top is the crunchy, flavorful, essence of a muffin. The bottom stump is that dry…. Does anyone even remember what the bottom tastes like? Is the stump really necessary?

McDonald’s apparently did not think so. It came out with the Muffin Toppers. Has McDonald’s hit another jackpot, like the all-day breakfast?

I haven’t seen the muffin toppers in our local stores. There are reviews online. Apparently, it’s not really a muffin top “popped” from a whole muffin. They are really muffins with a very shallow stump. It’s more like a miniature muffin.

You don’t really get that crunchy top, baked to perfection. Worse, you just get a miniature muffin that tastes like it’s all stump.

 

 

McDonald’s apparently did not follow Seinfeld’s (Elaine’s) advice. You need to bake the whole muffin, then “pop” the top, chuck the stump away.

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Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. One of Donald Trump’s most recognizable feature is his hair. Now, we know how he style his hair – fashioned from the animal kingdom.

Chinese golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) native western China
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Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus Oedipus) found mainly in Colombia, South America
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Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid
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Horse (Equus caballus)
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The Peruvian flannel moth caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)
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They even named a new discovered moth (Neopalpa donaldtrumpi), after him.
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By most accounts, Donald Trump’s hair is real, not a rug piece. He does take a small dose of the drug finasteride, marketed as Propecia. It’s a prostate drug, but also used to treat male pattern baldness.

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San Diego used to have 3 professional sports teams: Basketball Clippers, Football Chargers, Baseball Padres. In 2017, the sad state of San Diego professional sports team took another hit. It is down to just one. Only the Major League Baseball team Padres still call San Diego home. San Diego lost both the Clippers and the Chargers to Los Angeles. All we need is for the Padres to also move north for a trifecta. Hey, LA, interested in a 3rd baseball team?

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In 1984, San Diego Clippers moved to Los Angeles, a city owned by its perennial winner, the Lakers, they of 16 NBA championships. How many championship have the Clippers won, before or after 1984? Zero.

In 2017, San Diego Chargers decided to move to Los Angeles, after San Diego residents resoundingly defeated a referendum to pay for a stadium for the Chargers. It will share a football venue with another NFL team, the LA Rams. LA greeted the news like another Kardashian story – yawn, enough already!

Obviously, there were financial reasons for all these moves. But, fans don’t care about that. Fans want winners.

Poor LA. For 20 years, you proved you don’t need a professional football team. Now, two teams are thrusted upon you. Two winners? For the regular season just ended, from Dec. 1 on, the two NFL franchises now call Los Angeles home, the Rams and the Chargers, were a combined 0-10. Yikes! Good luck, Los Angeles.