Take the Bob Ross Challenge!

This video series of comics taking the Bob Ross Challenge to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is well worth a watch.

Some of my earliest memories were watching PBS as a kid and when The Electric Company went off and Bob Ross came on, I would watch with great interest. When I started painting as a teenager, I certainly returned to the techniques and ideas that Bob Ross influenced me with as a kid.

Learn more here.

Watch the series here.

Exaggerating jobs numbers, don’t believe everything that you see and hear, sorry not sorry

When I watched yesterday’s press briefing and heard press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders say that she can’t guarantee the president hasn’t used the N word, but — in fact — has black people and hispanics at the top of his care agenda. He cares for black people! He has black friends! Just one less than yesterday since Omarosa left. Now he has two. But two counts!

You can watch the clip above for reference.

After she skated the N-word question, she rattled off bullshit numbers that Trump’s economy has tripled the number of jobs for African American’s in America. See, Trump loves black people! He’s getting them jobs! Three times as many as that asshole Obama! 

The whole time I kept thinking, “She’s not telling the truth. Those numbers are way exaggerated.”

And they were.

From the news Trump calls fake because it doesn’t agree with his “point of view” of personal greatness at WaPo:

Sanders’s statement was false. According to official statistics, black employment in the United States increased by nearly 3 million jobs from January 2009 through January 2017. From January 2017 through July of this year, black employment has increased by about 700,000 jobs.

But this next part is more sobering and more like reality (in other words: boring and not like a TV show with contrived drama that 45 NEEDS like a fucking drug:

The selection of dates is somewhat unusual because it takes into account job gains or losses before Trump and Obama took office. In any event, economists generally regard a president’s ability to shape employment trends as limited.

“If you start the clock on Election Day, Trump’s first 20 months slightly outperformed the beginning of Obama’s second term in African American employment growth,” said Ernie Tedeschi, who served as an economist in Obama’s Treasury Department. “If you start the clock on Inauguration Day, Obama was slightly ahead. But the real bottom line is that the pace of jobs growth hasn’t changed dramatically between the two presidents.”