The Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker (lets you use your favorite coffee grounds!)


The final "new-to-me" coffee maker that was featured in the marketing email that I actually took the time to read and not just delete.  I've been in a cave lately when it comes to coffee makers.  I've not been in the market for one since last April (pre-wedding reception coffee bar) and then after that life got insane for awhile.  Now, getting over a bought with the flu, I'm spending a lot of time sitting on my exhausted, fatigued backside and actually reading some of my emails... which is how I found out about this little guy.

REASON NUMBER ONE I LIKE HIM?   He doesn't use pods!  Yeah, I do use coffee pods (k-cups) but I also feel a bit guilty every time I do as those little things have been around long enough now you can place them end to end and circle the moon and back.  But those little eco-cups were messy and often, I found the lids to snap right off and break too easily.  This little machine solves that. 

Like it's big brother, it uses a filter and your own ground coffee, but you still get that great flavor of a single serve coffee and not a whole gross-tasting and often times burnt whole pot of coffee.  And no plastic k-cup pod is needed!

  Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker

  • JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT: The Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve Coffee Maker brews 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz of hot and flavorful coffee and anything in between—set the dial for your ideal brew size
  • GREAT-TASTING COFFEE, YOUR WAY: Personal coffee maker lets you use your favorite coffee grounds; uses kettle heating technology to brew at the optimal temperature and extract the best flavors for full-bodied coffee
  • ADVANCED WATER FLOW SYSTEM: The HotCup coffee maker uses an Advanced Water Flow system that evenly distributes the right amount of water over coffee grounds in a sweeping pattern, for the richest, boldest flavors
  • EASY MEASURING SCOOP: Includes a convenient measuring scoop that matches the brew size options on the coffee maker to measure the right amount of coffee grounds every time
  • MORE CONVENIENT FEATURES: The HotCup has a large, illuminated, 74 oz water tank for more servings and less refills; an energy efficient auto on/off feature; uses #2 cone filters (sold separately) for best taste and easy cleanup; includes a dishwasher-safe brew basket; and can also be used as a hot water dispenser to make tea, hot cocoa, and instant food

More Convenient Features

  • Fits travel mugs up to 7" tall
  • Makes anywhere from 6-12 oz.
  • 74 oz. illuminated water tank
  • Auto on/off
  • Dishwasher-safe brew basket
  • Use as a hot water dispenser

No Need for Pods

Brew great-tasting, fresh coffee, that’s the right strength for every serving size, with the easy measuring scoop.

Advanced Water Flow System

Evenly distributes the perfect amount of water in a sweeping motion, for full-bodied flavor.

Kettle Heating Technology

Heats up water to the optimal temperature for hot, flavorful coffee.

The Perfect Cup of Fresh, Hot Coffee...

...brewed to the exact strength you like. Just scoop your favorite coffee grounds with the easy measuring scoop, set the dial anywhere from 6 to 12 oz., and press Brew Now. The kettle heater will heat the water to the optimal brewing temperature, and the water flow system will distribute it evenly over the grounds through the cone filter, releasing the rich, bold coffee flavors.

The Mr. Coffee All-in-One Pour Over Coffee Maker


As I mentioned in a previous post, I found three (3) new-to-me coffee makers tonight simply by actually reading one of the Mr. Coffee marketing emails in my in box.  They've flown under my radar since I haven't been in the market for a new coffee makers since last April/May when I needed to buy two machines for a coffee bar and one of my kids wedding reception.

I think I've blogged about how I do my own little 'pour over' coffee here at home using the old filter basket from a long-gone Mr. Coffee machine... I'm not going to take the time to check but I'm pretty sure I have posted about it, with photos.  This is just a little bit more fancy-dancy than my DIY version. 

Mr. Coffee All-in-One Pour Over Coffee Maker, 6 Cups, Black

  • Make delicious pour over Coffee at home with the Mr. Coffee all in one at home pour over coffeemaker—its on screen, step by step guide walks you through the pour over process, so you get the right amount of Coffee and water at the optimal brewing temperature for great tasting pour over Coffee
  • An integrated auto measure scale automatically calculates the right amount of Coffee and water, so you know just how much to add for the perfect cup of pour over Coffee
  • The temperature controlled gooseneck kettle heats to the optimal Coffee brewing temperature
  • Cone style brewer allows water to flow evenly through the Coffee grounds to extract the fullest flavor; uses #2 cone pointed filters (sold separately)
  • On screen guide tells you when to pause for blooming, which is soaking of the grounds to extract the fullest flavor (you may even enjoy the flavor of pour over coffee without milk or sugar)
  • Brews 2, 4, or 6 cups of Coffee; set includes dripper, kettle & scale — enjoy home pour over without buying individual pieces; warming plate not included, as extra heating of pour over coffee may make it bitter

No Need to Measure

An integrated sensor calculates the perfect amount of water and coffee.
The instructions on the base of the unit will take you through the pour over process step by step.

The gooseneck kettle heats water to the optimal temperature for flavorful, pour over coffee.
What is Blooming?

The Mr. Coffee Simple Pour Over coffeemaker system allows for “blooming.”

Blooming lets the coffee grounds presoak, or “bloom” for 30 seconds.
This extracts more flavor from the coffee grounds, resulting in a better-tasting cup of coffee.


The New Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine


I mentioned not long ago that I've been getting Mr. Coffee marketing emails since I ordered a replacement part a few months back and apparently never got around to unsubscribing.  I was going to a couple weeks ago, but it ended up when I saw the new product featured in the email, it was interesting enough for me to look up more information on it, so perhaps I didn't want to unsubscribe right away...

Which is why I got another marketing email today and what do you know?  Three new-to-me products and I decided if there were other people like me who have been far too busy with 'life' to pay attention to new fangled coffee making apparatus's, maybe they would see it on my blog and be happy I told them about it.  And because I'm an Amazon affiliate, I of course went there to see the price, read reviews, look at photos and read the product descriptions!

 Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine

Skip the trip to or long lines at the local coffee shop and easily create extraordinary coffee drinks at home with Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse. With a simple press of a button, you can make espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes within minutes. Choose from a single or double shot of espresso and then let the automatic milk frother steam the milk of your choice into a light and airy foam. A 19-bar Italian pump delivers the optimal amount of pressure to squeeze every bit of flavor from the brew for delicious barista-quality drinks.

Product Features

  • 19-bar Italian pump
  • One-touch control panel
  • Thermocouple heating system quickly and evenly heats water
  • Integrated automatic milk frother turns your favorite milk into a light, creamy foam
  • Removable milk reservoir is easy to fill and clean and great for storing leftover milk in the fridge
  • Adjustable cup tray fits tall or short mugs
  • One touch of a button is all it takes to activate the cleaning cycle


Update to the student loan scam; Now - "Hello this is Sarah, calling with the Student Loan Advisory Board...."

Update to the ever-so-infamous student loan scam phone calls... now she's changed her name again but they also changed up the script a little.  Instead of Laurie or Jennifer calling you 'about your student loans' now they've made up the name "Student Loan Advisory Board"...  all fake.  All scams.  Hang up.  Do not call back.

"Hello this is Sarah, calling with the Student Loan Advisory Board...."


Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker


Introducing the NEW Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker

I receive marketing emails from Mr. Coffee (I guess I got signed up when I ordered a replacement part for my frappe' maker and just never bothered to unsubscribe). The latest one was full of excitement for their newest 'Mr. Coffee Family' member; the Occasions Coffee Maker, which I do think is a really stupid name, but they didn't ask me.

Their email did get me interested enough to click on their link and I went to their site to read about it. And they said it was available through Amazon so I looked it up, and decided to feature it on Coffee Talking for those who may be interested. I've not bought one... not sure I will as I don't have a need for it at this moment - I have 3 k-cup brewers, a Hamilton Beach BrewStation, a Melitta Espresso Maker, a Mr. Coffee Frappe maker and a few other machines on hand (you can see them on the "Coffee Makers I Own Page").

But... it's something worth talking about over coffee, eh?
"Satisfy any coffee craving with this compact coffee maker that lets you brew a full pot, a single cup, or even authentic espresso. The all-in-1 coffee maker includes a 10-cup thermal carafe for traditional drip coffee, as well as a single-serve attachment that is compatible with K-Cup® Pods and fits travel mugs up to 7 inches tall. Or, you can even use it as a cappuccino maker or a latter maker! Brew 1 or 2 shots of authentic espresso and create specialty drinks with dairy, almond, coconut, and other types of milk with the help of the 15-bar pump and built-in milk frother wand."

  • A perfect coffee maker for satisfying every craving, the Mr. Coffee occasions Coffee maker does it all brews traditional drip Coffee with a 10 cup thermal carafe; makes 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. Of single serve Coffee; accommodates K Cup; pods and brews into a 7 inch Travel mug; makes 1 or 2 shots of authentic Espresso with the 15 bar pump system; and has a built in milk frother so you can use it as a Latte maker and cappuccino maker; K cup is a registered trademark of Keurig green Mountain
  • Whether you're using the Coffee maker as an espresso machine, for traditional coffee, or for anything else, The auto brew detect feature automatically recognizes the attachment you're using and provides the right brew size options for that specific brew
  • The smart water system dispenses the right amount of water for the brewing method and serving size
  • Temperature control system heats water to the ideal temperature for every type of brew
  • The built in milk frother wand lets you create a variety of cafĂ© style drinks with dairy, almond, coconut, and other types of milk
  • Stylish, All in One design includes a removable drip tray for simpler cleanup, a removable 55 oz water reservoir for easy refills, and a storage tray that holds the tamper, Espresso, and single serve attachments 


k-cup pod compatible

 control the temperature as you like it

espresso... no problem

automatic water shut off at the right shot size

carafe' friendly for a traditional brew

With all the positives this new little guy has, it seems I'm finding one complaint over and over again and it's a legit complaint.  The designers of this coffee maker must not ever like to wake to the smell of coffee brewing and have it ready and waiting for them as they stumble into the kitchen.  There is no programmable timer.

Now, I'll be the first to say they may have done this on purpose because they've already offered so many features on this little machine and most people today (well, those under my parents age anyway) don't bother brewing a whole carafe of coffee.  Most either single brew with a k-cup, brew directly into a to-go or travel mug, or brew espresso shots.  But if you are the kind of person that wants to brew a whole pot of coffee and program it to start while you are still in bed, this might be a 'pass' for you.  Or... buy it for the other features but maybe keep your old $30 traditional Mr. Coffee with a programmable timer on it for the mornings you want a whole pot of coffee brewing before your head lifts off the pillow.


Something that Apple STILL hasn't fixed with the latest iOS 13.2.3 -

People use their iphones differently and have different priorities for it.  Different things they use often, or love or hate or don't use at all.

The update they released a couple weeks ago managed to piss pretty much everyone off.  And it was so hastily released, with so many bugs and downright idiotic mistakes in it that they've been releasing 'updates' like CRAZY but those updates are pure crap as well.

It seems like their entire focus was on adding all that stupid, fucked up, huge-ass , PHOTO EDITING crap.  *without letting us OPT OUT of it.  (Because I loved the previous easy, simple photo editing. For social media, blogs, printing out pictures and everyday life for anyone not making their living with photographs, we don't NEED that huge, cumbersome, detailed but frustratingly too-many-steps-to-do-easy-editing program on our fricken TELEPHONE).

Ooops.  Where was I?  OH YES.

WHY won't Apple simply slow down and make sure their updates are working BEFORE THEY RELEASE THEM?


But anyway... this little ramble over my morning coffee is that ever since the big fuck-up release a couple weeks ago, I've been waiting and waiting for them to fix the one thing "I" use often and they messed up on.

One of my family members doesn't take photos as much as she does short videos.  And sends me those videos.  And I want to save those videos. So I like to email them to myself.  But ever since Apple did their latest and greatest (cough cough) stupid update, when you have your photo album open and you select a video (as compared to a photo) to email... it completely shuts down the app.

It doesn't freeze up.
It doesn't hesitate.
Boom.  You are back to your homescreen.
You CANNOT email videos from your photo/video albums anymore.

There is a work-around but it's a pain in the butt.
You have to open your mail app, compose a new email, fill it out and 'attach' a file (the video) and then send.
Where previously, as long as your mail app was connected and set up, you could quickly email/send videos as fast as you can photos.

And I keep waiting for an update/fix for this but so far...  nada.


A follow up to my post about not knowing the legality of homeschooling in England....

Last week I wrote a short little 'rambling over coffee' blog post that I had never thought about homeschooling being legal or illegal in England.  It just never came to mind.  But tonight while reading a story about education, a comment from someone in Germany said that because homeschooling was illegal in Germany, that many people who believe strongly in it are actually 'educational refugee's' who have traveled to the UK or Austria in order to educate their children out of the public school systems because they believe they are so poor.

That led me to look up some of the countries that allow (and don't allow) parents to homeschool.  Although there is a much longer list, the easiest to read and the one in a simple form was available on Wiki - and I just thought I'd put the European countries here as those were the ones I was wondering about in particular; 

Country or Region Status Statistics Sources
Albania Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][35]
Andorra Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [36][37]
Austria Legal under restrictive conditions, homeschooling is allowed as long as the instruction is at least equal to that of the state school. 2100 WP[circular reference][38][permanent dead link][39]
Azerbaijan Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][27]
Belarus Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][40]
Belgium Legal under restrictive conditions, Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium. 500 WP[circular reference][41][42]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [43][44]
Bulgaria Illegal, public education is mandatory. Only children with special needs may be homeschooled under strict government control. fewer than 100 families WP[circular reference][45][46]
Croatia Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][47]
Cyprus Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [48]
Czech Republic Legal under restrictive conditions by law as alternative (for "serious reasons" ) for primary school. National curriculum examinations are mandatory twice a year. 2 500 families [49][50][51][52]
Denmark Legal under control of school, as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year unless special agreements are made. also the inspections are controlled by the local district public school and not a third part inspector. 349-375 children (2017) WP[circular reference][53]
Estonia Legal under control of school. Every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Homeschooled children receive diploma from supervising school. fewer than 100 WP[circular reference][54]
Finland Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Written and oral examinations to check on progress are mandatory. 400–600 [55][56]WP[circular reference][57]
France Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year. 5 063 WP[circular reference]
Germany Illegal, public or approved private education is mandatory with the only exception being where continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child. 400 [58][59]WP[circular reference]
Greece Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [60]
Hungary Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. From 2019 the law says that every child must be supervised by an authorized school and pass annual exams. [61] 7673 Children (2017)[62] WP[circular reference][63] WP[circular reference][64]
Iceland Legal only for holders of teaching certificates, in other cases public education is mandatory. Unknown WP[circular reference]
Ireland Legal, homeschooling is allowed by the constitution. 1100 WP[circular reference]
Italy Legal, homeschooling is allowed by the constitution. Unknown WP[circular reference][65][66]
Latvia Legal under control of school. Every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Homeschooled children receive diploma from supervising school. fewer than 100. [67][68]
Liechtenstein Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [69][70]
Lithuania Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [71][72]
Luxembourg Legal, for primary school age. Unknown [73][74]
Malta Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [75][76][77]
Moldova Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [78]
Montenegro Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference]
Netherlands Illegal, public or private education is mandatory, with some exceptions. 931 children exempt* (2017-2018) WP[circular reference]
North Macedonia Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [79][80]
Norway Legal under restrictive conditions, homeschooling is allowed as long as the instruction is at least equal to that of the state school. 400+ [81]WP[circular reference][82]
Poland Legal under restrictive conditions. Every home schooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Home schooled children received diplomas from supervising school. About 14,000 children (2017) [83][81]WP[circular reference][84]
Portugal Legal. Children living longer than 4 months in Portugal must attend school by law. Home education under Portuguese national curriculum only. Mandatory annual exams in Portuguese. Unknown WP[circular reference][85][86][87][88]
Romania Legal under restrictive conditions. Children with disabilities, special needs or whose condition does not allow them to be physically present in a school may be home-schooled, under the supervision of an accredited teacher. Foreign Curriculum can be studied, overseen by an umbrella school from abroad. 500 WP[circular reference][89][90][91][92]
Russia Legal since 1992, law sometimes ignored. Every home schooled child must be enrolled into a state-licensed school (can be a private school), and does not have to pass annual exams. Home schooled children received diplomas from supervising school. 50,000-100,000 WP[circular reference][93][94]
San Marino Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [95]
Serbia Legal. Unknown [96][97]
Slovakia Legal, under restrictive conditions (only ill children, or ages 6–10). Unknown (Virtually no homeschooling) WP[circular reference][98][99]
Slovenia Legal. Unknown [100]
Spain Unknown, as Constitution recognises freedom of education, but national education law stipulates that compulsory education must be met through school attendance. About 2,000 families WP[circular reference][101][102]
Sweden Illegal, as of June 2010; supposedly allowed under special circumstances such as student health reasons or family travel, but virtually never approved. 200 families—half legally WP[circular reference][103][104][105][106][107][108][109]
Switzerland Legal in about three quarters of the cantons, with many being restrictive to very restrictive. 200–500 children WP[circular reference][110]
Ukraine Legal and expressly allowed for in Articles 59 and 60 of Ukraine's Education Law. From 20 August 2019 onwards, further liberalisation of the primary and secondary education comes in force. 100 families WP[circular reference][111]
United Kingdom Legal as alternative to the mandatory state school system. 20,000–100,000 WP[circular reference][112]
Vatican City No indication for educational laws to exist were found.


Elizabeth Banks suggests her 'Charlie's Angels' box office bomb is because men 'don't go see' female-led action films??? UM.... NO.

Elizabeth Banks suggests her 'Charlie's Angels' box office bomb is because men 'don't go see' female-led action films

If it bombed and it's only because 'men' don't want to go see it... then it still wouldn't have bombed because women would have wanted to see it.

But they didn't.

No one wants to see it.

And for the record... The actual REAL "Charlies Angels" was a huge hit because people wanted to see it.  The first movie of Charlie's Angels was hit because people WANTED to see it.   People just didn't want to see this one.

Perhaps because the actresses staring it are sucky and no one is interested.
Perhaps because people are sick of Charlie's Angels being remade.

Well, it doesn't matter.  But the fact that Elizabeth Banks is complaining it's because men didn't  want to see it is funny... because men love to watch women.  Doing pretty much anything.  Especially ACTION films.   Think of some of the action films that were HUGE hits - with leading ladies because... people wanted to see it.

People just didn't want to see THIS movie.  So... making up excuses and putting blame on 'men' having issues with female action movies is just pathetic.  And makes you look like a whiner.

Suck it up buttercup.  No one wants to watch you three in a movie. (Especially one of you... who is WELL known for not having any acting ability but has been able to squeak by so far... even if everyone does make fun of her.)

It happens.


New to Me: Obria Health Clinics - an alternative to Planned Parenthood

Sandwiched in the middle of a longer article that had absolutely nothing to do with healthcare, clinics, Planned Parenthood, abortions or anything remotely close to those topics... was a tiny little mention of 'Obria' - in context to something else the author was mentioning.

I hadn't heard of Obria so of course I had to quickly open another browser to see what it was - as I do with numerous places, words, things I want to look up while reading something else. 

It ends up that Obria is a medical clinic that is starting to pop up around the country as an alternative to Planned Parenthood.  They offer STD testing, pregnancy tests, etc.

Because it's new to me, I figured it must be new to at least a few others out there in blogger land so I would give a mention on Coffee Talking for those looking up alternatives to Planned Parenthood. The site also has health information topics you can search such as; birth control side effects, cervical cancer screenings, the morning after pill, post abortion care and more. 



Obria Medical Clinics are fully-licensed community care clinics providing professional medical consultations, well woman care, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, pre-abortion screenings, abortion education, abortion pill reversal, prenatal care, health education and referrals. We provide the support and answers you need in regards to your sexual health. Your health and well-being are important to everyone at Obria Medical Clinics.

We know that you may be facing a life changing choice and our staff is here to help walk you through your options. Our board certified OB/GYN physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and support staff are highly trained and dedicated to meeting your health care needs. We are here to offer you a safe place to ask questions and get answers.

We are devoted to taking care of you holistically and are dedicated to the highest standard of medical care in a comforting, supportive atmosphere. 


Chimpanzees are attacking people in Uganda, part of a disturbing trend going on in the country


Chimpanzees are attacking people in Uganda, part of a disturbing trend going on in the country that has led to crop loss and even death.

National Geographic reports that the problem has been going on for several years, citing an incident in 2014 that saw a chimp fatally attack a 2-year-old child, stealing the baby from his mother.

“A chimpanzee came in the garden as I was digging,” Ntegeka Semata said in an interview with the publication. She noted that her four young children were with her and as she turned her back to get water, the chimp took her child by the hand and ran off. The child screamed, which caused the other villagers to pay attention and chase after him, but it was too late. “It broke off the arm, hurt him on the head, and opened the stomach and removed the kidneys,” Semata continued, adding that the child died on the way to the local hospital.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is aware of the issue. On its website, it notes that chimps can "be aggressive and unfriendly, particularly towards unrelated individuals."

Chimps are humans' closest living relatives, sharing "at least 94 [percent] of its DNA," according to the UWA.

Sociable, communicative and intelligent, these mammals are able to use tools such as rocks to smash open nuts, empty pods to scoop water and get termites out of their nests by using sticks. But with their habitat being threatened by a growing population, chimps are getting closer to human settlements.

Listed as endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are believed to be less than 300,000 chimps across the African continent.

It is illegal in Uganda to kill chimps, but occasionally permission is granted if a male chimp goes rogue.

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimpanzees
Jane Goodall: I thought chimps were like us only nicer, but we inherited our dark evil side from them


What a fucking bitch.  Ellie Goulding is now trying to blackmail the Salvation Army to change their organization to support her lifestyle beliefs or she is going to refuse to perform at the Cowboys-Bills game?

I hope that her ass is sued for breaking contract.  How dare she try to force her personal beliefs on an organization?  What a f-ing bitch.  Do your job... perform.  No one cares what or who you support on your own time.

Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding is threatening to cancel her halftime appearance of the Cowboys-Bills game on Thanksgiving Day over her newfound concerns about the Salvation Army.

The halftime show annually kicks off the charitable organization’s Red Kettle Campaign, and this year’s performance is scheduled to air nationally on CBS.

The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game often ranks as the NFL’s most-viewed regular-season game.

An Instagram post made by Goulding on Tuesday morning, showing her helping at a Salvation Army center in New York, prompted critics of the Salvation Army to respond. While the post has almost 67,000 likes six hours later, some questioned Goulding’s support of the Salvation Army, which they accused of trans and homophobia.

Goulding, announced as the performer last Thursday, then made a demand of the Salvation Army.

“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” she wrote on social media, via the Dallas Morning News. “I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”

The Cowboys have hosted the Red Kettle Kickoff show since 1997, with the campaign raising more than $2.4 billion, according to the team’s media guide. The funds support Christmas toys for children in need as well as social service programs throughout the year.

So sick of people reusing service to police offiers... what if the tables were turned?

Source:  https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/cook-out-manager-fired-cop

A fast-food restaurant in North Carolina reportedly fired two employees after a police officer was refused service last week, but one of the women who was terminated says there’s much more to the story.

Taren Woods, the on-duty manager at the Cook Out in Roxboro, said she was in the back of the restaurant when Sgt. Kenneth Horton of the Roxboro Police stopped by after midnight on Nov. 7, in uniform. Woods admits she didn’t see the interaction between the cashier and Horton — who was refused service by the cashier — but claims that all employees adhered to the company policy.

According to Woods, who spoke with WNCN, the cashier did refuse to take Sgt. Horton’s order, but excused herself and asked a fellow employee to step in at the register — which Woods says is company policy.

The Cook Out manager said the officer then requested to know why the first cashier wouldn’t help him, before leaving the restaurant.

Taren Woods, a 10-year employee of Cook Out and the on-duty manager, claims she was fired after a cashier refused service to a police officer, even though the woman followed company policy by asking another cashier to take his order.

“I didn’t know … it was that serious until the next day I heard the cashier got fired because she didn’t take the cop’s order,” Woods told WNCN, adding that she only learned that she, too, was fired upon arriving at work the following day.

Cook Out, which was founded in Greensboro, N.C., operates approximately 250 locations in 10 states.


So, there's a couple thoughts here...

FIRST:  This restaurant, Cook Out has a policy that LETS their cashiers pick and choose whom they want to take orders from!?  Seriously?  

So... even though this cashier didn't want to help a cop - does this policy stand when a black customer doesn't want to help a white customer?  What about if you have a disabled customer?  A Mexican customer?  You can't just fucking pick and choose WHO you wait on when you are a fast food cashier.  But Cook Out supposedly has a policy in place that allows their cashiers to do this!?


But second... one of the comments below got it right regarding all these assholes that are refusing to service police officers.

Should we reciprocate and let the police officers have that same option?

What if you were calling for help, had been in a car accident, had been shot, was having a heart attack, had been raped or robbed or car jacked, or your tiny little 3 month old baby was choking on something... and you call 911 for help.  And the police officers arrive, take one look at you and decide they didn't want to help you because of whatever reason....  (as the cashiers at Cook Out are allowed to do);   

"Yeah, uh, I'm not comfortable helping you, so I'm just going to step on over here and put a call out to some of my fellow officers and see if any of them feel like helping you today....."


Rambling over Coffee: No, it's not a Christmas wreath made of used condoms...

I was scrolling through a few websites when I saw this... and my first thought was how tacky and low-class to make a Christmas wreath out of used condoms. 
And then I thought about how many used condoms it took... and noted that the person posting it was taking orders to make them.

And then... looked closer.  Ohhhhhh!  No, those are NOT condoms.  It's ribbon.  But yeah, seriously thought it was a holiday wreath made from used condoms.

Eh, don't mind me.  It's just the coffee talking again....


Liberal Minnesota college students can't name a single recent Democrat accomplishment

Students attending a Bernie Sanders-Ilhan Omar rally fail to name a single thing Democrats have accomplished in the last three years.


You can watch the video here.

Sick of Political News... Here are 3 news stories NOT about politics! They ARE about parasitic worms and hepatitis, but hey, not political!

Man has 12-centimeter parasitic worm removed from brain after years of numbness, blackouts


“The surgery was risky,” Dr. Gu, Lei’s surgeon, told AsiaWire. “The live tapeworm was moving in his brain, and we had to remove all of it, otherwise the leftover part could grow again. It is not the only case --our hospital has treated four patients this year.”


New Jersey ShopRite 'food handler' tests positive for hepatitis A, customers warned


According to the health department, the employee worked during the virus’ infectious period between the above-mentioned dates, and those who may have eaten the store’s deli products who were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A should get it as soon as possible.

“To be effective, the hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli,” the health department said in a news release. “For most people, this date would be Nov. 13, 2019.”



Nebraska woman gets parasitic eye worm after running through swarm of flies


A parasitic eye worm that typically affects cows infected a woman’s eye after she darted through a swarm of flies while on a trail run in California, according to a recently published case report on the horror movie-like occurrence.