Oh c’mon, now – that could have meant ANYTHING. He could have been referring to a new idea he had to revolutionize flight seats or a way to reorganize the cockpit, or safety regulations he’d been working on. 20/20 hindsight is always fabulous – but who the heck hears that and immediately thinks – “Oh, he’s going to fly a plan into a mountain!”
 March 28, 2015 at 11:58am
The ADL got an inquiry from The Blaze – and it involved a darling of the left – so, of COURSE they reacted with a “nothing wrong here, move along” statement.
I personally think OTHER people started noticing and sending in reactions that they realized it looked bad if they just left an obvious and offensive stereotype out there. Hence the second statement.
My 2 year old Granddaughter talks to me merrily on the phone. Calls me PaPa and chatters on (I don't have her language) for hours if we let her. But the 2 or three times a year I see her she cries. That's kids, don't take it to heart lady. Have a kid and find out.
 March 27, 2015 at 4:53pm
Riiiiiiight. So, THAT’S why he was asking how to get to the Taliban. So he could figure out where NOT to go…..and THAT’S why he shipped his computer home and asked his CO what would happen if his military issued stuff came up missing – and why he walked out in the middle of the night. Yep. SURE. All those letters about how he hated what he was doing and the military and America? That was all just COVER. Or he was writing a screenplay. Or perhaps just a joke! Yep, THAT’S it.
 March 22, 2015 at 1:22pm
I’m sorry, I fail to see how anthony weiner sending his explicit photos results in public condemnation and Trent Lott makes a comment about state’s rights which is INTERPRETED as supporting segregation, and he’s drummed out of his career – yet this idiot sends an explicit photo and EXPLICIT racist tweets, and everyone yawns.
What is WRONG with this country????? She should NEVER GET ANOTHER DIME from ANYone with an ounce of self-respect.
As a person of pallor, I find their melanin privilege to be highly offensive.
but any person in a community that cannot fully communicate with all the community will always be at a disadvantage. theres always been groups that have slang codes etc. but they were able to converse normally,now theres a large part of communities that cannot speak clearly today and they were born raised and billions in schooling spent and they cannot put 2 english sentences together to save their life.
and theres some spanish neighborhoods going that way but just because they refuse english but they too are destined to failure
This is what killed me watching this clip. Co-opting black language?! Look I know Germans speak German in Germany. Polish speak, Polish in Poland. In England they usually speak English. So please tell me where is Blackland? I have looked on maps, Googled, and even asked a POC where it is located. I want to find it, so I can learn this language, maybe even vacation there, if it has a good economy, nice beaches, restaurants.........extc.
If you ain't talkin' ebonics, you're talkin' to the hand, in Nancy's view!
 March 14, 2015 at 1:36pm
Most telling to me – that it was intentional – is that he didn’t even look after he did it. If it were a “fan” he’d have been looking at her at least to see what happened when she obviously fell. It looks completely clear to me that he was intentionally causing a crash.
 March 12, 2015 at 9:40pm
Here’s an article I just love about Robert Downey Jr – and I think it emphasizes that he was always this guy – he just lost his way for a while.
The Day Robert Downey Jr. Saved My Grandma
At the height of an emergency, the actor turned into a real-life superhero.
By Dana Reinhardt from Quest for Kindness
I’m willing to go out on a limb here and guess that most stories of kindness do not begin with formerly drug-addicted celebrity bad boys. Mine does. You may or may not be a fan, but I am: His name is Robert Downey Jr., and it was the early ’90s (I was barely 20 years old) when this story took place.
It was at a garden party for the ACLU of Southern California—my stepmother was the executive director of the organization. I was escorting my grandmother to the event.
There isn’t enough room in this story to explain to you everything my grandmother was—I would need volumes. So for the sake of brevity, I will tell you that she was beautiful even in her 80s, vain as the day is long, and whip smart, though her type of intelligence did not include recognizing young celebrities.
I pointed out Robert Downey Jr. to her when he arrived, in a gorgeous cream-colored linen suit, with Sarah Jessica Parker on his arm. My grandmother shrugged, far more interested in piling her paper plate with cheese. He wasn’t Cary Grant or Gregory Peck. What did she care?
The afternoon’s main honoree was Ron Kovic, whose time in the Vietnam War left him in a wheelchair and whose story had recently been immortalized in the Oliver Stone film Born on the Fourth of July. I mention the wheelchair because it played a role in what happened next.
After the speeches concluded, we stood up in our front-row seats to make our exit. But as she rose, my grandmother tripped and fell smack into the wheelchair ramp that provided Ron Kovic with access to the stage. I didn’t know that wheelchair ramps have sharp edges, but they do—at least this one did, and it sliced her shin right open. The blood was staggering.
I’d like to be able to tell you that I whipped into action—that I quickly took control of the situation, tending to my grandmother and calling for the ambulance that was so obviously needed—but I didn’t. I sat down and put my head between my knees because I thought I was going to faint. Did I mention the blood? Luckily, somebody did take control of the situation. That person was Robert Downey Jr.
He ordered someone to call an ambulance, another to bring a glass of water, and another to fetch a blanket. He took off his gorgeous linen jacket, he rolled up his sleeves, and he grabbed hold of my grandmother’s leg. Then he took the jacket, which I’d assumed he’d taken off only to get it out of the way, and he tied it around her wound. I watched the cream-colored linen turn scarlet with her blood. He told her not to worry and that everything would be all right. He knew, instinctively, how to speak to her, distract her, and—most critically—play to her vanity. He held on to her calf, and he whistled. He told her how stunning her legs were. She said to him, to my humiliation, “My granddaughter tells me you’re a famous actor, but I’ve never heard of you.”
He stayed with her until the ambulance came, and then he walked alongside the stretcher holding her hand and telling her she was breaking his heart by leaving the party so early, just as they were getting to know each other. He waved to her as they closed the doors. “Don’t forget to call me, Silvia,” he said. “We’ll do lunch.” He was a movie star, after all.
Believe it or not, I hurried into the ambulance without a word. I was too embarrassed and way too shy to thank him.
We all have things we wish we’d said, moments we’d like to revisit and reenact. Rarely do we get that chance to make up for those times when words utterly failed us. But I did—many years later.
I should mention that, later, when Robert Downey Jr. was in prison for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun found in his car, I thought of writing to him. I wanted to remind him of that day when he was humanity personified, when he was the best of what we each can be. On that day, he was the kindest of strangers.
But I didn’t.
Some 15 years after that garden party, ten years after my grandmother had died, and five since he’d been released from prison, I saw him in a restaurant. I grew up in Los Angeles, where celebrity sightings are commonplace and where I was raised to respect people’s privacy and never bother someone while he’s out having a meal. But on this day, I decided to abandon the code of the native Angeleno and my own shyness, and I approached his table.
I said, “I don’t have any idea if you remember this …,” and I told him the story.
“I just wanted to thank you,” I said. “And I wanted to tell you that it was simply the kindest act I’ve ever witnessed.”
He stood up and he took both of my hands in his and he looked into my eyes and he said, “You have absolutely no idea how much I needed to hear that today.”
great post, CAmom.
very well done.
how did you beat the word limit, though?
Awesome story. I always loved this guy and was bummed when he seemingly fell apart during the filming of the Allie McBeal Series. Was so sad that he couldn't hold it together; but then we all need to hit rock bottom to find out what is really important.
Very nice...but dang...-2 points to Iron Man for benig at an ACLU garden party.
Recovering addicts have good and bad days--I bet he was having a bad day and just needed to hear he is a worthwhile person. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!!!!
 February 5, 2015 at 1:12pm
I’ve always thought it was supremely arrogant to assume to know what God means 100%. It is as possible to fully know God’s mind as it is to fully understand space. I believe, with faith, we come to a personal relationship, but we can’t possibly know what everyone else’s relationships are. The Bible is a guide, not a recipe of finite proportions.
 February 4, 2015 at 5:15pm
And yet you felt compelled to read it, scroll down, click on “comments” and type up a response…….
Isn't that what the comments are for? Doesn't one need to click the link and read the article in order to find out what it's about?
 February 4, 2015 at 11:43am
This whole series of comments made my morning! lol
 February 3, 2015 at 11:03pm
Well, we should just give them the keys to Gitmo.
February 2, 2015 at 9:39pm
Goose, meet gander.
 January 25, 2015 at 3:02pm
Wait, did she claim there were 57 states? Did she say people in flyover country cling to their guns and religion? Did she say we built the INTERCONTINENTAL railway? Did she say she saw many “fallen heroes” in the audience? Did she say the Middle East was an “issue” that has plagued the region for centuries? Did she misspell Ohio?
No valid proof as pf yet that it was deliberate and we cheat daily.
 January 20, 2015 at 2:58pm
We’re completely transparent, but we won’t share any of this. We don’t have anything to hide, but you can’t see it. We are very pro American, but we have an America hater as our keynote speaker.