Saturday, January 9, 2016

What was the second, third thing I thought of?

Of course El Chapo spoke to none other than Sean Penn, every Latin American dictator best friend. So I thought...
And then, as if on cue, all of a sudden.
Don't you love it?

I hate when that happens

The Naked Truth

Swiss performance artiste Milo Moiré protested naked in front the Kölner Dom
(Cologne Cathedral), carrying a sign which read "Respect us! We are not fair game even when naked:"

Unfortunately, Moiré's breasts are fair game for comment as she put them out there: Those are some of the worst implants I've ever seen. (Link for the prurient)

[added: note that the word "Freiwild" in German is translated as "fair game" in the hunting metaphor. Freiwild is obviously related to "free wild"].

"I’m an Oregon rancher"

"Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff. The Obama administration has pushed our livelihood to the brink." (excerpts)
Most days, I’m up before the sun rises. I spend my mornings tending to my horses, dogs and livestock. In the winter, when it’s bitter cold, I’m outside with my cattle, making sure their water isn’t frozen and that they’re properly fed. In the summer, I often work 15-hour days, cultivating my crops and tending to the animals. In the afternoons, I’m in my office, reaching out to customers and handling the ranch’s business side. Over the course of a given day, I act as a vet, a mechanic, an agronomist and accountant.
I love the work, but it’s grueling. As a rancher, I’m always one bad year away from financial disaster. Every purchase I make — from new cows ($2,000 each) to a new piece of equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — is a major investment. And my ranch operates on very slim margins, so I have to be savvy to make ends meet.
Money isn’t the only challenge. Raising cattle requires a lot of land, much more than most ranchers can afford to own outright. I lease about a third of the space I use from private owners. But most ranchers aren’t so lucky. The federal government controls a huge amount of land in the west (more than 50 percent in some states, like Oregon), and many ranchers must lease that space to create a sustainable operation.
Utilizing federal land requires ranchers to follow an unfair, complicated and constantly evolving set of rules. For example, a federal government agency might decide that it wants to limit the number of days a rancher can graze their cattle to protect a certain endangered plant or animal species, or they might unilaterally decide that ranchers can’t use as much water as they need because of a fight over water rights. Or they might take over land that once belonged to the state or private individuals, imposing an entirely new set of restrictions.
I saw this play out firsthand when the federal government considered listing the sage grouse, a chicken-like bird, as endangered. That regulation would have shrunk the amount of land where ranchers could graze cattle, putting many out of business and decimating the industry. To avoid this, ranchers like myself and local officials spent months meeting with federal officials looking for compromise. We ultimately found middle ground. But we already have an enormous workload in our daily lives. The pressure of having to drop everything to lobby against a rule (which happens more often than you’d think) is a tremendous burden.
Most of the time, those regulations are written by people with no agriculture experience, and little understanding of what it takes to produce our nation’s food.
Ranching is a billion-dollar industry in Oregon. Overall, agriculture accounts for 15 percent of the state’s economic activity and 12 percent of the state’s employment. The income of a local farm generates double the money for the local economy as a supermarket’s income in the same area, according to the London-based New Economics Foundation.
The siege on our industry has only increased under the Obama administration. Officials are effectively regulating us out of business by enforcing a string of unprecedented environmental restrictions. In Malhuer county (next to Harney county, where the current standoff is taking place), the Obama administration is considering a measure that will turn 2.5 million acres of federal land into a “national monument,” a move that would severely restrict grazing. These restrictions would cause a huge economic downturn for those communities.
These decisions are being made by people who are four to five generations removed from food production. The rule-makers don’t quite understand our industry, and are being spurred on by extreme environmentalist groups asking for unreasonable policy changes.

Livestreaming Lemmy

Sanders refuses to go after Hillary on a personal basis

""I am not going to get into the personal stuff,” Sanders said, according to The Washington Examiner. “We're looking at somebody who, in a long political career — you can call my friends in Vermont to verify this — I've never run a negative TV ad in my life.

"I am running against Hillary Clinton, we're not running against Bill Clinton," Sanders continued. "But I am running against Hillary Clinton, and I believe ... what we need to do as a nation — certainly something the Republicans are not doing — is focus on the bloody issues facing this country."

Bill Clinton’s past is again under scrutiny after Donald Trump raised his past infidelities, calling him “one of the great woman abusers of all time.”

Trump defended his attacks, saying Bill Clinton was fair game after Hillary Clinton accused the GOP front-runner of having a "penchant for sexism.""

"ISIS fighter executes his own MOTHER"

DailyMail: Activists inside Syria have revealed that an ISIS fighter has executed his own mother in Raqqa after he reported her for trying to persuade him to leave the jihadi group.
The sickening act was witnessed by a large crowd in front of the postal building inside the ISIS stronghold in Syria, according to activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have revealed that Ms al-Qasem was also accused of trying to persuade her son to abandon ISIS and flee Syria with her.
Fearing for his own safety within the brutal organisation, it appears Ali reported his mother, leading to her arrest. It is unclear why Ali was given the task of executing his own mother. However it is possible he may requested to carry out the harrowing act or more likely he was ordered to do it as a test of loyalty.
There appears no shortage of gumption, chutzpah to commit atrocity by these people. That it is detrimental to civilized peoples everywhere, if allowed to stand, goes without saying.

Five states must update driver's licenses by 2018 for TSA acceptance

"Airline passengers in five states and a U.S. territory will be unable to present their current driver's licenses at airport checkpoints after Jan. 22, 2018, under new rules announced on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security department, which overseas the TSA, said it would begin enforcing a post-Sept. 11 law that directs federal agencies to only accept state-issued identifications that meet federal security standards that were enacted in 2005.

Most states have either adopted the more secure driver's licenses, known as REAL IDs, or have plans to do so later this year. But Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington state and American Samoa have not moved to make their driver's licenses compliant with the new federal standard, meaning airline passengers from those states will have to present other forms of identification at TSA checkpoints.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that states will have two years to bring their driver's licenses and identifications up to code before the new mandate takes effect."

The NFL's Naked Greed

"NFL teams may have to stop ripping off their cheerleaders"
If the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders have to live by a strict code of conduct that dictates their appearance, eating habits — and even how they use feminine products — then they also have the right to sue their football team over lousy pay, a New York state judge ruled.
The Buffalo Bills had argued that the cheerleaders had no labor rights under state law because they were “independent contractors,” not employees.
Erie County Judge Timothy Drury disagreed, saying there was nothing “independent” about an official rulebook that governs the women’s personal and professional lives down to their underwear.
A section of the cheerleaders’ 2013-14 handbook titled “General hygiene & lady body maintenance” includes the instruction, “Intimate areas: Never use a deodorant or chemically enhanced product. Simple nondeodorant soap will help maintain the right PH balance.”
The book also tells the grown women to replace their tampons “at least every four hours” when menstruating.
“Always shower after a workout and change undergarments, the guide says, adding “Don’t use lufa’s [sic] or sponges. They hold TONS of germs! Throw them away now!”

Crack in the ruins

Wupatki National Monument, an article by Kelly Vaughn in January Arizona Highways magazine has photographs of a site known as "textile petroglyph central" on Horseshoe Mesa.

Joe lives there. I told him the photographs in the magazine show the best times really are morning and late afternoon. Without pause Joe snapped, "Every other time is too HOT!"

This is so ace it blows my mind.

The swirl is variously "water," "journey," "portal," and "creation" depending on context. One figure's hand is on the edge of the spiral as if beginning or ending a journey and the smaller figure's hand is centered for different effect. Very science fiction like.

These guys really liked to copyright their work.


I don't know why they named it textile petroglyph central except probably for inspiring patterns for textiles. The symbols, the coloration, the spacing, the attitude inspire a lot more than textiles.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thanks to Obama

Mike Murphy's Burma Shave ad for Jeb

Mike Murphy is proud of his advisory work. And everyone who sees this is thinking, "You know some landscapes are really boring." This is what a hundred million dollars gets you.

 I read that Dutch artists had to leave their bicycles by the road and climb down into a ditch to approximate landscape. They painted a lot of seascapes and skyscapes instead. I don't know, billboards or windmills, which one is better to doll up a flatland, and poke at.

In many ways America is a big tease. We line our highways with attractive inviting targets then make it illegal to shoot from cars. 

"Hillary Orders Aide to Strip Classified Marking"

Fox News: The latest batch of emails released from Hillary Clinton's personal account from her tenure as secretary of state includes 66 messages deemed classified at some level, the State Department said early Friday.

In one email, Clinton even seemed to coach a top adviser on how to send secure information outside secure channels.... One email thread from June 2011 appears to include Clinton telling her top adviser Jake Sullivan to send secure information through insecure means.

In response to Clinton's request for a set of since-redacted talking points, Sullivan writes, "They say they've had issues sending secure fax. They're working on it." Clinton responds "If they can't, turn into nonpaper [with] no identifying heading and send nonsecure."

Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was "surprised" that a diplomatic oficer (officer) named John Godfrey used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. (read more)

Police: Gunman said he shot Philadelphia cop in Islam's name

AP: A man using a gun stolen from police said he was acting in the name of Islam when he ambushed an officer sitting in his marked cruiser at an intersection, firing shots at point-blank range, authorities said Friday. Both the officer and suspect were injured during the barrage of gunfire.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Archer told police he believed the department defends laws that are contrary to Islam.

"It stands to reason there is more unknown than known," Ross said.

Despite being seriously wounded, Officer Jesse Hartnett got out of his car and chased the suspect before police apprehended him.

The gunman fired at least 13 shots toward Hartnett and eventually got up next to the car and reached through the driver's-side window.

The officer returned fire, hitting his attacker at least three times. Hartnett, 33, was in stable condition.

"I don't know how this officer survived," Ross said.

Maine Governor accused of racism

CNN: Asked at a town hall meeting what his administration was doing to combat the state's drug issues, [Gov Paul] LePage referenced new legislation aimed at traffickers, then delivered what many are describing as a racially-charged explanation.

"These aren't the people who take drugs," LePage said, in comments first reported by the Portland Press Herald. "These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. These type of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we've go to deal with down the road."
A spokesman for LePage, Peter Steele, said the governor wasn't discussing race.
It's kind of similar to what is described in this earlier post about Germany. Identifying perpetrators, in any way other than a victimhood narrative, is now an unpardonable, unforgivable error.

Hillary Clinton bad health rumors continue

Did Hillary Clinton really recover from her "serious concussion"? Or, are we just going to have to take her word for it? 
From a FrontPage online article: Hillary Health Horrors
“Strong source just told me something I suspected. Hillary’s debate ‘bathroom break’ wasn’t that, but flare up of problems from brain injury,” former New York cop John Cardillo who provided VIP security details tweeted.
“I got this from both a [federal agent] … and I also got it from a New York [NYPD] guy who worked security at a Hillary event in New York City,” Cardillo said, adding:
"These are two people that aren’t just personal friends. I worked with one and then post law-enforcement worked with another on some related things. So, these aren’t anonymous people. These are good friends. Both of them told me the same thing, that after her speeches, whether she did a talk or a policy speech, she had to sit behind – she would come off the podium backstage – and have to sit and rest before making it back to the car because she was so fatigued, dizzy and disoriented."
Cardillo said his two sources, who don’t know each other and don't reside in the same state, have stories that "were almost identical.” One of the sources indicated Clinton was “very pale, kind of disoriented. He said she looked like she was about to faint. She was very pale, almost sweaty.”
The appearance of Bill Clinton on the campaign trail, despite the mortal danger of his baggage coming back to haunt Hillary, can only make sense in light of Hillary's inability to carry on a grueling campaign schedule. Bill is in the campaign trail because Hillary's poor health won't allow her to match, much less surpass, her rival's appearances.

If we had an unbiased media, today, we would have access to some kind of documentation reassuring the voters about her health.

"Reports: asylum seekers among Cologne attacks suspects"

"According to the newspapers' reports, citing officers on duty on New Year's Eve, officials checked the IDs of at least 100 people present at Cologne's central station on December 31 after their behavior became conspicuous. Seventy-one people were identified, 11 people were remanded into custody and 32 criminal complaints were registered, according to the Welt am Sonntag (WamS) report."
"There were, quite to the contrary of what was said publicly, identity checks on numerous people," the WamS quoted an unnamed officer as saying. "Most of them were recently-arrived asylum seekers."
"For the mostly Arabic offenders, sexual assault was the priority, or, to express it from their point of view, their sexual amusement was the priority. A group of men would encircle a female victim, close the loop, and then start groping the woman," WamS quoted the officer as saying.
Meanwhile, the German government, in charge of protecting their citizens, (I'm assuming) most of all the physically less capable, like the women, is cracking down on "anti-immigration speech."
Prosecutors are charging people who are “inciting hatred” in Germany by speaking out against immigrants and their impact on German society. Prosecutors and judges are determining what criticism will be allowed and what will be treated as criminal. In the meantime, the government has reached a deal with Facebook, Google and Twitter to crackdown on Internet speech. It is an effort to create the artificial appearance of agreement and tolerance by denying free speech to critics. While it is still not clear how many of the Cologne attackers were immigrants (two of the suspects have been identified as Moroccan citizens), the incident has been a flashpoint as numerous stories of women and girls being harassed about their clothing or assaulted by immigrants. For example, a 26-year-old Berlin man’s home was raided by police, who confiscated his computer and phones after he had posted the image of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach and wrote “We are not mourning, we are celebrating!” A disgusting comment and one that is worthy public condemnation. However, it is also an act of free speech.
Nevertheless, many citizens are celebrating the denial of their own free speech rights. So long as they disagree with the speakers, there appears little concern over the rising tide of censorship and criminalization of speech. People are now unsure what they can say about immigration, which is precisely the chilling effect that governments seek in such measure. The result is a forced silence . . . which is golden for governments like Merkel’s that do not like what they are hearing.

Gustav Doré

 Je suis Charlie

magic carpet

Want to take a ride in my flying saucer? Okay, let's turn the lights up bright as they go and freak out the people in Washington. Sound like a fun idea?

Soundtrack magic carpet ride. The sound works, already tested. The song has an odd grating non-musical start. Let's do both at once.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Donald Trump loses his campaign soundtrack to Bernie Sanders

"Neil Young snubs Donald Trump, gives “Rockin’ in the Free World” to Bernie Sanders"
Young said in a statement that Trump “was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement.” The statement added that, “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Trump’s camp claimed they paid both ASCAP and BMI for rights to the song, but would cease from using it out of respect to Young. The singer, meanwhile, out of respect to his own political beliefs, has turned around and given Trump’s opponent Sanders permission to use “Rockin’ in the Free World”.
The funny thing is, I just so happen to remember a blurb about the song I had read while making an iTunes top 500 greatest songs of all time playlist off Rolling Stone magazine. Which said about the song...
"Don't feel like Satan/But I am to them," Young spat in this raucously ambivalent song about the pride and guilt of being an American. It was inspired by a remark from a member of Crazy Horse, who said gigs were safer in Europe than in the Middle East: "It's better to keep rockin' in the free world." "It was such a cliché," Young said. "I knew I had to use it."
Isn't the inspiration for the song more conceptually in line with "Stop muslims until we can figure out what the hell is going on" Trump, than with Bernie Sanders?

Amartel's rock star point

This post is not about Obama, it's about rock star pointing. The model cannot be avoided he is made ubiquitous. It could be anyone. In the earlier post on pointing Amartel described a particular type of rock star pointing that struck me as remarkably perceptive. Amartel went on to describe another Jihadist channelling God type of pointing.
The pointing thing is a rock star trick adopted by other celebrities, then by politicians. Clinton did it all the time. Makes the person relatable to people in big crowds.
How does a rock star point? Come on, let's see it. Imitate it right now. You set your jaw off center and triangulate your binocular eyes with your finger. The fingertip stays placed in space while the shoulders shake and the whole skeletal structure is drawn back then forward with the finger as steadying gyroscope. I think. The head is kept balanced so not to rattle.

Didn't have enough back shoulder so drew it. This guy is the best model ever.

George Will: The Criminalization of Politics

The impulse to ferret corruption from politics corrupts the criminal justice system when it causes overzealous prosecutors and judges to improvise novel interpretations of the law of bribery. Consider Robert McDonnell’s case.

Virginia’s former Republican governor has been sentenced to prison for actions that he could not have reasonably anticipated would be declared felonies under a dangerous judicial expansion of federal law defining bribery of public officials. Friday the Supreme Court will decide whether to review McDonnell’s conviction.

Compelling reasons for doing so are explained in friend-of-the-court briefs submitted by, among others, 31 current governors; 60 former state attorneys general (six from Virginia filed their own); 13 former federal officials, including two former U.S. attorneys general, and former legal counsels to every president starting with Ronald Reagan; and three law professors from Harvard and the University of Virginia. All agree that McDonnell’s conviction resulted from unreasonably stretching the understanding of quid pro quo corruption — you do X for me, I will do Y for you...

McDonnell had an unseemly relationship with a Richmond businessman who showered the governor with substantial gifts, loans, and perquisites. Virginia law permits state officials to accept gifts, and never during McDonnell’s trial did prosecutors suggest that he had violated state law. 

If the businessman hoped that McDonnell would take official government actions benefiting his diet supplement enterprise, he was disappointed. The Supreme Court and other courts have defined an “official act” as the actual exercise of government power. The businessman wanted certain acts — state funding for his firm, a state study to validate his supplement, and inclusion of it in Virginia’s health plan. None of these acts occurred. (read more)

Robby Mook is worried and annoyed

Robby Mook [Google Images] is Hillary Clinton's campaign manager. So, right off we learn this is a story and Trooper York is naming Hillary's campaign characters now.

The thing about articles linked by Drudge is, if they have a comments section then it becomes flooded usually along predictable lines that diminish to squabbling and absurdity. They tend to show the reason why comments are disabled.

The article at The American Mirror is about Hillary's campaign manager sending a message to supporters indicating desperation. It is short message, ordinary campaign material but the comments to it are much longer and the most fun thing I've read  week and loaded with copy/pasted information and linked cartoons, Photoshops, silly things, serious things, Branco panels that speak volumes in a single drawn picture that cause subthreads of their own a mile long containing more Branco cartoons that are incredibly condensed, lists of deaths surrounding the Clinton pair amounting to fifty or so many of them questionable deaths, shots to the back of the head ruled suicide, several of those, with more names added on by subsequent commenters and evoking a poetical side to some commenters, a Shakespearian side to others, philosopher's side to some commenters and amounting to a veritable pressure chamber of anti-Hillary Clinton murky sedimentation.
"Where have all the Hillary trolls gone?" 
"They have vanished like the snows of yesteryear." 
Come on, that's hilarious! They weren't even trying to be funny. I switched from Safari to Firefox for this comments thread because too many pictures were being dismissed. I want ALL of their goofiness and mirth.
Bill is however charismatic, Wiener on the other hand, ha. What did Huma see in him. Ever notice how skinny his neck is? Truly a "pencil neck".
I never thought that. But then someone remarks.
With my sincerest apologies to the great Jerry Lewis, I always expected Weiner to cackle and start every sentence with "Hey LADY!"
Two people on the same strange thing and that had me pushing the laptop away and folding up laughing. That is so remote from anything I thought but I have to admit that it's perfect.

It does devolve to nonsense but it's fun, and there is no opposition present. Mook has very good reason to be annoyed.

The long and the shoe of it

"A surprising focus on Senator Marco Rubio’s shiny, stack-heeled ankle boots, first noted in a desultory Twitter post on Monday by a New York Times reporter, has grown over the last few days into one of the weirder firestorms of the presidential campaign, with rival candidates and the news media all adding tinder to the flames.

...On “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough called the footwear “shagalicious.” Vanity Fair played a “guess the brand and cost” game. New York Magazine’s The Cut compared Mr. Rubio to Harry Styles, the One Direction heartthrob. The Daily Mail twinned him with former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, a noted clotheshorse.

In the end, Mr. Rubio’s campaign told Politico that the boots actually came from Florsheim. Judging by the shoemaker’s website, they look a lot like the Duke style (cost $135)."

Paris 'Charlie Hebdo' attack anniversary

Former prosecutor: "She's going to have to be charged with a crime."

"Can Clinton Run The Gov't From A Prison Cell?"
Former federal prosecutor Joseph DiGenova stirred the Hillary Clinton hornets' nest Tuesday when he said on talk radio that he is convinced "she's not going to be able to complete her campaign" because "she's going to have to be charged with a crime."
"Her biggest problem right now is the FBI. They're not going away," DiGenova said on the "Laura Ingraham Show." "They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff. And it's going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days. And I predict Hillary will not make it to the finish line."
DiGenova said that investigators have found more than 1,200 classified emails from the private Clinton account, and he indicated that they are likely to recover more from her hard drive. The evidence that the FBI is finding against her is so compelling that Attorney General Loretta Lynch will have no choice but to charge Clinton, he believes. If Lynch resists, "there will be a massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an attorney general. It will be like Watergate." 
So overwhelming is the evidence, explains DiGenova, that if there's no indictment, the FBI "will never be able to charge another federal employee with the negligent handling of classified information. The intelligence community will not stand for that. They will fight for indictment."
Meanwhile... Joe Biden on 2016 decision: 'I regret it every day'


Does any song better capture the past mid-century mood of America?  Please cast your votes in the comments.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

gun lobby

I don't know what gun lobby means. 

The president keeps saying gun lobby. TBH I don't listen and then at times like now the man cannot be avoided without 100% shutdown because somebody must show what he said. And for a day, because it's so nice, up to ten or fifteen times. The clip that kept slipping in annoyingly is Obama saying: if ever, or perhaps whenever, someone "in Congress will have the courage to stand up to the lies of the gun lobby." That is particularly grating. It's why the clip is chosen for repetition, it encapsulates the annoyance to the greatest degree. 

What lies specifically? If this is one of those "your lie" is not "my lie" things then calling amorphous "lobby" liars is flaccid. 

What gun lobby specifically is lying? What is the lie, of which you speak? 

Courage, really? Pistols at two paces, I want a good shot at your face. 

Calling lobbyists liars is not cogent. It's an empty liberal trope because they know themselves bought by lobbyists so that is the single way they have to understand resilient opposition. It resonates with people who don't understand this rather unique lobby. 

The only gun lobby I know of is National Rifle Association, guns aren't my bag, there must be lobbyists for manufacturers, I'd imagine, but what lies could they tell that mislead? Gun owners are honest people generally and are not easily misled I don't think. He's confusing them with some other groups he comes into contact. He's mistaking the character of NRA members with the character of his own supporters and they are not the same people. And who could be misled but a gullible public? Some leaders don't understand gun owners at all. Apparently it's impossible for understanding to sink in. 

My understanding is that the NRA is the grassiest of grassroots lobbies out there. Here's a lobby that genuinely liberal-minded would embrace. The People's Lobby. From what I read, one that often disappoints its members for having conceded too much. For compromising at all. For taking too long to arrive at a general rule "give 'em an inch and they take 182 miles" attitude toward lawmakers placing restrictions on Constitutional rights. 

The brief clip repeated to sickness struck me as a very bitter lie itself, and squeaked out excruciatingly a pussy's challenge about having courage as he sees courage and by mischaracterizing gun lobby as liars, so making himself a liar. Again. 

He's got some 'splain'n to do and he doesn't do it.

What lies? What lobby? If I must go to Huffington Post or the like for the answer then it's not worth having. 
[what is gun lobby?] The answers turn out long and dull.

Rush Limbaugh: At this stage, this election transcends ideology. Because Hillary.

Caller Challenges Rush on Rush Apparent Defense of Trump
CALLER: Listen, Rush, you had mentioned something earlier about how Donald Trump cut a commercial and that all the media has played that commercial for free, and that he's a master manipulator of the media.
RUSH: Right.
CALLER: And that got me thinking kind of something that irritated me about your show over the last several weeks, and it's that you utter the word Trump more than he does, and that's no small feat. And I understand your audience gonna walk a line, half your audience are Trump supporters, half of them are somebody else, but I don't understand why you give so much free airtime in the defense of a non-conservative. And you've said Trump is a non-conservative, so I understand defending him against the left-wing attacks, that makes sense to me. But every time some nobody throws an attack at Donald Trump you spend a good portion of your show, you know, knocking it down, and I just don't understand that. There's a real conservative in this race.
Rush was taken aback a little bit because the caller was telling the truth, and after a little back and forth over nothing Rush composed himself and started answering...

"Google translates Russia as ‘Mordor’ and top diplomat’s name as ‘sad little horse’"

Washington Post: Those who tried to use Google Translate to switch Ukrainian into Russian this week may have found an unexpected message in their documents: The “Russian Federation” turned into “Mordor,” and Russia’s top diplomat was translated as a “sad little horse.”

It was unclear whether the cheeky messages were the result of a hack or someone at Google trying to send a message, and the problem was solved by late afternoon Tuesday, Moscow time. But the problem persisted for at least a day, according to Ukrainian media.

A “Russian” was also translated as an “occupant.” No word yet on whether Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lodged an official complaint over his last name being translated as “sad little horse,” or “grustnaya loshadka.”

circuit board

Digital 6 slots hi-speed card reader, and writer, somehow 51 in 1. Scared a you.

Kudos and complements to the makers of the plastic casing, cleverly impenetrable, but as for the solid state electronics inside, not so much. It doesn't work I hate this p.o.s. more than anything right now.

I'm so sorry, Uncle Albert, but the kettle's on the boil and you're so easily tossed away. But let's have fun with you instead, like Weekend at Bernie's.

I've been saving bits like this for ages.  Little green boards with complexy incomprehensible bits.

For anachronistic hieroglyphics poured and set into plaster surrounded by painted or carved hieroglyphics. To create strangeness. And then the Egyptian figures and the activity can be anything. It emphasizes the remoteness of the culture similar to comic books. And there is no escaping the art is cartoons, outlined color fields.

You got your things and you got your little trails to your things. Like roads to buildings.

Hidden City of the Future, I love you more than anything right now.

Fear and loathing the IRS

"How I fell face first for an epic IRS scam"
I received a call on my home phone recently from someone who identified himself as Officer Jason Dean with the Investigative Bureau of the Department of Treasury. He said an arrest warrant had been issued in my name for failure to respond to IRS Notice CP503 — a third reminder — informing me that I owed $5,347 in back taxes. He said my home and cell phones were being traced and I should not attempt to leave the city.
"That's ridiculous," I said, "I never received any notices."
"That is not my concern," he replied. "We're only calling you as a courtesy to inform you that you will be arrested and charged with failure to meet federal taxation requirements, malicious conduct, and theft by deception. You will be arrested within the next two hours and held in custody for six months pending an investigation."
And just like that, I was caught in what has become the biggest tax scam in American history.
I called upstairs to my teenage son and told him to call his other mother and tell her to come home. Then I got back on the phone and asked for more details, trying to prove to myself I could dismiss this as a hoax. I asked for the address they had for me. (He had it right.) I asked for the tax year this issue allegedly stemmed from. (2011.) I asked for my Social Security number. (He said he was not permitted to give this over the phone.)
I usually do my own taxes, and I am never completely confident that I get it right. Just a few months ago, I had received notice that I owed about $700 in back taxes for income I'd forgotten to include on my 2013 return. More recently, I filed my 2014 taxes, hoping I'd done them right. But 2011? I couldn't even remember what I'd reported.
But the man on the phone was done talking. He repeated that I must not leave the area, or I would be charged with evading the police. Then he prepared to hang up.
"Wait," I said. "This has to be a mistake. If I owed back taxes, I would pay back taxes."
He paused and asked, "Can you tell me truthfully you have the intention to pay any taxes you owe?"
"Yes, of course," I said.
He said he could transfer me to another unit that might be able to help. But, he warned, they don't have to. (It sounded ridiculous but I wasn't quibbling.) (read the whole thing)


This post is about pointing, not about Obama.

An oddity, and that's all. My earlier self made myself laugh again. And my way earlier self had his hands swatted down for pointing. "Stop pointing!" When I'd point out the incredibly fat lady crossing the street, "Wow! Look how FAT she is." Raising children must be nerve wracking.

So, no pointing allowed. It's the most rude of all things. You will be swatted.

Then in sign pointing really is a basic way to have things be perfectly clear and we point all over the place. Coming at it from English we resist that, instead we learn to say the word, subject,  "I" with the letter "i" held to the chest and that's different from the object "me" pointing to your own chest, a distinction without a difference in a language of movements.  Doing that marks your way of speaking as coming from English because the "I" is dropped in favor of pointing for the idea of self as both subject and object. It's perfect. And the other way is more precise English.

So, pointing allowed and encouraged for clarity. And it's not so easy overcoming the not pointing rule ingrained by spontaneous slapdowns.

This guy down here, who could really be anyone, is pointing to a specific person, possibly a child or person of equal status, journalist or most likely of all a photographer, in a friendly way, as "Oh, yoooooou" a cheeky sort of friendly acknowledgement.

I was idly checking out stats on a 3rd party site that tracks a few infinitesimally trafficked blogs where I stuff random things as a scrapbook. I wonder, who's looking at that crazy crap? What is this guy from France looking at? Curiosity only. It says, "Obama point." As if someone else did it, Having forgotten, I examined what the guy did with the hand and the sleeve as separate layers and adjusted separately and laughed all over again.

That's a pretty good effect with only three layers. 

Very few people look and even fewer say anything over there but someone remarked 3 and 1/2 years ago: I see you got commissioned to do the new ad for ObamaCare's prostate exam benefit.

Man, what a bunch of pervs. Sir, I don't think doctors dig around that much. 

“Afghanistan is a dangerous place”

"Pentagon Avoids the Word ‘Combat’ After Another U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan"
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, briefing reporters even as hostilities in Marjah were still reported to be underway, said he could not comment on claims by the Taliban that it had brought down the helicopter, or that it had been hit by a mortar while on the ground.
Cook was asked several times, in different ways, whether U.S. forces were in fact engaged in combat in Afghanistan, but did not answer directly.
“Could you explain the context of what’s going on in Marjah that required U.S. combat presence given that combat mission is over?” Cook was asked.
“Well as you know, we’re conducting ‘train, advise and assist’ in Helmand province,” he replied.
Cook was unable to clarify the mission involving the U.S. special operations troops and their Afghan counterparts.
“I cannot tell you with specificity at this point exactly what they were doing there at this particular time, other than this was an operation that was consistent with that ‘train, advise and assist’ mission.”

"Obama measures wouldn't have kept guns from mass shooters"

AP: The gun control measures a tearful President Barack Obama announced Tuesday would not have prevented the slaughters of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, or 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California.

Obama's executive action expands mandatory background checks to gun shows, flea markets and online sales, adds more than 230 examiners and staff to help process them and calls on states to submit accurate and updated criminal history data.

Those measures are seen as crucial to stemming gun suicides — the cause of two-thirds of gun deaths — by blocking immediate access to weapons. But, an Associated Press review shows, they would have had no impact in keeping weapons from the hands of suspects in several of the deadliest recent mass shootings that have spurred calls for tighter gun control. (read more)

E words

Words beginning with e encountered during online reading for some reason deemed interesting, mysterious in some way at the time, or used oddly perhaps so checked and arriving from out of the blue. These were actually used to say something, but most are not recommended for daily use. Unless you want to purposefully alienate or work up a comedy routine.

A comedy routine without trying, if you figure out what's funny let me know and we'll have this comedy routine thing nailed. A few days ago I went downstairs to get mail and answered an inquiry crossly. I launched into a quick description of a serious problem and the guy I was speaking to broke out in laughter at something with no humor to it. Now, this is the wrong reaction and that's medically diagnosable.I asked him why he is laughing he said I should write a book, still chuckling. Now I'm really confused. Why? "Because... your vocabulary, Dude."

I reviewed in my mind what I had just said and there is nothing in there laughable. Nothing, I had just said, "she casually issues instructions with an existential threat then is oh so delicate about how she is to be spoken to when the firestorm breaks out that she set." That's not funny. So these words, don't even think of using them. Not recommended for daily verbal use. On t.v. the intriguingly odd and childlike twenty-six year old dancer on Prancing Elite asked what "mysterious" means. A joke of mine failed because my audience of adults didn't know what "ladle" means.

* ebullition: bubbling or boiling

* ecdysiast: a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music, strip tease dancer, exotic dancer

* Echolalia: the automatic repetition of vocalizations made by another person. It is closely related to echopraxia, the automatic repetition of movements made by another person.derived from the Greek ἠχώ meaning "echo" or "to repeat",and λαλιά (laliá) meaning "babbling, meaningless talk" (of onomatopoeic origin from the verb λαλέω (laléo) meaning "to talk").

* Ectrodactyly:congenital abnormality involving the absence of some fingers or toes, sometimes referred to as the “Lobster-Claw Syndrome” involves the deficiency or absence of one or more central digits of the hand or foot and is also known as split hand/split foot malformation, Total or partial absence of fingers.

* ecumenicism:  movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity, the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group.

* edacious: voracious - gluttonous - ravenous - greedy - piggish

* Effendi: nobility title meaning a lord or master.[1] It is a title of respect or courtesy which was used equivalent to the English Sir, in Turkey. It follows the personal name, when it is used, and is generally given to members of the learned professions, and to government officials who have no higher rank, such as Bey or Pasha. It may also indicate a definite office, as Hekim efendi, chief physician to the sultan. The possessive form efendim (my master) is used by servants and in formal intercourse.

* efflorescence: flowering, an example or result of growth and development: These works are the efflorescence of his genius. chemistry, the resulting powdery substance. Rash or eruption of the skin.

* eggcorn: substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect. The new phrase introduces a meaning that is different from the original, but plausible in the same context ("old-timers' disease" for "Alzheimer's disease"). This is as opposed to a malapropism, where the substitution creates a nonsensical phrase.

* Eid: a holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Eid is also about spending time with family and enjoying the fact that we all have food and a roof over our heads.

* eidolon: In ancient Greek literature, an eidolon (plural: eidola or eidolons) (Greek εἴδωλον: "image, idol, double, apparition, phantom, ghost") is a spirit-image of a living or dead person; a shade or phantom look-alike of the human form. The concept of Helen of Troy's eidolon was explored both by Homer and Euripides. However, where Homer uses the concept as a free-standing idea which gives Helen life after death, Euripides entangles it with the idea of kleos, one being the product of the other. Both Euripides and Stesichorus, in their respective works concerning the Trojan War, claim that Helen was never physically present in the city at all.

irrespective of reformist efforts to achieve the impossible and which result only in creating an eidolon that Stephen Kirby has called “Fantasy Islam.”

* eisegesis: While exegesis draws out the meaning from a text in accordance with the context and discover-able meaning of its author, eisegesis occurs when a reader imposes his or her interpretation into and onto the text. As a result, exegesis tends to be objective when employed effectively while eisegesis is regarded as highly subjective.

* eldritch: weird and sinister or ghostly."an eldritch screech"

* elegiac: elegy, expressing sorrow often for something past; "an elegiac lament for youthful ideals" a mournful poem; a lament for the dead. Elegiac refers either to those compositions that are like elegies or to a specific poetic meter used in Classical elegies. The Classical elegiac meter has two lines, making it a couplet: a line of dactylic hexameter, followed by a line of dactylic pentameter. Because the hexameter line is in the same meter as epic poetry, and because the elegiac form was always considered lower style than epic, elegists frequently wrote with epic in mind and positioned themselves in relation to epic.

* eleutherophobia: fear of freedom

* elyron: el·y·tron  (l-trn) n. pl. el·y·tra (-tr) Either of the leathery or chitinous forewings of a beetle or a related insect, serving to encase the thin, membranous hind wings used in flight. Also called wing case. elytroid adj.

* emetic: causing vomiting. nauseating or revolting."that emetic music in department stores", a medicine or other substance that causes vomiting.

* éminence grise: a powerful decision-maker or advisor who operates "behind the scenes" or in a non-public or unofficial capacity. Originally referred to François Leclerc du Tremblay, the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu. Leclerc was a Capuchin friar who was renowned for his beige robe attire (as beige was termed "grey" in that era.) The title "His Eminence" is used to address or reference a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.[1] Although Leclerc never achieved the rank of Cardinal, those around him addressed him as such in deference to the considerable influence this "grey" friar held over "His Eminence the Cardinal".

Popularly referenced in several works. Aldous Huxley wrote an English biography of Leclerc entitled Grey Eminence. There is also an 1873 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, L'Éminence Grise, which depicts him descending the grand staircase of the Palais Cardinal. Leclerc is referenced in Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers as the character Father Joseph, a powerful associate of Richelieu and one to be feared.

An éminence grise may alternatively refer to an elderly ("grey-haired") personage who is renowned for accomplishments in the past, but now acts as an advisor rather than a principal actor. He may be politically influential as a consequence of his honored status within an influential group or society as a whole. For example, a distinguished retired physics professor emeritus who advises scientific leaders and government officials on nuclear energy; or a retired U.S. Senator who advises the President on an informal basis, etc.

* emolument: a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office."the directors' emoluments"

* empathogenic: empathogen and entactogen are used to designate a class of psychoactive drugs that produce experiences of emotional communion, oneness, relatedness, emotional openness—that is, empathy

“I wore fishnets and a little black dress to vote,” she writes, “then walked around with a spring in my slinky step. It lasted for days. I can summon it when I’m blue. It’s more effective than exercise or ecstasy or cheesecake.” And that of course is the highest purpose of our ancient constitutional order: to provide adult children with pleasures exceeding those of cheesecake or empathogenic phenethylamines.

* empiricism:The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
An empirical conclusion. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.

* empyrean: The highest reaches of heaven, believed by the ancients to be a realm of pure fire or light. The abode of God and the angels; paradise.

* en passant: By the way; incidentally, in passing: incidentally; in the course of doing something else; "he made this remark in passing",(chess) a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed

* Enantiodromia: Literally, "running counter to," referring to the emergence of the unconscious opposite in the course of time. This characteristic phenomenon practically always occurs when an extreme, one-sided tendency dominates conscious life; in time an equally powerful counterposition is built up, which first inhibits the conscious performance and subsequently breaks through the conscious control.

* encomia: Warm, glowing praise. A formal expression of praise; a tribute.

* enigmatic: not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"

* enjoins: An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order, whereby a party is required to do, or to refrain from doing, certain acts. order: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity; "injunction were formerly obtained by writ but now by a judicial order"

* ensorcellement: enchantment, bewitchment [maybe this belongs in French. The card, rather long, is in french.]

* entrepôt: A port, city, or other center to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.
* Epagomenal: The Egyptian year was divided into twelve months of thirty days each, which means that each year was about five days short of the astronomical year. To compensate for this difference, five extra days were added to the year, called epagomenal days.

* epater les bourgeois: shock the middle classes

* epenthetic: In phonology, epenthesis (/əˈpɛnθəsɪs/; Greek: ἐπένθεσις) means the addition of one or more sounds to a word, especially to the interior of a word. The word epenthesis comes from epi "in addition to" and en "in" and thesis "putting".

Listen to the way Rugnetta says “trapping” at 35 seconds here. “Terraping.” “I’ve added a little vowel between the t and the r,” Baron says. “It elongates the word, it adds an extra syllable to the word, it emphasizes the word. There’s a name for this: epenthetic vowel.”

* epergne: a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers, usually made of silver, but may be made of any metal or glass or porcelain. An ornate centerpiece consisting of a frame supporting dishes, vases, and/or candleholders in tiers around a central focal point (either a larger container or ornamental motif).

* ephebophilia: In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents, hebephilia to refer the sexual preference for pubescent persons, and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent persons.

* Epicanthic fold: Epicanthic fold (/ɛpɪˌkænθɪkˈfoʊld/), epicanthal fold, epicanthus, or simply eye fold are names for a skin fold of the upper eyelid, covering the inner corner, An epicanthal fold is normal in people of Asian descent. An epicanthal fold is also common in children with Down syndrome.

* epicene: having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex; of indeterminate sex."the sort of epicene beauty peculiar to boys of a certain age" effeminate; effete."the actor infused the role with an epicene languor"

* epicycle: Astronomy. a small circle the center of which moves around in the circumference of a larger circle: used in Ptolemaic astronomy to account for observed periodic irregularities in planetary motions. Mathematics. a circle that rolls, externally or internally, without slipping, on another circle, generating an epicycloid or hypocycloid.

* Epidemiology: the description and causation of not only epidemic disease, but of disease in general, and even many non-disease health-related conditions, such as high blood pressure and obesity.

* epigone: a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.

* Epiphenomenon: secondary phenomenon that occurs alongside or in parallel to a primary phenomenon.

* epistemic: Epistemology (from Greek ' - episteme-, "knowledge, science" + ', "logos") or theory of knowledge is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope (limitations) of knowledge. It addresses the questions: * What is knowledge? * How is knowledge acquired? * What do people know? ...'Epistemicism' is a position about vagueness in the philosophy of language or metaphysics, according to which there are facts about the boundaries, epistemically - In a manner that pertains to knowledge. The theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge

* Eppur si muove: and yet it does move

* Eschatology: meaning "last" and -logy meaning "the study of", first used in English around 1550)[1] is a part of theology, philosophy, and futurology concerned with what are believed to be the final events in history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as the end of the world or the World to Come.

* eschaton: Judgment Day

* esse quam videri: to be rather than to seem to be

* essentialism: the view that, for any specific entity (such as an animal, a group of people, a physical object, a concept), there is a set of attributes which are necessary to its identity and function. In Western thought the concept is found in the work of Plato and Aristotle.

* etiolated: developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"

* etiology: the study of the causes of diseases.the cause or origin of a disease. Any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics.

* ettin: two headed ogre

* eudaemonia: wellbeing: a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous; "the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles". a Greek word commonly translated as 'happiness'. Etymologically, it consists of the word "eu" ("good" or "well being") and "daimōn" ("spirit" or "minor deity", used by extension to mean one's lot or fortune). ...

* eustress: Moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer. a term coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye which is defined in the model of Richard Lazarus (1974) as stress that is healthy, or gives one a feeling of fulfillment or other positive feelings. Eustress is a process of exploring potential gains.

* eutrophic: Having waters rich in mineral and organic nutrients that promote a proliferation of plant life, especially algae, which reduces the dissolved oxygen content and often causes the extinction of other organisms. Used of a lake or pond.
* evitable: capable of being avoided; avoidable.

* ex parte: Law From or on one side only, with the other side absent or unrepresented: testified ex parte; an ex parte hearing. From a one-sided or strongly biased point of view. a Latin legal term meaning "from (by or for) one party". An ex parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to the controversy to be present. In Australian, Canadian, U.K., South African, Indian and U.S. legal doctrines, ex parte means a legal proceeding brought by one person in the absence of and without representation or notification of other parties. It is also used more loosely to refer to improper unilateral contacts with a court, arbitrator or represented party without notice to the other party or counsel for that party.

* exception that proves the rule: Actually it's quite funny, because it means the exact opposite of how the sheeple use it.

(In case you didn't know, "prove" in this context means "test", not "confirm". If there's an exception, the rule has been *disproved* - it's not a valid rule.)

* excrescence: A distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, esp. one that is the result of disease or abnormality. An unattractive or superfluous addition or feature.

* execrable: deplorable: of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment "abominable: unequivocally detestable; "abominable treatment of prisoners"; "detestable vices"; "execrable crimes"; "consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke
damnable: deserving a curse; "her damnable pride" wof the poorest quality; hateful

* exeunt: Performing Arts / Theatre) they go out: used as a stage direction

* exiguous: Adj. Very small in size or amount. Synonyms scanty - small - little - meagre - meager - slender

* exogenous: of, relating to, or developing from external factors.

* expatiate: –verb (used without object), -at·ed, -at·ing. to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion: to expatiate upon a theme. Archaic . to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.

* explate: Make amends for; "expiate one's sins", to atone or make reparation for; To make amends or pay the penalty for; To relieve or cleanse of guilt, he doctrine of expiation or atonement for neglected duties, sins of omission and commission, is distinguished in the Muslim religion from the...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What's Left Of It?

Whatever happened in Cologne on Silvesterabend* happened right there in that little triangular space between the cathedral and the train station. The photo is one of many showing the devastation after relentless Allied bombing in 1944. I've been there a couple times, most recently in 2005.

Here's a video taken by a bystander, taken from the steps of the Cathedral bordering the triangle. You can see the facade of the Cathedral's nave briefly when the videographer points his camera skywards to follow a skyrocket.

I watched the whole video purporting to show the mayhem caused by "immigrants."  In my opinion, it looks like a typical New Year's Eve in Germany. Germans blow off fireworks on New Years Eve by tradition. I recall being in downtown Berlin for New Years a year or so after The Wall came down. People really did shoot rockets at each other and the cops did nothing. They weren't even standing around: They weren't there. Not having any fireworks myself, I felt "unarmed."

It's really hard to pick out any women in the 12 minute video. That's not surprising, because Silvesterabend fireworks really are a manly thing -- just like fireworks in this country.
*Silvesterabend means Silvester Eve is December 31st and is named after a 4th century Pope.

Obama cries crocodile tears

This post is about crocodile tears and not about Obama. But why bother? Apparently Obama held a press conference today and cried at the end of it. The photograph of Obamas red eyes and tear streaked face is making the rounds in satire form. Nobody I notice is having it. Except France. Twitchy brings the ridicule with their collection of joking tweets using the photograph to suggest things that really make Obama cry, and none of them are serious things, certainly not dead children as his supporters insist. That show of tears is for them. 

France says it's rude of us to make fun of this raw heartfelt emotion.

Twitchy says the show of crocodile tears is unconvincing. They say to be fair there really are plenty of other things to make him cry and they continue listing the things while I leave off with them wondering what is this deal about crocodile tears anyway? Where does that even come from? Except that they're big and vicious. Why drag crocodiles into it? Why not whale tears if you want to go big with the metaphor? Must the metaphor creature be a sinister swamp thing crying big tears? 

Crocodiles don't cry. They're poor for analogy or metaphor or crying related adage. Let's have this sorted about crocodile tears. I heard they have three eyelids, and that's all that I think I know.

In our continuing effort to set straight misapprehensions about animals that fill our language and warp our ideas about them adding distortion to our clear thinking, some research is useful into crocodile eyes. Skip if you like, no offense.

Search: [crocodile eyes]

14 Amazing Facts About Crocodiles - Softpedia News

Amazing fact #2 To "cry crocodile tears" is a common expression which is used for depicting fake sadness. It has its origins in the myth according to which reptiles weep while eating humans. But, believe it or not, crocodiles really do wipe while feasting, but rather due to physiological reasons than remorse. Their eyes can froth and bubble during the feeding. Air pushed through the sinuses could mix with tears in the animal's lacrimal (tear) glands and the whole content could be emptied into the eye; resulting the "fake" remorse.

Oh. Fake sadness, not big sadness. Crocodiles fake crying, not cry greatly. This pretty much answers it. But I cannot stop until the three eyelid thing is resolved, because that's all I know and I want things to match, or else ditch the idea of three eyelids.

Amazing fact #10. If you turn on a lantern at night in waters populated by crocodiles, you will see pairs of shiny red dots. These are the crocodiles' eyes which have a layer called tapetum behind their retina, containing crystals that reflect light and make possible the night vision.

Crocodiles sleep with one eye watching - BBC News

Inconclusive evidence crocodiles do this. (they haven't measured the actual sleep)

The Crocodilian Body - Crocodile Specialist Group word search [eye]
Crocodilians have a "minimum exposure" posture in water, in which only the eyes, the cranial platform (overlying the brain), ears and nostrils lie above the waters' surface. All the sensory apparatus is thus exposed while the most of the snout length, and the bulk of the body, is hidden. To potential prey, the exposed areas of the head give little indication of the real size of the predator's body.

Eyes specialized in a number of ways.

1) transparent eyelid that moves sideways across the eye when it submerges or attacks.

2) Above and below are conventional eyelids that cover the eye completely

3) The eyeballs can be drawn into the eye sockets.

4) focused for aerial distance viewing, not much good underwater.

5) pupils close to a vertical slit and open to full circle in dark

6) guanine crystals behind the retina, image intensifying device along with two additional types of receptors allow them to see better in low light.

7) color vision

8) spotlight reflects red (how they are hunted at night)

9) close together, binocular. The degree of overlap being small, they usually orient their whole head toward the target before attacking.

Good advice otherwise. Always look where you're going. Still, all that and nothing much about three nictitating eye membranes I heard about.

Crocodile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia word search [eye]


1) good night vision, mostly nocturnal

2) light receptors include cones and numerous rods, color assumed

3) pupil vertical slit, (exclude light more effectively)

4) tapetum lucidum, the reflective thing

5) upper and lower eyelid and a nictitating membrane drawn over the eye from the corner while the lids are open protecting the eyeball surface underwater will still able to see. Sort of.
Ding. That's it. The three eyelid notion comes from a regular eyelid pair and the underwater safety goggles behind them when needed. Pretty cool thing to have. If you're going for human enhancement, that would be a thing to include on the wish list.

Conclusion: Crocodile tears means fake tears not big tears.

I said the post is about crocodile eyes, turns out that foam when crocodiles eat, and not about Obama talking about losing his protracted effort at confiscating guns as occurred other places. I get it, he's eating something and foaming.

After all that, I concede, crocodile tears really is a solid analogy.

"In Oregon, frustration over federal land rights has been building for years"

Washington Post: The federal government owns more than half the land in the state, as it does across much of the West. It used to be routine for ranchers to get permits to graze cattle or cut timber or work mines — a way to make a living from the land.

Then came increasing environmental regulations, and the federal land became more for owls and sage grouse than for local people trying to feed their families, said Soper, 39, who lives 100 miles up the road in Bend.

“What people in Western states are dealing with is the destruction of their way of life,” said Soper, a father of four who was once a professional rodeo rider. “When frustration builds up, people lash out.”

Anger at the federal government boiled over this past weekend, when a small group of people took over a remote federal wildlife refuge east of here. Their specific aim was to support two local ranchers sentenced to prison over arson charges. But the larger issue is a decades-long struggle over federal land rights in the West that often flies under the radar in much of the country.