Saturday, February 20, 2016

Trump wins South Carolina

Trump won by a lot but the gap is closing. Rubio just ahead of Cruz this time.

Bush bows out in one of the classiest performances to be seen of the season. Reminding me that whatever and all else I don't care for about them, they really are a graceful patrician family.

Mickey Kaus says on Twitter that he doesn't like watching videos, they take too many seconds. But whatever we think of Trump, this one is pretty powerful.

He links to Maxine Runner's upload of two minute Trump ad that begins with Beck lauding Trump and runs through campaign images time-lapse style except a lot more jolting.  And it is powerful.

I hope you can see this video of Trump's ad here. If it's the sort of thing that you like.

Powerful as it is, my mind still wandered. I was thinking, those baseboards sure are clean. I used dishwasher soap to make the water slippery and you should have seen the dirt that came up. Oi. Now they shine. I got all the way around the spots that never get touched even to the end through the laundry where lint collects in there. Just thinking that took a minute and by then the video had ended. But it sure sounded powerful.

When they place a baby in your arms and this time you don’t have to give it back, something happens.

The world goes from being an immense place radiating from all sides and angles to being one small central focal point. Everything flips. You no longer receive, you give. You are still the same shell, but you are now filled with living breathing, pulsating matter. The question is, if this baby is the pearl of my oyster, do I pluck it out, slurp up the oyster, wash it down with wine, slip the pearl into my pocket like a button (is this something a man might do?) and continue on my journey of receiving, or do I come to a stop and start with a plan about how I'm going to help the pearl to grow? 
This is Lucy writing on her blog. Her boy is seven years old now. She began writing her blog before he was born. Hers is the most beautiful wedding I've seen. I recommend her blog. She is amazing. Expatriate American living in Lyon, I mentioned her today and looked again and she blew me away with her feminine insight. She speaks like only she does. She wrote the most touching Thanksgiving story I've read to date. It has everything.

The incredible lightness of being.

Say, would you like to see 58 photos of people in their underwear running around my neighborhood? 

Thousands of them. In tutus, super hero costumes, stretch boxer briefs so the whole lot look like they're smuggling grapes across town.

This really is how Denver looks stripped down.   

It's +60F here today, the end of February. It should be cold and snowy and it will be shortly but for now just take off your clothes and run. Call it a cause. 

Two Hot Airs in one

Two in one is not a criticism. It's what they do, present various points of view. The title is sort of a joke.

But now that comments are disallowed I don't even know why I bother reading. I don't'. I stopped in by habit. Looked. Became dismayed and left without reading. I'll have the shortcut, the short circuited comprehension instead. 

Jonah Goldberg is telling us again what not to do. He can't help himself. He's actually paid to do that. It is undoubtedly his best analysis. I'm supposed to be thankful for it. In a way I am thankful. He's smarter than I about politics, but I'm sick of this bossy crap and he must persist so screw him. He gets too much attention and I cannot talk back.

Rod Dreher has it almost right but must leave out the intervening agency and not even mention reaction to Obama. No, that is skipped. Bush caused Trump reaction directly. Not Obama is voter reaction to four years of demonizing Bush, and Trump is voter reaction to Obama's Constitutional overreach obvious narcissism and observable laziness, and eight years of zero representation in Washington. Democrats free and clear by the title of your published opinion so screw you too.

No comments so my voice is shut out. We'll be hearing Goldberg and we'll be hearing Dreher were we to bother looking further but our own opinions are no value. 

Don't say comments will be available through FaceBook, you know that's the same thing as unavailable. From my point of view, and I'm not even Republican, HotAir is now part of the problem by embracing Facebook space, having that influence part of their site.

Jeb! vs QE I

The early run through the web sites I like showed anticipation about Jeb dropping out by the end of tonight. Speculators believe South Carolina results will be the end of Jeb's campaign. That is the sense that I got from reading this morning.

And how can that not put you in mind of other similar historical drama? Glenda Jackson is terrific as Queen Elizabeth I, her dying scene left a lasting impression on my politically unformed self. Either they changed the ending or I am misremembering from seeing it as a teeny tiny tot not knowing what I was watching. I recall seeing the Lords in the chamber waiting for her to die, checking her breath, her saying "I'm not dead yet" to their tremendous embarrassment, then kneeling at her bed when she dies, the camera pulls back from the room, the guards outside the room drop to their knee without looking behind, the camera retreats steadily and the entire court drops to their knee, men and women in gowns all kneel silently and respectfully and hold themselves there interminably, the camera pulls back from chambers and everyone inside the castle walls are waiting for this moment and they all drop to their knee, the camera pulls back from the castle and all London, all England drops to their knee in a broad sweep across the entire kingdom in profound respect and deep loss.

But that is not how the clip shows it. The link should skip to the end of a wonderful series. If a bit stilted dialogue and with deplorable makeup.

I guess it is a historical fact that at the end QEI stood for fourteen hours straight, her dress holding her up. Were she to go to bed she'd never get out. This later depiction has her standing until falling backward and it puts emphasis on a ring of importance to a courtier discovered to be fitted with a latch revealing a tiny painting of her mother.

Elizabeth R and Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, they're both excellent productions.

They both remind me of Jeb, his campaign and his family. Same thing with great differences.

There is another real Elizabeth to follow much later and with similar compelling life story and enduring affection, will there be another Bush too? I don't care for the thought, I cannot say that it's un-American in spirit, we've done this all along, but political dynasties are un-MY-American spirit. I don't like it but they and the Udalls and their like are built for it, made from it. Unfortunately I cannot see it otherwise. I cannot see Bush offspring avoiding politics. And that's a bit of a bummer they won't be able to avoid it.

New Orleans principal pays outstanding students cash

At Edna Karr High School, Principal Harold Clay believes that a little change can go a long wayIt’s his belief that academics are the real key to success and he annually awards cash prizes to kids who excel in the classroom.
Friday, was no exception. Clay handed out $100 bills to 33 students who had GPAs of 4.0 or higher. “When kids are focused on iPhones and Jordans, I’m saying to focus on your education and I’m going to compensate you for it.”
The message seems to have gotten across to many of those who were honored Friday.
“If you work hard in the class room someone is going to take notice, someone’s going to take heed of what you’re doing” said Karr senior Korey Finnie.
The highest achievers weren’t the only winners of the day. Nearly 400 Karr students were honored for having GPA of at least 3.5. Some were even given sports style varsity jackets and patches. “Last year I didn’t get one and I was pretty mad about It and this year I worked really hard to get it because I really wanted one” said Karr student Eyrie Toliver.
Principal Clay says he wants academics to be honored the same way as if you achieve on the basketball court so for a big time basketball player they have a signing day.
Friday was like assigning day for academic excellence. (video at the link)

How to make your own Big Mac

The sauce is not a secret recipe.

Severe Trump

MSNBC: The standout topic... was terrorism and national security. Trump repeated – favorably – an apparent myth about how General John Pershing summarily executed dozens of Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with tainted ammunition during a guerilla war against the occupying United States.
“He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood,” Trump said. “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth person he said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?”
The story appears to be a hoax spread via e-mail forwards, according to rumor tracker,with no evidence it occurred.
The moral of the tale, according to Trump: “We better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks.”
Last night some folks on the right where urging caution against trying to use Trump's own words against him.

From the very beginning I've always tried to tell the truth.

But sometimes it just isn't possible. Truth is a tricky thing. Who's truth? You think truth springs from facts. Who's facts? How arranged? How emphasized. Enough facts, enough arrangement and you have multiple truth sets. You can't handle the truth.

Says Hillary.

I'm imagining all that.

There is a video of her explaining her truthiness too aching to watch. They come right out and say it's hard to watch. Duly warned, I don't.

[Hillary, tells truth] 8 million results all first off addressing this recent answer to a journalist's question about telling the truth.

Hillary Clinton's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad answer on whether she's ever lied
Washington Post - 16 hours ago

CBS' Pelley Asks Hillary 'Have You Always Told the Truth?'
Mediaite - 1 day ago

I cannot believe we don't have a post on this. I checked twice. Pick one if you like.

Hillary Clinton: 'I've always tried to' tell the truth - Washington ...

Umberto Eco, Harper Lee

Friday, February 19, 2016

C. anthropomorphic deities

Hoch provides a sign list for his study of Middle Egyptian. The third category of Egyptian hieroglyphs is deities. Hotch uses twenty of them in his supplemental book.

It is a fairly complete list in that it covers the major gods. The gods represented towns or cult centers, power centers that shift over time, a very long time through shifts in language as well so the list of gods, major and less so in their aspects over time is quite large. So large that Blogger will not upload the file's full width. Blogger would prefer to show this the size of a pencil. This is large as it goes.


Earlier today another site directed attention to Amazon's half off sale on some things and pointed also to their Levi sale and that's usually pretty good. The first page shows a belt. An ordinary belt.

I have several belt fails. Belts that never get worn anymore. They just don't cut it. I have favorites too that I like so much I must take care not to wear them too much. They won't hold up. One of the best is a light beaded faux American Indian souvenir belt. Hardly useful as belt at all. I've had it for decades and it's still a favorite.

I bought one that so outshines all of these ordinary Levi belts. The picture is what reminded me of Levi belt disappointments. Buckles breaking, what have you. This one's buckle is brass hardware. A hook that slips into one of 5 leather slots woven into the end. I thought it was some kind of fisherman type hook because the shop is on the East Coast and most of their belts are nautical and are fabric with amusing characters woven in. I have two of those as well, Dinosaurs are one, and cats and dogs on another, I think. Two more that are not very sturdy.

I cannot find the store where I bought it. I recall it was more than I wanted to pay for a strip of leather. But I don't think I paid $125.00 as on one site. What do you know, it has a name, "hoof pick belt." Horses then, not boats.

I don't care about this belt. It is nothing to me except a thing for my pants. But I've had more people comment on this, it's a bit embarrassing because it's telling me they're looking at that.

Several women remarked, and that's a first for me with belts. Men too. Yesterday another man I don't know and won't see again remarked while waiting. "I can tell you've had that a long time." I didn't know what he was talking about and when he answered  my belt, then he was wrong because it's new, but I didn't contradict, instead, "thanks" while wondering why would he even notice. Anyway, of scores of belts, people notice and remark on this one belt.

So you should buy it. 

No Bunnies 4 Bernie :(

'Air Force Amy' has announced that she’s going to give another half-hour to any donor who donates to Hillary. An extra half-hour of time in the bedroom. That’s her way of supporting [her].
Bill remains Hillary's most notorious(ly) crooked donor.

Who are you shocked isn't dead yet?

Reddit best voted answers...
Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. Two pioneers of rock and roll.
Dick van Dyke is 90 years old and still with us!
Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Doris Day
Queen Elizabeth II
Kirk Douglas. Dude will be 100 this year.
Ozzy Osborne
Hugh Hefner
Stephen Hawking

Trump makes me think of Teddy Roosevelt

"Following the assassination of President McKinley in September 1901, Roosevelt, at age 42, became the youngest United States President in history. Leading his party and country into the Progressive Era, he championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. Making conservation a top priority, he established myriad new national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation's natural resources. In foreign policy, he focused on Central America, where he began construction of the Panama Canal. He greatly expanded the United States Navy, and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project the United States' naval power around the globe. His successful efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize."

"Monkey in Brazil drinks rum and chases bar patrons with knife"

The capuchin monkey drank remnants of cachaça, a distilled spirit popular in Brazil, from glasses around the bar. The animal then chased the men in the pub with a foot-long knife but left the women “to drink in relative peace”, according to the Mirror.
“It was a bar staff oversight that ended with the monkey drinking some rum and taking the knife,” fire department Lt Col Saul Laurentino told aRede.

Cruz's eligibility to appear on Illinois primary ballot to be challenged in court

Lawrence Joyce, an Illinois voter who has objected to Cruz's placement on the Illinois primary ballot next month, will have his case heard in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. Joyce's previous objection, made to the state's Board of Elections, was dismissed on February 1. He appealed the decision and was granted a hearing for Friday before Judge Maureen Ward Kirby.

...Sanford Levinson, constitutional law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said Joyce would have to prove standing – or why Cruz’s potential ineligibility affects him specifically – for the judge to proceed with the case.

Even if the judge declares Cruz to be ineligible to run, the GOP candidate’s campaign would undoubtedly file an appeal, potentially tying the case up for months, he said.

It’s surprising that a lower court would even agree to hear the case, which is entangled in broader constitutional issues, Sanford said.

“I’d be very, very surprised if [the judge] were to say he’s ineligible,” he said. “At that point, all hell would break loose."


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

WKLEM TV Hey Marco Rude-io! Why you got to be so rude?

Trump trade barbs with the Pope

Link to Boston Globe AP story. By the way, I predicted this, after the last debate, were Trump went off the rails, blaming GWB for missing the 9/11 attacks. 

The Pope says that Donald Trump is not a "good Christian."

Pope Francis continue tend his flock by informing them that Donald Trump is not a "Christian." While celebrating illegal immigration in a Mass at the border between Mexico and the United States "the pope was asked specifically about comments Trump made about the Pope’s visit to the Mexico border." The Popes response:

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not getting involved in that. I say only this man is not Christian if he has said things like that.'

Thankfully the Pope did not tell Catholics how to vote. I mean he will not tell them not to vote for politicians who promote and legalize abortion or force nuns to buy contraception. Why would he do that? It is not like that is against the teachings of the church and would protect innocent human life or something. He knows that it would not be right to try to influence the political process in such a direct and heavy handed manner. So at least he did not try to directly influence the election to support illegal immigration and the mass invasion of America. He just wanted to label Donald Trump. He had famously said "Who am I to judge?" I guess if the Donald was a sword swallower who wanted to marry a dude he would be off limits.


There is something about Hillary Clinton's barking that I cannot let go.

This misses the whole point to favor a smaller jape. It avoids the adult problem to jibe as schoolboy instead. 

It does what liberals do, pick out the single odd detail and hammer away endlessly mindlessly humorlessly while ignoring its more damaging context.

Now you can download for free a Hillary barking ringtone. But who would want that on their  phone? Nobody. It's not even funny. The page you get that ringtone also offers Hillary cackling ringtone, but honestly, who could tolerate that? Nobody. 

Whatever she was barking at is lost to the barking and whatever she is cackling about is lost to the cackling. All Republican partisans hear is Hillary barking and Hillary cackling. 

In the speech where Hillary does her barking she says that she wishes there was a "truth detector" dog that could follow Republicans around and alert to all the endless lies that Republicans always go around telling that she's tired of hearing. Her example is Republicans say that small business are held back because of excessive government regulation bark bark bark yip yip yip. 

She'll have the dogs yip when Republicans are lying. As they are speaking. She will have yipping dogs drown out Republican voices, she would prefer to refuse conservative opinion.  

Believe me, Woman, the sentiment is returned in full.

During the Madison protests, it is Althouse who provided this important insight to me that chanting is intended to drown out discussion. 

Althouse suffered the vuvuzela blast directly into her ear. 

That is what Hillary wishes. 

And now Republicans dismiss all of that and reduce Hillary to the noise itself. Now Hillary is the noise that does the barking. 

That's okay, Hillary, you have  your barking dogs to drown out discussion as they already do. And the rest of us have your voice as noise in return. You speak, we turn up you own barking noise and drown you out. It's all you are to us. Your own yips and lapdog barks used to drown out others now drown out you.

(I don't know a single conservative who wouldn't have chosen a hunting dog, hound dog, pointer, retriever, or working sheepdog or guard dog or sled dog, but not a yip yapping lap dog. Argh. The choice of dog sound is even offensive.)

And that's where we are. For myself I use remote to shut them up. No need for barking or any noise, no chanting nor vuvuzelas, just *click* and they're gone. 

In real life, Hillary, we'll improve our discussions. Something louder than your perverse truth yips.  You speak and say something mean pinched and insanely stupid like Republicans complaining about regulatory state out of control, literally out of control, and we set off rape sirens to drown you out. 

At that price I'll take a dozen. 

Imagine it. A Democrat operative begins speaking and I toss out a handful of rape sirens and evacuate the area. 

Jarred Allen rides off into the sunset.

Twitter video shows Jarred Allen actually riding off on a horse.

Touching comments follow.

I think you can appreciate this more than I do.

I learned who this man is from the video. Isn't that sick? That's how impervious I am to certain things battering my shell. Knowing who this man is should have been impossible to avoid yet I managed avoiding knowing until just now. I miss a lot, a very good deal.

And the whole 20 seconds I was thinking, "I had a coat like that." It was the worst coat ever. Hot as can be in subzero weather but only three loose buttons to clamp the thing shut. Cannot ski in it. Bulky and boxy. I'm glad it's gone.

Also, that sun has set. I've been real big on sunsets lately. I could have done better. It's timing. You gotta have the crew, the horse, the equipment, everything ready. The time lapses show you've got several minutes that are best of all with several more good minutes on each side of the best of the best for that day, say twelve to fifteen minutes max. There is a range of good sunset gleams on the horizon available over several minutes and this crew missed the whole range. Too bad. Could of had an actual sunset. 

What we have here is Jarred Allen riding off into the sunless gray, but other than that a very nice farewell video.

Ex Oblivione By H. P. Lovecraft

When the last days were upon me, and the ugly trifles of existence began to drive me to madness like the small drops of water that torturers let fall ceaselessly upon one spot of their victim’s body, I loved the irradiate refuge of sleep. In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods.

     Once when the wind was soft and scented I heard the south calling, and sailed endlessly and languorously under strange stars.

     Once when the gentle rain fell I glided in a barge down a sunless stream under the earth till I reached another world of purple twilight, iridescent arbours, and undying roses.

     And once I walked through a golden valley that led to shadowy groves and ruins, and ended in a mighty wall green with antique vines, and pierced by a little gate of bronze.

     Many times I walked through that valley, and longer and longer would I pause in the spectral half-light where the giant trees squirmed and twisted grotesquely, and the grey ground stretched damply from trunk to trunk, sometimes disclosing the mould-stained stones of buried temples. And always the goal of my fancies was the mighty vine-grown wall with the little gate of bronze therein.

     After a while, as the days of waking became less and less bearable from their greyness and sameness, I would often drift in opiate peace through the valley and the shadowy groves, and wonder how I might seize them for my eternal dwelling-place, so that I need no more crawl back to a dull world stript of interest and new colours. And as I looked upon the little gate in the mighty wall, I felt that beyond it lay a dream-country from which, once it was entered, there would be no return.

     So each night in sleep I strove to find the hidden latch of the gate in the ivied antique wall, though it was exceedingly well hidden. And I would tell myself that the realm beyond the wall was not more lasting merely, but more lovely and radiant as well.

     Then one night in the dream-city of Zakarion I found a yellowed papyrus filled with the thoughts of dream-sages who dwelt of old in that city, and who were too wise ever to be born in the waking world. Therein were written many things concerning the world of dream, and among them was lore of a golden valley and a sacred grove with temples, and a high wall pierced by a little bronze gate. When I saw this lore, I knew that it touched on the scenes I had haunted, and I therefore read long in the yellowed papyrus.

     Some of the dream-sages wrote gorgeously of the wonders beyond the irrepassable gate, but others told of horror and disappointment. I knew not which to believe, yet longed more and more to cross forever into the unknown land; for doubt and secrecy are the lure of lures, and no new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace. So when I learned of the drug which would unlock the gate and drive me through, I resolved to take it when next I awaked.

     Last night I swallowed the drug and floated dreamily into the golden valley and the shadowy groves; and when I came this time to the antique wall, I saw that the small gate of bronze was ajar. From beyond came a glow that weirdly lit the giant twisted trees and the tops of the buried temples, and I drifted on songfully, expectant of the glories of the land from whence I should never return.

     But as the gate swung wider and the sorcery of drug and dream pushed me through, I knew that all sights and glories were at an end; for in that new realm was neither land nor sea, but only the white void of unpeopled and illimitable space. So, happier than I had ever dared hoped to be, I dissolved again into that native infinity of crystal oblivion from which the daemon Life had called me for one brief and desolate hour.

"After computer hack, L.A. hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin ransom to get back medical records"

Washington Post: Not too long ago, taking the nation’s wild, messy, unreliable system of medical records online seemed like a worthy goal.

“To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized,” President Obama said. “This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests.”

While the shift Obama and many others pushed may have improved care, electronic medical records led to quite the unique hostage situation in Los Angeles this week. There, a hospital fell prey to a cyberattack — and the hospital has escaped its plight by paying hackers a $17,000 ransom. (read more)   Via Instapundit

National Ransom 

WKLEM-TV: It was the best of times.........


link in case the video doesn't load

Another day working for a handful of dimes followed by tutoring chemistry to a young mind.

I want this song played at my funeral, LOUD, with subwoofers in the pews. That would be my Dick Dale response to all the low riders I hear day after day.

No, I want this song to be the theme song for my fantasy plastic realties website. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Obama to skip Scalia's funeral

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Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley endorses Rent Boy Rubio! Now it is a party!

Governor Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley of South Carolina has announced that she is endorsing Rent Boy Marco Rubio. In fact she said she would support anyone except Donald Trump.

Governor Haley is of course famous for surrendering to political correctness by banning the Confederate Flag and using the State of the Union response to attack the leading Republican candidate for President instead of concentrating on opposing President Obama's agenda. Because the Confederate Flag and statues of Civil war generals are the real problem. Governor Haley hates Trump because she is in favor of uninhibited immigration and the transfer of jobs of Americans to immigrants who are either illegal or under bogus visas. She knows that the Rent Boy will open the floodgates even more than Obama as he was the principal Republican stooge in the Gang of Eight.

"Florida school caught busing students to Clinton rally"

The American Mirror: Bill Clinton had a larger audience in Riviera Beach, Florida Monday, courtesy of Palm Beach County taxpayers.
A producer for my radio show, Bethany Bowra, was on hand at the event at the Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal and provided this account:
I was standing on the corner outside the Bill Clinton event in Riviera Beach, Florida, on Monday, when a school bus labeled “Palm Beach County District Schools #0253” pulled in filled with students wearing band uniforms and cheerleading outfits. 
The kids got off the bus at the front of the event with their instruments and the bus left, only to return a few moments later with another bus load of students. The band played outside the event before it began, then moved inside and continued to play while the crowd waited for the event to begin.

Via Instapundit

Scarborough strikes back

Excerpt: "In yet another aggressive move that will thrill Trump supporters, late Tuesday morning, Jesse Rodriguez, Senior Producer of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," announced a town hall event with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump that will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The night will be hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. The MSNBC town hall will compete directly
with CNN’s long-schedule town hall with Trump’s two closest  competitors,

...On Joe Scarborough’s part, this might be a bit of revenge against CNN. Last week, the left-wing CNN launched a series of hit-pieces against Scarborough, all of which were poorly sourced and filled with nothingburgers-disguised-as-conflicts-of-interest. I’m not fan of Scarborough or CNN, but CNN’s reporting was a joke, especially when the fact that Scarborough is an opinionator and not a journalist was not taken into consideration."

Hearing Hands

Man arrested for Facebook posts about Syrian refugees in Scotland

Breitbart:  Police have arrested a 40-year old man in Scotland over a number of allegedly “offensive” Facebook posts about refugees. Police in Scotland said that a man had been held under the Communications Act, which bans “grossly offensive” and “menacing” posts on online platforms.

The Facebook posts in question, which were not released to the media, allegedly concerned comments about Syrian refugees from Rothersay, on the Scottish Island of Bute, where several refugee families have settled as part of the UK government’s settlement program.

Marine war hero beaten and robbed by gang of ‘Black Lives Matter’ teens

USMC Life: A Marine vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan became the target of an assault while eating at a McDonald’s Friday night in northwest DC. Metro PD is now investigating the incident and looking for five suspects between the ages of 16 and 21.

“I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color,” Marquez told The DCNF. “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it.”
Marquez says things got a little fuzzy following the verbal attack inside the restaurant because he suffered a trauma to his head –which apparently affected his memory of the events that night.
However, the manager at the fast food chain reviewed surveillance video and informed Marquez that after he walked out of the restaurant, one of the teens struck him on the side of the head knocking him unconscious. The others robbed him, taking off with his wallet, which contained $400 in cash, all his ID’s and three credit cards. (there is more)

WKRLEM: Mother should I build a wall

I think we should. But then I am not a defeatist.

I words encountered online

This is another short group with a few common entries and a few misconceptions;  in medias res, I thought was the middle of a legal matter, irredentism had a paper index card for it so that should have been well known but it wasn't, ipse dixit I thought was a toe, inveterate I thought lacked a backbone, intrinsic value is self explanatory, injunction and ineffable are common words and indubitable I learned from the cartoons, inchoate and indemnify are also rather common. I don't know what was wrong with me those days. Maybe my other self looked up those words or maybe I was stoned. Their presence is puzzling.

* ibi erit fletus et stridor dentium: Matthew 13:42 There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

* ichor: Greek Mythology The rarefied fluid said to run in the veins of the gods. Pathology A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.

* ignoratio elenchi: also known as irrelevant conclusion, is the informal fallacy of presenting an argument that may or may not be logically valid, but fails nonetheless to address the issue in question. Ignoratio elenchi falls into the broad class of relevance fallacies. It is one of the fallacies identified by Aristotle in his Organon. In a broader sense he asserted that all fallacies are a form of ignoratio elenchi.

* il était une fois: once upon a time.

* illegitimi non carborundum: a mock-Latin aphorism jokingly taken to mean "don't let the bastards grind you down".

* immanentize the eschaton:  trying to bring about the eschaton (the final, heaven-like stage of history) in the immanent world. It has been used by conservative critics as a pejorative reference to what they perceive as utopian schemes, such as socialism, communism etc. In all these contexts it means "trying to make that which belongs to the afterlife happen here and now (on Earth)" or "trying to create heaven here on Earth."  Eric Voegelin in The New Science of Politics in 1952. Conservative spokesman William F. Buckley popularized Voegelin's phrase as "Don't immanentize the eschaton!" Buckley's version became a political slogan of Young Americans for Freedom during the 1960s and 1970s. And other nerds.

* impecunious: hard up: not having enough money to pay for necessities. Not having money; habitually without money; poor.

* impell:  to urge or drive forward or on by or as if by the exertion of strong moral pressure : force, to impart motion to. His interest in the American Civil War impelled him to make repeated visits to Gettysburg.

* imperator: an absolute or supreme ruler. (in Imperial Rome) emperor. (in Republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.

* impuissance: powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains active" helplessness, weakness impotence, impotency, powerlessness - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble

* in medias res: "into the midst of affairs (lit. into mid-affairs", refers to a literary and artistic technique where the narrative starts in the middle of the story instead of from its beginning (ab ovo or ab initio). The characters, setting, and conflict are often introduced through a series of flashbacks or through characters relating past events to each other. Probably originating from an oral tradition, the technique is a convention of epic poetry, one of the earliest and most prominent examples in Western literature being Homer's Odyssey and Iliad.[1] Other epics beginning in medias res include the Indian Mahābhārata, the Portuguese The Lusiads, the Spanish Cantar de Mio Cid, Germany's Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs), and the Finnish Kalevala. Several Arabian Nights tales such as "Sinbad the Sailor" and "The Three Apples" also employ this technique. Virgil's Aeneid began the tradition in literature of imitating Homer,continued in Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, John Milton's Paradise Lost and "Inferno" from Dante's Divine Comedy.A modern example is George Lucas's Star Wars saga.

*in silico:  (literally Latin for "in silicon", alluding to the mass use of silicon for semiconductor computer chips) is an expression used to mean "performed on computer or via computer simulation."

* inamorato: n. A man with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship.

* inchoately: In an initial or early stage; incipient. Imperfectly formed or developed: a vague, inchoate idea. just beginning; incipient undeveloped; immature; rudimentary (Law) (of a legal document, promissory note, etc.) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or validi

* indemnify: compensate (someone) for harm or loss. secure (someone) against legal responsibility for their actions."the newspaper could not be forced to indemnify the city for personal-injury liability"

* indubitable: too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable.

* ineffable:  incapable of being expressed in words : indescribable <ineffable joy> b : unspeakable <ineffable disgust>. not to be uttered : taboo ,the ineffable name of ...

* infra dig: (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (postpositive) Informal beneath one's dignity

* injunction:  a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act. an act or instance of enjoining. a command; order; admonition: the injunctions of the Lord.

* instantiate: To represent (an abstract concept) by a concrete or tangible example: "Two apples ... both instantiate the single universal redness" (J. Holloway). (Philosophy / Logic) Logic a.  the process of deriving an individual statement from a general one by replacing the variable with a name or other referring expression b.  the valid inference of an instance from a universally quantified statement, as David is rational from all men are rational

* integument: natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind. any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.

* intermezzo: a composition which fits between other musical or dramatic entities, such as acts of a play or movements of a larger musical work. In music history, the term has had several different usages, which fit into two general categories: the opera intermezzo and the instrumental intermezzo.

* interstitial: The space between cells. Meaning in between, an advertisement that appears in a separate browser window while you wait for a Web page to load. Situated in the spaces of a tissue. an advertisement that loads between two content pages.

* intrinsic value: oxymoron. In finance, intrinsic value refers to the value of a company, stock, currency or product determined through fundamental analysis without reference to its market value. It is also frequently called fundamental value. The actual value of a company or an asset based on an underlying perception of its true value including all aspects of the business, in terms of both tangible and intangible factors. This value may or may not be the same as the current market value.

intrinsic; belonging naturally; essential "access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life"

value: the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.

I don't know why that guy said intrinsic value is an oxymoron.

* inveterate: Having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change he was an inveterate gambler

* Ipse dixit: he himself said it.

* irenic: aiming or aimed at peace.

* irrealis (irrealis moods) the main set of grammatical moods that indicate that a certain situation or action is not known to have happened as the speaker is talking. Every language has a formula for the unreal. The Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest have as many as five levels of "unreality", which are of real and practical use in a hunting society.

* irredentism: Italian irredento, "unredeemed" is any position advocating annexation of territories administered by another state on the grounds of common ethnicity or prior historical possession, actual or alleged. Some of these movements are also called pan-nationalist movements. A revitalization movement to reclaim a lost homeland.

* islamodespicio: despise, made up.

* iterative: relating to or involving iteration, especially of a mathematical or computational process. Linguistics 
denoting a grammatical rule that can be applied repeatedly. Grammar
 another term for frequentative.

* IVR: Interactive voice response

* Izvestia: a long-running high-circulation daily newspaper in Russia. The word "izvestiya" in Russian means "delivered messages"

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bob and Emily

"So Bob why were you late again tonight?"
"We had a big problem with the group. People are fighting. Mr. Peterson and Jerry the Dentist started fighting and rolling around on the floor. Mr. Karlin was bitching that everyone hated his toupee and that a Mexican took his job. And Carol started to cry and kept eating and puking like a crazy person. It was a shit storm."
"Really Bob. Whatever. Let's go in the bedroom and fuck before our stupid neighbor comes in and starts telling lies about he used to be astronaut."

Hocus Pocus (poco troppo)

This is the sort of thing my older brother listened to. It's like Mozart and Beethoven to him. I don't know anything about it, the group, other songs, their country, nothing at all, still it sounds to me a little bit fast. I wrote my brother to ask him because right now hearing it again it's blowing my mind.

Latest PPP poll indicates high support for Trump across wide range of demographics

[Poll taken first two days after NC debate.]

"What's striking about Trump's support is how consistent it is across different demographic groups- he's at 41% with 'somewhat conservative' voters, 40% with younger voters, 38% with men, 36% with self identified Republicans, 35% with Evangelicals, 35% with middle aged voters, 34% with non-Evangelicals, 31% with women, 30% with self identified independents, 30% with 'very conservative' voters, 30% with seniors, and 29% with moderates. He has a lead of some size within every single one of those groups, similar to what he was able to do in New Hampshire.

...Public Policy Polling surveyed 897 likely Republican primary voters and 525 Democratic primary voters on February 14th and 15th.  The margin of error is +/-3.3% for the Republicans and +/-4.3% for the Democrats. 80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via the phone, while 20% of respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet through an opt-in internet panel."

Scroll down for full report:

Con man v Con man

"Police Arrest Brothers Who Sold a Fake Goya … and Were Paid with Fake Cash"
Spanish Police have arrested two brothers from Girona, Spain, who attempted to sell a fake Francisco de Goya painting to a purported sheikh, EFE reports. But the "sheikh" was no victim: he paid the pair with photocopied money.
The con artists realized they had been tricked when they tried to deposit 1.7 million Swiss francs (€1.5 million) in a Geneva bank and were told that the banknotes were mere photocopies.
Spanish police officers found out about the scam in December 2014, when the Avignon customs warned them that they had intercepted two Spanish brothers trying to smuggle 1.7 million fake Swiss francs.
The sheikh had purportedly agreed to pay a total of €4 million for the Goya painting, entitled Portrait of don Antonio María Esquivel. The first batch of cash was to be collected in Turin, and was delivered by a middleman from the prince's entourage. Apparently, the brothers verified the cash was legit with a machine, but the middleman managed to switch it before they left for Switzerland.
To add insult to injury, the brothers had also given a €300,000 premium to the middleman who had introduced them to the sheikh. In order to do so, they had asked a friend to lend them the money, promising to give it back the following day, with an extra €80,000.
But things did not pan out as expected. The sheikh and the middleman, carrying the €300,000, have gone underground and their whereabouts are currently unknown. Meanwhile, the fake Goya painting—which was found in one of the brothers' houses upon their arrest—is currently being held by police. (believe it or no there is more to this story)

"Harvey Silverglate writes a tribute to Justice Scalia’s war on vague criminal statutes"

Via Instapundit: Justice Scalia, more than any other member of the high court during his 30-year tenure, waged war with the government’s attempt to attack the liberty of citizens and others by brandishing laws that nobody really could comprehend. He understood, as few judges do, the extent of the day-to-day tyranny inflicted by any legal system where the laws are not clear as to what conduct can land a citizen in prison. In the 2011 Supreme Court case Sykes v. United States, Justice Scalia articulated this very concern. The majority determined that a particular crime – felony vehicle flight – constituted a “violent felony” under federal law; in practice, this ruling meant that the individual at the heart of the case was subject to a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Scalia dissented from the majority, arguing that the federal law in question was so vague in defining a “violent felony” that punishing Sykes under it was unconstitutional. He wrote, in part:

“We face a Congress that puts forth an ever-increasing volume of laws in general, and of criminal laws in particular. It should be no surprise that as the volume increases, so do the number of imprecise laws. And no surprise that our indulgence of imprecisions that violate the Constitution encourages imprecisions that violate the Constitution. Fuzzy, leave-the-details-to-be-sorted-out-by-the-courts legislation is attractive to the Congressman who wants credit for addressing a national problem but does not have the time (or perhaps the votes) to grapple with the nitty-gritty.”

"Grandmaster plays trash talking guy in Central Park"

Maurice Ashley Plays trash talking guy In Central Park from w m on Vimeo.

Watch for a hustle move at 2:20 (Sorry, the video appears to have been taken down)

Schumer: Don't use my 2007 speech to justify blocking Obama nominee

Schumer told the American Constitution Society in 2007 that Democrats "should reverse the presumption of confirmation," because the court was "dangerously out of balance." At the time, George W. Bush was president.

But Schumer argues now that Democrats would have taken up a Bush nomination.

"Every single senator has a right to vote no on any given nominee," Schumer wrote. "I've opposed some nominees who are out of the mainstream, my friends on the other side of the aisle have opposed some nominees they believe are out of the mainstream, and this pattern may well continue. But the wisdom of the Founding Fathers dictates that we should go through a full vetting and confirmation process so that we and the nation can determine whether these candidates are out of the mainstream even in this ideological era."

"US Marshals arresting people for not paying their federal student loans"

HOUSTON (FOX 26): Paul Aker says he was arrested at his home last week for a $1500 federal student loan he received in 1987.

He says seven deputy US Marshals showed up at his home with guns and took him to federal court where he had to sign a payment plan for the 29-year-old school loan.

Our reliable source with the US Marshal in Houston say Aker isn't the first and won't be the last.

They have to serve anywhere from 1200 to 1500 warrants to people who have failed to pay their federal student loans. (video at the Link)

"Kanye West Asks "White Publications" to Stop Commenting on "Black Music""

I'm surprised these tweets are still up... as of 10 PM the next day.

Maruchan Ramen, Japanese beef noodle soup

Did I show you this already? Search says no. It's from another of my sites posted a long time ago, a few years, I think. Sometimes stats show unusual clusters and this was looked at from a bunch of disparate places suddenly at once and that is unusual. Most originating from Facebook as if a member there liked it. I read the post again as if somebody else wrote it and thought, eh, that's kind of funny. You know, it occurred to me while reading my mum would slap me. She would. If she read the stuff I wrote she'd just without warning *whap!* And then tell me I'm lucky she doesn't wash my mouth out with soap.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Laura Bush's Diary

March 29, 2011

The twins and I were out at Costco picking up the Lone Star and Salsa and the Mountain Dew for W to enjoy while we are watching the NCAA tournament. W loves his basketball and we always watch all the games. So the twins come over and we all sit around and watch the games and root for our favorites. We all fill out bracket pools and stuff but we always pick a team that we root for if our Alma Maters are eliminated which often happens right quick. The only problem is if W’s parents are around because that nasty old Barb steals the remote and puts on the rasslen’ matches. She always goes on and on “Why are we watching a bunch a nigra’s in short pants running around going ape when WWE Raw is on.” So we have to keep the remote away from her.

I seldom find a TV show that surprises me.

Amazon Prime's "Fortitude" is the first one that I have found in quiet some time.

Set on an island in the Arctic it has a venue that is very different. Sixty below zero with the Northern Lights and massive snow and ice and polar bears is very interesting to me. Of course with the cold we have now it is pretty funny to see people who are really freezing.

There is a murder mystery. Then several murders. The island is isolated so there are not many resources. The people who choose to live there are from a variety of European countries. It is a mining town which also specializes in research. Both of which are very important to the plot. You will never guess who the first murder is . The subplots and McGuffin's are also very interesting. There are twist and turns and red herrings but at the end it all ties together.

Highly recommended.

Silly season

Would you like to see Meema bark like a dog?  Goes like this. First, try to guess what type of dog she'd sound like. This whole thing disappointed me because I was expecting a much better dog. A working dog, do you know what I mean? When you imitate a dog, don't you copy the type of dog that you are? Your dog totem? Unless you're imitating an annoyance.

Comments compensate for barking disappointment.

The final episodes of Downton Abbey are being televised. I think there are two more left. So they are wrapping up all of the plot lines and character paths that have been the mainstay of the show the past six years.

Some of the stories are going in a interesting direction. Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes are married and retiring in a little cottage for some Fifty Shades of Grey Haired Sex and burned breakfasts. Daisy passes her  exams and leaves service. Possibly to live on the farm of her faux Father in Law with the footman hanging around. Thomas the gay butler tries to kill himself but lives and ends up becoming the butler. Bitchy Mary marries a dude who is a race car driver which makes a lot of sense because her first husband died in a car accident. I guess she figures lighting can't strike twice. Right.

However it is my two favorite characters who have the best end games. Mr. Molesley passes an exam and is hired as a teacher. He can leave service and teach which is what he loves to do. After spending the whole series getting shit on he has a happy ending. Hopefull he will marry Baxter the depressed ladies maid. I mean if it worked for Jeb it might work for him.

Every coin flip goes their way!

I was wondering today. What if Trump and Sanders won the popular vote in the primaries. Win the most primaries and are the clear choice of a majority of the voters. Amassed the most delegates but not enough to get nominated under the technicalities that has superdelgates and batman delegates and who knows whatever other bullshit they can come up with. So we go to the conventions. They are denied on the first ballot. Horse trading ensues. The powerful lobbyists and money men get involved on both sides. They force through nominees.

Bush and Clinton.

Tom Wolf, the Human Beast

The title of the lecture is a take on Zola's La Bete Humaine because Zola latched onto Darwin's concept of man's origins in order to indulge bohemia and to take swipes at the mob, the rabble the middle class.

Wolf posits they're all wrong, that evolution ceased when man learned language and further  that evolution ceased for the animals as well. He fills out his theory very nicely by setting each proponent for the main things we think, or in their place and their time.

Chief among his argument are demonstrations of sensory deprivation in which subjects begin hallucinating within hours. Also he places emphasis on status. Wolf describes how status is defined depending on the group one finds oneself, and how status actually determines physical evolution, that is, speech determines evolution, and not evolution creating speech. Wolf cites Noam Chomsky addressing the speech in animals. It doesn't exist. Chomsky maintains there is no sign that speech evolved from any form lower than man, there is no missing link to speech, there is absolutely nothing in any other animal to link up with.
Even before I left graduate school I had come to the conclusion that virtually all people live by what I think of as a "fiction-absolute." Each individual adopts a set of values which, if truly absolute in the world--so ordained by some almighty force--would make not that individual but his group . . . the best of all possible groups, the best of all inner circles. Politicians, the rich, the celebrated, become mere types. Does this apply to "the intellectuals" also? Oh, yes. . . perfectly, all too perfectly.
Wolf describes brain studies that locate areas of the brain that control behavior. He is claiming our sense of self is entirely environmental, that removed from environment humanity ceases to exist. Wolf insists without language there is no culture no humanity at all. And Wolf claims evolution stopped when man began to speak.

Apparently this is creating buzz for a new non fiction book and from this intriguing contrary essay of his I'm interested  but I do not see anything yet on his Amazon page.
Oh, Kingdom of Speech out in August.
Preorder Amazon, Kindle version.