Saturday, March 19, 2016

Come in Mr. Phelps

"Martin isn't around. He's out somewhere with Nimoy taking over a South American country or something."
"No one's here. Except for the security guards I have tied up in the corner. So come on in. I want to see if it's true."
"Oh seems it is quite accurate. Well I don't think this is really an impossible mission. I think I can handle."
"Just one thing, if I choose to accept this mission, I hope it doesn't start to burn in ten seconds."

Coming To A Ballot Box Near You..

...the California Multilingual Education Act (2016)
The California Multilingual Education Act (Senate Bill 1174) will be on the California ballot as a legislatively referred state statute on November 8, 2016.

A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of repealing most of the 1998 Proposition 227, the "English in Public Schools" Initiative, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.

A "no" vote is a vote against repealing most of the "English in Public Schools" Initiative, which was designed to prohibit non-English langauges from being used in public schools.
The proposal doesn't have a Prop number yet. I'm not in favor of diluting English as the primary or even secondary language in American schools. I'm not sure exactly how this measure would impact the teaching staff in K-12 California schools or the university system for that matter. But it would seem hilariously just if proficiency in Spanish were to become a critical hiring credential at schools and universities in all fields.

I think this initiative is likely to draw pro-Trump people to the polls in droves in the fall as much as it draws pro-immigration people. It may even affect the primary in June if word gets out.

Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand

Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.

Scientists said on Friday an analysis of genetic information on about 1,500 people from locations around the world indicated at least four interbreeding episodes tens of thousands of years ago, three with our close cousins the Neanderthals and one with the mysterious extinct human species known as Denisovans.

People living on the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia represented the only population found to possess an appreciable level of Denisovan genetic ancestry. These Melanesians, like most human populations, also had Neanderthal genetic ancestry.;_ylt=AwrC1CjvTO1W0yUAth_QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBydWNmY2MwBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--

The Duke knows what he is talking about

Angie Lowe: Anyway, I don't believe a dog can smell Indians. 
I mean, as different from anyone else. You and me, for instance.
Hondo Lane: Well they can. Haven't you ever been to a 7-11. As a matter of fact, Indians can smell white people.
Angie Lowe: I don't believe it.
Hondo Lane: Well it's true. I'm part Indian and I can smell you when I'm downwind of you.
Angie Lowe: That's impossible.
Hondo Lane: No, it isn't impossible, Mrs. Lowe. You baked today. I can smell fresh bread on you. Sometime today, you cooked with salt pork. Smell that on you, too. You smell all over like soap: you took a bath. And, on top of that, you smell all over like a woman. Or fish. Like a trout left out in the sun. I could find you in the dark, Mrs. Lowe, and I'm only part Indian.
(Hondo, 1953)

I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no

"Just how obsessed isDonald Trump withMegyn Kelly? A lot.
Ever since the August Fox News debate, when Kelly committed the horrible sin of asking him a tough question, Trump has been obsessed with ranting and raving about her every opportunity he gets. He threw yet another fit before this week’s debateand it’s pretty clear that factored into his decision to bravely run away from the whole thing.
And all that doesn’t even factor in his nasty “bimbo” retweets.
Mediaite’s Joe Concha spoke to Entertainment Tonight about Trump’s obsession with Kelly and said, “Donald Trump is starting to act more like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. At least, from a social media perspective, he’s at stage 5 stalker status at this point with Megyn Kelly.”"

EDIT: aplogies, the previous is an old article from Jan. 29, 2016, followed from this article:

"Donald Trump has been intermittently bashing Fox News anchor Megyn Kellysince last summer. His followers have done the same, tweeting misogynistic messages at her as Trump has continuedto rail against her. Plenty in the industry have spoken out against his Kelly smear campaign, and some have been conspicuously silent.

After the events of this afternoon [March 18, 2016] Fox News is no longer among those being quiet. Today, Trump took to Twitter to continue harassing the lawyer and mother of three, calling her “sick” and demanding a boycott of her extremely popular and well-respected show...
This came only three days after he retweeted fans who were saying disparaging things about Kelly. He called her “Crazy Megyn.”
Read the statement from Fox here:
Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land. Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.

Isn't it safer to buy Treasuries and CDs rather than get slammed in the next big crash?

"The reason every developed economy uses standardized accounting rules is to give investors a modicum of insight into what is going on in a company, compare these numbers to those of other companies, and make at least not totally ignorant investment decisions.

In the US, these are the generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the most despised acronym of Wall Street and Corporate America. Yet even these principles offer plenty of flexibility for financial statement beautification. We get that.

Yet they’re way too harsh for Wall Street. So companies file the required financial statements under GAAP for everyone to look at, but then they hype their “adjusted” earnings in their communications with investors. And the gap between the two in 2015 was a doozie

While companies can play with revenues to some extent, it’s more complicated and not nearly as rewarding as “adjusting” their profits. That’s the easiest thing to do in the world. A few keystrokes will do. There are no rules or laws against it, so long as it’s called something like “adjusted earnings.” The rewards are huge, in terms of share prices, stock options, bonuses, and for Wall Street, fees. The ultimate target of the magic is earnings per share. EPS is the most crucial term in the canon of the markets.

Turns out, the 2015 “growth” in earnings, and particularly the “growth” in EPS – so a decline – as reported by FactSet and others is a figment of the vivid imagination of Wall Street and Corporate America, called “adjusted earnings,” where everything bad has been “adjusted” out of it.

For example, of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 20 reported “adjusted” earnings, with 18 of them reporting adjusted earnings that were higher than their earnings under GAAP, according to FactSet. That 18-to-2 relationship alone shows the clear bias of these adjustments: They’re used to inflate earnings, not to lower them to some more realistic level.

These adjusted EPS were on average 31% higher in 2015 than EPS under GAAP. That’s way up from 2014 when 19 of the Dow components reported adjusted earnings that were on average 12% higher than under GAAP.

And yet, despite the soaring portion of fiction, these adjusted EPS of the companies in the DOW still declined 4.8%. That’s bad enough. But under GAAP, beautified as it might have been, EPS plunged 12.3%.

The biggest sinners?

Merck & Co. won hands-down: it reported adjusted fictional EPS of $3.59 for 2015; but under GAAP, its earnings dwindled to $1.56 per share. Its elegant adjustments inflated EPS by 130%! You’d think it would take some balls to somehow get this by keen-eyed Wall Street analysts. But no. Wall Street ate it up. Consensual hallucination.

GE reported EPS of a measly $0.17 for the entire year 2015 under GAAP, but once it got through with excising all the bad stuff, EPS jumped 106% to $0.35. OK, that’s still crummy….

Our tech-darling Microsoft reported EPS of $1.48 under GAAP, and so its financial-statement beauticians set out to do their magic and adjusted them up by 78% to $2.63. Pfizer inflated its EPS under GAAP of $1.24 by 77% to $2.20. And United Technologies, in this elegant manner, raised its EPS by 40% to an adjusted $6.30.
These are among the most established members of Corporate America. Other companies, which were not part of FactSet’s report, were much more extreme.


The fence wouldn't keep Stella in the yard even if the slats did follow the hill and weren't shortened to keep an even top. The fence is too short at its tallest. Stella could jump a lot higher than that. He's got an athletic dog there.

Dog: Yay! Love your American Ninja challenges. Got any more? 

He should be happy about having such a fine dog, not cross. Don't you think? 

This dog could be so much fun if presented with challenges like this. This is not a lay about dog. The things this dog would eagerly do for fun are amazing, say, find his toy in some ridiculously difficult place, put there with a good trail. 

I've been watching videos of Belgian sheepdogs running. Some in slow motion. The dogs' movement has always impressed me tremendously, mesmerized me actually, as poetry in motion, But these videos disappoint. They're shot in the wrong places. Icy surface, wooded areas with uncertain sharp and slick surfaces, They don't show the mid-air turns with landings that stick their nose on target, different natural gaits they do ranging from a positively evil looking lupine loping, equestrian type prancing, crouching, stalking, darting, spinning. Their square stance is bred for maneuverability on rocky mountainous terrain. Different from the German shepherd usually shown with powerful hind leg stretched far backward. A German shepherd can knock a large man off his feet. A Belgian can leap graceful and spin into his arms. They both can do both of course but I'm trying to make a point here.

As it turned out the best video of dog-movement that I saw was a fierce and enthusiastic and happy short-haired hunting dog, a retriever or pointer, muscular, more like this dog. They need a lot of attention and direction. 

Friday, March 18, 2016


"Hillary Doesn't Need White Men"...

...according to an opinion piece at the WaPo written by a white man, Paul Waldman (smugshots).

Waldman was reacting to the NYT story that deborah posted this morning.

They're laughing at you, bags:

[Added: If the WaPo article is paywall-blocked, have a heaping helping of Amanda Manicotti instead; she's even more fed up w/men and is more blunt at Saloon]

bagoh20 said... One of my favorite subjects has always been Jurassic Technology.

Yabba dabba do!

Whose that girl in the really tight dress?

When you see her in that dress you just want to reach out and touch her. Would that be evil?  I know that all of us hillbillies get blue balls and even blue grass just looking at her. A singer and actress she was best know for a show with the same name as that drinking game from the Newhart show.

Whose that girl?

Donde esta el Lem?

Lem let me know that he is busy so if you have any topics you would like to discuss please let me know in this thread and I will try and accommodate you in a thread that will meet your needs.

Now I have already planned threads about the greatness of Donald Trump, breasts, hot starlets of the 1960's, funny things that minorities do and of course the Munsters. But all contributions and suggestions will be careful considered.

Conservatives Most Unwanted List

It appears that some of the more hysterical members of the conservative punditocracy and intelligentsia have decided to pursue a pogrom against those media personalities that do not toe the line and repudiate Donald Trump and the people that support him.

In a post at it is described this way:
"Conservative movement professionals in Washington, D.C. are plotting to form a “blacklist” of Donald Trump supporters that they can kick out of the movement, never to return.
Several conservative talking heads and Beltway consultant types have been very angry about the rise of businessman Trump, who is pushing for American sovereignty, a reversal of neoconservative foreign policy, and competitive bidding for pharmaceuticals even though the drug companies that fund the Republican Party would take a financial hit. So far, anti-Trump think pieces referencing William F. Buckley have been ineffective. Memes comparing Trump to Hitler haven’t worked. So these Republicans are getting more Nixon-y. They’re coming out with an Enemies List."


Note the affected Boston accent:

"She was lookin' like an erotic vultcha:"

Odds and ends from around the globe

The surgeon general could not be reached for comment.

Oh, burn: "As Hillary Clinton Sweeps States, One Group Resists: White Men"

"White men narrowly backed Clinton Clinton in her 2008 race for president, but they are resisting her candidacy this time around, in major battleground states, rattling some Democrats about her general election strategy.

While Mrs. Clinton swept the five major primaries on Tuesday, she lost white men in all of them, and by double-digit margins in Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio, exit polls showed--a sharp turnabout from 2008, when she won double-digit victories among white male voters in all three states."

Every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor that completed its mission

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subtitle volume control

Intended for nearsighted deaf. Intended as joke. But it seems like a great idea.

Phoenix Aurora Over Iceland

Link to source
Link has a description and shows the constellations when hovering over the picture.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

WLRLEM: Hey Boy....Hey Girl....lets swing baby!

Melania Trump's Diary

Oh boy oh boy. Finally. After our big wins in Florida and Missouri and everywhere except Ohio we can dispense with these stupid debates. That bitch Bloody Megyn Kelly tried to get us to have another debate in Utah of all places. With all those Mormons with their funny underwears. Home of Mitt Romney. Why would Donald want to do that? He said no way Jose. Of course that is the theme of our campaign. We have to just say no to all the Jose’s and Miguel’s and Enrique’s out there and send them back to old Mexico!

I just hate the debates. You see I have to sit with all the wives. It is just like the Yankee wives who have to sit together. I used to go with Donald to the Stadium during the Series and we got to sit in the players section. Wow the way those bitches used to fight was unbelievable. I know Andy Petitte’s wife was a holy roller and would always want to smack the latest bimbo that Derrick Jeter would bring over. And Jorge Posada’s wife pulled a shank on that fat Jap that was married to Matsui. It was mayhem. But as bad as that was it was much worse in the bullpen at the debate.


"Trompe le Monde" is French wordplay meaning "fool the world."

David Bowie explains what he saw in The Pixies:

Trump prefers a political Vice President

This video is part of reporting on The Christian Science Monitor about the world doubting Trump could make America great again. The report offers another video about how the world feels. It goes on, Paris debated banning him, Australian prime minster is trembling. The world is transfixed with mixed emotions.

Do their opinions matter?

Of course.

But do their opinions matter any more my opinion matters to them about their political situations? No. Of course not.

If you must form an opinion about our activities, and you must, then you'll form them around our decisions made without the interference of your various self-interested opinions. That is, we feel the same way as you and say the same thing you'd say to us, that is, "piss off and mind your own business."

But the guy did ask. And since they've been asked and they are kind enough to answer, let's not drop the whole distraction and listen a moment.

Zhu Feng, analyst S. China Seas issues, Nanjing University: He's a real American. Not below standards of American politics. New face for new force. Carries a lot of real hope for a lot of Americans.

Well, that was different.

Brian Hogan, heads teachers union, Ontario: The desire for change is apparent both north and south of American border. Americans angry in a lot of ways. There is a lot of rancor in that country." (something incoherent about accepting a job from a racist )

Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics, Australia: Trump's backers feel vulnerable to economic, financial immigrant invasion.

Andrei Klimov, Russian upper house member: (mundane description of desire for change) He obviously appeals to a lot of people out there, who maybe say, ‘I don’t know where Ukraine is. I don’t understand what we’re doing in Syria. I don’t want to feed refugees. Why can’t we just look after our own?

Does he know where Tennessee is? Can he go to a map and point to Rhode Island? He's saying Trump supporters are unworldly ignorant and protectionist. Here, they don't care about Ukraine and shouldn't have to care about Syria, and  actually they're tired of playing bottom to an orgy of bottoms. And that is the polite way of stating it.

Mark Triffitt, lecturer public policy, Australia: the insecurity people feel “lends itself to a mind-set that America should retreat and go back to a world which is very difficult to reconstruct, one that is built around a dominant manufacturing sector, one centered on an unambiguous sense of American power.”

Yes, Mark, I see what you mean. I'll accept that. Except nobody, absolutely nobody over here wants to go back in time to an earlier era. Nobody wants to reconstruct the past. That is so-called 'progressive' conceit leaking through. You left out the part about not having representation in Washington. You left out the whole part about out of control government and both political parties unifying into one huge entity antithetic to its own population that supports it. You didn't even mention Roberts Chief of Justices, What analysis can be complete without describing Washington sucking the life out of the nation? All the analysis that you poke with a stick from the outside does take the temperature of the inside. Even then, wherever you poke you'll take a different reading. I'm not arguing with you, I'm contributing to your argument.

Kayhan Barzegar, director of Middle East Strategic Studies Tehran, Iran: Trump could endanger US interests “considering the reality that US power ... requires engaging others [in] solving the world’s common problems.”

Shut up.

Who asked you? Oh, that guy did. Apologies. Okay, then. Yes, what you said is true. There's a chance he is irrational as Iranian leadership. Two irrationals and something's gotta give. We're sort of counting on that. Stop agonizing about your treaty. Iran already broke it and continues to mess with arrangements and persists with provocations. Yes, two irrationals operating in the same sphere, somethings gotta give.

Daniel Friedrich, teacher, Berlin: Has trust in America's checks and balances on power.

Josefina Ponce, waitress, college student, Mexico: Maybe I don't understand Americans the way I thought I did.

Andreas Schwab, member of parliament, Germany: America will suffer a bad image. His victory will blow a huge hole in the unity of the Western world.

Wow. That was great. Thanks for asking all those irrelevant people their irrelevant opinions. Everyone has so very much to learn.

*guitar riff, Fleetwood Mac, "Oh Well"*

Don't ask me what I think of you might not give the answer that you want me to.

Oh! Trump said he's narrowed his v.p. choices from 17 to 5 and would prefer they be political to balance his business, you know he's very great at business, acumen, not just regular, I mean, you know, c'mon, sharp, acumen.

He's interesting to watch in this mode. The audience is sympathetic and understands his partial sentences. He breaks off mid sentence having made the point with half of it. It's a strange speech pattern. He says, "you" while gesticulating to himself meaning, "me" and everyone knows what he intends. His language is interesting to me and entertaining.

I saw him a few time in the reality show You're Fired or something. As executive taking in information from a herd of cats, his decisions did not seem all that stable. If his reality show persona or mode is the executive we get then we're in trouble. He seems reasonable here.

Where would you find a troll? How about Cthulhu's lair.

It always good to get noticed and appreciated for the good work you do.

It seems that the Hillary campaign has noticed all the good work I have been doing on the internet praising the Donald and advancing his candidacy. So the Troll Department of the International Left Wing Conspiracy asked me to come down to Hillary's headquarters to interview for a job trolling for the Clinton Campaign. They figure that anyone is for sale and they want the most effective advocates they can get. Whoopi Goldberg and Megyn Kelly are just not cutting it.

Since their headquarters are only about twenty five blocks away on Cadman Plaza West I decided to go down there to at least hear them out.

Overheard: Amartel

"Those housewives are a societal menace. The Kardashians, too. They lower expectations about behavior standards and raise expectations about entitlement. Trash, trash, trash 24/7. I do watch some tv, including occasionally Survivor which is a reality show..."

"Relatives Of Killed 17-Year-Old Home Invader: How Else Is He 'Gonna Get His Money'?"

I heard about this story on Rush yesterday...
Relatives of a teenaged home invader who was killed by a homeowner while seemingly exiting the home he had broken into are asking observers to consider the mentality of children “raised in the hood.”
17-year-old Trevon Johnson was shot and killed after the 54-year-old woman homeowner was alerted to his crime via a home surveillance system. After arriving at her home, she witnessed Johnson exiting a window of her house. There was then a confrontation in which Johnson was shot once. Police arrived on the scene within seconds and applied CPR. After being rushed to the hospital, Johnson was pronounced dead.
Seemingly justifying her relative’s commission of burglary...
“You have to understand, you have to look at it from a child's point of view that was raised in the hood. How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school?" asked Harris.
"I don't care if she have her gun license, her rights, or any of that,” said Harris. “That is way beyond law. Way beyond."
Speaking of what she described as Johnson’s bright future, Harris said her cousin loved education and learning.
"He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals. He was very big on education. He loved going to school. He loved learning,” added Harris.

War and human error

"More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined — but face no criminal charges — for mistakes that led to the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed 42 people in Afghanistan last year, U.S. defense officials say.
The punishments, which have not been publicly announced, are largely administrative. But in some cases the actions, such as letters of reprimand, are tough enough to effectively end chances for further promotion. The military has previously said some personnel were suspended from their duties but has given no further details.
The disciplined include both officers and enlisted personnel, but officials said none are generals.
...The hospital, run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the northern city of Kunduz, was attacked by a U.S. Air Force special operations AC-130 gunship, one of the most lethal in the U.S. arsenal. Doctors Without Borders called the attack "relentless and brutal" and demanded an international investigation, but none has been undertaken.
Army Gen. John Campbell, who was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan at the time but has since relinquished command, has called it a "tragic but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error."
...Afghan officials claimed the hospital had been overrun by the Taliban, but no evidence of that has surfaced. The hospital was destroyed and Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym, MSF, ceased operations in Kunduz."

"Dog Lost At Sea And Presumed Dead..."

"Found Alive On San Clemente Island 5 Weeks Later" (video at the link)
Luna, a 1½-year-old, blue-eyed German Shepherd, was presumed to have died after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat near San Clemente Island on Feb. 20, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Owner Nick Haworth and search teams combed the area for days after his dog’s mysterious disappearance, but had no luck. By Feb. 20, Haworth paid tribute to Luna with a mournful Facebook post.
But miraculously, Luna appears to have swum ashore on San Clemente Island and survived for weeks on the island’s natural offerings. She was discovered on a roadside by Navy service members.

"The new battle cry: Why can't the media 'stop' Trump?"

Howard Kurtz: As Donald Trump’s detractors grow increasingly loud and desperate, they are aiming their ire at a new target:
The media.
Trump must be stopped, they declare, and it’s the media’s mission to halt him in his tracks.
It’s an argument that fundamentally misreads the role of the press. And it is being made by some generally smart people who are so apoplectic over the prospect of a Trump nomination or Trump presidency that they don’t understand why journalists haven’t convinced the country to despise The Donald the way they do.
The new rallying cry is an outgrowth of earlier laments that the media “created” Trump or “enabled” Trump or “rolled over” for Trump, as if that, even if true, is responsible for him winning 19 Republican contests.
Nearly 7-1/2 years after Barack Obama’s election, we still hear a familiar refrain on the right: If only the media had properly vetted him, he would never have made it to the White House. Never mind that Obama managed to beat the Clinton machine in his first campaign and then to get himself reelected. The 2008 coverage of Obama was indeed too soft, but by 2012 the country certainly knew what it was getting.

WKRLEM:: Officer please no a squeeze the banana

Because banana lives matter!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

dance tutorial

I took something down because it had too many swears. It risked being censored.

I saw this the other day and was impressed. I've been thinking about this since. Compared with what I see on television advertising music-related exercise programs targeted for Americans to loose weight, mostly, I cannot imagine a better exercise than this. And it's free. I would practice this every day for fun. The instruction is impressive. She's telling her student the body positions and the thinking behind them, some body configurations carry meaning. I cannot believe how quickly this student grasps it all. There must be more to than this. I enjoyed this video tremendously. I think it has an incredible amount of underappreciated value. Hope it plays.

Got it? C'mon, your legs work, sure you do. The student picked up the segments. Then remembered them in sequence. I could always do this with sign automatically just like this but never with my legs. Can you do a squat then lift up effortlessly and on beat? There is so much here that I admire. The teacher putting meaning to movements appeals to me greatly and helps me understand how they do it so brilliantly.

We already saw them dance this song. There must be a dozen different videos of these moves put together.

If you care to, look for sign language. She put it there.

Hush, don't speak
When you spit your venom
Keep it shut I hate it
When you hiss and preach
About your new messiah
Cause your theories catch fire

Hillary, review

There's nothing in the pipe so I thought I'd just stick this random item here. Nothing special. It is a comment to a post about Republicans filing more lawsuits to shakedown information from Hillary Clinton. I don't know, its length and its detail suggest something copy and pasted, also, it says reposting for Jim. It's copy/pasted again without format and this is how it turns out. It's also the sort of thing the guy would want spread around so I stole it.

History Builder14 minutes ago
Reposting For Jim,
Here is a little history lesson for you young voters on your princess:
The Clinton Diaries
When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the #$%$ eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was:
She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.
She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.
Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for 'lying under oath' to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.
After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess?
Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans - “what difference does it make?”
Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!

That sounded like somebody who was keeping close track of items placed in the Book of Life and taking special interest in damaging entries. I imagined Trump springing some of these items in debate and the dismissiveness required to overcome them. Just as Trump enemies reveal items of his own egregious past and imagine the dismissiveness required to overcome them.

And I got excited.

And just when I felt great about seeing all this garbage dragged out, by anyone, really I don't care who, it would just be so great to see, right when I'm there pleasant in my daydream the same poster has a new message a detailed account of Benghazi beginning:

And she gave the coordinates to Christopher Stephens outpost to jihadists to have him killed because he was going to reveal her arms sales to revolutionary groups.

And there went the whole thing.

Boulder Colorado 2 weeks ago

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#Arrested: Suspected robber used hashtags to demand money from bank tellers

Washington Post: The notes passed to the bank tellers were clear, police said. The man on the other side of the counter demanded money, and each message ended with an unusual twist: “#nopolice,” “#becarefull,” or “#Afterwork?”
It was a calling card left at a series of robberies that investigators eventually dubbed the “Hashtag String.”
The chain of bank heists came to a close Thursday, police said, when the man police were looking for unwittingly parked the suspected getaway car next to a detective investigating the case.
“Not only do we have an unusual end to a string of bank robberies,” said Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman Julie Parker, “this is the first time that we know of that hashtags were used to rob a bank.”

WKRLEM: Little Marco suspends his campaign and explains why Donald Trumps rhetoric is so terrible and hurtful to the protesters who want to disrupt and destroy his rallies!

What "fake" thing that happens in movies pisses you off?

When they pull the fire alarm and every single fire sprinkler head goes off spraying water everywhere.
Chloroform won't knock you out in seconds, it takes about 5 minutes of huffing on a soaked rag
When their cups are empty. How hard would it be to put something, anything, into those damn cups?!
Living happily ever after in scary movies. Sure the protagonist defeated the evil spirit, but that same evil spirit killed all of his/her friends or family. You cannot tell me the police will believe that an evil spirit was the cause of a building full of dead teens.
I have been in the HVAC industry for over a decade and it makes me crazy when people crawl through ductwork in movies and then just pop out of a grille (that has hinges for some dumb reason) and then they're in another room. Ductwork is full of razor sharp rib pins, itchy ass insulation and tons of screws that we use to suspend it. Oh and there is no mysterious blue illumination in ductwork...its dark as a tomb in there. fucking Die Hard...
Anything to remotely do with electricity, people see it as this whole, it's uncontrollable and if you cut a wire sparks will fly and it'll do whatever the fuck it wants when the truth is, nowadays the worst thing that happens is you'll trip the RCD or breaker.

"The Ides of March: The assassination of Julius Caesar and how it changed the world"

"Caesar's death paved the way for the Roman empire after a bloody cycle of civil wars, and secured him the hallowed immortality he always craved"

Spurinna was a haruspex. His calling was vital, if a little unusual, requiring him to see the future in the warm entrails of sacrificial animals.
At the great festival of Lupercalia on the 15th of February 44 B.C., he was a worried man. While priests were running around the Palatine Hill hitting women with thongs to make them fertile, Spurinna was chewing over a terrible omen.
The bull that Julius Caesar, Dictator of Rome, had sacrificed earlier that day had no heart. Spurinna knew it was a terrible sign: a sure portent of death.
The following day, the haruspex oversaw another sacrifice in the hope it would give cause for optimism, but it was just as bad: the animal had a malformed liver. There was nothing for it but to tell Caesar.
In grave tones, Spurinna warned the dictator that his life would be in danger for a period of 30 days, which would expire on the 15th of March. Caesar dismissed the concerns. Although in his scramble for political power he had been made the chief priest of Rome (Pontifex Maximus), he was a campaign soldier by trade, and not bothered by the divinatory handwringing of seers like Spurinna.
As the 30 days passed, nothing whatsoever happened. Yet when the 15th of March dawned, Caesar’s wife awoke distressed after dreaming she held his bloodied body. Fearing for his life, she begged him not to leave the house. His dreams, too, had also been unsettling. He had been flying through the air, and shaken hands with Jupiter. But he pushed any concerns aside. The day was an important annual celebration in Rome’s religious calendar, and he had called a special meeting of the Senate.
His first appointment of the day was a quick sacrifice at a friend’s house. Spurinna the seer was also there. Caesar joked that his prophecies must be off as nothing had happened. Spurinna muttered that the day was not yet over.
The sacrifices proceeded, but the animals’ innards were blemished and the day was plainly inauspicious. Caesar knew when to call it a day, and agreed to postpone the meeting of the Senate and to go home.
Later that morning, his fellow military politician and protégé Decimus called round, urging him to come to the Senate in case his absence was seen as mocking or insulting. Persuaded by his friend, soldier to soldier, Caesar agreed to go in person to announce the meeting would be postponed.
Shortly after, a slave arrived at Caesar’s house to warn him of the plot against his life. But he was too late: Caesar had left. A short while later, a man named Artemidorus of Cnidus pushed through the jostling crowds and handed Caesar a roll setting out details of the plot. But the crowds were so thick he had no chance to read it.
The main Senate House was being rebuilt on Caesar’s orders, so the meeting was instead at the Curia behind the porticoed gardens attached to the great Theatre of Pompey. Another round of animal sacrifices before the start of the session was unfavourable, and Caesar waited outside, troubled. Again Decimus spoke with him. Unaware of his friend’s treachery, Caesar allowed himself to be led towards the chamber by the hand. Decked out in his triumphant general’s reddish-purple toga embroidered in gold, Julius Caesar, Dictator of Rome, entered the Senate’s meeting room, and ascended his golden throne. (read more)

Arne Svenson: The neighbors

Peeping Tom art tests the limits of privacy. TL:DR Court upholds this sort of thing as covered under First Amendment guarantee of free speech and it does not need consent to be made or sold.

This is not anything close to what the framers had in mind when they wrote that right, and Mr. Judge His Honor knows that, but he's the boss of this thing for now.

Arne is a 60 year old man, not that it should matter, but it does, living in a glass walled apartment in Tribeca and he took photos of people living in glass walled apartments opposite his own without permission and then exhibited them in a nearby gallery. Two neighbors sued having noticed their children. They lost.

Looks a bit expressionistic with the rain streaks. They're all parts of people. Legs, feet, people sleeping, a man's back pressed against the glass. All insets of much larger pictures left out of the frame. The impulse of amateur photographers is fit as much into the frame as possible to load the frame with interest. Maybe find this window among a bunch of windows. The impulse of the artistic photographer is eliminate as much as possible, to narrow and focus the content of the frame down to the least. This is why Arne's Peeping Tom photos are art. 

If people are concerned about privacy, for goodness sake, not New York, not glass walled apartment, and pull the curtains or shades. 

There are no nudes. Just pieces of people. 

Conclusion: not concerned about privacy.

That doesn't stop the controversy. The show is in Denver now at the Museum of Contemporary Art. A new museum

Comments at the Guardian pretty much cover the range of comments everywhere. The Denver Post has a brief write up. 

All of the articles show only one or two pictures. Here is Google Images [arne svenson, neighbors] I think you'll like them. 

I just wrote a friend who is actively traveling the world (before he dies). His photos are mundane. I'm trying to get him to use his phone camera this way. The artist is using a 500mm lens so this exact thing is not so possible, but this sort of thing. I'm trying to get him to see as an artist and I do believe it is working. His photographs are noticeably improved. I told him, try to get us to smell the place. 

Flashback: 5 most violent Obama Quotes Ever

I set about to find videos of the threatening violent agitating stinking smelly butt quotes that I could recall and discover. Dig around in the garbage for awhile like a dog. To be mean. I must be mean to show the meanness I'm talking about. The ones I've been reading on right wing sites the last eight years. Not covered by MSM. Beginning at the beginning. So many I doubted I could recall them all.

And right off the bat I found Daniel. Daniel, my brother, you're younger than me and still see the things, the same crap that we've seen. Daniel brings it together for us in one video. Thank you, Daniel, kindred spirit, you just now saved me the work.

A bit of customary MSM complaining of the sort we're all familiar then the five violent quotes we all remember. Now is probably a good time to remember them again. They meant so much to us all the way through.


* I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a whole lot of talking. Get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.

* Go out and talk to your friends, neighbors, independent, Republican, argue with them, get in their faces. 

* So I know whose ass to kick.

* Punish our enemies and reward our friends.

* They bring knife, we bring a gun.

Yes, that sounds about right. 

Well. Daniel doesn't mention Trump. This is October, 2013. The video has just short of 22,000 views. This is what people on the American political right have been talking about for eight years. There will be no reversal of narrative allowed. Not to Trump supporters anyway. This goes very far in explaining their hardened position.

Still, it's only one man saying things. In itself it cannot explain what is happening. He can always escape personal responsibility. That's because it's lifted out of everything else that not only allowed it but supported it and encouraged it. Obama said he doesn't care for the military. He thinks it is too big and intrusive and too often disastrously wrong. He said he wanted it smaller and instead have an internal army. His army of civilian activists more to his liking. A government sponsored civilian army. And he did so and set them to work. This is the civilian opposition army that arises naturally from that series of provocations.