Saturday, June 18, 2016

It feels like an omen

A friend wrote and said that while sitting outside at home being pensive a hummingbird zipped around his face for a few seconds humming and buzzing zipping back and forth examining his head and his face and all that felt kind of awesome. The Botanic Garden is one block away. That could be it.

The way he described his brief interlude with nature and that being surprise and occurring inside urban sprawl and filling with hope, put me in mind of Carlos Castaneda's humor that is made apparent right off in his Don Juan series. The aspiring anthropologist, a student interested in psychedelic mushrooms, visits an authentic native American shaman and approaching his subject obliquely and academically he describes something odd or coincidental that happened and characterized it to Don Juan as an omen. Don Juan, the shaman said, "No, you dope, that's not an omen that's a sign." Later, through their conversation Don Juan makes clear he really does not want to associate with the young white guy but he understood he was to expect an apprentice. Voicing his hesitancy to Castaneda right then a crow flew by and cawed overhead. Castaneda said, "that's a sign." Don Juan snapped, "That's not a sign, that's an omen!" The dopy student can't even tell the difference between a sign and an omen.

I said, "Those little birds feel like an omen." And when it's just you and your thoughts then those bird really do.
"Wow. Do you think the little bird is sending a message?"
Don't be daft I meant to say, yes, the message is, 'feed me.'

"I don't know."

He's more excited about this bird visitation than usual so I offered a feeder. He'll stop by next week to pick one.

The three from antique bottles are good for low hummingbird traffic, or for experimentation, or for goofy decoration. They don't hold very much. So no big batches of syrup wasted. The other four are commercial blown glass. All four of those are rather heavy.

I like these being placed with people who want them. The first is too impractical and not recommended. What was I thinking? This is boxed and ready to go. Indulge please, if I've shown these before. These are the three remaining from bottles and wire and marbles and stones.

Canada and California

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada (Enlargement)


Whose you're Daddy, Presidential Fathers

James Buchanan had a troubled relationship with his father. A distant and somewhat effeminate man, James Buchanan Sr. had eleven children who strangely enough looked totally different from him or each other. Young James Buchanan Jr. was much closer to his mother Elizabeth Speer a scion of the German family that produced such luminaries as the Third Reich’s Albert Speer. He spent much of his youth helping her at the family business the Buchanan hotel until an unfortunate incident with a young woman and a spring pump and a kitchen knife. Young Master Buchanan was sent off to boarding school never to return but he did enjoy dressing in some of his mother’s discarded homespun frocks so he might feel closer to her.

He was estranged from his father for the remainder of his life but strangely enjoyed calling his roommate of many decades, Senator and later Vice President William Rufus King by his pet diminutive of Daddy. Unlike Andrew Jackson who called them Nancy and Fancy. Not that theres anything wrong with that.
(Whose You’re Daddy, Presidential Fathers, Doris Kearns Godwin, Bantam Books, 1998)

Can a late start push any of these five players into the Hall of Fame?

By Joel Sherman New York Post June 18, 2016
Peyton Manning did not need that second Super Bowl victory to solidify his Hall of Fame credentials. What was provided was an upgrade for his plaque — two-time champion rather than one.
Ichiro Suzuki similarly has the bonus now to add all-time pro hit king and soon 3,000-hit man to his plaque. But Ichiro had long ago assured his Cooperstown credentials when he averaged 224 hits a season with a .331 average over his first 10 years as a Mariner.
What followed was familiar to most Hall of Famers — a decline in performance late in a career with overall averages falling while counting stats, such as total hits, kept climbing. Suzuki, as the oldest position player in the majors, has rebounded in 2016 to, so far, atypically produce an average akin to his prime.
Often 3,000 hits or 300 wins or other milestones are celebrated, but occur when the players are shells of who they were when they actually earned their Hall entrance. Derek Jeter, for example, moved from 11th to sixth on the all-time hit list his final season — which will look great on his plaque — but he did it as a .256 batter, not the hit maestro of his prime.
Obvious Hall of Famers can fade and not damage their electability. Miguel Cabrera, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols — like Ichiro — were Hall of Famers before this season began, and poor results would not harm their candidacies. Those who needed more to push them over the borderline (think Jimmy Rollins) or needed a strong back nine to just get to the borderline (think Mark Teixeira) have faltered this season.
Conversely, there are guys on the tail ends of careers helping their candidacies this season. We are not talking about those with fewer than 10 years of experience in their prime, such as Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw. This is about thirty-somethings who should be more in the accumulating portion of their careers now who, to date in 2016, have upgraded their Hall status by acting like their younger selves:

Here is a post for those of you who don't want to talk about the Donald.

‘Housewife’ Jules Wainstein ‘brutalized’ her husband

By Ian Mohr June 18, 2016
Cops reportedly “swarmed” the Manhattan home of “Real Housewife” Julianne Wainstein recently — but an attorney for her husband Michael Wainstein says that he’s the victim. On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported an NYPD “officer was seen leaving [the couple’s] apartment carrying a written statement, with the words ‘threatening me . . . going to ruin my life’ easily legible.”

But Michael’s attorney Mark Jay Heller said it’s Michael who’s been a past victim of his statuesque and beautiful wife, Julianne. “She has brutalized him, poor guy — a foot shorter than her — and he is not going to take it anymore.” He complimented Michael — who stands well below his wife in pictures of the pair — as “diminutive but brave.”

What did Obama base his "Dreams of my Father" book on?

"Letters written long ago by Barack Obama Sr. shed new light on a young Kenyan whose ambitions helped change the course of U.S. history. But for the president, they may also revive old pain."
“It has been my long cherished ambition to further my studies in America,” he wrote in 1958. His name was Barack Hussein Obama, and his dispatches helped unleash a stream of scholarship money that carried him from Kenya to the United States. There, he fathered the child who would become the nation’s first black president, only to vanish from his son’s life a few years after his birth.
In 2013, the Schomburg Center invited President Obama to see the newly discovered documents, which included nearly two dozen of his father’s letters, his transcripts from the University of Hawaii and Harvard University, and references from professors, advisers and supporters. Nearly three years later, as Mr. Obama celebrates his last Father’s Day in the White House, the center is still waiting for a response.

Automated parking lot fights... they are too contrived for me

What movie cliché drives you crazy?...
> punches goon
> goon falls over
> that's enough of that guy, through to next room
People breaking through glass windows without getting a single scratch.
Turning the TV on and immediately seeing the relevant news report.
When the main character decides not to hurt the main villain of the movie, but is totally ok with slaughtering hundreds of their minions/workers
That last one reminds me of this Kevin Smith's first movie scene...

Feedback whenever anyone approaches a microphone, then the sound is suddenly 100% perfect.

WKRLEM: "Alligator Liberation" Why should kids be scared of Gators?

Or Muslims? I mean they are all cute and cuddly and don't mean us any harm. Only a small percentage of gators want to eat toddlers. Most of them are moderates. I bet in their hearts they are vegetarians.

I mean who are you going to believe? What Hollywood and the politically correct  media culture tells you or your lying eyes?

Déjà vu all over again.

Now is the time in which all good Republicans put on long faces and pretend to be upset that Donald Trump is behind in the very early polls:
Just a few weeks ago, Trump supporters were upbeat because he was within just a few points of Hillary Clinton. This was a false dawn. What they didn’t take into account is that she was still in a pitched battle with Bernie Sanders, which meant the Democratic support she can count on in the fall was suppressed. Trump, having effectively won the nomination, was consolidating Republican support. Once Clinton effectively secured the nomination, which she has now done, the gap was bound to increase. The fact that Trump was still losing to Clinton when he had that advantage should actually have been a warning sign.

What should be particularly worrisome for those rooting for Trump is that things have gotten markedly worse. Negative views of Trump have increased 10 points in the last month. That is because he is acting just as he has acted all year. The hope that he’ll flip the switch and become more “presidential,” more unifying, and less repulsive just isn’t happening. The Trump attacks on Judge Curiel and his heritage, arguing that because Curiel was a “Mexican” (he is not) he had an “inherent conflict of interest” and was, therefore, unable to render a fair judgment–along with Trump dabbling in more crazy conspiracy theories (Vince Foster was murdered!) and now suggesting that the president is either connected to/sympathetic with Islamic terrorists–are all simply the latest additions to the same script.

Republicans now have to struggle with the realization of what they have done, the nature of the man their party has nominated, and the coming political catastrophe. It is a very painful time for the party of Lincoln.

The linguistic beauty of the English suffix “-ish”

Link to video

UK-based Japanese stand-up comedian Yuriko Kotani via Reddit

oatmeal cookies

I forgot how good these are. You can let yourself go and add whatever you like. 

If you are on low fat diet then forget it. These are ordinary and they have two teaspoons butter per cookie. 

Eating a dozen is the same thing as eating a stick of butter except worse because they have a lot of sugar and white flour. In such volume as this those ingredients make the healthy aspects of oatmeal useless.

So what. They're great with milk or ice cream or anything.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

WKRLEM: The Too Soon Cafe!

When I saw my baby walking with another man today
When I saw my baby walking with another man today
When I asked her what's the matter, this is what I heard her say:
See you later alligator, in a while crocodile
See you later alligator, in a while crocodile
Don't you know you're in my way now
Don't you know you cramp my style
She said, I'm sorry pretty daddy, you knew my love is just for you
She said, I'm sorry pretty daddy, you knew my love is just for you
Won't you say that you'll forgive me and say your love for me is true
I said, wait a minute gator, I know you meant it just for play
I said, wait a minute gator, I know you meant it just for play don't you know
you really hurt me, this is what I have to say

Quisling Paul Ryan plans to destroy Trumps immigration agenda if he is elected President.

In a sit-down interview with the anti-Trump publication the Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested that he might sue President Trump if he were to enact a temporary pause on Muslim migration into the United States.
The Huffington Post writes:
In a sit-down interview in his ceremonial Capitol Hill office on Thursday, Ryan told The Huffington Post that Trump does not have “a blank check” with his endorsement… On the topic of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban and his statements that he could enact such a policy without Congress, Ryan noted that Republicans were releasing part of their agenda on executive overreach that very day, and, in news that’s sure to please Trump, Ryan suggested that he and the House of Representatives were prepared to sue a Republican president if need be.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said.
It’s unclear, however, if Ryan thinks Trump enacting a ban on Muslims entering the country would actually exceed presidential powers. “That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about,” Ryan said, pointing to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.

Gun Control

That poster hung in my room as a kid. Instead of sports heroes, I idolized Jimi Hendrix.

Hendrix and bassist Noel Redding were pointing guns at each other -- probably pretend guns. Funny thing was, Hendrix and Redding didn't get along professionally -- but that's another story. Let's take a closer look at their hands:

Jimi held the reins in his right hand and the pistol in his left hand (he was left-handed). He had his trigger finger in the trigger guard on the trigger and his thumb over the hammer. Had the gun been uncocked, that would have been the deadliest pose to strike. Now let's look at Redding:

The Englishman used both hands to grip the pistol, but way, way down on the grip. Note that Redding (who was right-handed) gripped the pistol in his left hand. He held the reins in his right hand.

It seems obvious that holding the reins of power is symbolically more important than self-defense, though both are hopelessly entwined. 


What a great melody! It's a fine example of how just two years after tragedy, a band could remain standing and triumph. According to Wiki, "Jessica" -- written by guitarist Dickey Betts -- is a tribute to guitarist Django Reinhardt, in that it was designed to be played using only two fingers on the left hand.

Dickey Betts and son Duane show how the song is played:

Hmm, I counted more than two fingers involved on the fret board.

Again according to Wiki:
Betts named the song after his daughter, Jessica Betts, who was an infant when the song was released. She had bounced along to the song's rhythm, and Betts attempted to capture her attitude with the song's melody. He invited fellow guitarist Les Dudek over to collaborate on the song, and Dudek formed the song's bridge. The song's arrangement was crafted in prior to recording the song, which took place at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia.

"A Life of Violent Threats Paved Way for Orlando Attack"

"Often citing Islamic terrorists, Omar Mateen worried peers, employers and the FBI, but wasn’t stopped"
Again and again for much of his life, Omar Mateen let people know he was a violent, dangerous person capable of murder. Repeatedly, he wiggled out of trouble, distracting officials with a beguiling charm, a feigned stupidity or some other tactic.
A look at Mateen’s troubled life, based on interviews with officials and people who knew him, as well as documents, reveals that on at least a dozen occasions, beginning when he was in grade school, he gave clues in a public setting that he was capable of mayhem.
At age 14, he said he could shoot an AK-47 and mimicked an airplane flying into the World Trade Center. At 26, he bragged to courthouse co-workers of terrorist ties. Weeks ago, at 29, Mateen sought to buy heavy-duty body armor and bulk ammunition.
Many of his violent outbursts aped or celebrated Islamic terrorism and he repeatedly claimed connections to known terrorists, including the Boston Marathon bombers. He cheered the 9/11 attacks on the day they happened and once threatened to shoot partygoers at a barbecue when pork, which is forbidden to Muslims, touched his hamburger.
Read the whole thing...

Scott Adams on Persuasion, Trump and related subjects

I came to this Scott Adams video via the suggestion at the end of another video, in which Howard Stern speaks about Orlando and guns. EBL also has it up on his site.  Never mind... that video has been taken down on Sirius XM copyright grounds. Sorry.

"I could have been her friendly acquaintance but she wouldn't allow it. She didn't have any of those."

When my kids were young and we homeschooled I met another mother at one of our "park days". As our children played we introduced ourselves and began to chat.  Very early on, as part of her introduction actually, she shared a very interesting fact about herself.  "People either love me or they hate me," she said.  She laughed as though this strange fact was a happenstance of fate.  People either thought she was wonderful or hated her.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In Memoriam... Aridog

Aridog and his daughter Kim

Aridog's wife Judith sent ndspinelli a photo. He asked me to post it with the following announcement...
Mr. Richard has been cremated w/ the assistance of a fellow Vet. Dick's daughter, Kim, is making the funeral arrangements. They are hoping to have Dick's remains buried in Arlington. They have planned a funeral Mass @ their church,  Saint Cunegunda. Dick loved the children's Mass held @ 11:15a so that will be when they will celebrate his life. Judith will keep me abreast of any services @ Arlington.
As you can see from this photo, our friend Dick had much to live for! Judith says all of their Middle Eastern neighbors, who know him as "Mr. Richard" have been very kind to her.


(we received the news last night - Link)

For a sample of Aridog's comments, read after the jump...

Microburst Takeoffs

"Orlando terrorist's... Facebook posts from inside club revealed"

In the hours after he blasted his way into an Orlando gay nightclub, and with his victims lying dead or wounded around him, Omar Mateen took to Facebook to pledge his loyalty to ISIS and threaten more attacks on the civilized world, a key lawmaker privy to the gunman’s posts told Wednesday.
Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 inside Pulse early Sunday, died when a SWAT team stormed the club. But in the roughly four hours between his initial rampage and his death, the 29-year-old radicalized Muslim broadcast his twisted message of hate on social media, according to Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.
“I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Mateen wrote in one post early Sunday morning. “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” …“You kill innocent women and children by doing us taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
Mateen’s social media accounts were taken down before they could be widely viewed by the public, but Johnson’s committee investigators have uncovered some or all of them. The senator has also written a letter to Facebook executives expressing concern about Mateen’s postings and asking for more information on his activities.
I call for a Facebook ban for people on watch lists.

"Democrats hold a filibuster on the Senate floor over gun control"

"Society of Professional Journalists 'Guidebook' on Spinning Islamic Terror Stories"

Truth Revolt Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling, first disseminated by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) immediately after the 9/11 terror attack, exposes how members of the media are instructed to skew stories about Islamic terrorism.
Seek Truth and
Report It
Minimize Harm
Be Accountable and Transparent
— Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;
— Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;
— Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.
— Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;
— Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;
— Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.
In its general guidelines for all coverage concerning Islamic terrorism, the SPJ guidebook continues by instructing journalists to:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

They might have found the Throne of Agamemnon King of Kings!

NY Post June 15, 2016
ATHENS, Greece — A Greek archaeologist believes he has found a fragment of the lost throne of the rulers of Mycenae, famous from ancient myth and the story of the Trojan War.
Christofilis Maggidis, who heads excavations at the site in southern Greece, said Tuesday that the chunk of worked limestone was found two years ago, in a streambed under the imposing citadel.
He told a press conference in Athens that the royal throne was among sections of the hilltop palace that collapsed during an earthquake around 1200 B.C.

Mizzou Orlando Vigil is Hijacked by Activists

Link to story

"A vigil Monday planned by several University of Missouri student organizations was supposed to honor victims of Sunday morning’s deadly shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.  It turned into a blame session against Mizzou’s LGBTQ community for not being intersectional enough."

"Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump"

Washington PostThe intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.

Some of the hackers had access to the DNC network for about a year, but all were expelled over the past weekend in a major computer cleanup campaign, the committee officials and experts said.

The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers.

I saw Milo Yiannopoulos kiss Gavin McInnes

In Orlando. In front of a bunch of people. And everybody clapped. Then they both barfed.

The camera turned to the left and showed the media trucks lined up on that side.

Milo was to speak at the university but he said that the police cancelled the event because they could not protect them. Where are the police? They're out protecting area mosques from blowback. Then he said that was nonsense the police are right there surrounding the place on rooftops. That must have been untrue because everybody laughed. The point that he drove as non-citizen explaining basic things to Americans is that Americans singularly enjoy free speech, and now a gay man wants to speak and authorities said no and gave their reason. He told the crowd he'd be arrested in Europe for saying the things he says here. 

He kept complaining about the heat and about nearly dying of it. He kept drawing attention to his suffering and yet kept the jacket. The things we suffer for fashion. 

He knows people would not listen as much if he were dressed in polo shirt and shorts and sandals, that is, sensibly for the climate. 

He said that it was Muslims who pressured Twitter to ban him last night and it was Drudge headlining that caused Twitter to reconsider and reinstate his account.

 Drudge's link assured a broad audience. When Milo kissed Gavin on the mouth the comments flew by so fast they were literally blurred and impossible to read.

He spoke about social conservatism being basically dead. Most modern conservatives don't care about any of that. 

Here is Gavin McInnes Twitter account. He shows all this there. From his point of view. Plus a  lot of other things too.

Here is Milo Yiannopolis's on again / off again Twitter account.  He has all this too plus a lot of other related videos.

"Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia"

RT NewsA robot escaped from a testing area in Perm, a city not far from the Urals, and made it on to a busy junction, baffling passersby, but also disturbing traffic.
“The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.” The co-founder of the robot’s maker, Oleg Kivokurtsev, told news agency. 

“Our engineer drove onto the testing ground and forgot to close the gates. So the robot escaped and went on his little adventure.” Kivokurtsev explained.

Video at the link

Now.....wait a minute!

Brietbart News June 15, 2016 by Warner Todd Hudson
One of the most popular bars in Key West, Florida, erupted in a brawl, police say, because one couple took offense over another patron’s farting.

According to the Miami HeraldFlorida police reveal the fight took place last Friday “due to someone farting” at a Sloppy Joe’s restaurant and bar.
The report stated that Naples, Florida, residents Richard McBride, 53, and girlfriend Sandra Stoner, 55, joined in an argument with an unidentified couple “over a fart.”
The Naples couple said that they took offense and began a war of words with the other couple with Stoner confronting them in “an aggressive manner.”

"Alligator snatches toddler in front of parents at Disney resort"

"Authorities in Florida were desperately searching Wednesday for a 2-year-old boy who was snatched by an alligator while wading in a lake at a Disney World resort hotel Tuesday night."
More than 50 officers from the Orange County Sheriff's office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are conducting the search in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Hotel outside Orlando, Fla., Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference early Wednesday. Helicopters, two marine units, sonar equipment, a dive team and an alligator trapper are being employed in the hunt for the toddler in the darkened waters.
Christy Cree ‏@CrinklyCree 12 minutes ago
Is this a revenge attack for the brutal shooting of friendly Gorilla only a month ago? TUNE IN LATER TO FIND OUT!

Clinton rips Donald Trump over response to Orlando massacre... Or... Hillary defends man holding her fate in his hands.

"Clinton noted that while the Republican nominee, who she repeatedly called "Donald," wants to be commander in chief, he failed to demonstrate an ability to deliver a "calm, collected and dignified response" to the Orlando attacks."
"Instead, yesterday morning just one day after the massacre he went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists," Clinton said. "Just think about that. Even in a time of divided politics, this is way beyond anything that should be said by someone running for president."...  As Clinton spoke, Obama delivered a denunciation of Trump that was nearly identical word for word.
From the archives, here is a calm and collected Hillary...

WKRLEM: The only Government Department that is worth a crap.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dragnet 1982

Dragnet 1982
We were working the Night Watch out of the Robbery Homicide Division out of Rampart Division. The Captain was Fred Miller. My Partner is Bill Gannon. My name is Friday. I carry a badge. And a grudge.

Bill Gannon walked into the division and hung his Robert Hall suit on the hook on the wall at the back of the squad. We had been partners for twenty years. We agree on most things. Except barbeque sauce. And Politics.

“Hi Joe. How was your weekend?”
“The wife and I went to work on the election. Duke is going to win Joe.”
“Not likely. The polls give it to Bradley.”
“I worked with Bradley when we both came on the job Joe. He is lazy. Always was. He had his path smoothed for him. Politics. He was the well-spoken Negro. Got to lay off a lot of shifts to go to law school. He was the captain’s pet.”
“I don’t want to hear you John Birch Society stuff Bill.”
“It’s not anything but the truth Joe. We have to speak the truth.”


Photo and Tweet nicked from Ace of Spades. The original Tweet asks which one wears it better. Hillary for the win. The Hoover is not bulletproof and it's not even HEPA filter. 

Twitterers keep Tweeting about her wardrobe, the irony of wearing a high cost outfit for a speech on inequality, the flat panels, the brocade upholstery material, but no mention of its kevlar and graphene layers, its bulletproof qualities. 

I mentioned this on Twitter and got no reaction except somebody from a graphene manufacturing firm appeared from nowhere and favorited my tweet.

WKRLEM: "Take Back The USA"

WKRLEM: Rally Round The Flag

The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitors, up with the stars;
While we rally round the flag, boys, we rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

WKRLEM: Happy Flag Day!

"How Chick-Fil-A Responded To The Orlando Attack "

The Federalist:  The franchise, which is known for being closed on Sundays to allow its workers to spend time with their families and attend church, was supposed to be shuttered on the day of the tragedy. But hours after the attack that killed 50 people and injured at least 53 more, Chick-Fil-A employees went to work on their day off to provide free food for those waiting in line to donate blood for the victims of the attack. (LINK)
The chicken restaurant has been on the receiving end of boycotts several times for its support of traditional marriage. But the chain’s political affiliations didn’t stop its employees from helping out the victims of the deadly attack at a gay nightclub.
I'm choking up reading that. These are the people, Christians, being blamed for the attack.

Please check the Facebook link

"Ex-wife’s claim: Club shooter was gay"

New York PostSitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, made the shocking claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.
Her fiancé, Marco Dias, speaking in Portuguese on her behalf, said that Yusufiy believed that Mateen had “gay tendencies” and that his father had called him gay in front of her. Dias also claimed “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”
The bombshell came as a male former classmate of Omar Mateen said he had been asked out romantically by the mass killer, who reportedly was a virtual regular at the Pulse nightclub, having visited it more than a dozen times over the years.
The former classmate said he would hang out with Mateen, hitting gay bars after attending class at Indian River Community College police academy in 2006 — and one time Mateen asked him out “romantically,” according to the Palm Beach Post. (for more go here)
At The Federalist a question is asked "What if Mateen Wasn't Targeting Gay People At All?". Excerpt...
...Mateen claimed he was doing this in solidarity with Boston marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, the first U.S. citizen to carry out a suicide attack in Syria. He also said he was protesting “the U.S. bombing in Syria and Iraq and the killing of women and children.”
No mention of carrying out an Islamic punishment for homosexuality, no mention of gay or lesbian Americans, no mention of his victims at all. Of course, it’s no secret that Islam condemns homosexuality, and that ISIS has executed gay men by throwing them from rooftops in Mosul. So it’s possible that Mateen decided to attack Pulse, a well-known gay nightclub, to carry out a punishment he believed Islam demands for homosexuality.
But in light of the going media narrative, that Mateen specifically targeted a gay nightclub because of his hatred of homosexuality, it seems a rather significant omission on his part. It would also undermine a plot that the Left and the mainstream media want desperately to advance. If the Orlando massacre turns out to be just another terrorist attack by a radical Muslim who hates the West and loves ISIS, what use would it be as a domestic political weapon?

Election 2016

Link to source

lightning strike


I spoke too soon and acted too soon. And now I must pay for my haste. But it wasn't haste. It was thoughtful and took a lot of time. Then it turned out to be haste. Today I decided that I need a lightning detector so I bought one. It will be here in a few days.

I did not realize the app on the telephone does the same thing.

Today two storms passed through. And it was lightning all over the place. The first one I thought would destroy a newly planted garden with serious hail. Very serious. That shows in the first video right off.  The storm marches right up and pow. Then the sky clears so brightly that the infrared phone signal does not register anymore and the camera shuts off.

Then it darkens again and the camera is started again.

The lightning detector that I bought today detects infrared light emitted immediately before the electric discharge of lightning. I didn't know that happens until I researched the detectors.

And the camera is set to accept an infrared signal for a remote shutter device. But the phone is signaling it every minute instead.

The phone keeps the camera going or else the camera would shut off after one minute to save power. The clouds triggered the camera between the timed phone trigger signals.

I noticed one frame of 285 frames is brighter than all the rest and no movement in the clouds. I was considering removing the frame so it doesn't mess up the time-lapse, then saw in the corner it is a lightning strike. Hard to see because it lit the sky. The strike occurs near the end of the second video when the sky turns from gray to gold to blue.

I didn't need to buy the triggering device. The phone and camera combo already does that.

And this is another of those costly 'live and learn' things recategorized as education expense, a large and encompassing category.

The detectors get poor reviews. And now I think I know why. The sky was electric and making lightening for hours but not showing like this one. It needed a good one before it worked. And maybe it's been getting lightning strikes all along but I only noticed it now.

It's a new thing!

Come on, look at that. We photographer types wee ourselves over a photo like this. 

Check out the hail storm that comes and smacks us and moves on and the tornado-like circular pattern happening right in front of us. It looks fast but it lasted a long time.

167 frames

The flash happens near the end. 
286 frames

Monday, June 13, 2016


Lyrics after the jump

Twitter is Shadow Banning me again...

From Google:
Stealth banning (also called Shadow banning and Hell banning) is a practice used by some online community managers to block content added by spammers and Internet trolls, as well as other individuals whose interests do not coincide with the managers'.
Stealth banning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you check my timeline from last night there was no reason to pick me off, like abusive or hateful language. The only reason why they are doing it is out of rank partisan disagreement.

Trump commits Truth again!

Trump commits truth.....expect a frenzy of denunciations soon!

Trump blames Obama’s refusal to name ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ for attacks

POSTED AT 12:01 PM ON JUNE 13, 2016 BY ED MORRISSEY captain cuckservative

Donald Trump has spent the past 24 hours giving vent to the frustration of millions of Americans over a very specific type of political correctness, and he’s only upping the ante today. Trump reacted in anger yesterday when Barack Obama’s statement on the terrorist attack in Orlando omitted what seems more and more obvious — that the attack was motivated by radical Islam. Trump slammed Obama in multiple interviews today for refusing to name the motivation behind the attacks, suggesting that the president “resign in disgrace” and that his actions will result in even more attacks.

“[Obama] doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said of the president’s response to the nightclub shooting. “It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.”

Eh, Trump’s not usually that subtle in his attacks. When Trump launches those kinds of attacks, he launches them directly and without any room for misunderstanding, for better or worse. When Trump accused George W. Bush of lying about Iraq to get us into a war for oil and of selling the US out to the Saudis, I suspect many of the same people clutching pearls over this vague rhetorical construct were cheering loudly from the sidelines. That applies to Trump’s birther attacks four years ago, too — Trump didn’t pussyfoot around the point, but made the accusation explicit. If these critics wait long enough, perhaps Trump will say exactly what they accuse him of implying, so they’re better off waiting for it.

(These are cut and paste clips from a longer article.  Read the whole thing here at

FBI raid Omar Mateen home in Port St. Lucie, Florida

Link to video, alerted to via Periscope

"Yale undergraduates demand the right to be ignorant"

From Cannon Fodder: 
In New Haven, Connecticut, a group of undergraduates have just come up with a groundbreaking proposal. Their petition calls on Yale University’s English department to abolish a course on major writers and poets. The curriculum includes such figures as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, and William Shakespeare. “It is unacceptable,” the screed declares, “that a Yale student considering studying English literature might read only white male authors.”
The trouble with the demand is not its petulance but its timidity. If the canonical English bards, novelists, and playwrights are to be minimized—or banished entirely—why stop there? If the protestors want to “decolonize the course, and focus the curriculum” to “deliberately include literatures relating to gender, race, sexuality, ableism and ethnicity,” why not decolonize the entire university catalogue?
Manifestly, this purification of Western culture would have to include music. Out goes J.S. Bach, who was not only Caucasian but German, deeply religious, and straight (two wives, 20 children). The Teutonic Franz Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms would join him on the proscribed list, along with the Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and such Italians as Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, and, it goes without saying, Antonio Vivaldi, the redheaded priest.
The dominant figures in painting and sculpture must also be scrubbed from the picture, just as Josef Stalin ordered “counter-revolutionaries” airbrushed from photographs. Arrivederci signors Michelangelo and Da Vinci; adieu messieurs Cezanne, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec (though the latter might be squeezed in under the ableism statute). Bon soir Monet, Manet, Picasso et. al.
Inventors must also be purged. Benjamin Franklin—who discovered electricity when he was not part of a government that employed slaves—Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, and all other heirs of white privilege, no matter how impoverished their beginnings, will vanish from the textbooks, available only to antiquarians.
But the statues that throw the longest shadows are those of scientists. These icons must be smashed head to toe. The Catholic Church couldn’t make Galileo disappear, but the petitioners are proudly—majestically—uninformed about history. Surely the statue of the astronomer can be knocked off its pedestal, and the entire pantheon spray-painted with progressive graffiti. Archimedes, who founded the study of physics; Rene Descartes and his mathematical formulae; Louis Pasteur and his germ theory; Charles Darwin and his writings on evolution; Isaac Newton; Albert Einstein; Enrico Fermi; Sigmund Freud, and so many others who built Western civilization—pale males from the colonizing nations, every last one.

It Is Your Fault

At least according to The Advocate, and online news source for LGBTQ people.

Their current headline is: "Orlando is An Extension of the Marriage, Bathroom Wars".  In the article that follows, appears this copy:

There will be many right-wing Christians who will jump to the front and say, “The shooter was Muslim!”
The man who pulled the trigger might have identified as Muslim, and a perversion of Islam even so, but Christian rhetoric really killed 50 people on Sunday — the fruit of the last two years of conservative vitriol lays on an Orlando dance floor this morning, covered in innocent blood. [emphasis added]
In the minds of progressives, the shooting, done by an Afghan man who was taught by a homosexual-hating Imam, who went to the middle east twice for training, who was on the FBI watch list, who was known as homophobic by at least one co-worker, and who transported illegal aliens into the US, the one that witnesses saw do the shooting, the guy the police killed - that guy - had nothing to do with the shootings.  It was those Christians, you and me probably, who are at fault.

And remember, Hillary Clinton, the beneficiary of millions of dollars of money donated by Arab kings and princes and dictators believes the phrase Allahu Akbar is Klingon for The NRA Made Me Do This.

coconut liners

I like the troughs that hang on the railing. They work out nicely but they do have a few problems. First, this is Denver and dry as dust. The air sucks out the moisture like a sponge held up in the air. The dirt can be made soaking wet to saturation in the morning and be bone dry by afternoon.

The second problem is a business below with a protruding greenhouse type oriel window.

This is proof of concept for using the hydrogel in diapers to hold water against the trough liner for longer through the day. The dirt inside the liner will have the polymer hydrogel mixed in also.

Not embarrassing buying these at all. "Oh yeah, I pee my pants all the time. As a matter of fact, I'm doing it right now.

This held the cotton material of two diapers. It is filled with dirt that has similar pellets mixed in. It's planted. Right now the dirt is holding a gallon of water. It may hold even more. I haven't tried maxing it out. We'll see how this works. There are three more to do. 

The spray glue works better than I thought. I just need it to hold until the dirt can be added. It would work fine without the cotton material and just regular hydrogel beads. 

win debates by corrupting English language.

David Harsanyl writes for the Federalist, "How Democrats Win Debates By Corrupting the English Language. This is the area that Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom has written at length the last decade. Jeff is a constitutional textualist. Words have meaning and Jeff has been defending those meanings fiercely. He's been defending clear communication fiercely. Compared to all that David hardly brushes the subject with a few pet peeves that he's noticed recently. David Harsanyl cites these examples.

* Loophole
* legalized tax fraud
* access
* free
* ban
* outlawing
* deny women
* extraordinary measures
* reproductive justice unit
* disenfranchisement
* open borders
* cost
* investment

An incomplete list. I'm certain good examples will be found in comments over there but I lost interest. We talk about what he is complaining about all the time. And the whole time I was thinking that we do this too. We do this all the time as matter of course. It is not a particularly liberal trait nor a uniquely Democrat trait. Although it seems Democrats are more creative than Republicans with language and lot more consciously active in this. Lawyers switch terms midstream. 

I think we do this in regular non political speech because saying the same thing the same way is uninteresting so we think of a different way, a comical way to say the same thing and be different about it. An attempt to be interesting. And we come up with such good substitutes they are picked up and repeated and then we end up with new idioms that amounts to fairly thoroughly insincere communication. 

I wanted to talk about this anyway. The discussion is not political. It has nothing to do with the left’s creativity with language that distresses the right so much. The dictionary of idioms in English for people learning how to say them in signs shows how direct their language is compared with English that is loaded with strange euphemisms that sound insincere when they are seen translated into a language that is honest and graphically straightforward. How are English idioms interpreted? By defining them. has a phrases dictionary. These samples are drawn from that. 

You choose a conversational phrase by category. Among  topics as animals, clothes, colors, food, health, holidays, four groups on technology, sports, travel, there are four categories on English idioms. (Conversely there is one small group for ASL idioms, a collection of odd signs)

Drawn from group I

“Add fuel to the fire.” How do you interpret that? Do you show “fuel” and “fire?” Does fuel and fire belong in your picture to convey the meaning of this idiom? Should you just say the English idiom and let them figure out why you are suddenly mentioning fuel and fire? Is arson involved in your story? No. You speak sincerely and say what that strange picture means. It’s translated “become worse” 

And all the way through all four lists you go, “Duh!” Good Lord, we speak insincerely. 

“Albatross around your neck” Should you say bird (beak) and spell Albatros? Show a bird around your neck? What does that saying mean? It is translated “burden” (where “responsibility” goes, on the shoulder)

“all ears” = “attention” (horse blinders)
“all thumbs” = “awkward” (duck walking)
“ants in your pants” = “shaky and nervous”
“apple of your eye” = “I adore” 
“as the crow flies” = “to” a finger straight to a point.
“asleep at the switch” = “attention, none” 
“at the 11th hour” = “near end” 
“at the drop of a hat” = “ping”
“at the end of your rope” = “had it” (up to my neck)
“ax to grind” = “complaint” 

That’s it for the “A”s. 

The "B"s follow and that's it. Provided for examples as just how fundamentally insincere and indirect our language has become, and we do this for interest and for fun. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

WKRLEM: Back to the 1950's

Sharp suits. Skinny ties. Whiskey. Jazz.  Beautiful Dames.

Better times than these. That's for damn sure.

Woman uses a marionette of herself to feed the squirrels at the park

Link to source

Whose that Movie?

  • Do you know fear? Have you ever had your heart beating in your chest so intensely... that you can't even breathe?This is a story of... monsters... hideous nightmares crawling in the night. I've seen them. I've seen them in visions. And you... will... too. (Laughs.) I know what you must be thinking, what's this crazy guy doing out here in this godforsaken landscape? Well, I'll tell you. For this is the only place in the country where I can tell the truth and they can't. Hit me.
  • (It seems appropriate today for some's a obscure reference and an oblique hint....with great power comes great is not what it seems)

Faking Bad Update

Rainbow Ice Cube, Melting
This is a project I started months ago but then put aside until today. The photo does it no justice but you can see from the refracted sunlight in the foreground that the cube is a perfect six-layer rainbow cast. The red pool is freshly poured and will require several hours to cure. I'll try to take some better photos then.