Saturday, November 26, 2016

WKRLEM: Two Reasons not to talk about politics

Even douchnozzle #nevertrump morons understand the press are lying sacks of crap when they talk about Trump...why don't you get it?

Red State along with HotAir and Powerline are among the most Anti-Trump blogs on the internet. I was a fan...well until they banned me earlier in the year for being Pro-Trump because they are arrogant ignorant pussies. But I do go there occasionally to read our buddy Evil Blogger Lady who writes a diary there. I mean it is no Melania Trump's Diary but it is pretty good and I highly recommend you check it out.

So much to my surprise I see an actual fair post by the total #nevertrump knucklehead streiff who illustrates how the lying media is trying to sow discord among Trumps supporters and sabatoge his presidency. You know the way some people who post here are doing every day.

Check it out:

Trump, Climate Change And The Fake News Cartel

"On Tuesday, Donald Trump met with New York Times reporters. During that meeting the subject of anthropogenic global warming came up. This is how the media reported the story.

The overall media take on the story was that Trump was backtracking on his campaign positions on climate change. In fact, based on the news coverage of the meeting, I followed suit. (You can find examples of how the meeting was spun here and here.) Now the transcript is out and it shows a remarkably different meeting than the one portrayed.

One Monkey Don't Steal No Show

The problem with Cheeta is the problem you have with most monkeys. They are totally oversexed and will screw anything that moves. They are lazy and they are always late.  Except when they can play golf. 

Basically all they are concerned about is having monkey sex and pinching a loaf which they then love to fling at you. It was real hard to work when one of your stars is always whacking it or having sex somewhere off in a corner. It was like working with Mickey Rourke when he was still on the stuff. 

We caught a break when we cast Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane. You see she liked that hot monkey sex just as much as Cheeta ever did. So she would just take that randy chimp by the hand and disappear into her trailer for hours at a time. When they came back they were both glassy eyed and ready for direction. Of course we kept it all secret at the time. We were afraid that it would come out when Maureen’s daughter Mia Farrow was born.Mia definitely resembled her mother’s hirsute co-star. I guess that was why her mom always called her a “little monkey.”

(One Monkey Don’t Steal No Show, The E True Hollywood Story of Cheeta)

Instant Replay The Unedited Edition

We won so much as the Green Bay Packers that it got boring. I mean they started calling Green Bay by the nickname “Title Town.” We were the first in so many things.

We were among the first to have so many Negro Players. We were among the first to have a player suspended for gambling. The first to have players wife’s sitting in their own section in the stadium. The first to really interact with the fans who were our twelfth man on the field. But most of all we were among the first to really celebrate wins by carrying our coach off the field. 

Coach Lombardi was tough. He drove us day and night. But we love him because he did everything with the sole goal of winning. He would always say “Winning isn't everything it is the only thing.” Coach put an enormous amount of pressure on the team to win. Extra practices. Repetition. Memorizing the play book.  Whatever it took.

When we won a game it took just a little pressure off for a time. We would go crazy. Coach would scold us and tell us that when we got to the end zone we should look like we had been there before. So we were always careful when we are on the field but once the game was over we would go crazy and pick up Coach and carry him off the field. Coach was alright with that because the focus was where it belonged. On him.

Mariah Carey went Black Friday shopping for a new boyfriend at supermarket so she shows off her pineapples!

Mariah’s supermarket getup is absolutely ridiculous 

New York Post Page Six By Jaclyn Hendricks November 25, 2016

Mariah Carey took the plunge — just not down that kind of aisle.
Fresh of her breakup from fiancé James Packer, Carey showed the world she’s back on the market — while at the market — in a ridiculous get-up during a Thanksgiving grocery-shopping trip in Hawaii.
Wearing a revealing white bodysuit paired with large diamond necklaces, skinny jeans and sky-high heels, Carey posed suggestively with a pair of pineapples and also for some tamer photos with fans.
Upon her return to Thanksgiving HQ, the mom of two prepped for the feast with friends before settling down to dinner with ex-husband Nick Cannon and their 5-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan. Cannon’s new baby mama, beauty queen Brittany Bell, was not in any of their social media photos.

Is alcohol losing its kick?

Boston Beer Company, the largest craft brewer in the US with brands that include Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard cider, said the widening legalisation of marijuana posed a risk to its sales.

“It is possible that legal marijuana usage could adversely impact the demand for the company’s products,” argued its regulatory filing in February. The Massachusetts-based brewer added: “We also believe that impacts the craft beer industry.”

In Massachusetts, the Beer Distributors’ PAC, an industry body, donated $25,000 this year to a campaign group fighting legalisation.

Trevor Stirling, analyst at Bernstein says it is understandable that Boston Beer — which makes almost all its sales in the US — would list legalisation as a risk factor, whereas the large international brewers, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Budweiser brewer, do not.

“Craft beer tends to appeal to a younger and more hipster crowd who are also more likely to be smoking cannabis,” he said. “Whereas a typical Budweiser drinker — a blue collar industrialised worker — is less likely to smoke cannabis, so potentially there’s more risk for craft beer than for mainstream beer.”

Via Drudge:

Aiming lower, Liz Cheney wins father's old House seat

"Cheney and her husband bought a home in Wilson in 2012, and she ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 against Sen. Mike Enzi, though she dropped out of that race.
When asked what she would say to voters concerned about her dedication to Wyoming, Cheney said she is committed to being in the state often and being accessible.
She said she wants to continue the type of relationship Wyomingites have had with their congressional representatives and wants to work with those who voted for her, as well as those who voted against her.
“I’m absolutely dedicated to representing every single person all across the state,” she said..."

Rosie O'Donnell suggests Barron Trump is autistic

The lad fascinates me. I observed his behavior at Trump's last big speech to his supporters acknowledging his win, how he appeared somewhat baffled and followed directions to move forward and take position, first here, then there, him observing events around him and processing it all. It was very late at night, maybe early in the morning in New York.  I put myself in his position at ten years of age on stage, trying to comprehend what exactly is happening, and I must say I'm impressed with what I saw. But O'Donnell saw something else. In typical passive-agressive fashion, she cloaks her sinister heart with concern, "What an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the autism epidemic."

Such is the syllogism of a troubled mind. Premise A: autistic children are quiet. Premise B: Barron is quiet.  Conclusion: Barron is autistic. Suggestion: great opportunity to bring attention to autism. Aren't I wonderful?

Her concern, it's touching. Via Washington Times.

Twitter exposes the worse. The playground of Id.

But let's give her attention for something else instead of for her remarks about Barron. Credit where it's due, although pontificating here, she does seem a good sport. Eight mile rule and all that; tell them something they don't know about me.

Fidel Castro dead at age 90

He died 10:30 tonight. According to Raul Castro. Story at BBC. Actually, it's the story of Castro at BBC, not the story of his death. Nothing there that you don't already know. He died. That's it. That's the whole story.

The entire country is in mourning, weeping openly and choking, "Nuestro padre murió," and sobbing, "¿Qué tardó tanto?"

I made up that last part because there's really nothing anyone can say. He's old. He died.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Maybe it will work next time...

I drew this.

Hell needs a new PA Announcer.

Forcas: Will you be interviewing any new announcers my dread Lord. It has been a while.
Lucifer: Yeah we might as well. I am tired of doing it all. I am the Devil for crying out loud. I should be sitting around getting a blow job from an intern. Or golfing or something. You know what all the big shot demons from Hell do when they are in charge. Let's get someone else in here to make the announcements. Who do we have in the last bus?
Forcas: Well we have several people that will be coming in. We have a beloved diminutive rock star.  
Lucifer: Holy shit. That drunken loser Billy Joel is here? That’s great. He has to know he has to pay off on that deal that got a garden troll banging Christie Brinkley.
Forcas: No Sire it is not the Piano Man. He is still busy touring the music he wrote before 1985. We have the bi-sexual formerly known as Prince.
Lucifer: Oh that Purple Pansy. Who cares? Who else you got?
Forcas: We have Gwen Ifill the PBS anchor and one of your most loyal worshipers.
Lucifer: That loser. I hate ass kissers. What am I Trump? I want someone with a little juice and that bitch is as far away from juicy as you can get. Who else is on the bus?

Nobody to the right of me Cuckservatives to the left of me stuck in the middle with you,

So over the weekend I have heard a bunch of media pussies discuss the Alt-right and position them as the new manifestation of the SA. The cucks and the neocons and the GOPe and the mainstream media are swarming and attacking like the little fish that they use to give a pedicure in Bangkok.

The proximate cause was a conference held by Richard Spencer who is an ideologue, theorist and head of the NPI Institute. A couple of morons decided to be assholes and started to doing the Nazi salute to set off the rubes and hilarity ensued. They tried to out-Milo Milo but they didn't have his charm or the protection of being gay. So the media shit it's pants.

The Alt-right is the next step on the continuum that began with the Tea Party. Like the Tea Party it does not have a membership list or a set of rules. It is a loose accumulation of like minded individuals who have similar goals. The one overriding goal is that they are sick and tired. Sick of tired of being lecutured. Called Racist. Called Anti-Semites. Called Deplorable. And all the rest.

That is not to say that some elements are not as racist as the Black Lives Matters people in the Democratic Party or as Anti-Semitic as the Boycott Israel types like Blumenthal in Hillary's campaign. There are always people who take it too far.

The cuckmeister General Ben Shapiro of White Knight fame for that whore Michelle Fields had spouted this: "Basically, the alt-right is a group of thinkers who believe that Western civilization is inseparable from European ethnicity—which is racist, obviously. It’s people who believe that if Western civilization were to take in too many people of different colors and different ethnicities and different religions, then that would necessarily involve the interior collapse of Western civilization."

Johnny Carson guest, prize potato chips.

Holy pareidolia effect, Batman, these chips are telling us something.

Psych! Setup if I ever saw one. He waited until her head was turned then busted his move then acted all innocent and surprised and dismayed. 

Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

The neuroscientist Susan Greenfield has been prominent in arguing that our new digital lives are profoundly altering the structure of our brains. This is undoubtedly the case – but then all human activities impact upon the individual brain as they’re happening; this by no means implies a permanent alteration, let alone a heritable one. After all, so far as we can tell the gross neural anatomy of the human has remained unchanged for hundreds of millennia, while the age of bi-directional digital media only properly dates – in my view – from the inception of wireless broadband in the early 2000s, hardly enough time for natural selection to get to work on the adaptive advantages of … tweeting. Nevertheless, pioneering studies have long since shown that licensed London cab drivers, who’ve completed the exhaustive “Knowledge” (which consists of memorising every street and notable building within a six mile radius of Charing Cross), have considerably enlarged posterior hippocampi.

This is the part of brain concerned with way-finding, but it’s also strongly implicated in memory formation; neuroscientists are now discovering that at the cognitive level all three abilities – memory, location, and narration – are intimately bound up. This, too, is hardly surprising: key for humans, throughout their long pre-history as hunter-gatherers, has been the ability to find food, remember where food is and tell the others about it. It’s strange, of course, to think of Pride and Prejudice or Ulysses as simply elaborations upon our biologically determined inclination to give people directions – but then it’s perhaps stranger still to realise that sustained use of satellite navigation, combined with absorbing all our narrative requirements in pictorial rather written form, may transform us into miserable and disoriented amnesiacs.

For more click here :

McArdle on the kindness of strangers

"...Four years ago we had a ghostly encounter in the parking lot of a rundown motor inn in Memphis, where I, in a rush to get to a very early morning interview, accidentally backed into that person’s car at low speed. It was still dark in the parking lot, so I heard the crunch before I pulled forward and saw that the bumper was hanging half-off the back of the car.
I was in agony as I stepped out of my own car and began writing a note. For one thing, I was already late, and stopping to leave my information was going to make me really late. For another, because I was on book leave from my day job and running low on funds, I was going to have to submit this indisputably-my-fault incident to my insurance company, and accept the resulting increase in my insurance rates. I spent all day waiting for my phone to ring, and wondering just how badly this was going to wound my family’s already parlous finances.
My phone never rang. And when I returned to the parking lot late that afternoon, I saw what I hadn’t seen in the dark that morning: The car was ancient, and much dented, and the bumper, still hanging half-off, was plastered with well-worn duct tape to cover some of the damage and secure it to the car. I hadn’t damaged it when I’d backed into it at low speed; that bumper had already been semi-detached.
I know almost nothing about the owner of that car except that they had Southern plates, and a military uniform in the back, and that they were staying at that dodgy motel, which means that they, like me, were pinching every penny until Lincoln squealed. They could have been male or female, black or white, a Trump voter or a Clinton volunteer. But I do know one thing: Offered an opportunity to have a stranger fix their car for free, when it looked as if they could really use that help, they crumpled up the blank check I’d written and tossed it in the nearest trashcan.
There is certainly meanness in our country, but there is a lot of goodness, too, even when it comes hard. This Thanksgiving, I’m counting all the blessings my fellow Americans have heaped upon me, and the millions of similar gifts that have been bestowed upon other Americans -- by strangers, without thanks or fanfare or anything except the satisfaction of giving one’s best.
This is America. These are Americans. And I am grateful for every one."

Bob's Burgers, Thanksgiving song

24 seconds.

Brava! Brava! Encore! Reprise! 60 seconds.

Did you hear the one about the polar bear that petted a dog?

And you'll never guess what happened next.

The polar bear came back and ate another dog.

Apparently the dogs are chained up outside. Just tied there for the pickings. This story is all kinds of weird. Brian Ladoon runs the 5 Mile Dog Sanctuary in Churchill (Manitoba, I think) and he feeds the polar bears so that they won't eat his dogs but neglected feeding them the very same day the footage was taken. And that right there is illegal. 

And the consequences for the polar bears are now going to be extremely dire, so say the article at Science Alert.

The article goes into further detail about how this odd "feeding of the polar bears" situation developed.

Japanology, regional fast food

Surprisingly two of the prefecture's top fast food is beef offal in miso. I like the geography lesson.
Okayama Prefecture
Aomori Prefecture
Ashibetsu Prefecture
Saitama Prefecture
Miyagi Prefecture

And oddly, he said, "all the way down to Kyushu," but nothing about Okinawa, and they have fantastic fast food down there; A&W, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza LA, HM, Jef,  No wait, Okinawa street food. Their term, and apparently different from street food, B1 cuisine, Okinawa 

Top comment: "I didn't sign up for the feels :'(

Thursday, November 24, 2016

troll lady

This woman, Victoria Jayne Bay, 37, who looks very nice, defaced government buildings in L.A. with vulgarities and other scribblings about Trump. Eh, all in a day's work.

Twitter members made the troll connection, not me, for I am innocent you see, while others at the Gateway Pundit make the connection with the Blue Men, the Smerfs, Pete Davidson the SNL comedian who delivered an anti-Trump rant, and John Cryer, an actor on Two and Half Men.

"Teenager afraid of water and who couldn't swim died after jumping into canal to overcome fears"

Flavio Rafael Pizarro, 13, known to friends and family as Rafael, died in hospital nine days after being pulled from the Rochdale canalnear Boarshaw Clough Way, Middleton , on June 5.

The teenager gave the gift of life by donating his organs, with the permission of his family and doctors.

His family is now calling on the Canal and River Trust to do more to warn young people of the dangers of jumping into water. There are no warning signs on that area of the canal.

After the inquest, Rafael’s mum Maria told the M.E.N.: “I lost my son. How many children have to die to be able to put some signage in place?”

Much more at this link :

Not your father's GOP

"Donald Trump’s economic adviser Stephen Moore told a group of top Republicans last week that they now belong to a fundamentally different political party.
Moore surprised some of the Republican lawmakers assembled at their closed-door whip meeting last Tuesday when he told them they should no longer think of themselves as belonging to the conservative party of Ronald Reagan

They now belong to Trump’s populist working-class party, he said.
A source briefed on the House GOP whip meeting — which Moore attended as a guest of Majority Whip Steve Scalise — said several lawmakers told him they were taken aback by the economist’s comments.
“For God’s sake, it’s Stephen Moore!” the source said, explaining some of the lawmakers’ reactions to Moore’s statement. “He’s the guy who started Club for Growth. He’s Mr. Supply Side economics.”
“I think it’s going to take them a little time to process what does this all mean,” the source added of the lawmakers. “The vast majority of them were on the wrong side. They didn’t think this was going to happen.”
Asked about his comments to the GOP lawmakers, Moore told The Hill he was giving them a dose of reality. 
“Just as Reagan converted the GOP into a conservative party, Trump has converted the GOP into a populist working-class party,” Moore said in an interview Wednesday. “In some ways this will be good for conservatives and in other ways possibly frustrating.”
Moore has spent much of his career advocating for huge tax and spending cuts and free trade. He’s been as close to a purist ideological conservative as they come, but he says the experience of traveling around Rust Belt states to support Trump has altered his politics. 
“It turned me more into a populist,” he said, expressing frustration with the way some in the Beltway media dismissed the economic concerns of voters in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
“Having spent the last three or four months on the campaign trail, it opens your eyes to the everyday anxieties and financial stress people are facing,” Moore added. “I’m pro-immigration and pro-trade, but we better make sure as we pursue these policies we’re not creating economic undertow in these areas.”
After such a transformative experience — and after witnessing Trump’s stunning victory — Moore now believes Republican House members should be less ideologically pure and instead help Trump give the voters what he promised them."

Addams Family Values, Thanksgiving

What we have here is a metaphor. 

A metaphor that stands for our present election. The narrative is set. Established. Written down and well practiced. And along comes an outlier, a horrid creature that simply does not fit, an individual with their deplorable cadre all seriously disregarded and they tear into your set scene from oblique angles and burn down your Thanksgiving of yourself to yourself. 

And the resulting show is a lot better than the one that was planned and so thoroughly intricately  coordinated.

"Now that is a direct threat to our democracy."

As they say all the time all over the place rather annoyingly, were it not for double standards Democrats would have no standards at all. Better to have two of a thing than just one, eh? One in each color depending on your mood.

Sorry to inflict her voice upon your tender and sorely abused abused ears. It's here only as proof. You needn't actually listen.  Perhaps you can turn down your sound and lipread her saying what she knows.

So she knows that we know that she knows the importance of accepting the results of an election. She told us! Lectured us, actually. Were we listening. But we weren't. We have these things pointed out to us in drib and drabs because listening is intolerable, but there you have it. 

That's how the right wing sites phrase the new development 

And so on.

That's how the left wing sites phrase the development. 

And so on.

Somehow I don't feel a direct threat to our democracy. Go ahead and challenge. Be our guest and challenge away to your heart's desire. Settle your troubled minds. By then Trump will have his full cabinet selected. He has czars for this and for that to name, for anything he likes, such is the obnoxious task delegating precedent given him by his predecessors. He can name a new czar for confirming election results and another czar for investigating election fraud, and other to to clean state voter registries. This particular challenge isn't going anywhere and neither is the Electoral College. While certainly you can still dream by way of your multiple standard.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Marilyn's Diary

My Uncle Herman was really hip. I mean he was just groovy. He loved to do all the things that young college kids loved to do in the 1960's.

He played guitar. Smoked pot. Grew out his hair. Especially the hair in his ears. And most of all he loved to dance.

If you didn't know that he was a seven foot tall green skinned monster you would think he was a Negro. He could do the Twist. The Stroll. The Mashed Potato. The Watusi.

Every night I would set up my victrola and we would play records and dance and dance and dance.

But there was one dance that I loved to do with my Uncle Herman.

The Horizontal Mambo.


A popular TV anchor on one of Russia’s state-owned channels has accused President Obama of behaving in an “uncivilized” fashion toward President-elect Donald Trump, including manspreading.
In his prime-time Sunday news program, Dmitri Kiselyov weighed in on the first meeting between Obama and Trump at the White House. During the meeting, the host pointed out, Trump was behaving “humbly” while Obama was “unceremonious” and even “uncivilized.”

Hillary's fate depends on the Democrats

From The American Thinker by J Marsolo November 23, 2016

There is much discussion about whether Trump's Justice Department should investigate and prosecute Hillary on the email scandal.  But there is no such discussion about whether Obama should pardon Hillary.  At this point, Trump said he does not want to "hurt" Hillary, but I believe that this may change depending on how Democrats respond to Trump's agenda and confirmation of his nominees.

The FBI  investigated Hillary on the email scandal and is investigating the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, aka the William J. Corleone Foundation, which involves Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea.  As we all know, the FBI concluded that Hillary did not violate the applicable laws because she did not have criminal intent.
We have to wait for the conclusion of the FBI investigation of the Foundation to see the Bureau's recommendation.  This will probably take months.  If the FBI recommends criminal charges arising out of the operation of the Foundation, then the Trump Justice Department will most likely indict.  To prosecute Hillary on the email scandal, though, will require the Justice Department to do a thorough investigation with a grand jury to subpoena witnesses and documents.  The question is, should Trump order such an investigation now by appointing a special prosecutor?

Girl spots discarded winning lottery scratcher, spends money on Thanksgiving for those in need

7-year-old Phoebe Brown says she knew exactly what she'd found, and how best to use it. The second grade student from Sycamore Hills Elementary School in Independence was shopping with her mother at the Hy-Vee store on U.S. Highway 40 on November 9th when she found a winning lottery ticket on the floor inside the store.
The Brown family says Phoebe often picks up discarded lottery tickets. They were already at a gas station down the street when she realized she'd found a winner.
“She's like, 'Mom, Mom, it's a winner!' I said, 'No it's not’,” Audrey Brown, Phoebe’s mother, said. “It was. It was a $100 winner.”
The numbers were already scratched off that Missouri Lottery ticket, which bore the logo of the Missouri Tigers, and Phoebe knew a winner when she saw one.
"I saw that lottery ticket and it had a two on the back. I thought I'd better pick it up, and I told my mom it was a winner,” Phoebe told FOX 4 News.
“Everything went through my mind. What could we do with it? What could Phoebe do with it?” Audrey Brown said.
Rather than to spend it on herself, young Phoebe decided to help others.
Via Reddit:

Adult Wednesday Adams

The links come via comments to an article on the 25th anniversary of the first Adams Family film about how true the film and its sequel are to the original comic strip by being essentially a series of comic vignettes with an inconsequential movie plot to string them together and contain them. The article highlights my favorite parts. Apart from the anniversary the sequel has a great Thanksgiving reenactment scene (oddly performed at a summer camp). Here is what they said in comments.

* There is a web series, “Adult Wednesday Addams” that captures her perfectly.

* Did you ever see Melissa Hunter’s “Adult Wednesday Addams”? It is just what it sounds like, she’s all growed up and dealing with dating and jobs and things like that.

It was pulled from YouTube due to some copyright nonsense with the Adamms estate, she posted a video to the folks who were trying to keep it going where she claimed that it was a loving satire however the copyright police won that battle. Pity as it was a very funny show, which thanks to YouTube downloader some of us still have to enjoy.

* There’s an odd episode still up on YouTube, I suspect that the fans are playing whackamole with the copyright goons. Watch it while it lasts.

Well, who can resist? Quick, before they are taken down again. At the finish another video starts automatically, then another and another.

I thought she was black...

"Black U.K. beauty magazine accidentally put a white model on its cover. Apologies followed."

Emily Bador is a white woman. She is not, therefore, a black woman. Normally, that wouldn’t be news worth reporting, mostly because it isn’t news.
But her race came into play recently because of the new cover of Blackhair magazine, a British glossy that bills itself as “an international bi-monthly magazine for the style conscious black woman. Packed with 100’s of hair inspirations, fashion, lifestyle and celebrity interviews, we are one of the leading publications for women of colour in Europe.”
The magazine, which generally if not always features black or mixed-race models, used her photograph for the cover of its December/January issue. The editors have admitted they didn’t know she was white.
More at this link :

How much can he reasonably expect to defund?

"Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.
Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.
This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science division’s budget set to grow to $2bnnext year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.
Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.
“We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research,” Walker told the Guardian. “Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission.
“My guess is that it would be difficult to stop all ongoing Nasa programs but future programs should definitely be placed with other agencies. I believe that climate research is necessary but it has been heavily politicized, which has undermined a lot of the work that researchers have been doing. Mr Trump’s decisions will be based upon solid science, not politicized science.”
Trump has previously said that climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese, although on Tuesday he said there is “some connectivity” between human actions and the climate. There is overwhelming and long-established evidence that burning fossil fuels and deforestation causes the release of heat-trapping gases, therefore causing the warming experienced in recent decades.
Walker, however, claimed that doubt over the role of human activity in climate change “is a view shared by half the climatologists in the world. We need good science to tell us what the reality is and science could do that if politicians didn’t interfere with it.”

It’s understood that federal government scientists have been unnerved by Trump’s dismissal of climate science and are concerned that their work will be sidelined as part of a new pro-fossil fuels and deregulation agenda. Climate scientists at other organizations expressed dismay at the potential gutting of Earth-based research.
Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said as Nasa provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”.
“It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said. “It would be extremely short sighted.
“We live on planet Earth and there is much to discover, and it is essential to track and monitor many things from space. Information on planet Earth and its atmosphere and oceans is essential for our way of life. Space research is a luxury, Earth observations are essential.”"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WKRLEM: A kind of magic

There can only be two.

Donald Trump sat back in his overstuffed recliner in his penthouse apartment in Trump Tower. He was taking a day of rest after meeting with the jackal press. The campaign had been grueling. He was victorious as he knew would be. President of these United States. But he was tired. Very tired.

Soon he would preside over a happy and boisterous family gathering as the Trump clan got together to celebrate Thanksgiving. His loving wife Melania would be opposite him at the other end of the table with little Baron. His beloved Daughter Ivanka would be there with her new son and her other children. His sons would be there with their spouses and children. They were devout family men much like himself. Her oddball daughter Tiffany would be there as well. Even his ex-wife Ivana would be there to celebrate with her children. Thankfully they got along and could be civil with each. More civil than he could be with the conservative Republicans who hate him so. No matter. 

Thanksgiving was a day to celebrate and give thanks for all his blessings. Most of all the blessing that he could serve his country that had given so much to him and his family.

Trump pushed back on the chair to raise his feet on the foot rest that appeared at the bottom of the recliner. His thoughts were all over the place. The campaign. The transition. But most of all his own mother.  Mary Ann MacLeod.  Of the Clan MacLeod.

Trump is like Nixon.

You say that like it is a bad thing.

I think they have a lot of similarities. They are both going to govern from a center/right position. They are both fans of big government.They are not afraid of big government programs. Realpolitik in foreign affairs. They have the support of the blue collar working man in opposition to those stupid kids. Hippies then hipsters now. They have the same bitter enemies. The  press. The Republican establishment.

What Trump has to fear is one misstep. If he does the Republicans will throw him under the bus. They will impeach him and throw him out just the way they did with Nixon. With Nixon it was the tapes and the break-in at the Watergate. With Trump is will most likely be some business deal.

I think Trump has a strategy to stop this. Going directly to the people. Through Twitter. Youtube. Facebook. The new technology. He has galvanized a true populist movement. If he delivers on most of his promises he will intimidate the so called "conservatives" and not have to worry that they will stab him in the back the way they did to Nixon. He needs to develop a following of populists who are beholden to him and not to the Republican party or some phony conservative agenda.

Right now there is a lot of speculation that he is taking in Rhinos like Romney and Nimrata Randhawa into his administration. The theory is that he can co-opt them and have them inside the tent pissing out instead of outside the tent pissing in.  This is a big mistake in my view. So far nothing has happened so we shall see what we shall see.

Nixon took in some of his rivals. He even had a Romney in his cabinet. In the end it didn't matter. Trump should take a lesson. Reward your loyalists. Both in the campaign and your voters. You can extend an olive branch. But keep the olives for your people. Otherwise you will regret it.

morning glory seeds

That's it for the terrace garden. Goodbye. That was fun.

Now we'll see what kind of mischief we can get up to. By "we" I mean "I." 

People sell these things on eBay, you know. Let's look. $1.00 for a million. Not realy.  But they're still very cheap. Except those blue picotee ones are $10.00 for a 100 seeds. Eh, it depends on how glorious you want your morning glories to be. 

I thought this was going to be hard. I separated the seeds from the dry pod casings the same way potheads used to separate seeds from their weed years ago, but they don't do that anymore because the pot plants nowadays are specialized, they're all frustrated female plants disallowed from forming seeds. There are no dude plants around. It's total sexual discrimination in the pot industry. The plant's extreme frustration results in super mean weed. But the thing is, the plants are evolutionarily advanced and they have the potential to go transsexual and make themselves hermaphrodite to satisfy their frustration. And once they do, of course, they die. And there's a moral in there having to do with f'ing yourself.

I used a tray with a Silpat mat and tilted it so the seeds roll down while the chaff stays at the top. That worked very well. The whole thing went faster than I expected. So this ancient pot related knowledge really helped here. 

Lock her up?

As am sure you know many parts of the lying mainstream media is reporting that President Trump will not push for a special prosecutor to indict Hillary Clinton for her many crimes. It seems that Trump has indicated he wants to avoid it to keep from dividing the country. He is quoted by they scumbag New York Times (via Politico) as follows:It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” he said Tuesday afternoon in an on-the-record discussion with reporters from The New York Times.
Trump cast his reversal as a unifying move that, contrary to some of the early backlash, he believes won’t upset his supporters.
“I don't think they will be disappointed. I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country,” he said, adding that prosecuting Clinton “would be very, very divisive for the country.”
Trump did, however, suggest he wasn’t taking potential investigations into Clinton off the table, while still remarking that he doesn’t want to “hurt the Clintons.”

Hamilton grumble

But not much a grumble. They're not worth the effort of grumbling and I have something much more interesting to do, tearing down brittle vines and collecting their seeds. Imagine that, ripping down a dried garden with an eye to next season is more interesting than even thinking about arrogant presumptuous actors who all happen to be colossal dopes.

I was directed to Yahoo news for something else and picked up another article in their sidebar about one of the actors responding to critics of his "message to Pence."

What's really obnoxious is these actors didn't even vote! The whole cast. They speak, they create controversy, but they don't even bother to do their civic duty. Apparently they thought they had this one bagged and not minding at all the vast corruption involved in getting having that sorry result. All that is just fine with them.

Don't go there to Yahoo, it can only annoy.

Right away a clip of the "The View" runs automatically apparently featuring Victor Dixon, one of the actors. The guy who did all the talking, I'm assuming. I don't know, I turned it off as soon as I heard the familiar voices.

This is Yahoo on politics, -1 point, and this the The View, -1 point. We're down 2 points starting off.

Skipping the article, skipping the video, I open comments. The very first comment reads: "I did not vote for Obama. I don't agree with his policies. But if I saw him or VP Biden at an event I would NEVER boo them. Their positions as our leaders deserve respect ..." on at length along these lines.

At this point I'm thinking, "Well look at you."

Then I notice that this "people should learn to behave well, as I do" type post receives 69 replies. And that's where my grumble begins. Honestly, it's discouraging that my compatriots are this f'k'n stupid. Plainspoken, they're all dopes. Pure dopey dopes dopily doping around.

* Guess you didn't realize that the "Not my president" line is being taken directly from what the conservatives said about Obama.

I'm glad you see it the way you do, but most cons didn't. If you wanted us to accept a president we hate, you should've set a better example.

[Well, you guess wrong, you f'k'n dope. See: Paula Poundstone, Bush is not my president. I'm not going to listen to anything he says. (Audience laughs)]


[Obama was actually lying. In a State of the Union address to a captive audience!]

* Hillary is more popular than Little boy Trump 1.5000000 vote than ugly Trump

[You jump on this bogus figure too early, Little Girl. California still has more votes to count than were cast in 34 states, absentee ballots, mostly military, famously conservative, you childish spoon-fed miserable little dope.]

* How quickly the right forgets how badly they treated Obama. John S seems to have forgotten a US senator booing Obama at the state of the union.

[No senator booed, Joe Wilson shouted "You lie," you f'k'n dope. ]

* Obama did a good job as president and saved our economy.

[And here we are right back to step one on the ever so wearisome slips and slides, the chutes and ladders childhood game for four-year olds and other resolute hopeless dopes that never grew up.Where racking up debt in the trillions and destroying the nation's healthcare system, beholding future generations to government, piddling away billions on shovel-ready jobs that he later jokes about counts as "saving" the economy that stumbles along despite his retarding regulatory frenzy.  Frankly this commenter with the mind of a squirrel is too stupid to even engage]

So I dropped the effort, a real effort to continue. You can literally feel the IQ points drain as you persist is swimming the river of Stupid where all the swimmers are hardcore triathlon dopes.

But I was wrong with this assessment.

I was too hasty. I flared with anger without seeing all these truly dopey idiotic remarks are contested. There are so many more sensible responses as dopey responses.I hadn't noticed at first. I needn't say anything. I needn't respond. Going back to write this I see them now. And as I scan all the smackdowns my grumble is transformed to mirth.

And the whole seed collecting task outside seems even brighter. I'm nearly done. Then the fun ends. And new fun begins. These seeds for next year are all over the place. Some seed pods dried before others, they're at every stage of development, some are still forming. A very large number already split open and spilled their seeds. I can see them all over the terrace floor, caught by the non-slip texture, black dots that are easily collected, while others blew off the surface to land in some crack at street level. Some surely have landed in pots down there. Morning glories are classified invasive species, this is how they take over from nothing, and now I have a whole tray of seeds, thousands,  that I can toss around randomly in other people's gardens and in untended places, there to take hold and spread their lovely blue flower joy all over the place uninvited, whether or not they are wanted or appreciated.

What we have here is a metaphor.

Somehow, I don't think they'll have the stones

"The election of our next President is not over. On Nov. 8, voters chose electors who will on Dec. 19 meet in their respective states to vote for President.

Our Founding Fathers created what we now call the Electoral College to protect our country against the precise danger we now face: a demagogue who has manipulated and bullied voters, exploited fears and now threatens the very foundation of our republic.

The electors have an obligation to think deeply about the sanctity of our democracy and the national interest — and they are sworn to vote not for the most popular candidate in their state, or any party candidate for that matter, but for the individual who they think will best protect the nation and the Constitution.

The electors can save us by choosing a highly qualified Republican who respects our noble traditions, values and laws.

The public reaction after Nov. 8 — including spontaneous protests, but also widespread shock and revulsion from highly respected voices — is unusual for the depth of despair it expresses about what looks like the potential end of an inclusive, benevolent America. Most Americans are not sore losers (we have all accepted electoral losses in the past), but they fear that the election of a demagogue will bring the constitutional order to the brink of failure.

Donald Trump’s flagrant attacks on veterans, judges, generals, journalists, minorities and women make him a hateful divider, rather than the benevolent unifier all Presidents have sought to be, until now. Trump’s selections of extreme figures for his administration, his refusal to recuse himself from his personal business interests, his continued attacks on critics (including the actors in “Hamilton”) and his unwillingness to renounce incidents of hate and intolerance since his election show that he likely will not even try to be a President for more than his limited core of supporters.

The Electoral College must perform its constitutional role, providing a check against tyranny. In his authoritative explanation during the ratification of the constitution, Alexander Hamilton explained: The electors should “vote for some fit person as President.” They were not required to choose the most popular figure, and they were expected to resist the “heats and ferments” assembling behind “any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

Our current electors must fulfill their clear constitutional duty of denying a unqualified demagogue..."