Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Mitch McConnell-backed group 'very interested' in Kid Rock for Senate"

Via Drudge:  "We'd be actually very interested in his candidacy," Law (president of the Senate Leadership Fund), said during an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers." He pointed to a recent poll showing him trailing Stabenow by 8 points. "That's not a bad place to start at."
"The superficial sense of Kid Rock is that he's an entertainer, that he's kind of this wild redneck," Law continued. "But the truth of the matter is that he's done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he's a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy, and he's a shrewd businessman."
I expect women to pop out of the woodwork and stand next to Gloria Allred, with allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Kid Rock. You have been warned.

WKRLEM: "Why not mashed potatoes on the other si...

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Top Reddit comments...

My Cousin Vinny.

Jurassic Park.

The Incredibles.

Galaxy Quest.


Groundhog day.

The Princess Bride.

Spirited Away.

"Twitter users are reporting Trump's account for 'threatening violence' against North Korea"

Via Drudge:  Can a president be suspended from Twitter for threatening to attack another country?

That's what some Twitter users, including actor and former Barack Obama aide Kal Penn, are demanding, after President Trump tweeted Friday morning that U.S. "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely."

Critics of the president's tweet say the rhetoric reflects a threat of violence against North Korea that violates Twitter's rules and terms of service.

"Seems pretty clear that you can't threaten mass murder via nuclear war, right @twitter? Asking for 7.4 billion friends," tweeted Penn, along with a screenshot of Twitter's terms of service.

It is still unclear whether Twitter intends to act on requests for Trump's account to be suspended. Twitter declined to comment on the matter, citing a company policy not to discuss individual accounts "for privacy and security reasons."

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"NYT Questions If Climate Change Is Worse Than Nuclear War"

In a tweet Friday morning, The New York Times questioned if climate change could be a bigger threat to Guam than nuclear war. (don't worry, link does not go to the Times)

“What’s a greater threat to Guam?” The NYT World account asked. “North Korea, or climate change?”
Via Instapundit

Game of Thrones Trump Chicken attack.

Choose the form of your destruction.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kludge Report

“This is being put together incrementally and of all the countries and all the issues you deal with, North Korea is not the one to be kludging together statements by the president and cabinet secretaries because the risk of miscalculation is so high.” Link
New verb for me.  To kludge -- as best I can tell -- means to cobble together -- as in a temporary fix. Wiki uses the following photo to illustrate a kludge (noun):

link to original
Is "kludging" even a real word?

Bolton and his mustache beat the drums for war.

John Bolton: U.S. Should Suggest to China the Reunification of the Korean Peninsula August 8, 2017 by John Hayward

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton proposed reunification as the solution to the North Korean nuclear missile crisis on Friday’sBreitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow.

Bolton said President Trump has “made it clear that this is a different president than the one that North Korea and China have faced for the last eight years.”
“I don’t think people should underestimate the importance of making that distinction,” he advised. “We in America see great differences among our various presidents. A lot of foreigners don’t see the differences that we see. For many years, people have talked about all options being on the table, to the point where it’s just like a verbal tic. Nobody pays any attention to it. I think to get China’s attention in particular, tough talk has been warranted.”
“Now, I do think there’s a limit to it,” he added. “I think it’s very important as well that the president understands that as he makes these kinds of remarks, it gets harder and harder to back away from a very tough stance without risking grave damage to his credibility.”

Back to basics......why are we in Korea in the first place?

With all this talk about nuclear exchanges and fire and fury I want to go back to the basic question,

Why are we in Korea in the first place?

Stopping Communism?

Subsidizing South Korea's unfair competition with our manufacturing base by paying for their defense?

Pouring money and lives down a rathole?

Why are hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and their dependents held hostage by their presence in South Korea?

We originally were in Korea to stop the North Korean communists from taking over South Korea. We expended vast sums of money and many lives to prevent that. Well that's over. Nobody cares about communism anymore. Witness Vietnam. Or China for that matter. They are economic partners and want sex drugs and rock and roll like everyone else. We are still living like it is 1954. Enough already. If our guys weren't there as hostages and South Korea and Japan had to stand on their own two feet I doubt that we would have to worry about North Korea.

Instapundit: Fight The Power!

"Wrestling With North Korea, Trump Finds Perilous Options"

Via Drudge:  North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the American territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump administration: how to defang Pyongyang’s missile programs without risking all-out war.

President Trump has made clear that his goal is to deny North Korea the capability to field a long-range nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States.

And though the Pentagon still hopes for a diplomatic solution, highly classified military options are at the ready, last seriously debated when the Clinton administration pondered pre-emptive action to try to thwart North Korea’s nuclear program...

“In the event of a first strike against Kim, even a non-nuclear option, it is highly likely that Kim would retaliate at least conventionally against South Korea,” said James Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral who is now dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. “This almost certainly would create an upward spiral of violence which would be extremely difficult to manage or to mitigate.”

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"Man Who Tried to Cram 6 Dates Into One Night Says He's Just 'Looking for Love'"

Via Drudge: A 28-year-old man from Washington D.C. is coming forward after he was caught red-handed coordinating dates with six different women in the same night, back-to-back.

Justin, a project manager, spoke with Inside Edition and explained his strategy.

“I’m looking for love,” he said.

This all started last week when Lisette Pylant, girl number one, went on a date with Justin at Truxton Inn.

“Towards what I guess what would have been the end of our date, his second date shows up and he introduces me to her as his friend,” Lisette told Inside Edition.

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Crazy by Gnarls Barkley interpreted into ASL by YouTube member storm Fx

I love this so much I could just squeeze my own guts out. I cannot believe that I haven't shown this already. I searched the posts here and don't see that I have.

Before viewing, here's some gloss.

Look for how he says right off "lost my mind" like "connection dissolves." There is no "lost" and there is no "mind" shown.

I wouldn't even think of that.

"There was something so pleasant about that place. Even your emotions had an echo" seems to be shown as "satisfied, feeling, my feeling, your feeling."

The therapist says, "Think twice, warn warn warn warn warn."

My favorite part, "who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are, you there," really is shown that way. It's perfect.

And my second favorite parts are "just like you" and "I want to be like them" he uses the same technique of "same-o, same-o" first between himself and the doctor and then between himself and "those out there." It's very effective both directions.

Lastly, his playing the part of himself and the therapist and the guy in the cell writing on the walls is just splendid.

It's all very creative and very well done. Please enjoy this wonderful expression as much as I do.


In 1973, I thought Alice Cooper and Glen Campbell were worlds apart. I was wrong.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Walmart apologizes for sign marketing guns as back-to-school items"

Via Reddit: A sign reading "Own the school year like a hero" was placed directly above a glass case filled with guns. Photos of it spread like wildfire on social media.

People cried foul on Twitter and demanded an explanation from Walmart. One person asked: "What are you suggesting?"

Walmart responded to some of the comments by calling the display "truly awful" and "horrible."

Spokesman Charles Crowson told CNNMoney that the company is "not happy" and is "working diligently" to find out where the photo was taken and ensure the sign has been removed.

Ammar Shahin apologizes

"Disney sued for allegedly spying on children through 42 gaming apps"

Via Reddit:  A federal class action lawsuit filed last week in California alleges that the Walt Disney Company is violating privacy protection laws by collecting children’s personal information from 42 of its apps and sharing the data with advertisers without parental consent.

The lawsuit targets Disney and three software companies — Upsight, Unity, and Kochava — alleging that the companies created mobile apps aimed at children that contained embedded software to track, collect, and then export their personal information along with information about their online behavior. The plaintiff, a San Francisco woman named Amanda Rushing, says she was unaware that information about her child, “L.L.,” was collected while playing mobile game Disney Princess Palace Pets, and that data was then sold to third parties for ad targeting.

The class action suit says this violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was enacted by Congress in 1999 and designed to protect the privacy of children online.

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Are NY Democrats united behind their Governor?

Via Instapundit“You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said, according to the accounts of five people who were in the room. “Jeff Klein doesn’t represent the suburbs,” she said. “I do.”

Mr. Cuomo reacted in stunned silence.

The pointed exchange, which has not previously been reported, captures the raw tensions around the fractured Democratic coalition in Albany that threaten to dog Mr. Cuomo as he looks to his 2018 re-election, and possibly beyond.

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"6.5 million Americans payed a fine rather than signing up for Obamacare"

Via Drudge: The individual healthcare mandate requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than sign up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

The mandate has always been the most unpopular part of President Obama’s healthcare law, officially known as the Affordable Care Act. In addition to those who pay the fine rather than buy the mandated levels of insurance, 15 million people would drop their Obamacare coverage if it were legal to do so.

This does not necessarily mean that these individuals want to go without insurance. Obamacare requires every insurance policy to cover a set of what it defines as Essential Health Benefits. The more benefits that a plan covers, the more expensive it is. Some people might prefer to buy less comprehensive insurance at a lower cost. For example, one option might be to buy insurance only for major healthcare costs such as surgeries or hospitalizations.

Since most Americans receive health insurance from their employer, the rising cost of healthcare is a key factor holding down wage growth. If the cost of benefits were the same today as a generation ago, the average pay for full-time workers would be more than $3,300 higher annually. Some people might prefer a bigger paycheck and less comprehensive coverage.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017


ndspinelli said...
I'm headed to Crow Wing County, MN this morning to work on a case. The County seat is Brainerd and I'm going to "investigate some malfeasance." I was up there in May working on this file and interviewed the Brainerd Police Chief [nice guy]. I refrained from a Margy reference since I am certain he is tired of them.
August 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Full lyrics after the jump:

"Best practices for passwords updated after original author regrets his advice"

Via InstapunditA vast majority of the trusted tips and tricks we employ when crafting a custom password actually make us more vulnerable to hackers, according to the expert who popularized the tips back in 2003. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager Bill Burr admitted that a document he authored on crafting strong passwords was misguided. “Much of what I did I now regret,” says Burr, who is 72 years old and now retired.

The problem wasn’t that Burr was advising people to make passwords that are inherently easy to crack, but that his advice steered everyday computer users toward lazy mistakes and easy-to-predict practices. Burr’s eight-page password document, titled “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A,” advised people to use irregular capitalization, special characters, and at least one numeral. That might result in a password like “P@ssW0rd123!” While that may make it seem secure on the surface (neglecting, of course, that “password” is a bad password), the issue is that most people tend to use the same exact techniques when crafting these digital combo locks. That results in strings of characters and numbers that hackers could easily predict and algorithms that specifically target those weaknesses.

Even worse, Burr suggested people should change passwords regularly, at least every 90 days. This advice, which was then adopted by academic institutions, government bodies, and large corporations, pushed users to make easy-to-crack passwords. Most people can probably point to a password they’ve created that was deemed strong simply because it had a special character like the “!” or “?” symbol and a numeric string like “123.” And when prompted to change a password, who hasn’t altered it only slightly to avoid the hassle of coming up with an all-new code?

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WKRLEM: Another video about Sinead?

"In New York City, Don't Ever Travel With Your Guns Legally"

Link to video

"John Stossel uncovered an epidemic of people being arrested for traveling with firearms through New York City airports, even though they followed the TSA's rules. These are legal gun owners, handling their weapons in a legal way, even in an appropriate way. And yet they're still being arrested. Imagine calling the TSA and your airline, being told that you are doing everything correctly, and then being arrested and charged with a felony at the gate."

"North Korea seriously considering strike on Guam, state media outlet says"

Via RedditNorth Korea said on Wednesday it is "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

A spokesman for the Korean People's Army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.

Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.

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Big dog

We call the big dog Spot. He's easily spotted by seriously following the Hunter right at his belt. 

"New Google Technology Autocorrects Users’ Thoughts"

Via InstapunditAt a special press conference held at the technology giant’s sprawling campus Tuesday, Google engineers revealed exciting new technology that autocorrects any errant thoughts its users are having, replacing them with positions approved by the company.

Utilizing advanced retinal scan and proprietary telepathic scanning technology, the new automatic thought correction algorithm is now live for users of Google’s search engine, Android operating system, Chrome OS, and the hundreds of other apps and services the company provides.

“Let’s say you start thinking there may be some kind of inherent biological difference between men and women,” Google employee Ryan Vo said in a live demo of the new tech. “Immediately, the thought suggestion program in any nearby Google device, app, or service will scrub the idea of inherent gender differences and replace them with the sure knowledge that there are at least three hundred different genders in existence, and always has been.”

“Google will begin rebuilding your mind, piece by piece,” he added to the cheers and applause of the tech bloggers and industry professionals gathered.

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Murder in the skies over Carolina:

Photo by Sixty Grit

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I toyed with putting up a Paddy Day appropriate song tonight, but went instead with politics. The one I was thinking is a delightful recording of Cait O'Riordan reprising her I'm A Man You Don't Meet Everyday. I admit I have a bit of a crush on her -- sorta the way Trooper crushes on Sinead O'Connor. I love the way her name is pronounced, and also the way she says "drinkin'"

How to Talk Minnesotan: The Power of the Negative

Sinéad O'Connor missed opportunities can never come back.......

Sinead O’Connor Says She’s Suicid, al in Shocking Facebook Video

by Jerome Hudson Breitbart News August 2017

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor claims to be suicidal, suffering from mental illness and living in a motel room in the “arse end of New Jersey” in a video posted to her Facebook page this week.

“I’m all by myself and there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist, the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero, and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment and that’s kind of pathetic,” O’Connor says in the emotional video. “I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.”

"China built the world’s largest telescope, but has no one to run it"

"Most astronomers in the United States do not like to work abroad."

China has built a staggeringly large instrument in the remote southern, mountainous region of the country called the Five hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST. The telescope measures nearly twice as large as the closest comparable facility in the world, the US-operated Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Radio telescopes use a large, parabolic dish to collect radio waves from distant sources, such as pulsars and black holes—or even alien civilizations.

According to the South China Morning Post, the country is looking for a foreigner to run the observatory because no Chinese astronomer has the experience of running a facility of such size and complexity. The Chinese Academy of Sciences began advertising the position in western journals and job postings in May, but so far there have been no qualified applicants.

One reason is that the requirements are fairly strict: The candidate must have at least 20 years of previous experience in the field, and he or she must have taken a leading role in large-scale radio telescope project with extensive managerial experience. The candidate must also hold a professorship, or equally senior position, in a world-class research institute or university.

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Empire Google strikes back

Via Instapundit:  Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo. I look forward to the lawsuit and its accompanying discovery.

Related: Rebels of Google: ‘Senior Leaders Focus on Diversity First and Technology Second.’

So I guess shareholders are, at best, third.

UPDATE: Why it may be illegal for Google to punish that engineer over his now viral anti-diversity memo.

Plus the brand damage. Old Google: We hire the smartest people we can get! New Google: We hire the smartest people we can get to parrot SJW twaddle!

And note that one guy, by triggering internal SJW craziness, has done more PR harm to Google than has been done since its inception. It’s like an autoimmune disease.


"Maxine Waters Won’t Rule Out All-Black Party"

Via Drudge: Waters joined “The Breakfast Club” radio show on Monday morning and was asked if it was time for black people to form their own political party.

“No, not at this point,” Waters said. “You have to show that you’re willing and you’re able to put the numbers together and exercise your influence.”

“We still are not voting our influence yet,” she continued. “What we should do is organize our power, exercise our power, particularly in the Democratic Party because that’s where most of us are.”

Waters then suggested that when black people are “strong enough” they may branch out into their own party.

After black people fully participate in politics, she said, “then you can raise that kind of question–whether we are strong enough to talk about organizing another party.”

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Monday, August 7, 2017

"Prof lets students choose own grades for 'stress reduction'"

Via Drudge:  According to online course syllabi for two of Dr. Richard Watson’s fall business courses, he has introduced the policy because “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

As such, if students feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

“If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members,” the policy adds, saying such students can “discontinue all further group work” with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”

Similarly, when it comes to “tests and exams” for Watson’s “Data Management” and “Energy Informatics” courses, all will be “open book and open notes” and “designed to assess low level mastery of the course material.”

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"born out of necessity"

times are a changing... back again

The new Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at North Carolina State University recently pledged to create a segregated housing option for “women of color” only.

“The point and purpose is if you are a Latina and you are an engineering major, with a very specific specialization, you may not ever see anybody who looks like you,” Whittenburg explained. “But when you come home, here is your opportunity to get some support and to deal with some of the microaggressions you might have had to deal with throughout your entire day when you’ve been at class.”

While NC State already has two housing options for racial minorities—one exclusively for black males and another for Native American students—the school does not currently have one for female racial minority students, hence Whittenburg’s proposal.

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"Male cosmetics counters could hit department stores in five years"

Via Drudge:  UK boss of L'Oreal has said... "it is no longer a taboo for the "selfie generation".... demand for make-up among men was growing fast."

He said: "Today you have a very small proportion of men who want to use make up products but that proportion is growing and it will continue to grow. I think its just awareness - two things are happening, men know they can use make up, and they know what it does when you use it.

"The second thing is that the taboos are going, so between my generation and my son's generation the taboos are very different."

"Is the trend going to go towards bold colours or more subtle? I don't know. But what I do know is we are listening very carefully to consumers and what they want."

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Out with the old...

"The Congress faces two existential crises -- lack of leadership and the absence of an aspirational, coherent vision for the future," Milan Vaishnav, South Asia director at Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank, told AFP.

"What is stunning is that the 2014 general election result exposed both of these infirmities, yet the party has made little to no progress remedying them. If current trends continue, the Congress risks terminal decline," Vaishnav added.

From an APF article via Drudge, "Gandhi brand no longer sells in Indian politics".

Welcome to Nipton California

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality"

Link to video

"Second deadly shooting in Baltimore's 'Nobody kill anybody' weekend"

Via Reddit: Going into the weekend, Baltimore activist Erricka Bridgeford had a simple hope and request: Nobody kill anybody for 72 hours.
It was too much to ask for in a city on pace to record its highest annual homicide toll, a place still reeling from the racially-charged riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police.

Some 40 hours into the grassroots ceasefire, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot. Within a few hours, a 37-year-old was also killed by gunshots.
Reddit top voted comment...
Oh shit, I didn't realize no kill weekend was this weekend. My bad.

Lock one up


Brit to switch gender for the third time

Via Drudge:  Ria – who was born Brad – became ­Britain’s youngest sex-swap patient at 15. Doctors controversially backed her belief she was a girl in a boy’s body.

She was given blockers to stop her going through puberty, followed by injections of female hormones to impede face and chest hair and trigger the formation of breasts.

But with her life spiralling out of control as she struggled with her new identity – and the fears of never being accepted as a woman – Ria decided to transition back and live her life instead as a gay man.

Before having crucial surgery, she ended her treatment and became Brad again soon after her 18th birthday.

It turned her into the unwitting poster boy for those who claimed teenagers were too young to be given gender reassignment.

But five years on Ria is more certain than ever that is not the real her – and is making her second attempt at becoming a woman to have the future she always dreamed of.

She said: “I’ve always known I was female – it was everyone else who was confused, not me. I was wearing make-up and heels at the age of 12, there was no question.

“But I felt under so much pressure from society that six years later I caved in. I was torn. I knew exactly who I was, but I also wanted to conform and be ‘normal’.

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