Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Legalizing illegal immigrants is the solution to Obamacare: Democrat"

"Rep. Jared Polis said Friday the key problem with health care right now is that illegal immigrants aren’t included in Obamacare, and said part of the solution is to pass a bill granting them citizenship rights."

First I thought, Sure go ahead Double Down. about a second later, however, I imagine republicans joining Rep Jared Polis in some sort of "bipartisan" bullshit.

That's what happens when you read Crack's blog. You get all depressed in the face of good news ;)

O'Reilly and Krauthammer

Here, O'Reilly and Krauthammer discuss the divide between RINOs and other Republicans. Krauthammer insists the differences are a matter of tactics, not beliefs. He calls for unity between both factions in order to take advantage of the Left's current dilemma. A brief tape featuring Sarah Palin is reviewed, with her candid opinion on Christie's weight.


"CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I've been attacked a lot over 30 years. You know, if that -- I would be out of the arena if I was in support of them. And I understand people who said this is a time when you want to stand up. I thought it was the wrong tactic at the wrong time. Look, what we have as you mentioned in the opening, we have not just Obamacare unraveling, not just the Obama administration unraveling, not just the Democratic majority in the Senate [unraveling], but we could be looking at the collapse of American liberalism. Obamacare is the big thing for them, the biggest in 100 years. And this is a moment when we have to be calm. We have to understand what holds us together on the right. We have to watch and explain why the failure of the left is happening. And if we do that, we will win."


Miles Scott, the boy from Northern California thought he was going to San Francisco to get a Bat Man costume. That is all. It's a trap! A set-up. Planned all along through Make a Wish Foundation. 

He had barely enough time to finish his lunch when the emergency call came in and the boy was whisked away by a chain of events. The good part is the boy doesn't have to die to enjoy the grand wish made true. The event comes at the end of a long struggle with leukemia that has gone into remission, an ordeal for the family.

Damsel in distress, gagged, tied to a bomb the Joker left her on the tracks. Then off to capture Joker, and then onto confronting the Penguin and as the crowd gathers stop by stop, the boy shy by nature finds his stride.
“So proud of the people of San Francisco, what a beautiful thing they've done for that little boy #SFBatKid,” Twitter user Sterling said.Many wrote that they were misty-eyed and getting emotional watching from offices and homes across the nation.“SOBBING! So many feels!! Miles, you are SO BRAVE!” Stefania Pomponi tweeted.
latimes  story.
News item. Anticipation. Preparations.
Batkid races through San francisco  helicopter cam no sound.
Bat symbol on Lamborghini. Police escort. Crowds increase at corners. Live tweeted, crowd gathers as event proceeds. 
News explains story, mother speaks, thanks San Francisco.
Batkid arrives in San Francisco. immediately taught tumbling. 

Why the tumbling? How does a tumble entrance relate to Batman? 
Father explains elsewhere. The whole ordeal from the time the boy was two years old has been a series of unanticipated crises that demanded immediate life and death decisions. Tumbling is a way of throwing yourself directly at life's challenges. 

"Rutgers player says he was bullied"

"Former Rutgers cornerback Jevon Tyree is asking the school to discipline defensive coordinator Dave Cohen after "an outright bullying episode" led him to quit the team earlier this month, the Tyree family told"
Tyree, 19, told the website that Cohen called him emasculating names and threatened to head-butt him during a study hall session.

The incident occurred in April, the same month that Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned in the wake of a misconduct scandal that put the school under national scrutiny.

In a statement released Friday night, Rutgers said the incident between Tyree and Cohen "was dealt with immediately."

"Cohen apologized the following day for his participation in the escalation of banter, which resulted in the use of inappropriate language," the statement said. "(Head coach) Kyle Flood reprimanded Cohen and addressed the situation immediately with the entire coaching staff.

"This was an isolated incident. At no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room."

A Spectrum Of Racism Is Haunting America

So Oprah Winfrey is stirring the pot again. She basically accused everyday Americans of turning on Obama because he's black.

Here is my take on racism is America:

There are two types of racists: those who actively clamor for their race, vote for their race, and cheer lead for their race, and those who clamor against another race, vote against a race, and badmouth another race. They are the two extremes. The vast majority of Americans try to stay somewhere between the two extremes, i.e., somewhere on the line above. True neutrality is believing that race is irrelevant.

Oprah was guilty of promoting Obama merely because he was black. She thought that was an important factor. Millions of Americans were convinced of that too but are changing their minds. They are no longer racists, contrary to what Oprah says.

"Jay Z sticks with Barneys amid ‘shop and frisk’ furor"

"Jay Z will keep his special line of holiday goods at Barneys New York despite the furor over the “shop and frisk” controversy at the store, he said in a statement Friday night."
Jay had been pressured to drop the line with the retailer after two innocent African-American shoppers were questioned by police in separate incidents after making expensive purchases at Barneys, which also denies any wrongdoing.
Jay Z is sticking by Barneys
Barneys said of Jay Z’s decision: “Moving forward, Mr. Carter’s leadership in this process will further strengthen the industry’s ability to ensure that anyone who walks into a retail establishment is treated equally and with respect.”
NY Post Page Six

"Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos game"

It’s official! I have tickets to the game!!!” the woman selling the rings said in an email to The Kansas City Star. “We met at a jewelry store so they could verify the ring was real and matched the appraisal I had provided him.”
The woman said that she was actually trading the rings from a previous marriage. So the institution of marriage might be dying, however, take comfort knowing the NFL is still going strong.
USA Today

"Activists: Syrian jihadis mistakenly behead ally"

"Syrian activists say al-Qaida-linked jihadists have mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow fighter."
Rami Abdurrahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and another activist in the northern province of Aleppo say fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant found the wounded rebel in a hospital after a battle with government forces on Wednesday.

The fighters later displayed the man's head before a crowd in Aleppo city. But residents identified it as belonging to a leader of another hard-line rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham.

"Health-care Web site’s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company"

"The lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company that mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers, documents and interviews show."
More than 100 former AMS employees are now senior executives or consultants working for CGI [the company that built the ACA Website] in the Washington area.
In 1997, AMS signed a $30 million contract to update the board’s archaic computer system. Four years later, with projected costs rising to $90 million, AMS was terminated. The company never delivered a workable system, according to a report by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

“The code failed system tests, and attempts to fix the errors caused further delays and increased costs,’’ said the report, which also faulted the thrift board for insufficient oversight. It was one of three reviews that criticized AMS for substandard work, along with reports by the Defense Contract Management Agency and a private firm, Integrated Benefit Solutions, hired by the thrift board to review the project.

“They couldn’t fix the problems because they didn’t know how,’’ said Stiffler, the board official, who brought in a backup contractor that completed the job on time and within budget — after throwing out more than 95 percent of AMS’s software code and rewriting the rest.
Washington Post


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Lies, the lies!

Years ago I was amazed and dismayed, depressed how quickly everyone I knew was to reach the conclusion Bush lied about Iraq. Why? So that he could attack. Why would he want to attack? Retribution for Saddam targeting his dad. That is an unhealthy motive to project onto somebody, a president of the United States. Well, because Republicans are war mongers then, everybody knows that.

Then Colin Powell supported their suspicion he was pressured to exaggerate, lie outright to the U.N.

The first person I heard was a comedian with a chip on his shoulder and very long on opinion and partisan take on things.  

The very next day every person I knew was adamant Bush lied. Bush lied people died. 

It became axiomatic overnight and I am not exaggerating. That is my perception. A landslide of agreement about the obviousness of Bush's lying about Iraq.

And no-bidding contracts that go to Halliburton

And the VP being associated with Halliburton. It is all so glaringly obvious. 

And everybody hates us. 

There would be no convincing otherwise. Their minds were sealed. The conclusion made. In unison. Once one person said it and was not zapped from above, it made it universally okay to unleash their id. It would be a matter of hammering that conclusion into my head at every single occasion thereafter. They were on their high moral ground and absolutely brooked no other conversation. No other conversation was possible. Thereafter every date was infected with political vitriol, every birthday, every wedding, every funeral, every gathering, every bar mitzvah and cocktail togetherness, every dinner together became like entering a viper pit, no haircut complete until I was envenomated.

Envenomated. That is what that that whole period was. Intolerable. I broke it off with dozens of people. Scores of people. All of them. I moved and didn't bother with notifications. That is how disastrous that was. And frankly, I am better off without the venom. That situation persists to this day.

In fact, I'm faster at elimination than ever. New acquaintances don't get one-tenth the chances previous friendships received. There is simply no time and no energy for any of that anymore.

Man, am I ever glad those dark months and years of projecting the most sinister motive imaginable, and imagining no others, and leaping like Olympic athletes to sinister conclusions are completely over. We have obviously matured as a nation. 

overly simplistic guarantee

accurate, not precise enough
“soundbites” Carrie Budoff  politico
“pithy promises” Carrie Budoff  politico

Master Chef

Decades ago I was introduced to a group new to me, I think they were remarking on my thinness, how polite, I was always skinny until then, they were asking about habits so I told them and one man known for his bon mots remarked,

"Oh, eat to live then, not live to eat."

That's how he characterized my description of my habits. Living to eat apparently characterized the group I was being introduced to. They all concluded together it wouldn't last long. It never does. For the most part they all started out skinny and grew to be heavy. It's natural. My family thinks that too and says so.  Every one of them is heavy. The phrase that man said to me, smartypants as it is, stuck and left a lasting impression. And this video agrees with the position on food that I've ended up having. 

That's odd. Before when my pants catch on fire like that it starts at the bottom, not the crotch. 

"Whose That Girl" for Trooper York

The clue:

I know he knows, so maybe he shouldn't spill the beans

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nebraska Author Sues Texas Publisher Over Books Involving Werewolf Sex

It was a tale of love.  Betrayal.  Arbitration clauses.   Also, werewolf sex.  And there are sequels.

The full story, as reported on 

Because your Friday night happy hour needs a good story to discuss here at Lem's.  And it's time to put politics aside for a while.

People Tricked Into Thinking They're Trapped In Ikea

Ylvis - Vill på IKEA

Owning it

Charles Cooke of NRO talks of the partisan nature of ACA, comparing it to prohibition, which was passed on a bi-partisan basis. I have always thought that Obama, knowing he was a piker, was smart to let Pelosi and Reid handle the details. But it is passing strange that two such experienced players would not understand the gravity of passing such a bill without bi-partisan support. Peggy Noonan of WSJ said it very well yesterday:
The new president—and this was a key historic moment—decided not to act on the accumulated presidential wisdom of the ages, which is: Get the other party in on all big things. Give them a stake in it, use them for cover, show you have bipartisan juice, that you are truly national and not only the leader of one party, show you can wield your mighty power across the aisles. Get them bragging they passed it, with your leadership. Make them co-own it so that when certain parts don’t work, and certain parts won’t, they have deep motives to help you fix it. 
Instead, a perfect storm of misjudgment, immaturity and lack of historical perspective, and a perfect storm of shortsighted selfishness (it’s all ours, it’s not even a little bit yours) brought forth a perfect storm of a health-care disaster.
It's beginning to seem much more likely that ACA will be repealed.

"Solar Plants Are Burning Birds' Wings"

"The Californian desert has become a popular place to build solar energy plants because of the abundant space and, of course, the sun. However, the region also serves as one of the four major north-to-south trajectories for migratory birds: the Pacific Flyway. So while it seems like an ideal locale, birds who fly over these structures face some new and unusual hazards."
When it comes to death by solar farm, birds typically die in one of two ways. In the first, the glimmering sheer of solar panels might trick birds into thinking they are actually part of a body of water. And so the birds, especially waterfowl in this scenario, dive towards the panels, looking for moisture and food, only to find themselves, bones broken, dying in the middle of the arid California sand.

Blunt force trauma aside, others feel the wrath of the harnessed sunlight. At the right (or really, wrong) angle, the potent radiation bouncing off solar mirror’s are enough to burn a bird’s fragile wings, abruptly sending the creature downward towards the ground and impending death. They’re like tragic avian Icaruses, except without an easily digestible moral lesson behind their fatal crashes.
Lex Berko Motherboard

Britain's Horniest Student

The lucky winner is Ms. Elina Desaine, a 20 year old undergraduate studying computer science at University of Exeter.

The (sort of) lovely Ms. Desaine managed a win by shagging and average of three men a week, and even though she kept a list of her encounters, doesn't actually know the names of many of her sexual partners.

Her prize for winning the online contest was 500 pounds, a year's supply of condoms, a mobile phone and a crate of alcohol.  A very appropriate and well-deserved prize, no doubt.
The self-proclaimed 'modern-day feminist' entered the competition after being encouraged by a friend who said she had a 'reputation for having fun'.
'My friends were worried about what future employers might say but I hope they see it as a bit of fun, and it shows I am more confident than the average girl.'
Entrants were encouraged to post pleas to win the title on the 'casual dating' website's Facebook page.
Ah, feminists.  The women who terrorize men for being part of a 'rape culture'.  When they aren't busy fucking anonymous men in order to win a prize.


"Passenger falls out of plane off Florida coast"

"Passenger fell out of small plane and plummeted into the water in Miami's Biscayne Bay"...
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! I have a door ajar and I'm heading toward Tamiami," the pilot told air traffic control. "I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. I'm six miles from Tamiami."
"You said you've got a passenger that fell out of your plane?" the air traffic controller asks the pilot.

"That's correct, sir. He opened the backdoor and he just fell out the plane," said the unidentified pilot.

The aircraft continued onto Tamiami Airport and landed."
ABC News

"US must beat China back to the moon: Entrepreneur"

Bigelow is applying to the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation to amend a 1967 international agreement on the moon so that a system of private property rights can be established there. "When there isn't law and order," he said, "there's chaos."
Bigelow said he believes the right to own what one discovers on the moon is the incentive needed for private enterprise to commit massive amounts of capital and risk lives. "It provides a foundational security to investors," he said.

The big danger here isn't a fear of private enterprise owning and maximizing profitable benefit from the moon," he said. "The big worry is America is asleep and does nothing, while China comes along, lands people on the Moon, and decides, 'We might as well start surveying and laying claim, because who is going to stop us?'"

Does the possibility of China beating America back to the Moon worry him? "A lot. ... Tell me something that they don't have significant interest in," he replied. "Name something."
By CNBC's Jane Wells. (video at the link)

The Dreaded Nationwide Knish Shortage

The world's largest maker of knishes had to shut down because of a fire.  Delis and restaurants across America, including Katz's Deli in NYC, have to go knishless until Thanksgiving, by which time the factory will be able to resume production. 

Oy vey.

Gabila's Knishes, which sells about 15 million knishes a year, makes what its fans believe are the best knishes in earth.  They are square, not round, deep fried to an crispy exterior, and they ooze knishy goodness when cut open.  Mmmmm.....knishes.  Don't you want one just thinking about them?

What thing do you eat that you would miss if their factory or store burned down?

For me, it would be the pizza from Glorioso's Deli.  Anyone can sell pizza, but Glorioso's is like everyone else's pizza like filet mignon is to soup bones.  First and second generation Italian owners, they grind their own wheat for the flour, cut and grind their own pork for sausage, make their own pepperoni and tomato sauce.    I buy pizza from them unbaked, then cook it on a very hot gas grill outside.  Crisp crust thinner than a cracker.  Utterly delicious.

Here's the article about Gabila's kinshes.

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Goniurellia tridens

Not so common fruit fly.

Why or how having ants on a fruit fly's wings can serve an evolutionary advantage so brilliant the mimicry is precise is not clear. The article attempts an explanation and fails completely. They start off a paragraph intending to answer then the next sentence piddles out to fog. What did I miss? Nothing. 

A Cloudy Memory

Judy Collins had a hit with this song a year before Joni Mitchell recorded her own version of her own song in 1969. I distinctly recall as child sitting in a car with my mother hearing the Collins version for the first time. It must have been around 1968-69 because of the particular car.

Mitchell has said in an interview:
I dreamed down at the clouds, and thought that when I was a kid I had dreamed up at them, and having dreamed at the clouds from both sides as no generation of men has done, one should be able to accept his death very easily. 
The lyrics are "female" to my ear which is fine. Joni Mitchell liked to write these time-sweeping narratives and this is a good example.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"'Fairy Tale' Continues as Obama Proposes Extralegal Obamacare Fix"

"In remarks today at the White House today, Obama said, "I completely get how upsetting this can be" lose insurance plans that I promised Americans would be able to keep. "To those Americans, I hear you loud and clear."
But there's a catch with president's proposed solution. The president is not proposing that the law be changed to allow all health insurance plans grandfathered into Obamacare's eligibility requirements.

No, instead the White House is saying that it will use "enforcement discretion" to allow illegal health insurance plans to be able to still be sold. That is, the Obama administration will not enforce the penalty on individuals for not having eligible health insurance plans and they'll allow the insurance companies to still sell so-called bad plans -- plans they technically can't sell under Obamacare.

"Under the White House’s approach, the Department of Health and Human Services will notify the nation’s state insurance commissioners that they have federal permission to allow consumers who already have such insurance policies to keep them through 2014," reports the Washington Post.

President Clinton famously dismissed Obama's candidacy for president of the United States by saying, "Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I have ever seen."

With Obama's reliance on "enforcement discretion," it would now seem that Clinton had a point -- and that the "fairy tale" continues.
Daniel Harper Weekly Standard.

Tea party to honor fallen SEALs Chris Kyle, and others at Benghazi with sculptures

Sculptor Gregory Marra stands next to the memorial statue in tribute of Chris Kyle.
"As for our grass-roots support, we are currently working with the Navy SEAL Museum, All American Veterans Services, Tea Party Community, ACS Public Relations, and the Tea Party Tribune,” said Don Smith, a talk radio host and a public relations maven who is helping Mr. Marra wrangle the complexities of public outreach and fundraising.
 “I know it sounds crazy, but I feel their presence. That’s what happens when you’re creating a life-sized image of someone.”
I know. 
That does sound crazy. You are crazy. That is what happens in isolation, the way you work like that, meditatively, your physical motions ritualistic for prolonged periods. 
As artist and craftsman, what happens is you set your mind to a task, a fairly simple task, the big decisions are made already and it gets down to chip chip chip away careful not to do this and avoid that, repetitive ritualistic tasks that do not require the full mind to carry out and cannot contain the mind's full energy so the other part of your mind takes flight. Turns out the larger part of your mind takes flight, free form, goes where it wants, when it wants, how it wants, and enters another reality altogether while your body back there anchored by mind to task stays focused and busy at functioning and doing that on autopilot. You trick yourself into allowing yourself to connect with the universe and for the universe to connect with you in ways your ordinary material bound self prohibits. You're crazy.
Driving in rush hour is similar. You are thinking and driving, making small decisions and doing it well, and dreaming and planning at the same time. With those two thing going on, it is the ideal situation for your intuition to provide something for you. It can feel like your spirit looking ahead and providing a picture for you. You are insane.
Did I ever tell you about the time I did a commission for the man with an offering carving? I saw a very simple and attractive start to a painting and thought that outline would make a good bas relief. All I would have to do it scrape the background away and then scratch in some details. I already did one bas relieve before so that makes me, what, an expert. 
Here is my copy of the book where I saw this. Tomb of Horemheb. My book says Haremhab, the vowels were not agree upon then. 
Ha! That was the military general who followed the old courtier that followed the death of king Tut. Half the paintings in my copy have grids drawn over them in pencil. The whole thing is in pieces. That means I replicated at least half of these, and sold most of those. This book has been a treasure to me ever since I found it a long time ago when I was a wee lad. 
Bed wetter.
Kidding. I loved this book to death. It is worth a 2.25 million dollars to me. You can buy one for 29₵ 
Chipping away at the background with a dental tool. A real dental tool the dentist gave me. It is boring. Best to break up the project into bits. Leave it on the work table and return to it here and there throughout the day, throughout the week until it is done. 
It takes a whole spare bedroom. It makes a huge dusty mess. 
One night I bathed, wrapped myself with a towel, passed near the workroom with the open project, went in, sat down and chipped away, chip, chip, chip, chip, chip, chip, chip, it is very boring, chip, chip, chip, chip, chip, it is not so long and I am transported, zoop.
I am in a dimly lit cave. Back home I am physically in a cave-like bedroom at the back of the apartment, so not so remote a transport, but there I am doing what I already am doing, I went to a thousand years ago, two thousand, four thousand years ago, toiling away at wall. I drew the picture that I am working on and I am there again to correct it and to have my corrections corrected by somebody else and then together we will move on, and right before we do move on I snap back to present day where I actually am sitting there chipping away making a mess, I did make admirable progress there wrapped in a white terry cloth towel, I stand up feeling and looking exactly like a half-naked Egyptian scribe. 
So yeah, you sound crazy to me. I understand completely. 

"Google says U.S. data requests have more than tripled since 2009"

"Google's latest transparency report is out, and with it comes news that should be shocking to no one: Federal, state and local governments keep asking for more and more data."

"In the second half of 2009, U.S.-based data requests numbered 3,580. By the first half of this year, that number had risen to 10,918 — a 205 percent increase. That pattern is also reflected globally, though to a lesser extent. Over the same period, international data requests on Google users roughly doubled."
For more click here (Article written by Brian Fung Wapo)

"Japanese Art Truck Scene"

"In an interview to Photoeye, the artist explains that the phenomenon is subject to trends and economic woes: There was a peak in say 1980, that was the peak time in terms of the number of decorated trucks existing in Japan. This trend got started somewhere in the '60s when Japan's economy was growing and people were starting to spend money decorating their trucks. In the beginning it was like, "Who has the most number of lights on the truck," that kind of competition. But then in the '90s there started to be a little bit more specialization, and one area which became popular was Gundam, which are like Japanese transformer movies, and anime type of decoration, so there are some stages to its development. Recently, because of the economic difficulties like Japan's recession, and governmental regulations, traffic laws and all that, the [truckers] can no longer do the things they used to do. So in a way, they're sort of going back to the '70s style, which is a little bit less lighting, more heavy on the paintings, a little bit more subdued decorating style so they cannot get busted by the police."

Midnight Emperor, Shiga, 2002
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Pig Beach

There is an island in the Bahamas turned over to feral pigs that swim.

According to Wiki, point of all modern-day consensus, there is no agreement as to how this came about. It is believed sailors left the pigs there with the intention of returning. That sounds the most likely of all. Alternate explanations include escapees from nearby island, sounds good too, and shipwreck survivor pigs that swam to the island, could be, and human business adventure to attract human tourists, cynical, so likely too.

The pigs do attract tourists. That is how the pigs survive. The Wikipedia article leaves us with the impression of a small island inhabited by swimming feral pigs that attracts tourists. Does that sound plausible?

Let's see.

Google Earth [pig beach, bahamas] Ha! It goes right to it and agrees with a few of the alternate names provided by Wikipedia. That was easy.

Wow, the things one learns. I had no idea the Bahamas are like that. Hundreds of islands in a line, so being stuck down there on one of them does not sound appealing at all, and two lines, two archipelagos, it appears from Google Earth. Ships all around this pig island. People pegged photos.

 Screen captures of Google Earth with photos taken from boats opened to display.

I shrank these photos, they do not enlarge. Open your own Google Earth if you care to for better looks than these.



Click here to see a short video of a white supremacist finding out he is 14% sub-Saharan African.

ObamaCare Mandate: Working Poor Hardest Hit

"About 30 percent of small franchises and 12 percent of other small businesses say they are cutting work hours – or swapping full-time for part-time workers – because of the law, according to a poll sponsored by business groups."

"Although the provision won’t be enforced until 2015, some employers with 40 to 500 workers have already started adjusting for the new landscape, the survey by Public Opinion Strategies found:"
  • Some 31 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses say they have already reduced worker hours because of the law.
  • About 27 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses have already replaced full-time workers with part-time employees because of the law.
  • Some 41 percent of the non-franchise firms say they already see health-care costs rising because of the law. 
  • As the franchise firms look toward the future, 28 percent of them say they’ll stop offering health coverage in 2015 because of the law. One-third of franchise businesses already do not offer health insurance.
For the rest of the article click here (Mark Trumbull for the Christian Science Monitor)

“Bottom line, he got his feelings hurt.”

"A Chico Police officer is under investigation by his own department after a city councilman accused him of putting racially insensitive material on his Facebook page."
City Councilman Randall Stone called for an internal review after discovering the posts on Officer Todd Boothe’s public Facebook page.

One featured a skull painted like the confederate flag, another shows the president’s face painted like the Joker. There’s another featuring the president dressed in tribal garb, while another post has a homophobic slur.
To read the rest of the story click here. (CBS 13 Sacramento)

The Rob Ford Highlight Reel

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is an alcoholic and a crack user.  It seems some days like Chris Farley faked his own death, moved to Canada and became mayor of Toronto.

Despite Ford's epic meltdowns, drunken behavior and his admission of smoking crack, his popularity in the polls has gone UP.

Here's a highlight reel.

"RDU-bound plane plummets in mid-air"

"The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight headed to RDU went on the loudspeaker and told passengers their plane was going down, according to a woman on board the flight."
"He said, we're going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," passenger Shelley Wills said.

Wills told ABC11 the Tuesday night flight from Tampa took a nosedive thousands of feet in the air while they were about 100 miles away from RDU.

Wills is a nurse and tried helping the first-time flier seated next to her who was clutching her chest.

"I'm thinking oh my god, she's going to scare herself into a heart attack," Wills said. 
Heather Waliga WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, NC
For the rest of the story click here.      

Larry Elders

The Definitive Take On Bill Clinton, writes kate at smalldeadanimals.

Devoid yourself, heh heh heh,

Here is the outline of what he says:
1.  women 
a) Juanita Broaddrick
b) Kathleen Willey
c) Paula Jones
   i) rape
   ii) sexual assault
   iii) sexual harassment 

Compare with Herman Cain

2.  economy did well, deserve credit?

Reps took House  moved right

Compare Obama

ended lux tax
lowered cap gain
signed nafta and gatt
welfare reform act

Credit should go to Newt Gingrich

Shut govt.

But when reopened with smaller budget than it would have been.

That's how the budget was balanced. That's how projected surpluses because of Republican pressure.  

3) Impeachment.

hard to get impeached.
convinced a small cabal impeached him for lying about sex
#1 law enforcer
lied under oath
sex harassment paula jones
not pro woman
to thwart lawsuit about sexual harassment

And a lot of very good fill. All things we already know.Know very well. A review. An extremely annoying review. I believe every single person reading this could answer any question relating to the information above before viewing the video and all get an "A."  I don't even know why I posted this except smalldeadanimals is Canadian and that is how they talk about us. Their comments to the article sound like they are American.

Now I remember why. He is an elderly American statesman highly regarded by many, and people do go to him for his advanced political views, and he is still alive and he makes himself available. As pointed out he is paving the way of Hillary and making apparently preparatory remarks about what Obama should do. 

One of the African tribes was filmed as a male warrior transformed into a tribal elder at age twenty-one. It looked like a Maasai type of setup, a ringed enclosure with huts inside, the chief concern cattle. The warrior part is mostly cattle herding. Herding cattle, fending lions, then turn twenty-one and straight to tribal elder. So right off we see powerful similarities with American elderly statesmen. Clinton ought to do the Viagra commercials, he'd sell a lot more than Dole.  I honestly do not know why anybody listens to the man at this point, not without a grain of salt.

Take a suspicious character with a grain of salt. What an odd saying.  [salt production] Whoa, turns out, salt production in the Pacific northwest is a lot more interesting than Bill Clinton. 

Buy. Hey, not so bad.
I really like this Celtic sea salt on eBay. I buy a few sacks and it's around for a year. It is very mineral-tasting and not so salty-tasting as regular Morton's. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mr. Bojangles

This is not the version you may remember, but it is the 1968 original by Jerry Jeff Walker who wrote the song about a homeless white man:

Dylan covered the song in 1973 and someone seemed adamant about making Mr. Bojangles into a black man: Link  Why?

Biography's Famous Lookalikes, 73 comparisons and a lot of them are better than these. Juicy ones over there and others you wonder what it is that they're seeing.

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 Henry Ward Beecher, Jon Stewart
 Hermann Rorschach, Brad Pitt
 Josephine Baker, Susan Rice
 King Phillip IV Spain, Mark Zuckerberg
 Louis XII, Vladimir Putin
 Millard Fillmore, Alec Baldwin
 Paul Revere, Jack Black
 Wild Bill Hickok, Anthony Weiner
William Lloyd Garrison, Larry David

The Most Racist City In The U.S?

It's Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin according to researchers at Race to Equity -- a Madison-based initiative started by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families -- and reported here at the website.

Excuse me for a moment while I smirk.

Let's look at the data:
In 2011, the unemployment rate was 25.2 percent for Blacks compared to just 4.8 percent for whites. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 18 percent for Blacks and 8 percent for whites.
In the same year, "over 54 percent of African American Dane County residents lived below the federal poverty line, compared to 8.7 percent of whites, meaning Dane County Blacks were over six times more likely to be poor than whites.
More than 74 percent of Black children live under the poverty level as opposed to just 5.5 percent of white children. The report suggested "that this 13 to 1 disparity ratio may constitute one of the widest Black/white child poverty gaps that the Census Surveys reported for any jurisdiction in the nation.
 In 2011, African American youth in the Madison Public School District had about a 50 percent on-time high school graduation rate, compared to 85 percent for white students.
African American adolescents, while constituting less than 9 percent of the county's youth population, made up almost 80 percent of all the local kids sentenced to the state's juvenile correctional facility in 2011.
Madison is one of the most liberal cities in the U.S.  It's detractors call it 50 square miles surrounded by reality, an observation that is funny because it's true.  We know liberals aren't racist because they constantly tell us that they aren't (and that conservatives are) ad nauseum.

What is to blame for Madison's racism?  The study identifies several causes.
The University of Wisconsin.  The U turns out a lot of well-educated young people who stay in Madison after graduation making it difficult for undereducated people to find jobs.  Additionally the 40,000 students are a reliable source of part-time workers who also make it difficult for others (Blacks in this instance) to find work.
 Segregated neighborhoods that confine Blacks to a limited number of sectors in Madison.
A criminal justice system biased against blacks.
The report  concludes that "the alarming truth is that our numbers, taken as a whole, suggest that the distance between whites and Blacks (in terms of well-being, status and outcomes) is as wide or wider in Dane County than in any jurisdiction (urban or rural, North or South) for which we have seen comparable statistics."

Socialists calling Progressives racist It doesn't get better than this. 

Somewhere in Madison a graduate student is writing an article blaming Bush and the Tea Party for this problem.  And the student will be a white male or female, living in a nearly all-white housing area, and will have only a few token Black friends.  The student will be under the guidance of a white professor who lives in a neighborhood of mostly white people who shop at Whole Foods and feel fully enlightened about race matters because they voted for Barack Obama and like classic Otis Redding albums.

Madison is racist. and blind to its own hypocrisy.

"Charles ready for pension, still in line for job"

"Prince Charles plans to claim the government pension he qualifies for when he turns 65 on Thursday, but he still hasn't started the job he was born to do."
The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II has been heir to the throne since his mother became monarch in 1952, when he was 3. He is the longest-waiting heir apparent in Britain's history, overtaking Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII, two years ago.

Charles became a grandfather earlier this year with the birth of Prince George, the first child born to Prince William and his wife, Kate.

Palace officials said Wednesday that Charles will contribute the government pension to a charity that helps elderly people.

The future king is entitled to about 110 pounds ($175) per week because of his service in the Royal Navy and voluntary contributions he has made.

As Prince of Wales, he certainly doesn't need the pension fund. He enjoys control of the lucrative Duchy of Cornwall, a vast holding established in 1337 by King Edward II to provide income for his heir. It brings Charles millions each year.

Going to Iran

At RCP George Friedman of Stratfor recounts the reason we went to China (to counterbalance Soviet aggression), and why it is important we go to Iran.  Although they consider us the Great Satan who staged a 1953 coup against them, and we consider them religious extremists who have worked with other countries to thwart us, he brings home the point that pragmatism trumps ideology saying, "In the early days of the Islamic republic, whenever Tehran was confronted with  American interests, it would pull closer to the Soviet Union, an atheistic country...a counterweight to the United States and put ideology aside, even in its earliest, most radical days."

Concerning the recent breakdown in nuclear talks, he believes the actual goal of the talks will be restructuring the balance of power:
The real negotiations will come after the nuclear and sanctions issues are addressed. They will pertain to U.S.-Iranian relations more broadly. Each side will use the other to its advantage. The Iranians will use the United States to repair its economy, and the Americans will use the Iranians to create a balance of power with Sunni states. This will create indirect benefits for both sides. Iran's financial woes will be an opportunity for American companies to invest. The Americans' need for a balance of power will give Iran weight against its own enemies, even after the collapse of its strategy. 
The region will of course look different but not dramatically so. The balance of power idea does not mean a rupture with Saudi Arabia or Israel. The balance of power only works if the United States maintains strong relationships on all sides. The Saudis and Israelis will not like American rebalancing. Their choices in the matter are limited, but they can take comfort from the fact that a strictly pro-Iranian policy is impossible for the United States. The American strategy with China in the 1970s was to try to become the power that balanced the Soviet Union and China. After meeting with the Chinese, Henry Kissinger went to Moscow. Thus, in terms of bilateral relationships, U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-Israeli relations can stay the same. But it now creates another relationship and option for the United States. In the end, Iran is still a secondary power and the United States is the primary power. Iran will take advantage of the relationship, and the United States will manage it. 
The U.S., Iran, Israel, Russia, China, and Europe all have problems with Sunni radical extremism, and as Saudi Arabia is a large exporter of it, this shifting of power will likely be of great benefit. 

"Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons"

“It didn’t matter what instrument you played, it just mattered that you played,” said Nina Kraus, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University and an author of the study, which appears in The Journal of Neuroscience."
She and her collaborators looked at 44 healthy adults ages 55 to 76, measuring electrical activity in a region of the brain that processes sound.

They found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

Dr. Kraus said the study underscored the need for a good musical education. “Our general thinking about education is that it is for our children,” she said. “But in fact we are setting up our children for healthy aging based on what we are able to provide them with now.”
Sindyan N. Bhanoo NYT

Equality vs. Equivalency

Okay, so perhaps 'angry feminist' is a slight exaggeration, but one of the main issues with the feminist quest for sexual parity is that it often conflates "equality" and "sameness". Men and women are different: I, for example, wear floral dresses; my boyfriend (at least to the best of my knowledge) does not. The differences should be recognised and accepted, not changed or eradicated. Of course, there are those who do support "difference feminism", but I would still question one's need to subscribe to feminism at all. Surely anyone with an ounce of common sense can appreciate the fact that men and women are both different and equal and treat them accordingly?  Melissa Bond
In chemistry, the notion of equivalency exists apart from sameness equality. For example, acid-base chemistry involves matching equivalents of H+ with equivalents of OH-. A fair and balanced equation is:

           HCl + NaOH = H2O + NaCl

Equivalency factors out sameness. No one pretends that H+ and OH- are qualitatively the same, and yet they are quantitatively equal. In real life, chemical equivalents are often out of balance and this introduces natural forces to bring them back to equilibrium. In a sense, inequality drives the world.

"Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive"

"The proposal is, in part, the brainchild of a German-born artist named Enno Schmidt, a leader in the basic-income movement. He knows it sounds a bit crazy. He thought the same when someone first described the policy to him, too. “I tell people not to think about it for others, but think about it for themselves,” Schmidt told me. “What would you do if you had that income? What if you were taking care of a child or an elderly person?” Schmidt said that the basic income would provide some dignity and security to the poor, especially Europe’s underemployed and unemployed. It would also, he said, help unleash creativity and entrepreneurialism: Switzerland’s workers would feel empowered to work the way they wanted to, rather than the way they had to just to get by. He even went so far as to compare it to a civil rights movement, like women’s suffrage or ending slavery."

Annie Lowrey NYT

Sacha Baron Cohen accepts City Lights award

Harley Davidsons Built in India


The Harley Davidson Motor Company has announced a new line of motorcycles that will be manufactured in India.  Not Milwaukee, but Inn-dee-ahh.

*Sounds of Harley loyalists screaming* 

The new motorcycles, named Street 500 and Street 750, have liquid-cooled, overhead cam engines. They don't shake or leak oil like air-cooled, unbalanced Harley engines.  They are small.  They are not possessed of bad ass-edness.

*Sounds of Harley loyalists slamming their beer bottles onto the bar and screaming "NO FUCKING WAY!!!*

Harley's American-based suppliers were taken by surprise.  Blog comments on motorcycle forums include stories of HD suppliers seeing the photos of the new motorcycles for the first time and being shocked that they had never heard of them, and weren't asked to supply parts. 

The design, engineering, testing and parts sourcing and manufacturing were all done in India.  The motorcycles will be manufactured in India for sale primarily in Asia.  The Street 500 and 750 motorcycles sold in the US will be assembled in Kansas City from kits imported from India.

Fans have suggested alternate names.  "Gupta Glide" is the current favorite.  Other names aren't as pleasant.

The big question is: Will they sell?  Overseas, absolutely they will. The Asian market for motorcycles is ten million per year.  Wrap your head around that number.  Smart move, Harley. 

But in the US, the jury is out.  Mid-size, well-made bikes are a good thing, especially for smaller riders, first-time owners and people who do most of their riding in cities.  And the price point (ca. $6,500) is decent for a well-made bike.  Maybe they will sell well, or maybe they won't.  It's a big gamble.  There is a lot of competition, and HD buyers are big on the "made in America" image.

My opinion: More choice is always better.  I hope Harley sells a lot of these smaller bikes in the US.  Then in two years I'll be able to pick up a nice low-mileage used model at half the MSRP.  And with a little tinkering I'll turn it into something like this: A nice mid-size bike for ripping around country roads.

Website here.

Clinton to Obama: Let Americans Keep Healthcare Plans

That's Bill, as you know. USA Today, don't bother. I picked the one at the top only to have something to link, because you should be asking, "Who cares what Bill Clinton says to Obama?"

Switch things around a minute and pretend to be a progressive liberal and imagine the media all around deciding it is significant for all to know what George Bush Jr. has to say to Obama about the present day healthcare bill situation. As a liberal activist how annoyed are you? Or are you finding his opinion relevant? Interesting?

Why did I hear Bill Clinton's opinion five times? Why did I see his grandfatherly face so many times yesterday?

And what kind of advice is that to give anyway. How does ex-president Bill Clinton imagine it is possible for Obama to honor his oft-repeated promise to millions of Americans who have already had their policies cancelled? Bill Clinton is telling Obama to do something that is not possible to do.

And the Republican's legislation will not fix that. The plans are already gone. Any replacement will not be the same. Not only can that promise not be kept, it cannot be fixed. Not for the people who have already lost it. Nice try, Republicans, but again, too little way too late. The Republican party cannot even take advantage of a good crisis when it is handed to them like this. That is how enervated they are. Now is the time to make noise about straight up repealing this piece of poo and its eight foot stack of regulations and keep at it unrelentingly, but that would require spines and something more fervent than old-white-man energy and Versailles-minded seat-holders.

TPM, House Dems Oppose
HuffingtonPost John Barrow becomes first Dem to join Rep proposal
The Hill, Keep You Plan Bill Puts Obama in Bind

and more. [republic proposal keep your plan]