Saturday, November 23, 2013

Man charged with hate crime for knock-out assault in Brooklyn

I changed the word "suspect" to "man", and dropped the word "possible" for the customary 15% minimum increase in dramatic effect.

The victim said he overheard the people who attacked him talking about the knockout game before they punched him in the face on 18th Avenue in Boro Park.

AP actually states the race of attackers and victim. In my mind confuting a long standing right-wing grievance about race-reporting.


It is all fun and games until your intended victim shoots you twice and sends you to jail.

These stories appear to be NYC and WDC-centric, but this second report with beforeitsnews points to cities in the Midwest.

In this YouTube video Marvell Weaver says, "It was just a lesson learned."

Yeah, Marvell, it's all about you learning a lesson, nothing at all about a guy being attacked. What lesson did he learn? What lesson will I learn? Does your lesson include setting back race relations by decades? 

Yes. Obama writes of his own grandmother who raised him, the white one, being afraid of blacks, one in particular who approached her at a bus stop in her view overly aggressively. Apparently she talked about it if Obama is believed. Expect whites to cut wide swaths around Marvell in public for a very long time, decades, after he gets out, his  very long lesson will include why it is so for him and for his whole gang. His action impugns all his friends, falsely or not. And remember it is the white guys mostly showing up at the Citizens Marksmanship Program and we've got the photos linked by Third Coast in comments that show it.  

Better Shred Than Dead...

In writing too small to be legible here, the photo above recites:
Better Shred Than Dead...
Creed of the King of Surf Guitar.
There's no retreat in his vocabulary
and no quitting in his strings.
Dick Dale has been around forever. Here he is playing on Ed Sullivan the year before The Beatles famously washed ashore:


Here is Dick Dale a couple years ago playing an anthem standard:

I saw him play a very emotional show a few years ago at the famous "Coach House" in San Juan Capistrano. I blogged about it here.

I would like to see this American icon play the national anthem at the Superbowl halftime show instead of the usual fare.  It won't happen.

Yet Another Reason To Disrespect Our President

First, this from Legal Insurrection: Obama Personally Lobbied For Senate Rule Change

Here is what Obama said about the nuclear option in 2005:

And people seriously wonder why people dislike him more and more and view his credibility as a joke.

Saulus Paulus...

...or a brief history of polity:

Action: I never thought of walking on the grass until I saw a sign saying 'Keep off the grass.' Then I would stomp all over it. ~Saul Alinsky

Reaction: Get off my lawn!

Resolution: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

"Portraits of Americans and their guns"

I was essentially looking for normal people, people like you and me,” Ommanney said of the project. “The only difference being that they live in a community or in an environment where shooting and owning guns is a way of life. I wanted to speak to people who weren’t going to start predictably talking about the far-right and FOX news and how their Second Amendment rights were being violated by Obama, which is what we hear every day of the week from every stereotypical gun owner.”
The Baker family - Ashburn, Ga.
More pictures at this MSNBC link

Car Songs

It's Saturday, the day set aside to work on cars.  Or at least it used to be, back in the pre electronic-everything era when you could still lift the hood and work on the engine.

Get it tuned just right. Adjust the valves, set the points and well, gap the plugs, re-jet the carbs, set the timing.  Fill the tank with hi-test gasoline.  Wash and dry, then wax it with Blue Coral.

If you were a bit mechanically inclined, the mufflers were changed out with glass packs.  And maybe the stock camshaft was replaced with a hotter cam that you ordered from Iskenderian, and a new intake manifold with a bigger Holley carb sitting high atop it.

The old radio in the garage was tuned to the AM station that played your favorites, an most of them were car songs.  Songs about driving, dragging, hanging out, even about specific cars.  Rocket 88 or 409, or  T-Bird or Deuce Coupe.  Great music in the pre-British Invasion era of pop music.

It's Saturday.  Here's a compilation of great car songs.  Add your favorite in the comments section.  For full effect, you should be wearing shoes with pointy toes and Cuban heels, have a duck's ass haircut, and a pack of Lucky Strike rolled up in the sleeve of your tee shirt.   Or a poodle skirt, loafers and frilly blouse, depending.

Rocket 88.  Ike Turner singing the first recorded car song.

"Huge deadly pink jellyfish rediscovered 100 YEARS after it was last seen off the Australian coast"

"The incredibly rare Crambione Cookii has not been seen since 1910 but has been recently spotted off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where it was captured."
Not much is known about the mysterious species, which measures 50cm long and has a sting so powerful that it can be felt in the water surrounding the creature.

It was found by an aquarist who was releasing a rescued sea turtle. Puk Scivyer, who works at UnderWater World aquarium in Mooloolaba, said: ‘As soon as I saw it I realised it was a species I'd never seen before.

‘But to then discover I was the first person to see this species in over a hundred years was just incredible.’
More at the link

"Brightest Explosion In the Universe Ever Seen Defies Astronomy Theories"

"The really cool thing about this GRB (gamma-ray burst) is that because the exploding matter was traveling at [nearly] the speed of light, we were able to observe relativistic shocks," study co-author Giacomo Vianello, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in California, said in a statement. "We cannot make a relativistic shock in the lab, so we really don't know what happens in it, and this is one of the main unknown assumptions in the model. These observations challenge the models and can lead us to a better understanding of physics."

Live Science beta

Friday, November 22, 2013

At The Open Thread Conspiracy

50 years ago, conspiracy theories swirled around the words to The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie." Rumors passed and circulated among teens and the recording was even banned on some radio markets. The FBI launched an investigation but ultimately no charges were filed.

The Kingsmen's version was recorded in one take for a total cost of $50 in Portland, Oregon. To my ear, a stray background voice interjects what sounds like the word "fuck" at around 58 sec. According to Wiki, it was the drummer who had dropped a stick. Listen for yourself:

The Kingsmen's Louie Louie made a clean break with the pop music of the 1950's and early 60's. They antedated "The Beatles" by several months (at least in America) and The Kinks (who they more closely resemble), by a year. Things were never the same afterwards. I blame youthful hormones.

[added] Slurred and ambiguous lyrics had a long history with censors. For example. Shake, Rattle And Roll.

It's De Blasio Time!

Another guest post from Trooper York:

Here is an interesting article about how former criminals are advising the new mayor Bill de Blasio.

Here is an except:
Forget Ray Kelly, Bill de Blasio is getting his policing advice from the real experts — hardened criminals.
A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan “Think Tank” Thursday to describe what they thought the NYPD should be doing to make their lives easier.
The felonious forum outlined a clear “get-soft-on-crime” vision.
“I like the idea of ending stop and frisk. That was the first thing that was totally there for me,” opined Mikell Green-Grand, a 49-year-old former jailbird who has convictions for grand larceny and identity theft.
Arthur Castillo, 38 — who has been convicted for possessing stolen property and assault — said he would be much obliged if the cops just left him alone to do his thing.
“Cops won’t leave us alone!” he said. “Newly released prisoners are watched by the police and a lot of us don’t feel we have an opportunity to readapt to normal life because we are treated as criminals even though we are free.”
The event, which was held in Morningside Heights, was hosted by an advisory group called Talking Transitions, run by liberal billionaire investment magnate George Soros.
The goal was to offer de Blasio tips on “policing, corrections, parole policies and more.” 
You can't make this shit up.

Chicago's Astonishing Debt and Pension Liabilities

It's mind a blowing $33 billion, according to this article in the Washington Post.

The City of Chicago has $7 billion of revenue each year, from which is it supposed to pay all city operating costs, service debt obligations, retire debt, and fund several employee pension plans.  But it can't do that, or more accurately won't do it because politicians lack the political courage necessary to make changes.  And because the amount owed is so staggering relative to Chicago's tax revenues.

The WaPo article lists $19.5 billion of unfunded pension liabilities and $13.9 billion of outstanding general obligation bond liability, a total of $33 billion.  All of these obligations are to be paid from revenues collected via the property tax and local sales taxes.
Decades of city government spending means that in 2039, Chicago will still be paying off bonds from 1993. Some of those repayments, the Tribune said, will be for debts on public housing developments that were torn down more than a decade ago. Generous pension contracts signed without allocating future money means the police union’s pension fund has just 31 percent of what it will need to pay out future liabilities; the firefighting union has just 25 percent of the money it needs.
The WaPo article is accurate as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough.  It doesn't look at ALL pension obligations that the Chicago must meet.  Taken from a publication of the Civic Federation:

Chicago has unfunded pension liabilities of $14.8 billion plus $27.4 billion, a total of $42.2 billion.  Add the general obligation bond liability of $13.9 billion and the total becomes a whopping $56.1 billion that Chicago owes.

And that doesn't count Chicago's portion of the $75 billion of unfunded state-wide pension liabilities.

The mayor of Chicago has five difficult choices from which he can choose:
1. Protect Chicago from pension liabilities by filing for bankruptcy.
2.  Seek payment of its outstanding obligations in part or fully by the federal government.  Obama can solve this with a stroke of his auto-pen.  And every other major city will expect the same gift.
3.  Restructure Chicago's labor union contracts to require that union employees pay a larger part of their own retirement funding.  Rahm doesn't have enough Kevlar to do this.  And his aldermen would not stand with him.
4. Impose and astronomical increase in property taxes and watch businesses and residents flee to other municipalities while tax delinquencies skyrocket. 
5. Do nothing and let the problem fester for the next mayor to resolve, or more likely, kick further down the road.  Seek higher political office and let some other schlub solve the problem next term.
Welcome to the decline of a once-great American city.


This video is part of a series by a man who lost his job in January. He posts a video a day on his experience of living off-grid. 

"The Incredible Story Of Marion Stokes, Who Single-Handedly Taped 35 Years Of TV News"

"In a storage unit somewhere in Philadelphia, 140,000 VHS tapes sit packed into four shipping containers. Most are hand-labeled with a date between 1977 and 2012, and if you pop one into a VCR you might see scenes from the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Reagan Administration, or Hurricane Katrina."
It's 35 years of history through the lens of TV news, captured on a dwindling format.

It's also the life work of Marion Stokes, who built an archive of network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83 of lung disease.

Stokes was a former librarian who for two years co-produced a local television show with her then-future husband, John Stokes Jr. She also was engaged in civil rights issues, helping organize buses to the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, among other efforts. She began casually recording television in 1977. She taped lots of things, but she thought news was especially important, and when cable transformed it into a 24-hour affair, she began recording MSNBC, Fox, CNN, CSNBC, and CSPAN around the clock by running as many as eight television recorders at a time.
The collection will become available online, or, so it has been promised.
The Internet Archive does want to make a television news archive available for instant search online. But it can’t simply borrow content from some place like Vanderbilt. It relies on donations for content recorded before 2000. So Macdonald agreed to accept, digitize and index Stokes’s archive.

"Pittsburgh Diocese Wins Delay Against Affordable Care Act"

"A federal judge in western Pennsylvania says Catholic groups don’t immediately have to comply with mandates in the federal health care overhaul law."
The Diocese is challenging its participation in the health care program because it would be required to provide its employees with contraceptives.

Churches are exempt from the mandate, but charitable organizations, including Pittsburgh Catholic Charities, were not.

Bishop Zubik told the court this is a problem because, “the practice of charity has to reflect the teaching of the church.”
CBS Pittsburgh

Could John F. Kennedy Be Elected President in 2016?

Today marks precisely 50 years since the presidency passed, traumatically, from the hands of a man who spoke of the United States as a nation of enterprise and achievement, into the hands of one who immediately set about expanding dependency on government —a path from which no Democrat who has served in the White House since has deviated.

Pretend for a few minutes that JFK had never been elected; that he is now a young Senator from Massachusetts.  Pretend that Lyndon Baines Johnson was elected the thirty-fifth President of the United States in 1960.

Young Senator Kennedy is handsome.  He is engaging, smart and brilliantly articulate.  He has a broad smile, quick wit. His wife is beautiful and captivating.  He has friends in Hollywood and Las Vegas.  He served as a Naval officer during war, was injured, and a book has been written about his heroism.

Senator Kennedy has been making the rounds of Sunday morning talk shows.  He has been making speeches in front of all the right groups.  He has a loosely organized group of advisors and fund raisers who are encouraging him to run for President in the 2016 election.

What we know about him:
Kennedy favors a strong military defense.
Kennedy supports reductions in the Federal income tax rates to help the economy grow and can eloquently explain why that is good for everyone, including the rich.
Kennedy is a devout Catholic and probably pro-life.
Kennedy has bold dreams for America and Americans.  
Kennedy wants America's allies around the world to know that they can depend on America to defend them against  hostile nations.
Kennedy hates communism and the threat of communist countries' expansionism.
 Kennedy believes that Americans should become more reliant on themselves and each other, and less reliant on the Federal government. 
 Kennedy supports federal employees' right to unionize, but not to bargain collectively or to strike.
Pretend that Camelot never happened.  Forget the half-century of Kennedy myth-making.  Could Senator John F. Kennedy win the Democratic Party's nomination next year?  And could he win the presidential election in the America of 2016?

Or would his beliefs render him an outsider?


I'm asking you to transport the JFK of 1960 to the present day, with his beliefs intact, and imagine him making a run for the presidency in 2016.  Could the Kennedy of the 1950s and 1960s be a contender in the presidential primary and general election of 2015-2016?  Or would the beliefs he held then not fit with today's Democratic Party?

John F. Kennedy's 1960 inaugural speech.


I am tranquil about this

Rule passed 52 to 48. Always so close. I heard the antique say, "Look at what's happened. Look at what's happened." Yes, Harry, we look at what has happened. I started paying attention to this sort of obstruction at the time of Clarence Thomas where observers notice this sort of bullshit began in earnest as stated policy of Democrats. Your Party did create this and now rues the situation of its own creation, or says it rues.  

What was that Clarence Thomas said back there about your Party's activities? 

It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.

That is what your Party did. That is who you are, what you have become.

Volkh is interesting but says what we're already thinking. This helps Republicans more than it does Democrats because Democrats are by far more obstructionist, the record shows that, just wait. The desperation is showing and this is most pleasing to observe.

Over 400 comments over there and they get interesting right off. 

Bill Bentnickel links Dr. Strangelove riding the bomb.

• 6 hours ago

I am tranquil about this.
Number one, it's perfectly Constitutional. The houses of Congress set their own rules.
Number two, it is the most convincing evidence yet that the Democrats are completely panicked about losing the Senate in 2014. This would not be true if they held the House also, of course, but they don't, and they know that nothing they want is going to make it through both houses. Instead, they want to pack the courts as a final f**k-you on their way out the door they know is shortly to be held open for them.
Number three, the ongoing cataclysmic failure of Obamacare bids fair to wreck the Democratic Party for a generation. it is delicious to contemplate the kind of judicial nominees President Ted Cruz or Rand Paul or Scott Walker will now be able to get approved starting in early 2017. I hope they throw the filibuster in the trash altogether and start dismantling entire Cabinet departments willy-nilly.

I find them interesting comments. Just a few more:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Now You Can Own Sarah Palin's SUV"

"Her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska is selling the SUV it purchased for her [Sarah Palin] in 1999 when she was its mayor on eBay."
The Ford Expedition with just over 74,000 miles is being sold "as is" for a minimum of $10,000, despite the fact that the Kelly Blue Book value for such a car in excellent condition, according to the AP, is $2,318. And it's not in excellent condition, really: according to the listing it needs new brakes, new wheel seals and an idle air control valve.
For Sale
UPDATE: Town's eBay sale of Palin mayoral SUV causes stir ... A Fairbanks woman won the SUV on Nov. 27 with an online bid of $10,300, about $8,000 above its estimated value.

Navy Destroyer Makes a Hard Left Turn

Navy ship taking "evasive action"
Via Sploid

"Massive Plane Mistakenly Landed At A Tiny Kansas Airport And Is Stuck There"

"Atlas Air Flight 4241 originated in New York and was scheduled to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, but instead landed at the smaller Jabara Airport a few miles away."


Is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker auditioning for presidential candidate?  Ed Rollins thinks so.

Go here  and scroll down to the sixth video.  Sorry about the scroll, but I can't find the Walker video as a single entity.

Whadaya think?

"English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet"

"The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself."
I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use "because." Linguists are calling it the "prepositional-because." Or the "because-noun."

You probably know it better, however, as explanation by way of Internet — explanation that maximizes efficiency and irony in equal measure. I'm late because YouTube. You're reading this because procrastination. As the linguist Stan Carey delightfully sums it up: "'Because' has become a preposition, because grammar."
Written by Megan Garber for The Atlantic, as it appeared on Mashable 

Giant Arrows Pointing The Way Across America

They were left by beings from long ago.  Most are gone; but a few remain and can be seen by the few who are adventurous enough to seek them out.
Long before the days of radio (and those convenient little smartphone applications), the US Postal service began a cross-country air mail service using army war surplus planes from World War I, many piloted by former army flyers. To get the planes and everybody’s mail safely across the country by air, the postman was going to need a little help.
In 1924, the federal government funded enormous concrete arrows to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes to help the pilots trace their way across America in bad weather conditions and particularly at night, which was a more efficient time to fly.
Painted in bright yellow, they were each built alongside a 50 foot tall tower with a rotating gas-powered light and a little rest house for the folks that maintained the generators and lights. These airway beacons are said to have been visible from a distance of 10 miles high. 
Visible from 10 miles high?   That would be 52,800 feet, and altitude no airplane could reach at the time, and few can reach now.  Perhaps the claim should have been 1 mile high, 5,280 feet above sea level.  Realistically, it could have been .1 miles, about 500 feet above ground, where most early airmail airplanes flew.

This was high-tech navigation in the years after WWI.  Think about that when you use your smart phone to navigate your way someplace.  Or when you read about a modern aircraft landing at the wrong airport.

Very cool article here.

"Exclusive: US May Have Let 'Dozens' of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees"

"Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan."
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints.

"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".
For more of this story click ABC News

Politico, what is your problem?

Why do still employ a guy who smokes cigarettes? Please. This is 2013. We know he's trolling but your magazine is setting a poor example for journalism, if journalism is the claim.

Insty has a word for this, oikophobia.  Another Twitter meltdown.

Look, it's a joke, okay?

Venn really is from Hull. That makes it a joke right there. Ian tells a joke on Twitter, and he needs this shape for the joke to work but the pedants who follow Ian on Twitter will not let it pass. 

Ian defends his joke, "FFS - it's a joke, and as that is the "common image" of a Venn diagram, people should stop being so damn uptight."

You know what FFS means. Fabulous fish sticks.

But it is not the "common image" of a Venn diagram, this is:

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

The one on top is the common image one thinks of. The square one on the bottom commemorates Ernő Rubik. 

Kidding. It commemorates Sir R.A. Fisher whose Design of Experiments discusses Latin squares. Who, by the way, looks like this:

I thought the joke fail is funnier than the joke, because the joke is about Venn being from Hull, the joke-euphemism for H-E-double hellsticks but Ian's Twitter followers could not allow humor for the error. Their pedant proclivities prevent humor from passing. It had to be corrected and there goes the joke. Frustrating for a comic.

Matthew says you're thinking of a Euler diagram.  (oy-ler)


And by coincidence this Guardian piece appears four hours following Ian's Tweeted joke fail, Hull: the ultimate Venn diagram

Here too commenters correct. Hull notables are omitted and recovered in comments. Why is Marueen Lipman singled out as the only person one thinks of from Hull that starred in a BT advert? 

Hull is the only area not served by BT.

The Walkin' After Midnight Open Thread

50 years ago last March, Patsy Cline tragically died in a plane crash. Her songs rhymed with heartache, loneliness, longing, regret, and mismatched pairing, but their unifying theme was love. Her first hit – 1957's "Walkin' After Midnight"  made her a crossover phenomenon: a female artist who could chart both country and pop. A string of hits from 1961 to 1963 immortalized her. She, like Kitty Wells before her, opened doors in the very heart of flyover country. 50 years on, Patsy Cline thrives on the Internet.

Patsy Cline also belonged to a time when singers could still credibly sing others' songs. The Beatles and The Beach Boys helped kill that in pop music a short time later, making it uncool to record anything but one's own songs. I respect that – genius songwriting, genius playing and genius singing all rolled into one because it's rare. But what about the beautiful voice who doesn't write songs?  Or that songwriter who really can't sing (Bob Dylan)?

The words of "Walkin' After Midnight" evoke:
I stop to see a weepin' willow
Cryin' on his pillow
Maybe he's cryin' for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me
I'm lonesome as I can be.
Compare that to Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Hear the lonesome whiperwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry 
I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide it's face and cry.
That's rural angst and not the sort of loneliness people feel in cities -- is it?

Here is the original 1957 "twangy" version of "Walkin After Midnight":

She re-recorded the hit in 1961, "doo-wopping" it up a bit: 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's Hush This Up!

Guest post by Trooper York:

This was featured at Drudge.

It was all over the news the last couple of days. Of course most liberal news media outlets and bloggers refuse to address it. Because that would be racist you see. Just ask Crack. Or Oprah. Or the Evil Blogger Lady. Or the Instanerd.

I know what this is like because I live in New York and I know how this goes. These animals look for people who are vulnerable. Now that I walk with a cane and lost about 40lbs I might look like one of these people. Of course I am always super alert when in the proximity of these types of yutes. But not everyone is so lucky. They better wake up.

They are living in Deblasio time.

Choosing To Be Happy

WebMD published an abbreviated article about choosing to be happy.  Unhappily, the article seems to contradict itself in the first few paragraphs.  Compare this
Research has shown that your talent for happiness is, to a large degree, determined by your genes. Psychology professor David T. Lykken, author of Happiness: Its Nature and Nurture, says that "trying to be happier is like trying to be taller." We each have a "happiness set point," he argues, and move away from it only slightly
With this.
And yet, psychologists who study happiness -- including Lykken -- believe we can pursue happiness. We can do this by thwarting negative emotions such as pessimism, resentment, and anger. And we can foster positive emotions, such as empathy, serenity, and especially gratitude.
It's in your genes, got that?  Wait, no, it's up to us to pursue happiness because happiness can be found, seemingly without regard to your genes.   Or perhaps this is just professor David T. Lykken making himself happy by saying contradictory things about peoples' ability to be happy.  Whatever.  One more reason not to trust psychologists.

*Interruption for an aside.  Do you know what you never see parked in front of a psychologist's offices?  Horses and motorcycles.  End interruption*

The WebMD article lists seven steps a person can take in order to be happy, presuming that you are not now happy, and have some desire to become happy.  If you are happy being unhappy, none of this applies.
Don't Worry, Choose Happy
Cultivate Gratitude
Foster Forgiveness 
Counteract Negative Thoughts and Feelings 
Remember, Money Can't Buy Happiness 
Foster Friendship 
Engage in Meaningful Activities 
That list seems like a good start, but (at least for me) seems rather incomplete.  I'd add a few things to the list I learned along the way that contribute to my happiness.  Here's a start:
Be truthful in all things
Live simply and below your means, although everyone goes through times of having little or no means 
Be not afraid to love others openly and without reservation
Love God, hate Satan
Get out of debt, then stay out of debt 
Don't buy things you don't need in order to impress people you don't know 
Leave your home life at home and your work life at work 
Never drink alcohol at office parties, nor stay longer than 90 minutes
Turn everything off for one hour every evening to rest, read, meditate and reflect. 
Most of us here at Lem's are in our middle years and have learned a bit about happiness along the way.  What have you learned that you can add to the list?



Word Play

In chemistry, a now antiquated naming system designated different oxidation states of metals using "-ous" for lower and "-ic" for higher. For example, ferrous (Fe2+) vs. ferric (Fe3+) and cuprous (Cu+) vs. cupric (Cu2+). The naming system is presumably French in origin because it uses Latin names for the elements and because "-ous" and "-ic" are typical French suffixes (suffices?).

A while ago I wondered whether such word pairs existed outside of chemistry and also whether they reflected degrees of whatever they were modifying. I put the question out there and got some feedback:

Sixty Grit said: harmonious vs. harmonic;

Pete tweeted: numerous and numeric;

Jason tweeted tonous and tonic;

Blake tweeted vampirous and vampiric.

"Tonous" and "vampiric" come up as questionable words. I added generous and generic, tyrannous and tyrannic, and barbarous and barbaric to the list.

Of these pairs, barbarous and barbaric come the closest to what I sought: barbaric sounds slightly more barbarous than barbarous does.

Can you add any word pairs? I will update this post with contributions.

"How License-Plate Scanners Are Eroding Our Privacy"

"Here's a thought experiment: imagine that activists, concerned with official misconduct, install license-plate readers on private property to track the location of every car belonging to the police department or a politician and upload the locations to a public database. The result: a map of where the police go, and where they don't—along, perhaps, with politicians' visits to motels or strip clubs."

Read more: How License-Plate Scanners Are Eroding Our Privacy - Popular Mechanics
Written by Glenn Reynolds

"Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report"

"In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington."
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.

And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
Jack Welch, former GE CEO, raised questions, at the time, in a tweet, which, Chris Matthews and Anderson Cooper chose to focus on the tone of the tweet and not so much on the allegation. 
Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.

And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.

“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
NY Post, Update: "House probes Census over ‘fake’ results"

Bass Lion, Reggae Album, Martin Bashir

Yes, that Martin Bashir. Loves Raggae music. Loves it so much wrote a whole album about it.Wanna hear it? Okay goes like this:

You can listen to his whole album, Bass Lion, and buy songs for 99₵ each.

And it is rather good. Four Amazon reviewers rate it 5 stars. But they could be admirers. They could be crackpots whose political fealty overrides their musical sensibility and honesty. What do they say?

* Wicked and wild
Was thinking what does a journalist know about reggae? This is a serious, quality album. Rich various shades. No joke.
* Love it
Want the CD, love Martin on this album
* Great old skool reggae music
exceptionally good reggae album. For those who like old school style reggae (dub, rock-steady, British-style reggae) Seriously. Sounds like 70's Bashir has really good tenor for most of this, some by female and a toastmaster. Bass patterns are rock solid and very old school. Give it a whirl. Cost is cheap. Listen to solidly for a week. Fun album and uplifting.
* Unbelievably Good
Saw Diana interview and problems with Prince Charles. Think he's best political commentator on TV. Never mis his 3PM show on MkSNBC. Pleasantly shocked and surprised to see this man is top notch musician also. Reminiscent of years in London during late 70's. Get this album.

See? They were doing well until that last one veered off as I was expecting the whole time. That there's what you call a self-fulfilled probability.

YouTube Martin Bashir talks about his love for reggae music (56 seconds)

Lovely song titles. Here are a few:
1.) Inspiration (intro)
2.) Give Thanks
3) Jah Help I From Bout Ya
4) Love Of Your Life
5) Shower of Blessings
7) Evevry Likkle Boy <-- spells it that way
10) High Grade Tree
11) Music Over Evyting <-- spells it that way

Sweet titles. Nice titles. Titles that indicate a touching sensitivity about the human condition, whatever that means, songwriters know what that means, perhaps I don't so much but they do, so I would use their superior human condition knowledge to shame him. Every single time. For the rest of his life. No matter how harmless the occasion. I would slip in one or two of those titles into ordinary conversation. "evevry likkle boy" will stick right out and make him go "uh oh" followed  "shower of blessings" slipped in conversationally will smack him on the head and he will feel it, singularly, more than anybody else would because they are his songs. His own sanctimony assures it. Work those titles into any interview with Bashir, his titles. For fun.

If in interviews you do not hear these titles fed back to him, slipped in surreptitiously, as if by accident, and repeated, hammered, then Republicans are simply not trying.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Whose Those Girls?

Subscribers to Trooper York's blog will recognize many of these beauties from his "Whose That Girl" series.

 I stumbled upon this video looking for Patsy Cline's 1957 debut on Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scout" show.

12 Reasons Why Obama Is Not One Of The Best Presidents Ever

A brief review of "12 Reasons Why Obama Is One Of The Best Presidents Ever" by Matthew Lynch, Ed.D

First, read the following and see if you take offense at some of the words. It's merely Lynch's opening salvo with a few racial tags replaced.
I have yet to find the words to describe the overwhelming sense of satisfaction I felt on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016 when Ted Cruz won the popular vote by 53 percent. With tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart, I as a white man stood alongside other white people across the nation as we celebrated America's first inauguration of a Latino president. As an old white man, I felt a true sense of patriotism as I witnessed our country rally together to show, finally, that we are more concerned about who is the most qualified man for the job, regardless of race or age. As Cruz so simply, yet eloquently, stated during his celebration speech - real change had come to America -a change we so desperately needed after eight painful years of Barack H. Obama's colossal failure as our nation's leader.
I wonder if Lynch would have a problem with that.

"Monty Python to Reunite"

"We're getting together and putting on a show – it's real," Jones confirmed to the BBC early Tuesday. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"

People Magazine.

"'Selfie' beats 'twerk' to be named word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries "

'Selfie' has been named the word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, beating 'twerk', 'binge-watch' and 'showrooming' as the most popular new term of the year.
Editors from Oxford Dictionaries said selfie has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph.

A selfie is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as: "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
The Independent UK

"Giving Voice to the ‘Silent Sorrow’, What miscarriage really feels like"

"People often describe the build-up to pregnancy as “a roller coaster ride,” and that’s sort of accurate, assuming there’s a vacuum hose that gets implanted in your brain at the beginning of the ride, and at a designated point it starts sucking out your happiness and well-being. For women trying to conceive, there’s nothing sweeter than getting the news, that sweet news, that You Are Pregnant. If you’ve been waiting months or years, the joy is compounded by smooth, nectarous relief."
Immediately, your life starts to change. The problems and furies and hurts of the past and present dissolve, and the world reconfigures itself to be entirely about the future. A baby is coming, and it will be yours...

And suddenly, it all goes to Hell.
Excerpt of an article by Melissa Lafsky Wall appearing in Modern Loss.

"Remembering Gettysburg: Lincoln and the Address"

Obama claims 'more than 100 MILLION Americans' have enrolled Obamacare

"President Barack Obama told a conference-call audience of progressive volunteers on Monday evening that 'more than 100 million Americans' – in a nation of less than 314 million – have successfully signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act."
A weary-sounding Obama made his gaffe during the call, hosted by Organizing For Action, the nonprofit successor to his campaign organization Obama For America. The group claimed 200,000 people managed to listen, aided by an RSVP process that included a fundraising solicitation.

'I just wanted to take a few minutes to speak to everybody because you guys are the ones who are in the trenches, day-in, day-out,' Obama said, complaining of 'misinformation' that has circulated about his health insurance overhaul law.

But 'problems with the website ... have created and fed a lot of this misinformation,' he admitted.

Boasting of his administration's skill in encouraging taxpayers to buy health insurance policies through public marketplaces, he claimed that 'in the first month alone, we've seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans.'

That number is att odds with reality, but Obama didn't skip a beat or make any effort to correct himself, and his next comments did little to clear up the mistake.
Mail Online (Audio)

Let's Go For A Ride

A ride on a KTM 1290 Super Duke R motorcycle piloted by professional racer Jeremy McWilliams at the Ascari track in Marbella.

This is a street bike, unmodified for track use.  A few things to watch:

How smooth McWilliams is.  The bike simply flows around the track.
The speedometer.  It's the digital numbers in the box, shown in kph.
The tachometer.  The red light warns of maximum rpms, time to shift.
The clouds.  When you see clouds and not the track, the bike is wheelstanding, sometimes at 200kph.  The engine is a torque monster.
The other riders.  McWilliams is a superb racer.  He sets up his passes and executes corners flawlessly.  the other riders are riding the same bike as McWilliams.  He's that much better a rider than they are.
Let's go.

I used to be fast, but never anywhere near this good.  Not even close.

"For me, one of the most curious things about this piece

is it's wonderful... a-functionalism."

“Yes, I see what you mean. Divorced from its function and seen solely as a piece of art, its structure, line and color are curiously counterpointed by the redundant vestiges of its function.”
“And since it has no call to be here, the art lies in the fact that it is here!”

"X-kvizit. ibsol lutely x-kvizit. "

Indeed. In my humble opinion the funniest most x-kvizit comedy in all Dr Who 50 years history. And that is saying something too because there is some funny stuff in there. In fact, somebody else picked another scene from this same episode, City of Death, as their all time funniest moment.  Maybe you will agree him and not me. Or maybe you have another. 

His choice is where the perkiest smart-assiest companion, Romana, picks up a puzzle box and solves it immediately, removes a bracelet hidden in there by the woman blaming the doctor and Romana of stealing the bracelet, and telling Romana to put the box down she'll never figure it out, bang, figured out and the lie is exposed in seconds. That and all Dr Who's Groucho Marx antics and arcane antiques knowledge.  Comedy. Both actors had to learn the intricacies of the puzzle box for the joke to work. You can imagine them practicing for the scene. 

It is supposed to take place in le Louvre but this looks like an ordinary office in this scene. BBC did not give the program its due in production in those years. They got away with a lot of really cheap stuff, costumes and sets and effects, a lot of running around all the time, all over the place, any place, all places, through shale fields, empty fields, copts, campuses, quarries, mines, moors, and buildings. A lot of running. No fat actors allowed.

Dialogue text found here. The author relates a story about his own dad who would take him to the art museum and walk up to a fire extinguisher, stroke his chin and mutter, "Genius!" 

Why Are Most Brits The Worst Palin-Loathers?

From The Anals Of Science

Why do stools float or sink?

This was studied and published in 1972 (funding by U.S. Public Health Service):

"Floating Stools -- Flatus Versus Fat"  N Engl J Med (1972) 286, 973-975.

The funniest part: left hand column, third paragraph under "Methods":
"A cube of stool, 5 to 10 g, was cut from the specimen by means of a wire blade (more commonly used for slicing cheese)"

Monday, November 18, 2013

Eddie Kramer's Sound Board

Watch this brief clip of Eddie Kramer explaining Jimi Hendrix' song "Hear My Train A Comin'." Kramer is 71 now and was Jimi's sound recording engineer. He also recorded The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and a slew of other acts. His name used to be all over the credits and liner notes of vinyl LPs.

I'm just cheered to see him still around & staying true to the music. He wrote a book which I just ordered.

Chip gets results

Yesterday I read, probably Drudge, that Bashir on MSNBC said something perfectly unacceptable even in impolite company. But who cares? I don't. But I do kind of like giving ugly people a hard time. So I read the piece.

And it is dith pickable. If you haven't read it, don't bother. He wishes the worst that he knows about slavery upon Palin because Palin equated the Democratic party with plantation managers. He went way too far. Showed his own scatologic insides.

*examines fingernails*

No ability to leave a comment directly. I learned dismissing them and reporting the situation to their boss works, and when their boss is the problem, as here, then whoever they report to. Everybody reports to somebody. Tell the appropriate overseers. Who is that? FCC, I bet.

Turns out they are about different broader things. It took a few tries, back to Google to ask how to file complaints such as I have. That narrowed it down to something below FCC or within it and I left my message there.

Next day, BLAM Bashir apologizes. And I know the reason he apologized is because of pressure put on caused by me. nanner-nanner (because mine was so reasonable, the other 100,000 are crackpots) And it's a heartfelt-sounding apology too, not the cheap-o non-apology apology.

50 States, 50 Pizzas

Zagat Survey has prepared a list of fifty pizzas that are (Zagat believes) worthy of our attention.  The list includes one pizza from each of the fifty states.  Whether your state has 800,000 or 80,000,000 citizens, it is represented in the Zagat Survey by only one pizza. 

I know what you're thinking.  "That has to be a reeeeeealy goooood pizza!!"   Maybe.  Or maybe not.  Let's go to the list and find the one in your state.

Nice photos.  I can smell the pizzas.  Hmmmm....the one identified for Wisconsin, where I live, is a restaurant I've never heard of located in a touristy area.  Ack.  It has a green and gold Green Bay Packers motif.  And it has cheese curds.  How trite.  I don't think I'd drive there for this pizza. No way, not going to do it.

Who are these Zagats, and how did they choose these restaurants? 

The Zagat score is basically a rating system for restaurants by diners.  It was created by Tim and Nina Zagat in 1979.  A restaurant registers with Zagat, then promotes Zagat's website to customers in hopes that the customers will go to the Zagat website and rate the restaurant.  This is not very scientifical.  No wonder some of the pizzas look not-so-good.

My favorite pizza comes from this place.  Pizza of the gods.  Baked in a wood-heated oven.  A crust so thin it crunches like a cracker.  No cheese curds.  No team colors.  Just crust, sauce, fresh mozz, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil.  A moment of silence while I give thanks.  

Do you recognize the place listed for the state where you live?  Have you eaten there?

"A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears"

In recent months, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have been quietly waging a campaign to stop the State Department from allowing Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to build about half a dozen of these structures, known as monitor stations, on United States soil, several American officials said.
They fear that these structures could help Russia spy on the United States and improve the precision of Russian weaponry, the officials said. These monitor stations, the Russians contend, would significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System, the American satellite network that steers guided missiles to their targets and thirsty smartphone users to the nearest Starbucks.

“They don’t want to be reliant on the American system and believe that their systems, like GPS, will spawn other industries and applications,” said a former senior official in the State Department’s Office of Space and Advanced Technology. “They feel as though they are losing a technological edge to us in an important market. Look at everything GPS has done on things like your phone and the movement of planes and ships.”

Chicago Tribune Calls For Full Repeal of ObamaCare

When you've lost the liberal Chicago Tribune, which is Obama, Jarrett, Emmanuel and Axelrod's hometown newspaper, your benchmark social program is in big, big trouble.

The Trib published an editorial this weekend which said in part:
We understand why the president and leaders of his party want to rescue whatever they can of Obamacare. On their watch, official Washington has blown the launch of a new entitlement program ... under the schedule they alone set in early 2010.
What we don't understand is their reluctance to give that failure more than lip service. Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that "we fumbled the rollout of this health care law" would have been pleased to hear him add: So we're admitting it. This law is a bust. We're starting over.
Republicans, if they are smart (and that's a big if) will stand back and watch the inevitable collapse.

Full editorial here.

"The Most Shocking Obamacare Revelation"

"Now the law’s backers face the convergence of three different centers of unhappiness: unhappiness with the bungled website rollout, unhappiness with a mix of cancellations and price increases by customers in the individual insurance market, and unhappiness on the part of millions of rubes (aka ‘voters’) that the proponents of the new health care system concealed potential deal breaking features while they were selling the law."
All this has plunged the White House into the deepest hole of the Obama presidency to date, but the biggest shock isn’t about the cruddy rollout, the kludgy law or the disingenuous sales job by which it was passed. The biggest shock and the most damning revelation came in the President’s hasty and awkward press conference when President Obama responded to a reporter’s question about his knowledge of the website’s problems:
OK. On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as — the way it was supposed to. Ha[d] I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great. You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.
This was eyepopping. Obamacare is the single most important initiative of his presidency. The website rollout was, as the President himself has repeatedly stated, the most important element of the law’s debut. Domestically speaking there was no higher priority for the President and his staff than getting this right. And the President is telling the world that a week before the disaster he had no idea how that website was doing.

Reflect on that for a moment. The President of the United States is sitting in the Oval Office day after day. The West Wing is stuffed with high power aides. His political appointees sit atop federal bureaucracies, monitoring the work of the career staff around them. The President has told his core team, over and over, that the health care law and the website rollout are his number one domestic priorities.

And with all this, neither he nor, apparently, anyone in his close circle of aides and advisors knew that the website was a disaster.
The America Interest

BREAKING!!!1!! Center for Kosher Culinary Arts Publishes Emergency Knish Recipe!

Thank G*d! 

Following the nationwide knish shortage that has resulted from a tragic fire at Gabila's Knish Factory, the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts has published a recipe so you can make your own Gabila-like knishes!

Yummy knish recipe.

Paging Mr. Ahoy.  Paging Mr. Chip Ahoy.  This looks like a project for the Ahoy Test Kitchen.

"Man Behind Nazi Art Trove Refuses to Give Up Works"

''The Munich man from whom German authorities confiscated an art trove they believe includes Nazi-looted works broke his silence, saying he isn't willing to return any of the art to previous owners, including pieces taken from Jews.
"I will not speak with them, and I won't freely give anything back, no, no," Cornelius Gurlitt, 80, said to German weekly Der Spiegel of reports that government officials are working to negotiate settlements for many of the works. "When I'm dead they can do with them what they want."

Mr. Gurlitt's comments—the first he has made on the wartime art stash discovered in his apartment and his intentions—came after Bavaria's justice minister, whose office is overseeing the investigation, said Friday he hoped to reach a settlement with Mr. Gurlitt to avoid a lengthy legal fight and expedite restitution.

DC Insurance Commissioner Fired 24 Hours After Questioning ObamaCare Fix

The borg does not tolerate dissent!
White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.
Bad push back you!
White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post on Saturday.
No job you!

The story from the Washington Post

Jim Wolf United States Veteran


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vasa, the other ship

Hasn't anything to do with the Kennedy years nor with folk songs that I know of but it is comparable to Obamacare, specifically the launching of Obamacare.

Linked by Instapundit to Wesley Smith at the Corner who in a sweeping epiphany realized the similarity between the launching of Obamacare debacle and the launching of the Swedish warship the Vasa in 1628. It sank within minutes of launching less than a mile from the dock. As soon as the first wind came up.

The problems and similarities, chiefly:
1.) top heavy
2.) insufficient ballast
3.) haste
  a) King Gustavus Adolphus wanted to join the Baltic fleet in 30 Years War
  b) subordinates lacked political courage to inform king of structural problems.
4.) inquiry
5.) nobody found culpable nobody punished

Wesley Smith says, "Perfect!"
A few commenters say not so perfect.

Imagine what a Swedish warship looks like. What do you picture?

The Sinking Of The Reuben James

This post probably belongs below the fold in my last one about JFK-era American folk songs. This one is special for a couple reasons:

(1) The song is from 1961 and was released around the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Reuben James. JFK had his own naval experience memorialized by Jimmy Dean around that time.

(2) The Reuben James sinking predated Pearl Harbor by a full 5 weeks and yet is largely forgotten. Imagine the outrage with today's news cycle.

(3) The song was written by Woody Guthrie at a time when both the political right and left could still unite against common enemies.

(4) Guthrie originally intended to include the names of every sailor lost in the sinking, but settled for "what were their names;"  The maker of this YouTube video admirably succeeds at Guthrie's original goal. I liken the effect to releasing the men's names from the blackened depths--like bubbles coming to the surface each time the song is played:

The Kingston Trio added their own flourish at the end:
Many years have passed since those brave men are gone,
Those cold icy waters they're still and they're calm,
Many years have passed and still I wonder why,
The worst of men must fight and the best of men must die.

A Few Minutes With Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman summarizes his beliefs about Capitalism in just over two minutes in response to questions from Phil Donahue.



And in 1979 Friedman describes the risks of socialized medicine to an audience of physicians at Mayo Clinic.

Again, brilliant.  And prescient.

A Brief Musical Tribute To The JFK Era

I don't remember JFK's death as I was only three. I do have memories of 1963 -- even earlier than November. My tonsillectomy occurred months before the assassination and I remember waking up in that hospital -- perhaps because it was the very first time I sensed being outside the protective cocoon of my family. But the Kennedy assassination?  Nada. What I do remember are some of the folk songs popular during the Kennedy era which I heard in subsequent years, mostly on my parents' vinyl LPs.

Quashing Conservative Political Speech In Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a politically schizophrenic state.  It is equal parts liberal and conservative, with a tiny moderate segment that can move election outcomes in either direction.  Sometimes it has Democrat leadership; sometimes Republican.  The carving to take the statehouse is like fruit on a tree for the hungry party that is out of power.

As you witnessed during the unsuccessful campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker, the progressive left is unhinged by Walker.  They have stopped at nothing in their attempts to thwart laws Walker has signed, and to defeat him in regular elections and a recall election.  Their behavior has been contemptible.

And it's starting again. 

In October Mary Burke, a Trek Bicycle heiress with no political experience and plenty of money, announced that she is running for Governor against Scott Walker in the 2014 election.  Two days later, as if on cue a secret John Doe investigation into Walker's 2012 campaign was started by Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. 

ADA Landgraf proudly displayed a "Recall Walker" sign at his residence during the 2012 recall campaign, and signed a petition urging Walker's recall.  He also headed a "secret John Doe" investigation intended to find crimes Walker committed.  There were none.

Landgraf is a political hack.  His new inquiry is nothing more than an attempt to suppress free speech on the part of conservative political groups through intimidation, harassment and seizure of those groups' computers and emails.

This is nothing short of opposition research being done by the government to benefit the candidate of the Democrat party in her bid to unseat the governor.  It is one-party fascism.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article about it here.
Copies of two subpoenas we've seen demand "all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications" both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees. The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
One subpoena also demands "all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation." In other words, tell us who your donors are.
The investigation and the subpoenas do not name a specific crime that is being investigated.  They are a fishing expedition.  Give us everything we want so we can investigate every bit of it and look for anything even remotely criminal to charge you with.  And you may not talk about this.
The subpoenas don't spell out a specific allegation, but the demands suggest the government may be pursuing a theory of illegal campaign coordination by independent groups during the recall elections. If prosecutors are pursuing a theory that independent conservative groups coordinated with candidate campaigns during the recall, their goal may be to transform the independent expenditures into candidate committees after the fact, requiring revision of campaign-finance disclosures and possible criminal charges.
Remember the Cincinnati IRS?  There has been no punishment for the government employees who used IRS authority to harass and intimidate conservative political groups in an attempt to suppress conservative voter turnout.  The same thing is happening in Wisconsin.

The left cannot win public office without using corruption.