Saturday, June 21, 2014

bale me up


Darleen Click at Protein WisdomIRS Commissioner’s big middle-finger to American public

Who references,

Roger Kimball at Pajamas Media. "Never Apologize, Never Explain'" the IRS Brazens It Out

Pronounce male / female

I'm not going to be a party to it... I'm done with the NY Times

A case for EPR: Mixology

As Bat brought to our attention, there are equal volumes of ethanol in a serving of spirits, wines, and beers, but are spirits harder on the body than beer or wine if you imbibe the same amount of drinks?

If one wanted a very chilled martini, could dry ice be used in a safe way (in a sealed container)? 

Is it okay to make a martini without vermouth?

Innate mysticism?

"LONDON (AP) -- Self-styled Druids, new-agers and thousands of revelers have watched the sun rise above the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

...Couples kissed, dancers circled with hoops and revelers took part in a mass yoga practice as part of the free-form celebrations.

Stonehenge was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. and its purpose is remains under study. An icon of Britain, it remains one of its most popular tourist attractions."
Do you ever have mystical urges? Since I learned of the pagan/Wiccan custom a few years ago, I've wanted to have a bonfire on the winter solstice. It seems fitting.

I once read an article in a British publication speculating that the drop in church attendance may account for the upswing in mysticism, punctuated by the wearing of crosses, rosaries, ankhs, yin and yang symbols, etc.

Australia: 440-pound body rejected from morgue for being 'too fat'

"The 440-pound body of a man was rejected from a morgue at an Australian hospital for being "too fat" after a funeral director had driven more than two hours with the deceased in her hearse."
"I actually had to turn around and drive two hours home to Roebourne and keep him in my car overnight," Cummings told Australia's ABC.

"(A member of staff) walked out and looked at this gentleman in the back of the car and said: 'He's too fat, he can't go in the fridge'," Cummings told the North West Telegraph.

"I could probably put a baby elephant in one of those fridges and it'd fit through the door, and they're refusing entry for a human being. My issue is if that was your father, mother, partner... you wouldn't want them refused entry into the mortuary."


I'll take the fifth

Fine Lois, you're going to need it.

No need for this to be total drag for everybody.

Friday, June 20, 2014


Cat Power covers the Phil Philips 1959 original. Her unusual accompaniment is an autoharp, and may be the only song in my iTunes library to feature one. Can anyone name another?

According to the Wiki, the autoharp isn't a harp at all but rather a zither. These are old words. The Latin name for a harp is a cithara which is cognate with zither (and also guitar). Somehow, like the words, these instruments all trace back to a common ancestor.

Rainbow by the Side of the Telephone Pole

Rainless Rainbow
Land Line Telephone Pole

to Westword

Westword is a newspaper two blocks down the street. They host a music festival each summer featuring local bands. They're doing their best to support local talent and I've seen and heard for myself the music improve each year. It is a good thing.

Having acknowledged all that, having that out of the way, last year I was forbidden from entering with my camera. It was fitted with a lens somewhat serious in appearance, but by no means imposing. I was given no reason except no cameras allowed. When I  pressed I was told the bands want to control their image. I also learned pocket cameras would not be a problem.


I was already angry for being turned away. And there were rules imposed beyond the music festival that affected me directly. Rules imposed by the management of the place where I live. So I shot off a very direct and rude email saying so. Westword responded most politely. They really do try having good neighbor relations. But by then I had already turned pure asshole. That's what I am now, and it's their fault. I started out nice, and now I'm not nice. Not nice at all. And now is a another summer and I can hear the clanging of hollow tubes outside. So a new asshole email saying the same thing.


Oh great! 

And so begins once again the clanging of hollow tubes signaling the blocking off of the alley to my residence that I pay dearly for, the closing down of our own residential party room terrace because it cannot handle the drunks your festival invites, the forbidding of photography off our own rented properties, the forbidding of photography on site through any worthwhile camera with any serious lens, the rise of every single Fascist impulse that you could not possibly control even if you did try to, it's human nature to give a jerk an ounce of authority and invoke a ton freakish Barney Fifie control, and worst of all the imposition of crap music at decibels far in excess of city regulations, by crap bands insisting on controlling their own image as if that were possible along with  the flood of careless sloppy rude drunk slobs wandering  desperate for entertainment that leave the entire place trashed circulating aimlessly visiting the exact same vendors in the exact same uniform kiosks year upon year totally void of imagination. All so you can have your festival in our residential space instead of a few blocks down the street in a civic area built specifically for this purpose. 


Goodbye.  You've successfully driven me off.  Take a deep bow. I'm heading out for the hills until the final clanging of hollow tubes is completed, the semi blocking our access and egress is departed,  and all that remains is the  trash left behind by your guests along with the stench of vomit and piss in the stairwells. Again.

Your compensating free tickets are no compensation at all. You've pissed me off with your ridiculous rules. I cannot comply. And don't invite me to join your insular little guild either, to control the pictures I take -- to do what I should be able to do as free American unmolested. There is no such thing in this country anymore. There is no such thing as freedom anymore. The fun is removed by the likes of you. 

C.A., your displeased and unhappy neighbor.

Carolyn Henderson Allen

Dean of Libraries
University of Arkansas

Below is what you submitted to on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:03:53
My whole life I was taught libraries are important for their keeping the public informed. Well informed. So that well informed citizens can then vote in a well informed way. We were taught the same holds true for media, that without open and honestly open media there will be no check upon government, a very important fourth estate, as it were.  
As it was.  
But that was then and this is now. Now we see both media and libraries are actually active in protecting the interests of one particular party and they will do all within their power to carry out their new self-appointed function. Action like yours make libraries veritably useless for helping voters make proper decisions. Your partisanship is destroying trust in your institution. Your misplaced loyalty to Party is actually destroying our country. I've lost respect for libraries, for librarians because of you, for whatever that's worth to you. It will not be to libraries I go for information knowing I'll be met with one single fierce point of view. I'm surprised you don't see this or don't care. But I'm not surprised yet another once valued institution is fallen so low to partisan interests. It's what your Party does, it's who you Party are.

Eh, why not?

This is an email about the Free Beacon (I always read that free bacon) voice recording of Hillary cackling about getting one over on prosecution in defending a child rapist. Apparently a younger more hippier Hillary Clinton defended a guy who assaulted a twelve-year-old girl and he got off due to legal technicality that enabled a plea to a lesser charge. Apparently the pleasure Hillary took in all this is clear in her voice if you bother with the recording on Free Beacon. She laughs at his passing a lie detector test when she knew full well of his guilt. She also laughs at the crime lab accidentally destroying key evidence. Those are the part that critics will find damaging, I think.

We all know defense lawyers do not have to believe in their client's innocence. However we also all know it is violation to disclose the results of client's polygraph test and disclosing their guilt is violation of attorney-client privilege. Just bad lawyering all around. Yes, you got the guy off, but, gawl.

Reading further we see in court Hillary attacked the girl who had a crush on a fifteen-year old boy, made some questionable decisions, as young girls do, and ended up in an isolated reedy ravine with the old guy. she had  made accusations previously, fantasized, was emotionally unstable, exhibits stubbornness. All of that was unnecessary due to an error by the prosecution having to do with a missing link in the chain of evidence. Actually, the rest of the story sounds like good and thorough lawyering, difficult as it is to read.

Disclosure: I did not bother listening to the the recording on Free Beacon because that would involve listening carefully to Hillary Clinton voluntarily and I do not do that type of self harm. What am I masochist? Here is the original Free Beacon article with the recording, if you care to listen yourself. Maybe you can confirm, yes, she does sound well chuffed, or no, she does not. 

Free Beacon

Comedy TV: Season 4 Finale of ‘Louie’

"It simply wasn’t generating as much feeling as it used to. One of Louis C. K.’s gifts is the ability to skate dangerously close to sentimentality while using his comic instincts to stay on the side of poignancy and honest emotion. The show is both funnier and more touching when it’s less determined to be meaningful. In Season 4, Louie C. K. seemed to be more interested in debate or teaching lessons than in making us laugh."

"There has always been a risky tension in “Louie” between politically correct liberalism and the depiction, if not celebration, of the coarsest, most pathetic male notions about women and relationships. (The show’s tendency to portray men as passive schlubs and women as dangerous neurotics can be hard to overlook.) Louie is the locus of that tension, and in Season 4, Louis C. K. sometimes seemed to be at pains to make his protagonist look bad: pressuring women to have sex, hectoring them about their indifference to him, whining and crying. And punching that model."

"Why Anesthesia Is One of the Greatest Medical Mysteries of Our Time"

"Anesthetics are fairly selective, erasing consciousness while sparing non-conscious brain activity," Hameroff told io9. "So the precise mechanism of anesthetic action should point to the mechanism for consciousness."

"Recovery from anesthesia, is not simply the result of the anesthetic 'wearing off' but also of the brain finding its way back through a maze of possible activity states to those that allow conscious experience," noted researcher Andrew Hudson in a statement. "Put simply, the brain reboots itself."

"Don't freak out - it's just a save-the-date" 

Justin H: From what I read, this was self-defense, NOT murder.


The words to that 1965 hit song are almost 3,000 years old. What makes words so eternal?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Do cry for me Santiago de Chile

The screaming of Santiago after Chile's second goal vs. Spain.
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Even more extraordinary is that the video was recorded by a psychic, who knew a goal was coming.  ^ ^

Planting by the moon

The Old World Kitchen, Elisabeth Luard 1987
There are plenty of crops you can't plant when the moon is waning. The May moon is bad, for example; if you plant beans then, they make a mass of stalks and no fruit. You have to plant seedbeds of onions, lettuce, melon and pumpkins with the waning moon as you do vetch and alfalfa. If the later is planted at any other time, the livestock swell up and die when they eat it. That's the truth. I don't know why it is, but everyone here knows it. [The Pueblo, Ronald Fraser, 1973]

The simplest most intuitive explanations includes the word "tides." The moon's affect on large bodies of water you see for yourself. The moon's gravity tugs at the bodies of water covering the earth. There is no dispute about that. Ideas about planting by the moon consider the moon tugging at all bodies of water, tugging the water table underneath the soil, tugging the water moisture within the soil. Seeds planted at the time of high tides have more water available to them in the soil. So plant during periods of waxing moon.

Waxing / waning moon also affects weather by affecting moisture in the atmosphere as well.

Conversely, plowing the ground is easier when there is less water in the soil. So plow during periods of waning moon. (This contradicts what my farmer friend just told me, his field was easier to plow under and deeper because it had more water in it. Incidentally, his fields are like powder, soft fragrant powder)
The effect of the phases of the moon on seed germination and growth was first studied by L. Kolisko in 1930. Using wheat, Kolisko found that seeds germinated faster and more prolifically when sown at the full moon. The new moon gave him the most unsuccessful results. Later experiments on cress confirmed Kolisko's findings. Recent studies at Northwestern University, conducted by Professor F. Brown, have shown that, even under equal temperatures, seedlings absorb more water at the full moon than at the new moon. The findings lend credibility to adages that recommend harvesting at full moon. It seems plants have less water content at the new moon phase. Professor Brown went so far as to test plants in a darkened laboratory where they would have no direct access to effects of sun or moon. The plants still responded to the moon phases.
The light reflected by the moon also affects plants.
The lunar month is divided into two basic moon activities: waxing and waning. The beginning of each process is designated by the new and full moon. A full moon occurs when the moon is 180 degrees opposite the sun, in position to receive sunlight over the maximum volume of its surface. A new moon occurs when the sun and moon are so closely aligned that it is impossible for the moon to give off any reflected sunlight. Waxing occurs in the period between the new and the full moon. Waning describes lunar activity between the full and the new moon. When the moon is waxing, it is said to be in its first and second quarters. The waning of the moon brings the phases through the third and fourth quarters of the cycle.
The waxing moon phase is a good time to encourage plant growth and proliferation. The waning moon phase is a useful time to control plant growth and keep down garden pests....
We have already seen evidence asserting growth and liquid absorption peaks at the full moon, and drastically declines during the new moon....
We know from fluctuations in the electrical field of plants, made visible through Kirlian photography, as well as through experience, that plants grow and absorb water at an irregular rate. Rapid growth rate is often followed by a period of rest. Fruit bearing is followed by a period of dormancy. Although we do not know the full effects of the waxing and waning moon on plant growth, we do know that synchronizing phases of plant growth with the phases of the moon produces healthier plants and more abundant yield.
Lunar winds on Earth surface. 
Lunar winds on the earth's surface, moving at l/20 of a mile per hour, are too minute to be felt on the human skin, but they come, as do tides, twice daily. In the morning they flow east, in the evening to the west, influencing the growth of plants as surely as sunshine and rainfall.

Most other explanations are less useful than this. They rely on ancient knowledge acquired by observations of accumulated result and  passing down the connections they made between moon and the moon passing through Zodiac star constellations, and and planets and all that involving superstition and a good deal of anthropomorphizing plants. Differing methods were developed over time, Synodic, Sidereal and Biodynamic cycles.

the Gardeners

Almanac. com

Speaking of immigrants

I love them so. The immigrants I come into contact, the ones that I speak to directly, are all fine people that I am proud and pleased to welcome.

That is not the present situation under discussion though. I have not seen the likes of a political party abandoning law and demagoguing the issue of immigration and presuming to lecture us all, the children and grandchildren of immigrants ourselves about our country being made up of immigrants while cooly dismissing the difference between legal and illegal immigration. Simply and completely dismissing the real issue at hand challenging us all while hurling racial invective on top of it all. This proves to me repeatedly they obsessed with race are the ones who are racist, and racist in all things.

One of the women I gave the Dixon chile power to is such an immigrant. We adore each other. She teaches me Spanish, we have a good time together. We share.

Check this out, Checkerouters, by way of repayment for the bag of chile powder she told me she has a book she wants me to have. By what she told me in passing I was led to believe she had in mind a cookbook written in Spanish. I was hoping for that. Today, just now, she knocked on my door and turned over to me this whole pile of books she can no longer use. She told me why each one is unsuitable for her, why they must go.

  • Better Homes and Gardens Anyone Can Cook. This will not be useful to me either.
  • Chocolate treats. I already have Chocolate Bible and other chocolate books I read them and absorbed them.
  • Taste of Home's Best Holiday Recipes A magazine, the sort I toss without looking through, like Sunset. Too many annoying drop out cards.
  • Creative Crepe Cooking I already know all about crepes.
  • Wolfgang Puck Make it Easy I do not need anything easy.
  • Weber's real Grilling.  I could have written this book myself. 
  • Ultimate Rose I sodded over an extensive rose garden of some fifty plants decades ago. Way too much work for so brief a reward. Plus my dog dropped dead in that rose garden. Too much emotion for me for that.
I cannot use any of these books. And I am in a paring down mode presently. These books are not for me, I would not choose any of them. But still, here they are, a thoughtful gift indeed, in deed, and I do appreciate that. I am just too hard to please. So off to Goodwill with the rest of the stuff that is going there presently and I do and always will appreciate the impulse behind the trouble of bringing all this directly to me. 

Come to think of it, she may be thinking the same thing about the chile powder I gave her. She might have her own thing already and cannot use this. Maybe she's advanced beyond whatever it is I can think of. But why blow it by letting each other know all of that? Don't tell her, okay? It really is the thought that counts. And count it does. 

Dixon chile powder (5 stars)

LA Times: Texas officials announce border security surge to stem immigrant tide

"Texas can't afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis, and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened,” Perry said. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

NYT Opinionator: No Money, No Time

"We tend to assume that pressure makes us more efficient. I work fastest when I’m on deadline. I stretch my grocery budget the most when my funds are running low. But in reality, it’s not that you’re working better when you’re stressed. It’s that the opposite situation, overabundance, often makes us less efficient."
It’s a fine balancing act: Overabundance makes us less efficient, but we need to reach a certain threshold of sufficiency before that effect kicks in.

“Abundant time can make us procrastinate. Deadline pressure makes us more efficient,” Mr. Shafir says. “What scarcity does is make you focus. When there’s no scarcity, you relax, you take it easy, and then you wonder, what happened to the day? You’re treating time the way the rich treat money.” (link to the whole article)

Durum wheat

I asked a Nebraskan wheat farmer that I know if he ever grows durum wheat. I use it a frequently by another name, semolina. 
Do you ever grow durum wheat? 
When I compare photos of durum with aextivum, I cannot see any difference. This is using Google images. They all look the same to me. 
This map shows durum is grown in Canada. (
I use durum all the time for noodles, pasta, and such. I like to mix it.
He responded with alacrity in a lengthy one-paragraph answer that follows. I found his answer interesting. I think might too.

De Vrolijke Wetenschap

Binnenkort naar een dorp in uw buurt!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soundtrack: Du Rififi Au Ciné L'intégrale - Jean-Claude Petit - Le Caviar Rouge

One Amazon comment...  
Music of my favorite movies of the 70s I especially love francois de roubaix farewell friend and scoumoune. (Google translation) 

Astromoths, pop-up card

The true story of NASA's first astronauts told over three pages in pop-up card form. It is a little known fact the first U.S. astronauts were moths. Their ill-fated mission did not go very far.

It's a joke.

A joke!

The dummkopf I gave this card to did not get the joke, and that flat pisses me off.

It had to be explained to him, and then of course, it isn't funny.

They're moths! They do what moths do. Go to the light. Never mind it means disaster, moths are not that smart. They cannot be trusted for anything so serious as a space exploration. They're too easily distracted by lights. That is the joke. Damnit, I hate having to explain simple things like this. Why else would I make them moths? Why else would I bother drawing a hundred tiny lightbulbs? Think, man, think!

It's enough to make you give up trying. That was a lot of work and the guy goes, "Duh."

See? Acme f'n light bulbs.

And the thing that just burns my hide is this guy is now flying around first class and taking cruises all over the place visiting foreign countries, seeing country after country after country, visiting building after building after building, park after park, walking street upon street, having drinks served to him, meals served to him week after week after week, month in and month out, and learns nothing at all worthwhile and cannot even see a joke that a child sees when it is spelled out to him. 

After telling me one of his tour guides extolled the virtues of socialism, and that the only people who vote against new socialist initiatives (new taxes) are the new immigrants, apparently too thick to understand how glorious socialism and high taxation is, who have so much of the advantages of the new programs, and then going on to describe a building  he visited in St. Petersburg, I asked him, "Did the guide explain they are discussing reverting back to the name Leningrad, and why?" 


Did your guide explain why the building you were touring is fitted with onion top roofs?


Do you know why they use onion top roofs? 


They all have fine properties here in the U.S. that can hold anyone's attention forever. They all live in states with outstanding outdoor sights, attractions, and activities to avail them, but instead spend fortunes, and I mean fortunes, on luxurious travel and take side tours besides while there, and manage to avoid learning anything at all worthwhile. Watch news and still do not know what goes on in the world, and why. And still cannot see a plain simple joke.

I give up.

The Old World Kitchen

Elisabeth Luard 1987. This is a large book, some 521 pages. No pictures and that makes me sad.

Luard does survey the whole world. Good Lord, she traveled and researched deeply. She looks at the food that peasant farmers eat and have eaten for centuries. It is an historical survey of the food of the poor.

I'm seeing a new version on Amazon for $19.00, my version used for $30.00, but gleefully, I see my version at Abebooks for $1.00 +$2.50 shipping, I'd snatch up one of those in an instant.

The book is filled with enlightening anecdotes throughout about how people lived, how they grew their own food and survived, how they stored food, traded food, and prepared food. Flipping through recipes it looks like adding this to that and that's it. The book is about how people got by and survived. They ate like kings.

Abebooks, Old World Kitchen. Elizabeth Luard Condition: very good

Had Michelle Obama simply read such a book as this, then her Princeton and Harvard education irrelevance regarding food preparation for herself and for her family would be ... well, irrelevant. This one book is all that a person would need to see for themselves how they've been snookered into thinking food acquisition and food preparation is out of their hands, beyond them, confusing, that food industry is too scientific to be available to them. That hotdogs must come from a hotdog factory, that pudding must come from a box, that hamburger needs help found in a box by some industrial interest, that rice must be reconstituted -- to what? From what? And had she just read through this one single book she would be happily propounding its virtues therein and not attempting to impose one-size fits all standards, and questionable standards at that, across an entire far-flung and resisting nation through law and by government agencies, politicizing food. She would teach and show by kindness and by knowing and by example and not struggling to impose from the top by force of will.
Porridge, a thick gruel which could be made with barley or rye as well as oats, was always the great staple dish of the northern peasantry, particularly in Scandinavia and Scotland, which share many culinary preferences as well as climate. During their military scurries with the Scots, the English sometimes attributed their opponents' success to their excessively simple and easily prepared diet. Porridge needs minimum preparation in exchange for maximum food value.
The shepherds of Glen Feshie lived on porridge, reported Elizabeth Grant in 1898 
The shepherds lived in bothies on the hill, miles from any other habitation, often quite alone, their collie dog their only companion, and with no provisions beyond a bag of meal. This they generally ate uncooked, mixed with either milk or water as happened to suit, the milk or water being mostly cold, few of these hardy mountaineers troubling themselves to keep a fire lighted in fine weather. This simple food, called brose, is rather relished by the Highlanders; made with beef broo -- the fat skimmings of the broth pot -- it is considered quite a treat.  Beef brose is entertainment for anyone.  The water brose must be wholesome; no men looked better in health than the masons, who ate it regularly, and the shepherds. These last came down from their high ground to attend the kirk sometimes, in such looks as put to shame the luxurious dwellers in the smoky huts with their hot porridge and other delicacies. [Memoirs of a Highland Lady. Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, 1830]  
Midlothian oats are reputedly the best, but some reckon the small Highland ones are better. 
Serves: 1
Time" 5 minutes plus 20 to 30 minutes cooking 
1 breakfast bowlful water (just under a half pint) per person
1 handful coarsely milled oatmeal (a little over 1 ounce) per person
1/2 teaspoon salt.

Oatmeal is crap without salt and I mean it. It must have salt. But why stop there? Look, you are American, load it up with butter, include a teaspoon brown sugar for its molasses, have fruit in there, dry fruit is fantastic, raisins, craisins, and nuts, and so is fresh fruit. Put anything in there you like or that you have on hand, finally for hot/cold contrast pour over the whole thing cold milk or cream for an extra extravagance and I guarantee you will not find a more satisfying meal, one that keeps you satisfied for the rest of the day. If you are dieting, you cannot do better than this.

Look at that! What? Oh, no he dint.

See my site, if you like, search [oatmeal] in Blogger's search in top left corner, and be surprised what pops up.

Oats as whole grain is marketed as groats that are de-husked. They take a good while to cook. This is the best you can do. Nothing is lost to processing. Just the real deal. The real dadgum Scottish deal.

You can put these groats in your coffee mill and chop them up into bits for faster cooking and retain their full nutritional value. If you over process they will turn into powder that will cook to oats-polenta.

Rolled oats are steamed then smashed with heavy steel rollers for faster cooking. They are already partially cooked and flattened. They microwave in four or five minutes. Very convenient. Some nutrition is lost in this processing.

Rolled oats marketed as oatmeal have been cooked slightly under pressure or baked. You will find thick rolled oats and rolled oats that have been baked or pressure cooked and rolled oat fragments, these bits absorb water much more easily than bits simply broken, and the processing, packaging, transportation and storage as such manhandled bits sacrifices nutrition.

Steel cut oats are groats processed through a steel burr mill. This you can do in your own coffee bean grinder.

Smashed flat and baked and steamed and pressure cooked and cut into bits and packaged in tiny unsatisfying portions.

Cut rolled oats are all that described above chopped up even finer, processed further and longer for even more speed and convenience. These are the most heavily handled, most processed of all, most seriously packaged, and  least nutritional of all.

The oats lauded at top are the original groats that do take some time to absorb water or milk and fat. For the home cook it comes down to a matter of time, and cleaning a pot.  The time being 20 to 30 minutes.

Recommended: groats.

This post has been edited by me 1 and a half times. Complaints accepted in comments.

Business Insider: New York Women Paid To Go To Silicon Valley To Find Millionaires

"The five-day trip, which was crowdfunded via Crowdtilt, was thrown by Lauren Kay, the founder of dating startup The Dating Ring. The idea behind it is that Silicon Valley has become so dominated by wealthy men that it has caused a supply-demand imbalance. For some reason, this can only be solved by flying women from New York to San Francisco. Naturally, the concept is not without its flaws."
On the third day, O'Connor and the rest of the New York gang headed to a party thrown for the Crowdtilt benefactors.

"Some of the men at this party are more eccentric than those we received as matches," O'Connor recalls.

One programmer who donated several hundred dollars to the campaign compared the situation to giving money to a homeless person—implying that it was a demeaning act of pity.
Sex in the City meets Sleepless in San Francisco... what could go wrong?


The Cheney's finger Obama via the Wall Street Journal

"On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, "Can you please explain what your president is doing?" "Why is he walking away?" "Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?" "Why is he abandoning your friends?" "Why is he doing deals with your enemies?"
In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, "They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don't the Americans care?" (link to the rest of the piece)
Don't the Americans care?
I'm not particularly animated by that question. My uncommitted guess is, now that I'm 'blogging it' (Chick's fault) is that, it depends on who you ask. Obama was elected on the belief that he would care more than Bush. And re-elected on the belief that he would care more than Romney.

Maybe this is a good time to ask you, what do you care about? What's on your mind?
Lend us your fingers and thumbs.


Governor Hickenlooper

After busting a move on your constitutionally protected rights, and saying I should have spoken to you sheriffs on a serious issue that affects your jobs and your lives, and after saying that, no, I certainly did not speak to Bloomberg, now that I'm really thinking harder, it's coming back to me, maybe I did perchance possibly perhaps talk to Bloomberg a little bit back there a long time ago.

Caught! But never embarrassed. 

Ed Morrissey quips, "walking back the walk back."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


À propos to feeling a little light & breezy and making random associations:

affairs of state

But wait... there is more...

The Corner: It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The Michelle and Kerry Show

Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right,” she explained, sharing a story about her children’s doctor who pulled her aside to talk about her family diet.

I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard-educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have?” she recalled. (Breitbart)

What was the problem with Palin again?

Monday, June 16, 2014

vintage Chatty Cathy

I accidentally posted this on my food blog last night by mistake where it has no business being and where it accumulated more views than a regular post. What a bummer. I hate deleting posts with significant views. At least nobody commented.

I'm such a dunce.

I used the term Chatty Cathy in regular conversation a couple of times and after enduring it a friend admitted he had no idea what I was talking about all along. Some years elapsed when finally somebody responded in such a way that cleared up that it is an actual thing and not some odd phrase I made up. He told me he thought I was being weird again and let it go as just another of those things about my character that he thought he understood.

How embarrassing.

No. It's a real doll, you dope. Not a phrase I contrived. Jeeze, Louise, you have a sister. You should know. 

So to compensate for my misposting, here's some blueberry turnovers I made yesterday and gave away. Half of them given away, the other half were lunch and between dinner snacks. They are light as balloons, not filling at all, and not so terribly sweet. They leave you wanting. You eat one and want another immediately. That insubstantial. It looks like a lot of butter, but one stick of butter made twelve. That is less butter than goes on toast, and less sugar than grocery store bread. As you eat one flakes break off and stick to your wet lips, like butter-flake lipstick. 

NYT Mag: Nathan Fielder’s Ingenious Dumb Humor


From adolescence through his early 20s, Fielder suffered from anxiety or, as he put it, the near-constant “fear of a disaster interaction.” This manifested most acutely with women. “How do you tell a girl you like her?” he asked. “Or kiss her? Or anything without her being repulsed or saying no? In a lot of social situations, I understood what was going on but tried to remove myself from it, because it was too painful to exist in.” He enjoyed performing for audiences because this allowed him to exert substantial control over an asymmetrical exchange. As a magician, he said: “You get people coming to you. ‘Can I see a trick?’ And after you do a trick well, people are interested and fascinated. It’s this thing where you hold a secret.”

Fielder gradually honed his awkwardness as a comedic weapon. “I embraced that weird part of me,” he said. “Like, right now, I don’t want there to be awkwardness between us, and I want you to be comfortable, but it takes effort for me to do that. In the show, I’ll just let uncomfortable moments happen.” He once came across a conversation about him on a message board devoted to Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, in which the participants discussed ways in which Fielder’s off-kilter comedic style tracked with symptoms of the disorder. Intrigued, Fielder researched Asperger’s and took a degree of inspiration from it. “Usually if someone gives you a social cue that he feels uncomfortable with something you’ve said, you’ll jump in with a caveat and move on. Everyone’s default state is this pleasantry state. My goal in the show is to undercut that as quickly as possible. If you really do let it sit, it’s sometimes amazing what comes out of people.”

Tony Blair: Syria conflict is to blame for current Iraq crisis

The Independent: In a 3,000-word essay, Mr Blair rejected claims that he was to blame, saying that if the West had not rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein, the crisis in the Middle East would be worse.

"We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that 'we' have caused this. We haven't. We can argue as to whether our policies at points have helped or not; and whether action or inaction is the best policy and there is a lot to be said on both sides. But the fundamental cause of the crisis lies within the region not outside it," he wrote. Mr Blair added that it is a "bizarre reading of the cauldron that is the Middle East today, to claim that but for the removal of Saddam, we would not have a crisis". (read more)

The Guardian: Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter?

What follows is offensive. The facts are unattractive and there is no hero in this story. On 30 April, two days after teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a pupil in Leeds, Jake Newsome, a 21-year-old man who had himself attended a secondary school on the other side of the city, posted on his Facebook page: "Personally im glad that teacher got stabbed up, feel sorry for the kid… he shoulda pissed on her too".
"Thats not very nice" reads the first of 37 comments on his post. Others soon chipped in, addressing him by his nickname: "Greeny come on! You're better than that" wrote one. "Greeny seriously that's harsh" wrote another. "Greeny, not sure you should be saying this stuff on facebook man – people get in trouble for this kind of stuff".

A few days later, after his post had been shared more than 2,000 times, West Yorkshire police arrested and charged Newsome under the 2003 Communications Act with having sent "by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature". Last week Newsome was jailed for six weeks, after pleading guilty, with the judge quoting his post back to him and saying: "I can think of little that could be more upsetting or offensive." (link to the rest of the story)

'At my age I don't have much to lose'

Pope Francis has announced he will no longer used a bullet-proof Popemobile as the glass 'sardine can' keeps him away from the people.
The armoured vehicles were introduced after the 1981 assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II in a bid to prevent further attacks on the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

During the interview with a Spanish newspaper which was reported by Vatican Radio, Pope Francis said: 'It is true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age I don't have much to lose.'

When asked about his legacy, Pope Francis said: 'I have not thought about this. But I like it when you recall someone and say "he was a good guy, he did what he could, and he was not that bad." With that, I would be content.'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Martin Treptow's journal

Fathers, thank you. 

Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for your service to your families. Thank you for sticking it out. 

Mums too, of course, but today is Father's Day.

Is that eagle at the front awesome or what? 

Happy Father's Day

I miss this guy every day.

USA Today Oped: Dads, we're the new moms

"Dads are the new moms. Or at least the evidence suggests so. With women entering the workforce in larger numbers and the price of child care escalating, the number of stay-at-home-dads has shot up in recent years. I know; I am one of them. Or to be more precise, I am a work-at-home-dad. I just recently became a dad for the second time, and my wife is our family's breadwinner."
We are still the exception, but it is not unthinkable that our situation could become the norm. After all, a new Pew report shows there were about 2 million stay-at-home dads in 2012.

On one hand, there has never been a better time to be a stay-at-home dad. Back in the 1970s, dads were seen as irrelevant to their child's development. But new research cited in Paul Raeburn's new book, Do Fathers Matter?, finds that the more we are around, the happier and more successful our children become, both from a biological and psychological standpoint. (read more)

tornado, south central Nebraska

The tweet has a long list of retweets and responses tonight. Better photo here. 

I'm not feeling it. 

Notice how artistic, how perfect, how free of vehicles, houses, compositionally disruptive elements, no sense of urgency, no windshield streaks, no car antenna, no people. Rain is perfect. No other services picked up on this. No other report of tornado at Wilcox nor Hildreth that is recent. Although plenty of shots of tornados when searched. The photographer's name does not come up in searches. The photo is too perfect. The photo is actually framable. This is art, and not a tornado caught by chance on the run. BUZZ ding ding ding railroad crossing alarm sounds. I fell like I'm being played. 

Man, it did feel exactly like tornado weather today. Low-hanging clouds directly overhead. Thunder cracked immediately above, you can actually see the edges of clouds over buildings, it dumped a bit of rain, then stopped, with no rotation. No need for an umbrella. People stood at bus stops undisturbed. Secure they will dry off in one minute.

It has rained a lot lately, straight down. I cannot even get the plants on the terrace watered by rain because wind, even a breeze, will not bring it in. I still have to go out there and water the plants.