Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Obama delays action on changes to immigration system"

"After efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration bill died in the Republican-led House of Representatives, Obama gave a fiery White House speech in June saying he would instead do it on his own. During that speech, he said, "If Congress won't do their job, at least we can do ours."
But the president came under intense pressure from Democrats facing tough re-election battles who feared a stiff Republican backlash come November if the president made his announcement before then. Among their chief concerns was a plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a move largely supported by immigration advocates but reviled as "amnesty" by many Republicans.

"The president's latest broken promise is another slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community," said Cristina Jimenez, managing director for United We Dream, a group of young undocumented immigrants pushing for an end to deportations.

"Where we have demanded leadership and courage from both Democrats and the president, we've received nothing but broken promises and a lack of a political backbone."
 What happened to the president's pen? Did it run out of ink?

Police alleges Slender Man inspired teen to torch home with mom and brother inside.

"The suspected arsonist was arrested early Thursday after allegedly soaking a towel and a bed sheet with bleach and rum then lighting it on fire in the garage of the Port Richey, Florida home. Inside the home sleeping were her mother and her 9-year-old brother."
[I]nitially the mother was not aware that her daughter set the fire and upon escaping with her son after realizing she was not with them , she tried to go back in for her but couldn’t due to the heat from the blaze.

“My mom couldn’t find my sister in the house and my mom was like all scared that my sister was in the garage and died,” the nine-year-old sibling said.

Allegedly the mother and teen had gotten into an argument earlier in the day which caused her to make the connection that the ridiculousness portrayed in the Slender Man readings should be done in real life. Which is not the first time the fictional online horror character has been used as the excuse for troubled behavior.

“She had visited the website that contains a lot of the Slender Man information and stories,” Eddie Daniels of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office told ABC News. “It would be safe to say there is a connection to that.”

While police and firefighter were searching for the girl, the suspect sent a text to her mom that read, “Mom i’m so sorry I don’t know why I did it,” and, “Did any of u get hurt,” according to the police report. (read the whole thing)

Nikko dragon

Paint a dragon in one stroke.

Barry and I visited Nikko Japan north of Tokyo on a Boy Scout camp out to the outer edge of the town. Our tents were set up near a resort located on top of a mineral water spring. Like Indian Hot Springs in Colorado, except classier. The most memorable thing about the campout was our discovery of a nearby peanut farm. The plants were all nearly dead. We learned the mystery of peanuts growing underground connected to the plants roots. So, not really nuts, more like potatoes.

Part of our campout became a traditional public bath for all the boys right before leaving. So we'd all be shined up. 

Paedo pervs. 

They just wanted to see our pee-pees.

Then, the last day after the bath we packed up our equipment to go home before leaving the historic area our bus dropped us off in the town for a few hours of looking around.  It was a cultural thing, to provide the opportunity to see Nikko, a place built around two temples, the location of mausoleums of two famous shoguns, now a tourist center. The place were the 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' monkeys originated in the architecture of a temple. Every shop it seemed sold a version or several versions or several sizes of the same row of monkeys. [nikko monkeys] The monkeys were everywhere in souvenir form.

They also sold carvings of a bear. I have no idea what the story is behind the bear. if there is one. Maybe it is just because there are bears in the area, like Yellowstone.

We came home with one of these dragon paintings, a colorful one, wood carvings of Nikko monkeys and another of a bear. They became part of our parent's household and were carried from there, to there, to there, thereafter, from household to household, until finally languishing in basement of my parent's final home.

The other memorable thing besides all that was the drive up to the site in a bus. The sort of bus used as transportation between bases like a school bus except blue.

The bus wend its way on the road up the mountain switchback curves the whole way up through a fog. Frightening. The road was paved but not a highway. Not congested either. The bus hugged the wall of the mountain then near the top on the opposite side the sky opened up briefly to expose a lake ensconced in a dense heavy mist and for all the world looking as if it were floating in midair upon the clouds.  It seemed magical to drive upward through cloud to a floating lake then beyond it. 

On the way down, at the stop in the town Barry was riveted by a man painting the dragons in a single brush stroke. We watched a man produce them one after another, then Barry bought one and once back at home we marveled close up at the brushwork imitating scales on a dragon that we watched being painted. We knew the scales were not painstaking drawn separately as they appear.  For Barry's dragon the man's easel was upright, the dragon heads already painted and dry. the man had a stack of large sheets of paper with pre-painted dragon heads already on them. Asian dragon heads have a lot of tentacles all over, feelers like catfish, fish whisker type things around their mouths and around their heads.  Pre painted to speed things. The man wielded a very large flat brush. Stiffer than the long floppy calligraphy brushes shown in the videos. He loaded the brush with straight colors squeezed directly from the tube, and I mean loaded. Bright primary colors squished like a rainbow onto the tip brush. A very good amount of paint loaded with each color. Then he proceeded in the manner shown, unloading his brush as he went along, tipping the brush as the paint depleted, creating curves and curving over what he already painted, the paper depleting the brush he continues to tip it off racing  his curves around and across a wet sheet. It honestly looks like the backside and underside of a snake. It struck us as as a remarkably daring way to fill a page with color. And still does. 

Google video [paint nikko dragons]

Does this look like a dragon, or what?  ↑

Friday, September 5, 2014


The song isn't associated with any particular Who album because it belonged to an aborted effort called "Lifehouse," as did the bulk of that band's "Who's Next."

I am intrigued with aborted efforts...take for example the Asteroid Belt which in a sense represents an aborted planet -- matter which failed to accrete into a planet. It was once thought to be a shattered or destroyed planet, but that theory has been discredited.

By the way there is a fascinating story behind the discovery of Ceres, the largest asteroid. It was sought and found because another discredited theory (Bode's Law) predicted its existence.

Song lyrics after the jump

"IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees"

"The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings."
On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.

The agency blamed computer crashes for the lost emails. In a statement, the IRS said it found no evidence that anyone deliberately destroyed evidence.

"Rick Perry might go away for a long, long time: What even the liberal media isn’t reporting about his indictment"

"Strupp also spoke with Morning News columnist Wayne Slater: “Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out,” Slater said. “This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand.”

...1)  The indictment was not brought by the Tavis County DA. Nor were any other Democrats involved. It’s worth quoting at length from Smith at the Texas Tribune:
Not a single Democratic official was involved at any point in the process, except to recuse him or herself. That’s what the victim of Perry’s “offers,” Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, did. So did District Judge Julie Kocurek.
Kocurek referred the criminal complaint to Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, a Republican and Perry appointee. Stubblefield could have dismissed the complaint. Instead, he assigned it to Judge Bert Richardson, also a Republican. He, too, could have dismissed the complaint. Instead, he appointed conservative, well-respected former federal prosecutor McCrum as special prosecutor. Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison once recommended McCrum for the job of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. McCrum could have dismissed the complaint. Instead, he took it to a grand jury."

Questions to Chuck Todd on Reddit "Ask Me Anything"

I (Chuck Todd) will be multi-tasking during the President’s press conference and answering questions between Noon and 12:30pm ET, so ask me anything!
HI chuck,
As a lifelong conservative, i half to admit i enjoy your political reports.
My Question is: In my opinion NBC/MSNBC has shown a lot of left wing bias towards the Obama administration, has there ever been a moment when you watched a story and just cringe, like the night chris matthews' had the infamous "thrill up my leg" incident?
Chuck, your NBC colleague Ronan Farrow received a Cronkite award after only 3 days on the job. How many Cronkite awards have you received?
Chuck, gun to you head......who wins POTUS in 2016? Dem or Rep?

Who would be on your dream team political panel discussion? and What would be the topic?

The economy stinks, Iraq is burning, Putin's on the march. Do you ask Obama about Beyonce, sports, or House of Cards?
Hello, Mr. Todd -
I personally do not believe that it is possible for humans to be unbiased about contentious issues, and I also feel that those biases can't be kept out of their actions. In the US, many reporters claim they are being objective, from Fox to MSNBC, but I have my doubts about both...
In the interests of full disclosure, what are your personal political beliefs?
Will you be asking tough questions of the President and not softballs?
Do you honestly feel, generally speaking, it is not a reporters/hosts job to correct partisan talking point falsehoods, and will you be dancing onstage with any notorious party strategists anytime soon?
Will we see an openly gay presidential nominee in the next 30 years? Has the country come far enough that they would be willing to vote for a gay president?
How much of interviewing today is total bullshit with prearranged questions, topics to avoid, vs honest no-holds barred unedited Q&A? How many hoops does one have to jump through to interview a President? If there are none, then what might explain the lack of direct questions & holding interviewees to answers? Is this a game of political correctness not to piss people off instead of challenging weak arguments or policies?...
Any of the question tickle your funny bones?... and what question would you have asked?

Biden 'Gates of Hell' Hacked

"A hacker broke into part of the insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials."
Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week...

Taken with recent data thefts from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Home Depot Inc., and celebrities’ iPhones, the hack further underscores that large organizations haven’t yet mastered how to secure the troves of data they collect from consumers. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Joan Rivers, Legendary Comedienne, Dies at 81"

"Joan Rivers, the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81."

Jardin de Julie

Grandmother, what big ears you have!

Warren and Biden Break Away from Obama's Nuance ISIS Strategy

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that the Obama administration should make defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) its top priority."
"ISIS is growing in strength. It has money, it has organization, it has the capacity to inflict real damage. So when we think about a response we have to think about how to destroy that," Warren told Yahoo's Katie Couric.

Warren agreed that "time is of the essence."
Warren is rumored to be running for president.
"We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority," she said in a wide-ranging interview promoting her latest book, A Fighting Chance.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden tried to deliver the speech that was expected of his boss the President of the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered a fiery response to the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, telling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants that the U.S. will “follow them to the gates of hell.”

“[W]hen people harm Americans, we don’t retreat. We don’t forget,” Biden said during a speech in New Hampshire. “We take care of those who are grieving, and when that’s finished, they should know, we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice. Because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside.”

NYT Op-Ed: "The New History Wars"

"Last month, the College Board released a revised “curriculum framework” to help high school teachers prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in United States history. Like the college courses the test is supposed to mirror, the A.P. course calls for a dialogue with the past — learning how to ask historical questions, interpret documents and reflect both appreciatively and critically on history."
Navigating the tension between patriotic inspiration and historical thinking, between respectful veneration and critical engagement, is an especially difficult task, made even more complicated by a marked shift in the very composition of “we the people.” This fall, whites will constitute a minority of public-school students in the United States. “Our” past is now more diverse than we once thought, whether we like it or not.

It turns out that some Americans don’t like it. A member of the Texas State Board of Education has accused the College Board of “promoting among our students a disdain for American principles and a lack of knowledge of major American achievements,” like those of the founding fathers and of the generals who fought in the Civil War and World War II. The Republican National Committee says the framework offers “a radically revisionist view” that “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history.” Stanley Kurtz, in National Review, called it “an attempt to hijack the teaching of U.S. history on behalf of a leftist political and ideological perspective.”

A woman with Alzheimer's surfaces for a moment

I am shamed by this brief video. I was not so good a son as this woman is a daughter. 

My own mother passed with Alzheimer's a little over a year after my father. My father was loyal to her to his last day. She was his whole life. He visited her every day and stayed with her all day. He died starting his truck on his way to her. The truck I still drive. That is my connection with them. When he passed my brothers and sisters and their families assembled and agreed not to tell her and she never asked about him. Eventually they dispersed and it was just me and her.  The last time I visited her at meal time and sat with her at her table she was eating her mushy food with her fingers and she  did recognize me, by pinching my arm so hard and hanging on so long with the pinch that it left a bruise. My last words to her were, "Come on, Mum, you are hurting me." She knew I was somebody but could not quite place me. We did not talk at all.  

"Cotton Flower Candy"


"He'd go down to the lake where all the women would be swimming or washing clothes or something. 
He'd look around and just reach in and grab one. 'Come here...come here'.
He'd grab her by the hair. You can't do that today, fellas, cause
it might come off. You'd have a piece of hair in your hand and she'd
be swimming away from you (ha-ha)."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Cobra loose in Los Angeles suburb can be deadly" (Update*)

"Authorities warned that the neurotoxin venom from the albino monocled cobra can be deadly and urged people to call 911 if they saw the snake.

"Do not approach it, do not try to capture it, do not try to kill it," said Brandon Dowling, a Los Angeles County spokesman.

"It's not in its usual home (in captivity)," Pauly said. "It's probably freaking out a little bit. It's probably quite anxious about this situation — as I'm sure the neighbors are as well."

* Update... "Captured Albino Cobra in Custody at LA Zoo"

They were for it before they were against it

"In June of this year, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment to halt the Pentagon's 1033 program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of military-grade weapons and equipment to local police annually. The amendment overwhelmingly failed, and just seven out of 41 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) supported it.

"That vote has drawn controversy in the wake of this summer's protests and grotesquely militarized police response in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson's own congressman is Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); he is a member of the CBC, and he voted against demilitarizing police.

"Now, The New York Times reports that the CBC is campaigning on what happened in Ferguson to turn out African-American voters for 2014, an effort which would presumably be more difficult were the CBC's record on police militarization more widely known. - - Bonnie Kristian

Festival of Dangerous Ideas: "Can an Idea Be Dangerous?"

"Australians have had occasion to question the practice of child surrogacy in recent weeks as the story of “Baby Gammy” has unfolded in the national and international media. A 21-year-old surrogate in Thailand gave birth to Gammy and his twin sister Pipah on behalf of an Australian couple early this year. But when Gammy was born with Down syndrome, his parents reportedly took his healthy twin sister to Australia and left Gammy behind with the surrogate. The case has brought new attention to the trade of paid surrogacy, which is illegal in many countries, including Australia. But couples from all over the world hire surrogates in countries where doing so is legal or loosely regulated, as it is in the U.S., India, Thailand, Mexico, and Ukraine. “All of a sudden, this is a huge issue here,” Mossop says.

"Ekman’s critique of the practice is certainly provocative. The title of her talk emphasizes “trafficking” in children, but her main argument against commercial surrogacy is that it resembles prostitution; they are two industries, she says, “that sell the female body in different ways.” Whereas prostitution promotes sex without reproduction, surrogacy promotes reproduction without sex, Ekman argues. Both employ large numbers of poor women. “How come in prostitution and surrogacy you need to actually go to all these poor countries and fool people into it? I mean that tells you something also about the nature of the job,” Ekman says. “In one way [surrogacy is] worse, because it doesn’t take 15 minutes and you can forget about it.”

“If you’re somebody who has had a child through some kind of surrogacy and somebody’s saying to you, you’re the equivalent of a human trafficker, it’s very confronting,” Mossop says. “Because it goes to these primal … very strong feelings that people have about having children, people find it quite threatening.”

"Which is part of the point. The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is “not really designed to offend,” Mossop says. But offense is practically baked into the conceit of systematically challenging deeply held beliefs specifically because they are deeply held.

Obama ISIS strategy: 'We are blunting their momentum'

"Asked about his strategy on the extremist group, Obama said: "The bottom line is this: Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL (aka ISIS) so it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq, but also to the region and to the United States."
"In order for us to accomplish that, the first phase has been to make sure we've got an Iraqi government that's in place, and that we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out.

"And the airstrikes have done that. But now, what we need to do is make sure that we've got the regional strategy in place that can support an ongoing effort, not just in the air, but on the ground, to move that forward."

Obama stands in sharp contrast to his predecessor.

Beware the wrath of Spongebob squarepants

Don't worry. I see Lem has something serious-minded in draft to keep ya'll grounded. Should be along in a minute.

Cripes, I'm a cat!

This whole time I thought I was a baby.

cave noughts and crosses

We all thought the same thing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Hey, hey, you, you, get off on my cloud:


Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
The state-owned Libyan Airlines fleet until this summer included 14 passenger and cargo jetliners, including seven Airbus 320s, one Airbus 330, two French ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, and four Bombardier CJR-900s. Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways fleet is made up of 13 aircraft, including three Airbus 319s, seven Airbus 320s, two Airbus 330s, and one Airbus 340
The Airbus 320s have a range of about 3,300 nautical miles.  They could make it to much of Europe without stopping for refueling.  The smaller aircraft can strike most of the Middle East.
Among the potential targets are urban areas and economic targets, like Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.
“Anyone who has ever flown over Saudi Arabia at night can see refineries like Yanbu lit up like Christmas trees against the blackness of the desert,” Rubin said. “One Saudi security officer once told me that they would only have about 90 seconds to shoot down a hijacked plane from the time it left international airspace to impact in one of the region’s most important refineries"
And no nation has yet found a shred of evidence that MH370 actually crashed in the Indian Ocean.

"Neanderthal 'artwork' found in Gibraltar cave"

"The archaeologist estimates that the full engraving would have required 200-300 strokes with a stone cutting tool, taking at least an hour to create. "[Dolomite] is a very hard rock, so it requires a lot of effort to produce the lines," he told BBC News.

"If you did it in a single session, you would most probably injure your hand, unless you cover your tool with a piece of skin," he said.

Prof d'Errico explained that the rock was in a very visible location in the cave and that the engraving would have stood out to any visitors.

"It does not necessarily mean that it is symbolic - in the sense that it represents something else - but it was done on purpose," he said.

"It's almost like Clapham Junction, like it's showing an intersection. I'm speculating, but it does make you wonder whether it has something to do with mapping, or saying: 'This is where you are'."

Prof d'Errico added: "It's in a fixed location so, for example, it could be something to indicate to other Neanderthals visiting the cave that somebody was already using it, or that there was a group that owned that cave."

"Internet Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State Group"

"The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff, the SITE monitoring service reported on Tuesday."

"A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State", the monitoring service said."

The president of the Unites States is yet to declare war against ISIS. 

"Here comes Benghazi, The Investigation"

Benghazi is coming back with a vengeance. After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary,” writes Alex Seitz-Wald, political reporter for MSNBC, who notes that “books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack” are due to hit public radar this month, along with a Fox News documentary.

“Add that to the usual fare that accompanies the anniversary of any major news event and you get a headache for the teams surrounding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. For both, it’s a stubborn political problem that will likely never go away, no matter how many investigations clear the senior players of the worst allegations of wrongdoing,” Mr. Seitz-Wald observes. “And it’s little doubt why: Polls suggest that Clinton is vulnerable on Benghazi ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run, with members of both parties listing it as her biggest weakness.”

In de gloria

Man's voice is changed after tonsillectomy.

Explain please: Boemerang sketch. 

British game show host.

Help again, please: Fanny Chmelar

In Ozilandia Newzealandia fanny refers to vagina. 

Monday, September 1, 2014


Celebrity Lament

Boobs and rows of pubic hair and I scream hassles on the air
and feathered boas everywhere, I've looked that way on Cloud.
But now they only block the fun, they rain and snow on everyone.
So many things I could have done but Clouds got in my way.

I've looked at Clouds from both sides now,
from give and take, and still somehow
it's Cloud's intrusions I recall.
I really don't know Cloud at all.


“This is no better than Tammany Hall”

"Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America."
The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”

“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.” (read more)

Made By Slave Children Overseas

American embassy in Tripoli overrun by militia

Dawn of Libya militia is shown in control of the American embassy residential compound after having fought off another Libyan Zintan militia.

Labor Day Morgenblätter (Morning Papers)

"On the first Monday of September, Americans enjoy a day of rest to appreciate the social and economic efforts of those whose hard work built our country."
"The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City, by the Central Labor Union, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

As President Theodore Roosevelt once said: "It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things."

Guns 1748 -- Plunkett & Macleane

He is the highwayman, the the reason her hand is bandaged and the reason his face is marred. 

Flop at the box office, it has become something of cult film. Comments to the uploaded clips rave. 

Sample comments: 

• My Favorite film ever... music is beyond good. x

• Oh snap! He doesn't like the cut of his jib!!! Pwned!

• I adore this film. thanx for this scene, would you mind posting anymore

•  Have we met before, sir?" "No, but I have a very familiar face...voice and physique." Hahaha, that's because you tried to rob them the night before, Macleane.

•  Watched again yesterday and still a terrific film.This scene starts with Maclean and Rochester arriving at the ball and THAT intro is the best bit in the movie.

•  @madhammu I liked that movie a lot actually but I laughed out loud when I read 'epic shitfest'. I like the cut of your jib sir.

•  Best scene out of an amazing movie. The mix of modern music and classical is brilliant!

•  "I am an excellent judge of character and you sir are in defecit." #classic

Plot summary.

Two men of different social positions vie for possession of a ruby that was swallowed during a robbery, the thief killed. They both end up in prison and use the ruby through the well-positioned Macleane to buy their freedom. They begin a successful partnership in crime using Macleane's connections and Plunkett's scheming to rob them. Until Macleane blows it by falling in love with the femme fatale and revealing their secret. 

It's always a woman innit. 

They're nothing but trouble. In movies.

The two want to make off to America. Trouble ensues. Plunkett leaves Macleane to the gallows but then rescues him. As we sympathize with the protagonists, an inversion of good guys VS bad guys, the film resolves to a satisfying conclusion.

Full film, or 90 minutes here

For Chip

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ramses III

The man reads left to right.

Birds and animals are facing left so the inscription is read left to right. Read into the faces of people and animals. Sometimes they do face each other as over a doorway, the inscription or painting reads half one way and half the other way, but never together on the same line of writing or in the same phrase.

First, the writing considered sacred in front of the cartouches. It means we'll be looking at regular royal titular, standard formulaic writing: This is the stuff for beginner students because every pharaoh had them throughout all Egyptian history. And this is only a portion of the full blown formal deal.

What do you get when you cross an air guitar and an air samurai?

Meet Japanese Teen Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura. Winner of the 2014 Air Guitar World Championships.

“The American team had to give in for the Japanese Air Guitar fury when the 19-year-old samurai girl beat also the 2013 World Champion Eric ”Mean” Melin, who scored the 3rd place,” the organizers said in its release.

"Japan’s Keisuke “the Ninja” Nagatsuka, who performed his fantasy guitar in a ninja suit, also finished fourth in the championship finals.
ELB: It's a major award

Marshmallow man finds out he gets into heaven

"Keepers of the Boca Raton look facing tall challenges"

"For a group of residents whose job is keeping Boca Raton looking like Boca, the city's latest building boom is posing the tallest challenges yet."
"Things are getting to the point where it's not just sign changing and painting of buildings," said Linda Baumann, a real estate agent who has been on the board for 13 years. "It's a challenge with all these rentals going in."

"Yes, we have a signature look," said Arlene Owens, who has lived in Boca for all of her 68 years.

Although the City Council has the final say on what is ultimately built, the appearance board has a lot of clout. It's unique to Boca, and those who want to build in the city know they have to toe the line the board sets.

"Aesthetics is not something the law deals with very well, because it deals with different perspectives," he said. "What's one man's fantasy is another man's horror."

"Michael Sam released by St. Louis Rams"

"I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," Sam tweeted Saturday. "I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career." (read more)

Exit question

Allahpundit asks in his post titled "Scarborough: Obama saying he has no strategy against ISIS is a tactic straight out of “The Art of War
Which chapter of “The Art of War” mentions dithering on whether or not to rescue a hostage who later ends up being murdered by the enemy?
That is Allahpundit's exit question. There is no chapter that address dithering concerning the rescue of a hostage who later ends up being murdered by the enemy. So it cannot be said as Joe Scarborough does say that Obama remarking that he (Obama) has no strategy is a tactic straight out of The Art of War.

Exit answer:

That is a ridiculously specific circumstance to expect to have been addressed by Lao Tsu in 500 bc, however more generally in chapter three, Attack by Stratagem, Lao Tsu does say,
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; 
Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. 
What Scarborough had in mind most likely is found in chapter 1, Laying Plans. This is among the most familiar quotations from The Art of War.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Condensed as:
All warfare is based on deception.
These observations made by a general applying to enemy forces can be understood as applying to allies as well. It can be asked, rightly or not, by a so-called superpower, "why must we always reliably assume the role of policeman for the whole world? Why set up ourselves for 'damned when we do, damned when we don't' attitude by our own allies? Presently this affects you as much and possibly more than it affects us. Pull your own weight." Indeed, why must a U.S. president automatically assume responsibility for forming an international coalition and be the center of that activity, and further be responsible for holding it together to the end? To determine the end, when we see ourselves attacked by our own allies, as we inevitably are. You do it this time.

All the while formulating plans.

We are always formulating plans. To say otherwise is ridiculous. That is what generals do. That is their job all day long. Plans within plans about plans. Twenty-year plans, ten-year plans, five-year plans, one-year plans, six-month plans, next month plans, next week plans, plans for lunch. Layers of generals, all sides of the pentagon, planning every hour of every day, every week, month of the year. They are nothing if not planners. To say "we do not have a plan" is to say "we have not decided conclusively just yet." The elected president may not have settled on his personal plan for immediate action but his generals certainly do have plans, and Lao Tsu was an ancient general not a emperor. The book being referenced is for generals not necessarily for political leaders, heads of political parties. Even so, Scarborough could be correct. Bush II was always similarly underestimated.

Then again...

On the other hand,  search images [Obama eating] There's your guy with a plan. Is it even possible to underestimate this man?


No wonder people have no confidence in his ability for war planning. All his wars occur to his immediate right. All his wars are with his own citizenry.

Unfair? Try [Reagan eating] you get jelly beans and other monkeyshines, Photoshopped parody images.

[Bush II eating] corn on the cob and Photoshop images of that single photo with a kitten in place of the corn, ha ha, very funny, a crow in place of the corn, eating a baby's head, just more mean-spirited Photoshops, pudding, but not the proper images of adolescent junk food that fills the whole screen as it does with Obama. Both of the Obamas. No, Scarborough is wrong. There is no serious geopolitical planner present in those images, merely a community organizer provided the paraphernalia of high office, the full resources of both supporters and non supporters, and quite active on a national scale.

weather moves in

It's been doing this every day. The clouds build up at the foothills then spill of their own weight as they approach and pass overhead, you can actually observe this happening, usually dissipating completely before the clouds reach the city. Then the clouds pass by as they rebuild at the foothills with patches of bright light between. Sometimes making another pass. It is awesome. The previous two days it actually did rain, but not all that much. 

People go about their business, in and out, back and forth, as if nothing extraordinary is happening. We laugh at umbrellas. People bring them then stand in the rain. I saw this at the memorial reception last week. (I also saw someone begin video recording using their  phone in portrait, so I checked them. How's that for intervention, eh?) Oh well, that's Denver for you. The common phrase around here is, "Don't like the weather? Wait a few minutes."

Look how hopelessly confused this is. Numerically, the situation is incalculable. The numbers are all over the map.  Given any national weather map the isobars for high areas / low areas, storms, temperature changes, pressure changes, what have you, all converge smack on top of Denver. Any seed package displaying zones will have color bars converge right at Denver. I can never make head or tails of them. I honestly do not know what zone I live in. And neither does anyone else.

And I keep looking too. Last night for example, I could not make sense of the map provided by USDA misc 1475 in Pamela Crawford's book. The color key provided is useless to me. Denver sits in a yellow dot within another dot inside a larger dot inside a bulge that juts from an arm that dips down from the regular broad yellow band.

That tells you when it comes to plants, do whatever you wish. You will have your own little microclimate somehow depending on your precise situation, your protection of terrain, of vegetation, of fences, other buildings, what have you.

Or else it means expect extremes and never count on anything actually growing.