Saturday, February 14, 2015

loaves and fish

Kevin Sorbo had this cartoon in his Twitter timeline but he does not say who drew it. Tineye provides 101 results and none of the ten or so that I checked have the cartoonist's name either. It is old. So old the cartoonist disappeared.

The original is a single frame. I added to it.

"Copenhagen shooting during debate on Islam"

"Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told reporters in Copenhagen: "We feel certain now that it's a politically motivated attack, and thereby it is a terrorist attack...  We take this situation extremely seriously. We are in a high alarm all over the country, and our main priority at this stage is to catch the perpetrators and make sure that we find them as soon as possible."

Copenhagen gunman

Update: More shootings erupt in Copenhagen...

"B&Q warns staff to expect a run on rope and duct tape...

"A leaked memo reveals how workers at the DIY chain have been asked to prepare themselves for answering 'sensitive' questions as customers attempt to act out a 'notable' scene from the erotic movie."

"The memo, circulated to the DIY store's entire 20,887 workforce at 359 stores, is titled: 'Staff Briefing – Preparation for Fifty Shades of Grey Customer Queries.'"

Two Different Halves

Orange Tip Butterfly

Venus The Cat

Split The Lobster
Muslin Moth


"SUV catapults 60 feet off bridge, lands upright; 2 inside OK"

"An SUV driver swerving to avoid striking another vehicle on a highway on Friday hit a snowbank along a guardrail and catapulted 60 feet off a bridge. Incredibly, authorities say, the vehicle landed upright and the two occupants suffered only minor injuries."

"The Toyota Rav4 was headed east on Interstate 80 when the accident occurred Friday morning in Hackensack, police said."

Friday, February 13, 2015

"It's Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale"

"Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues.”"

"Fossil Free Yale, a group pushing the university to divest itself from fossil fuels, told the Yale Daily News that frigid, snowy weather set for this weekend will mean their global warming protest will have to be postponed."

It takes an act of Congress...

To stop federal employees from watching porn on taxpayer's dime.
The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act aptly shares its initials with the government agency that drew attention to the problem of staff watching pornographic videos at work, the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites,” Meadows said. He is chairman of the operations subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
An Instapundit commenter muses...
I'm conflicted.

Does a federal employee hurt taxpayers more when he wastes their time watching porn, or when he is assiduously dedicated to his work?

bacon sandwich

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"What Kind Of Man" (Uploaded to YouTube Today)

Link, in case video fails to play correctly.
Interesting theory... "people who suffer together will be more connected than people who are content."

Mary the panhandler

Long story shortened: I had the little-old-lady shopping cart when entering the bottleshop by the backdoor, having used the little blue cart to haul an oversized load of trash directly to the dumpsters outside.

Lurch was on the telephone. I stocked up on cold beer, the kind I recently discovered that I like, and the usual 12-pack of Coke. I was just in time too because Lurch hung up the phone quite cross about a package being misdelivered. He must close shop now and hasten down there and rush back. We walked out the front door together onto Broadway.

Immediately we two were approached by a woman who appeared to be in waiting, and appeared to be native. Lurch addressed her directly. "We're closed for a moment. I must go down there and check something." The woman spoke sweetly, haltingly, timidly,
"Do you guys have fifty-seven cents? I only want a beer and I need fifty-seven cents." Now Lurch snapped, "No panhandling in front of the store" and sped down the street.

The woman turned away dejected. I started off in the direction of Lurch where I would tuck into my entrance before his return, then halted before taking a second step. I have a cart with two cold six-packs of premium beer that I like, my favorite types that I just now discovered since the story back then about the Belgium town that named a beer for American soldier Vince Sperancza of 101 Airborne, and designed ceramic mugs in the shape of army helmets to serve it. I tried a lot of beers with silly names and labels with fantastic individual character. Even Colorado beers have become quite interesting. Sold at premium beer prices everything I've tried so far, pretty much, is worth it. Beer seems inexpensive. Compared to everything else. Come on. I don't even drink most of it. I decided to keep some cold for emergencies, for unexpected things, and it worked. I offer beer to people all the time. And it is good tasting beer too, a topic of conversation. There I am out on a main street of town with a cart of bottles of beer, a very cross Lurch down the street, and a distressed woman short mere cents in immediate want.

"Hey, come 'ere."

Damn, she's agile.

"Wass'yur name?"


"I'm Chip. You got a bottle opener?"


"Do you have a bottle opener?"

"I can open one with a lighter."

Clever girl. I would like to see that. "Here. Mary, you are really going to like this beer." 

Back home, I haven't put the bottles away yet, every time I walk past and see the two untended six packs with an empty slot I think of Mary and her delightfully round face lighting up at having a beer passed to her like that following such a sharp rebuke from Lurch, the big meanie who is always so serious.

I must also recall the Denver architect, among the most impressively ironclad liberal and politically active persons that I know, declaiming moralistically and ethically about how he will not give cash to bums because they'll go immediately and spend it on liquor anyway. I told him that I sure get my share of free drinks, and much of that from people I don't know all that well. We were at such a gathering at the time, the host and hostess hired a bartender. He agreed when you travel in the right circles you do get a lot of free drinks, I respond poorly to that type of thinking and my impulse was argue about traveling in circles but the point was made and ever since then I've tried to broaden my circles or else increase them. I don't feel bad at all for contributing to the delinquency of a minority, in fact I feel good about it, besides, Jesus told me to stop being such a dick. 

Hey-sus, the guy on the building department crew.

I think that empty beer six-pack slot is funny. Lurch would not approve, and that makes it even more funny, in fact, I am leaving the beer out just so I can see the empty slot more. 

No Big Bang?

"The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once."

"The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there," Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, both in Egypt, told
Ali and coauthor Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end.

"Hasidic atheists opt for a double life"

"The moment Solomon lost his faith, he was standing on the D train, swaying back and forth with its movement as if in prayer. But it wasn’t a prayer book that the young law student was reading – he had already been to synagogue, where he had wrapped himself in the leather thongs that bound him to Orthodox Judaism, laying phylacteries and reciting the prayers three times daily."
The tome in his hands now was Alan Dershowitz’s The Genesis of Justice (2000), which used Talmudic and Hasidic interpretations of the Bible to argue that stories in the book of Genesis, from Adam and Eve eating the apple to Noah and his ark, constituted God’s learning curve – a means of establishing a moral code and the rules of justice that prevail today.

What struck him about the book was its depth, and a complexity of thought that he had been raised to believe was the exclusive domain of the rabbis whose authority commanded his community of ultra-Orthodox Jews. The book’s brilliance, coupled with its unabashed heresy, created the first of many cracks in Solomon’s faith. Seeing the scriptures interpreted in methods so compelling and yet entirely inconsistent with the dogmas of his youth caused Solomon to question everything he believed to be true.

'Warren leads Clinton in Iowa, N.H.'

The poll analysis said: "The results show that, after likely caucus goers and primary voters learn about Elizabeth Warren’s biography and issue positions, not only do a stunning 79 percent say they want her to run, but, in both states, Warren ends up leading all other potential Democratic candidates in a head-to-head ballot question."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

More snow for Boston this weekend

"Turd transplant leads to rapid weight-gain and obesity"

"The 32-year old woman, who has not been indentified, had an infection that could not be treated with even the most powerful antibiotics."
Dr Colleen Kelly, from the Medical School at Brown University, said the option of a faecal transplant was discussed and the woman wanted to use a relative - her daughter.

The daughter was overweight at the time and was in the process of becoming obese.

The procedure did clear the infection.

But Dr Kelly told the BBC News website: "She came back about a year later and complained of tremendous weight gain.

"She felt like a switch flipped in her body, to this day she continues to have problems."

Saudi historian claimed American women drive because they don't care if they are raped

'They don't care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,' al-Saadoon said.

'Hold on. Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?' asked the horrified female host not named in the transcript.

'It’s no big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,' al-Saadoon replied.

'In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature,' he added.

Two other guests on the show also appeared to be in absolute horror but al-saadoon just replied 'listen to me and get used to what society thinks.'

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart brushes his hands off, "My work here is done." 

Or perhaps even he's become tired of his own schtick. 

Lord knows I sure have, decades ago.

This is Molly Shannon, center, as United States news consumer between Jon Stewart's fake news and Brian William's hopelessly slanted news in an endless body slam of disco news and current events dance. That at long last ends.

They are both anachronistic, Stewart and Williams are, not Molly, she's timeless.

They both remind me of the restaurant owners that Gordon Ramsay and Robert Irvine try so hard to save from themselves who cannot change out of sincere loyalty to long term customers who are insufficient to sustain the business in changing times that left them behind. They both serve generations that are not so important anymore as they were. Young people don't care about either of these two. They see right through the smug sanctimony that buys them nothing and leaves them holding the bag.

I did catch a bit of Jon Stewart yesterday. That was odd, to submit to that. Rachel Maddow was explaining. She was over-explaining, actually, walking us by the hand through Liberallandia, sounding as if choking on reading her jarring copy. Her copy was ordinary, but her reading of it is choppy and jarring. She is a terrible reader, and I mean terrible and exceedingly difficult to heed. I was trying to test my tolerance to see how long it would take before I was driven off when she tossed out an example of what makes Jon Stewart so great. She showed a Jon Stewart video. Goodness, the man is impossible to avoid.

In the clip Stewart was saying something on his own show ostensively serious but with the background titled, "Mess-o-potamia." Nothing slanted there, he says something obvious, sensible, levelheaded on the personal level with no application on the geopolitical level, behaved comically nonplussed, then mugged for the camera, the audience applauds.


Maddow herself acknowledges Stewart offers satire "fake" news then asserts we must acknowledge Stewart is the legitimate source of valid news for a lot of people. She plays it both ways in a single sentence. *click*

An audience!

So which was it all along, Pumpkin, fake or legitimate? You cannot have it both ways, but of course you do, and that is why Jon  Stewart was rejected by sensible people as anything other than comedian from the start.

We love biting cutting wry life and world observations presented dryly as satire such as comedians provide. We do appreciate news analyzed and viewed as if from above, but it is impossible to appreciate analysis so meta that we are no longer part of it, elevated aloof on one leg, and told where to applaud as trained seals at jokes, jabs, and japes aimed at flattering our own sanctimonious, moral, ethical, intellectual self-regard.

Finally, today a young man asked for my ID and I handed him my opened wallet. He took the information he needed from the driver's license then remarked on another card identifying the holder as FRB employee. Now all the people in the room know he is a big snoop and our private conversation is that public. He read a tiny logo on a card. I told him I no longer work, that they shifted my status. He flipped them (the imaginary FRB) the double bird on my behalf. He has large hands. They formed two large menacing middle finger birds that fired like repeating mortar fire. I told him I actually liked working there a lot. It always surprises me when young people say something deeply insightful, he said, "They should be abolished. It's just that I am against fiat currency." And I thought, "Now, here's an interesting young fellow who is fierce." By using the word "fiat" he is saying money is make believe. He is saying that he does not have faith in U.S. currency, that is, no faith in the political parties that manage the government that backs the currency. It does get down to trust, and young people I talk to don't have it. A single random anecdotal fellow today, I doubt he'd care the slightest about Williams, Stewart, or even Maddow for that matter. Nor do I.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


"You got a face with a view" is a line in that Talking Heads song.

It seems to me that "face" and "view" are mirror images in a word sense.

"Face" or facie, is a replacement word in English. Like so many other names of body parts, face replaced the Olde English ondwlita or andwlita which survived briefly in Middle English as anleth (there are other humorous Anglo-Saxon names for body parts at that first link).

Given the Norman Conquest, I first looked to French to see a deeper meaning of face, but the French gave up using face for "front of the head" in the 17th century and replaced it with visage (older vis), back-formed from Latin visus "sight" which derived from the Latin verb videre. Of course our word view derives from videre as well.

Now vision and view also mean sight and there is a parallel Germanic etymology behind the word sight. In modern German, das Gesicht means face (in which you might see the root Sicht, cognate with the English word sight = view). But there's an even older German word, Antlitz (used only poetically these days much as we'd use visage). Antlitz in turn relates back etymologically to the Old English andwlita. It is like a face in the mirror.

Charles Manson calls off his wedding...

"after it emerges that fiancee Afton Elaine Burton 'just wanted his corpse for display'"

They apparently thought the Lenin's Tomb-esque attraction would draw a huge number of visitors and make them a lot of money.

But Manson, 80, apparently got wind of the plan and now no longer wants to marry Burton.

"He's finally realized that he's been played for a fool,"

Large Cable News Panel

If the video fails to play click Here

"All women’s college will now accept individuals ‘who live and identify as women’"

During its meetings this past weekend, the College’s Board of Trustees discussed and approved a recommendation from a Board working group that was created at the September 2014 Board meeting to examine the mission of the College with respect to transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming applicants,” an email from the Board of Trustees said.

“The working group concluded unanimously that the mission of the College at the undergraduate level is to educate women to be future leaders,” they said.

Link in case the video does not play

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Robot vacuum cleaner 'attacks' South Korea housewife's hair"

She was still unable to free herself from the vacuum and made a "desperate rescue request" call to 119, South Korea's emergency telephone number.

Robotic vacuum cleaners are equipped with sensors allowing them to clean surfaces by detecting dirt while avoiding obstacles such as stairs, people and cables - but not, seemingly, human hair that is still attached.

"In his words: Brian Williams’ interview with Stars and Stripes"

From the Stars and Stripes reporter Travis Tritten's interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Williams is asked how he could misremember what aircraft he was on. See the full story at:

For the rest of the interview go here

[Chip edit]

I just finished this, not what?, 3 minutes ago. I itshay you otnay. So, I might as well had stick it here.

Honestly, I never listen to the guy. I just don't. This whole thing means nothing to me except further proof the whole industry is shoddy and not needed. The way his stories are corrected shows we do not not him nor his whole industry. A lot of people still watch, but I do not know who that would be.

A View From The Other Side of the Moon

Link in case you run into problems

"University of California student government passes resolution to divest – FROM AMERICA"

The government of the United States of America is engaged in drone strikes that have killed over 2,400 people in Pakistan and Yemen, many of them civilians,” the resolution stated. “The government oversees, by far, the highest rate of imprisonment in the world, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement agencies, particularly for drug-related offences. 400,000 undocumented immigrants are held in detention centers every year, and millions have been deported since the current administration took office, and the government is directly supporting and propping up numerous dictatorships around the world with weapons sales and foreign aid.”

"The measure cited alleged human rights violations by America such as drone strikes that have killed civilians, and claimed the country’s criminal justice system is racist, among other accusations."

"The “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California” passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 11-1-3."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Grammys Night Video

"Mass escape from Brazilian prison after women seduce guards"

"Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the Nova Mutum public jail, near Cuiaba, central Brazil, the morning after the mass break-out."
The women reportedly drugged the prison guards by giving them spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy, according to investigators.

"Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door.

"From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don't remember a thing. One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn't even be questioned."
Genesis 3:12

Belgian chef invents chocolate snorting device

"Based on old Victorian snuff shooters, the device was invented by Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone as a novel way to enjoy his favourite sweet treat."

He originally made the device for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, but the concept has taken off and been used by culinary innovators such as Heston Blumenthal at his restaurant The Fat Duck.

Diners are given a special mix of Dominican Republic or Peruvian cocoa powder mixed with raspberry, ginger and mint to snort.
I mentioned to Victoria that Valentines might never be the same again.

"The Japanese army crafted a huge Star Wars sculpture out of snow"

"The stunt, which was approved by Lucasfilm, comes ahead of the much anticipated next installment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"The 'Snow Star Wars' took about a month to create and is one of many snow masterpieces at the festival, which attracts about two million visitors each year. The Force is definitely strong within the 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force."

January 7
January 25
The final spectacle


According to Wiki, the song "American Girl" never charted for Tom Petty. That doesn't seem right, somehow.

The video features a gorgeous collection of female faces from the golden era of American cinema. 

Oh and the guitar is very Byrdsy.