Saturday, February 21, 2015

Julie's list of things that are not sexism...

Things that aren’t sexism…

1.     Saying “I’m not impressed by your bull sh*t” 
2.     Failure to keep one's self from noticing that you are female.
3.     Treating a girl like one of the guys.
4.     The word “pussy.”
5.     The word “hysterical.”
6.     Treating a woman like a lady.
7.     The word “lady”.
8.     Ridiculous fantasy armor with operatic metal boob cones.
9.     A failure to suppress normal biological responses.
10.  And…. not being impressed by your bull sh*t.

other peoples' breakfasts

A Rod must Go!!!!!! (Yankee fan Guest Post)

Spring training is almost here and attention must be paid. The Yankees have a big problem. His name is A Rod.
He is coming back after his suspension. We owe him something like $61 million over the next three years. That's right $61 million. Now the thought was that he would be closing in on the all time home run record but with all the time lost that is not going to happen. He is going to pass Willie Mays and get an eight million dollar bonus because he only needs seven more dingers to make it happen. But how good could he be after all this time off? Plus the Yankees have signed a perfectly competent third baseman in Chase Headley who is going to be their main man this year. So A Rod is the DH and a backup at third and first. I just don't think he is worth the trouble.
Witness the nonsense with his apology note. Handwritten squiggles that are laughably stupid:

Seriously? This is going to be a circus. The Yankees should just cut their losses and take the tax write off. Let some other team take on the circus. They have made some good moves this year. Our starting upside has a lot of questions but a big upside. Our bullpen could be the best in the majors. We have a new stud closer and a bunch of pretty decent middle relievers. Our brittle starters only have to give us a quality five or six innings. The lineup is not full of the prima donna stars we used to have but a bunch of scrappy guys with some vets who if they have bounce back years can really make something happen. We are not the favorites. But in the expanded playoff world we have a chance to get in the mix and then anything can happen.
But first we need to get rid of A Rod. Let's send him to Boston. They both suck. Let them suck together.

"The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus"

"These days, when students talk about threats to their safety and demand access to “safe spaces,” they’re often talking about the threat of unwelcome speech and demanding protection from the emotional disturbances sparked by unsettling ideas. It’s not just rape that some women on campus fear: It’s discussions of rape. At Brown University, a scheduled debate between two feminists about rape culture was criticized for, as the Brown Daily Herald put it, undermining “the University’s mission to create a safe and supportive environment for survivors.” In a school-wide e-mail, Brown President Christina Paxon emphasized her belief in the existence of rape culture and invited students to an alternative lecture, to be given at the same time as the debate. And the Daily Herald reported that students who feared being “attacked by the viewpoints” offered at the debate could instead “find a safe space” among “sexual assault peer educators, women peer counselors and staff” during the same time slot. Presumably they all shared the same viewpoints and could be trusted not to “attack” anyone with their ideas." (Link t the whole article)

Via Instapundit


I've been a Bob Mould fan since the '80's and have seen various incarnations of his bands over the years. But I just saw this reincarnation of Hüsker Dü. It captures what they were like just before breaking up.

Lyrics after the jump

Friday, February 20, 2015

a size too small

"Almost Half Of Democrats Support President Ignoring Court Rulings If It’s ‘Important’"

Rasmussen finds:
But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree, compared to 81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party. 
Fifty-two percent (52%) of all voters believe, generally speaking, that court challenges of actions approved by the president and Congress help protect the rights of U.S. citizens. Thirty percent (30%), however, consider such challenges mostly nuisances that stand in the way of good policy. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.
In the immortal words of possibly the next president of the United States... 'What difference does it make?' Link to Rasmussen Survey.

"Starbucks CEO calls out Giuliani for 'offensive' Obama comments"

"As an American, I find Rudy Giuliani's vicious comments about President Obama 'not loving America' to be profoundly offensive to both the President and the Office," Schultz said in a statement."
Giuliani caused a political stir this week with his remarks about Obama at a dinner event featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in a speech first reported by Politico. He said he didn't believe Obama "loves America."

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Giuliani followed up by saying he believed Obama "was brought up in an atmosphere in which he was taught to be a critic of America."
@JoeB_OandBPI said... "just want to see how he’d spell Giulianis name on a latte cup."

"U.S. plans large-scale offensive..."

To take Mosul, Iraq, from Islamic State militants. Save the date?
The U.S. is planning to join a large-scale air and ground coalition offensive to free Mosul,

Iraq, from the clutches of Islamic State militants in coming weeks, but analysts fear the effort will lack the resources to succeed — most notably U.S. boots on the ground.

Pentagon officials say the effort to reclaim Mosul is likely to launch the spring, soon after Mr. Carter has been brought up to speed on the coalition’s strategy and operational needs.
This sounds more like the military is asking ISIS to leave Mosul, than anything else.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening"

I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.”

Paul said secession would not be legislated by Congress, but would be de facto, predicting “when conditions break down…there’s gonna be an alternative.”

Video at the Link

Chris Kyle: “Combat hardened warrior!”

Unsurpassed courage under fire while conducting sniper operations in support of [redacted] during the siege of Fallujah. His display of unparalleled bravery and skill as a sniper contributed significantly to the success of this strategic victory over the insurgents while reducing the risk of harm to coalition troops,” reads the evaluation.
“During a seven month deployment to Iraq, IS2 Kyle recorded [redacted] enemy KIA [Killed in Action] as a sniper. His contributions to success over the insurgency in Iraq cannot be overstated!”

Over the course of his career as a Navy SEAL Team 3 sniper, Kyle had 160 confirmed kills. Kyle himself estimated that he had probably killed 255 insurgents.

"Indian bride marries wedding guest after husband has epileptic seizure during ceremony"

"His illness was a shock to his wife-to-be, 23-year-old Indira, who was apparently furious that she and her family had not been told of Mr Kishore’s epilepsy... Instead of calling the wedding off, she quickly chose wedding guest Harpal Singh, her sister’s brother-in-law, to replace him.

"Casually dressed in jeans and a leather jacket, he accepted, the Times of India reported. After the swap, the wedding ceremony continued as planned until Mr Kishore returned from hospital." (find out what happened at the link)

"Hong Kong leader tells people to act like ‘sheep’"

Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts,” the chief executive of the former British colony said.

“In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep's character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong's future.”

Sheep and goats get their vaccination

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Boston goes snow crazy

Revealed at CNN: How Romney Lost to Obama

Chyron: Lower third, television graphics that occupy the lower area of the screen.

"Why Men Always Think Women Are Flirting With Them"

"Error-management theory argues that men have evolved to overperceive sexual interest in non-familial female relationships so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to reproduce — at best, they get to pass on their genes; at worst, the woman ends up saying no and they move on. Women, on the other hand, have evolved to underperceive sexual interest, because sex with the wrong guy means risking pregnancy and child-rearing without the help of a mate, not to mention lost opportunities to procreate with other, less flaky men. In other words, the sexual stakes are higher for women than for men — or they were, at least, in the distant past, when evolution shaped behaviors that linger to this day." (read the whole thing)

Axelrod: There's been no major scandal in Obama White House

Laundry list of scandals during Obama's six years includes Operation Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservative nonprofit groups, Justice Department snooping on reporters
State Department was slammed for bungling that led to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, and alleged cover-ups afterward website's follies made for late-night TV jokes during its botched rollout and immigration executive actions have brought lawsuits
National Security Agency was pilloried for a global eavesdropping program that included Americans' computers and foreign leaders' cellphones
Bowe Bergdahl 5-for-1 Taliban trade drew catcalls from both sides of the political aisle

Other than that... How was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

David Axelrod

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Death with Dignity Legislation introduced in Albany"

The option to end one’s suffering when facing the final stages of a terminal illness should be a basic human right, and not dependent upon one’s zip code,” State Senator Diane Savino said in a statement today. “With solid support for aid in dying across every demographic, I believe there will be strong bipartisan backing for this bill.”

Brittany Maynard

Biden being Biden

"Tuesday, at Defense Sec. Ash Carter‘s swearing-in ceremony, Biden got all touchy feely with Carter’s wife, Stephanie. From the pictures, it looks like he’s whispering sweet nothings into her right ear. He’s also getting a good whiff of her shampoo."

"Judge halts Obama's immigration action"

DHS (Homeland Security) does have discretion in the manner in which it chooses to fulfill the expressed will of Congress. It cannot, however, enact a program in which it not only ignores the dictates of Congress, but actively acts to thwart them,” Hanen wrote. “DHS Secretary [Jeh Johnson] is not just rewriting the laws he is creating them from scratch.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Hanen’s decision was at odds with Supreme Court precedents and laws giving immigration officials broad discretion in deciding whom to deport.

“The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws — which is exactly what the president did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system,” Earnest said. “Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”

Monday, February 16, 2015

Thundersnow Celebration: You can have your Powerball!

Link, in case video fails to load properly.
Via The Five.


This video is better than the previous video that went viral of a man tossing a cinderblock into an old washing mating. Whirlpool should use this video for their own advertisements. I'm sold.

linear face

Straight up, I do not know anything about Brian Williams although I am familiar with him and I did recognize his voice. I would not have been able to place his network. Having him thrust upon my awareness and now paying attention, I am struck foremost how disjointed his face. It's silly, I know, but I cannot let it go. It interferes with everything because I keep wondering, how did his face get like that? He looks like he's been punched. Really hard. His face is actually segmented distinctly with each segment out of joint, like a short caterpillar in motion, with the nose in the central segment out of joint with the rest of the features. the mouth out of alignment with the eyes. His is singularly the most asymmetrical face I've payed attention to in a long time. It's fascinating.

He is a big deal to a lot of people and this shows how accepting all those people are. 

Are we not told symmetrical faces are considered more appealing, more trustworthy, at least more trusted? 

This example runs counter to that. With Brian Williams, a lot of people trust an asymmetrical face.

Maybe they trust the soothing assuring knowing baritone intonations of the asymmetrical face. I do not know. 

When you consider all this misalignment he is not actually ugly, his features not so displaced that they're disqualifying for television. 

Did he get in a fight? 

I feel sorry for him being punched so hard his features were shifted. I did a few anims of government people I saw on t.v., showing them being punched really hard or smacked with a pan leaving their features rearranged and that is what I see in every single instance of Google images for Brian Williams, a fist come in from right and solidly punch symmetric Brian Williams leaving asymmetric Brian Williams behind to struggle through with a career in... what?... in television. I didn't even use the best example. 

One Nifty Racoon

"Barking dog could cost Seattle family their home" (Video at Link)

"Her neighbor Woodrow Thompson filed a lawsuit alleging that the sound of barking from Norton’s dog, Cawper, was intentionally causing him “profound emotional distress.” In his detailed, 36-page complaint, Thompson claimed that the canine’s “raucously, wildly bellowing, howling and explosively barking” was capable of reaching 128 decibels. For context, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration — the Labor Department agency tasked with enforcing safe working conditions — says a person should not be exposed to a noise of 115 decibels for more than 15 minutes a day. That said, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Noise Meter, Thompson’s claim would mean that Cawper’s bark is louder than an ambulance siren and just slightly softer than a jet engine at takeoff."
“In my head, everything was so bogus that he’d been doing, I don’t know why, I just didn’t think it was real or something,” Norton told the local ABC News affiliate, KOMO-TV. That’s why, even when she was served with papers, Norton simply didn’t respond.

Unfortunately for Norton, however, the suit was very real, and because she didn’t challenge her neighbor’s claims, Thompson — who has not spoken to the press — won $500,000 by default.

“The sheriff comes, puts the papers on the garage and the wall and everything and saying they were going to put the house up for sale,” Norton said. Now she and her family are fighting to reverse the decision — spending a good chunk of their savings on lawyers — before they lose their home.

"Why do GOP candidates keep stumbling on evolution?"

"Of course Republicans would be naïve to expect that will put an end to all questions. There will undoubtedly be questions designed to draw them into a detailed discussion of evolution and religion. A candidate will probably have a great majority of the public on his or her side if he shuts down those questions pretty quickly. The candidate could simply explain that there are lots of good people who have different opinions on this, and that for him, the key thing is believing that God guided our creation. Beyond that, it's not the role of the president of the United States to tell people what to believe about evolution."

"Candidates can give that answer secure in the knowledge that, whatever some reporters might think, evolution simply isn't very important as a campaign issue."

Tonette and Scott Walker take ice bucket challenge

Sunday, February 15, 2015


These never get old:

"Bill Clinton’s libido threatens to derail Hillary — again"

"Just a few weeks ago, reports broke that Bill Clinton had flown at least 11 times on “The Lolita Express” — a private plane owned by the mysterious financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. According to Virginia Roberts, who claims to have been one of Epstein’s many teenaged sex slaves, Clinton also visited Epstein’s private Caribbean retreat, known as “Orgy Island.”

“I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ ” Roberts said in 2011. The former president, she added, was accompanied by four young girls during his stay — two of whom were among Epstein’s regular sex partners. “And [Jeffrey] laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor.’ He never told me what favors they were.”