Saturday, April 11, 2015

U.S. European Command (EUCOM)

Facebook If you click then you'll have Facebook cookies. This is what EUCOM says:
There are rumors and speculation floating around the Internet, but here's what we know about this incident: on the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U (similar to the one in this United States Air Force file photo) was flying a routine route in international airspace in accordance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) rules of flight, and was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. You can be assured that the United States is raising this incident with Russia in the appropriate diplomatic and official channels.
How official sounding. Here's what we know: it was very unprofessional. I think that's funny.  It doesn't explain anything except to suggest they're messing with us.

"Tennessee woman awakens from months-long coma..."

"... learns she gave birth"
Sharista Giles
On Wednesday, Sharista opened her eyes for the first time since the accident, acknowledged her father, and saw a photo of her son, who has been steadily gaining weight and now weighs more than six pounds, the Facebook page said.

"Sharista has her eyes open n blinking n squeezing our fingers when we ask her to. Praise the Lord! She was following her daddy's voice n we showed her a picture of Baby L n she seen him!!!" the post reads. (read more)

Wikipedia List of hoaxes on Wikipedia

"This is a list of known historical hoaxes on Wikipedia. Its purpose is to document hoaxes on Wikipedia, in order to improve our detection and understanding of them. It is considered a hoax if it was a clear or blatant attempt to make up something, as opposed to libel, vandalism or a factual error. A hoax is considered notable if it evaded detection for more than one month or was discussed by reliable sources in the media. This list is incomplete, as many hoaxes remain undiscovered."

Top 3 Wikipedia hoaxes lasting up the longest.

Got any stories of a hoax you like to share? 

“It feels worse than one loss, but it’s only one”

"When it was over, when the Boston Red Sox had deftly turned a double play to end a game that had begun more than seven hours earlier, Yankee Stadium was empty enough to hear their celebratory shouts as players and coaches emptied out of the dugout."
The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-5, in 19 innings, but this baseball game that began just after 7 on Friday night and finished Saturday at 2:13 a.m. felt instead like a test of endurance.

Three times the Yankees scored in their last at-bats to keep the game alive...

Mark Teixeira, who was 34 when it began, had turned 35 by the time it was over.

As if the game were not already long enough, it was delayed in the 12th inning when nine banks of lights went out at the stadium, leaving the field dimly lit. It took 16 minutes for the lights to regenerate and for play to resume. The Yankees said the outage had been caused by a power surge through the stadium...
Fans used their cellphones for light

The teams were scheduled to play again at 1 p.m. Saturday, less than 11 hours after this one ended.
Boston had, during the early going, a ton of opportunities to put the game beyond a one run reach, but they wouldn't. I likened the one run back and forth to descriptions of the mythical Chinese water torture. Except I was determined to watch until the bitter end, no matter what. I was glad I did.

White House Twitter account

"With hard work and hope, change is always within our reach." —President Obama:

Comments on Twitter are unkind.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Space X Launches

My favorite bit is the cows 1:36 -- 1:44 in case the clip below doesn't display.

Because I want to paint that picture so badly but I see it cannot work as composition. Too much negative space. A similar picture totally got me already so hard that I chiseled and painted it for myself, my first art for my new apartment, then somebody saw it framed and hanging and bought it. I can't complain. They respect it and present it quite nicely. The high-rise apartment where it is now is large with two balconies but there is no clue to that upon entry. Although high up there, it is very much like entering an artificially lit tomb at first. The visitor is presented with a short narrow hall that forces a right turn to another hallway where this painting is hanging along with another of mine on the wall that separates the tomb-like hall from all life up in the clouds. That other painting is larger, a woman with luxurious hair reclining and holding an ankh at her knee. 

The direction of the cows help herd people to the right although there is no other way to go. 

The bas relief of the cows is famously titled, "cattle fording a canal" It is a tiny part of pharaoh Ti's tomb, the composition cut off by a doorway. The vignette itself is famous and repeated in other ancient tombs. A terrified calf is being carried across and calling to its mother in a group of three cows behind. One cow in the group is drinking the water they're crossing, the middle cow is calling ahead to her calf, and a third is being blissfully led by a second herder. There is a less interesting group of bulls behind the group of cows. The zig zag water pattern is tediously etched into plaster, that is most of the work, and it distorts the coloration of the figure's legs in the water.

This is a copy of the photograph from a book that I used for my own replication. If you click on the link you can see how the color in the original 4,500 year old piece has become even worse since this photograph was taken. Now that I see it again, I still really like it. I imagine it now with a rocket. 

Possibly up there with the hieroglyphics. These hieroglyphics look so old and nearly random without long horizontal register lines. I could break the rules and have the rocket cross over registers that aren't there and further blend text and illustration.

The two hieroglyphic bulls in the upper left above the horns of the bull group in the art below them show very nicely how text and art blur. An hieroglyphic bull represents the concept and the sound "ka," a portion of spirit, but not here, and the tall pyramid delta sign near them means "gives" sometimes shown being held in a human hand, it is part of royal offering formulation. So those bulls up there must not mean "ka" but rather mean actual bulls. We can expect the text to be bragging about how many head of cattle the king made as offering. This type of vignette of workers, the  text between the cows could be identifying the herder by name and could be what he is saying, as a cartoon, in this case, though, the text directs the viewer's attention (in a tomb!) to the artistic detail, "a calf calls out to it's mother."

"Liana Barrientos is charged with filing a fake instrument."

"A New York City woman is accused of marrying 10 times over an 11-year period without ever getting a divorce."
According to a criminal complaint, the 39-year-old woman allegedly obtained two of the marriage licenses in the Bronx. It says the others were obtained in Westchester County and Long Island. The first one allegedly was obtained in 1999.
Why get a divorce, if it's something so traumatic or whatever. I don't blame this woman for trying to avoid all that unnecessary unpleasantness ;)

Update: Liana Barrientos pleads not guilty in state court in the Bronx

Quinnipiac: Clinton Wilts In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia

COLORADO: Paul 44 - Clinton 41 IOWA: Paul 43 - Clinton 42 VIRGINIA: Clinton 47 - Paul 43
Secretary Clinton has lost ground in almost every matchup in Colorado and Iowa since a February 18 Swing State Poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election.

One bright spot for Clinton is Virginia, the largest of the three states, where she leads all Republicans, including 47 - 40 percent over Bush, compared to a 42 - 42 percent tie in February.

Voters in each state say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy. Her overall favorability has dropped significantly in Colorado and Iowa, while Virginia is unchanged. Favorability ratings for the Republicans are lackluster, at best.

"These numbers are a boost for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as he formally launches his campaign," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Apparently the voters do care about Hillary emails.

"If I die, tell my mama I love her."

"If you die Imma be dying too."

On Facebook, the comments are nice.
On YouTube, the comments are nice.

TV5Monde interview shows how easily the station can be hacked

Popehat retweeted this pourmecoffee tweet. The link goes to Ars Technica

An earlier story I read the station manager lauded their own security precautions and their firewalls bragging about having just been audited for security and the assurances received that their protection is the best available. So this is really serious and professionally executed violation. There they are smug in their own top security claiming even that isn't sufficient while televising their passwords.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Onlookers Mistake Fallen Construction Crane at Dallas Museum of Art as an Art Installation"

"Last week a large truck-mounted construction crane abruptly tipped over during the erection of a party tent at the Dallas Museum of Art. The crane’s boom fell on the museum’s facade, causing minor damage and propping the crane at an alarming angle. According to CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, many onlookers mistook the sight of the upended crane for a new art installation."

Via Justice Willet Tweet

Sculptor apologizes, promises to fix Lucille Ball Statue

Stephen Kruiser on PJMedia.

Dave Poulin, the artist responsible for the Lucille Ball statue, says he is sorry, the statue does not represent his work, he is appalled as the public with the outcome and promises to replace it with a new statue at his expense.

The statue is privately funded and put up in Lucille Ball's hometown, Celoron, NY, a story of local interest, none of us knew about this until somebody posted a picture of Biden creeping on the Lucille Ball statue the way he did on Stephanie Carter wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Then everyone wondered, "Who in the heck is that?" And, "Is Biden creeping on unlikely victims in current events the new meme?" I cannot find the original photoshop, nor the original tweet, so I made a new one. The Lucille Ball statue and the Biden photoshop looked like this:

Tree stump removal

"Men More Likely Than Women..."

"...To Go Back In Time And Kill Hitler: Moral Judgments Study"
Although both men and women carefully considered the consequences of their potential decision, women said they found it harder to commit murder and were more likely to let Hitler survive, the study found.

"Women seem to be more likely to have this negative, emotional, gut-level reaction to causing harm to people in the dilemmas to the one person, whereas men were less likely to express this strong emotional reaction to harm," says lead research author Rebecca Friesdorf. A master's degree student in social psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Friesdorf analyzed 40 data sets from previous studies....

The study considered two contrasting philosophical/ethical principles; utilitarianism, which says committing a harmful action is acceptable if it is for the greatest good for the greatest number of people, and deontology, which holds that breaking moral conventions as held by most people, even to secure a favorable future result, is wrong.

Women were more likely to fall into the deontology camp and agonize for a long time over a decision, while men were somewhat more likely to lean toward utilitarianism and make a quick decision, the researchers found. (read the whole thing)
In defense of the women. If you know the exercise is not real, why not engage in theory and speculation? It's not like you are the president of the United States and Christians are being killed for no other reason than being Christians while you delay and dither as commander in chief.

I was struck by a seemingly innocuous throw away comment Boston marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard said yesterday during a hastily court steps press conference. She was asked "do you feel like you got justice? and she paused smiled, seeming to reflect, she said "I don't know what justice is". (See video at around 2:15) Would a guy have said something like that? I don't know.


Now, when I talked to blog I knew she'd understand
She said, 'Stick by my side and I'll be your guiding hand
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to'

Oh well

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jack Nicklaus, hole-in-one, Masters Par 3 Competition

"Canadian Artist Adds Pop to Thrift Store Paintings, Ups Value"

Do you have a favorite?

Rand Paul declares

"Univ. of Michigan cancels ‘American Sniper’ screening..."

‘Made students feel unsafe’
A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” at the University of Michigan was abruptly cancelled Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film perpetuates “negative and misleading stereotypes” against Muslims.

“The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim … rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” according to an online letter circulated among the campus community via Google Docs that garnered the signatures.

“Chris Kyle was a racist who took a disturbing stance on murdering Iraqi civilians,” the collective letter stated. “Middle Eastern characters in the film are not lent an ounce of humanity and watching this movie is provocative and unsafe to MENA and Muslim students who are too often reminded of how little the media and world values their lives. … The University of Michigan should not participate in further perpetuating these negative and misleading stereotypes.”...

The Center for Campus Involvement did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment, but its official Twitter account noted “Paddington Bear,” a PG-rated movie about a stuffed animal’s misadventures, will be shown instead of “American Sniper.”

“We have elected to pull the film from this week’s program and screen another movie in its place that we believe better creates the fun, engaging atmosphere we seek, without excluding valued members of our community,” the center stated.
Via Iowahawkblog

Is calling Hillary Clinton just 'Hillary' Sexist?

"What’s in a name? ‘Hillary’ by any other name would still be controversial"
There’s Beyoncé and Madonna, Cher and Prince. And now Hillary.

It may not be exactly the same as the long list of celebrities known by their first names. But Hillary Clinton has become known simply as Hillary in bumper stickers and headlines, on Twitter and Facebook, around water coolers and in coffee shops.

Yet some Americans, mostly women, don’t think the former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady should be called by just her first name.

“I think it’s pretty unjust,” said Monica Warek, 23, on a recent visit to Washington from New York City. “I think it shows the level of inequality that still exists in the workforce and just in general in society.”
As Clinton gets ready to kick off her campaign for the White House, some wonder whether calling a female candidate by her first name reinforces gender stereotypes.

Or does it make her seem more personable?  (read more)
Hillary wants to be called Hillary Rodham...


The phrase I wanted to check is "daily bread" both basic signs in my beginner book long ago. But since then so many similar signs were learned and so many variations, for example bread is sliced similarly to the way a tomato is sliced and "daily" or "everyday" is similar to "aunt," a motion at the cheek where female signs go, plus they both resemble other things. I wanted to check how all the online dictionaries show both signs just to make sure.

Unusually, everything matched. Every regional dialect and all dictionaries through time, everyone including me agree, except for the fer'ners.

One of the dictionaries that comes up often for simple words like this is not so useful as others because it has only the most basic words. Like all the others the site Lifeprint is built over time. A life's work in a way, or a good part of it, the dictionaries take so long to assemble that two of them show quite clearly the men losing their hair during the process, and both of the men on different sites look more solid, more natural, more together, more with it, greater gravitas, more handsome, as they age. You can see this video on the page came later than the photographs on the same page that describe the word "daily."

This video caught me by surprise and crumple in laughter. It's an example of the word "daily" used in a sentence. Due to Dr. Vicars looking more sensible than he does in his earlier sign-description photos on the same page I was NOT expecting anything so silly as this:

I thought, "You perv!" You cannot ask college students this anymore. It can get you in trouble. He asks, "Generally, you think, you, you, need change underwear daily?" 

Pop-up Book of Phobias

By Gary Greenberg and Matthew Reinhart, earns 4.5 stars on Amazon from 88 reviews. $34.00

I have this book and I forgot it's this good. People love it. This is very unlike Reinhart's usual style of layered complexity. No less clever this book is more graphics-oriented throughout. 

It's not what I wanted to show. Earlier today on a television show about funny videos, a girl is shown looking through a toddler's animal pop-up book. She opens the page to a full two page black pop-up spider and she freaks out and screams and clears away from the book first backward then warily circling around it so comically there is no room for sympathy just hilarity, but I cannot find the video. 

Like this, but funnier. This is not funny. The kid is too young. He screams. They laugh in the video but it's not funny. There are a couple more videos like this.

No me gusta. I don't like the ones with babies. They see the black spider right there and they're scared because they're obviously racist.


I saw three such videos with this spider, and that gives me an idea for a page for the book intended for my brother's boys. It must have such a spider.

Sabuda shows how to make one of these spiders using V-mechanism that actually does pop up with legs attached to the mechanism. You can notice that each of the legs forms a rhomboid parallelogram with the upright side of the V-mechanism and the background of the card.

My spider would be different, a solid narrow table down the center, with leg attachments extending off both sides to take up the full space of both pages. Mine will not pop up but rather fail to lay flat.

I'm not against scaring boys, I'm for it, But babies are not fair game, that's just cruel. I was a scared little boy, even the Wizard of Oz was too much for me in the 3rd grade and that's kind of old to be scared of a witch.

On the radar base at Benton, Barry and I walked to the tiny theater intended for GIs manning the base. We saw a movie about people in medieval court killing each other, maybe Richard III, the women wore cones for hats with pastel floaty handkerchiefs wafting from their points. They put a cage over a man's head and dropped a hungry rat in it. Gave me nightmares for decades. I'd shut off the light in the basement then race up the stairs all the way until I was twenty-two. When I saw teenagers laughing at Elm Street horror movies, laughing all the way through at how ridiculous they are, I became embarrassed. But no less afraid.

This video below kills me, and I mean kills me. It's the sort of thing kids do to each other. It's a game called Scary Maze. It's hardly a maze at all, just a pathway, the point of the game is focus one's attention to a dot. And just as the boy focuses on moving the dot through a pathway so does the video watcher focus on the boy, the purity of his face, the blond hair curling from under the hat, the pure red of the hat, a clean little boy up to good clean harmless fun in domestic peace and tranquility playing an online game.

I love this so much. He could have hurt himself badly but I'm laughing too hard to care, now that is funny. I live for moments like this in real life.  He is just blasted out of his own chair. What great reflexes. The way the chair folded makes it. Like the little kittens that freak over nothing. Apparently it's a spider because the video keeps coming up with [pop-up spider] search.

One these internet pop-ups like the boy is watching scared a girl to tears. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"S.C. police officer charged in fatal shooting"

"A white North Charleston, S.C., police officer was charged with shooting and killing an apparently unarmed black man during a traffic stop after a video of the confrontation surfaced, authorities said Tuesday."...
A video that shows a North Charleston police officer shooting at [Walter] Scott's back at least eight times as he ran away led to the arrest Tuesday, Police Chief Eddie Driggers said.

"Where would we be without that video?'' said Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott's family, expressing relief that charges were filed four days after Scott was shot to death Saturday morning...

Appearing before cameras Tuesday night, Anthony Scott, brother of the dead man, said the family was pleased that the truth was coming out as a result of the video's release.

"I think through the process we have received the truth. We can't get my brother back, and my family is in deep mourning.... But through the process, justice has been served,'' Anthony Scott said. "I don't think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there. I don't want to see anyone get shot down the way my brother got shot down.''

Walter Scott spent two years in the Coast Guard, had four children and was outgoing and loving, Anthony Scott said. "He was the most outgoing out of all of us," the brother said. "He was well known in the community."
That was quick.

"How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House"

"Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation."
To get to the White House, the hackers first broke into the State Department, investigators believe.

The State Department computer system has been bedeviled by signs that despite efforts to lock them out, the Russian hackers have been able to reenter the system. One official says the Russian hackers have "owned" the State Department system for months and it is not clear the hackers have been fully eradicated from the system.

As in many hacks, investigators believe the White House intrusion began with a phishing email that was launched using a State Department email account that the hackers had taken over, according to the U.S. officials.
I wander. Is this story an attempt to rescue Hillary from her e-mail troubles?

"‘Did something happen to [my] head?"

"Brian Williams’s fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011." Excerpt...
Turness learned the startling news: the most important person at the network, the face of NBC News, its anchorman Brian Williams, had apparently been exaggerating an anecdote about coming under fire in a U.S. Army helicopter during the Iraq war in 2003. A reporter from the military newspaper Stars and Stripes had called about it that morning. Williams was supposed to talk to him off the record in an effort to determine what the reporter planned to write. Instead, to the dismay of NBC’s P.R. staff, Williams had gone on the record and admitted he hadn’t been telling the truth, not only on a Nightly News broadcast the previous week but also over the years at public appearances and on talk shows.

Stunned, Turness was still trying to grasp the gravity of the situation when the Stars and Stripes story went online. At that point her biggest concern was the apology Williams was preparing to read to viewers on his broadcast that evening. He was already taping segments as he and Turness began swapping e-mails on its all-important wording. Turness and the other executives who had gotten involved quickly became frustrated, as they would remain for days, with Williams’s inability to explain himself. “He couldn’t say the words ‘I lied,’ ” recalls one NBC insider. “We could not force his mouth to form the words ‘I lied.’ He couldn’t explain what had happened. [He said,] ‘Did something happen to [my] head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head?’ He just didn’t know. We just didn’t know. We had no clear sense what had happened. We got the best [apology] we could get.” (read more)

"Two Days After Sharing This ‘Open Letter’ to Obama on Facebook..."

"...Veteran Coach Was Handing in His Resignation"

"Two days after posting a controversial open letter to President Barack Obama, written by “An American Citizen,” on his personal Facebook page, a lacrosse coach said he was forced to resign by school officials at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine... Read the entire open letter, seemingly written in response to Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, below:"
Dear Mr. Obama:

Have you ever seen a Muslim hospital?

Have you heard a Muslim orchestra?

Have you seen a Muslim band march in a parade?

Have you witnessed a Muslim charity?

Have you seen Muslims shak[ing] hands with Muslim Girl Scouts?

Have you seen a Muslim Candy Striper?

Have your seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life????

The answer is no, you have not. Just ask yourself WHY???

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Bill of Rights? Didn’t think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England? No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half-brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East.

No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who’s asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America…

Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslims.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major, a doctor and a psychiatrist, who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America!

P.S. Now, you can add the Boston Marathon bombings, too…
Glen Beck pointed out some of the stipulations on the letter are wrong... but, the question remains, should someone loose their livelihood, because they disagreed with the president of the Unites States?

"Mindy Kaling's brother got entry in med school as black"

"Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling's brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam has revealed that he got accepted in a medical school by pretending to be African-American."
Vijay said he shaved off his straight black hair, trimmed his "long Indian eyelashes" and started ticking off "black" box for race on his applications, reported the New York Post.

The Indian-American said it worked like a magic as he started getting interviewed at at Harvard and Columbia and many other universities despite his relatively mediocre 3.1 GPA. (read more)
Should other races take advantage of programs meant for a particular group? Consider that we are already giving illegal aliens driver licenses and other benefits.

"The deception of the Obama Department of Justice"

By Katie Pavlich: Link
Throughout Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House he’s been accused of leading a lawless presidency and cheapening the rule of law through his Department of Justice. Many say these accusations are simply based in politics, but a closer look at the way the Department of Justice has handled multiple cases in federal court suggest misleading or lying to judges is a habit, not a mistake.

Most recently, we’ve seen this happen in the case surrounding President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration. Twenty-six states are suing against the action, and in February, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a stay in the implementation of the order granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Shortly after blocking the implementation, Hanen found out DOJ attorneys had issued false information to the court. He accused them of misleading the court because Immigration and Customs Enforcement, under DOJ guidance, had ignored his order to halt implementation and gave temporary amnesty and work permits to more than 100,000 people. (read more)

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Black Ring Floating Over Kazakhstan" Video

"A strange black circle was spotted in the sky above a village in northern Kazakhstan. Baffled residents captured the mysterious spectacle on video as it hovered in the air for fifteen minutes before dissipating."


From the sublime to the profane, it's what we do, it's how we are. In a single sudden descent from one post to another, thud, bathos. The comic is penis-related and about male silliness so not safe for work, part of the Oglaf archive. There is a lot of that in the archive. It made me giggle.

"Cubs fans relieve themselves in cups amid bathroom disaster"

"From the sound of it, Wrigley Field is in shambles. Everyone could see the Ernie Banks-themed tarp and sections of plywood covering the outfield bleachers, which are currently under renovation. Some of the venue’s restrooms are also closed for renovation, leading to an unsanitary mess on opening night."

Additional photographs posted to Twitter further documented the mess.

“If I used panorama mode, I couldn’t have gotten the whole line in it,” one fan told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports when discussing the bathroom lines. “We don’t need marble walls, marble floors, white-glove attendants handing you gum and perfume and towels. No, just give me a hole to [pee] in. A mud hut.”

Eventually, Wrigley Field will be back in working order. The new jumbotron at the stadium is a nice addition, though it looks a little strange. The restrooms should clearly be top priority at the moment.

"Some People Have a Right to More Water Than Others"

"Judge says Brooklyn woman can use Facebook to serve divorce papers"

"In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message."
Baidoo, 26, “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,”... 

“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” said Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell.

His client and Blood-Dzraku tied the knot back in a civil ceremony back in 2009, but their relationship crumbled when Blood-Dzraku reneged on his promise to have a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well, Spinnell said. Both are from Ghana.

“She wanted their families there,”

Sunday, April 5, 2015

“Ultimately, we were too deferential to our rape victim”

"Rolling Stone Retracts Article on Rape at University of Virginia"
In an interview discussing Columbia’s findings, Jann S. Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, acknowledged the story’s flaws but said it represented an isolated and unusual episode. The problems with the article started with its source, Mr. Wenner said. He described her as “a really expert fabulist storyteller” who managed to manipulate the magazine’s editorial process. When asked to clarify, he said that he was not trying to blame Jackie, “but obviously there is something here that is untruthful, and something sits at her doorstep.”

The reporting errors by Ms. Erdely were compounded by insufficient scrutiny and skepticism from editors, the report said. And the fact-checking process relied heavily on four hours of conversations with Jackie.

Ms. Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone who has also written for GQ and The New Yorker, declined to be interviewed for this article. She said in her apology that reading the report was “a brutal and humbling experience.” She also acknowledged that she did not do enough to verify Jackie’s account.

Rolling Stone’s fundamental mistake, Mr. Dana said, was in suspending any skepticism about Jackie’s account because of the sensitivity of the issue. “We didn’t think through all the implications of the decisions that we made while reporting the story, and we never sort of allowed for the fact that maybe the story we were being told was not true,”

"When Hillary Clinton Complained About Not Turning Evidence Over"

Via Daily Caller

The tomb is empty


Jewish rulers planned to have Jesus' body thrown in the pits of Gehenna as custom for victims of crucifixion where his body would be exposed to wild animals. It was also common for relatives of means to intervene with bribes to Roman authorities for the body. Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate taking with him a large sum of money but when Pilate heard the request he signed the release immediately. The sandstorm abated, a group representing Sanhedrin went out to Golgotha to make sure that Jesus' body would go with the two brigands to the open burial pits. 

Joseph arrives at Golgotha finding the soldiers taking Jesus down from the cross with the Sanhedrin group there to make sure that none of Jesus' group prevent his body from going to the public pits. When Joseph hands Pilate's order to the centurion to release Jesus' body to Joseph, the representatives raised a tumult. The centurion drew his sword drove back the angry mob, read Pilates order, and assigned soldiers to make sure nobody interfered with Joseph.

"Religious conservatives are the targets of discrimination, lawyer says"

"Religious conservatives are the ones being discriminated against for their stance of conscience." said Jordan Lawrence a veteran attorney who in 2006 represented a female photographer in one of the cases widely cited in the “religious freedom" law.
“Nobody has a religion that says they have to deny service to gay people, the way the other side portrays this issue,” he said. “That completely distorts reality and makes this seem like a segregated lunch counter in the South.”

He added: “I’ve had a long time to ponder this and I can’t think of a single person who has said ‘My religion says I can’t sell goods and services to gay people.’ Nobody.”

What some are saying, he insisted, is that they cannot be a party to a ceremony in which marriage is defined differently than between one man and one woman—or serve as an advocate for such a marriage.

People such as website designers, videographers, social media specialists and advertising agencies that devise campaigns—if asked to advocate political or religious platforms— have a right under the law to decline

“They don’t have a standard product – it’s a message they have to formulate to put out there, but people want to ignore the fact that asking a [Christian] website designer to create a website that God does not exist could create some crisis of conscience.”

The threshold for denying services in a religious protection case, he said, is whether the task required by the religious person is “expressive.” Does the job involve some sort of creativity?
Here, Jordan Lawrence cites a couple of instances, one, which made it's way to the New Mexico Supreme court, where a concurrence accompanying the court’s opinion, one of the justices wrote that the Huguenins (a photographer) “now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” adding “it is the price of citizenship.”

The second instance, an example where this time a governor was singled out for her Christian belief, did not go to the courts, but it did make the news.
In 2012, Sante Fe, N.M., hair stylist Antonio Darden made news when he said he would no longer cut the hair of Gov. Susana Martinez—or offer her the secret hair coloring recipe he designed just for her—because he disagreed with her opposition to gay marriage. Although his stand did not involve a religious protection law, Lorence used the anecdote to make a point.

“The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in,” Darden, who is gay, told a local television station at the time, "Because of her stances and her views on this, I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I’d changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no.”

Lorence said the media rallied behind Darden.

“The stories said ‘Wow, what a principled guy. They treated him like a hero because the governor violated his beliefs,” Lorence said — and the fervor caught on.

“Waiters and waitresses in the area vowed not to provide service to the governor if she came in to eat because of her stance on same-sex marriage,” he said.

Lorence believes laws that protect religious convictions are in place for a reason, and should not be politicized.

“Because this hairdresser was on the right side of the political debate, he got a pass in the press,” he said. “It’s wrong to view religious liberty laws as a fortress of the conservatives, that if you wipe out laws protecting religious liberty you’ve somehow seized a strategic stronghold of the enemy and brought them closer to defeat.”

Reached at his shop, Dardon told the Los Angeles Times that he had every right to deny service.
How can the hairdresser not see that it is HE who is singling out people, indeed punishing the governor for her Christian beliefs?