Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wild Weather Weekend

At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Earlier today... a little on the pricier side but the nephews had fun.

Push button air bubbles

He loved this

Some kind of musical instrument

'Fish' he called out

He loved this water fall play toy

Looking for fossils

El Niño 3D presentation

It Wasn't Me Wins Over Entire Audience

White Guy at The Apollo Sings Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me". Wins Over Entire Audience. (via Reddit)

"University Professor Tweets That White Males Are A "Problem Population.""



You need maths to make fig Newtons because you need a rectangle of dough 14 inches X 8 inches and with fig Newtons it had best be mathematically precise.

And then they shrink anyway.

Check it out, fig Newtons with figs and dates and after all that trouble of turning palm fruits into sludge so the result isn't lumpy and all that measuring and numerical precision with dough size, the thing that I learned foremost is figs and dates are a lot better in their original form. Now I have a pint jar of fig/date sludge and it really is delicious with no sugar or spice or anything added. But I'd rather have the fruit. And it was a lot of trouble.

Natalie Portman to Play Justice Ginsburg.

The beauty will play the justice in a movie titled blacklisted, a biopic. Seen on The Hill Twitter account. The thread that the Twitter post evoked is fun. The Hill piece by Mark Hensch explains it, the article has 60 comments so far and all of them I read vituperative toward both actress and justice.

Friday, May 8, 2015


Bob Dylan said about that song:
The only time it bothered me that someone sounded like me was when I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, in about '72 and the big song at the time was "Heart of Gold". I used to hate it when it came on the radio. I always liked Neil Young, but it bothered me every time I listened to "Heart of Gold." I think it was up at number one for a long time, and I'd say, 'Shit, that's me. If it sounds like me, it should as well be me.'
I too have a memory of that song but it's from '79. Having spent a month in Italy without seeing another American, I got to Pisa by train late at night with an Italian friend. Our usual routine was to sleep outside at or near the train station and then to see the city the next day before moving on - a buon mercato. I couldn't wait and went off looking for the Leaning Tower. Along the way, or on the walk back, I watched a guy singing that song, alone, under a street light. Unforgettable.

"Social-Justice Warriors Are Worrying about..."

"White Male Privilege on Mars"
Despite the fact that we’re clearly pretty far from colonizing Mars, the social-justice crowd is already freaking out that it’s going to be an oppressive, white-male dominated society and that we must act now to stop it.

“The last thing we need is to wake up in 50 years and find that a bunch of #gamergate nobheads are running Mars,” Martin Robbins writes in a piece for the Guardian titled, “How Can Our Future Mars Colonies Be Free of Racism and Sexism?” Robbins explains that part of his concern comes from the fact that humans’ colonization of new lands has traditionally been oppressive.

"Tina Fey graciously takes off her dress for Letterman"

Via Reddit

The State Department "regrets"

"State Department will not review Clinton ethics pledge breaches"
"The State Department has not and does not intend to initiate a formal review or to make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton's tenure," Rathke told reporters.

The charities never told the State Department about the new and increased donations. In two instances, the charities said this was the result of "oversights"; for the other six, they said those donations were exceptions to the agreement for various reasons.

The charities also stopped publishing full donor lists from 2010 onwards; the annually updated list omitted donors to the foundation's flagship health initiative.

Rathke, the State Department spokesman, said the department was not aware of donations having an undue influence on U.S. foreign policy. When reporters asked how the department could know this without reviewing the belated disclosures, he declined to comment further.

British elections

The liberals of Britain will learn nothing from this trouncing. It is not possible. What they will do instead is double down on their disregard. But then both David Cameron and Nigel Farage are self-parodying. 

About that plan referred to in the video...

It is an actual stone. A BETTER PLAN A BETTER FUTURE.  "What happens to the stone if Miliband loses?" A question I saw a few times tonight on Twitter. At this writing conservatives have overtaken labor considerably and that is without the Scottish National Party that has all of Scotland in a stunning sweep. One person suggested it could be his tombstone. 

I have not seen the likes of anything quite so vapid ever done in stone. Parodied heavily here [miliband's stone] .

Even this one: [Any priest who walks by this stone without saying a prayer to Haremhemet* I will wring his neck like a bird] 

1) Strong economic foundation. How? What is intended? 
2) Higher living standards for working families. How high? From what to what? How will success be measured? What is the base? It is an empty platitude.
3) Healthcare system with "time to care" You sound like a girl.
4) Controls on immigration. Oh? There aren't controls now? This is a reversal for Labor. It's been nothing but straight up racism for decades. It is how your party characterizes UKIP.
5) Next generation better off. Please. Not possible with you in their way or even around.
6) Homes to buy and acton on rents. Government has nothing to do with that except get out of the way and without specifying what action on rents we're left to assume you have no idea. 

This is your leader, Labor, the man you favor while dismissing without seriously regarding anybody or anything else, in an earlier election cycle. If you don't care to watch, he is stuck on one answer to every question to a ridiculous extent as if something malfunctioned with his mechanical prerecorded answer provider and it can deliver only one single spiel. But they're stuck with him, and only him, so support him they do, sort of like Hillary except a lot less flexible.

Labor voters don't care. Miliband's plan in stone is just fine with them, What concerns them most is UKIPs racism and stern Tory economic policies that show Tories don't care about people. 

* I forget the actual name.

Not quite over the top

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Anjem Choudary

Mark Levin says the name sounds like a disease. How rude.

"it was nearly identical from time to time to time—and the system worked from rat to rat to rat”

"Inside the Memory Machine"
Based on the activity they observed, they could even tell when the rats were going to make an error. “The rats are not making mistakes randomly. They’re responding the way they are because the hippocampus encoded the wrong information,” he adds.

Humans make similar errors when they try to look for their parked cars, Deadwyler says. Imagine if yesterday, you parked your car in the second row near the door, but today, you parked in the fourth row near the back. But today you were also preoccupied by a 9 a.m. meeting, and so you weren’t paying close attention to where you parked. If you tried to find your car in the second row of the lot, you would be making the same mistake as the rats because your hippocampus didn’t encode this morning’s parking spot very well.
rat hippocampus

How did a Cop get caught smuggling in a Mexican National?

"LAPD Officer, Girlfriend Indicted In Federal Court For Trying To Smuggle Mexican Citizen Into U.S."
According to court documents, Quezada drove his 2014 Nissan Juke with Godinez in the passenger seat through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on March 14 at about 6:30 p.m. and told a Customs and Border Protection office they had nothing to declare. The couple was referred for a more intensive inspection, during which officer detected something unusual in the rear cargo area.

Antanasio Perez Avalos, a 26-year-old Mexican national, was found in the compartment in the spare-tire area, federal officials said. All three were taken into custody and interviewed.

"Family Pleads for Marine Veteran Held Over 3 years by Iran"


"How friendship became a tool of the powerful"

"Researchers from the decision science research group at the University of California, Berkeley have looked closely at pay-it-forward pricing and discovered something with profound implications for how markets and businesses work. It transpires that people will generally pay more under the pay-it-forward model than under a conventional pricing system. As the study’s lead author, Minah Jung, puts it: “People don’t want to look cheap. They want to be fair, but they also want to fit in with the social norms.” Contrary to what economists have long assumed, altruism can often exert a far stronger influence over our decision-making than calculation."

"Such findings are typical of the field of behavioural economics, which emerged in the late 1970s. Like regular economists, behavioural economists assume that individuals are usually motivated to maximise their own benefit – but not always. In certain circumstances, they are social and moral animals, even when this appears to undermine their economic interests. They follow the herd and act according to certain rules of thumb. They have some principles that they will not sacrifice for money at all."

"Tom Brady’s Legacy as One of the Best Takes a Hit"

"To find out if the New England Patriots knowingly used deflated footballs during the A.F.C. championship game in January, the N.F.L. hired lawyers and physics geniuses and investigators who dug so deeply that it seemed they were investigating a federal crime."

"The result was released on Wednesday: a 243-page investigative report, which included a 68-page scientific report and appendices. But, truthfully, all of it could have been boiled down to a single sentence: Tom Brady — one of the most accomplished N.F.L. quarterbacks ever — is more probably than not a cheater."

Michelle Obama goes to the Museum

You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum. And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself.”


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How Civilizations Collapse -- Is the U.S. Next?

This is an editorial by Victor Davis Hanson at Investors. com

Acting counter to a lesser rule about bothering with pieces with titles that end with a question mark it is hard to resist Victor Hanson. I usually learn something interesting from him about history that isn't Egyptian.

Victor Hanson is historian and writes a lot about social issues. Comparing and contrasting as historians do and as the writer is professor we anticipate his piece to read logically arranged and somewhat academically. let's see what he says about the U.S. being next. I say, "no, some other nation is next, but let's hear your points anyway." 

1 Civilizations decline because

1.1) too much consumption not enough production
1.2) debased currency
1.3) corruption

Mr. Hanson avers the U.S. is steeped in these three terminal conditions and adds two more.

1.4) unwillingness to pay taxes
1.5) end of the rule of law

2 About those not paying taxes,  Mr. Hanson describes how it is that people slide by corruption, complacency, and by ideologic sympathisers providing the cover. 

2.1  Sharpton
2.2 Clinton Foundation
2.3 MSNBC 
  2.3.1 Toure Neblett
  2.3.2 Melissa Harris-Perry
2.4 Lois Lerner
2.5 George Soros

3 Laws are politicized as the tax system is.

3.1 Obama -- immigration law ceased to exist
3.2 Affordable Care Act implementation
3.3 EPA bypasses Congress by fiat
3.4 Obama -- Iran agreement bypassing Congress by E.O.

4 Prosecutors have never been more ideologically-driven than they are now.

4.1 Bob Menendez (D) disagrees with Cuba and Iran receives federal indictments from 2006-2013
4.2 Marilyn Mosby Baltimore State Attorney appeased crowd charging 6 policemen for short term gain by distorting law

Conclusion: Increasingly the degree to which a law is enforced or whether a person is indicted depends on political considerations. When citizens do not pay taxes, or choose not to and expect to get by then society unwinds. When law becomes negotiable then civilization collapses.

Victor Hanson does not disappoint. He is interesting and he does read academically, and logically and clearly, he is historian. Looking back over it the whole thing is review. That's why it is so agreeable all the way through. We lived it and discussed it at length. It's interesting to see it summed up like this and briefly set against ancient culture and it is a good read but honestly I must say there is nothing here that is new. 

Bruce Richards on Bloomberg

Bruce Richards, Marathon Asset Management CEO reminds us even smart people say dumb things and economics pundits will accept it for ordinary speech without interruption. Speaking to two Bloomberg correspondents, Richards said,

"It's built in, it's structural. The banks must react, see, Dodd-Frank and all that, there's reaction. You know. Like Einstein's theory of Relativity: for every action there's reaction."

It's not rocket surgery.

CNN Chris Cuomo Amends the US Constitution via Twitter


Men With Tools

Leaf blower, leaves, and a chimnea.   Listen for the voice of wisdom at the end.

"I thought you never get up here"

'The Price Is Right' Awards Treadmill to Contestant in Wheelchair (Video)
Was that wrong?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sicilian fried dough balls

It's a Christmas thing, apparently. They say so. It must be Christmas then in my mind. These two delightful birds, Hilah and Mel, entertained me tremendously. They're making dough balls with pizza tidbits inside them.

They are funny to me, they are not used to dough, but I am. I do this dough thing like one makes morning coffee. Bad analogy if you switch on a machine, but I'm comparing the real deal of coffee process, making dough is the same as that, just pour things into a bowl and stir with a dinner knife. Then you have a surly shaggy dough wad and rub it between your hands to make a snake. The weight of the dough stretches, the wad drops down but the stretch is tight and tends to break as you roll it. Even minor rolling is sufficient kneading because the weight is swinging around like a weighted pendulum but I usually do this vigorously. I play with the dough snake, fold it in half and let its weight stretch it as I sort of fire-stick rub the snake tail between my hands. The dough's elasticity develops right there in your hands, you can feel the dough change from unruly uncooperative tense and sticky to lined up and cooperative you feel it become elastic and smooth in your hands. That's the way to go. With dough. 

Or it can be done in 3 seconds in the Cuisinart with the blade. 

But then you don't get to play with it and you have to drag out he Cuisinart, clean it, put it away. And that's a bummer. 

So, they're very amusing because of their dough-uncertainty. But this idea of putting pizza bits inside is excellent. I tried a similar idea with pâte à choux but it wasn't so great and I thought next time think: the same amount of meaty tidbit to cheese as you would have with a tiny pizza. My mistake was stuffing the baked gougères with too much shredded chicken. Both those and these take a distressingly small amount of meat filling. 

It hardly seems worth it. 

But they are worth it. When I made these they were unbelievably satisfying, a not so sweet doughnut with savory elements. They fry in one minute and best right then, less good after they cool. 

I love honey-baked ham.

The one I bought was not the best. It's what was available at the store at the moment. I could doll it up a little. 

When you get down to here the spiral cuts no longer work. The blade skips over the bone so the meat must be chipped away from the bone.

This is ham diced finely with two types of cheese, Robusto and feta. Both of them are fantastic. This is showing the size, very small. The bag is leftover from this project and mixed together for something else, not before this project where the cheese is still separate. I'm still working on this ham. There are still a few tiny bits left.

I am one person living here. I have no business buying a large spiral cut ham, better to buy slices at the deli, but I don't care. The thing is going to sit in there for a long time and I don't care about that either. And I must have at it like a rodent until it is gone or else it is wasted. Of all the things that I made out of this ham, and there were a lot and they were all good, and when I got down to the bone, the marrow drawn from that for Swiss chard and beans was just spectacular, you never see that, even that was not so good as these. These are the best things that came from the ham after the spiral cuts became useless. Thank you, Ladies, you are fantastic and adorable and this idea is easy and fun. 

White, Southern, And In Uniform...

...everything the modern Left abhors.

I'm reposting this blog post I did around the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. Why? Because the centenary of the Lusitania is looming and I'm not sure what lessons can be drawn from it. But there are lessons in this one if you look.

[Originally posted here]:
Major Archibald Butt (1865-1912)
Two different eyewitnesses attested to Major Archibald Butt's bravery that night. From The Sinking of the Titanic and other Sea Disasters:
The following story of his bravery was told by Mrs. Henry B. Harris, wife of a theatrical manager:
'The world should rise in praise of Major Butt. That man's conduct will remain in my memory forever. The American army is honored by him and the way he taught some of the other men how to behave when women and children were suffering that awful mental fear of death. Major Butt was near me and I noticed everything that he did.
When the order to man the boats came, the captain whispered something to Major Butt. The two of them had become friends. The major immediately became as one in supreme command. You would have thought he was at a White House reception. A dozen or more women became hysterical all at once, as something connected with a life-boat went wrong. Major Butt stepped over to them and said: 'Really, you must not act like that; we are all going to see you through this thing.' He helped the sailors rearrange the rope or chain that had gone wrong and lifted some of the women in with a touch of gallantry. Not only was there a complete lack of any fear in his manner, but there was the action of an aristocrat.
When the time came he was a man to be feared. In one of the earlier boats fifty women, it seemed, were about to lowered, when a man, suddenly panic-stricken, ran to the stern of it. Major Butt shot one arm out, caught him by the back of the neck and jerked him backward like a pillow. His head cracked against a rail and he was stunned.
'Sorry,' said Major Butt, 'women will be attended to first or I'll break every damned bone in your body.'
The boats were lowered one by one, and as I stood by, my husband said to me, 'Thank God, for Archie Butt.' Perhaps Major Butt heard it, for he turned his face towards us for a second and smiled. Just at that moment, a young man was arguing to get into a life-boat, and Major Butt had a hold of the lad by the arm, like a big brother, and was telling him to keep his head and be a man.
Major Butt helped those poor frightened steerage people so wonderfully, so tenderly and yet with such cool and manly firmness that he prevented the loss of many lives from panic. He was a soldier to the last. He was one of God's greatest noblemen, and I think I can say he was an example of bravery even to men on the ship.
Miss Marie Young, who was a music instructor to President Roosevelt's children and had known Major Butt during the occupancy of the White House, told this story of his heroism:
Archie himself put me into a boat, wrapped blankets about me and tucked me in as carefully as if we were starting on a motor ride. He, himself, entered the boat with me, performing the little courtesies as calmly and with as smiling a face as if death were far away, instead of being but a few moments removed from him.

When he had carefully wrapped me up he stepped upon the gunwale of the boat, and lifting his hat, smiled down at me. 'Good-bye, Miss Young,' he said. 'Good luck to you, and don't forget to remember me to the folks back home.' Then he stepped back and waved his hand to me as the boat was lowered. I think I was the last woman he had a chance to help, for the boat went down shortly after we cleared the suction zone.
I cannot fathom why Butt's gallantry has been whitewashed from Titanic history. Was it just his unfortunate name?

Sometime between 1912 and the publication of Walter Lord's A Night To Remember in 1955, Major Butt's actions were inexplicably downgraded to casual bystander.  He doesn't even appear in Cameron's Titanic. Lord, doyen of Titanic historians, had interviewed dozens of living Titanic survivors for his book, but I wonder if Marie Young or Mrs Harris were among them. 

I can suggest three other possible reasons:
  • Butt had been over-dramatized in earlier accounts and Walter Lord wanted to attenuate that. Lord also downplayed the words and heroism of Benjamin Guggenheim, who will be in a future post.
  • Butt was a southerner and the nephew of a Confederate general (Lord was an early civil rights activist).
  • Butt was a bachelor and was travelling with the artist  Francis David Millet, who had scandalously lived abroad with another man. Lord himself was a lifelong bachelor and probably should have been more sympathetic.
Despite his diminished stature among Titanic historians, Butt's memory lives.  According to the Wiki:
During his time serving with two presidents, Butt wrote almost daily letters to his sister-in-law Clara, of Augusta, Georgia. These letters are prized by modern historians as a key source of information on the more private events of these two presidencies, as well as invaluable insights into the respective characters of Roosevelt and Taft.

Australian wont sell his house to "Asians"

Oh... No agents...

"And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read"

"Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact"
If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.

“It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who’s become the leader of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. “You give back the toys at the end.”

For those out to sink Obama’s free trade push, highlighting the lack of public information is becoming central to their opposition strategy: The White House isn’t even telling Congress what it’s asking for, they say, or what it’s already promised foreign governments.

Police Lives Matter

Officer Brian Moore died today. He had been shot in the face when he stopped Demetrius Blackwell who obviously had a gun in his pants. Officer Moore was a plainclothes anti-crime cop just 25 years old.

There will be no protest because of the murder of Brian Moore. No professor or pundit will go on MSNBC or CNN and rant and rave about how unfair it was. How Officer Moore was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. How he played it straight and by all the rules. How he came every day to protect and serve a community that hated him. By a skell who should have been incarcerated but who they would want to go free because there are just "too many minorities in jail." It doesn't matter that Blackwell was a career violent criminal. He is exactly the type of person that they want to go free.

If Officer Moore had tazed this mook they would have started a riot. God forbid he had shot him while he was pulling out his gun. They would have demanded that he shoot the gun out of his hand. They would have asked why did he even stop and frisk him. They would have shut down the Brooklyn Bridge for weeks. Officer Moore probably hesitated for that split second because he didn't want to be the next cop thrown under the bus by the racialists.

You will not see one tenth of the blog posts or comments decrying the murder of Officer Brian Moore. There will be no protests. No press conference by President Obama expressing outrage at his murder. No demands that the Justice Department get invovled. No demonstrations. No outrage at all. They save that all for the skells and career criminals like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Grey. I expect Demetrius Blackwell to be the commencement speaker at Oberlin college next year.

Because these people think that this is how it should be. Another cop shot dead. Big deal. If they don't like it they should go do something else.

Police lives matter. Just not to them.

People like to hear me speak

The first short video is all one needs. The following two videos are extra but not at all necessary. Skip them and miss nothing except a little bit more of what Bill Clinton says. The two videos are the people on the channels usually skipped but for some reason they all come with the search results. I think because this is getting more traction on the left than it is on the right that takes it for mostly another thing thrown on the pile of criminality so deep and so high that although very big and although terminal for anyone else it doesn't make a dent to the skyscraper tall pile of terminal-level criminality already excused by their party and by the media generally. Their pattern each incident is claim no mind for criminal intention and destroy, lose, delay, physical evidence to the contrary.  

Four minutes. Just a peek if you care to see how they handle this. 

Here is a bit more of the same thing, just a few minutes, with unfortunate accompanying analysis 

I gave up on the second video at 1:47. You can tell someone is babbling when they go "are, are, are" barbarian.

[Yesterday I happened to hear Bugs Bunny ask Porky Pig a question and the cartoon pig answered enthusiastically with a string of strained stutters and the way Bugs accepted it as normal speech matched television pundits so perfectly I folded up laughing at it. I was laughing at how prescient Mel Blank appears through cartoons.] 

Monday, May 4, 2015

CNN person

Whenever this exchange was brought to my attention today I kept wanting to push the woman's hair away from her face. It bugs me. The way her hair frames her face, that's long to begin with. She gives her face a long hair frame. Why does she want that? I cannot feel it. I imagine wearing that hair and that hair touching my own neck and the sensation of spiders crawling all over takes over. But I am not complaining because I don't have to wear it nor watch, rather, I come with suggestions. Let's look. But not just push it away, chop it.

File titled cnn person


Bill Clinton: "I've got to pay our bills"


"Kepler Mission Discovers a World Orbiting Two Stars"

"The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact. NASA's Kepler mission has made the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet - a planet orbiting two stars - 200 light-years from Earth."

"This discovery confirms a new class of planetary systems that could harbor life," Kepler principal investigator William Borucki said. "Given that most stars in our galaxy are part of a binary system, this means the opportunities for life are much broader than if planets form only around single stars. This milestone discovery confirms a theory that scientists have had for decades but could not prove until now."

Carly Fiorina: I'm Running for president

Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class,” Fiorina says in a video. “We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it. I’m Carly Fiorina and I’m running for president”
“Carly for President” is already bucking expectations, drawing larger crowds than expected, and building the kind of campaign that just might pack a punch down the line.

“It never occurred to me that there might be another female choice,” Renee Duvall told msnbc in Concord, New Hampshire “I love it! I’m excited about it.”

Fiorina’s criticism of Clinton has been a constant in her campaign so far.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe but unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity not an accomplishment,” she quipped in New Hampshire. 
“Leadership is not about position, or power, or title, or perks,” she said in New Hampshire in mid-April. “The highest calling of leadership is to unlock potential in others and to change the order of things for the better.”

Garland Texas

The whole thing was provocative. I'm not sure, possibly a Pamela Geller production, at least she is upfront and quite vocal and prepared in defending the Draw Mohammed art contest. I heard her say the winning entry is an ex-Muslim who in apparent Escher style drew a hand drawing Mohammed with Mohammed saying, "You can't draw me" and the hand saying, "That's why I draw you." 

You can buy a poster announcing the event at Pamel Gellers of Mohammed painting a self portrait of Mohammed by looking over his own painting in progress at a mirror of himself, so you get two face shots, the mirror and the painting, with the back of the artist, Norman Rockwell-style with the little photos of Mohammed tapped around the edges of the painting . It's cute. But then you'd have a poster of all those little Mohammeds on your wall. 

Imagining that you're outgunning an art exhibition in Texas is suicide. Apparently the attackers knew it. 

Accepted, atawaakul. You are now a sack of useless dead meat and stain soon to be rinsed off the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland where you and the bro with you bit it in defense of your ancient prophet and you two managed to hurt a man's foot.

The whole thing is basically staged. Pamela spoke of Curtis Culwell Center being chosen because it is the place where Islamists met to discuss introducing sharia law through their communities. The group choose the place for their AFDI/Jihad Watch free speech event to challenge jihadists and Texas' response to protecting the First Amendment right there. 

The challenge is staged, the jihadist response is predictable, and the police response to jihadist response is predictable, what is not predictable but with better chances in Texas is how do we respond to that? I'm sensing by staging the challenge in Texas Pamela is counting on the 1st Amendment being protected foremost and above appeasing monsters, as she puts it, also, "I will not give up my Constitutional rights to savages." 

I'll Drink To That!

Don't mess with Texas

Sunday, May 3, 2015

[Walter Russell] Mead could have mentioned Zbigniew Brezinski,

the diplomat turned pundit who is a frequent defender of Barack Obama. Has the irony occurred to Professor Mead that he wrote an entire article about role of the press in Afghanistan while virtually ignoring the Taliban? As Mead knows (or should know) Brzezinski practically invented the Taliban back in the 1970s when he trained and armed the Afghan mujahideen to the hilt in order to give the Soviets a black eye. Of course it would be too much to expect Mead to offer even tepid criticism of Brzezinski; he is, after all, an editorial board member of the "American Interest."
According to commenter wigwag that is one thing Mead could have mentioned in his article Media Gives President a Pass Again published at the American Interest.

Wigwag goes on at length describing more things that W.R. Mead could have mentioned since Mead didn't have a problem mentioning Harold Bloom by name in an earlier piece wigwag knows that it's possible for Mead to do it. So why not? Another notable not mentioned by name would be Tom Friedman who mentioned W.R. Mead benevolently in one of his own pieces so now by not mentioning Friedman by name as one Obama's chief cheerleaders when he could for clarity must be for another reason like not messing up that good thing.

Wigwag postulates co-existential self-hate, oikophobia as another blogger insists, as the unifying reason why media align with progressive liberal politicians and protect them. Wigwag does what liberals do and recommends a book on the subject, the one that helped formulate his opinions. Why is recommending a book a thing that liberals do? Because wigwag recommends two and tells us if we haven't read then we're doing ourselves a disservice.

Read it so we can be smart as he.

Smart in the same way he is smart, along the same lines of thinking so your thoughts are formed as his thoughts are formed on the subjects at hand and we do him a disservice by not catching up.

Wigwag expands on Steel, the author of the first book. Wigwag finds it interesting the same things that informs and biases media principals and glitterati toward Obama policies are the same things that inform their attitude toward Israel because Israel is a product of the West and they harbor ill feeling for the West and its history, for themselves. Then he recommends another book.

Wigwag continues about rejection of American exceptionalism and how there is a clear split between party (with media scrutiny) and party with media support.  These are all subjects we've talked about here but it was odd seeing all splayed out by a random commenter. All of the following comments are supportive of this one by wigwag. One said wigwag's comment is better than the article, which is quite good, but again, material all well covered. Wigwag is right, W.R. Mead's piece really would have been better with names.

Long Lost Family Reunion


American Pharoah