Saturday, September 5, 2015


I cried the first time I heard that. I was alone and driving home late one night.

The piece was originally written in Western style in 1959 by two Chinese men. The music was suppressed until the 1970's. Recently, the work has been "de-Westernized" by replacing the traditional orchestral instruments with traditional Chinese ones.

WKRLEM Can I get a Witness

"Why ain't Saudi Arabia or other Gulf States taking any in?"

A Woman for All Seasons

Sir Thomas More: Since the Court has determined to condemn me, God knoweth how, I will now discharge my mind concerning the indictment and the King's title. The indictment is grounded in an act of Parliament which is directly repugnant to the law of God, and his Holy Church, the Supreme Government of which no temporal person may by any law presume to take upon him. This was granted by the mouth of our Savior, Christ himself, to Saint Peter and the Bishops of Rome whilst He lived and was personally present here on earth. It is, therefore, insufficient in law to charge any Christian to obey it. And more to this, the immunity of the Church is promised both in Magna Carta and in the king's own coronation oath

"Spanish milk"

Via Reddit

"Clintons personally paid State Department staffer to maintain server"

"Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family personally paid a State Department staffer to maintain the private e-mail server she used while heading the agency, according to an official from Clinton’s presidential campaign."
The unusual arrangement helped Clinton retain personal control over the system that she used for her public and private duties and that has emerged as an issue for her campaign. But, according to the campaign official, it also ensured that taxpayer dollars were not spent on a private server that was shared by Clinton, her husband and their daughter as well as aides to the former president. (read more)
Hillary is no stranger to "unusual arrangements". Let me point you to the time the Clintons where in the White House, the "White House FBI files controversy" or Filegate.
The White House FBI files controversy of the Clinton Administration, often referred to as Filegate, arose in June 1996 around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Craig Livingstone, director of the White House's Office of Personnel Security, improperly requested, and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission. The revelations provoked a strong political and press reaction because many of the files covered White House employees from previous Republican administrations, including top presidential advisors. Under criticism, Livingstone resigned from his position. Allegations were made that senior White House figures, including First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, may have requested and read the files for political purposes, and that the First Lady had authorized the hiring of the underqualified Livingstone.
Then, if you go further back, there was the disappearance and reappearance of the Rose Law firm billing records. And we are seriously considering putting these people back in the White House.

"Stuff that doesn't suck: Pat and Party Cat"

"I was coming back from Born Free in California, and we had made it to Nevada," Pat told us. "I was at this truck stop getting gas, and this little guy just needed help. He was pretty badly burned, so I picked him up and tucked him inside my vest. We're feeding him regularly now, so he's doing better, even though he's sort of living on the road until we get home.

"He's been eating tuna fish out of those dry-foil packs you can buy, and his burns are pretty much all healed up except for the little spot on his lip. He's so chill. He just hangs out in my vest when we get on the road. I've never met a cat so calm." (read the rest of the story here)

Wandering Star

The song is sampled in a television advertisement presently for Amazon wherein a little white dog with blue leg cast has trouble walking on the path and the man buys a baby sling on Amazon so the dog doesn't have to walk. 

[note to self:  alert animal protection they made this little dog suffer just for emotional appeal]

When the dog looks sad he's pleading, "Why are you doing this to me?" 

And when the dog is in the sling it's conveying, "Eh, better but I'd rather you take off the blue thing." 

Just kidding. It's a cute ad.  I like the sample a lot.

What an odd way to find music. 

They're getting the words wrong again. I'm hearing clearly in a very low voice like an elephant singing, "I was born under the wild blue sky." 

Nobody hears this correctly, Search produces no results, but it tries to correct to "wide" blue sky and that's disappointing wide isn't dramatic as wild, and none of the results match. This song, Wandering Star matches.

Joking again. I know that I heard it wrong.

Still, Paint Your Wagon seemed like a goofy movie. I did not understand it. I did not understand the fuss. And that tends to make me not like the song, but only tends, and not enough to stop it from being added.  I wouldn't mind having this and hearing it randomly once in a while. A song you can sing to because the singer isn't that great to begin with.

"You can't trust news outlets, if you want to understand the world"

Link to video

Friday, September 4, 2015

Real Life Imitates Trooper York's Fiction

"I called this place ‘America’s worst place to live.’ Then I went there."

Sound familiar? It's one of the subtexts of Trooper's unfinished story. Story after the jump.

"'No Californians' stickers being slapped on For Sale signs in Portland"

"Portlanders apparently upset with the direction of the local housing market are slapping "no Californians" stickers on For Sale signs in the city, real estate agents say."

When one of realtor Lori Fenwick's buyers sent her a picture of one of the stickers, she took it to a real estate group on Facebook to see if any other agents had seen them around town.
Three other realtors replied they had. One of them was Quinn Irvine, of M Realty. Somebody plastered one of the stickers – showing a silhouette of California with a "No Smoking"-like red slash through it – on his sign outside a house on North Burrage Avenue.
"A lot of these homes are going into bidding wars and going over ask price," Irvine said. "And a lot of these guys are getting outbid. And I think they're going around to agents who have properties that have sold over ask price and putting anti-California stickers."

"My conscience will not allow it"

"Five of six deputies in the office of a Kentucky county clerk jailed Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court allowed gays to wed say they will process the paperwork starting Friday."
But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whom U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found in contempt of court, said through her lawyers that she will not authorize any of her employees to issue licenses in her absence. The judge placed her in the custody of U.S. marshals and had her taken to Carter County jail.
Kim Davis who is an elected official (cannot be fired, can only be impeached) is in a case "of competing revolutions — with Kim Davis defying Justice Kennedy’s revolutionary act with a revolutionary act of her own."
We knew from the beginning which revolutionary held more power, and we also know that the worst revolutionaries show no mercy to dissenters. There were many options short of imprisonment for Davis (how many leftist legislators are in jail for lawless “sanctuary city” policies that actually cost lives?), but the court was apparently in no mood for moderation. So off she goes to prison. Judge Bunning’s decision is a means of control It is a means of maintaining order. It is the selective application of law to advance a particular radical ideology. But spare me any talk of justice. There is no justice today in Judge Bunning’s court.

"US monitoring reports Russia has stepped up Syria presence"

"The White House and State Department said Thursday that it was monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria's civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad, with both warning that such actions would further destabilize Syria's perilous situation."
We are aware of reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to Syria, and we are monitoring those reports quite closely," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday
State Department spokesman Mark Toner echoed Earnest's message, saying "we have seen various reports that Russia may be deploying military personnel ... we're unclear what these might be used for." Toner added that he was "not sure that we have contacted [Moscow] about this yet."
"Russia has asked for clearances for military flight to Syria," a U.S. official was quoted as telling Britain's Daily Telegraph, "[but] we don't know what their goals are ... Evidence has been inconclusive so far as to what this activity is."
Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal reports "Chinese Navy Ships Came Within 12 Nautical Miles of U.S. Coast"

The real target (of radical Muslims) is academia --

Specifically, the anti-Western law professors defined as the "critical law of armed conflict academy" (CLOACA). As always when the word "critical" is used in the context of legal theory, these academics are bitterly anti-American.
At this point I wonder if maybe we're being put on. Onion? No.

It is a serious essay discussed on Powerline by John Hinderaker called Treason of the Professors that was linked several times today. Hinderaker is introducing the ideas developed by William Bradford, that's his paper's title,  an Associate Professor of Law, he says, on National Secuirity, and Strategy at the National Defense University and also in Abu Dhabi. His curricula vitae is considerable and all related to security.

These guys who brag like that, ding ding ding, convince us to respect your authoritah.

Bradford posits the West is losing what he calls the fourth generation war, 4GW, without  explaining what the 1, 2, 3GWs were precisely, accepting that, the West pursues an ill defined vision of democratic Islamic rule-of-law, Islamists are focused on expanding their religious, political and legal rule.

Secondly, the West underestimates Islamist determination and few acknowledge the threat. Most believe the ideology will follow the path of its ideologic antecedents Nazism, Fascism, totalitarianism to discarded history.

Thirdly, the West has failed to adapt to the changed nature of the conflict that is compounded by its disadvantage in psychological operations. The West holds to outdated ideas of conventional military force being sufficient while Islamists work at destroying the West's will to fight. Islamists recognize that political will particularly of its constituents belief in the legitimacy of their own civilization is vulnerable.

Damn, they're on to us and our incapacitating national schizophrenia where one half of us undoes the advances made by the other, regarding them disadvantages, back and forth until only scraps remain strewn across a desert to be picked off by any random wandering tribe that can put them to focused use.

Bradford continues by asserting Law professors seized the power to define the limits of discussion and they've turned the legal academy (law schools collectively, I guess) into a cohort whose pronouncements are a weapon that supports Islamists military operations by fortifying a PSYOP campaign against American political will. Bradford asserts although the claim applies broadly the real power is with some two hundred academics, experts in law of armed conflict.
Most pointedly, this charge is aimed at a clique of about forty contemptuously critical LOACA scholars (“CLOACA”) who, by proposing that LOAC restrictions on Islamists be waived to provide unilateral advantage, that Western states face more rigorous compliance standards, and that captured Islamist militants be restored to the battlefield, effectively tilt the battlefield against U.S. forces, contribute to timorousness and lethargy in U.S. military commanders, constrain U.S. military power, enhance the danger to U.S. troops, and potentiate the cognitive effects of Islamist military operations.
Bradford writes about treason.

He writes about Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Alas, the exhausting analysis in pdf form is flawed and so is its author. Other professors chimed in with different impressions. Readers seem to agree the article is target for censor and likely to be forced down. Now, he makes very good points an he's exhaustive with them, he packs his sentences such when they're stripped of their parka feather down padding they amount to "Dan ate." It reads altogether as emotional appeal, a concern so overwhelming and deep that it borders on psychosis, and the conclusion sounds like a cry to heaven.

Jesus pictures

The pictures given us at Sunday School depicted Jesus teaching people often children in rustic setting and with clouds in the sky streaked with heavenly light. It was a feature peculiar to this style of religious art. The impulse for streaks irresistible. We were all given poster size pictures each week along with tiny pocket size New Testament Bibles. Five kids, five posters and five pocket New Testament Bibles. Each week. All the American children in church received these things. Through years of this steady influx of unusable Jesus posters and pocket New Testament Bibles  I concluded they're flown in by the planeload.

Just for us. To keep us on the straight and narrow by all means necessary. I resented being heavily propagandized and brainwashed and resisted early.

Nothing could be done with these pictures. We have no good idea why they were given in such ridiculous overabundance. When I think of my dad's family car loaded with these rolled Jesus posters left behind by us careless children, folded Jesus posters, torn Jesus posters, repurposed fly swatter Jesus posters, tease the dog Jesus posters, milkshake bib Jesus posters, foot wipe Jesus posters, leaking baby diaper Jesus posters and New Testament Bibles falling into every crease, fold and pocket of the automobile, I shudder for the sanity of my parents back there and then.


Those streaky clouds get me every time. I look up from doing regular things today and pow there's another Jesus picture right there in the window.

Then it rains lightly but steadily, heavenly refreshing you can say, then abruptly stops, and this, the quiet of satisfied refreshment and peace:

Daniel Webster

I read he was eloquent and had a booming voice. He's being quoted all over the place presently. You can see them all at once in Google images. [daniel webster quotes]

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

An unlimited power to tax involves necessarily the power to destroy.

The contest of the ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.

And so on. He looks stern. I bet his kids were well behaved, "Why is Father always so cross?"

Wikipedia, font of all received wisdom unadulterated and bias-free tells us,
Webster was godlike in his articulation of American nationalism, Remini agrees, but his negative traits ruined his presidential ambition. He lacked the necessary modesty and his overpowering desire for the White House, and his craving for money was unbecoming to a statesman of his caliber in a nation committed to republicanism and fearful of corruption.
And curiously, this,
He seems to have regarded the merchants and bankers of State Street very much as a feudal baron regarded his peasantry. It was their privilege and duty to support him, and he repaid them with an occasional magnificent compliment.
That sounds familiar. A brilliant but flawed character, it seems. He'd probably be bad at secure emails as well.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WKRLEM: Bang a Gong!


Compare Jimi Hendrix playing our national anthem at Woodstock... playing "God Save The Queen" during a return to England shortly before his death:

Hendrix admonishes the Brits: "In fact it'd sound better if you'd stand up, for your country, and your brother...and start singin'! And if you don't, fuck ya."

Contrast those performances with our President cupping his nuts during the national anthem:

Which figure -- Jimi Hendrix or Barack Obama built bridges between races?

What is it about the fools who loved Hendrix and thought Obama was some sort of political equivalent?

Mike Rowe Posts #BlueLivesMatter Video on FB

Link to video

Meet the Flintstones....The E True Hollywood Story

Dino became part of the glam-rock movement and started his own band. They put on a lot of makeup and feather boas and leather chaps. He collaborated on several albums. He was an important inspiration to many of the younger generation. In fact that is why the young Marc Bolan named his band T-Rex. He idolized Dino to the point that he would let the randy reptile tea bag him between shows. Dino wrote several seminal songs in the glam rock era. He was the uncredited author of Ride a White Swan and All the Young Dudes which was originally about Dino’s adventures in the loo at Charing Cross Station. T-Rex was one of the most influential bands of the era and started the movement of large arena bands that toured playing the same music since 1968. That’s why it’s called dinosaur rock.
(John Deacon, The E True Hollywood Story: the Dino Flintstone Story)

Damn It Wyatt......

Wyatt Earp: [to Billy Clanton] You think you're pretty tough, don't ya, son? I never knew a gunslinger yet so tough he lived to celebrate his 35th birthday. I learned one rule about gunslingers. There's always a man faster on the draw than you are, and the more you use a gun, the sooner you're gonna run into that man.
Billy Clanton: Now it's dark...
Wyatt Earp: What are you talking about Billy?
Morgan Earp: Damn it Wyatt, I'm a deputy not a dialogue coach.
(Gunfight at OK Corral, 1957)

PBS ombudsman is not amused with Gwen Ifill's Iran deal tweet.

The insight Twitter provides to the minds of influential people, the communicative type is useful. And spouting off has hurt a lot of people too. The Right complains about SJW using Twitter to gang up for destruction while doing the same thing automatically by simply talking among people they follow. Coordinated or not the result is the same.

The format allows for misreading. You think for certain you understand clearly what you're reading, it's right there, yet the format, the popping off aspect of it really does count on people understanding the person behind it. It's clipped nature is easily misread.

But some things are so clear. You know Ifill better than I. How does she intend this to be read?

We hear her saying, "Take that, Bibi." You know her, does she do that thing of explaining somebody else by putting on their voice and putting words in their mouth?" 

Is this Ifill speaking for herself on Twitter exposing her low-class and poorly informed personal joy in the decision or is this Ifill being a real journalist and telling us what the White House is saying?  She refers to a White House sponsored Tweet lauding the deal and snipping the fuse to the bomb of Netanyahu's famously ridiculed illustration. It's childishly retro-abusively provocative of the thin-skinned White House, as we've come to expect, is Ifill channeling a White House with children's boxing gloves?  Pow pow, take that. Or is she speaking for herself? 

[Incidentally, notice what is omitted from the with/without diagram. It's so utterly vacuous it would be risible were it not profoundly tragic. Every reader here could fill the page with what is had with and without this deal. The graphic is the very fast work of a child.]

Everyone I follow agrees Ifill is speaking for herself. Nobody questions it. The ombudsman, Michael Getler, says it is a self-inflicted wound, not the fist time such has happened and  he is not amused. He writes a damning and damaging piece. 

I've seen this phenomena of misreading something then piling on before. You have to remark when you see something outrageous.

Trump said Kelly had blood squirting out of her nose and ... whatever. In that moment I thought it odd for him to say nose and not ears, then recalled bloody noses, then provided blood squirting out of Kelly's ears, whatever, her mouth too, whatever, her eyeballs too whatever, blood all over her face squirting out. That's what I visualized. Quite graphic. I never for one tiny moment thought the nether regions. I never thought the most logical thing, only illogical cartoon things. 

But everyone else did think the logical thing. Conservatives are nothing if not logical.

Everyone did. 

Pervs. And Man did they ever pile on. And there is no telling them otherwise. 

In the Ifill case, I too thought Ifill is speaking for herself and so I chimed in naturally too. I thought she was exposing her prejudices. It's what I expect of PBS. It's also very easy to be 100% wrong.

The Trump effect meme

ht AllenS

Judge: Goodell went too far

"In a major setback for the N.F.L., New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prevailed in his battle to have his four-game suspension overturned on Thursday..."
Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan did not rule on whether Brady tampered with the footballs in a bid for competitive advantage. Instead, he focused on the narrower question of whether the collective bargaining agreement between the N.F.L. and the players union gave Goodell the authority to carry out the suspension. Judge Berman ruled that it did not. 
The 40-page decision picked apart the N.F.L.’s case, finding a number of “significant legal deficiencies” that reflected Berman’s skepticism in recent court hearings.
Berman said Brady could not be suspended for “general awareness” of others’ conduct, as an N.F.L. investigative report determined.
“The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs, and noncooperation with the ensuing investigation,’’ Berman wrote.
“No N.F.L. policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others,’’ he added.
The NFL is expected to appeal.

Whites Only Soap

Link to video

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in HBO's adaptation of "All the Way"

"Hacker Threatens To Sell Hillary Clinton’s ENTIRE UNRELEASED Private Emails For $500K"

"Promising to give the trove of the former Secretary of State’s emails to the highest bidder, the specialist is showing subject lines as proof of what appear to be legitimate messages."
“Hillary or someone from her camp erased the outbox containing her emails, but forgot to erase the emails that were in her sent box,” an insider reveals to Radar of the Presidential contender’s latest nightmare.
Radar has learned that some of the topics discussed in the email appear to include everything from Benghazi to the Algerian hostage crisis — with subject lines such as:
“H Libya security latest. Sid” (with attachment)
“H FYI, best analysis so far of hearing Sid,’ about the latest security
in Libya”
“H Algeria latest French Intel on Algeria hostage Sid”
“H Latest French Intel in Algeria hostage Sid” (with attachment)
“H Latest Libya intel internal govt discussions high level” (with
“H HIGHLY IMPORTANT! Comprehensive Intel Report on (with attachment)”
Via Drudge

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Glacial photo-op

The president who declares he doesn't do photo opportunities in response to questions about not visiting first-hand the emergency situation of unattended children arriving in alarming numbers at the border deigns to treat us with a tour, and a good one too, of a glacier featuring selfies with British television presenter. It's kind of funny, in an aw bless the children are painting each other type of funny. By clicking news presently you don't even have to query "obama," google news tab [glacier selfie]


Ladies and gentlemen, our president.

He's on God's own acre but it's nothing without Himself. The first link goes to the Hill where Devin Henry discusses this with a link to a video hosted amp.twining produced by the White House wherein Obama shows us the sights, truly glorious, and teaches us about glaciers, prosaic, I think, this here machine went on mute. I caught the soothing sensible babbling of the brook then audibly a sudden descent from sublime to ridiculous the video becomes overlain with annoying pedantic yakkity-yak. Serenity now! Best muted.

Of course....of course...make my day!

You never know who might show up in a sixties sitcom. Just sayn'

Whose that girl?

This was the exact position that she was in when she met her husband who is in the news all the time today. He dropped his wife for her and made sure he put his name on her because he likes to put his name on everything.

Until he traded her in for an illegal immigrant. The phony.

Whose that upside down girl?

But Wilbur I like to get wet!

"Com'om Wilbur lets go for a swim in the pool. We live in Southern California and we never do any fun stuff." 
"But we do honey. Just last week we went riding." 
"I mean fun stuff without that stupid horse. You know I like to get ridden every once in while." 
"Of course, of course honey but I don't have a saddle to fit you." 
"You really are a dummy Wilbur." 
"Listen if you are going to nag me I am just going into the barn to talk to Ed." 

Did you ever get the feeling?

That you were born in the wrong era?

Did you ever get the feeling?

That everybody is doing selfies these days?

Are they ever going to be considered art?

Goodwill, Rams VS Bulls

Psych! This is not about sports.

"Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers"

"Last month, as one of Google’s self-driving cars approached a crosswalk, it did what it was supposed to do when it slowed to allow a pedestrian to cross, prompting its “safety driver” to apply the brakes. The pedestrian was fine, but not so much Google’s car, which was hit from behind by a human-driven sedan."
Google’s fleet of autonomous test cars is programmed to follow the letter of the law. But it can be tough to get around if you are a stickler for the rules. One Google car, in a test in 2009, couldn’t get through a four-way stop because its sensors kept waiting for other (human) drivers to stop completely and let it go. The human drivers kept inching forward, looking for the advantage — paralyzing Google’s robot.
It is not just a Google issue. Researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world in which humans don’t behave by the book. “The real problem is that the car is too safe,” said Donald Norman, director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego, who studies autonomous vehicles.
“They have to learn to be aggressive in the right amount, and the right amount depends on the culture.”

"Sources: Clinton email markings changed to hide classified info"

"At least four classified Hillary Clinton emails had their markings changed to a category that shields the content from Congress and the public, Fox News has learned, in what State Department whistleblowers believed to be an effort to hide the true extent of classified information on the former secretary of state’s server."
The changes, which came to light after the first tranche of 296 Benghazi emails was released in May, was confirmed by two sources -- one congressional, the other intelligence. The four emails originally were marked classified after a review by career officials at the State Department. But after a second review by the department's legal office, the designation was switched to "B5" -- also known as "deliberative process," which refers to internal deliberations by the Executive Branch. Such discussions are exempt from public release.
The B5 coding has the effect, according to a congressional source, of dropping the email content "down a deep black hole."
The State Department is trying to help her.

"What "unattractive" thing do you nevertheless consider attractive?"

Reddit top voted comments...
When she wears that same old ugly baggy t-shirt with the stain on it that she got from that team building exercise she did from her old work several years ago
Pale skin. A lot of people think tans are attractive and that pale skin isn't, but not me.
I especially love pale skin with dark hair.
Glasses. You know in movies when the nerd takes off their glasses and becomes all sexy? I feel like someone becomes sexy when they put on their reading glasses.
I like it when women are clingy.
What about freckles...

"A Face Without Freckles Is Like A Night Without Stars"

Krugman says only Republicans indulge in personality cults

You'd have to read Paul Krugman to know anything else he said but John Sexton at Breitbart has an issue, a few issues actually, with Krugman's assessment. Krugman realizes his own silliness in delivering it and provides himself wiggle room with a word, "deserving."
“I know, now I’m supposed to be evenhanded, and point out equivalent figures on the Democratic side. But there really aren’t any; in modern America, cults of personality built around undeserving politicians seem to be a Republican thing,” 
The quote ends in a comma so the sentence is not finished. The link takes you to NYT to see for yourself.

John Sexton writes an able takedown at Breitbart, you'll enjoy it. Like I say, it is based on a single sentence portion but it's still very good. It's one of those things where you're reading along and cannot believe for ten good reasons and see your objections arrayed against the remark surrounding it so clearly you could spit it all out at once, and do. With time, then, to dig up the right pictures and everything.

Realizing his statement is flawed due to the obvious personality cult that formed around Obama that Krugman is part, he justifies that one cult being okay because of the great things it produced, ignoring his example is flawed that the jury is still out and the worst of it yet to come. The bit of time-sophistry doesn't work because all that comes well after the personality cult was on full display.

Such a fierce little liar, Krugman is. What a force of nature. I wonder why Sexton was reading Krugman in the first place. Looking for material, I guess. My doctor referenced Krugman once for authority on economic opinion and that quip alone is reason enough to drop him as doctor. I was nonplussed, shaking my head "no" I sputtered, "Even Keynes didn't believe in Keynesian economics" to his back as he left the room but knowing he respects Krugman made me doubt he knows how that remark even related to Krugman. That is, I doubt he knows much anything useful about political science or about economics. How can you respect that when it comes with strong opinion and comes from a professional? That you rely on.

I could make a mint producing Paul Krugman garden gnomes. He'd be petting his cat.

To live within the Obama cult of personality and then project that mental state outward onto the everlasting scourge of your existence where it doesn't fit, and write about it, is observable psychosis in action.

Mitch McConnell: We don't have the votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Hot Air
Raw Story
Washington Post

What a shame. It being a matter of yes/no numbers like that and not having enough. Count the votes ahead, see the writing, can't change reality, so that's it.

It's been a long eight years. Looking back over all the impossible things that didn't have votes we see time and again the votes were reported lacking with the dispute still raging the counting continuing even after it seems settled brought back to discussion and dragged out further for months the mountain moved, the numbers change up, down, back and forth inching one direction then another and then at length beyond even a full year, under the cover of darkness of night and behind locked doors and with no Republican voices, that mountain shifted one vote, the votes tallied and cast while the nation slept and the law changed just like that, with healthcare specifically, we saw with our own eyes politicians bought and sold for that one effort alone. Tremendous effort to push something through against the will of the nation. Careers ruined. Careers made. But the law was past with force and with vitality and thereafter one man's will is law over a nation. Same with budget. Same with trade deal. Same with Iran treaty. The re-election itself had this same cliff-hanging element of the whole world balancing at the tip of a vote. It's been infuriating seeing this man get by the skin of his teeth repeatedly. Absolutely nothing lands solidly one way or the other. And permeating every detail of life disputed and shaved pointed to the last vote. I've not seen so many things sink to the Supreme Court pushed there by executive branch.

He's saying they don't have the votes to override presidential veto. Knowing that will happen he's unwilling to make noise. Unseemly, I guess.  Unwilling to clang the cymbals over presidential veto. Continuously. The way his opposition would. Unwilling to get a nation worked up. The opposite of fierce. The same as being dead.

Fair point though. Why waste energy? A person lacking vitality sees wisdom in conserving it, the fundamental of being conservative, wait for the moment to strike. Wait until there is a Republican president. Makes sense.

He cannot do anything on this until there is Republican control of House, Senate, and Executive branch, then they can do something.


Would that Republican Party leadership have anything half as fierce as an average Democrat voter then the defunding would be already passed long ago.

Gordon Ramsey eats a blind girls' pie

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tell it like it is Mr. Trump

You know why Donald Trump is doing so well in this primary season? I think it is just because he is not afraid to tell it as it is and throw political correctness out the window. He is willing to fight. To mix it up. He is not afraid to offend anyone. Or everyone. He will go for the jugular and not back down.

That is enough for me. The rest of it is just details.

Marilyn's Diary

I loved my Uncle Herman and Aunt Lily. They were a lot of fun. We did a lot of fun things in Southern California. Went to Dodger games with the box seats that Grandpa got from Sandy Koufax. Went to Sea World. The tar pits. Grauman's Chinese theater.

But the best times was when we went to the turtle races. I mean they were really slow. But Aunt Lilly loved them. You see she loved the feeling of something big and green between her legs.

That is why she married Uncle Herman after all.

We got nothing left to lose

Freedom means having nothing left to lose. With all the bullshit going on what do we have to lose with giving Mr. Trump a chance.

Me and Mr. Trump......Freedom is having nothing left to lose

Back in the day I enjoyed a flutter here and there. You know a wager. A little bet more or less. In my single bouncing around days in the eighties I enjoyed going down to Atlantic City. Vegas. Reno. Tahoe. Aqueduct. Belmont. Monmouth. The Meadowlands. Yonkers. Monticello. All of the very few places where gambling was legal.

When I was bouncing I had a group of like-minded souls who also enjoyed the ponies or a little black jack. They were from various walks of life. A couple of guys I knew from the neighborhood. A few I had met at the casinos. We would travel down to AC or Vegas and hang out between bouts of gambling. We had an agreement. We would get to the joint and then split up. Every man for himself. Then we would meet up for a meal or for some drinks or to see a fight or watch a game we might have wagered on. This way you weren’t stuck at a table losing while you friend is chasing the tiger.

When you are a serious gambler you come to realize that the only way you can survive is not to get addicted to the action. Because the more you play the more you lose. That is why they open another big casino every week. Well until recently as it is oversaturated since there are more casinos than churches. But you get the idea. You find an angle on a good bet and you go strong. Win or lose you walk away. That’s why I gradually drifted into sports betting as my main vice. Especially boxing.

In those days there were a bunch of big money fights. Tyson was in full flavor and you had people like Holyfield, Forman, Hagler, Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. Lots of big fights to lay down some cash. I did pretty good if I do say so myself. My biggest score was the Tyson/Holyfield fight. In fact I won a lot of money on Holyfield. I went to several of his bouts. In fact it was at one of them that I met Mr. Trump.

It was the Holyfield vs George Forman bout at the old Boardwalk Hall. This was situated on the boardwalk but it had connecting corridors with the casinos next door. I went with my buddy from the neighborhood who belongs to a fraternal organization with branches in Atlantic City. In fact at the time he was especially close to the Philly branch that had a lot to do with the linen services and the hotel unions that were heavily involved in the Atlantic City casino business. So we got some pretty good seats and were comped up the wazoo.

Anyhoo the fight is over and we are walking back through the bridge way to the casino and suddenly a bunch of security guards stopped us. It was the Donald and his famous mistress of the time Marla Mapes who later became his wife. She was in a sparkly dress and was quite attractive but nothing crazy great. There were a bunch of much better looking woman in the casino. Her most distinctive attribute was her hair. It was a dyed blond mane that was all over the place. She looked like some sort of pampered pet. A blond, curried, shy, retarded Palomino or something like that there. 

The Donald and Marla where walking from Boardwalk Hall through the corridor towards the Trump Plaza. One of the Donald’s minions noticed us. Well actually my friend. He whispered to the Donald and he came over to shake our hands. I am sure that the Donald had no idea who Nunzie was or about the fraternal organization he belonged to was doing. He was just told by his minion to say hello and that it was important to be polite. “What a fight boys” he said. “Glad to see you are coming over to the Plaza. You have to make sure you bring all your friends over to the Taj Mahal now that it is finally finished. It’s going to be yuge!!!!” Then they were whisked away by security. We followed in their wake and got to the casino right quick. 

We hung at the baccarat tables for a while but migrated over to Caesars which is where we really had a hook. I never ran into Trump again in my various forays into AC. He was definitely a presence there but I never really enjoyed his joints. They were too glitzy and phony even for a casino. I much preferred the Claridge or Caesars. The Plaza was run of the mill bullshit and the Taj Mahal was a gross monstrosity. All of that is old news. Trump is on to a new wife that he has been with for a while. Nunzie has passed after an unfortunate encounter with a Gas Pipe later that year. I am on the short and narrow and a good boy. No drinking and I watch what I eat and I haven’t gambled in a long time.

But you know what? The more I think about it the more I think I might take a flutter. On Mr. Trump. Why not? What have we got to lose?

He's gonna be yuge!!!!!

Baby parts vendor: "But not Dr Gosnell's clinic though"

"The ninth video released by the Center for Medical Progress provides a glimpse into the murky and cutthroat world of the baby-harvesting business, with rival companies competing for valuable livers, hearts and kidneys."

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"Algorithm can create a new Van Gogh or Picasso in just an hour"

"The algorithm was given this photo of buildings, left, and a copy of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” In about an hour it taught itself to mimic Van Gogh’s style, and apply it to the photo of the buildings."

Why did the Aussie fire his TV?

Because he could...

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"Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ to Play James Bond, Author Says"

"The English novelist, whose latest book in the Bond series, “Trigger Mortis,” hits stores on Sept. 8, told the Daily Mail that the actor is simply not suave enough to succeed Daniel Craig."

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
Horowitz also said that “Skyfall,” the last and highest-grossing Bond film to date, is his “least favorite” movie from the franchise.
“Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond,” Horowitz said.

"Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities"

"More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year."
Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing. Some officials say intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals, though many experts dispute that theory. (read more)
Must be that climate change Obama talks about all the time.

Hillary was a walking talking National Security risk for four years

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"State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the emails in question were "subsequently upgraded" to classified. He stressed that none of the emails was considered classified at the time."
However, the sheer number of emails that have been redacted stands as the latest example of how much sensitive material was contained in Clinton's email transactions. The FBI is conducting an investigation into whether classified information that passed through Clinton's so-called "homebrew" server was mishandled. Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Marsha makes soap

Two women are making soap outside. The senior stern woman softens as the video progresses and as the list of chemicals lengthens the attentive and able but taciturn sous chef ably assists. It is a strange set up, the uniform dresses and bonnets, other young women and girls are shown besides, the concrete platform surround by water, the little creek, the noisy birds. It looks like a sect. One wonders what is going on and how such women exist. By looking for an online store for the soap one notices this video garners a lot of attention and respect.

Twenty minutes of soap-knowledge put to you.

Monday, August 31, 2015

"'Showers' placed at Auschwitz entrance"

"Israelis who visited the Auschwitz concentration camp museum in Poland on Sunday were shocked to discover that the museums' management had placed mist showers near the facilities entrance, in an effort to beat the heat. Anyone who saw the showers could not help get past the gas chamber connotation."
"As soon as I got off the bus I walked into the shower contraption," said Meyer Bolka, an Israeli visiting the museum. "I was in shock. It was a punch to the gut. I walked up to the reception and asked the worker there about the showers, she said it was a hot day. I told her: 'With all due respect it reminds me of the gas chambers,' she told me she is very sorry."
mist showers
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Flash Flood yesterday over Southern Utah

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"Lessons on Love"

"From a Rabbi Who Knows Hate and Forgiveness"
In 1991, he [rabbi Michael Weisser] was living in Lincoln, Neb., with his wife at the time, Julie Michael, and three of their five children. He was then the cantor and spiritual leader of the South Street Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Lincoln. One Sunday morning, a few days after they had moved into their new house, the phone rang.
The man on the other end of the line called Rabbi Weisser “Jew boy” and told him he would be sorry he had moved in. Two days later, a thick package of anti-black, anti-Semitic pamphlets arrived in the mail, including an unsigned card that read, “The KKK is watching you, scum.”
The messages, it turned out, were from Larry Trapp, the Grand Dragon of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Nebraska, who kept loaded weapons, pro-Hitler material and his Klan robe in his cramped Lincoln apartment. Then 42, Mr. Trapp was nearly blind and used a wheelchair to get around; both of his legs had been amputated because of diabetes.
In a 1992 interview with Time magazine, Mr. Trapp said he had wanted to scare Rabbi Weisser into moving out of Lincoln. “As the state leader, the Grand Dragon, I did more than my share of work because I wanted to build up the state of Nebraska into a state as hateful as North Carolina and Florida,” he said. “I spent a lot of money and went out of my way to instill fear.”
Rabbi Weisser, who suspected the person threatening him was Mr. Trapp, got his telephone number and started leaving messages on the answering machine. “I would say things like: ‘Larry, there’s a lot of love out there. You’re not getting any of it. Don’t you want some?’ And hang up,” he said. “And, ‘Larry, why do you love the Nazis so much? They’d have killed you first because you’re disabled.’ And hang up. I did it once a week.”
One day, Mr. Trapp answered. Ms. Michael, the rabbi’s wife, had told him to say something nice if he ever got Mr. Trapp on the line, and he followed her advice. “I said: ‘I heard you’re disabled. I thought you might need a ride to the grocery,’ ” Rabbi Weisser said.
Then, one night, Rabbi Weisser’s phone rang again. It was Mr. Trapp. “He said, quote-unquote — I’ll never forget it, it was like a chilling moment, in a good way — he said, ‘I want to get out of what I’m doing and I don’t know how,’ ” Rabbi Weisser said.
He and Ms. Michael drove to Mr. Trapp’s apartment that night. The three talked for hours, and a close friendship formed. The couple’s home became a kind of hospice for Mr. Trapp, who moved into one of their bedrooms as his health worsened, and Ms. Michael became Mr. Trapp’s caretaker and confidante.
Mr. Trapp eventually renounced the Klan, apologized to many of those he had threatened and converted to Judaism in Rabbi Weisser’s synagogue.
The relationship later inspired a 1995 book by Kathryn Watterson, “Not by the Sword: How the Love of a Cantor and His Family Transformed a Klansman.”
Via Reddit...

Mainstream Media

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"The train tracks turned into a stream!"

Going with the flow

"Obama administration renames Mount McKinley to Denali"
The order was signed Friday, but the White House asked that it be announced Monday as part of Obama's trip to Alaska to highlight the effects of climate change in the Arctic. The White House said the name change "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

"Maker of ‘Just Mayo’ spread warned by FDA that mayonnaise needs eggs"

"The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the maker of the mayonnaise alternative earlier this month, noting that the product’s name and label could be misleading. The FDA notes that mayonnaise must contain eggs, according to its standard of identity — and that Just Mayo does not."
“The term ‘mayo’ has long been used and understood as shorthand or slang for mayonnaise,” the agency said in the letter to Hampton Creek, the maker of Just Mayo. The San Francisco-based company has positioned the spread as a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to mayonnaise.
Tetrick (Hampton Creek CEO) said he doesn’t think the company will end up having to change its name.
“We feel good about where we are from a regulatory perspective, from a legal perspective,” Tetrick said.

Seniors use Tinder for the first time

From Vanity Fair story - Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”

"Dark complexioned couple shamefully beats up victim... for being in the "wrong hood"

This report is delivered by Fox6:
A confrontation outside a Milwaukee gas station turns violent and the disturbing video has surfaced online. The incident happened last week outside of a north side gas station. One community activist says it is important to see the reality in some parts of Milwaukee and make sure there is change. 
Near Locust and Teutonia, a woman is punched and kicked by two people while others stand around filming the whole thing. The incident happened last Tuesday, August 18th [2015]. The victim has not come forward and the attackers have not been identified. 
Milwaukee police say they are aware of the video but no official reports have been made. It is unclear the condition of the woman but the video shows she was able to get up after the beating.
Warning - disturbing video after the jump

Sunday, August 30, 2015

morning glories

It's a funny name. In Britain it means waking up with an erection. Don't blame me, it does. Because of that curious reality my balcony railing is covered with colorful morning boners to the delight of neighbors who are drawn to their balconies to see them. They tell me. They see them more than I, the flowers face outward like trumpets. The vines are considered something of a nuisance when they appear sometimes by surprise out of nowhere apparently and take over but these were somewhat difficult to get started on account of me not knowing anything, starting too early, non-drainage during flood, planting in wrong places for them, planting with others that overshadow them early, organic dirt with bugs. About six or eight packages of seeds were planted, germinated, grew and failed in series. Mostly red for hummingbirds, but also blue striped. They're supposed to be blue. They're growing where they shouldn't be attempted. Their place is all wrong, too windy, insufficient sunlight hours, too harsh when it shines directly on them, otherwise too shadowed throughout the day. Their blooming pattern is altered because of that. They may drop seeds that fall into places and take hold and not show up for one or two years, then boom, quickly reseed there and take over within a few years they can have a whole fence or wall of a neglected corner.

The red ones are disappointingly tiny. The vines are still filling out and loading up with these delicate buds. A few vines haven't bloomed yet.

They're glorious beyond morning due to their morning-protected, afternoon-abused situation of sunlight deprivation/harshness and wind.

The only thing they've got going for them is a loyal Babylonian water slave. He gives them a teaspoon of food with every five gallons and starts each day with a full five gallons carried back and forth in a cart and refills it for waiting often using the second, or a half, which starts the next day with a half that is refilled and used with the extra kept right there waiting. The first sign of water or heat stress and boom the whole lot is watered.

Now is probably the time to harvest these things.

Colorful caladium foliage and morning glories grow fully and begin blooming taking over when and where regular annuals petunias and the rest begin fading. The whole thing is transforming, dying, disappearing while still shooting up and blooming and not just growing.

I don't know yet, it probably all ends abruptly with one single storm.

"Women should dress modestly or expect to ‘entice a rapist’ – claims singer Chrissie Hynde"

"Her comments came in an interview with The Sunday Times, which published extracts from her autobiography entitled “Reckless”."
The book details an incident when she was 21 when she was picked up by a motorcycle gang who promised to take her to a party but instead took her to an empty house and sexually assaulted her.
But she said: “If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk? Who else's fault can it be? – Er, the guy who attacks you?
“Oh, come on! That's just silly.
“If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault.
“But if I'm being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged — don't do that.”
She added: “You know, if you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him. If you're wearing something that says 'Come and ---- me', you'd better be good on your feet… I don't think I'm saying anything controversial am I?"
Totally politically incorrect.

"Pendulum Factor"

Could land Trump in the White House, the title of of an article by Michael Goodwin at New York Post. I react immediately to the headline in my gut and not my head nor my heart. This has got to be stupid. Let's look.

Photo of Trump. Good. It means Goodwin acknowledges the gravitational body that suddenly appeared in the vicinity of the pendulum. If Goodwin places this gravitational body in the Republican area then he does not understand pendulums, gravitational bodies or voters.

The text by paragraph: blah blah, points, blah blah, survey blah blah, magic, blah, blah blah, pollsters, blah, legacy presidents leaves behind blah blah, favorable legacy blah blah, pendulum swung Obama followed Bush blah blah, poll numbers blah, telling example of chasm, blah, Citizen of the world, blah blah, 200,000 gathered blah blah, seven years later things happened, blah blah, Western democracies rattles, blah blah,

Trump is perceived antidote blah blah, new nationalism, blah blah, building wall, blah, getting tough with China, blah,

This guy, Michael Goodwin just barfed everything we already digested bit by agonizing bit, repeatedly, burped farted and pooped weeks ago. Like dogs do. It's the grossest thing they do besides rolling around in other dog's smeary poo, barf and eat it again. Good grief.

I wrote this before looking to see how wrong my gut would be, cutting in as it did before heart and brain.

This vaunted pendulum would rightfully have swung predictably into Republican area for them to do with as they wish but instead swung wildly outwardly away from the whole clock, if this pendulum is inside a grandfathers clock, by new gravitational and magnetic force both repelling and attracting and overtaking predictable momentum. The presence of a dense gravitational field threw off the predictable force on the pendulum, shifted its equilibrium position and altered the direction of swing of its kinetic energy. The farther the pull then the faster the swing and this pendulum is cranked beyond its load bearing capacity, beyond the walls of its clock box, so its return swing is faster more powerful and curved outward from its natural path.

It's your analogy.

You must account for all forces, chief among them Washington Republican neglect and abuse of its base. I did not notice that mentioned in the blah blahs. The rising palpable observable anger of its base that acted quickly and dramatically even while being thwarted by its own government and not protected in Washington by its own leadership and still produced convincing results but is ignored when it's not being fought in hand-to-hand combat with Washington Republican leadership. Republican leadership in Washington ignored and fought with its base and prevailed in some cases by shifting resources to unwanted candidates. They resurrect the slain candidates to ensure continuing vexation. The classic mistake of telling their base how things will be done instead of following the orders from their base, the mistake a thing makes of switching its reflection, switching metaphors now from pendulum to mirror, the mistake Washington Republicans made repeatedly is that of a flat reflection, the two-dimensional representation in a mirror regarding itself as the real thing and demanding itself be reflected out there in three-dimensional world that animates it. Shame too that it's come to this, Republicans have an excellent bench, too bad it assembles this late, they insisted on blowing off wild successes given them, seeing for themselves entire regions shift red and racking up those successes as natural forces at work on passively pre-activated  "pendulum factor."

"Man jailed for suspected crystal meth possession released after police confirm it was just salt"

"The man from Maryborough, Queensland in Australia... was detained for four months while police carried out forensic tests. The man’s lawyer, Travis George said the length of time was likely due his client’s previous criminal convictions."
A Maryborough magistrate, John Smith said: “For the last 14 years nothing has been done (about the delays)… once again the government needs to have a look at what they are doing in relation to this”.
Breaking Bad.

RIP Sweet Melody

Oliver Sacks is dead

"Dr. Sacks announced in February, in an Op-Ed essay in The New York Times, that an earlier melanoma in his eye had spread to his liver and that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer."
“I am very tenacious, for better or worse,” he wrote in “A Leg to Stand On.” “If my attention is engaged, I cannot disengage it. This may be a great strength, or weakness. It makes me an investigator. It makes me an obsessional.”
“I love to discover potential in people who aren’t thought to have any,” hetold People magazine in 1986.
He was also a man of contradictions: candid and guarded, gregarious and solitary, clinical and compassionate, scientific and poetic, British and almost American. “In 1961, I declared my intention to become a United States citizen, which may have been a genuine intention, but I never got round to it,” he told The Guardian in 2005.
For years, Dr. Sacks lived on City Island in the Bronx, where he liked to take long swims around it. More recently, he lived in Greenwich Village. But he remained ambivalent about being called a New Yorker.
“I rather like the words ‘resident alien,’ ” he told The Guardian. “It’s how I feel. I’m a sympathetic, resident, sort of visiting alien.”
Sacks’s last piece in the Times, which appeared just two weeks ago, ended like this:
“And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.”
Watch Oliver Sacks on writing, after the break...

Biden's window

This is a meme running for months with seeming endless possibilities, the more ridiculous the better. Something coming down the road, something happening in the distance, something resented, musings on some current event from a uniquely Biden point of view, the frustrated hopes of a political operative, any thought a writer would have Biden think is added as text to this photo. I just now read another one a moment ago, they're usually not this self-referential, usually nothing about the picture itself or the window or room, but this time it is, the entry is text on picture "This would be a glass ceiling if the building were sideways."