Saturday, September 12, 2015

David Ortiz hits career 500th home run

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David Ortiz becomes the 27th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.

Brit thought a funeral was a wedding

"This is where it gets bad."
I looked over at the church and saw that there was a family walking out of it, they were smartly dressed so I'd assumed they'd just come from a wedding, as a large majority of the family weren't wearing black.
And me being me, I can't keep my gob shut and exclaimed "Congratulations!"
To which my friend turned to look at me in sheer shock/terror. Not knowing what she was so shocked about, I looked towards the family, who's jaws had practically hit the ground.
It was only THEN, I saw a couple holding a large framed picture of a little boy. I walked as fast I could, not bearing to look at the couple, who I could now hear sobbing hysterically.
...accidentally congratulated a couple on their sons funeral.

Iran says it found unexpected high uranium reserve

"I cannot announce (the level of) Iran's uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves," Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
Salehi said uranium exploration had covered almost two-thirds of Iran and would be complete in the next four years.
Uranium can be used for civilian power production and scientific purposes, but is also a key ingredient in nuclear weapons.
When Iran builds the bomb, will Israel be forced to have Nuclear-equipped bombers continuously aloft, in case Iran launches a surprise attack?

"OFFICE DEPOT Refuses to Print Anti-Abortion Flyer for Catholic Woman"

"The prayer was composed by the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of the anti-abortion group Priest for Life. It calls on God to “Bring an end to the killing of children in the womb, and bring an end to the sale of their body parts. Bring conversion to all who do this, and enlightenment to all who advocate it.”
The prayer also includes statistics about abortion in the U.S. and decries “the evil that has been exposed in Planned Parenthood and in the entire abortion industry.”
Company spokeswoman Karen Denning tells the Chicago Tribune that Office Depot prohibits the copying of material that advocates “the persecution of certain groups of people,” among other criteria. She says the flier “contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.”
Sadly, the videos don't seem to have made any significant damage to the death industry.

Via Stacy Dash tweet

Friday, September 11, 2015


I heard this one at work today and it stumped me. I knew the song and melody from many listens on AM radio as a kid. But I had to Shazam it in order to remember it.

For its time and place -- 1969 America -- the song seems very out of time and place.

Federalist, The Day We Forgot

This is an article by Ben Domenech. It is another of those memory things. There's memorializing and then there's remembering, and there's learning the right and wrong things to begin with and then forgetting them. And there are things one generation learns and transmits poorly to the next generation who learn things afresh that culturally speaking are being relearned. Then things that are genuinely forgotten in the recounting and the retelling are facts that are left out, culled by their complicating the retelling such as who supported what legislation when and why they did so, who voted for war and for sanctions and for laws bearing on personal relationships and marriages, who was a 3-K grand wizard and which party Lincoln belong to, and what Margaret Sanger actually stood for. That kind of convenient forgetting.

"Reading through rhetoric and press coverage of the time, a few threads run through every piece and speech."

Really? This should be good. What runs through all the rhetoric back then?

* Americans are more united than ever in understanding who we are and our place in the world.
* New and different sort of enemy that will be defeated by same American attributes as the past.
* The world will stand with us if we show purpose and clarity.

Odd. I don't recall much concern about the world standing with us or not. Missed that whole thing. A brief recognition of global sympathy with a few unforgettable notable exceptions, but that's it as far as the world being with us goes. That whole "united" thing lasted for five whole minutes and nobody I recall was concerned with other nations standing with us. Rather, I sensed at the time deep schizophrenia from the start and no talk at all of being united, an idea so absurd it's not even brought up. I recall rhetoric about fear of backlash against Muslims and insistence on making sure Americans understand the difference between regular Islam and the few rare incidents of radicalized Islamists. I recall a lot of lecturing about not feeling or acting how I wasn't feeling or acting. But if that's what the author reviewed, then fine.

¶ Ben Domenech is astonished at the lessons forgotten.

¶ Ben Domenech claims America didn't learn much.

C'mon, Ben. We didn't learn much and we forgot what we leaned. Losing patience, Ben, not in the mood for another lecture. Make this good.

The next paragraph is about America failing to change as if that were a bad thing. He lists things that remained steady.

* No general assumptions overturned.
* No historical critical plateau was attained. [Incidentally, watershed: 1) A time when an important change happens 2) a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain, or a ridge between two rivers 3) area of land that includes a river or lake and all the rivers and streams that flow into it.
* Produced no great art.
* Monuments are defeatists, not of resolve.
* America's future on Sept 10, 2001 is unchanged.
* The nation did not change.

But it did change. The government is bigger than ever, more intrusive than ever, security concerns are addressed first leaving discussion about its impact to freedom for later and undone after billions already invested, plus dragging all this through the courts, the lowest, dumbest, most expensive way of settling things. Government became larger and worse with more departments and flying became another layer more miserable, American freedom has been pinched shockingly.

Back to the article.

America went from Bush's optimistic interventionism to Obama's vacuum creating.

The next paragraph claims no great change in political coalitions then says the process is more monopartisan than ever. Domenech imagines Obama following Hillary but having him first feels like already experiencing Hillary. How this fantasy indulgence supports his claim that nothing is learned but shocking what is forgotten since the original 9-11 is not clear.

Okay, I get it now. Ben says we didn't learn the right things that were available to learn by the event instead our way of dealing with it collectively has allowed important learned things to become unlearned, not actually forgotten simply not transmitted to a new generation and so relearned if they must or lost forever. We have to overlook Domenech's mixed messages of learning little, and nothing meaningful changing, then listing significant backward steps, and relearning significant lessons the hard way. Changes. Today America is more fractured than ever along racial and class lines. Lessons unlearned and relearned. Significant changes. Domenech say we didn't change. We did. He says philosophically we learned very little. I'd say learning and understanding our deepening schizophrenia is a powerful philosophical lesson that bears on pretty much everything and all that is significant lesson and change.

The next paragraph is about security and liberty and government spying and the abuses Americans submit for security theater.

And maybe we do it for fun.

I just now thought of that. What if frequent flyers accept all that frisking because they like the poking, prodding, frisking, and feeling, and stripping and being ogled naked? Not all of them, of course, but it's clear the general outrage is not such that the practice is stopped outright when there are good alternatives to having government do all this. I can conclude it's more attention than they get elsewhere, generally speaking, that keeps the slider of outrage at middle area, or else they wouldn't stand for Barney Fife perving on them every time they fly.

Domenech tells us to look back at other epochal moments in American history and see that they caused Americans to take a stand, make choices, and change their lives.

I don't know what Ben Domenech is not seeing, but personally, my life was completely changed. All relationships changed. It's how I came into contact with the likes of Ben Domenech. That would not have been possible had we all been allowed to continue unchanged.

Ben tells us nothing like that happened. Incomprehensibly, he writes, "It came and went. We wept and forgot."


The worst thing is that the date hasn't changed everything for us, not the elites, not the people.


Digging for hope Ben Domenech ends with the solace of a paean to unchanging character of real American heroes that show balance of independence and duty with courage to rise when the moment of testing comes.

New York's Bravest

This is a photograph of my father-in-law fighting a fire with his fire company in 1960 when he was a probie. They didn't have any protective gear in those days other than a jacket or their helmets. All of the people in that photo have either passed from cancer or are very sick. The stuff they breathed in and were exposed to are just unimaginably to us today. Still while other people ran away they ran in.

He served in Brownsville Brooklyn in the 1960's and 1970's and retired in 1980. It was a very busy house with ten runs a day. When he had seniority he could have transferred to a country club house on Staten Island where there was one run a month. But he thrived on the action. He wanted to put out fires and save people. He did. Many of them. Even though he had rocks and bottles and the occasional gunshot sent his way. Because that is what fireman do.

The Fire Department is very different now in a lot of ways that I will not go into today. The saying used to be be "give me four drunk fireman and I can put out any fire you got."  The Department is not like that anymore. It is still full of brave men who rush in to help people in their hour of need. 

Today is a day to remember and salute them. They truly are New Yorks Bravest.

Act of Allah?

Prof. Glenn Reynolds shares archive from that fateful day

TOM CLANCY WAS RIGHT: (Reposted from earlier today) And we're living one of his scenarios right now. Not much is known for sure, but it's obvious that the United States is the target of a major terrorist assault. There's a lot of bloviation on the cable news channels, most of which will turn out to be wrong or misleading later. Here, for your consideration, are a few points to be taken from past experience:
The Fog of War: Nobody knows much right now. Many things that we think we know are likely to be wrong.
Overreaction is the Terrorist's Friend: Even in major cases like this, the terrorist's real weapon is fear and hysteria. Overreacting will play into their hands.
It's Not Just Terrorists Who Take Advantage: Someone will propose new "Antiterrorism" legislation. It will be full of things off of bureaucrats' wish lists. They will be things that wouldn't have prevented these attacks even if they had been in place yesterday. Many of them will be civil-liberties disasters. Some of them will actually promote the kind of ill-feeling that breeds terrorism. That's what happened in 1996. Let's not let it happen again.
Only One Antiterrorism Method Works: That's punishing those behind it. The actual terrorists are hard to reach. But terrorism of this scale is always backed by governments. If they're punished severely -- and that means severely, not a bombed aspirin-factory but something that puts those behind it in the crosshairs -- this kind of thing won't happen again. That was the lesson of the Libyan bombing.
"Increased Security" Won't Work. When you try to defend everything, you defend nothing. Airport security is a joke because it's spread so thin that it can't possibly stop people who are really serious. You can't prevent terrorism by defensive measures; at most you can stop a few amateurs who can barely function. Note that the increased measures after TWA 800 (which wasn't terrorism anyway, we're told) didn't prevent what appear to be coordinated hijackings. (Archie Bunker's plan, in which each passenger is issued a gun on embarking, would have worked better). Deterrence works here, just as everywhere else. But you have to be serious about it.
For now, the terrorists have won. They've shut down the U.S. government, more or less. They've shut down air travel. They're all over TV. But whether they really win depends on how we deal with this; hysterically, or like angry -- but measured -- adults.

Never forget

If I promise not to forget will you stop reminding me to never forget? How about if I promise to understand who is responsible and promise to hold a grudge until I die? Will that suit your need for my remembering?

It's impossible to honor American heroes, real people who step up, without also burnishing enduring grudges.

We're already remembering the Maine and that was a bogus incident. Speaking of those, The Tonkin Incident is remembered too and that narrative is uncertain as well. Those aren't my grudges but I'm remembering them anyway along with Pearl Harbor, can't forget that, and the Alamo we're told to remember as well. Fine. that's a lot of grudge-related remembering and getting worked up all over again. Is that the intention with four hundred reminders to remember before breakfast?

It's quite impossible to forget, as that time when Israel attacked the USS Liberty unprovoked just to prove it will not be watched in its waters. Nor will we forget Leon Klinghoffer tossed off the Archille Lauro or the Olympic bombings in Atlanta and the politically motivated disaster at the Munich Olympics. This remembering must be focused on the thing that happened this day fourteen years ago. Then next year fifteen years ago and that year provides time enough for another incident to remember on another day until all the days of the year are filled up with such grievances to keep in mind for that whole day at least, so if you have any media opened you can expect a million reminders to remember unhappy things every day of the year throughout the whole year. Forever.


Source: News Item regarding present GOP candidates, the things they say.

Serena Williams

Seen on Saeed Jones Twitter. BuzzFeed's Literary Editor

Vogue, Peter Macia talking about why we need Serena Williams to win the Grand Slam. 

"Germany refugee riot over torn Koran"

"Twenty people tried to lynch an Afghan man of 25 after he tore pages from the Koran and threw them in a toilet, according to reports in the town of Suhl."
When police tried to intervene they also came under attack. Germany says it is expecting 800,000 people to claim asylum this year.
State prime minister Bodo Ramelow, from leftist party Die Linke, suggested that part of the problem was housing different nationalities together.
I know this is not the first time I've heard of a Koran flush down a toilet.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The eyes have it

Prohodna - Eyes of God

Up close Sun spot

Stay with your own kind!

A show tune for Titus. Good advice for the rest of us.

I mean from Anita. Maria is just going to end up dead. Downed.

Why Carly’s face is the reason Trump might win.

Here’s the thing. All the pansies and pundits and pontificators have their panties in a bunch because Trump made fun of Carly Fioruna's face. As if people don’t make fun of Trumps face all the time. Mock his hair and his pudgy white guy facade. What you can’t do that about a woman? Are they immune? Aren't we supposed to be equal? Or are there different rules for woman when it advantages them? Of course there are. And many people are calling bullshit. Feminist "The View" bullshit. It doesn't sell anymore. At least not to the many millions of people who will vote for Trump.

You see it was the same with Reagan. The usual suspect said there was no way he could get elected. That the things he said were so off the charts that the American Public would reject them. They conceive that people won't recognize the truth when they see if even if it is phrased in a crude way. That is the position of George Will and Jonah Goldberg and the wheelchair guy. They can’t believe that people would vote for such a low class vulgarian. Someone who would never be accepted at one of their elitist Georgetown cocktail parties.

Well many people are tied of that noise. They want somebody who is not afraid. Did you know that Trump polls at 25% of the black vote? Double what Romney did in the last election? You know why? Because some blacks are smart enough to realize that illegal immigrants are getting the jobs that they could get.  If Trump breaks the monolithic hold the Democrats have on the black vote he would be an easy winner.

Plus people think about governing. Trump would just bomb the crap of ISIS. If a bunch of civilians get killed he will say “Hey it worked in World War 2 so get over yourself.” There's your refugee problem solved right there. The UN and the media and the liberals could all pee themselves with rage and he would just shrug and go on killing our enemies before they kill us. The Mullahs know this. They know the difference between Trump and Obama. Night and day so to speak.

Don’t be afraid to say something that will piss off the politically correct. Don’t be afraid to do something that will piss off the politically correct.

A lot of us would be happy to sign on to that.

The bombing starts in five minutes.

Look at that face!

 “Look at that face!” Trump cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

Where we are now.

Tribalism is the state of being organized in, or advocating for, a tribe or tribes. In terms of conformity, tribalism may also refer in popular cultural terms to a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group.
Tribalism has been defined in engaged theory as a 'way of being' based upon variable combinations of kinship-based organization, reciprocal exchange, manual production, oral communication, and analogical inquiry. Ontologically, tribalism is oriented around the valences of analogy, genealogy and mythology. This means that customary tribes have their social foundations in some variation of these tribal orientations, while at the same time often taking on traditional practices (including through religions of the book such as Christianity and Islam), and modern practices, including monetary exchange, mobile communications, and modern education.
The social structure of a tribe can vary greatly from case to case, but, due to the relatively small size of customary tribes, social life in those kinds of tribes usually involves a relatively undifferentiated role structure, with few significant political or economic distinctions between individuals.
Tribalism implies the possession of a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group. Based on strong relations of proximity and kinship, members of a tribe tend to possess a strong feeling of identity. Objectively, for a customary tribal society to form there needs to be ongoing customary organization, inquiry and exchange. However, subjectively, intense feelings of common identity can lead people to feel tribally connected. The distinction between these two definitions for tribalism - objective and subjective - is an important one because, while tribal societies have been pushed to the edges of the western worldtribalism, by this second definition, is arguably undiminished. A few writers have postulated that the human brain is hard-wired towards tribalism due to its evolutionary advantages, however this claim is usually linked to equating original questions of sociality with tribalism.

First date

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Top voted Reddit comment...
Guy is actually really resourceful. I would have done something different though. I would have ran straight into the ocean. I know thats gross but it would have made things way easier, especially if you had time to pull your shorts down in the water.
When the girl would have asked "I thought you had to go to the bathroom" I would have just said "Yea I peed in the ocean". If she finds that gross and pretends she never did it you break up right away cause you don't want to start a relationship on lies.

"New human-like species discovered in S Africa"

"The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa.
The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus,Homo, to which modern humans belong."

The team of scientists who discovered the Homo naledi remains

"50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked"

"It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk."
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said. (read more)
I thought this kind of thing had been made illegal.

Whose that girl with Mitch?

She has always been one of my favorites and always dressed to kill even when she was just wearing short shorts.

She costar with so many big stars. Mitchum. The Duke. Earl Holliman.

Whose that girl?

Look In The Mirror!

I'm sure that both Rolling Stone and CNN would love to be the ones who damage the Donald. But this was predictable:*

Trump insults Fiorina in Rolling Stone: 'Look at that face!'

The upcoming debate will be an important test for Trump: how will he handle Carly Fiorina?

*Past prediction: "I think Trump will blow it when he calls the wrong shot which he's bound to do because he relies so much on instinct. For example, he has already irreversibly alienated a quarter of the voting population (democratic women); he could easily blow off another quarter by attacking Fiorina too quickly." link

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Public Morals.....a great new show for you to check out on TNT

There is a great new show about policing called "Public Morals." It is about how NYC used to be in the 1960's.

It shows how the "Pad" worked. The Vice Cops would control things in return for a small stipend that all of the cops in the precinct would share in to supplement their meager pay. It wouldn't be much. Maybe five bucks a week. But in return when something goes wrong you would call up and it was taken care of immediately. You know that there wasn't a problem with the "homeless." They were bums and they were rousted and sent off to the Bowery. Not like today where a homeless douche bag could set up in front of your house and take a dump on the sidewalk and the cops can't or won't do anything about it because they don't want to catch a beef.

It has the flavor of the sixties. The fashions. The cars. The cigars. The food. The style. Burn's old man was a cop and he used all of his old stories in the series. Set on the West Side of Manhattan it deals with Irish cops and Irish Gangsters. With a few Wops mixed in for flavor. Written and directed by Edward Burns it stars a bunch of great actors. Brian Dennehy. Neal McDonnough. Kevin Corrigan. Michael Rapaport. Lots of great scenes of violence and mayhem.  There is one mutt who is direct rip off of Crazy Joe Gallo. Has his look and his attitude. Kills five guys with a knife. You see they didn't always have guns in those days.

I remember those days. When the Cops were Irish and the Crooks were guineas. When you had a problem you went to the guys who ran the neighborhood and took care of it. There was no street crime to speak of. The cops controlled the vice. You could play the numbers or bet a horse without paying a huge tax if you won. They always paid off. If you had a beef and were a legitimate citizen the cops would take care of it. Those were the days.

If you want to see the real community policing check this out.

Highly recommended.

When is it time to say this far....and no more?

New York Post (September 9. 2015) — Opening long-awaited congressional hearings, the House Judiciary Committee chairman said Wednesday its Planned Parenthood investigation is aimed at protecting taxpayers against financing the kind of “horrors” suggested by secretly recorded videos of group officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.
The recordings, made by anti-abortion activists posing as representatives of a company interested in buying fetal tissue, show Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing how they sometimes obtain tissue from aborted fetuses for medical researchers.
With accusations and emotions running high, the committee’s top Democrat said the videos were deceptively edited, but offer no evidence of wrongdoing.
“The real purpose of the videos is to undermine one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality health care for women,” said Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.).
Republicans are eager to use questions about fetal tissue research to personalize the broader political dispute over abortion, a contentious social issue that could be a factor during the 2016 presidential and congressional campaigns.
The hearing came nearly two months after the Center for Medical Progress began releasing videos that have enraged conservatives, GOP lawmakers and Republican presidential candidates.
Representatives from Planned Parenthood and the center were not scheduled to appear.
Many have accused Planned Parenthood of violating laws that bar for-profit sales of fetal tissue; four congressional committees have begun investigating the organization.
The Conservatives in the Republican House Caucus want to bring the defunding of Planned Parenthood to the floor. They will be able to pass a bill. Of course the problem is in the Senate. Mitch the Bitch McConnell states that he doesn't have the votes so he doesn't even want to make the effort. Doesn't even want to put it on the record who exactly favors chopping up babies for parts like a chop shop in Willets Point. Just the same deal with the Iran treaty. The same phony failure theatre where the Republicans vote against something  which they allow to pass because they don't have any balls. They need to use the nuclear option. Screw the filibuster just the way the Democrats do when they want to pass something. That ship has sailed. But don't stop there.
Shut down the government. What did they lose the last time they did that? Despite all the caterwauling and bullshit from the media about how they would be punished by the taxpayers the Republicans won the Congress. Isn't the murder and cutting up of babies for parts by obscene profiteers who want to buy expensive cars and sell human organs to the highest bidder enough for these ball less weasels to take a stand? How bad does it have to be before they say this far and no more?
Why support a party or a politician who can't stand up for what is right?

Take that Chrissy Hynde!

Because it was so proper back in the eighties.

Where have you gone Charles Martel a lonely nation turns it's eyes to you?

The Muslim invasion of Europe is continuing unabated  and now various idiots in the United States want to get us involved. John Kerry stated that we had to take in some of the refugees. Even Donald Trump said we had to take some in and he built his whole presidential run on controlling immigration. What is up with this?

This is a manufactured crisis. It seems that many if not most of the refugees are men looking for economic advantage. Which is why the Krauts are happy to take them in. You see they need laborers for their industry since their birth rate is plummeting and many low level jobs remain unfilled. But many of the other members of the EU are wary if not defiant that they don't want more immigrants than they can handle. The Eastern Europeans are not politically correct and they don't want more Muslims to swamp their society and change their country into something they don't recognize anymore. You know. Like downtown LA.

I guess the Germans are importing the Muslims so they will do the jobs that the Germans don't want to do anymore. I just hope that doesn't include killing the Jews.

But I think that is their agenda.

"Barbershop Fined For Refusing To Cut Woman’s Hair"

Link to video and story

"Dating in your 30s is like looking for a parking spot..."

"The good ones are all taken. The rest are either handicapped or too far away."

Top voted Reddit comments...
Or you see one in the distance but some other prick gets there before you do.
You probably passed up on the perfect parking spot because you just got into the lot and it was way to early to commit to that spot.
Every once in awhile you can grab one right after somebody pulls out
Or there's some cunt with a big truck taking up two spots.
When I used to visit my grandparents in Washington Heights I usually had to double park.

Chrissie Hynde calls lewd pop stars 'sex workers'

"And now Chrissie Hynde has waded into another contentious area – the overly sexualised nature of modern pop music."
Miss Hynde added: ‘I don’t think sexual assault is a gender issue as such, I think it’s very much it’s all around us now.
‘It’s provoked by this pornography culture, it’s provoked by pop stars who call themselves feminists. Maybe they’re feminists on behalf of prostitutes – but they are no feminists on behalf of music, if they are selling their music by bumping and grinding and wearing their underwear in videos.
Truth to power.

Cloudless colorful sunset, Photoshop gradient tool.

I keep looking for another chance for shot of a hummingbird even so far as inviting whatever random insects inside. Wasps discovered the feeder even they could come in just to avoid having the screen door in between subject and lens on the chance a visit could happen. It's the time of year for the birds to get moving. The camera is ready, the settings dialed in, the right lens is attached. All that looking produced a lot of very nice sunsets that would otherwise escape notice. This is what happens as tonight when there are no clouds in the sky at sunset. It's still an incredible light show.

Es mejor más grande. I thought, hey, I can do that in Photoshop. I betcya a dollar.

Want to see? Gradient tool, that's how. Although it will miss the tonal shift to pink where blue and orange meet, that too can be done using Gradient but it takes more finesse and more layers. The program blends two colors at a time, but it blends them however you tell it, to whatever degree at whichever angle and even curved and circular using option buttons.

Consider the two colors background and foreground colors. Pick the two colors to be blended from the original using the eyedropper tool then switch to gradient tool that is hidden underneath the paint bucket. They're related. Paint bucket fills a selected field with color, gradient tool blends two colors. I made this just for you.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

There is something in the water.

Dead Man Walking......

I hear the angels talking talking talking
Now I'm a dead man walking walking walking
I hear the angels talking talking talking
Now I'm a dead man

I see you standing there but you're already gone
I'm holding your hand but you're barely holding on
I'm kissing your lips but it just don't feel the same
Am I dead there now, left living with the blame
Oh I hear the angels talking talking talking
Now I'm a dead man walking walking walking

Already broken, already gone
Already know you're moving on
I'm a breathing, talking
Dead man, walking
Already see it, in your face
Already someone, in my place
I'm a breathing, talking
Dead man, walking

I hear the angels talking talking talking
Now I'm a dead man walking walking walking
I hear the angels talking talking talking
Now I'm a dead man

Christian Kim Davis freed from Prison......developing...

Christian County Clerk Kim Davis was freed by Judge Bunning and told to go and sin no more. She was freed on condition that she not interfere with the issuance of marriage certificates to same sex couples. No attempt at a reasonable accommodation to her religious beliefs was made since she is objecting that she does not want her name attached to same sex marriage certificates. It would seem to be a simple matter to take her name off of these licenses but that is not the goal of the same sex marriage warriors. They want to stomp out any opposition and incarcerate anyone who does not agree with them.

The timing of her release is suspect. Presidential Candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were scheduled to meet with her in jail. The hue and cry was beginning to gain some traction. The fact that an unelected judge tossed a public official into jail because she would not violate her religious beliefs resonates with many people. Judge Bunning wanted to forestall that by releasing her. It solves nothing. She has already indicated that she will not acquiesce into using her good name to certify same sex marriages. So we will be in the exact same place in a week or two. Will  the Judge be willing to find a reasonable accommodation? Will he direct that some non-indentifing language be used? Something like "The State of Kentucky" on the certificate and not "County Clerk Kim Davis." Or will they insist on compliance and worship at the altar of same sex marriage. I don't think it will end so easily.

I think he released her because the optics were bad and getting worse. He didn't find an equitable solution. Of course he was not interested in equity. Only power.

Many more Christians will be facing the gaol soon enough. This is just the canary in the coal mine.

This is not over. It will not end well.

Bad Ideas.......

"I will love you forever. In sickness and in health. For richer or for poorer. Because that is what marriage is all about."

You gotta serve somebody......

Archbishop Damaskinos Papandreou was the Greek Orthordox Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece from 1941 until his death in 1949. Thus he was the religious leader of most Greeks during World War II and the Nazi occupation.

Unlike Pope Pius of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Papandreou stood up to the Nazi's in a clear and unambiguous fashion. He wrote and published a letter demanding equal treatment for the Jews who were being rounded up by the Nazi's and sent to camps. He stood up to the criminal actions of the government and was willing to pay the price. The German Commander Jurgen Stroop threatened to put him in front of a firing squad. The Archbishop famously told him:"According to the traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church, our prelates are hanged, not shot. Please respect our traditions!"

The Archbishop also quietly told his priests to issue baptismal certificates to Jews who were under suspicion of being Jews by the Nazis so they would not be sent to camps. He stood up in the face of evil without fear or favor and did the right thing.

"How did ISIS get WMD if Saddam had none and Assad destroyed his?"

"German intelligence confirms Isis used mustard gas in Iraq"
German daily Bild reported on Monday that BND intelligence agents collected blood samples from Kurds who were injured in clashes with Isis. It quoted the BND chief, Gerhard Schindler, as saying that the agency has “information that IS used mustard gas in northern Iraq”.

US defense department spokeswoman Commander Elissa Smith said: “While we will not comment on intelligence or operational matters, let us be clear: any use by any party ... of a chemical as a weapon of any kind is an abhorrent act. “Given the alleged behavior of Isil and other such groups in the region, any such flagrant disregard for international standards and norms is reprehensible.”
Must be that global warming again, causing the condiment to go bad.

I got this

I want a second opinion

"Second Review Says Classified Information Was in Hillary Clinton’s Email"
A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said...
The senior intelligence officials briefed on the findings of the review spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize their access to sensitive information...
President Obama signed an executive order in December 2009 that defined “Top Secret” as information that if disclosed could “reasonably” be expected to cause “exceptionally grave damage to national security.”
Madam president, there is a cancer growing on your presidency.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Where have you gone Charles Martel a Lonely Nation turns it's eyes to you?

There is a Muslim invasion of Europe under way and the people in charge are laying down and spreading their legs. They are taking in waves of undocumented refugees whose numbers include uncounted terrorist operatives. In addition they are importing a perverted culture that will destroy the fabric of their civilization. They will have their children being groomed and raped by Islamic pedophiles and they will be too weak to fight it because they don't want to be considered "racist."

Better them than us. If they want to help the refugees they should send supplies and aid to them. In their own countries. Not invite them into their house to take over and destroy their national character. Any country foolish enough to take in massive numbers of refugees will bitterly rue the day that they let political correctness overrule national survival.

Winter is here and the EU's leaders are telling everyone to take off their coats and take a walk in the snow.

Good luck with that.

One Adam 12...One Adam 12.....see the man about a harp and a pair of wings

Officer Pete Malloy is off to the big role call in the sky.

Martin Milner the star of "Adam 12" and "Route 66" has passed away. His role as the tough but compassionate LA cop was an inspiration to many young people who went on the police force. He was the kind of cop you wanted to see. Tough but willing to work with people. He wouldn't ignore the law or take money like so many cops did in the 1960's, There were episodes where he turned in crooked cops or cops who physically abused suspects more than was warranted by the situation. He wasn't a goodie two shoes but he wasn't out of control either.

Of course that was on TV. Real policing is a lot different. You deal with worthless skells and the dregs of society. Now they surround you with cell phone cameras and try to find a way to stop the police from enforcing the law. In fact they want to cancel most laws. Laws against public urination. Open containers. Doing drugs openly. Liberals and progressives want to have an anything goes society and don't understand why the animals will run riot and loot the CVS. Why the topless hookers in Times Square are mugging tourists. Why Andrew Cuomo's lawyer would get shot in the head. It is a big surprise.

Pete Malloy wouldn't have stood for that. He would arrested the skells. He would have done his job. But I could be wrong. He might have resigned. Or just driven by in his squad car and let Baltimore burn. I don't know.

I bet the Black Lives Matters mutts and their liberal enablers are hoisting a Colt 45 and chanting "Pigs in a blanker fry them like bacon."

I do know that another icon of Sixties TV has passed. I see my youth passing away before my eyes. Things come in threes. Wrangler Jane. Officer Pete Malloy. Whose next?

RIP Martin Milner 12/28/1931-9/7/2015

North and South


port / starboard

Which one is which, and why have this confusion? In answering, the thing we are shown does not match the description. All descriptions so far say the same thing, that for any observer the directions are unambiguous, and they all fail to state explicitly where the observer is positioned, and it is important. They are showing us that the observer is not onboard while the descriptions assume the reader understands the observer that makes all this unambiguous is onboard.

Go ahead and Google it if you like, this is what is shown you. The photo is titled "port / starboard," exactly what I searched.

I'm not trying to be difficult, I'm trying to understand, see, I just came from Jupiter and your ways are strange and unfamiliar to me, your explanations addle the alien mind. You show me this picture and tell me this:
Since port and starboard never change, they are unambiguous references that are independent of a mariner’s orientation, and, thus, mariners use these nautical terms instead of left and right to avoid confusion. When looking forward, toward the bow of a ship, port and starboard refer to the left and right sides, respectively.
Gotcha. I am the mariner. I'm on the dock waiting for this ship and looking forward straight at it, forward toward the bow, right at the bow, Let's see, left is port, and right is starboard.  Wikipedia says the same thing and omits the same thing. They assume you know the guy is on the boat and not on the dock
Port and starboard are nautical terms for left and right, respectively. Port is the left-hand side of or direction from a vessel, facing forward. Starboard is the right-hand side, facing forward. Since port and starboard never change, they are unambiguous references that are not relative to the observer
Wikipedia shows a boat's steering oar that explains how this whole thing started but is not helpful in understanding why simple right / left must be replaced. What ambiguity are they talking about, the ambiguity they engage in with  their explanation that omits the mariner is on the boat and not on the dock?

You need to say, "when you're on the boat" and you need to show viewpoint on the boat. It's not hard. Here. Like this. This took one minute and only 95k. 

Starboard VS Port

"Have you ever seen a dessert that blossoms?"

Via reddit

Sunday, September 6, 2015

sunset denial

We all expected a spectacular sunset but it didn't happen and none of us could understand why not. The situation was right for it, super right for it in fact, an extra good layer of clouds from one end to the other as far as you can see all uniformly about 1,000 feet higher like a quilt of clouds viewed from the bottom that goes forever. All that water up there collecting, right there above our heads and the clouds so stingy with it. It could dump a flood any second but instead drizzles only faintly in and out sporadically. We watched the sun set, saw the light behind the clouds go lower, the sky go darker and that's all. No color light show. Just darkness from gray.

I figured out what happened.

The cloud quilt is so vast continuing west straight over the foothills,  covering evenly the mountains behind them and still just that evenly covering the mountains behind those, that it actually follows the curve of the earth at least the portion of arc of our viewing, to the end of the state perhaps, maybe even through Utah. The sun never does slip under the clouds, can never illuminate from beneath them as usual so it stays concealed behind the cloud screen all the way down to darkness. Our down. The clouds could clear by the time the edge of night reaches California where the clouds may break and the sun shine through beneath as it as the earth rotates away from it.

These are somebody else's clouds I'm using to show the sun going down with no color, like Planet Dreary.

The next day, yesterday, breaks in the cloud cover allow the usual glorious thing. With the window open the light show demands your attention. 

Conclusion: No breaks in clouds mean dreary sunsets.  

Madonna's Brother Has The Ciccones To Get Things Right

Ciccone acknowledged that Davis is required to follow federal law before he added: 'But why should she when DOJ and other civil authorities don't follow federal law when they choose not to, i.e. Washington State and Colorado (POT) come to mind…or the abstract notion of 'sanctuary cities.' I always thought that sanctuary was the province of churches.'
But why is there just a photo of his idiot sister at the link?

Kanji the horse

I found myself seated in a chair at a coffee table, the arrangement so large you must yell to have yourself heard to other people sitting right there. And everything is repeated. Scholarly things all around, these are serious-minded people, they want us to know. All the books are display books arranged to make a statement as much as to be enjoyed everything around is arch and aching set just so, un-lived with no love apparent, no real interest other than collecting. Exactly as described in Gatsby, you would say if you gave it thought. That's the deal going on there. The stiffness uptight and because of no real interest everything just a bit cheesy.There is a large coffee table book displayed outward about Egypt. I don't have this book and I hadn't seen it before. I mentioned I drew the hieroglyphs for years without knowing what they mean, as a child I just liked drawing the shapes. I even carved them in plaster using a dental tool, sold the pictures, without knowing what they mean, but they were always interesting and always held intrigue. 

Somebody said, "Because they were pretty." 

Everybody laughed at that as if it were an amusing insight. But that was exactly right, I chose them because I think they are pretty. All that art during that phase of production without knowing what I was doing and now I can read them fairly well with no interest in painting or carving. With such a book as that one as they have, my eyes go directly to the hieroglyphs to see if I can see what they say. 

They also have displayed prominently a papyrus they're quite happy with but due to their lack of real interest they don't know it's the most significant most highly reproduced  vignette from the Duat, from the Book of Going Forth By Day, the so-called Egyptian Book of the Dead, is not actually a book, rather, a list of scrolls with spells. They're magical spells. You'll see the vignette described as chapter 126 of the book of the dead, it is no such thing, it is a well-known spell, designated by us as # 125-6. There are other spells having to do with this one that make the claimant eligible for this important spell. It is at core of a lot of their royal formula, understanding this opens up a lot of other standard formula that you see in hieroglyphics all over. This is where the spirit is vindicated, its voice deemed true, so then, "This is _____ king, and other royal titles, the vindicated, true of voice.

The collectors wouldn't have any interest in that. They just want the look of something deep and serious minded. They don't know or care the hieroglyphic text accompanying vignette is for another spell. They do that in presentations and for printing. Un-jumbling them, matching them up, is a big part of reading them in book form when originally they were just loose papyrus sheets rolled up, as a portfolio, favorite spells and that's all, in no wise a book with chapters as we know them. 

That same careless manner of picking it up happened with kanji too not just hieroglyphs as a boy just goofing around wasting time drawing pictures.  I drew them without knowing what they mean because I think they're cool. I did a few pages, saw the same things repeatedly, taught myself how to build them by logical strokes, noticing some of them become parts of larger ones. Then my dad was posted there and we ended up going with these signs all over the place. Japan is loaded with signage. Signs on top of signs layered high as poles go. Began matching them up, familiar shapes, with the things they are attached. This horse is a favorite that I think makes sense instantly. 

"That's nice honey"

"Found a beehive while renovating an old house"... via Reddit

Link to source

The Worst Person in America

Kim Davis is the worst person in America.

According to Social Justice Warriors, the main stream media, bloggers, catamites and the grifters who have to sit at the Thanksgiving Table with them. She is the worst because she refused to participate in same sex marriage. Now how was she forced to participate you might ask? As county clerk her name would be on every document validating the celebration of sodomy that defiles the sanctity of marriage that has existed for all of recorded human history. Just like the baker and the photographer who did not want to affirmatively participate in what she regards as sin she is being forced to conform at the price of incarceration. An unelected judge has incarcerated an elected official for not complying with the latest version of socially acceptable perversion.

Kim Davis is being mocked for her personal history. She has been married several times. She has made mistakes in her life. I mean she didn’t have meaningless sex in men’s rooms or molested young boys who were trying to break into the movies but she was married a couple or three times. She found Jesus a few years ago and was born again. She sought forgiveness and redemption and is trying to live a righteous life. For that she is being ceaselessly mocked, derided and in fact incarcerated. She is trying to live up to her religious beliefs. She is bearing witness. She is willing to go to jail for it. I admire her. I don’t know if I would be courageous enough to do that. I do know that I do not see any Catholic prelates or Orthodox Rabbi’s or Mormon Bishops speaking out in her defense. But then that is not how it works. They are interested in their power and their perks and not the basic bulwark of their beliefs. Not surprising in the least. It is endemic to the human condition. Your leaders “out grow” the beliefs that put them there in the first place. Rhinos in the face of God.

Kim Davis was incarcerated because the Judge refused to fine her. He has said that he didn’t want people to step up to pay her fine. He didn’t want to use the legally mandated option of impeachment and removal from office. He wanted to impose his will at all costs. At the cost of putting same sex marriage over the conscience of an elected official who serves the people who elected her. They are the ones who should seek her dismissal. But they won’t. I bet if she runs again she will be reelected overwhelmingly. That will not stand in the face of judicially mandated coercion. The judge would brook no compromise. They wouldn’t take her name off of the documents. It is not enough for the forces at work here. It will never be enough. They are demanding that she resign. That religious people be precluded from being elected and serving while following their religious principles. Of course this only applies to observant Christians. You can demand to wear a Hajib at Abercrombie and Fitch and the courts will fall over themselves to demand that you have that right. You can shelter illegal immigrant murderers and refuse to deport them and the courts won’t touch you. But same sex marriage is different.

Expect to see more people go to jail. More Christians to be incarcerated. It is coming to a church near you sooner rather than later. Get used to it.

Winter is here.

"At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves"

"Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He is one of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in a leafy Berlin neighborhood."
Like Zonoobi, most say true belief prompted their embrace of Christianity. But there's no overlooking the fact that the decision will also greatly boost their chances of winning asylum by allowing them to claim they would face persecution if sent home.
Martens recognizes that some convert in order to improve their chances of staying in Germany — but for the pastor motivation is unimportant. Many, he said, are so taken by the Christian message that it changes their lives. And he estimates that only about 10 percent of converts do not return to church after christening.
"I know there are — again and again — people coming here because they have some kind of hope regarding their asylum," Martens said. "I am inviting them to join us because I know that whoever comes here will not be left unchanged."
Being Christian alone does not help an applicant, and Chancellor Angela Merkel went out of her way this week to reiterate that Islam "belongs in Germany." But in Afghanistan and Iran, for example, conversion to Christianity by a Muslim could be punished by death or imprisonment, and it is therefore unlikely that Germany would deport converted Iranian and Afghan refugees back home. (read more)
Better make that conversion authentic then.

I admire your fortitude

"What happens to your brain when you overdose on grievance feminism"

"The struggle to be taken seriously in the age of subtle sexism"
I identify as female. I am apparently a conventionally attractive student-athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill. I grew into my ears a few years back. I have lighter eyes and darker skin, and with the exception of a bit of an eyebrow discrepancy, my face is generally symmetrical.
Writing this now, I feel my stomach drop. In a culture that regularly exploits sexuality, it’s ironically unacceptable when women openly acknowledge it themselves. But hear me. The following is a string of subtle and routine occurrences that make me feel less human and should take their rightful place among the larger narrative of sexism in contemporary America.
When I wake up at 6 in the morning for practice, I put on spandex that will ride up and allow my legs to chafe. I know this is because I don’t have a thigh gap like most of the distance runners on my cross-country team. I eat an easily-digestible carb and make a note of the calorie count.
After “a good early-morning chafe,” as I call it, I change into dry workout clothes, this time being careful not to wear too much “Carolina gear.” I do this so as not to give my professors and peers another reason to discount me.
I head to a study space. I sit with a classmate – a good friend of mine since freshman year. He identifies as male. Another male-identifying friend approaches. They engage in a “bro dap”: a sort of masculine greeting ritual. The newcomer, my friend, acknowledges me second with a nod of his head: “What’s up, Blake?”
I check my email. My student government group co-director, who identifies as male, has taken it upon himself to send a mass email to our organization and relevant tangential members to schedule a meeting. I am CCed along with four others. They are not co-directors. The body of the email bounces between “I” pronouns to set an agenda for the first meeting of year. It concludes with his signature. The first reply thanks him for “getting this started.”
I go to class. We are discussing Islam in modern society. I chime in. A neighbor, who identifies as male, leans over from across the aisle: “You can’t be pretty and smart.” He thinks he’s giving me a compliment. There is an awkward pause as he waits for me to meekly deny my sexuality. I do not comply. He turns away. I’m not sure he actually listened to anything I said. (read more of that here)
I guess I should be happy I'm not in an expensive school and that I'm a guy?