Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Long and the Short of It Part Two

One of the most intriguing rumors about the presidential belly button is that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had an outie that would become erect when he became sexually aroused. True to his Irish heritage, the erect outie was in fact longer and thicker than his penis as he suffered from the curse of the Irish. Angie Dickinson who was one of JFK’s most famous conquests once said that making love to the president was “The most exciting twenty seconds of my life.” But it is the rest of the quote that gives it context when she said “When he was done I climbed on to his stomach and he stuck his belly button in me and it was heaven. It was the ride of my life. He was one freaky limp dick mick.”
(The Long and the Short of It, Presidential Penises by Doris Kearns Goodwin, St. Martins Press)

What Hillary and Obama and Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have planned for us

Reuters November 14, 2015
The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night’s attacks in Paris passed though Greece in October, a Greek minister said.
“The holder of the passport passed through the island of Leros on Oct. 3, 2015, where he was identified according to EU rules,” said Greece’s deputy minister in charge of police, Nikos Toskas, in a statement.
A Greek police source said the passport’s owner was a young man who had arrived in Leros with a group of 69 refugees and had his fingerprints taken by authorities there. Police declined to give his name.
Toskas did not know if the passport was checked by other countries through which the holder possibly passed on his way to France. The police source said French authorities had asked other countries in Europe, including Greece, to check on the passport
(Rant:This is what the forces behind unrestrained illegal immigration have planned for us. You see they will not be shot at a stadium or at a bar. They hustled all the rich people out when that was going on. You know what? I bet there are maybe a thousand terrorists in the 500,000 refugees that are looking to get into Europe and America. Guess what else? There are at least 1000 criminals and gang bangers and drug traffickers and rapists and murders among the Mexicans that have poured into our country since the last amnesty. Maybe 10,000. Maybe 50,000. We don't know because they won't release the stats because if people really knew they would demand action. The fact is that every illegal immigrant is by definition a criminal. He or she is illegal. They are breaking our laws. Not that it matters to Hillary and the Democrats. They are the party of the criminals so I understand where they are coming from.
Now they want to give another amnesty. Trump is the only one who is giving us a solution. You might not like the solution. You might say it can't be done. But it can be done. Ike did it on a smaller scale. We can deport illegals. There are millions of them out there. Taking jobs from real Americans. Committing crimes. Not just Mexicans. Chinese. Somali's. Other Muslims from the Middle East. Tons of South Asians taking technical jobs by working cheaper than Americans. The Media and the Chamber of Commerce and the guy on the Monopoly box will all tell you that there is nothing we can do. That we have to give up. That it wouldn't be "humane" to ship the people breaking our laws and invading our country back to the shit holes they came from. Maybe we can't catch all of them. But we can catch a shit pot full of them. Send them back to Syria before they start shooting up Yankee Stadium and the Metropolitan Opera. Or do nothing. You know. The John Boehner/Mitch McConnell solution.)

Nanny at the bus station.

"Hello how can I help you?"
"Can you tell me where the mens lavatory might be located. I here to pick up Mr. French. He is late for the TV servants annual ball and I belive he might be here practicing his wide stance."
"Down the corridor and to the left."
"Thank you kind sir. I must hurry or Benson will be very angry."

Trump needs to go full retard.

Trump: not ready for prime time

FORT DODGE, Iowa — As Donald Trump took the stage in a community college theater on Thursday night, something was off.

The usually punctual executive was nearly 40 minutes late. His voice was hoarse, his hair mussed, his tone defensive. He promised to take questions from the audience but instead launched into a 95-minute-long rant that at times sounded like the monologue of a man grappling with why he is running for president — and if it's really worth it or not. Even for a candidate full of surprises, the speech was surprising.
...He signed a book for a guy in the audience and then tossed it back at him with a flip: "Here you go, baby. I love you."
Trump called Republican rival Carly Fiorina "Carly whatever-the-hell-her-name-is," accused Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton of playing the "woman's card" and said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is "weak like a baby." He then devoted more than 10 minutes angrily attacking his chief rival, Ben Carson, saying the retired doctor has a "pathological disease" with no cure, similar to being a child molester.
"If I did the stuff he said he did, I wouldn't be here right now. It would have been over. It would have been over. It would have been totally over," Trump said. "And that's who's in second place. And I don't get it."
...Rather than sticking to his usual, tidy 60 minutes, Trump kept going and going. Rather than sticking to his usual, tidy 60 minutes, Trump kept going and going. Campaign staffers with microphones had planned to solicit questions from the audience, but instead stood waiting in the aisles, then sat for a while, then stood again at attention. Those standing on risers behind Trump — providing a backdrop of Iowan faces — eventually gave up and sat down in a falling cascade.
The tirade came amid one of Trump's busiest weeks yet on the campaign trail. Trump hosted "Saturday Night Live" last weekend and then spent Sunday doing interviews. Monday night he had a rally in Illinois. Tuesday night was the fourth GOP debate in Milwaukee. Wednesday morning, after about 90 minutes of sleep, Trump attended a breakfast in New Hampshire. Thursday he arrived in Iowa for a tour of a factory, television interviews and the rally at the community college."
On many fronts, in a general election debate, Clinton would make mincemeat of  The Donald.

Obama moved to 'increase and accelerate' admission of Syrian refugees

"The Obama administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday."
The move comes after President Barack Obama pledged in September to admit an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, torn by four years of civil war and disorder.
We are going in the wrong direction. Hope and pray is not too late.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Illegal Migrants in Paris show us what is on the way to the USA!

Hey Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush and Hillary and Bernie Red Depends Sanders. Pay attention to what is a happening in Paris today. Murders. Shootings. Hostages. It's like it is Chicago or something.

How do you think the people of Europe are feeling about letting in all of those migrants from the Middle East right about now. What do you think about taking in massive amounts of immigrants from Syria or Libya or anywhere that has more camels than Chevy's.

Let's give everybody amnesty! Let's not deport even dangerous criminals but give them sanctuary! Let's bring some more cute terror dudes like the Boston Marathon killers! Everybody can make the cover of the Rolling Stone.

Ongoing coverage from Instapundit and Legal Insurrection and Ace of Spades.

The Long and the Short of It

It has long been a matter of dispute among presidential historians as to who had the biggest belly button. The natural choice would of course have been William Howard Taft who because of his immense girth would have the largest of all presidential stomachs and thus the biggest belly button. It was in fact immense and his children would often climb inside it like a kangaroo baby when he was in the bath. The future senator Robert Taft often spoke of those days when he would take a bath with his father and look out the rest of the world. He felt safe and protected in way that he could never feel for the rest of his life. In fact many historians feel that feeling of anxiety led to Senator Taft embracing the America First movement and isolationism which led to America ignoring the rise of the Nazi’s in Europe. In fact some go so far as to say that the rise of Hitler was really due to President William Howard Taft’s belly button.
(The Long and the Short of It, Presidential Penises by Doris Kearns Goodwin, St. Martins Press).

Jihadi John

U.S. reasonably certain ISIS member Mohammed Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria.

The item was noticed first on Buzzfeed who seems to have the best information. A couple of points made on Buzzfeed I think are interesting. The families of his American and British victims have spoken and the Americans are less satisfied. The Americans are angry that nothing was done while their family members were captive. They express displeasure that it had to come to this before our government acted.

Compare, the daughter of murdered British aide worker David Haines said that she instantly felt a sense of relief knowing he wouldn't appear in any more videos. She sees Emwazi as a pawn and as much as she wanted him dead she also wanted to know why he did it, why her dad, and how did it all make a difference.

The Americans do not have or at least do not express any such questioning. The mother of James Foley said Emwazi's death is small solace to them. Remarking about the U.S. government's hostage policy, she said, "All this huge effort to go after this deranged man filled with hate when they can't make half that effort to save the hostages while these young Americans were still alive."

The parents of American Steven Sotloff said, "This development doesn't change anything for us; it's too little too late. Our son is never coming back."

Closure. I don't care for that pop-psychology term. The people who use the term know that there is no such thing. Shirley Sotloff, the mother of slain Steven acknowledges by way of non sequitur by answering that they had no advance warning about the airstrike. Why is that a question, why would they be advised? Then adds she doesn't "think there will ever be closure."

She already said her son is never coming back. That closure is absolute. The fuzzy psychological lingering filaments never stop. That would mean you forget entirely. Why this even comes up is annoying.

The other thing one notices while reading, also a bit annoying, the responses of government officials are given first, this is mostly British interest so Cameron is doing most of the patriotic talking, at length following British officials and military spokespeople, John Kerry provides his remarks. Aristocrats speak differently, you know. We accept this mark of differentiation, language as tribal tattoo, please don't explain it again we understand why the Daesh (preferred by French) and not ISIS or ISIL, as we hold back a barf.
“we are still assessing the results of this strike, but the terrorists associated with Daesh need to know this: Your days are numbered, and you will be defeated.”

Jennifer Lawrence is a nasty piece of work.

Breibart News November 12, 2015 by Kellie Serio

Jennifer Lawrence tells Vogue magazine that Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed in September for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, makes her feel “embarrassed to be from Kentucky.”

The Oscar-winning actress didn’t shy away from political topics during an interview for the fashion publication’s December issue. She went off when Davis’ name was brought up.
“Don’t even say her name in this house,” said Lawrence. “All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”

Why Ben Carson is worth a second look.

What were the reaction of the various presidential contenders to the ridiculous goings on at the University of Missouri:

Hillary Clinton:"“Racism has no place anywhere, let alone an institution of learning. Standing w/ the students at Mizzou in my home state calling for change.”

Bernie "Red Depends Baby" Sanders: “I’m listening to the #BlackOnCampus conversation. It’s time to address structural racism on college campuses."

Donald Trump: “I think it’s just disgusting. I think the two people who resigned are weak, ineffective people. When they resigned, they set something in motion that’s going to be a disaster for the next long period of time.”

Dr. Ben Carson: "The resignations are a sign of the ‘politically correct police’ going too far. It’s OK to disagree with people, but it’s not OK to destroy them. People are so frightened of the politically correct police that they are willing to do things that are irrational in order to appease them. I believe it’s going to be necessary for those people who truly believe in our system, who believe in our Constitution, who believe in our principles and values that made America great, to be willing to stand up.”

I think both Trump and Carson are obviously correct. The difference is the matter of tone. Trump is combative and takes it strong to the hole. Did you his speech where he talked about Carson's description of his pathological behavior as being the same thing as being a child molester? Carson shrugged it off and said he was disappointed at Trump and that he would "Pray for him." I think this illustrates the best part of  both candidates. Trump tells the truth that other people don't want to hear and is not afraid of being an asshole while doing it. Carson is a man of faith who is strong in his principals but not afraid to turn the other cheek when someone blusters at him. Carson will stand up strong when it is total bullshit which he did when the media had a feeding frenzy because of a manufactured lie by a blog. But he is a big enough man to give Trump enough rope to hang himself. It Trump is smart he would apologize. He won't which I kind of admire. But it would be the smart play.

Carson continues to impress me. 

Missouri student arrested for making racist threats on YikYak

Aged nineteen, from St. Louis, Hunter Park is a computer science student at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. He is charged with posting a threat about shooting every black person he sees on campus, except some are good guys.

Details of story at St Louis Today

Why would a computer science person do this? What in St. Louis would provoke a student to do such a thing? Is this the institutionalized racism the BLM student protestors are talking about (right at finals) or is this fresh racism reacting to fresh forces?  Hunter does not look anything like what we imagine racists look like and that is the point of the protesting students. Thanks Hunter, for demonstrating their point that everybody is racist inside. Truly racist or merely provoked Hunter still proved their point. He reinforced their worldview. He fed the unholy monster.

You're supposed to starve the monster, not feed it. Starve it by not giving it energy. The same type of energy that I feed the same monster by mentioning and discussing. So I'm guilty as well, here, let's draw a picture. Let's do something different instead. I like Hunter Park's look. He should be doing fun things like riding dirt bikes or rock climbing, not getting into trouble at university.

Hunter's got a great profile. Let's draw him.

Dershowitz: it was the college students who first started burning books during the Nazi regime

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: These are the same people who claim they are seeking diversity. The last thing these students want is real diversity, diversity of ideas. They may want superficial diversity, diversity of gender, diversit of color, but they do not want diversity of ideas.

We are seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend over many college campuses I don't want to make analogies to the 1930s, but it was the college students who first started burning books during the Nazi regime. These students are book burners...

By expressing my opinion, I am "harassing students." This is becoming a very serious problem not only in American universities, but around the world. It is having a terrible impact on the education of students...

It is the worst kind of hypocrisy. They want complete control over their personal lives, over their sex lives, over the use of drugs, but they want mommy and daddy dean to please give them a safe place, to protect them from ideas that maybe are insensitive, maybe will make them think...

When I spoke at Johns Hopkins University, the same students who were talking about a 'safe space,' painted a Hitler mustache on my posters, it is an absolute double standard." 

Sister Souljah: Hillary reminds me of ‘the slave plantation’

She talks down to people [and] is condescending and pandering,” she said of the Democratic presidential front-runner.
“She even talked down to the commander in chief, President Barack Obama, while she was under his command,” Souljah added, referencing Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Souljah’s remarks continue a feud with Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton that began more than a 20 years ago. (read more)
I heard on the radio this morning that more people streamed the last Republican debate over the Fox Business network (1.4 million) than streamed the Super Bowl. Granted, the Fox Business Network is not as available as MSNBC, the network that hosted the 3rd debate, but still, anything out-streaming the Super Bowl expresses a very high level of interest in my book.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Why Ben Carson is worth a second look!

Ben Carson got a hero’s welcome Wednesday at Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, where he pledged to stand up for religious freedom and not cower to “secular progressives.”
Fresh off the latest Republican presidential debate, Carson told students he’d use the “bully pulpit” of the presidency to espouse Christian beliefs on issues such as same-sex marriage.
"We need legislation to protect the religious freedoms of people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Carson told the spirited crowd in Lynchburg.
“Our nation’s survival . . . is rooted in our values system,” Carson said.
“And the real question is: Are we willing to stand up for those values and principles, or will we allow ourselves to be intimidated by the secular progressives?”
(Now you know why certain people hate him so much. Why can't we go from one of the worst Black Men in America to one of the best. He is a doctor who saves lives. He might not have all the answers at his fingertips but I think he would pick the right people to help him. I would trust him to make decisions for us. He is undeniably very smart and is worth a chance. Not my first pick but I think I would be enthusiastic in supporting him if he gets the nod)

Whose got that Virus? Hollywood gripped with fear because womanizing A-lister is HIV-positive!

New York Post November 11, 2015 by David K Li
Hollywood is “gripped with fear” after a womanizing Tinseltown A-Lister has been diagnosed positive for HIV — panicking his long list of sexual partners, according to a published report.
“It has now become common knowledge that this star is HIV positive, something he has known for years,” an insider told The Sun newspaper of London, which attributed its report to unnamed sources, and didn't name the infected Lothario.
“His lawyers are bracing for the threat of potential action.”
The source continued: “The reality is that if he’s knowingly put women at risk, then that’s disgusting and it’s only a matter of time before that becomes public.”
Friends have urged the actor to come forward, but he has so far refused, according to The Sun.
“He’s distraught about the possibility of the illness becoming a defining quality of his career,” a source told the site.
The actor’s list of exes includes “an award-winning actress, a religious movie star, a top Hollywood personality with a controversial past, a TV star, a media personality and a glamor model,” the site reported, without naming names.
(So who do you think it is? My money is on Colin Farrell or Gerard Butler but please tell me who you think might have the virus in his man goo)

This one is for Bag's!

New York Post, November 12, 2015 by Yaron Stienbuch
This 4-foot-3 Brazilian stunner doesn’t exactly keep a low profile.
Actress and pin-up model Karina Lemos is relishing the high praise of being dubbed the “world’s sexiest dwarf.”
Lemos set men’s hearts aflutter with her scandalous rendition of “Gangnam Style,” which she performed while clad in a skimpy outfit in a paddling pool — alongside a male dwarf who was, shall we say, happy to see her.
The diminutive dish has a legion of fans, including about 40,000 followers on Instagram, Central European News reported.
She’s not exactly short on confidence, saying she’s proud of who she is — particularly her stature.
“I don’t have hang-ups about my size, quite the opposite,” Lemos said. “I put in a lot of hard work to stay in shape.”
Men across the globe seem to agree that she’s succeeding.
“I know that people find me attractive, because they have told me many times,” she quipped.
One man didn’t mince words when he wrote about the busty belle: “Damn fine ass!”

Mizzou: oh the humanity

"In an ironic development, to say the least, protesters at the University of Missouri (MU) segregated themselves by race Wednesday night, having white students leave a gathering in order to create a “black-only healing space.”

Supporters of the group Concerned Students 1950, which has spearheaded the protest movement at MU, assembled at the school’s student center Wednesday night for a meeting after a planned protest march was canceled due to bad weather. And then, according to activist Steve Schmidt, whites were asked to leave..."

(tweet at link)


Reminds me of the time Occupy Wall Street segregated along class lines.

Very bad optics for these students, but I give them a pass. I think the sense of oppression blacks feel, that manifests itself in hurt feelings and social anxiety, is real and justified. They don't trust the white students who stood with them not to harbor ingrained racism that they truly can't help, though they meant well.

"How can Bruce Jenner be woman of the year..."

Fastest man on all fours

Link to Daily Mail story

Wapo: Hillary Clinton claimed she tried to join the Marines

Washington Post gives her two Pinocchios.

“He looks at me and goes, ‘Um, how old are you. And I said, ‘Well I am 26, I will be 27.’ And he goes, ‘Well, that is kind of old for us.’ And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, ‘Maybe the dogs will take you,’ meaning the Army.”

–Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a breakfast, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 10, 2015

South Park: What Happens When You Run the Police Out of Town

"What is an analogy that gets your point across perfectly, but is wildly inappropriate?"

"Any situation"

Reddit top voted answers...
Success is like being pregnant. People will congratulate you, but no one knows how many times you were fucked before you got there.
As a kid, I was pretty much clueless about non-traditional families. When I was 10 or so, my single aunt had a beautiful baby girl. I could not figure out where her dad was. It was a mystery to me and I wanted to solve it. I really did not get anywhere with my parents or my aunt. They simply did not want to discuss it. I remember sitting under an oak tree with my grandpa on a warm summer evening, I saw my chance and took it. I explained my confusion at not knowing who my cousin's dad was and frustration that no one would talk to me about it.
Grandpa smiled and said "Bug, these things are not always easy to understand. And sometimes it is not our place to understand them. But, you can think of it like this: When you put your hand in a blackberry bush to grab a blackberry, most times you will get poked by a thorn or two. The sad fact is, it is very hard to know exactly which thorn it was that poked you."
I had no clue what he was talking about, but that seemed to put the issue to rest for my little mind. A good bit later, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I finally got what he was trying to say and just laughed and laughed.
All these years later, it still makes me laugh. Grandpa was the best.
At age 95, George Burns was asked how his sex drive was. He replied "Like playing pool with a rope."
I once had a manager who, completely out of the blue one day (i.e. he was never one to really swear in the office) when a client was pissed with us, said "well if they're gonna fuck us in the ass, at least they'll end up with shit on their dicks". It was the most bizarre yet strangely funny thing I've ever heard at my job.
Anal sex is a lot like broccoli. If you're forced to have it as a child, you won't enjoy it as an adult.

4 hilarious guys discuss 4th Republican debate

I found Gabriel Malor's podcast with Ace, John and Drew worth a listen. They offer three different links to it.

Ace is often somewhat taciturn during these calls, on other podcasts disappears briefly, but this time, I'm telling you when Ace gets wound up he is the funniest guy ever. I can see Gabe evoking Clinton during the discussion at the beginning with the hope of prompting Ace's impression of Clinton that he knows to be straight up hilarious. He wants to hear it again. And it is hilarious. Top comedy. You don't hear a routine this funny onstage anywhere. Good Lord, if you can imagine getting a few drinks into this guy there's no telling what will come out. He is talking about Christie speaking a style of New Jersey nonsense that he's pulling each time, Mr. Every Guy "The public doesn't want to talk about substantive matters, they want to talk about ... meatloaf." Here Gabe sees a chance to provoke Ace into Bill Clinton imitation since Ace is on a roll, Ace is dissing liberals in general, he's ridiculing observable reliable liberal behavior, using Bill Clinton's crackled broken voice Ace says that Clinton sounds super intelligent to liberals, and it's irritating, by one simple formula of taking any standard policy problem and break it down into smaller policy problems without addressing anything specific policy-wise by merely identifying the sub-areas of policy. This has the conference call panel cracking up, in a good Bill Clinton imitation, "Now take education, that's a problem we can fix with five major steps. First you gotta improve the schools. Then you gotta improve the curriculum. Then you gotta improve the parent / student ..." The guys are laughing too hard for Ace to finish, he goes on to another example and in this manner the entire debate is discussed, the observations and remarks about Huckabee and Christie are comedy gold. It's all very good.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remember To Remember*

Leaving Paris, the train to Luxembourg tracked the Marne River valley, rolling eastwards through the Champagne region and then veered north to Reims. I recall glimpsing the famous cathedral -- not at night but in harsh daylight. But what I remembered the most (and hadn't foreseen) were the haunted place names along that ride. The names confronted me through the train window one-by-one as stops along the way: place names like Verdun-sur-Meuse. This map shows how the train's route between Paris and Luxembourg crossed the Western Front of the First World War:
The French paid a costly human price at Verdun but prevailed. The British mostly fought further north in Flanders, but they also fought around the world. Around a million or so British and Commonwealth men died in the First World War, or about 2% of her population. Other nations lost more and others lost fewer--but all were lost.

Britain was unprepared for land war in 1914. Her traditional military policy had been to have the strongest navy and to field an army just large enough to police the empire and to protect the home islands from invasion. The Royal Navy had adequate manpower, but her army was a different story. Britain had not fought a war on the continent since the Napoleonic Wars. And unlike the Continental armies, her troops were volunteers. They were highly trained and disciplined, and were commanded by a well qualified and highly educated officer corps. Yale historian J. M. Winter explains:
Social class position determined military rank in the early days of the war. Men from the upper and upper middle classes were likely to enlist earlier than men of more modest means; elites passed the rudimentary medical examinations at greater rates and joined the officer corps largely because they were deemed the right sort of people to do so. Since the officer casualty rates as a whole were about twice as high as those of men in the ranks, it follows that the higher a man was in the social scale in 1914 Britain, the greater his chances of joining the 'Lost Generation.' 
~ J. M. Winter, War Letters of Fallen Englishmen 
Years later, around 1997, my wife and I visited London together. We parted ways the first day with different agenda. She went to an art museum while I went straight away to the Imperial War Museum. I walked there from Chelsea, up and along the Thames and past the Houses of Parliament (perfectly timed with noontime chimes from Big Ben). I spent the entire afternoon there alone, viewing the machinery and materiels and remembering the men and the horrors that I read about as a boy. I remembered that haunted train ride. I still think about it around this time every year.

*Originally posted here.

Today is the 100th anniversary of Britain's march on Baghdad, the capital of what was then called Mesopotamia. The British conquest of Iraq and the concomitant dissolution of the Ottoman Empire led directly to the modern state of Iraq -- for better or for worse.

Most of the action in late 1915 was on the eastern front and in the Balkans and Mediterranean theaters. The Allies were gearing up for the first major offense in Europe which commenced the following spring at Verdun on February 21, 1916.

Sessions Is Right

Overheard at Lem's:
ndspinelli said... 
Dot heads are taking all the chemistry jobs. 
November 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM
There's no need to single out one ethnic group -- Chinese nationals actually dominate foreign enrollment in chemistry graduate programs.

Here's an interesting factual depiction of wages in the chemical field for the last 10 years:
Link to original
As the chart shows, wages and salaries have steadily decreased over the last ten years. There is a strong downward pressure on salaries driven by the unfettered importation of foreign labor. This is basic economics. I suspect that a similar chart exists for IT workers, and data for careers at the "bottom" of the spectrum.  These data are interesting to add to the mix of the discussion of income inequality.

Now, there are strong patrician arguments for why ever-lower wages are good for business -- and ultimately that's what motivates the likes of Mark Zuckerberg.* But why then is there a strong push for STEM education in this country?  What sane student or parent would encourage their child down this pathway except for -- and this is a big except for -- a love or curiosity for science?
* I single him out because he is the face of the problem. He is the cheerleader for more of the same.

Ya wanna bet?

Breibart News November 11, 2015 by Daniel J Flynn

The office of New York’s attorney general fired off cease-and-desist letters to FanDuel and DraftKings fantasy sports websites.

Tuesday’s letters conclude that FanDuel and DraftKings’ “operations constitute illegal gambling under New York law.” The nearly identical missives order the sites to cease accepting money from residents of the Empire State.
“FanDuel’s customers are clearly placing bets on events outside of their control or influence, specifically on the real-game performance of professional athletes,” the attorney general’s office holds. “Further, each FanDuel wager represents a wager on a ‘contest of chance’ where winning or losing depends on numerous elements of chance to a ‘material degree.'”

Happy Veterans Day to all who served. Thank you for your service

Great Moments in Ex-Met History

Colorado Rockies  and Ex-Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been arrested and charged over allegedly assaulting his wife in a Hawaii hotel room, police said Tuesday. It appears the altercation ensued when Mrs. Reyes disagreed with a fan who claimed that Reyes was a better  shortstop than Derek Jeter. Mrs. Reyes replied that not only was Mr. Jeter a better shortstop but he was much better in bed.
The Maui County Police department said Reyes' and his wife were involved "in an argument that turned physical and resulted in injuries" at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui on the afternoon of Oct 31.
"Mrs. Reyes was treated by medics at the scene and later transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment," the force said in a statement Tuesday.
It said Reyes, 32, was arrested and charged with abuse of a family member. The player posted $1,000 bail and was released, according to police, who added that Reyes also was issued a warning citation not to have any contact with his wife for three days.
News of Reyes' arrest was first reported by NBC affiliate KHNL, which said the shortstop's wife suffered thigh, neck and wrist injuries. Sources told KHNL that Reyes' wife, Katherine, told officers the four-time All Stargrabbed her throat and shoved her into a glass balcony door at the luxury resort. The Four Seasons Maui declined to comment, citing guest privacy.

WW2 Veteran

Hello reddit i am a WWII veteran 
I have done this Iama (Ask me anything) again after my grandson saw a request for WWII Veterans.
I am 89, born on 5/11/1924 in Eastbourne, Sussex. I fought for the British Army in the Royal Hampshire Regiment during the final years of WW2. while my Regiment was on the way to Burma we got redirected to Palestine where we spent several weeks fighting in Jungle gear and Jungle Carbines. I was a teenager during the Battle of Britain and grew up during the Great Depression. I moved to New Zealand in 1953. I can also answer some questions about WWI as my father fought there in every major Battle on the Western Front under the Royal Engineers.
Proof: Me now and In my army uniform with my family just before iwl was deployed.

Picture of Ron Uploaded 3 years ago

"Our alotted light speed"

"Here's what awes me: we travel through this 4-D spacetime always at a constant speed: c, the speed of light.

No matter what we do in our momentary lives, we are always truly traveling through our universe in time and space together, always at at the same rate. Let's consider a few facts that follow from this realization.

A man who sits still uses none of his lightspeed to travel through space. Instead he is travelling in time at the speed of light. He ages--in the view of those around him--at the fastest rate possible: light speed. (How's that for a philosophical argument against sloth?)

As we travel about in our daily lives, we use up a miniscule amount of our alotted light speed to move through the spatial dimensions surrounding us. We borrow that speed from our travel forward in time and thus we age more slowly than our sedentary neighbors. You've probably never noticed that fact, and there's a clear explanation why. It's only when you travel at unimaginablly high speeds that the weirdness of time becomes large enough to notice. The mathematical reason for this is that the effect of time dilation at a particular speed "v" is only (v/c)2."

"Casting of white actor as Martin Luther King prompts outrage from playwright"

"Ohio university production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop featured a white and black actor as King, which Hall says was ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘disservice’"
The casting of a white actor as Martin Luther King in an Ohio university production of Katori Hall’s acclaimed play The Mountaintop was “a disservice to not just Dr King but an entire community”, the playwright has said.
Hall wrote an essay for the African American cultural website the Root on Monday about Kent State University’s production of her play, which dramatizes the night before King was assassinated in 1968.
Hall told the Guardian that director Michael Oatman’s decision to double-cast the six-show production with a black actor and a white actor as King went “deeper than just casting a white man in the role of MLK”.
“I just really feel as though it echoes this pervasive erasure of the black body and the silencing of a black community – theatrically and also, literally, in the world,” she said.
Oatman, who like Hall is black, said in a statement in August promoting the play that he chose a white actor for the production “to explore the issue of racial ownership and authenticity”.
“I didn’t want this to be a stunt, but a true exploration of King’s wish that we all be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin,” Oatman said. “I wanted the contrast … I wanted to see how the words rang differently or indeed the same, coming from two different actors, with two different racial backgrounds.”
Oatman did not respond to a request for comment...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How Facebook is Stealing Views

Ted Cruz Supports Expanded H-1B Visa Programs?

If true, his candidacy is dead to me. It means that he buys the lies told to him by the likes of Sugar Mountain. That's one to scratch off my list for President. Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.

Mother of playboy who broke up Cuomo-Kennedy marriage murdered!

The elderly mother of the polo-playing cad who cuckolded Gov. Andrew Cuomo by having an affair with his then-wife Kerry Kennedy was found murdered in her Westchester estate, authorities said Tuesday.

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Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy in 2003.Photo: Getty Images

Lois Colley, 83, was found on the ground in a laundry room at the family’s sprawling estate in North Salem, and law enforcement sources said it appeared that she had interrupted a burglary and was killed by the intruder.
An autopsy performed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office said she died from blunt force trauma to the head, and that state police were searching for a fire extinguisher that may have been used as the murder weapon,
“It looks like a burglary that she might have walked in on. She was found by a caretaker who immediately calls the husband,” a source said.
Cops believe the home was targeted only because it’s in a pricey neighborhood and not because of who lived there.
Colley was a socialite and the mother of playboy Bruce Colley, 62, who hooked up with Kennedy in 2003, leading to the breakup of her marriage to the future governor.

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Bruce Colley in 2004

Lois Colley was the wife of Eugene Colley, the multi-millionaire McDonald’s franchise owner.
State cops released few details Tuesday, other than to say they were investigating a “suspicious death” and that Lois Colley, whose body was found Monday, was the victim of a homicide.
Cops said the woman was found in her $3 million estate — dubbed Windswept Farm — at 258 Titicus Road in North Salem, where numerous horse farms dot the scenic landscape.
Bruce Colley made headlines when news of his affair with Kennedy leaked out.
Cuomo had suspicions the couple were an item, and brought his concerns to Colley’s wife, Ann.
After comparing notes, both Cuomo and Ann Colley confronted their cheating spouses on the same day, and the pair came clean.
Both couples later divorced.
The one troubling aspect of the case was the soiled pair of Depends with a fish stuffed inside that were found on the lawn of the murdered woman.
Andrew Cuomo was not available for comment.

Where have all the hotties gone.......look back in sadness

Barbara Eden. Elizabeth Montgomery. Mary Tyler Moore. Diana Rigg. Angie Dickinson. Connie Hines. Shirley Jones. Diana Carroll. Melody Patterson. Gunilla Hutton. Barbara Feldon. Dawn Wells. Tina Louise. Julie Newmar. Donna Douglas.

The list of hot babes on sixties TV is endless.

Where have all the hotties gone.

When I try to come up with two hotties on a TV show to compare like Ginger and Mary Ann it is almost impossible. In fact once you get past Christina Hendricks and Sophia Vergara it is hard to conjure up any good lookin' babes on TV.

I blame the gays. They run Hollywood so there idea of a hot chick is the stick figure who plays Kono on Hawaii Five O.

Where have you gone Aaron Spelling a lonely nation turns it's eyes to you?

"While cases of hateful and hurtful speech are not crimes..."

"... if the individual(s) identified are students, MU’s Office of Student Conduct can take disciplinary action."

A third-year law student at the University of Missouri fowarded an announcement he received by email this morning from the campus police, with the subject line “Reporting Hateful and/or Hurtful Speech”:
To continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe, the MU Police Department (MUPD) is asking individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions to:
• Call the police immediately at [phone number redacted]. (If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911.)
• Give the communications operator a summary of the incident, including location.
• Provide a detailed description of the individual(s) involved.
• Provide a license plate and vehicle descriptions (if appropriate).
• If possible and if it can be done safely, take a photo of the individual(s) with your cell phone.
Delays, including posting information to social media, can often reduce the chances of identifying the responsible parties. While cases of hateful and hurtful speech are not crimes, if the individual(s) identified are students, MU’s Office of Student Conduct can take disciplinary action.
"We spoke with Maj. Brian Weimer, the campus police’s public information officer, who confirms the email is genuine. It’s also very troubling." writes Taranto.
Read more by googling 'Literal Speech Police' for access to James Taranto's Best of the Web for today.

Washington Post Volokh link

"A log of all people killed by police in the US..."

"... detailing the individuals and reported circumstances. Data can be mapped and sorted by state, gender, ethnicity and other factors."

According to the latest FBI Crime statistics (budget year 2012-2013) the cops appear to be lagging way behind. During that time period there where 14,349 Murders and non-negligent manslaughter. Way more than the 976 the cops are said to have killed. (See linked to map above). Granted some of the killings by police (that resulted in conviction of police) may already be counted in the FBI Crime statistics. I say may because the data, if available, is probably buried and I don't have the patience nor the inclination to dig it out. Bottom line, these numbers, when compared to each other the way I do here, could be a little off. Just a tad.

I know it's your birthday.....hope you have a great one!

Happy Birthday AllenS

And a Happy 240th Birthday to the USMC.  <<< Link to our indefatigable EBL's blog.

The good news: Jeb Bush understands the paradox of time travel

"MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. -- Have you ever wondered whether, if given the opportunity, Jeb Bush would go back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in his crib?

Well, wonder no more.

“Hell yeah, I would!” the former Florida governor told HuffPost. “You gotta step up, man.”

The question initially arose when The New York Times Magazine polled its readers last month and found that a plurality of respondents said they would, in fact, kill Hitler as a baby.

Bush was then asked the question directly via the email address that he distributes widely to public audiences: But he did not answer the inquiry until asked on camera by HuffPost, while riding on his campaign bus in New Hampshire.

Bush did acknowledge that murdering the future German dictator before he had the chance to ignite World War II would be an act that could set in motion unknown consequences.

But the 2016 Republican presidential candidate remained emphatic that he would, in fact, kill Hitler -- even if the future leader of the Third Reich were an especially cute baby.

“It could have a dangerous effect on everything else, but I’d do it -- I mean, Hitler,” Bush said with a shrug".


The bad news is the sad video at the link.

Lawmaker McCaskill to men: "The world doesn't need your opinion on everything."

Via leftwing Talking Points Memo

"A decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online"

Your tax dollars at work... or something.
Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.
A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that’s now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper.
This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Instead, it’s now projected to reach up to $3.1 billion and be done nearly four years from now, putting in jeopardy efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies, handle immigrants already seeking citizenship and detect national security threats, according to documents and interviews with former and current federal officials. (read more)
By the way. Did Obamacare include a provision for digitizing medical records? I seem to have a vague recollection of that.

If simple immigration forms is costing billions, I'd imagine digitizing medical records could run into the trillions.


Way back in the '70's before I was old enough to vote for Carter, I liked the "glamrock" genre. Bands like Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Queen, and even these guys. I was into playing their records on my stereo in my teenaged "boy cave." I could always appreciate a good guitar riff and didn't really care what they looked like. I cared even less about their politics.