Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ex-Congressman Dares Loretta Lynch To Arrest Him

You go, Joe Walsh

Now we know what bagoh20 did for a living before he became a captain of industry.

"Yale faculty member at center of protests will leave teaching role"

"Do you remember the Yale professor getting yelled at by a student because his wife, who also taught there, sent an email some students considered offensive? Well, she's "leaving her teaching role". Whatever that means."
Erika Christakis, the Yale faculty member who sent an email defending students’ rights to wear potentially offensive Halloween costumes, such as turbans or blackface, as an expression of free speech, has decided to leave her teaching position.
“I have great respect and affection for my students, but I worry that the current climate at Yale is not, in my view, conducive to the civil dialogue and open inquiry required to solve our urgent societal problems,” she told The Washington Post .
Hundreds of members of the Yale community called for her resignation after her email, in which she wrote, “American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience. Increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition.”


Overheard at Lem's:
Dust Bunny Queen said...
OMG Chick. I love that song and downloaded it into my ITunes. My husband just /facepalms whenever it comes up on the random song list. Enormous Penis, by Da Vici's Notebook is another one of my absolute politically incorrect but fun songs to listen to. I do have that one on a different play list so it won't come up in polite company. (Give it a all will laugh)
December 5, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Link in case the video doesn't load

WKRLEM: Adele saves the Donald.

"The Meeting of the Failed Reality Stars Justice League is called to Order!"

“I would like to call this meeting of the Failed Reality Stars Justice League to Order! Snookie stop blowing the Duck Dynasty Guy and sit down. Brandy Glanville pull your dress down nobody wants to see your tampon string you nasty piece of work. Somebody put the midgets on the milk crate so they can see over the table. All right. Settle down. Let me turn to our recording Secretary Sharon Osborne to go over the minutes of the meeting.”

“Thank you Trooper. Old Business. We have agreed to expel all contestants from “The Amazing Race” because we want to be politically correct and we don’t want to play the race card.”

“I don’t think that is what the race card is” said Jwow. “I think the race card is what you pull when you want to get a job that you are not qualified so they give it to you so you won’t sue them or something. You know like how Obama got elected.”

“Shut up you bimbo. It is if I say it is. If you don’t shut up I will have Ozzie start singing. Or better yet start talking. Now as to new business. What are you all doing to get one of our most famous members Donald Trump elected President?”

“I thought I had the most famous member” said Caitlyn Jenner.

“Not until you cut if off you freaking weirdo. Anybody else?”

I don't think you can be my therapist!

"Why hello. I haven't seen you in quite some time. Too busy for me?"
"No Selina. But it was the holidays and I had to spend time with my family."
"Well did you have to neglect your friends so? I mean not a word for weeks."
"I was very busy. But you seem to have made a new friend?"
"Who Doug? Yes he is a fellow patient here. We are putting together a skit to entertain everyone for News Year."
"Really, what kind of skit?"
"Why a magic act. You see I am going to make Doug's bird disappear. Would you like to try it. I could make your bird disappear. Don't worry. It will be in a warm moist place. It will slip right in. Your bird will feel great...Hello....Hello....Hello."
"Hamana, hamana, hamana, uuuurrrrpppphhhhh!!!!"
"Yes well Happy New Year to you too. My goodness you just turned blue like the blue moon tonight. Hee."

Please Captain!

"This is a completely illogical situation Captain. Vulcan's never sneeze."
"I realize that Spock."
"Oh and Captain?"
"Yes Mr. Spock?"
"Please let go of my tits."

"The Attorney General of the United States Is Disgracing Herself"

"In her response to what appears to be a deadly, ISIS-motivated domestic terror attack, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has offered an almost Onion-level self-parody of liberal pieties."
Per Obama administration protocol, the attorney general was determined to never let a crisis go to waste. There is now a “wonderful opportunity and wonderful moment to really make significant change,” Lynch declared the day after 14 innocent Americans were murdered and 23 injured at the hands of a Muslim couple who’d reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS. And what is this change? New gun-control measures, of course, including stripping the constitutional rights (without due process) of Americans often arbitrarily placed on the vastly over-inclusive terror watch list. (read more)
While CNN finally starts reporting the nature of the threat.

"What kind of fun "poor" experiences do you believe the wealthy are missing out on?"

Top voted Reddit comments...
The joy that comes from knowing your friends like you for being you and not because of your money.
Musical Bills.
That's where you pay your monthly bills randomly and when the money stops, the last one to find a chair doesn't get paid.
Inventing a meal based on what you have in your place because you can't afford more groceries.
That joy of finding 20 dollars somewhere that you didn't know you had.
Small consolation? It seems driving a Ferrari every day is not all it's cracked up to be...

"Driverless cars could spell the end for domestic flights, says Audi strategist"

"In the future you will not need a business hotel or a domestic flight," Schuwirth told Dezeen. "We can disrupt the entire business of domestic flights."

"Media Rummages Through House of Suspected Terrorists"

Kate Bush Story, 2014 BBC documentary

An hour too much for you? Have Running Up That Hill


Friday, December 4, 2015

"This is not Bud Weisser's first run in with the law."

"Bud Weisser arrested for trespassing at Budweiser Brewery"

Link to story

WKRLEM :What if Titus got to program the radio station?

What if?

Heterosexual men got to design work clothes for women?

Things would be a lot different. Just saying.

What if?

The world really was the way they imagined 2015 would be when they made the Twilight Zone.

Sigh. If only.

What if?

You didn't get a chance to answer a set of superb knockers?

What if?

You had to stand in line at the bank in front of Vince Edwards.

Would your nipples get hard?

Sometimes you can keep saying it over and over again......

But some people can't get the point.

Or points. So to speak.

Lies And Statistics

Overheard on NPR this afternoon (paraphrasing):
There have been over 351 mass shootings in the US so far this year. Of these, only two involved Muslims. Should we be so worried -- if at all -- about Muslim terrorists? 

For the figure cited, "mass" is defined as involving four or more people; "shootings" tallies the number of people killed or wounded by gunfire and includes the perpetrators. So the San Bernardino shooting already accounts for more than 10% of the total: 14 killed + 21 wounded + 2 dead losers = 37.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Attorney Generals Response to Muslim Terrorist......Prosecute Americans who speak out against Muslim terror!

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has urged the parents of Muslim parents to contact the Justice Department and the Department of Education if their children are bullied at school. She did so in a speech before a Muslim advocacy group.
In the same appearance, Lynch threatened to crack down on “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” To be more precise, she threatened to broaden an existing crack down.
Lynch stated:
Where we do see anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions turn into violence, we do take action. As we talk about the importance of free speech we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not America. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.

(Rant: So there it is. It shows us what side our government is on. The side of the terrorists. How is this idiot not pulled up to  testify before Congress. About her understanding of the First amendment at the very least. Every Republican who voted for her confirmation needs to be primaried and thrown out of the Congress.

Obama and Lynch know who the enemy really is. Americans. Not Muslim terrorists.)

"Persecutory delusions, for example, can be found throughout history and across cultures; but within this category a desert nomad is more likely to believe that he is being buried alive in sand by a djinn, and an urban American that he has been implanted with a microchip and is being monitored by the CIA"

"The first person to examine the curiously symbiotic relationship between new technologies and the symptoms of psychosis was Victor Tausk, an early disciple of Sigmund Freud. In 1919, he published a paper on a phenomenon he called ‘the influencing machine’. Tausk had noticed that it was common for patients with the recently coined diagnosis of schizophrenia to be convinced that their minds and bodies were being controlled by advanced technologies invisible to everyone but them. These ‘influencing machines’ were often elaborately conceived and predicated on the new devices that were transforming modern life. Patients reported that they were receiving messages transmitted by hidden batteries, coils and electrical apparatus; voices in their heads were relayed by advanced forms of telephone or phonograph, and visual hallucinations by the covert operation of ‘a magic lantern or cinematograph’. Tausk’s most detailed case study was of a patient named ‘Natalija A’, who believed that her thoughts were being controlled and her body manipulated by an electrical apparatus secretly operated by doctors in Berlin. The device was shaped like her own body, its stomach a velvet-lined lid that could be opened to reveal batteries corresponding to her internal organs.
...At the core of schizophrenia, he argued, was a ‘loss of ego-boundaries’ that made it impossible for subjects to impose their will on reality, or to form a coherent idea of the self. Without a will of their own, it seemed to them that the thoughts and words of others were being forced into their heads and issued from their mouths, and their bodies were manipulated like puppets, subjected to tortures or arranged in mysterious postures. These experiences made no rational sense, but those who suffered them were nevertheless subject to what Tausk called ‘the need for causality that is inherent in man’. They felt themselves at the mercy of malign external forces, and their unconscious minds fashioned an explanation from the material to hand, often with striking ingenuity. Unable to impose meaning on the world, they became empty vessels for the cultural artefacts and assumptions that swirled around them. By the early 20th century, many found themselves gripped by the conviction that some hidden operator was tormenting them with advanced technology.

Tausk’s theory was radical in its implication that the utterances of psychosis were not random gibberish but a bricolage, often artfully constructed, of collective beliefs and preoccupations. Throughout history up to this point, the explanatory frame for such experiences had been essentially religious: they were seen as possession by evil spirits, divine visitations, witchcraft, or snares of the devil. In the modern age, these beliefs remained common, but alternative explanations were now available. The hallucinations experienced by psychotic patients, Tausk observed, are not typically three-dimensional objects but projections ‘seen on a single plane, on walls or windowpanes’. The new technology of cinema replicated this sensation precisely and was in many respects a rational explanation of it: one that ‘does not reveal any error of judgment beyond the fact of its non-existence’."

Good Question: If the Rhino's can't beat Trump with the media unanimously on their side how are they going to beat Hillary with the media unanimously on her side?

Breibart News December 4, 2015 by John Nolte

After a coordinated DC Media attack that would have ground any other candidate into ash and dust, Donald Trump has not only held on to first place in the latest CNN national poll of GOP primary voters, he has surged +9 points to a massive +20 point lead. As of now, in a 12 person race, Trump sits at an astonishing 36%; his closest rival, 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 jumped +12 points to 16% support.

Despite spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, Jeb Bush sunk -5 points to just 3% support.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

 gained +4 points to earn 12%. Ben Carson lost -8 points and now sits at 14%.

Chris Christie, the man the DC Media has been hyping for two weeks, sits at just 4%. Last month he sat at just 4%. All that DC Media love didn’t bump the New Jersey governor up even 1 point.

The Rifleman

Lucas and Mark McCain rode into Northfork on a brisk autumn morning. They hadn't been in town to get supplies for a couple of weeks. The ranch was self-sufficient but they still needed to get the things that they could not grow or construct out of wood and sod. Jeans. Work shirts. Ten penny nails. Cartridges to shoot stray Mexicans, Indians or former child actors who would try to sneak onto their property.

Mark loved to come to town. He could meet up with his buddies and they could wander around town to see the sights. Not that there were many sights. Other than Miz Millie’s teats. Of course they would be hard to see since Lucas would be squeezing and caressing them when he went into the Mercantile.

Lucas swung the buckboard down the street. They normally parked in front of the Mercantile but there seemed to be a big crowd milling around the store. Most likely Miz Millie had popped one of her stays again. That always drew a crowd.

Lucas stopped in front of the jail and jumped down to the street.  Sheriff Micah came out of the jail. He was all rumpled and tousled like he just got out of bed. He must be back on the drink. The only reason he could stay on as Sheriff is because everyone knew that the Rifleman would back his play.

“Seem like there is a big commotion Lucas boy.” “Did you go take a look see Micah?” “No I have been poorly. Thought I would wait for you.” “Well let’s just go and see.”

Gamer Girls and Stream Sluts #2

(contains no nudity)

"Florida Woman Claims She Was Just Acting..."

" Police Undercover Murder-For-Hire Video"
On a grainy undercover police video, Dalia Dippolito is seen getting into a car with a man she had never met before -- a man she believed, police say, would kill her husband for her.
“I’m going to tell you how I’m going to do it and what exactly is going to get done,” the undercover officer is heard telling Dippolito in the 2009 video. He then goes on to say that he would break into their house and her husband “gets two in the head.”
“Between now and when it’s done, you know, you’re not going to have an opportunity to change your mind,” the undercover officer continues.
“No, there’s no like-- I’m determined already, I’m positive, like 5,000 percent sure,” Dippolito tells him. “I’m a lot tougher than what I look. I know you came here, and ‘oh what a cute little girl’ or whatever, you know, but I’m not.”

The Shaman

A short film by Marco Kalantari that premiered at Tribeca 2015 and has run all over the place since then. The film packs as much into seventeen minutes as Lord of the Rings manages by trilogy, about war waged in the future through Shaman battling in another phase of existence and manipulating technology there by their wily shamanistic ways. This is how to tell a story, get in and get out, it reminds me of the best part of Brad Pitt as Achilles in battle running up on the giant Thessalian who throws a javelin, Pitt dodges and continues running forward, leaps, apparently using the guy's own leg to jump past his neck and slice as he passes then slowing to a walk challenges the opposing army, "Are there no other challengers?" That's what this film is like, the best of Troy.

Viewers say they want more.

Did I tell you how the Packers won last night?

On a Somber note, Scott Weiland, of the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has passed away.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Honey Boo Boo's parents are back on TV.....Spinelli hardest hit!

Honey Boo Boo’s parents, “Mama June” Shannon and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, will attempt to salvage their relationship by airing all their personal problems on national television. The WE network show “Marriage Boot Camp” launches Dec. 4.
“My sex life is not satisfying,” Sugar Bear says. “On a scale of 1 to 10 right now, it’s probably about a 2.”
“We don’t have sex anymore,” Mama June says. (To recap: that’s a “2” on the Sugar Bear Scale from 1 to 10.)
About a year ago TLC canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” amid allegations that Mama June was seeing a convicted child molester, which she denied. It’s unclear if that’ll come up during the new show but they do seem to be taking a very candid approach.
Mama June and Sugar Bear, who had parted ways, reconciled and teamed up for a charity event , perhaps setting the stage for their path toward a more permanent reunion.
The parents of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson aren’t actually married, although they did stage a “ceremony” during their previous reality show. Will they tie the knot officially after going on “Marriage Boot Camp?” It appears there’s some work to be done.
“I believe ‘Honey Boo Boo’ really did change you and us,” Sugar Bear says of the show that launched the family to national notoriety. “Before the show you wasn’t doing all this bitching. When the show comes around and you get in bitch mode, I can’t get it to stop now.”
Sugar Bear does seem open to change, though: “I need to grow up, stop cheating, stop running around and stop being a baby. What keeps me fighting for our relationship is I love her to death, and our kids.”

A local row

I have lived in important places, times
When great events were decided, who owned
That half a rood of rock, a no-man's land
Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.
I heard the Duffys shouting "Damn your soul!"
And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
Step the plot defying blue cast-steel -
"Here is the march along these iron stones."
That was the year of the Munich bother. Which
Was more important? I inclined
To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.
He said: I made the Iliad from such
A local row. Gods make their own importance. 

Carter orders military to open all combat jobs to women

"Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, The Associated Press has learned, rebuffing attempts by the Marine Corps to exclude women from certain front-line combat jobs..."
The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, former Marine Corps commandant, had argued that the Marines should be allowed to keep women out of certain front-line combat jobs, citing studies showing that mixed-gender units aren't as capable as all-male units. Carter's decision was a rejection of that argument.
Carter's order will let women serve in the military's most grueling and difficult jobs, including as special operations forces, such as the Army Delta units and Navy SEALs, according to the defense official...
Carter has hinted at this decision for months, telling U.S. troops in Sicily in October that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."

Arizona Sheriff Arpaio deputizes, sort of, 250K concealed carry gun owners

"On Tuesday, the so-called "Toughest Sheriff in America" said he cannot guarantee the public's safety and called on them to take matters into their own hands if necessary.

"I'm just talking about the areas where you have large crowds and someone pulls out the gun and starts shooting. Maybe somebody with a concealed weapon takes the guy down," Arpaio said.

Specifically, Arpaio was looking to the 250,000 Arizonans who carry concealed weapons permits to help keep the peace.

But there are some in law enforcement who are calling this a bad idea."

(video at the link)


I was six when I first saw kittens drown.
Dan Taggart pitched them, 'the scraggy wee shits',
Into a bucket; a frail metal sound,

Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din
Was soon soused. They were slung on the snout 
Of the pump and the water pumped in.

'Sure, isn't it better for them now?' Dan said.
Like wet gloves they bobbed and shone till he sluices 
Them out on the dunghill, glossy and dead.

Suddenly frightened, for days I sadly hung
Round the yard, watching the three sogged remains
Turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung

Until I forgot them. But the fear came back
When Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows
Or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens' necks.

Still, living displaces false sentiments
And now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown
I just shrug, 'Bloody pups'. It makes sense:

'Prevention of cruelty' talk cuts ice in town
Where they consider death unnatural
But on well-run farms pests have to be kept down. 

Seamus Heaney

What are the best computer hackers able to do right now that most people are unaware of?

Top voted Reddit comments..
One thing most people don't suspect is Rogue Access Points, for wifi you set up an access point using your own insecure protocols and you put it at a mall and call it "Free wifi" or "Starbucks" and people when connect you can steal session cookies, personal information etc.
Most people just connect to any wifi point with the strongest signal or unprotected.
I got a "cyber security" briefing back in the day, two things that caught my attention.First was a guy did a real life demonstration where he hacked a car company manufacturer, and made it so a car's brakes would fail at a specified future time.
The second was a guy who figured out how to hack a pacemaker. that's even scarier IMHO.

Police say sisters tried to kill their mother

Link to news story

The Heart of the Matter

I RANTED to the knave and fool,
But outgrew that school,
Would transform the part,
Fit audience found, but cannot rule
My fanatic heart.
I sought my betters: though in each
Fine manners, liberal speech,
Turn hatred into sport,
Nothing said or done can reach
My fanatic heart,
Out of Ireland have we come.
Great hatred, little room,
Maimed us at the start.
I carry from my mother's womb
A fanatic heart. 

WKRLEM: Up the Rebels!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Hello baby, I have been waiting for you. It has been awhile."
"I am here Selina. You look comfortable."
"Yes well I am. In my wicker chair. Under my blanket. But not all of me. You see I do not have any pants on. This is your trigger warning. You can just lift up the blanket to see. I just got shaved. Not all the way. I know you like a natural woman. I just had a landing strip made. Why are you turning blue?"
 "Hamana, hamana, hamana, uuuurrrrpppphhhhh!!!!"
 "Oh  you are so silly. Why not take out your little plane and bring into the landing strip. What kind of plane do you have. A fighter. A bomber. Or is it a bi-plane. Because if it is I can have the McMurphy or the Indian join us. They are up for it....Trey...Trey.....please get up off the floor. This is getting old.

Freud slips back into the mainstream

"The unconscious has had a bumpy ride since Sigmund Freud first described the extent of his discoveries in a seminal paper published 100 years ago this month. Sceptics sneer at its mention, assuming it’s as discreditable as penis envy. Others, who sense the father of psychoanalysis was on to something, prefer to hedge their bets and not be tarnished by Freud’s mixed reputation: they refer limply to the subliminal or subconscious. Yet it could be the case that far from being past its sell-by date, the time of the unconscious is yet to come.                        

The science, though, is building to challenge this view. One line of research examines certain amnesic conditions in which patients fabricate memories and deny they can’t recall what actually happened. Such confabulations have been shown to follow the rules that Freud identified in a dynamic unconscious. They carry meaning. Alternatively, there are those who suffer from paraphasia, a syndrome in which forgotten words are substituted by others. The substitutions similarly show patterns that mirror those Freud detected in dreams and slips. The evidence is that repression is a key characteristic of the unconscious.

...But Freud’s central idea on conversion disorders – namely that a trauma, or perceived trauma, lies at the origin – is now routinely shown to have clinical efficacy...When you examine patient histories carefully...the dissociations and meaning of the symptoms often emerge...As Kanaan put it, if Freud had referred to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) rather than hysteria, he would now be remembered as a pioneering hero.

No one is saying that the unconscious is a magic bullet. These are often complex conditions. Freud himself stressed that working with the unconscious is painstaking precisely because it is unconscious. Further, psychoanalysis has itself radically revised Freud’s original conclusions. But it now holds a century of wisdom on engaging this hidden and sometimes devastatingly powerful part of ourselves. Freud believed his work was only a beginning. Scientific research and sheer human need suggest we should energetically continue what he started.

"14 Dead, 14 More Wounded In San Bernardino"

Fourteen people were confirmed killed and 14 more wounded in a mass shooting at a San Bernardino community social services building.

“We do have some preliminary numbers of upwards of 14 people that are dead and upwards of 14 people that are injured,” said Chief Jarrod Burguan of San Bernardino Police.

The shooting that was first reported at about 10:59 a.m. at the Inland Regional Center, 1365 South Waterman Avenue. The gunfire erupted in a conference room being rented by an outside group, according to Mary Beth Fields of the Inland Regional Center. She said she was not aware of which outside group, but another worker told reporters he believed the group was a San Bernardino County public agency. (read more)

Inside Pixar Inside Out

"I am an atheist and a Quaker. Does it matter what I believe, when I recognise that religion is something I need?"

After almost 15 years away, I returned to Quakerism in 1997. During a difficult patch of my life, a friend said I needed to do something for myself. So I started going to the meeting house on Sunday mornings. What I rediscovered was the simple fact of space. It was a hiatus, a parenthesis inserted into a complicated, twisty life. Even if it held nothing but breath, it was a relief, and in that relief, quiet notions emerged that had been trampled into the ground of everyday life.
I am an atheist, but I’ve been bothered for a long time by the mushiness I’ve found in the liberal spiritual communities that admit non-believers such as me. I’ve spent the better part of two decades trying to put my finger on the source of this unease, but it is not a question to be solved by the intellect: it must be lived through.
Several years ago, Marshall Massey, a fellow Friend, pointed out to me that ‘truth’, in the sense that it was used by 17th-century Friends, had less to do with verifiable evidence, and more to do with sense of being a ‘true friend’, an arrow flying true. It was about remaining on a path, not about conforming to the facts of the world. This points to a deep truth: we humans are built for a different kind of rigour than that of evidentiary fact. It is at least as much about consistency, discipline and loyalty as it is about the kinds of repeatable truth that we hold up in a scientific world as fundamental.
...Here’s a peculiar sense I’ve been getting in Friends committee meetings: we often don’t know how to seek the will of God; we are uncertain whether God actually possesses will. And yet, I suspect that the way out of our tortuous debates is to stop arguing and submit. That submission — because that’s what it is, in the same sense that islam means submission — is what pulls us out of ourselves and gets us lined up to do what needs doing instead of arguing about whose idea is better."

A Call for Rahm to resign

"THERE’S been a cover-up in Chicago. The city’s leaders have now brought charges against a police officer, Jason Van Dyke, for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. But for more than a year, Chicago officials delayed the criminal process, and might well have postponed prosecution indefinitely, had it not been for a state court forcing their hand."
They prevented the public from viewing crucial incriminating evidence — first one police car’s dashboard camera video; now, we learn, five such videos in total. And these senior officials turned a blind eye to the fact that 86 minutes of other video surveillance footage of the crime scene was unaccountably missing...
The video of a police shooting like this in Chicago could have buried Mr. Emanuel’s chances for re-election. And it would likely have ended the career of the police superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy.
And so the wheels of justice virtually ground to a halt. Mayor Emanuel refused to make the dash-cam video public, going to court to prevent its release. The city argued that releasing the video would taint the investigation of the case, but even the attorney general of Illinois urged the city to make it available...
Meanwhile, the state’s prosecutor, Ms. Alvarez, concluded that there had been no evidence of tampering when police officers allegedly erased 86 minutes of video footage from Burger King surveillance cameras close to the location of Mr. McDonald’s shooting by Officer Van Dyke. The missing footage was from 9:13 to 10:39 p.m. — bracketing the time when Mr. McDonald was shot (around 9:50 p.m.).
City leaders did everything in their power to keep the homicide from the public as long as possible. Indeed, Mr. Van Dyke was indicted only after the forced release of the videos...
There is good reason to appoint an independent commission to investigate the conduct of these public servants. But frankly, at this point, who would trust Chicago’s political institutions or criminal justice system?...
An investigation would create further delay in justice and distract our attention from the real issues at hand: the senseless death of a 17-year-old, and the systemic problems of excessive police violence and lack of accountability.
Rather than hold hearings, investigate and perhaps prosecute its leaders, the city of Chicago needs to restore trust. These officials no longer have the public’s confidence. They should resign.
UPDATE: Rahm: "We have a process called the election. The voters spoke"

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 20 minutes ago (White House correspondent)
WH says @POTUS has seen the video of police shooting of Laquan McDonald, but withholding comment so as not to interfere in judicial process.
How come the Ferguson officials didn't this accommodation?

"Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war"

"On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion."
Ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion — one that might seem absurd to Americans but is widely believed among Iraqis — that the United States is supporting the Islamic State...
“It is not in doubt,” said Mustafa Saadi, who says his friend saw U.S. helicopters delivering bottled water to Islamic State positions. He is a commander in one of the Shiite militias that last month helped push the militants out of the oil refinery near Baiji in northern Iraq alongside the Iraqi army...
U.S. military officials say the charges are too far-fetched to merit a response. “It’s beyond ridiculous,” said Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman. “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes.” (read more)

"Black activist charged with making fake death threats against black students at Kean University

"The Union County prosecutor’s office says McKelvey participated in a Nov. 17 rally on racial issues at Kean and then went to a computer station in a campus library and posted anonymous threats on Twitter against black students."
McKelvey then allegedly returned to the rally and tried to raise awareness about the threats. One tweet made reference to a bomb on campus; others were about shooting black students.  She’s scheduled to make a court appearance in two weeks.
There was genuine fear on campus for a few days, and it lingered until prosecutors released this info today.
The consensus in class tonight was that this was probably the worst person who could have done this. The campus is incredibly diverse and the initial threats were a huge deal. Having the black alumnus who also happened to be the former president of the Pan African Student Union fake the threats is revolting.
I have a class with the current president of the PASU. I am interested in what she's going to have to say on all of this.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


These clouds tonight go on infinitum 
sailing by so low it seems we're inside em 
and these purposeful clouds do not meander or stray as Wordsworth will say
They go straight South while the palette tonight is restricted to gray 
as if looking out from a giant ashtray 
or perhaps
as if looking to the mountain that day 
in Pompeii. 

WKRLEM Nuthun I tells Ya .....Nuthun!

Just about a perfect cry of pain and abandonment.

You know Obama sings it to himself in the mirror every morning. Just sayn'

Meyer and Charlie

The door to the social club opened and the short soft spoken Jew walked into the room. He walked softly. He talked softly. He was deadly none the less. A snake without a rattle to warn you.

A scar faced man in an expensive suit sat at the table drinking espresso. He looked up and a flash of pleasure made a brief trip across his features. A flicker at most. You had to know him to see it. Luckily Meyer knew him well.

"Charley" he said as he pulled out a chair and put his hat on the table. "We got a problem"

"Hows that Meyer? Things seem to be calming down. We are in good with that Pig Masseria. He trusts me about as much as he trust anybody. I know you hates you but it ain't nuthun personal. It's just cause you're a Jew. He don't even like most wops if they don't come from his shit hole village back on the other side."

Doc Holliday Must Die

Doc knew he had to kill him. The only question was when.

The mark had been playing the worst game of poker that he had ever seen. The burly teamster looked like he could barely read and it was a wonder that he could recognize the meaning of the cards he was playing. Best of all he was stinking drunk. Stinking in all aspects. He reeked of stale tobacco and rot gut whiskey with flesh that had not seen water since the last time he was caught in a rainstorm.

It was only a matter of time before it came to pistols. Not be the first time. A problem none the less. You see the sheriff had warned him when he rode into Newton. He had managed to keep his nose clean. Well relatively clean since his nose could often be found in a saloon girl’s cooze. Doc was an old school Southern gentlemen but he did favor the soiled doves. Their corruption assuaged the rot in his soul.

The whiskey drummer with the stained cravat had the play. “Two” he said. Doc spun two cards across the table. The drummer picked them up delicately and frowned. He tossed down his hand. “Fold.

Just Doc and idjit who smelled like a constipated buffalo. “Three” he slurred. Doc sent them across the table from the bottom of the deck. 

No need to trifle with circumstance. Since it would come to killing he might as well win the pot.

I don't think you can be my therapist!

"Miss Kyle...Miss Kyle...why are you on the roof."
"Why I am looking for someone officer."
"Please come down, you might do yourself an injury. What are you doing up on the roof."
"Why I am looking for my therapist. He seems to have abandoned me. And I don't know why."
"I am sure he didn't mean it. He is probably just very busy. Now please, come down off that roof."
"No I don't think so. It is kind of hot and this is a tin roof. Where else should a cat be after all. Meeeeoooowwwww!!!!!"

Dan Rather on David Letterman Show One Week After 9-11

Watch starting at approx 12:30...  Link to video and partial transcript

Rather tells Letterman of a report claiming people celebrating on 9/11/01.

Sessions: Current plan gives Obama "blank check" on immigration, Syrian refugees

"As currently written, this year's appropriations bills – which will be combined into a catch-all 'omnibus' by December 11th – amount to a blank check for the president to carry out his refugee resettlement plans," he said in a statement.
"Not only will the president be allowed to bring in the 85,000 refugees he has announced on top of current record immigration levels, but this will include at least 10,000 refugees from Syria who will subsequently be able to bring in their foreign relatives. All refugees are eligible for lifetime government assistance and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans' expense. More than 90 percent of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on welfare. And they are on a fast-track to becoming voting U.S. citizens," added the senator.
The immigration and Syrian refugee plan have faced criticism from lawmakers and GOP governors and could become a flashpoint during voting. As a result, it could result in a government shutdown if the funding isn't cut, according to congressional sources.

"When we permit persons to self-select police work as their life's work, we have also invited some who might yearn to dominate, to mutilate and even to kill others"

I’m a trial lawyer. During a career of more than 60 years in the courtrooms of America defending the poor, the forgotten, the lost and the damned, I’ve shut out a haunting question: Are we safe from our own police?

This past year, the news media have drawn our focus to far-ranging, rampant police brutality. Just last week, we learned new details about the killing on Oct. 20, 2014, of Laquan McDonald, 17, a black youth who ended crumpled and dead on the streets of Chicago. His body was riddled with 16 bullets fired in about 15 seconds — 13 of those seconds, prosecutors say, while he lay prone and dying on the pavement. All the shots were fired by a single white cop while at least five other officers stood by.

...Please hear me clearly:

We need law enforcement. We want to be safe. We fear chaos and crime, and we’re willing to overlook occasional officer misconduct as the price we must pay for a predictable and safe society in which to pursue our lives. Moreover, at the outset I would be doing the police a gross disservice to argue that all officers are villainous crooks wearing a badge, and that the word “cop” and “killer” are synonymous. Such is not my belief. But what am I saying?

...When we permit persons to self-select police work as their life's work, we have also invited some who might yearn to dominate, to mutilate and even to kill others. That truth has long been recognized. What has happened in the lives of our officer candidates that causes them to seek power over others, especially over the powerless? Life-forming experiences usually come at an early age, and as adults we find ourselves still acting them out. The most conscientious law enforcement organizations now submit their candidates to rigorous testing in an attempt to identify the smiling, well presented individual who, at his or her core, is a latent killer. But any candid police department would surely have to admit that its testing provides little more than proof that it at least tried to identify and eliminate the most violent, sadistic candidates.

"What's the most calculated thing you've ever seen an animal do?"

Reddit top voted answers...
I made a crow friend while smoking on the porch. I gave it fragments of whatever food I could find on the way out. One day, I found an empty pack of Marb on the porch. Puzzled, but I threw it away. Few days later, I found my crow bro standing behind 3 empty packs of cigarettes. I tried to pick them to throw away, but the crow bro was protecting them for some reason. Frustrated, but I gave it a small chunk of meat as I took another drag. As I gave it the meat, the crow picked up one of the packs and placed it front of me. Then, it hit me: the crow is trading with me. The trade went on for few more times until the winter hit Minnesota.  tl;dr; a crow traded cigarette packaging for food with me.
A few years ago, there were a few slices of bread in the middle of the street for whatever reason. A crow kept flying down and treating themselves, but whenever they did, one of the neighbourhood dogs came and chased them off. The crow tried about three times to eat in peace, but the dog chased it off every time.
So the crow then decided to land a little bit away from the slices of bread and the dog ran towards it. The crow then flew off and landed about a metre away from where it just landed. The dog followed again. The crow repeated this until the dog was in a different street and then the crow came back and chowed down.
We used to have two kittens. One day at the dinner table one of them stood up and put two paws on my dad's lap. We all laughed at her obvious attempt at trying to steal food. While our attention was focussed on her, her sister jumped straight onto the table and stole a whole chicken drumstick. They both sprinted away and shared it nearby.
We were all impressed.
Just up the street from my apartment in San Francisco, there was one of those fast food restaurants that was either a KFC or a Taco Bell, depending on the angle from which it was viewed. The establishment was a frequent stopping point for students coming from the nearby college... and those students were a frequent target for a remarkably bright crow.
Now, on most days, the bird in question would just hang around the restaurant (as well as other ones nearby) and scavenge for scraps. Every once in a while, though - I saw this happen twice, and had it happen to me once - it would enact a much more complex scheme than simply going through the gutter: The crow had apparently discovered that money could be exchanged for food, so it would wait until it saw a likely mark, squawk at them to get their attention, then pick up and drop a coin. Anyone who responded would witness the bird hopping a few feet away, then following its "victim" toward the source of its next snack.
When the crow approached me, it dropped a nickel on the ground. I stooped, picked up the coin, and then jumped slightly when the bird made a noise that sounded not unlike "Taco!"
Needless to say, I bought that crow a taco.
The final out-of-pocket cost for me, minus the nickel, was something like $1.15. Even so, I figured a bird that smart deserved a reward simply for existing.
Of course, that was probably exactly what I was supposed to think.
TL;DR: A crow paid me five cents to buy it a taco.

"New Clinton emails contradict Benghazi testimony"

"A new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails made public Monday by the State Department indicate the former secretary of state was worried about whether she had overplayed the administration's Benghazi narrative, blaming the attack on a demonstration over a YouTube clip, less than two weeks after four Americans at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi were killed."
More than three years after the attack, Clinton is only now facing questions about how she characterized the raid.
Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton aide, assured the former secretary of state on Sept. 24, 2012 that she had not misled the public on the impetus of the terror attacks nearly two weeks earlier.
"You never said spontaneous or characterized the motives," Sullivan wrote in an email to Clinton. "In fact you were careful in your first statement to say we were assessing motive and method. The way you treated the video in the Libya context was to say that some sought to *justify* the attack on that basis."
Sullivan compiled a list of all the public statements Clinton had made about Benghazi up to that date so she could remember exactly what she had said so far.
Emails sent the night of the attack indicate Clinton did indeed receive updates about the unfolding violence in Benghazi via her private, unsecured email network, contrary to her testimony in an Oct. 22 hearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Clinton argued last month that she had conducted the majority of her work outside of email and that she had been receiving live updates about the attack in person, not on her private server. When describing her modes of communication she used on the night of the attack, Clinton cited secure phones and the SCIF, or sensitive compartmented information facility used for viewing classified material, in her home.
But Clinton defended the lack of Benghazi updates among her private emails by arguing that most of her communications did not take place over email.