Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bob's nativity

He called me Bob. That was then, and it narrows the time. It's shorter and better than diminutive Bobby. Presently Bo. The name will eventually reduce to simple vocalized bilabial plosive approximating B and all that is better than Bob.

I enjoyed a sudden random burst of emails from my older brother who seldom writes. That was fun. Barry sent photos of a nativity he pulled out of storage that I made when I was a child myself. I made these, grew up with these, grew tired of these, and then left home. He told me he posted these new photos on Facebook, a place I don't go. I was here at the moment and wrote back. 
Thank you. 
I'm going to use these for a post tonight. 
They're a bit embarrassing because a child made them, but I don't care anymore. The eyes are blue dots. Or brown dots. Divided equally between them. Like we are. C'mon. I was such a little dunce.
Thank you for showing me, I bet kids like to play with them. Do you let them touch them and play around? If they break you can always glue them back. Add to their silly history. Damn, your grandkids are probably playing with them. I think that's nice. They don't care about blue dot eyes.
Barry responds quickly.
I told Brenda that if any of the kids break any one of the figurines, I would break their wrist. They are in remarkably good shape and I intend to keep them that way. So far, one of the cows is missing an ear, but that's it. Oh, was the baby Jesus supposed to be attached to the cradle? 
The baby Jesus was the last to be found in the box through all the insulation. I almost panicked to think the only piece missing would be the "star" (pun intended) of the show.
Ha ha ha. He'd have to make a baby Jesus from putty. (See? I told you he's the worst punner. It's why he's so easily amused with poorly crafted puns and why the pop-up cards slay him. Honestly, they're not that funny, but to him they're hilarious. He's rational otherwise.) But it's terrible imagining my nieces and nephews and their children threatened by mean older brother just because of a broken ceramic. I'd rather he say simply, "play and try to be careful." 
Me: Oh, I see. You're showing me Dad's handwriting.
Barry: Yes, that and the label he put on it about the sensitive instruments. I remember he built that wooden box with special insulation. I still have the box, too. Did you get all six pictures?
Barry: Your work brings special feelings to us all. All these years. I wrote on FB that it's not Christmas around here until this is brought out, and I mean that. Thank you for the sentimental memories.
Snap. Sentimental memories is deep as Barry goes. I made an enduring family tradition at ten years of age. Wanna see it? Here goes. It's stupid. And a bit big.

I hadn't seen this box before. The label means Dad stored these protected. Each piece carefully wrapped. Back and forth upstairs and down, house to house to house, each year, decade upon decade, whether or not I am there. Barry had them some eight or nine years on the other side of the country, Northeast and then South. These things have been around more than most people. Now they're in Texas.

No. Jesus must be separate, to be played with separately. By children. To fly around the room like an airplane and carefully airlifted down to the manger, just so, a gift to the world with his little blue dot eyes and all that he means for whoever looks in, whoever wonders, whoever will play.

WKRLEM You never will

True words are spoken here

Speed: I suppose you've been down the long, hard road?
Chaney: Who hasn't?

Whose that girl?

A heartthrob of the sixties who was the lust object of most of the Mob guys when I was growing up. Famous daughter of a much more famous  father who was not a merry mailman but instead a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king.

You would recognize her if you could see her feet but you have to guess based on her bikini.

Whose that girl?

Obama scheduled to attend funerals of San Bernandio Terror Victims.........yeah right! by MICHELLE MOONS11 Dec 2015

President Barack Obama is not scheduled to attend any of the funerals for the victims of the San Bernardino terror attack nine days ago, Breitbart News has learned. He has yet to visit the town in the wake of the deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

The White House did not return a request for comment about the president’s schedule.
It is unknown to the public whether he will attend any funerals, the first of which took place on Thursday for victim Yvette Velasco. Two were scheduled for Friday morning, which Obama appears to be missing as well.
Obama delivered the eulogy at the memorial service this year for the victims of a racist mass murder at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Obama used his remarks to push for gun control: “For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” he preached.
The White House also sent three representatives to the funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who robbed a store in Ferguson and later fought with police officer Darren Wilson. Massive Black Lives Matter protests had resulted from accusations that Wilson shot Brown in cold blood. Brown’s alleged gesture of surrender–“Hands up, don’t shoot”–was repeated by protesters, elected officials and celebrities. Wilson was later exonerated of killing Brown, and the “Hands up, don’t shoot” claim was found to be false.

The Duopoly Strikes Back.........Donald Trump is a Racist and his voters are even worse!

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls because nearly half of Republican primary voters think President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. 
“Well there’s about 40 percent of the Republican primary voter who believes that Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim,” Graham told Boston Herald Radio on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News
"There’s just a dislike for President Obama that is visceral. It’s almost irrational,” Graham added. 
Graham said Trump will not get 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency if he doesn't grow support with the Hispanic community. 
“He can’t grow this party,” Graham said. “He represents a level of intolerance and … cartoon policy that won’t sell.”  
The South Carolina senator promised “Hillary Clinton will clean [Trump’s] clock” and Republicans will lose “badly” if the party nominates Trump. 

letters of intent

I pulled up to my parents house and parked a block away. Cars lined both sides of the street with the van and four more cars packed tightly in the driveway.  At this point the automobiles are not my problem, but they will be. Relatives from points all over collected to settle things, prepare the house for sale, disperse material things, but first manage a crowd for a funeral. The present clogged parking allows a short walk across the grown neighborhood before pushing through the front door. The weather fair for November, the house is open with no activity downstairs. I clamber up the stairs holding canes clamped to handrails clattering upward and tap across the second floor hall to my parents bedroom at the end taking up the corner of the house where some fifteen people or so are gathered inside standing around and sitting around the king size bed laden with stacks of papers, wooden boxes, tin military storage boxes with folding metal tabs to hold tin lids, military awards, records, jewelry, coins, odds and ends and the people, all relatives, are culling my parent's most personal things. Intimate things splayed on their bed in large disarray. The sight of it depresses me while the sight of them all heartens me. I did not know about any of this stuff. They heard me coming. They are somber but energized and eager to stay busy.  My older brother is ready for me on the opposite side of the bed and the pile and he is particularly interested in having me know about something they all had just dug out. A letter. 

Barry read the letter aloud to everyone standing there silently while looking up at me. All in the room are already familiar with it. They like hearing it again and the situation they're making has the feel of ambush. They found the letter earlier this morning. It is a simple thank you note addressed to my aunt, my mum's younger sister. You must say that it is odd for my parents to have it. Odd for my parents to save the letter. It's altogether odd. I'm puzzled. This is of the type paperwork I've been dealing with for years before they arrived at this point and I am quite tired of all of it.  They are enjoying my bemusement somehow, exchanging coy looks. They're like that. They prefer 'you're on the spot' type joking with me. 

The letter thanks my aunt for a small financial gift and tells her what will be done with it. The writer skips past the immediate gift and reaches directly to her heart by recounting previous points of connection. Intensely personal, the writer tells her she singularly maintained a touching intimacy while growing up no matter the distance or time between contact and the love in that effort maintained throughout is transmitted strongly and cherished. Without saying she is the favorite aunt the writer sweetly has her understand that she is a favorite relative. It sounded like something an old man would write, honestly it does, to another old person with much between them. Diplomatic. Mature. Impressive. But, so what. There was nothing reaching or maudlin or faux about it. It was just so sweet and spot on, to the point and  a bit beyond, mature. It hit all the right notes just so. All that in a short thank you note that handled the recipient like a tender bird and it worked as genuine thank you.  But why do my parents have Aunt Betty Lou's thank you note? Why save it for so long? The whole room was enjoying this quiz. 

"Because you wrote it, Dummkopf. Don't you recognize it?"

"The style was dropped some six transfusions ago." 

"Well it blew Betty Lou away so hard she sent it back to Mum to show her what her what her son wrote. You."


"And it blew Mum and Dad away they saved it with all this other stuff." 

"Oh .. So. You see they save everything."

Apparently it impresses the folks in the room too. All of them. My sister is crying again. She's a mess. My other sister  is beaming like she caught me at something, "See? See? See?" See what?  I really don't see. I just flat don't see. Break it down for me Sister, because it is still a mystery to me why a simple thank you note will circle back across the country like this. It's weird and akin to surveillance and I don't like it. The whole checking up on my activities all the time and discussing their findings  like this bugs me. Although I don't recall writing and sending it, still a private thing to a specific person, and now everyone knows what I said and did way back then as a teen four houses before this one, and seven houses ago for me and a million projects ago. They saved the strangest things but how they even had their hands on that note is strange, it had nothing to do with them, except I'm their son. As to say, look what your son did. 

That's the setup.  Now for comparison, the content of that strangely handled but straightforward and touching  thank you note that somehow surprises all those people and just knocked off by an ordinary teen without a college degree yet and not particularly clever in flyover America to the Harvard application essay of America's most highly regarded globally adored saint and my heart sinks and  not because I'm so smart, I'm not, but because all of these admirers of false idols together who make such political canonization possible are so butt-rapingly thick. 

"The reasons I have for applying to Harvard are many." 

Fuck me. It's a joke. Didn't his dad check this first? There is no first draft. This is the first draft. Just slap this on the application. 

This is our Democrat saint applying to Harvard. Tune up with this flute: "Me, me, me, meeeeeee." At the point of future world leader, presently fixed supreme among Democrat canon.  Full text here, it's short. They don't leave much room for future leaders of the world to explain their intentions on Harvard applications back then.  John Kennedy shows all the vision and understanding of a stunted little punk. This, right here, is what SJW mean by white privilege. They are looking at themselves and remarking on their own. Kennedy is having the place of somebody better. It's embarrassing.

This is an unacceptable application. Yet Kennedy is accepted. Harvard, legacy admit rate 30%. He doesn't even have to try. That means any  kid white or otherwise lucky enough to be born to Harvard alum has automatic admittance no matter how much a dipshit, parent or child, and that's how we end up with John Kennedy and all the air, fluff, feathers, mirrors and magnets and nylon filament needed for maintaing colossal myth the likes of  Camelot: the American version of myth based on the British myth about royalty and magic that is rejected outright for its absurdity and the ridiculous impulse for applying myth to a vision of American politics or about Washington being anything shiny on hill or in swamp or anywhere. But you already know all this. Here is the embarrassing proof. Back to John Boy's Harvard application and to world class leadership style of youthful Kennedy writing. 

* Harvard will give me a better liberal education.
* I always wanted to go there.
* I feel Harvard has something to offer me.
* I want to go to the same college as my dad.
* I want the enviable distinction of being a Harvard man. 

Life was simpler then. Or was it?

Legacy admissions is a distorted system. Instead of removing legacy and un-distorting colleges instead use affirmative action to distort correctively and that bend/ bend action instead of unbend action distorts further instead of correcting. It takes teams of college professors and scores of political operatives to be this destructively wrong.  

"State Department can't find emails of top Clinton IT staffer"

"The FBI has taken possession of Bryan Pagliano's computer system."
State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Pagliano’s work during Clinton’s tenure, which would have included copies of the tech expert’s emails, according to a letter Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was obtained by POLITICO.
The department also told the committee the FBI has taken possession of Pagliano’s government computer system, where traces of the messages are most likely to be found, according to the letter.
Pagliano — who worked for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, then followed her to the State Department — has refused to discuss Clinton's email arrangement or his role in it, invoking his right against self-incrimination before the House Benghazi Committee earlier this fall.
All of this is just for show. The likelihood of Hillary getting indicted by Lynch is next to zero. The Carolina Panthers have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl, than Hillary getting indicted. If that was not the case, Biden would be running against her.

"University administrator says federal statute trumps the Constitution"

"[The Constitution] doesn't supersede it," Cook said. "Title IX is a federal compliance policy. Those policies supersede anything else."
The statement from Cook comes after a student satire paper, the Daily Bull, published an article titled "Sexually harassed man pretty okay with situation." The article included a list of "Signs that she wants the D," that contained such entries as "she only screams a little" and "she's underage and you're 21."
Disgusting? Yes, both for the nonchalant treatment of male harassment victims and the rape jokes aimed at women. But does it rise to the level of actual harassment or hate speech not protected by the First Amendment? No. 
Meantime... Federal student loans balloons over a trillion dollars.  There is just very little good news out there today.

David Frum: America's Immigration Challenge

"However one assesses that chain and its consequences, it seems clear that the large majority of legal immigrants choose to come—or, more exactly, are chosen by their relatives—for their own reasons. They are not selected by the United States to advance some national interest. Illegal immigrants are of course entirely self-selected, as are asylum seekers. Even the refugee process, reportedly the most tightly screened, operates to a considerable extent outside national control...."
Donald Trump’s noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are literally true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not, about how much immigration to accept and what kind to prioritize—not even for the portion of U.S. migration conducted according to law, much less for the larger portion that is not.
Nor is there much understanding of what has happened after it has happened. A simple question like, “How many immigrants are in prison?” turns out to be extraordinarily hard to answer. Poor information invites excessive fears, which are then answered with false assurances and angry accusations.
Nervous about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris massacre? How dare you! Would you turn away Jews fleeing Hitler? Oh, you think that analogy is hyperbolic? Tell it to the mayor of New York City.
This frequent invocation of the refugee trauma of the 1930s shuts down all discussion of anything that has happened since....
Meantime "More Than 10,000 Unaccompanied Minors Apprehended on U.S. Border in Last Two Months"
While the world has been focused on Europe's migrant crisis, apprehensions of unaccompanied minors along America's own border have exploded...

Friday, December 11, 2015

WkRLEM. One of my favorite Christmas songs!

How can you tell if Obama is lying? His lips are moving!

White House: United States ‘Safer’ Under President Obama ( by CHARLIE SPIERING11 Dec 2015

The Obama administration appears quite confident that the United State iss more safe under President Obama than under President George W. Bush.

“We certainly believe that that’s the case,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, when asked in the press briefing today about whether the country is safer under Obama.
Earnest mocked a Gallup poll reporting that Americans have less confidence in the government’s ability to protect them from terrorism – reaching a new low of 55 percent from about 70 percent when Obama took office.
“Let me just start by noting that the Gallup organization is the one that consistently predicted that Mitt Romney would be president of the United States,” he said sarcastically.

Whose that girl with the hat on her head?

She was not only a beautiful and sexy star but was perhaps one of the smartest women in Hollywood. Ever.

An inventor and scientist as well as a strumpet in the movies she could both give and use that part of her anatomy from which she took her name.

Whose that girl?

Trump: As president, I will mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer........Obama, De Blasio, Black Lives Matter and Professor Turley hardest hit!


From last night’s speech to the New England Police Benevolent Association, which voted to endorse him. Rarely can you tell whether a new Trump policy idea was gamed out beforehand or just something he came up with on the fly while in front of a mic, and this is no exception. His advisor, Dan Scavino, tweeted it out after Trump said it, though, so if it wasn't official campaign policy before, I guess it is now.
Is it worth critiquing this? Krauthammer’s ready to give up on arguing against Trump policies, partly because they’re all obviously political panders rather than serious proposals and partly because pointing out that the policy is dumb and/or illegal only seems to make Trump fans want to spite the critic by embracing the idea more tightly. Besides, anyone who’s been following the last few years of Obama’s executive overreach already sees the problems here. For starters, cop-killer prosecutions usually fall under state, not federal, jurisdiction. Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty entirely, including Trump’s home state of New York. The idea that the president can dictate to a state how it should punish its criminals is a kick in the nuts to federalism so sharp that even Obama wouldn’t try it.

morning Dec 11, 2015 time-lapse

I wasn't going to bother, it's long and not that terribly interesting.

Notice something? I went back and looked at the raw uncompressed photos in the period and the area of interest and cropped everything else and all other frames. Would you like to see what that falling trash is?

AP: As Trump rises, Clinton preaches love and kindness

"[W]hen an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of hate and fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. "We've got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness," she told a crowd of several hundred."
In Alabama, she told lawyers celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott that justice means "standing beside love." In Atlanta, Clinton promised black ministers she'd run on a "love and kindness platform." After Trump said he'd block Muslims from entering the country, her campaign quickly churned out a new catch phrase: "Love trumps hate."
Republicans scoff at the idea of Clinton preaching a gospel of love.
"I think most voters see her as warm and cuddly as a porcupine," said Republican pollster Nicole McCleskey. "It has a hollow ring to it."
Clinton has been a divisive figure since the era of "the vast right-wing conspiracy," as she called critics. In a Democratic debate in the fall, she said she was proud to have made enemies of Republicans.

Texas Moderate Muslims argue over Trump remarks

Link to Story

Fighting Back With Propaganda

This is not what you think it is:

It's actually pretty good anti-ISIS propaganda

Thursday, December 10, 2015


That one is on my top 25 Christmas songs.  It's about overcoming the dread around this time of year and getting oneself "in the mood. "

I rarely hear that sort of song anymore. What I hear in stores are variations on Christmas classics sung by warbling divas who think they're doing the next "version" of the National Anthem.

A Polarized View

All of this talk of Trump and Hillary reminded me of a conversation I had years ago -- mostly with myself, but originally posted here. It even fits with Shouting Thomas's "Big D vs Big C" theory (Big DC?). In the following scheme, think of Trump as one pole and Hillary as the other:
The polarized ends of the spectrum are actually surrounded by smaller, oppositely charged entities:
A coterie of independent detractors surrounds each extreme. They serve an important purpose: they neutralize some of the raw charge of the extreme. They also prevent direct and destructive collisions and arcing between the polarized ends. They are part of free speech and they ultimately help to unbend the spectrum, to relax it back to a more linear shape.
 Where do you lie along the continuum connecting the extremes?

More Progressive Voices speak out about Donald Trump.....because you know....he is the problem.

On Thursday’s “CNN Newsroom,” comedian W. Kamau Bell argued white people needed to “handle Donald Trump.” He further described Trump as “the pinnacle of white privilege and white supremacy meeting in one place.”
Bell said, “White people, you’ve created race and then off of race, off the back of race, you created racism, and everybody has a racial category, except white people seem to not claim their racial category, which sucks because you’re most of the racial category in this country. And so I consider it my job to handle Ben Carson, Raven-Symoné, random black people on the Internet. It’s your job to handle Donald Trump.”

Poor Santa

"Is that you Wilbur?"
"No it is me Santa. How are you Mr. Ed. Have you been a good little horsey?"
"Well no Santa. I have been a bad horsey."
"Really what did you do? Poop on the floor? Shed all over the rug?'
"Nothing that harmless. I committed adultery. With our next store neighbor Barbara Parker. And that's not the worst of it."
"What could be worse than that?"
"Well she is going to have a baby. Little Sarah Jessica. I don't know what I am going to tell Wilbur. He gets very jealous."
"Jeeez. I thought the idiots on Gilligan's Island were a problem. Coal in your stocking this year you perverted pony."

The Duopoly Strikes Back....How Donald Trump United America!

How Donald Trump United America

The most vulgar, embarrassing campaign of the century is teaching us that underneath it all, we’re actually a decent people. By  December 09, 2015

Even though Thanksgiving Day is two weeks past, I hope it's not too late to express my gratitude for Donald Trump's campaign for president. His new jibber-jabber about banning Muslims from entering the United States has awakened the animal spirits harbored by some of our nativist brothers and sisters. Yes, that’s a bad thing. But the good thing is his proposal is reviving the American consensus view about the value of religious tolerance and free speech. It’s uniting voices across the political spectrum. Donald Trump, amazingly, is inspiring America to sing “Kumbaya.”

Rebuking Trump for his comment were conservatives Sen. John McCain, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush, who tweeted that Trump is “unhinged.” Joining hands at least metaphorically with the conservatives was liberal Hillary Clinton, who called Trump's proposal “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive.” The equally liberal Martin O'Malley spent his campaign's entire rhetorical budget to tag Trump a “fascist demagogue.” And a White House spokesman declared that Trump's speech “disqualifies” him from serving as president. Meanwhile, pundits Bill Kristol and Dana Milbank have attacked Trump from the right and left, likening him to a John Bircher and Mussolini, respectively. Even Tom Brokaw dusted off his teleprompter yesterday to editorialize against Trump on NBC Nightly News.

Trump has achieved the seemingly impossible with his bigotry: He has brought the two most popular strains of political thought together and reminded us that, for all our faults, Americans are pretty decent folk who, when called upon, can extend respect and civility to cultures that are different than our own. Without Trump's provocation against Muslims, it's hard to imagine Speaker Ryan standing before the press corps’ video cameras to disassociate himself, his party and the country from Trump’s hysteria. “This is not conservatism,” Ryan said emphatically.

pistol, suction cup darts

Need a present idea for the person who has everything and who buys whatever they think of? And who also watches television sometimes?

Give this idea a chance. Amazon dart gun 2 pistols, 5 inches, it looks like ten darts each. For when Carl Rove comes on or any other unsavory fellow.

I believe these pistols have potential to boost mental health and sharpen hand eye coordination and reaction time. I want them. I will use both pistols and unload both packages of darts in series, my screen will be covered with darts. And all those people who come on to vex me are transformed to something useful and fun and good to have appear on the screen. "There you are, blam, five points as you are low value target" and so on as you watch, adding up points for yourself making television more pleasant, relaxing, charming and interactive. 

Yes, I believe grown men will love these.

Antagonists, organizers, political types want to use their mouths to push words in your ears, carriers of their malevolent ideas, so use their flappy mouths instead as targets. It will be fun. And two people can play. 

This Christmas gift can release such joy unto the world beyond your present imaginings. The people will not think of buying this delightful item themselves, being a toy it will never even occur to them, but once in their hands and shooting immediately, irresistably, at whomever for their own reasons, and seeing them stick, instead of bounce all over the place as Nerf darts do, they will wonder how they ever enjoyed life without them. You will be cheered and admired as perceptive gift buyer where cost of things means nothing at all.

But what if it fails? That happens sometimes. Gifts sometimes fail so you say, and this goes for anything, "If you don't like it I will not be offended if you have somebody in mind to re-gift it." They will smile when you say that because it lets them off the hook and makes you appear generous, and they're thinking in that moment what if they give it someone you don't like, but there is no extra generosity to it. If they give away your gift even without mentioning you, then your gift counts as two splendid gifts. 

Counts as two among who? Among the gift-generosity karma counting fairies, I don't know. All I know is this silly crap really works. You should buy them. 

"I fell and penetrated her by accident"

"... rape suspect claims in court"
Abdulaziz claimed the teenager pulled him onto her and placed his hand between her legs. But he said she become angry when he had offered to call her a taxi and stormed into the bedroom to wake her friend.
He is then said to have changed his story after DNA tests found traces of his semen.
Mr Davies said: "That caused him to be re-interviewed in May this year and he was confronted with that finding. 
"On this occasion he said after he had sex with the complainant's friend his penis was still erect and he had semen on his hands when he went into the living room.
"He said in the second interview she pushed his hands down on to her vagina. He said that he did fall onto her and his penis may have penetrated her vagina. You may consider, members of the jury, him changing the account he was giving."
Abdulaziz, of Maida Vale, denies rape and the trial continues.

Warren to Reid: no you may not help Casino constituents avoid bankruptcy

"A move by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to help Caesars Entertainment Corp. avoid bankruptcy has put the Senate Democratic leader at odds with one of his star colleagues, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Reid is seeking to insert language in an end-of-year spending bill that would allow the gaming corporation to restructure the debt of a subsidiary out of court despite opposition from holdout bond holders.
If Caesars doesn’t get the help and folds, it could cost Reid’s state thousands of union jobs.
The problem is that the language could also help Education Management Corp. — a top target of Warren’s.
She argues the private education company, which operates for-profit colleges such as the Art Institutes, Argosy and Brown Mackie, uses “scam recruiting practices” to bilk students.
Earlier this year, Warren called for tougher federal oversight of for-profit colleges, and last month she sent a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice criticizing a settlement with Education Management for being too lenient.
Decisions by two courts involving Caesars and Education Management make it more difficult for corporations to cut their debts without going into bankruptcy if their debt-cutting plans are opposed by minority shareholders.
Reid’s language is meant to override those decisions to allow Caesars to cut its debt without going through bankruptcy despite opposition from some stockholders.
He argues the language has been drafted so that it would not apply to Education Management, but allies of Warren say it does not pass muster.
Adam Levitin, a law professor at Georgetown University who is a friend and former student of Warren’s, said Reid’s legislative language is poorly drafted and will not exempt Education Management from protection."

Muhammad Ali, 'Misguided Murderers' Sabotaging Islam

Sniff it. A waft will do.

Muhammad Ali releases a statement, and this is where I'm seeing people confused, apparently the statement has a headline that reveals its intent that is not supported by content in body. The headline reads: Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States.

The body reads boilerplate Muslim apologetics:
I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion. 
We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody. 
Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people's views on what Islam really is.
Surprised to learn Ali is still alive. I thought he had quietly passed. The last time I saw him the man would be incapable of tying his shoe far less producing anything close to this statement.

[muhammad Ali, last public appearance]  The videos are all about a minute. Oct. 3, 2013.

Oh his mind is still quite vibrant. Don't let appearances of his body mislead you. He's actually sharp.

No. I do wish political activist and Islamic supremacists would knock it off with the bullshitting, but that's wishing too much, they're made of the stuff.

How rude to take advantage of a man's disability in moribundity. I guarantee he has no such concerns. Must they drag everyone into their arguments, must they put their words into everyone's mouth, reach into nursing homes, play potty mouth with their adorable children? Yes, they must. They are precisely this vile. They stick their arm up an athlete's ass and use him for puppet. That's what this message is. Disgusting. They just did more damage than they could possibly do good by this.

"The middle class is now less than half of the U.S. population"

"Middle class Americans now comprise less than half, or 49.9%, of the nation’s population, down from 61% in 1971, according to a new Pew Research Center report. For Pew, middle class Americans live in households earning between two-thirds to two times the nation’s median income. In 2014, that ranged from $41,900 to $125,600 for a three-person household."

And if a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation is true, the squeeze on the middle class is about to get tighter. "That Obamacare penalty will be bigger than you think"
Households that opt to go without health insurance in 2016 are set to get hit with an average Obamacare fine of $969.
That is 47 percent higher than the average $661 penalty per uninsured household for this year, a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed Wednesday.
And households without insurance that earn too much to qualify for financial aid to buy Obamacare plans will pay an even larger fine for 2016 — an average of $1,450, versus the average of $1,177 for 2015.
Uninsured households that would qualify for Obamacare subsidies to help pay for coverage face an average fine of $738 — nearly double the $389 average for this year.
"It's a substantial increase," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about the higher average fines.

"Ex-Guantanamo detainee now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen"

Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against US forces, if released,” JTF-GTMO [Joint Task Force Guantanamo threat assessment] found.
In 1990, Qosi met two al Qaeda members who recruited him for jihad in Afghanistan.
Qosi was then trained at al Qaeda’s al Farouq camp, which was the terror group’s primary training facility in pre-9/11 Afghanistan. In 1991, Osama bin Laden relocated to Sudan and Qosi followed. He worked as an accountant and treasurer for bin Laden’s front companies, a role he would continue to fill after al Qaeda moved back to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the mid-1990s.
JTF-GTMO found that after an attempt on bin Laden’s life in 1994, Qosi was chosen to be a member of the al Qaeda founder’s elite security detail. He was also picked to perform sensitive missions around that time.
For example, Qosi served as a courier and may have delivered funds to the terrorist cell responsible for the June 25, 1995 assassination attempt on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Qosi relocated to Chechnya that same year, before returning to bin Laden’s side in Afghanistan some time in 1996 or 1997.
“From 1998 to 2001,” JTF-GTMO’s analysts wrote, Qosi “traveled back and forth between the front lines near Kabul and Kandahar to help with the fight against the Northern Alliance.”
In Dec. 2001, the Pakistanis captured Qosi as he fled the Battle of Tora Bora. He was detained as part of a group dubbed the “Dirty 30” by US intelligence officials. The “Dirty 30” included other members of bin Laden’s bodyguard unit, as well as Mohammed al Qahtani, the would-be 20th hijacker. Qahtani, who was slated to take part in the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings, had been denied entry into the US just months before.
While detained at Guantanamo in 2003, Qosi was asked why he stayed true to bin Laden for so many years. According to JTF-GTMO, Qosi explained it was his “religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill the obligation of jihad and that the war between America and al Qaeda is a war between Islam and aggression of the infidels.”
Qosi made it clear in AQAP’s [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] new production that he hasn’t changed his opinion in the twelve years since.

ISIS updated

This is a lengthy page hosted on scribd published by Arthur Barie, a hodgepodge of collected updated information on ISIS, maps, photographs mostly, documents, statements, various writings, scribblings, who they are, where they come from, what they do, their propaganda, statements of intent, how they recruit, what people look like, etc. It all makes clear they are waging war on us on several fronts at once and how they go about their nefarious activities, and what their vulnerabilities appear to be. It first asks the question, "why are they all sitting?" So calmly to be executed, but it does not answer.

(The answer elsewhere, Ayaan Hersi, is they take so long to set up the photograph, casually comfortably getting things just so, lined up just right, friendly handling, being so stagey about it that by the time it comes down to giving the order the prisoners don't even believe it's going to actually happen.)

I did it again, went for a "today's must read" prompt and this time it pays off. The page is a good effort. It is a good collection.

I must say, though, my favorite part was clicking on the photograph of a fighter taking aim at a target. The target is a silhouette of a running man with another photo over the face. The caption reads, "look at the face on the target." It's too small to see. Enlarging does not clarify. Click on the photo to see if it enlarges, and still cannot quite make it out but it must be Obama. Now, this is a dreadful photograph that nobody would care to own. But it's hosted on Photobucket and they must display their usual marketing offering so the photo is displayed repeated printed on calendars, canvas prints and holiday greeting cards. It's not the sort of thing anyone would want on a coffee cup or have worked up onto a puzzle. American style humor in unexpected places. The very thing ISIS hopes to destroy.

KLEM-TV. Trump fires the Hulk....that takes ballls!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WTF Reads Time Magazine Anyway?

Angela Merkel was chosen this year's Time Magazine Person of the Year. Second place went to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the ISIS terrorist organization, and who recently won the allegiance of the late Tashfeen Malik. Third place went to Black Lives Matter.

August group.

In left field... that's not who we are

San Bernardino is no Rahm Rock of Gibraltar

"As protests grew in the streets of Chicago, two state representatives introduced a bill that would make it possible for a recall campaign against Emanuel."
The bill, HB 4356, was introduced by representatives La Shawn K. Ford and Mary E. Flowers, a representative for Ford’s office confirmed to BuzzFeed News.
Ford and Flowers are both fellow Democrats, as is Emanuel.
The bill was introduced after a new poll showed support for the Chicago mayor has declined significantly, with a disapproval rating of 67% and just more than half of those polled in favor of recalling him from office.

Whose that girl?

She is displaying her speckled pussy but she is as clean as a whistle. So to speak.

She is so much hotter then her much more famous sister and she can even swim!

Former Bond girl and centerfold cutie she is one of my all time favorites.

Whose that girl?

F'd up Christmas movies

Smosh appears among top ten most popular YouTube accounts. A California comedy duo going on for some ten years. They're good. The article is about YouTube being twenty years old and having produced several millionaires. The list is everywhere online, even Wikipedia.

One of the schools I went to sticks out of the lot as the most fun school of all. It was not the best equipped, in fact, the classrooms were in a WWII Japanese barracks remade into larger rooms.  The teachers were from everywhere. Their interest in doing something with the American kids was tremendous. One of the 6th grade teachers who incidentally took us on a field trip to see King Tut exhibition also had us contrive skits and act them out in front of the class. A group of us realized the more skits we contrived the longer we could go on then the less classwork there would be for all of us to do, so everyone was for it. Most of our skits were just acting out stupid jokes. A lot of our material inspired by Mad magazine. Our stuff was dumb but the teacher, a hard-nose Japanese national who considered American kids absurd and wanted our English and our maths to be at the next level, also loved having us make up crap and acting it out. Making up kids comedy skits so the teacher wasn't entirely hard. That is what this video reminds me of.

Russian sub successfully targets ISIS munitions and oil infrastructure

"WASHINGTON — Russian media reports that a Russian diesel-electric submarine operating submerged in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday launched Kalibr cruise missiles at targets in Syria.

Agence France-Presse, citing Russian news agencies, reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday the military had launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean.

"We used Kalibr cruise missiles from the Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea," Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin, Russian news agencies reported.

The missiles "targeted two major terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa," Russia Today quoted Shoigu as telling Putin. "We can say with absolute confidence that significant damage has been inflicted upon ammunition warehouses and a mine production plant, as well as the oil infrastructure.""

Dilbert Explains it All.......better than I ever could.

Scott Adams the creator of the Dilbert cartoon has been talking about Trump for weeks on his blog. I would like to quote his blog post in it's entirety but I don't know if it is legal. Here is a link to his post.

The most interesting part of his post:

If I had to put a label on Trump’s method of persuasion for this topic it would be a variant of the High Ground Maneuver. (I have called it the Big Picture Maneuver in the past. Same thing.)
The way this works with the question of Muslim immigration is that Trump was presented with impossible choices and he actually picked one. And in so doing, what he did to the media, his opponents, and the public at large was to make you defend the imaginary option in which none of the peace-loving Muslims are barred from legally entering the country and all terrorists are kept out. That uncomfortable realization will sink in with voters over time. In simple terms, Trump infantilized the entire country and installed himself as dad.

I am your father bags!

He is banning ewoks from the Empire. The dirty racist.

Ted Cruz drives the media crazy

"During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said most violent criminals are Democrats."
It came after Hewitt brought up the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three dead and nine injured in Colorado Springs, Colo., over Thanksgiving weekend. Hewitt told Cruz that he’d been doing anti-abortion events for 25 years and had never met "a single pro-life activist who is in favor of violence of any sort." 
Cruz agreed. "And I would note that this whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of the media," Cruz said. "You know, every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing, you can almost see the media salivating, hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican, so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies. Now listen, here’s the simple and undeniable fact. The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that."
Polifact went on to give Cruz a Mostly False rating. But, here is Cruz convincingly defending his statement...

Independent Journal: Democratic President Actually Banned Entry from Muslim Nation

Immediately after the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun in 1979, [Jimmy] Carter issued an executive order that all Iranian students in the U.S. had to report to immigration officials within thirty days. Out of a population of over 50,000, there were 15,000 Iranians who were ejected from the country. An Appeals Court decision upheld the President’s authority for the action, in part saying this:
“The present controversy involving Iranian students in the United States lies in the field of our country’s foreign affairs and implicates matters over which the president has direct constitutional authority.”
More directly related to the current situation referred to by Trump’s idea, a concurring opinion in the decision made this point:
“Distinctions on the basis of nationality may be drawn in the immigration field by the Congress or the executive. So long as such distinctions are not wholly irrational, they must be sustained.”
It is important to note that there is no precedent for a religious litmus test, just a national one.


The congress is considering legislation that would temporarily halt visas from 'high-risk' countries.

AllenS emails... 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ben Shapiro: I Spoke at a Public High School...

"The Administration Dismissed The Students to 'Protect' Their Feelings."

Link to story

Donald Trump keeps saying horrible, horrible things that are just untrue! BURN THE WITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New York Post, December 8, 2015 by Yaron Steinbuch
Donald Trump warned Tuesday of “many more World Trade Centers” if his call for a total ban on Muslims entering the US is not heeded.
“You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it — many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center,” Trump told CNN.
The Republican presidential front-runner said he believes there are already terrorists in the country who want to unleash death and destruction.
“They want our buildings to come down. They want our cities to be crushed,” he said. “They are living in our country and many are outside of our country.”
The mogul also slammed President Obama for refusing to acknowledge that the United States is at war with extremist Islam.
“We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism,” he told CNN. “We have a president that made a fool out of himself the other night. He doesn’t even mention the term. He refused to use the term. Nobody understands why. If you’re not going to even use the term, you’re never going to solve the problems.”
Trump is rejecting criticism that his proposal is un-American and has critics comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
He said what he’s calling for is “no different” than President Franklin Roosevelt — “who was highly respected by all” despite his measures during World War II that included putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps in the US.
Those camps, however, have been widely decried in the decades since the war.
Trump on Monday called for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the country that should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what’s going on.”
Many of his fellow GOP presidential candidates have denounced the incendiary proposal.

The Real Extremists. It is all in the eye of the beholder. (A very cogent analysis)

ObamaCare and Gay Marriage Proponents are Far More Extreme Than Donald Trump

Breibart News.Com by John Nolte December 8, 2015

While I disagree with Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration (the reasons are spelled out here), and am very comfortable labeling his proposal as extreme, what’s lacking in this debate is context and perspective. Nothing Trump is proposing in this ban in any way violates anyone’s Constitutional or human rights. This is not true, though, for those in favor of gay marriage or Obama Care.
If you want to talk about extreme, let’s talk about extreme…
No foreigner has a Constitutional, legal, moral or human right to come to America. That doesn’t make it okay to ban all Muslims — in fact, it is not okay. What is far less okay, though, is the violation of human rights that have come from ObamaCare and the legalizing of same sex marriage.
Almost all of the same shrill, hypocritical Leftists and DC Media-types screaming “religious freedom!” in opposition to Trump’s immigration ban, are the very same fascists aggressively using the federal government to strip Americans protected by the Constitution of their human rights, specifically the right to honor their religious conscience.
ObamaCare outright forces the Faithful to violate their religious conscience; we’re forced to fund birth control and abortion.
On top of that, most gay marriage supporters want to use the power of the government to force the Faithful to choose between staying in business and violating their religious conscience through participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony, something many faiths (including the Muslim faith) see as the sacramentalization of a sin.
Trump wants to deny foreigners access to America. Compare that to the DC Media cheering every step of the way as the Gaystapo actually put Kim Davis in prison over her refusal to violate her Christian conscience.
Trump is stripping no one of their civil or human rights.
The fascist backers of gun control, ObamaCare and gay marriage are.
Trump’s Muslim ban bothers me.
The Left and the DC Media terrify me.

So Mr. Trump.....How can you tell if someone is a Muslim so you can stop him from coming to our Country?

"So you fascist piece of crap. How are you going to stop Muslims from coming to America? Are you just going to ask them? Couldn't they just lie? Are you going to establish a religious test?"
"Boy you are really stupid. I mean you mainstream media guys are really morons but you take the cake. It's simple stupid. Before anyone can come to this country they have to pass one simple test. They have to eat a McRib pork sandwich. That will do three very wonderful things."
"What would that be?"
"First of all it would eliminate all the Muslim fanatics. They would never eat pork."
"What else?"
"Second it would increase the sales of the McDonald's corporation. A great American company to be found all over the world. It would be yuugggeeee  for them."
"And the third thing?"
"Oh.  It would make Nick Spinelli cry."