Sunday, July 31, 2016

Scandinavian Airlines flight, 1969

Link to source

21st-century caveman

"Hunter-gatherer, 79, has lived in Argentinian mountain grotto for 40 years drinking from a creek and eating what he kills"
When he gets hungry he picks up his rifle and goes hunting or heads on a three-hour trek down the mountain to the nearest settlement of San Pedro de Colalao. A creek is his main source of water.
'It's the purest, richest water there is' he says.
His cave mates? Eleven roosters and two goats that roam the mountainside during the day and return at night looking for shelter from pumas and other predators. The crows of the roosters wake him up at around 3 a.m. every morning and he begins the day.
His only technological gadget is a small, battery-powered radio, but he has a hard time tuning into stations because the signal is weak up the mountain.
He walks three hours every day, climbing the steep mountainside to reach his cave. Luca's skin is weather-beaten and he has few teeth left, but he seems much younger than a man who is almost 80. (pictures at the link)

Didn’t see that one coming: TV psychic Miss Cleo has died.

New York Post, Page Six July 26, 2016 by Jessica Sager
A rep for the soothsayer told TMZ that Miss Cleo (real name Younee Harris) died Tuesday while in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends. She was 53.
Harris suffered from colon cancer that spread to her liver and lungs.
Since the Psychic Readers Network closed shop, Harris, who was born in Los Angeles, performed various odd jobs and used her infamous Jamaican accent in voice work for “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.”

Call the Midwife....Babies Coming....Look it's got an olive in it's mouth!

New York Post Page Six by Derrick Bryson Taylor July 31, 2016
Lindsay Lohan may need to review her life choices.
The troubled star, whose father Michael Lohan told “Page Six TV” she was pregnant, was photographed smoking and drinking beer on a yacht in Italy Thursday.
Lohan, 30, has been in the Mediterranean most of the week following an explosive fight and breakup with fiancé Egor Tarabosov.
Photographers captured her looking completely burnt out on Friday. One image shows an exhausted looking Lohan sitting on the back of the luxury yacht in an ill-fitting blue swimsuit.
While Lohan hangs with friends, Tarabosov, 22, was photographed leaving London’s Chiltern Firehouse Thursday with a mystery woman

Here is a post that will dial the outrage meter up to red zone!

We'll make it up on Volume
Vox Popoli Blog by Vox Day July 31, 2016
Steve Sailer observes that Muslims serving in the US military have been a net negative since 2000:
As far as I can tell, 14 Muslim-American U.S. soldiers have died in this century versus 15 American soldiers murdered in a couple of terrorist attacks by Muslim-American U.S. soldiers.

Okay, so we’re losing soldiers on each one. (Never mind 3,000 dead civilians in the U.S.)

But we’ll make up for it on volume!

But that’s not the point. The point is that global empire costs a lot of money, which lines a lot of pockets around the Beltway, so we need to keep the Invade / Invite perpetual motion money machine going.
The Khizr Khan story was pretty good rhetoric for the Democrats. But it was hampered by the fundamental weakness of rhetoric that is used to sell falsehoods rather than the truth. Of course, one can't effectively counter rhetoric with dialectic, although Trump could have been even colder than he was in pointing to the silence of Khan's headscarf-wearing mother.

The more effective rhetoric would have been to point out that Khan's death likely saved American lives, as he was killed before he experienced an attack of Sudden Jihad Syndrome and turned his guns on his fellow soldiers. The outrage would have been epic and would have served to underline the fact that even some who wear the uniform and are sworn to defend the US Constitution are not, and never will be, Americans.

They are going to the Mattresses at Rao's!

New York Post by Beth Landman July 31, 2016
The legendary Italian restaurant Rao’s is known for its warm, clubby feel, but lately there’s a chill in the dining room — and it’s not the air conditioning.
Regulars say that since Frank Pellegrino Sr. filed a lawsuit against his longtime partner Ron Straci on July 15, the tension in the tiny dining room has been palpable.
“Frankie usually sits in the first chair by the bar, and Ron stands on the far wall, but now, when one shows up, the other leaves,” says one regular, who asked to remain anonymous, lest he lose his table at the restaurant.
Says another regular: “The other night, Ron walked in, and Frankie didn’t even look at him. Then Frankie left.’’
And a third adds that he also witnessed the atypical iciness this week.
Both Pellegrino and Straci work on the floor of the restaurant, greeting diners at the bar as they arrive, and they both handle special reservation requests, so the lack of communication can get sticky. It can also be problematic for the extremely loyal and long-term staff, like bartender Nicky the Vest.

Rosie doesn't love Chachi!

New York Post Page Six Convention Coverage July 30. 2016
Scott Baio is taking his new role as a Republican mouthpiece to Twitter, getting into a fight with feisty actress Rose McGowan. “It’s a tough week for having a soul,” she tweeted during the RNC.
Baio shot back with, “I didn’t know you were the country’s conscience. But enjoy living in socialism. Keep getting plastic surgery.” Ouch!
McGowan simply said, “I must recuse myself, can’t be in a Twitter fight with you @scottbaio it hurts the soul.”
Scott Baio is still warring with actress Rose McGowan, claiming she deleted a tweet at him that read, “Go feather your hair you cocktail sausage of a d–k.”
Her outburst was a response to him tweeting at her, “Keep getting plastic surgery.”

McGowan wrote an open letter to Baio after he called Hillary Clinton the C-word.
“I’ve always wondered about small minds like yours,” she wrote. “Minds that are aggressively determined to be below average.”

Dude skydives 25,000 ft without parachute

Link to video

"Recovery Remains the Weakest of the Post-World War II Era"

WSJIn terms of average annual growth, the pace of this expansion has been by far the weakest of any since 1949. (And for which we have quarterly data.) The economy has grown at a 2.1% annual rate since the U.S. recovery began in mid-2009, according to gross-domestic-product data the Commerce Department released Friday.

The current expansion remains smaller than the one during Richard Nixon‘s administration. And that 16% expansion lasted just three years. The economy grew 18% from 2001 through 2007. It grew 52% from 1961 through 1969.

So far, it has occurred entirely during Barack Obama‘s time in the Oval Office, making it the longest expansion under a single president. The growth streak would need to extend just a little more than halfway through the next president’s term to achieve a modern record. (read the whole thing)

Some years back a frustrated Rush Limbaugh explained Obama's approval numbers, despite poor economy.

The Dandy Warhols

Bohemian Like You - Link

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pop Quiz! "P" vocabulary

These words were encountered online. People actually used them to make some kind of point. Were they trying to be clear or were they trying to lord over us with their condescending superior vocabulary? Some are so strange we'll likely never see them again. Others so common I wonder why they're on this list. It is a long list.

palaver:  a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication, idle talk, misleading or beguiling speech

palimpsest: a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.

palliated: make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause, allay or moderate (fears or suspicions), disguise the seriousness or gravity of (an offense)."

palter: equivocate or prevaricate in action or speech., trifle with

Panem et Circensus: bread and circuses

pangyric: a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something., eulogy, tribute, paean, occolade

Panjandrum: burlesque title of an imaginary personage in some nonsense lines by Samuel Foote, a powerful personage or pretentious official

panopticon: A circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could at all times be observed.

panto:  a traditional fairy tale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation. The British love a good panto. a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed there, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries.

Panurge: one of the principal characters in the Pantagruel (especially the third and fourth books) of Rabelais, an exceedingly crafty knave, a libertine, and a coward., an opera in three acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Georges Spitzmuller and Maurice Boukay after Rabelais.

parallax: the apparent displacement of an object as seen from two different points that are not on a line with the object. The change of angular position of two stationary points relative to each other as seen by an observer, due to the motion of an observer; The apparent shift of an object against a background due to a change in observer position; The angle of seeing of the Astronomical Unit. It’s when the camera swings around the stationary subject so that the background swings too. It is therefore necessary to have an interesting background or the technique doesn’t work.

paraneige: snow shield (French)

paraphilia:A psychosexual disorder in which sexual gratification is obtained through practices or fantasies involving a bizarre, deviant, or highly unusual source of sexual arousal such as an animal or an object.

parapraxis: slip of tongue thought to reveal a repressed motive.

Pareidolia: a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct. For example, in the discolorations of a burnt tortilla one sees the face of Jesus. Or one sees the image of Mother Teresa or Ronald Reagan in a cinnamon bun or a man in the moon.

parious: Attended with peril; fraught with danger; hazardous.

parkour: a utilitarian discipline based upon the successful, swift and energy-efficient traversing of one's surrounding environment via the practical application of techniques, based around the concept of self-preservation and the ability to help others. a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. Skills such as jumping, climbing, vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.

parky, parkiness:  appreciably or disagreeably cold, chilly

parlando: To be sung in a style suggestive of speech. Used chiefly as a direction.

parvenu: a person who is a relative newcomer to a socioeconomic class.

Passerine: relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which includes perching birds and songbirds such as the jays, blackbirds, finches, warblers, and sparrows.

pastiche: A dramatic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent. A pasticcio of incongruous parts; a hodgepodge:

That's it for the "pa" words.  The list continues with "pe" words.

I wish!

I wish. It is just not to be. Sad.

It's all Rigged!

I just wanted to give April something to let her cream in her jeans. Enjoy.

"Polish Experts: ‘Europe is at The End of its Existence. Western Europe is Practically Dead’

Breibart News By Oliver JJ Lane July 30,  2016
Speaking to Polish television, a former member of Poland’s counter-terror police and an academic expert on information warfare and terrorism have articulated their concern about the intellectual and spiritual collapse of European civilization, remarking it is “at the end of its existence”.
Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS) officer Jacek Wrona and military history academic Dr. Rafał Brzeski were guests on the Polish TVP Info programme discussing the Munich shooting in which nine were killed, and were forced to conclude it was a symptom of the end of European Civilisation. Information warfare expert Dr. Brzeski rejected the suggestion in German media that the Munich killer — an 18 year old Muslim — was mad, pointing out the killing had “an element of planning”, reports wPolityce.

Joe Biden to Appear on Law and Order SVU but strangely enough not as a molester?

New York Post Page Six July 29, 2016
You have the right to remain starstruck: It’s Vice President Joe Biden on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Biden will be in New York on Friday to tape an episode of the long-running NBC series. The White House says Biden’s appearance on the episode will focus on the backlog in processing rape kits and efforts to prevent violence against women.
Biden has frequently teamed up with the show’s star, Mariska Hargitay, for events raising awareness about the issues. She narrated a biographical video about Biden that aired just before his speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Unfortunately the episode will not dwell on the many instances where Vice President Biden has taken advantage of his position to sexually harass young women both in front of and behind the cameras. "Our job is to elect Democrats no matter how scievy and corrupt" said Mariska Hargitay. "We will even present Hillary Clinton as a normal human being if that is possible."
The White House hasn’t said when the episode will air.

Book Club Bouncer

Dark sense of humour could be early sign of dementia - study

News from the past.

"Campaign refused to cooperate with (FBI) investigation..."

"Russians 'likely responsible' for Clinton campaign hack"
The Justice Department’s national-security division is investigating the cyber attacks. The FBI warned the Clinton campaign in March that it had been targeted by hackers, Yahoo News said.
But the campaign refused to cooperate with the investigation — holding back data the FBI had requested to look into the matter, Yahoo reported.
The Clinton campaign believed the request would have meant turning over too much sensitive information to the FBI, which at the time was also in the middle of a separate lengthy investigation into Clinton’s use of a private ­e-mail server while she served as secretary of state.
The Clinton campaign downplayed the severity of the latest hacking, maintaining it was confined to “an analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities,” spokesman Nick Merrill said.
“Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cybersecurity experts,” he said. “To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.”

What will be the "turns out cigarettes are bad for us." of our generation?

Best rated Reddit comments:
We shouldn't have been giving people handfuls of antibiotics for common ailments.
Porn, for the negative sexual effects some seem prone to when using heavily.
Not getting enough sleep.
Sitting for hours on end.
I hope it's not WiFi.
Giving babies iPads.
Looking down at your phone all day is doing wonders for your back and neck
Social media. When used the wrong way, it literally becomes a drug to your brain. There will be negative effects for those who overuse these outlets.

Friday, July 29, 2016



Another Weiner gets screwed in NYC!

Weiner dog gets screwed and not by Huma!

New York Post by Julia Marsh July 28, 2016
Winnie Pooh’s honey pot has gone dry.
A lovable 7-year-old dachshund named Winnie Pooh was left a $100,000 trust fund from her late owner — but isn’t receiving money, according to a new lawsuit.
The Manhattan Surrogate’s Court suit was filed by Winnie Pooh’s caretaker, Gramercy Park resident Virginia Hanlon.
Hanlon was a friend and neighbor of Winnie Pooh’s owner, Patricia Bowers, an unmarried economist who died in 2010. Bowers appointed Hanlon as the dog’s guardian and another friend and lawyer named Harriet Harkavy as executor of her estate.

Do you smell the Honeysuckle?

New York Post by Danny Collins July 29, 2016
“Foyle’s War” actress Honeysuckle Weeks has been reported missing from her home.
Fears are growing for the 36-year-old who was last seen in Chichester, West Sussex, at 9pm last night.
Her family alerted police one hour later who confirmed she had recently spoken about battling with anxiety.
Detective Kate Witt said in a statement: “We are concerned about Honeysuckle as her recent behaviour has concerned family and friends and she has expressed to them she is feeling anxious."

Trump at the pool

What is miso?

Miso (pronounced mee-so) is one of the outstanding treasures of Japanese culture which has now spread from its native home to benefit all of humanity.
Wow. *eyes, widen, mouth agape*

I just now clicked on my own link to South River Miso and read what they say of themselves. Now that's confidence. That right there is faith in your product. Its not just them thinking it, rather, it's them being convinced. Reading it made me laugh. I realized they really mean it.

Decades elapsed and so far everyone who bothers to write loves it, not a single person will say their product sucks and it's way too expensive and now decades have gone by and  all the accolades have them convinced they are the miso gods. I'm imagining all that.
Miso as we know it today is the result of over 2000 years of care and craft, developed within a world view which intuitively knew that food is our best medicine. 
If you say so then it is so, we’re already sold so the case from antiquity and breezy aphorism appeal to us, we appreciate your product and we agree.

I thought it was funny. And I sensed they might get a bit spiritual. They are a uniquely driven group. And I know there's a lot to say about miso, I read a whole book one time a fat one, crammed with words, the bible of miso, its authors treated their subject as precious. Exhaustive, actually, the entire history of the separate organisms, different types of miso at different places at various times historically.
According to Japanese mythology, miso itself is a gift to mankind from the gods to assure lasting health, longevity, and happiness. Miso has no equivalent among Western foods. In the form of a wet paste with the consistency of a firm cottage cheese, miso is made through a unique double fermentation process developed through centuries of Japanese food craft. Cooked beans (usually soybeans) are mixed together with salt and with cultured or fermented grain, called koji (usually made from rice or barley). This mixture is then fermented in great wooden vats, in some cases for a few weeks and for as long as three years. Natural miso is always unpasteurized and, traditionally, has a distinct chunky texture.
I would say texture of peanut butter. The description is much longer than this. It gets into the spiritual and historical aspects. I thought it was funny. But it's not. These people really are serious.

And they don't say this, but it's shown in video, they spread out the steaming hot beans on the floor, don special cotton socks, and go stomping around blending salt and smashing the beans.

YouTube video, South River miso cooking channel 2010 
YouTube video, South River miso Martha Stewart 2001 (below)

As for myself, I think my jars sat there in the refrigerator for over a year. I'm certain of it now that I'm thinking. The stuff is awesome. I made some a few days ago and it's been a very long time.

Appeals court holds that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”

"Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law"
The ruling also invalidated limits the same state law placed in 2013 on early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration
The three judges assigned to the case — all Democratic appointees — were unanimous that the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act three years ago by enacting the measure requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls.
"The record makes clear that the historical origin of the challenged provisions in this statute is not the innocuous back-and-forth of routine partisan struggle that the State suggests and that the district court accepted," Judge DIana Motz wrote on behalf of Judges James Wynn and Henry Floyd. "Rather, the General Assembly enacted them in the immediate aftermath of unprecedented African American voter participation in a state with a troubled racial history and racially polarized voting. The district court clearly erred in ignoring or dismissing this historical background evidence, all of which supports a finding of discriminatory intent."
The court's opinion bluntly described the legislation as a clear effort to suppress the black vote.
I think it's racist to assume blacks can't or wont get an ID.

Dem Donor Class, why did you put your personal information out there?

You did that by giving your vital information to the Democrat party. You trusted them with your personal information, very personal, and they betrayed your trust. Yes, again, you did this yourself, to yourself, by putting your information at risk by handing it over to an untrustworthy agency.  I'm sorry to say, your beloved party is not a trustworthy agency.

Now, here is the whole world with your vital information just put out there so carelessly, handled carelessly. I feel an urge to call each one of you and ask, "Why did you allow this? Why did you trust?" I doubt many phone numbers still work, but who knows? 

Maybe a few would actually answer. 

I feel an urge, a faint one but still an urge to mass produce a simple pop-up card that goes boing "PSYCH" then in tiny typeface "DNC gave us everything vital. You trusted poorly" and send to every address. 

Just for fun. And let this be a lesson for placing trust in unworthy agencies.

I just now realized, and this awesome I must admit it, the first two pages are wealthy people with money to burn who I don't recognize, scanning the names, except Soros jumps out at the end. So there are a lot of wealthy people. It's actually comforting knowing that. And the third page is only a portion, that's what I just noticed, alphabetized list of names that I do recognize, all famous and political names, but the odd thing about it is they are first names, some out of place, it's funny, Tom Keating, Tom Manatos, Tom Epstein, Tom Daschele, Tom Litjen, Tom O'Donnell, with some names out of exact place alphabetically, Tammie mixed in there with Tony and Todd displaced from their own pack, Toni Buoy, Tony Hadley, Tony Magnetti, Tony Reeves, Toney Russo Tony Podesta, and you go these are just the To -- Tu names a whole page of them, man, this Vast Left Wing Conspiracy sure is vast. It's awesome. That list has telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. 

And this isn't even the WikiLeaks, this is the Guccifer pages. WikiLeaks is another world much larger. So large you cannot even go through it all. People form teams and comb it for damaging entries. Then compile the most interesting things that they've found. So far. DNC workers are already freaking out, searching their own names, preparing their resignation notices and statements, some have already been told to do so. An ill wind blows through the Party Democrat, the entire party apparatus is shaken and all talk of party unity is among survivors.  

"All aspects of the memory are affected by poor sleep"

"It doesn't just make you grouchy: Poor sleep 'also makes more forgetful"
Participants aged 18 to 80 were asked to measure their sleep against five different “everyday” memories: having to check whether they’ve done something; forgetting to tell somebody something important; where things are normally kept; doing something they intended to do such as posting a letter and finding it difficult to concentrate.
Poor sleep was classed as under five hours a night and the results found that all aspects of memory are affected by low levels of sleep.
The most commonly reported memory failure was having to check whether they had done something with 50 per cent struggling with this problem at least once a week but the figure rose to two thirds for poor sleepers.
This was closely followed by people forgetting to do something they intended to do – a weekly problem for 44 per cent rising to 60 per cent for those who slept for under five hours.
Forgetting where things are kept was a weekly problem for 25 per cent of respondents though when they had slept poorly it drastically increased to two thirds.
Half of poor sleepers surveyed said they “regularly” struggled with concentration in relation to their working life illustrating the profound effect lack of sleep has on everyday memory and wellbeing.
On average, those who slept for less than five hours a night were 25 per cent more forgetful than those who slept for longer. (read the whole thing)

Did you Notice Clinton's Constant Throat Clearing

Daily WireDuring her headline speech on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Clinton noticeably cleared her throat twenty-two times. In and of itself, it could be written off as temporarily being under the weather. Given its persistence, however, questions arise about the Democrats' presidential nominee. She seemed to have deliberately timed her throat clearing during manufactured applause directed by her audience managers.

Clinton suffered a concussion late in 2012. Philippe Reines, a Clinton loyalist who operated as deputy assistant secretary of state said she had fainted after being dehydrated due to a stomach virus. For some time afterwards, she occasionally wore special "Fresnel prism" lenses for treating double vision after a brain injury.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton appear to nod off. Or was he just meditating.

Alexis de Tocqueville fake-ass quote

We're really tired of hearing it. Knock it off, it's offensive. You're insulting us by insisting on restating it. You're insulting us by pretending to be familiar with Tocuqueville.

That reminds me. Hang on.


This guy was really smart. And he said some amazing things about early America that blows every one's mind. In French. 

But he did not say, "America is great because America is good." Or hardly anything like it. The type things Tocqueville said were a lot smarter than that. Let's look at some of the things that Tocqueville did say, be amazed, and see the difference in quality. I'll c/p from Wikipedia. 
Born under another sky, placed in the middle of an always-moving scene, himself driven by the irresistible torrent which sweeps along everything that surrounds him, the American has no time to tie himself to anything; he grows accustomed to naught but change, and concludes by viewing it as the natural state of man; he feels a need for it; even more, he loves it: for instability, instead of occurring to him in the form of disasters, seems to give birth to nothing around him but wonders...
Good Lord he read my mind that long ago. That is precisely my experience. That I thought was somewhat unique. And just as I think that I'm permanently settled someone else snaps the rug and I go spinning. That is my life in that paragraph. The first one shown on this page. Man, that was like randomly accessing the Tao Te Ching after five tosses of a coin. 

Here's one about English and French.
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même, mais oui? Back to Americans.
As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
Here's my favorite, about people.
Men in general are neither very good nor very bad, but mediocre... Man with his vices, his weaknesses, his virtues, this confused medley of good and ill, high and low, goodness and depravity, is yet, take him all in all, the object on earth most worthy of study, of interest, of pity, of attachment and of admiration. And since we haven't got angels, we can attach ourselves to nothing greater and more worthy of our devotion than our own kind.
As to the fake quote, it's believed that Tocqueville biographer conflated his own notes for a quote. Reagan used it. Others followed. It's well known to be made up but nobody cares at this point. It sounds good. To them. (but not to me. it's incomplete, a dangling participle) Here's the thing. The people using it want their broader audience to believe their familiarity with Democracy in America when in reality it's too daunting a book and too long a task to take up. Try it if you haven't already, it's density will blow your mind. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

DNC Convention Day 4

Are you watching?

Whose that girl?

She is on the yacht and she is fully loaded. Well she is almost always loaded. Her favorite TV show is Mad Men and she wants to bring back the 1960's as she enjoys a rum and coke while enceinte.

Whose that girl?

Russia and China schedule Joint Operations in the South China Sea......So Trump is an idiot for wanting good relations with Russia?

Breitbart News by Frances Martel July 28, 2016

The Chinese government has announced that it will hold naval drills with the Russian military in the South China Sea in September, a move following an international court verdict stating that China does not have sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.

The Chinese defense ministry has described the joint military operation as “routine” and “aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership.” It has explicitly denied that the drill is a ploy to flex collective military muscle and scare off “third parties.” A defense ministry spokesman affirmed the exercise was necessary for “deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, raise the ability to jointly deal with security threats, and benefit the maintenance of regional and global peace and stability.”

It is unclear whether the operations will take place in disputed South China Sea territory. China claims most of the major trade route, including areas that are the sovereign territory of Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Earlier this month, China lost a case against the Philippines at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. The court found that China’s claims were unfounded and that it must cease its illegal military and fishing activities in the region.

Good Times.....NY Times reports 76% drop in profits for the second quarter!

New York Post by Keith J Kelly July 28, 2016
The New York Times Co. on Thursday reported that digital advertising revenue in the second quarter declined 6.8 percent — its second straight quarterly tumble in the important category — helping produce a 76 percent drop in operating profit.
The NYT’s total revenue of $372.6 million was short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $376 million.
President and Chief Executive Mark Thompson told Wall Street analysts that he expected ad revenue improvement in the third quarter but that it would be “lumpy.”
The publisher is expecting a smaller number of ad deals across multiple platforms, but for individual deals to command more revenue, Thompson said.
The 50-plus employees who opted for voluntary buyouts in July would result in about an $11 million write-off in the third quarter.

Nancy Pelosi tells us what the Democrats really think!

White Guys

Town Hall by Leah Barkoukis July 28, 2016
In an interview on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, PBS host Judy Woodruff asked Rep. Nancy Pelosi about the fact that Donald Trump is handily beating Hillary Clinton among ‘non-college educated’ white men, and how the Democratic nominee would be able to counter that.
Pelosi said that Clinton will be able to make up for the deficit with a strong economic agenda, but then proceeded to explain why the Democratic nominee is doing so poorly among this demographic.
“So many times non college educated white males have voted Republican, have voted against their own economic interest because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s,” she said, “God being the woman’s right to choose.”
Her answer—revealing how Democrats truly feel about this segment of the population—is reminiscent of President Obama’s infamous remarks in 2008 when he categorized conservatives as those who’ve become “bitter and cling to their guns” and “religion.”

Pope Francis falls flat on his face in Poland......Did the ghost of Karol Józef Wojtyła trip him?

New York Post July 28, 2016 by Yaron Steinbuch
Pope Francis took a tumble as he arrived to celebrate Mass in Poland on Thursday, but was back on his feet quickly to continue the service.
The 79-year-old pontiff was walking toward an altar at the southern Black Madonna shrine of Częstochowa to mark the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland when he stumbled, the Mirror of the UK reported.
A group of altar servers rushed to help Francis, who appeared uninjured.

"Obama Refers to Himself 119 Times During Hillary Nominating Speech"

Link to video

"What's a good date other than dinner and a movie?"

Reddit best answers...

Kayaking and other outdoor activities are great if you're dating someone who's athletic. If your city has a large body of water nearby, Kayak rentals can go for $10-$15 an hour and you can see neat stuff. Lots of schools with aquatic athletic programs like crew will also offer student discounts too. I've also taken a few girls who were interested in rock climbing to a bouldering gym.

My husband and I have LEGO dates. We buy a set and build it while watching a movie or tv show (one we've seen so we know what's going on while we build) and usually booze.

Ice skating. Especially if you have a rink that also has a bar.

Aquarium, Zoo, or Museum
Something that get's you walking and gives you a lot to talk about so if the conversation lags you can pick it up easily.

Go to a planetarium. Reasons:
  1. Usually either a very cheap or free experience.
  2. Reclining and watching the stars.

Is the DNC using "seat fillers" at their convention?

"Uber driver returns $3,000 to passenger who left wallet behind"

ABC11.comJose Figueroa went to O-Hare International Airport to pick up a man who had just emigrated from Ukraine.

Figueroa took him to a home in west suburban River Grove. Later, he realized the man left his wallet, which has $3,000 inside.

That's when Figueroa remembered the man said he had sold his business and that cash was all he had.

"I mean there was temptation. I'll be honest with you. But me being a Christian, I couldn't. I wanted to make sure I sleep good, so that's what i did. I returned the money and the wallet," Figueroa said.

He went back to the home where he dropped his passenger off. The man's sister was there. When she saw him, she started crying.

They both insisted Figueroa stay for dinner and gave him $100 as a thank you.

"Merkel admits EU is being RAVAGED BY TERROR but says Germany should welcome MORE refugees"

ExpressIn the wake of the killings, Mrs Merkel said Germany now needed a better “early warning system” to spot radicalised Muslims among the newly-arrived migrants.

She said: "The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need.

"They see hatred and fear between cultures and they see hatred and fear between religions.

“We stand decisively against that.”

She added that Germany would "stick to our principles" and "give shelter to those who deserve it".

IRS investigating Clinton Foundation

Responding to several Republican congressmen who requested a review of potential criminal conduct involving pay-to-play practices Koskinen wrote the issue has been forwarded to IRS Exempt Organizations Examinations program in Dallas, also known as the Different IRS Rules for Clintons Department.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

At the DNC Convention day 3

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Trump is on Reddit and I'm raiding his comments

"I’m Donald J. Trump and I'm Your Next President of the United States."

We firmly believe Hillary will try and steal this election through vote fraud, especially given recent events. What is your campaign doing to ensure that we have a fair election?
Voter fraud is always a serious concern and authorities must be vigilant from keeping those from voting that are not authorized to do so.
What role should NASA play in helping to Make America Great Again?
Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration.
Reports estimate that 90% of US media is owned by 6 companies. The US mass media has fused into a gross alliance with big business and big government as this election has shown more than any other. The dishonest media is rigging our democracy with a radical agenda that divides Americans and causes nothing but sensationalism and hatred at the expense of the USA. They are killing our country for ratings and profit, with impunity.
How will you, as president, tackle this protected class of media elites without stepping on the first amendment rights of average Americans?
I have been very concerned about media bias and the total dishonesty of the press. I think new media is a great way to get out the truth.
Mr. Trump
What is your plan for reducing or removing the influence of money on politics?
Keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House!
America has a proud tradition of stealing the most brilliant and talented people from countries around the world for ourselves. Albert Einstein, Wernher von Braun, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Melania Trump... the list goes on and on. In recent years, however, H-1B visa abuse has become rampant.
A program meant bring truly exceptional talent to America has been twisted by globalist politicians and corporations, allowing low-cost, short term labor to steal jobs from everyday Americans and take everything they learn back to their home countries. Will you curb H-1B abuse and make sure visas are going to people who want to become American, stay American, and make America great?
I have put forward a detailed plan for H-1B reform to protect American workers which can viewed on the immigration paper on my website. My plan is the exact opposite of Crooked Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump, as a self-employed young American, my health insurance costs have skyrocketed under Obamacare. Paying close to $300 a month with a $6,000 deductible is a challenge as I try and grow my business. What will you do as President to ensure that myself and others can not only enjoy the security of having health insurance, but also afford to keep it?
One of the first things I will do is to repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. I will put forward an amazing new plan, which will include many reforms, such as letting people buy insurance across state lines, increasing choice and competition, and bargaining for better, cheaper drug prices.

Listen up....all you white people get at the end of the line!

Biden: Democrats haven't 'spoken enough' to white, middle-class Americans

Vice President Joe Biden joked Wednesday that he is “going to be living in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan” in the coming months as the Democratic Party looks to reconnect with white, middle-class voters ahead of November’s general election.
Biden told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Democrats have increasingly failed to connect with white, middle-class Americans, a group with which Republican nominee Donald Trump has consistently polled well. The vice president said that while Democrats have continued to advocate for policies that would benefit those voters, they have not spent enough time assuring them that Democrats understand their problems.

"French media to stop publishing photos and names of terrorists"

The Guardian:   Several French news organisations have said they will no longer publish photographs of people responsible for terrorist killings, to avoid bestowing “posthumous glorification”.

Le Monde published an editorial after the latest attack, the murder of an elderly priest in a church near Rouen by two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State. Under the headline “Resisting the strategy of hate”, Le Monde argued on Wednesday that all elements of society had to be involved in the struggle against terrorism, and that media organisations had a special role to play.

“The sites and newspapers that produce this information cannot excuse themselves from self-examination on several fronts. Since Isis terrorism first appeared, Le Monde has changed its practices several times,” the newspaper said.

In the aftermath of the Nice attack, a psychoanalyst, Fethi Benslama, who teaches at Paris Diderot university, suggested on French radio: “Perhaps it is time that there was a pact in the media to no longer publish the names and pictures of the perpetrators of these acts, as it’s a really big boost to their efforts to make themselves world famous, even while their victims are anonymous and will remain anonymous.”

Benslama said this “glorification” encouraged others to carry out attacks, “to gain glory in the eyes of their commanders and their friends”. He added: “They leave their identity cards – they want to be identified very quickly.”

I always wondered what happened to them?

Check out more funny photos at Powerline's Mid Week in Pictures.

Is Trump calling for a cyber attack on his own country?

NYT: Donald J. Trump directly addressed Russia in a news conference in Florida on Wednesday, openly calling on it to find the roughly 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private email server.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press.”
Later in the news conference, when asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to hack into the email server of Mrs. Clinton, or at least meddle in the nation’s elections, he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said, before finally telling the female questioner to “be quiet — let the president talk to them.”
Mr. Trump has largely dismissed assertions that Russia was behind the Democratic committee breach as conspiracy theories — a view he reiterated again when he said the hack “is probably not Russia.”
If you are a Trump supporter, how do you explain this move?

White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin

Unseasonal, I know but I don't care. And it's sunny at Christmas in Australia. 

"Bill Clinton's Lapse Into Trumpism"

"In his convention speech, he suggested that Muslims need to earn the rights that all other Americans enjoy."
Clinton said something dreadful: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you.” The problem is in the assumption. American Muslims should be viewed exactly the same way other Americans are. If they commit crimes, then they should be prosecuted, just like other Americans. But they should not have to prove that they “love America and freedom” and “hate terror” to “stay here.” Their value as Americans is inherent, not instrumental. Their role as Americans is not to “help us win” the “war on terror.”
Whether Clinton meant to or not, he lapsed into Trumpism: the implication that Muslims are a class apart, deserving of special scrutiny and surveillance, guilty of terrorist sympathies until proven innocent.
Meanwhile, earlier outside the convention...  "The organizer of a “Black DNC Resistance March” in Philadelphia Tuesday demanded white supporters and “white media” move to back of the crowd."

"$3M lottery winner invested money in crystal meth ring"

ChronRonnie Music, Jr, 45, plead guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges during a plea hearing last week. Evidence presented in the case suggested Music worked with a group to gain access to and distribute methamphetamine throughout Georgia.

"Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth," United States Attorney Ed Tarver said in a press release. "As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

There's No Secrets This Year

CNNWikileaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday his whistleblowing website might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign.  Assange was speaking in a CNN interview following the release of nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee by suspected Russian hackers.

However, Assange refused to confirm or deny a Russian origin for the mass email leak, saying Wikileaks tries to create ambiguity to protect all its sources.

"Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment some people may have egg on their faces. But to exclude certain actors is to make it easier to find out who our sources are," Assange told CNN.

Conservatism in Ruins...a commentary by Vox Day


Vox Popoli by Vox Day July 26, 2016
Andrew Klavan's first thoughts on rebuilding conservatism:
The conservative movement has collapsed and is in ruins. Its vehicle for political expression, the Republican Party, is now in the hands of an authoritarian nationalist who has never read the Constitution and does not believe in free expression, free trade or the separation of powers. Its central vehicle for expression in the news media is in disarray as Fox News becomes embroiled in scandal. Even its defenders on talk radio and in the blogosphere are severely at odds as they are forced to choose whether to defend Trump as the lesser of two evils or to stand fast with the founding fathers against both terrible sides.
The conservative movement has collapsed and lies in ruins. And it has done so due to the deceit and dishonesty of conservative commentators like Andrew Klavan, who apparently feel the need to make provably false statements about everyone from Donald Trump to the Founding Fathers.

Night 2 DNC Convention

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Actress America Ferrara spoke along side Girls creator Lena Dunham