Saturday, February 6, 2016

Children are so smart these days!

They are instinctual animals. They know what's what. 

If only the American Electorate was that smart.

Whose that girl who will never win an Oscar now?

She was a hot starlet in the sixties and seventies and a favorite of hotel workers everywhere. Currently she specializes in English legal dramas and politically incorrect social commentary. She will never get a gig at BET because she dared to tell the truth. I mean she backpeddled right away but she was foolish enough to tell the truth.

You can't do that these days.

Whose that girl?

Wake up and smell what we are cooking.......because

You can count it. There are definitely enough of us to elect him President.


The Immigration Guru tells it like it is!

Jeff Sessions is my go to guy on a bunch of issues. Immigration. Trade. Keeping the Negro's in their place. Well maybe not the last one. He doesn't talk about that much but he is from Alabama so you get the idea.

Senator Sessions is sounding the Alarm about Ricky Retardo Rubio. In a post on he tells it like it is:

Alabama Senator 
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-A) 
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
 stance on immigration while praising Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Sessions, the senator viewed as the intellectual godfather of the conservative movement as it clashes with the Republican establishment in this primary, praised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) but warned against Rubio in an interview with New England-based radio host Howie Carr on Friday night.

"DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties"

The Hill: Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”...
Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.”  Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.
A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially before an attack occurs. (read the whole thing)

"Hillary Clinton '100 percent confident' FBI won't find wrongdoing"

The Hill: Speaking at Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate, Clinton blamed Republicans for seeking to gin up controversy, likening the email controversy to the GOP’s investigation around her response to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton pointed to a revelation today that former Secretary of State Colin Powell and aides to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also used personal email accounts.
The FBI is investigating Clinton’s unconventional email server and use of a personal email account, and some Republicans are speculating it will lead to an indictment.
Clinton said there’s no chance of that happening.
“I am 100 percent confident, this is a security review requested and carried out that will be resolved,” she said. “But I have to add, if there’s a security review about me, there will have to be security reviews for a lot of other people including Republican officeholders because we have this absurd situation of retroactive classifications, honest to goodness, this just beggars the imagination."
Instapundit analysis: The Fix Is In.  Meanwhile, the Hillary campaign seemed to walk back a promise to release transcripts of Hillary's lucrative Goldman Sachs speeches.  From the New York Times...
In response to a question at Thursday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton said she would “look into” the possibility of releasing transcripts of her paid remarks to banking, corporate and financial services companies like Goldman Sachs.
But by Friday morning, it did not appear that much looking was underway.
Joel Benenson, Mrs. Clinton’s pollster, gave little indication at a Wall Street Journal breakfast with reporters that the transcripts would be forthcoming.
“I don’t think voters are interested in the transcripts of her speeches,” he said.
If the speeches contain little to no substance, justifying the hefty sums Goldman Sachs paid for them, the campaigns worries the transcripts could show the speeches to be nothing more than an end run around political contribution limits. At a time when Bernie Sanders has chosen to make Hillarys Wall Street connections his main go-to reason as to why democrat voters should reject her and give him the party's nomination for president. There is little to no chance Hillary is about to release them.

Gardiner's sign list: A

Gardiner's arrangement of signs is more detailed than this. Most signs have variations, some of them have several up to ten or fifteen variations. These go from A1 to A55 and that covers the range of this group, however the Jsesh program, the source for these images goes to A511 in this first group, the specificity of them a bit amusing.

I just now realized what the program Jsesh stands for. Sesh is the Egyptian word for "scribe" transliterated sš.

The groups are arranged by importance, first living things starting with man then animals, plants, things on the Earth, important objects, abstractions, geometric shapes, then unclassified items. People and animals are grouped first whole then grouped by body parts, the body parts are listed top to bottom. So the next group then will be B parts of human body.

This figure of a man is a bit of a drag to draw. It is an important figure so it gets drawn a lot and because it's so involved they end up looking like a pile of scribbled  K's. Due to its importance the sign is assigned A1.

I drew this first guy and c/p, assembled and stacked, labeled, positioned, worked magic upon the rest of them just for you, you, because you are so very special.

WKRLEM For all the people of both parties who don't want the Duopoly to win again

Stay strong.

"In a big country dreams stay with you"

Lyrics after the break

Friday, February 5, 2016

Macro Rubio's Latest Campaign Commercial

His wife and baby are really cute. Just sayn'

Star Wars Family Portrait

"Obama reinstates ‘catch-and-release’ policy for illegal immigrants"

Washington Times:  The Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant “catch-and-release” policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents’ labor union revealed Thursday.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Congress that Homeland Security was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants not showing up for their deportation hearings, but instead of cracking down on the immigrants, the department ordered agents not to arrest them in the first place — meaning they no longer need to show up for court.

Mr. Judd said the releases are part of President Obama’s “priorities” program, which orders agents to worry chiefly about criminals, national security risks and illegal immigrants who came into the U.S. after Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Judd said illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions have learned that by claiming they came before 2014 — without even needing to show proof — they can be released immediately rather than being arrested.

“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions,” Mr. Judd testified to the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. “That fact is well known in other countries.”

"Rainforest regrowth boosts carbon capture, study shows"

BBC: Newly grown rainforests can absorb 11 times as much carbon from the atmosphere as old-growth forests, a study has shown.

The researchers have produced a map showing regions in Latin America where regrowing rainforests would deliver the greatest benefits.

However, they added that old-growth forests still needed to be protected as they locked away vast amount of carbon.

Details of the study have been published in the journal Nature. (read more)

Bird Set Free


Too bad. Cannot see it here. 

The video is a segment of the television show "Ellen." I'm glad that I happened to catch this segment by accident because it is fascinating. The woman's voice is impressive. This video is better than the music file because the vocal tracks are not overlapped and the vocal more real.

It is a strange video. Woman singing standing spotlit in the corner of an empty room with disguised face and distracting headdress. A single window. The dancer wears the same unnatural wig. Near the end of the song the singer reveals herself coloratura by wailing the scale twice with such ease you hardly notice she hits each note perfectly with intensity and great emotion, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, and the dancer dives through the window. 

Ellen hoots and leaps to the stage, turns out Sia is personal friend and as the segment winds down the dancer pokes his head up through the window to join Ellen and Sia in conversation on stage. 

Then back from commercial sitting for interview we see Sia personality come through her disguise, her sweetness comes across even though only the lower portion of her face is natural and she's wearing an oversized bow on top of her wig disguising her face that doubles the whole mass. Sweet, very sweet, and even with all that not at all remote or weird.

When asked about her album she answers, "You know how you have little bits of this and that in your refrigerator that you know you could bring out and do something spectacular with because you know you're just such great chef." She sweetly dismissed her entire creative process as leftovers after having just blown us away. 

Comments to the video joke about the dancer. They've seen this setup before, room, corner, window, in other videos. In previous videos the dancer is a young girl dressed similarly with similar wig. The girl turns out to be Maddie from Dancing Moms. Maddie is the girl dancer shown prancing around a room earlier at Lem's here

The joke were: What happened to Maddie? Puberty. 

YouTube commenters follow all these people closely. They know who the male dance is. He has his own following. His own success on competition dance television. They know all the people in all of the videos. 

Frankly, I think the girls do much better at dancing to the song. Even when they're dancing to another song. This is a video with audio swap. A fan likes this song with this dancer. It is the best of all.

SNL performance with female dancer, and bonus Trump intro.

Yet another male, also in his underwear, outside in Argentina with penguins. It says official video but it cannot be. He has a message at the end of it for viewers like myself fascinated with this song and with this singer and also fascinated with the fascination this song and Sia's act invokes in others. A very long message follows, longer than the video, about being yourself because there is only one you and everything is possible his being there one with the penguins in Argentina being one point in fact. All this delivered in his underwear with penguins out of doors in Argentina. He wants us to know his ass exercises are available at the link. 

Comments to his video talk about how great the ass exercizes are, and from the lyrics, more jokes about how his ass sets them free. 

The song resonates with birds setting themselves free. 

"Is porn a public health crisis?"

CSM: Utah lawmakers are considering making it the first state to declare pornography a public health crisis, similar to cigarettes. State Sen. Todd Weiler (R) recently introduced a legislative resolution that would recognize a range of “societal harms” from the pornography “epidemic.”

“I’m hoping this will start educating people that pornography is actually addictive, that it’s harmful to families and relationships,” says Senator Weiler in a phone interview.

Weiler acknowledges First Amendment rights to make and view pornography. Although the resolution does not put forward any particular policy solution, he says he ultimately “would like to see the US work toward an Internet that is porn free unless you opt into it.”

The proposal has rekindled age-old cultural battles over sexual norms and morality – but it also pushes the conversation into a broader framework.

Some critics of the Utah resolution see it as yet another conservative attempt to shore up heterosexual marriage as the acceptable context for sex. A headline ridiculed it as “porn hysteria.” But where some see an effort to reframe conservative morality under the guise of public health, crafters of the legislation point to issues from elementary school age children accessing hard-core porn to cases of sex trafficking and child abuse. (read more)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mickey Kaus Calls Rubio the New John Edwards?

Noted Blogger Heads contributor and Anti-Immigration blogger Mickey Kraus termed Marco Rubio the "New John Edwards" in an email to Briebart News.

In a post today on Briebart Kaus is qouted as saying:

"“Rubio’s the GOP John Edwards,” Kaus tweeted. “Both Rubio and Edwards have the gift of gab, which only takes you so far.”
In an email to Breitbart News, Kaus elaborated on the comparison: “I remember seeing John Edwards talk in New Hampshire in ’04. Great stump speech, but even with questions he didn’t add much more. Left you feeling hungry. I didn’t admit it to myself at the time but it was a signal Edwards was a lightweight (even without the later scandal). I get the same impression watching Rubio, even when I can distance myself from his amnesty betrayal.”


From my personal collection of political buttons
It's 1972 all over again with Sanders as McGovern and Hillary as Nixon, so here's a great song from 1972:

Lyrics after the jump. Go on, test yourself. Did you really know 'em all these years?

Doody where are you? A nation turns it's lonely eyes to you!

A man is a sum of all his parts!

It is a well know fact. Something to ponder this primary season. Just sayn'

Surprise RJ!

"Surprise RJ!"

"Peek a boo you bastard!"

"I'mmmmmmm back!"

"You are gonna be on Nancy Grace every night for the next year."

"You are gonna have to look at Greta Van Susterns ugly monkey face every night!"

"Your life is gonna be a living hell you scum bag."

"Best Picture Winners According to Rotten Tomatoes"

  • Just 23 selections would stay the same, meaning the Academy gets 26% of its selections correct.
  • Last year would have seen Selma selected, rather than Birdman.
  • We would have three foreign winners of the award (Grand IllusionZ and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) rather than our current zero.
  • We would have two animated winners (in back to back years from Up and Toy Story 3) rather than our current zero.
  • 1994’s hotly debated win by Forrest Gump is now awarded to either of its highly touted competition, Pulp Fiction or The Shawshank Redemption, but rather Robert Redford’sQuiz Show.
  • Martin Scorsese would lose his only awarded Best Picture from The Departed, but he would win his nominations from Taxi DriverRaging Bull and Goodfellas.
  • Cinematic giants Gone with the WindBen-HurWest Side StoryThe Godfather Part IIand Titanic all lose their awards.
Certainly under this system, the Academy have a spotty record. No decade saw more than four correct selections, and the 2000s saw just one award stay with its winner (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). My research even caused me to contact Rotten Tomatoes themselves to enquire about their ‘Certified Fresh’ rating, meaning Mary Poppins may be squeezing its way onto the list to replace Dr. Strangelove.
Is Rotten Tomatoes’ rating system the ‘be all and end all’? No, but considering it measures the approval of film’s top critics over the world, it may just be the best option. It also, passively, attempts to measure how relevant a film stays following its release. Consider how many films from the 1920s and 30s will have reviews tabulated by Rotten Tomatoes. The greater amount of people who have gone back to review an old film surely shows a greater cultural relevance from it.

Best Picture Winner by RT Infographic

Sign inside Getting Crabby at the Stern House

Carter: “I think I would choose Trump..."  Did Jimmy Carter just say he’d like Donald Trump to become president?

Not exactly. And only if, you get the feeling, he was down to his very last choice.

Turning to the “almost completely unpredictable” race for the Republican nomination, Carter said he had a “feeling” that Trump’s chances ultimately would “fade away.

When people actually get ready to put on a ballot, ‘This is the person I want to lead me for the next four or eight years, I think they’ll have a little different opinion,’” Carter said.

Still, better him than Ted Cruz.

If he had to choose between Cruz and Trump for the Republican nomination, Carter chuckled, “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you.”

(It did, judging by the loud laughter from the audience.)

“The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completly malleable,” Carter explained. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”

Obama Visits Mosque: ‘Islam Has Always Been Part of America’

“Islam has always been part of America,” he said, detailing the beginnings of the religion among African slaves brought to America. He also pointed out that Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Virginia statute for religious freedom that the “Mohammedan” should have his faith protected in the United States.
“The very word Islam comes from ‘Salam’ – peace,” he said. “The standard greeting is ‘As-Salaam-Alaikum’ – ‘Peace be upon you,’” he explained. “Like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity. “Whoever wants to enter paradise, the prophet Mohammad taught, let him treat people the way he would love to be treated,” he said as the audience applauded.
“For Christians like myself, I’m assuming that sounds familiar,” he continued.

"Feds fight disclosure of Hillary Clinton Whitewater indictment drafts"

Politico: The National Archives is fighting a lawsuit trying to force disclosure of several draft indictments of Hillary Clinton prepared by a Whitewater prosecutor in the 1990s.

In a brief filed late Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers and the Archives argue that disclosure of the draft indictments would lead to an unwarranted invasion of Clinton's privacy and violate a court rule protecting grand jury secrecy.

"Despite the role that Mrs. Clinton occupied as the First Lady during President Clinton's administration, Mrs. Clinton maintains a strong privacy interest in not having information about her from the files of the Independent Counsel disclosed," wrote Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Archives "special access" branch that stores records of former independent counsels. "As an uncharged person, Hillary Rodham Clinton retains a significant interest in her personal privacy despite any status as a public figure."

The conservative group Judicial Watch, which filed suit for the records in October under the Freedom of Information Act, is arguing that Clinton's ongoing bid for the presidency reinforces the public interest in records about her alleged misconduct.

"She's one of the most well-known women in the world, seeking the office of the presidency and her privacy interests outweigh the public interest in knowing what's in that indictment? It's absurd and it's shameful that the administration is proposing this," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in an interview. "This is a political decision to protect her candidacy—because it is laughable, legally."

The Archives and Justice Department were dismissive about the impact of Clinton's presidential bid on public access to the records.

"While there may be a scintilla of public interest in these documents since Mrs. Clinton is presently a Democratic presidential candidate, that fact alone is not a cognizable public interest alone under FOIA, as disclosure of the draft indictments would not shed light on what the government is up to," Murphy wrote.

"Her interest in avoiding disclosure of the drafts is not diminished by the fact that she is a former public official who is running for President," Justice Department lawyers added in their brief.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

the History of Japan by Bill Wurtz


"It’s Now Racist to Wear Toe Rings"

National Review Online: Yep. According to the article’s author, Aarti Olivia, wearing these kinds of jewelry amounts to an appropriation of South Asian culture.

Olivia explains that in her culture, “it has been traditionally expected that married women wear bangles,” and that although that tradition is no longer “imposed upon women,” they do “wear them for religious or festive occasions.”

“In pop culture, you have probably seen the likes of Iggy Azalea and Selena Gomez wear them for music videos and performances,” Olivia writes. And that, she continues, is not okay.

In fact, according to Olivia, there is only one very specific situation in which a non-South Asian person such as a yucky whitey can wear this type of bracelet: “If you are in attendance of a Hindu friend’s matrimonial functions and the dress code is Indian ethnic — but [yes, there’s more!] be sure to check with your host first.”

He's tanned, rested and ready......

Why not?

They might be Giants?

Superbowl 50 is almost here!

Who do you like?

I don't give a crap because the Giants are out of it. No I take that back. I want Payton to lose so Eli can still stick his two rings in his face.

Marco Rubio........Male Gigolo

It is pretty amusing to see how all of the FOX commenters and various and sundry Republican and Conservative Luminaries are falling all over themselves to tongue bath Marco Rubio. Even Rush Limbaugh got into the act. He praised Marco as a "True conservative" which I guess is the same thing as being a "True Yankee." Of course there are all kinds of "True Yankees." There are your Mickey Mantles and Derek Jeters. And then there are your Horace Clarkes and Rusty Torres.

Rubio is now the preferred candidate of everyone who wants the Republicans to lose the election. Almost every pundit is telling all of the rest of the field to drop out and leave the field clear for Marco. Even Jeb is getting pressure to drop out and he is pissed. He can't believe that he is being replaced by a Hispanic immigrant to the party.

Hey Jeb what's the big deal. So you are losing your job. It's an act of love baby. Step aside. It's your duty.

Sarah Palin exposes dirty dirty politics! February 3, 2016

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin posted the following to her Facebook page:

Dirty Politics: Witnessing Firsthand It’s Always Heartbreaking, Never Surprising
Thank heavens Donald Trump opened so many eyes to the lies, corruption and total lack of accountability that come so naturally to the permanent political class. And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  was spot on when he once noted that “millions of Americans are asking for accountability and truth.” Which is why it’s so curious – and saddens us – this lack of accountability with the lies of Cruz’s own campaign.

Cruz’s campaign chairman, U.S. Representative Rep. Steve King (R-IA), is lying, and good for Dr. Ben Carson for calling this out. King, who’s previously asked for and received my endorsement, time and resources to support his own election, is still lying about my altruistic support of Mr. Trump, and he’s refused to provide any evidence to the contrary. And, this U.S. Congressman actually lied to his own constituents on behalf of Cruz, regarding a good man, Dr. Carson. He told voters Carson was dropping out of the Presidential race immediately before the Iowa caucus, causing a relative uproar inside the process, so the word would spread and he could rack up more votes for his candidate, Cruz. That’s a dirty trick. Dr. Carson deserved better. The voters deserved better!

Rand Paul says No Mas!

Rand Paul has announced that he is suspending his campaign and ending his run for the Presidency so he can concentrate on running for the Senate in Kentucky. That seems like a smart move as his campaign did not seem to catch fire and he is too far back in the pack to move up in New Hampshire.

Ted Cruz the current front runner tweeted a sincere and well meaning congratulation to Senator Paul complimenting him on his run and the issues that he brought to the fore. That was very nice of him.

Senator Cruz is also nothing but helpful so he also tweeted up a storm today. He tweeted that Doctor Carson was quitting to take the place of Steve Harvey at the next beauty pageant since he can actually read a cue card. Senator Cruz also congratulated Senator Rubio for dropping out of the race to open a string of salsa dance studios in South Florida. And congratulated Chris Christie in his new job as CEO of Dunkin Donuts. However his tweet about Donald Trump seems suspect to me.

Is Donald Trump dropping out of the race so he can run for the Presidency of the Hair Club for Men?

"...Democratic Party eating itself like a snake that loves science and Planned Parenthood"

 "For many of us, it's not simply politics as usual. It's very personal.

For me, the backlash against Hillary Clinton feels very, very personal.

Can you imagine how absolutely infuriating it must be for Hillary to have to work so hard to be likable, but strong? Hip, but above the need to be seen as cool? For everything she says to be perfect because she'd be crucified otherwise, meanwhile Bernie Sanders could say pretty much anything he wants and it would be seen as the goddamn revolution? I'm so infuriated on her behalf. Because what you like about Bernie, what they like about Trump, she doesn't get to do that. She doesn't get to be all wild hair and yelling. Do I wish different? Of course. And the first female president would go a long way toward making that difference possible."

Cultured meat

The Good Food Institute: As shown in this video, Memphis Meats is already growing real meat in small quantities using cells from cows, pigs, and chickens. The company’s first products—hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs—will be developed using recipes perfected over a half century by award-winning chefs. The founders expect to have products to market in less than five years.

“This is absolutely the future of meat,” said Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti, M.D. “We plan to do to the meat industry what the car did to the horse and buggy. Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable.”

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who provided $330,000 to fund the world’s first cultured hamburger, describes cultured meat as a technology with “the capability to transform how we view our world.”

Explains Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute, “Cultured meat is sustainable, creates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional meat, is safer, and doesn’t harm animals. For people who want to eat meat, cultured meat is the future.” (read more)

Sleeping in the office

This is how a pro does it.

"Kerry sent 'secret' email to Clinton from personal account"

The largely redacted May 19, 2011, email from Kerry — then the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee — “was sent from a non-official account,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.
That account, Kirby added “is no longer active.”
The message referenced India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was classified for containing information about foreign governments and U.S. foreign relations.
“We all know this will be a troubled relationship because that is it’s [sic] nature,” he wrote in one unredacted section. “But there are real possibilities at this moment to put options to the test.”
Kerry’s email was classified at the “secret” level, which is a higher level than “confidential” but lower than “top secret”
A note at the bottom of the message indicates that it was sent from Kerry’s iPad.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"At least now I have a social-justice reason to hate this song"

NRO: According to posters placed around the University of Oklahoma campus by the Gender+Equality Center, Adele’s song “Hello” is one of many songs that “normalize sexual harassment.”

The poster features the phrase “even great songs can normalize sexual harassment” and the lyric of the song that the group has a problem with: “I must have called 1,000 times.” 

Now, maybe I have just a little too much faith in humanity, but I kind of feel like anyone who is not completely stupid would realize that the line is meant to be a hyperbole and that no one is actually calling her ex 1,000 times. 

And, as the Media Research Center points out, even if she was calling her ex literally 1,000 times, it would really just constitute regular harassment and not sexual harassment. (Unless, of course, she was also leaving pornographic voicemails, which I’ve gotta say would be a pretty doggone weird thing for a heartbroken person to do.)

Grease is the Word!

There was a live performance of the musical Grease on FOX that we had taped so we decided to watch it in lieu of following the Iowa primary coverage because it was only the same talking heads saying the same stuff over and over until the votes were in. Both were very disappointing.

You see political correctness mandated that half of the roles be played by black actors. Not that it made any sense in the context of the times that the musical was set in. But you know how it is. There has to be quotas in everything now. I must admit that it really took me out of the show. I had seen the original show on Broadway when it first came out and of course I enjoyed the movie. I love the music as it was my era more or less so that is always fun. It was mindless but a waste of three hours of my life. I look forward to Ms. Saigon being played by Marlon Wayans.

George Will and the staff at the National Review Celebrate Ted Cruz's victory in Iowa!

So Ted Cruz has won the Iowa primary fair and square. Unlike Hillary he did not have to rely on winning 69 coin flips in a row so he deserves congratulations. His ground game was superior and all of the flubs that Donald Trump had with respect to religion led to Cruz dominating the Evangelical vote which is a big segment of the Iowa electorate. It seems that Americans do not have a big  problem with immigrants or people not being born in America as President. After electing a Kenyan the Republicans are well on their way to putting a Canadian forward as their nominee. Plus the attack on "New York Values" seemed to resonate on all of the people who hate New York and New Yorkers. You see them here in the comments all the time spreading their condescension and superiority complexes where they tell you what to think and how to act. This seemed to play well  with the audience in Iowa. That famous Irish drunk Daniel Patrick Moyihan had a term for that.

Trump was very conciliatory in his press conference. He thanked the people of Iowa and said he was honored to place second. He did get more votes than Huckabee did in winning last year and seemed to energize the electorate as the turnout was the largest in history. New Hampshire is next and the polls indicate that Trump has a yuge lead. Of course polls are bullshit so who knows. The election will go on and the race will tighten as more of the also rans drop out. It will be interesting to see if any of the other candidates endorse anyone and if they can transfer the allegiance of their voters.

Cruz won fair and square so congratulations to him. Eh.

Sticker Guy

Everywhere I go this odd fellow is shown. [sticker guy]

He is who I am talking about when I refer to friends who create artistic arrangements of their collection of buttons and trinkets that recall their history of campaigns. Then frame it. The more campaigns then the larger the art. This is one campaign for the lad and he's carried away with stickers. So is the guy next to him. They must do something with these stickers and buttons, ribbons, and styrofoam hats, flags, flyers, posters, and the like. Beads if this were Mardi Gras and to them that is what this is all about, collecting the physical symbols of their historic association. 

He couldn't care less about Hillary hiding her business, our business from her boss and from us illegally and exposing all that to our enemies any more than his concern about those mean old Republican opponents can take him. He probably accepts that as clever. He perfectly describes most everyone that I know.

What was the first hate-bandwagon you jumped in to?

And what was it about?

"Intelligent oil industry worker speaks his mind at Kinder Morgan protests"

Link to story

"US veteran’s children taken away over his use of medical marijuana"

The Guardian: When Raymond Schwab talks about his case, his voice teeters between anger and sadness.

“People who don’t understand the medical value of cannabis are tearing my family apart,” says the Kansas father and US veteran, who has a prescription for marijuana in neighboring Colorado, where it is legal.

Nine months ago, Schwab tried to move to Colorado to grow medical marijuana for fellow veterans. While he and his wife were there preparing for the move, the state of Kansas took five of their children, ages 5 to 16, into custody on suspicion of child endangerment, ensnaring his family in interstate marijuana politics.

Cases like the Schwabs’ have become a lightning rod for marijuana activists and have left courts, family attorneys and Child Protective Services (CPS) unsure of where the lines are drawn in this brave new world of legalized cannabis. (read more)

"Official: Withheld Clinton emails contain 'operational' intel, put lives at risk"

Fox News: Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence” – and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives,” a U.S. government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and was limited in discussing the contents because of their highly classified nature, was referring to the 22 “TOP SECRET” emails that the State Department announced Friday it could not release in any form, even with entire sections redacted.

The official emphasized that the “TOP SECRET” documents were sent over an extended period of time -- from shortly after the server's 2009 installation until early 2013 when Clinton stepped down as secretary of state.

Groundhog Day: Sky is showing a 24-hour marathon of the movie to celebrate

Independent: Today (2 February) is Groundhog Day, the traditional Pennsylvania holiday lived over and over by Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy of the same name.

The schedulers over at Sky sensed an opportunity and are planning on airing the film. Not just once or twice, mind - they're airing the film 13 times in a row.

If you're a die-hard Groundhog Day fan, you'll want to set your alarm for 6:40 AM - that's when the first showing is due to begin - and be prepared to remain awake for quite some time; the final airing is due to finish a whole 24 hours later.

If it's Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" that wakes you up first thing, however, might we suggest you cancel those marathon plans.
The cult comedy was directed by the late Harold Ramis and follows Bill Murray's weatherman who is caught in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over until he gets it right.

Independent: Today (2 February) is Groundhog Day, the traditional Pennsylvania holiday lived over and over by Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy of the same name.

The schedulers over at Sky sensed an opportunity and are planning on airing the film. Not just once or twice, mind - they're airing the film 13 times in a row.

If you're a die-hard Groundhog Day fan, you'll want to set your alarm for 6:40 AM - that's when the first showing is due to begin - and be prepared to remain awake for quite some time; the final airing is due to finish a whole 24 hours later.

If it's Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" that wakes you up first thing, however, might we suggest you cancel those marathon plans.
The cult comedy was directed by the late Harold Ramis and follows Bill Murray's weatherman who is caught in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over until he gets it right.

Independent: Today (2 February) is Groundhog Day, the traditional Pennsylvania holiday lived over and over by Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy of the same name.

The schedulers over at Sky sensed an opportunity and are planning on airing the film. Not just once or twice, mind - they're airing the film 13 times in a row.

If you're a die-hard Groundhog Day fan, you'll want to set your alarm for 6:40 AM - that's when the first showing is due to begin - and be prepared to remain awake for quite some time; the final airing is due to finish a whole 24 hours later.

If it's Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" that wakes you up first thing, however, might we suggest you cancel those marathon plans.
The cult comedy was directed by the late Harold Ramis and follows Bill Murray's weatherman who is caught in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over until he gets it right.

Independent: Today (2 February) is Groundhog Day, the traditional Pennsylvania holiday lived over and over by Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy of the same name.

The schedulers over at Sky sensed an opportunity and are planning on airing the film. Not just once or twice, mind - they're airing the film 13 times in a row.

If you're a die-hard Groundhog Day fan, you'll want to set your alarm for 6:40 AM - that's when the first showing is due to begin - and be prepared to remain awake for quite some time; the final airing is due to finish a whole 24 hours later.

If it's Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" that wakes you up first thing, however, might we suggest you cancel those marathon plans.
The cult comedy was directed by the late Harold Ramis and follows Bill Murray's weatherman who is caught in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over until he gets it right.

Independent: Today (2 February) is Groundhog Day, the traditional Pennsylvania holiday lived over and over by Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy of the same name.

The schedulers over at Sky sensed an opportunity and are planning on airing the film. Not just once or twice, mind - they're airing the film 13 times in a row.

If you're a die-hard Groundhog Day fan, you'll want to set your alarm for 6:40 AM - that's when the first showing is due to begin - and be prepared to remain awake for quite some time; the final airing is due to finish a whole 24 hours later.

If it's Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" that wakes you up first thing, however, might we suggest you cancel those marathon plans.
The cult comedy was directed by the late Harold Ramis and follows Bill Murray's weatherman who is caught in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over until he gets it right.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Iowa Caucus: Kids table running ~8-2 Bernie

Jonah Goldberg on Trump

"[O]n Twitter the other day... Donald Trump tweeted: “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”

I was mildly surprised by the number of people who thought Trump’s tweet was clever. But I was truly stunned by the number of idiots who thought he wasn’t calling Megyn Kelly a bimbo. His whole shtick is that he’s a warrior against political correctness. He wasn’t invoking political correctness as a legitimate thing, he was sarcastically hiding behind it. People not enthralled with Trump recognize this as smarmy cowardice.

Indeed, they would see it plainly if I were to tweet, “I’m not going to call Donald Trump an adulterous cad. That would be politically incorrect. So I’ll just say he’s a moral lightweight!”

The difference of course is that there’s no evidence that Kelly is a bimbo. There’s ample evidence that Trump cheated on his wife and slept with many married women. What’s the evidence? His own, boastful (!) testimony for starters.

My favorite part is that Trump’s “bimbo” tweet came immediately after one in which he condemned Fox’s response to his debate boycott as a “disgrace.” He added, “Who would ever say something so nasty and dumb?

The almost Caligulan narcissism on display here is now familiar to everyone. The truly creepy part is how many conservatives overlook it or celebrate it. The slightest insult to the Donald arouses outrage and dismay from his digital court sycophants, but when he behaves like a boorish and childish lout, all praise and honor is due!

...And as someone who sincerely believes William F. Buckley was the most well-mannered man I’ve ever met, I’d hate to see conservatives defenestrate good manners in their indulgence of populist hysteria."

Moses Williams, one-string guitar

It's pretty awesome how I came across Mr. Williams. I stumbled across his tombstone, it reads:
I took a picture because it's at a county cemetery in Bartow, Fl, Shady Oaks Cemetery , makes me wonder why and how this man with such great talent could be buried away in a cemetery that's so isolated and not maintained at all and everyone has forgotten about him.
That is from YouTube comments. All of the comments on YouTube are kind, they all say, "fascinating," "awesome," "mind blown," "astonishing," and "wonderful."

The British kids showed the video a few days ago. I didn't care to look at it. They titled it, "the most basic blues" and that did not interest me, however their intense interest in the video then did make it interesting to me. Their comments are similar to YouTube comments.

Frankly, the video is boring. Most of the video shows Moses tearing off the wire from a broom. He takes a very long time to do this, skip, skip, skippy, skip, talking throughout while digging at the tightly wound wire with a claw hammer. He's after the wire. Not the stick.

At length, great length, 20 minutes of wire digging, he attaches the wire to screws drilled into both ends of a narrow hollow door. He uses two bridges shoved between wire and door near the screw. He takes time to adjust his bridges,  a whiskey bottle for one bridge and a bent tin for another. He plays the string with another thin bottle and his fingers and pats the door. He sets his fingers upon the string making it hum and buzz and thump the door and the whole room is filled with beat rhythm and melody.He plays at the very beginning of the video and at the end and that's all we're having of his music and wanting more. The video is him talking while digging at a broom. This is Americana that the British kids are grasping and YouTube commenters are appreciating.

It seems, everyone gets more out of this than I. This is what people do to have fun when no proper instruments are around. He does it impressively well. The whole time I was thinking, Jeeze, go to Home Depot and get yourself a roll of wire.

Role reversal at its best

The atheist capital of America

Market Watch: If you don’t believe in God, you might want to move to the Pacific Northwest.

Portland, Ore., is No. 1 on the list of metropolitan areas with the most religiously unaffiliated residents (42%), according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas, a survey of 50,000 people. Seattle and San Francisco were tied at second place (with 33%) on the list, and Denver (32%) and Phoenix (26%) were third and fourth.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nashville was the metropolitan area with the fewest people without any religious affiliation (15%), followed by Charlotte, N.C. (17%), and Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando and Pittsburgh (all with 18%).

Why the regional differences? “Portland is quirky and different, and very attractive to people who may not feel comfortable in other social environments, particularly with a stigma against those who are atheists,” says Daniel Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute. In fact, “The Big Sort,” a 2008 book by Bill Bishop, documented the “clustering” of like-minded Americans around politics and culture. While 94% of people said they would vote for a Catholic for president and only 5% say they would not, 54% said they would vote for an atheist while 43% said they would not, a nationwide 2014 Gallup survey found.

"Chilean miner WEDS the woman who fell in love with him...."

" she watched his dramatic rescue on TV"

A Chilean miner who was trapped underground for 69 days in 2010 has married the woman who fell in love with him after watching his miraculous rescue on TV.

As soon as she saw him being rescued, German secretary Melanie Mayer, who was holding her breath on television 8,000 miles away, felt a connection, as she told the Mirror.

'I knew he had a good soul,' the 36-year-old single mum said. 'When he smiled, I felt the strong, warm rays emanating from him. 'As crazy as it sounds, I fell in love. That's the way it was.'

The woman tracked him down on Facebook and though initially Daniel thought it was a prank, their relationship started to take off. 'We started to write to each other and she told me she was attracted to me,' Daniel said.

'I didn't believe it. I thought it was a game, a joke. I didn't believe in love on the net.'

Daniel says that Melanie helped him overcome his trauma. When he had nightmares about what happened 'she just took me in her arms and all was fine'.

"Donald Trump tries to put money on Communion plate"

The Telegraph: On Sunday the Republican front-runner, who is a Presbyterian, attended a non-denominational church with his wife Melania in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

He took Communion but momentarily became confused and tried to put some money on one of the silver plates being passed around.

"I thought it was for offering," he explained and laughed.

The pastor told Mr Trump that "Jesus will guide your decisions". Mr Trump replied: "Thank you, I need that."

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A look back: Laura Bush's Diary

So I was in the sun room getting a bikini wax from Jeb’s daughter when W burst into the room. You see Jeb’s girl learned all about that from the time she was in prison for the drug thing and took up with this hairstylist girl from Oakland and all. Plus her momma worked in a salon in Tijuana before she hooked up with that sumbitch Jeb. She was a shampoo girl and they said she could really manipulate a hose if you know what I mean.

Anyhoo W burst in all hot and bothered. “Laura you won’t believe what just happened?” “What did they take a picture of Barry bowing to the Chinese take out delivery guy again?” “No, Bubba had a heart attack and they rushed him to the hospital…maybe you should give Hil a call?” “Oh that’s terrible W…I will get on the hotline right away.”

Now most people don’t realize that Hil and I have become pretty good friends over the years. I mean she used to attack us and criticize W all the time when she was Senator but that was all political bullshit that we didn’t take seriously. You see we had an unbreakable bond because of the First Ladies Traveling Underpants. When you share a secret that goes back to the founding of the republic you can gloss over little things like political posturing and sound bites. When the rubber hits the cootch you know that you have more in common than most and can understand the other girl’s point of view.

So I got on the phone and after a few minutes I got Hillary on the secret line. “Hil what happened? Is Bubba ok?” “Oh he’s fine that big phony” Hillary said. “He just got himself all excited because he was hanging out with those bitches from the Jersey Shore and Snookie got in the hot tub with him and took off her top. Then he grabbed his chest and they took him in for test.” “I heard they had to put in stints.” “Yeah they put stints in his dick the bastard. The Viagra is starting to wear off and he needs the stiffener if you know what I mean. I am so glad I switched teams.” “What did you say Hil?” “Oh nothing just that I had to root for the dog ass Jets this year. I might have to go back to New York you know if fucking Urkel doesn’t give me something to do soon.” “Oh I am sure you will be alright. Don’t sweat it.”

I went into the library to tell W and his Dad what had happened. Poppy and the bug eyed twat were visiting again and they were hanging out in the study as far away from nasty old Barb as they could. Luckily the Luche Libre from Mexico was on and she was eating chicken wings and drinking PBR in the family room. So that would occupy her for a while.

“Don’t worry boys, Bubba is fine. He just got a little excited cause he was fooling around with that bouton Snookie in the hot tub and had a little accident. But they fixed right up and everything is fine.” “Thank God” said Poppy Bush. “I would have hated to have to go through the same thing we had to do with Rocky.” “What’s that Dad” said W. “Have to sit through six sequels that get progressively shittier?” “No, not that Rocky, you know Rockefeller. Nelson Rockefeller. The governor of New York back in the day.” “What are you talking about Pop” I said. ”I bet there is a good story attached to that.”