Saturday, February 13, 2016

"The stables have turned" or There is a GOP Debate on tonight, if you want to say something about it.

"Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead"

"I was told it was this morning," Biery said of Scalia's death. "It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it's pretty vague right now as to how," he said. "My reaction is it's really unfortunate with any death. And now, politically, in the presidential cycle we're in my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected." 
The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation.
Officials with the law enforcement agencies declined to comment.
A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes.

When you tell the truth and throw political correctness out the will get a lot of support

This is the ad that Donald Trump is running in South Carolina. It is a story that Trump brought to the table that everyone else will ignore. Or cover up.

I guess that Jeb would call the murder of Jamiel Shaw a "Act of Love." Marco will tell us there is nothing we can do about it. John Kascih will tell us that we are not good Christians if we don't give full bennies and accept every diseased criminal that sneak over the border. Obama and Hillary and Bernie will tell us we have to let in more immigrants because that is "who we are." In fact Bernie says he will grant citizenship to all the illegals with a "stroke of a pen" if he is elected President.

Did you read the story about the Los Zetas Narco-terrorists in the Mexican state of Coahuila? It seems that they murdered thousands of innocent people who got in their way with the aid of corrupt Mexican politicians and police. Then they cremated the bodies to get rid of the evidence. Hmmmm. That reminds me of someone. I can't put my finger on it but it does sort of sound familiar. Whatever. There will never be a question about this in any of the debates. It is off the radar and will stay that way. Republican Big Business interest and vote hungry racialist Democratic politicians will join forces to suppress this and facilitate unrestrained immigration to take jobs away from the American People. The duopoly will do what it does.

Betting on election outcomes

Recently I caught a tech program hosted by John Stossel that talked about betting on predictions, which he claimed yielded the wisdom of the crowd in predicting winners. At one time the government looked into crowd-prediction betting to help foresee events of war, terrorism, etc., but the kibosh was put on it by outraged senators.

While looking for Stossel's tech program, I came across the predictions he touted the afternoon of the Iowa Caucuses. He jauntily said how well prediction markets do, pooh-poohed polling that was saying Hillary and Bernie were neck-in-neck, and said the prediction markets were breaking 70-30 for Hillary.

Betting markets are illegal in the US, so Stossel has created his own site, based on British crowd-prediction odds: .

"The secret anti-languages you're not supposed to know"

BBC future: Could you erectify a luxurimole flackoblots? Have you hidden your chocolate cake from Penelope? Or maybe you’re just going to vada the bona omi?

If you understand any of these sentences, you speak an English “anti-language”. Since at least Tudor times, secret argots have been used in the underworld of prisoners, escaped slaves and criminal gangs as a way of confusing and befuddling the authorities.

Thieves’ Cant, Polari, and Gobbledygook (yes, it’s a real form of slang) are just a few of the examples from the past – but anti-languages are mercurial beasts that are forever evolving into new and more vibrant forms.

A modern anti-language could very well be spoken on the street outside your house. Unless you yourself are a member of the “anti-society”, the strange terms would sound like nonsense. Yet those words may have nevertheless influenced your swear words, the comedy you enjoy and the music on your iPod – without you even realising the shady interactions that shaped them. (please read the whole thing)

"Craigslist robbery gone wrong"

PIX11: Police sources say the Sam, 17, connected with a Pierre, known as "Phil" on Craigslist, who was selling a pair of Air Jordan sneakers earlier that day Friday.

They met about 1 p.m. near Avenue M and East 84th Street in Canarsie, where the Sam got into Pierre's Honda Pilot and pulled out a gun, a police source said. The teen allegedly stole the Jordan Retro 8 sneakers and then walked away.

Sam managed to make it only about 100 yards when the 39-year-old driver made a U-turn, stepped on the gas, striking Sam. The teen was pinned against the fence and his right arm was severed "completely," a police source told PIX11.

"He technically did disarm him," a police source said.

Missing his arm, Sam tried to jump on an MTA bus, where he demanded a MetroCard. Just then, Pierre yanked the teenager off the bus and told the driver he'd robbed him. Then Sam escaped his clutches again and ran home, where he collapsed in front, a police source said.

An ambulance took Sam— and his severed arm — to a Brookdale Hospital. The teen was listed as critical but stable condition. Doctors tried to surgically reattach his arm Friday night.

The driver faces an attempted murder charge. His relatives said his actions were done in self-defense.

"He was just there to help support his family," Pierre's cousin said. "What would you do if someone pulled a gun on you?"

Unable to ever appear on a substantive news program, Mr. Primetime goes on Fallon, Ellen, and Univision.

Never asked a direct or difficult question during his entire two terms, I see this shallow, cowardly, fraud doing things like basketball picks and stupid YouTube videos. Never has the Presidency been so damaged. Never has America looked weaker. Never has such a child been propped and powered up to appear "he's running things." He runs nothing in this country but his lie filled mouth. Mamma Jarret and those in his rarified bubble is running the show,[sic] and he does what they tell him to do. Can not WAIT until this disaster is out. Of course he will be the most insufferable, rude, loud mouth Ex-President sharp shooting the new President from the sidelines. Unlike BUSH who shut up, he won't. He's too into Hollywood and the spotlight to just go away with his Beefeater wife.

Wow. But what does gin have to do with it? This is a comment among hundreds of similar brought by Drudge to's piece about Obama complaining on the Ellen Show how Washington is depressing.

You can imagine what the short ones say.

The best defense so far seems, "Oh Jeeze, look what Drudge brings." The commenter can dismiss the whole thing, dismiss the article and dismiss all opposition as simply more partisan views such as his own. It's all Drudge and nothing of value. as I would think oh it's all Huffington Post so consider the source.

Category B. Women and her activities, Gardiner list of signs

B is a short category. Women get the short shrift in Egyptian hieroglyphics. The sign list prepared by Hoch for his class uses only 7 so it's shown more slowly. But that doesn't mean women are not important to Egyptians. This figure B1 gets drawn a lot.

That is Hoch's sign list used to teach Middle Egyptian drawn from Gardiner's sign list.

Below is the B category from JSesh program drawn from Manuel de Codage also based on Gardner's sign list, enlarging Gardiner's list by subsequent linguists. It lists 106 different hieroglyphs for activities of women.

The F31 sign is three fox skins tied together for the value "MS" or "mes" meaning birth. It is unknown why the sign of three fox skins tied together is associated with birth. I've seen a photo of North African hut used as a birthing hut by the women with fox skins draped over the doorway. It is believed the fox skins ward off or distract or screen flies during birth. My Google Fu fails me, I can find no such photo example now. It was a video of a women going in and out of a hut with fox skins tied over the door, but spread out and not tied and arranged as the hieroglyphic. It is the single example I've seen. It is an important sign having to do with women and birth and the matriarchy. It appears in names a lot such as Rameses. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

WKRLEM: Boko Haram protests the violence of those dirty Christians!


Oh sorry. It sounds the same. I always mix them up.

Although how could they be more different? I mean are they ever going to be called a whiter shade of pale?

Red Heads are just trouble

Kitty Russell: Matt, you can't account for everything that happens to people who touch you. You know, I learned a long time ago, there are some things in this life that you just accept the way they are.
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: That's pretty deep for a redhead. 
Kitty Russell: I'm a pretty deep redhead. 
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: Good to know. Next time I will tie a plank across my ass so I won't fall in. 
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: I hear that's how they got John Wesley Hardin.
(Gunsmoke, Directors Cut 1955)

This is why Weiner had to whack his bag on his cellphone texts.

Huma is the tops. Or she is a top. Or something.

We definitely should vote for someone who has a girlfriend who is a direct pipeline to the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam.

Marilyn's Diary

I could never understand why Uncle Herman left us to run away with Carol Herman. After all he had access to my nubile teenage body. I would never deny him. Whatever outré position or practice he would come up with was fine with me.

What really confused me was how he left Aunt Lily. She had a rockin' body for a woman who was 562 years old. She kept trying to spice up their marriage. She would wear these outrageous outfits to try to spark Uncle Herman's interest. But nothing seemed to work.

I must confess that when she paraded around in her favorite bat bra I got a little wet. I couldn't help it.

You see I also loved my Aunt Lily.

Knish Poetry with Mustard on the side!

And if you ever reconsider
you will get no chicken dinner

And if there is a place in time
you will not find not foot nor rhyme

And do come now I won't be long
for I am late to ring my gong

And don't you waste your good knish
or I will cut you like a snitch

So write your books and read your poem
oh that is Bernie I hardly know 'em

First Jew president
will it set a precedent?

Brief Scandinavian Tour

Escaping politics, controlling my thoughts, I took up a long neglected crossword puzzle languishing in a file. That is the title of the puzzle, "Brief Scandinavian Tour."

I must think of doing this with my father. I imagine explaining to him how to approach these things. Let's escape for a minute, pretend you're my Dad and I'm explaining to you how to approach a NYT puzzle. He resists because he thinks they're filled with scary erudite things that are inaccessible. But that is not so.

The title should be a great disguised clue. We cannot make heads or tails of the title. It doesn't help us one bit. In the crossword world "brief" connotes abbreviation. This is most likely a puzzle containing Scandinavian abbreviations. Expect it to be loaded with things like  SAL, the airlines, I think, LEGO, IKEA and the like. I don't know.

Our goal is discover how the main entries relate to the title. That's all.

We don't care about the whole rest of the puzzle.

We don't care about it anymore than we care about the scaffolding used to create a domed building, or the armature used for a statue. It's utilitarian. The juice of the puzzle is in the main entries. Solve those and we win.

And the whole time we're thinking, "brief Scandinavian tour" as co-clue for each main entry. How does this fit with "brief Scandinavian tour?"

Turns out the construction entries are easy. Too easy. So easy it makes me wonder if this is a Monday puzzle or possibly a Tuesday. Surely not Wednesday level.

It goes very quickly, it looks like NORWAY something. The clue is about the largest naval base in the world. The end is garbed so must be solved tediously and completely to get off Europe and accept the United States, the answer is NORFORKVIRGINIA.

NORFORK is Scandinavian?

Skipping to the next main entry. Turns out a ridiculously easy giveaway. The clue is explicit and that is unusual, "Thread used to remove plaque from teeth." Clues are never this explicit.

What in DENTALFLOSS is Scandinavian?

DEN. That's all. That's the "brief Scandinavian." Looking back we have NOR and DEN. A tour is developing. The rest will be like this. The remaining countries abbreviated at the beginning like this. All four will match this way.

The next theme entry is also another distressingly simple explicit giveaway clue. "Edible orange tuber" SWEETPOTATO, and now SWE.

Finally the bottom themed clue, straightforward as can be, no misdirection anywhere in this "go easy on 'em" puzzle, "Where social graces are taught" and you're thinking, charm school, dance school, ballet school, FINISHINGSCHOOL for FIN.

Bang, we win. 

But don't you care about all the rest? No. 

But don't you care to cross prove you're right? No.

But don't you want to have a satisfying sense of total completion? Why yes, I do. 

Now time to do something useful like mow the yard or wash the truck. 

It feels good to be a Clinton

"Teen girl sent by Boko Haram rips off suicide vest, refuses to bomb refugee camp"

"Girl was among thousands held captive for months by extremist group, local government official says"
Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, a young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.
Her two companions, however, completed their grisly mission earlier this week and walked into a crowd of hundreds at Dikwa refugee camp in northeast Nigeria and blew themselves up, killing 58 people.
Later found by local self-defence forces, the girl's tearful account is one of the first indications that at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware that they are about to die and kill others.
"She said she was scared because she knew she would kill people. But she was also frightened of going against the instructions of the men who brought her to the camp," said Modu Awami, a self-defence fighter who helped question the girl.
This girl should a medal or something.

"Dem debate: Fierce grilling except for emails, FBI, Top Secret, Benghazi, debt and…."

Investors Business Daily:   Of the 16,000 words uttered by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and moderators Gwen Ifil and Judy Woodruff, not one of them concerned Clinton’s deepening email scandal. Not one mention of the words email, e-mail, private server or FBI.

Not a single media question or opponent mention of the huge legal cloud hanging over the party’s presumptive nominee. Nor of the ongoing FBI investigation into unauthorized use of her unsecured private email server for government business, including loose handling of Top Secret documents endangering national security intelligence-gathering and covert operations. (read more)
ht AllenS

Jobs moving to Mexico

Link to news story.

"Why Obama says 'That's not who we are'"

USA Today Opinion: Simply put, “that’s not who we are” performs a very difficult rhetorical maneuver: It’s a way to call a policy, idea, or person un-American without using that harsh term. It subtly conveys what would otherwise be an incendiary claim.

Calling people un-American, or challenging their love for America, thus runs afoul of liberal lore and Obama’s own rhetorical code. So he reaches for a subtle phrase with less baggage.
“That’s not who we are” implicitly accuses political opponents of being apart from the American ideal, of being “other.” There’s no argument for why the targets are un-American, or what they are instead (Communist? Kenyan? Canadian?). It’s enough for those five syllables to challenge the American-ness of whatever idea or policy the president dislikes, and the informal language makes the act of exclusion hard to detect, a stealth test of national identity.
Obama is certainly justified in making claims based on specifically American values. But it is important to recognize that this is what he’s doing, because accusing others of being “un-American” diverges from his party’s history and his earlier rhetoric.
In their own minds, that’s not who they are.

Unusually agitated sunset

Craft activity, Valentine's Day card

To begin we must buy for ourselves or our kids or our grandchildren a package of 110 LB card stock. I bought mine at Sam's Club for $7.00 or $8.00 a package of 250 sheets. The size of a regular ream. I usually buy four reams at a time because I go through this stuff like mad.

Amazon is more expensive. It gets more expensive still and I'm interested in the other types to find out about the differences if any.

Before beginning I want to relate a quick story. Anecdote alert. At age of beginning school my dad came home with a box of paper that was mis-cut for its purpose on the airbase. An expensive mistake. Instead of trashing the whole box dad brought the paper home and gave it to me. It was a full box of like five reams of wrongly cut paper, an incalculable treasure to a 5 year old. When I ran out of ideas of things to draw I asked my parents, "What should I draw next? What should I draw next? What should I draw next? What should I draw next?" I became an aggravation to both of them. They began critiquing the pictures instead of generating new ideas so I'd go back and improve them, going back and forth driving both parents insane until the box of paper was gone. That paper was the best gift I could have received. Ever. It didn't matter to me that the size of each sheet was not standard. That was meaningless to me.

Instead of a toy, buy a gift of a ream of card stock and a set of markers. Let them do whatever they wish. Blank canvas. It really does make an incredible gift.

This card is intended for Valentines day. It is not addressed to anyone in particular. The recipient can repurpose the card if they choose.

Now, you may think you're no good at expressing sentiments. Allow me to assist. Take a moment to think what you feel about this person in the most basic terms. Say, as if you were explaining your feelings to a child. Avoid poetry, avoid intellectualism, put aside everything smart and go thick, think basically, what do you feel?

I love you so hard …

I could …

Burst. Whatever.

The thing about cards is they don't have to be excellent. You're not marketing these. You're just expressing a simple sentiment, fixing it, making it physical. Even if it's stupid. Even if your art skill suck. Even if your art is at the level of a child. It will still work when you give your expression to someone you adore your card will contain and convey more than you know. You really do have no idea how these things affect people. They do. The sillier, the more naïve, the better.

The following is a long essay in photos in an attempt to avoid word descriptions. Our picture is a Valentine dog. We love you like a dog loves you.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jeb shows us what kind of President he would be!

For all you Jeb fans in the prior thread.

Just imagine him with Putin or the Iranians.

Wegdies at the very least.

Donald Trump is pretty confident. He is already announcing his cabinet picks!

He called the mistake a 'screw-up'

"Father found out his daughter was murdered on TV after police forgot to tell him"
David Lowell's 13-year-old daughter, Nicole, had sneaked out of her bedroom in Virginia on 27 January. Despite calling it a "screw-up" - Mr Lowell said the authorities have apologised and he did not blame them for the mistake.
Mr Lowell said he had raised concerns over her chatting to older men online but regrets not putting a stop to it. He told US talk show host Dr Phil: "If I would've been there, maybe she wouldn't have went looking for acceptance from older guys.
"There's regrets that I have that I'll never get over."

"Gravitational waves: discovery hailed as breakthrough of the century"

The Guardian: The announcement is the climax of a century of speculation, 50 years of trial and error, and 25 years perfecting a set of instruments so sensitive they could identify a distortion in spacetime a thousandth the diameter of one atomic nucleus across a 4km strip of laser beam and mirror.
The phenomenon was detected by the collision of two black holes. Using the world’s most sophisticated detector, the scientists listened for 20 thousandths of a second as the two giant black holes, one 35 times the mass of the sun, the other slightly smaller, circled around each other.
At the beginning of the signal, their calculations told them how stars perish: the two objects had begun by circling each other 30 times a second. By the end of the 20 millisecond snatch of data, the two had accelerated to 250 times a second before the final collision and dark merger.
The observation signals the opening of a new window on to the universe.
“This is transformational,” said Prof Alberto Vecchio, of the University of Birmingham, and one of the researchers at Ligo. “This observation is truly incredible science and marks three milestones for physics: the direct detection of gravitational waves, the first detection of a binary black hole, and the most convincing evidence to date that nature’s black holes are the objects predicted by Einstein’s theory.”
Meanwhile... Observations closer to home reveal a long time gravitational wave... if you will.   

Man withdrawing cash from ATM in Thailand.

Jeb's not dead, baby, Jeb's not dead


"If you want someone with a servant’s heart, someone who solves problems, someone focused on applying our conservative principles consistently, then you’re looking at the next president of the United States, with your help.”
-Jeb Bush


My take:

Firstly, 'firstly' is proper usage.

Secondly, I want to give Jeb a hug.

Thirdly, like Trumpians view Trump, I perceive authenticity in Jeb.

Fourthly, I think Jeb will have learned from his brother's mistake of invading a country based on false intel. That is, he won't be bamboozled by his advisors.

What is one "unwritten rule" you think everyone should know and follow?

Reddit top voted answers... 
If you're angry, shut the fuck up and do nothing until you're no longer angry.
Having a bad day doesn't mean that you have to ruin other peoples day.
When someone shows you a pic on their phone, no swiping allowed.
Don't congregate near doorways!
Let people out of the elevator/room/building/train before you get in. That way there's more room for everybody.
Accelerate up to the speed limit when in the merge lane for fuck sake. It really isn't hard.
Wearing headphones in public is code for “Don’t talk to me.”

H words

Vocabulary encountered online since two previous laptops ago. The list is short and contains some common words like helot, heterodox, histrionic, homaging, hortatory, that I know for sure I knew before two previous laptops ago. I have no idea why they have cards, those are on the word lists included with GMAT workbooks to prepare for the MBA test, the best general puzzle books ever.

* hakenkreuz: swastika

* hallux: big toe, reversed to point posteriorly in birds, frequently opposable in arboreal mammals

* Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. British: "cock up before consipracy"
* hapax legomenon: Greek, something said only once, a word which occurs only once in either the written record of a language, the works of an author, or in a single text. While technically incorrect, the term is also sometimes used of a word that occurs in only one of an author's works, even though it occurs more than once in that work.

* haptic: proceeding from the sense of touch; "haptic data"; "a tactile reflex". The study of the sense of touch; The study of user interfaces that use the sense of touch

* harissa: a Tunisian hot chili sauce commonly eaten in North Africa whose main ingredients are Piri piri chili peppers, serrano pepper or other hot chillis and olive oil. It is a standard ingredient of North African cuisine

* hebephrenia: A type of schizophrenia characterized by foolish mannerisms, senseless laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and regressive behavior. Also: hebephrenic

* Hegelian, Hegel: In particular, he developed a concept of mind or spirit that manifested itself in a set of contradictions and oppositions that it ultimately integrated and united, without eliminating either pole or reducing one to the other. Examples of such contradictions include those between nature and freedom, and between immanence and transcendence.

* Heisenberg and Schrödinger are driving in a car…: they get pulled over. The police officer asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?” and Heisenberg says, “No. But I can tell you exactly where I was.”

The officer thinks that this peculiar response is grounds for a search so he opens the trunk and rummages around back there and then says, “Hey! Do you guys know that there is a dead cat back here?” Schrödinger rolls his eyes and says, “We do now, Asshole.”

* Hellenologophobia: Fear of long, pedantic, pseudo scientific words.

* helot: Sparta a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, intermediate in status between slaves and citizens. A serf or slave. Class above slave

* hermeneutics: the art and science of text interpretation especially the bible. Traditional hermeneutics is the study of the interpretation of written texts. A wider discipline which includes written, verbal, and nonverbal communication. Exegesis focuses primarily upon texts. Hermeneutic, as a singular noun, refers to some particular method of interpretation (see, in contrast, double hermeneutic).

* herrenvolk: gentlemen folk
* heterarchy: a system of organization replete with overlap, multiplicity, mixed ascendancy, and/or divergent-but-coexistent patterns of relation. Definitions of the term vary among the disciplines: in social and information sciences, heterarchies are networks of elements in which each element shares the same "horizontal" position of power and authority, each playing a theoretically equal role. But in biological taxonomy, the requisite features of heterarchy involve, for example, a species sharing, with a species in a different family, a common ancestor which it does not share with members of its own family. This is theoretically possible under principles of "horizontal gene transfer."
A heterarchy may be parallel to a hierarchy, subsumed to a hierarchy, or it may contain hierarchies; the two kinds of structure are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each level in a hierarchical system is composed of a potentially heterarchical group which contains its constituent elements.

* heteroglossia: describes the coexistence of distinct varieties within a single "linguistic code". A diversity of voices, styles of discourse, or points of view in a literary work and especially a novel

* heterschedastic: 1. (Statistics) (of several distributions) having different variances 2. (Statistics) (of a bivariate or multivariate distribution) not having any variable whose variance is the same for all values of the other or others 3. (Statistics) (of a random variable) having different variances for different values of the others in a multivariate distribution.

* heterodox: dissident: characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards. pertaining to creeds, beliefs, or teachings, especially religious ones, that are different from the norm ('orthodox'), but not sufficiently different to be called heretical.

* heuristic: relating to a usually speculative formulation serving as a guide in the investigation or solution of a problem: "The historian discovers the past by the judicious use of such a heuristic device as the 'ideal type'". Constituting an educational method in which learning takes place through discoveries that result from investigations made by the student. Computer Science. Relating to or using a problem-solving technique in which the most appropriate solution of several found by alternative methods is selected at successive stages of a program for use in the next step of the program. a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem

* hibakusha: surviving victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are called hibakusha (被爆者?), a Japanese word that literally translates to "explosion-affected people". Many victims were Japanese who still live in Japan, but several thousand, Japanese and non Japanese, live abroad in Korea, United States, Brazil and elsewhere.

* high dudgeon: a feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase `in high dudgeon') indignation, outrage - a feeling of righteous anger

* histrionic: relating to actors or acting. Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected.

* Hobson’s choice: In fact, the Hanoi parole offer was a ruse, a Hobson’s choice, designed to embarrass McCain and his father at CINCPAC.

If McCain took the parole and abandoned his fellow POWs, he would have shamed his father and been ostracized by shipmates. Indeed, had John McCain not been the son and grandson of famous and victorious, Pacific Command flag officers, no one would have noticed him then or now.

A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is actually offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore really decided between taking the option or not. In other words, one may "take it or leave it." The phrase is said to originate with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest the door or taking none at all.

* homaging:  respect or honor, something that is done to honor someone or something

homoaidia: I don't think 'homorepugnant' is the word you want, though. Perhaps 'homoaidia' (aidia meaning 'disgust' in greek?) would work better?

* Hoplophobia:  a neologism, originally coined to describe an "irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to justified apprehension about those who may wield them." It is sometimes used more generally to describe the "fear of firearms" or the "fear of armed citizens."

* hortatory: tending or aiming to exhort."the central bank relied on hortatory messages and voluntary compliance"

* hornswoggle: cheat

* Hostis Humani Generis: enemy of mankind, pirates, slavers.

* HTML musical notes:
9833 ♩
9834 ♪
9835 ♫
9836 ♬
9837 ♭
9838 ♮
9839 ♯

* hydrocephalic: Nontechnical name: water on the brain  accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain because its normal outlet has been blocked by congenital malformation or disease. In infancy it usually results in great enlargement of the head

* hypergamy: (colloquially referred to as "marrying up") is the act or practice of marrying a spouse of higher caste or status than oneself.

* hypertrophy: the increase in the volume of an organ or tissue due to the enlargement of its component cells. It should be distinguished from hyperplasia, in which the cells remain approximately the same size but increase in number. Although hypertrophy and hyperplasia are two distinct processes, they frequently occur together, such as in the case of the hormonally-induced proliferation and enlargement of the cells of the uterus during pregnancy.

* hyphae: (plural hyphae) is a long, branching filamentous structure of a fungus, and also of unrelated Actinobacteria. In most fungi, hyphae are the main mode of vegetative growth, and are collectively called a mycelium; yeasts are unicellular fungi that do not grow as hyphae.

* hypnopaedic: sleep learning.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The FBI is about to do a Waco style assault

Update... The FBI and the four people they are after came to an understanding. After the FBI promised to back off, the four promised to surrender in the morning.

The video above is now an archive of events that have already transpired... If you click play you will be listening to a recording.  In other words, if you weren't here when it was happening, you missed it. What can i tell you? Come back more often ;-)

Bernie buys Rev Al a cup of coffee

Here is something to get you Trump haters an orgasm!

It obviously disqualifies him from being President. I mean he told a vulgar joke. He needs to be deported. We can bring all the Mexican drug cartel members and Muslim terrorists into the country to get all the bennies but a regular guy who makes a sexist joke should be thrown out of the country and forced to move to Devils Island or something.

"It could have been more effective and complete if they used the same message, but included the kids calling each other losers, lightweights, bimbos, and pussies. Just sayin"

Breibart by John Nolte February 10, 2015

The dreadful, desperate, and more than a little paranoid left-wing New York Daily News again went trolling against its enemies on the political right Tuesday night. This time, though, the Daily News did not attack powerful politicians or powerful organizations like the NRA. No, this time the Daily News attacked the powerless: the everyday American men and women who dared vote for Donald Trump in New Hampshire.
Like the Huffington Post’s earlier attacks on New Hampshire voters as “racist and sexists,” the Daily News attacked New Hampshire voters as “mindless zombies.”
Attacking voters.
There is nothing the powerful won’t do to hold on to their gilded trough in the failed status quo.

Supremes Put Obama's 'Global Warming' Regs on Ice

ABC News: A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab."

By issuing the temporary freeze, a 5-4 majority of the justices signaled that opponents made strong arguments against the rules. The high court's four liberal justices said Tuesday they would have denied the request for delay.

Ted Cruz ad: Playing Trump

"She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director."

Politico: Clinton, who received $225,000 for her appearance, praised the diversity of Goldman’s workforce and the prominent roles played by women at the blue-chip investment bank and the tech firms present at the event. She spent no time criticizing Goldman or Wall Street more broadly for its role in the 2008 financial crisis. “It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech.

The person who saw Clinton’s Arizona remarks to Goldman said they thought there was no chance the campaign would ever release them. “It would bury her against Sanders,” this person said. “It really makes her look like an ally of the firm.”

My Thoughts Exactly

Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation– the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the 'impossible,' come true.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up*
It is possible and even desirable to simultaneously understand both Sanders and Trump: they both represent disaffection. If you cannot understand modern American disaffected politics, you really need to get out of your bubble. Get out of your DC-loving bubble.

I noticed something funny happening in Washington, DC, about five years ago when I traveled there. I wrote a bizarre blog post about it back here. It was the physical reversion I noticed -- not the progression.

I'll hold the notion that something can be both progressive and regressive for a while now and see what happens. More tension I suppose.
*h/t: rcommal for reminding me of the Fitzgerald quote.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Women abandon Hillary in NH

Hillarys gender chips just took a big hit.

There sure are a lot of construction workers

Above and under water

A massive cube-shaped iceberg floats among the frigid waters off the coast of northern Greenland

Crabs in wavy water.
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Presidential Love Letters: I wish we weren't married

Dear Hillary,

I can't believe  you are going to run for President again. I mean nobody likes you, everybody hates you, you might as well eat some worms. Last time out you lost to a guy with no experience other than using Afro Sheen in his weave. Now a bug eyed socialist is cleaning your clock. Will you ever learn?

Seriously Hill we have some many things that could get exposed. Your emails including the ones to Huma where you sent her crotch shots of you elderly lady parts. Fifty shades of Gray my ass. My trips to Fantasy Island with Jeffrey and that Jew from Harvard and the grammar school girls. All the money we extorted for stupid speeches and bullshit. How do you think you can explain all this crap?

I guess I have to go along with you. I know that the only way we make money is to pretend to be married and keep the fraud going. I can't give up my rice bowl. That reminds me. I am going to call up for a Oriental escort tonight. Or maybe give Connie Chung a call. All the best hookers have Chinese eyes.

I will meet you in New Hampshire even though I know you are as big as loser as that bitch Cam Newton. I just wish we weren't married.


(Presidential Love Letters, Doris Kearns Goodwin 2015 Viking Press)

WKRLEM Ted Cruz's favorite Band!

Be careful what you wish just might get it.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories to be reissued with sex, drugs, and dirty words put back in"

Raw Story: “Before these stories were bowdlerised, they contained antisemitic slurs, sexual innuendo, instances of drug use and drunkenness. They also contained profanity and mild blasphemy. The texts were scrubbed clean at the Post,” West told The Guardian.

In “The Hotel Child,” for example, a reference to a character “surreptitiously feeding a hasheesh tablet to the Pekingese” was excised from the Post version, and profanity like “Get the Hell out of here!” and the antisemitic slur “Sheeny” were scrubbed from the text. The effect, West said, is that “the decadence of several of the characters is revealed more clearly because of their alcoholism, drug use, and prejudice.”

“More generally, in all of the stories, the characters use the profanity, mild blasphemies, and slang words that Fitzgerald wanted them to use. They speak like real people,” West continued. “One of the commonplaces of Fitzgerald criticism, for decades, has been that he avoided unpleasant topics and realistic language in his magazine fiction. We can see now that this was not altogether his choice.”

Good news from the civil forfeiture front

Forbes: Under Maryland’s draconian “civil forfeiture” laws, people do not have to be convicted, or even charged with a crime, to permanently lose their cash, cars or other valuables. Once their property has been seized, spouses, parents and other innocent owners actually have to go to court and prove that they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

Thankfully, Maryland lawmakers are working to rectify this injustice. Last month, the Maryland General Assembly not only voted to override a veto by Gov. Larry Hogan from last year, but also saw new legislation unveiled that further protects due process rights.

First, SB 528, the subject of the veto override, applies the presumption of innocence to civil forfeiture cases. It requires that the state prove that property owners violated the law or knowingly let their property be used in crimes. Prior to the law, Maryland, along with 34 other states and the federal government, typically placed the burden of proof onto the owner, rather than the government, in civil forfeiture cases.

The new law also prevents law enforcement from forfeiting cash under $300, unless they can prove it is related to the drug trade. For those living paycheck to paycheck, and who have broken no law, an unjust seizure by the government can prove devastating. (read the whole thing)

2016 Iowa caucus results via 90's video game graphics

Five Guys review

This is a list of some 66 things Gregg Rutter says we must have seen in 2012 unless we are losers or old or something. Well. challenge accepted.

The list is old, it was published the end of 2012 and filled with items we did see and still a ton of things that are missed. Like this man's review of Five Guys burgers and fries. His review has 7.5 million YouTube views.

The hamburgers prepared downstairs at Burger Fi are works of art. And the reviewer was thinking bacon so hard that he said did say it without thinking and the clerk listening carefully heard it. He did not mind read. That happened to me twice. I realized with Burger Fi that I must visualize the hamburger precisely and vocalize each detail, remember clearly do not say bacon and do say pickle, and like magic, really like magic, there it is. The power of words! As if a spell is spoken and the precise hamburger appears picture perfect even better than visualized. They take great care with presentation at Burger Fi, and it means a lot, never smashed as this man's hamburger is smashed. 

His review itself is art. Were you not hungry for hamburger just now? Like Sia's music inspires dance troupes all over, even in South Korea, this man's review inspires musicians who hear a song in it. It's so beautiful, they're so inspired by it that they Auto Tune his video and the new Auto Tuned version has 29 million YouTube views.

The basement

A basement of a building in Portland has oddly fascinating photographs all over the walls. It is an interesting basement.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunset blanket for Sarah Palin

I think is disgusting how blogs use obviously photo shopped photos of Sarah Palin to get clicks! Shame on you!

It's what all these commie pinko blogs and magazines do.

 I am ashamed of you Lem.

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary to low turnout crowd

picture above okay'd  by Salon editor Joan Walsh for 2012 Sarah Palin article

Excerpt from today's NYT:

"But Mr. Clinton’s most pointed remarks may have been when he took aim at Sanders supporters who, he said, use misogynistic language in attacking Mrs. Clinton. He told the story of a female “progressive” blogger who defended Mrs. Clinton online through a pseudonym because, he said, the vitriol from Mr. Sanders’s backers was so unrelenting.
“She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat.” Mr. Clinton, growing more demonstrative, added that the liberal journalist Joan Walsh had faced what he called “unbelievable personal attacks” for writing positively about Mrs. Clinton [my emphasis].
...The appearance by Mr. Clinton, absent the entourage and crowds that usually surround the former president, was striking and somewhat poignant, and it felt far apart from the frenzied final campaigning happening around the state on Sunday. The junior high school’s small gym was not full, and only a handful of reporters showed up, at a time when campaign events are being flooded with dozens of national and international journalists."

"Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions"

Washington Times: The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.

A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.”

It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.”

The Pentagon defines resilience to climate change as: “Ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.”

To four-star generals and admirals, among them the regional combatant commanders who plan and fight the nation’s wars, the directive tells them: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning.”

The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that global warming is the country’s foremost national security threat...

"Pro-Choicers’ Reaction to Doritos Super Bowl Ad"

National Review Online: A significant number of Americans profess to watch the Super Bowl “just for the commercials,” and the best and the worst ads make headlines for days afterward. This year, an ad for Doritos chips is causing controversy, for an implied pro-life message.

What’s causing controversy is the portrayal of that unborn baby as one with an actual human personality. As NRO’s Jay Nordlinger noted earlier, the ad dares to portray the unborn child as human, and “not a meaningless blob of protoplasm.”

The pro-abortion activist group NARAL tweeted its disapproval, criticizing Doritos for “using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses.”
“Humanizing” fetuses? How dare they imply that human fetuses are actually – quelle surprise! – human?

Superbowl halftime show

View of the Superbowl halftime show

Sunday, February 7, 2016

WKRLEM: These kids today... I guess the halftime show was ok but it sure wasn't Louie Prima

Where have you gone Ray Handley?

Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs Robinson 
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo) 
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson 
Heaven holds a place for those who pray 
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey) 

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon 
Going to the tailgate shake and bake
Laugh about it, shout about it 
When you've got to choose ,
Ev'ry way you look at it, we lose 

Where have you gone, Ray Handley
Giants nation turns it lonely eyes to you
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Tranny Ray has left and gone away 
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Instant Replay- The Unedited Edition

Everyone always assumed that Coach Lombardi was Catholic. He went along with this because when he was with the New York Giants he had to fit in. Wellington Mara was a devout Catholic and he tried to curry favor with the Mara's so he could get the head coaching job of the Giants which was the one thing he most coveted in his life. But it was not to be so he had to settle for a rinky dink town like Green Bay.

One of the advantages was that he could finally be himself. You see he actually was a Mormon and had twenty two wives who all looked pretty much the same and all insisted that he buy them a mink stole every year. He had a hell of a time getting them tickets for the Super Bowl.  Especially leaving the ducats at the will-call window. Strangely enough they were all named Marie except for the youngest who was named Margene.

They lived happily ever after in Wisconsin which has long been home to many unusual lifestyle choices.
(Instant Replay- The Unedited Edition, Jerry Kramer & Dick Schaap Random House 1968)

Christopher Walken: 2016 Super Bowl commercial

"Christopher Walken is a larger-than-life actor who transcends any specific genre"

h/t AprilApple

What Rubio should have sung instead of repeating the same tired talking points!

You know instead of Babalu!

Thoughts on last night's debate?

Rubio sure got his clock cleaned by Christie. What did you find of note?

Best Producer CNN

Media Reports North Korea Fires Rocket

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.

The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan and South Korea, which immediately convened a an emergency national security council meeting. South Korean media reported that the rocket may have failed, but provided no other details. The South Korean government couldn't immediately confirm the reports...

The global condemnation began almost immediately.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the North Korean rocket launch and the recent nuclear test violations of U.N. agreements.

"We absolutely cannot allow this," he told reporters at the prime minister's residence. "We will take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people."

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