Saturday, February 27, 2016

WKLEM_TV Which way will the Election bounce!

You know I would be perfectly happy with the right woman as President.

Just sayn'

Whose that girl?

There are two big reasons to remember her.

First she was one of the adorable stars of a beloved family sitcom of the eighties. Her co-stars were much more famous and desired but she grew up to be a beautiful woman.

Second she is starring in a revival that puts her best ......errr.....features forward every episode.

Don't be rude dude. Tell us. Whose that girl?

The Case of the Well Oiled Politician

My dear Holmes,

It is your most humble petitioner, Inspector Lestrade. It has been some time since I have stopped requesting assistance in the troubling matter of the disappearance of Lord Douchebag which you might not recall as it happened several years ago. That curious case had dragged on and on but is now considered dead. It seems to have escaped the notice of so many who at one time claimed the deepest interest and concern, but who have gone on as though nothing had happened. It is as though Lord Douchebag never existed. We can close the books on that unfortunate subject. So it falls to me to solicit your assistance in an entirely different matter.

As you know new elections have been called in Parliament for the spring. It seems that the Earl of Roseberry means to be a candidate once more. He is favored by the Queen for reasons we need not elaborate other than they are both described with the same honorific. Her Majesty because of her title and the Earl because of his inclination. In fact he is the favorite of much of the establishment because he is malleable and corrupt which is what they seek in leadership. The Yard has determined that he has used government accounts to enrich himself while selling his country seat to a military supplier for a suspiciously high profit. In addition he has obtained a naval frigate at a nominal price which had been declared salvage by an Admiralty clerk who obtained his position by the Earl’s good offices. Yet this is not the problem.

"Bill Clinton snaps at veteran during speech: ‘Shut up and listen to my answer’"

Link to story

…then he nailed me to the chair with a rat-a-tat grilling

"What should I call my next project? Celestia? Empyrean? Royal Imperial Regal? He must run that routine on every visitor. 
This is "the Sign Lady" telling her story on NY Daily News, a woman contractor who came into contact with the deadbeat Trump. She tells about her unhappy interaction with Trump and how she managed to get him to pay his bills owed her. Virginia Postrel pointed to this sub hosting at pjmedia.

The story puts us in Trumps office. He told her to show up at that specific time. She went there to challenge him about paying up. He dismissed all that as matters for clerks and went on with his style of questioning instead. This is the moment in reading the story that matched up with something else unrelated that's been lingering for days. It's been bugging the hell out of me. This trait in Trump matches with traits shown by friends repeatedly.

I'm not talking or thinking about Trump anymore. I'm bringing it home, what he did there is corrective to a personal failure. I've been lingering on this for days.

On Monday two acquaintances stopped by after work for dinner. They stayed for two hours. We had a great time. They both work the next day.

I don't drink alcohol. Acquaintances are divided among non-driners and lushes. So I keep a completely stocked cabinet. Very well stocked. I'd blow your mind considering I don't drink. Whatever you might want is in there, that I could reasonably know about, it's a full garage type storage cabinet. It's ridiculous. Come over, you can have anything.

I know a good host will ask what they can get you by way of refreshing beverage. Immediately. So I do. Deena thinks and answers, "Water, please." Pleased with her decision.

That set the tone for everything.

I asked, she answered. Simple as that.

Others I know would insist. They'd make suggestions. Every negation and all uncertainty is call for further suggestion. So it goes, bing bong, hello, glad you can make it, would you like a cocktail? Would you like a glass of wine? Would you like red wine? Would you like white wine? Would you like a Cuba libre? Would you like gin and tonic? Would you like a beer? How about a soft drink? Would you like some vodka?

Before you can think you are hit with a barrage of bar drink suggestions that makes your head spin until you blurt out something to make the suggestions stop. Before you have your coat off, before you enter a room. That is the way of hosts that I've seen. That is where I utterly fail. I am to total fail host when it comes to that.

I was looking at a photo of a dinner win and realized the wine glasses are empty. We three all have our full choice of what we want and it's not wine and it's not cocktails. Even though all that stuff is right there. The Pepsi can stick out in the photo and so do empty wine glasses. My friends will see this photo and imagine dinner fail because of that. Dinner fail in the eyes of all drinking friends. They will not understand this as preference. They will understand this as hosting fail.

If a bottle of wine is to be opened, then they'd have to do it themselves because I cannot share the wine. That's what happened. That's what needs correction. They'll have to drink the whole bottle. That's not so hard. They'll have to decide to open the bottle. As if the decision is beyond me because I cannot drink it. And guests cannot do that. They're being polite. I really should have forced it. Even though they're working the next day. Anyone else that I know would have simply insisted. Just opened one of the bottles and poured it. That didn't occur to me any more than it would occur to me to roll a joint and torch it up and pass it around. It's not something I do so I didn't think of it. But when it comes to this wine at dinner I should think of it. I think. I think the pictures shows I really should behave more hostly obnoxious. As Trump does, as regular aggressive hosts do.

I'm still undecided.

Peggy Noonan: Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully....

If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years’ experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration—its impact on labor markets, financial costs, crime, the sense that the rule of law was collapsing. But the protected did fine—more workers at lower wages. No effect of illegal immigration was likely to hurt them personally.

It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either.

The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment—another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.

Mr. Trump came from that. (read the whole thing)

NFL's Dante Fowler -- Refs Baby Mama Brawl

NFL star Dante Fowler -- the 3rd pick in the '15 Draft -- played the role of referee as the mother of his child brawled with another woman at a FL apartment complex.

Soldiers coming home

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman is an historic train in Britain that's been out of commission for a decade undergoing extensive refurbishing. A rail tour is prepared to display the train across the country attracting train enthusiasts in large numbers.

Let's join such a train enthusiast, Ryan Allen, who traveled fifty miles by train to get a good shot of this green Flying Scotsman as they pass each other on separate tracks at Little Bytham village. This is timed in advance by careful schedule. We join Ryan on his train as he is fraught with excitement seconds before the perfect viewing moment so carefully planned.

Bummer. That's okay. Ryan whinged on social media, the tremendously funny mishap went a bit viral, it was picked up by Branson of Virgin who compensated Ryan with a trip to Atlanta Georgia, U.S, where Branson says they have a super busy rail network. That should make him happy. Virgin apologizes for photobombing the man's big moment.  "Fancy a trip courtesy of Virgin Atlantic? Because we’d love to make you the #FlyingYorkshireman in apology!" Class.


The song is from 1979 -- the penultimate year of Carter. Of course those were bad times for the US and I remember them well. I chose to escape to Italy for the summer and for part of the fall -- so long that I missed the registration deadline at UW-Madison and had to sit out a semester working full time. But enough of that.

This song goes out to all the old-enough-to-vote-but-dumb-enough-to-vote-for-Carter people. We know who we are. We missed the Reagan bandwagon.

Melania Trump's Diary

What a night! We had another debate in Texas and Donald is very upset. It seems that little Marco Rubio grew a pair and decided to play with the big boys. We know he likes to play with boys but he decided to let his bitchy side show. The nasty sweaty Queen.  It was like a Reality show. Rupaul’s Drag Race with a Spanish accent.

"Harvard ‘racial justice’ protesters protest award ceremony about … racial injustice"

The College Fix: Approximately 20 demonstrators representing Reclaim Harvard Law, which is currently occupying part of a building on Harvard’s campus, and Brandeis University’s own building-crashers Ford Hall 2015, interrupted a Brandeis awards ceremony on Thursday honoring Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow.

Ironically, Minow was being recognized for her “scholarship on race relations and legal issues.”

Also ironically, the protesters weren’t there to confront one of the theses of Minow’s presentation (titled “Bystanders, Upstanders and Justice”) – “expanding the full scope of civil liberties” beyond the public realm into the private.

They were there to tell Dean Minow “Your school is racist. Your school is not inclusive. Harvard Law School does not teach justice.” (Read More)

"Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump"

He’s been my friend for many years, he’s been a spectacular governor,” said Mr. Trump, standing with Mr. Christie at a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, for the endorsement.


Like parents everywhere South Korean parents take the education of their children very seriously. In South Korea the educational system is more tightly state controlled, more totalitarian, actually, and this extends to the authorization of extracurricular tutors that appear for every subject, a very large business in South Korea in addition to formal state education. These tutorial schools are for math and science mostly, known as hagwons.

Here an American language instructor writes for Cato Institute about South Korea clamping down on private tutors like himself. One of the concerns of government is the schools not charge too much for their services.

Since the breakout artist Psy with the dance craze that he introduced, Gangnam Style, a new demand arose for dancers, a new demand for different type of hagwon has appeared and the number of dance K-pop hagwons is startling.

This is the study that South Korean children choose to cram.

This is where South Korean children choose to have their education money directed.

But not all of it is for study for career in dancing on stage. Most students are paying some few hundred dollars to cram to learn K-pop dancing just because they want to learn dancing. They're just having fun and learning to dance and that's all.

The schools come under criticism for turning out synchronized robots but that challenge misses a tremendous amount of intriguing variation.

And the thing that just kills me while watching is how expressed in another form this same synchronization is admired as with military precision in parades. Grown men practice for hours and prepare as long polishing and having absolutely every detail just so. The product is a type Sheltie-dog type of precision devoid of individuality or heartfelt humanity. This is not that. This is not bizarre jaw-rattling North Korean marching. This is its polar opposite. And there are more, dozens, scores, hundreds more studios uploaded to YouTube, endless videos of K-pop dancers and every single one of them, each team from every studio is fascinating to watch.

This is their education of their choice and their pouring their hearts into it as fanatics do.

I want to dance too.

They make me want to join them. My legs don't work anymore. I watch them with tremendous envy. I love them. Every single one.

If my daughter of my son said, "Dad, I want to go to South Korea to learn some K-pop dance." I'd go, "Here's 10,000 bucks try not to hurt yourself and have a great time."  It would be worth it to have this added to their life.

I think this will be Lia Kim at the front very first. Her's in one of several hundred such videos available on YouTube. I find them addictive.

Shit. After all that, SME.  Here, watch the f'n thing on YouTube. Now I'm cross.

But that reminds me. When the nattering nabobs of negativism proscribe cultural appropriation, the essence of cultural exchange, then this stands as counter example, and fine examples too, all the South Korean studios prefer American songs to interpret to set their dance moves. Heavily prefer American songs. And this song they're using for this video, you'll see if you click over, has me wondering, what in this song appeals to South Korean sense of music? When you consider their own cultural music. What elements in here are they really digging? They're showing us what they're picking up on by what they choose to interpret into dance. You'll notice a jaw dropping signal and robotic energy wear-downs to the beat. I must say, the whole thing altogether is brilliant.


The icons are speaking but sometimes they say too much. Don't listen. Or hear them but then have them shut up. 

It's sillier than you might think because it appears to be inaccessibly technical and complex. The engineers are saying the button is important by placing it next to on/off in a short array of small buttons it is first. So there's that. That's what the engineers are saying, "this function is important."

The second thing the button says is "I control exposure compensation" and that is all. Nothing more can be read into it. Even though it offers more symbols. Surely it is telling us more. No, it is not. 

It does not say positive for darkness and negative for lightness. It is not making a suggestion one way or another. It is not saying which direction positive and negative go, toward light or darkness or from light or darkness. The position of the plus and minus symbols within the new icon is arbitrary. The button is not making any suggestion regarding what you want or what you have. The icon designer was not thinking of that. All they were thinking is "this is the exposure compensation control."  Too bad. 

When you get into it you'll be pressing minus for less exposure and darker photos and you'll be pressing plus for more exposure and lighter photos. The opposite of what the button shows.

Photograph from BMW photo via Google images [nikon exposure button

This lesson in semiotics is a continuing service of Lem's Comonocreerendios.


Q: How can a victim of eminent domain be against paying the Federal Income Tax?

I mean, I thought the eminent domain meanies were the tax scofflaws.

Last night's GOP debate highlights

Thursday, February 25, 2016

GOP Debate Open Thread

Reason Number 395 why Trump should be President instead of Hillary or Bernie or Rent Boy.

Trump is not in the pockets of the special interest. Yeah I get it. He was his own special interest. He bribed and paid off politicians with campaign contributions. I mean they asked him how he got Hillary to come to his daughters wedding and he said "I paid her to come."

The excellent blogger Don Surber has a great post about this in his excellent blog. In it he qoutes Donald talking about an new boondoggle in the F-35 airplane that is not as good as our existing planes. Trump is quoted as follows:

"I do hear that it’s not very good. I’m hearing that our existing planes are better. And one of the pilots came out of the plane, one of the test pilots, and said this isn’t as good as what we already have. And to spend billions and billions of dollars on something that maybe isn’t as good …
They’re saying it doesn’t perform as well as our existing equipment, which is much less expensive. So when I hear that, immediately I say we have to do something, because you know, they’re spending billions. This is a plane, there’s never been anything like it in terms of cost. And how about, you know, we’re retooling with planes that aren’t as good as the ones we have, and the test pilots are amazing people. They know better than anybody, okay, and I think you would accept that."

The Great Brown Hope of the Establishment is losing in his own state.....what's up with that Sparkles?

It seems that there is trouble in Paradise for Marco Rent Boy Rubio in his home state. As reported by

The latest Quinnipiac poll of Florida Republicans shows that Donald Trump is now leading that state with 44 percent of the vote, while home state Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
is in second with only 28 percent.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now in third place with 12 percent.

Trump is now 16 points ahead of Rubio after former Florida governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the race, an astonishing result in an important winner-take-all state that votes on March 15. Rubio yesterday pointed to Florida as a state he expected to win.

David Thompson: Sweet Sorrows

I’ve heard it called “Luxurious Concerns.” That is, your concerns mark your social status. If your concerns are about keeping your job, paying your rent, or whether your kids’ school is any damn good, you’re worried about Big Things, and therefore you are marked as a Struggling Person. Only those who have really made it -- who are at the top of the economic and social order -- have the luxury of worrying about the Small Things. And if you worry about the Very Small Things, or indeed the Microscopic Things, then, well and truly, you have arrived… If you can’t afford a Luxury Car, or a Luxury Apartment, you can at least adorn yourself with Luxury Worries. It’s very cheap. Easy, too… Our modern class of intellectually-insecure social climbers are posing as connoisseurs of offensiveness. 
See also Kristian Niemietz and Daniel Hannan on the same. 
The attempt to cultivate pretentious guilt and pretentious indignation, and to balance grief and umbrage on a very tiny thing, the tinier the better, is of course a Guardian staple. It gives the left’s national organ its distinctive tone - that tinny, unconvincing high-pitched whine. Affecting woe, especially improbable woe, is how many leftwing columnists signal their position in their own moral hierarchy, relative to you, the heathen rabble. As I said some time ago
It’s important to understand these are not just lapses in logic or random fits of insincerity; these outpourings are displays – of class and moral elevation. Which is why they persist, despite getting knottier and ever more absurd. Crudely summarised, it goes something like this: “I am better than you because I pretend to feel worse.” 
And this is why, for instance, a tearful Theo Hobson tells us, “There is no excuse for failing to feel liberal guilt about race and class.” Because until “this problematic world” has been purged of all vice and inequity, however unrelated to your own behaviour, a heavy, heavy heart must be worn on the sleeve. How else will people know how superior you are? According to Mr Hobson, if you aren’t ostentatiously fretting about the eating of meat and “affluent lifestyles endangering the planet,” and if you aren’t “anxious about your status as a comfy bourgeoisie” and ashamed of earning more than some other random person, then there must be something wrong with you. And so you should feel guilty for not feeling guilty about things you shouldn’t feel guilty about. It’s the Guardian way. (read more)
Also see Tom Wolf on status signaling. (posted by ChipA)

The sausage festival

"Donald Trump and Paul Ryan on Collision Course"

NY Times:  Speaker Paul D. Ryan, chairman of the Republican National Convention, recent vice-presidential candidate and the highest elected Republican in the country, has one goal for this year: to form a conservative policy agenda for the Republican presidential nominee to embrace.

If that nominee is Donald J. Trump, that may be a waste of time.

Panicked Republicans question whether Mr. Trump will be able to unite a Republican-controlled Congress that would normally be expected to promote and promulgate his agenda, an internal crisis nearly unheard-of in a generation of American politics. On nearly every significant issue, Mr. Trump stands in opposition to Republican orthodoxy and his party’s policy prescriptions — the very ideas that Mr. Ryan has done more than anyone else to form, refine or promote over the last decade.

“You’re hitting on a very big problem, which is that Trump is not a Republican,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who dropped out of the race for the White House in December “I have no idea how we reconcile a Donald Trump agenda with a Republican agenda. How do we write a platform?”

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Marco Rubio: You don't win the Nomination by how many states you win by coming in third.

Breibart by Pam Key'

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared “the majority” of the electorate and Republican voters do not want Trump to be the GOP nominee and that the nominee is not selected by how many states are won.

Melania Trump's Diary

So another caucus and another win. What are these caucus anyway? Back home the caucuses were the place the burly Russian weightlifter women came from. Not a place to fill out a vote on a piece of toilet paper to elect a President. Which we thought was very unfair since Marco Rubio spends so much time at the glory holes in various men’s rooms that he had a built in advantage. Not that it matters. The people love my Donald.

I got this figured out

I got this one. I got this. The sky is a touchscreen and the moon is a fingerprint of someone swiping the screen to turn on the lights. The lights come on as the fingerprint disappears. With modern technology I was able to catch this in action.

Happy ending

The court also spared Perry from a second felony charge of coercion of a public official, ruling that a lower court correctly tossed out the law last summer as unconstitutionally vague and a violation of free speech rights.

Wednesday’s ruling brought an abrupt end to the politically charged legal troubles that have dogged Perry for 18 months, looming over the closing months of his 14 years in office and casting a pall over his second unsuccessful run for president."

They are getting better

Reddit: "I miss Jon Stewart"

"I want to see him covering the presidential race. Right now I feel like I can't cut through the fog, the whole race feels absurd. It feels like every news outlet is just repeating whatever each campaign spins, I need Jon Stewart to cut through the bullshit.  I miss Jon Stewart."

Reddit top comment...
Jon really bailed at a bad time for all of us. What a perfect storm this election would have been for him. Gold, Jerry.

The monotony of being Anita

I wondered, "What do you even look like?" This person who parlays a perfectly crap and truly dangerous education into cash. And good cash too. And when I saw for myself and looked through all the images allowing them to take hold something happened, I connected, I felt something disturbing and I realized what it is like to remove one's eyebrows and draw new ones on every day. Psychologically I put myself there and felt what it's like. Every day new eyebrows over the obliterated original ones. And I thought further, and this is really mean, I can do the same thing, draw little eyebrows on my bell end and have a similar result and it turned out like this. 

Trump wins Nevada

Drudge leads with "The Nominee" a link to Politico reporting Trump taking Nevada by a large margin. Anger with Washington chief among reasons given much stronger than the previous caucuses and much stronger than expected. A win that widens the gap further between Trump candidates associated with establishment.


What makes an elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?


What makes a muskrat guard his musk?


What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the ape in apricot?


Madison of Cleveland explains free lie-berries. Books put the precious in precocious.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"An absolute necessity"

WKRLem: The real reason why Marco Rubio is going to best trump!

Everybody knows He is a Macha Man.


The note is suspect of being fake but the misspelling of cubbard is a nice touch. The note is titled "When you're house sitting for millennials and ask how the lights work."

The link goes to twitter post that circulated but search those words and a lot of results appear.

The house sitter is answered with a long description involving downloading an app to one's presumed smartphone and synching the app with their home device that turns on/off the lights. Access to the device to synch is convoluted and involves opening a cupboard above coat hooks. Synch the device manually then go the bathroom and flick off the lights.

The story is about young people's preference for complicating edge technology over simple straightforward appliance.  Comments latched onto misspelling cupboards.

I am a terrible editor. Everything looks good to me. I missed that one. Schwing, went right by. Yet most everyone else saw it. And it bugged them. It colored their view of the people writing the note. The error diminished the writers in the reader's view.

What a bummer.

I'm going to start saving the grammatical errors that British commenters point out. They concentrate on the error to the exclusion of all else. Without registering annoyance their nit-pics are the finest of all. They are really very good at pointing out mismatches within and between predicates. Spotting and naming them is their expertise. It signals an exceedingly haughty superiority in language without complaining. That's what I'll do, I'll start saving and sharing for entertainment.

I just now read, "I'm so glad you didn't end the sentence with "for" that's one of my pet peeves." The sentence was restructured to avoid it making it sound a bit funny in order to be proper. But it satisfied the reader.

I didn't have the heart to tell the intern trying so hard to impress to drop the word "Moms" for "mother."  The street language really does not work at the Federal Reserve Bank. He needed to know that but I couldn't tell him. Their memos are voiceless. Even in a meeting that street language will hold him back, and learning their language is not a cultural or racial sellout, white kids had to learn the specific and limited corporate language too. It's not his culture not fitting, all cultures must learn to fit, and it's not white culture, it's foreign to whites too. It's a signaling thing.

Peeved, really? There's an emotional thing going on that prevents acceptance of different forms?

I get corrected in every language I try. If I were afraid of correction then I wouldn't try anything. There is always a palpable sincerity. Except when there's not. Except when there's only signaling.

Grammar is my worst subject.  I can't match up anything right. That's where my scores are always the worstest.

"Meerkat expert cleared of assault in zoo love triangle spat"

AP:  A former meerkat expert at London Zoo was cleared Tuesday of assaulting a monkey handler in a love spat over a llama-keeper.  Two High Court judges said Tuesday that Caroline Westlake had not "recklessly" injured Kate Sanders.

In October a lower court found Westlake, 30, guilty of assaulting Sanders, who suffered a cut cheek from a wineglass after the two women argued at a zoo Christmas party in 2014. Both had dated colleague Adam Davies.  Westlake had said she did not remember hitting her colleague with the glass. Westminster Magistrates' Court found she had struck Sanders "recklessly but not intentionally."

"Judge threatens subpoena against Clinton over emails"

Washington Times: A federal judge warned Tuesday that he may have to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s entire secret email account, saying he has real questions about whether the Obama administration gave her special treatment.
In the interim, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he was granting discovery to Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm who’s sued to get a look at the emails, meaning the group will be able to demand the State Department explain who approved Mrs. Clinton’s server, how many officials knew about it, and what accommodations they made to her after her emails become a public issue.
And the judge said he is “inclined” to issue a subpoena eventually, forcing the department to go back to Mrs. Clinton and demand she turn over the entire system she and top aide Huma Abedin used during their time in the department. He withheld that order for now, saying he will wait to see what discovery produces, but said he’s concerned with the chain of events that led to the emails being shrouded in secrecy for so many years.
“How on earth can the court conclude there is not at minimum a reasonable suspicion of bad faith,” Judge Sullivan said.
In the meantime, Washington Examiner has a story saying released Clinton emails may show aides try to hand pick State Department's inspector general.
Hillary Clinton's private emails indicate the former secretary of state and her closest aides may have played a role in selecting inspectors general that oversaw work from their agency.
In a 2010 exchange between Clinton and Cheryl Mills, then her chief of staff, the two discussed an unnamed "IG candidate" and whether he would be a good fit for the agency.
Margaret Carpenter, a former official at the U.S. Agency for International Development, wrote to key Clinton aides in March 2010 to note that "Cheryl approved nominating" an individual, whose name was redacted, to an inspector general position and asked how to proceed in an email made public Friday evening that was first flagged by the Wall Street Journal.  "Let me know if you DON'T want to proceed," Mills told Clinton.

"Zimbabwe park warns it may shoot 200 ‘surplus’ lions now that big game hunters are staying home"

National Post: The outcry over Walter Palmer’s killing of Cecil drove other big-game hunters away from Zimbabwe, fearful they too would attract the ire of the public.  But in what is being described as a side effect of the affair, Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife area says it now finds itself suffering from an overpopulation of lions.

Bubye Valley Conservancy has more than 500 lions, the largest number in Zimbabwe’s diminishing wildlife areas.  It has warned that its lion population has become unsustainable and that it may even have to cull around 200 as a result of what is being called “the Cecil effect.”

422% Fee Increase To Renounce Citizenship Yields Millions, With Exits Up 560%

Forbes: It is odd that the U.S. is making millions from Americans tossing their passports. The government has collected about $12.6 million in fees just since the fall of 2014, after hiking its fee to renounce citizenship by 422%, according to CNNMoney. The fee to renounce is now $2,350. Even so, Americans are expatriating in record numbers. There are now 18 times as many renouncers as in 2008. Some write why they gave up their U.S. citizenship.
In all, the number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship has gone up 560% from its Bush administration high. In 2015, there were approximately 4,300 expatriations according to the published names of individuals who renounced. The name and shame list is published quarterly, with the most recent three-month total being 1,058. That brings the total to 4,279 for 2015...
Previously, there was a $450 fee to renounce, and no fee to relinquish. But the precise difference between the two procedures was often confused. Presently, the $2,350 fee is supposed to apply to both. That was a hike from $450 to $2,350 for renouncing, and an even steeper hike–from zero to $2,350–for relinquishment. The U.S. State Department said raising the fee was about demand and paperwork, but American expatriations are still growing after the increase.
If the administration thought a fee avoidance would decrease the amount of tax payers leaving, the raising of the fees has not worked.

Meanwhile a student changed his name to avoid an airline change booking fee.
Armstrong... changed his name to West for free and drove to Liverpool to rush through a new passport for £103... Armstrong said: “Her stepdad got my name from Facebook but I had put it as Adam West as a joke, because he was the actor who played Batman on TV. 
“Ryanair were not helpful at all. We showed them we were not trying to change the person, just the name, but they wouldn’t back down.

"Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year"

"Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago's homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year."
The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot - about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.
Meanwhile, Chicago police "stop and frisks" is down 80% in 2016.
As shootings and murders spike one major component of Chicago police crime fighting is way down. The number of street stops by officers has plunged 80 percent this year.
For decades when Chicago police stopped and frisked someone on the street, they had to fill out a small card called a "Contact Card." It required simple, basic information about who was stopped and why. Beginning January 1, 2016, a new state law regulated when cops could stop and pat down people in public and then officers had to fill out a two page "Investigatory Stop Report."...
More than paperwork or new laws, Chicago police officials say they know that some cops may just be shying away from controversy.
"Periodically somebody will say something to the effect of that they are concerned of being the next 'viral video'. Even when they're doing something right they are concerned that their actions are being questioned and they'll be the next one to go viral," he says.
Viral video is one way to put it. In a fish bowl is another; that's where the president of the police union says his members are forced to their jobs. Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo says less-aggressive policing no doubt coincides with the spike in Chicago murders and shootings.
Do you believe there a correlation between the uptick in murders and the decrease in aggressive police tactics?

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog schools PC students

h/t bago


Pay attention to the story. Does it bother you that the narrator can't conjugate the verb "to be"  correctly?
We was drivin' up Grapevine Hill passin' cars like they was standin' still
It doesn't really bug me. My dad talked that way. It's authentic vernacular.

What does grate on me is the increasing use of "was" for "were" in the subjunctive mood. Especially among the twittering classes.

"If I was rich, I would do ____."

 Plenty of famous people construct their wishes exactly that way. Just try googling "If I was" (with the quotation marks) and the names of celebrities. You'll be surprised.

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Meeting people was the key"

Vegas Caucus Open Thread

"Woman killed boyfriend for spending too much time on Facebook"

NY Post: Terri-Marie Palmer, 23, broke down in tears as she was convicted of 24-year-old Damon Searson’s murder following a one-week trial, where the details emerged about the fatal end of their rocky relationship, according to multiple reports.

Moments before the killing, Palmer posted: “He p***** me off sitting on Facebook, completely blanking me when I’m talking to him,”

She regularly posted on the social media site about how Searson would ignore her while scrolling through Facebook messages on his phone, adding random girls and posting shirtless photos of himself.

“Gross,” she wrote on one of his topless pics. “Didn’t expect any different to come out of your mouth f–king b–ch,” he fired back.  Eventually, Palmer texted her man that she was fed up — and furious.  “Crying myself to sleep for the second time this week and it’s only Wednesday. Thanks Damon. I’m so angry and hurt I honestly want to f–king stab you,” she wrote...

The two met at Palmer’s hair salon, Costa Del Sol in Lancaster, England, and moved in together last July.

Hilary Clinton Rips a bong

Sun tea

Ever made it? I tried it once about 30 years ago, and it wasn't good. The teabags, not having brewed in boiling water, sat in tepid sun-warmed water, yielding a dull, vegetative taste.

This summer I want to make an iced tea brewed from one of my favorite flavored teas, Constant Comment. I hope sweetening it with Splenda will do the trick.

"Apple's New Lawyer Calls iPhone-Unlock Order a ‘Pandora's Box’"

“This is not just one magistrate in San Bernardino,” said Olson, 75, whose wife died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “There are hundreds of magistrates, there are hundreds of other courts.” 
In rejecting the magistrate’s decree, Apple has ignited a long-simmering battle between the tech industry and the government pitting concerns over civil liberties against the need for surveillance to fight terrorism. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump waded into the battle last week by urging people to boycott Apple products until it complied.
“This case is entirely overstated,” John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said on “This Week” after Olson’s appearance. “The giant parade of terribles,” as he described Apple’s worries over government breaches of civil liberties, “is absurd.”
On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple to lend “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI in recovering information from the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who teamed up with his wife in December to kill 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Canada: "Most "refugees" weren't in danger"

Link to story

Glass Ceilings

Overheard Lem's:
AprilApple said...
Hillary and Lynch are already stacking the deck
Blogger chickelit said...
Well that news (if it gets out) will give Trump Tower all the ceiling it needs.
February 22, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Sunday, February 21, 2016

On Ne Passe Pas (They Shall Not Pass)*

Leaving Paris, the train to Luxembourg tracked the Marne River valley, rolling eastwards through the Champagne region and then veered north to Reims. I recall glimpsing the famous cathedral -- not at night but in harsh daylight. But what I remembered the most (and hadn't foreseen) were the haunted place names along that ride. The names confronted me through the train window one-by-one as stops along the way: place names like Verdun-sur-Meuse. This map shows how the train's route between Paris and Luxembourg crossed the Western Front of the First World War:
The French paid a costly human price at Verdun but prevailed. The great battle began 100 years ago today and raged until December, 1916. German artillery fired an estimated 1 million shells that first day alone. France and Germany lost around 300,000 men at Verdun over the course of the next 10 months -- a significant fraction of total war casualties.


The song prominently features a xylophone. Now the word xylophone is interesting. The word came to us via Greek xylon [wood] + phone [sound]. The instrument is probably an ancient one as suggested by the photograph below, but the name is actually quite recent.

Xylon also appears in the chemical term "xylene" because the molecule* was first isolated from wood tar. 

The etymology link above mentions that the word xylon is the same as "the Cross" in the original Greek language New Testament.  Curious, I looked into that. It turns out that the very symbol of Christianity has a contentious word history. The actual word used by the Greeks was stauros:
The word "stauros" occurs 27 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures (the 'New Testament'). This word has been consistently translated in the New World Translation as "torture stake" and never as "cross". It is the implement on which Jesus Christ was affixed and executed. Also, another Greek word was used by the Bible writers "xylon", as the same implement of execution in regard to Jesus, which denotes, "wood, a piece of wood, anything made of wood..." At those places where "xylon" is used in connection with Jesus' execution the New World Translation has rendered it as "stake". Is there any justification for the New World Translation to do this with these Greek words? link
The link goes into excruciating detail. I don't know what to make of it other than the Greeks wrote stauros [stake] and the Romans wrote crux [cross]. But surely there is plenty of extant evidence that the Romans did crucify as a primary means of execution?
*Xylene is usually plural (xylenes) because there are three closely related (and hard to separate) xylene species designated ortho, meta, and para:

"Kasich signs Ohio bill diverting Planned Parenthood funding"

AP: Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Sunday to strip government money from PlannedParenthood in Ohio, a day after the Republican presidential contender’s weak performance in his party’s South Carolina primary.

The expected action came despite calls for a veto by some legislative Democrats and several newspaper editorials.  The governor did not sign the bill in public. His office made the announcement in a statement.

The legislation targets the roughly $1.3 million in funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department.

WKRLEM: Marco Rubio the Low Spark Of A High Heeled Boys


Moving heavy things around. 

On their little skids. But look at those dents. This stuff is heavy. 

Jellystone CSI

Suspicion about Smokie's activities heightened as we notice the types of woman he would flirt with. He would walk by the most babelicous woman to talk to someone who walked like a man. At first we thought it was a political thing as Smokey is very liberal as are most bears of color. So to see him hanging out with Birkenstock wearing henna tattooed chicks with hairy underarms was par for the course. But something different was going on.

You see he really hated these woman. He would gain their confidence by seeming to be a clean articulate black bear and then he would turn on them. It was terrible.
(Jellystone CSI, Memories of a Park Ranger Forensic Scientist, Penguin Press 2009)

Melania Trump's Diary

Melania Trump’s Diary
February 21, 2016
So we have won in South Carolina. I love South Carolina. All the nice white people with their moon pies and snakes and moonshine. They remind me of the people back home in Slovenia. Good hard working people who work the land, drink to excess and have sex with their cousins. My kind of people.

Donald was so happy and pleased that he even raised a chubby without me having to munch on Little Donald all night.  It was wonderful. But then seeing Jeb Bush humiliated always makes him hard.
Thank God for Laura Bush. She called me up at the beginning of the campaign. She said she knew I would be the next First Lady and she has important stuff to tell me once Donald wins. She hates Jebbie with a passion so she fed us inside information all campaign long. We didn’t even have to use most of it.

Does Apple trust China above the United States?

France 24: Apple was hailed as a champion of digital privacy this week after refusing to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting. But the firm hasn’t always been so scrupulous about user data, especially in China.

Apple’s new role as a champion of digital privacy must be making the Chinese government smile. According to an article by the US news website Quartz, Cook’s intransigence apparently depends on geography.

Citing reports by Chinese daily Beijing News and the state-run People's Daily, the article claimed that Cook agreed in January 2015 to allow authorities in China to carry out “security checks” on all iPhones sold in the country to make sure the US had not installed any spyware. But, Apple has never confirmed or responded to the allegations.

The article reported that analysts believe Apple likely handed over its operating system source code as part of the agreement. If true, this would mean that the Chinese government knows how Apple’s software works, including its security system.

"Why did you pick Trump over the other guys?"

Byron York: "The big reason is honesty," said Lori Jagla, of Woodward, S.C. "The more I hear everyone else going, 'Isn't he going too far?' the more [I think], 'No, you just wait, you get into America, and it's not too far. It's what we're thinking.'"

"Because he's honest," said Nicki Cox, of Greer.

"Doesn't mince words," said Angela Griffin, of Spartanburg.

"I don't even care what his views are, I just care that there's a better chance that he's going to do what he says than the other guys," said Robert Daughenbaugh, of Mauldin. "I mean, you know they're all liars. End of story. They're all liars."

Many had supported mainstream Republican candidates for years and felt they had nothing to show for it. Trump is their opportunity to change course.

"I went into a couple of weeks' depression when Mitt Romney lost," said Doug Moore, of Greenville. "I'm just tired of the politicians. I'm tired of the establishment. I voted establishment for most of my life. I voted for both Bushes, I voted for Bob Dole, John McCain, Romney. I'm just ready for something different, somebody who'll actually get in there and make a change."

"Drinking more coffee may undo liver damage from booze"

Instapundit asks "Is there anything it can't do."
Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
“Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such,” said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K.
“Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” Kennedy added by email.
Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.


'Gentlemen,' he said, 'I don't need your organization, I've shined your shoes
I've moved your mountains and marked your cards
But Eden is burning -- either brace yourself for elimination
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards.'
Full lyrics after the jump

root moisturizer

Here's a picture just for you. Chicklit has a KLEM coming up. I'll slip this in here to help keep you moist.