Saturday, March 12, 2016

When In Rome - The Promise

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Some Expert Analysis of the Trump Rally in Chicago from Breitbart,

Just like Trump turned the phony “war on women” rhetoric on its head when he accused Hillary Clinton of enabling her husband’s abuse in a way that the GOP establishment never did (or never even tried because they lacked the intestinal fortitude and are so afraid of not being liked by their mainstream media/elite “bettors”), he is the only Republican candidate using the organized chaos in Chicago on Friday night to call out Clinton, Sanders, and left-wing activists/agitators who shut down a political rally in a way the truly peaceful Tea Party protesters never did. Republicans could have been unified in pointing out that conservative activists peacefully opposed Obama/Democrats while left-wing agitators who embody the “Salad Bowl” (instead of melting pot) America that so many Americans rightfully fear are engaging in mayhem and violence. They could have been unified in flipping the script. Instead, Messrs. Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz did what every establishment Republican does in times like this–self-loathingly blame your own. You’d expect that from Rubio and Kasich, but Cruz’s response–blaming Trump–showed that inside, he may actually be the political careerist who has many of the same ladder-climbing characteristics of Hillary Clinton.

"Man Pays It Forward...."

A modest Christmastime gesture of kindness that a Georgia woman made to a man who'd forgotten his wallet has come full circle to reward her in a big way.
A couple of weeks before Christmas, Smyrna resident Tracy Warshal, 39, noticed the man behind her in line at an Aldi supermarket was shuffling around looking for his wallet, she told ABC News. Realizing he'd forgotten it, Warshal offered to pay for his $7 grocery bill.

"It would have been more of a headache for him to go out and find his wallet," Warshal said.  Warshal called the act of kindness "instinctual" and said "anybody would have done it." When the man asked for her name, she gave him her first name only. Then she told him "Merry Christmas" and walked out of the store, she recalled.
A few weeks into January, Warshal found out the man was looking for her when two representatives for The Piedmont Foundation visited her at work to inform her that he would like to make a $10,000 donation in her name.
Warshal, who works as a scheduling coordinator for the Piedmont Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Piedmont Healthcare, just happened to be wearing a T-shirt with "Piedmont" emblazoned on it the day she stopped at Aldi on her way home from work. That, and her first name, were the only thing the man had to go on, she said.
The man then contacted the Piedmont Healthcare's Vice President of Philanthropy Mendal Bouknight to help track Warshal down and "thank her" for her gesture, Bouknight said in a statement.  “Tracy is an angel and proof that kindness and compassion are always inside you,” Bouknight said.
Warshal hasn't interacted with the donor since the day she paid for his groceries, she said. He wished to remain anonymous, the foundation told her.

The art of the deal


"Let’s review shall we.

Jeb Bush has a private meeting with Kasich, Cruz, and Rubio.

...Cruz’s campaign takes down its Florida ads. The Cruz Super PACs follow suit allegedly — at least some of them have signaled they too are getting out.

Marco Rubio revs up his Florida presence and is nowhere to be found in Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina.

The Cruz campaign redirects all its resources to those three states, with Cruz rallies, ad buys, GOTV etc.

Now Rubio’s spokesman goes on national television and says Rubio supporters should vote for John Kasich in Ohio.

Kasich is going all in in Ohio and ceding Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina to Cruz. In fact, Kasich suddenly has no events in Illinois, and only one event in Pennsylvania after the Ohio primary.

In other words, Kasich is now only campaigning in Ohio; Rubio is only campaigning in Florida; and Cruz is avoiding events in Florida and Ohio.

There is clearly a plan to stop Trump."

"Paris is ‘too dirty’ for the Japanese"

"Japanese Tour Operators Clean Paris Streets This Weekend"
“They say they want to make the city cleaner for their own people, who have high standards, but in recent years Paris has actually become one of the cleanest cities in the world,” a Paris city hall spokesman said.
The council organized a massive cleanup operation 4 years ago and when members of the council claimed that Paris didn’t win the 2012 Olympics due to its dirty streets.  One of the former environment heads, Yves Contassot, said that Paris was “the dog poo capital of the world” by 2001.
The problem is that Paris is also considered one of the rudest capitals of the world for tourists.  Japanese tourists say that locals are rude and hostile. They even developed a term called “Paris Syndrome” since many of them suffer a psychiatric breakdown. Foreign visitors expect to find beautiful streets and romantic people, and they find a dirty city full of rude people. The Japanese embassy created a 24-hour hotline for those suffering from cultural shock.

ostrich chases bicyclists in South Africa

Friday, March 11, 2016

Blue Monday using 1930s instruments - BBC Arts

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Released 33 years ago this week, New Order’s “Blue Monday” (hear the original EP version here) became, according to the BBC, “a crucial link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the Eighties.” If you frequented a dance club during the 1980s, you almost certainly know the song.


The "Whole" world's watching...and waiting...

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Bernie supporters claim responsibility for disrupting a Trump Chicago rally.

Truly & fully identical twin - Brigette & Paula Powers

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Melania Trump's Diary

So another debate is finished. We are getting really tired of all of these silly debates. One after another. The same gotcha questions from the same idiot journalists. Little Marco Jumping up and down like he has to pee. Cigar Store Indian Ted telling us the one true way to handle everything because he got it straight from the burning bush. The burning Jeb Bush I bet. And of course the Governor. What a live wire he is. He keeps bringing up all of his vast Radio Shack Experience in government. I just don’t think that advising Thomas Jefferson on the Louisiana Purchase is all that relevant these days if you know what I mean?

WKRLEM: Bags tells us what he really thinks about Donald Trump!

We interrupt this tornado coverage...

Is "abandoned cemetery" convoluted?

"Migration fears not racist - Archbishop of Canterbury"

BBC: He recognised that some people had concerns about the pressure that new arrivals put on communities and services. The archbishop said: "There is a tendency to say 'those people are racist', which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous.

"Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis.  "This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable."

He said it was "really important" that fears were listened to, and resources put in place to address them. Archbishop Welby also described fear about what would happen if the UK left the EU or remained as a "valid emotion".

He adds: "I don't think there is one correct Christian view, one way or the other. You can't say 'God says you must vote this way or that way'."

Elsewhere... American devotion to religion is waning, according to new study 

Professor David Voas (UCL Institute of Education) said: “These declines aren’t happening fast, but the signs are now unmistakable. It has become clear that American religiosity has been declining for decades, and the decline is driven by the same dynamic of generational change that has driven religious decline across the developed world.” 


Moon, what do you make of the fresh tone of the Republican debates tonight? 

The moon doesn't speak. I don't know. A slither descended softly and early in the night and stayed a sliver but shows the light that it collects around itself on the sensor, the receiver. That's what the moon says. But what do moons know about politics? I shouldn't have asked.

¡Hillary! Live Tweets The GOP Debate En Español

Hillary has begun tweeting in Spanish (who knew she knew Spanish):
Fomentar la violencia contra manifestantes y miembros de la prensa en tus eventos es una desgracia. #GOPdebate 

translation: "Fomenting violence against demonstrators and members of the press at your events is a disgrace"
I predict that her foray into foreign tongues will go down like Huma Abedin does in the public eye - like a zepelín de plomo.

Watch especially for Marco Rubio's reaction. He might echo her, depending on whose side he's on.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Florida GOP Debate

From God's waiting room.... one more time... are you watching?

Sink or Swim in Florida
"4th time is a charm"

After vigerous fight Ben Carson is going to endorse Donald Trump.

I understand that Governor Chris Christie refereed the deal.

Good show.

According to the Doctor: “There’s two Donald Trumps. There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes,” he said. “They’re not the same person. One’s very much and entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.”

So I guess he isn't Hitler after all. Or something.

Today’s Outrage where Donald Trump tells the truth and pussies everywhere drop their Tampax in the walk because they are so appalled.

Today Donald Trump told an uncomfortable truth. As he often does. The news media went crazy. The pundit’s plotzed. The virtue signalers got out their flags and their flare guns. You see he said something that is indisputably true. Trump simply said “Islam hates us.”

They hate our culture. They are at war with it. They hate the position of women in our society. Trump hires plenty of women to run his various businesses. His daughter is his closest advisor. That is not what the Muslims want. They want women to sit down and shut up and want to snip their clits while they wear a towel to cover their face. They hate our freedom of religion. The fact that there are Christians and especially Jews who can live and worship freely in our society. They hate the fact that our society promotes the homosexual and transgender agenda.

"How Would Our Ancestors View the 21st Century?"

What is the worst thing about living near an open sewer? It is not that you sicken at the stench of it every time you leave your front door. It is that the noisome vapors are so pervasive, and you have lived with them so long, you no longer notice it. What is the worst thing about living in the rubble of a civilization? It is not that you shed a tear for the noble churches and courts and town halls you once knew, as you recall years filled with religious services, parades, block parties, and all the bumptious folderol of an ordinary civic life. It is that you do not even suspect that such things existed.
But how would it be if a time traveler were to go back behind the upheaval and let the people glance into the future? It’s a feature of the American narrative that in all respects things improve over time, so that you can point to vaccines that have eliminated such dreaded diseases as polio and tuberculosis, or to ribbons of highways that bind up the country, or to the machine on which I am writing this essay now—the computer that puts in my grasp a vast library of human knowledge.
Our time traveler reveals these things, and the eyes of his audience grow glassy with wonder. Imagine—the poems of Tennyson, a few seconds away! The Dorsey band in person, Van Cliburn on the piano, Paderewski on the violin, Rembrandt in bold color, great things for everyone and not only for the rich who can travel. But then you will have to explain. No, a thousand to one, ten thousand to one, the people who use the instrument will be gazing at pornography rather than at the Masters. Then you will have to explain the term “pornography:” smut. And say that most high school students will never have heard of Tennyson, much less read his poems, but that almost all of them will have gazed at smut, some of them day after day.
The faces of the audience darken. Then, one among them, wiser than the rest, asks the obvious question: “How then shall we live?”
There is a country road that straggles its way over a mountain nearby. Lovers go there and pull over at a lookout, where they listen to music and engage in what’s called “necking.” It never goes beyond that because most of them are pretty good kids and understand that bearing children is for marriage and so is the child-making thing. That understanding allows them to be there in the first place. Innocence—even such compromised and sometimes failing innocence as we possess in a healthy culture—makes for freedom. You will have to tell the audience that there is no necking anymore. You will tell them that, as a rule, it is either sex or nothing. For the worst or the weakest among us, then, there is danger and heartbreak and, eventually, the protective callus of nihilism—even the shedding of blood. For the purest among us, and the most responsible, there is loneliness.
They have dances all the time, don’t they? Merry things that bring out young people in flocks, chaperoned by their elders, who usually partake in the dancing too, since music and dance are shared by all. Hardly a week goes by without a big dance somewhere. You will tell them that that’s all gone. You will tell them that the older generation feels absolutely no duty to bring young people together in a healthy and decent way. They are too busy engaging in their own debauches or they are simply alienated. They wouldn’t know where to begin.
“Where is the sweetness of young love?” they ask you. “Don’t people get married anymore?” You point their attention to their streets. There are families in every house. Sometimes it’s a grandmother and grandfather whose children have moved “away,” to the next block over, or across town, or, since this is America, to the neighboring county. Otherwise, it’s a mother and father with children, and the children are everywhere. If the weather is fair, you can hear the music of their games. A boy covers his eyes with his hands and leans against a telephone pole, counting down from 100 by fives, till he cries out, “Ready or not, here I come!” Or is that a ball that’s scooting through the “outfield,” down the pavement, while the kids cry, “Go, go, go”? What crime can such a place fear, when the streets and alleyways and backyards and porches are governed by spies more restless than any the CIA have ever trained, not to mention their grandmothers rocking on their porches and chatting with one another? Tell them that that is gone. (read the rest)
The perfect branch goes w/o a swing because the perfect couple inside goes w/o children

"Woman Fatally Shoots Mississippi Fugitive Rafael McCloud"

"A woman being held hostage with her family by a suspected murderer fatally shot him Thursday morning — ending the multi-agency manhunt for the armed and dangerous felon, police said."
The fugitive, Rafael McCloud, 34, had approached a man in Vicksburg while he was starting his car outside of his home, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong told NBC affiliate WLBT.
McCloud ordered the man inside, where he tied him and his wife up, Armstrong said. At one point, McCloud stabbed the man in the shoulder before he broke free.
Amid the man's escape, his wife grabbed a firearm and shot McCloud in the head, Armstrong told The Associated Press. The woman and a child inside the home were unharmed 
The use of a gun made this woman her attacker's equal, in the respect that matter most, her right to remain alive. You could argue, in the right hands, guns are an equality tool.

"Complaint over loud 'boom box' music..."

"...leads to 5-woman brawl on Spirit Airlines flight"
The two intoxicated women blasted music from a "boom box" on board the Spirit Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Baltimore to Los Angeles. When passengers complained, the loud-music lovers held the boom box in the air.
But what played out so beautifully when John Cusack did it in "Say Anything" hit a sour note in real life high in the skies.
Authorities say five women got into a brawl on Spirit Flight 141 before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport.
Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry said several other customers asked the women to turn down the music, but the women refused. Instead, the women posed a challenging question: “What are you going to do?”
“Then to provoke the other customer they were holding up their boom box in the air, waving it around,” Berry said.
That’s when a second group of passengers approached the two women and a fight started, he said. (video)

Who's A Nazi Now?

An 11-year-old British student corrected Justin Bieber's grammar:
In the song, you can be heard - on a number of occasions - stating 'If I was your boyfriend': here you have clearly used the subjunctive mood incorrectly.
The correct lyrics should, in fact, be 'If I were your boyfriend'.
This is a very common mistake made by the general public today; however, if role models (and popular singer/song-writers) such as you cannot use it, why should we make the effort to study and use such grammatical forms correctly?' link

Bernie Sanders: Hillary cheats

Mediaite:  A Bernie Sanders aide told Fox News’ Ed Henry that a picture of Secretary Hillary Clinton backstage with her campaign aides during a commercial break shows that she broke the rules during Wednesday’s Univision debate.
The rules of the debate banned candidates from meeting with staff during breaks. When contacted by Henry, Clinton spokeswoman Jen Palmieri responded by saying she didn’t know the photo existed.

F. Group: Parts of Mammals

From Middle Egyptian Grammar Sign List by James E. Hoch. A Canadian professor, I think, somebody wrote about taking his class. This is workbook to help with his text.

This is a strange group. It is large and detailed, an important group. Going through the parts of animals makes one wonder if everyone was butcher back then or what. How else would some of these bizarre symbols end up in their written language?

The group starts with the front parts of large animals then list heads of canines, horns, things on the head then hindquarters and legs and tails, skins and abdomen, heart and a few signs for backbone then piddles out with half a dozen ways to draw intestines. An "S" shape drawn as many ways as possible. Spending a few days with the group is enough to put you off meat for awhile.

When you get to things like "heart and windpipe" and "lungs and windpipe" Honestly, who would look at innards this way? The way that they look at spines and drew them. They're important symbols wrapped up with their idea of beauty. The symbol appears everywhere in design. The lung signifying unity of two part of their country. The design for lungs become part of the woodwork in their furniture. Their headboard and footboard design is basically a lung. Of an animal. The heart that is seen everywhere as a vase is a picture of an animal heart.

I'm writing his whole book over again.

Except I'm not drawing them this time, I'm using JSESH and I'm getting a bit good at it.

Each sign here has an F number with it from 1 to 51. Entering the number in JSESH produces the sign. That is the number for the sign in the Manuel de Cordage, an international group that agreed on using Gardiner's original plan. Hoch is sampling Gardiner. I'm using Manuel de Cordage through JSESH. To use it I have to know the code for the sign and knowing how they're arranged systematically like this helps considerably.

JSESH will also accept the transliteration symbols that get at the sound of the signs adapted for computers. Knowing that code and how it's adapted helps speed things too. I'm getting really good at entering the code by mixing them. I guess that was the whole idea. It's kind of fun. I can open JSESH, type:

ms s H G36 w F23:N14 A40

Hit enter, boink.

That appears. See? The swallow is entered by G36 and the chick is entered by its transliteration symbol w code for its sound. Back and forth one after another there are two ways to get at the sign. Row after row of these things. Too many frames for Photoshop to handle. My stack of transparencies exceeds their 500 frame limit. So the file was saved to GIF using GIMP instead, another program like Photoshop except free. Gimp cannot save the timing of each frame. It assigns one speed for the whole thing.

WKRLEM TV. You're fired!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Both Bags and April mailed me an Easter Card. Thank you. But why did you get the same one?

The over the top attacks on the Donald continue as people continue to lose their shit. The hyperbole is amazing. Trump is Hitler. Trump is Mussolini. Trump killed Jesus. Wait a minute I thought Bernie was the one who was Jewish. Is this a dog whistle or something?

A church actually posted this cartoon as part of their celebration of Easter. Nice right?

Ann Coulter nails this phenomenon in a tasty little post on Briebart. In it she lays out all of the many troubling similarities between the Donald and the Fueher. For example:

— Adolf Hitler held gigantic rallies, where he inspired millions with rousing speeches. Donald Trump holds gigantic rallies, where he inspires millions with rousing speeches.
— Adolf Hitler talked about making his country great again. Donald Trump talks about making his country great again.
— Adolf Hitler promised military victories. Donald Trump promises military victories.
— Adolf Hitler had a loyal and overweight henchman, Hermann Goering. Donald Trump has a loyal and overweight henchman, Chris Christie.
And she goes on and on in her inimitable restrained style. I like how she understates the case. It is exactly the way I like to argue.
It is amazing how terrible the Donald is and the extremes that people will go to attack him. These pussies get so upset that their tampons fall out before they can get home and they have to put it on the internet to show how upset they are about the end of America as we know it.

"Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss"

The Local Germany News In English:  Germany's number one power supplier, said in a statement that massive writedowns on its electricity plants pushed it deep into the red, but at an underlying level, operating profit was "in line with expectations."
"We posted solid operating results in a very difficult market environment," said chief executive Johannes Teyssen. "Our numbers reflect the far-reaching structural transformation that our industry is experiencing and that continues unabated in the current year....
But despite the difficulties, the company said it had succeeded in reducing its net debt "significantly to €27.7 billion."

Let the myths of MythBusters begin

MythBusters Series Finale Video from Thomas Crenshaw on Vimeo.

Dennis Miller Hillary rant

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"Stabbing victim pulls knife out of own neck, kills terrorist"

The Times of Israel:  The Palestinian assailant had followed Azarihab, who was collecting money for charity, into a wine shop on the central city’s Baron Hirsch Street and began stabbing him “multiple times” in the upper body in a “frenzied attack,” police said.

At one point, Azarihab managed to break away and fled the store, while the owner of the store hit the attacker and tried to subdue him, police said. The victim then returned to the store, pulled the knife out of his own neck, and stabbed his attacker.

Initial reports had said the stabbing may have occurred during an altercation; however, the incident was later confirmed by police as a terror attack.

Magen David Adom paramedics said they treated Azarihab at the scene before taking him to the city’s Beilinson Hospital.

"KC Mass Murderer Captured in Rural Missouri – Is Mexican Illegal Who Was Previously Deported"

CBS:  Serrano-Vitorino, a Mexican national who authorities said was in the country illegally, is accused of fatally shooting four men late Monday night at his neighbor's home in Kansas City, Kansas. He was also wanted in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Randy Nordman in New Florence.
The manhunt, which included helicopters, police dogs and at least one SWAT team, began late Monday after the first shooting. One of the four men managed to call police before he died, but it's unclear how the men knew each other or what may have prompted the shooting, Kansas City police officer Thomas Tomasic said...
Authorities haven't released the names of the four Kansas victims. Serrano-Vitorino was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in their killings, Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Tuesday night that Serrano-Vitorino was deported from the U.S. in April 2004 and illegally re-entered "on an unknown date." ICE said it would place a detainer on Serrano-Vitorino if he was taken into custody.

Meanwhile: Sheriff Babeu: Obama has ‘handcuffed’ Border Patrol

"People who traveled the world..."

What did you choose not to say about a country you visited to keep the story positive?  

Reddit top voted comments... 
When I fell down a flight of stairs in Hungary and broke my back not a single person stopped to help me while I screamed in pain.
While staying in a hostel near Switzerland a girl started getting sexually assaulted in the room connecting to mine ("stop/no/it's my body"). I wrestled with what to do until I went out and knocked on the door. A guy answers and I asked him wtf was going on. We started yelling at each other until someone came and got him. Later the girl thanked me but that really put a damper on the trip for a few days.
Bosnia is full of trash. I love that country, but damn, is it littered. If you're hiking in the countryside and you see a small lovely path, don't take it, it leads to a dump. Almost every village has one.
When my father came back from a business trip in China, he had a broken leg. He told us that he had slipped on some stairs.
It was only many years later that I found out the Chinese military police had thrown him off a bridge and left him for dead.
He was part of an arbitration team that had been brought in on a legal case against the government for negligence. I don't know why he kept it secret from us for so long, but it certainly changed the way I saw China.

"Dearborn, top Arab-American U.S. city, just voted for Donald Trump, Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders"

The Week: The Michigan electorate was full of surprises on Tuesday. The biggest was Sen. Bernie Sanders' upset win over Hillary Clinton, but there were also some interesting results from the city of Dearborn, the "Arab capital of North America," with about 41 percent of the city claiming Arab ancestry. Dearborn houses the Arab American National Museum and several large mosques — unlike the Chaldean Christian Arab community in nearby Sterling Heights, "the Dearborn community is overwhelmingly Muslim," says Michigan Radio. And Dearborn Republicans voted for Donald Trump, the candidate pledging to close U.S. borders to Muslims, 39 percent to 30 percent for nearest competitor John Kasich.

Dearborn Democrats, meanwhile, picked Sanders, 59 percent to 39 percent for Clinton.

"People with anxiety may be hard-wired to see world differently"

Fox News:  Researchers designed a sound experiment to explore the brain's "plasticity," or its ability to change and respond to new situations. These changes influence how the brain reacts to stimuli and whether the person is able to distinguish between safe or dangerous circumstances, said lead author Rony Paz of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
"Our study suggests that people with anxiety cannot discriminate, at the most basic level, between stimuli that have an emotional content and similar mundane or daily stimuli," Paz said by email.
"This in turn might explain the anxious response that they exhibit to scenarios that seem regular, normal or non-emotional to anyone else - their brain cannot discriminate and responds as if it is the anxious stimulus," Paz added. (click for more)

Luciano Rosso, Playback 30, Mambo

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Ballad of Frank Crosetti

Yankee clubhouse April 4. 1962
Joe Pepitone walked into the clubhouse for the first time as a New York Yankee.  He was a bonus baby and had torn up the minor leagues so the Yanks had brought him up to the show. A Brooklyn Boy from Park Slope he was singularly unimpressed with most of the living legends in the locker room. Mickey Mantle. Whitey Ford.  Yogi Berra. They weren’t the kind of guys who impressed him.
In his part of Brooklyn he was more impressed with the wise guys who had the whole neighborhood in the palm of their hands. Guys like Carmine the Snake and the Gallo’s from down President St. Those guys would kill you as soon as look at you. So what’s the great shakes about some goober shortstop who drank milkshakes and wanted to talk about Jesus? Or even Mickey Freakin' Mantle. Mickey Mantle  wasn't gonna pay his rent.

“Hey rook come over here” some crusty old guinea called out to Joe. He looked over. The old man was dressed in a Yankee t-shirt, uniform pants and sanitary socks. It was the old shortstop who was the third base coach Frank Crosetti. The Crow had been with the Yanks since the Babe’s time. Cashed a shitpot full of World Series check. He was known as a great fungo hitter, stickler for the rules and an informer to the Manager. Nothing is worse to a guy form Brooklyn than a snitch.
“Hey Coach” Joe said. Might as well make nice on his first day. “What can I do for you pasian?” “I ain’t your paisan you stupid guinea. I am the guy who is going to make you a True Yankee. I got my eye on you. You look like a trouble maker.”

Who says I have small hands?

As the most athletic of all American Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt  was considered a virile example of American manhood. Cowboy, rancher,  sportsman and big game hunter Teddy was  a man's man. However the rumor in Washington that Little Teddy was not quite Bully as it were.  The testimony of the oldest living whore in Dakota Territory Trixie Star stated that he was a member of the small member  club!  Strangely enough in one of God's perverse jokes Teddy Roosevelt. had the most muscular belly button of all the Presidents of the United States. A sickly and asthmatic child, the young Theodore Roosevelt was a fanatical devotee of exercise to the point that he devoted part of his workout to strengthening the muscles of his belly button. He had an “outie” in which he did curls with a pencil fitted with two tiny weights. His belly button was in fact so strong that he once tied off his lariat on his erect belly button while roping a calf in a rodeo when his saddle horn broke in mid contest. It was quite an impressive feat.
(The Long and the Short of It, Presidential Penises by Doris Kearns Goodwin, St. Martins Press)

Trump Wins Michigan!

That's the headline at Drudge as of now anyway. And Sanders is still leading Clinton!

I caught myself before I clicked on the TV to watch this unfold. Why? Because I have yet to see a reasonable analysis of what is going on with Trump. The media is still in denial. Absolutely no introspection to date from the MSM. Why enable them if they can't deliver?

Virginia Tech Athletics - Patriotism

Changing the Game Project:  Kudos to Coach Buzz Williams, VT Basketball Coach. Given the ignorance or disrespect evidenced by most of today's athletes during our National Anthem, he decided to "have a talk with his players”. All coaches need to do something like this with their players!
Coach Buzz Williams, VT Basketball Coach
Don’t you wish all college coaches would do this? In a few years, there would a re-birth of patriotism on college campuses!  March 6

"'Dentist of Horror' Jacobus van Nierop on trial in France"

BBC News:  Initially locals seemed delighted by the hard-working and smiley dentist, a larger-than-life character who witnesses said was rarely seen without his "big 4x4, a big dog and a big cigar".
But then the horror stories began. People said they had teeth ripped out for no reason - they were given heavy anaesthetic, then left with abscesses and infected gums.
Fillings were pulled out simply to be replaced by more expensive composite and some said their mouths bled for days.
The story of alleged victim Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, is typical of the allegations made against the dentist.
She visited him in March 2012 to have braces fitted. "He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days," she told the AFP news agency.
Another alleged male victim, 80, told AFP that the dentist left "pieces of flesh hanging everywhere" after removing a tooth.
By early 2013 a group of Mr van Nierop's alleged victims had grown to 120 members and in June of that year he was arrested. But the dentist fled France before the start of his trial the following December.
He was eventually located in a small town in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and was arrested under an international warrant.

"Erin Andrews Might Only See A Fraction Of Her $55 Million Settlement"

Perez Hilton: On Monday, Erin Andrews was finally awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against Marriott Hotels for the high-profile stalking case from 2008.  Erin was victimized and violated when a man named Michael David Barrett videotaped her through a peephole in a Marriott hotel...
Well despite the big win, the blonde beauty may not be seeing as much of her winnings as you might think!
That's because the jury split the blame 51% to Barrett and 49% to Marriott. Seeing as how Michael isn't anyone special, and he spent 30 months in jail from 2010-2012, we doubt he's able to cough up $28 million anytime soon.
The other problem is with the hotel chain as TMZ reports that Marriott will most likely appeal the verdict which could lead to a smaller settlement. Since there's no physical injury and the payment was awarded on the grounds of emotional distress, there's a chance an appeals court could overturn the verdict for being such an excessive payout.
Legal sources have predicted that the case will most likely settle in the ballpark of $20 million between the sportscaster and hotel company.
Unfortunately for the 37-year-old, when a case goes to trial, lawyers rake in about 40% of the final take which means if it does go to settlement, she would be left with about $12 million. On top of that though, Erin would be responsible for the costs for preparing the case which is estimated to be about $1 million.1
Oh yeah, and in cases involving emotional distress without any physical injuries, the award is taxable meaning the $11 million Andrews would be left with could turn into $6 million.
It's no chump change, but we find it despicable if the hotel tries to weasel their way out of responsibility by settling. 

The A-Bomb Kid

Village Voice: My fascinated dread began in 1978, when I was nine. Leafing through a waiting room copy of Book Digest, I came across the following proposition: "Suppose an average—or below-average in my case—physics student at a university could design a working atomic bomb on paper."
The premise was not fanciful. The author had done it. In 1977, John Aristotle Phillips found worldwide fame as the Princeton junior who designed a working Nagasaki-class weapon the size of a beach ball. In fact, after calling DuPont and asking for a good detonator for imploding, ahem, a dense sphere of metal—"God, how obvious," he scoffed to himself. "Why don't you just say you want to implode Pu-239?"—he actually improved on the original model.
Phillips was no Lex Luthor. He was the mascot who ran around in the Tiger outfit at Princeton games, a duty he acquired after being fired as cowbell player in the marching band. His academic prospects were none too bright. "If I flunk another course," he admitted, "I'll be bounced out of the Big U right on my ass."
So Phillips proposed a Term Paper to End All Term Papers: "How to Build Your Own Atomic Bomb." His instructor was Freeman Dyson, famed colleague of bomb-meisters Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. But Dyson carefully avoided giving his student extra help. Phillips gathered declassified documents at the National Technical Information Service—"Oh, you want to build a bomb too?" a librarian asked him dryly—and many sleepless nights of calculations later, he pulled it off. Phillips did this while camped out with a broken typewriter in the campus Ivy Club. For extra surrealism, the club members who observed his mysterious work included fellow student Parker Stevenson. Yes, the Hardy Boys' star Parker Stevenson.
So how good was his design?
"I remember telling him I would give him an A for it," Dyson e-mails me, "but advised him to burn it as soon as the grade was registered." Phillips was spared the trouble of procuring matches: The U.S. government kept his term paper and classified it. Soon Phillips was pursued by hack journalists and trench-coaters alike: The Pakistani embassy tried to get a copy; agents trailed him; the FBI and CIA got involved. Everything exploded. (read the whole thing)

Study: Women afraid of crime prefer dominant partners

UPI: Regardless of the circumstances, women who prefer physically formidable and dominant mates -- PPFDM for short -- also tend to feel more vulnerable to crime.

Psychologists have theorized that females who grow up in high-crime areas tend to place a heavy emphasis on security, and thus are more attracted to physically dominant men. Now, researchers at the University of Leicester have shown the correlation between fear of victimization and PPFDM is widely prevalent.

Even when a woman's actual risk of victimization is low, those with a strong PPFDM feel more at risk.

The experiments' results -- detailed in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior -- suggest changing circumstances and threat levels have little influence on PPFDM.

"PPFDM appears to be associated with women's self-assessed vulnerability," study author Hannah Ryder, a PhD researcher at Leicester, said in a press release. "Women with strong PPFDM feel relatively more at risk, fearful, and vulnerable to criminal victimization compared to their counterparts, regardless of whether there are situational risk factors present."

"Our research suggests that the relationship between feelings of vulnerability, as measured by fear of crime, and women's preference for physically formidable and dominant mates is stable, and does not update according to environmental circumstances or relative level of protection needed," Ryder added.

Lindybeige explains the Iliad

This is splendid. 

The most interesting I learned is Lindybeige showing how to teach. Step one; love your subject.

And the second thing is professor types play with toys.

And the movie did mislead me by making this the most breathtaking fight scene in all cinema.  I sure hope it plays. Achilles vs Boagrius.

Monday, March 7, 2016


I recently rewatched "My Fair Lady" and deborah's earlier post instantly reminded me of this song. The homoerotic undertones between Higgins and Pickering were too obvious. The film has a terrible ending as well. I may need to reread "Pygmalion" for a cleanser.  

"It's a Dell...not the singer."

Teens react to Windows 95

The Ballad of Frank Crosetti

Do you know who Frank Crosetti was? He was the ultimate “True Yankee.”

He was the starting Yankee shortstop from 1932 until Phil Rizzuto came up in 1941. When Phil went into the army he got the job back until the war was over and then became a bench player. More importantly he became a Yankee coach being the third base coach for many, many years. They said he waved move than 10,000 runner’s home during his tenure at third base.

Most importantly he was the guardian of the Yankee tradition. He had seen how it was done since the days of Ruth and Gehrig through DiMaggio up to Mantle and the dog days after the 1964 collapse. He was the guy who said “Yankees don’t do that.” Smart alecks like Jim Bouton and Joe Pepitone hated him and mocked him to his face. He had very few friends. He was rigid and unlikable. He insisted on a pure inviolable code of conduct that you could not broach. You did it the “Yankee” way or you were a piece of crap.

Who Says I Have Small Hands?

The most limber presidential penis of course belonged to Richard Milhous “Tricky Dick” Nixon who was famous for the shapes he could manipulate his penis into on the Washington “cocktail” circuit. He would twist and turn his penis to create various shapes including a duck, the Lincoln Memorial and his little dog Checkers. His quick and tricky dick was much in evidence in his rise from back bench congressman to senator to vice president. In fact it is rumored that the reason why General Eisenhower choose him as his vice president is because of his puppetry of the penis. Eisenhower said “He may be a dick, but he is one funny dick.”
(The Long and the Short of It, Presidential Penises by Doris Kearns Goodwin, St. Martins Press).

Biscuit and Strawberries

Alternate title: Why can't blokes be like birds and make biscuits and strawberries?

Here's how to make a biscuit similar to pie crust and fold it like puff more simply and less extremely. Instead of sponge cake and instead of toasted pound cake that would also be very good. With strawberry topping, basically, sliced strawberries slightly crushed with sugar and possibly some trace of alcohol. With flavored ricotta on the bottom and whipped cream on top. Layered on a plate.

This is a post on another site. Its stat numbers have increased for some reason mysteriously and held. It was a bit annoying actually because it didn't sound good. I looked at what they are looking at, turns out posted three years ago, and thought, hey, that doesn't look so bad.

Ricotta, sugar, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon ↑
Heavy cream, sugar, vanilla ↓

Here, have some.