Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brexit and the EU

I don't know if any of you are familiar at all with Sargon of Akkad.  He does gamer gate and social issue related video commentary, generally, and presents himself as an atheist valuing reason and facts over feelings and narratives. Here he talks about voting for Brexit.  Now I had never really paid much attention to how the EU is set up, how it's ruled.  Beyond mocking the thickness of its "constitution" it really isn't relevant to my life.  Sargon describes the functioning of the EU governing body.  I was pretty shocked, if he's even slightly accurate and no reason to think he's not, that anyone would let themselves be ruled with those parameters.

It's time to fire up the grill

I have a new back yard. We have been fixing it up gradually and now it is just about right. Not much of a view but the prevailing winds keep it nice and cool at night. Unfortunately we are close to the Gowanus Canal so we have to worry about mosquitos. I have sprayed and planted some natural remedies in that certain plants keep mosquitos away. Citronella. Lavender. Lemon grass. We put pots with these plants all around. Have a bunch of lanterns and chandeliers with citronella candles. Make sure there is no standing water for them to breed.

We enjoy the yard first thing in the morning for coffee. We sit out there and relax before we start the day. The days are long enough that we get to grill when we get home. That works out pretty great.

"Men Did Greater Things When It Was Harder To See Boobs"

"To make America great again we may need to make seeing boobs rare again."
While some have made the case that Kim Kardashian and her friend Emily Ratajkowski have made boobs boring, breasts are in fact so potent that they may be hastening our decline. Breasts and female nudity have always been eye-catching to positively distracting, depending on your sex. The sheer boobitude immediately available either through online porn, Kardashian’s Twitter feed, and Tinder (otherwise known as Uber for boobs) has rapidly accelerated to the point that men have stopped creating because there’s so few obstacles to seeing them.
Perhaps you scoff and say highbrow Western art since the middle ages has featured images and imagery of the female breast. That may just be the point. They had to undertake significant effort to present images of the female breast, as opposed to a Tumblr of boobs or the that is available in one click. Further, take note that the prime age for invention used to be one’s early twenties; often, scientists and other folks were not as productive in later decades.
Now, that is often not the case: “There’s a boom in inventions by people over 50,” John Calvert, executive director of the United Inventors Association, told the New York Times. “Over 60 percent of the association’s members are older, he added, so they also have more time for inventing.”

Also see Average "Boob Size Around the World"

Vox Day talks about "Quintessential Cuckservatism"

Vox Popoli June 25, 2016 by Vox Day
Rod Dreher demonstrates the effete and useless nature of modern conservatism:
The Speaker of the House of Representatives was shouted down by Democratic Congressman as he attempted to regain control of the House of Representatives. Actual US Congressmen behaving like a bunch of giddy Oberlin undergraduates.

They had better not give in. Look, on gun control matters, I am generally — generally — more sympathetic to Democrats than to Republicans. But this mob insurrection on the House floor is profoundly unsettling. I have not looked closely at the legislation, so it is entirely possible that I might support the Democratic proposal. But to attempt to get one’s way by showing utter contempt for rules of the House? No. No, no, no. Their passion does not justify their behavior.

This country is in trouble.

DHS Whistle-blower Phil Haney: Dots were not connected and Americans died as a result

Link to video

This is a serious charge. Please watch the video in it's entirety.

WestWord music festival

They set this up in the parking lot behind our residential parking lot. Don't even come down here, there's no parking. Parking is premium. Our building invites a tow company to sit and wait in the garage and have your car out within 15 seconds of parking abuse. And even that is hard to get into. They have rights to shut off half the alley so all traffic in and out goes the other way that is also clogged with their vehicles. The music is loud. There is no shutting it out. And it does violate city noise ordinance.

This is the setup. Nothing has started yet. The place will fill through the day.

They'll give me free tickets downstairs to compensate for the nuisance. They will not all allow the camera although they will allow phone cameras, because, fidelity, I suppose and because everyone is progressive around here or else in their own world. 

This camera prohibition caused a dispute. I was stopped by Barney Fife, stopped dead, and his opinion was backed up by another organizer. Later in responding to my verbal abuse Westword denied any proscription and offered me a job but I'm in possession of a very bad attitude and cannot accept offers from people who make such intrusive neighborhood noise assuming its all for the good and who hire Barney Fife types for their gatemen.

The noise modulation has just begun. 

I'll show more later. 

Not The Same, Ben Folds

I suppose you take your musical inspiration wherever you get it. This video has two good things, a good story in front of it and attractive harmonizing by the audience on a song you probably didn't know exists and by those two things the song might grow on you. (But not quite enough to add it to Amazon Cloud)

What a drag this SME is. I watched this on a British site so I don't know why SME singles us out. It's worth a view. 

Democracy Now, timing

Tonight I clicked through Democracy Now three times and gave the channel a few seconds each time to hear what they're on about tonight. I'm curious to their guest's perspective on Brexit. Given two seconds each pass the seconds were used for the three separate guests to say, "xenophobic" and "racist" all three passes. Those are the only two words I heard from each of three guests on that channel on each pass.

Progressives vs racists. How simple.

Friday, June 24, 2016


And then there is the parody version, "Inga Moods Swing:"

Check this out on Chirbit

Here is something I talked about five months ago....but they are bringing up as a Negative...because that is what these douchenozzles do

Trump considering Tom Cotton for VP


Donald Trump may be zeroing in on his running mate: Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton. Via Fox 16:
In an interview today with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the host suggested Trump pick either Senator Cotton or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his running mate.
Trump said he can’t reveal his thinking in considering his VEEP pick, but had positive things to say about Arkansas’ junior senator.
“I’ve gotten very good, you know, very good statements from Senator Cotton, who is a, you know, who I know, whose parents I know and met,” Trump said. “I think that he is a very talented guy. He’s also very popular. He’s a very popular person. So these are two names that I have high on the list for something at least, that I can tell you.”
Hewitt cited Cotton’s military experience as an asset to Trump’s campaign.

Across the pond.

It's not cute anymore. Please stop it. But you cannot stop it so I must bear with it for the rest of my life. A phrase so internalized that the ocean between England and the United States cannot be called the Atlantic Ocean anymore. It must be the pond instead.

Fine. You say pond and I'll think water.  I'll translate each and every instance for now on, and that vague I'll be more clear than you.

No matter how many times you say it, no matter how fast or numerous the jets, it's still an ocean and not a pond, notwithstanding American's affection for British fondness for understatement. It's not cute anymore.

This is the pond of Henry the transmentalist's who lived in a hut and read Tarot cards.

The center blue on the globe below is the Atlantic ocean between the United States and Britain.

Tiny, you could swim across it or drain it. ↑.

Quite large, you would die in it ↓. 

Fire-Walking Event Gone Bad

DallasDozens of people were burned Thursday night after walking over hot coals at a Tony Robbins motivational seminar in Dallas, and at least five of those hurt had to be hospitalized, officials said....

Robbins isn’t speaking publically about what might have gone wrong, but his organization, Robbins Research International, issued a statement that said, in part:
“In Dallas tonight, someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911 erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns. While we are grateful to the quick and robust response from Dallas emergency services, only 5 of 7,000 participants requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site.  We are pleased to have completed another successful fire walk for 7,000 guests and look forward to the remainder of an outstanding weekend with them.”
People who have participated in previous fire walks at Tony Robbins events say it isn’t unusual for there to be some injuries. “From a numbers perspective that amount is negligible,” said fire walk participant Tish Bazil. “I don’t mean to diminish anything that’s happened to anybody, but there are some coaching techniques, really specific strategies, that he gives people.” (Link for more)

"Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries"

APThe AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show.

The missing entries raise new questions about how Clinton and her inner circle handled government records documenting her State Department tenure — in this case, why the official chronology of her four-year term does not closely mirror other more detailed records of her daily meetings. At a time when Clinton's private email system is under scrutiny by an FBI criminal investigation, the calendar omissions reinforce concerns that she sought to eliminate the "risk of the personal being accessible" — as she wrote in an email exchange that she failed to turn over to the government but was subsequently uncovered elsewhere. (Link for more)

"David Cameron resigns as prime minister after Britain votes Brexit"

The prime minister, who backed a Remain vote, said Britain required "fresh leadership" to negotiate the country's exit from the EU.

"I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," he said in a statement outside Downing Street.

Close to tears and with his voice breaking, Mr Cameron said: "I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed."

Full statement at the Link

Why Britain Joined the European Union

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Korean crunchy fried chicken

I want to share this because Maangchi is cute.

She tells us for crunchy chicken fry the chicken twice. She makes a hot candy sauce to coat them.

She writes on her ingredient list 1/2 cup  mulyeot, a rice syrup, the main ingredient balanced with 1/4 cup soy sauce. So, heavy sweet and salty elements. 

Mulyeot is actually corn syrup. Corn being an American commodity she can thank international trade for the misapprehension.

The dried chile pepper is not very hot. But this can be made a lot hotter. I notice she's using garlic but not ginger and she does not specify rice vinegar nor specific mustard. 

We may have lost the battle but we will win the war

Nigel Farage predicts Britain will remain in the EU:

Leaves have turned up the vote!

"Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal intro to 'stairway to heaven'"

CNBC:  The verdict in Los Angeles settles a point that music fans have debated for decades but didn't find its way to court until two years ago, when the trustee for the late Randy Craig Wolfe filed a copyright lawsuit.
Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant told CNBC they were grateful to the jury for confirming what they said they have known for 45 years.
"We appreciate our fans' support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us," Page and Plant said in a statement....
In trying to show the works were substantially similar, the trust had the tricky task of relying on sheet music because that's what is filed with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Jurors were not played the "Taurus" recording, which contains a section that sounds very similar to the instantly recognizable start of "Stairway." Instead, they were played guitar and piano renditions by musicians on both sides of the case. Not surprisingly, the plaintiff's version on guitar sounded more like "Stairway" than the defense version on piano.
Experts for both sides dissected both compositions, agreeing mainly that they shared a descending chord progression that dates back three centuries as a building block in lots of songs.
I was goin to leave this story to ChickL if he wanted to post about it, but I could not resist passing up that story title.  (Link)

Introducing SpotMini

Link to source

"Obama Immigration Plan Blocked by 4-4 Tie at Supreme Court"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the rest of Obama's presidency. The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role.
A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
Finally, the people succeed blocking the emperor.

"Father of Christopher Leinonen speaks out"

The Detroit NewsDetroit native Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32, was among 49 people killed in Saturday night’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, according to the city of Orlando. His father, Mark Bando, responded to The Detroit News Monday with this letter.
“The website for the city of Orlando, FL has just added my son's name to the list of those killed at the Pulse nightclub shooting, so it has been confirmed.
His name was Christopher Andrew Leinonen, he went by the nickname of 'Drew' and he was gay, a fact I only learned about 5 years ago. While I was not thrilled to learn of his orientation, I accepted it as the way he was pre wired-when born. He was handsome, personable, brilliant and loved vintage movies. He grew-up, got a master's degree and became a practicing psychologist. He was born June 1, 1984.
Chris' mother Christine Leinonen was a MSP state trooper from 1981 to 1990. We were not married when he was conceived and born and he was raised by her as a single parent and he had her last name. After working a decade with MSP, Christine quit and moved down to FL, where she attended law school and became an attorney.
Before reaching high school age, Christopher lived in Macomb Co. and I had regular weekend visitation with him and paid child support for 18 years. His mother moved to FL and took him along, making regular in-person visiting very difficult, in the 1990s.
Chris graduated from Seminole FL High School and got his college degrees from UCF, which is when he began living in the Orlando area. In recent years, I only saw him in person about once per year, when I visited FL, or when he made one of his rare visits to Michigan.
Like his mother, Christopher was very idealistic about the human race, and he did not want to see the evil in the world or even to believe it existed. He used to laugh and joke and tell me I was paranoid, to carry a gun off duty, when I was a Detroit cop. He called me after September 11th, when his world view altered somewhat, after seeing planes fly into the World Trade Center. So he made the giant leap to believing there are evil people in the world, but not far enough to acquaint himself with firearms, or to get a permit to carry. If we'd spent the last 2 decades living in close proximity to each other, I have little doubt I'd have trained him to use a gun. After seeing the Paris massacre last year, I thought, "If only one of the intended victims in that large crowd had been armed, many lives could have been saved." I also thought, this couldn't happen in America, because surely, somebody in a large crowd like that would be armed, in the U.S. Wrong, history has repeated itself right here in the USA and my son and 51 others were slaughtered like helpless cattle, precisely because nobody in that club had a weapon to shoot back with.
Drew and his signifiant other Juan were both killed and I hope my son was taken quickly and without suffering. I hate to imagine some of the victims being terrorized for hours, because this armed killer was allowed to play God and exterminate them at will and in his own time schedule.
Drew phoned his mom Saturday evening before going to the club and the next morning, he was considered missing, because his mother heard about the massacre and was unable to contact him. We feared the worst and around mid day on Monday, it was confirmed that he had died at the scene.
The killer was armed and his helpless victims were not, yet the anti gun politicians still want to disarm the populace, enabling these scenarios. It is likely such attacks will continue, until the victims start shooting back. That's the lesson I take from this, for what it's worth. When the shooting started Saturday night, I'll bet there wasn't a person in the club who wouldn't have traded everything he owned in the world, for a loaded gun.
I was a uniformed patrol officer on the city of Detroit PD, from 1974-99 and retired at the same rank 25 years later, as when I joined. I worked at the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 13th and 16th Precincts, as well as the citywide Tactical Services Section, for 6 years.
I'll attach a photo of 'Drew' and myself taken last December, when he visited myself and his 1/2 sister, Jill, in Michigan. I don't think there is much more I can tell you, except that Drew was a son to be proud of and he will be missed by many people.”
Mark A. Bando

"The no-fly list is a civil rights disaster by every conceivable standard"

The democrats loose Gawker on the "sit-in":  "The Democrats Are Boldly Fighting For a Bad, Stupid Bill"
After Democrats in the Senate staged a filibuster in support of gun control measures, their colleagues in the House have begun a “sit-in” aimed at embarrassing Republicans into allowing a vote on a measure that would restrict the ability of suspected terrorists to legally buy guns. The move is fantastic political theater. It’s also a tremendous waste of popular support and activist energy in support of a measure that isn’t just ineffective but also actively offensive.
The Democratic proposal has been catch-phrased and hashtagged as “no fly, no buy,” because it would prevent people who end up on government terrorism watchlists, including the “no fly list,” from purchasing firearms. This would do little to reduce gun violence, but it would add an additional layer of surveillance and government scrutiny to a particular class of people.

The no-fly list is a civil rights disaster by every conceivable standard. It is secret, it disproportionately affects Arab-Americans, it is error-prone, there is no due process or effective recourse for people placed on the list, and it constantly and relentlessly expands. As of 2014, the government had a master watchlist of 680,000 people, forty percent of whom had “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” This is both an absurdly large number of people to arbitrarily target in gun control legislation, and far, far too few to have any meaningful effect on actual gun ownership, let alone gun violence. (more)

Little girl signing her Christmas pageant to her deaf parents

Little girl signing her Christmas pageant to her deaf parents from funny

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WKRLEM TV: It Responds to Your Bashfulness!


What a great word betray is. Trump uses it in his speech near the end referring to the ruling class in Washington who sold out our country, who have betrayed us.

I felt betrayal a couple of times. It's the worst.

In the movie the Bird Cage, Robin Williams is giving Nathan Lane lessons on being a regular guy and he asks Lane how he felt about about a football loss. Nathan Lane imagines mixed football related emotions, "discouraged, confused, betrayed."

I stopped the Trump video on the word. How do you visualize betrayal? How in the world would you show it?  I look it up and see I looked it up before. It's one of those things that is hard to see. Nobody agrees how to say it. It's all come back to me now that I'm seeing it again, each person I ask understands betrayal differently and shows it a different way.

Signingsavvy sees betrayal the same way it sees "fool"

Handspeak suggests "feelings blob change"

Spreadthesign for U.S. shows, "pull of your face and discard" (similar to "abortion.")

Aslpro will have it under religious signs for sure. They have two, "go around the wall"
and "snob srike right"

Thanks, all these people. Again. All very good. I couldn't think of any of this myself. I really do need them to show me.

I like best Lifeprint's version, "stab in the back."  This is the one I'll adopt.

"People under 30 have way weaker grips than they did a few decades ago"

QuartzResearchers from the Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina found that men and women under 30 have weaker grip strength than they did back in 1985. Their work was published (paywall) in the Journal of Hand Therapy.

The researchers asked almost 240 men and women under 30—most 20 to 24 years old—to exert as much force as they could on a hand dynamometer, which measures grip force in pounds. On average, men’s hand strength decreased by 20 pounds, and women’s hand strength decreased by 10 pounds.

The culprit? Probably a combination of increased technology use at home and at work, and less manual labor. “As a society, we’re no longer agricultural or manufacturing,” Elizabeth Fain, an occupational therapist and lead author of the study, told NPR. “What we’re doing more now is technology-related, especially for millennials.”

It’s possible that looser grip strength could translate into a weaker handshake. That would be bad news for millennials, because handshakes have long been an important measure we use (paywall) to size up someone we’ve just met. (Link)

"Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server"

APState Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features that left the server more vulnerable to hackers, according to emails released Wednesday.

Just weeks later, according to previously disclosed emails, hackers attacked the server, forcing Clinton's staff to shut it down. The next day, one of Clinton's closest aides, Huma Abedin, wrote to other high ranking staff: "Don't email hrc (Clinton) anything sensitive. I can explain more in person."

The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's service as the nation's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.

The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve an apparent conflict between the server's built-in email delivery features with a version of "ScanMail for Exchange" security software from Trend Micro Inc. that had been installed on her server. Clinton has not previously described any security protections on her server.

"This should trump all other activities," a senior technical official, Ken LaVolpe, told IT employees in a Dec. 17, 2010, email. Another senior State Department official, Thomas W. Lawrence, wrote days later in an email that Abedin personally was asking for an update about the server repairs. Abedin and Clinton, who both used the private server, had complained that emails each sent to State Department employees were not being reliably received.

After technical staffers turned off some security features, Lawrence cautioned in an email, "We view this as a Band-Aid and fear it's not 100 percent fully effective."

Clinton has repeatedly denied there is any evidence her private email server ever was breached. Her campaign did not immediately provide comment Wednesday. (More)

Trump just threw down the gauntlet.

Trump delivered so much at once that his litany appears exhaustive but it is not. He makes references to scandals without providing details. There are too many. All the scandalous details are withheld. These are the opening blasts. His powder kept dry. So to speak. His speech is long and broad while leaving out more than it includes.

Just one example, I think this would be central, losing track of six billion dollars as Secretary of State, but no mention of that specifically and it's rather big in my opinion bearing on absence of fiscal responsibility, and on demands Republicans give her even more money to lose track of. I'm assuming he's saving juicy bits for later,  too many other derelictions to duty left out and cavalier use of state resources. And not even mentioning her criminally engaged husband. Too many details like that to list them all, but everywhere one looks at Hillary's and Bill's history examples of her being the wrong personality in office pop up, wrong for women, wrong for minorities, wrong for everybody, and all this forces media to discuss the things they'd rather hide if only to dispute them and dismantle however they can, they're still talking about Trump's accusations and a lot of people are hearing things for the first time. Her own history wears on her more heavily than her brocaded contract fabric flat paneled gowns. So does Trump's history wear on him, and so are Trump's scandals public. While Hillary's scandals are all in some way about her raw ambition and her involvement with government, her speeches refer to the genius of entrepreneurship and rely on the health of the private sector, the unruly portion that never sees enough government regulation from her "we're stronger together" aphoristic point of view. (Yes we are stronger together but not with you in our bundle.)

Hillary's sense of being stronger together.

YouTube : [Donald Trump's Full Anti-Hillary Clinton Speech in NYC (6-22-16)]

YouTube: [Hillary Clinton Rally in Raleigh, NC 6/22/ 2016 responds to Trump]

"What's a telltale sign that a film is going to be bad?"

Reddit best answers...
When it's advertised as... "The Best Family Movie of 2016" and it's only February
When the poster have comments like: "Better than The Godfather", "Scarier than Psycho"
Forced romance plot in a non-romantic movie. (Edge of Tomorrow)
When all the media hype ends on the day of release.
Not screening for critics is really the surest sign.
Crotch injury in the trailer.
Really quick cuts for the trailer
A sequel announced with a lot of the original cast missing

Under the current workings of the law, is a lawmaker allowed to do this?

Luis Gutierrez Paid His Wife Over $300,000 From Campaign Funds.
Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign’s payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser.
Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress. She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role. 
The first time Soraida acted in an official capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she pulled in over $44,000 and was the top recipient of cash from the Gutierrez campaign that year. 
Soraida then pocketed over $93,000 in 2012, making her the biggest beneficiary of campaign funds for the second election cycle in a row. The committee disbursed $383,848 in 2012, so Soraida’s payments constituted roughly 25 percent of all campaign expenditures.
Soraida was yet again the top beneficiary of cash from Gutierrez for Congress during the 2014 election cycle, receiving $110,000. Herman Andrew, a vendor, was the second highest-paid individual at $24,000.  
Soraida has pocketed $65,000 during the 2016 election cycle to date. She has been paid a total of $312,000 from the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010.

"Stop and think about this..."

Rush Limbaugh...
“To Obama, to Hillary, to Democrats and the American left, whenever a guy says that he’s a woman, she’s a woman. When a woman says, “No, no, no, I present as a guy,” the left says, ‘There’s a guy! There’s a guy’… So if you’re a woman and you want to be a man and you tell a Democrat you’re a man, you’re a man. If you’re a man that wants to be a woman — and you tell the Democrats you’re a woman and you want to use the woman’s bathroom and you’re a man — they say, “Fine, have at it!”
“Tell ’em you’re a Muslim; they say, ‘No. No. No. You have to be… You’re inspired by Republicans.’ Men and women who want to present as opposite can tell Democrats that that’s who they are, and there’s no doubt whatsoever. Somebody comes along and says, ‘I’m a Muslim! I don’t like you! I don’t like the fact you’re an infidel. I’m gonna blow up every institution of yours I can,’ and, ‘I’m not sure that we’re dealing with Muslims,’ the Democrats say. Isn’t it amazing?”

"Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won't Support Clinton"

Bloomberg NewsIn the two weeks since Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic presidential primary, runner-up Bernie Sanders has promised to work hard to defeat Donald Trump — but he’s given no sign he’ll soon embrace Clinton, his party’s presumptive nominee. Neither have many of Sanders’s supporters. A June 14th Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely voters in November’s election found that barely half of those who favored Sanders — 55 percent — plan to vote for Clinton. Instead, 22 percent say they’ll vote for Trump, while 18 percent favor Libertarian Gary Johnson. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to vote for another establishment politician like Hillary,” says Laura Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who participated in the Bloomberg poll and plans to vote for Trump. “I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get.”

Conversations with two dozen Sanders supporters revealed a lingering distrust of Clinton as too establishment-friendly, hawkish or untrustworthy. As some Sanders fans see it, the primary was not a simple preference for purity over pragmatism, but a moral choice between an honest figure and someone whom they consider fundamentally corrupted by the ways of Washington. Sanders has fed these perceptions throughout his campaign, which is one reason he's having a hard time coming around to an endorsement.

Voters like Armes, who says she’ll “definitely” vote in November, highlight the difficulty Clinton faces in unifying her party. Clinton’s paltry support among Sanders voters could still grow, as his disheartened fans process the hard-fought primary campaign. But the Bloomberg poll found that only 5 percent of Sanders supporters who don’t currently back Clinton would consider doing so in the future. (read more)

"Europe's robots to become 'electronic persons' under draft plan"

Germany (Reuters) - Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.

Robots are being deployed in ever-greater numbers in factories and also taking on tasks such as personal care or surgery, raising fears over unemployment, wealth inequality and alienation.

Their growing intelligence, pervasiveness and autonomy requires rethinking everything from taxation to legal liability, a draft European Parliament motion, dated May 31, suggests.

Some robots are even taking on a human form. (skipping down)

The motion faces an uphill battle to win backing from the various political blocks in European Parliament. Even if it did get enough support to pass, it would be a non-binding resolution as the Parliament lacks the authority to propose legislation. (Link to story)

Dragnet 1980

Dragnet 1980
We were working the Day Watch of the Bunco Division out of Hollywood Division. The Captain was Lemuel Plantain. My Partner is Bill Gannon. My name is Friday. I carry a badge. And a grudge.

Bill Gannon walked into the division and hung his Robert Hall suit on the hook on the wall at the back of the squad. We had been partners for twenty years. We agree on most things. Except barbeque sauce. And Politics.

“Morning Joe. Coffee?”
“No time Bill. We have to saddle up. Got a call. Woman complaining she was defrauded. Let’s go.”
We got into an unmarked car and drove to an address off of Sunset Boulevard. It was an old decrepit house. The kind young children told stories about. Witches. Goblins. Strange straggle haired women who would try to feed you cookies and then bake you into a pie. Bill knocked on the scarred and pitted wood of the door.
It swung open. A disheveled woman stood in a stained housecoat with a soggy lit cigarette at her lips.
“Yeah. Waddaya want?”
“Did you call the police man? My name is Friday. Sargent Joe Friday. This is my partner Bill Gannon. We came to investigate your complaint. What seems to be the problem?”
“Come in…come in.” We walked into a darkened living room that stunk of menthol cigarettes and ammonia. I stopped. There were approximately twenty cats in the room. On the couch. The coffee table. The rest of the furniture. That was the ammonia smell. It was cat piss.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Las Vegas

Something happened in Las Vegas and did not stay there very well.

They're always butting into our business. Have you noticed that? 

There is a subtle humiliation here of a Brit being frog marched.

Signs of the times

An extremely creative wedding cake.

White House: Senate gun votes ‘a shameful display of cowardice’

The HillThe White House on Tuesday blasted the Senate's "cowardice" for rejecting four separate gun control measures.
“What we saw last night in the United States Senate is a shameful display of cowardice,” press secretary Josh Earnest said on CNN.
Here is what The Hill and the White House leave out:  Democrats Tanked Gun Control To Up Their Election Chances
Senate Republicans agreed to vote on four gun control proposals—two offered by Democrats and two offered by Republicans. The Democratic proposals included Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill linking a terrorism watch list to a gun sales ban. On the Republican side, Sen. John Cornyn also offered legislation that would link a terrorism watch list to a gun sales ban, but his version added due process protections for Americans who are put on the list. The other two proposals expanded the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, although the Republican version did not go as far as the Democratic version. For a brief moment it seemed as if the Senate would take some kind of action.
Then all four gun control proposals were voted down because of the Democrats.
Rather than agree to the incremental gun control measures Republicans proposed, the Democrats chose to pass no gun control legislation at all. At some point after loudly demanding legislation for more than a week, Senate Democrats decided it would be better for their reelection prospects that no gun control bills pass the Senate during the election season. Their decision was hypocritical, unprincipled, and pure politics.
Flashback to 2010 when the issue came up for a vote after Newtown: Harry Reid kills assault weapons ban
Virtually the entire press corps frothed at the mouth when the president, grandstanding at the State of the Union speech, thundered that a list of gun violence victims “deserve” a vote on these sorts of measures. (“Gaby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.”)
Reid doesn’t think so. And in fact no one “deserves” a vote on anything; the Senate leader decided he couldn’t prevail upon his members to cast a vote. Cowardly? Maybe. Or maybe the votes aren’t there and to maximize his chances on other measures he took the assault weapons ban out. That is the nature of the legislative process. But at least we can dispense with the notion that Republicans are standing in the way of assault weapons ban legislation.
Indeed, this is further evidence that getting the Senate to actually cast votes is very helpful to the GOP. It clarifies where Dems really stand (e.g. high taxes, more spending) and alerts the Democratic base that a lot of what Reid and Schumer say is for show.

How they made fried chicken in the 1800's

Link to video

"Why Did the White House just Humiliate Loretta Lynch?"

NY PostIdiotic: That’s the only word for the Obama administration’s move to scrub references to Islam or ISIS from the transcripts of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s calls.
Under an avalanche of ridicule, the Justice Department on Monday relented and released the full transcripts. But what was the point? Everyone already knew that he’d pledged allegiance to ISIS and its “caliph.”
Fine: President Obama wants to make this about gun control, not terrorism — but ham-handed editing only calls attention to what you’re deleting, and to Obama’s peevish rules against uttering terms like “radical Islam.” Just look at the redactions:
Mateen: “I pledge of allegiance to [omitted]. “I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].”
All the omissions did was make Team Obama look determined to keep its head in the sand about the nature of the enemy. Even the “explanations” sounded dumb. Here’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch on ABC’s “This Week”: “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.”
Further his propaganda? Seriously? The answer to Islamist jihad is to black out the words?
Lynch never did anything this absurd in all her years as US attorney here in New York, so you know the order came down from above.
It’s also idiocy déjà vu: Four years ago, Team Obama made then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice tour all the Sunday shows to blame the deadly Benghazi attack on an internet video, rather than on the terrorist plot they all knew it was. She looked a fool once the administration finally admitted the truth, just as Loretta Lynch does now.
It makes you wonder: Who at the White House feels compelled to send women of color out to humiliate themselves on national TV?

Evening, June 20, 2016

I heard thunder, saw clouds, and hoped for lightning but that didn't happen. This sequence shows the sun lights the bottoms of clouds above us as it sinks behind the mountains, behind the curve of the globe, the longest day of the year, obliquely tinted behind all that atmosphere like a gel filter.

Monday, June 20, 2016

New Zealand

Jap goes full Marvin Gaye.....everybody knows you don't go full Marvin Gaye

New York Post June 20, 2016 by Yaron Stienbuch
A Japanese man was busted Thursday after admitting to killing his dad with a chopstick.
Michikazu Ikeuchi, 51, said he stabbed his elderly father in the throat with the wooden utensil after a fight broke out in their Osaka home, according to the Japan Times.
“Ikeuchi told us he had tried to stop his parents from arguing and he did not intend to kill his father,” a police official said. “He said in his anger he waved the chopstick in front of his father but before he knew it, it got stuck in him.”
The chopstick used in the stabbing was a foot-long cooking utensil.
Ikeuchi, who lives with seven people including his parents and his brother’s family, called authorities after the incident.
His sister who lives with family was relieved as she always thought she would kill a family member with the machine gun she has sticking out of her ass. "I am so glad it wasn't me, especially as I had a lot of gas. I blame my Mom."


Coping strategery

Our puppy "hides" from us when he breaks a rule.

Here's something to make all the #Nevertrumper's here come in their pants.

19-year-old man tried to kill Trump at Las Vegas rally, officials say

Robert Crumb, the hairy ass of Muhammed

That's what I got from reading this report by Jacques Hyzagi in the Observer on his visit to a tiny French farm town, Robert Crumb Hates You.

The entire interview is mostly about Robert Crumb's abysmal sex life history that he cannot talk about very well but can draw in imaginative detail like Woody Allen's anxiety but a lot more graphic and gross, how all that was so horrible the whole time and published in his panels until he learned the secret of being a direct jerk to women and fame arrived and changed things and he aged so that most of all that no longer matters.

He's into fat women.

And thankfully that article ends.

Another article picks up on the subject of Robert Crumb, written earlier in January 2015, Legendary Cartoonist Robert Crumb on the Massacre in Paris by Celia Farber. It appears on the same page linked.

The Observer does not print the cartoon that they're writing about. They describe it. It's a cartoon of Crumb the cartoonist holding up a picture of a man's hairy butt.

Google Images [crump, hairy ass muhammed]

habanero babies


They started out as grocery store habanero peppers with no particular use in mind. I wanted their seeds and to dry the peppers and chop to flakes. That was June 11th now is the 20th so nine days of warm wet dirt. Packages of seeds will say ten days to two weeks.

Ramadan chronicle: Radiohead Listening Event In Istanbul Attacked

StereogumRadiohead held a worldwide streaming event to celebrate A Moon Shaped Pool’s physical release today. Record stores all over the world participated, but an unfortunate incident unfolded at one shop in Instanbul. According to Turkish news, patrons in record store Velvet Indieground were attacked by a group of men who were angry that they were drinking alcohol and playing music during Ramadan. Things reportedly turned violent, and a Periscope video has surfaced in which you can hear a commotion outside the store. You cannot see much of the altercation but there are some chilling sounds and reactions. A man claiming to be a host of the event and owner of the Periscope account where the video was posted responded in a thread on Reddit, saying:
I was one of the hosts. I am the person that’s speaking in that video. I am the owner of that periscope account. They were determined to kill us. We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads. I don’t even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys, just hoping that no one will die.
See footage of the incident via that Periscope at the link

What was ruined for everybody by one person?

Reddit top voted comments...
There is a company that owns several hospitals in my area. They used to feed us (the ambulance crews) for free when we were on shift. You could eat at the cafeteria of take a sandwich to go or whatever. It was decent food, and hey, you're saving money right?Well one guy started coming in with his uniform on when he was off work and grabbing sandwiches and chips and drinks, you name it. Lots of it. Basically grocery shopping in the hospital cafeteria and taking it home with him. Needless to say the hospital decided it wasn't going to supply us with food for our off days so they stopped it altogether.
The tourist who fell off of El Castillo in Chichen Itza in 2006. Now people are not allowed to climb the pyramid.
In my first two years of high school we were actually allowed to bring water or juice into class with us to drink. Then, in junior year, some ass decides to bring in a thermos of peppermint schnapps, somehow not thinking that everyone in the room can smell it.Drinks were banned after that. Edit: This was 1997-1999.
There was a guy who asked for a clarification of the sentence length for life imprisonment in Singapore. As a result, it was clarified from 20 years to natural life span. That sort of sucked for everyone after.
There was a coffee shop that everyone loved that did the thing where if you buy 8 drinks, you get the next one for free. For 2 years I went there religiously at least once a week. Then one day, they told us that the stamp cards were no longer good because someone had stolen the stamp and had been abusing it by stamping their own cards. I just didn't like the accusatory tone when they explained to us what happened, I felt like I lost something that I made an effort to earn (although only maybe 5/8th of one drink), and they were punishing the loyal customers. It was just terribly handled. I never went back after that. The once bustling coffee shop that everyone loved closed down 6 months later.
Basically, they probably killed their business over one person who maybe got a few free drinks at most.

Mute a star

Trump got it in 2007 for his work in Celebrity Apprentice. 

fiery sunset, June 19, 2016

The young hard looking beaded guy living in Alaska laid out his philosophical position, "You get what, 75 circuits if you're lucky?" The camera aimed at the Alaskan sun. And I thought, Jeeze, do you have to be such a fatalistic bean counter about it? Can't I just take each day, each year at a time without counting them down?  With only seventy-five years worth, I sure wouldn't want to miss too many.

The band of color is becoming somewhat Maxwell Parish-y.

'America Must Unite The Whole Civilized World In The Fight Against Islamic Terrorism'

Sam Harris is not on my bucket list of people to meet but I agree with his assessment of Trump vs. Hillary.

Of course, if you're a Trump=Hitler believer, I can see your dilemma. 

Fifty years later: Madame Mao

All is quiet for now in the Middle Kingdom and it will stay that way if the guiding hand has anything to do with it. Someone with knowledge and understanding and culture must decide what is safe for the people to have knowledge of and what things are too dangerous to have bandied about.

Dog Head fire near Albuquerque.

Parts of the Cibola National Forest are on fire.  That's not too far from where we live but not close either.  This is probably making the national news at least to mention it.  Just thought I'd say that it's hot and awful and it would be Very Good if it rained but it sounds way closer to me than it is.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

KLEM FM After Dark

The song was a local hit for the L.A. band The Seeds.

seeds for free

More child's play.
  • cantaloupe from the grocery store. 
  • morning glories from last year.
  • habanero from the grocery store.

Lynch: FBI is whitewashing Mateen's 911 calls pledging aleagance to ISIS

Whose you're Daddy....Presidential Fathers

Theodore Roosevelt had always had a complicated relationship with his farther Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt. He called him “The Best Man I have ever know.” Although his father had died of a stomach ache when the future President was only 19 years old he always worshiped his memory.  The image of his all-powerful and wise father lasted all the days of his life unencumbered by any relationship when they were both adults.

The greatest regret of both Roosevelt is that the senior Roosevelt did not serve in the Civil war as he took the typical out of the rich man of his day. He hired a replacement to take his place using a poor Polish immigrant starting the tradition of rich Republican establishment figure exploiting immigrants that continues to this very day. The excuse that Thee Roosevelt gave to his son was that his wife Teddy’s mother was very delicate and since her two brothers were Confederate generals it would destroy her if her husband took up arms against them. So he paid a polack and stayed home to enjoy unrestrained conjugal relations with his wife. The freedom of the Negro was not that important to him.

Of course this was problematic as Teddy Roosevelt’s mother was a southern belle who really belonged in a Tennessee Williams play. She was the actual model for Scarlett O’Hara and gave Mary Todd Lincoln a run for her money as a crazy person who was married to a political figure. Thee Roosevelt feared to have more children with her even though he was locked in a mutually satisfying sexual obsession. So he used the primitive birth control of the time with lambskin condoms his preferred method. In fact his last discussion with his son Teddy was about birth control before he went to Harvard. He warned him to always sheath his weapon but after his death Teddy went back to being a bareback rider. This was well known to all of his associates and led to the sly nickname of the Regiment he raised for the Spanish American War. They slightly altered it to the cognomen “Rough Riders” but everyone who knew him knew what they meant.

(Whose You’re Daddy, Presidential Fathers, Doris Kearns Godwin, Bantam Books, 1998)

Always Daddy Issues Driving Things...

I was looking for an iconic photograph of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan holding his rifle aloft on the steps of the Grateful Dead communal house in Haight-Ashbury and mis-remembered publishing it in an old KLEM FM post.
Pigpen, top center, wasn't holding his gun aloft. The guy in white though -- the one who appears to be zieg-heiling and goosestepping may be holding a handgun. Looking anew at that post, I decided to republish it on Father's Day.
Bob Weir,  standing top right
Netflix has an apparent exclusive called "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir"

Weir--in case you didn't know--was the teenaged founding member of what became the Grateful Dead. This is a pretty well-made documentary and tells a complete story of the band's history using interviews and personal photos and film. Even if you’re not a fan of their music, you might appreciate their musicianship a little more.

Highlights: Weir revisits his childhood home in the tony suburb of Atherton CA. He shows us the music shop and the exact spot in Palo Alto where he first met Jerry Garcia. He revisits 710 Ashbury St., the more or less famous house which the Dead all shared (pictured above). The story is mostly told from Weir's Marin Co. house with plenty of rolling fog.

Other Highlights: There is archival footage of the Merry Prankster days—some of which I’d never seen. And I learned more about the effect that the early beats -- especially Neal Cassidy -- had on Weir.

I was less impressed by Weir’s personal quest to find his own birth father. Especially since we learn that Weir was the go-to groupie magnet in the band. It’s just inconceivable that after so many countless couplings there aren’t a lot of little Weirs in the gene pool, potentially perpetuating the "problem." But that all goes unsaid.  We’re supposed to be touched that Weir found his real dad in the end after losing Jerry. I was reminded somewhat of Lemmy and his own father problem which I mentioned here.  Always daddy issues driving things, aren't there?

I could say more but it’d be a spoiler.