Saturday, July 2, 2016

Talk To The Moon

Link to video
Denver Art Museum, free for kids, summer classes for ages 4-5.

Hmm. That seems a very narrow range of ages. The first floor of the Hamilton building is sectioned off, first a cattle chute back and forth forward one, back and forth to the front, and people do weave it even though there is no line, they could skip the whole thing walk around it to the front and wait there to be called next, but nobody does that, they all obediently weave the ridiculous artificial path for them. To get a ticket. To go into another cavernous room for free.

Once inside the kids can learn about Japan through interactive activities and crafts.

Or pick up a kid's backpack and explore its contents for an adventure.

Or go to one of the creative corners to play with miniature mannequins.

Or discover European and American arty by piecing together a portrait using everyday objects or dress up in costume.

Or enjoy the insane creations in the Bosch Puppet theatre and build puppets inspired by Bosch paintings.

Or dress up in costumes to see how it feels to wear clothes of people in paintings. Or follow clues to explore the American west.

Denver Art Museum, programming / kids - families.

Time to shop for July Fourth Barbeque's!

Shopping for the July Fourth weekend is always a lot of fun. It is warm. The ballgame is on the radio. You can sit in the sun. No pressure for a day. More or less.

Of course it is a lot more complicated when you go gluten free and Dairy Free and non-GMO and no corn. In fact it is a pain in the balls. But still doable.

So I have been marinating some skirt steaks in chimichurri sauce. Made fresh gluten free potato salad. Fresh asparagus in garlic and oil with pecorino romano. A big green salad with red onion, black olives, feta cheese and pistachio.  Gluten free hot dogs are pretty easy to find. Applegate products are wonderful. Gluten and pesticide free. Fresh Organic chop meat for burgers. I put in some chopped onion, pecorino and Worcestershire sauce. A gluten free pasta salad with olive oil, cherry tomato and fresh goat cheese.

Lots of fresh made lemonade. Some really good herbal teas. I baked up some cool gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

Oh and a lot of ice.

What are you dudes doing for the 4th. (Please don't tell me about wine, beer, whiskey or cigars because I will punch you in the face. Thank you)

Study: Everyone Secretly Hates Going Out

Vice Last week, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the American Time Use Survey, an annual look at how people spend the precious minutes of their short lives. Mostly, people sleep (almost nine hours a day on average), work (just under eight hours on days they work), and watch TV (a bit under three hours). A scant 41 minutes of each average day are spent socializing in person with other humans, a number that's fallen by 9 percent over the past decade. Does this mean that society is falling further away from the everyone-kicking-it-all-the-time paradise of Friends? Or that we're talking to people online rather than in person now?

Maybe something darker is at play here: Maybe Americans aren't hanging out because we're all hiding in our apartments and inventing elaborate lies about why we can't come out.

That's the conclusion of a recent study by something called Yelp Eat24, which I guess is like Seamless but run by Yelp? Regardless, I have no reason not to trust a home food delivery service when it sends out a press release about how people prefer to stay at home, so let's take them at their word when they say, "It may be that FOMO—the Fear of Missing Out—has run its course, as a new survey identifies the power of POMO... the PLEASURE Of Missing Out." (more of this story)

Get back in the truck...

Avocado Mac 'n Cheese

Link to source

"Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist"

NY PostAn elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers.

Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it.

They complain the K-8 school of 430 kids is separating whites in classes where they’re made to feel awful about their “whiteness,” and all the “kids of color” in other rooms where they’re taught to feel proud about their race and are rewarded with treats and other privileges.

“Ever since Ferguson, the school has been increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum,” said a parent who requested anonymity because he has children currently enrolled in the school.

"Clinton sought secret info on EU bailout plans as son-in-law's doomed hedge fund gambled on Greece"

Fox News:   Hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky had friends in high places when he bet big on a Greek economic recovery, but even the keen interest of his mother-in-law, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wasn't enough to spare him and his investors from financial tragedy.

In 2012, Mezvinski, the husband of Chelsea Clinton, created a $325 million basket of offshore funds under the Eaglevale Partners banner through a special arrangement with investment bank Goldman Sachs. The funds have lost tens of millions of dollars predicting that bailouts of the Greek banking system would pump up the value of the country’s distressed bonds. One fund, exclusively dedicated to Greek debt, suffered near-total losses.

Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in 2013 to run for president. But newly released emails from 2012 show that she and Clinton Foundation consultant, Sidney Blumenthal, shared classified information about how German leadership viewed the prospects for a Greek bailout. Clinton also shared “protected” State Department information about Greek bonds with her husband at the same time that her son-in-law aimed his hedge fund at Greece.

That America’s top diplomat kept a sharp eye on intelligence assessing the chances of a bailout of the Greek central bank is not a problem. However, sharing such sensitive information with friends and family would have been highly improper. Federal regulations prohibit the use of nonpublic information to further private interests or the interests of others. The mere perception of a conflict of interest is unacceptable. (lots more)

"Court OKs trial for girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide"

APA teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes must stand trial for involuntary manslaughter, the state's highest court ruled Friday.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that a grand jury had probable cause to indict Michelle Carter, then 17, in the 2014 death of Carter Roy III, 18.

Carter's lawyer had argued that her texts were free speech protected by the First Amendment and didn't cause Roy to kill himself.

But the court, in a strongly worded decision, said the grand jury heard evidence suggesting that Carter engaged in a "systematic campaign of coercion" that targeted Roy's insecurities and that her instruction to "get back in" his truck in the final moments of his life was a "direct, causal link" to his death.

"In sum, we conclude that there was probable cause to show that the coercive quality of the defendant's verbal conduct overwhelmed whatever willpower the eighteen year old victim had to cope with his depression, and that but for the defendant's admonishments, pressure, and instructions, the victim would not have gotten back into the truck and poisoned himself to death," Justice Robert Cordy wrote for the court in the unanimous ruling.

The case drew national attention after transcripts of text messages Carter sent to Roy were released publicly, showing her urging him to follow through on his plan to kill himself and chastising him when he expressed doubts.

"I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!" Carter wrote in one message.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," she wrote in another message.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Gas! Tires! Oil!

Perfect for cruzin' Colfax!

Pop Quiz! O Vocabulary encountered online

It is a small and fun category with only odd words with distressingly high number of duplications meaning the odd words were encountered twice and failed to sink in. Probably because they're worse than useless. Check 'em out and see.

* obamacare gruber buster name: rich weinstein

* obbligato: a persistent but subordinate motif. a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
* obeisant: 1. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage. 2. An attitude of deference or homage.

* obligate: compel: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form”, commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money”, oblige: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise”, restricted to a particular condition of life; "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen"
* occlumency: The ability to close off your mind from outsiders so that nobody knows what you're really up to or whose side you're on. Men have to train rigorously for this (Severus Snape and Harry Potter being examples of this), whereas women have it built into them naturally. the reason why most men never see it coming when their girlfriend dumps them.

* Ochlocracy: government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the English term "mob" was originally derived in the

* Oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear.

* oestrus: applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
* officious: I know this word, I needed it but couldn't recall.
Also martinet. Major Burns M*A*S*H as played by any of the actors, all different officious martinets. interfering: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious ... officiously - in an officious manner; "nothing so fatal as to strive too officiously for an abstract quality like beauty"

* Oft evil will shall evil mar: [often evil intent will harm (intended)evil ]
evil switches from adjective to noun. That's what's confusing about this fucked up Shakespeare quote. Man, what what was that dude's PROBLEM with English anyway? That is, the phrase says that evil people are selfish, petty, and short-sighted, and that this quality in evil individuals often impairs the grander world-embracing schemes of capital-E-Evil. It's ironic, and the context of Wormtongue and the Palantir is a great example of that irony, come back to bite you,  it may also mean that one evil person is likely to spoil the plans of another evil person. Such people want everything their own way and don't like to co-operate. If they have opposing ideas then conflict will follow. This is often seen in gang warfare.

* oikophobe: an aversion to home surroundings. It can also be used more generally to mean an abnormal fear of the home, or of the contents of a house ("fear of household appliances, equipment, bathtubs, household chemicals, and other common objects in the home") "the disposition, in any conflict, to side with 'them' against 'us', and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably 'ours.' " What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left.

* oleaginous: buttery: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments”, greasy: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil; "greasy hamburgers"; "oily fried potatoes"; "oleaginous seeds"

* ombre: From a French term for "shaded," ombre is a color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark over the item of clothing.

* omerta: the categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime.” Even if somebody is convicted for a crime he has not committed, he is supposed to serve the sentence without giving the police any information about the real criminal, even if that criminal has nothing to do with the Mafia himself. Within Mafia culture, breaking omertà is punishable by death.

* omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset: everyone thought he was capable of being emperor, until he became one

* omnium gatherum: a collection of miscellaneous people or things, jumble.

* Omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation; also :  navel-gazing (the greek statues are funny)

* onanger: horse species,  a Roman siege engine, which derived its name from the kicking action of the machine, similar to that of an onager (wild ass), it was created as a simpler, cheaper version of the ballista. The Onager is a type of catapult that uses torsional pressure, generally from twisted rope, to store energy for the shot. The onager consisted of a large frame placed on the ground to whose front end a vertical frame of solid timber was rigidly fixed; through the vertical frame ran an axle, which had a single stout spoke. On the extremity of the spoke was a sling used to launch a projectile. Some onagers, as depicted in ancient drawings used a bowl-shaped bucket instead of a sling to fire the projectile.

* onanism: withdrawal before climax biblical Onan brother to Er., masturbation.

* oneirocritic:  pertaining to the interpretation of dreams, equivalent to óneir(os) dream + -o- -o- + kritikós skilled in judgment;

* ontological:  the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality as such, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.
* ooda loop: John Boyd's decision loop: observe, orient, decide and act. In this OODA Loop, an endless cycle in which each action restarts the observe phase,

* oozlum bird: a legendary creature found in Australian and British folk tales and legends. Some versions have it that, when startled, the bird will take off and fly around in ever-decreasing circles until it manages to fly up itself, disappearing completely, which adds to its rarity.[1] Other sources state that the bird flies backwards so that it can admire its own beautiful tail feathers, or because while it does not know where it is going, it likes to know where it has been

* optimismalso peptobismolso: The quality of being showily optimistic; pollyannaishness; strutting over-confidence.
The lawyer's optimismalso entertained the jurors, who proceeded to convict his obviously guilty client. The admissions committee laughed at the unnecessary optimismalso in the personal statement from the applicant with LSAT score 2 points above the target median.

* oratio obliqua: Latin expression for indirect speech, Hence, a mode of speaking; a kind, manner, style of speech; language
* orchitis: inflammation of one or both testes; characterized by pain and swelling.

* ordure: Excrement; dung, Something morally offensive; filth.

* orthogonal: Greek orthos, meaning "straight", and gonia, meaning "angle". It has somewhat different meanings depending on the context, but most involve the idea of perpendicular, non-overlapping, varying independently, or uncorrelated.
In mathematics, two lines or curves are orthogonal if they are perpendicular at their point of intersection. Two vectors are orthogonal if and only if their dot product is zero. In computer science, orthogonality has to do with the ability of a language, method, or object to vary without side-effects. When two statistics vary independently of each other, they are considered orthogonal

* orthography: a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols, The orthography of a language specifies the correct way of using a specific writing system to write the language. (Where more than one writing system is used for a language, for example for Kurdish, there can be more than one orthography. .

* oubliette: a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.

* Ouroboros: snake eating itself

* Overton window: also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept. It is used by media pundits. The term is derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton  a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,who in his description of his window claimed that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within the window, rather than on politicians' individual preferences.[5] According to Overton's description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.

antiTrump protest, Denver Civic Center

Advertised as a wall put up by four liberal groups protesting a Trump speech and held at the Civic Center to draw protests off from where Donald Trump was speaking at the Convention Center nearby. It didn't work. Protesters wanted to be near Donald Trump, that's where the action was today, not here.

I must characterize the protest a blowout.

Civic Center is only two blocks north. When I got there I saw nothing. No crowd, nothing but people walking purposefully, a few school busses as usual. The green area of the park is closed. I noticed a lot a media trucks at the corner of Colfax and Cherokee, the far corner of the park but outside in the direction of the Convention Center so I headed that way and was intercepted by a thin middle-aged man who approached me directly and said, "I admire your strength."

Jesus, do I look that bad? I said thank you. He latched on. Directed me to the protest. I walked right past it without even noticing it in the distance. He stayed with me to make sure I saw it and arrived safely saying along the way three times he admires my strength and then one last time before departing. (I'm sticking with orange pants this whole weekend. I have three pair. Somehow they compel people to talk to me. I'm certain now it's the orange pants.)

I wanna Bangledesh on your Drum all night!

Most people first heard about Bangledesh when there was that terrible war in 1971 and George Harrison had a concert in the Garden to benefit the refugees. In those days the idea was to help people where they lived instead of importing them to Idaho so they could rape babies. Bangledesh was one of those strange countries like Burma or Indonesia that you didn't know too much about. It was full of Muslims who were busy hating on the Hindus at the time until they switched to hating on Christians and Jews. You know the good old days.

I know a shit pot full of guys from Bangladesh.  They have basically taken over the car service and limo and Uber business in Brooklyn. Not exclusively but I would say a good 60% of the drivers are from some mud hut over there. I have texted Omar and the two Hassans and Funny Ronnie and Khan to make sure that their families are ok with what is happening over there. They all seem to be fine and not involved. But they are plenty worried. It hit home to them finally. There is a surprising amount of support for Trump among them. Part of it is the age old immigrant thing. Once they are on the ship they want to pull the ladder up. They know how fucked up their country is and they don't want to bring it here. I can only tell them one thing.

It don't come easy.

"What do you have an extremely strong opinion on that is ultimately unimportant?"

Reddit rated Best Comments...
I hate people who stand right in front of an elevator door waiting to get on.
The fucking locks in the bathroom stalls need to stop misaligning.

If you have worked inside since the year 2000 you should know how to use a God Damned computer. Being computer illiterate at this point in history is the same as being illiterate
People chewing with their mouths open. It brings me to the edge of committing violence.
People who leave cook time on the microwave are the scum of the earth.
Push from the bottom of the toothpaste. Neanderthals.

Canada Parliament shows the world how easy they are to take over

By a Democrat president. How embarrassing.

Canadian Parliament chants 'four more years' at President Obama. I feel overwhelming shame for them.

At that moment of political ecstasy had Obama said, "Let's vote on it!" We'd have ten new states just like that and their parliamentarians fresh American representatives and senators and automatically America would be about 1/6 sillier.

I couldn't watch this when it happened. Well, they love him so. And that's a good thing. Nothing wrong with our president being adored. There is video at this link to And that's all there is at the telegraph. It's all that they say. No comments either. Just a 23 second video of their parliament standing and clapping and chanting after a 15 second commercial.

EU granted suspected Istanbul attacker refugee status

RTA Chechen national suspected of being the mastermind behind the deadly Istanbul airport terrorist attack, earlier received refugee status in Austria, which helped him to repeatedly avoid extradition to Russia on terror charges.

The fatal attack on the Istanbul airport that took lives of 44 people and left more than 230 injured was allegedly organized by Ahmed Chataev, a Russian citizen of Chechen origin, who joined Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) in 2015 and now fights in Syria, Turkish media report, citing police sources.

Chataev was assigned a leading role in training extremists that would then commit terrorist attacks in both Russia and Western Europe, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Andrey Przhezdomsky said, adding that, in Syria, Chataev also commands a unit consisting “primarily of immigrants from the North Caucasus,” Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported earlier this year.

Chataev turned out to be long wanted by the Russian authorities for terrorism-related offenses but he fled to Europe, where he was granted asylum, and successfully managed to escape extradition to Russia.

Chataev joined Islamist secessionist militants that fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War between 1999 and 2000, where he lost an arm. Later, he was considered to be a representative of Dokka Umarov, once a “terrorist №1” in Russia, in the Western Europe.

"Lynch to Accept F.B.I. Recommendations in Clinton Email Inquiry"

NYTAttorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case.

The Justice Department had been moving toward such an arrangement for months — officials said in April that it was being considered — but a private meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week set off a political furor and made the decision all but inevitable.

Republicans said the meeting, which took place at the Phoenix airport, had compromised the independence of the investigation as the F.B.I. was winding it down. Some called for Ms. Lynch to recuse herself, but she did not take herself off the case — one that could influence a presidential election.

Her reassurance that she will not overrule her investigators is significant. When the F.B.I. sought to bring felony charges against David H. Petraeus, the former C.I.A. director, for mishandling classified information and lying about it, Mr. Holder stepped in and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. That decision created a deep — and public — rift.

The F.B.I. is expected to make a recommendation to the Justice Department in the coming weeks, though agents have yet to interview Mrs. Clinton. While some legal experts said they believed that criminal indictments in the case were unlikely, the investigation continues to cast a shadow over Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Tommy vs. Gerry: 1916

Restart and play both videos at the same time to get the full effect.

A Trenchant Warfare Analogy

That's how things looked 100 years ago on the Western Front.  The Brit's single entrenchment is shown in red; the German entrenchments are in blue. At 07:30 hours, 100 years ago, the red line advanced against the blue "grid" with horrific consequences. Of course the Reds had no idea how extensively and well-entrenched the Blues were. They had flung a week's worth of soft shrapnel bombs at the Blues, fully expecting that it would devastate the Blue defenses. An equivalent volley from the Blues to the Reds would have utterly destroyed the Red's single line which was mostly an open trench. But the Blues were too well dug-in and fortified.

Am I getting through?

Thursday, June 30, 2016


On the way back from the walk this morning I went in back through the alley. I like using the fob VOOMP the whole door flies open better than any Star Trek door ever opened. But today a truck was there and the door already opened, a man was standing there smoking a cigarette and watching the men working, he quipped as I passed, "And it isn't even Friday." A non-sequiter that left the men working with no natural rejoinder the worker said, "humph" then pulled his trolly up the steep and tall ramp backward, impressively, I've never seen anything like it and he was back in the garage passing me by. I said, "I saw you jerk that box up that ramp." He said, "Yeah."

Both men passed by coming and going three times, both men were eager to engage conversationally as they could as they passed, they never stopped working, but were still eager to talk. Their work was splendidly athletic. I said so. They acknowledged the truth of it. They liked that being recognized. They were giving themselves a real workout. 

By stark contrast they didn't say boo kiss my butt to the guy who tried to engage them. They just flat did not appreciate a guy standing there watching them. 

Wait...there is a new poll....the election is over....Right!

Summer Stunner: Trump Soars to +4 Over Clinton in Rasmussen Poll

9 point Swing — in one Week

By Breitbart News June 29, 2016

The latest Rasmussen Reports2016 presidential poll:

The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Child Molesting Muslim Refugees from the Middle East protected by Obama, Hillary, Paul Ryan, George Will, Mitch McConnell and the all the rest!

Idaho Sex Assault: Child Victim Trapped As Refugee Assailant Still Lives Next Door

Breitbart News June 30. 2016 By Katie McHugh

The five-year-old girl victimized in a sex attack by Sudanese and Iraqi refugee boys in Twin Falls, Idaho, is too terrified to leave her home, partly because one of her attackers still lives next door, according to a civic volunteer who is working with the victim’s family.

On June 2, a 14-year-old Sudanese refugee in Idaho coached a 10-year-old Sudanese and a seven-year-old Iraqi boy as they cornered the child in the laundry room of Fawnbrooks Apartments, stripped her naked, touched her, and urinated in her mouth and on her clothes. The 14-year-old filmed the vicious attack until an elderly woman intervened.

macaroni and cheese on Flickr

This photograph was returned to me today by email with the message saying somebody favorited it on Flickr. It was posted the end of 2013 and the photo has 797 views. This was before I discovered the joy of including jalapeño and because of that the parsley looks lame.

Kids will like this.

CNN assigns #Brexit blame

“Listen…the reason people voted, the majority of them, and I can play you what was said, was to stop immigration into this country,” she said, as Hannan continued to insist that he himself had not backtracked on his comments, pointing out that he had written a book advocating reasons to vote Leave but hadn’t actually said what she accused him of saying.
Amanpour pressed on. “Would you agree then that the Leave campaign’s main objective, in terms of sovereignty, was to stop the free movement [of people]?”
Hannah grinned in obvious disbelief, and asked Amanpour to retract the accusation of backtracking. She refused.
“Then people at home can Google this, they can look at what I’ve said, and they can see whether it is fair for you to accuse me of having done a U-turn,” Hannan said, as Amanpour continued to talk over him.

Hillary Clinton cannot escape her own bio

Hillary spoke at PUSH convention. Mike Fourcher posted on Twitter a program for the convention containing a bio for Hillary Clinton. This is why I love millennials,  I'm assuming here this is a millennial because it has the millennial hallmark. Somebody told this campaign person (assumed millennial) to provide a bio on Hillary for the program, so they did, they copy and pasted from Wikipedia and without reading the whole thing and without knowing where to stop copy/pasting they included the uncomfortable bits best left unsaid on such a program. So her bio for the event that everybody has in their hands when she's speaking turns out uncomfortably honest. If they bother to read it.

Besides all that it is an impressive bio, I have to admit this.

The program will not show very well here. Follow the link above if you care to see it. The page is her picture above with wikipedia description below. The part that's hilarious for bio like this reads:
As First Lady of the United States, Clinton led the failed effort to enact the Clinton health plan of 1993. In 1997 and 1999, she helped create programs for children's health insurance, adoption, and foster care. The only first lady to have been subpoenaed, she faced a federal grand jury in 1996 regarding the Whitewater controversy; no charges were brought against her related to this or any other controversies in her life. Her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998, and overall her role as first lady drew a polarized response from the public.
You were supposed to stop c/p before this paragraph! Except nobody proofread. They just trusted a young person. This is something a young person does. It's why we love them so.

It's all very funny but some people are not amused. From Mike Fourcher's thread:

"GOP Benghazi Report Includes 15 Questions Not Answered by President Obama"

CNS News:   According to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, "the President is uniquely situated to answer these questions. In fact, he is the only person who can answer some of these questions."

1. The White House issued a readout of your meeting with senior administration officials on September 10, 2012, indicating “specific measures” had been taken to “prevent 9/11 related attacks.” What were these specific measures, and how did these specific measures differ from specific measures taken on prior anniversaries of September 11?

2. When did you first learn a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, had been attacked? What were you told, and by whom? Were you informed Sean Smith had been killed during the initial attack?

3. What orders or direction, if any, did you give to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta upon learning of the initial attack? Did you or anyone at your direction ever modify, withdraw, alter, or amplify the initial orders or direction you gave to Secretary Panetta?

4. What were you told about Department of Defense assets in the region that could respond specifically to Benghazi? Did you ask for or receive a list of military or paramilitary assets in the region that could respond to Benghazi during the pendency of the attacks?

5. Were you subsequently kept informed about the initial attack, subsequent attacks, and/or efforts to either send military assistance or evacuate U.S. personnel? By whom?

6. When did you learn Ambassador Christopher Stevens was missing, and who informed you? Were you kept informed on efforts to locate Ambassador Stevens, and if so, by whom? When did you learn Ambassador Stevens was dead, and who informed you?

7. [Classified]

8. Were you aware that prior to any military asset moving to respond to the attacks the State Department expressed concerns to the White House about the number of military assets going into Libya?

9. When did you learn of a mortar attack that killed Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty? Who informed you?

10. Were you aware of any efforts by White House and Department of Defense officials during the evening of September 11, 2012, and into the early morning hours of September 12, 2012, to reach out to YouTube and Terry Jones regarding an anti-Muslim video? What specifically connected the attacks in Benghazi to this anti-Muslim [sic] video, and why weren’t these efforts made after the protests in Cairo, Egypt?

11. When did you learn individuals associated with terrorist organizations participated in the attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya?

12. Did you receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) on September 12, 2012 and September 13, 2012? If so, who provided you with the PDB?

13. Have you ever viewed surveillance footage from the cameras (or other sources) located at the U.S. facilities in Benghazi depicting the attacks? Will you declassify this footage so the American people can see for themselves what transpired?

14. Did you authorize a covert action or covert operation to provide lethal assistance to Libyan rebels?

15. [Classified]

The Republican report notes that, "Despite the Secretary of Defense’s clear directive and his intention that (rescue) forces would move and move quickly," nothing happened for many hours.

"Over 13 hours after the attack began, the first force -- the farthest away [in Rota, Spain] -- deployed. It would take nearly 18 hours for the FAST team [Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team] to move, and over 20 hours from the beginning of the attack before the CIF (another available military asset) moved."

President Obama went to a fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack.

"Russia to release Clinton emails?"

Washington TimesU.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton’s email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public.

A U.S. intelligence official told Inside the Ring that the indications of the email release are being closely watched, although the veracity of at least two postings on the matter could not be confirmed as authoritative.

A State Department official has said Russia is one of at least three foreign governments likely to have obtained the full content of the former secretary of state’s server through covert hacking operations. The other two are China and Israel.

What's your lame claim to fame?

Reddit best comments....
I got pied in the face on slime time live as a kid
My face was visible in the background of a senate hearing on c-span 3 a few years ago.
I have had the same cell phone number since 1989.
I was one of the first 100 people whose embryo was created and developed in a laboratory through artificial fertilization. I was not conceived inside my mother!
I got stuck in a Whitehouse bathroom when I was 12 (1978). The Secret Service guys had to break me out.

Obama, Trudeau and Nieto attempt awkward three-way handshake

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Theodore Roosevelt in WY 1910
Happy National Handshake Day

Hey you stink!

The Science behind your awful garlic breath you dirty whore

Thank science for bad breath and smelly flatulence.
Author Andy Brunning uses chemistry to explain common reactions to our favorite foods in his new book, “Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell?” (Ulysses Press, out now).
Here, the elementary school teacher digs into asparagus, orange juice and more.

Why does garlic give you bad breath?

When you consume a garlic clove, it releases an enzyme called allyl methyl sulfide, which contributes to garlic’s aroma and its “garlic breath effect” that can last up to 24 hours. Brunning recommends lemon juice, which neutralizes the odor-causing enzymes, to fend off stink. The only ethnic proven to be immune to this oder is of course Arabs as garlic is one of the main ingredients in their cuisine which explains both the absence of vampires in the Middle East and the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Huma Wiener. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Emily Longworth's opinion on Hillary Clinton

Emily, we read so much about millennial Americans. Please tell us your political opinion.

Commenters on YouTube are either deeply impressed or angrily butt-hurt. 

Book: The Intimidation Game: How has Citizens United manifested in modern politics?

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Democrats are going after Republican donors. Enemies list.

"Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix"

ABC15Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.

The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane.

Sources say the private meeting at the airport lasted around 30 minutes.

"There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example I would say it was current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean."

"I'm a young black professional male from the hood, how can I feel more comfortable around whites?"

QuoraI do not know any whites in my personal life. I feel out of touch or unable to relate with them during conversations. Professionally, we are on the same page, but socially it is difficult to communicate with them effectively.
Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.
Ground Rules:
You have to know with absolute confidence that there are whitefolks who would fight and die for you, more than anybody you ever met in your life....
Here’s my primary advice:
1. Don’t make work the focal point of your experiments in social relations....
2. The world is never going to fully understand your black world. That includes me....
3. Every business culture is different....
And finally,
4. Be prepared to deal with the end of your blackness....
The advice list is a little more fleshed out at the link

Cross-country trip highlights, drone video

by Rob Cantor.

It's hard to believe how the drone holds so steady in gusty wind. The wind was quite strong on the ridge especially at the spot where it was launched at the flat cut into the ridge for the U turn, at the exact beginning of this video, yet the drone hangs in air without being jostled. I asked Rob about that and he told me the drone communicates with eleven satellites to hold its place. That did not explain how the drone avoids moving even an inch. Not jostled around at all. No corrections show. Its blades must behave as gyroscopes holding it in place. The drone returns to its base when power becomes low. And it has a fine camera too. The launching spot is where the two baby rattlesnakes were spotted causing some excitement at the top.

Quinnipiac: Clinton-Trump Race Too Close To Call

QuinnipiacDemocrat Hillary Clinton has 42 percent to Republican Donald Trump's 40 percent - too close to call - as American voters say neither candidate would be a good president and that the campaign has increased hatred and prejudice in the nation, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

This compares to results of a June 1 national poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University, showing Clinton edging Trump 45 - 41 percent.

American voters are deeply divided along gender, racial, age and party lines. Women back Clinton 50 - 33 percent while men back Trump 47 - 34 percent.

White voters back Trump 47 - 34 percent. Black voters back Clinton 91 - 1 percent and Hispanic voters back her 50 - 33 percent. Voters 18 to 34 years old go Democratic 48 - 23 percent, while voters over 65 years old go Republican 51 - 35 percent.

Democrats go to Clinton 89 - 3 percent, as Republicans go to Trump 84 - 6 percent. Independent voters are divided with 36 percent for Trump and 34 percent for Clinton.

Both top candidates get negative favorability ratings, 34 - 57 percent for Trump and 37 - 57 percent for Clinton.

WKRLEM: You have to help the Medicine go down

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

VFW Post #1

The very first VFW post is in Denver.  I did not know that.

I learned this today from searching [denver news] in Twitter after being notified of a shooting here today. 2hus For Liberty, if you're interested, on Twitter identifies a notorious white nationalist as the shooter of a woman, now in critical condition, and himself, now dead.

While exploring this new link, Denver news on Twitter, I noticed something else down the line as the breaking news changes to other items and that turns out to be interesting too and a lot more happy than this shooting, the story not only of the first VFW but also the first with a gay VFW commander. Two stories in one. (Three counting the unrelated shooting.)

The link goes to channel 9 News, an obnoxious site that wants you to see other things first and puts things in your way, but aside from the site's JAVA the video is very nice thing to see once they give it to you. It is a good coverage of a good angle to a pleasant and good and happy event.

The story of course is about how great it is for the military to finally acknowledge openly there are gay people serving. The angle is about the policy of DADT being abolished. The man, John Harry, can hardly contain his emotion describing his VFW post making him commander by his service to this country and not because of any kind of idle virtue signaling either, because of his service, his tours, and this parade that puts his whole life in new perspective is moving. It is a fine video.

I nicked some screenshots.

Ch.9 News, Denver Pridefest 2016

So where is this VFW post #1, anyway? The ones I know of have very large numbers like 7945 and  2461 and 501, Of all the VFW talk that I heard, my own mum was involved, they're real big on handing out jewelry pins with their logo so Mum had dozens of those, I never did hear about VFW #1, never even thought about it. 

 841 Santa Fe Dr. 

Holy cow that's close. I can walk there easily. 

I ought to go in for a drink. A Pepsi cola. Google Earth shows the place looks like this:

Oh boy. 

It was a Tuesday at V.F.W. Post 1: yoga night. Wednesday is meditation. Friday is photography class — unless it is open gallery night, when hundreds of civilians peruse veteran artwork while a D.J. spins records. The post hosts a monthly film series. And meetings often have as many backward ball caps as V.F.W. hats. 
Do not come expecting a bar. There is none.
What? I thought that was essential.
“We didn’t want a dark dive bar,” said the senior vice commander of the post, Brittany Bartges, a 29-year-old veteran of the Iraq war. “We wanted a healing place where veterans could come together and bring their families.” 
By abandoning the traditional model of a dim, members-only tavern in favor of a bright gallery space, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Denver have transformed the V.F.W.’s oldest post into one of its youngest. 
Once a dying post like many others, Post 1 began recruiting aggressively among veterans at nearby colleges and threw open the doors, welcoming other veterans’ groups to use the building. It is now a hub for volunteering, exercise and art, where the focus is on camaraderie and community service. And the membership is thriving. Before, some meetings drew only five people. Now, more than 40 regularly attend.  
Post members say they hope to create a model for attracting young veterans that could be adopted across the country. And just in time for the 116-year-old V.F.W. The nationwide network has lost more than 500,000 members in the last decade, tracing the declining number of veterans from World War II and Korea. More than 1,000 posts have closed. The average age of its 1.3 million members is now 68. 
Young veterans have shown little interest in joining. Only about 15 percent of eligible Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are members.

More at the NYT link.

Dragnet 1968

Dragnet 1968
We were working the Day Watch out of the Public Morals Division out of the Wilshire Division. The Captain was Lemuel Sancocho. My Partner is Bill Gannon. My name is Friday. I carry a badge. And a grudge.

Bill Gannon walked into the division and hung the shiny jacket of 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?”
“Get it to go. We have a call.”
“So early? The perverts don’t usually come out until the sun goes down. Is the Democratic
 Convention in town?”

"20 years ago you all laughed at me"

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IGotOverMachoGrande said... @Nigel_Farage Triumphantly Treads Titanium Testicle Territory

America's Economic Independence Day!

Remarks by Donald Trump today in Monessen, PA (full text here)

Declaring America's Economic Independence 
It is great to be here. I'd like to thank Alumisource and all the amazing workers here for hosting us.
Today, I am going to talk about how to Make America Wealthy Again.
We are thirty miles from Steel City. Pittsburgh played a central role in building our nation.
The legacy of Pennsylvania steelworkers lives in the bridges, railways and skyscrapers that make up our great American landscape.
But our workers' loyalty was repaid with betrayal.

Elizabeth Warren.

educator said in comments:
PS I note Cacklepants is test-flying Fauxcahontas with a new slogan - Stronger Together - so she isn't Fighting For Us anymore.  
 I sense it means 2 things - she found out she wasn't "woman" enough for the woman's vote and she expects to go down - either for physical or legal reasons - possibly before the convention.
[elizabeth warren, hillary clinton]
And so on. 

Trump has a lot to say about Elizabeth Warren. She's right he'll knock us into the dirt. She's right about quit a lot. Us being her and her dreams of a ... whatever it is she dreams about, Trump will crush those dreams into the dirt. And not just regular Massachusetts dirt; reservation dirt. 

Here is what is puzzling about Trump's attacks on Elizabeth Warren so far. In my view, Trump has not latched onto the element that is most offensive to conservatives because he isn't thinking as conservative here. So far Trump has lodged mere adolescent ad hominem where Elizabeth Warren's offense is in taking the spot for academic inclusion intended for and marked out for genuine American native people who grew up under hardship presumably but not necessarily on a reservation, and definitely not intended for a white person with mere traces of native genetic makeup and with no such hardship in their experience. She took a real native's place. 

The left forgives her for all of that, their ingrained racism set aside momentarily because Elizabeth Warren makes such a splendid attack animal. That's pretty much all that we hear from her. They like that and it's why Elizabeth Warren exists instead of being crushed by the same political correctness that crushes everything else. 

Let's open the Google video tab for [elizabeth warren, hillary clinton] and see them onstage together in live action.

Apologies. I got the code mixed up again. 

Fast food kills.

Ronald McDonald gunned down at NC Sonic restaurant

UMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A man named Ronald McDonald, 36, was shot during an argument at a Sonic restaurant Thursday evening in Lumberton, North Carolina.
McDonald, who is the husband of one of the restaurant’s managers, argued with Telvin Drummond, 24, an employee at Sonic.
Both men shot at each other. McDonald was struck by gun fire and is being treated for injuries that are believed to not be life threatening.

"Terror at Turkish Airport"

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I didn't think the goverment could do this

WNDReaction to threatening comments from President Obama’s U.S. attorney in Idaho following the release of two Muslim boys accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl have been swift and severe.

Wendy J. Olson, the U.S. attorney for Idaho, indicated in a statement Friday that Idahoans who spread “false or inflammatory information” about the alleged Muslim perpetrators may be subject to prosecution. The boys accused are ages 14, 10 and 7, and their families have been evicted from the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls, where the assault allegedly took place.

The two older boys are immigrants from Sudan and the youngest is from Iraq. They are believed to be refugees but the government has yet to say exactly how they entered the country, only that they have come “within the last two years.”

The Olson statement that is drawing fire from First Amendment advocates is as follows:
“The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law.”
She made the comment after some websites published erroneous information that the girl was “gang raped” at “knifepoint” by “Syrian refugees.”

"Gowdy releases Benghazi committee final report"

Washington Examiner:   Gowdy’s findings questioned the administration’s dubious reasons for placing diplomatic personnel in Benghazi despite clear and consistent warnings of violence in the area.

The temporary mission in Benghazi was on the road to becoming a permanent facility in the fall of 2012, when Stevens and a skeleton security team headed to the coastal Libyan city to prepare the announcement of a lasting U.S. presence there.

According to the committee’s report, U.S. officials had reported an “increase in extremist activity” in June 2012 as other Western powers in the area withdrew their people out of concern for their safety.

Other investigations had detailed the string of attacks in Libya that preceded the Benghazi raid, but none had exposed the motivations behind Stevens’ activities in the region, laying the groundwork for an upcoming visit from Clinton, where she hoped to announce the establishment of a permanent diplomatic post in Benghazi. (via Insta)

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Tired Of Being Robbed..."

"Gas Station Owner Puts Up Sign That Has People Talking"

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Smart man recognizes the value of doing business with law abiding citizens with weapons. I hope this catches on all over the country. **IF** it does, we'll see a dramatic decline in criminal activity where the criminals get what they want, and walk away scott free.

"Federal Judge: U.S. Constitution Is Outdated, Judges Should Stop Studying It"

According to 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner in a post published to Slate, U.S. judges should stop studying the Constitution.
I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation,” Posner argued.
“Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” he continued. “Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.”
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

'Racist' Pool Safety Poster: Red Cross Alopologizes

NBCA Red Cross Hospital signboard that carried a "super racist" message about swim safety guidelines for children prompted an apology from the hospital on Tuesday.

The dialogue opened on Twitter after a photo circulated of the poster in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The poster, which has since been taken down, read at the top: "Be Cool, Follow the Rules." Below the heading were depictions of children playing. The white children were labeled as behaving "cool" while children of color were depicted as misbehaving, or "not cool," for breaking pool safety rules.

Red Cross has since confirmed that it has discontinued the production of the poster and has already removed it from the hospital's website and Swim App.

Marilyn's Diary

Aunt Lily really stated to lose it after Uncle Herman left us. She was always a night owl and she always had many gentlemen callers. They had an open marriage after all because you can lose the magic if you have been married for 571 years.  So it wasn't unusual for me to come home after a date at the diner where we had milkshakes to find Aunt Lily entertaining friends in a sort of risqué way. Well to tell the truth....she would be having an orgy.

I was young and dumb and sometimes I would join right in. You see there was no interruptions. Grandpa was usually down in his coffin with Sandy Koufax and that little shit Cousin Eddie was running around the neighborhood peeping in windows so it was just a free  for all.

I remember several epic nights. There was the time that advertising executive came with his hot French actress wife. Boy was he handsome. Then there was this guy Ken who had really good drugs. I came home to find Aunt Lily cavorting with them after they all came on a bus. But one night I had to draw a line.