Saturday, December 10, 2016

WKRLEM: Tea for the Tillerman.......and Rudi gets ugotz!

It seems that Rudi Giuliani has been aced out of the Trump Administration and took a face saving out by saying he doesn't want to be in the cabinet. Or in fact he doesn't want it enough to take a portfolio for something he doesn't want to do. He wanted the Secretary of State slot and nothing else. Attorney General was already taken and he didn't want Homeland Security. So he took a Pasadena on the whole mishegoss.

You see President Trump loves to troll people. He loves that more than anything. So he had Mitt Romney come to his house everyday with his shine box pretending that he had a chance to get Secretary of State. It was pretty funny. First he gets that Rhino Huntsman in to interview which is rich because he is Mitt's mortal enemy in the world of secret Underoos. Then turns around and gives the job to the head of Exxon named Tillerman or Tillerson on some shit like that there. This is a double secret trolling because this dude is Putin's butt buddy from back in the day. So he is going to announce it just when some unnamed pussies in the CIA peddle the malarkey that the Russki's hacked the DNC to help Trump win. Just the rumor that he giving Tea to the Tillerman has the monkeys at MSNBC losing their shit. Or at least flinging it at everyone. That's Trumps signature move by the way. Pick an inside man who has it wired. That is why Iowa's governor is the new ambassador to China. The Governor is best butt buddies with the head Chinamen so they can talk turkey and get stuff done.

When asked about the CIA report Trump just said "these are the mooks who told us about WMD in Iraq and got thousands of our guys killed. Why should I listen to them." Trump delegates. He is delegating dealing with the CIA to Pence because he has no patience for their nonsense. It is nonsense. He put tough guys like Mad Dog in there who will tell him the truth.  You know who used to do that? Ike. Trump is going to be a lot like Ike. That's why he is filling out the cabinet with generals. He is going to delegate. Get the information. Make decisions. And if it doesn't work fire those guys and get someone else in who can get her done.

It is a shame that loyalists who fought the fight with him  are getting passed over. Rudi deserved to be Secretary of State. Newt should get a big job. Even Fatso should get something commensurate with his ability. Food taster or something like that there. Trump don't play that. He picks the best guy for the job. Or the best guy at the time. Remember he had three campaign managers. The Tillerman has to produce or he gets fired and replaced. Maybe by Gary Busey or Amarosa  So the onus is on his anus to get shit done.

Still I feel bad for Rudi. Put your faith not into Princesses buddy. Just sayn'

Hey is Billy Bush really going to be Press Secretary and are they going to grab pussies together?

Patti Smith stumbles then delivers at Bob Dylan-less Nobel ceremony

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's 1963 classic A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm Sweden on Saturday.

Smith faltered when she forgot the words in the second verse of one of Dylan's most famous songs filled with complicated lyrics. Smith composed herself and asked the orchestra to start over.

"I apologize. I'm sorry, Could we start that? I'm so nervous," Smith said quietly, as the audience in Stockholm's Concert Hall clapped in support.

Via @apchavira tweet:

Russia withheld hacked RNC emails to help Trump’s campaign: report

A report affirming the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia hacked the U.S. election in an attempt to sway the results in favor of Donald Trump was bolstered Friday by a conclusion that Russians hacked the Republican National Committee—then sat on the information.

The New York Times Friday, citing american intelligence agencies, revealed that in addition to attacks on Democratic organizations, the Russians also accessed sensitive RNC information but declined to release the documents to the public.

Via Reddit: 

Top voted Reddit comment: All I'm hearing is "The NSA is completely fucking incompetent so what's the point point of them? What is their function?"

Social Security reform

"Social Security has been a quiet subject for Republicans since the collapse of President Bush’s reform efforts in 2005. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Republican Members of Congress were seemingly lining up to present new plans to fix Social Security’s long-term funding shortfall, currently estimated at over $11 trillion. Since Bush’s plan failed to pass even a Republican-led Congress, however, many in the GOP have left the field to progressives who seek to expand Social Security benefits, even at the cost of the program’s solvency.
Today, however, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), the chairman of the House Social Security subcommittee, has introduced a Social Security plan that would address solvency concerns while also taking steps to make the program work better for participants. It’s a complex plan, so it might be easiest to explain by breaking it down into its functional components.
Solvency: While there’s more to Social Security reform than simply keeping the system from going broke, a program that can’t pay what it promises isn’t much good to people. To address the solvency side of the problem Johnson’s plan takes a number of steps. First, the plan would gradually increase the normal retirement age, reaching 69 for people born in 1968, who will retire in the mid-2030s. Second, the plan alters the basic Social Security benefit formula in such a way that benefits are progressively and gradually reduced for roughly the top half of retirees.  Third, the plan would base Cost of Living Adjustments on the so-called “chain-weighted CPI.” On top of this, high income retirees – singles with retirement incomes above $85,000 and couples above $170,000 – would not receive a COLA. Fourth, the plan would limit the size of spousal benefits for higher-income retirees. Currently, the non-working spouse of a high-earning retiree can receive a higher monthly benefit than a low-income person who worked and contributed to the program all their life. Together, these changes would be sufficient to make Social Security solvent for 75 years and beyond..."

Take A Walk On The Wilders Side

Dutch MP Geert Wilders was found guilty --schuldig-- of hate speech. But, there will be no punishment. linkage

Imagine if Donald Trump were convicted of "hate speech" but there was no punishment.

Friday, December 9, 2016


Rich Little may have had the voices down, but David Frye had the looks down. Check it out:


The left have wasted no time in recording their first anti-Trump screeds. See Fiona Apple's "hate song" to Donald Trump. Last time around, with Reagan, it took a bit longer -- a year or two in fact. Remember Gil Scott-Heron's "B-Movie" (1981) which mentioned Reagan as Ronald Ray-Gun?

Scott-Heron's lyrics are an interesting 35 year-old time capsule. Approached with an open mind, there are a few good one liners:
Nostalgia, that's what we want…: the good ol' days, when we gave' em hell. When the buck stopped somewhere and you could still buy something with it. To a time when movies were in black and white, and so was everything else. 
Full lyrics after the break.

The Left have conceived their anti-Trump babies. Now we're in gestation phase. Watch out for future little monstrosities.

The eagle has landed

Wedding guests sue groom after ‘photo drone crashes into their faces while they dance in tent at ceremony’

TWO women are suing a groom after they allege a photo drone hit them in the head as they danced in a tent.

Kneena Ellis, of Seabrook, and Kelly Eaton of Peabody, Massachusetts, claim they they suffered permanent physical and emotional injury as a result of the incident in August.

The suit claims roofer Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire.

But it’s claimed his hovering video camera went haywire and slammed into their faces, injuring them on the dance floor under a tent.

Via Drudge:

Colonel John

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Stop staring at my weiner!

"Stop staring at my weiner." 
"Well it looks like it is going to burn." 
"I hate it when my weiner burns.' 
"Well you should stay away from those astronaut groupies Healy!" 
"Can I touch it master." 
"You can always touch my weiner." 
"Thank you Master."

Same Bat Time....

"What is that Red Phone Commissioner Gordon?" 
"That's the Bat Phone. It is the direct line to Batman. Whenever we need him I just pick it up and call him." 
"Why do you need that? Don't you have his phone number? He gave it to me when I met him one night while I was walking my rare clumbers." 
"No I do not have his number and I do not know his secret identity. Do you sir?" 
"Oh I know his secret. Actually it is not all that big a secret. I mean who goes around wearing spandex for crying out loud. It ain't no secret." 
"Bejesus I thought so" 
"Shut up O'Hara." 

What's the true state of the Yankees and the Red Sox?

GM banter doesn’t reveal true state of Yankees-Red Sox 

New York Post Sports Section By Joel Sherman December 8, 2016

 NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Rule 5 draft concludes the Winter Meetings and attracts pretty much every scout, executive and media member on assignment to a large ballroom for one final flurry of hellos, goodbyes, business and gossip.

In the bottleneck on the way into the room Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spotted Yankees counterpart Brian Cashman. It had been less than 12 hours since word circulated the Yankees had agreed with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal — a record for a reliever — and two days since Cashman had referred to the Red Sox as baseball’s Golden State Warriors with Chris Sale joining an already starry roster.
Dombrowski wrapped an arm around his longtime friend and rival and pronounced, “The monster is back.”

Gene Simmons tells celebrities to shut up

Simmons opens his pie hole to tell celebrities freaking out over Trump Victory to shut their pie holes. "He's the new president, that's the end of the story."

Story and source pic from Legal Insurrection, here.

Actually, I just liked the picture, and that's all.

Mosul battle plan change will likely result in prolonged siege

"...ran was not the only country pressing for the escape to be closed west of Mosul. Russia, another powerful Assad ally, also wanted to block any possible movement of militants into Syria, said Hashemi. The Russian defence ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

One of Assad's biggest enemies, France, was also concerned that hundreds of fighters linked to attacks in Paris and Brussels might escape. The French have contributed ground and air support to the Mosul campaign.

A week after the campaign was launched, French President Francois Hollande said any flow of people out of Mosul would include "terrorists who will try to go further, to Raqqa in particular".

Still, the battle plan did not foresee closing the road to the west of Mosul until Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi agreed in late October to despatch the Popular Mobilisation militias.

"The government agreed to Iran's request, thinking that it would take a long time for the Hashid to get to the road to Syria, and during that time the escape route would be open and the battle would still proceed as planned," Hashemi said.
The Hashid move to cut the western corridor was announced on Oct. 28, 11 days after the start of the wider Mosul campaign. Fighters made swift progress, sweeping up from a base south of Mosul to seal off the western route out of the city.
Abadi "was surprised to see them reaching the road in just a few days," Hashemi said. "The battle has taken a different shape since then - no food, no fuel is reaching Mosul and Daesh (Islamic State) fighters are bent on fighting to the end.""

Sourdough bread

Seems every cook has their own way of creating a sourdough starter. I've read a dozen descriptions at least and I've read countless discussions and particular conceits. I watched three videos just today. And everyone makes something that occurs naturally sound difficult. It's not. It's so easy it's ridiculous. It's simple as not taking a shower. It's happening on your body as we discuss this. I've done this a million times, possibly twenty-five times. I've collected distinct sourdough cultures three times in Maui all within an hour. Once overnight, so powerful it knocks your socks off, Hawaii is an exceedingly yeasty place, and I've collected two weeks in Denver so that it would have rain in it.  I've collected several times in winter and under the burning summer sun that dried out my slurry in half an hour. I've created a culture without collecting, directly from flour as chefs do.

Flour already has yeast on it by the wheat growing out there in the field. It is not radiated or bleached or otherwise killed when the grain is milled so all that is brought forward in the flour. So that just flour and water and and a few days ignored in a closed mason jar will make excellent sourdough starter because the organisms survived all of that processing. Try it, you'll be amazed. One time I raced two slurries, one I collected for three days on the balcony and the other was slurry made the exact same way, both put in two separate mason jars, the same amounts each jar, and the uncollected slurry won the race. Both were excellent starters, but the slow to get going had a distinctly different flavor. Denver flavor. I'm imagining the organisms having a war accounting for the delay. The prevailing organisms are what creates the distinct local flavor. I'm imagining all this.

But I insist, and other sourdough aficionados dispute this, that collecting more organisms for a few days at least will result in sourdough unique to your location. Even while the thing that makes your location unique is the wind shoving organisms into your wet bowl of slurry that originates from other states. Weird, huh? Still, my Denver sourdough is qualitatively different from starter collected this same way in Concord California, and directly from wheat grown in Nebraska. Organisms rise up from the ground, rain droplets form around them and are deposited into your slurry.The ground that those organisms rise from makes the difference as the terroir of wine and all other food.

Prove it. Google search. [rain forms around organisms] Pick a page. Any page.

Or, [psuedomonas syringae + rain] then open the image tab and scan for a diagram. I see ten weather diagrams and then quit scrolling.

I drew this just for you.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I really don't much care for "modern" makeovers of American holiday classics, but this one caught my ear. Many such recordings feature warbling divas trying to out-warble each other -- much like the endless "improvements" on the national anthem.

When I first heard it -- without knowing a thing about Zee Avi -- I thought that she must be Russian and had given it a traditional Russian folk arrangement -- a sort of "Those Were Days My Friend" lilt. I also thought I could hear Bertold Brecht's "Three Penny Opera."

Do you have any favorite re-recordings of Christmas classics?
added: Sort of the flipside of Zee Avi's mood elevator is Fiona Apple's latest screed:

"We couldn't live without zero, but once we had to"

This cheeky yet powerful number has caused more controversy and provided more delight than any other digit I know. For one thing, it allows us to forecast the future. But to comprehend why and to understand zero’s power, you first have to understand its birth and its battles, because zero’s path to greatness was a rocky one.

Zero as a concept has been around since ancient times, popping up in Babylonian and Mayan inscriptions, when it was used it to calculate the passage of the seasons. Ancient scholars employed it as a symbol to represent the absence of a number, like the way we use a zero in 101 or 102 to signify that there are no multiples of 10 in the middle position. For the Babylonians, it was two little dart symbols on their sides.

Read the whole thing via Reddit:

The best new reality show on Television?

Even the idiots and douche bags at Red State realize that the new A&E Reality Show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" is the best new reality series on television. It is about the Church of Scientology and the people who have left it. Leah was one of the most prominent members of the Church and a major spokes model for them. She began to question her membership in the church when she was at a wedding and asked about the wife of the leader and was immediately attacked. Something was up and they wanted to shut it down.

As you know there are many celebrity members of Scientology. John Travolta. Kristie Alley. Tom Cruise. Even the Good Witch Catherine Bell which was really a surprise. The show delineates how celebrities are catered to by the Church and every employee and contact is a member of the Church. The first episode has a woman who was involved in this process and she tells a very interesting story.

Yes Catwoman!

Catwoman: It is useless of you to resist Batman. You are in my clutchesMeeeoooowww!!!
Batman: Why are you staring at my utility belt.
Catwoman: I am not staring at your utility belt. But what is that tiny bump you have there? Please tell me you got a mosquito bite.

Attack of the Bride of Wilderstein!

‘Catwoman’ arrested for clawing designer boyfriend

 New York Post By Larry Celona and Jamie Schram December 7, 2016

Jocelyn Wildenstein, the feline-featured socialite nicknamed “Catwoman,” was busted Wednesday morning for clawing her boyfriend in their posh Manhattan apartment, sources told The Post.
Wildenstein, 76, flew into a “violent rage” and scratched the face of fashion designer Lloyd Klein inside their apartment in Trump World Tower on 1st Avenue and East 47th Street around 1:30 a.m., the sources said.
She then grabbed a pair of scissors and slashed his chest, drawing blood, the sources continued.
Klein was forced to stuff Wildenstein inside a closet to prevent another rabid attack, sources said.
Police were called to the scene and hauled away Wildenstein on felony assault charges.
The Swiss-born Wildenstein spent millions of dollars on cosmetic surgeries to please her cat-loving, art-dealing husband, Alec Wildenstein, who died in 2008.
(Botox kills. Beware)

Trump: no more foreign adventurism; strengthen military; destroy ISIS

"President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.
In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.
"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."
Trump's rhetoric was similar to what he said during the election campaign when he railed against the war in Iran.
In Fayetteville, he vowed a strong rebuilding of the U.S. military, which he suggested has been stretched too thin. Instead of investing in wars, he said, he would spend money to build up America's aging roads, bridges and airports.

Even so, Trump said he wants to boost spending on the military. To help pay for his buildup, Trump pledged to seek congressional approval for lifting caps on defense spending that were part of "sequestration" legislation that imposed cut spending across the board.

"We don't want to have a depleted military because we’re all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in. It's not going to be depleted any longer," he said.

Trump said any nation that shares these goals will be considered a U.S. partner."We don't forget. We want to strengthen old friendships and seek out new friendships," he said. He said the policy of "intervention and chaos" must come to an end.

While U.S. armed forces are deployed in far-flung places around the globe, they are only involved currently in active combat in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria for the most part."We will build up our military not as an act of aggression, but as an act of prevention," he said. "In short, we seek peace through strength.""

Rules change comes back to bite Dems

"Democrats are eager to make Donald Trump pay a political price for nominating staunch conservatives to fill out his Cabinet, hoping to exact revenge for the GOP's stubborn opposition to President Barack Obama's nominees.
But there is little they can do about it -- and some top Democrats are now coming to regret it.
    That's because Senate Democrats muscled through an unprecedented rules change in 2013 to weaken the power of the minority party to filibuster Cabinet-level appointees and most judicial nominees, now setting the threshold at 51 votes -- rather than 60 -- to overcome tactics aimed at derailing nominations.
    With the Senate GOP poised to hold 52 seats next Congress, some Democrats now say they should have thought twice before making the rules change -- known on Capitol Hill as the "nuclear option.""

    Waffle iron hacks

    Whoa. Wow. Awesome!

    Nick looks like my nephew.

    Today I mentioned to Deena that my food-related site suddenly went bonkers. It had been doing well then dropped dramatically at Thanksgiving to only a hundred a day, then suddenly zoomed back up to 11 hundred views. And the stupidest posts are getting the most attention, they stick out like brightly painted thumbs, 500 and more among a column of 20s like eggs and bacon with thyme, and egg McMuffin, and bacon and eggs with beans, sweet potato rolls, weird simple stupid things that do not deserve any attention while other rare spectacular discoveries go unappreciated like yesterday, iceberg lettuce matched with rare balsamic, an incredibly lame ingredient with an exclusive ingredient, (who does that?) and raw tuna, a strange combination, because it's what I had on hand, and shockingly delicious. I sat there amazed how spectacular that combination goes together. And I'm the only one on Earth who knows it due to the weird ingredients that I happened to have. It doesn't even sound good. But it is. Why haven't the world-class chefs picked up on this before me? It's a genuine mystery to me. 

    Deena said flatly, "I don't have any creativity. None. *looks downward, shakes her head negatively* I simply cannot imagine anything." 

    I couldn't quite process the confession I was hearing. 

    Discovery amounts to desperation. Its born of laziness. I don't want to go shopping. I have things in the pantry, things that I thought at the time that I'd like in the future, things that seemed potentially useful, and a few frozen things, but hardly anything fresh. Need demands something be put together. Some leftover must be paired with something else on hand, like old meatballs with breakfast, and tinned beans. The possibilities are not unlimited. There's nothing creative about it, nothing artistic to it. Nothing. Discovery amounts to willingness to accept failure, it sort of expects failure. Like eating an actual dog's breakfast. 

    She made me sad. 

    If the bottom plate of the waffle iron will cook without being clamped shut then you could do a lot more things like fry eggs without smashing them. I just now watched a lot of videos of people smashing eggs in waffle irons.

    They did not cook bacon in the video above. I saw the prosciutto (that shouldn't be cooked to crispiness). Did I miss them waffling chocolate chip cookies? None of the videos I've seen tried oatmeal cookies. That sounds good, Did I miss them smashing prepared cinnamon rolls? Hashed brown potatoes? Did they smash and waffle a corn dog? 

    * collard stuffed cornbread waffles with chipotle syrup
    * spiral cut sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice waffles
    * waffled polenta
    * paleo pepperoni pizza waffles
    * caribbean shrimp stuffed waffle pops w/ mango cilantro dipping sauce
    * mashed potato, cheddar and chive waffles
    * 3-minute churros

    And many more, 27 altogether. The best list that I saw tonight. There are hundreds of videos on this subject and many more lists, but most that I've seen say the same things. 

    Know what the weird thing is? Everything comes out in this odd checkerboard embossed pattern. 

    I just now bought a waffle iron. Cuisineart has one for $26 reduced from $55. It's rated 4 stars with 494 reviews.

    But I bought a smaller space-saving model, Pesto FlipSide Belgian waffle maker for $36. It's rated 4.5 stars with 3,754 reviews and that was the deciding factor. 

    This is strange, other vendors on Amazon offer the same model at twice the cost. 

    I was directed to these two models from this site posting the 5 best models of waffle makers, There are other lists too that claim other models are best. 

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    WKRLEM: The dogs bark but the caravan moves on......

    Van was already starting to paunch up but his pipes were at their finest. His best performance.


    I removed the starting domes from the basil today, the plants were crunching up inside them, while the mint is lagging behind. There are four mint pods and three basil pods.

    I didn't have to plant these. This kit was one I put together myself as backup plan in case rooting grocery store basil failed.

    Rooting grocery store basil worked! I bought a package with long stems and removed the lower leaves to the stems that would reach the water. It worked very well. Twice in fact. Then the backup kit sat on the top of the refrigerator with its seeds growing older with each passing month. I used the kit basically on a whim to make it go away, so that it would not be wasted.

    My unit is old school. I bought this when they first came out. Top of the line. It was expensive. It uses high output florescent lights that are proprietary and also expensive. $10.00 per light. Substitutions are not possible due to their connectors. They must be replaced frequently, suggested with each new kit. And that is too much. A real downside. So I let mine go, and the next kit does not have the same intensity light. And who needs a million suboptimal lights that do not fit any other socket? It's ridiculous. 
    The company was sold to Scott's Fertilizer for their market penetration. The new management made several critical changes, chief among them expanded and improved product line. Responding to user feedback the seed kits were expanded and improved. The fertilizer was improved. The whole effort is much better with real pros at the helm of the company.

    Before it was one man's passion. A man in Boulder Colorado. But his passion was for building a company, for making a million dollars, and not necessarily for hydroponics. He sold his company soon as it became viable.

    Now the top of the line is much better unit with upgraded capability. Higher capacity, stronger LED lights, improved computation, improved user interface, greater plant feedback, availability of greater aeration with air pumps, reflection so light is contained and not dispersed to the room, supplemental water supply, better seeds in the kits, multiple seeds in each packet, more units to choose from, more gardening implements, and now even wifi connectivity. 

    Crucially, the cost of the high end units is lowered. Their best unit leaves my old unit in the dust and it is cheaper besides. 

    Presently they're running a sale. They sent me a brochure a few weeks ago and I thought, "Man, I need to upgrade and get with the program, and this is a great time to do it." 

    And now I see their prices online are even lower than shown the pamphlet. These things are cheap, cost wise, not quality wise. Whoa. Wow. Awesome. 

    (Crazy Russian Hacker's enthusiasm is rubbing onto me)

    I notice the prices listed on Amazon presently match the lower costs at Aerogarden site. Except for the tippy top model. I wonder if that's a typo. I don't understand it. 

    The Bounty model is $350 lowered to $240 a savings of $110.00

    While the Bounty with wifi is $400 lowered to $240 a savings of $160

    What gives? 

    This doesn't make complete sense

    Bounty Elite, the tippy top is $380, a good price, presently $280.

    Right there I'm not understanding something. Maybe I have something wrong. 

    I pulling the prices here.

    And here.

    And on Amazon.

    Here's a comparison chart. The key feature is wattage for the light unit. Obviously, the higher the better.  I have a 7 pod unit and I like mine a lot. But it's nothing close to this. Mine is 30W florescent. Notice the new ones go 20w for 6 pod units to 30w for 7 pod units. But that's 30W LED, not 30W florescent.

    An increase of 10w for 1 additional pod.

    Then they skip to the latest model has 9 pod with 45w. 

    An increase of 15w for 2 pods. 

    Or a different comparison from 6 pod VS 9 pod 20w to 45w

    and increase of 25w for 3 pods.

    Doesn't 20w seem too inadequate to grow anything? Come on!

    I looked at a million videos on YouTube, or possibly six videos, for the best one to show. Some videos are stupid. Some are professional and I didn't want those. Some show scraggly tomatoes, most are setup and just starting out. Several are growing pot and we don't want that. None are growing flowers. One showed the garden advancing over time rather nicely. It's easy to get lost seeing people having fun with with their gardens disproving fool-proof claim. It's actually sweet seeing people involved with a hobby. I think this one was the best that I watched.

    This guy has a proper mess

    The same guy starting out. He's happy with units. His lettuce is doing very well.

    And many, many, many more Aerogarden videos all for the new models. 

    This guy has an excellent herb garden

    See? It's just fun. For gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

    GOP Texas Elector Says He Will Not Vote For Donald Trump

    "Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of 'Saturday Night Live' for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage," Christopher Suprun wrote in his op-ed. "This is unacceptable."

    Suprun wrote that the Electoral College was designed to "determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence."

    Via Reddit:

    There ought to be a law.......doncha think?

    Amazon introduces next major job killer to face Americans 

     New York Post By James Covert, Linda Massarella & Bruce Golding Dec 5, 2016

    Amazon on Monday unveiled the latest plan to automate American workers out of existence — a futuristic grocery store without any cashiers.
    High-tech sensors and artificial intelligence are allowing shoppers at the Seattle food market to swipe an app when they enter, then roam the aisles and grab staples like bread and milk, artisanal cheeses and chocolates and ready-made meals.
    Customers can watch as the items they pluck off the shelves get added to a virtual cart on the app — and subtracted if they put them back — with receipts emailed to them once they leave, according to the company.

    The God Emperor announces more American Jobs....50,000 jobs in hardest hit.

    CEO of Japanese telecom SoftBank says company will bring $50 billion and 50,000 jobs to US after meeting with Trump

    Business Insider by Bob Bryan December 6, 2016 

    Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese telecom SoftBank, announced Tuesday that his company will be investing $50 billion and bringing 50,000 jobs to the US after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Son told reporters waiting at Trump Tower that the investment would come from a $100 billion fund created in partnership with the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund and other investors.
    SoftBank previously announced a $100 billion tech fund with the Saudis called the SoftBank Vision Fund in October. The fund had not previously detailed where it would invest.

    WKRLEM: Levon Rules......Robbie drools

    Fans upset Robbie Robertson bashes former bandmate in book

    New Post Page Six By Richard Johnson December 6, 2016

    Fans of The Band are disappointed that Robbie Robertson diminishes his late bandmate Levon Helm in his new memoir, “Testimony.”
    Helm — whose drumming and country-flavored vocals were featured in “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” — died of cancer in 2012.
    His widow Sandy and daughter, Amy, have kept mum, but family friend Barbara Jacobs told me that there is no reason Robertson had to quote Helm’s father using the N-word at his dinner table in Arkansas or to quote Levon sounding anti-Semitic,

    "Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution which would have mandated a seven-day ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo"

    "On Monday, Russia stated that a truce would only permit the militants to regroup and that the subject requires further talks between Moscow and Washington.  

    The resolution, drafted by New Zealand, Egypt and Spain, was also blocked by Venezuela, while Angola abstained from voting with the remaining 11 members voting in its favor.
    “These kinds of pauses have been used by fighters to reinforce their ammunition and to strengthen their positions and this will only worsen the suffering of civilians," said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s permanent envoy to the UN.
    “The draft resolution contradicts the work of the Council because it was put in a late time today, and it is not possible to vote on it before tomorrow, in addition there was no consensus on this issue,” he added...""

    Woman texts husband about finding a dog, husband disapproves

    Seen here on Sunny Skyz reproduced here because the poster over there gives away the joke in their introduction and that would have ruined it for you, for you are too perceptive. 

    Overly perceptive, that's no criticism, but it does damage simple jokes. For example you will have noticed immediately the coyote is photoshopped onto the sofa.  Coyote outside, coyote inside, same pose. How likely is that? Zero. You'd compare light and shadows for conformation, boom, joke exposed right off before continuing. Knowing that hangs over all that follows. 

    Then, the outside coyote pack photographed in desert surroundings but claimed to be outside the house is too much, boom, joke becomes achingly false. 

    Finally, you'll sense that some of the male dialogue sounds a little bit more like what a woman would imagine how her husband would react and the type of love affirmation she wishes her husband to deliver than actual masculine perception and dialogue. On that your impulse is claim, "FAKE!" While still there is the chance that it's true to on-the-go dialogue and confusion mixed with straightening out your crackpot wife without damaging her psyche or love affection. 

    I have no idea what's fake and what's real anymore and I don't care because still it's a fine joke even if the joke is on me. 

    Pizzagate in the news

    "Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's son sparred with CNN's Jake Tapper on Twitter over the "pizzagate" conspiracy that led an armed man into a Washington, DC, pizza shop Sunday.

    Flynn's son, Michael Flynn Jr., vehemently defended the story, which baselessly alleged that a pedophilia ring involving high-level Democratic Party officials — including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's   campaign chair, John Podesta — is operating out of a Washington pizzeria called Comet Ping Pong.

    Flynn is President-elect Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser.
    The conspiracy led a 28-year-old man to bring an assault rifle to the restaurant on Sunday, police said. They said the gunman was looking to investigate the story himself.
    "Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it'll remain a story," Flynn Jr. posted to Twitter. "The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many 'coincidences' tied to it."

    From St. Nick To Eartha Kitt In One Fell Swoop Across 18 Centuries

    Something goes off inside my head every year at this time and this year is no different.

    Two years ago, I wondered about the disconnection between St. Nicholas gift-giving and Christmas. Chip Ahoy provided some answers in the comments to that post. This year, reading about the Saint, I learned what may be the origin of the chimney and stockings tradition. I quote Wiki at length:

    In his most famous exploit, Nicholas aided a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Even if they did not, unmarried maidens in those days would have been assumed as being a prostitute. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. 
    One version has him throwing one purse for three consecutive nights. Another has him throwing the purses over a period of three years, each time the night before one of the daughters comes of age. Invariably, the third time the father lies in wait, trying to discover the identity of their benefactor. In one version the father confronts the saint, only to have Nicholas say it is not him he should thank, but God alone. In another version, Nicholas learns of the poor man's plan and drops the third bag down the chimney instead; a variant holds that the daughter had washed her stockings that evening and hung them over the embers to dry, and that the bag of gold fell into the stocking. link

    What does this have to do with Eartha Kitt?  Ask ricpic:

    ricpic said...
    Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me,
    Been an awful good girl,
    Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

    Santa baby, a '54 convertible too, light blue,
    I'll wait up for you dear,
    Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

    Santa baby, I want a yacht and really that's not a lot,
    Been an angel all year,
    Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

    The immortal Eartha Kitt!

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Speaking with millennial college student

    Source pic is Tucker Carlson on his show patiently speaking with a college student who wants a man on his college board dismissed for speaking with Trump. But there were previous reasons too. Video here at YouTube video

    Their discussion is unproductive. Nothing is learned. 

    "University’s ‘Whiteness Forum’ takes ‘critical look at whiteness’"

    Students at Cal State San Marcos on Thursday hosted a “Whiteness Forum” as part of a communications class they are enrolled in, setting up more than a dozen displays that highlighted what they contend is how white privilege has oppressed people of color in a variety of ways.

    A “white beauty standard” display stated “we are studying the white hegemonic ideals of the beauty industry.” Another asked “who does whiteness say that you are,” noting “whiteness studies” is defined as “the study of the system of white dominion in our society with a focus on ideologies of white supremacy as collective, rather than white individuals.”

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    Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.....the Original Series

    Toot’s Shors Saloon, May 16, 1962(Joe DiMaggio walks into Toots Shore’s saloon, what he doesn’t know is that his ex wife Marilyn Monroe is sitting in the back)
    Toots: Hey Joe, how ya doing….ah…Marilyn’s here…in the back… again ….just so you know.
    Joe DiMaggio:
    Toots: I don’t want no trouble Joe, not like the last time, can you try it keep it friendly. …. why don’t you just go up and say hello.(Joe walks to the back to say hello and stands in front of her table)
    Marilyn: (stands up and kisses Joe on the Cheek and says in a breathy sexy voice) Hi Joe. Did you miss me? (Marilyn sits down opposite Joe, and as she does her legs are really open. She is definitely not wearing any underwear, but she does seem a little worse for wear )
    Joe DiMaggio:
    Toots: Of course he missed ya kid.
    Marilyn: So Joe. How have you been? Have you been seeing anybody lately? I divorced Artie. That bastard. He put me in nut house. A nut house Joe.
    Joe DiMaggio:
    Toots: Yeah I heard about that keed. That’s a shame.
    Marilyn: Everybody thinks I am crazy. I know I am just fine. It’s just that all my old friends have dropped me. Sinatra won’t return my calls. Dean Martin is nice and all but he has no time for me. Even Jack Kennedy won’t let me blow him and he would take a blow job from Helen Thomas for Christ sake and she looks like Fred Flintstone. Why does everyone hate me Joe?
    Joe DiMaggio:

    Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend....the Next Generation

    (Outside the Yankees Locker room in Jeter's rookie year, Joe Torre and Mel Sottlemeyer come out of the Locker room and run into Derek and his date in the hallway)
    Joe Torre: Hey rook. Great game.
    Derek Jeter: Thank you Mr. Torre. I would like you to meet my girl Mariah. Mariah this is my manager Mr. Torre.
    Mariah Carey: So nice to meet you Joe. Derek loves you. He is always saying nice things about what you are teaching him. You are very wise.
    Joe Torre: Why thank you. And I want you to know that my wife Ali loves your music. She has all your albums. So where are you kids off to?
    Derek Jeter: Oh we are going out for a bite to eat.
    Joe Torre: Yeah me too. I think I am going over to Rao's. For some reason I feel like some Bacala. You know some old fashioned stinky bacala like my grandmother used to make. I don't know why but all of a sudden I have an urge.
    Derek Jeter: I guess that is an acquired taste.
    Joe Torre: Yeah it is great once in a while but you wouldn't want to eat that every night.
    Derek Jeter: You know Mr. Torre you always give me something to think about. See you tomorrow.