Saturday, December 24, 2016

What's on your Christmas list?

Adoration Of The Shepherds

Caravaggio, "Adorazione dei Pastori"(1609)
Renowned for its artistic realism, Caravaggio's nativity depicts a humble birth, lit as if by a single candle. Caravaggio was revolutionary because he depicted with simplicity what others had glorified with glamour.

A Christmas Miracle

A sheriff's official says it was "a Christmas miracle" that searchers found and rescued members of a Pennsylvania family stranded in two separate locations in a northern Arizona forest after their vehicle got stuck on a snowy road while trying to reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is closed for winter.

Once a major winter storm began hitting the region Saturday afternoon, it probably would have been impossible to locate Karen Klein, who had gotten stranded with husband Eric Klein of Easton, Pennsylvania, and their 10-year-old son, Isaac, said Jim Driscoll, chief deputy for Coconino County.

"Our guys are ecstatic. This is a save," Driscoll said of the searchers. "We were able to get a family back together for Christmas. It could have gone very bad very, very easily."

The family got stuck on a forest road after they found State Route 67 to the North Rim closed for the winter but sought an alternate way to reach their destination, Driscoll said.

"Google Maps shows there's a way — but it's impassable," he said, adding. "This is a problem we've had numerous times."

Searchers on snowmobiles early Saturday morning tracked and located Karen Klein, 46, after she walked about 26 miles in search of help before taking refuge in a cabin at a seasonally closed park entrance, Driscoll said.

Other searchers rescued Eric and Isaac Klein Friday afternoon after the 47-year-old father was able to hike to higher ground to get cellphone service to call for help, Driscoll said.
That contact started an air and ground search for Karen Klein, with multiple agencies participating, Driscoll said.

"This is a Christmas miracle," Driscoll said. "We were really beginning to think, especially with the snow coming in ... we pulled out all the stops."

Via twitter. For more go here:'s-official:-Rescue-of-family-'a-Christmas-miracle'

Troll Causes Panic On Virgin America Flight By Naming Wi-Fi Hotspot ‘Galaxy Note 7’

It is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, right? Luckily no one was injured during a Virgin America flight on Tuesday when the crew suspected one of the passengers of bringing a recalled Galaxy Note 7 on board the plane. There was no Galaxy Note 7 (our full review, pre-explosion events) handset to be found, only a wireless SSID (Service Set Identifier) indicating the presence of one, presumably as a prank gone wrong.

Back in October, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Galaxy Note 7 devices from flights going into or flying out of the United States after multiple reports of the troubled handset overheating and catching on fire. That includes carry-on and checked baggage.

"We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at the time. "We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."
A passenger on board Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston must have thought that airlines would not take the ban too seriously. Whatever his excuse, he exercised poor judgement when he decided to name the SSID on his device "Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097," which caught the attention of other passengers and the flight's crew.

For the rest of the story go here:

"Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump"

"Back in the 1990s, Henry Kissinger, the legendary former U.S. secretary of state-turned-global consultant, encountered an intriguing young Russian and proceeded to ask him a litany of questions about his background.

As Putin climbed the ranks in the Kremlin, eventually becoming the autocratic president he is today, he and Kissinger kept up a warm rapport even as the United States and Russia grew further apart. Kissinger is one of the few Americans to meet frequently with Putin, one former U.S. ambassador recently recalled -- along with movie star Steven Seagal and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, the likely next secretary of state."



I'm watching Gotham on Netflix, a prequel to Batman, a re-telling where we see familiar comic characters as children and as young adults. A girl living on the streets is named Cat and we expect her to develop eventually to Cat Woman, but presently she's a street-wise waif who seems to know the underground and rooftops, air vents and water ducts of the city. She steals small valuables and she appears at most all the key locations at the precise moment. Here she is a friend of Bruce Wayne.

The Penguin is a compelling character. He's lame and his associates call him Penguin for fun. He's both obsequious and murderous and a natty dresser besides but with deplorable Goth hair that streaks across his face and always appears to be wet. He's subject to a lot of abuse and dishes it out with a pathologic mean streak, a madness, a combination of extreme masochism and sadism. He switches loyalty several times and has too many close calls with death to be plausible. It's a comic book, after all. His aquiline nose is made up to be purple when cold and wet and abused. He is a plausible penguin, a real man with penguin-like aspects.

The movie has a ridiculous amount of violence, but the thing that gets me about this series is its richness in its settings, it's convincing, the producers do a fine job, and the range of expensive interior design and contrived location, ranging from interiors of great wealth, and imaginative  public spaces, art museum, police station, clubs and bars, expensive apartments, contrasted with fine depictions of the grime of the streets. The costumes are amazing. The imagination never stops. A black woman named Fish is seen in an outrageously imaginative ensemble each scene she appears, and she appears a lot. She is a key character. She too has multiple lives. She actually dies and is brought back to life by another sinister character. Gordon's first girlfriend is wealthy and the interior of her apartment is impressively designed. Beautifully furnished and imaginatively appointed with art. And what is interior design if not a movie set? This same character later shows up with Gordon's enemies wearing a wedding dress that she resented never wearing for a real wedding with Gordon and I must say I've never seen such a beautiful dress. It's perfect. It really is stunning. Penguin's wardrobe is amazing throughout.

But the thing that kills me is miniature models of Gotham that they tease here and there usually only once sometimes twice per episode, each time a different time of day or night and a different section of the city. They're astounding. On the screen they all have a certain tilt-shift quality but without the out-of-focus edges to them. They are the most outstanding models I've seen. The buildings have realistic multiple colors as real building do, age and city grime in the daytime, layers of additional pipes, fire escapes, water towers, air conditioning, wires, and so forth, atmosphere, fog rolling through, vapor flowing out of pipes, while nighttime buildings are lit and glittering extravagantly. One of the elements that arrested my attention is the gorgeous weather occurring in the background. You only get a few seconds of the overview of the city before being taken down to street level and into the action. The combination of matt and model in each of these vignettes is astounding.

What follows is a near portfolio of photos taken of the television screen. It's edited severely with more left out than included. I'm certain I missed some of the best ones. This had to do for a sampling.


Overheard at Lem's:
William said...
As an adult I've always liked the Pogues, Fairytale of New York..... Gene Autry's version of Rudolph is the first Christmas song I can remember hearing, and as such it holds a special place....... Bing Crosby's White Christmas is the quintessential Christmas Song. That was the song the soldiers listened to during WWII. It was the background music for a lot of poignant Christmas celebrations. It's got echoes and nostalgia, and that's the biggest part of a successful Christmas song. 
December 16, 2016 at 12:56 PM

The song isn't so much a Christmas song as a song set at Christmas. Shane MacGowan sings a duet with Kirsty MacColl. She was the daughter of Ewan MacColl, an English folksinger who wrote "Dirty Old Town," which was another Pogues classic.

I was just now reading about Kirsty MacColl's horrific death at her Wiki page. She was diving with her sons in Mexico. When they surfaced, an errant power boat bore down on them. She saved her son by pushing him out of the way by mere inches. She was hit directly and killed. That in turn reminded me of a childhood story. My mother's elderly grandfather and his wife were crossing a railroad trestle bridge when they were caught mid-river by a train. He pushed his wife off the bridge at the last minute but he was hit and thrown high into the air. She survived. He did not. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Six new mysterious blasts of radio energy are detected from deep space

It may be three billion light-years away from Earth, but this distant constellation could be trying to contact us.
Six bursts of radio waves have been detected from the constellation Auriga, each lasting just a few milliseconds.
While the source of the waves remains unknown, some suggest they mysterious bursts of energy could be a sign of alien life trying to contact us.
Ps. Are we going to need a bigger wall?
Via Drudge:

"Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin are pictured together for the first time since losing election, after a five-hour meeting at the failed candidate's New York office"

  • "Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin spent five hours together inside the former presidential candidate's Manhattan office on Thursday

  • The pair chatted and Abedin smiled as they walked out of Clinton's office after spending five hours together

  • Abedin and an unidentified woman walked Clinton to a waiting vehicle and sent her on her way with a box of documents

  • The sighting marks the first time Clinton and Abedin have been pictured together since Clinton's conceded the presidential election to Donald Trump

  • Suggests that rumblings among some in Clinton's circle against Abedin are being ignored by the former Secretary of State 

  • Abedin and pervert estranged husband Anthony Weiner are understood to still be sharing an apartment despite him being probed by FBI for underage sexts" 


    Amazon Reviewers Are Trolling Ivanka Trump


    As Spinelli might say, they are going full Inga.  Never go full Inga.

    A family is suing to get daughter to play in the boys basketball team.

     As a sixth-grader last year, Sydney Phillips earned a spot on the girls basketball team at St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth. By the end of the season, she was picked as an all-star player.

    This year, however, Phillips learned in October that St. Theresa's was dropping the team because not enough girls were interested. Phillips and her parents quickly approached the school, seeking some options and finally requesting their daughter be allowed to play on the boys team.

    After meeting with several school officials, without success, Sydney's father, Scott Phillips, decided to take it to another step. He filed a suit against the school and the Archdiocese of Newark seeking that they be required to allow his daughter to play on the seventh-grade boys team.

    "I'm not looking for money. I just want her to play basketball," Scott Phillips said...

    In the lawsuit, Phillips says the school and the archdiocese do not have a specific rule prohibiting Sydney from playing on the boys team.

    St. Theresa's, in the legal brief responding to the lawsuit, states Sydney Phillips' application to play on the boys team was filed late, a claim Scott Phillips says is not true.

    Sydney has attended St. Theresa's since pre-school. She is the student council treasurer and an altar server, the lawsuit states.

    Via Drudge:

    Villager in China uses grenade to crack open walnuts for 25 years

    BEIJING - A hand grenade was used to crack walnuts for 25 years by a villager in China who had no idea what he was using until he saw a photo of a grenade on a leaflet handed out by local police.
    The man from Ankang, in China's Shaanxi province, saw that his walnut cracker looked similar to a grenade pictured on a leaflet warning about forbidden explosives, according to 
    According to villagers, the man used the grenade specifically to crack open the nuts.
    People have been commenting on social media site Weibo about the man's lucky escape. 
    One user wrote: "Why would a friend gift him a bomb?"
    Another said: "It's more stable than a Samsung phone."
    Via Reddit:

    connect the dots


    Must there be a reason for everything? 


    If you like chemistry (and science in general), please check out a post over on my blog called "The Chemical History Of A Candle." I put it over there because I have several posts about Michael Faraday already and I wanted to keep them together as a family.

    Thursday, December 22, 2016

    Whose that Mom?

    Just about ready to pop a present for Christmas this former athlete was also married to a champion. Know for taking on five at a time. She was at the top of her game but is retired and living a happy life as a wife and Mom.

    Whose that Mom?

    WKRLEM: Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die

    Rockers angry over Hall of Fame snubs

    December 22, 2016 |

    Artists ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are angry over the way the organization is being run and say the latest list of inductees proves the management is biased and snobby.
    It was announced Tuesday that Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez will all join the class of 2017.
    But the Hall continues to snub Bon JoviINXS, Peter Tosh, the Moody Blues, Devo, Blue Öyster Cult and Jethro Tull.

    Out-going EPA chief: 'Good luck saying climate change isn't real' to Americans facing storms, droughts and wildfires

    Gina McCarthy — Boston native, Irish Catholic, lover of Guinness beer and a good laugh — has been a central player in the Obama administration’s work to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and combat global warming at home and abroad. 
    A career environmental bureaucrat and a veteran of Republican administrations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, McCarthy promised a “common sense” approach to fighting climate change during her 2013 confirmation hearing.
    Although she contends that the Obama administration has pursued exactly that, the Environmental Protection Agency has run into stiff opposition from the oil, gas and coal industries in recent years.
    The administration’s central effort to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, for example, remains stalled in federal court. 
    President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to scrap that Clean Power Plan and other key environmental regulations from the Obama era, and his nominee to replace McCarthy, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, seems eager to give it his best shot.
    As she prepares to leave office, McCarthy sat down with The Washington Post to discuss the accomplishments and frustrations of her tenure. She reflected on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., the importance of continued domestic and global leadership on climate change and the need to protect the integrity of the science at EPA and other federal agencies. 
    Via Reddit: for more go here:

    California's birthrate falls to its lowest level on record

    Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians, the agency said this week. The last time the birthrate came close to being that low was during the Great Depression, when it hit 12.6 per 1,000 in 1933. 

    But, unlike after the Depression, birthrates haven’t bounced back quickly as the economy has picked up.
    California has been experiencing a years-long downward trend that likely stems from the recession, a drop in teenage pregnancies and an increase in people attending college and taking longer to graduate, therefore putting off having children, said Walter Schwarm, a demographer at the Department of Finance. When people do complete their schooling, they’re interested in taking some time to pursue their careers or other goals, he said.
    “Eventually you think about having a child and by this point in time you’re in your early 30s,” he said. Because that’s also when women’s fertility begins to decrease, they end up having fewer children than if they’d started in their 20s, he said. 
    Via Drudge: for more:

    Twitter stock may not be in good shape; live streaming may help revive

    "Twitter is "toast" as a company and the stock is not even worth $10, according to a research note published Tuesday, following the departure of another top executive at the social media service.

    ..."Many investors were foolishly building (an) investment thesis based on complete stupidity," Chowdhry wrote.

    Twitter's share price closed at $17.92 on Tuesday. A $10 price tag would represent a more than 44 percent decline in the U.S. technology company's shares on Tuesday's closing price. It's not the first time that Chowdhry has said that Twitter could fall to $10. In October, the analyst said that next year, the fall is likely to take place.
    The analyst said that Twitter's data quality is "horrible". Chowdhry said that many pollsters used Twitter data to predict a Hillary Clinton win in the U.S. election but the fact that Donald Trump won shows that data quality is poor. One reason for this is too many fake users on the platform, Chowdhry claims."


    Overheard at Lem's:
    Dust Bunny Queen said....
    Listen to this while contemplating.....Gloria en Excelsis Deo or a clunky rendition of Michael Row the Boat Ashore.
    December 20, 2016 at 10:48 AM
    The phrase Gloria in Excelsis Deo (glory to God in the highest) appears in a familiar traditional Christmas carol...the one with the long, melismatic vowel movement inside "gloria." You will recognize it:

    I put up the French/English video to recognize the original French carol -- no matter how Latin the refrain.

    I also put up Van Morrison's "Gloria" to see if he had used a bit of melisma in his 1964 hit:

    I think he did. What do you think?

    Sam Cook

    I watched a video of a woman named Panda singing Bring it on Home to Me on X Factor. The woman said it's one of her favorite songs and Simon Cowell said, "Mine too." So I checked Amazon Prime to see if they offered the song. They do. Turns out to have beeen sung originally by Sam Cook. Amazon shows songs on his album Greatest Hits and I clicked on the songs rated with full bars straight across, You Send Me, Cupid, Twistin' the Night Away, and Wonderful World. 

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    Killing hatred with kindness...

    Black man has convinced 200 racists to abandon the KKK by making friends with them despite their prejudiced views

    A black man has single-handedly caused more than 200 white racists to leave the Ku Klux Klan simply by confronting their prejudice with friendship.

    Inspirational Daryl Davis, 58, a blues musician and author, has travelled all over the US since the early 1980s actively seeking out and befriending members of the openly racist organisation.

    The KKK is a white supremacy cult founded in 1865 organizing members to persecute people for the color of their skin or their religious beliefs.

    Via Reddit: go here:

    WKRLEM-TV: They have a lot to say about the people President Trump has appointed as ambassador?

    Have you been following the freakout by the New York Times, the Democrats and various and sundry Anti-Semites over President Trumps new ambassador to Israel?

    President Trump named his lawyer and friend David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. The reason he freaks them out is that he is an authentic Jew. He is Orthodox like Trump's son-in-law and believes in Israel and not the lies peddled by the Arabists in the State Department. President Trump is going to redeem the promise of the last six Republican Presidential nominees as he will actual move the US Embassy to Jerusalem to recognize it as the capital of Israel. You see Trump is actually going to do it.

    How that fits into the narrative that he is an Anti-Semite....well I will leave that to MSNBC to explain. I just don't want to hear complaints about who he appoints as Ambassador after the nonsense the Bush and Obama pulled. Trump needs to be creative. Amarosa should get South Africa. Dennis Rodman gets North Korea because they love him there. Of course Gary Busey has to get the Russian portfolio. I want to give everybody in the State Department a stroke.

    That should really drain the swamp.

    can’t leave her house because of an allergy to Wifi and mobile phones

    The former nurse has to wear a shielded bed net on the rare occasions she leaves her home and can only visit places with poor mobile phone reception.

    The debilitating condition has forced her to move home twice due to phone masts being built nearby and she now sleeps under a special net.

    She hopes that speaking out about electrosensitivity will help people understand her unusual condition and be more sympathetic.

    Kim said: ‘Most of the time people think I am mad. It is so difficult because people are not feeling it themselves.

    ‘I have not seen friends and family for so long. I have had two visitors for half a day each this year. It’s heart-breaking really.

    ‘The only place I can go is Crewkerne or Lyme Regis as if I go anywhere else I get some serious symptoms.

    Read more:

    Climate scientists are launching an anonymous hotline for government workers to report Trump meddling

    Where was the hotline at the IRS to report Obama tea party's meddling?

    The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has established a hotline for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employees to report political meddling. There’s currently concern among NOAA scientists about who Trump’s pick to head the agency will be. “I am hearing a lot of worry,” union director Andrew Rosenberg told Bloomberg. “The worry is that they will be putting another ideologue in place.”

    Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Energy (DOE), former Texas governor Rick Perry, has denied climate change altogether, and the future head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt says the science isn’t certain. These choices signal storms ahead generally and for NOAA specifically. Trump himself has tweeted that climate change is a fictioncreated by the Chinese to harm US manufacturing, and more recently said“nobody really knows” if it’s real.

    More via Reddit:


    Overheard at Lem's, years ago:

    Amartel said...
    Christmas favorites:
    Bob and Doug McKenzieDecember 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM
    Here is Chanticleer, appropriate for the shortest day of the year:


    Titus sent me a link to his favorite Christmas carol:


    Steven Spielberg should consider doing a modern, updated version of "Duel" (1971)

    Note that the menacing truck in the film was an oil tank truck

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    WKRLEM TV: Shows they should bring back instead of more zombies and walking dead dreck.

    What would be the dumbest item to have a "buy one get one free" promotion.

    Reddit top comments...


    Most organ transplants.
    "The heart surgery was a success, but here's another one in a bag for you to do whatever with lol"

    Eye patch.


    7 minute abs

    Saw a buy one get one free on Valentine's day cards on here a while back...

    Sex change / gender reassignment surgery.

    Blood on her hands

    Merkel: ‘Especially hard to bear’ if Berlin attacker an asylum seeker

    Breitbart News by UPI 12/20/16

    BERLIN, Dec. 20 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said a truck crash in Berlin which killed 12 people is being treated by police as a terrorist attack.
    “Our investigators are working on the assumption that the truck was steered deliberately into the crowd,” German police said.
    A stolen tractor trailer loaded with steel beams drove through a festive Christmas market on Monday. At least 48 people were injured, 18 of them seriously.
    A person familiar with the investigation said police apprehended the alleged driver, who is from Pakistan. It is not known if the man entered Germany as a refugee, The Wall Street Journal reported.
    “I know it would be especially hard to bear for all of us if it should be confirmed that the person who committed this act sought protection and asylum in Germany. This would be especially despicable toward the many, many Germans who are daily engaged in helping refugees, and toward the many, many people who truly need this protection and strive to integrate themselves into our country,” Merkel said in a press conference.

    Special Chinese food for you.......

    This airplane meal leaves little to the imagination  

    New York Post By Yaron Steinbuch December 19, 2016

    This meal is fit for members of the mile-high club.
    A Qantas business flier en route from Sydney to Brisbane got an eyeful when a flight attendant delivered her afternoon snack of six dumplings and something very phallic.
    Neither her tray table nor her side dish was in the upright position — but the mysterious shriveled veggie took food porn to new heights.
    “I asked the server what it was … and he told me that it was a root vegetable,” she told “I asked him to pass me my phone so I could take a photo … I never take photos of food but this was too funny to pass up.
    “He blushed and was very apologetic, I don’t think he had ever seen anything quite like it … the lady next to me was cracking up,” she said on condition of anonymity.
    The puzzled passenger left the blackened rod untouched — but scarfed down the dumplings and described them as “delicious.”

    Monopoly attention.

    Rite Aid to sell 865 stores to save Walgreens deal 

    New York Post By Reuters December 20, 2016

    Rite Aid will sell 865 stores to Fred’s for $950 million to satisfy antitrust concerns over its proposed takeover by Walgreens Boots Alliance, the companies said Tuesday.
    The $9.4 billion deal between the No. 1 and No. 3 drugstore chains in the US had been caught up in a Federal Trade Commission antitrust review.
    The regulator had pressed for the sale of more than 500 stores to an independent chain — but finding such a buyer proved difficult.
    Rite Aid and Walgreens were widely expected to divest stores in states where the combined company would have a particularly strong position.
    Walgreens has 13,200 stores, nearly 60 percent of which are in the US, while Rite Aid has 4,570 stores in the US.

    What becomes more messed up the longer you think about it?

    Reddit top comments...

    They named the store "Banana Republic." (PC alert?)

    That the alphabets order is arbitrary.

    Just how many people died during the Second World War

    How big the universe is.
    [this mother fucker]( is about 32 billion light years from earth, and it's probably nowhere near the most distant thing from our planet

    You can't be absolutely sure that whatever your senses tell you is reality.

    That Mickey Mouse has a dog named Pluto.
    Think about this for a second. Goofy is a dog as well, but he gets rights and respect. Do we ever see any other pets in that universe?
    The only difference between Goofy and Pluto is marginal intelligence. Mickey Mouse keeps a mentally challenged person as a pet.

    Orlando nightclub victims’ families sue Facebook, Twitter, Google for helping IS radicalise shooter

    Families of three victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 50 dead and 53 wounded in June this year have sued tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and helping radicalise shooter Omar Mateen.

    According to a Fox News report, the lawsuit was filed in federal court in the eastern district of Michigan on Monday on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero, stating that the three web platforms “provided the terrorist group IS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits.”

    “Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of IS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” Fox News cited the lawsuit as saying. “They create unique content by combining IS postings with advertisements in a way that is specifically targeted at the viewer. Defendants share revenue with IS for its content and profit from IS postings through advertising revenue,” the lawsuit alleged.

    Via Reddit:

    Calumny Kills

    So says an Italian Bishop:

    Top Italian Bishop: Islamist Attacks Have Nothing to Do With Religion
    'Vulgarity and aggressiveness in language fuel a climate that brings out the worst in people and impedes efforts toward a peaceful coexistence. There is a terrorism of language, and you can kill with calumny,' he said.
    'It is not a clash of civilizations, 'he said. 'I do not believe it.'
    We also learn in the article:
    Galantino was personally appointed to his leadership role in the Italian Bishops Conference by Pope Francis, in a rare move where the pontiff circumvented the usual elective process to name his own man.
    I'm sorry if I offend Catholic readers, but I'm starting to question the sanity of the Pope.


    Overheard at Lem's:
    Eric the Fruit Bat said...
    Don't know if this qualifies, but we have a Chris Isaak Christmas album that's one of my favorite things.
    December 7, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    The song reminded me of the refrain of another favorite of mine:
    O star of wonder, star of night,
    Star of royal beauty bright,
    Westward leading, still proceeding,
    Guide us to thy perfect light.
    Gorgeous!  I woke up the other night with the melody of that refrain on my brain. I hummed and hummed it but could not recognize it.  Then I remembered a few words..."Star of Wonder, star of...." and a couple of Google dead ends finally led me to "We Three Kings."  I couldn't find a favorite version, but this one comes close:

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    artichoke dip

    This video is all over the place all at once. It zoomed to millions of views in a matter of days. Presently if you Google [artichoke dip] then three examples of this video show at top results. On YouTube as you type the first letters for query you are prompted with [artichoke dip gone bad].

    And it's the stupidest thing. The most basic fattening ingredients imaginable, with minor adjustment it can be anything. Anything! Look at these ingredients and see how the profile can be altered to nearly anything.

    * 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    * 1/2 cup sour cream (switch out for yogurt)
    * 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    (See? Right here, switch out  Parmesan for blue cheese, a lot less of that, and dilute with milk to desired viscosity and you have blue cheese dressing. And the best that you'll taste, by the way.)

    * 14 oz. tin artichoke hearts (switch out for spinach, or roasted poblano peppers, roasted red bell peppers, cucumber along with yogurt would lead to tzatziki. Even salmon would make a fine dip. )
    * 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
    * 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.
    * s/p to taste.

    See? Basic as can be and harmless. Here's where you can get creative with chives, diced jalapeño, dill, ginger, hot catsup. One of Tony's favorite things used a LB of grated Velveeta cheese with these ingredients spread on slices of French bread and toasted. At parties people wait at the oven for the tray to come out. She called it confetti dip due to the little green and red bits. And they are really good.

    It feels like I just now transported back to the 80's.

    So all this means that somebody there at the studio dumped something into the mix. To punk the crew. Or to be mean. The woman says, "It's not supposed to look like this" so she sensed something was wrong.

    On the other hand, it could have been a real mistake. But probably not.

    One time at Tony's friend's house Tony pulled me aside to help her friend in the kitchen. She blew it with her guacamole and Tony told her that I could fix it. But the woman put something like a whole cup of lime juice from a jar. Had she used fresh limes the task of squeezing so many would have clued her that's way too much lime. And she didn't taste-test. She made so much of it the only way to fix it would be toss out 9/10 and start over with 10 more avocados, tomatoes and onions. Even very smart people really do make insensible mistakes.

    I love this guy. People send him things to try. A lot of things. Most the time for advertisement. But not this time. He knows he's making a mistake by eating a whole teaspoon straight, he says so, but he tries anyway, his face is hilarious, and then stays willing to give Vegemite its full due respect.

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

    Those are Trump's words from a few months ago -- echoed by Sam Harris' words. I'm reposting a clip from several months ago:

    And Sam Harris is no fan of Donald Trump.

    What Trump said today was:
    Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany – and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!  These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.  

    Russian Ambassador murdered in Turkey....Neocons try to drum up war....Politico is pissed because Trump wants to keep his own security!

    As I am sure you all know by now the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated by a Turkish cop who shouted Muslim bullshit when he did it. A real Archduke Ferdinand moment for the douche bags in the Democratic Party and the Media who want to start a war. What the Democrats and the liberals refuse to acknowledge is that Islam is the problem. Turkey is not our friend. Sure Russia isn't our friend but they weren't our friend when we were kicking German ass. You never have permanent allies only permanent interests.

    Here's the thing.  President Trump put in a crackerjack defense team to keep us safe. The Mad Dog knows which end is up. The first thing Trump has to do is cashier John Brennan who is the source of the rumor that Russia hacked the election. Who is also a Muslim like his master. These are the people leaking to the main stream fake news outlets and refusing to testify before the House Intelligence committee in an attempt to delegitimize the election. Does this murder play into it?

    Right now we are seeing a massive propaganda effort to get us into Syria and we have wall to wall stories of dying children and other heart tugging nonsense. All they need is that lesbians song like they play for the abused dogs and cats that plays at four o'clock in the morning. They want to push us into a conflict with Russia. That is the goal of the neocons and duopoly. Trump is the greatest threat to them since Eisenhower stopped them in their tracks. Ike knew them for who they are. That who Trump is as witnessed by his slapping around the defense contractors for Air Force One and the multi billion dollar cost overrun fighter that is twenty years behind schedule.

    The simplest explanation is usually right. This guy is most likely just another Muslim shit head. But it could certainly be a manipulation by the intelligence community. Just like Oswald. Paranoid? Tin foil hat time? Maybe.

    China awaits Trump's inauguration

    "“China has so far practiced restraint at Trump’s provocations as he’s yet to enter the White House,” the Global Times said. “But this attitude won’t last too long after he officially becomes the U.S. president, were he still to treat China in the manner he tweeted today.”
    For all the noise from Trump’s Twitter account and elements of the Chinese press, Beijing appears to be holding its fire at least until after he takes office next month. That means prolonging the stance of “strategic composure” articulated after Trump questioned the U.S.’s policy of diplomatically recognizing Beijing instead of Taiwan.
    ...Beijing will “strike back firmly” if Trump as president openly challenges China’s core interests like Taiwan, Tibet, the South China Sea and the East China Sea, said Shi Yinhong, director of the Center on American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing and an adviser to China’s State Council, the cabinet. Options include recalling the ambassador, stopping international cooperation, fighting a trade war -- even severing diplomatic ties.

    ...The fallout from worsening ties threatens a two-way trade relationship that reached $627 billion in 2015, more than U.S.’s combined commerce with Japan, the U.K. and Germany. While some policy makers in Beijing initially hoped that Trump would bring a more pragmatic approach, that view is quickly fading..."

    University offers class on ‘The Problem of Whiteness’

    A class to be taught next semester at the University of Wisconsin Madison called “The Problem of Whiteness” aims to “understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy,” the course description states.

    “Whites rarely or never questioned what it is to be white,” Assistant Professor Damon Sajnani, who will teach the course, told The College Fixin a telephone interview last week. “So you go through life taking it for granted without ever questioning or critically interrogating it.”

    For Sajnani, one way to solve this is to offer “The Problem of Whiteness,” an analysis of what it means to be white and how to deal with it as a “problem.”

    “The idea of talking about the problem of whiteness is to turn the question back to where it belongs,” he said.

    Via Drudge. For more go here:

    The Unspeakable Truth For Dems

    Bill Clinton said: President-elect Donald Trump 'doesn’t know thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.' link 

    Now, suppose that's partially true -- leaving aside the "angry" part. Let's turn it around: One thing Hillary knows is how to alienate and repel white male voters.

    Why is that not the talk of the town?

    A Roman walks into a bar...

    ... and asks the bartender for a martinus.

    The bartender asks, "Don't you mean a martini?"

    The Roman replies, "If I wanted a double I'd have asked for it."

    But aside from old jokes something similar to that really did happen last Saturday at the Bull and Bush. Joe decided a Bloody Mary sounded like a good idea. The waitress asked, "Do you want the bacon and pickle?" This sounded weird to Joe. On the menu it says that garnish is $1.00 extra and that was the deciding factor against it. Funny. Joe could buy the whole restaurant and not even feel it, but still, it didn't sound that great to begin with. I said, "Come on!"

    A young girl sitting next to me on the same bench but at an adjoining table overheard that and thought it was funny. "Great sales technique! Come on. How persuasive."

    This started conversation between us. Now she's a regular there and become explainer of the odd garnish, cold bacon fat doesn't sound very good dipped in tomato juice. The next question was single or double? I visualized a double would come in a double size glass with twice as much tomato juice but that's wrong. And I wanted half the amount of vodka, best in a double size glass. That would be a double size tomato juice with 1/4 the regular amount of vodka, but that's not what's happening there. A double is twice as much vodka in a regular size glass, more vodka and less tomato juice. I don't know what I ended up with, a single with 1/2 the usual vodka, it still tasted strong to me and the bacon and pickle really is weird.

    Broncos lost. Everyone was wearing orange sports shirts with numbers.

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    The original Kardashian is dead... Trooper York hardest hit ;)

    Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian beauty who some called the OG Kim Kardashian, is dead just shy of 100 years old ... TMZ has learned.

    Zsa Zsa endured a number of health problems in the last several years. Her right leg had to be partially amputated in 2011 after it got infected. Her husband Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt held birthday parties for Gabor the last few years, but she was so sick visitors were not allowed in her bedroom.

    Zsa Zsa and her younger sister Eva were socialites in Beverly Hills for decades. Zsa Zsa had nearly 80 tv and film acting credits, but most often she played herself.

    She was married to Conrad Hilton, Paris's grandfather, from 1942-1947.

    Via Reddit:

    WKRLEM: Another old school western where almost everyone grew up to be more famous than the Star of the show.

    Here is an old school western called "Tate; Bounty Hunter."  See if you can recognize the big names who play bit parts in this shoot em up that was a summer replacement for the old Perry Como show. I mean guess them before the final credits. One is really obvious but a couple of others not so much.

    This is an interesting dark series. This was just about the first show with a handicapped hero who had a dead arm from the Civil War.  The atmosphere just seemed very interesting to me. Sort of a film noir western if that makes any sense. It has a elderly Irish poet with a ripe young wife. Two bounty hunters. Shoot outs. And a really great coat that the hero has that I wish I owned today. I had one like it in the 1970's. Man I miss that coat.

    Do you remember this one ed?

    Banned in Boston…..or at least on the Internet.

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    Anyone with a strong opinion who expresses it vociferously stands a good chance of being banned from some site on the internet. I bet most of us have been banned or deleted from somewhere because of something we have said. As I am sure you can guess I have been banned from quite a few joints.

    China accuses US of hyping underwater drone issue

    ""Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," he [Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook] said.
    China earlier had indicted it would return the unmanned device, while accusing the U.S. of having "hyped" the issue.
    "Upon confirming that the device was a U.S. underwater drone, the Chinese side decided to transfer it to the U.S. side in an appropriate manner," said the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, Sr. Col. Yang Yujun, according to CNN."


    This is my favorite traditional Christmas carol; it may be my favorite version as well:

    What's not to like about it?  Even the title has two old timey words: "Hark" and "herald."

    "Hark" is of course an imperative mood form of the verb "to hearken," to listen.  The Germans preserve this word in their verb horchen, to listen, (not to be confused with their word hören which mean to hear).

    "Herald" is fuzzier. The old meaning is "messenger." In the song title, "herald" is an adjective modifying angels. So, a modern translation of the song title might be: "Listen! The Messenger Angels Sing"

    But the Anglo-Saxon roots of this song are even deeper than I suspected. First of all, the song is old -- first dating from 1739. According to Wiki, the original first couplet was "Hark how all the Welkin rings." "Welkin" is an archaic English word meaning heavens (lit. clouds). German/Dutch speakers may recognize their modern cognate words Wolke/welk. The lyrics evolved in the 18th and 19th centuries to what we have now.

    There are richer, even deeper linguistic connections to the past in that song's lyrics, if you care to dig there.

    ♫ Fight The Glower!!! ♫

    ♫ Fight the glowers that be! 

    Who's going to miss that angry scowl?