Saturday, February 4, 2017

Separated at Birth?

New York Post by Jessica Sager Page Six February 4, 2017

If there’s ever a movie about the Donald Trump presidency, Denis Leary is game to play Kellyanne Conway.
The comedian, 59, agreed with a follower on Twitter Tuesday who wrote, “I remain convinced that @KellyannePolls is a character played by @denisleary.”
Leary was a good sport about the resemblance but isn’t in a rush to get in front of a camera as the counselor to the president unless he’ll win big for it.
He replied to the fan, “And I better win a f—king Oscar for this role.”
It’s not the only famous blond Leary recognizes as a doppelgänger. The “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” star’s Twitter bio reads, “Tommy Gavin. Johnny Rock. Jane Lynch.”

Whose that girl?

She was a hot young thing who had a long career in show biz and was more famous for her later work. You wouldn't mind her being in you bonnet and her young nephew wasted his life when he joined the Sons of Anarchy. Or at least I think he did. He had the same name.

Famous for her pies she was the ultimate homemaker of an unconventional family of the early sixties where everybody got along and the gay gas station guy joined the Army.

Whose  that girl?

Mary Tyler with a little Moore!

"I am so glad we are together Joe. I haven't had a boyfriend in a long time."
"I am glad too Mary. I had to get out of New York. That Lebanese career girl just got on my nerves. She wanted to free to be you and me but she wouldn't touch my pee pee."
"What are you talking about?"
"Well it is 1975 for chrissake and she never wanted to have sex. She kept telling me about Making Room for Daddy. It was freaking weird. I think she was just a frigid bitch. Or a lesbo. I am glad to be in love with a normal Midwestern shiska like  you Mary Richards."
"About that. Ted you what you said about touching the pee pee?"
"Well  you are in for a treat."

List: the most metal word in existence

Via Reddit: After a long analysis of over 200,000 songs, a working list of the 20 most metal songs has been generated by a data science blogger.

Initially, I thought ‘obsidian’ and ‘pain’ would definitely make the cut but unfortunately neither of these feature in the top 20. The following methodology was used by Degenerate State for this compilation. The overall of 222,623 songs were cross-referenced from 7364 rock and metal bands on the database called Dark Lyrics with the Brown Corpus. Brown Corpus is a collection of documents, which was published in 1961 and covered a range of different genres.

This savvy guy combined various statistics to show the frequency of words in both sources, which presumably led him to believe that he was able to determine the “metalness” of each word.

‘Burn’ came out top, joined in the list by its hell-themed cousins ‘flames’ and ‘ashes’, followed by ‘cries’ and ‘veins’. Unsurprisingly, ‘demons’ and ‘beast’ came higher than ‘gods’ and ‘pray’.

Here’s the top 20 in full:
1. Burn
2. Cries
3. Veins
4. Eternity
5. Breathe
6. Beast
7. Gonna
8. Demons
9. Ashes
10. Soul
11. Sorrow
12. Sword
13. Goodbye
14. Dreams
15. Gods
16. Pray
17. Reign
18. Tear
19. Flames
20. Scream

Black Chickens Matter!

New York Post, February 3, 2017

A rooster bred for its all black appearance walks through the yard of a small backyard farm on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia.The roosters are called Ayam Cemani.
They are completely black including their bones and meat.They are also often sold for use in rituals.

This is the Chinese year of the rooster. 

Black Rooster's Matter!

Why can't a president temporarily ban citizens from another country?

The Hill: A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order Friday stopping President Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.

“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement after the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”

"It's our president's duty to honor this ruling and I'll make sure he does," Ferguson added.

The ruling, made at the request of Washington and Minnesota, is the broadest to date against Trump's executive order.

Via Drudge: Link

Extreme Home Schooled - Movie

The Wolfpack (2015)- Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes. (Trailer)

Trump praises the work of Catholic Schools.

February 3, 2017
In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation. 
The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”  I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter their halls every day.  and to the diverse communities they serve. 
Congratulations for the tremendous work you have done to educate our Nation’s youth each and every day. Your continued and sustained efforts are vital to our success and prosperity as a country.
This is the letter that President Trump issued in praise of the work that Catholic Schools. It is all of a piece with the direction he wants education to move based on his appointment of the Education Secretary Besty DeVos. She is a proponent of charter schools and alternatives to the public education model that has failed so many million children.


This is an introduction to Hokusai's art, a pop-up book by Courtney Watson McCarthy. She has other art related pop-up books too. She did one for Estcher, and another for Dali and one for Gaudi.

Hakusai is the Japanese artist who is most famous for his set 36 views of Mt. Fuji (+9, I think. His series was so successful he added more.) The 36 Views of Mt. Fuji is best known for by the print named The Great Wave. It fairly epitomizes the whole series. This whole time you thought the picture is about the wave, and it is, while the subject of the series is Mt. Fuji. Hakusai went by several names, changing them for each art phase of his life. Not all the pop-ups are derived from the series, not all from that phase.

Oddly, there isn't a YouTube video for this book.

Friday, February 3, 2017


Listen at least to the inspired intro.

Speaking of wearing it well...

But, let it be known that Lena Dunham has called a truce on dissing Trump's looks. link

If she keeps her word (she was supposed to move to Canada), I shall cut her ample slack.

"Car park app offers users £10 reward to snitch on people parking illegally"

Via Drudge: A private parking firm has created an app that promises to pay users to report illegally parked cars.

UK Car Park Management’s (UK CPM) i-Ticket app, which is available for free on Google Play and the App Store, pays a £10 commission to users who upload a picture of the vehicle and its registration number.

The company then uses DVLA data to send a £60 fine to the vehicle owner, a fee that rises to £100 if it isn’t paid within two weeks.

Unsurprisingly, i-Ticket has provoked strong reactions, with the RAC's Simon Williams branding it a "recipe for disaster".

"This is wrong on so many levels it beggars belief," he told the Mirror. "The sharp practices of parking companies are already regularly called into question with paid officials dishing out fines, but with members of the public being financially encouraged to shop motorists who overstay, it’s a recipe for disaster.

"This will cause total chaos by undermining trust still further and may even lead to public order offences between drivers and members of the public looking to earn a quick £10."

UK CPM reportedly runs car parks for the likes of Tesco and McDonald’s, but i-Ticket appears to be designed for smaller companies that can’t afford to pay staff to monitor their own car parks.

Lord please don't let justice ginsburg die

San Fransisco Chronicle: On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's long-empty seat. On Wednesday morning, liberals woke up, did the math and realized it was time to be concerned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fiber intake. Also bone density. Also exposure to airborne viruses (Madame Justice, what is your flu shot status?), and salmonella, and slippery ice, and also: Has anyone heard how scientists are coming along with a Zika vaccine?

"I'm very interested in this." says Jeanette Bavwidinski, a community organizer in Pennsylvania. "I'm interested in what her daily regimen is. Like, what are you all feeding RBG? Is she getting enough fresh air? Is she walking? Is she staying low-stress? What is she reading? Is she reading low-stress things?"

"Can she eat more kale?" asks Kim Landsbergen, a forest ecologist in Ohio. "Eat more kale, that's all I can say. We love you. Eat more kale.

"I kept thinking, you know, I could organize a bunch of gays," says John Hagner, a consultant for Democratic campaigns who lives in Washington. "I could organize the gays, and we would just make a protective circle around her at all times. We could help her get up and down the stairs. We got this."

Via Twitter: click at this link for more 

Now you know what Beyond, in Bed Bath & Beyond doesn't mean

Via Drudge: Two men were arrested and charged with engaging in lewd behavior on a display bed at Bed Bath & Beyond during regular business hours.

One or both of the men apprehended by police were found to be infected with scabies, a contagious skin infestation caused by a microscopic parasite that burrows beneath skin. The arresting officers were exposed to the mites, according to police reports.

The officers were treated at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and released, though they were on leave for a few days to avoid contaminating the Clifton Police Department’s offices, according to the record of the incident, which also said the booking station had to be fumigated by exterminators to prevent any spread of scabies.

Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said it's not yet known if the suspects were intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He said there was no clear motive or reason behind the crime.

Bracken credited the store’s employees, who were “proactive in remedying the situation.”

"Out of an abundance of caution, the incident-related merchandise and display was immediately pulled from the floor and discarded. We will continue to take steps to assure that our store and merchandise continues to be safe for our customers and associates. If any customer feels uncomfortable in our store for any reason, we will of course attempt to address such a situation in an appropriate manner," Joyce wrote.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


From back when Americans laughed:

A big test for the Trump administration.....will President Trump go to the White House Correspondents dinner?

Every year Washington insiders and the media jerk each other off at the White House Correspondents dinner. This dinner often devolves into a "roast" where stupid skits and lame jokes are thrown back and forth between the media and government officials. Nothing good ever comes out of it. I remember when George W Bush was savaged about the jokes he made by the media. Then there was the time that Obama and Seth Meyers went after Trump unceasingly. That sort of backfired since it was the impetus for him to run and to reverse the entire agenda of the Obama administration.

There is some speculation as to whether or not the President will attend. The douches that organize this sleazefest say that the show will go on no matter what. It is time to stick it up their ass.

President Trump has specialized in changing the paradigm. He doesn't do it the way it has always been done. He needs to say that he will not attend and that he advises members of his administration to not attend. Then fire anyone who does  attend in an act of Yates defiance. He needs to cut off the oxygen of the press. They can have their little party where they talk amongst themselves.

I view this as an important test of their resolve. I know that President Trump is supremely confident and thinks that he can go there and beat them at their own game. Who knows maybe he can. But the better move is to choke them out. Choke off their access. Choke off their ratings. Choke off their money. Let them bring in Madonna and Meryl Streep and Bruce Springstein. Hey they might get ratings. But President Trump doesn't have to help them.

(By the way if you want to read a great  recap of the relationship between Donald Trump and the Press you should get the great Don Surber's book "Trump the Press." It is a compilation of his reporting of the campaign and is a great real time recap of the last election.)

John McCain needs to F off and die.

The word leaked out that President Trump ended his call with the Australian Prime Minister after 25 minutes when it was scheduled for an hour. President Trump was pissed at the one sided  deal that Obama made where the US would take a bunch of illegal immigrant Muslims who were trying to sneak into Australia. Why? Why should we take them in? Because Obama wanted to bring every possible terrorist he could find into America?

So what does Supreme Douchebag John McCain do? He calls up the Australian Ambassador to tell him not to worry that Australia is still an important ally and he wouldn't let anything happen to our relationship. Who does McCain think he is? The only person who has less influence with Donald Trump would be Rosie O'Donnell. McCain is totally out of line.  But then he is almost always out of line.

On issue after issue McCain and Graham are opposing President Trump and working with the opposition party. They are against the Travel Restrictions. They are against infrastructure spending.
They are against the nuclear option. They have never gotten over the fact that the Republican party and the US electorate have repudiated them and elected Donald Trump as President.

I think President Trump needs to do something about this. Aren't there some incriminating pictures of Lindsey Graham out there somewhere? Isn't there some financial irregularities in McCains past like the Keating thing? Trump needs to smash them both as soon as possible.

(Great minds think alike. Here is an excellent post at Instapundit  about the meddling John McCain.)

"Boys Will Be Boys, and Eventually Should Be Men"

Have a question for Matt Labash? Ask him at or click here.

Dear Matt,

A friend of mine just sent me an article from the New York Times that says upper-income men no longer want to have sons, because they're too terrifyingly masculine. Can this be real?

Phil Buntz, Milwaukee

Is it real? Is that a serious question? Get real, Phil. This is America, 2017. I'm reading the Drudge Report right now, as I often do when I want to see how the End of the World is proceeding. For me, it's become like reading Revelation, without all the confusing symbolism. Here are just a few representative headlines: Don't have California secede, divide it in two! … Death of the porn star: humans replaced by "virtual actors" … New fad: adult swaddling therapy.So yes, it's real. The Idiocracy has turned on its afterburners. Whatever you expect to happen, lower those expectations by factoring in unprecedented vulgarity, shamelessness, and stupidity—then expect the unexpected, which will come to pass. Nostradamus predicted the world would end in 3797. He clearly was a heedless optimist.

The offending article you point to is authored by one Andrew Reiner, an English professor who is also, God help us, writing a book about masculinity. (Not to be confused with other recent books about dying manhood like The End of Men, Angry White Men: American Masculinity At the End of An Era,and The End of Men: A Novel.) In his Timespiece, Reiner states that when his son Macallah was born five years ago (I couldn't make up that name, though his poor son probably wishes I had), Reiner's students asked him how it felt to be a new father. He blurted out that it was "terrifying … all I can think about is bullying … this boy's going to be raised to feel and express his vulnerability. That's a curse in this culture."

Is it? Because last I checked, no vulnerability in our culture goes unexpressed. Our liberals are out in the street, complaining about one perceived injustice or another, every other day. Our president tweets incessantly about all the alleged mistreatment he is suffering at the hands of the media and his enemies (both real and imagined), while conservatives express hurt and confusion that anyone dare question our Dear Leader. If our country was encapsulated now by one infantile syllable, it would be: "Wahhhh!" We have become a nation of whiners. The problem, it seems, is not that we don't express ourselves, but that we never stop.

Remember when grandpa used to dispense wise clichés like "Grin and bear it"? Sorry gramps, we don't do that anymore. We've traded out for "grimace and express it". The traditional hallmarks of "manliness"—bravery, stoicism, physical courage—have been discounted for some time now, and are damn near being criminalized by the likes of Reiner and The Emasculators.

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One Bad Hombre?

...Or Mexican hero?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fierce Denver sourdough starter

This is an entirely different subject. This is completely different from the post about a volunteer yeast culture derived from ordinary flour. This culture started with that but was then subjected to harsh weather conditions for over a week. This culture was rained on several times during the collection period. Whatever landed into the bowl of slurry overtook whatever culture that was already on the all purpose flour and completely kicked its butt like Viking invaders. 

A long time ago, active starter was spread across plastic on a baking sheet and left to dry for a day, in order to save some by freezing.  Things like this dry quickly in Denver. The flakes are broken to bits and saved. For two years, I think. (The whole thing can be processed to powder.)

One teaspoon dissolved into 1/2 cup of water and mixed with 1/2 cup flour.

The rubber band indicates the starting level. 

Nothing observable happened at room temperature for six hours.

In reality the chunks were dissolving in there, coming alive, feeding and multiplying and slowly spreading across he whole thing. 

Somewhat discouraged, I put the closed jar inside the closed machine mixing bowl, with a 100W lamp aiming at it. A towel is placed over the shade of the photographer's lamp to form a kind of cloth tunnel draped across the gap and over the mixing bowl lid. It raises the ambient temperature inside there to about 100℉, slightly warmer than your own body temperature.

The setup is checked repeatedly to assure the towel is not burning and the yeast sponge does not actually cook. For 12 hours. 

When the jar is opened it goes, "pooooooft' and you know that it has build up C02.

1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water foamed all the way to the top of a pint jar, that's 2 cups. 

If you start out with the heat of a lamp then you can reactivate this yeast to full blast in less than 24 hours. 

Then do with this starter whatever you like.

I want to make a good standard long loaf of bread.

* This starter was dumped into the mixer's large bowl. (There are two such mixer bowls. One is already holding sourdough batch from yesterday, on the terrace fermenting in the cool for three days. This is the yeast culture from the flour itself, not the Fierce Denver sourdough being discussed now.) 

* Two cups of warm water are added to the mixing bowl

* Four level cups of flour are added to the mixing bowl

* Two teaspoons of salt are added to the bowl

The machine is run to mix the ingredients and allowed to rest for twenty minutes to absorb the water and to begin breaking down by enzymes. After awhile all by itself the fough feels a lot softer, easier to stretch, and more manageable and readily able to make  protein connections. The machine runs for about eight to ten minutes on low. It's basically pushing the dough around. 

The whole bowl gets  the heat treatment by the same lamp until it approaches peak activity and then abruptly set outside on the terrace covered in the cold air.  This Denver sourdough is not so easily discouraged. It will continue to grow in the cold, but only more slowly. In three days it will be brought back in and given the heat treatment again to shock it back to full activity, and abruptly baked. The yeast culture pervading the dough is totally manipulated by temperature. 

I can send you a teaspoon of this culture if you like. Just like the volunteers do with the 1847 Oregon Trail sourdough starter. You see, it's what Carl Griffith wanted. Carl gave his starter to anyone who asked for it and people appreciated that. To show their appreciation they took up Carl's project and give the starter to anyone who asks. 

And it's a very good starter. A fine starter indeed.

But mine is better. 

Yeah, I said it. Mine is better than 1847 Oregon Trail. Mine is more fierce. Mine is more robust, and it's faster. Mine is more responsive. Mine is tastier and mine is more fun.

You won't even have to do the SASE thing, no donation involved. If you'd like to try your hand at this then tell me your mailing address and I'll send you teaspoon of powder to reactivate like this overnight with the heat of a lamp.

What wouldn't you do for a friend?

"Johnny Depp spent $3 million blasting Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon, ex-managers claim in lawsuit"

The funeral forms part of a list of ostentatious spending included in a lawsuit by his ex-managers, who claim it all led him to the brink of financial ruin.

“All I'm doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true,” Depp said at the time (2005), “I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out.”

Via Reddit: for more Link

"EU's Donald Tusk sees Trump as threat to Europe"

BBC: He said the change in Washington was part of an external threat that also included an assertive China, an aggressive Russia and radical Islam.

In a letter to 27 European leaders, Mr Tusk also said he believed most of them agreed with him.

Several statements from Washington have prompted alarm in Europe's capitals.

In his letter, issued ahead of an EU summit in Malta this week, Mr Tusk said the new US administration placed the EU in a "difficult situation" as it appeared to "put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy".

He concluded: "We cannot surrender to those who want to weaken or invalidate the Transatlantic bond, without which global order and peace cannot survive. We should remind our American friends of their own motto: United we stand, divided we fall."

Donald Tusk doesn't speak for European leaders. His role is to chair their debates and focus their minds on the biggest issues facing the EU.

The way he always does that is by speaking bluntly.

Via Reddit: Link


Here's the link that they annotated on their video.

And the whole time I'm going, "this would be better with cheese." 

"And bacon bits." 

"And olive slices."

"And sourdough bread." 

"And with singed chile peppers, both red ones and hot ones" 

"And cumin at least, and curry at most." 

"And cilantro or some other aromatic herb like basil." 

"And with eggs poached separately." 

This could be on an English muffin, or toasted sourdough bread or with pita. It's similar to a pizza. 

I thought at first that I heard the guy say, "We gonna make moussaka today." But I heard that wrong. Moussaka is different, and guess what it has, it's the same thing except with a lot of cheese and meat and layered like lasagna

We chef typs sneer at unipurpose kitchen gadgets like garlic presses and tomato dicers because we rely heavily on our chef knives and our mad knife skills and because we're basically snobs. 

Breakfast at ski condos is similar to this. Sometimes we'd use a tin of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and mix it with chopped vegetables, cheese, and a dozen eggs and then bake it until puffed up a bit and  set. Everyone ate the same thing then the whole troop out the door all at once to the slopes. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


House minority leader calls Gorsuch a "hostile appointment"


She also said the nomination* was a diversion from the ongoing refugee "ban."

It's a nomination, not an appointment, so Pelosi is wrong out of the gate.

What did you do in the War Grandma?

One of the most daring missions of the war was attempted in a chateau near Rennes in Brittany. It was in all honesty a suicide mission as a brave band of queefers were sent to act as maids and waitresses to listen and gather intelligence in the dangerous moments before D-Day. The Wehrmacht had gathered together a large group of officers and the mission of the brave queefer’s was to infiltrate and transmit this intelligence without the knowledge or even any suspicion from the German High Command. Since it was so dangerous it was decided to use only convicted criminals who were under a sentence of death who would be parachuted into France and pretend to be domestics at the chateau. 

These twelve woman included a meaty polish woman, a black athlete, a crazed Southern belle and an Italian whore from Brooklyn. The cover story was that they were all stranded there because of the war. Since they all spoke fluent German the Nazi's didn't care as they were more interested in getting some strange than where they came from. They gathered information and queefed out what they found over the short wave radio every night. They were able to do so as the Germans did not understand what they were hearing as they did not pay much attention to the vagina.

Unfornately all of these brave queefers died in the process. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

This brave band of queefers will forever be known as the Dirty Coven. 
(Vages for Victory, The Invention of Twatter By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster 2009)

break an apple in half with your bare hands

Bob Mortimer claims he can break an apple in half with his bare hands. Bob Mortimer is half of the Bob and Vic comedy team. (I saw a few clips. Didn't laugh)

See, this here is what you call a metaphor!

Because here is what is trending on YouTube right now. No links because they're all boring. Go there and see for yourself if you care to.

James Corden's Post-Ban Trip Through LAX
The Late Late Show with James Corden 

How Much Damage Could The President Do In One Week?
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Trump's Travel Ban Sparks Global Backlash: A Closer Look
Late Night with Seth Meyers 

PEOPLE OUTRAGED! The "Muslim Ban" Chaos And Confusion Explained
Philip DeFranco 

Senator Jeff Sessions questions Sally Yates during her confirmation hearing

Trump Unveils Huge Wheel of Decisions
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

Reza Aslan's message to Paul Ryan on Trump's Muslim Ban
Mic News

On Behalf of America, An Apology | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Arnold Schwarzenegger Weighs In on President Trump's Immigration Ban: 'It’s Crazy'

Donald Trump's refugee ban, explained

Hot mic at GOP press conference: 'Waste of my f*cking time'
Raw Story

Sean Spicer Responds to Five-Year-Old Getting Detained
Jimmy Kimmel Live 

The meaning of HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US - A look at the "art" and memes of Shia LaBeouf
Behind The Meme 

Panel Discusses Muslim Ban (Part 1) - The View

Actor Kal Penn Raises More Than $500,000 For Refugees After Receiving Hateful Tweet | MSNBC

Jeff Sessions / Sally Yates confirmation Hearing - March 24, 2015
Charles Gaba

Trump's Muslim Ban Sparks MASSIVE March in DC
TYT Politics

Presidential Holocaust Statement Didn't Reference Jews | The View
The View 

Google employee rally against immigration ban
Jeanne Allen

Muslim Ban at JFK Airport

The Daily Show - Welcome to President Trump's Reality
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 

Omarosa Manigault On Role In White House, ‘Engagement’ With Black Community & More
The View 

Triumph Attends Trump’s Inauguration - CONAN on TBS
Team Coco 

Shia Labeouf Pulls Man Off Camera
Bog 1

Bowling in the White House basement

Weekly Address
The White House 

What a passionate speech by David K Harbour SAG Awards

Stranger Things Cast: Acceptance Speech | 23rd Annual SAG Awards | TNT

Shia Labeouf gets arrested at He Will Not Divide Us
VMU Dream

Not a single one of those sounds interesting. Let them get their freak on, we don't have to watch it. It's why we hired the guy; to drive them nuts with anguish and despair,  to deliver the pain. This is retribution to mirror their resolutely not listening.  If they didn't know payback's a bitch then they'll learn it the unhappy way.  Man, I love America. It's fun!

But this is interesting.

How to break an apple in half with just your bare hands. Apparently, it's a guy thing.

And that's just one guy doing it. YouTube is loaded with apple-breakers. It's completely lousy with apple breakers. 

ProjectDeano breaks an apple in half.

Hey! A girl does it.

Beth Marie Read breaks an apple in half.

And a little boy does it.

Evan Robinson breaks an apple in half.

And many more. Come on everybody, let's do this. 

"Calif. To Consider Enacting Statewide Sanctuary"

California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.

The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that the Republican president has promised.

While many of California’s largest cities — including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento — have so-called sanctuary policies that prohibit police from cooperating with immigration authorities, much of the state does not.

The Democratic legislation, written by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, comes up for debate less than a week after Trump signed an order threatening to withdraw some federal grants from jurisdictions that bar officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.

Via Drudge: Link

"Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs"

The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

A transgender child in Secaucus, New Jersey, was asked late last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.

Via Reddit : Link where they had to shut down comments... 
"Unfortunately we had to lock this thread as it is after midnight and some of the gremlins got water on themselves, but it was refreshing to see a number of the thoughtful comments from all of the Eagle Scouts in here!"


Sally Yates writ larger: "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me"

My gut still tells me her main concern was rice bowls.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Goose Is Loose

There was talk at Lem's about a geese -- almost a mini-theme. Here's my contribution:

Martini in Grey Goose glass with Grey Goose pick

I frosted the outside to make it look ice cold. From the top, you can look down inside and see the "olive."

"People are boycotting Starbucks after CEO announces plan to hire thousands of refugees"

Some Starbucks customers are threatening to boycott the coffee giant after its CEO took a stand against President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.

On Sunday, Starbucks announced it planned to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years.

"We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question," CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a letter to Starbucks employees about the plan.

While many customers were immediately supportive of Starbucks' actions on social media, others threatened to boycott after the letter's release.

"Upon hearing about your decision to hire 10000 refugees instead of Americans I will no longer spend any money at Starbucks," one such Facebook user wrote on Starbucks' page.

Many said they were angry that Starbucks was hiring refugees instead of veterans. Starbucks, however, does have a program in place to support veterans and their families, hiring 8,000 veterans and military spouses since 2014.

Via Reddit: Link

WKRLEM: The Wild Geese (1978) - FINAL BATTLE

Rambling along the marshes,
On the bank of the Assabet,
Sounding myself as to how it went,
Praying that I might not forget,
And all uncertain
Whether I was in the right,
Toiling to lift Time's curtain,
And if I burnt the strongest light;
High in the air, 
I heard the travelled geese
Their overture prepare.

Stirred above the patent ball,
The wild geese flew,
Nor near so wild as that doth me befall,
Or, swollen Wisdom, you.

condolence card, flying geese

Live Streaming Chuck Schumer on CSPAN

 To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

WKRLEM: The only question that matters?

"What are the best questions to ask to get to deeply know someone?"

Reddit top comments...

"What was your first pet?" or "Who was your favorite teacher?" Then read all of their emails.

"You like Huey Lewis and the News?"

what's your reddit username?

Instead of "what do you do?", I quite like "what gets you out of bed in the morning?"

What would  your best friend say is your worst quality?

There are [36 questions]( that people can answer together to get to know one another better. The idea behind the 36 questions is to see if you are romantically compatible, but I've done it with friends for kicks and it definitely gave me a better understanding of them.

"Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests"

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests - with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.

Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological order, as happens in Hollywood films.

Participants said that there was rarely any order to their life memories and that they seemed to come at random, and sometimes simultaneously.
A representation of life-events as a continuum exists in the cognitive system, and may be further expressed in extreme conditions of psychological and physiological stress

Often, the mind played tricks - with people reliving their own experiences from the point of view of others who had been involved.

The study found that many of the flashbacks involved intensely emotional moments.

Researchers from Hadassah University in Jerusalem analyzed seven accounts of such experiences, obtained from in-depth interviews.

These were to devise a questionnaire which was sent out to 264 other people who gave detailed responses of their experiences.
I could individually go into each person and I could feel the pain that they had in their life

The idea that life flashes in front of a person has featured in countless works of literature and film.

But there has been limited research to explain what the phenomenon involves.

Via Drudge: Link


The card is done now it needs a cover.

The back of the card that gets glued to the cover and bound as a book has little slices cut into it with tabs pushed trough, bent and glued to it all over the place that are holding the mechanisms in place. Hidden tabs. They'll be sandwiched between the cover and the back of the card. Multiple layers for extra heft.

I need practice with the form of geese. I cannot find any intriguing pictures of geese. They're all basic shapes. Geese don't do anything interesting. They honk and they squabble, they lay on their nests, they fly, they look different taking off and landing. They flap upward and flap downward. They spread their tail feathers and dangle their feet backwards and hold their legs forward. They float. They eat, and that's about it.

Audubon considers a goose honking their most interesting aspect, and he's a pro.

At the end of it I must accept the Egyptian hieroglyphic depiction and the art on their walls covers all that well as anything. They are blobs. With curved necks and a bulging head. Sometimes their wings are spread. That's it. Very basic shapes.

One time when I was pre-teen and hung around a ceramic shop, a place for G.I.s to stay out of trouble, the shop was closer to them than to me, a grandmotherly woman who barely tolerated my presence and my constant and annoying interrogations, said, "You know, Bobby, I have to raise some money for the shop." Her idea was to fashion little birds on the potter's wheel.

The idea didn't appeal to me. She threw about fifty small bulging vases, big bulge and little bulge. She brought the small bulb to a point. Then off the wheel she pushed over the head one way or another. Poked a hole or two for the eyes. Fired them, spray painted them, and sold them at her open house. She sold all of them readily and ended up making more. Women bought them in multiples. I didn't see the attraction but I admit they were cute.

Birds are blobs. They're like drips. I didn't find an intriguing picture. Just blobs. And their legs really are like Egyptian geese legs.

Maybe I should consider a different cover. It's a condolence card. The guy was a hunter. He had smoked goose all the time.

In hieroglyphics, the flying goose with both wings showing on the diagonal is a uniliteral sign that stands for the sound, "pa," and as a word it means "fly" and the definite article "the." 

The goose with both wings behind its back and drawn on the diagonal with its feet extended forward for landing is an ideogram meaning "halt" sometimes "create," "alight," and "throw." 

The standing duck with its head held upright and looking stately is a phonogram meaning "sa" and an ideogram meaning "son." It's seen all the time in front of cartouches for the kings nomen, the duck sign with the "sun" sign behind it meaning "Son of Re" then the king's name inside the cartouche. 

Better than that are the pictures drawn on tomb walls including many hunting scenes with birds flying all over stylized after the hieroglyphs, while also famously natural as the Geese of Meidum a plaster frieze  nearly six feet long with six geese of two species, with posture resembling the duck "sa," as above, and with two picking for seeds on the ground, as above.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What did you do during the war Grandma?

So many of the major contributions of the African American population has been unjustly ignored in our history. They have not be celebrated for their immense contribution to the war effort. This is of course because of the racist history of the United States that lingers to this very day.

The election of President Barack Obama as our first African American President has changed all of that. He has with the stroke of a pen declassified the true story of the contributions of black men and especially black woman during the darkest days of World World 2. 

The racist nature of most of the high command led them to place black troops in service occupations as truck drivers, stevedores and labor battalions. The female contingent were actually used as domestic servants and laundresses because of the racial attitudes of that time.

Who is going to be picked as Trumps SCOTUS nominee?

As President Donald Trump whittles down his shortlist for a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who serves on the federal appeals court's 10th circuit in Denver, has emerged as one of the likely names to be selected.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he'll announce his pick next Thursday, and later told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he's mostly finished deciding.

"I have made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes. That's subject to change at the last moment, but I think this will be a great choice," Trump said.

Media reports have indicated that Trump has narrowed his list to three candidates: Gorsuch, William Pryor, and Thomas Michael Hardiman.

Trump said during his campaign that he would seek to "appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia" - a characteristic which Gorsuch embodies in particular.

Via google: Link

When the Mob whacked know the good old days


Manhattan DA’s office probing death of reporter with possible JFK ties 

New York Post By Susan Edelman January 29, 2017 

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is looking into the mysterious death 51 years ago of newspaper writer and “What’s My Line?” star Dorothy Kilgallen, who was investigating the JFK assassination, The Post has learned.
The stunning development comes after a new book, “The Reporter who Knew Too Much,” suggests Kilgallen was murdered to shut down her relentless pursuit of a Mafia don linked to JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for DA Cyrus Vance Jr., confirmed that a staffer has read the book, and reviewed a letter from author Mark Shaw citing new leads, medical evidence, and witnesses overlooked when Kilgallen, 52, died suddenly on Nov. 8, 1965 at the peak of her career.
“I’m hopeful DA investigators will probe any records available and interview witnesses still alive today who can shed light on what happened to this remarkable woman,” Shaw told The Post, which featured his findings last month.
“Victims have rights whether their name is Dorothy Kilgallen or Dorothy Doe, and Kilgallen was denied justice in 1965. That’s why I’m fighting for her.”

V vocabular seen online.

Seen online and incorporated into working vocabulary, guaranteed to isolate you when busted out in front of family and friends. So then, rather useless. And yet people really did use them. Some are not bad, like virulent and vox populi and vraiment (really), and vuvuzela, while the others are hopelessly exclusive and if you use them in speech then you deserve to be punched, pow, right in the kisser.

* vade mecum: handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation, A referential book such as a handbook or manual, a useful object, constantly carried on one’s person.

* valence: In chemistry, the valence or valency of an element is a measure of its combining power with other atoms when it forms chemical compounds or molecules. None of them have moral valence.

* Vance Kirkland: Denver artist, house burned. My friend bought this house, A woman’s Weber grill on her balcony of the highrise next door cast an ember that burned down the new portion he had just finished building.

* velleity: the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency :  inclination.

* verkramptes: (in South Africa),(Government, Politics & Diplomacy,(during apartheid) an Afrikaner Nationalist who opposed any changes toward liberal trends in government policy, esp relating to racial questions. (as modifier) verkrampte politics Compare verligte

* Verrine: verrine, A confection, originally from France, made by layering ingredients in a small glass. It can be either sweet or savory, making a dessert or snack.

* vexillology: study of flags.

* viduity: Widowhood.

* vieux jeu: Old game, Old-fashioned; hackneyed, 'a joke that was vieux jeu even in my day’. All the other candidates in both parties were vieux jeu, passé.

* vig: Vigorish, or simply the vig, also known as juice, under-juice, the cut or the take, is the amount charged by a bookmaker, or bookie, for taking a bet from a gambler. In the United States, it also means the interest on a shark's loan. The term originates from the Russian word for winnings, выигрыш vyigrysh.

And if they can’t say it themselves, they’ll find someone who will, even if it’s a crude jerk from Queens who can’t make a point without raising his pinky like a Mafia goon explaining the vig to you after you’ve had a bad day at the track.

* vigneron: A person who cultivates grapes for winemaking.

A village friend, an upstanding citizen and vigneron who has carried a tiny utility knife in his pocket since God’s dog was a puppy, had it taken off him the other day by the police, who have charged him with carrying a weapon under the state of emergency.

* virgule: Solidus: a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information. The sign "/" is a punctuation mark called a slash or forward slash in American English or stroke in UK English. .

* virtuosic: A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. Requiring a high level of technical skill; something impressive and sometimes flamboyant, usually used to describe musical performance.

specific virtue in Ancient Rome. It carries connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors, and was personified as a deity—Virtus.

* virulent: Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous. Used of a disease or toxin. Capable of causing disease by breaking down protective mechanisms of the host. Used of a pathogen. Bitterly hostile or antagonistic; hateful: virulent criticism. See Synonyms at poisonous. Intensely irritating, obnoxious, or harsh.

* Visegrad: a small castle town in Pest County, Hungary. It is north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. The remarks came ahead of a meeting between Angela Merkel and the heads of the Visegrad countries—Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland

* vitrified: rock glazed like pottery. Convert (something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat.

* vitrine: A glass display case. French, from vitre ‘glass pane.’

* Vocaloid: Singing voice synthesizer.

* vol-au-vents:  (French for "windblown" to describe its lightness) is a small hollow case of puff pastry. A round opening is cut in the top and the pastry cut out for the opening is replaced as a lid after the case is filled. Vol-au-vents can accommodate various delicious fillings, such as mushrooms, prawns, fruit, or cheese, but they are almost always savory.

* Völkischer Beobachter:  ("Völkisch Observer") was the newspaper of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP or Nazi Party) from 1920. It first appeared weekly, then daily from February 8, 1923. For twenty-five years it formed part of the official public face of the Nazi party.

* Vox clamantis in: deserto: voice in the wilderness. Dartmouth motto. Original Hebrew Masoretic text, “A voice crieth: in the wilderness clear a way for the Lord.” The voice is not in the wilderness, rather, a path be cleared through the wilderness. By engaging ourselves intellectually at college a path of knowledge must be cut through a wilderness of ignorance.

* Vox populi, vox: ei.:  "the voice of the people is the voice of God."

[Do you see any verb in there? Any prepositional phrasing? Do you see any definite article? No, you do not. It says, voice people, voice god, and that’s ALL that it says. Make of it what you will]

* vraiment sympa: vraiment sympa.

The word sympa

In America, one can get by mastering only ten adjectives.

In Paris, one is enough.
Sympa that is. Sympa is the most useful adjective in Paris. Initially, sympa is short for sympathique. Is sympa something that is nice. People, places, moments, activities can all be sympa. Being fantastically non-committing, ‘sympa‘ grew to become tremendously popular an adjective. Non only can most things be sympa, they usually are. In Paris, there is really only one answer to the question “C’était comment ?”

Using it extensively, Parisians managed to empty the word of its very substance: the way it is said gives it its actual meaning. To decipher what a Parisian really thinks of something or someone, it is key to be attentive to the tone of the ‘sympa‘ he will most likely come up with as an answer. Tone and facial expression. Only then will you know a bit more about what the Parisian really thinks.

If sympa became such a popular adjective in Paris, it is because it sends out messages the Parisian is happy to convey about himself. Being short for something, sympa is vaguely colloquial. Making the Parisian seem vaguely laid back when using it. On top of this, sympa is a fantastic buffer against any form of enthusiasm. Sympa is nice but it is still very far from excellent, génial, exceptionnel, formidable or fantastique. It is just sympa. By saying something or someone is sympa, the Parisian gives it a good point. But not too good of a point either.

* vuvuzela: sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one meter in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. A similar instrument (known as corneta in Brazil and Latin American countries) is used by football (soccer) fans in South America.
Vuvuzelas have been controversial, linked to permanent noise-induced hearing loss, potentiality spreading colds and flu germs on a greater scale than coughing or shouting, and injury to pets who generally have more sensitive hearing and are more likely to run away because of being terrified by the sound.