Saturday, April 1, 2017

Matt Drudge: I suspect Congress deliberately sabotaging Trump

Via Instapundit:  "I suspect there's a sabotage," Drudge said on Michael Savage's radio show.

"Do you know Obama had the stimulus package on his desk before Inauguration Day? What did this Congress give this great man. Nothing."

Drudge said that Trump’s young administration is in “crisis on many fronts,” describing a Congress intent on undermining his presidency and ungrateful media coalescing in a campaign against the real estate mogul.

He also argued that Trump “saved the media,” pointing to rising newspaper subscriptions and increasing viewership for television news networks since he began his presidential campaign.

“His personality is not being totally used here. The charm, the guy who ran the hotel, the guy that had a No. 1 TV show with ‘The Apprentice,’” Drudge said. “This is part of charisma. Charisma is needed in this job.”

“This isn’t just getting a bill through Congress. This is also charisma,” he added. “So I wish they would let him return to the full Donald Trump.”

Cow Milk is a symbol?

Via Instapundit:  Actual tweet by PETA: “Did you know that milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists?”

Back in 2001, Reason’s Ronald Bailey noted how the fear of Fluoride, once parodied so brilliantly by Sterling Hayden’s Bircher-esque general in Dr. Strangelove, was, by the late 1990s, an obsession of the anti-science left. But hey, as Hayden’s character warned back in 1964, “Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk… ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children’s ice cream.”

Congratulations PETA, you went full General Jack D. Ripper. Never go full General Jack D. Ripper.

Link to video

"Obama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents to Keep Them Safe"

From the people who spent $36 million in 2016 fighting Freedom of Information Requests.
Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News.

The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.
The ends justify the means... you see? God forbid Tillerson should put these documents in an unsecured homebrew server and Russian hackers... use it to hack the election. Yea, that's it.

Just in case you haven't heard, Pence loves his wife

Link to video

Friday, March 31, 2017

Avengers old white guys.....not so much.

I am too old for comic books. As I am sure you guys are as well. The thing is I notice that there is really a case of arrested development in the younger crowd. Guys into their 30's are still buying and reading comic books. I mean I gave that up when I got hair on  my balls. Now I do love me a good Superhero movie since they are recreating the origin stories from the Jack Kirby/Stan Lee era of Marvel.

Now I hear that they have become strictly Social Justice Warriors. They made Thor into a girl! I mean really. They have Spider-man agonizing over beating up a criminal because he was a minority!

Vox Day has an interesting post about this. In it he talks about the foolishness of diversity in comics. He has substantial quotes from another blogger who is also very interesting. Jon Del Arroz writes the following:

"Marvel has a diversity problem.  
In that they have none in terms of diversity of thought. They are a pure social justice propaganda arm. This is dangerous when it comes to creating art, as if you have everyone thinking in lockstep, unable to get outside the box, you’ll have creative stagnation. More than that, when you turn children’s adventure fiction into adult message browbeating, you lose any semblance of fun that a product formerly had. It’s no wonder that sales have dropped by about half, when they have an entire writing core of every single one of their monthly writers hell-bent on a crusade of alienating half of the country in some social engineering through comics.  I don’t exaggerate my numbers either, and I did some leg work for you all so you might better make educated purchases, or lack thereof, of Marvel Comics.

"Why Michael Flynn Asking for Immunity is Actually Good for Trump"

Via Sissy Willis TweetSome news outlets suggest Donald Trump’s deposed former national security advisor Michael Flynn is reported to be volunteering testimony in exchange for full immunity. The believers in the Ruskie conspiracy left will assuredly see this as a prescient indicator of future impeachment. It ain’t. As a long-time criminal defense lawyer, this is more likely a good sign for team Trump. Guilty people don’t publicly ask for immunity; innocent people wary of false charges do. (This is the difference between Flynn here and his comments about Hillary aides who received immunity; Hillary aides all did it privately, not publicly, a very big difference, as you will see below).

First, it is useful to know the law. There are two kinds of immunity: “transactional” immunity and “testimonial” immunity (the latter often called “use-and-fruits immunity”). Transactional immunity can prohibit any charges for anything criminal a person may have done. Testimonial immunity only prohibits the government from using anything you tell them against you in court. Neither covers future perjury. If the stories are correct, Flynn is likely requesting “transactional” immunity. Why? Ask Hillary aide Cheryl Mills. Mills reportedly obtained a broad immunity related to the emails, and yet neither she, nor anyone else, was prosecuted.

Second, it is good to map out the strategic choices involved in requesting immunity. If your client is actually guilty, or has or can obtain evidence of the guilt of others, then you always negotiate confidentially, not publicly. Why? Two paramount reasons: first, you are more useful to a prosecutor if they can use you as an undercover witness who can record future conversations; second, you are more useful to a prosecutor as a surprise witness whose role no one else knows while the investigation moves forward. Neither is possible with a public immunity proposal. You only go public when you believe you are innocent and fear false prosecution for political purposes. A note; none of Hillary aids ever publicly requested immunity; their deals were confidential and private, until released post-investigation to Congress.

(Link to the rest of the article) 

WKRLEM: Patrice O'Neal vs. Asian People (NOT SAFE FOR WORK)

"Not that any of it is real to me. I've never experienced a human look from an Oriental. And I return the favor."

Damned if you do and damned if you don't

Instapundit:  Feminists wage war on men, then blame men for the results:  Olga Khazan: The vice president—and other powerful men—regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress.

So you drastically expand the definition of “sexual harassment,” and then promote an ethic that says that all accusations must be believed, and then you’re shocked that workplace men don’t want to hang out with women? How stupid are you?

Stupid enough to listen to the likes of Catharine Mackinnon, I guess.

(This post created quite a stir over at Insta)


Overheard at Lem's:
Trooper York said...
I hope President Trump does what he thinks best for the American People. Let the chips fall where they may. Not be stopped by labels or ideology. Just do what he sees as the right thing. I think he has pretty good instincts. He has been pretty much on the ball. He has been stopped by activist judges. By craven Republican Congressman. He should not take counsel of their fears and instead do what is right for America.
If that means bombing NYC and San Fransisco and Chicago then go for it.
Just me a heads up so I can move to Florida. Thank you.
March 28, 2017 at 10:54 PM
"Well, I been movin' down Florida Way,
And I'm gonna build me the atomic bomb"

In order to save the republic we had to undermine it... or something

"Perhaps Before We Know It"

Via Instapundit:  Perhaps one reason for the current revolt against giant institutions like the EU, the UN and the Federal government is a subconscious realization among Western voters that technological and social change has gotten inside the loop of bureaucratic response; that whatever is pounding on the door will prove too fast for the sclerotic central planning bureaucracies to handle. There is no longer much confidence in the capacity of legacy institutions to identify problems at long range and to intercept them before it's too late. Perhaps the most frightening thing about the Obama years was how he laughed at "Governor Romney" for warning Russia might be a problem.

They couldn't see it coming. They couldn't seem to see anything coming. Consequently the voters have decided to downsize, not necessarily in the interests of quality leadership but to optimize for reaction time; to appoint someone who will actually act -- even in error -- before it is too late.

(Link to the whole article)

James Mattis: North Korea ‘Has Got to Be Stopped’

Via Drudge:  After years of North Korea thumbing its nose at the international community, on Friday Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to signal enough was enough.

"Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped," Mattis said at a press conference in London.

He didn't give any details about how the administration of President Donald Trump plans to deal with the reclusive nation, which, under Kim Jong Un, has drastically increased its missile and nuclear-testing program.

(Link to story)


Thursday, March 30, 2017


I'm enjoying what's left of my birthday tonight. This helps:

The beer is called "Effective Dreams." It's made locally and is all the rage -- part of the "haze craze." You can't even it buy it in stores -- online only.

I like the groovy art work. It's very trippy and goes somewhere back to the 1960's.

Hanging Lake, Colorado

Link to picture source

Don Surber: "Folks, this is fun. I am having the time of my life"

Via Instapundit: Reports of Obamacare's life are premature.
Liberals gloated last week when President Trump realized the Freedom Caucus was an immovable object, threw up his hands, and told the House to vote on Ryancare.

Up or down. He no longer cared.

However, I realized it was a negotiating ploy to get a better deal. Not only that, but I realized by calling for the vote, President Trump had usurped House Speaker Paul Ryan's power.

I called it:
Trump's Reykjavík
But people in Washington are so mesmerized by themselves that they think they are superior than the rest of us, and are no match for a rube TV celebrity.

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Which "double-standard" irritates you the most?

Reddit top voted comments...

Work over 12-15 hour day to get your project in by deadline is fine, but don't you dare show up 5 minutes late the next day.

I work for a small business (8 employees). Smokers (4 of the 8 of us) are allowed "smoke breaks" whenever they feel like it (we aren't given regular coffee breaks or lunch) during which they aren't required to punch out or put anything other than, and I quote management here, "a reasonable time-limit on". I don't smoke, but I do like a bit of fresh air every now and then so I go outside for 3-5 minutes and check my email or read the news on my phone. This is completely unacceptable to my boss, because, and let me quote her directly again, "phones are an addiction that waste company time". I asked her why smokers aren't held to this standard and I was told "smokers need to smoke, you don't need to read the news".

A double standard imposed on me by my mother-in-law...
Mother-in-law: If I ever catch you cheating on your wife, I'll cut you with a machete.
Me: (Silent)
Neighbor: But, Mother Lily, your sons are horndogs and have different children from different mothers. Are you gonna cut them, too?
Mother-in-law: Now, why would I cut my own sons?
PS. I don't cheat on my wife.

When contrarians claim they're open-minded, and yet are completely unwilling listen to sound counterarguments.

Acknowledging the existence of children trying to interact with me (I'm a guy). Example; was a cashier and this kid with some mental disorder (downs I think) always loved to talk to me when his parents were going through cash. (his dad said he always remembered me). Long story short, got hauled into the office by my boss and I was told my behavior was inappropriate. For talking to a kid. About food.

"I don't like to go dancing because I don't understand what you are suppose to do."
"You just dance, do whatever feels right."
-Does dance-
"No... no, not like that."

"Family Offended After Stranger Addresses Mourners At Quincy Funeral"

Via Drudge:  A Quincy family was stunned when a stranger suddenly got up at their mother’s funeral and started making comments which they feel were racially insensitive to the Asian community.

On March 18th, Adrian Wong delivered the eulogy to his mother who passed away from lung cancer.

“She was not a smoker. Not exposed to secondhand smoke. Never worked with chemicals. She was simply unlucky,” he told a room full of mourners.

Adrian was supposed to be the only speaker, but when he finished, a man named David Small, who the family didn’t know, got up, uninvited, and started addressing mourners.

Small speculated that it was “smoke in Asian churches” that led to Carol Tan Wong’s death.

“I’m not affected by this but I see that the smoke in the church in the Asian churches is so prevalent that I gag when I go inside,” Small said, adding when a funeral director asked him to step aside, “I hope what I’ve told you about the smoke in the church is not taken in offense. I mean it’s your culture.”

The Wong family was offended and posted a video of Small’s comments on YouTube.

Adrian Wong demanded an apology from Small because he believed the comments to be a broad misperception about the Asian community.

(Link to story)


Loretta looks and sounds great!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Whose that girl?

She is the Congresswoman who is worried that Putin is invading Korea. She is one of the dumbest members of the Congressional Black Caucus and that is quite an accomplishment. She is calling for President Trumps Impeachment and wants to install Hillary Clinton because she won the popular vote.

On the other hand she is good friends with Bill O'Reilly.

Whose that girl?

What irrational fear did you hold as a child?

I thought a meteorite was going to crash through my ceiling and hit me while sleeping. For this I blame my dad, who was once talking to my uncle about a woman in Alabama who'd been hit by one while sleeping. I overheard and asked "but that won't happen to me tonight, will it?" My dad responded with "you never know, it might!"
That if my parents got fired from their job that they'd actually be set on fire.

There was a book on Reading Rainbow where a volcano suddenly appeared in a farmer's field. I spent the next month or so terrified whenever I'd find a "hot spot" in my house or backyard, because there would obviously be a volcano in that spot soon. And dammit, no one believed me about how much danger we were in.

I had a VERY realistic dream my brother got eaten by our 1989 era VCR. I was pretty scared to put tapes in for a while. It flattened him in my dream :(

Mascots. They terrified me. Especially the Chuck E. Cheese mouse.

I had an irrational fear of being mentally disabled and just feeling normal in my head. And that my parents and peers were just being nice and trying to include me like a normal child. Probably because my cousin was and I always thought "Maybe he sees it all normally in his head."

"Felony charges for 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood"

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden of Davis, California, and Sandra Merritt of San Jose. The two operate the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress.

The allegations say the pair filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. The 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.

Becerra says they used a fictitious bioresearch company to meet with women's health care providers and covertly record them.

Daleiden, in an email to The Associated Press, said the "bogus" charges are coming from "Planned Parenthood's political cronies."

"The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners," Daleiden said.

(Link to the rest of the story)

"Obama's rule changes opened door for NSA intercepts of Americans to reach political hands"

Via Drudge:  As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible. Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Some intercepted communications from November to January involved Trump transition figures or foreign figures' perceptions of the incoming president and his administration. Intercepts involving congressional figures also have been unmasked occasionally for some time.

The NSA is expected to turn over logs as early as this week to congressional committees detailing who consumed reports with unmasked Americans' identities from their intercepts since the summer of 2016.

This information is likely to become a primary focus of the Russia counterintelligence probe of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Circa confirmed the unmasking procedures through interviews with intelligence professionals and by reviewing previously classified documents it obtained that described the loosening of privacy requirements.

To intelligence professionals, the public revelations affirm an undeniable reality.

Over the last decade, the assumption of civil liberty and privacy protections for Americans incidentally intercepted by the NSA overseas has been eroded in the name of national security.

(Link to the rest of the story)

"United’s Leggings Fiasco: The False Narrative Needs To Stop"

Via Instapundit:  If you’ve been on a plane or under a rock, you might have missed the story of the two young women who were denied boarding a United flight from Denver to Minneapolis yesterday. I get that manufactured outrage and hot takes are a way of life in 2017. I don’t love it.

The news cycle is driven by these stories, and outlets often have no choice but to participate in the frenzy or be left behind. I mean, I really would rather be spending my day writing my overdue report on Swiss First (sneak peek: it was amazing, and they had fondue onboard), but even here at OMAAT we’re being inundated with questions about this story.

Which wouldn’t even be a story, if folks could acknowledge that they might not have had all the facts initially, and would stop perpetuating a false narrative and witch hunt. Just as United apologized for their initial tweets, Shannon Watts and others should retract theirs, or at the very least recognize that they didn’t have their facts straight.

And as so often happens, the more attention this story gets, the murkier the facts become, and the details are obscured by sensationalism.

Sadly, the facts of the matter aren’t even that complicated, and it seems that certain individuals are avoiding the facts in order to further their own narrative.

I can’t believe we as a nation are still talking about leggings, but this story seems to be picking up steam rather than going away. If you’re over this story please skip this post — I certainly won’t be offended. If you’re surprised to hear that there were two young women denied boarding, not three, and that they were on employee tickets, not paid tickets, and that the rules are thus different… well — this post is for you.

What actually happened?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Jagger was the principle lyricist, so it's plausible that the song was -- at least in part -- about Marianne Faithfull. Other inspiration(s) remain murky. I've never read a Jagger autobiography (is there one?), so who knows. The song's meaning is universal.

I never realized that Keith Richard was a "down-pointer."  I refer to where he points the neck of his guitar. Bill Wyman was a notorious guitar neck-hugger -- to the point of nearly looking like he was playing an upright bass -- but not in this video.

There is another very famous guitar neck down-pointer. Can you guess to whom I'm referring?

Full lyrics after the jump

You go to war with the army you got......

There is a timely and astute analysis of where we are by Professor William Jacobson the proprietor of Legal Insurrection. He discuss the fact that the Freedom Caucus might have blown their opportunity to govern with President Trump. He posits the notion that Trump is not a conservative. Which is very true. But he is willing to govern with conservative ideas. That he does not automatically dismiss them and is open to operating from a conservative perspective. As he did with his Supreme Court nomination. As he did with his cabinet selections. As he did with deregulation.

In the article he quotes a Bush era cuckmeister who none the less says something interesting. Marc Thiessen Bush Cuck speech writer said:"For weeks, as President Trump courted the group, members of the caucus used their leverage to make the bill better. They asked for language capping the maximum income to receive the tax credit — and got it. They asked to allow states to choose between a traditional block grant and a per capita block grant — and got it. They asked to allow states to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients — and got it. They asked for language preventing non-Medicaid-expansion states from becoming expansion states — and got it. They asked for flexibility for states to change “essential health benefits” — and got it.
But each time they got a concession, and were asked to support the bill, they instead came up with new sets of demands that made the legislation increasingly unpassable. Eventually it became clear to Trump that the Freedom Caucus would never take yes for an answer. So he cut them off ….
Freedom Caucus members had a chance to repeal the individual mandate and the employer mandate, transform Medicaid, end $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes, expand health savings accounts and defund Planned Parenthood. Instead, they chose to keep Obamacare intact."

Now Jacobson says you can just as easily say that the Freedom Caucus stood up for principle and would not bow to keeping the government in healthcare. That it should be a total free market and if people can't afford it well that's just tough titty.

School budget cuts due to high white student percentage

Via Drudge: The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.

In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.

The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.

Parents, however, remain frustrated with what the cuts might mean for their children.

"When your class sizes are getting larger and you're taking resources away from students, I mean ss parents, you do want your kid to go out to college," one parent, Rosemary Estrada, said.

What isn't as bad as you thought it would be?

Colonoscopy. People make jokes about it and it sounds crazy and uncomfortable to have a tube with a camera going several feet up your ass but the reality is that you get great IV drugs that knock you out and you wake up half an hour later or so and never experienced any of the actual procedure....

Turning 40. I'm actually really digging my 40s (almost halfway through!)....

Giving up soda. I needed to lose weight, and this was the easiest way to do it. I cut out everything but water and milk for two weeks....

Being old. I'm 76.

Having a Vasectomy, both procedure and recovery were nowhere near as bad as I had heard.

Asking a guy out. Even when the answer's "no," it's better than just letting a crush stew.

Cooking and baking. If you can follow simple directions, you can cook.

"Homeowner's son shoots, kills three would-be burglars"

Via Instapundit:  Three would-be robbers were shot and killed Monday when an Oklahoma homeowner's son opened fire on them with an AR-15, authorities said.

Wagoner County sheriff's deputies were called to the home in Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa at around 12:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the three dead suspects and two uninjured residents.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the suspects enetered the home through a glass back door with the intent to burglarize it. It was not immediately clear why they picked that home.

Mahoney said the suspects encountered the homeowner's 19-year-old son, who opened fire after an exchange of words. Two of the suspects died in the home's kitchen while a third was found in the driveway.

(Link to story)

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Italy Could Soon Offer Women Paid ‘Menstrual Leave’"

Via Drudge:  The proposed law is currently being debated in the country’s parliament. If passed, it would mandate that companies enforce a “menstrual leave” policy and offer three paid days off each month to working women who experience painful periods.

Health experts and local media outlets have praised the proposal, saying it was a step in the right direction and would shed light on the silent plight of women suffering from debilitating cramps that can sometimes affect their ability to work.

But the bill also has critics, including women who fear this sort of measure could backfire and end up stigmatizing them.

Writing in Donna Moderna, another women’s magazine, Lorenza Pleuteri argued that if women were granted extra paid leave, employers would be even more reluctant to hire women, in a country where women already struggle to integrate the workforce.

In fact, due to enduring cultural stereotypes, Italy has one of the lowest rates of female labor participation in the workforce , with a staggering one in four women getting fired just before or after getting pregnant, according to the Italian National Institute for Statistics.

Miriam Goi, a feminist writer, made a similar point in Vice Italy. She fears that rather than breaking taboos about women’s menstrual cycle, the measure could end up perpetuating the idea that women are more emotional than men and require special treatment.

(Link to the rest of the article)

Paths of Glory Two

Newspaper reporter: [speaking of Col. Thursday] But what of the men who died with him? What of Collingworth and...
Captain Yorke: Collingwood.
Newspaper reporter: Oh, of course, Collingwood.
Reporter: That's the ironic part of it. We always remember the Thursdays, but the others are forgotten.
Captain Yorke: You're wrong there. They aren't forgotten because they haven't died. They're living - right out there.
[points out the window]
Captain Yorke: Collingwood and the rest. And they'll keep on living as long as the regiment lives. The pay is thirteen dollars a month; their diet: beans and hay. Maybe horsemeat before this campaign is over. Fight over cards or rotgut whiskey, but share the last drop in their canteens. The faces may change... the names... but they're there: they're the regiment... the regular army... now and fifty years from now. They're better men than they used to be. Thursday did that. He made it a command to be proud of.


“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”  George Washington

"I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office." Andrew Jackson

"A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right." Lyndon B. Johnson

"Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist." Richard M. Nixon

"The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best." Rutherford B Hayes

‘Paths of Glory’: Stanley Kubrick’s First Step Towards Cinema Immortality

Via Instapundit:  There’s a picture that will always be good, years from now, the great Kirk Douglas told Roger Ebert back in 1969. “I don’t have to wait fifty years to know that; I know it now.” The film he was referring to was Stanley Kubrick’s touching First World War drama Paths of Glory, in which the master tells the story of a group of French soldiers court-martialed for cowardice during the trench war with the Germans, and their moral commander who decides to defend them in court. Paths of Glory came out in 1957, was released exactly on Christmas, and managed to cover the cost of its production, but not achieve any significant financial gain. This comes to no surprise given the themes it chose to explore and the obstacles it faced in its initial run. The film’s obvious anti-military subtext was met with criticism and even censorship: the French government pressured United Artists not to release it in France, it was withdrawn from the Berlin Film Festival in Germany’s attempt not to irritate France, thanks to Francisco Franco’s government Paths of Glory was shown in Spain as late as in 1986, American bases in Europe refused to show it for a long time, and even the Swiss thought it was too provocative, keeping it censored until 1970. Today, Paths of Glory is considered one of Kubrick’s legitimate masterpieces, demonstrating the technique and style which Kubrick would show in his later works, a brave, poignant work of art set in the trenches, where mood and blood tend to obscure the humanity and reason. Led by Kirk Douglas, without whom the film probably wouldn’t have even seen the light of day, Paths of Glory is Kubrick’s first crucial step on his very own path to glory, a thoughtful, intelligent piece of filmmaking that illuminates the absurdity of war and the tragedy of the human condition. Having directed the critically praised The Killing in 1956, Kubrick was looking for a project to follow it up, deciding to work on The Burning Secret, a film based on Stefan Zweig’s short story. After Dore Schary, the head of production at MGM, left the studio, Kubrick gave up on the project and remembered Humphrey Cobb’s ‘Paths of Glory’ he had admired since his early days. He acquired the rights to this fictional account inspired by the events that had really happened in France in 1915 for mere ten thousand dollars from Cobb’s widow, most likely surprised at his interest in a book that had been out-of-print for a long time. Douglas, the owner of Bryna Productions, was intrigued and used his influence to get the film’s production started. Even though he thought no money could be possibly made from a film like this, he also felt such a film needed to be made. United Artists agreed and Kubrick was given the green light. Paths of Glory was shot in Bavaria, at the Geiselgasteig Studios and Schleissheim Palace near Munich.

(Link to the whole article)

What industry is the biggest scam?

Reddit top voted comments...

Trains in the UK; pay nationalised taxes for nationalised rails so private train companies can charge private rates, its like we took the most expensive part of each option and combined them \o/

Rent to own furniture.

For-profit colleges, especially ITT Technical Institute. Tuition for a 2-year, non-transferable degree is nearly $50,000.

Printers... especially inkjet.. you have to refill/buy a new cartridge every time one of them gets low.. even if you don't even need the colour.


Funerals... I'm all for showing respect for the dead but the costs are really intense.

College textbooks.

Trump vs. Obama, by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield runs a site called the Sultan of Knish. Greenfield writes everything over there at Sultan of Knish. This article, Trump vs Obama, is the third article down from the top presently. If you search "Trump vs Obama" you'll see the article cited all over the place. So it's a well-circulated piece, while from my point of view Sultan of Knish is what happens when you rifle the blog rolls of sites that you got from rifling previous blog rolls. I forget how I got there, it's a couple of blog rolls removed from the original blog roll rifling.

Greenfield begins his essay, "Obama is a coward."

Bang! Right off the bat we're given the thesis. It's the kind of opening that occurs at the end, after the whole thing is written, and you go, "Okay, what do I have here?"

But even with that strong a signal, a shot sent off immediately, there's still a chance the writer is disinterested and apolitical. It could happen.
Trump will call someone a name while Obama will anonymously source a smear through three levels of staffers, political allies and reporters. Trump called CNN “Fake News” on camera. Obama sourced Operation Rushbo, targeting Rush Limbaugh, through a variety of White House people and left-wing allies. Trump will boot reporters he doesn’t like. Obama authorized secretly hacking the emails of a FOX News reporter. Trump had an openly hostile conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia. When Obama wanted to call Netanyahu “chickens__t”, he did it by having one of his people anonymously plant it with a reliable media sycophant, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, before later having a spokesman disavow it.
Greenfield says that Obama launches dirty attacks carful not to get his hands dirty. Instead Obama prefers using the bureaucracy and that allows him to protect his popularity. His team considers their dishonesty to be their superpower.  They even brag about it as Ben Rhodes did. Obama pretends decency while preparing to undermine Trump however possible legally and illegally. Greenfield says that Trump's killer instinct lies in understanding hypocrisy conceals weakness and his instinct is to grapple directly with a target. This is a source of his popularity. While Obama's popularity is hollow. Likable only because he is too cowardly to say what he really thinks.

When Trump is attacked his response is to go directly for the attacker. That's what he did by calling out Obama's eavesdropping. Obama situated layers of insulation between himself and involvement in the attack, the media, the staffers who gave information to media and government loyalists who provided information to staffers. Trump made a mockery of Obama's bravado.

There's much more to like and to agree with in the article.  Greenfield insists that Obama is obsessed with being liked while Trump doesn't care, preferring instead to grapple directly with opponents, rivals, and enemies. Trump won the election by forcing opponent after opponent to either fight him on his own terms or back away. Including all media. The Obama machine, a massive propaganda matrix that alternates between lying and gaslighting, is not built to handle Trump. And Obama isn't built to handle Trump either.

As Greenfield continues describing Trump's style and Obama's traps and chaos creation and fake scandal creation, and the administrative disruptions intended to have Trump lunging from scandal to scandal, and Obama's use of proxies while avoiding direct conflict with Trump, and as Greenfield cites Mike Tyson, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth" and then says flatly that Obama had a plan and Trump punched him in the mouth, I found myself thinking, yes, we know that already. We know all that already, along with torrents of other straight knowns that we accept as facts. But we didn't isolate them and collect them together like this for these specific conclusions and for this stark comparison in personal styles, to say at the beginning what is concluded throughout, Obama is a coward and comparison with Trump is stark.

Greenfield concludes, "The battle for America has only just begun."

Who is this guy, Greenfield, who says all these things that we think?

Greenfield's "About Me" page.

Finally my writing philosophy can be gathered from the following quote:

"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." George Orwell

Well, there you go. Read the whole thing, you'll enjoy it.

Trump resurrects long-neglected 'Medal of Honor Day'

Via Drudge:  President Trump hosted the nation's most decorated war heroes at the White House Friday as part of a recognition of the rarely celebrated Medal of Honor Day.

"Each of you has risen above and beyond the call of duty in defense of our country, our people, and our flag. You have poured out your hearts, your sweat, and your tears like few others, and your blood — most importantly your blood — for the United States of America," Trump told about 25 Medal of Honor recipients in the Oval Office.

"You are the soul of our nation, and a grateful republic salutes you," he said.

(Video at the Link)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

WKRLEM: What should President Trump do about Obamacare?

Chuckie Schumer is coming in his pants. Paul Ryan screwed the pooch when he couldn't deliver on the "repeal of Obamacare." He had seven years to prepare his response. Seven years to prepare his bill. To have an alternative that his caucus could support. That would pass muster in the Senate.

Now even the most die hard hater of Obama (of which I count myself as one) would concede that there are a couple of aspects of the plan that were good. The fact that you could not be denied because of a pre-existing condition. The fact that slacker millennials can be continued on their parents insurance. There might be one or two other things that were good. But there were a ton that sucked.

Lack of competition which would have been corrected by allowing people to buy from other states. The end of the mandate so people could decide not to buy if they didn't want to buy. The end of a one size fits all plan that forced you to buy coverage you didn't need. So nuns didn't have to pay for abortions or you didn't have to pay for mental health coverage if you were happy to be crazy. The tax penalty if you didn't have insurance should be gone.

All of that stuff should have been in the repeal act. They should have set it up in a two page bill and campaigned on it. Got the President to pump it out on the hustings. Force everyone to and up and down vote. Nuke the filibuster in the Senate. Get everyone on the record on a common sense bill that most Americans can be behind.

Joe Biden “regrets” not being president

Via Twitter:  Former Vice President Joe Biden late Friday night voiced regret about his decision not to run for president, predicting if he had secured the Democratic nomination he could have won against Donald Trump.

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” Biden continued.

"Maybe Trump was just half wrong, witch makes him half right, witch amoung politicians makes him a genious"

"These are moves of power, not of reason"

"Around the county college students are silencing speakers in the name of safe spaces. Filmmaker Rob Montz visits his alma mater of Brown University to find out what happened to free speech and debate on campus in We the Internet's first mini documentary."

"In 2015, video of Yale's "shrieking girl" screaming at professor Nicholas Christakis over a Halloween costume email went viral. A year later, Dr. Christakis and his wife Erika had both left their positions. In this mini-documentary We the Internet TV filmmaker Rob Montz heads to that university to investigate what Yale has become."

Silence U Part 2: What Has Yale Become?

How Can I Hide Boogers?

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That is the exposed woodwork I wrote about in the earlier linked post linked. I'm not yet ready to apply a finish. Look closely, and you'll see some residual white paint in the nail holes -- boogers. Of course I'd like to make these less visible, but how? An amateur thinks: carefully remove the paint without enlarging the hole; apply "wood putty" to match the wood. Thing is, I've never been impressed with wood putty. It always shows lighter or darker in the finish.

The first question a professional might ask is: What kind of finish are you going to apply? Answer: A transparent one -- not even a stain. I want a finish that shows the DF grain. It will be a finish though, probably oil or acrylic, to match the rail which will be handled and will be highly trafficked. The final, desired finish will be a "wet" look with a satin finish. My question for a professional is what kind of transparent finish can best hide blemishes?

Here's another thought: Is it possible to make a paste or putty from the sawdust itself -- mixed with a binder?  That should get the color right but perhaps not the texture.