Saturday, April 15, 2017

"North Korean missile 'blows up' on test launch"

A North Korean missile "blew up almost immediately" on its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said, hours before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North's increasingly defiant arms program.

The failed launch from North Korea's east coast, ignoring admonitions from major ally China, came a day after North Korea held a military parade in its capital, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder, in which what appeared to be new long-range ballistic missiles were on display.

Pence is due in Seoul at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension over North Korea.

(Link to more)


Dave Wronski plays guitar in a band called Slacktone. Here he shows how to play his song "Avalon Slip." It's gorgeously crafted and reminds me of sailing to Avalon (even though I've never sailed to Catalina).

The reverb gets me -- it's the "wet" sound -- reminiscent of waves. Instrumental surf is a species of surf music that flourished in that brief window between the death of Buddy Holly and the arrival of The Beatles (The JFK era). Dick Dale invented much of the sound, enabled by Leo Fender. But before Dale was Link Wray. And Duane Eddy is credited with the first "proto-surf" song -- his 1958 'Moovin' N' Groovin''.

Back to Dave Wronski -- here is another Slacktone original -- "Into The Blue Sparkle" (2000):

Malcolm Gladwell: Mediocrity is Underrated

Link to video

Is Gladwell right? That exclusivity is not necessarily the best path to explore the world. 

"Why American men may have less luck finding a job than women"

Via Drudge:  "If you’re searching for a job, the odds of finding one may depend on your gender."
Overall, occupations that are more than 80% female are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of jobs that are at least 60% male between 2014 and 2024, according to research out this week from the jobs site Indeed and its chief economist, Jed Kolko. The site researched Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that many are jobs that are traditionally dominated by women — including occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants and nurse practitioners — are growing at the fastest rate. They will grow at about a 40% rate, compared to an overall rate of 6.5% for all jobs.

In fact, all of the fastest-growing jobs for women were healthcare-related.
(Link for more)

Friday, April 14, 2017




"‘Charging Bull’ sculptor says ‘Fearless Girl’ distorts his art. He’s fighting back"

"With hopes of dispensing the “perfect antidote” to the stock market crash of 1987, Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica spent two years welding a 7,000 pound bronze bull statue designed to capture the resilience of the American people."
Under the cover of night and without a permit, he installed his massive “Charging Bull” directly before the New York Stock Exchange, a gift New Yorkers loved but New York City initially hated. Authorities removed it, but later reinstalled it under pressure at a small public park in the financial district.

In the 28 years since, it has become an institution.

Then last month, on International Women’s Day, a new statue of a symbolically brave “Fearless Girl” stole its spotlight — and, Di Modica says, fundamentally corrupted the artistic integrity of his “Charging Bull.”

As “Fearless Girl” was heralded by many as a symbol for female empowerment, Di Modica doled out sharp criticism, casting the statue as not art, but a publicity stunt by the gender-oriented company that commissioned it.

He forcefully advocated against a global campaign to make “Fearless Girl” a permanent fixture, but fans persevered, persuading New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to extend the statue’s permit through April 2018.

On behalf of his bull, Di Modica won’t back down.

Star Wars: The Last White Guy

The new Star Wars trailer is out. The heroes are you're basic Social Justice Warriors. Feminist Women. Minorities. The bad guys are all old white men. Your typical Hollywood bullshit.

Lots of bombing though so it should be very popular.

I am glad I don't follow the NFL anymore........It is sick out there and getting sicker.

Smoking Gun? New Email Evidence May Show Eli Manning Defrauded Memorabilia Collectors, Lawyer Says

by Dylan Gwinn  Breitbart News April 14, 2017

 Well, Eli Manning’s offseason just got a whole lot more interesting.
Potentially damning evidence has emerged in the ongoing memorabilia fraud case between New York Giants signal caller Eli Manning and some sports memorabilia collectors. The suit alleges that Manning cooperated with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports to sell helmets to fans who thought they were purchasing game-used helmets.
Among court documents obtained by the New York Post is an email from Manning to a Giants equipment manager in 2010. In the email, Manning asks the equipment manager if he could provide, “2 helmets that can pass as game used.”
Manning’s apparent lack of concern over whether or not the helmets were game-used authentic has the plaintiff’s attorney Brian Brook up in arms. Brook told the New York Post, that the email constitutes, “direct evidence that Manning knowingly gave fraudulent helmets to Steiner for sale to fans.”
The email, disclosed by Manning and his attorneys, originated from Manning’s private account.

For This!

Overheard at Lem's:
Chip Ahoy said...I don't get that sense at all. Not from this poem.

The dead are saying pick up our dispute we died for and continue because even though flowers grow here, if you don't, we won't rest and that means we'll haunt you.*
It's a very good poem. Gave me the shivers.
April 14, 2017 at 5:26 PM
This is the final version of a moving tribute to the men -- mostly dead -- who fought at The Somme in the summer of 1916. I blogged a preliminary version on the centenary.

It is stunning in concept and well done. Bravo!
*The WW I dead haunted me and still do, which explains my ongoing fascination. Remember to remember.

[Added: There is a 1916 version of MOAB beginning around the 18 min mark]

For what?

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
(John McCrae May 3. 1915)

"Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19"

Via Drudge:  An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

"Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size," NASA said in a statement.

Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 metres (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to the Moon.

It will pass closest to our planet after having looped around the Sun. 2014-J25's will then continue on past Jupiter before heading back toward the centre of our Solar System.

(Link to more)

Is war with North Korea coming?

"U.S. May Launch Strike if North Korea Reaches for Nuclear Trigger"
The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.
North Korea threatens its own “preemptive strike.” (via Instapundit)


The word "stauros" occurs 27 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures (the 'New Testament'). This word has been consistently translated in the New World Translation as "torture stake" and never as "cross". It is the implement on which Jesus Christ was affixed and executed. Also, another Greek word was used by the Bible writers "xylon", as the same implement of execution in regard to Jesus, which denotes, "wood, a piece of wood, anything made of wood..." At those places where "xylon" is used in connection with Jesus' execution the New World Translation has rendered it as "stake". Is there any justification for the New World Translation to do this with these Greek words? link

"1 in 4 Americans don't think one-night stands count as cheating"

Via Drudge: Online activities, like maintaining an active online dating profile while in a relationship or following an ex on social media, are blurring the lines of fidelity, making it difficult for individuals and couples to decide what counts as cheating, according to a new Deseret News poll on national attitudes about adultery.

Roughly three quarters of Americans agree that having sex or kissing someone other than your partner is always cheating, but they bring less clarity to questions about online and other non-physical activities.

For example, 51 percent say sending flirtatious messages is always cheating, 19 percent say the same about watching pornography without a partner and 16 percent say following an ex on social media is always cheating. But in each of these cases, at least 25 percent of respondents say these activities "sometimes" constitute cheating.

(Link to more)

Final vocabulary seen online

Words collected after their first letter was shown here but before Z. With probably a few missed files put in the wrong place, but I don't feel like looking for them. Now all these words will be dumped into the main file.

Maybe I can show them all over again to see if we learned anything.


See, I tell jokes all the time.

There are a lot of them, 126, I think, good ones too, and unfortunately they're all nearly useless for general conversation. No good can come from using them by saying them with your mouth. Trust me. Except for a few might be slipped in with no ill effect.

I don't know why animadversion, ecdysiast, fulsome, insidious, interstice, obscurantism are on the list, I thought I knew those a long time ago. I had index cards for those decades ago during college. Maybe I woke up one day and forgot them. It could happen. One day I read on a menu the word "pepperoncini" included with the salad and gyros items and for the life of me I couldn't place the meaning, I sat there perfectly stumped, I'll never forget it,  so I asked the people with me, the whole table and they all said at once "peppers." They were delighted to have the answer, and I felt incredibly stupid because I knew that already for thirty years but I was genuinely stumped in that moment. Here goes.
* adamantine: By now it is not simply conventional wisdom, but adamantine dogma, that Republicans should hold off against any Obama appointment.
1) Adamant, mythical material adamant or adamantine
2) Adamantine lustre, non-metallic, brilliant light reflecting and transmitting properties of minerals
3) Adamantine spar, mineral, a variety of corundum

* afflatus: a divine creative impulse or inspiration. Competitors have been trying for years to challenge Mylan’s EpiPen franchise with low-cost alternatives—only to become entangled in the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory afflatus.
* agroikos: country dweller
* aleatory: depending on the throw of a dice or on chance; random. Relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice (sometimes using statistical or computer techniques) during their composition, production, or performance.Ah, the Donald. While he unmistakably displays various presidential qualities–he can walk up stairs by himself, and his eyes usually point in the same direction–there is indeed a certain aleatory quality to the man. God knows what he might do. He shoots from the hip, saying all sorts of loopy but interesting things. Interesting if you live somewhere else.
* allophone: one of the phonetically distinct variants of a phoneme. The occurrence of one allophone rather than another is usually determined by its position in the word or by its phonetic environment. Speakers of a language often have difficulty in hearing the phonetic differences between allophones of the same phoneme, because these differences do not serve to distinguish one word from another. In English the t sounds in the words “hit,” “tip,” and “little” are allophones; phonemically they are considered to be the same sound although they are different phonetically in terms of aspiration, voicing, and point of articulation. In Japanese and some dialects of Chinese, the sounds f and h are allophones.

K as in kit, asperated
K as in skit, unasperated
* animadversion: Criticism or censure. a comment or remark, especially a critical one.
* Anthropocene: the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
* arrant: utter, complete, total, absolute, downright, outright, thorough, out-and-out, sheer, pure, unmitigated, unqualified; blatant, flagrant

SJWs have managed to crowd out actual learning, and replace it with this kind of arrant stupidity.
* arundo cane: Arundo donax, Giant Cane, is a tall perennial cane growing in damp soils, either fresh or moderately saline. Other common names include Carrizo, Arundo, Spanish cane, Colorado River Reed, Wild cane, and Giant reed. Looks like bamboo and sugarcane.

* asteios: of the city, of polished manners, elegant (of body), comely, fair

That's it for the A's

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I wish I knew where the video came from. No one in the extensive comments seems to know either. :(

[added: Rabel sleuths the source in the comments]

The plan starts to take shape.

Report: McMaster pushing for “tens of thousands” of U.S. ground troops for Syria and Iraq to finish off ISIS?

Bloomberg Dot Com by Eli Lake

Senior White House and administration officials tell me Trump's national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, has been quietly pressing his colleagues to question the underlying assumptions of a draft war plan against the Islamic State that would maintain only a light U.S. ground troop presence in Syria. McMaster's critics inside the administration say he wants to send tens of thousands of ground troops to the Euphrates River Valley. His supporters insist he is only trying to facilitate a better interagency process to develop Trump's new strategy to defeat the self-described caliphate that controls territory in Iraq and Syria........Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general close to McMaster  who said he was not speaking for McMaster, told me he favored a plan to begin a military operation along the Euphrates River Valley. "A better option is to start the operation in the southeast along the Euphrates River Valley, establish a U.S. base of operations, work with our Sunni Arab coalition partners, who have made repeated offers to help us against the regime and also ISIS. We have turned those down during the Obama administration." Keane added that U.S. conventional forces would be the anchor of that initial push, which he said would most likely require around 10,000 U.S. conventional forces, with an expectation that Arab allies in the region would provide more troops to the U.S.-led effort.

"U.S. drops "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan"

The bomb is officially called a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the origin of its nickname as the “mother of all bombs.” Weighing more than 21,000 lbs., the weapon is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.
“What I do is I authorize my military,” Mr. Trump said. “We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done their job as usual. So, we have given them total authorization and that’s what they’re doing.”

Back on Twitter town, however... Not everyone was blown away.

"NYPD reportedly defies sanctuary city status..."

"...after alerting ICE on illegal immigrants' court dates"
The NYPD’s process of verifying warrants against a defendant includes contacting relevant law enforcement agencies, including ICE, which alerts agents to an illegal immigrant’s upcoming court date, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

New York City has vowed to only alert immigration officials if an illegal immigrant is accused of a violent crime.
Meanwhile in Congress...
Despite President Trump’s request for more than $1 billion to fund the Mexican border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the choice is pragmatic and the money will come later.
Is the GOP going wobbly again?

"The Art of Trolling: A Philosophical History of Rhetoric"

Via Reddit:  The history of trolling is a history of rhetoric. This particular history of rhetoric is steeped in philosophy and mythology, spanning across cultures, continents, and time. Although trolling principally correlates with the rising popularity of digital spaces native to social media, blogs, and comment sections on websites, trolling as a form of rhetoric predates the internet entirely. But this does not mean that digital spaces have not enabled a new kind of trolling to evolve within the advent of the internet. The goal of this investigation is not to provide a definitive history of trolling or its involvement within specific subsets of internet trolls, e.g. the Alt-Right Movement. Instead, I mean this as a thoughtful meditation upon how the phenomena we understand as “trolling” has emerged within multiple cultures and has transformed within recent memory. Looking at these origins, we may glean that although trolling has since gathered dubious and often divisive connotations, its origins stem from “heroic” traditions and celebrated figureheads in academia.

Trolling Defined

Trolling itself may be understood as any of the following:
  1. To “make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them” (Oxford Living Dictionary).
  2. “The art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue… The most essential part of trolling is convincing your victim that either a) truly believe in what you are saying, no matter how outrageous, or b) give your victim malicious instructions, under the guise of help.” (Urban Dictionary).
  3. To sow “discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response, or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement” (Wikipedia).
Although Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia may arguably be less scholarly sources than the Oxford Living Dictionary, granted that trolling as a word used in this way is a more recent phenomenon, we must turn to sources like Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia until the more “academy appropriate” tracts produces more thorough understandings of “the art” of trolling. Each definition provided above highlights a different aspect of a similar phenomena, although these definitions all place that phenomena within a digital space. For our purposes here, as implied within the abbreviated history of rhetoric, trolling is not limited to digital spaces.

(Link to the rest of the article)

"Some Notre Dame Students 'Feel Unsafe' With Pence as Commencement Speaker"

Via Instapundit:  Students Immane Mondane and Jourdyhn Williams have started a #NotMyCommencementSpeaker campaign against Pence's May 21 address.

“For me personally, [Pence] represents the larger Trump administration,” Mondane told the university's newspaper. “His administration represents something, and for many people on our campus, it makes them feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”

Williams argued that the selection of Pence as the university’s commencement speaker goes against the school’s Catholic mission.

“I feel that is offensive to such a large population here at Notre Dame, and I also believe it goes against certain Catholic Social Teaching, which is something the University likes to broadcast that it stands behind, but it picks and chooses when it wants to stand behind them,” Williams said.



The phone rings.

I answer.

I am struck immediately by the purest voice I have ever heard, a brand new voice using words brand new to him, and honestly I am struck. It's so new and pure. Over the phone this little boy sounds like the voice of an angel and I mean it. It affects me. He said.
Hello Uncle Bo, it's me, Nathaniel.
Thank you for me sending these crayons.
I like them a lot because they are bright.
What? I didn't get mine yet. No fair.

My brother put him up to it. Worked out what to say, dialed the phone. Still, that child's voice is outrageously beautiful. It stops your heart hearing it address you like that.

James picked up the phone. "Look, here's the thing. I'd never think of these things. I'm not an artist. I don't know what's out there but you do. I must reiterate from before that I've never seen Daniel so excited with receiving a gift not even over a bicycle or trampoline did he act like that, never over any video game. I've never seen him jump around so much holding the block ream like a plush toy. Rocking back and forth like an insane kid. I wouldn't think of a ream of card stock. I couldn't think of that."

Glad to hear it. My crayons did come the next day. I have photos of doodles but they're simple examples of some colors being brighter than others.

It's a stupid subject. I realize that.

I need to put down large color fields and I'm trying everything. I need things to go fast. I have the whole room cluttered with oil paints, water color paint kits, acrylic paint kits, two sets of color pencils, two sets of felt tipped pens, extra bold markers of various colors fine and broad, printer. And crayons.

I bought Crayola crayons from the supermarket and used them for a pop-up card. (Wow, it's famous. [joe's tree, pop-up card] directs you right to it.) On the page for the pop-up card I described crayons as a really weird medium because they're impossibly waxy and they flake all over the place. I remember hating them. I recall the mess they made all over and leaving very little color behind, so frustrating. Crayons are not the same as before.

But when I used them again today after a few years the crayons do not do that. They worked fine. They did not leave a huge mess and they do deposit sufficient color. I don't know why the flaking and low-color problem was disqualifying back then. Maybe the crayons changed by aging.

The beeswax crayons are better than the Crayola crayons. But nothing spectacular. After using them on a doodle I realized they felt like and they behaved like and they look like crayons did before they began using so much paraffin in their manufacture. There is a huge gap between my childhood crayons and the ones now and it's clear that a change in crayon manufacturing, some kind of cost cutting measures occurred since then.

One of the reviews on Amazon for these beeswax crayons kits was written by a woman with other concerns. Her review was mostly about crayon ingredients used by various companies. After all her somewhat otherworldly analysis and her odd focus on comparative ingredients it occurred to me she was interested in protecting her children from eating them. Without ever actually saying that. Along the way she said something that I thought was naturally astute. She observed her children. When they are coloring and pulling crayons from a bucket they always go for these larger heavier, less fragile, triangular shaped so they don't roll, beeswax crayons. I thought it was sweet that she listed her children's favorite crayons, and why, and her own favorite crayons, and why, and her reasoning is more focused on crayons as food.

I can report at hand the beeswax crayons feel like crayons and the result is crayon-y. Nowadays you must pay a bit of a premium for regular non-waxy flaking all over the place crayons.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I just bulled through!

Those of youse who have hung around with me on the interwebs know that I have long aspired to be a writer. I have noodled around and put up stuff. Series. Vignettes. Mostly on my old blog. Later some I brought over here. Or started new ones.

I have several books in production. Charley and Meyer about the Origins of the Mafia. A meditation on the Magnificent Seven set in the present day. A Joey Gallo memoir. An alternative history where Huey Long lived and became President. A western featuring Doc Holiday. Some science fiction and fantasy. A whole host of projects in various states of completion. Some ready to go. Some needing a lot of work.

I just get antsy. So I just bull ahead. Just the way I have done it all my life. Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes.

I took a bunch of my old Laura Bush stories from the blog and published them in book form today on Amazon. Now if Sixty the master proofreader glances at it he would go upside my head with a plank because there are an unbelievable number of  errors. Misspellings. Tense errors. Grammar. You name it. But you know what? I don't give a shit. Just the way I write posts. Just rip and write and who gives a shit. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

I used this as a prototype in the midst of the million and one other things I have to do. I had to put it in pdf format and send it to a service. Create a  cover. Back and forth. Blah blah blah. Screw it. I just pulled the trigger and let the chips fall where they may. It is just the first time out. You always fumble around and don't find the sweet spot the first time out. If you know what I mean?

So it is on sale for the ridiculous price of ninety nine cents. If you put it on your Kindles I would be very appreciative. Especially if you put up a review. Tell you friends and most of all tell all the social justice warriors you know because I think it will appeal to them. They don't understand irony or misdirection but Communists buy sneakers too.


"Ants Carry Wounded Off Battlefield—Never Before Seen"

via Drudge: [A] new study reveals the ants have a never-before-seen strategy that helps the colony weather wartime casualties. Unlike all other ants, Megaponera analis soldiers carry their injured comrades home.

While this may seem like a small courtesy to the individuals being rescued, these tiny heroics add up, says study leader Erik T. Frank, a myrmecologist at the University Würzburg in Germany.

“There is a clear benefit for the colony,” says Frank, whose study was published April 12 in the journal Science Advances. "These injured ants are able to participate again in future raids and remain a functioning member of the colony."

(Link to much more)

Link to video

CNN talker compares Assad to Cheney

via Instapundit: It came from Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill who was on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday talking about Assad's use of poison gas and the media coverage of the U.S. military strike. He ripped the media, even CNN talking heads, then ended with this:
"Bashar al-Assad was a brutal thug when he was torturing prisoners on behalf of the CIA. Saddam Hussein was America's friend when he was using chemical weapons. We need to have more than just the immediate crisis memory. We need to understand the historical context of how a butcher like Assad actually has more in common with someone like Dick Cheney than he does with the average Syrian or the people that are on these airwaves as brave reporters."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Talk about 'fake news.' CNN did fine job of spreading it by giving a platform to a far-left journalist to spew hate speech equating an elected U.S. official with a dictator who had, days before, deployed poison gas to kill children. Liberals may like to compare Cheney to Darth Vader, but I don't remember him ever issuing an order to drop poison gas on kids."

"Republicans hold Kansas House seat with late Trump support"

Via InstapunditRepublican Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold Tuesday night to keep the state's 4th congressional district in GOP hands.

Estes won the special election race to replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who took over as CIA director in January. His margin of victory was just 6.8 points.

In recent days, Estes was buoyed by support from high-profile Republicans in a last-minute push. President Trump and Vice President Pence both recorded robocalls on Estes' behalf, while Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, campaigned with the GOP nominee at a rally on Monday. Cruz is popular among state Republicans and won the Kansas caucuses last March.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"University’s LGBT Students ‘Fear’ Arrival Of Chick-fil-A"

Via InstapunditDuquesne University Student Senator Niko Martini proposed a resolution at the March 26 student government association meeting to stop the arrival of conservative fast food before its too late.

“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini told The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.’

That resolution failed but the student government did agree to another resolution that would allow for a “vetting process” of the new restaurant.

Martini’s campaign has been embraced by the university’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) where Martini is a member of the executive board. The GSA says Chick-fil-A poses a clear and present danger to the group’s “safe place” on campus.

“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food fair] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” GSA president Rachel Coury said.

(Link to the whole story)

The True Trump Voters do no want another Mideast War!

From a very perceptive article at "The American Thinker" which posits that if Trump loses Bannon he loses what made him President:

No more dumb war.  Voters from the ancestral regions of the Union draftees after the Civil War – from northern Maine to the Minnesota Iron Range – have, ever since, instinctively viewed war with suspicion.  Study the voting patterns of this kind of county, and you will find that sudden surges turn out to oppose various wars.  The heart of "isolationism" was a Midwestern phenomenon in the same regions that tilted so heavily toward Trump in the election.  It is not a coincidence that areas with historic antiwar tendencies – from east Tennessee to western Wisconsin, from rural Iowa to northern Maine – were some of the biggest pro-Trump trending areas in the country, nor that two states that formed the heart of antiwar politicians in the past (like Ohio's Taft) bolted so heavily toward Trump.  Trump used his war-skeptical views to outflank the war-loving Hillary on both the working-class left and right, giving him the keys to his electoral majority, heisting Bernie primary voters along the way.  Betray this group with another Mideast war, and Trump endangers his electoral majority permanently.  That is where Bannon's inclusion in national security decisions remained critical for Trump's own political future. 

The Killer Angels

Joshua Chamberlain looked down from Little Round Top. He could see the butternut clad forces of Lee’s Army drawing together for a charge. Their tattered battle standards whipped in the wind as the Rebs checked the loads in their rifles and readied their battered foot gear for the fight ahead. His brother Tom came to stand beside him. “Sure is a lot of Johnnie Rebs coming this way Josh. Did the General tell you what we should do when you went up the hill?” 
Kilrain spit out a gob from his chaw. “I doubt old Meade has a plan. He dithers like an old woman. I think he left us out here on the sharp end of the stick Colonel darling.” 
Chamberlain looked over the battlefield. “We are here to do our duty Tom. It is a noble cause we are engaged in. A fight to set men free.”
"Do you think people will remember this. A hundred years from now?” 
Kilrain spit. “Not hardly. Man is quick to forget a good turn. The only thing they will husband is a grudge. This is a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” 
“No I don’t think that’s right Buster. I think people will long remember what we do here. Our comrades have laid down their lives to set men free. That will never be forgotten.” 
“It is a fine man you are Colonel darling but you couldn't be more wrong. It is all dust. We will be forgotten. Just like the lads who fought at Rome. While the rich will get richer.If we are lucky we will get a grave to rest in.”

"Something is up in the Trump White House on North Korea"

Via InstapunditAccumulating evidence, however, indicates something is up on North Korea. It could be real. It could be mere pressure, although after the sudden missile raid on Syria last week, diplomats would have to plan as if it’s real.

After visiting South Korea last month, Secy. of State Rex Tillerson pronounced the last 20 years of allied policy toward North Korea a failure. He said the era of “strategic patience” was over, adding all options are on the table, including military action. Secy. of Defense James Mattis delivered similar messages and Vice President Mike Pence is due there later this month.

When Pyongyang launched its next missile test, Tillerson issued an unusual 23-word response: ““North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”

Over the weekend the Pentagon ordered the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Press reports said China was massing 150,000 troops on its border with North Korea, reports denied by a Beijing spokeswoman.

On Sunday H.R. McMaster said Trump had tasked the National Security Council to develop a full range of options to halt North Korea’s nuclear threat to the U.S. and regional allies.

Then, we checked President Trump’s public schedule for today. He’s got his daily intelligence briefing, followed by meetings with Homeland Security Secy. John Kelly, and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, and also McMaster.

And then, wait. What this? “In the evening, the President will have a working dinner with senior military leaders.”

WKRLEM: New Film surfaces of Syrian Poison Gas Attack....McCain and Graham demand we invade Syria! Film at 11

"‘Negative mass’ created at Washington State University"

Via RedditWashington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards.

The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, said Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. The research appears today in the journal Physical Review Letters, where it is featured as an “Editor’s Suggestion.”

Hypothetically, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be either negative or positive. People rarely think in these terms, and our everyday world sees only the positive aspects of Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion, in which a force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration, or F=ma.

In other words, if you push an object, it will accelerate in the direction you’re pushing it. Mass will accelerate in the direction of the force.

“That’s what most things that we’re used to do,” said Forbes, hinting at the bizarreness to come. “With negative mass, if you push something, it accelerates toward you.”

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"The Obama Administration’s Zelig"

Via Instapundit:   Susan Rice is the real version of Woody Allen’s cinematic character Zelig, who in the movie of the same name popped up almost anywhere as an expert on anything....

Yet, to be fair, it is difficult to know whether Rice was a seasoned architect of that duplicity. Given her reputation as a useful naïf and loyal fall person, perhaps she was easily manipulated into going on five Sunday shows to mislead and distort. Her subordinate Ben Rhodes needed a vessel to assure the nation that the Benghazi attacks were not due to administration policy failures, and Rice was deemed the ideal vehicle to spread that myth.

And the fable of the supposedly honorable Bowe Bergdahl (currently facing Pentagon charges of desertion)?

Rice was there, too. To prop up an unhinged trade of five terrorists at Guantanamo for an AWOL soldier, Rice falsely claimed that Bergdahl had “served with honor and distinction.” Then she trumped that with a quite unnecessary fillip: “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield.” Left unsaid was that a number of American soldiers were killed as a result of efforts to find his walkabout whereabouts.

Again, note always the weird but characteristic Rice emphatics: Just as she did not go on one show but five to disseminate Benghazi falsehoods, so too it was not enough just to leave Bergdahl’s story at “honor and distinction” without the added “captured on the battlefield” nonsense. Unfortunately, she can be counted on to give a tough, no-holds-barred confirmation of something false — on the logic that bogusness gains credibility the louder and stronger it is expressed.

The Iran deal? Rice was there, too.

Just a few months before American hostages in Iran were released upon receipt of a hushed nocturnal shipment of $400 million in international currencies (a fact hidden from the public for months, given that it seemed to have coincided with the real and final full implementation of the Iran deal), Rice had assured the country that just the opposite would occur:
And we were very specific about the need not to link their fate to that of the negotiations, because we had no idea for certain whether negotiations would succeed or fail. We didn’t want to give the Iranians a bargaining chip to use against us in the negotiations.
“Bargaining chip” was Rice’s phrase, not that of the opponents of the deal. But notably, on prior occasions, skeptics had feared that Iran would indeed use the hostages as a “bargaining chip” traded for concessions, only to later release them secretly under false premises of not being linked to the deal. All of which happened.

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China 'deploys 150,000 troops

via Drudge:  The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.

President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.

And now China, left shocked by the air strikes, has deployed medical and backup units from the People's Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River, Korea's reported.

The troops have been dispatched to handle North Korean refugees and 'unforeseen circumstances', such as the prospect of preemptive attacks on North Korea, the news agency said.

Meanwhile, the US Navy has moved the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing.

Monday, April 10, 2017

WKRLEM: DIck Cut Off Theater!

It's sick out there and getting sicker.

Thank You, Scott

This might be the funniest SNL bit since ... this one.

The next step to disaster.

NBC News April 10. 2017
SANT'ANNA DI STAZZEMA, Italy — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, visiting a memorial to victims of Nazi atrocities in World War II, declared Monday the United States will stand up to aggressors who harm civilians, wherever they are.
Tillerson traveled to Italy as Washington seeks to rally world leaders behind a strategy to resolve the protracted civil war in Syria.
The secretary of state commenced his visit to Italy by traveling up a winding mountain road to Sant'Anna di Stazzema, the Tuscan village where the Nazis massacred more than 500 civilians during World War II.
As he laid a wreath at the site, Tillerson alluded to the chemical attack in Syria last week that triggered retaliatory U.S. airstrikes.
"We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world," Tillerson said. "This place will serve as an inspiration to us all."

Caitlyn Jenner reveals she HAS now undergone gender reassignment surgery...

Via Twitter: That reveal was the result of Jenner, 67, being annoyed by fans who were constantly asking about her genitals and whether or not she had kept the parts she was biologically born with or had surgery, she writes in 'The Secrets of My Life'.

'The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated,' writes Jenner in her book according to Radar Online.

She also explains her decision had much to do with the discomfort that came with tucking away her penis.

It is done!... unless...

Why Should Police Help United Airlines Cheat Its Customers?

Via Twitter:  United's action in having a man attacked and dragged off a flight yesterday was heinous. So is the fact that police officers cooperated.
The world is rightly abuzz over an awful incident yesterday in which a man was beaten and dragged off a plane by police at Chicago's O'Hare airport for the crime of wanting to use the seat he's paid for on a United Airline flight getting ready to leave for Louisville.

The man claimed to be a doctor who had patients to see the next morning, explaining why he neither took an initial offer made to everyone on the plane to accept $400 and a hotel room for the night in exchange for voluntarily giving up his seat nor wanted to obey a straight-up order to leave, in an attempt on United's part to clear four seats for its own employees on the full flight.

No one considered even the $800 that was offered after everyone had boarded enough for the inconvenience, so United picked four seats and just ordered those in them to vacate. But the one man in question was not interested in obeying. (Buzzfeed reports, based on tweets from other passengers, that the bloodied man did eventually return to the plane.)

While United's customer service policies in this case are clearly heinous and absurd, let's not forget to also cast blame on the police officers who actually committed the brutality on United's behalf. NPR reports that the cops attacking the man "appear to be wearing the uniforms of Chicago aviation police."

While there may be something to be said for the ability for private businesses to summon the help of the police to remove people from their premises if they refuse to leave peacefully and their presence is unwanted, there he is no excuse for the police to cooperate when the reason their presence is unwanted is not "causing a disturbance" or being violent or threatening to other customers, or stealing goods or services, or doing anything wrong at all, but rather wanting to peacefully use the service they legitimately paid for.

Shame on both United for calling the cops on a passenger to make the lives of their employees and business easier, and shame on the police for having any part of it.

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What good idea doesn't work because people are... stupid?

Reddit top voted comments...

"Do Not Block Intersection" signs

"Pay what you can" charity shops.

In the U.K. We have 'smart motorways', which controls speed limits and lane closures when traffic backs up or if there is a blockage in one lane.

It's run by fancy computers with clever algorithms and such, and if you reduce your speed or change lane when directed, you won't get stuck in the traffic. But people won't be told, which means while I'm slowing down to 40 the dick next to me carries on at 70(or more) and adds to the chaos further up when s/he hits it.

This is what causes 'phantom traffic jams' (where traffic slows down without any obvious cause, or miles ahead of the cause) and is exactly what the smart motorway system was designed to prevent.

But people are stupid AND impatient, so it doesn't work.

Selling on Craigslist.. nowadays people either ridiculously lowball you, or flake out because they think you want to rob them.

I remember when NFL Blitz came out in the arcades the cabinet had a built in N64 memory card reader so you could transfer your stats. I excitedly brought my memory card later that week only to find someone jammed gum inside the reader.

When JC Penney did away with sales and priced their merchandise honestly, they almost went out of business.

Angels of Warmth

Sunday, April 9, 2017

"New York City has released its proposal to outfit police officers with body cameras"

"Cameras must be switched on during ‘all enforcement and investigative encounters’"
After months of delays, the New York City Police Department issued its proposal to outfit its entire force with body cameras. Once approved by its court-appointed monitor, it will dictate how officers will be required to use the cameras.

The proposal outlines when the cameras should be used, and how the resulting footage will be stored and accessed. The policy dictates that all cameras will be activated during “all enforcement and investigative encounters,” and that officers must inform their subjects that they’re recording. The rules also note that the cameras must be deactivated during meetings with confidential informants, during demonstrations (unless there is a crime being committed), sex crimes victims, and internal meetings. 1,200 officers around the city are to be issued the cameras by the end of the month, according to The Associated Press, while the rest of the force is expected to have them issued by the end of 2019.

Officers will receive a day-long training on how to operate the devices, and will also be able to review their own footage and that of their colleagues during official duties. Footage will be retained for up to a year, although some videos can be stored longer on a case-by-case basis.
Via reddit. 

What's the most disturbing realisation you've come to?

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The things I used to like about myself are no longer things that describe me.

So many misunderstandings and innocent mistakes have far-reaching consequences

For me, it was the realization of just how wrong I can be about people's character. I was pulling my hair out for months after my ex cheated because I couldn't reconcile what I believed about her and what she had done - it just didn't match up.

That the purpose of your adult life is to save money so you don't run out of money when you can't work anymore.

No matter how much someone you love is ruining their own life, they are the only person who can do anything to change themselves.

That people tend to judge others based on action, not intent. One out-of-character statement or action can permanently alter others' perception of you.

That I am "that friend". The one people only call when everyone else is busy.


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Third Eye Blind

While Third Eye Blind only peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 106 weeks on the chart. Three singles from the album charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be". It is the group's best selling album, having been certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA.