Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Trump to hold rally on night of White House correspondents' dinner"

The Hill:  President Trump will hold a rally in Pennsylvania the night of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, he said Saturday.

"Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes after Trump decided earlier this year that he would skip the annual dinner in Washington, D.C., breaking with longtime political tradition of the president attending the event alongside lawmakers and celebrities.

The dinner is on April 29 at the Washington Hilton.

(via Drudge)

How President Trump spent his Saturday afternoon.

Trump Uses Saturday to Visit Walter Reed and Present Injured Soldier with Purple Heart Medal

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spent their time on Saturday visiting Walter Reed Hospital. During the visit President Trump awarded Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos a Purple Heart.
Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan recently.

Who loves you baby.....New York that is...!

We had a very tough day yesterday. We were out all day at a doctors office and it was like being in steerage in the Titanic. Then coming home a tractor tailer burst into flames and it took an hour and a half to get somewhere that should have taken fifteen minutes. What a shit storm.

We were both exhausted. We like to sit in the living room after dinner to wind down after the days activity to catch a couple of shows on Hulu. Without cable we tend to binge watch stuff. Recently we have been watching this Brit comedy/drama Atlantis that is pretty funny. But it only had two seasons so we didn't want to burn it off too quick. Luckily one of our favorites shows started a new season on Amazon Prime. Bosch.

This is the series based on the famous novels by Michael Connelly about Harry Bosch an LA detective. It revels in all the cliches. He's a rebel. Troubled. Listens to jazz. Fights with his bosses. All the usual bullshit you have seen a million times before. But it is really well done for the genre and I really recommend it.

So we start watching it and right off the bat the wife falls asleep because we were exhausted. Which means I have to shut if off. I can't keep watching it and have her miss it. This has happened before and it never works out well. So I turn it off and start flicking around. What do I find. Kojack.


These two pots of small habanero bushes are grown from seeds inside grocery store habanero chile pods. The pods were dried and turned to little bits for a powerful floral chile flavoring. It's used in near trace amounts smaller than 1/16 teaspoon. 

Genetically this plant is perennial although it is treated as annual. I expected them to bloom last year near the end of the season but they didn't develop fast enough. Both pots were overly densely planted, about 1/3 died wintering inside. 

There were five blooms but no wind and no insects to pollinate so I did that by hand with a Q-tip. Two broke off by my handling and two other flowers fell by themselves, this is the only chile so far. If the flower can hang on after pollination then this pod develops rapidly within a few days. 

When it ripens it will be orange. 

But right now it's a baby and I imagine it gazing back in wordless wonder settled in warm satisfaction that is readable on its little baby chile face by the smile held in tremendous contentment.

"Come on, stop it! You're killing me over here."

It's quite an effort. To be born.

It is aggressive. Assertive. Forceful. Creative.

One time I read a strange thing in a metaphysics book that was interesting to me sufficiently to cause me to read all the woman's books. Actually, I read all the books available at that Dalton's in the whole metaphysical section including all the most wacky ones written by an aging actress from a famous acting family. It amounted to four shelves of wildly strange books. 

This was Jane Roberts. She and her husband played with an Ouija board and that led over time to Jane channeling an entity named Seth. 

Jane, or the entity Seth, said something like, "Birth is aggressively assertive. A flower blooming,  forcing itself into physical reality, creatively assembling from available material, is more aggressive than death which is submissive." 

Strange idea. But I used that one time. 

I must have internalized it.

Here's a brief story for you. It was the oddest thing.

I shouldn't recall it all the way because it's a bummer. It doesn't do good to dwell. It's not how to progress. Nevertheless, this odd thing did happen and it is relevant to the point.

All along coping with unanticipated difficulties one after another debilitating in series then a bright spot opened and everything looked tremendous and bright. I took a train to Glenwood Springs for a weekend in celebration of good fortune, of life itself, and on the way back at Denver I broke my left femur at the hip on the terminal platform and that accident lead to a brief hospitalization and a few weeks in a nursing home and a good deal of therapy.  

All that seems like four lifetimes ago. And I mean it. This is all very far behind me.

Up to then it had been all private rooms. And it was here too at the nursing home until half way through they brought in a man who would be my roommate. 

He was older than myself by a few decades.  His accident had changed his plans considerably and he was having a good deal of difficulty adjusting. He was depressed. He told me that he was bummed out because he did not want to go through his retirement handicapped. It messed him right up. He felt like just dying.

He found me to be a curiosity. 

Get that. Plain, normal, simple, straightforward simpleminded me. For some reason I had his attention. I do not understand why he even bothered discussing his emotional transitions with me. They have professionals there for that. And then maybe those professionals put him in that room with me for a reason. 

I think maybe he was curious how I handled his similar situation given I'm in a similar boat except a few decades younger. I think he was curious how I managed emotionally to see if he could muster a similar attitude.  I don't know. 

We role model types must be very careful. You never do know what goes on in peoples' minds. If he is a religious type, in his worked up emotional state he might imagine me having been positioned in that room by higher power specifically to deliver to him his needed spiritual information or inspiration. Who's to know?  In that moment Jane Roberts philosophy occurred to me. I leaned upon it heavily and said, "Look, dying is easy, you just resign to it. You give up. You let go. Dying is not hard. It is not a challenge. Living is challenging. No matter your condition, age or station, living is the assertive forceful challenge while dying is passive release of control." I spoke as if I knew what I was talking about although I don't and he didn't challenge anything I said.

This guy I found today read Jane Roberts's metaphysical discussion differently. He sums up her discourse on this as aggression vs. violence. By his reading, aggression is forceful constructive energy while violence is the opposite. 

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and more!


"Ex ‘SNL’ Star: Show ‘Gave Up on the Obama Thing’"

via InstapunditPharoah opened up about his time on the venerable sketch series during an April 13 chat on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” show. The comedian got fired from “SNL” in August, but his Obama character got his pink slip much earlier.

“For the last year and a half they did no Obama sketches at all. They just were like, ‘oh, we don’t know what to do…’ I said, ‘just let me do my characters and we’ll be fine.’ They didn’t wanna do that,” Pharoah said.

“I feel like they gave up … gave up on the Obama thing,” he continued.

“SNL” became increasingly progressive during the Obama years. Few sketches skewered the first black president. The show’s writers ignored Obama’s considerable ego, his lofty pronouncements nor the fallout from the 2013 PolitiFact Lie of the Year – “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.”

While conservatives pounced on the president via social media “SNL’s” professional scribes just couldn’t find much to mock.

The performer says many of his “SNL” skits went viral, snaring millions of views on the increasingly important One sketch earned more than 30 million views.

“I would always have things that would go viral. It’s what kept me relevant all of these years,” he said.

That wasn’t enough to save his job. He thinks his willingness to speak up for himself and nudge the show toward a more diverse cast, also played into his dismissal.

“I’m fiery. I’m not a yes nigga. That’s not me,” he said. That attitude, he says, plus his personal plea for more diverse co-stars, nearly got him fired months before his eventual termination.

"Where is the Republican Attack Machine on the Shutdown?"

Via Instapundit: Democrats are always so much better at spinning their nonsense than Republicans are. They whine, attack, and rally the troops every time there’s a big battle to be fought, while Republicans think somehow people will come around to their point of view. And Democrats do it in an organized fashion guided by a well thought out, long-term plan that nevertheless seems spontaneous. Republicans focus solely on today’s news cycle and think they can win the PR war via President Trump’s tweets.
The newest battle — the growing struggle over funding for the government, which runs out in a week — is a perfect example of this communications incompetence.

The newly elected president wants funding for the wall with Mexico, the issue that was the banner for his campaign. Democrats won’t give him a penny for it. They don’t even want to give him cash to enforce existing immigration law. He wants to increase defense spending, but Democrats are resisting. What’s more, despite having lost an election, they have demands. Americans voted to end Obamacare, but Democrats are insisting that subsidies not only continue but be enshrined forever as entitlements.

So why aren’t Republicans running around their districts and states and flooding cable TV, shrieking and close to tears about the prospect that “intransigent” and “ideological” Democrats want to “shut down the government” for their own “partisan political gain”? You know, the crap Democrats say all the frigging time.

See, here’s how this kind of BS is done, as demonstrated by a master you’ll recognize.

Friday, April 21, 2017


linky poo

The late Lemmy did a PSA on drugs a few years before he died:
Sometimes the straight people are right. And they’re right in the fact that one drug will lead to another ‘cause you meet more people who are doing drugs, you know?

A Place For Sixty To Reflect

Overheard at Lem's:
Sixty Grit said...
III/V, baby - those were the groups we used. Si, indium, aluminum, gallium. those were the ones I had direct experience with.
April 21, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Carbon, silicon, and germanium align vertically in the Periodic Table like a stack of mid-verse rhymes. I say "mid-verse" because they're not at the end of the periodic verses -- the noble gases are. Further below, the rhyme continues with the heavy metals tin and lead, making a vertical pentad of elements.

Carbon, tin, and lead were long-known but silicon eluded discovery until the early 19th-century. This seems astonishing because silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth's crust behind oxygen. The simple combination of silicon and oxygen, SiO2, is the inorganic analog of CO2 and is otherwise known as sand or, when pure, quartz. Elemental silicon was long suspected and early 19th century chemists were convinced that some new element must be present as an oxide in silica -- the problem was finding something to free it from oxygen. Voltaic piles -- which had then recently helped reveal metallic sodium and potassium -- were too weak. Berzellius used a two-step process, first treating quartz with HF to generate SiF4 and then treating the SiF4 with potassium metal. Recently discovered potassium metal was needed. The Germans still call silicon Silizium, giving it the metallic suffix -ium.

Another German (a very bad one) developed a carbo-centric Periodic Table which contains more chemical subtlety than I can master:

"South Africa painting has Mandela, Zuma in apparent sex act"

via Drudge:  A South African painting showing the president in what appears to be a sexual act with Nelson Mandela is stirring outrage as well as calls to respect freedom of expression.

Artist Ayanda Mabulu said his painting is meant to show how scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has violated the hopeful legacy of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president after the end of white minority rule in 1994. Thousands of South Africans have protested against Zuma in recent weeks after his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister increased concerns about government corruption. Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Thursday that it respects Mabulu's freedom of expression but finds the painting "distasteful."

The ruling African National Congress party made a similar statement while calling the work "grotesque." It urged South Africans to ignore the painting, which has been posted on some news websites.

(Not that there is anything wrong with this link to the rest of the story)

The science is settled

"4min video with the most important words Neil deGrasse Tyson has ever spoken."

"Science in not something to toy with"

Chainsaw trike

"Howard Dean Thinks ‘Hate Speech Is Not Protected By the First Amendment.’"

Via Instapundit:  Here we go again: Former Democratic National Committee chairman tweeted

Dean's tweet was a response to another tweet from a former New York Times reporter who pointed out that Ann Coulter once joked about how Timothy McVeigh should have blown up The NYT instead of a federal building. Coulter is in the news because the University of California-Berkeley cancelled her planned visit to campus on grounds that administrators could not guarantee her safety—irate protesters have vowed mob violence if she speaks. The university has now reversed that decision, thankfully.

Coulter's history of engaging in hate speech might be a reason for students not to invite her to speak. But her speech, hateful though it may be, is not illegal. The Constitution does not exempt "hate speech" from First Amendment protection.

Similarly, the Supreme Court does not recognize "hate" as a category of speech outside the scope of the First Amendment. In the 2011 decision Snyder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church's right to picket a military serviceman's funeral and wave signs displaying such messages as "God hates you," "fag troops," and "You're going to hell." If this kind of speech is constitutional, it seems obvious that Coulter's joke is as well.

Specific, true threats of violence are not protected by the First Amendment. But even if Coulter's remark was intended to be serious, it would have amounted to an endorsement of previous violence, not a call to future violence.

So Dean should brush up on the First Amendment.

(Link to the rest)


This clip blows me away. I cannot get over the love held on this baby's face. He's been carried around inside for nine months and now he's outside and settled he just cannot believe his good luck.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another Paris Terror Attack?

via Drudge:  Paris shooting leaves one policeman dead and ‘two seriously injured’ as ‘ISIS terrorists armed with AK47s’ open fire on the Champs-Élysée in Paris

Police say the suspect was from an eastern Paris in suburb, despite ISIS naming him as a Belgian national on their Amaq news agency.

He is thought to have been known to security services for "extremist links".

The shooter's house in an eastern Paris suburb and other addresses are being searched by officers, a source told Reuters.

"Most Millennials Are Finding It Hard to Transition Into Adulthood"

Instead, at 21, he found himself out of school, living with his parents, and "stuck" working as a manager at a fast food restaurant scraping to make hand-to-mouth.

Launching into adulthood has been tricky, he said.

"It became too difficult financially to be in school and not working," says Kaylor, who dropped out of Lincoln Christian University, in Illinois, after one semester because of a money crunch. "And without schooling, you can't get a job that you can survive on, so I had to move back home," he said.
In another similar article, via Drudge:  Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse
Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults--in the 18-to-34 age bracket--were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home.

“There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study.

“What is more,” says the study, “almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.”

The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents’ home.

That is where you can now find 22.9 million 18-to-34 year olds—compared to the 19.9 million who are married and live with their spouse.
What could held responsible for this? 

"the open scandal that Congress should investigate"

Via Instapundit:  An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s.

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia.

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump. He bastardized standards so that these left-wing activists could burrow in and take career positions. Under the patina of that phony professionalism, they could then present their politicized judgments as “non-partisan.”

(Link to the whole article)

Nikita Golubev

Russian street artist, apparently.

Nikita Golubev Instagram. Quite a lot more including other projects. One, he wrote a prayer in English.

Daily Mail. They always have tons of photos.

A lot more links, Duckduckgo [nikta golubev]

With this fresh inspiration, I hereby vow to totally up my "wash me :-)" game. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Read the screed:

I certainly won't be buying it -- I'll be encouraging people to pirate it. 

Seitwärts Blitzen

Photo by Sixty Grit

How does lightning go sideways?  Perhaps Sixty can explain.

"NY Governor Cuomo made nearly $800K on a book that sold 3K copies?"

Via InstapunditThere’s a bit of a minor mystery regarding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo which was picked up by the Buffalo News this week. The Governor recently released his tax returns in the usual fashion and an interesting entry showed up. He took in a significant amount of money from his publisher for a book which was released several years ago. And by “significant” I mean it was more than $200K. That memoir must be selling like hot cakes to generate that much in royalties after it’s been on the shelves since 2014. But that’s not the solution to this puzzle because the book only sold a total of barely three thousand copies.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported his income last year more than doubled from the previous year, thanks to another round of royalty payments on a 2014 HarperCollins memoir that saw lackluster sales.
In all, Cuomo has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan.
That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book.
“All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life’’ had an original list price of $29.99. New copies of the hardcover book were being sold Monday on Amazon for $13.05.
When asked for comment, HarperCollins said that they don’t discuss financial deals they make with their authors. Cuomo’s office was similarly tight lipped, only noting that there was a “contractual obligation” on the part of the publisher to make the payment. And that’s a pretty nice obligation when you consider that the royalty check amounted to roughly 50% more than the Governor’s entire salary for the year from his day job.

(Link to the whole article)

FOX news is really over.....stick a fork in them they are done!

The social justice warriors and the cucks got Bill O' Reilly today. A bogus controversy whipped up by the New York Times about sexual harassment led to him losing some advertisers. The two pussy sons of Murdoch who are cuckmeister generals forced the old man's hand and dumped a guy who made them billions and who was still on the top of his game as the highest rated host. Liberals everywhere are rejoicing. First they got General Kelly to put in a globalist into the National Security Slot. Then they got O'Reilly the most popular right wing TV star and the anchor of the FOX network. Now they are going to go after Hannity who will be the next one the Murdoch's drop. The ultimate goal is to get President Trump. By bringing bogus trumped up sexual harassment charges they set the stage for attacking Trump in the same way. The Russian bullshit is going nowhere so now they will switch to sexual harassment.

The final blow was a bullshit charge by some woman who said that O'Reilly refused to promote a show for her because she wouldn't go to his hotel room. Even the head cuck at Powerline said this was a big bag of bullshit. That didn't stop the Murdoch spawn who are intent on turning FOX into CNN. Good luck with that.


You don't expect a bundle of American flag patterned mylar balloons to rise up directly in front of your window in a Democrat run city at this point in the country's political struggle but it does happen. 

And when the balloons rise and they're gone and you say, "Well that was fun," they come back! 

Poor balloons are worn out. They don't have quite enough lift to carry themselves off, and they're no longer any fun, so they blow around the courtyard and occasionally become lifted up looking a lot like jellyfish.

The horizontal lines are window blind leveler slats. While there is a trick in gif file saving that coincides with window slats. Since gifs are saved by pixel addresses then large groups of the same color result in smaller files and are faster to process. Vertical or horizontal bars in the image eliminate roughly half the computation, so the explanation goes. This is a very small file.

"People of Reddit who wake up every day and enjoy life, what's that like?"

Reddit top voted comments...

Feels great.
In July 2016 I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. My oncologist gave me two or three years to live. Having an expiration date makes you appreciate every single day.

I was unemployed and very depressed for about half a year and now I've had a job for about a month and a half, and I genuinely enjoy it. I'm happy every day to have somewhere to go.

Feels good. Get 8 hours of sleep, eat well, get some exercise, the basic stuff that everyone says will help... actually does.

its a question of contentment (baring depression or other ailments.) learn to accept what you cant change and enjoy what you have, and life gets a fuck ton more sunny

Feels good man. Four years ago next month I stood on top a parking garage fighting the urge to jump off. Today I woke up and didn't fight the urge to get out of bed, just like I haven't every morning for the past two years. It wasn't easy to fight out of the hole, but it feels amazing to know that I did.

"Democrats Fail to ‘Flip the Sixth’ in Georgia Special Election"

As predicted by Don Surber.

Via Instapundit:  Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff fell short of the 50 percent threshold needed in Tuesday's special election to avoid the runoff election that will now be held two months from now.

Ossoff, as expected, was the top vote-getter by a wide margin in the special election to fill Georgia's sixth congressional district, but he pulled in shy of the 50 percent mark that would ndelve won him the seat outright.

When the results were projected by CNN and other early Wednesday morning with 95 percent of the votes counted, Ossoff was at 48.6 percent.

(Link to the whole story)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WKRLEM: Legalize it......end the endless war on drugs!

If you are stupid enough to abuse drugs just do it and leave the rest of us alone. Go rot!

"Limit Pain Prescriptions to 7 Days to Cut Opioid Abuse, Argue Senators"

Is this a doctor patient meddling by government, or a much needed curving on a run away over-prescription problem?

via InstapunditThe Opioid Addiction Prevention Act of 2017, introduced before the Easter recess by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), would amend the Controlled Substances Act to limit the quantity of prescriptions for acute pain, excluding chronic pain, end-of-life care and cancer treatment.

Gillibrand argued that the change "would target one of the root causes of the opioid addiction crisis, which is the over-prescription of these powerful and addictive drugs for acute pain" like a tooth extraction or a broken bone.

To continue to remain licensed to prescribe schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances, medical professionals would have to certify to the the Drug Enforcement Agency that initial prescriptions for acute pain don't exceed a seven-day supply and don't include refills.

McCain cited the "over-prescription of highly addictive opioids" increasing 300 percent over the past 15 years as a root cause of the crisis.

“In fact, people who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin," he said in a statement. "In Arizona alone, heroin and opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, with the Arizona Department of Health Services reporting that more than 1,000 people required emergency room treatment for drug overdoses in 2014 while heroin-caused deaths increased by 44 percent between 2013 and 2014."

McCain said the legislation "builds on the important steps taken by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey last fall to tackle a root cause of this epidemic by limiting the supply of an initial opioid prescription for acute pain to seven days."

"We have a long way to go to end the scourge of drugs across our communities, but this legislation is an important step forward in preventing people from getting hooked on these deadly drugs," he added.

"The night Clinton said what she never expected to say: ‘Congratulations, Donald’"

Via InstapunditAround 7:45 on election night, when Hillary Clinton and her aides still thought they were headed to the White House, troubling news emerged from Florida. Steve Schale, the best vote-counter the Democrats had in the state, told campaign officials they were going to lose the biggest battleground in the country. Yes, Clinton was doing well in some places, but Donald Trump’s numbers in Republican areas were inconceivably big.

“You’re going to come up short,” Schale said, stunning aides in Brooklyn who were, until that moment, comfortably cradled in the security of their own faulty analytics.

The call with Schale marks the beginning of a riveting account of the final, dreadful hours of Clinton’s long pursuit of the presidency, as told by reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in their insidery new book, “Shattered.”

(Link to the whole article)

The Real Pope...In Exile....still hale and hearty at 90.....the anti-pope continues to destroy the unity of the faithful

Pope Benedict at Age 90 ‘Full of Gratitude’ to God

Breitbart News by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.18 Apr 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who turned 90 years old on Easter Sunday, gave a rare birthday speech inside the Vatican expressing his thanksgiving to God for the gift of life.

“My heart is filled with gratitude for the 90 years that the good God has given me,” said Benedict, who retired as pope on Feb. 28, 2013, the first pontiff to do so in 600 years.
“There have also been trials and difficult times, but through it all He has always led me and pulled me through, so that I could continue on my path,” he said.
Prior to his election as Pope Benedict on April 19, 2005, Joseph Ratzinger enjoyed a brilliant career as university professor, bishop and author and has been acclaimed as one of the most eminent Catholic theologians of the late 20th century.
Saint John Paul II brought Ratzinger to Rome in November 1981 to serve as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role he held for more than 20 years until the death of Pope John Paul in 2005.
Although a gentle, soft-spoken man in person, Ratzinger proved a faithful caretaker of Catholic doctrine, and was especially tough on so-called “Liberation Theology,” which attempted to re-read salvation history through the prism of the Marxist ideology of class struggle between social classes.

"What are people slowly starting to forget?"

Reddit top voted comments...

How freaking inconvenient life used to be, even in the near past.

Phone numbers.

That we are still fighting in Afghanistan.

Having telephone booths with bi-fold hinged doors and coin-operated pay phones on street corners and other public places.

How bad vaccine-preventable diseases were.


The 1928 Banana Massacre

Monday, April 17, 2017

dead simple garden plants

I was having trouble with FedEx deliveries. Their driver that covers my area decided my building is too much trouble. It is a somewhat difficult situation two ways, parking is premium and our callbox is kept poorly. Even so the youngsters around here breach this impenetrable fortress with breathtaking panache.

Sidestory. I got to tell you this.

This happened yesterday. I was gazing over my balcony when a group of young men and women evenly split suddenly appeared on the deck below that provides parking for the shops on first level and the group was split with half of them on the alley beyond, one layer below.

I was admiring the people on both levels. They were talking to each other. They had something planned and the group became split. Probably parking. The alley group was deciding what they should do. A thin young man in that group dressed casually with button down shirt and full length pants broke away and walked up to the side of the garage door, now out of sight for me, then his fingers of one hand appeared on the ledge, then the other, then the first hand grabbed an upright baluster, then the second hand grabbed another baluster higher, and so on until at the top of the railing flipped over and now walking on deck level, apparently unflustered, shirt still tucked in, hair still in place, breathing steadily. He walked around. Scoped out the Broadway street-level parking deck area, walked back around the garage door only now this time above it, and flipped over the railing and stepped down the wall and joined his group in the alley beyond on its level. Without breaking his stride. As if walking the walls using any handhold and foothold with complete natural ease. It was beautiful.

I observed the ease the man handled that bit of parkour wistfully.

I'm a bit jealous.

That was me.

That's what I can't do anymore. But I used to without even thinking, like this guy did, and without even feeling it, like this guy apparently didn't. The ease and the grace is truly impressive.

Let's try it!

But this second FedEx three-strikes-you're-out delivery fail was salvaged by the driver with a fourth attempt and I'm glad the guy came through. And all it took was an urgent phone call after noticing the same pattern repeating of delivery attempts appearing online but not in the real world. The guy was unhappy when he got here.

But I'm glad that he did. If these plants have been going back and forth for three days then that extra time in their boxes really does hurt them.

I do not have an overarching vision for my garden.

The containers on the balcony will be put together strangely. In pieces. I ordered plants from some five or so sources and this is the first batch to come in.

Last year I had some trouble finding the things that I know work around here. Part of that trouble was determining to make only two trips. Plus the bulbs purchased online. So this year I bought everything online. So far.

This is what I'm going for. [pamela crawford, easy container] But I cannot take a container and fill it up with plants and create an arrangement at once. Since the plants are delivered by discretion of the sender, they each have their own Spring release guidelines, the containers must be assembled in pieces.

Well, I got so excited I could just p
lant them in the dirt immediately.

The receipt here says there are twelve. Seven coleus of three types, and five ipomoea of two types, that's a type of sweet potato. Their foliage grows like mad. It piles up and cascades over the edge all the way to ground then crawls all over. They're outrageous. Ever have a plant that is so successful that you disrespect it? Ipomoea is like that. Pamela Crawford lets her disrespect for ipomoea success come through for this too reliable plant in her series of books on container gardens. My dad was that way with horseradish. My grandmother was that way with mint.

But I gave away a coleus, so eleven.

Couldn't help it. I could tell by the way the resident here asked questions on the way up that she'd like to have one. What the heck. 

coleus watermelon

coleus sun jade

coleus rustic orange.

These coleus are supposed to be giant but we'll see. They don't look giant to me. I really like the huge ones. I like them so much I might try to keep them over winter. Coleus is the first proper houseplant that I ever owned.

ipomoea margarita

 I thought margarita implied the colors green, white and red. 

The other types of Ipomoea like this tricolor seem less profuse than the lime green kind.

Imagine the orange stuff growing up and the bright green stuff growing down from the same pot. It's a start. 

"U.K. museum floor reveals stairs to hidden tomb of five archbishops"

Last year, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum, which is housed in a deconsecrated medieval parish church next to Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official London residence, builders made the discovery of a lifetime: a cache of 30 lead coffins that had lain undisturbed for centuries.

Closer inspection revealed metal plates bearing the names of five former Archbishops of Canterbury, going back to the early 1600s.

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"28 people shot in less than 18 hours in Chicago"

Via Drudge:  In the pouring rain, the 23-year-old man pulled a fur-lined hood over his head and stood on the porch of his younger brother’s home in the Douglas Park neighborhood early Sunday, watching police investigate the city’s first homicide of the weekend.

The man said he heard people arguing and throwing bottles at each other about 2:30 a.m. before the shots rang out. He said he went to check on what was happening three doors down but then stopped, retreated back.

“When I noticed the commotion, I headed the other direction,” he said, as he was getting ready to go to work as a truck driver. “There’s a reason for the rain. Only God knew this was going to happen.”

The fatal shooting of Tywan Anderson, 23, in the 1300 block of South Fairfield Avenue, half a block north of Mount Sinai Hospital, marked the only fatality among 28 people who were shot from Saturday to Sunday morning, officials said. Of the people shot, three were teenagers — ages 14, 15 and 17.

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"I really should have helped my friend the prince"

"Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you."

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WKRLEM: Miss Peggy Lee..... we won't see her like again.

Play it again.

"Manhunt in Cleveland After Killing Broadcast on Facebook Live"

Via Drudge:  Cleveland police were searching Sunday for a man who they said killed a person live on Facebook and bragged about having committed many other homicides.

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, police said after the homicide in northeast Cleveland near the Lake Erie shore. The FBI was providing assistance, a spokeswoman told NBC News.

Police said Sunday that the man "broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified."

"There are no other victims that we know of," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"The effort to cleave California faces its own split"

Via InstapunditIf there’s one thing Jed Wheeler and Marcus Ruiz Evans agree on, it’s that things in California need to change.

The state sends too much money to Washington, they say, and is both politically and culturally out of step with a country that lacks its openness and vitality.

“We can solve our own problems and don’t need to wait on a government 3,000 miles away,” said Wheeler, echoing Evans’ suggestion that Democratic-leaning California would be far better off going it alone as a separate country.

They sharply disagree, though, on the matter of how and precisely when California should seek a divorce from the other 49 states.

Evans is pushing a ballot measure that would put the question of secession before voters in 2018, believing the time has never been so ripe to form a breakaway nation. Wheeler is working to create a pro-secession political party, looking a dozen or more years down the road when its candidates hold office, and fears that a premature vote would undermine the effort.

In short, the effort to cleave California faces a crackup of its own.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter. I know nobody mentioned it so far today but I put it down to everyone being busy with actual Easter Sunday Activities.

We did the normal. Went to Church. Came home and prepared an Easter Meal. We couldn’t go out to Long Island to see the Family. We had done that last weekend for Palm Sunday and it took a lot out of us. The whole family got together and most of them are with their in-laws today. So we took a quiet Sunday at home.

I remember how it used to be. The whole family would gather at my Grandmother’s house on Henry Street. She would prepare a feast. Ravioli. Meatballs and sausage. Lamb and roast potatoes. All kinds of delicious pastries from the local bakeries. It was a feast.

Every year one of the local butchers ran a promotion. If you bought a certain amount you got a free chick. Yes that’s right a baby chicken. Some of them were dyed different colors like they came out of the Easter Egg that way. Now it was a sad situation for most of those poor birds. The kids played with them but were often rough and they didn’t last long. Mr. Joe next store would buy them off of some of the kids and put them in his back yard. You see he kept chickens and some of them would grow up for the pot. One year my cousin Anthony and I decided we were going to set them free. We had just seen the new Movie “Born Free” on TV so we became budding conservationists. So we opened the window on the Parlor floor front Bedroom and put them on the ledge so they could fly away and be free. It didn’t work out so well. For the birds and for us when our parents found out we had done.
All of that kind of stuff went by the wayside long ago.

I took a nostalgia tour yesterday. I went to a local coffee shop that my friends run. A huge new joint has opened across the street. It is full of hipsters as it roast its own coffee and is the latest thing. So it is going to drive my buddy out of business. Some of the local guys showed up to show the flag but all of the trendoids will be going to the new joint. I can't go there because I have to be loyal to my friends. So I got a couple of coffees and some gluten free scones and wished them the best. 

Then I went past about seven stores that were empty or had new business devoted to children or pets. The deli is a doggie day care. The dry goods variety store is a child care joint. The only place that was hopping was the vegetable were all the local hipsters were buying one potatoes and one carrot for their Easter feast. How anybody is going to stay in business is beyond me.

I went to Mastelone’s bakery later in the day to get a tea and buy a raffle ticket. Every year they raffle off a giant chocolate Easter Egg that weighs about thirty pounds. I busted their balls all year about the fact that I didn’t win. The father and mother. The daughter when I was buying cannolis. The son when we ran into him at Rite Aid the night before. I actually didn’t plan to buy a ticket. But every time I ran into the father he would ask me if I bought one. He has been out front a lot more recently. What really surprised me was how empty the bakeries were this past Palm Sunday. It used to be that the line would go out the door. But at 11am on Palm Sunday there were only three people ahead of me. All my age or older. No young people buying cakes or pies. This is the Holiday where he makes the most money along with Christmas. Easter is a money maker with the grain pies and pastries and lambs made out of marzipan cheese. Nobody has bought one as of noon today. They were lined up like broken down B-17’s in “The Best Years of Our Lives.” So since he was so morose and worried I bought a couple tickets.  A funny thing happened.

I won.

So now I have a thirty pound chocolate egg that we can’t eat. It is not gluten free so the wife can't have any and I shouldn’t eat it because of my heart. Luckily it is Easter break and the nieces and nephews are coming for a visit tomorrow so I will give it to them.

I just hope they don’t throw out the window.

"Silence in Paris"

"What does it mean when no one talks about a brutal murder?"
As every married person knows, silences can be pregnant with meaning, even if the meaning is not immediately clear. The silence in the French press about a recent startling event in Paris is surely pregnant with meaning. On Monday, April 3, an Orthodox Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, a doctor aged 66, was thrown out of a window to her death by an African man aged 27. He was her neighbor in the flats where she lived. According to witnesses, whose testimony has yet to be confirmed, the man, who had been harassing her with insults for several days, shouted “Allahu akbar!” as he threw her.

Also, according to unconfirmed reports, neighbors had called the police because of the young man’s behavior. Three policemen came but did nothing, deciding that it was up to other authorities, presumably psychiatric, to act. At any rate, the young man was transferred to a psychiatric clinic almost immediately after his arrest....

But why the silence in the press? The case was certainly dramatic enough to be worthy of a mention under the rubric of faits divers. I happened to learn of it only through a Parisian neighbor, a Jewish shop owner. The story had appeared in La Tribune juive, and probably caused a shudder among French Jews, all the greater because of the silence of the press about it.

Was this silence commanded or coordinated from above? Perhaps no one wanted to raise the temperature in the run up to one of the most contested elections in recent French history, in which there is the possibility—an outside possibility, but still greater than ever before—of a victory for the far Right.
Factoid:  The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is set to be held on 23 April 2017. Should no candidate win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017.

"Why Americans have stopped moving"

Via Drudge:  In “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream,” economist Tyler Cowen presents an X-ray of societal sclerosis. This isn’t merely another exercise in nostalgia, a sentimental yearning for a bygone era (when, for instance, crime and pollution were higher, people were highly likely to marry someone who lived within five blocks and you would buy an album containing 10 lousy songs because you liked one track). Something has changed in the American character and in the American economy, and the two seem to be reinforcing each other.

For instance, parts of the country (New York City, Silicon Valley, Texas) are doing extremely well, yet able-bodied adults sit idle in other areas. Why don’t the unemployed, and the large numbers who have dropped out of the labor force, move to the boom towns? Wouldn’t it be better to drive an Uber in Brooklyn than to get by on welfare in West Virginia?

Yet labor mobility is in a funk. Especially after WWII, millions of Americans with limited resources — southern blacks — moved hundreds of miles from home to take up industrial jobs in the north. At the peak, more than 30 percent of southern-born blacks moved north, from 1920 through the 1960s. Even when technological limitations made long-distance travel extremely onerous, in the late 19 century, we were willing to travel in search of opportunity. In the second half of the 1800s, more than two-thirds of US men over 30 had moved away from their hometowns, and more than a third of those moves were for more than 100 miles.

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"Jackson husband & wife shocked after DNA test reveals they are biological twins"

Via Drudge: A doctor at a fertility clinic in the Mississippi capital of Jackson has made a startling revelation concerning a couple who sought treatment at the center. The married pair, who cannot be named to due to patient confidentiality restrictions, had been struggling to conceive and came to the clinic to take part in the IVF program.

“During the in vitro fertilization process, we take a DNA sample from both the male and female to get a profile of their genetic backgrounds,” the doctor involved told Mississippi Herald, whose name must also be suppressed to protect the identities of the patients.

“It’s just a routine thing, and we wouldn’t normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile.” The lab assistant summoned the doctor, who knew almost instantly that the patients must have been related.

“My first reaction was that they must have been less-closely related; perhaps they were first cousins, which does happen sometimes. However, looking closer at the samples, I noticed there were way too many similarities.” The doctor consulted the patient’s files, and noted with shock that both had the exact same birth dates listed in 1984. “With this in mind, I was convinced that both patients were fraternal twins.”

The doctor now had a dilemma on his hands: did the married couple already know that they were twins, and had yet still married and now hoped to conceive a child together? Or were they blissfully unaware of the situation.

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