Saturday, May 6, 2017

Some images are too good to be true....and some are just really really true

Too good to be true

Dinesh D'Souza & Michael Shermer Debate Obamacare



As another Blue Bonnet commercial* from the time said: "En bread, en coo-King, no dif-fer-rance!"

Yet there was a difference, at the molecular level. Margarines were made from vegetable oils -- "hardened" by hydrogenation using catalysts which created trans-fats. You just can't say a bad word about trans these days unless you're a fat.
*I have been unable to find that commercial to strengthen my point.

Is Trump hatred warping the judiciary?

"Fake Law"
Something ugly is happening to the First Amendment. It is being contorted to enable judges to protest Donald Trump's presidency. The perennial impulse of judges to manipulate the law to achieve morally and politically desirable ends has only been exacerbated by the felt necessity to "resist" Trump. The result: Legal tests concerning the freedoms of speech and religion that in some cases were already highly dubious are being further deformed and twisted.

Welcome to the rise of fake law. Just as fake news spreads ideologically motivated misinformation with a newsy veneer, fake law brings us judicial posturing, virtue signaling, and opinionating masquerading as jurisprudence. And just as fake news augurs the end of authoritative reporting, fake law portends the diminution of law's legitimacy and the warping of judges' self-understanding of their constitutional role.

Those who try to police the relentlessly transformational projects of constitutional progressives had much to dread from the Obama administration, an inveterate ally of the legal left that did what it could to graft the aspirations of progressives onto the Constitution. But Trump's presidency may be even worse, because too many judges now feel called to "resist" Trump and all his works—no matter the cost to the law's authority and to the integrity of the judicial role.
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"FBI report finds officers ‘de-policing’ as anti-cop hostility becomes ‘new norm’"

Via InstapunditAn unclassified FBI study on last year’s cop-killing spree found officers are “de-policing” amid concerns that anti-police defiance fueled in part by movements like Black Lives Matter has become the “new norm.”

“Departments — and individual officers — have increasingly made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing,” said the report by the FBI Office of Partner Engagement obtained by The Washington Times.

The report, “Assailant Study — Mindsets and Behaviors,” said that the social-justice movement sparked by the 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”

FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron said the study was written in April.

“Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders [publicly] stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the Brown shooting,” the study said.

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Art appropriation?

"Toronto gallery cancels show after concerns artist 'bastardizes' Indigenous art"
Outrage over a Toronto artist borrowing from the style of an acclaimed Indigenous painter has prompted a gallery to cancel its plans for an upcoming exhibit.

Visions Gallery had planned to showcase the work of Amanda PL, 29, a local non-Indigenous artist who says she was inspired by the Woodlands style made famous in the '60s by the Anishinabe artist Norval Morrisseau, who focussed on nature, animals, Indigenous spirituality and medicine.

But within hours of the gallery's email announcement promoting the exhibit, there was a backlash, with people alleging that PL had appropriated Indigenous culture and art.

Chippewa artist Jay Soule was among those leading the charge. He argues PL blatantly copied Morrisseau with virtually no regard for the storytelling behind his work.

"What she's doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she's taking his stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road. Other people will see her work and they'll lose the connection between the real stories that are attached to it," said Soule.

PL said she first became inspired by the Woodlands style when she was living in Thunder Bay, Ont., studying to become a visual arts teacher and taking Native studies.

"I just tried to learn all I could about the Aboriginal culture, their teachings, their stories, and I've tried to capture the beauty of the art style and make it my own by drawing upon elements of nature within Canada that have meaning to me," she told CBC Toronto in an interview Friday.

She was surprised by the reaction when her exhibit was announced, especially online.

"A lot of the Aboriginal people had issues with me not being native.… I feel like they think that I'm taking away from the culture, but really I'm not," PL said.

"I think it's a shame to say that an artist can't create something because they're not from that race," she said.

"That's like saying any other culture can't touch something like abstract art unless you're white, or you can't touch cubism art."
Link to more - h/t Twitter


Be sure to check out the cameo by Sixty Grit and Carol_Herman at the 1m 22s mark.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

"Ramble On" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. It was co-written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and was recorded in 1969 at Juggy Sound Studio, New York, during the band's second concert tour of North America. In 2010, the song was ranked #440 on list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song's lyrics were influenced by The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The opening line ("Leaves are falling all around") could be a paraphrase of the opening line of Tolkien's poem "Namárië".  Tolkien references appear later in the song's lyrics, including Mordor and Gollum.
Mine's a tale that can't be told
My freedom I hold dear
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air
'Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up
And slipped away with her

"The Dangers of Empathy"

"It can distract us from rational thought and meaningful compassion."
[R]esearchers studying the brain can actually see how the various centers controlling certain feelings light up when we observe or imagine the experiences of others. “If you feel bad for someone who is bored, that’s sympathy,” writes Yale psychologist Paul Bloom in his brave and brilliant new book, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, “but if you feel bored, that’s empathy.”

Bloom, a liberal transplant from Canada, distrusts empathy because empathy is like a drug. It distorts our perspective, causing us to get all worked up about an individual or group. He compares it to a spotlight that illuminates a specific person or group, plunging everything and everyone else into darkness.

“When some people think about empathy, they think about kindness. I think about war,” Bloom writes. He’s got a point. Look at the Middle East today. Sunni nations empathize with the plight of suffering Sunnis, and that empathy causes them to further hate and demonize Shiites. Many people around the world empathize with the Palestinians, blinding them to the legitimate concerns of Israelis. And vice versa.

Adolf Hitler was a master of empathy — for ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland, Austria, and elsewhere. The cause of nationalist empathy for the German tribe triggered profound moral blindness for the plight, and even the humanity, of Jews, Gypsies, and Slavs.

Again, Bloom is a squishy liberal by his own account, but he’s also a leading scholar of how the mind actually works, not how we wish it would work.

Human beings are naturally inclined to sympathize and empathize with people like them. There has never been a society where people didn’t give priority to helping family and friends over strangers. This tends to blind us “to the suffering of those we do not or cannot empathize with,” writes Bloom. “Empathy is biased, pushing us in the direction of parochialism and racism.”

Look at the intractable debate over the phrase “black lives matter.” The slogan itself is a kind of spotlight, argue supporters, highlighting the legitimate complaints of African Americans. But it also blinds them to why others respond to the term by saying “all lives matter.”

I don’t go as far as Bloom in detesting empathy.
Link to the whole article.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The best taco bowls are in the Trump Tower.

"Talking to yourself out loud helps boost brainpower and could indicate higher intelligence"

Via Drudge:  Talking to yourself out loud is not a sign of madness but could indicate a high level of intelligence, a study revealed.

Those who speak to themselves while focusing on a task do better than those who stay quiet, experts at Bangor University found.

Psychologists at the university gave 28 people a set of written instructions and asked them to read them either silently or out loud before measuring their concentration and performance.

They found when people read instructions out loud, their brains absord more of the material than if they only use their inner dialogue.

Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa, senior lecturer in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology, said: “Our results demonstrated that, even if we talk to ourselves to gain control during challenging tasks, performance substantially improves when we do it out loud.

“Talking out loud, when the mind is not wandering, could actually be a sign of high cognitive functioning.

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What is the point in asking her anything? 

Why have her on your show? Why bother talking to her? Why endure any trouble listening? At this point the only thing left is to just hold up your hand and say, "Tell it to the judge." 

"Parasite living inside fish eyeball controls its behaviour"

Via RedditA common parasite that lives in fish eyeballs seems to be a driver behind the fish’s behaviour, pulling the strings from inside its eyes.

When the parasite is young, it helps its host stay safe from predators. But once the parasite matures, it does everything it can to get that fish eaten by a bird and so continue its life cycle.

The eye fluke Diplostomum pseudospathaceum has a life cycle that takes place in three different types of animal. First, parasites mate in a bird’s digestive tract, shedding their eggs in its faeces. The eggs hatch in the water into larvae that seek out freshwater snails to infect. They grow and multiply inside the snails before being released into the water, ready to track down their next host, fish. The parasites then penetrate the skin of fish, and travel to the lens of the eye to hide out and grow. The fish then get eaten by a bird – and the cycle starts again.

Many parasites can change an animal’s behaviour to fit their own needs. Mice infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, for example, lose their fear of cats – the animal the parasite needs to reproduce inside.

In a 2015 study, Mikhail Gopko at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution in Moscow and his colleagues showed that fish infected with immature fluke larvae swam less actively than usual – making themselves less visible to predators – and were harder to catch with a net than uninfected controls.

Now, the same team has tested rainbow trout harbouring mature eye flukes – parasites ready to reproduce inside their bird hosts. The team found that these trout swam more actively than uninfected controls and stayed closer to the water’s surface.

Both traits should make fish more conspicuous to birds. When the researchers simulated a bird attack by making a shadow swoop over the tank, the fish froze – but infected fish resumed swimming sooner than uninfected ones.

Gopko says both studies show that how eye flukes manipulate their host’s behaviour depends on their age. Immature parasites “are too young and innocent to infect a next host”, he says, so their goal is to protect the fish they are living in. Mature parasites, however, are ready to reproduce – and to do so they need to get inside a bird’s gut.

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Lyrics after the break

Thursday, May 4, 2017


This is the story of Ignazio Frailis. Part of the story. It is a story of pain and suffering, of failure and humiliation, eventually of retribution and misapplied justice. Here, have a seat, best start at the beginning.

Yeah? Well you're in a cage and your human is dead.

Story at Heat Street via Drudge. Comments over there are funny, starting off with "Polly wanna whack her?" 

Wild Wild Life

Marlin was insatiable. We couldn't stop him from fooling around with the animals. It didn't matter what kind. What species. What gender. He would screw any of them.

The worst were the pigs. He loved the moist little piglets. They were so pretty and pink and sweet. He would always come along and help with the feeding. He would get them used to him holding them lovingly as he stuck something into their mouth for them to suckle. Eventually he would make a substitution. The zoo keeper was never quite figured out what was going on.

Marlin Perkins was a pervert.

( Don Meier, Talk into this with the Animals...The E True Hollywood Story of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom)

"Model Chrissy Teigen says Trump should pay for her botox, medical bills because of 'crippling anxiety'"

Via Drudge:  The 31-year-old model and wife of musician John Legend went on a Twitter tirade Wednesday evening, revealing she had a tooth shaved down due to "crippling anxiety" as a result of Trump.

"So fucking tired of this manically insane, incompetent president and this dumpster fire administration I'm gonna have to go on another med," Teigen tweeted, later adding, "that is not a joke. I think I need to either up my dosage or talk to my doctor to 'see what works for me' when the world explodes."

Teigen is no stranger to public feuds with the president, first calling him a "joke" in 2011. She also famously took a jab at him when he said he would make it his aim to keep "evil" out of the country by asking "What time should we call your Uber?"

She also revealed that she has received botox injections in her jaw to relieve muscle tension, in her demand that "POS POTUS" pay her medical bills.

WKRLEM: Creepy and Kooky?

Just about the best opening song for a comedy show is our favorite "The Adams Family." Almost everyone can sing it even young kids who know it from reruns. It is catchy and descriptive and just about perfect.

It is one of the two best of all time. You can guess the other.

"Trump faces major test as vote looms on U.S. healthcare bill"

Via Drudge:  The U.S. House of Representatives was set on Thursday for a cliffhanger vote to repeal Obamacare, as Republican leaders worked to deliver President Donald Trump a win for one of his top legislative priorities.

House Republican leaders have expressed confidence the bill would pass and several party moderates who previously objected to it got behind it on Wednesday, giving the effort new momentum.

Still, the vote was expected to be close. Even if the measure passes the House, it faces daunting odds in the Senate where Republicans hold a narrower majority.

Keen to score his first major legislative win since taking office in January, Trump threw his own political capital behind the bill, meeting lawmakers and calling them in an effort to cajole their support.

Trump, whose Republican party controls both the House and Senate, is seeking to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Aides said he worked the phones furiously.

WKRLEM: As free as the wind blows!

So I am in the shower listening to the "Peter Gunn Themes Song" channel on Pandora when an instrumental version of "Born Free" came on the Iphone. Waddayagonna do? Why sing it at the top of your lungs in your fake Andy Williams voice. That's what!

I loved the movie "Born Free." I had read the book when it came out in 1960. I was very excited when the movie came out and went to see it downtown when it came out in the movies. This was the beginning of the environmental phase that we all go through. I mean I am a conservationist, But a Teddy Roosevelt hunting conservationist not a green weenie type. This movie fit right in to that mindset. Along with the "Wonderful World of Disney" and the "Underseas World of Jacques Cousteau" it made us appreciate the animals in the wild and wish them well.

"President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election"

Via Drudge:  The Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.
During his final year in office, President Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security. A court affirmed his order.

The revelations are particularly sensitive since the NSA is legally forbidden from directly spying on Americans and its authority to conduct warrantless searches on foreigners is up for renewal in Congress later this year. And it comes as lawmakers investigate President Trump's own claims that his privacy was violated by his predecessor during the 2016 election.

In all, government officials conducted 30,355 searches in 2016 seeking information about Americans in NSA intercept metadata, which include telephone numbers and email addresses. The activity amounted to a 27.5 percent increase over the prior year and more than triple the 9,500 such searches that occurred in 2013, the first year such data was kept.

The government in 2016 also scoured the actual contents of NSA intercepted calls and emails for 5,288 Americans, an increase of 13 percent over the prior year and a massive spike from the 198 names searched in 2013.

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"emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace today - but aides say there is 'no cause for concern'"


Servants from royal residences across the country gather at Buckingham Palace...


via Drudge

Le Pen Is Mightier Than Das Schwert

Le Pen: "France Will Be Led by a Woman, Me or Mrs Merkel"

May the 4th be with you

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Irony Alert: Gender Bias Study by Women Researchers Suffers From Gender Bias

Via InstapunditInternet feminists are outraged after a scientific journal told a group of female researchers that their work on gender bias in academia was gender biased.

Two female evolutionary geneticists collaborated on the piece, which claimed that fewer women Ph.D. candidates were published by established scientific journals, leading them to believe, based on interviews with women across the scientific fields, that the publishing industry was biased against female scientists.

When they submitted their article to a journal that specializes in publishing research on diversity in the fields of science and medicine, a reviewer suggested that the women include a male voice in their study, just to show that they, themselves, were not coming at the issue from a position of gender bias.

The Internet immediately exploded with outrageous outrage.

Don't be a puppet.

Rabel said...
It's a formal treaty of mutual self defense between the USA and South Korea. You can argue for its termination after one year's notice as provided but as of now we are pledged to its fulfillment. I think you'd find yourself in a small minority, but go for it.
 Trooper York said...
Do you think we should still be party to this treaty Rabel? What do we get out of it? What part of our naked self interest does this satisfy? Is it to make us feel good? To make us be the "leader of the free world? To protect them from the commies? What is our vital interest in Korea? We don't have enough barbecue and Karaoke bars?

Why are thousands of our best young men and woman being held hostage to the whims of oriental despots that really have nothing to do with us?

Abrogate the treaty today and bring our boys and girls home now. Put them on the border and we wouldn't even have to build wall.

This is a discussion Rabel and I had on another thread about Korea. It seem that a lot of people are pushing for war in Korea. For us to take unilateral military action to take out this gook dictator even though he has nuclear weapons. Because. Because? Why are we in Korea? What is our national interest? To protect Japan and South Korea? Trade rivals and economies that undercut the American workers? To preserve our prestige? To show we have bigger dicks than the Chinamen. Look if you don't know that your dick is bigger than a Chinaman's a war is not going to prove it. So what is the reason? There is no reason. I hope and pray that President Trump is smart enough not to get into a war with a nuclear power over nothing.I fear that he is being influenced by the warmongers and the globalists who want a war. He got a lot of praise for bombing towelheads. More than just about anything else he has done so far. Is he going to do this to get the praise of the media and the establishment? I pray that he is smarter than that.

WKRLEM: That's the Theme Danno!

Back in the day almost every TV show had a theme song. It set the tone. When you heard it even if you were in the other room you know what show was coming on.

I think the most iconic and in fact just about the best is the Hawaii Five O theme by the Ventures. It is surf music at its finest. When I hear it I intermediately think of Hawaii. I think the new show that is a reprise is popular just because of the song. It just makes a lot of us think back to the old show. Shit. The new one has been on for almost seven years already. When you hear it you think about the beach. Diamond Head. Fat Polynesian guys rowing a canoe. Shaved ice. Iz. You know Hawaii.

It is just one of the many theme songs that we all know and love. Mission Impossible. The Twilight Zone. Baretta.  Cannon. Kojack. One Day at A Time. All in the Family. Mary Tyler Moore. Friends. All iconic songs. They just don't make them anymore. Mostly because they are not in style. But in the good old days they were the best.

I do have to amend my statement though. Hawaii Five O is my second favorite. My favorite could never be used today. Just not politically correct. But it was the greatest.

ESPN continues it's quest to have no suscribers by the end of the decade?

John Nolte former contributor at Breitbart has an article at the Daily Wire entitled:

Leftist Network BLASTS Democrats: ESPN Host Declares Every 'City In America' a 'Racist City'

The story relates to a recent incident in Boston. Adam Jones an outfielder for the Orioles was pelted by bags of peanuts and a few racial epithets in Beantown. Now we all remember Adam Jones. He is the racial theorist who famously said about why there were no National Anthem protests in Baseball like Kaperdick's in football: "We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us. “Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’

Is this what the left mean by "Woke"?

Via InstapunditWant to know what it looks like to be über-woke? Look no further than Entertainment Weekly and New York Times contributor Rebecca Theodore, who dropped a hell of a bomb this morning [read the tweet below the magazine cover] regarding the upcoming film adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express”:
David Burge was blunt...

free Hatch chiles

Last year the guy at the Hatch chile tent at Santa Fe and Florida gave me these two chiles that he had on his table as decoration. Most of the chiles they roast are green and unripened so their seeds are not competed developing inside. I intended to pull out a few chiles that are beginning to turn red from the bushel before the chiles are roasted. But that wasn't necessary when the guy just handed me these two. They dried out on the counter since then.

The dried bits of chile flakes go into a spice tin.

The seeds are what I am after.

Seed. Hey, what use is a macro lens if you don't look at things closely? 

This is how many seeds were planted. The top is covered with them.

The dirt dried out overnight so I gave it a plastic lid, boom, next day, the first seeds germinated.

It's only been a few day. Five at most. 

Don Surber: Never apologize again, conservatives

Via InstapunditStephen Colbert of CBS used a homophobic slur against President Trump.

The Left is not calling for his head.

Fine. Conservatives should never again apologize for anything they say that "offends" a liberal.

The days of liberal fascism are over.

No more, Mister Nice Guy.

The days of not lowering ourselves to their level are through. This is about survival. Liberals can pick us off one by one playing this game where they can do no wrong, and one slip of the tongue fouls us out forever.

Colbert -- an unfunny comedian -- called President Trump a cock holster for Putin.

That is a homophobic slur.

His tirade against Trump was not funny -- nor was it meant to be.

Contrast Colbert's angry and profane diatribe last night against Trump to this Washington Post story on October 30, 2010:
WASHINGTON — Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the founding fathers of fake news, drew throngs of exuberant supporters to Washington on Saturday for a joint rally.
With midterm elections looming and Democrats bracing for a historic thumping, the two comedians reined in their three-hour “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” to nonpartisan bits, musical entertainment and gentle ribbing of the purported enemies of incivility. The denizens of the Capitol, visible behind the stage, escaped their usual excoriation.
Their rally was a slam at the Tea Party, not a call for anything non-partisan.

They wanted the Left to remain in power, and thought by pretending the Tea Party was fear-mongering they could stop it from winning the 2010 mid-terms.

Comedy Central was OK with their politicking, just as CBS is OK with Colbert's anti-Trump tantrums.

There are no late-night comics, only bitter and nasty liberals who hate America for electing Donald John Trump president.

Their "comedy" died on November 8, when they lost the election, and that patina of humor that covered their inner hatred and loathing.

They see us as deplorable.

Why in the hell would we ever care about their feelings, or try to live by their rotten and frankly sociopathic values? Abortion is a right? Really?

The Left -- including "gay rights activists" -- are cool with Colbert's homophobic slur because he is a liberal.

No intelligent person would ever apologize to them for calling a person a queer (as Alec Baldwin did without losing his Capital One spokesman gig) or any other slur.

The gloves are off. The rulebook is out, because it was written by a Marxist anyway.

Sure, I would like to live in a polite society but we will not have one until the Left learns two can play that game -- and conservatives are very good at that.

Just a reminder, CBS took no action against David Letterman when he implied Sarah Palin's then 14-year-old daughter was a whore.

What was acceptable 5 years ago that's no longer acceptable today?

Reddit top voted comments....

Naming your kid Isis.

Getting a photo taken with Jared from Subway.

Just about all of the coupons I have piled up in my kitchen drawer.

Thinking of memes as something only younger people know about. I still find it strange when my dad references "this meme I saw on Facebook"

The belief of the 2012 apocalypse happening

Dancing to Gangnam Style

Calling Bill Cosby one of your personal heroes

Making fun of Erdogan in Turkey

See How Soy Sauce Is Still Made Today

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Throne of Bones

I have just finished reading "A Throne of Bones" by Vox Day. For those of you who enjoyed "A Game of Thrones" I will really recommend that you get this book and start reading this series. It is extremely well done.

Vox Day uses the same format that Rape Rape used in Thrones. He starts each chapter off from a different perspective. However there are several different aspects to his work. He uses some of the conventions from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" in that there are elves and dwarves and orcs and goblins. As well as a stand in for the Roman Empire and the politics of the change over from Republic to Empire,

I zipped through it in two days and am on to book 2. It is a series and I am sure I will be waiting around for the next few books to be published.

I think this is in fact superior to Game of Thrones and I recommend it to all fantasy fans in the highest way possible. Get it if you can. You will be glad you did.

Another unforced error by the God Emperor.

The God Emperor of the Cherry Blossom Throne made another unforced error. He relied on his ministers and the Congressional Republicans to give him a budget and they gave him one to keep the Government working. He has agreed to it.  Instead of vetoing it and forcing their hand.

Paul Ryan and the rest of the cowardly Republicans have given him a budget that does the bidding of the Democrats. Funds Planned Parenthood. Does not fully fund the wall. Does not cut the departments as he had outlined to starve the bureaucracy. He continues far too many of the wasteful programs that have kept the swamp congenial to the rats who congregate there.

As Rush Limbaugh has outlined why does anyone vote for Republicans? They stand for nothing. They do nothing. They are afraid to do what they were elected to do. Repeal Obamacare? End wasteful spending? Stop job killing regulations? Not on their watch.

The President was not elected to go along with this. He was elected to fight to nip this in the bud. Now he has said he will go along with it this time but if he doesn't get what he wants he will veto and have a shutdown in September. I think that is a big mistake. He needs to do it now. From the jump. Because is is only going to get tougher if he goes along this time. The cucks and the Republicans will continue to try and wear him down.

President Trumps supporters need to speak out. To remind him why he was elected. Everybody gets one. This is his one. But he better step up to the plate. Because if he doesn't he could lose his base. Then he would truly be alone.

"Missing Clayton teen hid when spotted by searchers, police say"

Via Twitter:  She apparently walked into the sprawling Glassboro Wildlife Management Area, which spans Clayton, Glassboro and Monroe Township, police said.

Her disappearance sparked a massive search involving more than 100 first responders from 25 emergency service agencies.

Fish and Wildlife Officer Wes Kille spotted Sylvester walking along Carpenter Avenue in the wildlife management area around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

She fled into the woods when she was spotted, police said.

Searchers set up a perimeter around where she was last seen and found her hiding in briars.

Sylvester was conscious and uninjured and was transported to a local hospital for minor scratches and exposure to the elements, police said.

Authorities have not indicated if she explained why she took off Monday or why she ran from Kille.

"America’s ‘Smug-Liberal Problem’"

Via InstapunditThe only people who can’t recognize that our nation has a “smug liberal” problem are smug liberals. Case in point, smug liberal (and television comedienne) Samantha Bee. On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Bee to react to a pre-election Ross Douthat column that called out Bee and other late-night comics in part for creating a comedy world of “hectoring monologues,” full of comedians who are “less comics than propagandists — liberal ‘explanatory journalists’ with laugh lines.”

We’re all familiar with the style. It features the generous use of selective clips from Fox News, copious amounts of mockery, and a quick Wikipedia- and Google-search level of factual understanding. The basic theme is always the same: Look at how corrupt, evil, and stupid our opponents are, look how obviously correct we are, and laugh at my marvelous and clever explanatory talent. It’s like sitting through an especially ignorant and heavy-handed Ivy League lecture, complete with the sycophantic crowd lapping up every word.

Bee, the host of TBS’s Full Frontal, of course, couldn’t see the problem and not only told Tapper that she didn’t think there was a smug-liberal problem, she also howlingly added that in her own show, “We always err on the side of comedy.”

Yep, they sure are hilarious (language warning):
The irony is that at the exact moment when Bee was denying America’s smug-liberal problem, smug liberals were in full meltdown mode over Bret Stephens’s first column for New York Times. Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, anti-Trump conservative, and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. In his essay for the Times, Stephens had the audacity to — gasp — address the possibility of scientific uncertainty in the climate-change debate.
Let’s be clear about what Stephens actually said. Here’s his summary of the current state of climate science:
While the modest (0.85 degrees Celsius, or about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) warming of the Northern Hemisphere since 1880 is indisputable, as is the human influence on that warming, much else that passes as accepted fact is really a matter of probabilities. That’s especially true of the sophisticated but fallible models and simulations by which scientists attempt to peer into the climate future.
Here’s the translation: Science teaches us that humans have helped cause global warming, but when we try to forecast the extent of the warming and its effects on our lives, the certainty starts to recede. In addition, the activism has gotten ahead of the science. Indeed, Stephens even quotes the New York Times’ own environmental reporter, Andrew Revkin, who has observed that he “saw a widening gap between what scientists had been learning about global warming and what advocates were claiming as they pushed ever harder to pass climate legislation.”

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"The secret to honesty revealed: it feels better"

Via Drudge:  Researchers at University College London discovered that at a physical level the brain finds decency far more satisfying than deception.

The trial revealed that, despite accumulating a large amount of money, most participants derived no deep-seated satisfaction if the success was gained at the expense of others.

Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the study indicates that, at least at a psychological level, the old adage that “crime doesn’t pay” is right.

“When we make decisions, a network of brain regions calculates how valuable our options are,” said Dr Molly Crockett, who led the research.

“Ill-gotten gains evoke weaker responses in this network, which may explain why most people would rather not profit from harming others.

“Our results suggest the money just isn’t as appealing.”

The experiment involved 28 couples of participants who were paired off and given the ability to give each other small electric shocks.

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Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?



Who's got time for this? 

And I was racing the pizza guy. I had no business stopping for nonsense. 

I called the pizza shop before walking to the patio and plant shop, a nifty little area boutique, a corner property always stocked with plenty of interesting things that's located between my place and the pizza shop. So it's on. The plant shop is not expecting anything and I want to be there to tip the guy when he gets there. It's a real race. And I have no business stopping to pick up a dime.

It's an effort. 

I cannot just swoop down and snatch it without breaking stride like an eagle snatching a fish from a lake. No. Just stopping, orienting and bending is a bit of a production. And never worth the effort. 

Except for some reason it makes me feel great.

It's not just me. A friend of mine makes more money in interest on his trust funds in one year than I'll make my entire life. I think. One night at a club I said to him, "There's a quarter on the floor." He went over and picked it up. He came right back and said, "I don't care. I always grab money."

"Flower shop owner stole plants from cemetery for months, police say"

Via Reddit:    Police say a flower shop owner stole plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery for months.

Capt. Christopher DePuyt says police installed surveillance cameras at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pequannock Township after two plants disappeared from the mausoleum and replacement plants were stolen two days later.

He says the cameras caught a woman in a minivan taking the plants and Riverdale officers recognized her as a former police dispatcher and current flower shop owner.

Authorities charged 59-year-old Lynda Wingate, of Riverdale, with the disorderly person's offense of theft of moveable property.

DePuyt says Wingate claimed she was cleaning up old flowers from graves of people she knew, but he says that isn't the case.

A message seeking comment was left at her flower shop.

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Florida caladiums

This box is eight pounds of caladium bulbs. That's sort of a lot for a single balcony. Three species comprise the basis of the garden. There are five giant white ones, twenty-five mixed white with red veins, and twenty-five that are red with green edges and white flecks. Everything else will be blended with these leafy plants in large pots.

I'm going to gouge their little eyes out.

I saw it on a YouTube video. Not really gouge their eyes out, rather, shave off their bumps. The gardener guy in the video said that stimulates more leaves to grow. I don't know what I'm doing. I copied the video and the plants do grow a lot of leaves. 

Even if it was an obvious incipient bud that was ready to grow into a leaf, I cut it right off. Because that's what the guy in the video did.

Their gooey scabs dry in a day and they can be planted. 

But nothing will happen until the temperature stays 65℉ through the night and the dirt is warm to the touch. For these plants come from the Amazon.

I had no idea until tonight that every part of these plants is poisonous. 

And cut leaves will last a few weeks in water.

Colossal Moonlight

Florida Fantasy

Red Flash

Maybe I'll put some dark ones with large white ones and with the mixed white ones spread around to make it look like they married and had kids. 

We gardner types learn to take setbacks in stride.

I take solace in something a Nebraska wheat farmer told me. Deano. If you met Deano at a party you might take him for a New Yorker.  Deano told me a simple light rain at the wrong time, say, a few days after seeding, can dampen the powdery soil just so, that the surface forms a light crust that the hybrid Spring wheat cannot penetrate so it bends and folds like an accordion as it grows and dies under the soil so that the whole field or multiple field sections must be re-seeded immediately costing over fifty thousand dollars. One little thing like that, boom, fifty thousand dollars.

So compared to that I cannot feel so bad about the overnight storm killing all my first round of plants costing me eighty dollars, I think, boom, just like that. One storm, one night and one day, and the next day and next week we're back to Spring time temperatures. It's part of the deal. It comes with the territory. I must simply bite it and repeat the order and move on.

Funny though, the only plant that survived is the one that I gave away.

Monday, May 1, 2017

secret location

Let's draw a picture.


That's what I said to myself a moment ago, then drew a picture.

Traced one, actually. From a photo I saw by searching [arizona highways, lake mead]. I was looking for something else and found this photo file titled sue-cullumber-flagstaff, so it's not even Lake Mead and the location isn't secret either. The whole effort starts wrongly all over the place.

I dedicate this here picture, from Sue's picture, to you. 

Sue walks through these these trees and looks up. Then to get the best shot she must lay on the ground. As we do all the time in the woods. I bet Sue looks down and under things too. I bet Sue scrounges all around.

"Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth"

Via RedditThe allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers.

The confidential document dated this year detailed how by monitoring posts, comments and interactions on the site, Facebook can figure out when people as young as 14 feel “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless”, and a “failure”.

Such information gathered through a system dubbed sentiment analysis could be used by advertisers to target young Facebook users when they are potentially more vulnerable.

While Google is the king of the online advertising world, Facebook is the other major player which dominates the industry worth about $80 billion last year.

But Facebook is not one to rest on its laurels. The leaked document shows it has been honing the covert tools its uses to gain useful psychological insights on young Australian and New Zealanders in high school and tertiary education.

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"The health care industry is bound to collapse soon, experts say"

Via Instapundit: The US health care sector may be incubating the next big Lehman-style disaster that could tip the economy into a full-blown recession, according to industry analysts.

Forget about the subprime mortgage collapse. The health care sector is nursing its own toxic mess, with soaring debt, the analysts say. “As a nation, we have to step up our game and get on top of it; this is a huge issue,” said Chris Oretis, a former Washington lobbyist who now works as executive vice president in the life insurance secondary markets at GWG Holdings.

As industry spending and debt servicing rage out of control, health care is ranked as the No. 1 US “systemic recession risk” in a new report. The sums at stake are staggering: Spending in the sector accounted for $3.3 trillion in 2015, and is 18 percent of the US economy today. The industry generates 16 percent of private sector jobs nationwide, up from 10 percent in 1990.

US health care spending is forecast to grow by an average 5.6 percent annually in the coming decade, according to a report by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a projection based on no changes out of Washington and in the Affordable Care Care through 2025. Meanwhile, national spending on health care is forecast to outpace US gross domestic product growth by 1.2 percent. CMS has estimated that spending will comprise 19.9 percent of GDP by 2025, up from 17.8 percent in 2015.

“There’s no question that rising health care costs are hurting our overall economy,” said New York-based financial adviser Michael Mondiello. “With consumer spending accounting for some 70 percent of economic activity, the more we spend on health care, the less we have to purchase other things like a vacation or to save for retirement.”

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"Student penalized for using word ‘man’ on his essay"

Via Drudge:  At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper.

History major Martin Poirier wrote “Water is a thing prior to man” on a paper for a history class called “History of Water.”

“Thoughtful paper, although the writing-mechanics errors are killing you,” Professor Jack Davis wrote at the bottom of the paper. He gave the student a B minus, according to a copy of the essay published in the student news outlet the Daily Nerv.

Davis circled “man” and referenced his Writing Mechanics Exercise #20, which draws a distinction between “mankind” and “humankind.”

Davis defended the penalization in an email to The College Fix. He explained that the “exercise and inclusion of ‘humankind’ are consistent with the Chicago Manual of Style, the style and the usage guide followed in the discipline of history.”

Davis also said the exercise is “not to enforce political correctness” but is “both a grammar refresher and a style and user guide.”

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"Yale's College Republicans hold BBQ near a hunger strike"

Via InstapunditMost union-busting techniques are explicit, like legal challenges and anti-union campaigning. But when all else fails, go for the gut.

Yale University's local College Republicans chapter held a barbecue on Friday near the fasting site of campus union organizers participating in a hunger strike directed against the university. Bragging about the wafting, delicious smells on Facebook, it appears to have been a move to torment the fasting grad students, who have thus far gone days without food in a protest for their worker's rights struggle.

"It'll taste (and smell) delicious!" the event description said on Facebook.

The tactic drew comparisons to another recent barbecue halfway across the world, where an Israeli youth group held a barbecue outside a prison in which Palestinians were engaging in a hunger strike.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

From Page to Screen Part Two

It is unusual to see a faithful adaptation of one of your favorite books. The director and the producers get involved and they always want to “improve” it in some way that makes you hate the movie. The fact of the matter is that pulp or genre fiction usually adapts well. The types of directors and actors drawn to it just like to tell a good story. They are not all up in their artsy fartsy heads about it.

Two of the best book to screen adaptions that I have seen came from the works of one of my favorite authors and role models Elmore Leonard. “Get Shorty” was an almost perfect rendition of his novel. Of course “Justified” was a sublime manifestation of his Raylan Givens stories. Elmore Leonard and his son worked very closely with the production and actually wrote several episodes. In fact one of his last books contained a couple of stories about Marshal Givens that actually used new characters that originated from the TV series. That is quite unusual. You know. That TV writers influence the author of the original work. Talent will out.

I was very disappointed in the various video interpretation of Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” novels. The original TV series with Robert Ulrich was a good effort but really missed the boat. The various TV movies really sucked. Joe Mantegna is not any reasonable embodiment of the protagonist in those novels.

The series of Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck were excellent if a little dreary. I think they thought film noir means depressed or something. Still it was a worthy effort and they should get kudos. It is the only filming of Parkers work that is worth a shit.

"Star Trek Fan Forced to Surrender 'ASIMIL8' License Plate for Being Offensive"

Via InstapunditA Star Trek fan in Canada has been forced to turn over his personalized license plate after people complained its message, ASIMIL8, was insulting to indigenous people.

Manitoba Public Insurance revoked Nick Troller’s personalized license plate that read ASIMIL8, a nod to the Borg in Star Trek. According to a report in the Toronto Star, Troller had been driving around with it for two years, and it was accompanied by a license frame that said “We Are the Borg” and “Resistance is Futile.” Troller said fellow fans liked his license plate and asked to take pictures with it, and complained that critics were being too sensitive about the issue.

This is one of those situations where neither side is wrong in their arguments. Troller’s ASIMIL8 license plate was clearly referencing Star Trek, and (most likely) was not designed to offend Canada’s indigenous population. But not everyone knows what the race of the Borg on Star Trek are. And let’s face it: Canada has an unsettling history with its indigenous population— including the Sagkeeng First Nation, which is in the Manitoba area.

Post-Confederation Canadian aboriginal policy existed until the mid 20th century for the purpose of assimilating indigenous people into Euro-Canadian life. There were forced-assimilation boarding schools, and legislation, like the Indian Act, was designed to erase indigenous culture. There are strong efforts in the First Nations to recover their voice and heritage, but it’s been a long battle rampant with racism and discrimination. For example, just this week, two teenage girls were arrested for the Facebook-posted death of Serena McKay, one of about 1,200 aboriginal girls who’ve died or gone missing since 1980, with very little investigation.

“For basically the entirety of this country’s history, indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated through really extremely destructive means and ways,” Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said.

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Trump rally, Harrisburg and media

My opinion is formed and reinforced by the things I allow my eyeballs to see.

There was a rally in Harrisburg. Did you hear about that?

I caught the link on Drudge to a live Trump rally in Harrisburg and watched it live last night, picking up with Pence talking to the crowd. Then Trump came out and delivered this classic Jerry Seinfeld type opening and I thought, "OMG, he's going to be a comedian."

I watched a rather standard Trump rally with a little bit of difference of Trump shaking hands with people at the front of the crowd at the beginning. The arena was packed and the line to get in was long. Trump spoke about his first one hundred days in his style opening with who he is proud of, the people behind him literally onstage, and who he is not proud of, the people before him, the media. RSM exempted, apparently. They take no umbrage and report cheerfully. It is very good television from my point of view.

The Trump part, not the whole thing.

Full event. For Trump, skip to near the end 5:33:01.

This is an advantage of Trump as president that I didn't think about previously. Trump's trolling of the correspondent's dinner is masterful. I'm impressed.

Trump didn't care to play their little reindeer games as constituted and he provided a better show. The contrast between presidents in this correspondents dinner thing is startling. Presidents like Bush and like Obama who are brought up through our political system and are woven into it gave energy to the correspondents dinner and got energy in return from it while Trump regards the whole lot as cockroaches. Roger Simon's "Waiting for Donald" is a good insightful article on this subject.

I let my eyeballs see The Gateway Pundit. When I type "the" into my browser's address bar it fills in the address for "thegatewaypundit." (When I type "theb" into the address bar then the browser autofills for "theblaze.") Gateway Pundit has a piece about the correspondent's dinner president saying "the media is not the enemy of the American people" in response to Trump calling them all liars. I didn't read it. 

In comments someone posted a picture of text:

* There are lies of commission
* There are lies of omission
* And there are lies of spin

(Imagine keeping this picture in a file on your computer and dropping it into comments wherever relevant. Say, instead of simply typing each time.)

And I let my eyeballs watch the regular news on regular over-the-air television. But only for a minute. A woman introduced a Bernie Sanders-led protest about Trump's rally and the correspondent's dinner. The proper news is the Washington correspondent's dinner. Trump trolled that. Now the whole thing is ruined. Trump is absent from the dinner so there is no way to cover the dinner without also covering Trump's. No way to cover Trump's absence without also covering what Trump got up to. Trump's rally is numerically greater than the Washington dinner. The rally is closer to the people receiving news than the Washington dinner. The Trump rally taken to his supporters is now a greater story than the smug exclusive self-regarding Washington dinner. Trump wins again. Sanders' pointless protest is what gets covered when regular news looks elsewhere to avoid both Trump and the correspondent's dinner. This media outlet wants us to see Bernie and not to see the Washington dinner and certainly not to see Trump's rally. *click* For viewers who know about all three then this reporting comes off as defensive and sickly lame. Damaging. Destructive. To one's own industry. American media cannot report accurately if their lives depended on it, and their professional lives do depend on it. This situation can be overcome by reporting accurately on both Trump and on the Washington dinner, and not at all on Sanders who is not relevant to any of this but that is not possible for American media as composed and that is why American media is not trusted. The rally was great. Enjoyed without the resistance of media.

"Glasgow gym set to introduce fitness class consisting of nothing but SLEEPING for 45 minutes"

Via Reddit:  David Lloyd Clubs, which has centres in the west end and Rouken Glen, is trialling the innovative new workout which consists of nothing but climbing into a bed and SLEEPING for 45 minutes.

So if you want to keep fit but love nothing more than catching 40 winks, 'napercise' could be about to make your dreams come true.

The sessions have been devised in response to the stress-inducing nature of modern life.

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