Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Leonardo da Vinci’s music machine is brought to life"

Link (via Instapundit)

"Rather than tapping the strings, as a harpsichord would, this instrument, called the viola organista, lowers the strings onto spinning wheels which are wrapped in horse hair. This acts as a bow would on a violin. The resulting sound gives the impression of a group of string instruments. The project took Zubrzycki 3 years and 5,000 hours to complete."

Life-Sized Chinese Replica of RMS Titanic Takes Shape

Continued-in-part from here

I'm a Titanic nut and have been since I was very young. So, I'm fascinated by this project. What kind of steel are they using? It looks so shiny -- could it be aluminum or stainless steel?

Fake Fake, everywhere a Fake

Via Reddit

The Most Bombed Place On Earth


Rh says: Patriarchy plots at least have chases and explosions. Linear time stuff.

Socialism works as a weight loss program?

Via Insta

"Do you want me to chop your chicken?"

I had never been asked that so I didn't know how to answer.

I must have appeared momentarily confused or else appeared just flat stupid while considering two options and imagining the consequences visualizing cut versus whole. The meat counter guy asked me and how I answer him now determines how I cook this thing later. They're not so fun to cut up as Julia Childs makes it seem.


He began cutting and then, "Want the thigh and leg cut?"

Another unexpected question.


"Apologies for taking so long to answer but I wasn't prepared for any questions. I wasn't expecting a pop quiz."

He thought that was funny.

"Because pop quizzes always make me really NERVOUS!"

What a liar. I liked pop quizzes. I always thought, "Oh goodie" when the kids around me were going "Oh no," I thought they gave me a chance to prove, and I thought that even when I blew it.


"Prime the pump" -- where have I heard that metaphor before?

The Onion: "Woman Transitions From Being Terrified Of Getting Pregnant To Being Terrified She Can’t Get Pregnant"

Via Instapundit:  Acknowledging that she once considered conceiving a child to be the greatest threat to her future, local woman Rebecca Davis confirmed Wednesday that she has transitioned from being terrified of getting pregnant to being terrified she can’t get pregnant. “I’m just really scared that it may never happen at this point,” said the 34-year-old woman who has closed the chapter of her adult life when the sight of a negative pregnancy test brought on a wave of pure relief and is now consumed by anxiety that she may never see a blue plus sign. “All we can do is keep trying.” At press time, a desperate Davis was reportedly picking up fertility medication from the same pharmacy where she had once frantically purchased Plan B.

The Onion is more real than real life.


Have a row.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Waterloo Sunset: The Kinks

From Wikipedia:  The lyrics describe a solitary narrator watching (or imagining) two lovers passing over a bridge, with the melancholic observer reflecting on the couple, the Thames, and Waterloo station. The song was rumoured to have been inspired by the romance between two British celebrities of the time, actors Terence Stamp and Julie Christie, stars of 1967's Far from the Madding Crowd. Ray Davies denied this in his autobiography and claimed in a 2008 interview, "It was a fantasy about my sister going off with her boyfriend to a new world and they were going to emigrate and go to another country." In a 2010 interview with Kinks biographer Nick Hasted, he said Terry was his nephew Terry Davies, "who he was perhaps closer to than his real brother in early adolescence." Despite its complex arrangement, the sessions for "Waterloo Sunset" lasted a mere ten hours; Dave Davies later commented on the recording: "We spent a lot of time trying to get a different guitar sound, to get a more unique feel for the record. In the end we used a tape-delay echo, but it sounded new because nobody had done it since the 1950s. I remember Steve Marriott of the Small Faces came up and asked me how we'd got that sound. We were almost trendy for a while." The single was one of the group's biggest UK successes, reaching number two on Melody Maker's chart, and went on to become one of their best-known.

"Waterloo Sunset" is one of the band's best known and most acclaimed songs in most territories, later being ranked number 42 on "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It is also their first single that is available in true stereo.

Where's the Beef!

More news that you will not get from the mainstream media. President Trump just made a bilateral trade agreement to ship US Beef to feed China. For the first time in 13 years American beef will find hungry Chinks. Beef with Broccoli and Beef with Oyster Sauce are now back in Column One. American Farmers are estatic because of course in another hour they will be hungry again and buy more!

It was a bi-lateral trade agreement negotiated by the Trump Administration and not part of some bureaucratic Trans Pacific partnership bullshit handle by globalist cucks. Of course the media will not report this on the evening news or the cable shows. It is just millions or maybe a billion dollars worth of trade to offset our trade deficit with China. Simply through negotiations.

From The Daily Caller:

American beef producers are ecstatic at the chance to sell meat to new markets in China under President Donald Trump’s bi-lateral trade agreement announced Thursday.
The trade deal will open Chinese markets for American beef by July, allowing American producers to export meat for the first time in 13 years.
“After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China,” the National Cattleman’s Beef Association said in a statement.
China banned U.S. beef in 2003 after it discovered imported meat contaminated with mad cow disease. American beef exports dropped from $3 billion to $1.1 billion by 2004, but the market has since recovered to pre-2003 levels without exporting to China.

WKRLEM: You are paddleboarding over 15 Great White Sharks

Why would President Trump fire Comey?

From the American Thinker Blog May 12, 2017

Russian hacker claims FBI offered him citizenship and a new life if he would confess to hacking Podesta emails on behalf of Putin and Trump

 According to a report in Newsweek by Tom O’Connor, a Russian hacker who had been detained in Prague at the request of US authorities, was visited multiple times by FBI agents, who pressed him to confess to hacking the Podesta emails at the behest of Putin, and to help Trump. They allegedly (and unsuccessfully) offered generous inducements, to say the least.

"Rumors of Supreme Court vacancy spark liberal panic"

Via InstapunditRumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement have swirled for months but recently reached a fever pitch inside the Beltway. Shortly after the presidential election in November, the Supreme Court shot down speculation that Kennedy would leave the high court this year. But Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, have said that they expect another vacancy this summer.

"In the Trump era — with a Senate confirmation process now subject to a simple majority vote, thanks to McConnell and Senate Republicans — it is impossible to imagine any stronger or more able steward of Justice Kennedy's legacy than Kennedy himself," Wydra wrote. "Despite all the pressure and pointed rumors of his retirement, he surely realizes this.

"In the years ahead, Kennedy's influence over the nation's future will be more compelling than ever. In short, the Supreme Court is once again the Kennedy Court."

(Link to more)

"Did Trump set up Comey?"

Via Drudge:  Donald Trump lobbed a veiled threat at the former FBI director on Friday, hinting that some of their conversations before his firing may have been recorded.

'James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!' the president tweeted.

It's unclear whether Trump was warning that the White House is recording his calls, or if he believes the FBI may have been recording Comey's.

Trump said Thursday during an interview with NBC News that the two men have spoken at least three times since Inauguration Day.

Maxine Water to a reporter: "No you are not confused."


Link to more... via Instapundit

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I realized again but only after massive confusion that when women speak of places then directions are all in the abstract. Even when pointing to an actual place that is out of sight they will point in the wrong direction. So if you were to start walking in search of the place by the directions just given, even direct pointing, you will walk off in the wrong direction.

This happened again yesterday and the woman had me absolutely baffled while on the street, later I looked it up. She wants to direct me to a new place but she's careless with necessary details.

I had just started off walking when she emerged from a door and said directly to me having picked me out from the people passing by both directions, the same thing the previous guy said, "There he is." As if discovering me.

She walked with me for a distance down the block. I have no idea how long she intends to stay with me. It turned out to be to the end of the block. "Have you tried Zep's?"

Never heard of it. But I must try it she insists. "It's where the old Arby's used to be." That's directly in front of us within sight. Due South. It's now Torchy's. The distance is immediate. It's across the street. So what she said didn't make sense and I'm trying to visualize another Arby's in the area that she is pointing due West. She raised her arm and pointed toward the mountains. Zep's. Like Led Zeppelin. A few blocks that way in the old Arby's.

She meant 1/2 block due north, behind us, in the old Gizmo's.

She's all kinds of wrong and expects me to find it.

And I did. Bless her heart. Simple search [zep's denver] shows immediately it's in an adjoining building.

This is the third such similar incident this week where in speaking with a woman she pointed in the wildly wrong direction, just conversationally, simply to gesture "over there" and not specify an actual geological direction. And it's only Thursday.

I'm not complaining.

I'm describing an observation.

By contrast awhile ago the broken down guy with wrapped feet sitting in the sun in his wheelchair on Easter, alcoholic presumably, while talking about his unhappiness he pinpointed in the air onto his map actual veteran's places, (angrily, places that didn't help him) their real names, while pegging in front of him to his sides and behind him. All in the right direction. I could have walked to any place he mentioned. He is hopelessly broken but he's got a good local map in his head and he knows where he's been.

"Rand Paul Doesn't Want a Special Prosecutor on Russia"

Via InstapunditIn the wake of President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have both called for a special commission to investigate Russia's involvement in the U.S. presidential election. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn't having it.

"Lots of crocodile tears in DC," he tweeted this morning.

Paul elaborated in an appearance on FOX Business's Varney & Co.:

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going around," Paul said, pointing to Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-NY) criticism of Comey from earlier this year and Secretary Hillary Clinton's recent claim that Comey's public disclosures about the FBI investigation into her private email server helped tilt the election to Trump.

Paul also shared his own reasons for not objecting to Comey's dismissal. "One of my concerns with Comey is that he was always up here on the hill advocating for more power for the FBI," Paul said on Varney & Co. "When I countered that and said, 'You could've done a better job investigating the killer in Orlando,' He would always respond, 'Oh, we just need more power to tap more phones of everybody and we'll get enough information to stop this.' And my point was they just need to do better police work when someone tips them off. A gun store tipped them off about the Orlando killer and they did virtually zero to investigate it."

When asked who should replace Comey, Paul said he wants "somebody who balances civil liberties with law enforcement."

"Most men just want a woman who's nice"

Fox News:  At the end of the day, most men just want a woman who’s nice. “Nice,” to a man, means being soft, gentle and kind. It means asking your husband how his day was and really listening. It means doing something nice for him with no expectation of getting something in return—you know, the way you did when you were dating.

But wait a minute, you say. Don’t women want the same thing? A man who’s nice?

Not exactly. Most women do want a man who’s kind, but that’s not the same as nice. Ask any guy you know, and he’ll likely give you example after example of women they know who said they wanted a nice guy but in reality wanted a bad boy. That’s because just as most men are attracted to femininity, or softness, most women are attracted to masculinity. And masculinity is hard. Gruff. Take charge.

So, where are you on the nice scale? If you’re not an inherently nice person, believe me I get it. I think I’m pretty nice, but that isn’t the first word one would think of to describe me. The truth is, I’ve had to exercise my nice muscle.

I’ve had to learn how to be be nice.

(Link to more)

"Emotion reading technology claims to spot criminals before they act"

Via Drudge:  Emotion reading technology could soon be used by police after a Russian firm created a tool that can identify people in a crowd and tell if they are angry, stressed or nervous.

The software, created by NTechLab, can monitor citizens for suspicious behaviour by tracking identity, age, gender and current emotional state. It could be used to pre-emptively stop criminals and potential terrorists.

"The recognition gives a new level of security in the street because in a couple of seconds you can identify terrorists or criminals or killers," said Alexander Kabakov, NTechLab chief executive.

The emotion recognition tool is a new part of NTechLab's facial recognition software, which made the headlines last year when it was used to power the FindFace app that can track down anyone on Russian social network VKontakte from a photo.

The identification app claims to have reconnected long-lost friends and family members, as well as helped police solve two cold cases and identify criminals.

(Link to more)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WKRLEM: The Deplorable's are still with you Mr. President

I have a kiddie pool.

Just so you know.


I think that's a lovely song and video. But ugh, the original Truffaut film looks just dreadful. The storyline, at least. I've never seen Jules et Jim but after reading about it, I'm sure that I don't want to. Plus it's Stephen Hawking's all time favorite film. Double ugh.

It Sucks To Be A Man?

66 Guys Explain Why... via Instapundit

1. We come last—after women and children.

2. We are disposable.

3. We don’t get touched.

4. We have to cry in secret.

5. We are treated as second-class citizens by female teachers.

6. We’re not allowed to fight back if a woman hits us.

7. We are success objects.

8. We’re invisible to everybody.

9. We’re always viewed as the guilty one.

10. We’re always the wrong person in every situation involving women or kids, no matter what.

Link to the rest...

NYT: Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for Money for Russia Investigation

Via MSN News: Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in resources for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three congressional officials who were briefed on his request.
Mr. Comey asked for the resources last week from Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who also wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of Mr. Comey this week, the officials said.
There is only one little problem...


"Oh Mr. Hoover it is so nice to meet you. You are one of my heroes."
"Sure girly. Don't touch me with your dirty teats. So young man are you interested in a career in Law Enforcement. I have handcuffs."
"Errrr....not really sir. It is not my cup of tea."
"I am over here Mr. Hoover. I am barely fitting in my swimsuit,   "
"Shut up you filthy whore. You are dirty like all of you animals that bleed and never die. So if you are not interested in Law Enforcement what does interest you."
"Well there is one thing I really like."
"What's that?"
"Gladiator Movies."
"I can work with that."

WKRLEM: There goes Bronson.

RIP Michael Parks.

Before "Sons of Anarchy" there was Bronson.

In the tradition of road shows like Route 66. The kind of show we don't see anymore.

What society-deemed "flaw" do you find attractive?

Reddit top voted comments...

Not sure if finding few/none of my features in this thread makes me attractive or really unattractive (self doubt)

I used to have a thing for woman with big foreheads.

Laugh lines around people's eyes.

I've always thought pointy ears were really pretty on women

I love big noses on guys. Not because I think it says something about other parts of anatomy, I just think it makes gentlemen look rather distinguished.

A girl I knew in high school had a raspy voice that if I recall correctly was due to a fucked up vocal cord. Girls with raspier voices -- natural, not like, pack a day smoker raspy -- are kind off attractive to me now and I don't know if it is because of her.

I am super attracted to girls who wear very conservative clothing. Turtlenecks fuck me up.

Girls with messy, uneven and/or short hair.

I dig me a kinda tall girl.

"ISIS Tells Jihadists To Attack U.S. Gun Store Owners...."

"...As Way To Acquire Firearms" via Instapundit.
According to the latest issue of ISIS’ Rumiyah magazine, PJ Media reported, the terror organization discussed different ways jihadists could get firearms in the United States and Europe.

In the U.S., “anything from a single-shot shotgun all the way up to a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle can be purchased at showrooms or through online sales – by way of private dealers – with no background checks, and without requiring either an ID or a gun license,” ISIS states. “And with approximately 5,000 gun shows taking place annually within the United States, the acquisition of firearms becomes a very easy matter.”

They include a picture of an unidentified gun show with the caption, “Gun conventions represent an easier means of arming oneself for an attack.”
Let's say a gun store is attacked by a jihadi, how do you think the anti-gun lobby react?


photo by Sixty Grit. Click for crows

What is the average distance between trees and clouds as the crow flies?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump has fired FBI director Comey

Via Drudge: President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, shortly after he provided misleading testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about classified emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner's computer.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to reporters that 'the president has accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'

A written statement from Spicer, sent minutes later, confirmed that Trump 'acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.'

Trump said: 'The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.'

Testifying about the Clinton email controversy last week, Comey said his agents uncovered 'hundreds of thousands' of emails on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Weiner that Abedin has forwarded her now-estranged husband so he could print them out for her.

Now it appears Comey misspoke.

Gregory A. Brower, the FBI's assistant director in the Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote to the Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon to 'clarify' Comey's testimony about Abedin's role in allowing classified material to find its way to her husband's computer.

Most of the 'hundreds and thousands' of emails, Brower wrote, were there as a result of backups of other devices – and not manually sent by Abedin.

Only 'two e-mail chains containing classified information were manually forwarded to Mr. Weiner's account,' he wrote.

Ten additional chains contained classified material – all part of device backups – and 'all twelve' had already been reviewed by the FBI.

The president personally called Senator Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday to tell her he was firing his FBI director, according to the senator, who is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Guy strolling his dog at the store

Link to source

Reddit's Makethedrinkgosippy said...
I know this guy! He is homeless and hangs around Uptown, Dallas. He pushes the dog around bars and ask if people will pay to have a picture with the dog...

Obama takes a swipe at Trump

“You get the politicians you deserve,” Obama said without mentioning President Trump. “And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.”

The comments came during a discussion about leadership.

“The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people,” Obama said. “So often we think of leadership as somebody at the top who is ordering other people around … but it turns out, for me at least, what made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how to speak up on the things that were affecting their lives.”

“Politicians can help guide policy,” he added. “But change is going to come from what people do every day.”

(Link to the whole thing)

"Coffee Shops Skip Wi-Fi to Encourage Customers to Actually Talk"

Via Drudge:  “It’s about creating a social vibe,” he said. “We’re a vehicle for human interaction, otherwise it’s just a commodity.”

At many coffee outlets, workers set up makeshift offices and rely on the stores’ Wi-Fi, which has come to be considered a given — if not a right.

While HotBlack is not the first cafe to withhold Wi-Fi from the public, industry experts said such shops are in the minority and risk alienating customers.

Mr. Bienenstock said he has traveled extensively, including 15 years of living in Europe, and found that the practice of setting up a temporary workplace in a cafe was largely confined to North America. He said he did not see his approach as revolutionary but as a response to society’s deep immersion into all things digital that leads people to seldom communicate face to face.

Customers initially were aghast at the decision.

“What do you mean you don’t have Wi-Fi?” was a common refrain, he said, adding that the camps are divided between those who love it and those who loathe it. (Only four of 28 reviews on Yelp noted the shop’s lack of Wi-Fi.)

(Don't skip the whole story - Link)

Jon Gabriel: the Obama Presidential Library Is Really Ugly

Via Instapundit:  A discarded Chinese take-out box. The backside of a Star Wars sand crawler. The Washington Monument with the interesting bits lopped off. That’s what sprung to mind when confronted with the initial design of the Obama Presidential Center.

In addition to the tall stone museum with notches and windows cut out at random, the proposal calls for a low-slung forum and library with greenery on the roof. It will be built in Jackson Park in Chicago’s South Side, not far from the Museum of Science and Industry.

According to the Obama Foundation, this will be much more than a mere presidential library. “Through participatory and immersive experiences,” the website says, “the Center will tell Barack and Michelle Obama’s story, while lifting the hood on the mechanics of change and inspiring visitors to spark their own.”

No, I don’t know what that means either.

(Link to more, including a sketch)

Monday, May 8, 2017

"Travel Ban ‘Could Be Constitutional’ if Enacted by Hillary Clinton"

Via Drudge:  ACLU Lawyer Omar Jadwat, arguing against President Trump’s travel ban before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, admitted that the same exact travel ban “could be” constitutional if it were enacted by Hillary Clinton.
Jadwat argued that Trump’s campaign animus motivated the order, making it illegitimate. This claim was challenged by the Fourth Circuit’s Judge Paul Niemeyer.

“If a different candidate had won the election and then issued this order, I gather you wouldn’t have any problem with that?” Niemeyer asked.

Jadwat dodged on directly answering the question at first, but Niemeyer persisted, asking the question again.

Jadwat again tried to avoid the question, asking for clarification on the hypothetical, but Niemeyer once again demanded an answer.

“We have a candidate who won the presidency, some candidate other than President Trump won the presidency and then chose to issue this particular order, with whatever counsel he took,” Niemeyer said. “Do I understand that just in that circumstance, the executive order should be honored?”

“Yes, your honor, I think in that case, it could be constitutional,” Jadwat admitted.

Jadwat also denied that presidents’ actions should be nullified by campaign statements, despite the fact that his entire argument seemed to rest on that claim.
Could this be more evidence supporting this claim?...  Is Trump hatred warping the judiciary?

oh hail

This happened a moment ago. Today started out rather gray and built up differently and more powerfully than yesterday. It nearly hailed yesterday, you could tell the drops couldn't quite form or couldn't quite last, but today was the full blast. A full double blast. The hail storms are usually not this big or this long.

I've always loved the excitement of hail storms. Even the cars sound off their alarms. Bummer about all the damage.

It's tough all over. Up here the little garden that replaced the previous little garden that froze just got beat up, and badly.

Plus frozen.  These are broad leaf coleus. They look destroyed. 

I'm happy that I found a reliable local place. Last year I couldn't find these plants at the places I went so this year I bought some online and that's not best way to go. Except for bulbs. 

Belguim bans Kosher and Halal practices to scream of Social Justice Warriors.

Daily Mail May 8, 2017 by Gareth Davies
A Belgian region has banned halal and kosher slaughter in a move condemned as the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights since Nazi occupation. 
The bill to prohibit the practice was passed unanimously by the environment committee of the Walloon Parliament in the south of the country and similar bills could be rolled out across Belgium.
Meat produced as Jewish kosher or Muslim halal require the fully-conscious animals to have their throats slit in a ritual slaughter in order to drain their blood. 
The ban has drawn criticism from the religious community, who have labeled the move as 'scandalous'.

Animal rights activists, who believe stunning the animals before killing them is more humane, will welcome the news, but both the Jewish and Muslim society have spoken out against it. 
The European Jewish Congress called the law, which will be implemented by September 2019, scandalous and its president Moshe Kantor told The Independent it sends a terrible message to Jewish communities throughout Europe that Jews are unwanted.
Muslim and Jewish communities have condemned the ban as an attack on religion
Muslim and Jewish communities have condemned the ban as an attack on religion
'It attacks the very core of our culture and religious practice and our status as equal citizens with equal rights in a democratic society,' he said.
'We call on legislators to step back from the brink of the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two. 
Talking before the legislation was passed, the regional minister of animal welfare in the region Ben Weyts voiced his approval of the ban.
He said: 'Unstunned slaughter is outdated.
'In a civilised society, it is our damn duty to avoid animal suffering where possible.'
A similar ban will come into play in the Flemish region of Belgium by January 2019, stopping people killing animals before stunning them. 
The Musl
im community have also come out opposing the ban, with the Belgian Muslim Executive telling The Independent: 'Muslims are worried about whether they can eat halal food in conformity with their religious rites and beliefs.' 

Meat the Mets?

New York Post by TJ Rivera May 6, 2017
The Mets sure were excited after their thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the Marlins on Friday.
After the game, the team’s official Twitter account sent out a picture of a smiling T.J. Rivera wearing the crown the team has been awarding its player of the game. Hidden in the corner of the image, though, was a large dildo that just happened to be hanging out in Kevin Plawecki’s locker.
(Of course during the 1980's they had several large black dildos that had lockers but since Gooden, Strawberry and Kevin Mitchel have left the team they have to be satisfied with smaller Latino's.)

Jeremy Clarkson tells a story.



The sun was shining brightly and I could hardly wait to start upon work involving a new garden to curate. My eyes beheld the darkened clouds obscure the near foothills. I beckoned them to come along and wet my windowsills.

I smiled most cheerfully when the clouds marched overhead.

Then grinned with glee when thunder broke and lightning tendrils spread. 

Dark and fast and wet as that the clouds march west, within minutes the wind stops, pressure settles, electric activity ceases, temperature rises noticeably, light and dry air return. The new transplanted garden is shocked, "So this is how it's going to be?" They all took the whipping rather well. 

I love this. Something similar happens a lot though the Spring. I think the same pattern will happen again today. It's fun. It's also fun observing people respond to the storm. 

The ale brewing place downstairs just upped their game considerably. And that's fun too. They claimed a large area of patio in the back and sectioned it off solidly. Large enough for four big umbrellas and the concrete planters for trees. They hired a singer for inside and her group and this architectural change has attracted a large younger crowd that likes to make beer in quantity and have fun in the hours that the ale is brewing. The music fills courtyard space encompassing their own sectioned patio.The whole place was packed and having a great time yesterday, with kids wandering around, a family-friendly social gathering with beer and beer-making and delivered food and music, then the storm crashed though and all activity cleared. Everyone disappeared inside and went silent. Completely silent except for raw loud undisciplined nature. Then when the wind, rain, lightning and thunder all passed the outdoor party activity and live music resumed just as fast as it had previously ceased. Taken in stride and with no umbrage, the storm was part of their party.

"Texas governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities"

Via Drudge: The bill, which Abbott could be seen signing on Facebook Live Sunday evening, establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don't comply with immigration laws and detention requests, the governor's office said.

The new measure would fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated.
It would also result in a misdemeanor charge for sheriffs, police chiefs and constables who fail to comply with detention requests and in removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott's office said.

"As Governor, my top priority is public safety, and this bill furthers that objective by keeping dangerous criminals off our streets," Abbott said in a press release. "It's inexcusable to release individuals from jail that have been charged with heinous crimes like sexual assault against minors, domestic violence and robbery."

The measure goes into effect on September 1, according to the governor's office.

(Link to more)

WKRLEM: Can't we all just get along?

Battleship USS Wisconsin towering over the streets of Norfolk, VA.

Link to source

Sunday, May 7, 2017

WKRLEM: My Heart Belongs to Daddy

My heart belongs to Daddy!

While tearing off a game of golf
I may make a play for the caddy
But when I do, I don't follow through
Cause my heart belongs to Daddy

If I invite a boy some night
To dine on my fine Finnan Haddie
I just adore, his asking for more
But my heart belongs to Daddy

Yes, my heart belongs to Daddy
So I simply couldn't be bad
Yes, my heart belongs to Daddy
Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, daaaad

So I want to warn you laddie
Though I know that you're perfectly swell
That my heart belongs to Daddy
Cause my Daddy, he treats it so well

While tearing off a game of golf
I may make a play for the caddy
But when I do, I don't follow through
Cause my heart belongs to Daddy

If I invite a boy some night
To cook up some hot enchilada
Though Spanish rice is all very nice
My heart belongs to Daddy

Yes, my heart belongs to Daddy
So I simply couldn't be bad
Yes, my heart belongs to Daddy
Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, daaaad

So I want to warn you laddie
Though I know that you're perfectly swell
That my heart belongs to Daddy
Cause my Daddy, he treats it so well

Best post mortem of the French election that I have seen from Vox Day

From Vox Day's blog:

A Le Pen loss, however, will hardly be a knockout blow for populism — or a ringing vindication of the establishment.

If anything, the French campaign has solidified the new fracture lines in modern politics, which bear little relation to the relatively modest differences marking the old left-right divide. Instead, the choice voters face on Sunday illustrates the profound new chasm in the West: between those who favor open, globalized societies and others who prefer closed, nationalized ones.

“What’s the common ground between Macron and Le Pen? There is none. What we’re seeing is historic: a choice between two completely different modes of organizing a society,” said Madani Cheurfa, a professor of politics at Paris’s Sciences Po.

I think this is essentially correct. There is a split between globalists and nationalists. You can be a conservative or a liberal globalist. Both were united in their hatred of Donald Trump. Trump is nominally a nationalist. He talked the talk. We have to see if he is going to walk the walk. The results have been very mixed so far even though it is very early in his administration. He does need to do things to burnish his nationalist credentials. Otherwise he will become a captive of the swamp. I have supported President Trump vigorously since the process began. I am troubled by some of the things he has done. I though he would put America's interests first. I am not in favor of looking for wars overseas in places like Syria and North Korea. He needs to rethink this policy. He needs to be much more of a nationalist in deeds and not just in words. We shall see what enfolds. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. But he needs to put America First.

"Bill Maher is accused of crossing the line with tasteless incest joke about Ivanka Trump"

Via InstapunditWhile on his HBO program Real Time with New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman on Friday night, the 61-year-old made the incest joke about first daughter Ivanka Trump's relationship with her father President Donald Trump.

He said: 'What do you make of Ivanka and her efforts to sort of humanize her father?

'We see all this misogyny at Fox News, we see it in Donald Trump himself. A lot of us thought, Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace.'

The political commentator then took it a step further and mimicked Ivanka performing a sex act on her father.

'When he's about to nuke Finland or something, she's gonna walk into the bedroom and—"Daddy, Daddy…'Don't do it, Daddy,"' said Maher.

'Is that how you see Ivanka?' Maher asked Sherman who, red faced, replied: 'No.'

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"How Abstaining Far-Left French Voters Could Hand Le Pen Victory"

Via Drudge:  Far-right populist Marine Le Pen is behind in the polls and an outsider to win France's presidential elections Sunday.

But she still has a slim path to victory, according to experts, one that shares similarities with the more ardent left-wing supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the U.S. election last year.

Polls predict Le Pen will get around 40 percent of the vote, a huge increase on her party's previous performances, but not enough defeat centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron, who is tipped to score around 60 percent and win the presidency.

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purple petunias with white dots that look like the cosmos

I'm new to this gardening hobby and already I see a marketing pattern. I noticed before that the patriotic looking petunias red and white stripes with blue ones in there were only available in baskets. They looked great but they were all mature plants, all well developed so not that long-lived through the summer, and available only in baskets, not in 6-packs.

Same thing with these purple with white speckled petunias. I noticed these among ordinary petunias and they are fascinating right off. Attention grabbing immediately. Just looking at them and you risk getting lost in a universe held in a bunch of flowers. The pattern that grabs you looks like this.

Seemed like to me. Okay, maybe this. 

No wait. It's coming back to me. The plants crammed together and suffering the depletion of their miserable compacted condition hanging there like criminals and having already peaked on the course of their natural lives looked like this as a pattern.

Kind of. The blooms are really piled in there. 

It seems to me right then that plant hybrid developers learned to skim the market when introducing new types to the market. They're a lot more expensive this way. 

Wouldn't you? Wouldn't you want to maximize your return on your investment in time and attention? They may have started out as love projects but this is big business. 

Says as much right here. But I do not trust them completely because they spell worse than me on that website. 
... new colours and colour combinations, of course. But few can be as genuinely different as 'Night Sky'.

The deep purple-blue single flowers are unpredictably speckled in large and small white spots so they look like stars shining in the night sky.
That's exactly what I thought.
These striking flowers are the result of many years of careful selection by Italian plant breeder Antonella Capo; the target being to obtain a stable colour pattern.
I wonder if he's thinking, "Oh man, if I can get these plants to the American market I'll never have to work another day in my life."
this lovely new colour pattern is not 100% stable. When the summer weather provides us with hot days and cool nights the white colouring will tend to predominate and white flowers with a purple star pattern may appear. On the rare occasions when day and night temperatures are unusually high – above 24°C (75°F) during the day and above 17°C (63°F) at night – the colouring may become almost solid purple. 
Bummer! I like them like this. Graham Rice goes on to describe the perfect temperature to get this color.  75℉ in the day and 63℉ at night, like that's going to happen naturally more than once or twice a year if ever.

Is it worth it? Will they go all white or all purple? Would that be so bad? Will I regret investing my interest and my garden hopes on a hybrid flower this unstable?

Eh. Caladiums do that too. You pick out a pattern expecting to get what you see but instead what grows in your microclimate situation produces dramatic differences in leaf color patterns. Say, red centers with green borders can vary dramatically when either red or green predominates and the overall pattern of a bunch of leaves is dramatically different. Even on the same patio if one container is in shade and the other container mostly in direct sun.
Night Sky won the 2015 Fleurostar award for the most stunning new plant of the year and was also a favourite amongst visitors to Britain’s most prestigious flower trials last year. It is propagated vegetatively, not from seed.
Clones. It's like Star Wars.

I also noticed that their chile peppers are a lot more sturdy than mine. Much thicker stems, larger leaves, and larger flowers. Altogether more robust. My habanero plants are like bonsais compared to theirs.

I want these purple flowers all over the place. They're too good to pass up and I did pass them up and now I regret it. I should have just snatched them up without further thinking. But I was thinking about all of this and it interfered with my decision. The last time I broke up a basket and spread them around the whole project didn't go very well. I'm willing to give it another try. I would like these around the whole inside of the balcony. Like a mysterious cosmos environment that invites hummingbirds. 


Brussels killed the Singing Nun. Sure, it was the "Belgian" government which demanded all that money, but as we know, the "Belgian" Government smoothly morphed into the EU. Read her tragic story here.