Saturday, May 27, 2017


Release the video!!!

WKRLEM: RIP Greg Allman

What is the most ignorant thing someone has said to you?

Reddit to voted comments...

I'm a waiter. I had a woman ask me if we had gluten free water

I was at a cafe and heard the lady at the table next to me order eggs Benedict with extra hollandaise sauce, but asked for the toast to come without butter because she was avoiding saturated fat.
Edit: For those who don't know, hollandaise is made from almost nothing but butter.

'The baby is in a little protective sack that keeps out all the bad stuff, it's fine.'
Drunk, smoking, pregnant teenager at a wedding I was at a few years ago.

"That's not snow on top of the mountain."
"Of course it is, what else would it be?"
"White plastic sheeting."

I went through treatment for cancer. The amount of people who think it is helpful to point out that 'big pharma has the cure for cancer but are hiding it' is mind boggling.

"You have a roof over your head, you get to eat every day. You have no reason to be depressed"
I wasnt even depressed, Im just a quiet kid who doesn't smile much.

Returning to school after my house had burned down during the summer. Arguably the worst summer of my life. I was minding my own business in class and some guy blurted out, "Did you all burn your house down just for insurance money?"

Thank you, US Army

I imagine this will be a treasured photograph for all four of these Army people. It sure would be for me. A simple lovely graceful genuine thank you. 

For fun, and for sharp contrast, compare, if you like.

WKRLEM: Where are these Englishmen?

That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
  To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
  Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
  And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
  And then  you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
  To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
  We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
  But we've  proved it again and  again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
  You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
  For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
  You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
  No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that pays it is lost!"

Friday, May 26, 2017

WKRLEM: Pay the Danegeld.

I watch a lot of English TV. American TV has just become to needlessly bloody and coarse. Every show has serial killers and burned and an eviscerated corpse in every other scene. Even a dumb fun series like Hawaii Five O has to have scenes set in the morgue where the detectives talk over the dead body that has just been autopsied and you get to see all the marks and cuts the doctor used. It is just unnecessary.

So I enjoy the English shows that are not as bloody. They have  smart detectives and historical dramas and funny comedies. Downton Abby. Lark Rise to Candleford. Vera. Silk. Grantchester. Doc Martin.  Stella. Last Tango to Halifax. Call the Midwife. Best of all are the shows set during World War 2. Folye's War. Home Fires.

Home Fires in particular is very enjoyable. It is about a village at the beginning of World War Two and how the villagers cope with the war effort. The English are shown to be plucky doughty fighters. Fighting to their last breath to resist the Nazi's. Everyone from the vicar in the church to the washerwoman were in on the fight to the knife.

That England is dead.

Now they let Muslims groom and rape their children. They let them cut the head off their soldiers on the streets of London. They let their children be murdered at pop concerts. They don't do anything about it.

"Muslim man sues Little Caesars, claiming 'halal' was a lie in Dearborn"

Via Twitter: A Muslim man is suing Little Caesars for $100 million after he says he was served and then accidentally ate pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited by Islamic law.

The complaint says Mohamad Bazzi of Dearborn ordered halal pizza twice from the shop on Schaefer in Dearborn. The boxes were labeled "halal," but the pies inside were topped with regular pepperoni.

Majed Moughni, Bazzi's attorney, said he rushed to file the lawsuit Thursday, the eve of Ramadan, so no other Muslims would accidentally eat pork from the pizza shop during the holiday.

Montana voters unpersuaded by news accounts

Via Drudge:  Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him."

"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian. Jacobs told "Good Morning America" Thursday morning, "I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next."

After the incident, the Gallatin County Sheriff cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault, and instructed him to appear in court by June 7.

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"Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker"

Via Drudge:  Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have figured out how to run a ransom racket on visiting tourists.
The monkeys grab valuables, such as glasses, hats, cameras or, in one case, a wad of cash from the ticket booth, then wait for temple staff to offer them food before dropping their ill-gotten gains and dashing off with the tasty prize.

Although this behaviour has been reported anecdotally at Uluwatu Temple on the island of Bali for years, it had never been studied scientifically in the wild. So Fany Brotcorne, a primatologist at the University of Liège in Belgium, and her colleagues set out to discover how and why it has spread through the monkey population.

“It’s a unique behaviour. The Uluwatu Temple is the only place in Bali where it’s found,” she says, which suggests it is a learned behaviour rather than an innate ability.

Brotcorne wanted to determine whether it was indeed cultural, which could help us better understand the monkey’s cognitive abilities, and even human evolution.

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(h/t AllenS email)


I thought first of Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" but this won out.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Importance of dads.

Dad pranks his young son to deliver a life lesson.

YouTube viewers died laughing at this. Then came back to life and said so. 

A different son pranks his dad. Dads teach us how to swear.

YouTube has a lot of dad pranks.  

Homing pigeon caught smuggling 170 ecstasy pills in homemade 'backpack'

Via Drudge: The bird was stopped with the sack strapped to its back as it soared between Iraq and Kuwait.

A homing pigeon has been caught smuggling more than 170 ecstasy pills in a homemade 'backpack' after police tracked its progress across the border of two countries.

The bird was stopped with the sack strapped to its back as it soared between Iraq and Kuwait.

Al Arabiya reports carrier pigeons are increasingly being used in the region as an unorthodox drug smuggling technqiue.

"Manchester attack: Police 'not sharing information with US''

Via Reddit:  UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times.

It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which left 22 dead.

Theresa May said she would tell Donald Trump at a Nato meeting that shared intelligence "must remain secure".

The Queen is at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital visiting some of the injured as well as members of the emergency services.

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"Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge"

Via Drudge: The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 people who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"The Inside Story on James B. Comey"

"Former FBI Director the Ultimate Inside Man" (h/t Michael Haz)

The following exposé was originally posted as an excellent comment on Facebook.

There is an additional exposé on James Comey which presents an ironclad case against him for dereliction of duty, obstruction of justice and official misconduct as follows:

State of the NationMay 18, 2017

There are very few crime/mystery novels that approach this true story for compelling drama, intrigue and brinkmanship (with the nation in the balance).

Don’t believe the fake-media story that Trump made a mistake or huge gaffe by firing Comey.
Don’t believe the media narrative from the left that it was an attempt to silence Comey from some investigation into Trump.
Don’t believe the RINO narrative that Comey is a good guy just trying to do his job in terrible circumstances and the timing was bad.
Don’t believe the lie that Comey was admired and respected by career FBI investigators and agents.
Don’t believe the lie that Trump’s “tweets” are not professional and have no strategic purpose. His tweets are weaponized and deadly.

James Comey is a poisonous snake of the highest order… a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to deliberately provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama. He is has been central to trying to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start. He is as dirty as they come in DC. He had highest-level cover (the FBI no less) and was deep into an effort to eliminate Trump. Trump had to move hard, fast, and at exactly the right time to cut the head off the snake without getting bitten by the snake or being finished by the other swamp denizens.

Begin by noticing how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from his office, that Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the justice department. This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical. Notice how Prez Trump compartmentalized the strike and did not inform any of his White House “staff” to prevent leaks. Notice how he emasculated Comey and the swamp denizens by letting them know in a tweet that the Attorney General got information (surveillance “tapes” from the seizure of Comey’s office) to let Comey and his handlers know that Trump’s DOJ has the goods on them. This was a brilliant, strategic and totally imperative move at exactly the right time against horrible, evil and corrupt powers infesting our government.

The swamp is on notice that the President is on to them, they are sweating bullets because their criminal games of corruption are being pursued and they know it. They are screaming and ranting because they are desperate denizens of the swamp who are beginning to realize they are roadkill.


For free, a hot dog, not a hot dog

"Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years"

Via Drudge:  The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.

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What true fact sounds fake?

Reddit top voted comments...

There is a disease that, over time, converts your muscular tissue into bone

~9% of all humans who ever existed are still alive today.

The Soviet Union had a program in which they tried to train Dolphins to kill humans with weapons and destroy submarines with bombs.

There are more tigers in private collections in Texas than there are left in the wild.

Mike the Headless Chicken who lived without a head for two years. People think I'm making up an urban legend when I mention Miracle Mike.

There is a species of shark - the Greenland shark - that has a lifespan of up to 400 years

turkeys can spontaneously impregnate themselves through a process called Parthenogenesis

Since the current water speed record was set in 1978, everyone thats tried to beat it since has died.

"A Campus Murder Tests Facebook Clicks as Evidence of Hate"

Via Wired phone message:  Investigators say they still don’t know why Sean Urbanski, a 22-year-old University of Maryland student, walked up to 23-year-old Richard Collins III, a US Army lieutenant just days shy of college graduation, and fatally stabbed him at a campus bus stop this weekend. What they do say they know is that Collins, who was visiting a friend at UMD and did not appear to know Urbanski, was black, and that Urbanski belonged to a Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation, a haven of white supremacist content.

“Suffice to say that it’s despicable,” UMD police chief David Mitchell said, at a press conference, of the now deleted Alt-Reich: Nation group. “It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith, and especially African Americans.”

In addition to the local police department’s ongoing homicide investigation, the FBI is looking into whether Collins’ murder also amounts to a hate crime. The judges and jury of the internet have quickly reached a guilty verdict, but law enforcement is less sure. “We need something probably more than just a Facebook posting,” said Angela Alsobrooks, prosecutor for Prince George’s County, Maryland, during a press conference Monday.

Digital breadcrumbs have become key pieces of evidence for investigators in the age of social media, but they’ve also put a unique strain on the legal system, forcing courts to grapple with new questions about the relative significance of a Facebook post, a “Like,” a follow, a tweet. It’s natural for the public to want to level the harshest punishment on a person who could kill a stranger in cold blood, particularly when that killer lurked in the internet’s darkest corners and may have been motivated by racial hatred. But in Urbanski’s case, investigators, and eventually the courts, will have to carefully decide how much weight they can really put on a person’s online allegiances and whether mere membership in such a hateful online group constitutes evidence of intent to commit a hate crime.

“These are not questions the law has had to answer before,” says Neil Richards, a professor of First Amendment and privacy law at Washington University School of Law. “We don’t want to permit a system in which merely reading something or associating with other people can be used as strong evidence that you hold the views of the people you hang out with or the things you read.”

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Kalter: Suicide rate skyrockets among middle-aged men

Via InstapunditSuicide prevention efforts in the Bay State are targeting male-dominated industries like construction in an attempt to slow skyrocketing rates among middle-aged men — a troubling trend highlighted by the recent death of 52-year-old Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, advocates say.

Friends and family of the prolific rock singer were stunned when he was found dead last week in a Detroit hotel room, which the medical examiner determined was a suicide.

“When someone famous kills himself, just like when someone famous dies of a heroin overdose, people say, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ People don’t realize how enormous of a problem suicide is for middle-aged men in America and in Massachusetts,” said Franklin Cook, director of community outreach for, which provides prevention resources to men struggling with suicidal thoughts.

The suicide rate in Massachusetts rose by 40 percent between 2004 and 2014, due in large part to the number of middle-aged men taking their lives.

Men 35-64 accounted for 44 percent of the total number of Bay State suicides in 2014. That toll rises to 67 percent for men 25-64.

“The increased numbers of fatalities is being driven by men in their middle years,” Cook said.

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Ariana Grande

If you were wondering who Ariana Grande is upon hearing the news of the explosion at her concert, the last we saw of her was on video licking donuts left in the open for customers, and remarking to her friends that she hates America and hates Americans.

You'll remember this.

I'm emotionally numb.  I do feel a bit bad for the girls but for having parents who made this situation for them and ultimately bequeath the problem to them to resolve. 

I cannot work up sympathy. Not for the entertainer, and sympathy does not occur for British who invite this and fiercely defend their insistence. They've numbed me to it. For example, the perpetrator is second generation immigrant. Just like my Dad. And my dad is American as free refills, tipping and large portions. So I emphasize with their defense.  But they apply that defense to citizens of nations with ideologies in fundamental conflict with Western values and unrelentingly unsparingly hegemonic besides. Supremacists do not assimilate. 

I saw this somewhere today in comments. It was easy to find searching [born, sweden, aquarium].

While all those little girls are beautiful. The press chose the most gorgeous among them to show us, to tweak emotionally, I suppose, but surely not to inflame us. The media is conflicted this way.

Say, a movie starts and right off a child is described as too good to be believable, no real child is this good, well behaved, kind, generous, charming, adorable always laughing, a real joy to everyone and you think to yourself, "This is fast one-dimensional character development, this character will be killed." Why else cram all that impossible goodness into a character so quickly? To get viewers to feel, to emote, when the character is killed. Then the show is based on that. So the press shows us the most gorgeous chid lost for maximum emotion while readers instruct each other in comments in certain terms not to channel that emotion down the logical lines of placing responsibility where it belongs so that national policy follows logically. 

I didn't know the donut licking America hating entertainer's audience is all little girls. And now that Britain's civilization determined that immigration is not to be criticized or checked, then these little girls will have to take in their concerts at home for now on. Their civilization must become something else. Something less. Adapt. Cover those girls and keep them at home. I read a very long string of British comments knocking down the immigrant angle, angrily defending their political position on immigration more than defending immigrants themselves, while attacking brutally in exceedingly vicious terms their fellow citizens who suggests that it must. The same arguments before and after Brexit. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Clown flees on scooter after slashing man man to death with bladed gloves

What a bizarre story. You must have seen this on Drudge.

The glove or gloves are in the style of Freddy Kruger. White face paint with black streaks. Not a circus clown with big shoes and red nose.

Christian Gulzow is the perp. Brian Lucero is the victim.

They argued at a gas station market. The place has a row of pumps taking most the space of the lot in the front with the back of the market set back to abut the alley. The victim left the market and walked north up the alley just one block from one end of the alley to the other, from 10th to 11th, where he was killed by Gulzow, all this in the alley now behind Torchy's restaurant.

Confusing. Why would one argue with a man wearing gloves with fixed claw fingertip knives and his face painted white with black streaks?

Several intense warning signals ignored right there. Gulzow claims that Lucero stole his scooter and told him to get out of his alley and that Lucero might have died by falling on his studded bracelet, but none of that makes any sense.

The Drudge link goes to Denver Post. Normally I'd avoid a story like this but the Torchy's mentioned in the story is half a block from my home. Other sites have this story too and it's strange seeing my apartment building in the background of some of their photographs. This is my neighborhood and I walk these sidewalks every day. That's my alley. Another 1/2 block south and it's my back door.

I never saw any clowns around here.

Video at Denver Channel

Westword newspaper is close by too, another 1/2 bock north of the gas station so their reporters came upon the scene when they showed up for work.

"Beautiful scientists not taken as seriously as less attractive colleagues"

Via Reddit:  Beautiful scientists may draw a crowd but are seen as less academically able than their less attractive colleagues, researchers in Cambridge have found.

It is thought the good looks of former musician and TV physicist Brian Cox and anatomy expert Alice Roberts may have played a big part in their roles as science communicators.

But, if the results of a study by psychologists at Cambridge University are to be believed, neither are rated as highly competent scientists by members of the public.

Lead researcher Dr Will Skylark, from the Department of Psychology, said he wanted to find out what impact good looks had on the perception of scientists.
"Given the importance of science to issues that could have a major impact on society, such as climate change, food sustainability and vaccinations, scientists are increasingly required to engage with the public.

"We know from studies showing that political success can be predicted from facial appearance, that people can be influenced by how someone looks rather than, necessarily, what they say. We wanted to see if this was true for scientists."
– Dr Will Skylark, University of Cambridge.
In the first of a series of trials, volunteers were shown photos of more than 300 British and American scientists and asked to rate them for intelligence and attractiveness.

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WKRLEM: Ride the high country the way we used to do

WKRLEM: Sunday Bloody Sunday

I know I promised that I would never blog about this site at Lem's ever again but I can't help myself.

You see a bunch of people who were driven out returned to this place to place comments. I remember that Sunday when so many were banned and removed. Many found other places to comment. But some have returned to this site to lend their talents where they would not be appreciated. The moderation that goes on stops the free flow of comments that made the site an interesting place to post.

It is the same problem. Blogs run in cycles. I can't resist adding my two cents. Hide and watch.

What dirty little secret does your profession hide that the consumer should know?

Reddit top voted comments...

Teacher - it's that time of year to make class placements for next year. Every year there are two or three teachers in the school (elementary) who are so awful, we cry over which students we have to 'sacrifice' to them and hope they are strong enough to survive a year with Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So.

Most everything at Applebees besides meats are microwaved

If you're sitting at a blackjack table and aren't sure what play to make, ask the dealer. No, seriously. We're trained to know the official Blackjack strategy guide and are allowed to give you that information (considered common knowledge).

Many of the books you read - especially romance - aren't written by the person who's name is on the cover. Most romance books are ghostwritten and bought by someone else (often a man, I've found) and published under a female's name with a fake bio.
How do I know this? I'm a ghostwriter.

A certain telephone company with a blue globe logo doesn't actually have a billing department. You are always routed to Sales. The job is not to fix your billing problem, it's to upsell you. If you have a legit billing problem, you will be transferred because the rep doesn't want to deal with anyone that isn't a sale.

After working in the travel industry I can tell you that hotel room rates are often not fixed prices. If guests come to the front desk and ask the price we generally start at the high end. Most people accept this as fact and pay up. However, if a customer is hesitent or threatens to walk out we can sometimes drop the price to keep them there.

Wash your fruit, we find spiders hanging out in grapes and berries all the time, your friendly neighborhood grocery store employee.

Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond and as Simon Templar on “The SaintTV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

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"Judge presiding over 'El Chapo's' case shot, killed while jogging outside home"

Via Drudge:  The judge who presided over Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s case was shot in the head while jogging outside of his home Monday near Mexico City, according to media reports.

Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, 37, was the judge presiding over Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s case, according to SDP Noticias. Zacarias lived in Metepec, which is 45 miles west of Mexico City.

The Mexico City newspaper reported that the judge was not given any protection while presiding over cases of drug lords like Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, leader of Los Cuinis cartel, and Guzman.

Guzman is currently being held in a federal prison on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas.The Sinaloa Cartel druglord could be extradited to the United States by early 2017.

(Link to story)

Monday, May 22, 2017

"Nineteen people confirmed dead and 50 injured in Manchester Arena 'terrorist attack'"

'The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.'

Abby Mullen from Airdire, North Lanakshire who was at the event said: 'As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me. People's skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.

'I'm still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.

'That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.'

Jonathan Yates, 24, from the Wirral, who attended the gig, told MailOnline: 'The concert had finished and the lights came on almost instantly. There was a bang, a weird bang. There were lots of balloons but I thought to myself that can't be a balloon, that's not normal.

'We were sat on the floor level and it came from the higher seats, people were running and screaming. Everyone stopped and I turned to my friend and said 'we need to run'. Everyone was running and screaming and then when we got out it felt a bit more OK.

'I heard five or six bangs that sounded like gunshots. When we got outside people were outside, crying and on their phones.

'You don't think it's something that's going to happen when you was such a nice, fun concert.'

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"Refusing to allow neutrality on Trump will not end well"

Via Instapundit : “Are you now, or have you ever been, a supporter of Donald J. Trump?” It would be ominous if witnesses in congressional hearings had to endure this type of McCarthyite interrogation. But what do you call it when sportswriters demand that a professional athlete answer the same question?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, for example, calls himself a “good friend” of the new president. Consequently, the football star faced journalists’ demands to “publicly disavow Trump’s actions,” as one USA Todaycolumnist wrote. Brady, not wanting to detract from his team’s Super Bowl preparations, responded by claiming his “right to stay out of it.” But several commenters made clear that the court of public opinion honors neither the right to privacy nor one against self-incrimination. Not in the Age of Trump.

As in sports, so also in show business. Actress Nicole Kidman found it necessary to apologize for her anodyne post-election statement that “we as a country need to support whoever is president.” After he asked Trump the kind of superficial questions guests have faced for 62 years on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” critics denounced host Jimmy Fallon for aiding and abetting Trump’s election. “Now,” Slate warned, “even if celebrities [want] to opt out of the current moment, they can’t…. Doing nothing is doing something. Silence either signifies ‘I’m for Trump’ or ‘I’m for myself.’”

(More at the link)

"Isis tests chemical weapons on 'human guinea pigs'"

Via Drudge:  The extremist group has reportedly poisoned prisoners by spiking their food and water with compounds used in pesticides that are easy to obtain

Security forces now fear the terror network may hatch a twisted plot to contaminate Western food supplies with formulas that quickly dissolve in liquid.

The experiments were recorded in a stash of papers found hidden in Mosul University after Iraqi special forces recaptured the city from IS fighters.

They reveal one victim was fed thallium sulphate - a colourless, tasteless salt that can be dissolved in water - and began to suffer fever, nausea, and swelling of the stomach and brain before dying in agony ten days later.

Isis described the chemical as an "ideal lethal poison" and claimed to be in “possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands”, according to the documents, which were verified by British and US forces and later obtained by The Times.

Terrorists also injected a nicotine-based compound, said to have no antidote, into another victim who passed out within seconds and died hours later.

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The Patent Scam Intro

Via Reddit...

"Tampa Mayor Buckhorn's joke about pointing machine guns at media draws fire"

Via Drudge: “Personally, I was appalled,” wrote Susan Katz Keating, a freelance writer and organization board member who was in the conference room Tuesday for Buckhorn’s keynote address. Katz Keading had guns pointed at her while covering unrest in Northern Ireland in 1988.

Buckhorn said his critics are being overly sensitive. “I think that is a silly reaction,” he said of those upset by a story he has told “a dozen times.”

But some journalists in the room said they weren’t being thin-skinned. No skin is thick enough to stop a bullet or bomb blast, something Daily Beast national security reporter Kim Dozier knows all too well.

In 2006, she was nearly killed in a car bombing that took the life of the U.S. Army officer her team was filming Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, along with his Iraqi translator and Dozier’s CBS colleagues Paul Douglas and James Brolan.

“As someone who had been under fire once or twice, and lost two colleagues to a car bomb in Iraq that nearly killed me, I didn’t appreciate the remarks,” said Dozier, who wrote a book about her experiences and efforts to recover. “The mayor probably didn’t realize how many of the reporters in the room had risked their lives to bring Americans the story of U.S. troops in the field, including veterans-turned-journalists with prior special ops service.”

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WKRLEM: The way it used to be......

This was the elegant New York.

I had gone to the Carlye a few times to see Bobby Short.

It was quite expensive but worth it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Tao of Cliff

"So Coach what are you making?"
"A new Cocktail. It's called the Trump."
"Really what's in it? Lots of win I suppose? A Mexican? Maybe some gold leaf?"
"Nah nothing like that Cliffy. Why would you think that. What are you stupid? All you do is talk about how great Trump is all the time. Don't you get tired of that? I mean he is not the real leader that we need like Mussolini or Huey Long."
"Little know fact. Mussolini ate a couple of cloves of garlic every night before he went to bed. Said it was good for his heart. Didn't do much for his sex life though."
"Seriously Cliffy where do you come up with this stuff."
"By my voluminous research Coach. I am on the computer every day. So tell me what's in this cocktail?"
"Vodka for his Russian connections, corn for his corny beliefs and sugar to sweeten it so you will swallow it. Oh and a dab of bull feces because you know. He is full of it."
"Sounds Delicious. Pour me one. And one for my friend Norm."
"Hey I don't want that. I only drink beer."
"It's free."
"Send it down here Coach."
"See everybody wants something for free."

Cut the cord!

Mike Cernovich discusses why Trump is having so much trouble with the media and what he should do (excepted from Vox Popoli the blog of Vox Day)

When WaPo or NY Times drops a “devastating” story on Trump, do you know who reads these stories — liberals!

Thus one can see the problem with Trump’s media team. They are spending all of their time, energy, and focus responding to news that most Trump supporters won’t even see, and if we see it, won’t believe it.

Trump was right (for the wrong reasons) when he jokingly claimed he could shoot someone on Fifth Ave. Most of his supporters would never see the story, and absent a clear video, wouldn’t believe the story if they saw it.

Want to know how out “out of touch” Trump supporters are with what liberal media is saying? I don’t even notice most of the media hit pieces on me, and even with a massive online following, people rarely ask me about anything nasty the media is saying about me. My readers, like me, aren’t reading liberal propaganda outlets.

Trump’s media team is playing defense, running around responding to stories that most of Trump’s base will never read, and if they read, would never believe.     

I think this exactly right and the Newt Gringrich has the perfect solution.

Trump speech, Arabia

Trump delivered a solid and impressive speech, in my opinion. He tells the leaders of Arab nations that terrorism is mostly their problem, it is mostly Arab citizens that are killed,  and Arab leaders cannot just leave it to United States to fix for them. Citing Iran and Iran's Hezbollah while ignoring for the moment their own contribution to global terrorism.

Amazing to conservative viewers who haven't heard the like for nearly a decade, Trump concludes his speech to these assembled billionaire Middle East leaders, "God bless America."

The room is stunning, the seating is luxurious and the snacks look nice.

At one point near the end the camera aims at the empty chair of king. He left before the speech ended. (Probably had to go to the king-potty).

Rightside news video, full speech.

Times of Israel, transcript of Trump speech.

"Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion"

Via Instapundit: From MSNBC politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented.

The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.

Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.

The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

But on Wednesday night, Morell appeared at an intelligence community forum to “cast doubt” on “allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.” “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” he said, adding, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”

(Link to more)

Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross do Sword Dance

Live it up. This is fun as it gets. Considering they haven't had any alcohol to loosen them up. If they did, then the swords would have to go.

Oddest syncopated beat I ever heard that lasts the whole song. It has the rhythm of a five-legged elephant with a prolapsed anus.

Chip, boom, chip-chip, boom (x3)
Chip, boom-boom, boom-boom.

Kind of catchy.

This morning I learned that Arabs call their version of Asian Sword Dance,"ardah" and it's accompanied by spoken poetry for the occasion.

More on ardah: Interchangeable Cultural Heritage When Donald Trump participated in Saudi Arabian sword dance.

Where kings and clerks, administrators, soldiers and billionaires mingle. Before engaging in some grand endeavor. Like battle.