Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using The Wrong Gender Pronouns"

Via Drudge:  Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts “gender identity” and “gender expression” into both the country’s Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the House of Commons to pass into law.

“Great news,” announced Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister. “Bill C-16 has passed the Senate – making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove.”

“Proud that Bill C-16 has passed in the Senate,” said Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s attorney general and minister of justice. “All Canadians should feel #FreeToBeMe.”

What movies NEED to be watched twice to understand fully?

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Any movie you watched back as a kid and haven't seen in years.

Snatch - It's a generic heist movie on the surface, but watching a second time really brings a whole new take to the movie.

Spartacus. I have seen that movie a dozen times, still no idea who the real Spartacus is. That's what's makes it a classic who-done-it.

Primer. That movie is crazy confusing.

Groundhog Day.

12 Monkeys

Memento, Usual Suspects...

Airplane! Just watch it twice. Maybe 30 times

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The Prestige is great for this. They tell you at the beginning of the movie that the secret to a magic trick is always right in front of you. Then they spend the whole movie performing a trick that you still don't understand until the end of the movie. Upon a second watching, you see all the clues as they happen.


Synecdoche, New York

Fight Club and Arlington Road

Being John

The Right Strikes Back

Via Instapundit:  BREAKING: Right-Wing Activists Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer Rush Stage, Disrupt Controversial Rendition of ‘Julius Caesar.’
Is this dumb? Yeah, but that never stopped lefties and now they’re getting to see what it feels like to have your hair pulled.

Related: Ace: It is imperative we begin emulating the left in its tactics.
Top voted Comment at Instapundit....
It would be very wrong to shut this play down every single day. Or to throw pies at the actors to destroy their costumes. Or to hit them with glue and glitter bombs. Or to spray the actors with red food coloring. Or to release malodorous substances that are persistent and hard to remove. That would be illegal, and I could never support it under any circumstances.

Cool down everyone. Don't do it.
Why do I get the sense this commenter seems very familiar with disruptive tactics?
I wonder where he/she picked it up ;-)

"7 U.S. Sailors Unaccounted for After Navy Destroyer Collides With Ship Off Japan"

Via Drudge: The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer, collided with a Philippine container vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday local time (1:30 p.m. ET Friday), about 56 nautical miles of Yokosuka, the U.S. 7th Fleet said.

The ship, which had experienced some flooding after the collision, and the Japanese Coast Guard were searching for the seven unaccounted-for sailors, the Fleet said.

"Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors," Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. "We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance."


Friday, June 16, 2017

"Rosenstein acknowledges he may need to recuse himself from Russia probe, sources say"

Via Twitter: The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News.

Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director.

Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey's firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's new third-in-command, according to sources.

Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and -- if necessary -- any prosecutions.

In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.


"Leakers Mess With the Trump Investigation: Insiders need to shut up if they want the public to trust the results"

Via Instapundit: "A presidential obstruction of justice would constitute a serious challenge to both the rule of law and the proper functioning of democracy. But this column is not about that doleful thought. It’s about a different threat to democracy: the fact that the leak occurred at all. That fact, except among partisans, does not seem to me to be eliciting sufficient outrage."
In my earlier column, I argued that leakers are essentially liars. They want the benefit of being trusted with confidences without suffering the cost of keeping what they know to themselves. They sit in meetings and review documents and implicitly promise to keep the secrets, but their actual plan is to decide for themselves which juicy nugget to share with others. In philosophical terms, the leaker always does a moral wrong to the person who entrusted him with the secret.

But like most moral wrongs, the leak can be excused if the cause is sufficiently vital. Consider the corporate whistle-blower who brings to the authorities details of horrific misfeasance by his employer. I argued last time that one might plausibly excuse, for example, the leaks by former FBI Director James Comey, who explained his conduct as an effort to force the appointment of a special counsel to look into links between Russia and the Trump campaign. 1 Perhaps others in the rash of leakers in recent months had the same motive.

You can decide for yourself whether the motive is sufficient to justify the underlying lie. In any case, now that special counsel Robert Mueller III has begun his investigation, that rationale no longer exists. The individual who leaks what’s going on inside the investigation has no excuse. To share the special counsel’s secrets with a reporter is self-indulgence. To go to work the next day is to intensify the underlying wrong. . . .

If Mueller believes there is a case to be made we will find out soon enough. At the moment there is no way to tell whether he is thinking “It looks like there’s probably a crime” or “I don’t see much here, but I have to cover all the bases.” To whisper to a reporter that an investigation is under way only feeds the view among many on the right that the bureaucracy is partisan and unworthy of trust.

This being the season of La Résistance, I am obliged to add that I am by no stretch of the imagination a Trump supporter. I do, however, believe that maintaining the rule of law and the integrity of our governing institutions protects knight and knave alike. And if the answer is that Trump must be taken down by extra-institutional means, then I’m heading for the hills, because America is over.

3 strange things

Top photographers are ever mindful of reflective surfaces. 

"Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein cautions against anonymous sources"

Via Instapundit:  Whatever it is that’s going on right now — a criminal investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice, perhaps — took an interesting twist when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement Thursday night cautioning Americans against stories attributed to anonymous officials … which would include just about every story published since January or so.
The very best part of the statement, though, was the way it managed to send journalists searching for that perfect word to describe it. What could Rosenstein mean, “be skeptical about anonymous allegations”?

What is absolutely never coming back in style again?

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The use of beeswax on the face to cover up smallpox scars.

Powdered wigs with buckled shoes and knickers. It's been a solid 200+ years, and that fashion still hasn't made a comeback.

My Grandparents used to tell me how when they were younger it was 'the thing' for someone to get all of their teeth pulled and wear dentures instead.
To this day I still don't know if they were shitting me but that is something I never see coming back as a trend.

The Urban Sombrero.

AOL instant messenger.

The Hitler mustache.

Wearing a sword everywhere.

Bill Cosby being the spokesperson for Jell-O.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sarah Palin is considering suing the New York Times

Happy Birthday

Yesterday, June 14 was Donald Trump's birthday. Donald Trump tweeted this:
I didn't realize the Army has a birthday, but now I suppose it does. It's the only mention of birthday in Trump's Twitter feed.

I recall a news item that spread across the political sites that I read about Obama instructing his supporters not to send him birthday cards or well wishes, rather, send cash donations to DNC. 

But looking through search results comes up empty. I'm phrasing the inquiries incorrectly.

It turns out the occasion was Michelle Obama's birthday, not Barack Obama's birthday, where political operatives made that request. 

And thinking back now, there was a request made to Obama supporters by Obama, or put another way, there was directive from on high, to send cash to DNC instead of spending money to celebrate their own birthdays. 

How selfish to celebrate one's own birthday when Party is everything.

And how appalled we all were that even birthdays had been politicized. A new low from our point of view.  While certain a few supporters followed this instruction. 

Compare and contrast. American media certainly won't. 

Unconfirmed: Comey struck immunity deal with Mueller

A report at has Twitter member Thomas1774Paine saying:
Comey's leak got Mueller appointed special counsel. Comey will work behind scenes w/ him to steer investigation. Be warned. I know both.
If you think you've seen the last of #Comey, think again.
Hamlet is a five-act play.
We're only in Act Two. 
Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Leer, Richard III, everything is Shakespeare around here lately.

Thomas Paine has an interesting Twitter feed loaded with all kinds of important reports. The Twitter site has a banner reading True Pundit. So apparently the Twitter feed is connected with the website.

The truepundit website adds:
“The immunity is a done deal,” a Justice Department source said. “Mueller can do whatever he wants. We (Justice) have no say but after many years working criminal cases I know Comey has been given immunity. You can tell by the way he is acting now and the fact that Mueller has kept us in the dark about his investigation.” 
The writer(s) there continue:
As Special Counsel, by law Mueller is permitted to strike immunity agreements without having to get approval for the Attorney General of anyone at Justice. Also he is not obligated as Special Counsel to inform Justice about who is under immunity.
It’s no secret Comey and Mueller are close friends, having worked together at Justice for years alongside Eric Holder. Comey has described Mueller, who also served as FBI director, as his one-time mentor. If someone in Congress cared enough to do something about it, there are no shortages of conflicts of interests at play here in what is supposed to be an impartial investigation. In fact, it’s somewhat staggering.
But what are friends for? Folks outside of D.C. are getting another unwelcome crash course into corruption. 
I've lifted too much. The rest is equally interesting dismaying rotten to the core.

But it's not long enough. And the commiserating in 74 comments that follows is supportive but insufficient.


For protracted miserable reading there's more on the subject of Washington kabuki theater for losing and lost souls., Thick as Thieves. Mueller gives Comey get-out-of-jail-for-free card ... Immunity., That Was Quick: Reports Say Mueller Granted Comey Full Immunity Even Before Investigation Began.

And a lot more, a few of the results are phrased in interrogative construction, being journalistically cautious, while our preference is incautious declarative no matter how outrageous.

Duckduckgo search [mueller gave comey immunity]

So how about that, Kids? Isn't this fun? A giant show on a national scale, just for us. By the worst ugliest actors available and terribly expensive besides. Still, our nation, our compatriots demand it. Demand it to the extreme point that anti-gun activists actually die shooting their opponents with illegal firearms to drive their political compulsions. This investigative theater is their thing. It's what they do.  I read that in a John le Carré novel.  He stated through one of his Russian characters, "Americans investigate each other continuously. It's what they do." I was very young when I read that and I found the plain simple fact provided by a foreigner rather insightful at the time. But not now.

Not the Onion: "Putin offers political asylum to Comey"

Via Drudge:  Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday offered to give political asylum to former FBI Director James Comey, poking at tensions between Comey and President Trump.

“If Comey will be under the threat of political persecution, we are ready to accept him here,” Putin said at a press conference, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.

Comey testified last week that Trump pressured him to "let go" of the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn before Trump fired him. Comey acknowledged leaking his personal memos about his conversations with Trump to the media, which the White House has seized on to attack the former FBI head's credibility.

Putin compared Comey's decision to leak details of conversations with Trump to the actions of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who was granted asylum by Russia.

“This is strange. How then is the director of the FBI any different from Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist,” Putin said.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded last year that Russia interfered in the presidential election specifically to help Trump win. The Justice Department, the FBI and the Senate and House Intelligence committees are all investigating Russian meddling int he 2016 presidential election as well as potential links between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

Putin has denied any interference in the U.S. election.

Muller Leaks

"Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say"
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
(Link to the whole leak)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WKRLEM: What the ballpark shooting told us to do!

Heres my plan to deal with the liberals, the news media and hipsters!

Chinese Man Allegedly Imprisoned 500 Cats to Sell Them to Restaurants

Breitbart Blog June 14, 2017 by Katherine Rodriquez 

A Chinese man allegedly imprisoned 500 cats with the intention of selling them to restaurants so they can be served as food.

The man allegedly used sparrows and caged birds to lure the cats, both stray and domestic, into tiny cages in the city of Jiujiang in China, the Washington Post reported.
Police found the cats, some that were dying, crowded in cages in the sweltering heat, located in a small truck and a hut near the highway.
A police officer told local news outlets that the man sold the cats for 30 yuan ($4.40) apiece.
Police arrested the man, who is identified only as Sun, Sunday after another man filed a complaint with police about multiple pets being stolen from him.
Police said they would release all 500 cats if no owners collected them.

"NBC holding crisis meetings over Megyn Kelly

Via Twitter: As families of the Sandy Hook victims continue to pressure NBC to ax Megyn Kelly’s Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the network has been holding crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash.

Insiders told us that staff were in panicked meetings all day on Monday. “It’s a s - - t show. No one wants to withstand a whole week of criticism over this. There are a number of people who want to pull the interview.”

But another source told us NBC needs the controversy to shake up their Sunday night and to bring new viewers. “No one expected sponsors to pull out, but this is why they hired Megyn. They expect to lose and gain viewers and they want the buzz.”

(Link to more)

"House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Aides SHOT"

Via Twitter:  Senator Rand Paul says 50-60 shots.
Rep. Ron DeSantis said he was asked, “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?”
DeSantis said the man who asked him the question fit the description of the shooter. 
That was right before the shooting.
Link to video

"Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works"

Via a PaddyO tweet:  Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are “a world we had never imagined.”

By using an advanced mathematical system, researchers were able to uncover architectural structures that appears when the brain has to process information, before they disintegrate into nothing.

Their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, reveals the hugely complicated processes involved in the creation of neural structures, potentially helping explain why the brain is so difficult to understand and tying together its structure with its function.

The left shows a digital copy of a part of the neocortex, the most evolved part of the brain. On the right is a representation of the structures with different dimensions. The black hole in the middle symbolizes a complex of multi-dimensional spaces, or cavities.

(Lots more at the link)


Scattered clouds forecast...

photo by Sixty Grit

Conversation continues, back here.

WKrLEM: For the ladies....and the nerds

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Cambridge University examiners told it is sexist to use the word 'genius' to describe students"

Via RedditCambridge University examiners have been warned against using words such as “flair”, “brilliance” and “genius” when assessing students’ work because they are associated with men, an academic has revealed.

Lucy Delap, a lecturer in British History at the top-ranking institution, said History tutors are discouraged from using the terms because they “carry assumptions of gender inequality”.

She told The Telegraph: “Some of those words, in particular genius, have a very long intellectual history where it has long been associated with qualities culturally assumed to be male.

“Some women are fine with that, but others might find it hard to see themselves in those categories”.

Ms Delap, who specialises in gender history, said one of the reasons why men get more first class degrees at Oxford and Cambridge than women is because female students struggle with the “male dominated environment”.

She pointed towards reading lists dominated by male authors and the lack of diversity seen in college portrait collections as examples.

(Link to more)

That thing over the pond

There are lot of political things to mention but they're all junk geared up to have you stay aggravated. Do you really want to engage all those arguments?

Do you have a moment for something different?

A long moment.

This is not a pet peeve. Rather, it's something that gets me every single time. I'll own it. It comes from being such a ridiculous literalist. But I'm not the only one.

"That thing over the pond. May not have been a good idea."

This is what is what is seen before making sense of what is intended. 

In my mind.

In her links, Sara Hoyt writing for Instapundit rarely says precisely what she intends for readers to know. You'll have to click over to the link to see what she's on about. For her own reasons she doesn't allow you to decide beforehand link for link if you're interested to know what caught her attention. 

Let's say, never says precisely. It's her style. Take it or leave it. So in the end you do have a say. You can ignore every link. 

Her link reads: That thing over the pond. May not have been a good idea.

Obviously, after the nonsense, she's talking about England. Some political thing in England. Probably something to do with political correctness, or immigration. I don't know. Because I didn't click over. 

The goofed expression comes from Americans attributing the characteristic of understatement to British generally, and then using that understatement whenever mentioning England. So ocean becomes pond. Always. Americans probably use this understatement more than British use it for mentioning United States. Perhaps a British person said it this way one time and the charm of it became so adored by Americans that writers can no longer say simply "England" or "across the ocean." It's still an ocean no matter how many times the distance is described as jumping over a pond, it's still a six hour flight. 

If you care to continue I'll try to show how this penchant for creative mischief affects other languages through Rag'n'Bone Man's song "Human."

"Protestors blocked DC’s pride parade"

Via Twitter:  Capital Pride in DC was disrupted multiple times yesterday by protestors from a group called “No Justice No Pride.”

The group’s Facebook page says that they were protesting the corporate presence at pride, the lack of minority representation in Capital Pride’s board, and the participation of weapons dealers and the police in the parade. They demand:
– Unseat and Replace Capital Pride Board with members from historically marginalized communities, Shift power around LGBTQ+ rights from D.C.’s elite to historically marginalized communities, and allow campaigning around critical issues.
– Change the narrative that D.C.’s government and MPD are doing “right” by our communities.
– Create a community of resistance and radicalism around LGBTQ folks.
– Correct the falsehood that Pride would not be possible without corporate sponsorship and branding, and bar from participation all industries that profit from war, detention and incarceration, environmental destruction, evictions, and community displacement.
The protestors managed to block the parade three times, including in front of the floats of Lockheed Martin and Wells Fargo. Lockheed Martin is a large defense contractor and Wells Fargo has faced controversy in DC for its investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

(Link to more)

"Theater refuses to buckle after 'Caesar' Trump criticism"

Via Drudge:  The Public Theater is refusing to back down after backlash over its production of "Julius Caesar" that portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage.

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorship of the Public's version of the play, but in a statement Monday the theater said it stands behind the production. It noted its staging has "provoked heated discussion" but "such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy."

Other defenders included Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller, who wrote letters to the heads of Delta and Bank of America, arguing that dropping their support "sends the wrong message." He writes: "Art matters. The First Amendment matters. Expression matters." He enclosed copies of the play with the letters.

"I hope you enjoy it — it is a classic, in any age," he wrote.

Monday, June 12, 2017

WKRLEM-TV: Day in and Day Out!

It's my favorite TV show of all time.

It's what I want to do in retirement. Own a jazz club. Wear sharkskin suits with a skinny tie and solve crimes.

But that ain't gonna happen.

(Hey check out who is the bad guy!)

avocado animated gif

Saw this photo somewhere. 

The Case of the Muderous Musselmen!

My dear Holmes,

It is your most humble petitioner, Inspector Lestrade. It has been many months since I have stopped requesting assistance in the troubling matter of the disappearance of Lord Douchebag which you might not recall as it happened several years ago. That curious case had dragged on and on but is now considered dead. As dead as the salon that was involved so intimately in that affair. It seems to have escaped the notice of so many who at one time claimed the deepest interest and concern, but who have gone on as though nothing had happened. It is as though Lord Douchebag never existed. The inhabitants of that decadent salon have gone to other amusements concerning small dogs and vegetation. The case has been officially closed and the Yard has gone on to other concerns.

I write to you today regarding an entirely different matter.

There have a rash of attacks by various miscreants both Musslemen and Hottentots that have caused mayhem in the streets of London these past few weeks. It seems that has been a religious upset do to the activities of certain English explorers in the lands of Araby. Several crazed adherents of this strange and pernicious religion have taken to stabbing passerbys while shouting out religious slogans about their pagan god. One of these savages went so far as to whip a team and rammed his dray through the market at Manchester injuring many some fatally. The Home Office has taken a dim view of these occurrences and would like to use your services. They would like you to devise a program where we could devine who were members of this death cult so that they might be identified and then hanged and their families driven from our shores.

As far as the Hottentots are concerned the Home Office is in a quandary. It has long been the policy of her Majesty’s government to turn a blind eye to the importation of such people to serve as domestics and workers in various factories in the midlands. Some are sailors who have come ashore and others are colonials who have come as servants to some lord or lady returning from a posting and who are then cast adrift to fend for themselves. They of course engender poverty, crime and disease as that is their natural state. The question is should we halt all further immigration of these poor savages and expel those that are polluting our shores. Lord Kitchener has proposed that they be gathered together and concentrated in camps built expressly for that purpose much as the Army did with the Boers in the recent unpleasantness in the Tansval. He claims that Hottentot problem will only get worse over time as they will begin to dominate entire neighborhoods and flood our prison system as well as the local charities for indigent as they are incapable of sustained effort. Lord Kitchner says we must nip this problem in the bud before it becomes a cancer to this blessed isle and a stout hearted yeoman of English stock will become a stranger in his own land.

Scotland Yard has directed me to ask you to help us devise a response to these problems. The current plan which I favor is to round up all of the Musselmen and Hottentots and hang or transport them. However the Queen is very soft hearted and would endeavor to find a more kind hearted alternative. I was hoping to consult your estimable brother Mycroft but he has been incommunicado since the dispute over payment of his charcoal sketches of naked street children. No one has heard from him for many months and I hope he is well. His contributions have been greatly missed and we all hope he will return to polite society as soon as may be possible.

In any event give him my regards when next you speak.

I remain as always,
Your obedient servant,
Inspector G. Lestrade
Scotland Yard
June 12, 1899

Reality winners

One is a Photoshop and the other pencil on paper.

Vocabulary, words and phrases encountered since last time

The list is longer than expected because there are a lot of stupid words. And some definitions are longer than they need to be. Some are common but looked up anyway, some are intuitive, some misleading, and other are just ridiculous. Some were used to be funny, others used to show off. Some academic, others specialist jargon. Some are archaic. A few are actually helpful. Apparently three words are repeats.

Here goes.

* Acheulian: An archaeological industry of stone tool manufacture characterized by distinctive oval and pear-shaped "hand-axes" associated with early humans. Acheulean tools were produced during the Lower Paleolithic era across Africa and much of West Asia, South Asia, and Europe, and are typically found with Homo erectus remains. It is thought that Acheulean technologies first developed in Africa out of the more primitive Oldowan technology as long ago as 1.76 million years ago, by Homo habilis. Acheulean tools were the dominant technology for the vast majority of human history.

* adduce: To mention or provide as evidence or proof to support an argument.

* Adeste Fideles:

Adeste fideles,
Laeti triumphantes;
Venite, venite in Bethlehem;
Natum videte,
Regem Angelorum

Oh, come all ye faithful.

* Anacreontic: (uh-nak-ree-ON-tik) adjective celebrating love and drinking. noun An Anacreontic poem. [After Anacreon, a Greek poet in the 6th century BCE, noted for his songs in praise of love and wine.] The US national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is set to the tune of the English song 'To Anacreon in Heaven' which was the 'constitutional song' of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's music club in London. "Some days passed before I could rid my thoughts of Thecla ... who had initiated me into the anacreontic diversions and fruitions of men and women." Gene Wolfe; Shadow & Claw; Orb Books; 1994. "It was the 20th-century extracts which fired the imagination two extracts from Augusta Read Thomas's l2-part Love Songs - one ('The Rub of Love') a pithy, short Anacreontic, the other ('Alas, the love of women!') a wittily contrived parody."

* anaphora: rhetorical repetition of word or phrase at the beginning of two or more sentences.

* anodyne: Stills pain and quietens disturbed feelings. A pain-relieving medicine, milder than analgesic.

* anomie: Clued “social breakdown.” As in the case of uprooted people.

* apodosis: The main clause of a conditional sentence — compare protasis.

The clause expressing the consequence in a conditional sentence, as then I will in If you go, then I will;

The mournful assumption among many of Trump’s supporters is that the frenzy of media hysteria, though almost comically baseless, is nonetheless dangerous because, on the throw-enough-mud-and-some-will-stick principle, it has an abrading, delegitimizing effect, a drip-drip-drip apodosis that is corrosive of trust.

Ha. Sample used it wrongly.

That's it for the A words. B words continue next page.

What's your go-to homemade "lazy" meal?

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Three granola bars.

Microwave a hot pocket (bacon egg and cheese) for 2 minutes. Go sit on the couch. Forget about the hot pocket in the microwave. Go to bed hungry 4 hours later. Wake up. Open the microwave to heat up yesterday's coffee. See hot pocket. Scoot it over and put coffee next to it.

A hot dog. Might even pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds if I'm feeling ambitious.

Kinda lazy: grilled cheese
Lazy: ramen
Super lazy: cereal
Super duper lazy: order food

Microwave a hot dog and wrap it in a warm corn tortilla. Tastes a bit like poverty, but still delicious.

4 slices of peanut butter toast.

Most of these aren't nearly lazy enough. If I have to use the stove and cook something, it's already too much effort.


"Why don’t feminists celebrate the successes of right-wing female politicians?"

Via InstapunditTheresa May, the leader of the UK’s Conservative Party and its embattled prime minister, is only the second woman to hold either roles. On June 8, following a series of campaign missteps and a late surge from Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn, her party lost its majority in parliament in the UK’s snap election. May has vowed to stay on as prime minster despite growing pressure to resign.

May, who in 2005 founded Women2Win, an organization within the Conservative Party to promote female representation in office, considers herself a feminist (and has a t-shirt to prove it). She has also expressed her awareness that the quality of her work as a politician matters for gender equality. “When I read it and hear it, what I feel is responsibility,” she said in 2012 about being called the most powerful woman in UK politics. “There’s an added reason for me to try to do my best—to show that a woman in this position can do my job.”

And yet, feminists have not universally embraced May as one of their own. Are they, as many conservatives seem to believe, using identity affirmation disingenuously to promote liberal politics while excluding those with different partisan leanings?

(Link to more)


Young Morrison was easy on the eyes for everyone. I love the way he doesn't open his eyes until he sings "Break on through"... and of course he was lip-synching.

50 years on and the lyrics for this one hold up quite well. Morrison wrote the lyrics -- pretty good metaphor in my opinion. They say that he had a stash of "high school notebooks" which he mined for lyrics until he had exhausted them.
added: In the comments, Sixty writes:
Sixty Grit said...
This may sound blasphemous coming from me, as I really, really hate Oliver Stone, but his movie "The Doors", especially the concert scene, really captured, for me, the '60s experience. Great ambiance, hostile crowd, f'd up performers, the works. Total flashback, man...
June 12, 2017 at 7:33 PM
Here's the scene. Rewatching it, I'm reminded of how painfully shy Morrison was (which may explain the medication). Also, the turning around on stage perfectly mirrors/foreshadows the eye-opening aspect I wrote about above.
Or perhaps Sixty meant this scene:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

London police work

This video was uploaded to YouTube mid January by member BallerAlert London. Seen on, a rather good news aggregate website similar to Drudge where readers are tempted not to laugh, linking to Twitter member polNewsForever who says on his post that it's time to stop thinking the London Police can handle the treat of terror, further, the threat is bigger than them and needs a bigger response. The account's followers agree. 

Favorite Twitter comment: Looks like the Keystone Cops. 

Because it does!

"Men of Reddit, what innocent behaviors have you changed out of fear you might be accused of wrong doing?"

I used to love volunteering to help children and children's programs. Growing up, these programs helped me so much with school and life, and I wanted to give back and pass along the good deed. Whether it be for a church, school, or whatever else, I wanted to help out. I just liked helping kids. That all changed the day someone accused me of being a pervert and a child molester. (more at the link)

I stopped shaving my head. I used to do it just because it was easy and I hate going to the barber. I had a couple buddies who also had their heads shaved, one because he was pretty much bald by 18, and the other because he a had surgery that required it and just started keeping it that way. One day as we were walking through the mall after seeing a movie, I noticed that people were moving to the opposite side of the walkway as we made our way through the mall. Suddenly it hit me, we were three white guys in leather jackets with shaved heads. We looked like skinheads. I never shaved my head after that.

As a teenager I spent many times at a bus stop freezing my ass off, baking in the sun, or being soaked by the rain. As a result I always promised myself that when I was older and driving a car and I spotted someone out in harsh conditions that I would offer that person a ride to wherever they were going. Now, however, my desire to not be arrested prevents me from even presenting the offer.

I won't give women of any age compliments. Not too long ago I was shopping at a local grocery store and saw a girl (maybe 26-27) who had this awesome bright orange hair. When I walked by I mentioned it! "Hey, I love the hair color. It looks fantastic"
She reported me to the store saying I was soliciting her.
I'm a clean cut 21 year old guy who had a cart full of groceries.

"Leading liberals develop blueprint to expand 'deep state' and undercut Trump"

"The election of Donald Trump was an assault on the federal bureaucracy," William Yeomans said to a room full of students and civil servants, including those recently displaced by Trump's administration. "His values are simply not consistent with the values of people who are committed to public service and who believe deeply in the importance of public service."

Yeomans, an American University law professor with more than 25 years of ⦁ experience at the Justice Department, was holed up inside the Capital Hilton hotel downtown on a sunny Friday afternoon leading a panel of bureaucrats and scholars divided about how best to fight Trump.

UCLA law professor Jon Michaels said he favors filling the Trump administration with liberals opposed to Trump's agenda.

"We hear a lot of language about draining the swamp and this idea about a deep state that somehow was going to thwart the intentions or the political mandate of the president," Michaels said. "I kind of embrace this notion of the ‘deep state.'"

Michaels listed his ideas for how to ensure the success of the "deep state." Act as a group — a department, across agency lines, as a community — rather than as an individual when pushing back against Trump from the inside, he said. Once such a coalition is formed, he suggested "rogue tweeting" or "leaking to the media" as options for fighting the president.

"It's hard to figure out exactly what [way is best], I don't think we've hit our stride on that," Michaels said. "But from my understanding people are still kind of probing and poking around at what can be done and the creativity and resourcefulness of people is in some ways boundless and so I imagine what I would hope to see is kind of organic, loyal opposition is probably too strong, but ways of having well-prepared, well-defined boundaries of opposition."

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