Saturday, June 24, 2017

Westword Music Showcase.

The whole place is saturated with young people. And the music is very loud around the entire neighborhood. The double windows cannot block it out. Completely shut out, the walls still vibrate with muffled sound. This shot is off my terrace. There is another similar stage set up one block beyond, and in the opposite direction across Broadway all of the music clubs in a row also have band lineups scheduled throughout the day and night with large crowds of people in front of them. How music enthusiasts decide which club to go or which outdoor stage to check out is beyond me. The band schedules are posted outside each place but visitors must walk around the whole area to know where their favorite bands are playing. I do not know where all these people get their information. Westword website is not that helpful. To me.

Westword itself is two blocks down the street.

They give us free tickets here for our whole building to compensate for the intrusion, and that really is worth something. But I did not partake them. I love the place crawling with young people. I do. Crawling is not a good word to use. They're all much faster than I am. On the sidewalk they all pass me right up. They pour around me actually. I'm in their way but they manage me as easy obstruction. But wherever they're stopped and we chat, to a person they're kind and considerate and respectful. Not at all what you read online about them. Not one bit.

"Coffee-seeking 81-year-old leads Denton police on low-speed chase"

Via Drudge:  The Denton police officer rapped on the elderly driver's Jeep, telling her to roll down the window and unlock the door. But Nancy Strader, who honest to God just wanted to get a cup of coffee, had other ideas.

"I just was out riding around," Strader would tell the news station later. "I thought, I'm going to go have me some coffee or a sandwich or something because I hadn't eaten all day."

But police stopped Strader after other drivers reported her driving around in circles and going the wrong direction on Elm Street.

I just want to make sure you're OK," the bodycam video showed one officer saying to her. "Unlock the car for me."

Instead, she began to pull away.

(Link to the rest of the story)

What's your favorite piece of useless trivia?

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The door opening noise from star trek was a piece of paper being taken out of an envelope.

The composer Richard Wagner blew most of his money on women's lingerie.

A second is called a second because it is the 2nd division of the hour by 60, the 1st division being a minute.

The country with the longest fence in the world is Australia.

Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis died on the same day, but nobody heard about it because it was also the day JFK was shot.

If you push a living sponge through a fine mesh screen, it will rearrange itself in a few hours.

Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s

The whole of Australia could fit comfortably into the Sahara desert, with plenty of room to spare.

The release of the original Spider Man movie was delayed because of the 9/11 attacks. They spent the following months editing the twin towers out of every scene. But they missed one

"Why Democrats can't quit Nancy Pelosi"

Via Instapundit: Democrats would have massive gaps to fill if they were to oust Pelosi.

Chief among those is fundraising. Since 2002, Pelosi has hauled in $568 million for House Democratic campaigns — including $141 million during the 2016 campaign cycle.

Pelosi also has a long history of holding her party together through difficult votes — enabling former President Barack Obama to shepherd into law a series of Democratic-backed measures in 2009 and 2010 and later forcing Republicans to grapple with the politically damaging divisions within their own ranks.

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

That reality was the subtext for Pelosi’s taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her.

“When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun,” Pelosi said. “I love the arena. I thrive on competition.”

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: “I think I’m worth the trouble,” she said.

Revenge on a IRS Phone Scamming Company - Call Flooder

Update:  The individuals are being arrested, but evidently not all of them.
Indian police arrest alleged ringleader of IRS scam.
News of the scam broke last October when Indian police raided nine calls centers -- eight in Thane in Maharashtra -- and arrested more than 70 people on suspicion of posing as IRS agents to steal cash from U.S. citizens.

CNN sends sketch artist after Trump bans press briefing cameras 


A better captain than Jack Sparrow for sure...

They were, in a sense, the best of Flint. 

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Via Wikipedia:  "Billie Jean" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. There are contradictory claims on the meaning of the song's lyrics. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson (or one of his brothers) had fathered her twins. However, Michael Jackson stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered. The song is well known for its distinctive bassline played by Louis Johnson, the standard drum beat heard in the beginning, the repetition of "Billie Jean is not my lover" towards the end of the song and Michael Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized, though he reportedly went with the second mix as the final product.

The song became a success; it was one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and is one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The song topped both the US and UK charts simultaneously. It also topped the charts of Switzerland and reached the top ten in Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. "Billie Jean" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1989. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song in the 58th spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Michael Jackson Lived: Aug 29, 1958 - Jun 25, 2009 (age 50)

Friday, June 23, 2017

What is socially accepted when you are beautiful but not accepted when you are ugly?

Assuming people want to interact with you

Saying you're ugly. If you're actually ugly you just end up making everyone uncomfortable. If you're beautiful people tend to fall all over themselves trying to reassure you that you're beautiful.

Bothering people who are reading. After years of sitting in coffee shops reading, I realized I was curt with anyone who tried to engage me in conversation, unless they were an attractive girl.

Being a criminal sometimes!
I remember when that 'beautiful convict' guy was floating around the internet for a while.

Going on about how inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. If you're attractive and say this you're humble and empowering, but if you're ugly and say it, you're just seen as whining.


Bad at your job.

This super hot girl farted once in my high school class. People thought it was hilarious and some of the football players hugged her and thought it was awesome. Later that year in English Class an overweight girl let a ripper go and was mocked and ridiculed and was told she was disgusting.

"They’re Wrong About Everything"

"More evidence the political class doesn't know what it's talking about"
The fact is that almost the entirety of what one reads in the paper or on the web is speculation. The writer isn't telling you what happened, he is offering an interpretation of what happened, or offering a projection of the future. The best scenario is that these theories are novel, compelling, informed, and based on reporting and research. But that is rarely the case. More often the interpretations of current events, and prophesies of future ones, are merely the products of groupthink or dogma or emotions or wish-casting, memos to friends written by 27-year-olds who, in the words of Ben Rhodes, "literally know nothing." There was a time when newspapers printed astrology columns. They no longer need to. The pseudoscience is on the front page.

Nor are the empty conjectures and worthless hypotheses limited to Donald Trump. Yes, pretty much the entire world, myself included, assumed he would lose to Hillary Clinton. Indeed, a not-insignificant segment of the political class, both Democrat and Republican, thought the Republicans would not only lose the presidency but also the House and Senate. Oops! I remember when, as the clock reached midnight on November 8 and it became clear Trump would be the forty-fifth president, a friend called. "Are we just wrong about everything?" he asked. Perhaps we were. But at least we had the capacity to admit our fallibility.

There are few who can. Conjectures and guesswork continue to dog Trump in the form of "the Russia thing," the belief that the president, his "satellites," or his campaign worked with the Russians to influence the election in his favor. Months after the FBI opened its investigation into whether such collusion occurred, no evidence has been found. The charge itself is based on an unverified and gossipy and over-the-top memo prepared by a former British spy for Democrats.
(Link to the whole thing)

Beijing wages war on ‘Chinglish’ to prevent translation gaffes

Via Drudge:  China has long been known as the land of the confused tourist, with instructions on public notices using phrases like: ‘Be careful to hit your head.'

But poorly translated English – or what is otherwise known as Chinglish – is set to become a thing of the past following the launch of a new national standard.

Chinglish is considered a national embarrassment in China, where youngsters are often given lessons in English from a very young age.

Authorities announced this week that the national standard would be rolled out in 13 public areas, including transportation, entertainment, medicine and financial services.

“English translations should prioritise correct grammar and a proper register, while rare expressions and vocabulary words should be avoided,” the standard said, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.

The new rules, which will be enforced in December, will ensure that translations do "not contain content that damages the images of China or other countries”, added the newspaper, which is the official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party.

China has rapidly opened up to overseas visitors in recent years, and local authorities and attractions have erected ever more signs to attract free-spending foreigners.

However, many of the translations can be too literal, meaning that public notices are often the subject of ridicule, or are deemed offensive.

Among the more offensive translations were signs erected in Beijing’s Nationalities Park which referred to “Racist Park”.

China has previously targeted its badly translated signs, particularly in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

California Bans Official Travel To Several States

"Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list" (read story)
How about a little reciprocity from the other states towards California?  Goose, Gander

There are literally billions of reasons why every other state in the union should cast wary eyes on Sacramento shenanigans. Start here: There's a $368-billion reason why California depends on the federal government.

Starve the beast.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunset, June 22, 2017

The whole sky was filled with gray clouds and I thought the sun would slip down behind them without showing color. Then the whole room filled with orange and I wished I had set up the Patch Master for time lapse to show what I saw. Too late. 

I sure did like watching the show. 

I just now heard thunder. The sun is gone. That water up there has to go somewhere. Our sky cannot hold it. 

Not the Onion: Bill Cosby to Hold ‘Town Halls’ on Sexual Assault

Via Twitter:  Bill Cosby is planning a series of talks about sexual assault in the wake of his own sexual assault court case ending in a mistrial.

“Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work,” his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said on WBRC’s “Good Day Alabama” in Birmingham. “We’re now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city sometime in July … to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby.”

“This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing,” he continued. “And it also affects married men.”

“Laws are changing. The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended,” added spokeswoman Ebonee Benson. “So this is why people need to be educated. A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point, can be considered sexual assault and it’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”

(Link to story)

What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most?

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This is probably only applicable to people who don't live alone, but having to entertain people who are not your friends when your family member/flatmate leaves the room to go to the toilet or make a drink or something. It's so painfully awkward. But less awkward than blanking them for a couple of minutes.

I don't know if this is a female thing but there's a pressure to be really enthusiastic around kids. I don't like or dislike children but I don't like being expected to behave like a kindergarten teacher every time I meet one. This whole over the top, bubbly annoying thing that most women do with kids just exhausts me. I know that it's genuine for some women but for many, it's a weird competition to see who can be the most motherly or nurturing. It can be pretty creepy sometimes.

Pretending that I want to advance in any job I have. No, I don't care about becoming a manager or whatnot. I took this job because it's what I wanted to do. I'm not interested in being paid to think about how other people should work harder

Ass-kissing to get a job. It feels disgusting.

Having to individually say 'goodbye' to everyone at a family/social gathering. I'm all about the Irish goodbye.

Excessive socializing. My family and friends have given me shit for going straight to my room after going out or hanging out with them all day. It's like, didn't you have enough of me? I definitely had enough of you.

Hugging people you don't want to hug

singing or being sung happy birthday
Via Instapundit:  Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.

But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.

Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday.

So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan.

And here it is:

Dissolve Illinois. Decommission the state, tear up the charter, whatever the legal mumbo-jumbo, just end the whole dang thing.

We just disappear. With no pain. That's right. You heard me.

The best thing to do is to break Illinois into pieces right now. Just wipe us off the map. Cut us out of America's heartland and let neighboring states carve us up and take the best chunks for themselves.

"We're thinking of building the wall as a solar wall"

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"We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right?"

"Toothpick crossbow craze has China quivering"

Via Drudge:  Handheld crossbows that can fire out needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse.

Selling online and in shops for as little as seven yuan ($1), so-called toothpick crossbows were originally designed to shoot out just that -- toothpicks.

But if swapped out for needles they are potent enough to crack glass, said the Shanghai Daily newspaper, quoting shop owners as saying they were selling out of the "toys" fast and struggling to meet demand.

Other Chinese state media said the mini crossbows can fire at a distance of more than 20 metres (65 feet) and shoot iron nails in place of toothpicks.

"The 'Toothpick Crossbow' toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation's primary and middle school children," said the Shanghai Daily.

"The unusual shooting toy may be very small but it is powerful enough to puncture a balloon and pierce cardboard. And when the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle it becomes a dangerous weapon."

Police in Chengdu, a major city in China's southwest, have reportedly stopped sales of the product and concerned parents across the country want the government to issue a nationwide ban.

"Hurry up (and ban them), pupils do not understand and are just shooting people for fun. It will cause accidents sooner or later," one parent wrote on Weibo, China's Twitter-like website.

Another worried onlooker wrote: "Our primary school began to investigate this from Monday and they're very dangerous."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Florida teacher allegedly alerted drug dealers about her cheating husband investigation

Via Drudge:  A Broward County elementary school teacher who tried to get revenge against her husband by tipping off drug dealers that they were under investigation should spend the next eight years in federal prison because the consequences of her actions were so serious, prosecutors say.

The undercover investigation was compromised and an insider informant who was secretly working with federal authorities was “outed.” He died of a gunshot wound a short time later under suspicious circumstances that were officially ruled a suicide, prosecutors said.

The defense for Porsha Session, 31, of Boynton Beach, says she acted naively to retaliate against her then-husband — a Lauderhill police detective who was involved in the investigation — because he was cheating on her.

Session told prosecutors she wanted “revenge against her philandering police officer spouse,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She said she snooped in her now ex-husband’s work email and found memos containing sensitive law enforcement information about the investigation, the suspects and the fact that agents had an informant working inside the group.

(Link to more)

What is the most depressing truth that you've had to accept?

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Loyalty to a company means nothing to the company.

Elderly people really once were the same excited child I was not all that long ago.

Life will never be fair. You can do the right thing for your entire life and still get shit on around every corner.

Just because you think someone is "the one", doesn't mean they think you are.

There are people in this world who are going to live ruined, miserable lives they don't deserve, and there is really nothing I can do about it.

I peaked in high school, or maybe early college at best.

I thought I could be happy being alone.

Sometimes old friends don't want to reconnect.

"We may never know his true motive"

"Evacuation at Bishop International Airport in Flint after stabbing"

Via Instapundit: A police officer has been stabbed at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, prompting security precautions elsewhere in the city, local officials and witnesses say. It is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. (more)

The incident happened at about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday when emergency services responded to reports of a stabbing at the airport, which is the state's third busiest. It happened on the second floor of the main terminal.

An airport police officer, identified as Lt. Jeff Neville, was confirmed to have been stabbed and was rushed to an area hospital, where he was initially reported to be in a critical condition. His condition was later described as stable. "Please keep the officer in your prayers," Michigan State Police said.

A witness told MLive that the officer was seen bleeding from the neck.

(Link to more)

"5.7 million noncitizens may have cast illegal votes"

Via Instapundit: A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.

As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.

The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.

Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are noncitizens and are thus ineligible to vote.

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"State Department probes Clinton handling of government emails"

Via Drudge: The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information.

The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the matter, which did not result in any actions being taken against Clinton or any of her aides.

Depending on the outcome of the current State Department inquiry, Clinton and her aides could have their access to sensitive government documents terminated.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirmed to Fox News the department’s formal inquiry.

(Link to more)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Georgia Voters Tell Trump To Oss-Off

Intercepted email from Hillary Clinton:
Tonight's hard fought victory shows three important things: First and foremost, outside contributions are and will be crucial going forward in taking back the House next year and, more importantly, returning the White House to its proper stewardship in 2020; Terry will be contacting you individually to tell you how you can help. Secondly, the results show that real men can and should stand up to braggadocious bigots. Third -- and my advisors tell me this is the most important point -- we did this in the South! We connected to African American voters!   
Onward Together!

Did Colorado make texting while driving legal?

Via Drudge Tweet:  The electronic signs above Colorado highways offer a warning to drivers who reach for their cellphones: “New texting law fines increased to $300.

What it doesn’t mention: Texting while driving is now legal in Colorado as long as it isn’t done in “a careless or imprudent manner.”

The little-noticed provision softening the state’s standard is part of a new law that increased the penalties for a texting while driving carelessly citation from $50 to $300 and from one to four points on a driver’s license.

Before now, any text messaging or manual data entry by a motorist was prohibited. “The simple fact is that if you are texting while driving but not being careless, it’s no longer illegal,” said Tim Lane at the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council.

"Daniel Day-Lewis Quits Acting"

Via Drudge: The 60-year-old star, who has played presidents, writers, and gang leaders in a career that has spanned four decades, has one final film awaiting release, an untitled drama set in the world of high fashion. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017 and reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis to a best actor Oscar in 2007’s “There Will Be Blood.” Day-Lewis intends to help promote the movie, according to a person familiar with his plans.

He did not give a reason for his retirement. In a statement, Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”

Day-Lewis is the only performer to ever win three best actor Oscars. He was honored for the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” for his turn as a rapacious oil man in “There Will Be Blood,” and for his performance as writer and artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot.” He earned two other Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.”

from the unbearable lightness of being (1988)
What was your favorite "Daniel Day-Lewis roll?

Japanese Robot Sumo

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Something uniquely personal.

Yesterday I was doing my usual thing. Chatting it up a bit at usual places. Avoiding the kitchen for some reason, most likely the heat. I'm just flat not into cooking right now for awhile and especially not making messes that I must clean up myself. I'd rather somebody else do all that. It's a phase.

My backpack is already filled with two large Philadelphia style cheese and steak sandwiches, and from the corner bodega a large prepared salad and a half gallon of milk. So there is not enough room in the backpack for a 12-pack of Coke. That must be carried separately back home. The whole thing is an experiment in carrying things. The experiment went poorly. The effort needs work.

Everyone at the bottle shop, the last stop, are newly employed there. Lurch is gone and it's taken three people to replace him. I sign the electronic charge pad on its slippery surface inside its tiny frame, the whole thing is bogus and a poor way to sign things. My signature slags off to mere scribble.

"Oh Jeeze. My signature gets worse every year."

I always say that. It's the charge card pad, not my handwriting deteriorating, but I blame myself anyway just to be conversational.
"That's okay. It's not important. The more idiosyncratic the better. That's what thing looks at." 
How odd. I had just used that word on my last post elsewhere.

"Well, look at you."
"Idiosyncratic." As if that were an unusual word. Because it is an unusual word heard in that shop in that situation.
"Hey, I may be just a liquor store clerk but that doesn't mean I can't read my Word-A-Day calendar." 
The idea struck me as hilarious. Is he joking or what? No, he's serious. I was not expecting anything so funny. The image of this young man learning words from a calendar, opposed to, say, reading, then using newly found words conversationally was exquisitely amusing. And charming. I chuckled at that the rest of the way home. Somebody gave him the calendar and he actually uses it.

I thought you might like this. It seems to me such a calendar would be cute and rather useless to you. To all of you. The sort of thing a friend or family might give you thinking, "Oh, they like words so they'll certain to like this word calendar." Not quite understanding, and no arrogance intended here, you could easily write such a calendar.

Camille Paglia Says Puberty Blockers for Transgender Kids Are ‘Criminal Violation of Human Rights’

Via Instapundit:  In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Paglia broke another liberal taboo this week by saying parents and doctors who give transgender children puberty blockers are engaging in “a criminal violation of human rights.”
A number of articles have appeared in recent years detailing the experiences of parents whose children undergo hormone blocking therapy in order to stop the onset of puberty. Slowing these changes, the thinking goes, gives the child more time to think about whether he or she truly wants to transition and can make any feelings of gender dysmorphia milder. One doctor compared a child who blocks puberty as starting from “a blank slate.”

Paglia disagrees. Citing the fact that the “long term effects [of puberty blockers] are unknown,” she told TWS‘s Jonathan Last that the transgender fad is in part a marketing ploy by the pharmaceutical industry “in order to create a permanent class of customers who will need to take prescribed hormones for life.”

“It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warming (a sentimental myth unsupported by evidence) flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender. Biology has been programmatically excluded from women’s studies and gender studies programs for almost 50 years now. Thus very few current gender studies professors and theorists, here and abroad, are intellectually or scientifically prepared to teach their subjects,” she said.

Even disputing the very possibility of gender reassignment surgery, Paglia told Last that “the cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body remains coded with one’s birth gender for life.” That pronouncement, however, didn’t stop her from saying she describes herself as transgender.
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"The Left-Wing Terrorist’s Capitol Hill Coup d’Etat"

"A Democrat-controlled House would overturn the election and impeach Trump."
Calculating the number of congressional Republicans hard left terrorist James T. Hodgkinson could have murdered on his baseball diamond battlefield reveals a megalomaniacal political scheme that may have inspired his savage assault: a history-altering Capitol Hill coup d’état within the electoral system.

Farfetched? Simple and truly fascist bloodbath math makes the case that Hodgkinson’s crime could have created political circumstances situation where Democrats might gain control the House of Representatives.

As strategists say, that shift in power would “set conditions” for impeaching President Donald Trump, a man Hodgkinson hated and whose election and administration Hodgkinson and millions of his fellow Democrats believe to be illegal and illegitimate.

I am not attempting to read the assassin’s mind. But we know he intended to massacre Republicans, which tells us a lot about his mindset and his motives. We also know he committed the crime.
While it sounds like a conspiracy theory this take makes sense. Link to the whole thing.

"Dispute Over Wrong Drink At Starbucks Ends In Wrestling Match, Stabbing"

Via Drudge:  A trip to Starbucks ended violently on Sunday, after two customers got into argument over a wrong drink order, and one of them got cut with a knife.

Witnesses said it started Sunday afternoon, when one customer apparently got into a dispute with staff because he got the wrong drink, and another customer tried to intervene.

Park Ridge police said a man from California got into a dispute with the staff at the Starbucks on Northwest Highway around 2:30 p.m. A man from Glenview asked the man from California why he was picking on the staff, and after the two exchanged words, the man from California punched or slapped the man from Glenview, police said.

The two began wrestling, and the Glenview man reached into his phone to grab his cell phone, but grabbed a pocketknife instead. While he was wrestling with the man from California, the knife opened, and the man from California was cut. Witnesses originally reported it was the other customer who was cut.

Bloodied napkins littered the ground outside the Starbucks after the incident.

“He was sitting on the curb, and his hand was bandaged up. There was blood everywhere in the foyer,” Kimberly Anderson said.

Police said neither man wanted to pursue criminal charges.

(Link to story)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sense8, Sun is in trouble.

Sun is the Korean woman in prison taking the rap for her brother who sent goons to kill her. She has all the character in the family, her brother has none. Through emotion generated by crisis she asks her group for help. Emotion is the vehicle of their psychic bond. The blond woman is the transexual linked to Sun. The black woman and the man with the hat are her friends but they are not linked as sensate characters. They do not see what the sensate group of 8 sees. As they do when they can. The black bus driver is in Africa and linked to Sun, the same as Lito the emotional actor hunk, and Wolfgang the Russian and the Icelandic short-haired blond, and the American cop. And the woman in India. They're all in the scene spread across the world.

This scene is amazing. When Sun is tased by the hired fake cops that her brother sent to kill her all the rest feel the same shock no matter where they are or what they are doing. When Sun is hung by a cord all of them choke to the confusion of everyone else around them in their separate lives. It totally messes up all their lives. Born on the same day, apparently they’ll die on the same day as well. We see four people hung by a cord, but it is actually only Sun. The others were empathizing involuntarily by genetic connection. 

The long-haired blond and the cop are not actually with Sun in the prison yet they are shown there and they perceive Sun’s surroundings and provide her crucial information. So you see them switch back and forth between the prison and the place where they actually are. This is what confused reviewers on Television Without Pity. They couldn’t quite sort it all, yet everything is right there. 

I hope you enjoy this scene as much as I do. The whole series is packed with such scenes. Along with filler
characterization here  type of scenes throughout, easily skipped without missing a beat. The older Korean woman is another prisoner who hit it off with Sun. She has no idea what's going on.

Well, that had me on the edge of my seat. Three times. It blows me away that somebody actually conceived this idea for a story without knowing where it will take them. And in my opinion they pull it off brilliantly. The show keeps getting better as it goes, and then the whole thing suddenly stops and leaves fans hanging there dying for more. There is internet talk of the show not being pursued beyond the second season already completed while fans demand they continue. 

It is the transexual's friends who know the most about her. The other sensate characters' friends know much less about them. The sensate behavior is confusing to them and they don't get good explanations. When the friends of the other sensate characters hear them talking to nobody present in the room it makes trouble and it's too much to explain. Except for the transexual who learned that it's better to lay it all out there and deal with consequences right off. Her honesty has helped her while keeping overly private has hurt all the others. Her life was already made worse than this whole sensate connection thing. This is a less than subtle messaging that arose from the writer's personal lives. I gather. From the information given on Wikipedia. 

Fans uploaded their favorite scenes to youtube and assembled them into playlists. When this stops another is automatically loaded.  I've enjoyed very much seeing these scenes again pulled out of context. They're all great.   

Insta: We need a Robert Mueller resignation or a second special counsel

Via InstapunditSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem: He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work. It involves a choice between investigating or relying on former FBI director James Comey, a longtime close friend of Mueller’s.

Ideally, he’ll recognize that and resign. But if he doesn’t resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appoint another special counsel to take over the obstruction-of-justice part of the investigation, where Mueller is disqualified.

At present, there are two investigations: One into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians (a claim that even Democrat Chris Matthews admitted fell apart after Comey’s recent testimony) and an investigation into whether, while being investigated for this claimed collusion, President Trump or someone else obstructed justice. That investigation is closely tied to Comey, and so is Mueller.

As Bill Otis wrote in these pages last week, Mueller is too close to Comey to be impartial, and that violates Justice Department conflict of interest rules. As Otis noted, “Comey and Mueller have been friends for nearly 15 years. They were partners in the episode that defined Comey's professional persona more than any other in his public service. It would be surprising if it had not also forged a permanent bond with Mueller ... Comey now finds himself at the center of the Russian investigation over which Mueller presides. Questions swirl around Comey — about whether the president wanted/hinted/hoped/asked/directed/or something else the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to be stopped/abandoned/slowed/soft-peddled/something else. This is probably the central element of the obstruction of justice case that Trump's opponents would like to see made against him. Questions also swirl about Comey's notes about this conversation and why he gave them to a private individual (professor Dan Richman of Columbia Law) to convey to journalists. Additional questions have arisen about whether this curious and seemingly devious means of putting the contents of the notes in the public domain (leaking, in other words) was designed specifically to bring about the appointment of a special counsel outside the president's direct reach — and, indeed, whether Comey wanted, expected or intended his friend Mueller to get the job.”

And as Otis notes, the Justice Department’s rules forbid a person from participating in an investigation if doing so "may result in a personal ... conflict of interest, or the appearance thereof." Mueller clearly has one here.

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Evergreen State College Controversy

"If You Think Campus Free Speech Is No Big Deal, Watch This..."
Michael Moynihan finds students scared to express “nuanced” ideas, a progressive professor demonized as a racist, protesters mocking “free speech,” and a college president who cannot rule out that he might be a white supremacist.

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The funny thing is that it is the protesting students who are abusing their privilege... and if not corrected, they will never see it. Disrupting students need to be expelled. Don't you agree?


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It took me a few seconds, but I chuckled. Collective nouns. Here are some surprising ones: link

I know there must be a smart, single word for this. What is it?

Andrew Klavan: The Attack on 'Julius Caesar' Was Wrong in Every Way

Via Instapundit: The attempt to shut down the play was wrong in every way: morally, politically and tactically. It wasn't winning. It was losing.
Putting on a tasteless and ugly version of Shakespeare is not an injustice, not an outrage, not an act of war. It is speech — the very stuff we right wingers are fighting to keep free. This is more than a mere matter of law. The First Amendment, which protects us from anti-speech legislation, is not worth the crinkly brown paper it's written on if the values of free speech are not upheld in our hearts and minds.

Clearly, a large swath of the left — with their snowflake riots against conservative speakers on campus, their push for hate speech legislation, their blacklisting and career destruction of anyone who violates their politically correct pieties — has lost those values. They are trying to destroy free speech. We on the right are trying to protect it. You can't protect it by stopping it. You can only become what you're fighting against.

If we become the anti-speech people, what are we protecting? What are we fighting for? What are we trying to win?

This is not a question of cowardice or of being too fine to play smash mouth politics. Five-foot-nine Ben Shapiro has repeatedly faced down Social Justice Snowflakes and Black Lives Matter thugs to speak the conservative truth on campus in no uncertain terms. But he doesn't stop others from making their speeches and delivering their points of view. Because then he could no longer represent his own values. He'd be them, not us.

This is not a question of two-wrongs-don't-make-a-right either. Sometimes, awful as it is, the other side plays so dirty you have to play dirty back. If a peaceful conservative demonstration is attacked by Anti-fa fascists while the police stand by and do nothing, protecting such gatherings with right-wing vigilantes may become a terrible necessity. But if right-wing vigilantes respond by attacking a peaceful left-wing gathering, the battle is lost. Because then, you've destroyed the very principle you were trying to protect.
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That's quite a leap you got going on there. Shouting out an objection to a filthy piece of violent theater is hardly becoming what we object to. Get a grip, pal. If someone attacks you tell me if you don't fight back. After all - you don't want to become what you object to. When we fight against evil, are we becoming evil? If we do NOTHING does that make us morally superior? Were we evil to fight in any of our wars? To sin by silence when they should protest makes COWARDS of men - a quote attributed to Lincoln sums up your position quite nicely.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Banned Again....Naturally.

I have been banned from quite a few websites over the years. Little Green Footballs. Television Without Pity. Red State. Althouse. Daily Kos. Liberal and conservative it doesn't much matter. They have all told me to take a hike.

The latest one is Previously TV which I have been hanging around lately because I am getting bored with the political stuff. I managed to get over 10,000 likes for funny comments in a couple of months. Along with five suspensions and warnings from the tight ass social justice warriors who moderate the site. Of course the moderators are all rabid liberal social justice warriors feminists who bash men especially white men non stop 24/7. I managed to get through the election and the non stop Trump hate by not taking the bait most of the time. But I got tripped up by talking the way I normally talk. I was talking about Chinatown restaurants and said that the women who run it are not the stereotypical quiet Asian types. Of course I referred to them as Mama-san which is what I used to call them when I was doing the taxes in all of those Chinese restaruants. Funny that it never bothered them but outraged some cunty millennial who moderated the site and banned me for "over the top racism." Listen toots I know about over the top racism. I specialize in it. This wasn't even close. None the less I am banned and I don't get to talk about the Real Housewives. So I will have to talk about them here and drive Spinelli crazy.

Maybe it's time to talk to Baron Zemo about this. It just ain't right.

(Check out this commercial. Look at how our country has changed. For the worst. The car alone is enough to give the climate change pussies a coronary. Let alone two  hot girls wanting to have sex with a guy in a cool car. Jeez. I wish I had a time machine.)

WKRLEM: Films that give you two reasons to to speak

Not the Onion: 'I'm going to hit you in the head'

"... woman named Miracle Crimes tells Springfield cop before allegedly kicking him in groin"
It started with a tray of doughnuts

On May 30, Miracle Crimes allegedy hurled the tray at the assistant manager of the Pride Gas Station on Berkshire Avenue after being told to leave the store, according to the arrest report.

When police arrived, she resisted arrest and threatened to kill the officers before being Tasered and transported to police headquarters. Once there, she kicked an officer in the groin and renewed her threats, the report said.

"I'm going to kill you so call your kids and tell them goodbye," she said, according to the report.

Crimes, 31, of Springfield, was booked on six charges, including two counts of threat to commit a crime (murder), assault and battery on a police officer (foot), and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (doughnut tray).

A seventh charge was added the next day, after Crimes allegedly spit in the face of a court officer before her appearance in Springfield District Court. Her arraignment was eventually postponed to allow Crimes to undergo a 20-day psychiatric evaluation.
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NYT: High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election

"Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here."
“The out-of-state money is crazy,” said Mr. Price, whose vacated congressional seat is up for grabs on Tuesday.

Following Mr. Price, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor, was even more direct. “I know some of you out there, some Republicans may even be turned off by our president,” said Mr. Perdue, before making the case for his boss.

The two Trump cabinet secretaries, both Georgia Republicans, had unwittingly revealed the twin hurdles standing in Ms. Handel’s path heading into Tuesday’s election: Democratic enthusiasm is soaring across the country while the sort of pastel-and-Polo-clad Republicans who reside in this district are uneasy about what they see in Washington and have decidedly mixed views of President Trump.
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