Saturday, July 8, 2017

"NY Times says blaming Palin for shooting was ‘an honest mistake’"

Via Instapundit: Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times should be tossed because the paper made “an honest mistake” when it said she incited a 2011 shooting that severely wounded Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six people, a lawyer for the Gray Lady said on Friday.

“There was an honest mistake in posting the editorial,” lawyer David Schultz told Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff.

Last week, Palin sued the Times over a June 14th editorial that stated there was a “direct” link between one of Palin’s PAC ads and the shooting by Jared Lee Loughner.

But there’s no evidence he ever saw the ad, which placed Gifford’s district in stylized crosshairs. The Times issued a correction.

On Friday, Palin’s lawyers argued that the Times knew the story was false.

“It was literally acknowledged the same day in another story in their paper,” said Kenneth Turkel.

(Link to story)

What's the most terrifying thing you've seen in real life?

Reddit top voted comments....

When I was younger I kicked a ball over the fence of my dads friends house and naturally I stepped on the fence and poked my head over to see how far it had gone. I saw a man a decent distance away in the backyard so I called out asking if he could pass my ball back over but he wasn't responding so I asked my sister if I was seeing it right she looked and thought it was a scarecrow. I went to tell my Dad and his friend and they looked at it and called out but still nothing. They jumped the fence to check it out and it turned out I was calling out to a man who had hung himself to pass my ball back over. Few cops etc came that's about all there is to the story, it wasn't really scary just creepy. I was pretty young but it didn't really get to me or anything I do remember it pretty decently though.

Waking up totally covered in blood. I was walking to class and got hit by a car. I'm not sure what was happened in the moments leading up to it, but I woke up in the middle of the road, cradling my head. I distinctly remember lifting my head and looking at my blood covered arm, thinking 'I'll deal with that later', and putting my arm back under my head and going back to sleep.
I turned out pretty okay

Suicide jumper was pretty unnerving. He fell from several stories up and landed on the curb. His body was rigid for a second, then just kinda melted around the shape of the curb. Then blood. Unsettling.

When I was 8 or so, we lived on the third floor of an apartment building. I was walking out to the balcony a step behind my dad, I had one foot out the sliding glass door and before I could put my second foot down the balcony collapsed with my dad on it. There was broken wood everywhere. I thought he was dead. I almost died. Good news my dad lived, but his legs are messed up. It was the closest I have ever been to dying and I thought I was watching my dad die.

George Clooney is reportedly moving back to Trump USA.

Via Twitter: A source told the site that George had received threats in the past, whilst he was concerned that his wife's work as an international human rights lawyer could make her a target.

'He doesn’t feel like Amal and the twins are safe living in the English countryside,' the insider explained. 'As soon as Amal found out she was pregnant, he hired former Secret Service agents to assess all his properties and make recommendations for improvement.'

They claimed the star's mansion in Studio City, California was the most secure, as they added: 'He’s waited so long for this family, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.'

(Link to more)

"Effort to bar child marriage in California runs into opposition"

Via Drudge: A Bay Area legislator was shocked when he learned from a young constituent that while Californians cannot legally consent to sex until they are 18, they can — with the permission of a parent and a judge’s order — get married at any age, even if their spouse is many years older.

“I thought, that can’t be true in California,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo. “We found that it is true in California and true in many states throughout the country.”

But Hill’s resulting proposal to bar juveniles from getting hitched has been watered down after it prompted strong objections from civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

As the emotional fight unfolds in Sacramento, there’s no agreement even about a basic piece of information — how many minors get married each year in California. People who want to limit such marriages say the total is in the thousands, while those who oppose the bill say that’s vastly inflated.

The state doesn’t keep such numbers, and even efforts to change that are running into resistance.

(Link to more)

Everybody's asking me ...


Compelled me to think about this.

It's the second time that WeirdDave @Ace opened his post this way and it cracked me up both times. 

Everyone's asking me about the dream I had last night. (full disclosure: nobody asked me about the dream I had last night.) And there I am alone in my desire to talk about something that nobody even thinks of asking about or cares to hear.

Go ahead though, Mr. President, tell us about your desire to have us think and talk about John Podesta refusing to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA and Podesta's refusal being disgraceful. We accept your introducing the subject. We'll still hold our doubt that the subject was ever mentioned among all the big things going on by anyone other than you, if at all, in your mind

Of all the things to talk about among this incredibly revealing European trip and G20 meeting, this is most likely the least important to everyone except for Podesta. It sticks right out among all other big items for the Twitter post singling out an individual for attack.

"British man, 21, makes history..."

" giving birth to baby girl thanks to sperm donor he found on Facebook"

He has been living legally as a man for more than three years and taking male ­hormones, giving him facial hair and a deep voice.

The cost of gender reassignment is £29,000 per patient, including support and surgery.

But Hayden was also desperate to have a baby.

Before completing his transition he asked the NHS to freeze his eggs in a £4,000 process in the hope he might have children years later.

But health chiefs refused.

(More at the link including pics)


Now viddy this -- a very disturbing day's mash-up: German, Russian, senseless violence, eyes-glued-to-the TV -- even Beethoven's 9th. Throw in a little "orange" like clockwork.

Friday, July 7, 2017

de Blasio priorities

NY Post:  Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday skipped an NYPD swearing-in ceremony made somber by this week’s assassination of a cop — then hours later revealed he was busy preparing to jet off on a surprise trip to join leftist protesters at the G-20 summit in Germany.

Hizzoner’s overseas jaunt was kept under wraps until just 90 minutes before he took off from Newark Airport. A last-minute announcement said he “will attend several events surrounding the G-20 Summit, including Saturday’s Hamburg Zeigt Haltung rally.”


"Breaking at NYT: Communists Were Anti-American Soviet Tools"

Via InstapunditAs part of its weekly essay series on the legacy of the Russian Revolution, the New York Times has earnestly broken the news to its readers that the American Communist Party wasn’t a principled and well-meaning organization but an anti-American espionage operation. . . .

It will be interesting to read the pieces that come out 25 to 50 years too late, as the august Gray Lady awakens to other important news:

The Muslim Brotherhood hated Western ideas of freedom.
Iran was a committed enemy of the United States.
Cuban communists were anti-democratic thugs.
Abortion was an unspeakable tragedy that led to millions of unnecessary deaths.
Press bias and lack of self-awareness plus elite policy failures made the Trump presidency possible.
Social programs like Medicare were actually bankrupting the country.
Public service unions blighted the prospects of generations of immigrants and poor people of color in American cities.
Anti-Asian discrimination dominated college admissions offices under the guise of ‘racial justice’.
The collapse of free speech on college campuses was abetted by cowards and time servers who betrayed fundamental American principles.

Better late than never, we suppose…

(Link to the article at the American Interest)

Trump, Putin hold first meeting at G20 summit

Via Drudge:  US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first face-to-face meeting Friday at a G20 summit marred by violent protests and a rift between America and its Western allies over climate change and trade.

"We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everyone concerned," Trump said. "It's an honour to be with you."

Putin told the US leader: "I'm delighted to be able to meet you personally Mr President. And I hope as you have said, our meeting will yield concrete results."

The blockbuster encounter could sway issues ranging from the North Korean crisis and conflicts in Syria and Ukraine to US-Russian disarmament treaties, world trade and global warming, analysts say.

Public images of the interaction between the brash property tycoon and ice-cool ex-KGB agent are likely to be dissected frame by frame for any sign of rapprochement or estrangement.

"Was the Election Rigged Against Bernie Sanders? DNC Lawsuit Demands Repayment for Campaign Donors"

Via Instapundit: A class action lawsuit alleging the Democratic National Committee worked in conjunction with Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign to keep Bernie Sanders out of the White House has been raging on in the courtrooms for months on end–and yet, most people have no idea of its existence, in large part thanks to the mainstream media's total lack of coverage.

Jared Beck, a Harvard Law graduate and one of the several attorneys who filed the suit against the DNC and its former chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, wants retribution for donations made by supporters to the Vermont senator's campaign, citing six legal claims of the DNC’s deceptive conduct, negligent misrepresentation and fraud. The DNC violated Article 5, Section 4 of its own charter by working with a single campaign to effectively choose who would win the Democratic ballot, the attorneys stated in the suit.

Sanders' supporters have faced an uphill battle in the courts ever since August, when the DNC managed to block hearings from beginning by successfully claiming it wasn’t served the lawsuit correctly. The committee then immediately requested the lawsuit be dismissed after it was refiled September 2, according to Observer. Since then, Schultz and the DNC's attorneys have defended the organization against accusations that it failed in its duties to maintain neutrality throughout last year's Democratic primaries.

(Link to more)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WKRLEM: I am wishing you..................

The Great Reverend Al Green. Soul Train. Love and happiness. Can you dig it?

Hamburger Helper Again?

Authorities battle anti-capitalist forces in Hamburg, Germany. These aren't just outside agitators. Along with old West Berlin, Hamburg haß historically been the most anti-Western city in Germany.

And never forget that Hamburg spawned the 9/11 terror cell:

Hanseatic League with the Devil. Welcome to hell on the Elbe.

Please save this little baby....a slim chance is still a chance

Charlie Gard Family Friend Sends Urgent Message to Trump: ‘Please Save This Baby

Breibart News by Chris Tomlinson June 6, 2017

Maria Tatalovic sent an urgent message to U.S. President Donald Trump to talk with British doctors and lawmakers on behalf of baby Charlie Gard whose family wants to seek treatment for his condition in the United States.

Ms Tatalovic appeared on former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s LBC radio programme pleading with the American president to help intervene in the case of baby Charlie Gard who will have his life support removed Friday.

How do you ban winning?

Via InstapunditWinning is banned at more than half of primary school sports days: Pupils compete in teams despite 82% of parents wanting a traditional event

More than half of primary schools are holding non-competitive sports days that fail to announce ‘winners’, according to a new survey.

They host events where individual children are not singled out to compete but instead work in teams and are recognised simply for taking part.

The findings have been revealed in a poll by Families Online which warns that youngsters must learn that ‘losing is completely ok’.

However, 82 per cent wanted ‘old school’ competitive sports days back on the basis that children must realise ‘you can’t always win at everything in life and sometimes you have to lose’.

Seventy-six per cent did not approve of ‘non-competitive’ events, with parents believing that ‘healthy competition helped children individually to strive to improve and challenge themselves’.

Fifty-three per cent said they were ‘comfortable’ with their child losing, believing that it wasn’t ‘a bad thing’ because it helps build resilience and confidence.

Four in ten (43 per cent) said losing was an important life skill.

(Link to story)

What is something that absolutely disgusts you but the majority seems to be okay with?

Reddit top voted comments...

Leaving kitchen sponges to stew in gnarly soggy sink gunk and then using them to "clean" dishes.

Lotion. I hate that greasy, oily texture it leaves behind.

Romanticizing horrible choices, like having an affair or abandoning your family to live a more enjoyable life, a la 'A Dollhouse' or "Eat Pray Love'

That the US is so obsessed with work that taking days off/sick days that they have earned is looked down upon.

Putting items on the floor of public restroom stalls, such as handbags.

Smoking breaks.
Why do you get a 5-15 minute break every hour ?
But if I'm 5 minutes past 8am I get a stern talking. Even though I work thru the entire day.

Mouth kissing your dog

How school doesn't teach you to be hungry for knowledge or curious to learn outside the curriculum.

Chris Brown.

The Leon Of The CA Senate Roars Again

[continued-in-part from here]

Reread the audacious statements by Kevin De Leon at that link. Now he's back:
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his measure, Senate Bill 54 or the “California Values Act,” is intended to prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with what he calls the 'Trump Deportation Machine.' link
A similar bill passed by the Legislature in 2012 was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown because it was missing serious crimes, all of which are also absent from SB 54. De Leon has refused to make amendments proposed by the Sheriffs Association to add these crimes and to address other concerns held by sheriff’s departments, whose primary responsibilities are the operation of jails.
Starve the beast.

"Georgia Couple Busted For Beating Restaurant Owner Over Cold Chicken..."

"...Lack Of French Fries" (Via Drudge)

According to investigators, the Smiths... complained to eatery owner Jeanette Norris that their chicken was cold and that they did not receive a sufficient amount of French fries. When the dispute escalated, Norris dialed 911 (after having refunded the couple’s money).

LaTasha Smith attacked Norris with a flurry of punches. When Norris’s 15-year-old daughter sought to aid her mother, Nathaniel Smith sucker-punched the girl in the face.

Norris was left with two black eyes and a broken nose, while her daughter suffered a concussion and a black eye.

Following the assault, the Smiths fled in a Cadillac Escalade and remained on the lam until this morning. The couple was being sought on warrants charging them with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Nathaniel Smith has a prior felony conviction for the sale and distribution of cocaine and marijuana.

"How our leaders are piling on the risks for cops"

Via InstapunditLet us be clear about one thing: Responsibility for the assassination of Police Officer Miosotis Familia in The Bronx early Wednesday morning lies with the man who pulled the trigger — career criminal Alexander Bonds, now deceased himself, happily, courtesy of the NYPD.

So let’s talk atmospherics.

It’s not just in New York City where cops increasingly are viewed as enemies of the public. Case in point, Chicago — where 60 people were shot over the July 4 weekend (eight fatally), and where the usual suspects are demanding federal oversight of the police department, without even cursory consideration of the culture that drives that tortured city’s endless bloodshed.

Let us be clear about one thing: Responsibility for the assassination of Police Officer Miosotis Familia in The Bronx early Wednesday morning lies with the man who pulled the trigger — career criminal Alexander Bonds, now deceased himself, happily, courtesy of the NYPD.

So let’s talk atmospherics.

It’s not just in New York City where cops increasingly are viewed as enemies of the public. Case in point, Chicago — where 60 people were shot over the July 4 weekend (eight fatally), and where the usual suspects are demanding federal oversight of the police department, without even cursory consideration of the culture that drives that tortured city’s endless bloodshed.

(Link to more)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Overheard at Lem's:
Sixty Grit said...
I watched a couple of epis of GLOW - it was not good. Mercifully I now have wifi and have started watching Justified on Prime TV. Much more in keeping with ne and my people, other than the fact that IT WAS FILMED IN CALI-FREAKIN-FORNIA!!!
July 5, 2017 at 10:20 PM

A nice mash-up of bluegrass and hip-hop.

h/t, MamaM

WKRLEM: More and more this is becoming my theme song.

For Ed and Sixty.

I am getting into Florida mode.

I want to be an Eye-talian Good Old Boy if that's possible.

The reason for this whole CNN kerfulle is that they are elitist assholes who know nothing about anything a normal American knows.

The whole reason why the mincing mo's of CNN lost their minds over Trump's gif is that they do not know anything about stuff regular Americans know.

They don't know anything about professional wrestling. About sports. About carbs. About the flag. About the right to life. About Christianity. About patriotism. They are too busy eating tofu and debating how to destroy the white working class to promote minorities and illegal aliens. Drinking micro brews instead of Bud or Miller or Reingold. Vegan instead of Barbecue. Transgender instead of transmissions. They don't know us.

They hate us. They fear us. They despise us. We need to return the favor. In spades. (That's a metaphor Lem I am not talking about Black people).

"Shortage of eligible men..."

"...has left women taking desperate steps to preserve their fertility, experts say"

Via David Burge tweet: A dearth of marriagable men has left an “oversupply” of educated women taking desperate steps to preserve their fertility, experts say.

The first global study into egg freezing found that shortages of eligible men were the prime reason why women had attempted to take matters into their own hands.

Experts said “terrifying” demographic shifts had created a “deficit” of educated men and a growing problem of “leftover” professional women, with female graduates vastly outnumbering males in in many countries.

The study led by Yale University, involved interviews with 150 women undergoing egg freezing at eight clinics.

Researchers found that in more than 90 per cent of cases, the women were attempting to buy extra time because they could not find a partner to settle down with, amid a “dearth of educated men”.

Experts said the research bust the myth that “selfish career women” were choosing to out their fertility on ice in a bid to put their careers first.

They said sweeping social changes meant that many professional women now struggled to find a partner that felt like an equal match.

In recent decades, the gender balance at British universities has tipped dramatically.

In 1985, 45 per cent of UK students were female, but by 2000, 54 per cent were women.

(Link to more)

"CNN is under fire for threatening to identify the creator of the Trump wrestling video"

Via Drudge:  CNN has struck back in the war over the wrestling GIF.

On Sunday, President Trump posted a GIF from a video taken during his appearance during WrestleMania 23 in which he beats down a wrestler. However, this particular GIF was a little different, in that the CNN logo is superimposed over the wrestler's face, making it appear as though Trump was assaulting the news organization itself.

However, CNN made a move of their own during the Fourth of July, revealing that they had discovered the identity of the Reddit user responsible for the GIF's creation. The user, who goes by the handle of HanAssholeSolo, originally posted the GIF to a part of Redit called r/The_Donald. Some of the user's other posts were controversial, depicting things like a Jewish cabal in control of the White House.

The user posted an apology to the network, saying that he mainly posted controversial images to get a rise out of other users. In a report on the user, CNN said that it had decided against publishing the user's identity, but should any more hateful content come from the account, that they reserved the right to do so in the future.

It's that last part that many online have an issue with. Twitter and Reddit users have criticized the company, saying that it is targeting a private citizen, leading #CNNBlackmail to trend on Twitter.

Judge tells Ontario woman she is no longer welcome in court

Via RedditIt won’t be easy for Althea Reyes to drag another person before a judge. The one-time beauty queen has been declared a “vexatious litigant” for repeatedly abusing Ontario courts with frivolous lawsuits.

The rare designation means she cannot continue or begin any new cases in any level of court in Ontario without first getting permission from a judge.

Reyes is appealing the May 31 order by Justice Paul Perell restricting her access to the courts.

Ontario’s attorney general had requested Reyes be declared vexatious, saying in a court application that her barrage of lawsuits and court motions are a frivolous “abuse of the court’s process and a waste of judicial and public resources.”

A 2016 Star investigation found Reyes has sued at least 30 people, companies and organizations since 2011 in Toronto. She has targeted successful men she had relationships with, a school board, bank employees, a pawnshop, a dry cleaning business, lawyers who have opposed her in the courtroom, and a complete stranger.

(Link to story)

Watch Andrew Kaczynski scrambling

Like a little bitch.

Goodness, this sure is a lot of tweets just for one little issue. Andrew Kaczynski's Twitter timeline usually has one post per issue. Up to now by his Twitter, he's come off as somewhat sane, passably balanced. 

It means Andrew Kaczynski feels he has a lot of explaining to do. And that's not so easy in 140 characters and less. He's spinning his wheels off denying CNN ever threatened where clearly they did. He's distorting the sequence of events. He is lying about the Reddit editor. (Admittedly an unsavory fellow, but so what.) 

He's dragged CNN down to a new low even lower than than the previous low. And all it took was a simple and amusing animated GIF of the sort that every person in the news experiences. 

One can probably conclude Trump is genius at media manipulation but that cannot happen without CNNs perverse obsession. To spend more than fifteen seconds on this is too much time for CNN but they made it an issue then dwelt on the issue they created obnoxiously long and perversely in depth. And now just look at Andrew Kaczynski spinning and lying to dissuade his followers not to believe what they read for themselves and convince them they misunderstand plain simple language. CNN threatened to dox the Reddit user, they did that to scare off any future satirists, and there is no taking that back. Sorry, Chump, you're busted. Now expect a lot more of the same. 

Let's see what the flying monkeys are up to. Seems they're interested in making new memes. They're discussing not using old memes like anything with "gate" in it, that meme is old and busted. They need something new. But so far it appears they haven't taken it further than that. 

It's an odd site. Old School scripting. Like Twitter the beginning of the discussion is at bottom. There are some amusing GIFs mostly bearing on violence with similar face overlays and CNN logo overlays. They're deciding on changing CNN logo to gray and white indicating all life is drained from it. They're completely against this attack on free speech. 

Here's how to find the political discussions on 4chan. 

The address is and NOT which is dedicated to porn. There is nothing about politics in the menu on front page. Click on anything innocent. The next page to come up offers a different menu at both top and bottom. They're address extensions arranged alphabetically. Select "pol" from the menu that appears on each page except home. The address in the browser bar is Other political issues are on the same board. Scroll down until you see CNN. Click on the stagnate photos in the sequence of posts. Over half of them enlarge to rudimentary animated GIFs. Most are amusingly childishly violent as the first one from Reddit retweeted by Trump. Drawn from video games and entertainment wrestling. It's all kid's stuff with a few discussing the seriousness of the trouble that Andrew Kaczynski cooked up for himself aiming at Trump, and the depth that CNN has sunk themselves by their determination to make themselves into resistance and propaganda posing as news. is cute.

You know, 4chan could really use a few better animators. Their skill level is rather slapdash, I must say. All of the GIFs shown can be made in five minutes or less. B3ta, children themselves, mock 4chan's childishness daily. Where Americans are impressed with 4chan tracking down Sia LaBeouf by mere photos of contrails and patterns on wood and a flagpole. 

This episode is not going to end well. I don't know. I assume trust will be hard or impossible to win back once it is shot so ridiculously this way and with such mean spirit toward everyone, even their own viewers. Meanwhile Trump persists with his own priorities while knocking out the occasional displeasing tweet that takes him a whole ten seconds at most and that sends CNN into desperate flights that consume them for weeks and diminish their influence each time. And they take the bait reliably every single time, Trump knows they cannot resist him, they're honestly thinking they've got him this time. Every time. Just look at Andrew Kaczynski squirm.

The remarkable thing is Andrew Kaczynski is actually quite a smart fellow. I followed him when I was on Twitter because he is interesting. Was interesting. This shows how hardcore partisanship makes smart people frustratingly dumb. Well, that just too bad.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


The 1974 song is pastiche Americana.

I'm affected by the lyric "chicken shack" buried deep-in towards the end. It's highly personal. Around 1964 or so -- before I went to school -- my older brother and I "ran away" together one summer morning. I was just following him -- being led astray -- but fully complicit. Our destination was a local bar/restaurant which we knew as "The Chicken Shack." Other locals knew it as The Unicorn Tavern in Middleton, Wisconsin. At the time, the place had a rustic, log cabin look -- rather like the rural taverns/restaurants you'd find Up North. Maybe we had eaten a fish fry there once with our parents and were enthralled by the fish ponds (people would call them koi ponds these days). Anyways, I need to ask my 80-year mother about what happened. We did get punished. The Chicken Shack was on a very busy street, but in those days we only had to cross one relatively quite street and then trek through an old farm field to get there. There used to be an old barn in that field and we'd climb up to the second story and pee out one of the barn doors. That was fun too. That barn is long gone now along with the Chicken Shack.

Another family lived behind us in those days. They were the quintessential large Catholic family with one kid in every other grade spanning a decade or two. One of their middle kids (about 10 years older than me) ran away to San Francisco during the Summer Of Love. He came home five or so years later. I always avoided him. He had hair down his back, didn't drive, and went shoeless in summers. I did talk at length with him on the bus one day. The last time I saw him was 1977; he was dancing by himself at a Grateful Dead show in Madison. He's gone now too.

U.S. Blues was a Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter collaboration. I think the phrase "shake the hand that shook that hand" is a clever temporal sleight of hand. Full lyrics after the jump.

From Here to New Jersey!

Hat tip to Powerline's This Week in Pictures.

WKRLEM: Sing along with the Fifth Dimension.

What do we need to do to the media, Hollywood and the Left?

WKRLEM: God Bless Ameica

Every Independence Day I watch this video. I look at all the stars who were in it who are dead.

Hope. Crosby. Dean Martin. Lorne Greene. Hossaroni. Michael Landon. Lucy. Jack Benny. Phyllis Diller. Just about the only one still around is Glen Campbell and he has Alzheimer.

Do you think they could get a bunch of big stars to do a video like this today? Who would do it? Clooney. Pitt. Damon. Meryl Streep. DeNiro. Kathy Griffin. Beyonce. Kayne. Not a chance.

Look at how far we have fallen. The people who are stars and big time Hollywood powers hate America and hate us.

The deplorables have to take their country back.

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." -Patrick Henry

God bless all of Lem's Lemmings and their familes. God Bless America.

Calvin Coolidge on Independence Day.

Via InstapunditIt was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history. Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed.

If no one is to be accounted as born into a superior station, if there is to be no ruling class, and if all possess rights which can neither be bartered away nor taken from them by any earthly power, it follows as a matter of course that the practical authority of the Government has to rest on the consent of the governed. While these principles were not altogether new in political action, and were very far from new in political speculation, they had never been assembled before and declared in such a combination. . . .

Placing every man on a plane where he acknowledged no superiors, where no one possessed any right to rule over him, he must inevitably choose his own rulers through a system of self-government. This was their theory of democracy. In those days such doctrines would scarcely have been permitted to flourish and spread in any other country. This was the purpose which the fathers cherished. In order that they might have freedom to express these thoughts and opportunity to put them into action, whole congregations with their pastors had migrated to the Colonies. These great truths were in the air that our people breathed. Whatever else we may say of it, the Declaration of Independence was profoundly American.

memory lapses are good for your brain?

Via Drudge:  Scientists have claimed that forgetting things may not always imply you are scatterbrained. Instead, it could be crucial to coping with new challenges.

“We think an important part of being intelligent is about forgetting the details of past experiences,” Blake Richards, of the University of Toronto, said. He and a colleague argue in the journal Neuron that things you forget are as important for brain efficiency as those you remember. As a consequence, the brain actively promotes forgetting.

Traditionally, brain scientists have focused on studying the mechanisms behind memory formation; forgetting was what happened when they went wrong. Recent research in mice has found that, rather than being a passive process, the brain seems to encourage the loss of memories. “Over the last five years, research has shown that forgetting is something the brain actually expends energy on,” Professor Richards said. “Why would it invest in this?”

While the brain was capable of storing “almost every event that occurs in our lives”, those with superhuman memories tended to be psychiatric case studies, not high achievers, he argued. Forgetting could have the function of smoothing out complicated details, helping us to recognise patterns rather than get bogged down in specifics.

(Link to more)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Trump tweet unlikely to be covered by American mainstream media.

But how would anyone sensible know that unless they actually watch American mainstream media and only low information voters do. Everyone else has moved on, and to their annoyance are told what is covered and what is not covered by genuine American Party propaganda, ridiculously thrown themselves out of balance.

Americans used to make fun of Party organ Pravda. Even Russians joked about what their newspaper printed. And now America has the same thing. Media organs beholden to Party. And nobody outside the Party believes a word from them collectively. But it's worse in America because that complicity between media and Party is done voluntarily. 

I was waiting for this tweet and pleased to see it this morning.  But acting on this might require the parents changing their citizenship. And it might lead to unending anguish and only to continued anguish, right up to the bitter end. Apparently that is what the medical experts determined. For all that I know challenging British and European courts here might be extremely careless. 

Where it does strike readers as cruel for the same courts to disallow the parents bringing their child home to die. The thinking is most likely the courts predicting the parents flight to get their child experimental treatment, and that following treatment and temporary reprieve the child will grow up draining medical resources, and only that, with no chance of ever being productive citizen. 

Americans tend to think, so what? That fairly describes a large portion of our population. 

Drudge links to an item about Steven Hawking bringing his audience to tears. Slim to zero chance the child will grow up and command an audience, still a little bit odd, don't you think? Hawking genius having determined that Trump could push the planet over the brink, I wonder what Hawking genius has to say about this.

British citizens raised funds to cover the cost for the boy. Are they willing to keep that up and continue raising funds to cover continued expenses for as long as it takes? We see this decision does not match the wishes of a portion of British citizens willing to prolong the child's life. Is that same portion willing to extend support for however the child lives? This is a case of medical and legal experts really having superior knowledge and now given the power to decide fates that technical expertise rules over emotional appeal.

Whatever their citizens think of Charlie Gard's case, it must be acknowledged that this is British and European courts broadcasting that citizens are property of State and not the other way around. Further, these citizens will always prefer having State manage their healthcare and basically as a matter of convenience. 

Remember not to buy any bootleg fireworks!

Via Reddit....

President Donald Trump is a better Catholic than the Pope!

If we can help little , as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.

You all know the story of poor little Charlie Gard. He is a little English baby who has a rare disease who the monsters in the English Health Care System want to kill. The doctors in England say there is nothing more to be done and want to take him off life support. His parents want to bring him to the US for some experimental treatments that have no guarantee of working but at least give him a chance. They raised over a million dollars so the National Health Service will not have to spend a penny. But they went to court to kill this baby and were backed up by the globalist scumbags of the European Union.

At first the published opinion of the Catholic Church was that this poor baby should die.

"Newborn baby may be the first to be registered ‘gender unknown’"

"its mum insists only the tot can decide what sex it wants to be"

Via Drudge:  Canadian Kori Doty, who has a moustache and claims to be neither male or female, has been fighting to keep Searyl Atli’s gender off government records since giving birth last November.

Doty, who prefers to be referred to as “they” rather than “he” or “she”, told CBC they are “raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are.”

They added: “I’m recognising them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.”

Doty is trying to get British Columbia to issue the child with a birth certificate which does not have a gender marker.

But while the Canadian province has sent the baby health cards with an “undetermined” gender, authorities have refused to issue the certificate.

"Justice Kennedy Tells October 2018 Clerkship Applicants He’s Considering Retirement"

Via Drudge:  Big news hiding in Nina Totenberg’s story on Justice Gorsuch voting 100% with Justice Thomas:
But it is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency. While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement.
Kennedy’s position on the court is more than consequential. In the most hotly contested and closely divided cases, his vote often decides the outcome. With every passing day, it has become more clear that President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is probably even more conservative than the justice he replaced, Antonin Scalia.
This would put Justice Kennedy’s retirement right before the 2018 midterms, giving the Republican base reasons to turn out and keep the Senate with a Republican majority (already a strong possibility in 2018).

"Therapy animals are everywhere. Proof that they help is not."

Via Drudge:  The trend, which has accelerated hugely since its initial stirrings a few decades ago, is underpinned by a widespread belief that interaction with animals can reduce distress — whether it happens over brief caresses at the airport or in long-term relationships at home. Certainly, the groups offering up pets think this, as do some mental health professionals. But the popular embrace of pets as furry therapists is kindling growing discomfort among some researchers in the field, who say it has raced far ahead of scientific evidence.

Earlier this year in the Journal of Applied Developmental Science, an introduction to a series of articles on “animal-assisted intervention” said research into its efficacy “remains in its infancy.” A recent literature review by Molly Crossman, a Yale University doctoral candidate who recently wrapped up one study involving an 8-year-old dog named Pardner, cited a “murky body of evidence” that sometimes has shown positive short-term effects, often found no effect and occasionally identified higher rates of distress.

Overall, Crossman wrote, animals seem to be helpful in a “small-to-medium” way, but it’s unclear whether the critters deserve the credit or something else is at play.

“It’s a field that has been sort of carried forward by the convictions of practitioners” who have seen patients’ mental health improve after working with or adopting animals, said James Serpell, director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “That kind of thing has almost driven the field, and the research is playing catch-up. In other words, people are recognizing that anecdote isn’t enough.”

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Trump's a pig

From Drudge. I did not follow the link.  I have no interest whatsoever in Maureen Dowd's political opinion. 

The link is seen on Drudge, moved down from the top to the center column. 


Supposedly going to NYT. I don't know. And Drudge frames things click-baity. Maybe somebody who's not me will read it and appreciate what she has to say. We do appreciate her beautifully crafted sentences and her thoughtfully well constructed paragraphs to burnished essay. She is a very good writer.

Maureen Dowd must know what happens when you pick a fight with a pig. 

But I kept thinking all day, my what delicate lady hands. They really are small and precious. No match for Trump's brutish mitts, gigantic in comparison. In front of her face and foreshortened, no matter the camera and no matter the lens, the hands will be larger than the face.These darling precious expressive hands will be of no use to Maureen Dowd in a sloppy fight with a pig. 

I got it, though. Her coworkers were protesting against their company's employee number being cut by half. She is not talking to us anyway. This is Maureen Dowd's way of showing her worth to her employer, and has nothing to do with us.

"Carl Bernstein calls for 'different kind of reporting' to take on 'malignant presidency'"

Via Drudge:  Carl Bernstein is calling on journalists to commit to a "different kind of reporting" in response to a "malignant presidency" unlike any the country has seen before.

"We're in foreign territory," Bernstein said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

He added, "We have never been in a malignant presidency like this before. It calls on our leaders, it calls on our journalists to do a different kind of reporting, a different kind of dealing with this presidency and the president."

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Here is @redsteeze reacting to a reporter from the Daily Beast...

"The U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low"

Via Hot AirThe debate now is about whether the United States is headed toward a “national emergency,” as some have feared, or whether this is a blip and the birthrate will level off soon.

“It's about millennials,” says Donna M. Strobino, a professor of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Those supposedly entitled young adults with fragile egos who live in their parents' basements and hop from job-to-job — it turns out they're also much less likely to have babies, at least so far. Some experts think millennials are just postponing parenthood while others fear they're choosing not to have children at all.

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