Saturday, September 9, 2017

Leak: Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe

Via Drudge:  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview six top current and former advisers to President Trump who were witnesses to several episodes relevant to the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the request.

Mueller’s interest in the aides, including trusted adviser Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus, reflects how the probe that has dogged Trump’s presidency is starting to penetrate a closer circle of aides around the president.

Each of the six advisers was privy to important internal discussions that have drawn the interest of Mueller’s investigators, according to people familiar with the probe, including his decision in May to fire FBI Director James B. Comey. Also of interest is the White House’s initial inaction after warnings about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s December discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

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"Weighing third term, Emanuel relies on campaign donors who get City Hall benefits"

Via InstapunditAs Mayor Rahm Emanuel ramps up his campaign fundraising toward a possible third term, he continues to rely on donors who have received City Hall benefits, ranging from contracts and zoning approvals to appointments and personal endorsements from the mayor, the Chicago Tribune has found.

With the February 2019 mayoral election still a year and a half away, Emanuel has collected $3.1 million in high-dollar contributions. And more than $2.1 million of it — nearly 70 percent — has come from 83 donors who have benefited from actions at City Hall.

Among the contributors: law firms seeking approval for their clients' projects or lucrative bond business for themselves, developers needing City Hall permission to build here, an events promoter negotiating the financial details of a major music festival and restaurateurs wanting coveted space at Chicago's airports.

It's a fundraising pattern that emerged as Emanuel built the most prolific campaign fundraising operation in Chicago history. The mayor raised $24.4 million for a 2015 re-election bid that relied on expensive television ads in which he appealed to Chicagoans to give him "a second term, a second chance," as he would go on to call it in his victory speech.

In the midst of that campaign, the Tribune took an unprecedented look at the intersection of Emanuel's campaign fundraising and his public duties. The investigation found that nearly 60 percent of the mayor's roughly 100 most loyal contributors received City Hall benefits and showed that many of those top donors regularly met with Emanuel, a level of access provided to few in the city.

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"Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump"

“I mean when the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said, ‘It’s a mad time to be alive.’ And there is certainly an end of days feeling about it. For many people, in America who would say, [grimaces] perhaps it’s truer there at the moment than anywhere else,” the Channel 4 reporter prompted Lawrence to comment.

“It’s scary,” she responded. “You know, it’s this new language that’s forming, I don’t even recognize it. It’s also scary to know, that climate change is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it, and the only voice that we really have is through voting,” Lawrence stated.

“And you have voted very recently, as a country” the interviewer acknowledged.

“And we voted, and it was really startling,” Lawrence added. She then insinuated that the hurricanes were "Mother Nature's rage and wrath" at America for Trump.

“You know you’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard especially while promoting this movie, not to feel mother nature’s rage and wrath," she stated.

“It’s not just about climate change though is it, in America? It seems to be a time of huge division,” the reporter added.
Link to video. Meanwhile and elsewhere... "New 'STAR TREK' to depict 'Trump supporters' as Klingons..."

"AP Now Calling Illegal Aliens "Undocumented Citizens""

Via Instapundit:  Orwell just emailed me to say "Told you so."


En tiempos muy remotos and a land not so far away, there was a group of tall and broad Mexican grass plants called teosinte, still are actually, one of which shares a particularly close genetic relationship with maize and a most unusual characteristic of genetic plasticity. In the area of nine thousand years ago native Central Americans noticed great differences between grain characteristics and by selecting the most favorable they developed the plant from teosinte to another more useful plant they named maize.

The native Central Americans cultivated maize improving their strains in their regions in their way. When the grain is dried for storage it turns hard as pebbles and somewhat difficult to grind on their early shallow quern stones, primitive molcajetes. Thousands of these useful household implements ended up in museums across the world. Imagine the back aching time spent kneeling over these just for a handful of corn flour. It only takes a handful, 1/4 cup, for a whole bowlful of corn porridge or flat fried tortillas. It swells and thickens in boiled water. 

They softened the gain by soaking the dry kernels in water and potash. How they discovered this nobody knows. Most likely by accident. Imagine it. Your resources are limited and you drop some precious hard won teosinte or later maize kernels into the fire embers. You lift them out and rinse off the ashes with water, and lo, the kernels are softer and easier to grind into powder to fashion your tortillas. The whole tribe takes up this practice of scooping up wood embers and dumping them into a clay pot of water and soaking their maize kernels, in alkaline solution actually, the result after milling is another world of workability, a new enhanced flavor, and ease of digestion 

And so the tribes went minding their business with this method of processing for hundreds of years, then thousands of years, all the while improving their strains of maize and improving their technique of handling their milling, improving their molcajetes and naming their alkaline soaking process nixtamalization. Notice the word tamal in there? 

Their maize spread to other native tribes farther North where climate gets really cold, but the practice of nixtamalization did not follow. The Northern tribes whose diet relied heavily on maize began suffering scoliosis, curvature of the spine, apparent in Northern native American burials. Not only does alkaline processing ease handling of grain and improve flavor it also makes nutrients in maize available that are not available to unprocessed maize.

Then white people showed up and picked up on this maize craze, with the knowledge of their Gregor Mendel and his work with peas and their grasp of the maize genome being so remarkably plastic they improved maize, now called corn in the country now called America, beyond their wildest dreams so far advanced that even modern Europeans have little realization of its splendor. To Europeans all maize is feed corn, a grain that they feed to their animals. Few appreciate what Americans know about the awesome bounty of sweetcorn. 

Even Americans still do not process their corn with alkaline. If they did, corn would be much more digestible and considerably more healthful. But it wouldn't be as sweet. And it wouldn't be so fun to eat off the cob. And it wouldn't be the highlight of summer that it is. 

Corn kernels soaked in alkaline solution then dried again are called posole. 

It's also sold cooked in tins. 

This can be ground just as popcorn kernels can be ground to powder by a home electric coffee mill for hominy grits. The powder will soak up 4X its mass of water. With butter, and spices, and whatever you like, say, cheese, jalapeños, onions, it's wonderful especially with eggs. 

Theoretically this is masa harina, the stuff that corn tortillas are made of, and tamales.

Tonight I used this dry posole as corn meal is used to make cornbread. Except I enhanced my cornbread the usual ways as shown above and I cooked it first to better judge how much water the grain will take up. It tends to settle while cooking if you're not right there to stir it. I didn't want that happening with bread. But by adjusting for flour I ended up with too much for the bread pan so I fried the excess as pancakes as you do with corn fritters. These are corn fritters made with posole instead of fresh or tinned sweet corn. And I must say, they're among the best corn fritters I've tasted. Not so hot as intended, they're slathered with blackberry honey. 

The most delicious miscalculation ever. This turned out to be dinner. And, man, those ancient native Central Americans back then sure would be impressed.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Whose that Yiddisher cutie?

This hot slice of Sabra pie guest starred on memorable episodes of four of my favorite TV shows of the sixties. Three great Westerns and one sci fi fave.

She was one hot piece of bacala let me tell you.

She always played an exotic ethnic beauty. American Indian. Mexican. Egyptian. Her sultry beauty was enough to snare four husbands the last of whom she met in the personal ads and whose name will amuse you.

Whose that Yiddisher Beauty?

Whose that TV Show?

"Most people just don't know how to make good coffee. In the first place, they boil the water before they put the coffee in. Any fool knows you gotta put the coffee in the cold water and bring them both to a boil together. That way you get all of the flavor. Worst thing they do, they throw away the old grounds after using them once. What they don't know is that they are throwing away the best part. You got to keep them old grounds and you add a little fresh coffee every morning and let her boil. Shoot, you don't make a cup, you build a pot. You don't really get a good pot until you've been usin' it about a week. Then it's coffee!"

She didn't need special treatment.....

Viking skeleton’s DNA test proves historians wrong

 New York Post September 8, 2017
The remains of a powerful viking — long thought to be a man — was in fact a real-life Xena Warrior Princess, a study released Friday reveals.
The lady war boss was buried in the mid-10th century along with deadly weapons and two horses, leading archaeologists and historians to assume she was a man, according to the findings, published in in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
“It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall, too, measuring around [5’6″] tall ,” archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson of Uppsala University, who conducted the study, told The Local.
And she was likely in charge.

palm trees

When I first saw palm trees in California as a boy my mind was properly blown.

We were on our way to Tokyo with a long layover in Hawaii and their palm trees were even better. Thereafter I drew them all the time. I'd start with a pole then add the fronds. But some of the fronds need to point at you so those are drawn differently. It's the same thing as drawing a giant leaf. Their trunks are like a stack of broken frond stubs and that makes the pattern of their bark. Then I noticed real palm trees are rarely symmetrical as I drew them. Almost never straight up. Real palm trees are usually windblown. Severely windblown so their entire trunks are bent and often most their fronds are bent or pushed to one side from permanent wind. They're usually torn up. Poor things are tortured. 

My palm tree pictures were trite.


Actually, real palm trees on a beach are not usually so attractive. Nobody trims them. Dead fronds hanging all over the place. Insects take up in the stubs of old broken off fronds way up there. The shape of the palm stubs collects dirt and moisture. They're filthy. And they're not so easy or fun to climb in monkey mode as you might imagine. Shoes are no good. They're rough and they hurt and they're tough as nails. Palm trees look like a major pain in the butt to own. And the ones with coconuts drop them haphazardly and dangerously. They actually kill people.

But I still love them. 

Then one day in my early twenties a group of friends rented a house inside a gated community at Cancun. This is on the causeway before you get to all the hotels. There is a law in Mexico that all beaches are public, but nonetheless this home had its own private rock jetty and its own tiny private beach. Public it may be but what good is that when access to it is either by the ocean or through a gate with guards to private homes? The houses were arranged around a block with the center left undeveloped to jungle. A path was worn through the center. A coconut had fallen onto the path covered with dead leaves, the only spot in the jungle that allowed sunlight to hit the jungle floor. The coconut just sat there on the path amid dead leaves. The coconut began to grow. It sent roots spreading horizontally under the dead leaves and spears straight up that unfolded to incipient fronds. Such a perfect specimen I desperately wanted to bring it home but I was talked down from the idea as impractical. Apparently that would be impossible. What a bummer! Easier to just buy one. The baby coconut tree was perfect. I wanted that coconut. Incidentally, no insects. The whole place gets fumigated from a truck that drives around the whole block regularly. Completely smoked out. 

Incidentally, incidentally, that place had a very nice outdoor covered patio to service the whole place, supplied with a bartender who fixed the finest Cuba libre that I've ever tasted. I keep trying to duplicate that experience of perfection but I keep failing. It's discouraging. You need Mexican Coca Cola. And Mexican rum. And Mexican lime. And you need to be in Mexico, and that guy has to do it. Or it just doesn't work. I've tried everything.

Incidentally, incidentally, incidentally, this is also the time and the place where maybe I accidentally smoked a bowl of something that might possibly have have been a little bit deleterious. It could happen. I found myself on the tiny beach staring at a stone wall. I just read a popular novel about Romans. The same woman who wrote about Alexander. The sort of thing you read in a few hours. The stones were arranged into a parapet that separated the house from the tiny beach. The stones were white streaked with black. Or black streaked with white. Black and white patches and no grays, shadows blended with black, lava and something, about 50/50, but rough edges, not like a cow. Ugly at first and fascinating at last. I sat there and marveled at the extreme pattern imagining all its commercial applications. I visualized the pattern in a shower curtain, bed spread, carpets and draperies, countertops, tablecloth, sofa, dresses and umbrellas wall paper, and handbags and hats, shoes, socks, seat covers, patio covers, underwear and pillows. The possibilities were endless. I stared and allowed my mind free rein and it flew around all over the place while holding steady on this black and white pattern of rocks, studying every crack. I was hypnotizing myself just sitting there silently imagining and visualizing with the sound and the smell of the ocean just feet away, calm and alone and a million miles from reality then suddenly the pattern jerked in the shape of a giant iguana. A BIG one! Scared the heck out of me. It looked dangerous. The bastard was just sitting there too, on the wall the whole time camouflaged to perfection with the stone pattern as if his species evolved on that wall. Perfectly still until for some unknown reason it jerked several times giving away its sneaky existence, its legs stayed fixed while its whole body jerked back and forth. Maybe it got nervous being stared at like that. Maybe it cannot hold onto the wall without moving so long as I can sit there and stare at it without moving myself. 

And I worry about these palm trees in hurricanes.

The videos from the hurricane they've named Irma show palm tree fronds being ripped to shreds and the trees left barer than telephone poles. And I wonder what happens if all their fonds are ripped off. Won't they need at least one frond to photosynthesize a new one? Are all those trees going to die like the birds do? I feel strange holding such concern for trees that I don't own and don't even see around here where I live. They're not my concern but I still feel it. Mostly because I used to draw them habitually.

Turns out a lot of other people asked the same question. This site,, says that palm trees differ from other usual trees in that their growth relies on their growing tip, a crownshaft. So long as the tree has its growing tip then its roots can produce a new frond. But remove the tip and the tree dies.

This assuaged my palm tree related apprehension.

But there are different types of palms that respond differently to extreme stress and grow a bit differently. There are solitary types and clustering types. Some types produce clones trees from their roots. More good palm tree information at the link.

"the car we used to draw in kindergarten does exist"

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"12-year-old boy who transitioned to female changes his mind two years later"

Via RedditAn Australian schoolboy who decided to transition into a female has changed his mind two years later.

At just 12-years-old, Patrick Mitchell, begged with his mother to begin taking oestrogen hormones after doctors diagnosed him with gender dysphoria – a condition where a person experiences distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.

“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I'd kill to be like that”, Mitchell told 60 Minutes.

After heeding advice from professionals who suggested that it was right choice, his mother was fully supportive and Mitchell began to transition.

He grew out his hair and started to take the hormones, which caused his body to grow breasts. But two years on, Mitchell had a change of heart.

In the beginning of 2017, teachers at school began to refer to him as a girl which triggered Mitchell to question if he had made the right decision.

“I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he told Now To Love.

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Winter tires more important than AWD

"As winter sets in, I think this is an excellent time to discuss it. Usually motorists with AWD or 4WD become overconfident in limited traction conditions leading to a visit to the ditch or the rear bumper of another vehicle. Each winter there is a disproportionate number of AWD vehicles sitting in snowy ditches."

"AWD is superior to FWD or RWD cars equipped with ABS, traction, and stability control. Of course the AWD car has ABS, traction, and stability control too.

IF, you live on a mountain and encounter lots of difficult snow conditions then get AWD. If you live in the other 95% of snow country you will do fine with FWD if you put good winter tires on all 4 wheels."

"What determines the amount of grip is the rubber compound of the tread and how well it reacts to cold temperatures, the construction and age of the tire, the depth of the tread, air pressure and the size and shape of the actual contact patch."

"I would rather drive a FWD car with winter tires than an AWD with the all season tires that come on the car. To me the tires are more critical than AWD or FWD. If I lived in an area where I needed AWD I would also put winter tires on the AWD car. If you have AWD and winter tires you can deal with just about anything as long as you can see where you are going."

"The main reason NOT to get AWD is the whole drive train is much more complex and will require more repairs and maintenance; as in more expensive to own. In fact, AWD can be much more expensive. If you have one tire go flat that can't be patched you have to buy 4 new tires. Mismatch tires will kill an AWD system and cost thousands of dollars to repair. So, even though AWD is better don't get it unless you really - REALLY need it. Most of the time it will just cost you about 2 mpg less fuel economy [due to the added weight of the system], increase your repair and maintenance costs [as it needs its own maintenance re lubricant changes], and add $2,000 or so to the price of the car." (my bolding)

"If you drive a vehicle with AWD or 4WD drive keep these rules in mind.
1. You may be able to get going much better than 2WD vehicles but you cannot stop or steer better. AWD only helps acceleration.
2. If you drive a vehicle with AWD or 4WD you should have winter tires on all four wheels. It?s the stopping and steering that will save your life and AWD does not enhance these aspects of active safety.
3. Slow down as there may be less grip than you are experiencing while accelerating."

"Black Parents Sue School, Claim Bullies Abuse Daughter for 'Acting White'"

Via InstapunditThe parents of an academically stellar African-American student are suing a South Carolina school district alleging school officials did not prevent continued verbal and physical abuse of their daughter from … other black students.

Students at Richland School District One’s Hand Middle School “called (the girl) racial slurs like ‘Oreo,’ ‘white girl,’ ‘wannabe white girl’ … and generally maligned her for ‘acting white,’” the lawsuit says, according to The State.

Hand’s student body is approximately 50% black, but the girl was just one of a few African-American students in her advanced courses.

“During those years, she also was “repeatedly pushed, shoved and tripped in hallways and other locations around Hand Middle School … (and) suffered several notable physical assaults,” the lawsuit continues.

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Don Surber: A deal made possible by Antifa's collapse

Via Instapundit: The Democratic leaders cut a deal with Hitler, didn't they?

Should not people be on the streets rioting in reaction to Neville Schumer and Nancy Chamberlain selling them out to the Devil?

I mean when it comes to demonizing and marginalizing people, no one has been called more crude names than The Donald.

And yet, here he was graciously allowing Schumer and Pelosi to visit him in the Oval Office and cut a deal to get aid to Houston without a political catfight.

The reason is the Democrats need this win. August was horrible for them. They revealed what ugly, hateful, mean, spiteful, and nasty people they are through their Antifa henchmen.

Most Americans think little of the Confederate statues. Risking a civil war to tear them down seems unusually dumb even for Democrats.

It's over.

The election is finally over.

Democrats finally have accepted the results.

Trump saw this, and cashed in on Wednesday.

He is playing the Democratic Party leadership against the Republican Party leaders that for nine months have blown him off.

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WKRLEM: How do we treat the government if you are a nationalist?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"New class of drugs targets aging to help keep you healthy"

The researchers, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are calling for senolytic drugs to make the leap from animal research to human clinical trials. They outlined potential clinical trial scenarios in a paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on Monday.

"This is one of the most exciting fields in all of medicine or science at the moment," said Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the new paper.

As we age, we accumulate senescent cells, which are damaged cells that resist dying off but stay in our bodies. They can affect other cells in our various organs and tissues. Senolytic drugs are agents capable of killing problem-causing senescent cells in your body without harming your normal, healthy cells.

Senescent cells play a role in many age-related chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, most cancers, dementia, arthritis, osteoporosis and blindness, Kirkland said. Therefore, senolytic drugs are a possible treatment approach for such diseases.

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"Woman pulls gun, fends off carjackers"

Via InstapunditKari Bird just started law school and continues to work full time. Bird got home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and when she got out of her car, a group of three or four young guys approached her.

“I really didn’t think too much about it, one of (them) was smiling,” Bird said.

He was smiling, but he quickly pulled out a gun.

“He told me to … give him my keys,” Bird said.

She did turn over her keys, but realizing all her law books and belongings were in the car, Bird made a quick decision. With the gun still pointed at her, she reached into her center console to pull out her own gun.

“(He said), ‘Oh s***’ and then ran,” Bird told Fox 59.

Bird said the boys looked like teenagers and as a mom, she can’t get that out of her head.

“If these were my kids and they were out at 11:30 at night, terrorizing women, I would scare the life out of them,” Bird said.

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"Trump shocked Republicans on Wednesday by making a deal with Democrats"

Via Twitter: The surprise deal left Republicans in despair and Democrats expressing glee.

“I just think it could be a much better deal than it is. And I think they need more time,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) characterized the deal as a “happy ending” that was for the “good of the nation.”

"Civil rights group wants Kid Rock Detroit concerts canceled"

Via my web home page: The choice of Kid Rock as the opening act for a new sports arena in mostly black Detroit has injected the musician into the national debate over race and culture because of his embrace of the Confederate flag, an expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and unabashed support for President Donald Trump.

Olympia Entertainment selected Kid Rock to open the new Little Caesars Arena with concerts next week. Kid Rock, who is white, has been lauded for his philanthropy and support of Detroit, but his recent criticism of Kaepernick has prompted one civil rights organization in Detroit to plan a protest and call for the concerts to be canceled.

Kaepernick, who is black, refused to stand during the national anthem while with the San Francisco 49ers last year in protest of police violence and social injustice. During a concert last month in Iowa, Kid Rock told fans that "football's about ready to start," then went on to say, "You know what? (expletive) Colin Kaepernick," the Des Moines Register reported.

Kid Rock, who is from the Detroit suburbs and proudly claims the city as his home, has six concerts scheduled at the $860 million, 20,000-seat arena, starting Tuesday — a move that Peter Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Detroit's Wayne State University, called "incredibly tone deaf."

"Everything is different post-Charlottesville,"

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rahm Emanuel announcement

Credit where it's due. This guy's got some great moves. And this discipline is extremely discipliny. 

WKRLEM: FREEBIRD.........where's my freaking cigarette lighter?

Filmmakers defiant over Lynyrd Skynyrd film rights 

New York Post September 6, 2017

 A judge’s finding that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film violates a “blood oath” made by the band to not exploit the group’s name following a fatal plane crash hasn’t stopped the film’s creators from threatening to distribute the film.

"Deeper Than Deep: David Reich’s genetics lab unveils our prehistoric past"

Via InstapunditThis is not “ancient history,” which goes back a few thousand years to the dawn of writing. This is deeper in the past than “deep history,” which takes us even further back—before the invention of agriculture, before the invention of language, before the invention of the wheel.

This is deep, deep history, tens of thousands of years ago. When, it’s now emerging, hordes of humans, vast tribes of variations of hominids—Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, the newly discovered “Denisovans,” the mysterious “ghost populations”—ranged and thronged and clashed and bred and interbred (and probably exterminated large portions of each other) across vast landscapes that were battlefields and graveyards.

It’s deep, deep history that’s beginning to unscroll a vast pageant through the wonders of big data crunching and the analysis of ancient DNA samples from fragments of bone and mummies that have been rotting away in the dusty basements of museums.

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"Cher offers "Dreamers" a place to take refuge"

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"At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised"

Via Drudge:  Late on a Monday afternoon in June, members of CNN’s elite investigations team were summoned to a fourth-floor room in the network’s glassy headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

A top CNN executive, Terence Burke, had startling news: three of their colleagues, including the team’s executive editor, were leaving the network in the wake of a retracted article about Russia and a close ally of President Trump. Effective immediately, Mr. Burke said, the team would stop publishing stories while managers reviewed what had gone wrong.

It was a chilling moment for a unit that boasted Pulitzer Prize winners and superstar internet sleuths, and had been introduced at the beginning of the year as the vanguard of CNN’s original, high-impact reporting. Its mission statement — “Seek truth. Break news. Hold the powerful accountable.” — invoked the sort of exhaustive reporting that has become an increasingly coveted skill for news organizations in the Trump era.

But within months of its introduction, the unit, CNN Investigates, had been rocked by damaging reporting errors — including another flawed story about Mr. Trump and Russia earlier in June — and its mistakes had disturbed network executives who were already embroiled in a public feud with the White House.

The retracted story and ignominious exits of three prominent journalists was an embarrassing episode for CNN, particularly at a time when there was widespread mistrust in the media and Mr. Trump was regularly attacking the press. Two months later it remains an illuminating chapter in the network’s effort to carry out the meticulous, time-consuming work of investigative journalism within the fast-paced, ratings-driven world of 24-hour cable news.

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"Hillary: I Lost Because Bernie Promised Everyone a Pony"

Via InstapunditIn her forthcoming book about the 2016 election, What Happened, Hillary Clinton complains that her chief opponent in the primaries, Bernie Sanders, consistently undercut her by one-upping her "bold" and "ambitious" proposals without explaining how his policies would work.

In other words, Sanders did to Clinton what Democrats have done to their critics for years: Frame any worry about the costs and unintended consequences of a program as a lack of concern for the problem the program is supposed to address. After years of cultivating economic illiteracy, the party reaped the results.

In an excerpt tweeted by a supporter ahead of the book's release, Clinton compared Sanders to the deranged hitchhiker in There's Something About Mary whose get-rich-quick scheme involves cribbing the famous "eight minute abs" program with his own "seven minute abs." Ben Stiller, who picks him up, points out that nothing's stopping him from cutting it down to six-minute abs.

"On issue after issue, it was like he kept proposing four-minute abs, or even no-minute abs," Clinton complained of Sanders. "Magic abs!"

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Today upon leaving the apartment to walk around the neighborhood to run a bunch of errands all at one go, I was forced to notice an envelope left attached to my door by means of clamp that's attached for such things as eviction notices and other such heartwarming messages and tidings and well wishes. And I thought, "Oh man, what now?" Immediately irritated before I had even begun. Why so sneaky? Why not knock?  Except this seemed puffed up inside it, more like a birthday card.

Can you even get any more girlish than this picture?

How nice. It doesn't even pop up. It just sits there two dimensionally. Still, it conveys gratitude graciously. I don't even know who this person is. Although now I know his first name. He must have asked the women in the office which apartment the guy with with the outrageous balcony lives because when I walked by all three were uncharacteristically overtly gregariously engaging to me. He must have told them about this. There were six such bags of caladium bulbs, he must be the guy who shot out of the bar and stopped me as I passed by on the sidewalk the day the storm was threatening and extravagantly described how the pot of bulbs were growing surprisingly large and the vines wildly rampant. The whole thing must be dying back now. Mine are. Whatever. Whoever. It's very nice. It made me feel great.

And that goes to show you, one gracious response out of six is a pretty good record. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


A while back I made calzones. I never made them before. I've seen them at the pizza shops but then I thought why not order a proper pizza. These things are weird. They're double dough pizza copouts. They're Hot Pockets, I'm guessing. I've never had one of those things either.

You could fold a pizza in half for the same thing. So I thought.

Without knowing anything I made a dozen and they turned out to be beautiful things. I froze them and baked them as needed 25 minutes on high oven heat and each one was fantastic every single time. I should have made more. I should have made different kinds. I should have used my imagination. I can think of a million variations.

Next time I'll stuff with ricotta cheese flavored with real cheese because ricotta is like cottage cheese. Any variety of weak and strong flavored cheese, stretchy and hard cheese, like mozzarella and Romano.

I thought the dough can be upgraded from pizza dough to puff pastry so long as it's made at home with butter and not the easy path of commercial with their weird mystery oil.

So today I bought an excess of my favorite sliced ham and sliced turkey and capocollo and the best cheddar cheese that I've ever tasted. The rest I can get anywhere. I'm thinking spinach and my favorite herbs. Presently I'm totally digging tarragon. I love that stuff in everything. Because it's strange. And it's strong.

Any other dough would be easier than puff pastry, even pie dough, but back then when I tried this I really did think a puffed pastry would be a major improvement. Although I liked these ↓ that I made very much. They turned out to be the perfect emergency dinner. And lunch. And midnight snacks. Back then when I was scrounging, morning, noon or night, they were always my first choice until they were gone.

I kept asking myself, could it be right to consume these things one after another like this?

I thought they would be the perfect gift for a neighbor who eats a lot of Hot Pockets, so he said, but they were too precious to pass around. Maybe later. And maybe never. Because if the next batch is better than these shown here, with all their faults, then I just cannot see giving them away.

Not after all that tedious puff pastry rolling.

And not after all those top ingredients.

It would be like giving away gold bars.

Eh, who knows?

I'm torn between generosity and hoarding.

Looking back at these now I can really see more clearly how they can be greatly improved. Even though back then these sure were delicious and satisfying. And now salami just seems gross. The ordinary salami I bought recently from the grocery and the pepperoni I bought also, were both terrible. Both poor imitations of what those things really are. They nearly put me off hard sausages permanently. Quality ingredients makes a huge difference.

Calzones. The first time.

Somewhat small calzones. The salami ones need a lot more filling. I think they should be stuffed and juicy and somewhat dripping ingredients. I don't know. The calzones I had from the shop were two meals. And they had a lot of ingredients like a burrito. I haven't tried one of the meatball types yet.

This is half the amount of dough shown on YouTube videos.

This batch made a dozen.

Michael Moore eclipses the sun

Man crushed to death after trying to take selfie with elephant

Via Drudge:  The man, identified as 54-year-old Ashok Bharti, had been trying to take a photograph with the elephant when it “turned on him”.
Mr Bharti a resident of the city of Cuttack, in the eastern state of Odisha, was working with a private company in the Sundargarh district when he was killed.

A forest official said the elephant was already agitated before the incident.

"We were trying to drive away the tusker [elephant] with the help of local people. But suddenly a person present there among locals, went nearer to the tusker and tried to take a photograph of the elephant on his mobile phone.

“He was also trying to take a selfie with the elephant when it turned on him," the official told the India Times.  (Link to more)

Meanwhile, closer to home... "Husband thinks he killed wife in his sleep"
A North Carolina man is using the bad dream defense — telling a 911 operator he awoke from slumber to find his wife stabbed to death and drenched in blood, reports said.

Matthew Phelps, 28, told the operator in Raleigh early Friday that he fell asleep after taking too much cold medicine and may have accidentally killed his wife in his sleep, ABC 13 reported.

“I think I killed my…,” Phelps said to the operator, according to the outlet.

“What do you mean by that? What happened?” the dispatcher asked.

“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor … I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it. I can’t believe this,” Phelps told the dispatcher.

"A note about Narrative, Gaslighting, and the Patriarchy. -Synova"

Via Instapundit:  “Gaslighting is the attempt of one person to overwrite another person’s reality.” – Everyday Feminism.

“Narrative : 4. a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: ” – some random online dictionary.

Note that the first definition includes the notion that a person has their own reality. That may have been sloppiness on the part of the article writer at Everyday Feminism, or it may be an assumption of the second definition and that your reality is carefully selected to support a particular viewpoint or thesis.

The article at Everyday Feminism, shockingly, is not entirely insane. Abusers do use gaslighting. Many people, women and men, have experienced parents or partners who have insisted that what they knew to be true never happened or happened very differently. Some who were subject to this as children eventually caught their parents out in their lies and proved that what they were being accused of doing or forgetting was simply made-up to torment them.

This is nasty stuff, no matter if someone is doing it to you on purpose or if, for them, it’s simply a habit of behavior and instinctive rather than malicious.

Note that the lies were provable in those cases, or at least might have been, since they were actually lies. In the 1938 play that gave us the term, the abuser who was trying to convince his wife that she was crazy would tell her lies about small daily matters to convince her that she was unable to remember the truth.

But how does that work when we can each have our own reality?

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Battle Shapes Up in Congress Over Fate of DACA

Via Drudge:  President Donald Trump’s move to end a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants sets up a six-month scramble among Republicans who want to save the protections, others who want to kill them and still others who hope to use the program’s future as a bargaining chip for other goals such as funding for the proposed border wall with Mexico.

With an announcement scheduled for Tuesday, Mr. Trump is expected to delay the program’s termination for as long as six months, two White House officials said, to give Congress time to approve legislation that would achieve the same goals.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, offers two-year permits that provide safe harbor from deportation and the chance to work legally. Under the likely administration plan, existing permits would still be good until their expiration dates, and those whose permits are expiring in the next six months would have the chance to renew them for two years, according to one person familiar with the planning. But after the six-month delay, no new permits or renewals would be issued.

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"if you loot we will shoot"

Via Drudge: Atascocita homeowners who’ve already dealt with flooding say they are now dealing with looters.
Some neighbors have warned potential looters with threatening signs.

One read: “Warning!! Looters will be shot dead.” Another: “U Loot we will shoot.”

One of those signs was placed proudly in front of Lois Woolley’s house. She is a stage 3 cancer survivor.

“I had enough,” she said. She claims she saw strangers poking around Sunday, grabbing possessions so flooded homeowners could try and rid their house of mold as they wait for FEMA inspectors.

“The reality is, everything we own is out on the street,” said Woolley.

“This one says this is my home, not trash,” she read aloud as she toured the five signs she spray painted on damaged doors.
Meanwhile: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Monday, September 4, 2017


These guys put out some of best music in the '70's.

I especially love the Wayne Shorter sax solo and the Steve Gadd drum track.

Walter Becker, R.I.P.

"Exploding demand for clean needles pushes Alaska’s biggest syringe exchange to the edge"

Via Drudge:  All day long, the users of Alaska's biggest syringe exchange arrive carrying detergent jugs and Gatorade bottles stuffed with used needles.

Some come in shiny trucks, others in beat-up vehicles. Some cruise up to the quiet office building on bikes. Some walk, sweating and chilled from withdrawals. A few arrive in work clothes, as if they've stepped out from an office or a construction site. Others wear pajamas.*

Unless you're an injection drug user or you work or live nearby, you might never realize that more than 100 Alaskans come to this building on Fireweed Lane every weekday to pick up clean needles and other supplies for injection drug use.

Needle exchanges are controversial. Critics see them as enabling drug use and crime. But public health officials in Alaska and nationally agree that they are a powerful tool in preventing infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.

The syringe exchange, run by the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, is the biggest in the state. In the midst of what Alaska's governor earlier this year declared an opioid public health disaster, it is overwhelmed with an ever-growing demand for its services.

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"Three teenagers charged with killing MMA fighter Aaron Rajman"

Via my web home page: The individuals arrested in connection Rajman’s murder are Summer Church (16), Roberto Ortiz (18), and Jace Swinton (18). Each of them has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion with a firearm or other deadly weapon.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office claim that Rajman was shot after ‘several men entered his home.’ The PBCSO further stated that the shooting was the result of a ‘fight’ that broke out between these men and Rajman. The PBCSO did not mention any role played by the female suspect, Church.

Palm Beach Post interviewed Juditch Church, Summer’s mother, about her role in the incident. She claimed that her daughter and Rajman had been acquaintances since meeting at a convenience store in January. Judith Church further claimed that, on the day of the murder, her daughter was ‘forced at gunpoint’ by Ortiz and three others gunmen to call Rajman to see if he was home. Then, Church and an unnamed female friend, were allowed out of a car that would allegedly take the gunmen to Rajman’s home.

Judith Church claimed her daughter, who was dating fellow suspect Jace Swinton at the time of the murder, had co-operated with authorities ‘as much as possible.’ A separate article by the Post stated that police may believe Church was the ‘mastermind’ of the operation.Summer Church will face her charges as an adult.

The Post also reports that Ortiz has had a prior run-ins with the law. In January we was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a 16-year-old, punching and kicking a second person, and firing a shot at a third. That month he was also arrested for armed robbery, but those charges were dropped when the victim refused to co-operate with police.

Speaking about the case, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said, “This was no random act of violence. Mr. Rajman was targeted by these defendants and we intend to seek justice for the victim and his family.”

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"Reporter: Google successfully pressured me to take down critical story"

Via Instapundit: Google never challenged the accuracy of the reporting. Instead, a Google spokesperson told me that I needed to unpublish the story because the meeting had been confidential, and the information discussed there had been subject to a non-disclosure agreement between Google and Forbes. (I had signed no such agreement, hadn’t been told the meeting was confidential, and had identified myself as a journalist.)

It escalated quickly from there. I was told by my higher-ups at Forbes that Google representatives called them saying that the article was problematic and had to come down. The implication was that it might have consequences for Forbes, a troubling possibility given how much traffic came through Google searches and Google News.

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Man burns after running into Burning Man flames

Via Twitter:  Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, was one of thousands at the annual gathering in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, about 120 miles north of Reno. The weeklong event of pop-up installations culminates in massive burns of an effigy known as the "Man" on Saturday and the "Temple" on Sunday.
Mitchell was a US citizen who lived in Switzerland with his wife, Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen said in a Sunday night statement.

Mitchell broke through two levels of security guards protecting the area where the "Man" was burning on Saturday night. Fire personnel attempted to pull him out but falling portions of the burning structure hindered their efforts. Rescuers had to wait until the structure fell before they could go back into the flames and safely extract him from the debris, the sheriff said.

He was airlifted to the nearest burn center, at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sunday morning, and his family has been notified, the sheriff's office said.

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prayer on the ceiling of Djehuty's tomb

A Spanish and Egyptian archaeological team has been working excavating the tomb of Djehuty since the beginning of 2002. At that point the interior area apparent was the shape of a T flat on the ground with the entrance at the top of the T. Since then the central post of the T has been cleared to reveal another small chamber with a shaft down to another chamber then another shaft to yet another chamber cut even deeper. So it's a three story tomb. The final chamber is left unfinished with rubble piled up and the walls unfinished. The final chamber was being enlarged when the project was abandoned, and closer to the water table so that humidity entered the room and damaged the plaster covering the walls that were finished.

The upper area shaped like a T flat on the ground is the chapel part of the tomb. The whole place, all the chambers are covered with spells from the Book of the Dead (Book of Coming Forth by Day), never an actual book as we know them, rather, a selection of spells. A client would approach a priestly vendor and pay for his favorite sections to be included on scrolls or painted on coffins or on walls. In many cases it's clear the spells were prepared in advance with blank spaces for a future client's name to be inserted. Very famous copies are like this. And it is obvious by the spacing and by the change in handwriting and skill in execution.

These spells were intended to assist the deceased to navigate the hazards of the immediate afterlife to assure their happiness in eternity. It was a big deal.

The walls are white plaster slathered with these cursive hieroglyphs painted in black with rubrics in red. 

Until you get all the way down to burial chamber. 

The spells are identified. Egyptologists read first the transformation spells followed by Djehuty expressing his wish to join the solar barque on its journey, these are interrupted by vignettes as if inserting a photograph but actually more hieroglyphs drawn larger so that writing blends into art and art blends into writing. The writing is art, and the art is writing. 

The vignettes break up the text very nicely throughout.

Then, down in the burial chamber, the most pleasing eloquent switch.

The hieroglyphs continue along the walls that are finished and on the ceiling. However, in the center situated above where the casket would be located a prayer is written instead of spells from the Book of the Dead. Whereas the spells are written on white background, the prayer is given a yellow background. 

Variations of this prayer are seen on the insides of the lids of 18th century caskets. Sometimes on the outside. It is a prayer to Nut, goddess of the sky. The prayer is beautiful and touching. Because there are so many examples we see that the rendition on the Djehuty's ceiling is executed hastily. There are mistakes, omissions, and corrections. Either the scribe artist was rushed or he just did not care to paint on his back like Michelangelo. He did a sloppy job of it. And his haste sticks out. 

And that's why I love this so much. It means you don't have to be perfect, and you never did. Not even then. Just do it. Get 'er done. 

That's the attitude I see here.

On the ceiling. Not on the inside of a coffin. But still face to face with the deceased. As if the whole room is a casket. If events went according to plan and there is no indication they did. It's not even certain the tomb was even used as intended, although there is evidence the upper chambers were used later. Nobody really knows what happened. The shafts were filled with rubble that took years to clear and there is evidence of a fire. But there is no coffin for Djehuty left for evidence.

Here is the prayer on the inside of the casket, the coffin lid, for a woman named Ahmos.

It's the same prayer on each side of Nut. This would be centimeters from the face of Ahmose's mummy.

Here is Nut and the same prayer on the outside lid of the coffin for a woman named Ahhotep-Tanedjemet

This is my hand-drawing of what Djehuty's prayer to Nut is trying to be were it not so sloppily done painted with wet charcoal spattering the scribe's face while lying on his back slapping paint on the ceiling in defiance of gravity uncomfortably on his back upside down in a rock chamber three stories down scary shafts in an isolated chamber poorly lit by an oil lamp.

The birds and animals and people are facing right. So this is read right to left. The prayer is in two parts.

* Words spoken by the overseer of the treasury of the king, Djehuty: O mother Nut, spread yourself over me, may you place me among the imperishable stars which are in you, as I shall not die.

(see the dead guy conked out three glyphs from the end?)

* Raise me up. I am your son. Remove the weariness from me. Protect me from those who act against me.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Parents travel from India to help son beat wife, say deputies"

Via RedditThree foreign nationals from India were arrested Saturday after deputies found a beaten woman and her child being held inside her home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.'

Deputies described the woman, 33-year-old Silky Gaind, as "badly beaten and bruised over her entire body" from beatings by her husband and his parents that they say had "been ongoing for an extended period of time."

In response to a request for a welfare check, deputies arrived about 6:30 a.m. Saturday at 9601 Greenbank Drive, the home of the woman and her husband, 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi. Though deputies had confirmed people were inside the home, repeated knocks at the door went unanswered.

Eventually, Gaind tried to open the door and "screamed for the deputy to save her and her child," the Sheriff's Office said. A deputy then forced the door open to find Kalsi. When he tried to push the door closed, the deputy began arresting him before being confronted by the man's father, Jasbir Kalsi, 67, and mother, Bhupinder Kalsi, 61.

An investigation by the agency found that the parents had traveled from India to "counsel and discipline" Gaind at their son's request. Devbir Kalsi had told his parents that his wife was being disobedient. While beatings by her husband continued, Gaind was held against her will by his parents.

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Harvey and Trump

"Is Cheap Sex Making Men Give Up on Marriage?"

Via Instapundit (the Instahusband): Thanks to cheap sex, marriage may be doomed.

The share of Americans ages 25-34 who are married dropped 13 percentage points from 2000 to 2014. A new book by sociologist Mark Regnerus blames this declining rate on how easy it is for men to get off.

Regnerus calls it “cheap sex,” an economic term meant to describe sex that has very little cost in terms of time or emotional investment, giving it little value.

Regnerus bases his ideas, in part, on the work of British social theorist Anthony Giddens, who argued that the pill isolated sex from marriage and children. Add online pornography and dating sites to the mix and you don’t even need relationships.

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"North Korea nuclear test: Hydrogen bomb 'missile-ready'"

Via Instapundit: The secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a "perfect success", hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor.

Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb - a device many times more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Analysts say the claims should be treated with caution, but its nuclear capability is clearly advancing.

North Korea last carried out a nuclear test in September 2016. It has defied UN sanctions and international pressure to develop nuclear weapons and to test missiles which could potentially reach the mainland US.

South Korean officials said the latest test took place in Kilju County, where the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is situated.

The "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the state weather agency said.

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