Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mueller investigation cost taxpayers 5 million

Is that all? 

I don't believe the figure can be that low.

Link goes to Breitbart.

Seems like a hundred million in keeping liberals distracted and entertained, at least. Movies are a lot more expensive than this. Seems like a bargain, actually. No. I don't accept that low a figure.

Cop in court shows K-Y jelly tube to man going to jail

Nineteen at the time, twenty-one now. Thin and slight, the sort of man considered a target for abuse in prison. He shot the cop making the taunt.

More details at The Blaze. I must say, I hate every word in the story. Every sentence gives me the creeps. And not just regular creeps. Severe creepy creeps. Because this is considered normal. People expect this. Prison is one thing but condemning a man to persistent butt rape is unconscionable. And yet here we are, considering ourselves right-minded people, while crowing about this extra unconstitutional punishment being appropriate.

I don't expect anyone to agree, the comments to this item at The Blaze are disgusting. It's sad. We cannot be friends. And now I'm self-isolated all over again.

Wait! I'm wrong. I let the story and the first few comments affect me. There are people who think and feel the same way, although they're still in the minority.

What is it with right wingers that makes this acceptable? Come on! I thought they were supposed to be Christians.

Communication established


This film about 12 Alien ships arriving at earth and their language being studied is excellent. Available presently on Netflix and Amazon and Hulu. You should watch it.

I'll go ahead a spoil the whole thing for you. What the heck.

It doesn't matter. The whole point of the movie is that time is actually blended. Everything occurs at once while humans experience it point to point. Louise, the heroine learns through the film that although her daughter died, her life continues and extends well beyond her lifetime as measured. Louise comports with her daughter throughout the film. So if you're one with the film then you've seen it already.

Senate passes GOP tax plan

DuckDuckGo offers CNN, Fox, Washington Post, NYT, CBS News, USA Today, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Politico, LA Times, CNBC, SF Gate, doubles of them all, and I hate all of those. 

Screw it. Pick one yourself from American TASS.

Ha! I searched [pravda, english gop tax] and just look at the juicy tidbits that show. 

My favorite one is Washington Post: GOP tax plan explained in simplest possible terms. They certainly know their readers. By their comment section no doubt.

Flynn pleads guilty

To process.

Say, do you want to see something really stupid? If anything can be more stupid than political commentary on Reddit then it would be comments to any political item at Washington Post.

Scroll to bottom, click "all comments" and go where Dante went.

Friday, December 1, 2017


The last time I played this song was the day that Robin Williams died.

I still think it's about manic depression. I don't think Williams would have survived our times.

This story dovetails with the previous one...

Here are some not very good pictures of a bench I made years ago.

The first shows the basic form - three pieces of curly white ash, 2-1/2" thick, connected with two large dovetail joints. The dimensions of the bench are - 40-1/2" across, 13-1/3" wide and 17-1/2" tall. Ergonomic yet comfy.

The second is a picture of one of the dovetails.

The end pieces slope out at about 8 degrees, thereby repeating the angles of the dovetails themselves.

This bench is strong enough to support my truck.

As for the surface appearance, where Kristina Madsen used chip carving to enliven her bench I selected a piece of highly figured ash for mine. Easy-peasy, no carving required.

But the real story is the philosophy of furniture construction, east coast versus west coast. Out west I was taught that only easterners use dovetails, westerners use every other type of joinery. These are the only dovetails I have ever made, and I made them here, east of the Mighty Mississip, but south of the Mason Dixon line. Maybe that is the explanation for why they exist.

One could write books about furniture design, influences, the help I have had along the way, but perhaps a song would explain it:

Where would we be without friends?

That's the pointy......err the point.

Samantha: Darrin, I'm leaving you.
Darrin: Sam!
Samantha: I'm going home to Mother.
Darrin: What do you mean "going home to Mother"? Your mother's always here!
Samantha: What's the difference you Mo. I look like this and you never want to bang me. I sending my Uncle Paul Lynde. That's more your style.

We need to look back to our glorious find the answer to the murder of Kathryn Steinle

The San Francisco Committee of Vigilance was a vigilante group formed in 1851. The catalyst for its formation was the criminality of the Sydney Ducks, it was revived in 1856 in response to rampant crime and corruption in the municipal government of San Francisco, California. The need for extralegal intervention was apparent with the explosive population growth following the discovery of gold in 1848. The small town of about 900 individuals grew to a booming city of over 200,000 very rapidly.[This overwhelming growth in population made it nearly impossible for the previously established law enforcement to regulate any longer which resulted in the organization of vigilantes.
These militias hanged eight people and forced several elected officials to resign. Each Committee of Vigilance formally relinquished power after three months. (WIkipedia)


I will never forget it you know. Doorbell rang the other day, I answered the door and there was a delivery boy there with two dozen roses. I grabbed the card I opened it and it said “Love, from your boyfriend Ernie” I was having tea with my girlfriend Clementine. I said “Clementine, do you know what this means? For the next two weeks I’m gonna be flat on my back with my legs wide open.” Clementine says to me she says, “What’s the matter, ain’t you got a vase?” 
I will never forget it you know. I was in bed one night with my boyfriend Ernie and he said to me, “Soph, how come you never tell me when you’re having an orgasm?” And  I said to him, “Ernie, you’re never around!”
I will never forget it you know. I was in bed last night with my boyfriend Ernie and he said to me, “Soph, you got no tits and a tight box.” I said to him, “Ernie. Get off my back!”
I will never forget it you know. It was on the occasion of my eightieth birthday. My boyfriend Ernie bought for me a tombstone, and on that tombstone he inscribed: HERE LIES SOPH. COLD AS USUAL. Not being one to take that kind of thing lying down, I went out and bought Ernie a tombstone, and on that tombstone I had inscribed: HERE LIES ERNIE–STIFF AT LAST! 
I will never forget it you know. I was in the woods last night with my boyfriend Ernie. He said to me “Soph, these woods sure are dark, I sure wish I had a flashlight.” I said to him, “So do I Ernie. You’ve been munching grass for the last ten minutes!” 
I will never forget it you know. It was on the occasion of Ernie’s eightieth birthday. He rang me up and said, “Soph! Soph! I just married myself a twenty-year old girl. What do you think of that?” I said to him, “Ernie, when I am eighty I shall marry me a twenty-year old boy. And let me tell you something Ernie: twenty GOES INTO eighty a helluva lot more than eighty GOES INTO twenty!” 
I will never forget it you know. I was terribly drunk the other night. I woke up and there was an elephant in my bed. And I said, “Lord have mercy I must’ve been tight last night.” “Well,” said the elephant, “kinda.” 
I will never forget it you know. That big perv Geraldo Rivera felt my boob.
What? You think this is a joke? 
I am sincerely sorry. 
I can tell Bette is upset. 
I remember the evening differently. 


Bananas are berries.

Barry is nuts.

Barium is what doctors do with their mistakes.

Here is a chair made by my teacher:

Musa done been thrown off de plantain.

Back when I used to build harpsichords...

Laura Aguilar → Marie Vlasic → City O City

Daily Caller has a post up about Laura Aguilar exhibition at Vincent Price Museum titled Show and Tell.

I didn't read it. I could be wrong here, I'm assuming they posted to jape about an obese Mexican-American lesbian activist artist pretending to be a desert rock. An area ...  plump with possibilities for making fun. And they have only one picture. I wanted to see the rest so I searched and when I saw her thirty-year oeuvre I realized she's not a talentless hack as first assumed, in fact, these people look like the people who go out of their way to extend grace to me daily. I'm not being goofy or maudlin. Women who look very much like this constantly take it upon themselves to see me safely across an icy street, hold open doors and such, even when I don't really need any help. They think I look like a mess, I'm guessing, and they move in by my side. And I like that. Here, have a look at the rest of her work.

My older brother would really dig this.

Going through all the photos made me think of Maria Vlasic. She's Jiva's last girlfriend, the one that lasted the longest. 

Here's the thing. Jiva is Hare Krishna and that fairly well defines him equal with being new age musician. All his girlfriends I've known were gothic and they all looked like Morticia to some extent. One day he was complaining about a girlfriend that he broke off and I asked, "The one who looks like Morticia?" And he died laughing. He went from complaining bitterly, most out of character, to laughing hysterically. But it didn't matter which one he was talking about because they all had that dark gloomy trait. It didn't clarify anything. He still thinks that glib characterization hit the nail. He still laughs at that.

Then came Maria Vlasic, of pickle renown. 

She's an artist. And a very good one besides. She blows me away. She likes strange people, so get this, she doesn't like me. I'm insufficiently strange to suit her. Insufficiently paintable. Not an interesting subject. No piercings, no tattoos. Too normal a body. 

And that really hurts my feelings, Morticia. 

I hate your hair. 

No I don't

Yes I do.

She never did anything to indicate she doesn't like me. But we artist types sense each other's vibes. 

So I was going through her website again, to overwrite the memory of going through Laura Aguilar photos. They live up the street off 14th and she had an exhibition in my area, the Golden Triangle, a few blocks away. So she called and I walked over to see it. 

The show was all nudes bang full monte in life-size acrylics, of strange men and women with severe piercings and the more comprehensive the tattoos then the better. None you could say are universally attractive. None would make a commercial model. Here is the series I saw. They're all very large. 

Her technique is to work from a photograph, and she produces photorealistic images. Where Laura Aguilar takes photos and that is her work, taking photos is just step one for Maria. I respect her deeply.

Both she and Jiva are freaks about food. Honestly, feeding them is impossible. They're both against everything that I eat and I cannot think of anything that they like. We are 100% mismatched food-wise. They eat a lot at the Krishna temple a few blocks to their east. Mostly squishy flavorful pap things. 

This painting of Maria's is titled, "Please Wait to be Seated." Then I noticed it's on permanent display at City O City restaurant. 

Turns out City O City restaurant is just a few blocks away. A bock away from the Capitol. I can walk there. 

But knowing that Maria goes there means it's gong to have limited stupid tofu food. Kale and tempeh. Imitation bacon and chicken made of wheat protein. Substitute cheese. Things made gluten free and other things made out of gluten protein. Egg things without eggs. Milkshakes without milk. Everything so very special and precious and restricted.

And both Maria and Jiva are not just fooling around either. Regular food genuinely makes them sick. One little meatball will turn their stomachs inside out. I sound like I'm critical, but I'm actually sympathetic to their very specific needs. 

I looked at their menu but cannot make any sense of it. vo gfo n v gf on everything. Everything. 

Everything sounds awful!

* pancakes topped with spicy kimchi,  pickled carrots, sesame seeds and finished with sweet soy sauce

* waffle with bourbon-brined **chicken-fried cauliflower

* grilled tomato, fresno pepper jam and baby swiss sandwich, with arugula, dijon-mayo and fried egg or ^tofu on a saison roll, served with potatoes or quinoa (add $1)

But then I looked through the photos and everything looks amazing and beautiful. Everything!

Check out this slideshow. I love how people rave about things then other people take pictures of the same thing and say "don't buy this." Or an Asian soup bowl looks delicious piled up artistically with interesting vegetables inviting you to eat them, and the uploader says, "the broth is bland." And, "The all-day sandwich looks amazing but it's boring and dry." Some people love everything on the menu while others are brutally bluntly directly critical. Some say they wish they had a place like this in their city while others say their meal was a drag. Whatever they say, from an artistic pov these meals that they put together are very impressive. I can see why vegetarians like it. They do so much with off-the-wall ingredients. I can learn something from them.

This may sound strange, but I've begun to really enjoy tofu. The only thing I know to do with it is put it in miso, and to marinate it an Asian sauce. And I like both of those things very well. 

On Yelp, they break the photos down into groups.

Food, inside, drink, outside, menu.

Here are the food photos as slideshow. See, right off, they show a fantastic plate of very interesting looking hash, they have potato chips in there and fried vegetables, big fat onion, the pile looks amazing, and sauce on the side. But the uploader wrote: "City o Hash grill. Do NOT recommend." 

Ooooooooooh bummer!

Even so, you can still get great ideas. Check 'em out anyway. 


What do you even do with those stupid things?

I put them on cereal.

A person I know puts them in baked beans. I expect his recipe calls for plantains not bananas.

I looked at these three bananas day after day and thought, you know, I'm just not into you. I watched them turn black. Until finally they have flavor. Cut off their tips and squeezed them out of their skins like toothpaste. Then whipped them into the mixture.

But there is no recipe. I just did the things that you do.

1 stick of unsalted butter creamed with one cup of sugar.

2 regular size eggs whipped in to that.

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon maple syrup because the jar was sitting right there on the counter.

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

2 tablespoons buttermilk powder

Tested pH with litmus paper. It turned out to be 7, no change. Right in the middle of color bars. And that told me to use baking powder without any extra baking soda.

1 + 1/2 cup flour folded into the wet mixture. First one cup then 1/2 to get the desired stiffness.

1/2 teaspoon salt

The raw mixture tasted mild and understated but still full.

3/4 cup broken pecans

3/4 cup jumbo raisins

2 level teaspoons baking powder.

The mixture is stiff.

Baked at 350℉ for 45 minutes.

OMG. This is más delicioso que imaginarse. A thick chunk of this was dinner. 

The whole time I was thinking I could add some of that banana liquor. The bottle hasn't been opened in years. It's very good tasting and it adds significant flavor. And I could add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a teensy teeny tiny bit of clove, like five molecules, even ginger. But I didn't. 

There are all these other things that could have been added like figs and dates and cranberries, pears and apples. Almonds, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts. Peanut butter, and tahini. Orange peel, and lemon peel. Even coffee and chocolate and various fruit preserves. Fresh blueberries and blackberries and oatmeal, brown sugar. But I left them all out. 

And the plainness that results from leaving out so many options is pleasant.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate found not guilty in Kate Steinle murder trial.

To be deported. Again.

As you know, Trump made a gigantic BFD about this case while campaigning. Naturally his supporters nationwide are furious about this local case. And as you know this bears heavily on sanctuary cities and the whole attitude toward illegal immigration and even the language about immigration.

Apparently jurors were not allowed to hear about his previous conviction, nor about his previous deportations. Given all that publicity, where and how they find enough jurors sufficiently ignorant about his case is another of those weird mysteries.

I'm imagining his defense describing a Barney Fife moment on the pier. "I saw this thing that looked like a big fat ugly gun so I carefully picked it up with two fingers and while it dangled in the air BANG it fired by itself."

Kate's Law legislation sits on Mitch McConnell's desk waiting for him to put it on the Senate's agenda since last July.

What do you think he will do?

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau...

Chip mentioned A Clockwork Orange and I mentioned Nadsat - the language used by the teens. Two Nadsat words appear in die Toten Hosen's song Hier Kommt Alex: Horrorshow and droogs. Burgess chose them for ironic effect.

Lyrics with English translation after the jump

That's not a baritone, this is a baritone...

Yeah, and not only can he sing, this guy can enunciate. Like a mofo:

What is it with Italians and barbers, eh?

Today's picture is a bench made by American furniture maker Kristina Madsen.

The entire surface is intricately chip carved. Get it?

A Clockwork Orange

Ed Driscoll @ Insty links to a satire piece at the Onion and he adds a separate line that I've seen him make before but I ignored. "but more seriously, their headline is a reminder that as Theodore Dalrymple wrote a decade ago, these days, it's Anthony Burgess' world, we're just living in it: A Prophetic and Violent Masterpiece. Ed's link evokes 48 fairly good comments.

Fine, Ed. I'll read your stupid link about a movie I didn't like, since you keep insisting.

Why do you keep doing this, Ed? You're such a literary geek.

Maybe I'll learn something about why this is the favorite movie of a friend of a friend who I don't much care for due to his apparent high functioning psychopathy.

This is the guy who at a very pissy dinner party, exceedingly formal, reigned supreme at the head of a very long table set up elegantly banging on about manners while snapping rudely at a young hired waiter working his way through school and earning a few extra bucks. "I think it's important young people learn manners. If we don't teach them, who will?" His arrogance pissed me off. And I was young and snappy myself. Purely by happenstance, I had just recently read Letitia Baldrige's New Complete Guide to Executive Manners, a very fat book about ridiculous things important to diplomats. Guests at the table were embarrassed. I said, "rules around manners are there to help us in uncertain situations, not freeze us into limited modes of behavior." That was a line from the book. I added, "There's really nothing actually wrong with such things as eating with your elbows on the table." A standard thing parents teach children so I knew his parents drilled him. He had his elbows on the table and I saw a blur as he retracted them and I burst out laughing because he's so overly self-conscious and the rule is ridiculous, but nobody else noticed the blur, they didn't see his uncomfortable self-correction. They were looking at me, and then they argued about what I just said. But I didn't care. I was too busy laughing and spitting into my wineglass.

Two wineglasses each. One for red and one for white. Plus a water glass. Crystal tightly cluttering the whole table from one end to the other. That's how ultra pissy this holiday dinner was. And I can't even drink that stuff. I'd rather have Pepsi.

Why would A Clockwork Orange be anyone's favorite movie?

That right there tells you how weird the guy is. He told me Nixon is his favorite president.

I don't like him. And I don't like the film.

You know how sometimes the Spark Notes or CliffNotes can be better than the original books? This link of Ed Driscoll's to Theodore Dalrymple explaining A Clockwork Orange is like that. I got more out of Dalrymple's explanation of the film than I did from watching the film. His explanation surrounds the movie and puts the film in its setting. He explains the author, Anthony Burgess, so the work makes much more sense. He explains how the book relates to the overwhelming worldwide predominance of Behaviorism at the time. He describes the meaning of the different endings of the original British and the truncated American versions of the book and Kubrick using the American ending that has the redemption chopped off. He describes the private argot used by the teens.
Youth is only being in a way like it might be an animal. No, it is not just like being an animal so much as being like one of these malenky [small] toys you viddy (see) being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks [men] made out of tin and with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties [goes], like walking, O my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines. 
He explains why the book is genius.

And I didn't appreciate any of that.

Plus I learned a new word. Right as I was congratulating myself for not having to look up solipsistic, Dalrymple springs Pelagian heresy.

I was surprised to lean the original book has only 150 pages. The ones on Amazon have 223 pages. That's still fairly short.

Recommended. Especially if don't care for A Clockwork Orange. I now see the whole thing differently, the film, the books, and the appreciation they get.

Pow-Wow Chow

The last link added to J.J. Sefton's list of morning links at Ace goes to Steyn Online post on Washington's Redskin. Meaning Elizabeth Warren. His article is about the sturm and drang of progressives over evolving, malleable and fungible self-serving categories of racism. Steyn is very clever.

But lookie.

Is that a signed first edition, or what?


Now I want one. Even if the recipes are terrible. Ever have Indian bread? I did one time on 16th St. Mall. Bleh.

That's a different cover from the ones that I saw on Amazon. .

The discussion about that being racist but this isn't racist is impossible to sort because it's not meant to be. It's racist when you do it but not racist when I do it. It's racist when Trump calls a white woman Pocahontas but not racist for that white woman to take the academic spot carved out for a native. And not racist for that women to include a plagiarized caucasian recipe from a caucasian hotel in a cookbook billed as recipes handed down through generations of Oklahoma Cherokee tribe members. In a cookbook titled Pow-Wow Chow. 

The book is presently unavailable on Amazon.

Abebooks has copies starting at $50.00.

FIFTY DOLLARS !!!111111?!!!111?

Have their minds overturned like birchbark canoes in roiled waters?  Have their minds been flung like crooked arrows?

Maybe I had best read reviews first. 

* I'm confused; each recipe calls for 0/32 measurements of ingredients -- that doesn't add up to anything. I have serious reservations about these recipes.

* Oh, me too! Is there some sort of group I can join to share my consumer heritage?

* So she is "a respected.....consumer"? Holy smokes, I didn't realize until now that we belonged to the same tribe.

* Why is this book so hard to find? The reviews are fantastic and I want to try the recipes, esp. the 'Wampum Humble Pie'. Plus I have a goose that needs to be cooked...

* Three years in the making, Recipes for Disaster is the long-awaited follow-up to Warren's notorious first book, Pow Wow Chow. This 624-page manual complements the romance and idealism of that earlier work with practical information and instruction. Over thirty tribes collaborated in testing, composing, and editing the book's 62 sections, which range from Affinity Groups, Coalition Building, How to Beat Republicans and Mental Health to Sabotaging the Liberals, Squatting, and Wheatpasting.

* According to the book, you are supposed to insist that a particular ingredient is in the dish, instead of it actually being there.

* You can't call recipes submitted by a pretindian from the Wannabe tribe "Indian recipes!" This book needs to be to be moved to the fiction section!

* This book has the receipes by Liarwatha but no mention of her tribe the Fukowees. We need to know if she is lying now or lying then...

* I especially loved the recipe for Phony Baloney contributed by Lizzie W!

* Lizzie warden made a lie,
Beat out every teaching guy,
Then roused up the Occupy,
Now it's time she said goodbye.

* I have wanted to try the 19th century crab recipes Warren's great, great, great Grandmother passed down to Lizzy, but I have yet to find Oklahoma crabs anywhere. Have they gone extinct?

* Sen. Warren gave me a copy of this book then she took it back.

* I expected to at least have some wine pairings. Very disappointing to have recipes that don't rise to proper sophistication.

* Overall this selection is lacking and has just a few good recipes inside. One for Humble Pie and another for Roasted Crow.

* I find that cooking these recipes over an open backyard campfire while wearing the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt (also sold here on Amazon!) really helps me to better understand the tragedy of Native American Experience. Plus, that Cochise Crème Brûlée is yummy! When my pissed off neighbors tossed a smallpox blanket over the fence (because of the smoke and maybe the tom-tom, I guess) a tear rolled slowly down my cheek and I looked up toward the Great God of the Sky. I felt just like Iron Eyes Cody when he sees a litterbug.

* "What we have here is a failure to Crock Pot!" - Billy Jack

"I found the Wounded Knee Osso Bucco to be just FABULOUS!!!" - Felipe Rose (Look him up... I did...)

"What?! I am the wrong kind of Indian! I am a DOT, not a FEATHER! Don't ask me!" - Dr. Sanjay Gupta

"The whole thing just makes us proud." - Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Wow. These positive reviews got me excited. Now I really want this book. A lot of reviewers, who you can tell all definitely read this book, talked about Warren's high cheekbones but I don't know if that's relevant. They only need to be 1/32 high anyway. 

WKRLEM: Gollee .....I'm Dead!


Too soon?

Terry McAuliffe and Tony Rodham (H.C.'s brother) sued over green card investment scam

The suit is brought by Chinese investors claiming Hillary Clinton's brother and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe defrauded them of $17 million in a cash-for-green card scam.

The suit alleges they exploited 32 investors by promising to leverage political connections for their visa applications to get to the top of the pile and then approved as part of the EB-5 visa program.

You'll notice that's half a million dollars each. That's how much these particular foreigners value U.S. citizenship. It means that is the actual market value. Market value is exactly what people are willing to pay. Not to get all philosophical about it, but that is the market value of your birthright. That market value of your birthright is what a southern wall is intended to protect. Hillary's brother and Terry McAuliffe know that. They're willing to sell it.

More at the Daily Caller. 

This item was seen on Weasel Zippers where presently their lead story is about negative reaction on the left to White House Christmas decorations. That post elicited 821 comments so of tremendous interest to their readers. The other posts there look interesting too.

Jim Carrey is lost

This item is posted on News Busters by Corinne Weaver.

She doesn't like Jim Carrey anymore.

Her post is titled Washington Post Hails Unhinged Jim Carrey as a 'philosopher we didn't know we needed.'
If one is a washed up celebrity with no hope for furthering an acting career, there is only one option for redemption available: Self-promotion, with a wildly healthy dose of hatred for conservatives. But that hatred can now count as a philosophy.
Her opinion of Jim Carrey is not based on the article at Washington Post. She cites Carrey's latest tweets.
“The GOP and WH have become a sinister conclave of souless traitors, liars, and thieves - a gangrene we must remove so democracy can live. #killthebill.”
He shows his painting of Trump kissing Putin's behind. I laughed just reading that.

Comedians. Canadians. Honestly, does anyone pay any attention? This describes precisely what we avoided. No details supporting conclusions, just raw emotion.

Comedians don't have to be intelligent.

And we're not required to be offended.

The painting is actually hilarious. I'm still laughing at the idiot imagining him painting it. Pure Carrey. The kissing mouth on Trump is drawn the same way that Kurt Vonnegut drew an asshole on the back cover of my paperback copy of Sirens of Titan, as an asterisk. They're actually arguing over there on Carrey's Twitter. Come on! What would even be the point?

Corinne Weaver uses the title of the Washington Post article, "What is Jim Carrey trying to tell us?" To respond, "The answer is in his vile tweets." Corinne goes into a lot of detail about why Carrey is so empty and so bad and how absurdly incomplete the Washington Post article is. She has a problem with Carrey and with the fawning Washington Post article about him.

I found the Washington Post article interesting. It describes Carrey beginning to lose himself with the Truman show. After that unreality poured though his reality to the extent that they blend. Then the Kaufman film, Man on the Moon. (WP has 'Man in the Moon) and his emersion into the role made his situation worse.

The article is written respectfully and it has two videos, one about Truman Show and another about Kaufman. Comments at WP are unusually interesting too. When they're not being vapidly hostile.

Poor Carrey.

I really liked his comedy. He's an extremely uniquely funny man. Too bad American success ruined him. Too bad he lost himself.

Both of these posts are interesting for contrasting points of view.

Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey

Did you ever imagine there would come a time in real life politics that would make the plot lines of your show seem tame?

That's funny, Matt. Because you have to ignore so very much to even ask that ridiculous question although it's understandable how you sense existential threat such as my character evokes.

Hello. Hello. Hello. Sorry for interrupting but I'm sitting here listening and I'm sensing a very strong presence behind you and he's being very insistent on coming through.

He says his name is Vince Foster. No wait. There's another man, a young man, he's kind of shy, he says he has something important. He says he's rich, no wait, he says his name is Seth Rich. 

No wait, there's more people gathering. They're stepping forward and pushing, James McDougal, Mary Mahoney, Ron Brown. 

Wait there's more coming, it's like an escalator up in here, Paul Tulley, Ed Willey, James Bunch, Jerry Parks, these people don't like each other, it's not a nice group of people, James Wilson is very unhappy, Kathy Ferguson, Gandy Baugh, poor thing. 

Wait, wait, wait, we gotta stop. This is too much. They're telling me to tell you to shut your stupid trap. 

Florence Martin, Bill Shelton a State Trooper whose Kathy Ferguson's fiancée, Florence Martin was shot in the head, Suzanne Coleman who's pregnant and had an affair with Clinton, Paula Grober a sign language interpreter, Paul Wilcher says he was investigating corruption he's with Paul Wilcher on the same case. 

Stop it you guys!

Barbara Wise is beat up, she's showing me fists, there's all these guy who died in plane crashes. So many plane crashes it's statistically impossible. So many involved with an airport. They're showing me MENSA, no wait, Mena, Mena Airport. Barry Seal was a pilot. He showing me shooting a needle into his arm. He ran drugs. Johnny Lawhorn found a check made out to Clinton in the trunk of a car brought to his garage. Two brothers, Ives brothers, saw something they shouldn't. 

Stop it! There's too many people I'm getting a headache.

Richard Winters, Jordan Kettleson, James Milan. 

Stop pushing! 

Gregory Collins, Jeff Rhodes, Keith McMaskle is showing me he's being stabbed.

OMG, all these bodyguards pushing through together. I can't take this. 

I have to go lay down. 

Trump: massive tax reform rally in St. Charles, Missouri

Political observers are reading more into this rally than surface messaging.

They're consolidating what they hear in this video with other bits of Trump communication. For one, his tweet about the House seeking contempt citations against the DOJ and FBI relating to withholding documents and a witness that shed light on eavesdropping on Trump associates. Read the responses to the tweet for the depth of Twitter depravity. They would be depressing if they could be taken seriously.

Contrast with the results that Trump gets.

And they agree with Rush Limbaugh's assessment of a unified opposition that's total, and the disbelief of that opposition that Trump is still standing.

They believe this rally signals the moment of an important confrontation. That up to now Trump has caused his adversaries in the Democrat party, in the media, and especially in the Republican party to drop their masks and reveal their true agendas, and that it's been important to Trump that his supporters see those masks drop and those agendas revealed.  Now his supporters have been shown this, and now that he is down to the remnants, he is down to the moment of confronting all his opponents.

I must say I had to stop the video four times because I was laughing too hard. For several reasons combined watching Trump in his element cracks me up. I think of other people watching the same thing and becoming enraged at the things I find splendid and that cracks me up even harder. The offense of it, the humor of it, it's pathos all over the place. I had to recover several times. It's ridiculous.

The key to these observer's conclusions comes at the end of the video in summary. Trump makes clear the reasons why the tax bill is attractive to conservative voters while elements are unattractive to America's uniparty in Washington. He names his opponents. Pundits are expecting a hard break with GOPe to end it as non-representative. They expect Trump to initiate another separate political party, one that represents modern conservative voters and reestablishes an actual two party system.

But I don't know.

I'm comparing Trump's effort here with NYT lobbying against this bill. Trump is explicitly clear and he's so energetic he wears me out just watching him, while NYT delivers doctrinaire pablum and urges their readers to contact their representatives, providing them contact information.

Muslim Women's leader says Trump' defamed Islam

Trump re-tweeted three videos posted by a right-wing group that depict Islamic violence. In one, a guy smashes a statue of Mary. Another shows a rooftop amid a riot offscreen, people coming and going. A group throws a teen off a structure built on the rooftop, he falls about twenty feet, possibly thirty feet, onto the rooftop where he's beaten to death. A third shows a handicapped boy in Netherlands on crutches being beaten by Muslims. 

View them here on Trump's Twitter  if you like. Scroll down to Jayda Fransen. She's always described as far right. Due to Trump's re-tweeting, her Twitter followers increased by 10,000. The videos do not display automatically. Twitter is protecting our eyeballs.

Back to the Muslim woman, she says Trump defamed Islam because all Muslims actually revere Mary.
“President Donald Trump’s choice to retweet a far-right organization’s video that defames Muslim religious beliefs is reprehensible. The Virgin Mary is someone that Muslims around the world hold as sacred and as a symbol of all that Muslims stand for.”
Okay. Trump is reprehensible and defames Islam because he elevated to attention a video sourced by a (discredited) FAR right wing source. Except they're not the source. The FAR right wing source elevated to attention videos uploaded by a Muslim group. She leaves that part out.

Help a brother out. My mind is open. Explain to me why Trump's behavior is reprehensible.

Additionally Theresa May condemns Trump's retweets of UK FAR right leader anti-Muslim videos.

Meanwhile, Netherlands says the video of the boy on crutches is fake because the perps are born in the Netherlands. How they imagine that changes the point of videos uploaded by a Muslim group escapes me.

They have their logic. But its all constructed within their own constricted fenced in acreage and built of their own plastic LEGOs. The subject cannot be discussed rationally.  Not without bashing through the limitations placed on discussion.

And that is what is so reprehensible, Trump bashing right through. Careless and dangerous in their view. They just can't even.

I'm done with this. Go ahead and tell me what's wrong.

Care to see something funny?

This link is intended to be amusing, intended to be satire. But the member's humor is used up, and has been for a year. They're no longer funny and satire is not possible. Only bitter politics remains. It's a British site. They're having a contest, a Photoshop image challenge to satirize Hollywood changing popular films to computer games.

But Trump has seized their attention and stolen their humor. They cannot get Trump out of their minds. So their contest is ruined. All their contests are ruined.

Not all the entries are challenge submissions. They're just working Trump out of their brains. Problem is, they don't have complete brains. The brains they have are indoctrinated brains. And being British they presume they're enlightened where they have only surface awareness and even less comprehension. So they go straight to Hitler. And that means they got nuth'n.

Nuh thin.

And it's sad. Because they fancy themselves so very clever. And all they have is Hitler. Over and over and over. Trump is Hitler, Trump is Hitler, Trump is Hitler. Isn't this clever? Trump as Hitler. Again.

Here, have a look. The page changes as time goes by, but the material is all saddened down to one-track. At the page bottom you can click to previous entries and see more of the same.

There are some Trump Hollywood-computer game challenge entries too. It's not completely devoid of creativity.

But it does show they have Trump on the brain. Trump has dominated their poor British thoughts. And at the same time as you read through comments you see them mocking the very idea of making America great again. "When was the last time America was great?" Even as their thoughts and their satire craft are dominated with Trump pushing out everything else that is possible. If you were to ask them they'd say they're afraid of Trump blowing up the world. Greatness to them means government run health care for everyone including illegal immigrants and that's far as their political sight goes.

But they're indoctrinated British so even America doing that couldn't affect their absurd innate sense of moral and intellectual superiority unearned. Read through their comments. They're all incredibly narrow gauge. N-scale in the RR hobby-craft.

And that's the part that is funny. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NBC fires Matt Lauer

A GIF derived from this is posted on Imgur, a commenter posted a link to YouTube.

Isn't it interesting that Matt Lauer gets 0 support from anybody? I haven't seen any.

I read a Twitter thread today, always a bit of a risk and distressing, started by a post referencing Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. Twitter members responding always veer way off base to attack from all sides, above and beow. One said it's a joy observing the left consume itself. Another was triggered by that and responded, "At least the left corrects itself while the right still supports Roy Moore and Donald Trump." 

Thanks for acknowledging your original targets. 

The comparison, of course, goes to Al Franken and John Conyers and ultimately to Bill Clinton, not Hollywood celebrities and media personalities. The left protects their political pervs and so will the right for now on until that game of imbalance is fully acknowledged for what it is. Nancy Pelosi's "our pervs are better than their pervs" doesn't cut it. They'll have to do better than that. How distressing for traditional conservatives, and for Democrats who played that imbalance so well.

Planned Parenthood, reversal of fortunes

This item was noticed on Misanthropic Humanitarian's overnight post at Ace. The item is headed with the sentence "The old administration, "Parts is parts." The new adminstration, "Not so fast." The link goes to The Daily Signal for a post titled "Planned Parenthood is in deep trouble with the law. This could be a turning point."

Two major hits.
On Nov. 13, The Hill reported that the FBI may be investigating Planned Parenthood and its associates for the sale of aborted babies’ body parts for profit. It’s the latest development yet in a scandal that began in 2015 with the release of explosive undercover videos.
...the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declined to revisit its ruling that the state of Arkansas can redirect Medicaid funds away from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which the state is completely justified in doing considering the ongoing baby parts scandal. 
The article goes on to explain that in the last few weeks of Obama administration he issued an order banning states from defunding Planned Parenthood under Title X. Then Trump immediately signed legislation rolling back Obama's order.

The article phrases all this differently in more vehement terms. It continues describing the next step is for the Trump administration to issue new guidance to states restoring their freedom to prioritize Medicaid funds the way they think will best serve their citizens. And they must be prepared to defend that policy in the Supreme Court.


Seen on Curmudgeonly Skeptical.

They had me at Jeopardy!

Becky Sullivan, a news producer for All Things Considered on National Public Radio, became a bit famous after unintentionally scorching liberals during her appearance on the show.

They showed contestants a picture of a flower. If I showed you the picture now, there would go all the fun. Let's say if you saw the picture you would immediately identify it without even hearing the question (on Jeopardy!, the answer).  Curmudgeonly Skeptical does not show the flower and that forces readers to guess by the question (answer).
"The flower pictured here is called this, also a disparaging term for the people on the political left."
Okay, guess the flower they showed the contestants.

Come on, GUESS!

Remember, she saw the picture.

WKRLEM: This what she sounded like when she was hot and I saw her in 1976

Sarah Sanders responds to CNN refusal to join White House Christmas

CNN announced they will not be attending the White House Christmas party due to the uniquely aggressive posture that Trump's taken toward them.

Sanders responded through Twitter: "Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN"

Lol, rolf, etc.

This was sort of fun. I was enjoying CNN being triggered. Until I read through comments.

* Love Sarah ~ She learned well from her father (Mike Huckabee) -a wonderful chip off the old block.

Wait. No, what? Really? I read "Huckabee" before but took it as coincidental. And now knowing this ruins everything. Forevermore I will know she has her important position due in large part to nepotism. Like all of Washington is one big conglomeration of family run businesses.

Capable as she is, delightful as she is to observe, isn't there any other place in the nation where she could apply her package of skills and talent? It had to be Washington, it had to be association with high political office? No other business was possible?

That really, really, really, takes away from her success from my p.o.v. I hate that phenomena in Washington. Like Elizabeth Warren taking the place of an authentic Amerind, Sarah Sanders is taking the place of someone who is scrapping their way to the top. Chris Wallace is taking the place of someone whose dad is not Mike Wallace. Peter Doocy is taking the place of someone whose father isn't Steve Doocy and so on. All those young people across the nation, all those students striving to make their mark, all those exceedingly capable people fueled by ambitious drive blocked by people simply born to their family business connections in Washington. It's bad enough in private but still tolerable, but it's unacceptable in Washington. Don't we really want the best of the best drawn from the resources available throughout the entire nation and not just from the privileged few pulled from the talent pool in Washington? It's just wrong.

Now it's not possible to look at her the same way.

It's not just me thinking and feeling this.

Here, have a look behind one of Trump's tweets. Warning: it's ugly. On his own Twitter account Trump is bragging about the work of his daughter in India by retweeting something from State Department. And the people who respond are first so filled with blinding hatred, but that rage is not all that they're saying. The answer to them is, who else could Trump trust? Someone like you? She's not being paid. She's representing her father. While the fact remains that Ivanka Trump is taking the place of someone else from thousands of people across the nation with much more talent and ability than Ivanka Trump but with a lot less advantage. As much as I hate to admit this, as much as I like Ivanka Trump and respect her father, I'm forced to admit that these people fueled first by hatred really do have a good point. They're making my point.

When the country voted for Bill Clinton, they weren't side-voting for Hillary's political ambition, nor later did Hillary's two-for-one sales pitch sound attractive, nor did we vote for a Clinton political dynasty carried forward through Hillary's and Webb Hubble's daughter. When the country voted for Obama, the voters who lost resented Michelle's activity bearing on school lunches affecting public schools across the whole nation. Likewise, Democrats deeply resent Trump's relatives involvement in government. And I really don't care to see a Trump political dynasty develop from this, any more than I care to see Michell Obama run for office or Chelsea Clinton.

Charles McCullough threatened for revealing Clinton email fiasco

Yikes! Those eyes.  I have two little holes burned into my chest. 

The former Intelligence Community Inspector General was an Obama appointee. In January of 2016 when he reported to the Republican leadership on the Senate intelligence and foreign affairs committees that emails beyond the level of top secret were passed through the Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal server then backlash intensified from the Clinton campaign against him, his family and his office.
“All of a sudden I became a shill of the right. And I was told by members of Congress, ‘Be careful. You're losing your credibility. You need to be careful. There are people out to get you.’”
That doesn't sound so bad.
“It was told in no uncertain terms, by a source directly from the campaign, that we would be the first two to be fired -- with [Clinton’s] administration. That that was definitely going to happen.”
I was expecting harsher threats because he said they threatened his family and his office.
He said pressures also increased early on from Clinton’s former team at the State Department, especially top official Patrick Kennedy.

"State Department management didn't want us there,” McCullough said. “We knew we had had a security problem at this point. We had a possible compromise." 
The rest is review of things that we already know, the number of classified emails, and how an FBI investigation could have been avoided by simply bringing in the server and keeping the investigation within the State Department instead of forcing them to refer it to the bureau.

More detailed information at Fox News.

The future of internet freedom

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai delivered an important and illuminating and aggressive speech with wide ranging ramifications. Everyone has this precisely reversed. They're informed and alarmed by the internet giants with most to lose by internet freedom. They prefer regulation to protect their dominance of their corners of internet space.

Rules adopted by FCC under Obama subjected internet providers to utility regulations to stop them from blocking access to pages or slowing connections or prioritizing content.

Critics of Pai claim that changes will clear the way for fast lanes.

Pai describes the negative impact the regulations had on private internet investment.

Pai rebuked sharply his critics attacking Hollywood celebrities with outsized influence in shaping debate. He responds directly to Cher, Mark Ruffalo and Kumail Nanjiani. Pai attacked frontally Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube.
“And unfortunately, Twitter is not an outlier. Indeed, despite all the talk, and all the fear, that broadband providers could decide what internet content consumers can see, recent experience shows that so-called edge providers are in fact deciding what content they see. These providers routinely block or discriminate against content they don’t like.”
It' a ripping good speech. Available in three formats on FCC website.

Everything that I've read online, to 100%, is directly opposite the facts delivered in this brilliant speech. Every single item on Reddit, every last video on Youtube. Every internet article on this subject takes the surface interpretation. Not one of them mentions how regulation destroyed innovation. That's how pervasive the misinformation. That's how poor American education. The Obama 2015 regulations read exactly like pages ripped out of Atlas Shrugged, regulation for the sake of it, to tweak something not broken with devastating affects that are invisible because there is no accounting for things that don't happen, like innovation and investment held back. This is the corrective to that, and it is resisted fiercely to 100%. All the comments to videos on YouTube mention guns and bullets and Hitler and Stalin while ignoring the controlling of content bias already taking place due to absence of competition that happens due to heavy-handed and unnecessary regulations.

Federal judge rules in favor of Trump administration in CFPB case

Buzzfeed phrases it differently. The judge denied a request for an emergency order to block Trump from appointing Mick Mulvaney as the acting head of CFPB. The judge said that Leandra English, the CFPB official suing Trump and Mulvaney who claims to be rightful acting director failed to show that she was likely to succeed in her lawsuit at this stage of the case.

Deepak Gupta is her lawyer. He and English are weighing options. They want to immediately appeal.

English is pursuing a two-pronged legal challenge. First, Dodd-Frank Act articulated a stand-alone succession order for the bureau that should take precedence. Second Mulvaney is an inappropriate pick due to him being director of OMB and that undermines CFPB independence.

Raj Shah, White House spokesperson said,

"Your self-serving plan to carve out a barony from government failed, Bitches, now knock it the f off. Jesus Christ on a jackhammer, you people never stop, do you? "

Wait. That was my thoughts intruding as I read,  not what Raj Shah said. Sorry. I got mixed up again.

Raj Shah actually said,
"It’s time for the Democrats to stop enabling this brazen political stunt by a rogue employee and allow Acting Director Mulvaney to continue the Bureau’s smooth transition into an agency that truly serves to help consumers." 
Kind of the same thing.

Maybe it'd be better if you read buzzfeed's report yourself. I'm translating buzzfeed bias to my own as I go so I leave out things like the judge was selected by Trump, and add things they omit like sweary words and, "for the win!"

WKRLEM: Sixty Grit's Favorite Version

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The wiggles

In an earlier post John linked to Scheherazade as played by the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra, and in the comments there was mention of the movements made by the clarinetist, Nadja Drakslar. Some complained that her upper body was too animated. She explained that she is legally blind and has to move in to read the dots, then move back to see the conductor. Her eyeballs are wonkier than Hillary on vodka bender, but at least Nadja has real talent - she carries her solos with real confidence.

But that thread reminded me of a group that plays Bach on period instruments. This bunch writhes around like Ray Charles on smack. Seriously distracting. I like the sound but I cannot watch them. Way too wiggly. 

See more, at your own risk:

daffodil pop-up prototype

I'm showing this so that you can do it.

Each element in the book that I showed you earlier can serve nicely as its own pop-up card. It's impressive how much the author gets out of so few and such simple pop-up mechanisms and how well he and his artist blend art with mechanics. Usually they're not this good together. The video is so thorough the method of construction can be discerned from the video. Except I was wrong about the last one.

The first page relies on three mechanisms used repeatedly. Primarily hexagon fences. Tall ones, another that Duncan Birmingham calls opening flower that's used to tremendous effect in wild and interesting ways. It needn't be a flower. I've seen it used effectively to show tiny portraits of characters in a story. You can imagine it showing a hand of cards. And third, a bridge that crosses the central fold of the book and sits flatly against the background with the same design so that it disappears. A new floor so that edges where it connects on both sides form new places where content can be attached. It folds in the opposite direction of the book. Without a bridge then all the flowers would have to be lined up with the central fold. This bridge across the central fold doubles the area where things can attached and it gets content places on it off center.

Anims and photographs follow.

She looks like an angel

Seen on, Knowledge is Power, a post titled the snowflakes are melting.

“She looks like an angel,” one child reportedly said as Melania was embraced by a handful of schoolchildren when she emerged in the White House wearing a caped Christian Dior dress and a thin, gold belt to accent her small waist.

“She seriously looks like an angel,” one of the children said as they greeted Melania.

Link goes to Daily Mail with a lot more photos. No Mao decorations noticed. 

Trump makes a Pocahontas joke with Navajo Code Talkers

This item is everywhere but Politico's take seems the funniest. I think we're supposed to be appalled that Trump would do this. (In the video at Politico, the guy shaking hands with Trump has a really cool turquoise necklace.)
“I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people,” Trump said to the group. “You were here long before any of us were here — although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I like you. Because you are special.”
Good Lord. I can see why they hate him. But it's still hard to type when I'm laughing.

They're standing in front a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the president who signed the Indian Removal Act.

So much irony. So much to be ashamed of. Michelle Obama would remind us, in a capitol built by slaves.

Elizabeth Warren said,
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,”
Deeply unfortunate. Not just regular unfortunate. Tonight I read all over the place discussions about if this is a racial slur.

Is saying, "Geronimo" a racial slur when you jump out of a plane? Could be.

To Politico's credit they include Sarah Sander's response when this was brought up. She said that saying "Pocahontas" is a racial slur is ridiculous.
“Look, I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career,” Sanders said. “I don’t understand why no one’s asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”  
That's what I was thinking the whole time. But Sarah Sanders understates it. Warren is an advantaged white woman with possible native ancestry with none of the native experience who took the place of a full blooded native that was opened to native people with genuine native background and experience. Then parlayed that ivy league education to political position. And all that's cool so long as she says and does the right things.