Saturday, February 7, 2015

Spot the octopus!



Link in case the video gives you problems

"Bruce Jenner In Horrible Car Crash One Person Dead"

Bruce Jenner was involved in a horrific car accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at around noon Saturday, one person is dead, and it looks like Bruce caused the accident ... TMZ has learned.

"Law enforcement sources tell us ... there were 4 vehicles involved in the crash. We're told there were 8 people involved and all sustained some sort of injury ... but one person died at the scene."

"Eyewitnesses say Bruce rear ended the white car and that car went into oncoming traffic and was struck by the Hummer. You can see the impact in the pics below. The woman driving the white car died."

Still Chillin'?

A week late, but welcome to Mudmonth!

From The Anglo-Saxon Year, a historical look at the naming of months by the Anglo-Saxons:
February was known as Solmonað. According to Bede, the name comes from the cakes which they offered to their gods in that month. However, the word sol is not used in any Anglo-Saxon source to mean 'cake'. It's most common meaning is, in fact, 'mud'. Two possibilities arise. Either the kind of cake offered was called 'mud' due to its colour or texture, or, more plausibly (to those familiar with the English climate), February was simply known as 'Mudmonth'.
Mudmonth begins with a shiver but ends with a febrile thaw to prepare for spring.

'I don't like it, I love it'

Dedicated $10-an-hour factory worker, who walks 21 miles to work EVERY DAY because he can't afford a car, breaks down as he's given a brand new Ford by well-wishers moved by his story.

Florida Man Lists "Drug Dealer" as Occupation

Planters

The inspiration comes from Tim's gardens in containers front yard and back, the entire perimeter, around trees, hanging from trees, hanging from eaves, on pedestals, on poles, stacked, under porch roofs, in a greenhouse, everywhere except planted in the ground of the tiny property. But Tim is not around anymore to inspire. We were at Tim's house for his reception, Tim offed himself a few days previously. Tim would have also had access to wholesale suppliers, and had I known it, that right there would have been worth pursuing a friendship assertively, plus the living inspiration and access to his vast knowledge. But, no.

Thank you for the inspiration, Tim, a real shame that didn't happen with you still alive. Simultaneously inspired and abandoned this way to my own resources then I had just manage on my own without Tim's advice nor help. Glorious mistakes and waste and all the rest.

I saw that Tim did at his house far more successfully on a much more committed scale, an idea I thought of myself and had only just attempted this year, mixing tomatoes and basil with mint and chives and the like in the same terrace container, peppers with cilantro and so forth. Tim took that to such an extreme you'd think him possessed, but few of us knew any of that. One tiny photo on Tim's vast Pinterest page pointed to a book by Pamela Crawford and that is where I see Tim's inspiration.

Because they match exactly.

I also learned Pamela wrote other books along the same lines so I bought them all and read them. They are now mostly passed along and inspiring others. Pamela cites different figures for different projects but in Easy Combos, Vegetables and Flowers, Pamela states up to that point at the end of ten years trial, trials and errors, mostly errors, some 2,500 ornamental and landscape plants had been planted but not any vegetables, and of those 2,300 are dead. She still views that miserable record a success because she ended up with 200 great plants and I realized right then I had encountered a kindred spirit.

Then on to other books that have nothing to do with containers particularly.

But they must be planted in something.

After all that, not just anything will do. A lot of things will do, but not just anything. It will not be possible to create a unique space using trite, overused, or common items, unless they are changed. Anything purchased from the best places to purchase things will have been seen a million times. Unless something is changed, for example take something plastic and make it look like rock, the elements purchased together at any hardware store. Not everything need be utterly unique, the point is to make them disappear anyway so that they are discovered, not actually featured as if for sale, more like, lucky you, nosy thing, you found it.

On the patio deck at MoZaic I noticed the planters and pitied them isolated like that and lost in their scale and my very first thought was, "Home Depot."


There they are, in a fantastic place, a very nice architectural space, and treating it conventionally. Those lonely undersized planters would be fine but they must be mixed with things that have some kind of interest. 

I buy seeds from eBay and get fifteen notifications regarding the sale. Seeds from any place and you're on their catalog list forever, but not so the Designer Stone Garden Shop. 

The Stone Garden Shop did not do that. They acknowledged the sale with one simple brief recap and that's it. I was thinking, what next? How long will this take. Do they take the money, go on vacation, come back, begin the order? What? *Knock, knock, knock* The UPS guy right at that exact moment of doubt as if I had conjured him. 

Spooky, eh?


These things weigh a ton.

Possibly a hundred pounds. Possibly two hundred. I don't know.

They were packed very well.


These are about 1/3 of the plants started in anticipation of Spring.


It is why I was thinking about containers. There are other pots too. I already own several. Now I can pick up regular things too that blend in and disappear but they must be big. Craigslist in Denver is presently offering this for $75.00, among many other things, I could drive over and buy it tomorrow. I am in container acquisition mode.


This container is the sort of thing Tim had around in abundance. Imagine the whole place lined with containers similar to this.

red eye gravy

I never had red-eye gravy made with coffee that I know of, although I do recall having pan-gravy from ham. I think.

But I did learn to make green chile on my own and that is like an elaborate pork gravy, and it wouldn't be too odd for it to contain coffee.

I thought the thing that made it green is jalapeños so I loaded it up with those, and I mean loaded, so that it turned green. It was fierce and abusive and I could not keep off it until the whole pot was gone and I burned a new butt hole. Later I learned Hatch chiles are a lot better, and even better combined.

And that is a pork gravy. And it could have coffee and it could have cocoa for that matter, and tomato paste, whatever works for the batch. But I never did have straight red-eye gravy made mostly with coffee.

Myrecipes.com red eye gravy:

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 thick smoked bacon slices, diced
1/2 cup chopped smoked ham
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup beef broth
3/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons cracked pepper

Denied.

Reason: too many ingredients.

I do not know anything about red-eye gravy but I do know that is too many ingredients. I think red-eye gravy is associated with paucity if not poverty and that does not work with a long list that includes butter and bacon and ham. Myrecipes version is thickened with flour as a regular sauce, and has beef broth, milk, and least of all coffee. This is a béchamel, coffee-flavored with other premier ingredients. It will be undeniably good but not authentic.

Amos makes it look like a campout. Uncharacteristically, YouTube comments are 100% supportive. One commenter writes wistfully, "I wish I could have a pan like that."

It is an ordinary cast-iron pan. And it is awesome! Notice Amos does cook liquid in it, as I do in mine all the time. If you will stop the video at the end you have the biggest well-pleased self-satisfied gracious smile.


If you get the pan with the lid, it will double the cost but that is okay the pans are still cheap as can be. The lid is a drag to store. It has pegs underneath so that drippings fall onto your roast. It is one of those rare things where top quality comes inexpensively and readily. I see the same cast-iron pans offered on Amazon as offered at Army Surplus, as offered at King Soopers grocery stores. I bet you can buy them at the dollar stores.

I cannot have open flame outside grill here downtown so I use a square cast-iron pan that is ribbed and I noticed when I fail to use a wire brush thoroughly and carelessly leave remnant bits in the ribs that tend to burn and exchange on the next heating imparting a charred and smoked flavor the next steak. When I do scrub the grill pan thoroughly that effect is ruined and must be started over for full effect.

I never used litmus paper but I didn't think coffee is all that acidic. A sauce usually has fat and an acid, and Amos' simple version reduced as he does seems to have both.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Is it the same song?

Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"


A couple of Mysterious Deaths and a Disappearance

"A South Yorkshire police officer who was under investigation in connection with the Rotherham child sexual abuse affair has died after being hit by a car while crossing the road."
PC Hassan Ali, 44, was under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following allegations he had made advances towards a victim of the abuse, twice asking for a date, according to the Sheffield Star newspaper.

The Casey inquiry was commissioned following the publication last August of another report by social worker Alexis Jay, which said blatant collective failures by the council and police had led to the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham over a 12-year period.
***

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...
The scandal enmeshing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner already had a plot as twisted as a Machiavelli novel.

But this week, it contorted again, when the country's former spy chief disappeared.

Horacio Antonio Stiuso was supposed to testify Thursday about the mysterious death of a special prosecutor, who had leveled scathing accusations at Fernandez.

Authorities have not been able to find the ex-director of the Secretary of Intelligence, let alone notify him that he has been called to testify.
These two cases are not linked but I cant help notice some similarities. People know something about what happened in both instances but...

Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina draw scrutiny

"Williams’ account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters have raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere since he took it on the chin this week over a claim that he rode in a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq."
“I was instead in a following aircraft. We all landed after the ground fire incident and spent two harrowing nights in a sandstorm in the Iraq desert,” Williams said Wednesday. He painted his earlier description as a “bungled attempt” to thank an Iraq War veteran...

Last year, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, the man he replaced in the anchor chair at NBC, Williams said:

“My week, two weeks there was not helped by the fact that I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery, our hotel was overrun with gangs, I was rescued in the stairwell of a five-star hotel in New Orleans by a young police officer. We are friends to this day. And uh, it just was uh, I look back at total agony.”

But the French Quarter, the original high ground of New Orleans, was not impacted by the floodwaters that overwhelmed the vast majority of the city.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Obama Condemns the Middle Ages

"We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends," Obama said during remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. He singled out the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, calling the militants a "death cult," as well as those responsible for last month's terror attacks in Paris and deadly assault on a school in Pakistan."
Obama had a more non-denominational message for the audience that also included prominent leaders of non-Christian faiths. The president said that while religion is a source for good around the world, people of all faiths have been willing to "hijack religion for their own murderous ends."

"Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

"So it is not unique to one group or one religion," Obama said. "There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith."
Only two or three days after ISIS released a gruesome video of the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, in the name of Islam, the president of the US looks back... way back. Bizarre?  

moon


Last night.

I'm pretty sure the moon was put there for our entertainment.

Cops: Ohio man's pet pig ate his marijuana stash!

"After his pet pig ate all of his marijuana, a furious Ohio man went on a drinking binge that resulted in his bust Saturday for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, (according to) police report."

"While the pig, named Millie, ended up with pot in her belly, she is not a pot-bellied pig, based on a review of photos of the animal."

"According to investigators, Chad Spohn, 44, became highly intoxicated after drinking a bottle of Everclear, the 190-proof alcohol. When Spohn threatened to harm himself, his spouse summoned Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies."

King Abdullah Hussein, Jordan



I did this for you. Exclusive original content, right here. This is King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein, who I did not know of until today. He is shown wearing ceremonial uniform, a bit wrought with epaulettes, ribbons, and gold braided cord, instead of a proper pilot's flight suit. Being king does not make one a competent pilot. Maybe he had best stay on the ground.

I read at a couple of places the king of Jordan has decided to fly bombing missions to approving applause. I do not know if he meant it. I do not know if he is expressing bravado or what. I am hearing that he already has. The fierce reaction seems very ancient, ISIS burning a pilot as due retribution for the Jordanian pilot burning them, burying the pilot in rubble because the pilot buried them in rubble. Literally an eye for an eye ancient type retribution, this is Old Testament stuff and this is the reaction of clans, it is where they are, where we all are when we engage them. And all this reminded me of the stories of ancient kings before Christian sense of modesty was invented, who set off to war publicly displaying an erection assuring the admiring court and witnessing subjects the king has a boner for war and the bigger the better.


The part I found interesting is the braggadocio, [we will pursue the jihadists until we run out of] "fuel and bullets." 

Then what, you'll stop and go home? It seemed an odd place to stop. You expect, "until they are annihilated, until they sue for peace, until nothing is left, until the end of time," but until we run out of bullets? 

Signaling, it seemed to me, "give us fuel and bullets, equipment and money, and we will fling it." 

Daily Caller (a dreadful site with auto play videos, advertisements all over, slap happy pop-up messages and polls and invitations,  and meth-head java script writer) 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Brian Williams Lied About Being Shot Down During Iraq War"


 Try this link if the video fails to play
 


Here is Williams telling his tall war tale to Letterman (around 3:30)
 
Again, try this link if the video fails to play

"Jindal aide accuses liberals of 'race-baiting' on portrait"

"Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff is accusing liberals of “race-baiting” after a photograph spread on social media was falsely assumed to be the Louisiana governor’s official portrait."
Louisiana political blogger Lamar White tweeted out a photo of a painting on Tuesday with the caption “This is Bobby Jindal’s official portrait,” showing a pale version of the first Indian-American governor of a U.S. state.

Jindal’s chief of staff, Kyle Plotkin, was quick to respond by tweeting a photo of a different painting of the Louisiana governor at White.

“That’s not the official portrait. Constituent loaned it. This 1’s official. Thx 4 ur race-baiting tweet,” Plotkin tweeted.

"Dramatic video shows Taiwan plane crash that killed 23"

"At least 23 people died but 15 survived a spectacular crash caught on video of a TransAsia Airways flight that clipped its wing on a bridge after takeoff from the Taiwanese capital Taipei and crashed into a nearby river."

"Taiwanese rescuers used a massive crane to hoist the ATR 72-600 propjet from the shallow river after survivors were brought to safety on rubber rafts or scrambled to the river bank on their own. Twenty people remained missing hours after the crash."


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment"

"Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading."
Right now, we're hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is "down" to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.

None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job -- if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks -- the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed. That's right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news -- currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren't throwing parties to toast "falling" unemployment. (read the whole thing)

"Vaccination debate flares in GOP presidential race..."

"Christie... said Monday that “there has to be a balance, and it depends on what the vaccine is, what the disease type is, and all the rest.” He added: “Not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others."
“I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide,” he said.

As for Paul, he told talk show host Laura Ingraham that he had chosen to hold off on vaccinating his children for some diseases.

“I didn’t like them getting 10 vaccines at once, so I actually delayed my kids’ vaccines and had them staggered over time,” he said.

Both men’s remarks drew immediate rebuke from experts on the issue.

“When you see educated people or elected officials giving credence to things that have been completely debunked, an idea that’s been shown to be responsible for multiple measles and pertussis outbreaks in recent years, it’s very concerning,” said Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease physician at the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh. He called the comments from Paul particularly troubling because Paul is a doctor.
Is there anything left to politicize?

Serious Visage aerosol tart face

Nick Stahl gets the Anderson Cooper "darkened furrowed brow of concern" treatment. No more needles and threads and tying knots to pull a furrowed brow. Now you too can add instant gravitas to your hopelessly naïve face with Serious Visage, the new instant darkened furrowed brow of concern aerosol application. 


[I have no idea who Nick Stahl is. I searched for "plain face male,' and that is all.]

Monday, February 2, 2015

“A right to hormone therapy”

With respect to treatment while in detention - the medical care standard - the standards guarantees a right to hormone therapy for individuals who need it for treatment, and even in facilities that are not covered by that standard. Our ICE House Service Corps is very vigilant on that issue to ensuring that individuals receive necessary hormone therapy,” said Kevin Landy, assistant director of the ICE office of detention policy and planning.


“Transgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into ICE custody shall have continued access,” the report said. “All transgender detainees shall have access to mental health care, and other transgender-related health care and medication based on medical need. Treatment shall follow accepted guidelines regarding medically necessary transition-related care.”

"Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter"

Groundhog Day 2015


"While no one questions Phil’s dedication to the seasonal outlook, his accuracy is an enduring source of controversy."

"In 2013, Phil issued a forecast for an early spring, but bitter cold and snow gripped the eastern U.S. into March that year. The prosecuting attorney in Butler County, Ohio went as far as to seek the death penalty for Phil for “misrepresentation of early spring” before a Pennsylvania law firm came to Phil’s defense, claiming the Ohio attorney had no jurisdiction to prosecute the Groundhog."

Update... VIDEO: Jimmy the Groundhog bites Wisconsin mayor's ear:

Amenemheb's garden

On the walls of Army Commander Amenemheb's  tomb a scene is painted of a garden with an artificial lake surround by orchards. The painting is somewhat stilted, more of a map of an idea, the mathematic precision unnatural. The actual orchards probably more of a mess.



Joe's house in Phoenix has a small orchard and Joe says it is a major pain in the butt. Too bad, the oranges are fantastic.

This setup gave me an idea for a pop-up with a rectangular pond surrounded by trees on two levels.


Elevated so the pond can have depth. 


I want an crocodile in there that hides when the card is opened. You can only see it as the card is opening and as the card is closing. The trees merely flip up, rather, in the revised version, instead of the trees as content glued on the top layer that flip up, the trees are attached to the bottom layer positioned through a slots made in the top layer and glued standing straight up in the opened position, so, as hinges the trees are forced by the slots to all fold outward in unison and lay flatly when the card is closed, as you shall see.


It all starts with a little hill so the crocodile's head will poke up when the card is closed and lay flat when the card is opened.





Paper I-bars to elevate the second layer as a table. All the I-bars will run parallel with the central fold and perform as hinges. "V" bars are to add content to the top surface when a length of it is snipped in the center and bent into another V shape, one half glued to the surface the other half sticking up available to have trees glued to it. This turned out too messy and the idea abandoned.



 

For waves that close shut over the crocodile when the card is opened. 


The trees will be glued to the upright "V" mechanisms arranged in chevron. 


Alternately, with slots in the top layer and trees glued to the bottom instead, the trees will all be flat and parallel with the central fold. That's fine for the trees on the sides but less fine for the trees on the top and on the bottom of the pond. Their trunks will be flat and parallel with the central fold too unless I design another attachment that flips the tree branches 90°. 


At this point it is too big a mess. It must be the slot method. Even if the trees on the top and the bottom face the wrong way like good little soldiers. 

With tree trunks through slots, all the tree trunks will open flat and parallel with the central fold. I do not want that for half of the trees, top and bottom. Perhaps there is something they can do differently from the other trees that puts the plane of their flatness at 90° to their trunks. Maybe the whole row at once. Maybe the whole orchard at once. 

This shows what an unsightly mess it's become and the trees are not even glued on yet.


This shows it can shut.


So, it's all there and ready to go and I completely lost interest. I do not care about Amenemheb's garden anymore.

The trees must be shortened the closer you get to the edges, left and right, or else they will stick out of the card when it is closed. I just now noticed the servant figures in margins tending the orchards and that design element really does help a lot. The figures are on a larger scale than the trees, each figure is three trees tall, and that helps greatly should I ever pick this up again.

I just lost interest immediately after that last transfusion, as if my new blood just flat isn't interested in any of this. And I have to respect that. 

And I wonder sometimes how did I manage through all that to maintain any semblance of self whatsoever, and I still do not know. At the same time I am still thinking about what could make good pop-ups with no impulse to execute the ideas. None whatsoever.  But if I did execute it then I might do twenty-five  or so all at once, send them all out Fed Ex en mass each with a note, "This is all you're having this year." The same thing as everyone else. Just to get cards out of my system. 

Heck. I made three of the same idea at once before and sent them out dispersed to three women important to me and nobody complained about not being unique.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Jeb Bush looks like he's running for president.

So now we know what the Bush family means by 'no child left behind.'"
Dianne Feinstein at a public dinner closed to the press but reported by Politico. Well, it made me laugh. Who knew Dianne Feinstein could be so funny? She could have a career in standup.

It is the sinister switcheroo that makes it so funny. To take a well-known policy of a lesser-liked Bush and apply it as clan motto, to make of the earlier policy a comment that together the family did not make, is slapdash sloppy shorthand and devastatingly funny. Plus the joke sets the cherub-cheeked scion in his place to be regarded, as child.

Is there no respect anymore? R.E.X.P.E.C.T?  Is there no respect for what it takes to be governor?

No, why, no, there is not.

I am not member so have no vote in these people's primary. From my point of view they are in their own contained world. Looking into that world I see Bush III -- that is how the numbering goes with dynasties, right? -- not appreciating the primary forces that are making this opportunity available to him. He is not recognizing the affects that are benefitting him that the more conservative insurrection element that infected his party had on the entire political landscape across the land at all levels. He describes them as outliers, as unappreciative kooks, as groups to be defeated when not ignored. He honestly thinks his wishy-washy melded gigantic government positions prevailed despite all the tea party disruption. And he is for the wrong things, chief among them loose immigration control and federal-level Common Core education. He is not a good listener.

That's the problem that comes with being groomed for destiny, you get to the point where you just flat don't listen.

All that is said much better by Feinstein, Bush III is what the Bush family means by 'no child left behind'. It takes us back to Rome and to Cl-Cl-Cl-Cl-Cl-Claudius.

There are other jokes told at the Alfalfa Club dinner reported on politico.com. It must be a thing where they tell a lot of jokes, like a roast. They are entertainers at heart. Washington really is Hollywood for ugly people.

Open Superbowl Thread

 
Final Score - Patriots 28, Seahawks 24.

American Sniper in Baghdad

I've seen links to this article several places so I went to have a look.  It reminds me of the reporting done on Iraq in the early years when we got blogs from Iraqis and from American soldiers that showed us the Iraqi (and Afghan) people as Real in a way that our media seldom does.   The Iraqi's interviewed have individual opinions.  Some think the movie is great.  Some don't like it but have seen it multiple times anyway.  Some are philosophical about a man's responsibility to serve his country.

Mohammed says one of the film’s opening scenes, when Kyle spots a woman and child who appear to be preparing to attack US troops during the initial invasion of Iraq, had the entire audience on the edge of their seats.
“When the sniper was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG] everyone was yelling ‘Just shoot him!’” he said.
(...)

"Church spirit endures in shadow of Super Bowl hype"

"American Sundays are defined for many by two things: church and football. Fans fidget in the pews as kickoff looms. Players pray before and after games. Many even believe in a sort of God of the Gridiron, surveys suggest — a great handicapper in the sky who decides the outcome of sporting events."
But that has not meant a boom in business for the six friars and 800 or so parishioners who spent months planning for an expected deluge of fans sparing a few minutes for their faith at the church across the street, which has stood there since Phoenix was just a few dirt roads in the desert. 
Michael Arciga, a Patriots fan from Phoenix who came to Mass on Friday, was dismayed to find the pews nearly empty even as downtown filled with football fans. Arciga, who owes his Patriots fandom to a stint at Fort Devens in the 1980s, said he has never prayed for the Patriots.

“They’re already good,” he joked. “No prayers needed.”

For Arciga and others on the less-traveled side of East Monroe Street — even those looking forward to Sunday’s game — the juxtaposition of the elegant old church sitting empty amid the very modern revelry was a little off-putting.

“It’s surprising and frustrating,” Arciga said.

"Fake cop pulls over real cop"

"An off-duty police officer says he was driving in Dumfries when a man driving a Crown Victoria started to follow him. The officer says the driver turned on a spotlight that was attached to his car. Thinking it was a police officer, the off-duty officer pulled over, according to police."

"The driver of the Crown Victoria pulled alongside the off-duty officer... When the off-duty officer said he was a police officer, the other driver immediately sped away. The off-duty officer followed the car, and then the driver and passenger fled on foot."

Obama, Secret Muslim


281 Thank you for the clarification on the 'secret Muslim' Obama speech, Oregon Muse. Useful to know the whole context. I wouldn't know because I make a point of not listening. 
Prolonged hissing sibilants go poorly with tinnitus. 
Much like Bush's "mission accomplished" speech. The person bringing it up to mischaracterize the president, cartoonize the party under discussion, flatly does not know what they are talking about, by being unfamiliar with the speech. For they too cannot bear to listen to one. 
This provides a response whenever "mission accomplished" comes up, and it does come up. They say, "mission accomplished," you say, "the future must not belong to those who insult Islam." 
What? 
You're doing with "mission accomplished" what they're doing "must not insult Islam." Lying.
Obama, The Secret Muslim [OregonMuse] 

Oregon Muse relates the context of Obama's speech for the oft-repeated line, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." But where was that?

This is where we guess. Since we do make a point of not listening to speeches and do make a point of relying on what we are told about them, if this were Jeopardy! I would rely on the photos accompanying the stories to guess the speech, I'd see familiar green marble background and know the UN. So, he said that along with a bunch of other vapid poo to our enemies in that sinkhole of the world, where people pull all kind of things out of their butts. It is a very ugly background. It looks like they got a box of marble tiles on sale from Home Depot. It could be checkerboard mirrors. You see that background and it actually hurts, and you think, "Man, this whole stage is a really bad idea. *vacant gap* In fact, so is the whole UN."

Am I right? Am I right? *click* Ugh. See?

If you were doing a flip that green tile would be the first thing you'd tear out.

But I am grateful for knowing the context.

The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the women and men that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support. 
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.
In rhetoric that type of conduplicatio (repetition) is called anaphora (word or phrase repeated at the beginning), you hear it all the time. "You can wear this watch with a suit. You can wear this watch with Levis. You can wear this watch to church. You can wear this watch digging in the garden. You can wear this watch diving for oysters." Anaphora.  He goes on. And on, and on, and on, along this same line applying "the future must not belong to" formula.  He invites us to condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shia pilgrims. See? Talking to our enemies in a pit (of deplorable design), pulling things out his butt. He evokes Gandhi. Obama said Americans embody what Ghandi said, and I am reminded again why I don' t listen.

He applies his 'future must not belong to ____' formula to Israelis and Palestinians. He applies the formula to Syria. He goes on exhaustingly. I scanned the rest, there is nothing that jumps out, there is noting interesting apparent, and I mean nothing. It is a dry arid speech given in a desert, a sunken desert of despairingly aggressively bad design. It is punishment to be there. Punishment to read. It is no wonder attendees so often escape by nodding off.

I am glad Oregon Muse pointed to this. I would not have known, and now I do. And I do characterize the two speech-related incidents as the same sort. When either one is brought up for its surface to characterize it means the person does not know what they are talking about because neither incident does any such thing.

I must have read a thousand times in posts and especially in comments, because it says so much, "What difference does it make?"

It makes no difference at all to the people who would vote for Hillary, and it means a complete characterization of Hillary Clinton for the people who wouldn't.