Saturday, June 20, 2015

Romney takes a stand... again


Mitt Romney Denounced Flying Of Confederate Flag... back in 2008
One question that was conspicuously absent from Monday night’s Fox News South Carolina Republican Debate was whether the candidates endorse that state’s continued flying of the Confederate flag in front of their capitol. With yet another debate scheduled for tonight, on CNN, the issue may come up, as it did at 2008’s CNN South Carolina debate...
Video at the Link

"Jilted Lover Splits the Difference on eBay"

ht @WFMU Link







"How to Donate to the Church and Victims of the Charleston Shooting"

"To help the church and pay for the funeral costs of those killed, Mayor Riley worked with Wells Fargo to set up donation centers at their branches. An employee at a Charleston Wells Fargo location told Newsweek the bank is in the process of setting up an account for donations. A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo confirmed these donations cannot be wired or mailed. For those who wish to donate online, donations can also be made to the church directly through PayPal on their website.
The City of Charleston kicked off the fundraising with a $5,000 donation"

ht @iowahawkblog

Justice, forgiveness

The line in Deliverance is disturbing, "You got a pretty mouth" so when the hillbilly band member says it to the marathon runners he also says the whole setup is an act because knowing that line from Deliverance is sophisticated for a hillbilly. Doesn't match. So confirmed right off it's an act. The video is pure progression. Just like Boléro. Dueling banjos, they do get going.

What a perverse thing to say. That bugs me to no end.

I knew a man named James, for the life of me I cannot recall his last name right now, I'll think of it when not trying. He left a lasting impression on me, If you met him you would think what a pleasant fellow. Well mannered, polite.  He looks like a surfer. Well built, six feet tall, blond hair, chiseled features, not smart. The more I knew James the deeper I realized the guy is f'ed up in every way imaginable. He is the person who showed me his x-rays directly from the hospital, I drove him, so no switcheroo, no tricks. his entire body is pins and clamps and plates inside.  Hundreds of them. His movements are restricted. Turns out, he tossed himself out of a fourth-level window years previous to us meeting. He will never heal.

I got to know him well then he disappeared.

He's a flake. I would think sometimes, man, what a bummer, everything going for him really, his father is retired colonel, good family, supportive sister, great starting health, great body in shape but attached to a self-destructive quite stupid and emotionally arrested very confused and impossible to discuss things with head. He is messed up in the head, seriously, and ultimately not nice, but James is no criminal.

You got a purty mouth. And that's all.


I would make a terrible witness. Don't even bother, I'm worthless. In the photo of him entering the church all I saw was bad haircut and really bad shoes. Everyone else said he is thin and that never occurred to me. I didn't see race, sex, height, weight, nothing at all useful, just bad haircut and shoes. And those things can be easily fixed.

Then in comments people who are presumably good and presumably smart say repeatedly and say it all over different sites, things along the line, "he's going to make someone a nice little boyfriend" or some other reference to additional justice being served to him by other criminals behind bars, as that is society's norm, part of the punishment is being raped behind bars. The assumption of that is exceedingly creepy as "you got a purty mouth." Honestly, if the state does not execute him for his crimes then they must protect him because the assumption he'll be raped behind bars is unacceptable.

I am a comparatively poor Christian too. By now you've seen the purportedly only entry to Roof's Facebook page, a message left there by Marcus Stanley before the page was taken down. It is a letter of classic Christian forgiveness. The letter is startling because it is the opposite of everything else. Just like reading the bible straight through, at Matthew coming from Malachi, suddenly a beam of light strikes from above illuminating the reading, the table shakes, the voice is completely different, authoritative, fresh and direct from a different planet.

And the cynic recognizes Marcus Stanley is well known Christian musician, interjecting like this, and not know what to make of that. I'm not that good a Christian.

I recall reading about Jesus talking to a condemned criminal. He was walking around looking for things to get up to, went into a Roman prison and spoke to a prisoner condemned to die. I recall reading Jesus saying directly to the man that although he crossed the laws of society and the laws of man condemned him to death all that in no way condemns him in the eyes of God. Seek forgiveness and God will forgive you and take you back. The episode made extraordinary reading and impressed me deeply.

KLEM FM


Not the Kingston Trio's best recording, I admit (and I'm a fan). But, it was the first recorded version of "Get Together"-- that great '60's anthem. The song sprang not from hippie times but rather from that special egg shell-fragile time period of American music between the death of Buddy Holly and the onslaught of the British: 1960-63.

Chet Powers (Dino Valenti) wrote the song in 1963 but he never got famous for it. The Youngbloods immortalized it for him:

Link in case the video doesn't play

Lyrics after the jump.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Arod joins Major League Baseball elite 3000 hit club


"Transfinancial : a rich man born in a poor man's body"

My name is Michael, and with all this talk about transgender and transracial issues I think it is time to come clean with my secret. I'm transfinancial, and that means I am a rich man born in a poor man's body. Please help me overcome my identity issues.....thank you

Sharing the warmth


"The male Pill is coming - and it's going to change everything"

"New forms of male contraception are estimated to hit the market in a few years and - unlike women's options - most won't contain hormones."


"Census Bureau considers dropping 'race' from survey"

Hispanic, mypanic, yourpanic... don't panic, possessive.
According to Pew, Census officials want to be clearer with their questions so that officials can gather more accurate data as required by law. Past testing and focus-group research has indicated confusion among found that the terms “race,” “ethnicity” and “origin” can mislead or confuse respondents, they can mean different things depending on the person answering.

“We recognize that race and ethnicity are not quantifiable values. Rather, identity is a complex mix of one’s family and social environment, historical or socio-political constructs, personal experience, context, and many other immeasurable factors,” the Census Bureau noted in a 2013 report on past testing efforts in the 2010 census. The report also recommended continued research on optimizing the use of examples for each racial and ethnic category, among other strategies.

Census forms currently contain two questions related to race and Hispanic origin, with one asking Americans whether they are Hispanic, Latino or Spanish, and the other asking “What is this person’s race?” with checkboxes and spaces to write in answers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Albert Maignan's "Green Muse" (1895): a poet succumbs to the Green Fairy
Absinthe has a long history which I've mostly ignored. I had an aunt who brought some back from Paris and let me try as a child. I thought it disgusting. The dominant flavors--anise and fennel--are two of my least favorite things. Fennel, called finocchio in Italian,* is particularly wretch-worthy in my book.

But, I bought some recently, in my quest to render and mimic adult beverages in plastic. Here is what raw absinthe looks like rendered in plastic:
Part 1 of a retail educational display
The silver utensil is called an absinthe spoon. It is used to hold a sugar cube over the spirit. Ice cold water is then slowly dripped onto the cube, dissolving the sugar. About midway through the process--the French call it making the louche--a distinct cloudiness ensues. The final result is milky green beverage that looks like this:
Part 2 of a retail educational tool
Clueless but curious, I looked into what is going on with this drink. Absinthe contains anethole, a molecule having the following structure:
The first thing to note is that the molecule is a trans alkene. It's also an ether, and an aromatic molecule. Anethole is very soluble in pure absinthe which is high in alcohol (around 110 proof); it is much less soluble in water--especially cold water--and adding water causes the anethole to precipitate. The precipitate is the louche. Ouzo uses the same molecule except that the anethole actually crystallizes and floats on the drink. Here is video showing the making of an absinthe louche:


Gotta wonder if Trooper York ever visited that Brooklyn joint featured in the video called Maison Premiere. Probably not. It sounds too French. Who wants to hang out at a place french-themed?

[added] In the comments, ricpic mentions a painting by Degas--"The Absinthe Drinker"

"The Absinthe Drinker" Degas (1876)
According to the Wiki:
The woman in the painting was derided as a whore and the entire image was seen as a blow to morality and the degradation of society due to absinthe. 
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*Absinthe is also known as "The Green Fairy."  I'll bet there's a story behind that.

The Magic Kingdom in Peril 2.0

(this post is a continuation-in-part of this one)
People who lost jobs there said they had to sit with immigrants from India, some on temporary work visas known as H-1B, and teach them to perform their jobs as a condition for receiving severance. But it remained unclear on Tuesday who had initiated the change of strategy at Disney/ABC or whether it was part of a larger change in direction, because Disney executives declined to discuss it.  h/t: r,l
Read the whole thing. I think the un- and under-employment situation will be the biggest driver of cross-party politics-- i.e., making people willing to cross party lines and to vote against the promulgators of open borders and limitless H-1B visas.

How not to cover mass shootings


 
Link to video
 
Via Reddit, top voted comments...
That would be great advice if CNN didn't want more mass murders, but the truth is, more mass murders = better ratings for CNN. Telling a network like CNN how to prevent these types of shootings is like a batter telling the pitcher where he likes the ball.

"Carnage in the classroom..."
Jesus Christ.

Although it may be true, as far as I'm aware there isn't a single study that shows a demonstrable link between news coverage of mass murders and increased likelihood of more mass murders. The same may not be true for suicides although this relationship is complex.
What is documented however, is the increased fear that comes from media coverage of crime and what that potentially means to our collective and individual psyche (not to mention the reflexive actions we take as a result (e.g. the patriot act)).

"High court upholds Texas ban on Confederate flag plates"

"In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court determined the license plate design falls under government speech. Government is not bound by the First Amendment’s free speech clause when it comes to limiting the content of its own speech, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas joined liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in the majority.... The Supreme Court ruling said the First Amendment does not limit the content of what governments can say when promoting programs, policies and positions.
“Were the free speech clause interpreted otherwise, government would not work,” Breyer wrote."

Goodbye Alexander Hamelton, we hardly knew you.

Were this a class at accelerated pace and compressed I would seek people like these two bright writers to connect in order to guarantee a top grade. Ben Domenech and Molly Hemingway, both writing for the Federalist in two separate pieces they both outclass me as somewhat superficially silly, they sternly and more deeply serious.

I know who Alexander Hamilton is superficially. I read about him in a book. But that was one book that fulfilled two college-level courses divided by the civil war. It was interesting start to finish relearning again about such things as Whiskey Rebellion and John Brown and such and be able to place them. Then take the two tests, ace them and thave all those historical tidbits linger useful for crosswords without really knowing that much about them. Each incident deserving its own stack of books. Ben Domenech and Molly Hemingway are the student that I am not. They read the stack of books for each incident. They have much more to offer on Hamilton by way of asides than I ever knew. I must say I am impressed with these two pieces. They're both rather too short. I wish they'd go on.

I did not know Hamilton was bastard or that was even relevant, nor did I know he is the only immigrant founding father. I never thought about that. I supposed all founding fathers are close to being immigrants. Those two things I never thought about. But they're both important.

I did not understand it is Hamilton's idea of federalism, power resting with states and fairly weak unifying federal government, that was the model for the United States that prevailed for its first hundred years.

This is how Domenech writes, he informs us Hamilton led a charge taking Redoubt Ten at Yorktown inspiring patriots behind him, being first to jump over a short stone wall and into volleys of musket fire yelling for his fellows behind him to follow and winning their freedom. And had he perished back then Hamilton would have died a more significant American than Obama who deigned to displace him from his ten dollar bill.

Whew.

Domenech continues with other things Hamilton would not have needed to do to be more significant than the guy who displaces him on the ten dollar bill and in so listing we learn things Domenech appreciates about Hamilton did that we did not know. I didn't know. And I aced two  college exams on American History. These points about Hamiltion that  Domenech drops throughout I'll just mark with stars.

* write and curate The Federalist. Well, there you have it. Domenech is writing for an outfit called The Federalist. No wonder they have two great articles.
* construct the constitution. Come on. With help.  Everyone knows it's based on the Virginia model with George Mason as author. But okay.
* establish the U.S. Mint.
* save nation from financial calamity.
* kill conniving traitor Aaron Burr. This characterization is contested in comments. All the comments are quite good actually. I learned as much there.

Domenech is surprisingly aggressive and direct in his dislike for Obama.
Hamilton recognized Burr as a man without principle, bent on power for power's sake, who hated the Founding Fathers even as he envied their influence. He would recognize our current leadership today for its similarities. 
Burn.

Here is were their two pieces overlap. Molly will develop this further to great effect.
This administration has made Hamilton a casualty of the era of daily venal vituperation of people who do not care about history. We live in an era of triumphant minor social justice warrior Twitter mobs which insist upon a foothold in American currency and a casting aside of our history in favor of the priorities of modern identity politics, and under the leadership of an elite which does not care that they are wrong -- and in fact is so bold as to use that to their advantage.
* orphaned immigrant founding father fought to abolish slave trade at the Constitutional Convention.
* invented American money.

Both writers refer to something that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that both writers find too banal and too damaging to accept. Domenech cites this, "America's currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation." but that is a bit too innocuous to deserve such strong rebuttal as Domenech delivers. Molly Hemingway is more clear by citing Lew on our currency, "long been a way to honor our past, express our values and capture the prevailing sentiment of the time." And the, "new $10 bill will be the first bill in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman."  She compares this last statement with an episode of Silicon Valley.

Domenech calls Jack Lew an historical ignoramus. He refers to tea party types he rebutted in the past who believed Obama did not love his country or its history and now he is beginning the wonder if they might have been right.

* loved America
* labored for America
* fought for America
* wrote America's laws
* built America's structures
* died a patriot
* arrived penniless immigrant
* one of most significant American who ever lived
* made our nation what it is
* established Federalist system of government
* secured our liberty
* transformed us to economic power that was and is envy of the world.
* righteous bastard

Domenech concludes, the callow men who are demoting him on our currency today are not fit to lick his boots.

That was brutal as punches with fisticuffs. I'm closing that window and looking at Molly's. Hers is feminine brutality. She takes what Jack Lew said and extrapolates appropriate changes for each denomination of treasury bill and by doing we learn the history of each subject that Molly cares to share that being displaced and why their replacement is more appropriate for reflecting our evolving values so that they are reversed to the extent that history is actually resented. One example for the flavor of it, she does this with all of them.
$20: Andrew Jackson 
Jackson was always an odd choice because he vetoed the central bank. Should he really be on the central bank’s currency, even if we want to honor him for winning the Battle of New Orleans? As my colleague Robert Tracinski notes, “The reason he opposed the central bank is because he viewed it as a mechanism for giving special favors to political connected financiers–basically, as crony capitalism. And for all his faults, that was what Jackson stood for: no special favors for the elites. So the obvious replacement is Hillary Clinton, who perfected the art of turning the federal government into an engine for personal enrichment and the advancement of her friends and hangers-on.”

The Federalist. Ben Domenech, Hamilton: immigrant, bastard, patriot, and Molly Hemingway we don't deserve Hamilton, well done.

Real Hot Dog Precision


 
Link to video

A shooting at a black church in Charleston earlier tonight left 9 people dead.

In the words of CNN's Brian Stelter "it seems like this attack is going to shake the country like no shooting has since Newtown."

Shooter was described (CNN) as "clean-shaven white man in his 20s, with a slender build, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots." 

Markos Moulitsas goes racial...
Charleston church shooting: Multiple fatalities in South Carolina Shooter was white, because racism is dead
Statement from Gov Haley...
Michael, Rena, Nalin and I are praying for the victims and families touched by tonight's senseless tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we'll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another. Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.

Trans People Oppose, Cis People Are Together


The narrator of the Kahn Academy video makes two errors: Entgegen, synonymous with trans, means opposed or against in German and it's pronounced ent-GEgen (not ENT-gegen). Zusammen, synonymous with cis, means together.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

U.S. Treasury plans to put a woman on $10.00 bill.

Replacing Hamilton sometime before 2020. ♪Aw, Honey, Honey. You are my candy girl and you got me wanting you. 

Who uses that stuff anymore anyway? It's gross. Honestly, you put it in your wallet and invite all sorts of pathogens and drugs right there on the bills. I hate touching it. Unless it's brand new, then I like touching it. They should come with their own package of Handiwipes. This phobia started recently. I handed cash to a bum at Arby's imagining he's hungry but knowing bums he's probably thirsty and he took it with the filthiest hands I've ever seen. This was world-class filth. New York level of layered filth and in that moment this circular thing happened that showed him buying a sandwich and the cash going into the register and back into my hands as change. Or some previous filthy-hands bum's change. Then doubly abashed upon looking at my own ticket and realizing that wasn't enough. Not enough for a sandwich but still doubtful about that. 


That's after he washed his hands. I couldn't find a picture dirty enough. 

The tweet is premature. They were supposed to keep a lid on it until Thursday but somebody blew it such is the state of information handling within departments of the United States government. 

A reminder our Office of Personnel Management has been hacked and so have Congressional aids. The hack goes a far as root files. 

But what's important to us is who will it be? Don't keep us hanging. Not fair to keep us on tenterhooks like this. Who will it be, Rachel Dolezal or Bruce Jenner? 

"'Big 4' Firm 'Let Clintons Skim Millions From AIDS Charity'"


"Ortel says the Clintons siphoned tens of millions of dollars annually from funds received by the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Access Initiative from UNITAID, a global health initiative to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis that is financed mostly by a levy on airline tickets. UNITAID, which negotiates low prices for drugs and diagnostics, implements its work through groups like the Clinton Health Access Initiative, also known as CHAI."

"Dolezal Wanted to Boycott Exodus for Casting White Actors as Africans"

"Dolezal made the comments during an interview with local Spokane radio station KYRS. “You have white, European actors playing North African historical figures, like they were in the ’30s and the ’40s,” complained host Taylor Weech."
“A lot of people might go to the film. Hopefully nobody goes to that film,” Dolezal said. “We need to boycott that film from my perspective…”

Dolezal denounced the film as “miseducation [sic],” “misrepresentation,” and “highly offensive” to ancient Egyptians. “And also to people today,” she continued, “it’s robbing and shredding ancestry and history.”
Via Reddit

Neil Young is rocking with Bernie Sanders

Reportedly objects to Donald Trump's use of one of his songs
When Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy at the Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he took the stage to the tune of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."

The problem: Young is objecting to Trump's use of his 1989 work. In fact, Young is endorsing a candidate on the other side of the political spectrum, Bernie Sanders.

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," said a statement from Young's manager, Elliot Roberts of Lookout Management. "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America."

But Trump's campaign says they did secure authorization.

"Trans fats, saturated fats and unsaturated fats"

"Some fats are worse than others"
The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

UNSATURATED FAT: These are the good fats, and doctors say they should be the majority of fat that people eat. For cooking, they usually come in the form of liquid oils, not solid fats. Unsaturated fats are listed on food packages as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated include soybean oil, corn oil and some fish; monounsaturated fats include olive oil, avocado and many nuts.

SATURATED FAT: These fats are often derived from animals and generally take a more solid form. They raise "bad" cholesterol and can contribute to heart disease. Common sources include high-fat cheeses, high-fat cuts of meat, whole-fat milk and cream, butter, ice cream and palm and coconut oils. The government recommends that saturated fats make up less than 10 percent of daily calories.

TRANS FAT: These are the worst fats, and the FDA is forcing food companies to phase them out. They are made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, usually to create a certain consistency or increase shelf life, and they are also called partially hydrogenated oils. Many of them have already been phased out, but foods that are more likely to contain trans fats are fried items, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, cakes, cookies, pie crusts, stick margarine, ready-to-use frosting and coffee creamers. There are also some naturally occurring trans fats from meat and dairy sources, but the artificial types make up most of what is in the food supply.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Colorado


7:30AM I'm thinking, oh that's a lot of weather stacked up. Skyscape, this is the sort of thing artists dream up. This could be big weather all day. But no. It spread out and stayed gray and uneventful all day until evening around 8:00PM the cloud  mass creeped toward the city from the west as it does regularly each day this season, and dropped its water. 


Off to the west you can see it all happening but nothing here yet. As the clouds losing water approach you can actually see it wet on the other side of the street and the street itself wet while still dry on the parking lot. The next moment everything is wet.


The wind kicks up it rains. The sky brightens the rain stops. Still bright the rain begins again and develops even harder then abruptly stops. The plants on the terrace never get wet, although the ones hanging get damp.


Everything become still. All the action occurs within thirty minutes. This or something similar happens pretty much every day. I must say it is an engaging display. 

This bit is what got my attention tonight. It kills me every time. It does. It's like a Western movie backdrop.



And the snow covered mountains behind them where everything piles up. I could be wrong but I think the snow covered area is Vail valley on the other side.


Oh, by the way, unrelated to fascinating colorful Colorado, a reminder; our federal government has just been massively hacked due to outdated security and ancient code. All personnel records for all federal employees are now in the hands of Chinese who by their incessant action and assault have announced themselves our national enemy. And that is a very big thing indeed. In deed. Worse than that the records for security clearance, 100 page documents each are included in the hack disrupting security worldwide. And today it's revealed the hack has reached Congress. But we will not know anything important has happened, our devoted media will not cover this catastrophic lapse in due diligence to the degree that they should, at length and in painful detail, until heads roll in great number, because there is not a Republican in the White House. How we've all come to expect catastrophe as normal with this administration through Obama, the impervious, so that even violations this serious don't faze Democrats.

Today Brock Holt accomplished one of baseball rarest feats - hitting for the cycle.

"In baseball, hitting for the cycle is the accomplishment of one batter hitting a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. Collecting the hits in that order is known as a "natural cycle". Cycles are rare in Major League Baseball (MLB), and have occurred only 306 times since the first by Curry Foley in 1882. The last one being accomplished by Brock Holt on June 16, 2015. The cycle is about as uncommon as a no-hitter (288 occurrences in MLB history); it has been called "one of the rarest" and "most difficult feats" in baseball. Based on 2009 offensive levels, the probability of an average MLB player hitting for a cycle against an average team in a game is approximately 0.00590%; this corresponds to about 2.5 cycles in a 162-game season with 30 teams."

Donald Trump: 'The American dream is dead, but I will bring it back'

"The multi-billionaire businessmen announced his shot at the White House Tuesday morning, surrounded with gold, mirrors and polished marble in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper named after himself... Trump, 69, was introduced by a gushing speech from his daughter Ivanka, then strode on stage to the backing of Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World. After the announcement he gathered his large and colorful family around him for a group photo after his speech."

Stone age personal assistant

 
 
via Reddit

"The draft is not a detailed scientific analysis of the global warming crisis"

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us”.

“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”

Via Drudge Report

"Superhero movies are ruining cinema"

"William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, has dismissed the modern craze for superhero and sci-fi movies."
"Films used to be rooted in gravity. They were about real people doing real things,' the acclaimed filmmaker says. 'Today cinema is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man: stuff I have no interest in seeing."

He believes that the chase by studios to appeal to the broadest audience possible is why his own films fell out of favour after the Seventies. "That is when my films went like that - out of the frame," added Friedkin.

He dates the change back to 1977 when he made what he considered his best movie - the largely ignored Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider, about four men transporting a cargo of nitroglycerin in South America - only to see it eclipsed by Star Wars. "If I am remembered at all for anything, I hope it would be that,"

Monday, June 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, in her own words


 
Link to video
 
"In early 2014, I had the opportunity to interview Rachel Dolezal for my senior thesis. These videos are unedited."...   Part 2 of a 5 part interview of Rachel.

"Woman ‘helped inmate escape because he has a big penis’"

"A female prison worker who is being questioned over the escape of two killers may have done it because one is ‘very well-endowed’, suggested a retired detective."
Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, broke out of jail over the weekend by using power tools to tunnel through the walls of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, 20 miles from the Canadian border.

Joyce Mitchell has been interrogated and retired detective David Bentley told the New York Post Matt ‘has a way with the ladies’.

He said: ‘When he’s cleaned up, he’s very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed. He gets girlfriends any place he goes.’

"Can Reading Make You Happier?"

Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect. The first use of the term is usually dated to a jaunty 1916 article in The Atlantic Monthly, “A Literary Clinic.” In it, the author describes stumbling upon a “bibliopathic institute” run by an acquaintance, Bagster, in the basement of his church, from where he dispenses reading recommendations with healing value. “Bibliotherapy is…a new science,” Bagster explains. “A book may be a stimulant or a sedative or an irritant or a soporific. The point is that it must do something to you, and you ought to know what it is. A book may be of the nature of a soothing syrup or it may be of the nature of a mustard plaster.” To a middle-aged client with “opinions partially ossified,” Bagster gives the following prescription: “You must read more novels. Not pleasant stories that make you forget yourself. They must be searching, drastic, stinging, relentless novels.” (George Bernard Shaw is at the top of the list.) Bagster is finally called away to deal with a patient who has “taken an overdose of war literature,” leaving the author to think about the books that “put new life into us and then set the life pulse strong but slow.”

Today, bibliotherapy takes many different forms, from literature courses run for prison inmates to reading circles for elderly people suffering from dementia. Sometimes it can simply mean one-on-one or group sessions for “lapsed” readers who want to find their way back to an enjoyment of books. Berthoud and her longtime friend and fellow bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin mostly practice “affective” bibliotherapy, advocating the restorative power of reading fiction. The two met at Cambridge University as undergraduates, more than twenty years ago, and bonded immediately over the shared contents of their bookshelves, in particular Italo Calvino’s novel “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller,” which is itself about the nature of reading. As their friendship developed, they began prescribing novels to cure each other’s ailments, such as a broken heart or career uncertainty. “When Suse was having a crisis about her profession—she wanted to be a writer, but was wondering if she could cope with the inevitable rejection—I gave her Don Marquis’s ‘Archy and Mehitabel’ poems,” Berthoud told me. “If Archy the cockroach could be so dedicated to his art as to jump on the typewriter keys in order to write his free-verse poems every night in the New York offices of the Evening Sun, then surely she should be prepared to suffer for her art, too.” Years later, Elderkin gave Berthoud,who wanted to figure out how to balance being a painter and a mother, Patrick Gale’s novel “Notes from an Exhibition,” about a successful but troubled female artist. (read the whole thing)

What mild inconveniences make you think...

"it's 1715, I shouldn't have to deal with this shit"?

Top voted Reddit comments...
when my sidebitch gets smallpox tbh (to be honest)

Petty criminals. Isn't there some vast undiscovered land where we could send them so they stop stinking up the prison hulks?

My wife telling me I shouldn't be drinking. It's 5 o'clock now and I'm sick of hearing her say it all day long.
Oh, you meant the year

As a black man, pretty much everything.
Fuck this shit, man. 
What is the deal with stagecoach food?

Smear the queer

The photograph used at the Beast makes Carl DeMaio look quite cross.


Because he is.

Seven months ago DeMaio conceded to Scott Peters (D, CA) ending a nasty campaign filled with recriminations in a tight race. Last week a former aid to DeMaio, Todd Bosnich, pled guilty to obstructing justice and admitted to contriving emails he used supporting his claim that DeMaio sexually harassed him. 

DeMaio said conservative voters were willing to overlook the fact he was gay, if there wasn’t an “ick factor,” which is why, he said, one was created.

There were other accusations as well. The Beast goes into the sordid story of a break in, the files turning up in the hands of his opponents, cohorts in the accusations and the rest.
“The challenge of being a gay Republican, not supported by the gay community, they don’t like the fact that you are Republican,” he said. “That’s the ultimate betrayal, is being a Republican.” 
“If I were a gay Democrat and a Republican tried doing what Scott Peters did to me, there would be rioting in the streets in the middle of the election,” he said. “But it’s ok to do it to a Republican because, you know, we really don’t want you to break through that glass ceiling. And so that was very challenging.”

The Daily Beast 

House withholds 700 million from State Department.


This person doesn't like it. Nita Lowery, NY, ranking Democrat on the subcommittee said,
The proposed 15 percent cut to the State Department’s operating funds if officials don’t feed the sham investigation of Benghazi is simply atrocious.”
 Jamal Ware, a Republican spokesman on the Benghazi panel said,
“What is it exactly they are afraid the people will find? All this provision does is withhold some non-security related funds until State Department implements a plan to assure policy decisions are transparent to the public.” 
This happened Thursday afternoon. The House approved a bill withholding half a billion dollars from State Department budget until they deliver the requested emails and documents to congress and address the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests. Once they do then the House will release the money.

Less Government More Fun, Buddy Belk
The US House is withholding $700 million from State, Investment Watch Blog
House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi, The State
and Yahoo News

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Baby Pig and Rabbit

The imaginary economics of Henry Ford

Kevin D. Williamson National Review.
Recommended.


As George Washington said to the slaves he held at his plantation on Mt. Sinai, "You cannot teach a zebra new tricks and leopards never change their opinions" so you can just forget about those two radio guys, Andrew Leonard, the Los Angeles Times, and others, ceasing their repeating the falsehood that Ford raised workers' wages in order to sell them more cars.

And if you ever hear that nonsense again then you can repeat this somewhat extended explanation why that isn't true, a takedown so thorough that listeners get lost in its presentation and reject it halfway to comprehension. It amounts to, "He did no such thing."

"Rachel Dolezal's appearance is 'blackface,' brother says"

"On that day three years ago, he said, his sister Rachel Dolezal, 37, told him she was starting life anew in Spokane, Washington, where she's now head of the local chapter of the NAACP and chairwoman of a police oversight committee."
Ezra Dolezal came to visit her from Montana, where their parents live. His adopted sister was on her way to becoming one of the most prominent faces in Spokane's black community.

"She told me not to blow her cover about the fact that she had this secret life or alternate identity," Ezra Dolezal said Saturday. "She told not to tell anybody about Montana or her family over there. She said she was starting a new life ... and this one person over there was actually going to be her black father." (read more)
Someone on twitter is claiming questioning Dolezal's entry into Howard University, a historically black college, may have come at the expense of a natural born... African American person of color.

"We’re not all equal when it comes to water"

"Rich Californians balk at limits"
People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”

“California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom,” Barbre said. “It’s slowly becoming the land of one group telling everybody else how they think everybody should live their lives.”

Jurgen Gramckow, a sod farmer north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, agrees. He likens the freedom to buy water to the freedom to buy gasoline.

“Some people have a Prius; others have a Suburban,” Gramckow said. “Once the water goes through the meter, it’s yours.”

Yuhas, who hosts a conservative talk-radio show, abhors the culture of “drought-shaming” that has developed here since the drought began four years ago, especially the aerial shots of lavish lawns targeted for derision on the local TV news.

“I’m a conservative, so this is strange, but I defend Barbra Streisand’s right to have a green lawn,” said Yuhas, who splits his time between Rancho Santa Fe and Los Angeles. “When we bought, we didn’t plan on getting a place that looks like we’re living in an African savanna.”

"The Artful Dodger – A Ginger Tom Catching the Bus by Himself"


"Some cats are far more resourceful than we ever give them credit for. Take the Artful Dodger for instance, a ginger tomcat aptly named after the famous Dickens’ character, from Bridport, UK. Not satisfied to merely roam close to home like a regular cat, Artful Dodger has taken to hopping on and off public transport at the bus station near his house. The 15 year old cat waits at the bus stop for the bus to arrive and then travels the 10 mile round trip to neighboring Charmouth so often, that the drivers started bringing in tins of cat food to work. They even know what stop to let him off at."

 
At the end of his journeys the roving moggy hops off the bus close to his house and returns home in time for dinner.

Via Reddit

Magna Carta

In the previous post Mark Stein mentions it is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. That's the document produced by the barons of King John. His mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, his father Henry II.

This John, depicted in Ironclad.



The barons insisted on a guarantee of protection of church's rights. John had engaged in a dispute with the pope about the choice of archbishop of Canterbury. John was excommunicated for picking his own man against the wishes of the pope. It also protected the barons from illegal imprisonment, swift justice and relief on feudal payments to the crown. The dispute involved some 25 or so barons. 

The sides did not commit to the document and it was annulled by the pope leading to the war with the barons. The document was reissued by regency government of his son, Henry III, and reissued again at the end of the baron war were it became part of the treaty at Lambeth and where it acquired the name Magna Carta to distinguish it from the smaller Charter of the Forest. Henry reissued the charter in exchange for a grant of new taxes, and his son Edward I reissued the charter again this time as statue law.

This is the John that Shakespeare wrote about containing the lines whence the modern phrase "gilding the lily" referring to John's second coronation. Why do that? Why conduct a ritualized second splendid ceremony with such pomp and regalia on top of the first splendid pompous ceremony? But Shakespeare's phrasing, and you must admit the man had a way with words, had gold put on something already gilded and the lily painted unnecessarily, two separate cases of extravagance listed among other cases of extravagance that Shakespeare listed and later readers selected from to combined into one pithy adage and getting it wrong and giving Shakespeare the short shrift.
Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, 
 
To guard a title that was rich before, 

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, 
 
To throw a perfume on the violet, 

To smooth the ice, or add another hue 
 
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light 
 
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, 
 
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
Speaking of second coronations. Hillary's second launching of her second presidential campaign dominated Twitter yesterday. Photos of the cable gondola that accesses the island, photos of couples wearing "stop Hillary" t-shirts that were made to reverse them, Photos of "watch Hillary" groups that amounted to a few geriatric types huddled before a television in a nursing home setting and intended for larger groups.

Who can watch? Who can bear to listen? Nobody. That's who.


Paul Simon kept linking to the same video. Most obnoxiously. Eventually I just skipped Simon's posts because the link would go to a video where blunt force grotesque antagonisms are delivered in screechy Harpy's voice. Why or how that is attractive to anybody confounds. Marco Rubio's Yesterday is Still Over uses Hillary's own unattractiveness for his campaign. 

He (Mann) venue shopped very well.

He doesn't live or work in the District of Columbia. I don't live or work in the District of Columbia. But I voluntarily submitted to their jurisdiction because I figured if they were so eager to take the case they'd be capable of litigating a 270 word blog post in under 270 weeks. 
We are now coming up to the start of the fourth year.
Is the section mocking and sneering at the incompetent D.C. court that you wanted me to take out? 
Uh, okay.
Laughter.

*flips pages*

Laughter

*flips pages*

Audience roars.

Mark Stein beginning at @27:00 Five Feet of Fury



Evesdroppings At Lem's

Overheard:

bagoh20 said...
Imagine a Black man decides he's white and becomes a leader of the KKK. That's what we have here. It's awesome! Finally we are truly color blind. Mullet rockin' great Jesus in a fanny pack, we have overcome! Thank you, Obama. I knew you could do it.
I'm ready to do a 180 on Rachel Dolezol pretending to be black. I think, perhaps, that she should be heralded. Let me explain. If you hate a law, flout it! We should all be checking white, black, brown, and yellow on census forms and job applications. If you hate such questions, fuck with the system! What are the repercussions? What are the ¿repercussions? Nada, or next to nada, if Rachel is an example. In fact, there are rewards--rewards like internet fame!