Friday, April 20, 2018

No Republicans For Them

Republicans? Republicans, anyone?

Virtual Alternate Reality

Silicon Valley is literally in its own world:
“Increasingly, it feels like people in our industry, the tech industry, are losing touch with reality,” said Siegler. “You can see it in the tweets. You can hear it at tech conferences. Hell, you can hear it at most cafes in San Francisco on any given day. People — really smart people — saying some of the most vacuous things. Words that if they were able to take a step outside of their own heads and hear, they’d be embarrassed by.Or, at least, these are stances, thoughts, and ideas that these people should be embarrassed by. But they’re clearly not because they keep saying them.”

According to Siegler, this arrogance is so widespread in Silicon Valley that it’s commonly heard on an everyday basis: “But again, I feel like this is increasingly everywhere I look around tech. It’s an industry filled with some of the most brilliant people in the world, which makes it all the more disappointing. I won’t name names or give examples because I’m not an asshole. But also because I don’t have to. I’d wager everyone reading this will have clear and obvious examples of what I’m talking about in their own circles — even if only in their own virtual circles. This is everywhere.”
At least wherever large groups of wealthy elites are concentrated...

The Comey Files

In his own redacted words:
The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he chose to document them in writing. Those seven encounters in the weeks and months before Comey’s May 2017 firing include a Trump Tower discussion about allegations involving Trump and prostitutes in Moscow; a White House dinner at which Comey says Trump asked him for his loyalty; and a private Oval Office discussion where the ex-FBI head says the president asked him to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser.

The documents had been eagerly anticipated since their existence was first revealed last year, especially since Comey’s interactions with Trump are a critical part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted that the memos “show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.”

The president also accused Comey of leaking classified information. The memos obtained by the AP were unclassified, though some portions were blacked out as classified. Details from Comey’s memos reported in news stories last year appear to come from the unclassified portions.

In explaining the purpose of creating the memos, which have been provided to Mueller, Comey has said he “knew there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened” to defend not only himself but the FBI as well.
Be careful what you wish for...

Magic Man

No illusion this time:
Mr Cox claims he was injured when he was "hurried with no guidance or instruction through a dark area under construction, with cement dust and debris causing him to slip and fall".

The audience member was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder but claims he suffered chronic pain, headaches and confusion when he returned to the U.K.

Mr Cox, who was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and needed two fusion surgeries on his neck and shoulder, claims he has paid out more than $400,000 in medical expenses.

He is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which also names the MGM Grand, show producer Backstage Employment and Referral, and building firm Construction Management.

Judge Mark Denton said some parts of the magician's testimony might still be conducted behind closed doors.
I'm sure Copperfield wishes he could make Cox disappear...

Hogg Tied

Never let a shooting go to waste:
Hogg’s 15 minutes of fame were clearly running out, and sadly, this book is yet another attempt to keep him in the limelight, and of course, it is also a continuation of the anti-gun left to make gains in their efforts to ban guns by exploiting children who have experienced a tragedy. Though this latest effort probably scored the Hogg kids a decent payday.

#NeverAgain will be available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. The audiobook clocks in at 180 minutes, so, make no mistake about it, this is, without a doubt, a hastily written book, most likely not even written by Hogg or his sister. At the time I was writing this piece, both the ebook and paperback rank fairly high on Amazon.

Penguin Random House describes the book as “a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed.”
While he has every right to speak his mind, how many of his words are really his own?

Starbucks Gets Served

No phony victimhood for him:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

For The Prosecution

The McCabe matter moves forward:
The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate. A referral to federal prosecutors does not necessarily mean McCabe will be charged with a crime.

The report — which quickly became public, though it was not released by the inspector general — laid out in stunning detail allegations McCabe had deceived investigators about his role in approving the disclosure, even as he lashed out at others in the FBI for leaks.

McCabe, though, disputes many of the report’s findings and has said he never meant to mislead anyone.

Lying to federal investigators is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, and some legal analysts speculated in the wake of the report that the inspector general seemed to be laying out a case for accusing McCabe of such conduct. The report alleged that one of McCabe’s lies “was done knowingly and intentionally” — which is a key aspect of the federal crime.
A crime is still a crime...

The Pom Pom Brigade

And now, the cheerleaders:
“The underlying premise of NFL cheerleaders is degrading, presenting women as nothing more than objects to be leered at,” Armour scolds. “With skimpy, suggestive outfits as their “uniform,” their only purpose is to titillate.”

The columnist goes on to call cheerleading “an appalling message to send” and adds, “in this #MeToo era, there’s no longer any place for it. NFL cheerleaders need to go. NBA dance squads and NHL ice girls while we’re at it, too.”

Armour does praise the act of cheerleading itself but insists that cheerleading is not treated as a legitimate athletic endeavor in professional sports.

“But that isn’t the real reason 26 of the 32 NFL teams have cheerleaders, and everybody knows it. They’re there to be eye candy, blow-up dolls come to life,” she writes.
They're easier to look at than many actual feminists...

The Cutting

Whose spending cuts? Apparently not Mitch's:
McConnell appeared on Fox News with host Neil Cavuto on April 17 and as the interview ended, the Sen. insisted that he could not make such an agreement to rescind any of the massive spending he supported during the budgeting process.

Cavuto noted that President Trump expressed shock that his cuts in spending were not added to the bill and said he would never sign such a bill again. The Fox host then asked if McConnell would try to rescind any of that spending.

But the majority leader said that he already brokered an agreement with the Democrats and that train has left the station. “You can’t make an agreement one month and say, ‘OK, we really didn’t mean it,'” McConnell said of a move to cut spending.
Isn't that pretty much what he already did?

President Sock Puppet

Meet the new figurehead:
The newly-minted president, whose powers largely include convening National Assembly meetings (all members of the assembly are members of the Communist Party and vote according to Castro’s wishes), did not employ any nuance in accepting that his position as president did not grant him the power to run the country.

“Only the Communist Party of Cuba, the superior driving force of society and the state … is the dignified heir of the confidence that the people put in its leader,” he told the audience, to cheers. “Raúl will remain at the forefront of the political vanguard. He will still be the First Secretary, as the leader he is for the revolutionary cause, teaching and always ready to confront imperialism, the first one to grab a rifle at the hour of combat.”

“I assume the responsibility with the conviction that all revolutionaries, in any trench, will be loyal to Fidel and Raúl, the current leader of the revolutionary process,” Díaz-Canel added. “I affirm to this assembly that Comrade Raúl will preside over all major decisions for the present and future of the nation.”
How to be the "President" of a Communist dictatorship without really trying...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Puppet Masters

Because, dinosaurs?
In the video, Brown wears a dinosaur puppet on her right hand and has the puppet mouth the words as she recites her re-enlistment oath.

Brown’s re-enlistment ceremony took place on Friday. By Saturday, it had been reposted on the unofficial Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page and quickly went viral, drawing widespread scorn online from many who felt her actions were disrespectful.

The colonel was also criticized for allowing the ceremony to proceed with the puppet, as well as for not raising his own right hand and for not having the oath memorized. He read the oath off of a piece of paper.

On Monday, Lt. Gen. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, posted a statement on Facebook blasting the video.

“I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion,” Rice said. “This action goes against our very foundation.”
There will be no mocking!

The Horse Always Wins

It's a literal horse race:
This is a race in which jockeys — they ride for various contrade, or neighborhoods — feel free to bribe one another, out in the open, before the contest begins. Betrayal is common. Guile is prized. There are no rules but one: A rider may not interfere with the reins of another horse.

Jockeys whip their horses, and each other, with crops made from cured distended bull’s penises. If a jockey is thwacked off his mount, his riderless horse can still win on its own, like Garfunkel arriving without Simon.

The jockey who finishes second is held in more contempt than the one who comes in last. After the race, the victors celebrate by sucking on pacifiers or drinking cheap wine from baby bottles to symbolize rebirth. Siena comes to resemble a playpen in which many of the toddlers have hairy legs and five o’clock shadows.
It sounds more like politics than a sport, but to each their own...

Behind Fake Walls

In the 19th Century, the rich really were different:
Everywhere, the aristocracy was building ruins from scratch or ruining their existing buildings to create dramatic and picturesque effects. In 1836, one English landowner at Scotney Castle in Kent went so far as to move out of his beloved country home, an opulent Elizabethan mansion with a great hall and oak staircase, and build a new house for himself at the top of a nearby hill. He then smashed the stones of his old country house and blew several picturesque holes in its walls.

A great deal of eccentricity was expressed through the trend for ruin follies. But it wasn’t only the madness of paranoid earls and fashionable landowners that was encoded in them. Sham ruins were also used by radicals and revolutionaries to communicate the fast-moving changes that were sweeping the world. As Rose Macauley argues in her book Pleasure of Ruins, “politics, passion, and religion have played their parts in ruin building.” In the late 18th century, the radical Whig Duke of Norfolk was a great supporter of the American Revolution. In his estate at Greystoke in Cumbria, he threw up two “anti-British ruins” to support the collapse of British imperial interests in North America. He called them Fort Putnam and Bunker’s Hill, after the war’s legendary fortifications.

False ruins were used to celebrate British imperialism, too. The “Temple of Augustus” at Surrey’s Virginia Water used genuine columns and capitals from the Libyan ruins of Leptis Magna to position the British Empire as a natural successor to the legacy of Rome.
Empires rise and fall, but fake ruins are forever...

What About Bob?

One politician's lawyer is another's gravy train:
Barnett gained major influence in the Clinton White House after the Whitewater incident and, in 1993, The Wall Street Journal wondered if journalists could properly report on the Clintons while retaining their personal lawyer.

Media critic Marvin Kitman wrote, “How exactly does a real reporter, I found myself wondering, cover the President and then sleep with his lawyer every night?”

Barnett even resigned from being the Clintons’ lawyer due to the heavy criticism, but returned to the gig in 1997 after his wife left her job at CBS.

That same year, Barnett helped now-ABC anchor George Stephanopolous sell a book proposal for $2.7 million. He went on to help Woodward and Bernstein sell the Watergate papers to the University of Texas for $5 million. He has been responsible for tons of book deals for top reporters and politicians in the game.
It's a good gig if you can keep it a secret...

High Life

Smoking weed is now racist:
In an email to students reported by Cherwell, organisers reportedly said the party would be a celebration of the “internationally recognised day of protest for the legalisation of Marijuana”.

They invited students to “dress up as their favourite stoner”, continuing: “420 is not about the consumption of da herb itself, and more about the arts, music, and literature surrounding it; it’s a celebration of a rich culture including everything from hippies to Hip-Hop, from Seth Rogan to the Dude.”

However, they also urged attendees to avoid illegal drugs and for white students to avoid politically incorrect costumes, adding: “if you’re white, don’t try to go as Snoop Dogg or Bob Marley. Blackface isn’t cool.”

The team behind the event sent another email out shortly afterwards, apologising “for the (no longer) ‘420’ themed BOP this coming Friday,” adding: “We understand that this was met with offence and we want to apologise dearly to those who were offended.

“We overlooked the clear issues with this theme and now realise our very significant mistake in the matter. We can’t apologise enough.

“And clearly nor did we expect any members of the College to be dressing in a manner so as to be culturally appropriating any culture.”
What would Jerry Garcia do?

Don't Ride This Train

What do you do with a someone else's crap?
The train carrying tons of waste was bound for Big Sky landfill, about 20 miles east of Parrish, but the process got backed up when the nearby town of West Jefferson filed an injunction to keep the mess out its town.

Since 2017, West Jefferson has been the transfer point for the excrement that goes from trains to trucks and finally hauled to the landfill.

In late January, West Jefferson filed a lawsuit to keep the sludge from stinking up its town.

The waste “smells of dead rotting animals as well as human waste,” West Jefferson’s attorney said in a lawsuit against Big Sky Environmental LLC. The community also became “infested with flies,” the complaint said.

Since the injunction, the “poop train” hasn’t moved from its spot near the little league baseball fields in Parrish.

“We’re probably going to look at creating some simple zoning laws for the town of Parrish so we can be sure something like this does not happen again,” Hall said.

The mayor said she’s hopeful the waste will get moving soon.

“We’re moving into the summer, and the summer in the South is not forgiving when it comes to stuff like this,” she added.
Why can't people clean up their own garbage instead of dumping it on someone else's lawn?

No Pay, No Gain

Who pays for whom?
Opponents include the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and Chamber of Commerce, which has labeled the bill a job killer.

“Our concern is that the information in 1284 won’t actually get the data they are looking for. It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison,” said Laura Curtis with the California Chamber of Commerce who spoke before the committee.

“We are concerned about the increased liability, the potential of individuals would be able to sue,” said Nicole Rice with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.

Opponents also believe the proposed law doesn’t account for years of experience.

“There can be wage discrepancy and you want wage discrepancy, you want individuals to be able to work longer at a job and earn more their job because they put in the hours and unfortunately that’s not what this will show,” Curtis said.
Who needs experience when you have social justice?

Human Food

No cat or dog for you:
Dog and cat slaughter is extremely rare in the U.S. and already prohibited in commercial slaughterhouses. But consumption of animals commonly considered as pets and companions in American culture still takes place among some immigrant groups. Only a handful of states, including New York, New Jersey and California, ban such small-scale butchering.

Violators would be subject to up to a year of imprisonment, a fine, or both. The proposal would be part of a reauthorization of all U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.

Organizations including the Humane Society of the United States have been crusading against dog-and-cat slaughter worldwide, with acting President Kitty Block calling the farm bill an "ideal vehicle" for advancing the ban. The amendment by Republican Representative Jeff Denham of California is similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida that has 239 co-sponsors.
If it's not that much of a problem, politicians will still treat it like one anyway...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An Inconvenient History

Morrissey gives the Left an uncomfortable reminder:
After Riggers asked Morrissey about a “question of racism” that has dogged the musician over the years, the singer gave a full-throated response.

“As far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing,” Morrissey told Riggers. “But, of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless.”

He added, “It’s just a way of changing the subject. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is ‘Hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was.'”
Hitler was a failed artist, vegetarian, and a drug addict. Maybe the Left just doesn't want to be reminded of the similarities...

Comey's Law

When you've lost Trevor Noah:
Noah took great issue with Comey’s sanctimonious behaviors, noting “you can’t take the high road” and still profit from a salacious book such as “A Higher Loyalty.”

He also joked that Comey spent his interview with Stephanopoulos telling Americans “how noble [Comey] is.”

“This dude is so loyal to America that when he dies, he’s just gonna turn into a bald eagle and fly majestically into an apple pie,” Noah laughed.

Noah went on to attack Comey’s motives behind the book and said that he finds it hard to believe that Comey is writing the book “for the benefit of the people” while also acting like he’s in grade school and mocking Trump’s physical appearance.

“You see, now that’s funny, but that doesn’t sound like an impartial lawman,” Noah observed. “That sounds like a guy who got fired from White Castle talking trash about his old boss.”

“And look, don’t get me wrong,” he continued. “I’m the last person to tell anyone not to trash Trump, OK? But I do think that being petty hurts Comey’s credibility. Like you can’t take the high road and low road at the same time. Because let’s be honest, Comey knew that roasting Trump would help him sell books. And if you’re trying to make money, then just make the money. Don’t act like you’re doing it for our sake.”
What's good for James Comey is what's good for James Comey...

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Worst Laid Plans

Are they ever going to get serious?
On April 12, the Republican-led House of Representatives attempted and failed to pass legislation to establish a balanced budget amendment. Unsurprisingly, Republicans supported the measure overwhelmingly, but Democrats stopped the proposed amendment from advancing.

In order for an amendment to become a part of the Constitution, it needs to be approved by two-thirds of the House, two-thirds of the Senate, and then ratified by three-fourths of the states.

On the surface, conservatives might feel like such an attempt to rein in Washington is a positive development, but they shouldn’t. Although it’s true some House Republicans care about the national debt, which now exceeds $21 trillion, many have repeatedly shown they do not, and everyone who voted for the proposed amendment knew it had no chance of passing either the House or the Senate.

Making matters even worse, the proposed amendment includes, in the words of conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), “a loophole you can drive a truck through”: If three-fifths of both houses of Congress approve, unbalanced budgets could be passed without delay.
Nobody likes a balanced budget, it seems, except for those who have to pay for it...

It's Crazy All The Way Down

Because, women, or something:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Robot Reds

Where could the next Communists come from?
Speaking at the Canada Growth Summit, Mr Carney said increases in artificial intelligence, big data and high-tech machines could create huge inequalities between the high-skilled workers who benefit from the advances and those who are sidelined by them.

He said: “The benefits, from a worker’s perspective, from the first industrial revolution, which began in the latter half of the 18th century, were not felt fully in productivity and wages until the latter half of the 19th century.

“If you substitute platforms for textile mills, machine learning for steam engines, Twitter for the telegraph, you have exactly the same dynamics as existed 150 years ago – when Karl Marx was scribbling the Communist Manifesto.”
But if the robots are the workers, will they really care?

The Missing R's

An illiterate "Success" story:
By the time I got to the eighth grade I got tired of embarrassing myself and my family. I decided I was going to behave myself now - if you behave in high school you can find your way through the system. So I was going to be a teacher's pet and do everything necessary to pass that system.

I wanted to be an athlete - I had athletic skills, and I had maths skills - I could count money and make change before I even went to school and I learned the times tables.

I had social skills too - I ran around with college kids, I dated the valedictorian - the student with the highest grades who gives a speech at the graduation ceremony, I was the homecoming king, I had people - mostly girls - do my homework for me.

I could write my name and there were some words that I could remember, but I couldn't write a sentence - I was in high school and reading at the second or third grade level. And I never told anybody that I couldn't read.
Unfortunately, the public school system often doesn't care...

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blogging In The Years: 2003

Mission accomplished? Maybe, maybe not:

The Bell Tolls

RIP Art Bell:
Bell was best known for his unsettling conspiracy theories shared on his paranormal-themed show, “Coast to Coast AM.” He was fascinated with the paranormal and the unexplained, including Bigfoot, UFOs and crop circles.

Coast to Coast was syndicated nationwide on about 500 North American stations in the 1990s before he left the nightly show in 2002. He broadcast the show from Pahrump’s KNYE 95.1 FM, a station he founded. He was his own producer, engineer and host.

Bell retired several times in his career, which included a short-lived show on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013.

Returning to terrestrial radio afterward was not a difficult decision, he told the Pahrump Valley Times in August 2013.

“That’s easy, because I love it,” he said at the time. “It’s my life, and that’s all I have ever done. I went through a lot of family problems, so that interrupted things, and I was overseas for four years, and that certainly interrupted things. I went back into radio because I love it.”
Now he knows the truth?

No Republicans For Them

Republicans? Republicans, anyone?