Sunday, December 04, 2016

In Search Of Hillary

Looking for Hillary, in the woods:

Stop This Crazy Thing

Who wants to fly like George Jetson?
Calling his vehicle the Jetson—a tip of the cap to the popular ’60s cartoon—Bombardier’s creation is aptly jet-powered, and he imagines, could be used for both recreational purposes (i.e. to scare the pants off your neighbor at 3 a.m.) or to commute to work (hopefully, you can find you a parking space). The chrysalis of the idea came from seeing his own creation, the Flyboard Air prototype, reach dizzying speeds and soar into the record books.
The perfect component to go with your Flintsones car:

Cold Hawaii

Winter has come to...Hawaii?
The snow is falling on the peaks of the Big Island of Hawaii, including Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area through late Sunday night.

"The snow level almost never gets below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year," said Ken Rubin of the University of Hawaii. "It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though."

The storm warning stated that an extra 6 to 12 inches of the white stuff may land above 11,000 feet, and winds could reach 15 to 30 mph.

The snow, which has been falling since late last week on the Big Island’s volcanic summits, forced officials to close a section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Fog, heavy snow and icy conditions also forced the closing of the road up to the Mauna Kea visitor station.
Can Hawaii handle it?

Hey Jill, Where You Gonna Run To Now?

It's over:
Lawyers for the Green Party withdrew a lawsuit, saying they don’t have the $1 million bond required to continue the challenge filed to initiate the recount, the Associated Press reported on December 3.

The lawsuit aimed to supplant state law to force a recount, according to the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

A statement from the state party celebrated the end of the Green Party lawsuit, saying that the effort was “completely without merit” from the start.
What now? Well, Hillary needs a retirement companion...

Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Bird's The Word

Will the bird sing?
Glenna Duram, 46, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting her husband, Martin, 45, on May 12, 2015 and then turning the gun on herself in their Newaygo County's Ensley Township home in Michigan. She survived.

The alleged murder-suicide has drawn attention for its unusual witness - the couple's pet parrot. Weeks after his death, Martin Duram's family recorded the bird 'parroting' what they believe to be the victim's last words: 'Don't f***ing shoot!'

The prosecutor says he hasn't ruled out putting the African grey parrot, Bud, on the stand, according to NBC News.
What did the bird know, and when did he know it?

Conspiracy Jam

Are New York's traffic problems being caused on purpose?
“The traffic is being engineered,” a former top NYPD official told The Post, explaining a long-term plan that began under Mayor Mike Bloomberg and hasn’t slowed with Mayor de Blasio.

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said.

“There’s a reduction in capacity through the introduction of bike lanes and streets and lanes being closed down.”
If you want to get New Yorkers even angrier, this is a good way to do it...

Line Of Sight

What it's like to see again:
“I literally saw a very thick, impenetrable fog,” Coughlin told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Coughlin remained blind until he started seeing shadows in August 2013.

“In August of 2013 I saw a reflection of light on my medicine cabinet mirror after not seeing anything for 16 years,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin then saw the face of Elias, a black lab who was his guide dog at the time.

“I’m seeing more and more, and Elias hasn’t had his harness on for a year and a half,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin said he used to be self-conscious walking his dog through the streets, but now, he walks his dog with confidence.

“When I walked when I was blind I had this very tentative very self conscious gait, and now I have an expansive swagger,” Coughlin said. “Just seeing all the buildings that have been put up in the last 20 years, seeing the restoration of Grand Central Station is incredible.”
Never take your sense for granted. You never know when you may have a chance to regain them...

Exit Effect

It continues, this time in Italy:
While ostensibly about constitutional reform, the referendum has been billed as a “choice between liberalism and populism,” or between the Euro-friendly establishment and a Euroskeptic neo-nationalism.

This Sunday “could change the lives of your children,” Renzi told a rally in his home city of Florence on Friday.

Quoting Barack Obama, Renzi said that the “great message” of the American President is “Yes we can,” which Renzi applied to his proposed Constitutional reforms.

On November 18, Italian authorities imposed a blackout on the publication of polls, but private polls suggest that the “No” vote is the clear favorite in Sunday’s vote. In laying out odds, bookmakers have predicted a 75 percent chance of a win for the “No” vote.
The Eurocrats do seem upset over this whole democratic vote thing...

Trump Calls Taiwan

So this happened:
The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since before the United States broke diplomatic relations with the island in 1979. China considers Taiwan a province, and news of the official outreach by Trump is likely to infuriate the regional military and economic power.
The exchange is one of a string of unorthodox conversations with foreign leaders that Trump has held since his election. It comes at a particularly tense time between China and Taiwan, which earlier this year elected a president, Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to accept the notion of a unified China under Beijing’s rule. Her election angered Beijing to the point of cutting off all official communication with the island government.
It is not clear whether Trump intends a more formal shift in U.S. relations with Taiwan or China. On the call, Trump and Tsai congratulated each other on winning election, a statement from Trump’s transition office said.
What this means is anyone's guess, but it should be noted that the same people who are upset about this are the same ones who think starting a war with Russia would be a swell idea.

Spotting Trains Again

Is this the sequel we've been waiting for?
The original, directed by Danny Boyle and based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, came out in 1996 and starred a young Ewan McGregor. It made $16.5 million in the U.S. alone and launched the careers of McGregor and pretty much everyone else in the cast. It would even pick up an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay.
If you’re having a hard time remembering how the original ended, it’s OK. Here’s a quick spoiler alert/recap of where the plot left off: Renton (Ewan McGregor) stole the £16,000 that he, Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) made from a heroin deal. Spud saw Renton leave with the money but was forced to flee the scene, too, when Begbie destroyed his hotel room in a rage and got himself arrested.
From what we can tell so far, T2 finds Renton back in Edinburgh, Scotland, trying to bury the hatchet with Spud and Sick Boy while avoiding Begbie, who has been recently released from jail.
From lust for life to lust for nostalgia?

Poets On Ice

The Ice Pirate Poets:
Birgitta Jonsdottir, the leader of the anarchist-leaning Pirate Party, which did well in a recent general election, describes herself rather loftily as a “poetician.” Her first published poem, “Black Roses,” written when she was 14, is about a nuclear holocaust.

Kari Stefansson, one of the world’s leading geneticists and the founder of Decode Genetics, recalled a poem he wrote in 1996, a few months after the birth of Dolly, the cloned sheep.

“I was a little bit depressed,” Mr. Stefansson said in his office, which, with its slit windows and computer screens, looked a bit like the interior of a spaceship. “One of my ways to deal with that was to write a small poem,” he said, before proceeding to recite it.
It's cold and lonely in Iceland...

American Gangster

How Al Capone became semi-legitimate:
The Al Capone story is, as Bair suggests, a peculiarly American epic. He built an empire by selling liquor during Prohibition (which outlawed alcohol between 1920 and 1933). “When I sell liquor, they call it bootlegging,” he famously quipped. “When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, they call it hospitality.” His gang also operated brothels, ran gambling joints and extorted businesses and unions.

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Making Chicago safe for sin took nothing less than organizational genius. Capone raked in up to $105 million a year (over $1.3 billion in today’s dollars) and spent roughly a third of it on bribes and muscle — gangsters, judges, politicians, reporters and half the cops in Chicago crowded onto the payroll. To this day, Harvard Business School students study Capone’s strategies to reflect on the best and worst of American capitalism.

Lawbreaking on this scale required pliant government. When Chicago elected a reform mayor in 1923, the mob moved to Cicero, Ill., and pushed its favored slate of politicians into office. The violence and intimidation on Election Day grew so intense that police squadrons came racing from Chicago, and the ensuing gunfight killed Al’s brother Frank. Four years later, the Capone organization backed “Big Bill” Thompson’s successful bid for mayor of Chicago. Thompson was notoriously corruptible, and his election became known as the “pineapple primary” — the bombs that mobsters tossed into polling places to discourage the wrong sort of voters looked like pineapples.
He always did say he was just a used furniture salesman...

Have You Hugged Your Police Vehicle Lately?

Cop cars get cute?
The two-seat Smart Fortwos are taking the place of three-wheeled scooters that for decades have had their own peculiar place in the city’s vast fleet of otherwise muscular police vehicles.

The Smart cars, though, are safer, cheaper and easier to operate. The officers appreciate the air-conditioning. There is also another unexpected benefit: As the Police Department has sought to project its friendlier side in an era of low crime, the Smart car has been an effective icebreaker.

Among the department’s fleet of thousands of vehicles, including Ford Explorers racing to 911 calls and tow trucks clearing traffic lanes during the evening rush, the Smart car is quite possibly the only one that has its picture routinely shared on social media, described as “adorable” or, in the case of one parked in the West Village, “Cuuuuuute.”

“It’s just so approachable,” said Robert S. Martinez, the deputy commissioner for support services, who oversees the department’s vehicles. “People want to take pictures with it. People want to hug it, they want to kiss it. It’s just amazing.”
It's not exactly what Batman would expect...

It's Their Bubble World

What about the alt-left?
On every major issue of the day, the left is unified. Taxes. Climate. So-called “free” college. Citizens United. Transgender bathroom/locker rooms/showers. ObamaCare. In each case and thousands more, the left wants more, bigger, better-funded government.

Liberals want higher taxes because they know how to spend your money better than you do -- on what they want. They have turned climate science into a religion where disbelief is to be persecuted or even prosecuted.

Look at The New York Times’ obsession with the topic and the bogus Paris “treaty” when staff interviewed Trump. And rather than examine the causes for spiking college costs, the left wants taxpayers to spend another $50 billion a year as the national debt nears $20 trillion.

They also don’t care that the Citizens United ruling let political opponents make a film about Hillary Clinton, that young girls might be forced to disrobe or shower next to men or that ObamaCare rates have skyrocketed.

This is the essence of the liberal world view. The solution to every problem is bigger government.
They will not tolerate diversity in dissent...

Holding On To What They've Got

Democrats want to keep control:
Harry Reid and President Obama are circulating a petition to remove the hold on FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel so that she can be reconfirmed before Congress recesses next week.

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If Obama and the Senate Democrats successfully reconfirm Rosenworcel, the FCC will remain in Democratic control during President-elect Trump’s administration. Her reconfirmation would block Trump’s ability to nominate both Jamison and Eisenach.

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We're working on an @AmerComm action page ASAP. This cannot stand.
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This will not end well...

Catch That Wave

T. Rex don't surf:

The Obama Corporation

I'm confused. Doesn't he already have most of the media?
Obama’s communications director Jan Psaki denied that the president is seeking to be involved in digital media following January 20. “While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office,” Psaki said in a statement given to Mic.

Mic’s report cites a source close to Obama who said that he met with Mark Zuckerberg during the APEC summit in Peru two weeks ago to discuss his plans to get involved in digital media. Sources told Mic that it is unknown what form it would be in and one source said that Obama has recently become less interested in starting his own company.

The president has been a sharp media critic during his time in the Oval Office. A lot of this criticism has been towards Fox News. He said in a recent interview that Fox News playing “in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country” was partly responsible for Trump’s victory. Obama has also said previously that he wouldn’t vote for himself if he watched Fox News.
Neither did a lot of other people...

Tony Blair's European Dream

He is not a fan of this populism thing:
He acknowledged it was “abundantly clear” he could not personally return to British politics after the Iraq War, but added: “I care about my country and the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in; and want to play at least a small part in contributing to the debate about the future of both.”

He said the new institute would “build a new policy agenda” for what he called the “centre ground” of politics, as well as allowing “a reasonable and evidence based discussion of the future which avoids the plague of social media-led exchanges of abuse.”

The former Prime Minister hinted one of the focuses of the new institute would be supporting European integration as well as open borders.

“Part of its focus will plainly be around the European debate; but this will not be its exclusive domain.

“It has to go far wider than that since in many ways the Europe debate is a lightning rod for the whole of politics.”
A debate which Mr. Blair and his Euro friends are on the losing side of...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Not His Hollywood

Mark Wahlberg is not impressed:
During a press event for his upcoming thriller Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Wahlberg was asked about the seemingly endless number of celebrities who bashed President-elect Donald Trump before the election.

“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” the actor told the outlet. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.”

“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble,” says Wahlberg, who has acting credits that date back to the early 90’s and has produced and starred in some of the most successful TV shows and blockbusters of the last to decades.

“They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family,” he said. “Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
More and more, the real world and Hollywood just don't seem to mix...

No Party Plan

They need a new plan:
Cleaver said, “I think that many of us felt that it was not worth the cost that we would pay to change leaders at this politically perplexing time. I mean, look, we’re going to have the challenge of the century right now with the small minority of members we have here in the House, versus the Republican juggernaut in the House, and the Republican Senate and a Republican in the White House. So, I think that many people said, okay, look, we need to have a little more time before we flip over the leadership, and so — and I don’t think that that is going be something, you know, decades down the line. I think that’s something that’s going to happen fairly soon, in terms of elections.”

He added, “[I]f we had elected new leaders to come in, just think, they would have been elected yesterday, and we — they would have had hardly any time to do anything except move into a new office. At the present time, I’ve got to say, we have no strategy, and we have no plan, but at least we have some proven leadership that can, you know, take us into what’s going to be an new era. But think about this, we cannot have as our plan, to go to the floor for the next two years only to hit the ceiling. That’s not a plan. That’s not a strategy. And that would have been pretty much all we had — we would have had if we had changed leaders abruptly. I do think it is time for us to bring in younger people, in leadership. In fact, if we don’t, I think it will spell the demise of the Democratic caucus, if we’re not already permanently in a state of smallness.”
Out with the old...if they could...

Au Revoir, Monsiuer

Hollande calls it quits:
He conceded that he was unable to unite his deeply divided Socialist Party behind his candidacy ahead of the presidential election in April and May next year.

"In the months to come, my only duty will be to continue to lead my country," he said.

Hollande's approval ratings have hit rock bottom after a term in office marked by U-turns on major policies, terror attacks, high unemployment and embarrassing revelations about his private life.

He is the most unpopular president in French polling history, a fact he tacitly acknowledged in his speech on Thursday.

"I am aware today of the risk that going down a route that would not gather sufficient support would entail, so I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election," he said.
Socialists wept. The rest of France, not so much...

Anger All Around

Sore losers strike again:
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, fumed: “Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?”

“You did, Kellyanne. You did,” interjected Palmieri, who choked up at various points of the session.

“Do you think you could have just had a decent message for white, working-class voters?” Conway asked. “How about, it’s Hillary Clinton, she doesn’t connect with people? How about, they have nothing in common with her? How about, she doesn’t have an economic message?”

Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, piled on: “There were dog whistles sent out to people. . . . Look at your rallies. He delivered it.”

At which point, Conway accused Clinton’s team of being sore losers. “Guys, I can tell you are angry, but wow,” she said. “Hashtag he’s your president. How’s that? Will you ever accept the election results? Will you tell your protesters that he’s their president, too?”
Unfortunately they'll never buy it...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Undoing The Damage

They're getting ready:
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to "cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama" during his first 100 days in office.

That promise was made during the campaign. Last month, Trump released a video outlining what he'll do first when he is sworn into office on Jan. 20. It excluded any mention of the Dreamers, and instead listed his own planned executive actions, including withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Trump also pledged to remove "job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy," which is an indication he is likely to reverse some of Obama's Environmental Protection Agency regulations, such as the clean water rule that has drawn strong opposition from farmers.

"There are hundreds of executive actions that are out there that we are going to be, they are going to be sifting through," Ryan said.
If they got one thing right going in, it needs to be this...

Booby Prize

Well, at least he's being honest:
Soyinka, who recently completed a stint as a scholar in residence at New York University, made his pledge to cut up his green card — which provides permanent legal residence status — just days before the Nov. 8 election.

“The moment they announce his [Trump’s] victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” he said at a conference in London, according to news reports from earlier this month.

On Thursday, Soyinka, who has also taught at Harvard and Yale, said that he does not plan to call on other green card holders to follow his lead.

“It’s useful in many ways,” he said of the green card. “I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerians or anybody from acquiring a green card…but I have had enough of it.”
Now if only the celebrities who said they would leave would follow his lead...

Non Cover Girl

It's a scene from an alternate reality:
The “Madam President” edition was quickly recalled following Clinton’s loss, but many copies of it are for sale on eBay and at least one is fetching bids of $200.

Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco said he was caught off guard by the cover when he spotted it on social media. During an appearance on the Media Masters podcast released Thursday, Impoco described the pre-produced cover as a “routine” product in the publishing industry.

“Yet in this toxic brew of electoral politics in America, it became a thing, it went viral,” Impoco said.

Prior to the election, Impoco said the cover was being used by supporters of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump as evidence that the election was “rigged.” Following Trump’s victory, Impoco now says the cover is being held up as an example of what some believe to be Newsweek’s incompetence in covering the race.

“I actually preferred the ‘it’s rigged’ argument to the ‘boy are they dumb’ argument,” he said.
Why couldn't it be both?

Baby, You Might Drive Your Car

Change, Saudi style:
Writing in his personal website, Bin Talal said the spirit of the times “oblige us to make a political decision on the matter and allow female citizens to get a license and be able to drive.”

He said that as a result, the country’s society and economy will prosper, and many Saudi families will save a lot of money that is now spent on about one million foreign chauffeurs.

“In addition, these women will be spared the sin of forbidden dwelling [in the same car with the driver, in their husbands’ absence],” he wrote.

However, he added, restrictions should be imposed on women drivers, such as “banning them from driving in rural areas, restricting their right to drive private cars only, as well as employing women as transport police officers, to attend to road accidents involving women.”
Careful. Next they'll be wanting the right to vote...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fox Hounds

President Obama could have been a contender, if it hadn't been for those meddling Fox News kids:
I think that nothing is determined, but that the number of people who have a strong belief in a fair, just, equal, inclusive America is the majority and is growing.

And part of the challenge, though, that we do have, and this is something that I’ve been chewing on for a while now, is that there is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections. In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments.
Never let an opportunity to whine on your way out go to waste...

Trumponomics

How the Trump Effect is already making America work again:
Trump and his team have signaled that the U.S. is going to become a friendlier host to businesses big and small. They are promising to lower taxes on companies, encourage the repatriation of foreign-held cash and roll back regulations that have stifled innovation and entrepreneurship. Instead of driving companies offshore, the Trump White House will do everything in its power to keep businesses in the U.S. Business investment has been the weak link during the Obama years – a major reason the economy has sputtered along in near-stall mode. Managers rattled by a bewildering flood of rules and regulations have been reluctant to spend, which in turn has dampened productivity and wage growth.

The Carrier decision, and the resulting 1,000 jobs, is a drop in the bucket, but it is a powerful symbol at a time when working people in our country are just regaining their optimism. Carrier had long broadcast its intention to shift the manufacturing of its gas furnaces and fan coils from Indiana to Monterrey. The move was expected to save Carrier some $65 million per year, but became a rallying cry on the campaign trail. The planned move became the poster child for the seeming indifference of U.S. companies to its workers, as well as the negligence of the Obama White House, which did nothing to prevent the devastating seepage of manufacturing jobs from our land.
Losers never prosper. Hopefully that era is now over.

Her Grand Delusion

What is Jill Stein trying to prove, anyway?
Legally, any candidate has standing to request a recount — as long as they pay the costs. Politically and morally, however, Stein utterly lacks any standing to claim she has been harmed by ballot irregularities and counting errors. Proper standing — at least in political and commonsense contexts — would go to the person who might have otherwise won an election without such alleged irregularities.

That means the one candidate who might have a decent argument for recounts in places like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan is Hillary Clinton. (And indeed, Stein's recount demands are surely intended to help Clinton.) So why hasn't the Democrat who sustained a shocking loss in the party's famed "Blue Wall" states pushed for recounts herself? For one thing, Clinton has already conceded the race to Donald Trump, reportedly urged by President Barack Obama to do so.

The optics would also be terrible. Clinton spent the last weeks of the election hyperventilating, along with the media, about Trump's refusal to commit to accepting Election Night results. She called it "horrifying" and repeatedly hit Trump's lack of respect for the electoral system. To suddenly demand recounts after those attacks would be a hypocrisy that might be beyond the reach of any politician.

Beyond that, though, there are many thousands of reasons not to demand a recount. Specifically, there are 10,700 reasons in Michigan, 22,000 in Wisconsin, and 68,000 in Pennsylvania. Those are the votes that Clinton would have to make up in a recount to change the outcome in each state, and she'd need to succeed in all three of those states to change the Electoral College outcome. No recount has ever produced a vote change of that magnitude; no recount has even come close to it.
Wishing won't make it so, no matter how much money she raises on her own behalf...

How Now, Smelly Cow

First they came for the cows:
Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.

Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.

"If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming," said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.

Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.
What about the brain farts from politicians?

Death By Drinking?

In the Netherlands, alcohol drinks you:
“I was particularly angry at Mark,” he said. “At first we did what most people do; help. My parents especially have done everything humanly possible to save Mark.”

His parents continued to believe in a “happy ending” despite eight years of help and 21 stints in rehab.

Eventually, Mr Langedijk told his family he wanted to die, but the family originally took the news with “a grain of salt”.

But his brother had no second thoughts. His application for euthanasia was approved by a doctor from the Support and Consultation on Euthanasia in the Netherlands.
Being unhappy can literally get you killed, if you want it...

She's Back

Nancy Pelosi gets to keep her phony-baloney job:
Pelosi said afterward that she was “exhilarated” by the strong support and reminded reporters that she had accurately predicted winning two-thirds of the vote.

She has winning brought “a special spring in my step” because it gives her the opportunity to “differentiate between us and the administration coming in January."

Ryan, after a disappointing 2016 election cycle for Democrats, argued that newer lawmakers in the party need a bigger, fresher voice to represent them, instead of the same slate of leaders and committee chairmen.

She has winning brought “a special spring in my step” because it gives her the opportunity to “differentiate between us and the administration coming in January."
House Democrats will still be just as nutty as ever...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Old School Uncle Sam

Government agencies aren't exactly known for being up to date:
In some cases, the government uses technology that’s 50 years old, Oklahoma Republican Rep. James Lankford said in his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report.

The Department of Defense, for instance, still uses 8-inch floppy disks — not the small kind that fits in a pocket, the bigger, older version — to manage the nuclear weapons system. The Department of the Treasury catalogs taxpayers using software originally created in the 1960s. The Department of Veterans Affairs tracks benefits claims, employee time cards and payroll on code that was first created in the 1950s.

The Government Accountability Office found that in 2015, federal agencies spent more than $55 billion of the government’s $80 billion technology budget on “services that do not use solutions often viewed as more efficient.”
Wait until they find out about modems...

Who Killed Obamacare?

It could well be this man:
Price — a former orthopedic surgeon — has been one of the strongest opponents to the Affordable Care Act and currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

In a statement, Trump said Price has “earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity.”

“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” the president-elect continued. “I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
The Doctor is in...

The New German Order

Who says Germany didn't win the war?
“The resolutions of the Greek crisis was not a Brussels-Athens decision, it was a Berlin-Athens decision”, Romano Prodi, who led the European Commission between 1999 and 2004, told Politico.

The left-wing politician and former Italian president, who oversaw the EU nearly doubling in size, claimed the bloc had changed from a “union of minorities” to a “coalition of states”.

He said: “During my time at the Berlaymont (the headquarters of the European Commission), one just had to turn on a news channel of a European country and it was all about the Commission. Today, it’s all about the Council.”
Now all they need is a wehrmacht...

The Solitary Set

Do you want to be alone?
People of the highest intelligence tended to become less happy when socializing. (Paradoxically, it was also reported that they spent quite a bit of time with others, something that would have been enviable to all other groups, but not to them.)
Two theories have been put forward to explain this tendency. One is that the most intelligent people are the most aspirational. On some level, they view time spent “hanging out” as time that could have been better utilized elsewhere. The other: Evolution has led smart people to assume they don’t need anyone else. As a result, they don’t see the point in enjoying the company of others. (Of course, networking has always been a key to success, suggesting that smart people may not be as clever as they believe.)
Or maybe they just want real quality time...

Fish Freeze

Who wants frozen fish?
The park showed pictures of some fish half-submerged into the ice with their mouths open and other fish arranged into arrows and other shapes.

The photos had captions such as, “I am d… d… drowning, s … s… suffocating.”

Online commenters flooded the site with negative reviews.

“What were you people thinking, to use dead fish to decorate a playground?” said one commenter, who added the rink was “disrespectful of life.”

“This really makes me upset. Do you think children are happy to see this fish in skate rink?” Miura Tsubasa commented.

Space World manager Toshimi Takeda said he has received a deluge of negative reactions after the attraction was broadcast on national television, and he apologized for the project.

“We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors,” he said to CNN.
On the positive side-extra fish fry?

Leave Hippie Leave

No more hippies:
“They are coming in, taking food, clothing etc and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols,” she said. “These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals.”

Her Nov. 14 post, now making the rounds on social media, said outsiders are “literally subsisting entirely off the generosity of native people (AND YOUR DONATIONS if you have been donating) who are fighting to protect their water just because they can.”

A local deputy who asked to remain anonymous told WDAY-AM’s Rob Port that most of the protesters are white, and that some have used racial slurs against black, Hispanic and Native American officers.
Get the Slayer music ready...

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Damned

Who will save punk's soul?
“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need,” Mr. CorrĂ© said to a crowd of dozens gathered on the shore in London’s Chelsea district, as flames licked at a trunk of punk paraphernalia and fireworks shot from the boat into the late afternoon sky. “If you want to understand the potent values of punk, confront taboos. Do not tolerate hypocrisy. Investigate the truth for yourself.”

Mr. CorrĂ©, a household name in Britain, is known as the son of McLaren and the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and as a founder of the racy lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. He announced this spring that he would burn his personal punk collection to protest Punk London, a celebration of the genre, timed to the 40th anniversary of a 1976 Ramones concert in the city that is said to mark punk’s arrival in Britain.

Saturday’s bonfire coincided with the anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ single “Anarchy in the U.K.,” which put England’s seminal punk band on the map.
Old punks never die, they just burn away...

The Recount Queen

Every little bit helps:
Stein started the push for a recount last week. Since then, she has raised more than $6 million toward an effort neither she nor her party can guarantee will actually happen. A closer look at the fine print on her website says “we can only pledge we will demand recounts in WI and MI and support the voter-initiated effort in PA.”

She adds, “If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform. This is what we did with our surplus in 2004.”

She does not go into specifics about what those “election integrity efforts” might be.

Stein’s initial $2.5 million fundraising goal was surpassed in less than 48 hours. Since then, she’s upped her target to $4.5 million, but language on her donation page said the cost could go even higher. With attorneys' fees factored in, the total cost is likely to be $6 million to $7 million.

That’s a lot of money for the Green Party, especially considering Stein’s entire 2016 presidential campaign brought in $3,509,477 from donors.
Fools and their money are always parted...

Never Let A Stabbing Go To Waste

They really can't help themselves:
First reports and reports throughout the duration of the attack described it as a shooting. Authorities later clarified it was a knife attack. Minutes after news broke that there was an alleged active shooter, Twitter users called for stronger gun control and blamed the attack on lackluster laws.
Out: Gun free zones. In: Car free zones?

The Lost Ping

Where's it coming from?
The area where the sound, also referred to as a “ping,” has been occurring is the Fury and Hecla Strait, some 75 miles northwest of Igloolik, an Inuit hamlet. According to CBC News, locals from Igloolik noted that “there was less marine wildlife in the area than usual.” That’s putting it lightly. Paul Quassa, a member of the area’s legislative assembly, was quoted as saying, “That’s one of the major hunting areas in the summer and winter because it’s a polynya,” or an area where open waters are surrounded by ice abundant with sea mammals. This past summer, however, “there were hardly any. And this became a suspicious thing.”
Something is calling, but should we answer?

No Relationships For Us, Please, We're Japanese

What's the matter with Japanese kids these days?
New figures show that more than 70% of unmarried Japanese men and 75% of women have never had any sexual experience by the time they reach 20, though that drops to almost 50% for each gender by the time they reach 25.
According to Professor Masahiro Yamada, a sociologist at Chuo University in Tokyo, who has coined the phrase “stranded singles” for the phenomenon, the rise in virginity rates is matched by a rise in the lack of interest in having any kind of “real” relationship.

Recent research by the Japanese government showed that about 30% of single women and 15% of single men aged between 20 and 29 admitted to having fallen in love with a meme or character in a game – higher than the 24% of those women and 11% of men who admitted to falling in love with a pop star or actor.
If you can't have real love, make it up?

Laying Down The Law

None for us, please, we're lawyers:
Supporters of an all-out ban say the relationship between a lawyer and client is inherently unequal, so any sexual relationship is potentially coercive. But some attorneys say it's an unjustified invasion of privacy.

The proposal is part of a long-awaited shake-up of the state bar association's ethics rules for attorneys, which were last fully revised in 1987. Lawyers who violate the regulations are subject to discipline ranging from private censure to loss of their legal license.

A state bar commission has spent months crafting and amending 70 rules under goals set by the California Supreme Court. Other changes under consideration would allow the state bar to discipline attorneys for discrimination and harassment even without a separate finding of wrongdoing. The current rule requires a final determination of wrongful discrimination in a lawsuit or other proceeding before the state bar can take action.
Either way, their clients will still get...well, you know...

Le Fillon Revolution?

France will soon get a new President, but what kind?
His programme for national revival is fundamentally based on his economic policy proposals, which by French standards are some of the strongest medicine ever prescribed.

They involve €100bn in government spending cuts over five years, with the loss of 500,000 public sector jobs. Mr Fillon would also raise VAT by two percentage points, scrap the 35-hour working week in the public sector and gradually increase the retirement age to 65. Coupled with all this would be €50bn in tax breaks for companies.

These are detailed proposals which are already drawing savage attacks from the National Front.

Although the far right’s economic ideas are more extreme, relying on a heavy dose of economic nationalism, protectionism and leaving the EU, Ms Le Pen could attract votes by promising to defend jobs and by denouncing Mr Fillon as the French incarnation of bloodsucking Anglo-American capitalism.
Either way, it looks like another era in the EU is coming to an end...