Friday, July 03, 2015

We All Scream

It's softball time:
The question and answer session took place while Clinton was at an ice cream parlor in New Hampshire.

Earlier, the Democratic contender had asked reporters if they wanted some ice cream. A CNN reporter shot back, “How about instead of some ice cream, a question?”

“Aww,” Clinton pretend groaned, according to the pool report.

A photographer then asked her if she would name her favorite flavor ice cream.

“I like nearly everything,” Clinton responded.
But she prefers vanilla...

Puppet Show

Satire on a string:
Reports that Vivendi SA’s Canal Plus plans to cancel “Les Guignols de l’Info,” a nightly show presented by puppets that mocks the news of the day, had politicians and newspapers of all stripes leaping to its defense.
“Caricature is part of our heritage,” President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Angola, according to Agence France-Presse, while Prime Minister Manuel Valls, portrayed on the show as humorless and authoritarian, said “We need impertinence, even when it’s at our expense.”
“I like to see myself on Les Guignols. We need them,” former Prime Minister Alain Juppe wrote on Twitter, even posting an image of his haughty-looking Les Guignols puppet to replace his profile mugshot.
Ah, but what if it offends wooden dolls?

War On Cash

Greece goes to war with its own economic collapse:
“We are reliably informed that the cash reserves of the banks are down to €500m,” Constantine Michalos, head of the Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, said. “Anybody who thinks they are going to open again on Tuesday is daydreaming. The cash would not last an hour.”

Indeed, many gas stations and small businesses have stopped accepting credit cards, the paper said.

“We are in an extremely dangerous situation,” Michalos added. “Greek companies have been excluded from the electronic transfers of Europe’s Target2 system. The entire Greek business community is unable to import anything, and without raw materials they can’t produce anything.”

The Telegraph added in a separate article that British vacationers in Greece won’t be able to buy food or medicine within days if a deal isn’t reached to reopen the banks.
It's a Greek tragedy, but one of their own making...

She The Destroyer

You can't trust her:
“I actually stopped him and I said, ‘You know what? No, she’s not [nice]. She wants to destroy you. Nothing would make her happier than to take your life and filet you on the front pages. And don’t think for a minute that because she smiles and is friendly to you, that it’s anything else,’” Cruz said, sharing the story on The Glenn Beck Program.

“Isn’t that pretty cynical?” Beck asked with a laugh. “I mean, I agree with you 100 percent, but it’s a little cynical!”

Cruz responded that the mainstream media is full partisans who have “picked a team,” and “when the sheep are walking among coyotes, it pays to be cynical.”
Sheep are there to be sheared...

Pleistocene Park

Coming soon to a zoo near you?
A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the furry beasts to thrive in the subzero temperatures of the last ice age, including a metabolism that allowed them to pack on insulating fat, smaller ears that lost less heat and a reduced sensitivity to cold.

The findings could enable researchers to “resurrect” the ice-age icon — or at least a hybridized Asian elephant with a few of the physical traits of its woolly-haired cousin, said study co-author Vincent Lynch, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago.

“It won’t be that long till we’re technically able to do it, but whether we should is a different question,” Lynch told Live Science, referring to cloning a mammoth. “I don’t think we should.”
How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?

Paper Chasers

Back to basics:
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday night that applicants will be filling out forms by hand instead of submitting their data online, with hard copies being sent to the relevant agencies for review.

The move comes after OPM revealed last month that it had discovered a cyberattack that compromised data for at least 4.2 million current and former federal employees. A week later, it said there had been a second attack specifically targeting security clearances.
You can't hack dead trees...

Happy Obamacare Weekend

This holiday weekend, don't forget about...Obamacare:
If you’re not a progressive, you wouldn’t dream of spending your day off discussing this. There are so many more au courant Obama disasters to chat about, like the looming nuclear sellout to Shiite fanatics. (It’s gonna net John Kerry a “peace” prize, don’t you know, and that’s what’s important.) If you are a progressive, you’ve been ruining holiday get-togethers for the past five years blubbering on about risk pools while your loved ones are trying to eat. You don’t need further encouragement from Obama lackeys; it’s already practically a family tradition. Now you almost relish how tense everyone seems to get at the dinner table when there’s a lull in the conversation, right before you pipe up in a quavering voice, “So, Uncle Ted, how’s your provider network?”
Presumably you ask this while reaching for the potato salad...

No Lie

Well, it's about time:
Polygraphy will be used initially to test executives in the 72 government departments that have so far signed up to a transparency pact. The executives will be tested before and after concluding contracts for provision of goods and services to the government.

The Andean country's vice president, German Vargas Lleras, is promoting the lie detector tests as a means of boosting investor confidence as the government allocates contracts to upgrade the national road network, estimated to cost more than $20 billion.
Now, if we could only get our own politicians to agree to this...

Like The Wind

He was shocked that there was erasure going on at his establishment:
In addition to telling the IG’s office that he was “blown away” by the tax agency’s handling of the backup tapes, IRS Chief Technology Officer Terry Milholland also confirmed that the tapes “were destroyed as a result of IRS management.”

Further, the IRS “did not fully identify as a source or perform recovery attempts” for Lerner’s emails and and as many as 24,000 emails “may not have been provided to Congress,” according to the report. The internal IG report is not expected to be released to the public.
At least they won't "lose" it...

You Lose, Sulu

Full speed back, Mr. Sulu:
Takei, 78, was referring to Thomas’s recent dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 5-4 decision in which the Supreme Court found that there is a “fundamental” right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution. “He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there,” Takei said.

Thomas wrote a separate dissent in which he said that the majority had erred because it “rejects the idea—captured in our Declaration of Independence—that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government.”

In response to the argument that same-sex marriage provides “dignity” to gay couples, Thomas wrote: “The flaw in that reasoning, of course, is that the Constitution contains no ‘dignity’ Clause, and even if it did, the government would be incapable of bestowing dignity.”
Dignity, Mr. Sulu...

Reddit Rebellion

Is this the revolution?
The current revolt was triggered by the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a veteran administrator on the site who specialized in arranging high-profile Reddit Q&As, known as “Ask Me Anything” or “AMA” sessions. Ask Me Anythings are probably Reddit’s best-known feature and are known for featuring world-famous guests including Barack Obama, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Julian Assange.

Victoria Taylor was reportedly instrumental in securing guests and helping to organise AMA sessions across a variety of large subreddits. Her removal triggered outrage among moderators, who deemed her to be indispensable to the community. One key moderator said the site management had “pulled the rug out from under them.”

Moderators are particularly angry at the suddenness of Taylor’s sacking, which came without warning or communication with the community. So far, users are still in the dark as to why Taylor was removed.

One theory which is gaining an increasing amount of traction, however, is that Taylor is being held responsible for the embarrassment of Reverend Jesse Jackson in his recent AMA session.
Well, it's not all that hard to do...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Radioactive Woman

Dear Mrs. Clinton: About that uranium deal:
Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking her to answer several questions about the deal that was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) an interagency panel on which representatives of the Department of Treasury, the Department of State, the Department of Justice and six other cabinet departments or agencies sit.

The agency, authorized statutorily by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) is required to review and approve or reject any foreign investments in American companies, or foreign companies that own substantial American assets, that will have an impact on national security.

At the time of the 2010 CFIUS approval of the Uranium One-ARMZ transaction, Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez served as her representative on CFIUS.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder headed the Department of Justice at the time of the 2010 transaction. It has not been publicly reported who from the Department of Justice represented him on the CFIUS panel at the time.
As the wheel gets greased...

American Flags

No, it's not about hate:
A majority of Americans see the rebel flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not a reminder of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday. Public opinion is about where it stood 15 years ago, when the Palmetto State removed the rebel St. Andrew’s cross from the Capitol dome.

But there is a stark racial divide on how the banner is perceived and what should be done about references to the Confederacy.

Among all 1,017 adults participating, 57 percent said it’s a symbol of Southern pride, 33 percent called it more a symbol of racism and 5 percent said it’s both equally. Among whites, 66 percent said it symbolizes pride, while just 17 percent of African-Americans responded that way. In May 2000, 59 percent of Americans in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll called the flag a point of regional and historical pride.
That's likely only to increase now...

Happy What Day?

Those who don't know history, can't celebrate it:

Destroy All Lunches

They're coming for your cookies:
Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, “Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items.

“There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies.

“A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.”

The government’s foray into lunch inspections began when Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester banned a Peperami sausage snack and scotch eggs from a six-year-old girl’s lunch.
Beware the dreaded eggs...

Attack Of The Machines

It begins:
The robot in question is a mechanical arm that moves car parts into place, said Heiko Hillwig, a spokesman for the company.

It is part of an automated assembly line that is capable of functioning without a human operator, but it is believed it may have been under human control at the time of the accident.

Mr Hillwig said he could not provide any further details as the case is now under police investigation.
Initial reports suggested human error may have been to blame, rather than a problem with the machine.
That's what it wants you to think...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

No More America For Them

The kids have become disillusioned:
59 percent say they would stay because “it is home,” another 58 percent say they would stay thanks to romantic and family ties – and then the stats drop precipitously, with just 22 percent stating they would stay for the democratic society, 17 percent for the culture, 10 percent for the good future for children, 5 percent for wealth, 3 percent for low crime, and 2 percent for low taxes.

All of which makes sense, given that America has been moving in the wrong direction with regard to preservation of democratic society, a common culture, a good future for children, wealth, low crime, or low taxes.

It is worthwhile noting that the same millennials who say they would leave the United States voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama in 2012, 67 percent to 30 percent. Obama won at least 61 percent of the youth vote in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. In 2008, they showed up in droves for Obama, voting 66 percent to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s 32 percent for the first black president. These millennials helped President Obama redefine and radically transform America, and now it turns out that they dislike what they’ve built.
You broke it, you own it...

Dukes Done?

Don't mention the Dukes:
The Viacom-owned cable network quietly removed The Dukes of Hazzard from their programming schedule yesterday in the wake of recent controversy regarding the show’s extensive use of the Confederate flag. The 1979-85 series had been airing twice daily at 4:36 p.m. and 5:38 p.m. (ET) and, according to listings at TV Guide.com, was scheduled to continue in that slot. The classic Western Bonanza will now air in its place.

A TV Land spokesperson confirmed via email that the series has been removed from the schedule, but offered no further comment…

Country Music Television (CMT) had also been airing The Dukes of Hazzard recently, but a quick check of their website indicates no scheduled broadcasts. CMT is also owned by Viacom.
Keeping America safe for the offended...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flip Flop Op

"Hey, newspaper readers? Sorry about that whole suppression of dissent thing":
“I was way too fast on the draw on that, and sadly for a guy who writes for a living I frankly regret that that happened,” John L. Micek, editorial and opinion editor for PennLive and the Patriot-News, told TheBlaze. “It was never an intent on my part to restrict anyone’s speech.”

Micek said that his original language, which read, ”PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” was “broad and imprecise” and that he could understand peoples’ frustrations.
Sounds like it was precise enough at the time...

New Court Rules

The Court tells the EPA to back off:
The rules curbing emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants began to take effect in April. But the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the EPA failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

The challenge was brought by industry groups and 21 Republican-led states.

Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said it is not appropriate to impose billions of dollars of economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.

"EPA must consider cost -- including cost of compliance -- before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary," the court said.
Something government doesn't often do...

Big Man On The Campaign Trail

Chris Christie is in:
“I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that’s what America needs right now,” Christie said, from a podium at Livingston High School, where he stood with his wife and children.

At times, Christie, who delivered his remarks in front of a large American flag and without a teleprompter, sharply criticized both Republicans and Democrats.

“Both parties have failed our country,” he said.

Christie, a former U.S. attorney who is serving his second term as governor of the Garden State, is the 14th Republican to enter the 2016 race.

Christie spent much of his 20-minute speech reintroducing himself to a national audience that’s seen him fade from favor among the GOP faithful. Days earlier, he launched a website under the campaign slogan, "Telling It Like It Is."
Watch your back, Donald Trump...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Who's Dues?

Can a teacher get to decide where her dues go? Apparently not:
The Pennsylvania State Education Association allows for non-members who file religious exemptions to designate their fair-share fee to non-religious causes that are agreed upon by both parties.

Misja filed that request in 2012, but the two charities that she suggested were reportedly rejected by the union; People Concerned for the Unborn Child, a pro-life group, and the National Rifle Association Foundation were both declined.

The union purportedly said that the money needs to go to a charity that gives women every option when it comes to pregnancy counseling, and the latter was rejected for its sponsorship of a political group, according to the Tribune-Review.

Misja, though, believes that the rejections were for purely “political reasons.”

“I was quite shocked. I had no idea that my choice would be turned down,” Misja told the outlet. “I should have the freedom to put my money to a cause that I have a personal connection to and to a cause I believe in.”
Only if they let you...

Trump's Next Card

Donald Trump fights back:
"We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again.

"If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won't stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be."
The weaker they are, the harder they crack up...

It's Her Scandal Now

They're disgusted that emails were being deleted in their establishment:

Ghost State

What happened to the North Dakota oil boom?
North Dakota is coming off of a run where they had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for seven straight years. (They’ve now dropped out of first place.) While the rest of the country was stagnating with at or above double digit joblessness, at the peak of the crash in early 2009 North Dakota topped out at barely 4%. It was an island of prosperity in the middle of a nation which was otherwise sinking like a stone. People flocked there in droves to restart their lives. But now that process is grinding to a halt, at least for the time being.
The government doesn't like good times it can't take credit for...

Welcome To Billionaire Camp

How to be a better rich person:
Here they are stripped of some of the trappings of the super-rich. No staff are allowed. Everyone stays in the same style of hotel room to “create a community”, so there are no suites, just regular rooms with large beds, two comfortable chairs, sleek en-suite bathrooms and local art on the wall.

The wealth management arm of UBS casts itself in the role of adviser and educator for the three-day camp, which the Swiss bank uses to deepen client relationships and entice new ones to its private bank, the group’s most important division. Outside speakers are also used.

Such families will already be surrounded by “myriad experts and professors and lawyers and all that”, says Joe Stadler, UBS’s head of ultra-high net worth business.
Roughing it, rich style...

Mini Cow

Worried about climate change? India has a solution:
A team of researchers from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and the state government's Animal Husbandry Department are now promoting a switch to Vechur and Kasargod cattle, two local varieties known for being easy to raise, resistant to diseases and – most important – better at tolerating high temperatures than the more popular crossbred cattle.
"High-yielding crossbreed varieties of cattle can faint or even die during hot and humid summer days," said E.M. Muhammed, an expert on animal breeding and genetics at the university. "Our natural breeds can better withstand the effects of climate change."
Dwarf cows, on the other hand, appear to carry a "thermometer gene" that allows them to better tolerate high temperatures, researchers said.
How now, small cow...

Go Tell The Creditors

Greece is now broke:
The drastic move comes after people rushed to withdraw their cash amid panic ahead of the referendum on bailout terms.

Under the controls, there will be a daily €60 limit on withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday.

The Foreign Office has warned British tourists to take enough cash to cover emergencies in case cash machines are emptied.

It said: "Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services - including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs - throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice."
Default lies not in Germany, but in yourselves...

They Cannot Tell A Lie From A Farce

They really are this stupid:
Given the fact that America’s Commander-in-Chief during the revolutionary war against the British and first President George Washington owned slaves his entire life and only emancipated them after his death, would UT students also support a move to wipe Washington from the pages of history?

The answer is yes, many of them would.

Several also agreed that demolishing the statues would be a fantastic way of controlling the future by re-writing history, a line lifted straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.

“It’s so bad it’s like as if you’re having a statue of maybe Hitler or someone like that,” said one trendy as he signed the petition.

Others were convinced to sign after being told that eradicating the statues was part of shifting the country towards socialism.
You get the future you deserve...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hold Your Breath

Don't breathe:
In a video released by The Watercooler, Bill Nye states that the over population of the planet is causing Climate Change:

“Hey, Hey! Bill Nye here for the Emoji Science Lab. This episode: Climate Change.

Climate Change is a real deal everybody and here’s why. If we had some extraordinary car on some extraordinary highway and we could drive, somehow, straight up. For an hour. At highway speed we would be in outer space. It’s right there. The atmosphere is really thin.

Now back in 1750 there were about one-and-a-half billion people in the world. Well today there is 7.2 going on 7.3 billion people.

Well that’s the problem. There’s billions of people breathing and burning the same thin atmosphere…”
Spoken like a true mouth-breather...

Silver Bullet Lining

A question for the Court:
If we take the SCOTUS at its word, then yes, 2nd Amendment rights are protected under the 14th Amendment. After all, it was by viewing 2nd Amendment rights as incorporated under the 14th Amendment that the SCOTUS struck down Chicago’s gun ban in McDonald v Chicago (2010).

Moreover, two years earlier–in District of Columbia v Heller (2008)–the SCOTUS ruled that the 2nd Amendment rights were “fundamental” in and of themselves as well as “fundamental to the Nation’s scheme of ordered liberty” (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
Gay and gun rights for all?

The Laziness Ethic

Hard work is...racist?
It falls under the “Myth of meritocracy” theme (i.e., the myth that race doesn’t play a role in success). The statement is as follows: “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”

The “message” this “mircoaggression” is sending?

“People of color are lazy and/or incompetent and need to work harder,” the chart noted.
Many white liberal students are way ahead of them in that regard...

Taking The Cake

Walmart goes there:
“Alright, Walmart, you’ve got some explaining to do,” Netzhammer said on camera. He added in his YouTube summary that the Islamic State “is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States — but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car …? It’s a damn shame.”

Netzhammer showed the Islamic State flag cake on camera, as well as the rejection notice he said he received from Walmart for the confederate flag cake.
Some flags are more equal than others...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Burning Bathrooms

No civilization for you:
This year, the bureau asked for a so-called Blue Pit lodging facility that would have restroom trailers with flushable toilets, a washer and dryer room for laundry, and VIP accommodations in so-called "container apartment" units, according to documents seen by Reuters.
They also made specific food requests, including 24-hour access to Chobani Greek Yogurt and a standalone freezer with Drumstick and Choco Taco ice cream, the documents said.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, criticized what he called "outlandishly unnecessary facilities."
"Part of Burning Man's philosophy is self-reliance and living with the elements is part of the experience," Reid wrote. "Flush toilets and laundry facilities can be found about 10 miles (16 km) away in Gerlach, Nevada, if BLM’s employees need such amenities."
Why give the hippies taxpayer-funded items they don't use otherwise?

Take Two Climate Changes And Call Me In The Morning

Don't feel well? Call a climatologist:
The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients.

The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.

“I know we have people all around the country, in all of the regions, who are also listening to this conversation, and like all of you in the room, I hope will go out and continue to talk and educate,” echoed Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Health Department.

“We need to engage medical students themselves,” said Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, “to demand the curriculum change” to prepare them for a warmer future.
There is no cure for propaganda...

Life After Oppression

"We won...now what?"
The Supreme Court on Friday expanded same-sex marriage rights across the country, a crowning achievement but also a confounding challenge to a group that has often prided itself on being different. The more victories that accumulate for gay rights, the faster some gay institutions, rituals and markers are fading out. And so just as the gay marriage movement peaks, so does a debate about whether gay identity is dimming, overtaken by its own success.

“What do gay men have in common when they don’t have oppression?” asked Andrew Sullivan, one of the intellectual architects of the marriage movement. “I don’t know the answer to that yet.”
Good fashion sense? But the fact is that acceptance for gay rights has been growing for far longer than it took the law to catch up. The decision, agree or not, was largely a formality at this point.

Trumped At The Golf Course

Don't make The Donald mad:
In a letter Friday to Randy Falco, Trump advised the Univision CEO that “under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use Trump National Doral, Miami – its golf courses or any of its facilities.”

Trump also demanded that Falco, whose company’s Miami office is next door to Trump National Doral, “immediately stop work and close the gate which is being constructed between our respective properties.” Trump gave Falco one week to take care of that matter, or “we will close it.”

The letter was dispatched a day after Univision declared it was canceling its coverage of the Miss USA pageant July 12 on its UniMas network as well as the Miss Universe pageant, which had been scheduled to air on the flagship Univision channel next January, and was severing its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces both pageants. The reason: what Univision called “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants” recently voiced by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.
And he is now owning Univision, too...

Northern Southern Man

So Al Sharpton has a new target:
Rev. Al Sharpton quickly joined critics of the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina Statehouse, but the civil rights leader is going one step further and plans to denounce Robert E. Lee Street and a Confederate flag painting in the New York State Capitol Building on Saturday.

In a tweet posted Friday, Sharpton’s National Action Network promoted the Saturday event as a “vigil for the victims lost to violence and to denounce Robert E. Lee Street and Confederate Flag Painting in New York State Capitol Building.”
Well, those Democrats do have a history of racism...