Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hashtag Reds

Communists come to Twitter:
Dr. Bones," the co-host of the far-left podcast The Guillotine, started the conversation going with his 5,000-plus Twitter followers. Bones (@Ole_Bonsey on Twitter) asked: “Hey quick little question for military minded lefties: should leftists train/organize in a 'insurgent' focus where they blend into a civilian population for potential attacks or a more 'militia' structure focused on holding/maintaining turf?”

Bones went on to suggest that fellow travelers organize "hidden cells" and focus on ambushes and assassinations to bleed "right-leaning forces" dry. He said that during the day comrades should pretend to be into "helping everybody" and never talk about their "nighttime activities."
Criminals always hate daylight...

Not Ready For Prime Time

It's Kanye vs SNL:
At one point West said he was “bullied backstage” and was warned not to wear the hat with Trump’s campaign slogan on it. West then referred to his MAGA hat as his “Superman cape,” putting it on and telling that crowd “this mean, you can’t tell me what to do.”

“Thank y’all, for giving me this platform. I know some of y’all don’t agree but y’all be going at that man neck a lot, and I don’t think it’s actually that helpful,” West said of President Trump. “Ninety percent of news are liberal.”

“Ninety percent of TV … LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians; so it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so, one-sided,” West continued as the music in the background hit a crescendo.
Ye were in the lion's den...

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Rise And Fall Of Elon Musk

What went wrong?
Musk’s troubles at Tesla started because his previous business successes, though substantial in financial terms, hadn’t brought him experience running and managing a public company, let alone one that had to design, manufacture, and distribute consumer goods at scale. He couldn’t control labor and production issues at his factories, sometimes casting his own management failures as treason on the part of his workers. Then he lashed out at the short sellers who took that news, partly accessible because Tesla had to make public filings, as reason to bet against the company. Musk’s war on the media, carried out in public in sometimes embarrassing ways, only produced more problems.

The negotiation with the SEC only further cements Musk’s status as self-saboteur. According to Reuters, Musk wouldn’t agree to the prior settlement offer because “he wouldn’t be truthful to himself,” and “wouldn’t have been able to live with” a compromise.

But when Musk called the SEC’s bluff, they acted quickly and decisively, filing a lawsuit with a far more serious set of demands than either settlement offered, among them the ouster of Musk as CEO. When you call someone’s bluff, and you’re right, then you look shrewd indeed. But that was not the case here. The SEC brought the hammer down immediately, revealing the strength of its hand. The market spoke too, punishing Musk and Tesla for their foolhardiness. Settlement notwithstanding, nobody looks good here, except maybe the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Arrogance goeth before a fall...

To Tell The Truth

The evidence isn't in:

The Clinton Ghosts

Just in time for Halloween-and the midterms:
Hillary Clinton hit her lowest ever approval rating in December 2017 at 36 percent, according to CNN, which cited a Gallup report. At the same time, she reached her highest unfavorable rating at 61 percent. The Washington Examiner reported in December 2017 that former President Bill Clinton hit his lowest favorability rating since 2001 and correlated that low to a post-Harvey Weinstein #MeToo world.

A June 2018 Rassmussen nationwide survey of voters found 53 percent identified the former president as a sexual predator rather than a victim. Just 24 percent identified him as a victim, while another 24 percent choose neither option. The poll followed within a week of Bill Clinton’s claim during a television interview that he was the victim of a sexual scandal.
It might be past time to lay these spirits to rest...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Best Defense

Lindsey Graham's moment:

Don't Sit Down

Modern feminism in action:
The self-righteousness is what makes it so dangerous. No way would Dovgalyuk have engaged in her ugly little self-promotion stunt if she hadn’t deluded herself that she was striking a blow for the Sisterhood against millennia of entrenched phallocentric injustice.

And where did she get the idea about this entrenched phallocentric injustice?

From feminism, of course.

Feminism isn’t about claiming equal treatment for men and women. That ship sailed long ago: ask any divorce or employment lawyer.

Feminism is licensed man-hatred.
Don't pour it on, ladies...

The Pelosi Correction


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Opening Shots

Brett Kavanaugh isn't backing down:
Less than two weeks ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing wrongdoing at an event more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, categorically and unequivocally. All four people allegedly at the event, including Dr. Ford's long-time friend Ms. Kaiser, have said they recall no such event. Her long-time friend, Ms. Kaiser, said under penalty of felony that she does not know me and does not believe she ever saw me at a party, ever. Here is the quote from Ms. Kaiser's attorney's letter: “Simply put, Ms Kaiser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with or without Dr. Ford.” Think about that fact. The day after the allegation appeared, I told this committee that I wanted a hearing as soon as possible to clear my name. I demanded a hearing for the very next day. Unfortunately, it took the committee 10 days to get to this hearing. In those 10 long days, as was predictable and as I predicted, my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations. The 10-day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the Supreme Court and to the country.
But how long can he hold on?

Boys And Girls

Do boys get it worse?
Five percent of teens reported physical abuse from their dating partners in 2013, down from 6 percent in 2003. But in the last year, 5.8 percent of boys reported dating violence compared to 4.2 percent of girls.

“It could be that it’s still socially acceptable for girls to hit or slap boys in dating relationships,” says lead author Catherine Shaffer, a PhD student with SFU, in a release. “This has been found in studies of adolescents in other countries as well.”
A result of toxic femininity?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Chinese Democracy

First the Russians, now China?
“They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade,” Trump said as he chaired the U.N. Security Council for the first time. He made his accusation against the backdrop of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the last election to help him and amid concerns that this November’s elections also could be vulnerable.

Asked later what evidence he had, Trump said there was “plenty” but didn’t provide details. Instead, he zeroed in on China’s propaganda efforts to flood the heartland with ads and statements against Trump’s hundreds of billions of dollars in punishing tariffs

Trump added: “I don’t like it when they attack our farmers and I don’t like it when they put out false messages. But beside that, we learned that they are trying to meddle in our elections and we’re not going to let that happen just as we’re not going to let that happen with Russia.”
No meddling allowed?

Nothing For Nothing

The new Know Nothings?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Big Movement Is Watching You

Be careful what you apologize for:
We find a way back into society for the worst criminals, for murderers. A poignant story went viral recently about a police officer who had forgiven, and befriended, the man who shot him. We love those stories of redemption and forgiveness, but the idea of absolution for an accused, and in this case acquitted, #MeToo man is too much for us to consider.

People are right to be concerned that #MeToo has gone too far. There are few who don’t think the movement has done good work in exposing predatory men and encouraging victims to come forward.

But when an editor is forced out of his job because he published something controversial, or a friend of the accused suffers professionally for his kind words, we’ve gone to the crazy place and need to come back from it.
The witch hunters are here...

Unhappy Days

Why are liberals so unhappy?
What a difference a generation makes. It used to be conservatives who were the stuffy ones. Liberals were the fun ones to be around. Now the ones who are so uptight are the liberals like actor Jeff Bridges, who once was funny but now is so embarrassed by modern day America that he seems to want to be anywhere on this planet, except here. OK, then, just go! Liberals are making it clearer with each passing day that they don’t want to associate with conservatives any longer. As a conservative, I hate to say it, but more and more the feeling is mutual.
Misery doesn't always love company...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Obama Bubble

Barack Obama's role in the 2008 financial crisis:
At the heart of this disaster was a 1995 amendment to the US Community Reinvestment Act, which imposed on banks a legal requirement to lend money to buy homes to millions of poor, mainly black Americans, guaranteed by the two biggest US mortgage associations, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

No one had campaigned more actively for this change to the law than a young but already influential Chicago politician, Barack Obama. It was this Act that, more than anything, helped to create the US housing bubble, well beyond the point where it was obvious that hundreds of thousands of homeowners would be likely to default. And in 2005, when moves were made to halt Fannie Mae’s reckless guarantees, no one more actively opposed them than the man who, by then, had become Senator Obama.

As official records showed, no senator received more campaigning donations from Fannie Mae (although Hillary Clinton ran him close).
Never let a potential crisis get in the way of a campaign haul...

No Witnesses

Can anyone still testify?
On Saturday night, Leland Ingham Keyser, a classmate of Ford's at the all-girls school Holton-Arms and her final named witness, denied any recollection of attending a party with Brett Kavanaugh.

"Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford," lawyer Howard J. Walsh said in a statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Keyser's denial, as a female lifelong friend and Ford's last named witness, is the most consequential development that has occurred since Ford publicly stepped forward last Sunday and detailed her allegations to the Washington Post. Ford's allegation of the 1982 incident was told to no one until a 2012 therapy session, when Kavanaugh was first touted in the media as the most likely GOP Supreme Court nominee.

All of Ford's named witnesses of the party, both male and female, have now denied any recollection of attending such a party.
Her party's over?

ET, Stay Home

No aliens after all:
FBI court documents showed that a janitor working at the facility was allegedly sending and receiving child porn via the observatory’s wireless system. The facility was closed after the suspect reportedly became agitated that his laptop was missing. The suspect has not been charged nor arrested, Reuters news reported.

The case is still under investigation, Frank Fisher, a spokesman for the FBI field office in Albuquerque, told the news outlet.

A warrant issued by a U.S. magistrate in Las Cruces, New Mexico, revealed that agents seized three cell phones, five laptops, one iPad, an external hard drive, 16 thumb drives, 89 compact flash disks and other material from the suspect’s home on Sept. 14.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, the janitor began questioning others at the observatory about missing “cleaning supplies.” The janitor also reportedly complained about “lax security” at the facility and suggested someone was breaking into the facility at night to use the internet and steal toilet paper.
Even They wouldn't touch it...

Dream Baby

What do babies dream of?
In recent years, there’s been growing scientific recognition of babies’ capacity to “know, observe, explore, imagine and learn more than we would ever have thought possible,” writes the UC Berkeley child psychologist Alison Gopnik. Insight into the science of dreaming has also evolved, with the body of research broadening and challenging some of Foulkes’s conclusions. In 2005, for example, The New York Times published a Q-and-A with Charles P. Pollak, the director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Yes, as far as we can tell,” he said when asked whether babies dream, noting that “it is a well-based inference” that they do so during the phase of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements, or REM.
Do babies dream of electric pacifiers?

Breathing Radiation

The radioactive TV age:
Initially, the radiation concern was limited to a single model, but by late in the year it became clear that televisions from almost every manufacturer were potentially affected—as many as 112,000 sets.

The response to the concern was swift. By late July of 1967, television-industry representatives were brought before a congressional committee, which eventually proposed a federal radiation-regulation bill (it became the 1968 Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act). Further testing was conducted by the National Center for Radiological Health (NCRH) and the Public Health Service into early 1968. The surgeon general eventually issued a statement, saying that testing showed that this low level of radiation posed only a small risk to any one set-owner’s health as long as he or she was watching a set in “normal viewing” conditions. That was understood to be maintaining “at least a six-foot viewing distance from the front of the screen and [avoiding] prolonged exposure at the sides, rear, or underneath a set.”

According to the NCRH, the leakage beam in most of the problematic sets was directed downward “in a thin crescent pattern.” It therefore didn’t pose a direct line of contact with a viewer’s body as long as the set was placed on the floor instead of on a high shelf. Color-set owners were also instructed to keep their distance from the set at all times and were warned against tinkering with its internals to avoid being in direct contact with the radiation beam.
This radiation exposure was brought to you by...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wire Man

Rosenstein the rat?
According to The Times:

Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.

Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, also reportedly told McCabe that he could potentially persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
The coup from within?

How Much For The Protest?

Protesters, pay up?
Wong told CNN her group raised more than six figures in the first two days of Kavanaugh’s hearings, funds that were used to provide travel, accommodation, legal training and bail for its members who engaged in illegal activity.

But organizing such conduct isn’t allowed under IRS rules and is “incompatible with charity and social welfare,” according to IRS rules. Ruling 75-384 “holds that an organization … that planned and sponsored protest demonstrations at which members were urged to commit acts of civil disobedience did not qualify for IRC 501(c)(3) or (4) exemption,” the IRS states in a document detailing activities that would bar organizations from tax exemption.

Organizers on Monday’s call consistently described the planned disruptions as acts of “civil disobedience.”

A top campaign finance lawyer and conservative activist, Cleta Mitchell, believes the nonprofit groups’ tax-exempt status should be scrutinized for their involvement in advocating and funding criminal activity.

“These groups should lose their tax-exempt status because of these actions, which are in violation of established IRS precedent,” Mitchell told TheDCNF.
The taxman cometh?

The Fun Kingdom

How to have fun in Saudi Arabia:
Saudis spend billions of dollars every year on leisure activities abroad. By expanding the country’s entertainment options, the government hopes to entice citizens to spend more of that money at home and draw more visitors.

The injection of fun could also help blunt public frustration over painful new austerity measures, including taxes and hikes in domestic fuel prices, which used to be heavily subsidized. The slump in world crude oil prices since 2014 has produced yawning budget deficits, hurting the monarchy’s ability to provide the government jobs and lavish benefits to which many Saudis have grown accustomed.

Splashy events may serve another purpose for the prince: deflecting attention from his efforts to consolidate power and silence critics. The recent social and economic reforms, including the reversal of a long-standing ban on women driving, have not been accompanied by any political opening in the country, which is governed by an absolute monarchy.
All the fun that money can buy?

Forgetting The Obamacare

What a difference an election year makes:
A thorough review of current and former websites of endangered Republican House members found 20 examples of these changes from either 2014 or 2016 to this current election cycle. The alterations reflect the dramatic evolution in the politics of Obamacare. The law had been the bete noire of conservatives since the moment it was conceived. And when Donald Trump won the presidency, the Republican-led Congress made a run at repealing it, with House members, including McMorris Rodgers, passing legislation to replace the bill in May 2017. The Senate ultimately failed to act. But as part of the tax reform bill, lawmakers did remove one of Obamacare’s chief provisions: the individual mandate requiring people to have health coverage.

The adjustment in the health care sections of House Republican members’ websites may reflect those votes. But it most likely speaks to the change in public opinion on the law since Trump took office. With Obamacare under threat, the public has rallied dramatically to it, with red-state Democrats now on the offensive on key parts of the legislation, and Republicans pledging that even they want to keep components, like the protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
They're really just trying to save their phony baloney jobs...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Staying In Place

President Trump isn't going anywhere:
Investigating could be easy. Tossing Trump out of office will be nearly impossible. And reversing policy could be tough, since it usually takes 60 votes to overcome filibusters, and Democrats are highly unlikely to even approach that sort of number.

While an article of impeachment would need only a House majority, actually tossing Trump out of office would need a two-thirds Senate majority. And that is likely to be unattainable.
That won't keep them from trying, or imagining that they are...

Stumping The Kids

More college students admit-the Trump economy is actually doing well:

Fake News, Real Time

Share a rumor, go to jail?
In their report, the committee advised criminal sanctions for those who have crossed a “threshold of serious harm such as election interference, public disorder, and the erosion of trust in public institutions.”

The ministries of law and of communications confirmed in a statement that the government had accepted the recommendations and would work towards drawing up appropriate legislative measures to combat the issue.

“They have essentially been looking for different ways to weaponize falsehoods on the Internet,” said Janil Puthucheary, senior minister of state for communications. “We have set our clear principles to guide Singapore’s response and we have recommended clear and robust measures to be taken by various stakeholders including government, and these include a recommended legislative response.”

“We believe that on the basis of the information provided to us that the nature of falsehoods, and especially deliberate online falsehoods, by their very nature they have the upper hand over the facts,” he continued. “They are more easily believed, they travel further, they travel faster, and they are much harder to dislodge.
But isn't the way to counter what you think is fake news with the real thing, not doing time? Unfortunately, they're not the only country doing this...

The Mob Rules Again?

How an essay turned into a firing moment:
Critics charged that his NYRB piece carried a “self-pitying tone” and downplayed the accusations — which included slapping and choking and came from over 20 women, as opposed to the “several” people Ghomeshi noted in his essay, the paper reported.

He was acquitted of charges in 2016 after a judge said that three women who testified against him altered their stories or failed to reveal information to police.

The Times reported Wednesday that a note was added to the top of “Reflections from a Hashtag” that said the essay “should have included acknowledgment of the serious nature and number of allegations that had been made against the writer, Jian Ghomeshi,” after which some accusations were listed.

Attempts to reach Ghomeshi and Buruma for comment were unsuccessful, the Times said.

Buruma — who said the essay is part of a thematic package focusing on those convicted of sexual assault via social media rather than in court — was slammed after he gave an interview that left some with the impression he wasn’t interested in the accusations against Ghomeshi, the paper reported.

“I’m no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation. How can I be?” Buruma asked in an interview with Slate shortly after the essay’s publication. “All I know is that in a court of law he was acquitted, and there is no proof he committed a crime. The exact nature of his behavior — how much consent was involved — I have no idea, nor is it really my concern.”
Unfortunately, in the court of hashtags, everyone is guilty even if they're innocent...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Spending Surrender

Whatever happened to spending cuts?
Several factors have left conservatives less well-positioned to extract concessions.

Congressional leadership strategically bundled funding for the labor bill, a major Democratic priority, with funding for the Pentagon, a major Republican priority. For conservatives, voting against the package would mean voting against an increase in defense spending and a raise for the troops.

“If they want to vote against defense, that’s up to them. I don’t quarrel with anybody’s vote. There’s going to be sufficient votes to pass the legislation,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Cole also praised the bipartisan commitment to keep controversial policy riders out of appropriations altogether in order to move the bills forward.

“That doesn’t mean those fights are over, it just means you’re not going to be able to win them in an appropriations bill,” he said.

Meadows said he would have no trouble voting against the defense bill because of what it is packaged with. He criticized GOP leaders for passing bills with Democratic support rather than focusing the bills on GOP priorities and muscling them through with Republican votes.

“It’s a Republican majority,” he said. “It’s always easy to pass a bill of the other party. I mean, I can tell you, most of my voters will not see this as a win.”
Doing the opposition's job for them usually isn't...

Teacher's Rules

Leave your politics at the door?
The bill would also stop educators from entering into any discussions about both pending or enacted law, court cases, or executive orders — at any level of the government whatsoever.

Additionally, teachers would be unable to discuss activities that “hamper or impeded” the actions of law enforcement or military recruiters on campuses.

A portion of a memo Tallman sent to his House colleague reads, “Our K-12 school teachers should not be using their classroom time spent on political or ideological indoctrination. Doing so takes time away from instruction in the academic foundation subjects of mathematics, science, English, history, and civics, and prevents our students from receiving a high-quality public education for careers in the global, high-tech economy.”

The outlet said that legal experts questioned the bill, pondering it as “unconstitutional overreach” that violates academic freedoms.

One such expert is David Hudson, a professor at the Nashville School of Law in Tennessee as well as ombudsman for Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C.

Hudson said, “[The bill] runs roughshod over the cardinal principle of academic freedom. In certain classes, political speech and frank discussion is necessary. I mean social studies class, contemporary issues — you need teachers talking about current events.”
Discussion, yes-propaganda, no...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogging In The Years: 1991

Whom do you believe?
Before the days of exhausting and exhaustive testimony would end, Hill would coolly and impassively detail the nature of Thomas' alleged harassment while she worked for him in government positions from 1981 to 1983. Words like "penis" and "breasts" and "pubic hair" would enter the public record repeatedly in so somber and untitillating a fashion that no one in the hearing room would blanch, let alone smirk or giggle. It was clear that the differences in the Hill and Thomas versions on what transpired a decade ago were not a simple matter of differing sensibilities — oversqueamishness on her part vs. bad taste on his. If Hill's description of Thomas' words and actions was truthful, then the Supreme Court nominee was guilty of sexual harassment in the past and perjury in the present. If Hill's account was a flight of fantasy, then she was delusional and a candidate for medical attention.
In the end, it doesn't really matter if he gets the job, does it?

Dinner With The Dictator

He eats, so his people don't have to:
Maduro, widely mocked for his portly figure, is the illegitimate socialist ruler of a nation in which at least 15 percent of the population relies on eating garbage to survive and nearly 90 percent of the population say they struggle to afford three meals a day. Venezuela has also nearly run out of every medical supply the World Health Organization (WHO) lists as necessary to run a functional healthcare system.

Gökçe posted a series of videos on Twitter and Instagram on Monday evening showing Maduro and Flores enjoying a meal personally served by the celebrity chef at Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Istanbul, Turkey. “Salt Bae” has since deleted the posts, though they have made the rounds in global media and are still widely available.
Being a thug means never having to share your food...

The Case For Space

How much for the Space Force?
The memo states that in its first year the Space Force would cost $3.3 billion. The total cost over five years would be $12.9 billion. The new branch would employ an estimated 13,000 people. It would be a separate department overseen by a president-appointed civilian secretary. The department would be “responsible for the preparation of forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war” and would deal with missile defense.

Trump has said that he wants the Space Force to be a branch of the military “separate but equal” to the existing branches. In June, the U.S. Senate approved a $716 billion budget for the rest of the military for 2019.

On June 18, Trump signed an executive order authorizing the creation of a Space Force.

“When it comes to defending America,” Trump told the National Space Council when he signed the order, “it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.”
Space-the final budget frontier?

John Kerry's Iranian Adventure

What is John Kerry doing?
In the letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Politico reported, Rubio highlighted Kerry’s public support of the Iran nuclear deal — which the former secretary of state orchestrated and reportedly fought to salvage in secret discussions with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal earlier this year, calling it “defective at its core.” He has since traded barbs several times with Iranian leaders and reimposed U.S. sanctions on the country.

Given this, Rubio points out that current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week of Kerry’s recent discussions with Zarif, “I wasn’t in the meeting, but I am reasonably confident that he was not there in support of U.S. policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“Actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of,” Pompeo added.
Come home, John...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Personality Type

The Big Four?
Average: These people score high in neuroticism and extraversion, but score low in openness. It is the most typical category, with women being more likely than men to fit into it.

Reserved: This type of person is stable emotionally without being especially open or neurotic. They tend to score lower on extraversion but tend to be somewhat agreeable and conscientious.

Role Models: These people score high in every trait except neuroticism, and the likelihood that someone fits into this category increases dramatically as they age. "These are people who are dependable and open to new ideas," says Amaral. "These are good people to be in charge of things." Women are more likely than men to be role models.

Self-Centered: These people score very high in extraversion, but score low in openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. Most teenage boys would fall into this category, according to Revelle, before (hopefully) maturing out of it. The number of people who fall into this category decreases dramatically with age.
Unfortunately, some don't grow out of it over time...

Come And Get Your Plane

The things you leave behind:
The partially reassembled aircraft currently lies abandoned in the Black Rock Desert after being moved about 12 miles from the Burning Man site.

One of the main rules for Burning Man's 80,000 attendees is to 'leave no trace' at the site after the week-long event ends.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada (BLM), who manages Black Rock Desert, said the owners of the 40-foot tall plane need to remove it.

'It was moved off the event site without BLM authorization. So its legal status is in trespass with unauthorized use,' Rudy Evenson of BLM told the Reno Gazette Journal.

'Bottom line is, we're evaluating options for getting rid of it.'

The BLM said the owners, Big Imagination, will need to apply for a new permit to remove the plane because Burning Man has finished.
Wealthy hippies, always leaving their trash behind...

Me Too Versus Me Too

They're no longer friends:
Both women have been instrumental in pushing forward the #MeToo agenda — but only one of them stands accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male in 2013.

McGowan, who was once relatively close to Argento, very publicly turned away from her fellow activist once details of the alleged incident went public.

Now Argento is demanding that McGowan issue a retraction and apology, or face legal action.

In a tweet, Argento wrote, “Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise [sic] for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th.”

Argento added, “If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action.”
Can't they all just get along?

Stunt Your Growth

They really don't like prosperity:
“Today, solving social problems within European nations does not require more growth. It requires a fairer distribution of the income and wealth that we already have,” the academics wrote.

The letter echoes the 1960s-era “population bomb” fears. Back then, academics, like former White House science czar John Holdren and biologist Paul Ehrlich, argued out of control population control would outstrip the Earth’s ability to support humanity.

Ehrlich and Holdren predicted the world would eventually move, like it or not, to a “no-growth” economy where famine, hunger and poverty would run rampant until the population stabilized.

Those predictions turned out to be wrong as humanity’s physical and materially well-being has increased substantially since then as population growth exploded.

However, hundreds of academics are echoing the Malthusian fears of the 1960s, and calling for governments to prepare for a “no-growth economy” where gross domestic product (GDP) is not a concern.
Those who remember their predictions, are condemned to repeat them...

The Nutty Professor

It was Trump's fault, or something:
After discovering Bird bleeding outside of a bathroom campus, police said that Bird fired the self-inflicted shot to his arm in protest of Trump and his administration’s policies. He had also taped a $100 bill to the bathroom’s mirror for the janitor to apparently compensate for the bloody mess he made inside the facility.

Bird has apologized for the incident, and in letters obtained by Blue Lives Matter has said that he has myriad concerns about gun control, the president, malnutrition, and pollution.
Just accidental insanity?

Have A Toke And A Smile

It's the real thing?
The company is reportedly watching the cannabis industry and is intrigued by the idea of drinks infused with CBD.

The company is reportedly intrigued enough that they are in what are reported to be “serious talks” with Canadian marijuana producer, Aurora Cannabis, Inc., according to Canada’s BNN Bloomberg Television.

Coca-Cola Co. spokesperson Kent Landers issued a statement on the reports confirming the company’s monitoring of CBD.

“We are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Landers said. “The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time.”
The space, dude...

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Sun God

The Prophet is back:
“It took me a bit to realize how big the changes have been in the last decade. Number one, the climate-related extreme-weather events are way more frequent now and way more destructive. We have had 11 once-in-a-thousand-year events in the US just in the last seven years.”

But Gore seemed to take his warnings to another level when he thundered to 4,000 screaming fans in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit: “Every night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation and we’ve got to connect the dots between the cause and the effect,” according to Bay Area public radio station KQED.
He's still super serial...

Questions Not Answered

If you were expecting an answer, you'll be disappointed:
Instead of directly responding to the question, Ocasio-Cortez alleged Medicare for all “would save the American people a very large amount of money.”

“What we see as well is that these systems are not just pie in the sky,” she said. “We need to realize that these investments are better and they are good for our future.”

Tapper shot back: “Right. I get that. But the price tag for everything that you laid out in your campaign is $40 trillion over the next 10 years. I understand that Medicare for all would cost more to some wealthier people and to the government and to taxpayers, while also reducing individual health care expenditures. But I am talking about the overall package. You say it’s not pie in the sky but it’s $40 trillion is quite a bit of money. And the taxes that you talked about raising to pay for this, to pay for your agenda, only count for two. We’re going by left-leaning analysts.”
They don't know, either...

Eye On The Sky

Aliens, or not?
It is still unclear what led to the evacuation and closure of the facility, which is typically open to the public. The Post reported that only the director and an assistant have been allowed into the building and even the security guards have reportedly been kept in the dark.

“We don’t know anything. We’re just as curious as anyone else,” one guard told the Post.

The Post also reported the FBI has been on the scene, but local law enforcement has not been involved.

“They wouldn’t give us any ­details,” Otero County Sheriff Benny House told The Washington Post. “I’ve got ideas, but I don’t want to put them out there. That’s how bad press or rumors get started, and it’ll cause paranoia, or I might satisfy everybody’s mind and I might be totally off base.”
They know, but they won't tell...

The Curse

Blame it on the curse?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Does Whatever A Politically Incorrect Hero Can

Spider-Man is too pro-police?
The reviews are in. Tom Ley, Deadspin:

I am only a few hours into the game, but so far the primary objective boils down to Help The Cops. Not just any cops, either, but the NYPD specifically, because the game takes place in a true-to-life rendering of New York City. It’s dumb to expect video games to be responsible reflections of real life, but it is also impossible, for me at least, to not feel some ickiness about the game forcing me into cahoots with even a fictionalized version of the NYPD, an organization that routinely oppresses some of the most vulnerable residents of the city I live in.
That's right: In a video game where you control a dude in a brightly colored unitard who swings around on magical spider webs beating up crooks, the depiction of the NYPD is unrealistic.

Heather Alexandria, Kotaku:

From cheesy detective impressions to Rikers prisoner beatdowns, Spider-Man’s uncomplicated approach to crime clashes with the reality of day to day life...
Spider-Man’s enthusiasm for the police—from his stated love of busting drug deals to his cheesy “Spider-Cop” impersonation—had my coworker Tim Rogers calling Spidey a “narc.” While I found Spider-Man as good-hearted and heroic as ever, he was also way more accepting of state power than I expected from a hero with a history of being wrongly maligned by the press and police.

He's also wrongly maligned by the press and police in this very game, but whatever.
Spidey's always had a complicated relationship with the police (see Gwen Stacey) but now he must do battle against the social justice crowd, as well. A superhero's life is never easy...

Free For None

Why the Medicare way wouldn't work:
If you think Medicare is expensive now, just wait until it’s free for everybody. The early estimates of the cost of Medicare for All are north of $32 trillion over the next decade. Staggering as this number is, it’s probably a lowball figure. Estimating the future cost of Medicare has been an exercise in futility and failure from the very beginning.

When LBJ was pushing Medicare through Congress in 1964, his administration guessed the program would have an inflation-adjusted cost of about $12 billion by 1990. The actual cost was $110 billion, nine times greater than the estimates. It would be nothing short of delusional to believe the accuracy of today’s estimates of future spending on Medicare for All.

Using Medicare as the means of transitioning America to socialized medicine would cause unimaginable harm to those it was designed to help. We’re told almost daily that other industrialized nations have single payer health care, so we should follow suit. But what we’re rarely told is that these systems invariably resort to rationing health services to accommodate such an enormous base of patients.
Are you ready for the rationing?

Dear Jim

A Venezuelan journalist writes Jim Carrey:
Many, Marquez explained, view socialism as “the antithesis of selfishness, synonym of concern for others … support for the weakest and their needs, of seeking health and education for all,” the economic system actually has “deep threats.”

“[In] Venezuela, what we find is just that our regime is not – for God’s sake – the antithesis of selfishness,” he continued. “In Venezuela, dear Jim, from what I have just told you, there is no equitable distribution of wealth; wealth is concentrated, as rarely before in our history, in very few hands.”

“At God’s mercy” under socialism with little access to the most basic human needs, Venezuelans seek to escape “however way they can.”

“[This is] a tragedy that is compounded by the denial of a regime that claims that the population has never been better.”
In Venezuela, the truth tells you...

The Forgotten Woman

Hillary who?
Under the state’s curriculum, elementary or high school students are required to learn about Clinton, Goldwater, and Keller — and others — in lessons on “good citizenship.” But committee members recommended the three be removed to save teachers “several minutes of instruction time,” and “remove irrelevant information,” the report stated.

How was she ranked?

Curriculum committees reportedly use a formula to determine the importance of various figures in relationship to the social studies curriculum. Among the areas measured were influence, impact on underrepresented groups and whether the figures represent diverse perspectives, according to the report.

Clinton scored a five on 21 measurements. Goldwater earned zero and Keller had seven, the report explained.
The lower they are, the harder they are to remember...

Friday, September 14, 2018

They All Scream Over Ice Cream

Ice cream is now racist, or something:
Members of the student council at the Madison, Wisconsin, university are requesting that the college change ingredients in the school’s official ice cream. One ingredient, in particular, in the dessert violates some students’ religious dietary restrictions.

They’ve even gone so far to draft legislation, which they titled, “Ice Cream for All,” to make the ice cream more inclusive. At the time of this writing, the legislation has eight sponsors, including the chair, vice chair, and secretary of the Associated Students of Madison Student Council.

The university’s official ice cream, the Babcock, reportedly contains a beef gelatin additive. According to “Ice Cream for All,” this effectively ruins the ice cream experience for some minority students, rendering “certain communities such as the Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and vegetarian unable to enjoy it without violating their beliefs.”
Is your flavor inclusive enough?

Is There Crime On Mars?

Dealing with crime in space:
Consider the headache presented by an Australian national working on Mars for an American space-faring firm that has been registered, for tax purposes, in Ireland. He has confessed to murdering a Japanese seismologist in a non-jurisdictional mountain range somewhere in the Red Planet’s equatorial region. Who on Mars would be responsible for bringing this man to justice?

For Steinberg, this has curious implications for policing on Mars. Were someone to leave their defined jurisdiction—for example, fleeing the American zone to avoid being prosecuted for a crime there—in order to seek refuge in a part of Mars unclaimed by any nation-state, their actions could be classified as a crime against humanity. They would have shed the protection of nations, becoming a kind of planetary stowaway. “Of course,” Steinberg said, “that still leaves the question of whether anyone would really enforce it.”

It seems more likely, he suggested, that authorities would simply let the fugitive go—after all, a criminal fleeing into the undeveloped wilds of Mars to avoid police capture would be functionally committing suicide.
The exiles of Mars?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Waiting Room Only

National Health continues to perform as expected:
According to research, patients who are diagnosed quickly and begin treatment within 62 days are far more likely to complete treatment with positive results — and England has a stated goal of ensuring that at least 85 percent of all patients referred to cancer specialists received their first treatments within that window.

However, that goal has not been met since December of 2015. Since 2014, the NHS has fallen short of that goal in all but three months — and in January of 2017, over 20 percent of patients reported waiting more than two months to begin treatment. For the total year of 2017, some 28,000 patients waited longer than two months and 11,000 patients waited longer than three months.

That trend appears to have continued, as numbers for June and July of 2018 show that under 80 percent of patients began treatment in under 62 days.
You'll die of old age first...

Vending Vent

Michael Moore, cheapskate?
Apparently, Michael Moore is struggling to reconcile his revolutionary brand with his status as a famous, wealthy filmmaker. Simultaneously, critics of the documentarian are calling hypocrisy, insisting that Moore’s conduct is at odds with his reputation as a champion of the people.

In early June, Boston Light & Sound, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. In the claim, BL&S stated that a total payment of $256,500 had been due by September 30, 2017, for their work on the 2017 film festival. “TCFF paid a $100,0000 deposit towards the Contract Amount on July 12, 2017,” legal docs claimed. “BL&S performed all of its obligations pursuant to the contract. However, since the 2017 film festival, TCFF has only paid an additional $2,000 toward the outstanding balance owed.” That brings the alleged balance down to $159,055.
Pay your fair share! Or at least what you owe...

Propeller Heads

It's the beanie brigade:
According to ZDNet, employees “have to wear the Noogler hat in their first week.”

Upon seeing the hats in the leaked video for the first time, several Twitter users described them as “cult” hats.

“After watching the leaked video and seeing everyone with those hats on I’m convinced #Google is a cult,” declared one user, while another proclaimed, “It’s cult-like, with all the hugs and so many ‘Googlers Googling’ by wearing those bizarre Google hats,” referencing a part in the video where all of the employees hug each other.
If the geek hat fits..

No Lawsuit Here

Trump doesn't cause violence after all:
The federal appeals court that ruled in Trump’s favor decided that Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment because he didn’t instruct anyone to do anything in violation of the law. He just told security to remove them.

“In the ears of some supporters, Trump’s words may have had a tendency to elicit a physical response, in the event a disruptive protester refused to leave, but they did not specifically advocate such a response,” McKeague said.

The words Trump said after “Get ’em out of here” are also crucial to the ruling, as they totally undermine the claim of incitement of violence. Trump also said “Don’t hurt ’em” right after he called for their removal.

“If words have meaning, the admonition ‘don’t hurt ’em’ cannot be reasonably construed as an urging to ‘hurt ’em,’ McKeague said.
The word is law...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Riders Of The Storm Hype

Because Trump has magic weather powers, or something:
The Washington Post is trying to pin responsibility for this weather event on Donald Trump:

Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.

But as Goddard (aka Tony Heller) notes, if it’s really true that U.S. Presidents have the power to create hurricanes, then the worst living offender is George W Bush. The really bad ones are quite beyond the reach of even the most astringent WaPo editorial…

If the Washington Post wants to blame presidents for hurricanes, then the top three perpetrators are Grover Cleveland, Rutherford B. Hayes and William Howard Taft.
Those evil 19th Century men and their weather machines...

Murder By Numbers

Real life research?
In "How to Murder Your Husband," Crampton-Brophy described motives and possible murder weapons she would choose from if her character were to kill a husband in a romance novel, according to The Washington Post. She even offered advice to readers, such as not using a hitman or poison to commit the murder.

Her other works also dealt with murder. In "The Wrong Husband," a woman tries to leave an abusive spouse by faking her death and in "The Wrong Cop" she wrote about a woman who “spent every day of her marriage fantasizing about killing” her husband.
They do say that a writer should write what they know, but...

Imperial Math

Math is hard, and colonial?
Math classes for students of different abilities represent an “outgrowth of racial hierarchies that have developed over the nation’s history and that have privileged whiteness,” argued Wells.

“This is particularly true in schools. Many times students are pigeonholed into particular academic tracks based purely on socially constructed potentialities,” he added.

Drawing from this, Wells — who teaches aspiring math teachers at Columbia University — argues that separating students by ability is a form of “academic apartheid,” a logical consequence of what he calls “settler colonialism” in math education.

“Settler colonial ideas routinely become evident through colonization of intellect. When there is no longer territory to conquer or people to physically oppress, there exists opportunities to colonize knowledge,” writes Wells.
Apparently mathematics is the new imperialism...

Where The Money Goes

Sexism at discriminated againstTulane University?
Scholarships under investigation include the Landor Lewis and Shirley Gauff Awards, the Grace Hopper Celebration Award, and the school’s Summer Internship Funding Grant, which offers up to $2,000 annually for female students to take on unpaid internships.

The full scope of "financial discrimination" by Tulane is unknown. The six scholarships listed in the Title IX complaint may only comprise a small fraction of all female-only scholarships at the school, as private universities typically do not list all scholarships on their website.

According to the complaint, male students at Tulane are left in the dust. Even though men are only 42 percent of the student body and are also less likely to graduate, Tulane continues to boast of programs and scholarships exclusively for women.
Men need not apply...

The Chicago Way

Chicago goes there:
The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.

Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.
Because there apparently isn't enough welfare to go around...

The Torch Is Not Passed

Score another one for Team Trump:
The contest -- for a critical seat Republicans hope to flip in November -- was a brutal, highly personal slugfest. Sanborn has been accused of making a sexually explicit comment to a Statehouse intern in 2013 and allegedly frequently commented on an aide's dress and appearance. Sanborn has denied the accusations, calling them a “witch hunt.”

During a surreal party-organized debate last month, Edwards was even asked to step off the stage – amid chants and screams from supporters of both candidates – after refusing to pledge to support the eventual nominee if Sanborn won the primary.

While the effects of Giuliani's endorsement were unclear, candidates backed by President Trump and his administration have proven to be powerhouses ahead of the midterms, after wins by Brian Kemp in Georgia, Troy Balderson in Ohio, Ron DeSantis in Florida, and Katie Arrington in South Carolina, among others.
Winning! And for Bernie, more losing...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Creative Writing

Where does fake news come from?
A Houston Chronicle reporter recently brought to Barnes’ attention concerns about a story written by Mike Ward, the paper’s Austin reporter who previously wrote for the Austin American-Statesman.

The question wasn’t about the facts of the story, however; the reporter wasn’t sure if the story was quoting real people. Further investigation by the Chronicle’s researchers revealed that they couldn’t track down many of the sources Ward used in his stories.

Ward didn’t admit to any wrongdoing, insisting that his stories were truthful and accurate — but he resigned anyway.

“…given the questions this review raised, he offered to resign and I accepted that resignation last week,” Barnes wrote.
The least trusted name in news?

No Offense, Please

The British Police are clearly working overtime:
To be clear, the offensive or insulting comments can be online, in person, or in writing, the force noted. “Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire,” the tweet concluded. “Report it and put a stop to it.”

How did folks react?
As you might imagine, there were more than a few non-sympatico responses to the department’s non-hate crime reporting appeal.

According to the Sun, among the fire backs to police were:

“Don’t you have anything else to do? Like arresting people for owning knives or something?”
“Really? Protecting people’s feelings is in no way an appropriate use of police resources!”
“So just to be clear, you want me to phone the police when there hasn’t been a crime but someone’s feelings have been hurt?”
“Your role is to solve crime not police feelings and what some may consider offensive. Being offended is purely subjective, nothing bad happens #policestate.”
“So not enough police resources to deal with the violent crime wave sweeping Britain because of budget cuts, but plenty of police resources to real with hurt feelings.”
Others invoked George Owell’s dystopian novel, “1984,” the paper added.

How did police respond to the backlash?
South Yorkshire’s finest were seemingly unrepentant for the tweet, telling commenters in a reply that police “can only prosecute when the law is broken, but we want to know about non-crime hate incidents. Incidents may not be criminal offenses but can feel like a crime to those affected, & can sometimes escalate to crimes.”
When is a non-crime a crime? Decide how you feel about it first...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mountain Cash

A Swiss village tries the cash giveaway game:
Rheinau, on the banks of the river Rhine an hour by train from the banking hub of Zurich, was selected by filmmaker Rebecca Panian for the basic income trial. She says she became fascinated by the notion during the national debate before up the 2016 vote, decided to select a village as a guinea pig, and make a documentary.

Earnings and social benefits would count against the payment, which will have to be raised from private sources rather than the government.

Given the cost of living in Switzerland, the sum of 2,500 francs isn’t very large. An entry-level grocery store cashier in the city of Basel working 42 hours per week is entitled to about 3,500 francs a month.

While the idea of paying people money -- no strings attached -- has been around for more than a century, it has gained some traction in recent years due to concerns in major economies about rising inequality and jobs losses due to automation.
Because it worked so well elsewhere...

Family Heirs

Their son will live on?
Top fertility specialist Dr David Smotrich helped the grandparents at his La Jolla IVF clinic in San Diego, California, using techniques that are illegal in Britain.

He said the couple's unmarried son had not given formal consent to have his sperm harvested and used to create a child in the event of his death.

The 55-year-old said he was "unaware" how the couple bypassed UK law.

He said: "The English couple lost their son under the most tragic of circumstances. They desperately wanted an heir and a grandchild. It was a privilege to be able to help them."

Dr Smotrich said the couple were very specific about the egg donor and surrogate, and they wanted someone who matched the kind of woman they believed their son would have married and had children with.
Brave new world?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Witch Wars

Which witchcraft is best?
The witchy kit consisted of several mini-bottles of the company’s perfume collection, a deck of tarot cards, some white sage and a rose quartz crystal.

Acquiescing to the Twitter witches who denounced the item as cultural appropriation, Pinrose released a statement: “We hear you,” it read. “First and foremost, to those who have shared their disappointment or taken offense to this product, we apologize profoundly.” Then the company went on to assure that, even though the product was no longer available, the artwork was licensed and paid for, and the sage was “sustainably sourced” from Native Americans.

Pinrose refuted the online claims that the usage of white sage by “white women” was the reason Native Americans didn’t have enough of the herb for their rituals. “Per the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salvia Apiana (White Sage) is not classified as threatened or endangered,” the company noted.
Fake witches never prosper?

Sweden Swings

Why Sweden's Democrats are rising:
The Sweden Democrats have pledged to end Sweden’s asylum policies, and make it harder for any newcomers to get jobs. This message has broad appeal across Europe, where the economies of many countries were battered by the recession of 2008 and crippled by the austerity measures imposed subsequently by the EU. But Sweden is different: It largely survived the recession with its economy intact, and its generous welfare state appears robust. Sweden also has a history of welcoming refugees from all over the world.

Now, this policy of openness faces severe strain, even as Sweden needs new workers who will pay the taxes required to sustain the generous welfare state for which Sweden is known. More Swedes are retiring than entering the workforce—a development with profound consequences for the future of the welfare state. And indeed, much of the current economic growth has been fueled by the foreign-born, whose taxes keep the system solvent. But here’s the problem: The unemployment rate among the foreign-born is 20 percent, more than three times the national level.
You shouldn't make promises you can't sustain...

Panic On The Space Station

What exactly happened?
“It is too early to say definitely what happened. But, it seems to be done by a faltering hand,” Rogozin said earlier this week, according to tass, Russia’s government-run news agency. “It is a technological error by a specialist. It was done by a human hand. There are traces of a drill sliding along the surface. We don’t reject any theories.”

And the spookiest part? They don’t know whether the hole was made when the Soyuz was still on Earth or while it was in space.

Rogozin vowed that officials will “find the one responsible for that, to find out whether it was an accidental defect or a deliberate spoilage and where it was done—either on Earth or in space.”
The hole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Tattoo Who

No pizza after all:
The promotion was originally advertised to run for two months, starting Aug. 31, but the pizza chain ended it only five days in after their social media was flooded with excited pizza fanatics all proudly displaying their Domino’s tattoos.

The advertisement promised up to 100 free Domino’s pizzas every year for 100 years to anyone who got a tattoo of the company’s logo, posted the photo to social media and proved the authenticity of the ink.

The company clearly was not expecting so many fans to go under the needle for free pizza and ended the promotion Tuesday, announcing only the first 350 people with tattoos will be awarded the special lifetime deal.
Everybody likes pie...

Environmental Employment Agency

At least one part of the Swamp is being drained:
The EPA’s workforce is now down 8 percent to a size it has not been since former president Ronald Reagan was in office, reported the WaPo.

“With nearly half of our employees eligible to retire in the next five years, my priority is recruiting and maintaining the right staff, the right people for our mission, rather than total full-time employees,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement according to the WaPo.

Nearly 25 percent of the EPA’s 13,758 employees are eligible for retirement, reported the WaPo. Many employees have accepted buyouts, especially in 2017.

At its most bloated, the EPA had more than 18,000 employees, reported the WaPo.
We may need the EPA, but not all the extras...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Big Cat Big House

Now he's going to do some big time:
One of the “hitmen” was an undercover FBI agent, an Oklahoma indictment charges. Exotic, 55, was arrested Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

“I was surprised he didn't want to do it himself, but I wasn't surprised he would try and follow through,” the intended victim, Carole Baskin, told KWTV Friday.

Baskin runs Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.

Exotic blames Baskin for judgments totaling more than $1 million against him, according to the Oklahoman newspaper.
I'm sure prison will be a whole new wild animal experience...

His Major Award

So Obama got another special prize, for...what?
There are plenty of well-known scandals that the committee that decided to award Obama had to have been aware of but chose to ignore. There was the Fast and Furious scandal, which involved sending guns to Mexico in the hopes of tracking them to drug cartel leaders. Not only did they lose track of a large number of guns, but one gun was found to have been used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The Obama administration tried to cover it up, and they stonewalled a congressional investigation, resulting in Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents. Is this what constitutes “ethics in government” to the University of Illinois?

The Obama administration also abused the Espionage Act to target reporters and their sources. They even spied on members of the media, illegally seizing the phone records of Associated Press journalists. Fox News reporter James Rosen called Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” after being threatened with possible jail time for refusing to reveal one of his sources. Is this what constitutes “ethics in government” to the University of Illinois?

The laundry list of scandals goes on. The Solyndra scandal, the Benghazi cover-up, Uranium One, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the covering up of thousands of deaths of veterans waiting for care at VA hospitals, manipulating intelligence, paying ransom money to Iran, Project Cassandra, spying on Donald Trump, the Hillary email scandal, which I should add, also implicated Obama, who communicated with Hillary via her private email address and used a pseudonym himself.

It’s bad enough when Obama claims he was scandal-free. But, when he receives an ethics in government award, it diminishes the meaning of ethics.
Ethics, in his case, are for little people...

The 25th Of Never

It doesn't work that way, lefties:
Dershowitz said, “[Y]ou really have to read the 25th Amendment and understand that it was never intended to medicalize political differences. Even President Obama, yesterday, used the term ‘paranoia.’ It’s very dangerous when we try to psychiatricize political differences. That’s not what the 25th Amendment was about. It was about a president who was shot or a president who was having a psychotic break and didn’t know the difference between right and wrong. It was not intended as a substitute for impeachment. And we ought to get off that as soon as possible.”
They're running out of fantasies...

Return Dues

They want their money back:
Attorneys for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two employees who work for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Kiernen Wholean and James Grillo were not members of DEEP’s Service Employees International Union Local 2001. Nor, the lawsuit states, had they ever “consented to the deduction of forced fees.” However, they were still forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment.

Wholean and Grillo’s class action lawsuit argues that in addition to the two of them, anyone who was employed by DEEP for any period of time — from June 13, 2015, to June 21, 2018 — should get a refund on the union dues that they had to pay for the past three years. Janus was decided on June 27.
Time to pay up...

Friday, September 7, 2018

God's Own Lunatic

Because it was his mission, or something:
The 63-year-old has since been transferred to intensive care after undergoing a procedure for serious internal injuries and is now stable and out of 'acute and immediate danger'.

A 40-year-old suspect, identified by police as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, has been arrested over the attack with police saying he appeared to be mentally disturbed and had claimed he was 'on a mission from God'.

Oliveira was said to be a member of the left-leaning PSOL party from 2007 to 2014. On his Facebook page, the attacker recently posted messages criticizing Bolsonaro and supporting the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Why do crazy people always claim they're working for God?

What's New Is Old Again

Maybe not old, but certainly warmed over:
Obama said, “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas — like a higher minimum wage — they’re running on good new ideas – like Medicare-for-all. Giving workers seats on corporate boards. Reversing the most egregious corporate tax cuts to make sure college students graduate debt free.”

The line was met with wild applause from the university audience.

Obama’s embrace of Medicare-for-all matches the policy priorities of the emerging socialist wing of the party, championed by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and rising Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
It's still the same old socialism...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

We're Watching You

Top cops get set to investigate Big Tech:
The announcement was made as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on foreign meddling during the 2016 presidential election. Republican lawmakers, including GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, have repeatedly accused social media giants of censoring conservative viewpoints. “It is impossible to ignore the fact that only one party is being slammed by this censorship, over and over again,” McCarthy in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News. “When only one side is doing the talking, you don’t call it a dialogue. You call it a lecture.”

Facebook and Twitter have not issued a statement on the matter at this time.
They'll let their lawyers do the talking...

The Holler Back Girls

The war isn't over, but the feminists have lost:
The fact that feminists showed up at Kavanaugh’s hearing just to shriek, holler, and interrupt and are broadcasting these acts is not brave but disingenuous and shows a deep lack of respect, knowledge, and perspective not only for the current processes at work in the judiciary but for feminism as a whole. In short, decades worth of lobbying for equal rights has led modern feminists to this moment: Showing up at the rather normal hearing of a rather qualified person in a costume shouting like a lunatic. It is laughable, it is absurd, and this is why it’s failing.
When the lunatics take over the asylum, they lose...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Land's End

Take the land, keep the side effects:
The Business Day described the “shocking drop in agriculture,” which single-handedly tipped the economy into recession:

Most analysts had expected a moderate increase in GDP.

But the most shocking number in the statistics is the precipitous 29.2% decline in agricultural production over the second quarter.

Statistics SA said: “The decrease was mainly because of a drop in the production of field crops and horticultural products”.

The agriculture “detracted a significant 0.8% from the headline outcome”, Investec said.

The recession is not quite “shocking” to opponents of the South African government’s land reform policy, which is ostensibly aimed at redressing racial inequalities in land ownership, but which critics have called a threat to property rights in general.
Land doesn't produce on its own...

Ramming Speed

Hey, lefties-words have consequences:
Let me make clear that at this time there's no evidence that the attacker was responding to Chuck Todd's "fight back" call, but as we saw following the Parkland high school mass shooting, the NRA was immediately tarred and blamed by the likes of Chuck Todd and others in the corporate media establishment despite no evidence they or their policies were remotely connected to the Parkland incident.

But the corporate news media establishment has unmistakably made clear that these are the new rules.

With so much ongoing discussion by these same media figures about widespread public hatred of the corporate news media, it is truly remarkable that they have so quickly adopted the very hateful rhetoric they claim to condemn. Whether this incident is connected or not, it should be a wake-up call to tone things down. But given the rampant double standards, that doesn't seem likely.
One man's treason is another's "resistance..."

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

No Mockery Allowed

Not funny, they said:
"Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media ... will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of three million riyals ($800,000)," the public prosecution tweeted late Monday.

The kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has drawn harsh criticism from rights groups over the targeting of human rights activists and political dissidents across the spectrum since his appointment in June 2017.

Saudi Arabia's legislation on cybercrime has sparked concern among international rights groups in the past.

Dozens of Saudi citizens have been convicted on charges linked to dissent under a previous sweeping law, particularly linked to posts on Twitter.
Satire isn't pretty...

Rahmbo's Last Run

Rahm is calling it quits for next time:
With First Lady Amy Rule by his side, an emotional Emanuel said the time simply had come to write a new chapter in their lives together.

“I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”

Emanuel’s decision marks a dramatic political reversal, as for the better part of the last year he had said he would run for a third term. The mayor, long a prolific fundraiser, had already reeled in more than $10 million toward a bid for a third term.

Over the holiday weekend, though, whispers began emerge that Emanuel might not embark on a third campaign. The mayor’s closest aides privately dismissed the talk as “bull” and “BS.” Emanuel even told some close friends who called to inquire that the rumors weren’t true. A top aide close to the mayor said he didn’t make the final decision until Monday.
He's out. So who wants to be in?

Background Check

She was born a poor Florida child:
Julia Salazar, a progressive Democrat affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, has been touted as the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- who won a primary race against New York Rep. Joe Crowley. But her campaign was thrown into turmoil last month after an article in Tablet took issue with certain parts of her biography.

She had previously told multiple outlets she’s an immigrant from Colombia, saying her family came to the U.S. when she was young.

“My family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia when I was a baby, and my mom ended up raising my brother and me as a single mom, without a college degree and from a working-class background,” Julia Salazar said in an interview with Jacobin Magazine.

But Tablet found she was actually born in Miami. She later said she had made it clear she was born in Miami. In that article, it also quoted her brother Alex as disputing her claims that she was Jewish. “There was nobody in our immediate family who was Jewish … we were not raised Jewish,” he said.

Since then, her brother and her mother have pushed back further against her claims, particularly her assertion that she was born into a "working-class" family and that her mother had no college degree.

In an interview with City & State, Alex Salazar said they were financially comfortable and living in a big house, with her father earning enough to set aside college funds of $6,000 per child.

“We were very much middle class. We had a house in Jupiter along the river, it was in a beautiful neighborhood,” Alex Salazar told the outlet. “I feel very strongly about my family and I want to tell the truth.”
At least somebody in her family seems to want to...

Barbarians Inside The Gates

Welcome to the mob:
More than an hour and 15 minutes after the hearing began, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, moved past Democratic attempts to delay and delivered his opening statement, over the sustained shouts of protesters who were being escorted out of the room.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees – if not the most qualified nominee – I have seen," Grassley said.

The disruptions continued as lawmakers attempted to make opening statements. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch struggled to deliver his prepared remarks, as protesters audibly shouted over him.

“I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed," a frustrated Hatch said. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff."

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin defended the outbursts.

“What we've heard is the noise of democracy,” Durbin said. “This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured or killed because of it.”
Mob rule isn't democracy...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Masculinity Games

The new Jack Ryan is just too male:
What doesn’t the reviewer like about the show?

Saraiya, first of all, hated that Ryan — an “unimpressive American man” — rescued Hanin from “her evil terrorist husband,” which “makes a glossy, gooey narrative of American generosity and valor.”

She further ripped the show, saying that “both its protagonist and its plot are based on the foundational, unquestioned notion that American-military might — the best-funded killing infrastructure in human history — is helping to save the world.”

“Its other primary story objective is proving that Jack Ryan deserves his white male entitlement — which indicates just how closely American myths of masculinity are intertwined with international dominance,” Saraiya wrote. “From frame to frame, Jack Ryan is an astonishing case study in toxic narratives.”
Get off his plane...

Art Is In The Eye Of The Activist

Me Too meets the art world:
The decision, confirmed by the gallery’s director Tim Marlow at its season launch today, marks the first time the Royal Academy has introduced a makeshift gender quota to its exhibitions as a “very interesting exercise”.

The Renaissance Nude, due to open in March 2019, will include around 85 works created from 1400 to 1530 designed to track the development of the “idea and ideal” of the nude throughout Europe.

The announcement, made as part of the Royal Academy’s 2019 season launch, follows a period of deep crisis in the arts, as television, film, theatre, music and the visual arts all re-examine their treatment of women in the wake of #metoo sex abuse revelations.
Because nudity must be equal, or something...

For Want Of Water

Brazil's oldest museum is gone, due to budget cuts?
One issue appears to be the lack of a sprinkler system. Mr Dias Duarte told Globo TV that a $5.3m (£4.1m) modernisation plan agreed in June would have included the installation of modern fire prevention equipment, but only after October's elections.

A major dinosaur exhibition, which was forced to shut following a termite attack five months ago, had recently reopened only thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

Museum librarian Edson Vargas da Silva told local media that the building had wooden floors and contained "a lot of things that burn very fast", such as paper documents.

Why the lack of funds?

The museum, Brazil's oldest, is managed by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the federal government has been struggling with huge budget imbalances in recent years.

The deficit was about 8% of GDP in 2017, only slightly down from a record 10% two years earlier.
What happens when history is no longer a priority?

Swedish Meatball Surgery

It's good care if you can get it:
Sweden has the fifth-highest life expectancy in Europe and cancer survival rates are among the continent's highest, according to 2017 OECD figures.

But Swedes are frustrated over their universal healthcare, one of the main pillars of their cherished welfare state, with long waiting queues due to a shortage of nurses and available doctors in some areas.

"Swedes have little confidence that politicians will solve this," said Lisa Pelling, chief analyst at progressive think tank Arena Ide.

"There is a risk their faith in the welfare state will be eroded," she told AFP.

Swedes, who on average pay more than half of their income in tax, see access to healthcare as the most important issue in the September 9 general election, polls suggest.
Sometimes you don't always get what you pay for...

Confirmation Time

Will they or won't they?
The three Democratic Senators feeling the bulk of the pressure are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. All three voted for President Donald Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. None of them sit on the Judiciary Committee that will conduct the hearings.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is another Democrat in a difficult position. Her opponent, Josh Hawley, who clerked for Justice John Roberts, opened his television ad campaign with a spot attacking McCaskill ahead of the vote on Kavanaugh.

Democrats are hoping to hammer Kavanaugh with questions about abortion, the constitutionality of Obamacare provisions and his views on whether a president should be subject to investigations while in office. And advocates on both sides have spent millions of dollars on campaign ads in a handful of key states to pressure senators on their vote.

All four Democratic senators are holding their judgement until the confirmation process plays out but they will have to cast a vote just weeks before the election.
Time's running out, folks...

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The One They Don't Want

They want him to stay home:
Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota worry a surrogate like Obama could distract from focusing on their Republican opponents. Obama himself is keeping a wide berth from endorsing national campaigns in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

“We’re not going to use any surrogates. Surrogates are fine but we don’t need them,” Tester told The Hill on Saturday.

Heitkamp was even more curt, saying “nope, no” to questions about the possibility of Obama visiting North Dakota. “He threatened to campaign against me once so I don’t think he’s coming out there,” she said.
He seems to know when he's not wanted...

Dropping Their Ball

Losers never win:
The team started the season with 18 players. After losing its first game 41-0 and then being shut out 61-0 in its second game, two players quit.

Then two more dropped off the team, followed by the team’s quarterback on Monday.

That was when Head Coach and Healdsburg HS Athletic Director Dave Stine had the kids make a decision.

“We decided to do a blind vote and seven of the thirteen said no, they didn’t want to move forward,” said Stine. “So we went ahead and disbanded the varsity team at that point.”
When you lose, you lose...

Blame It On The Beams

Attack of the microwaves?
A New York Times report on Saturday stated that doctors and scientists who examined 21 of the affected diplomats believe microwaves are “a main suspect.”

“Everybody was relatively skeptical at first,” Dr. Douglas H. Smith, the lead author of a study of the victims’ ailments, told the news outlet in an interview.

“[But] everyone now agrees there’s something there,” Smith, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, said. He also said the team is becoming increasingly sure that the diplomats suffered brain injury.

Smith said diplomats and doctors jokingly refer to the trauma as the “immaculate concussion.”
Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they didn't fry your brain...

Burger Boycott Goes Bust

In N Out survives:
as leftist-generated boycotts normally go, Bauman’s call to action did not go as planned. In fact, it completely backfired, failing to generate much support from Democrats while generating long lines at California In-N-Out locations.

Anthony Grigore, a Democrat, “dissed” the boycott as “silly.” He told the Los Angeles Times: “Eating at In-N-Out is such a standard thing to do across California.”

Meanwhile, numerous California politicians, both on the state and federal level, posted pictures of themselves on social media eating In-N-Out.
The fries were extra...

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Medicare Confederacy?

Florida's socialist hero admits he'd need help:
Gillum stated, “Well, the budget deficit in this state is going to be largely driven by the great big tax giveaways that Republicans have pursued nearly every legislative session that I can remember. We know that the fastest growing part of the state’s budget is its healthcare costs. We also know that this governor failed to expand Medicaid for over 700,000 of the most medically needy people in this state, leaving $6 billion alone last year on the table, money that could have come from the federal government to help prop up that system, while here in the state of Florida we have a nursing shortage. … I think largely because we have failed to step up to that task.”

He added, “I think for Florida to move in that direction, we would have to do it as a confederation of states. We could not do it by ourselves solely here in the state of Florida. Because it would collapse the system. We would only attract the sickest of patients and it wouldn’t work. But could you imagine if we could team up with the states of New York, California, Florida, maybe even Texas even, Illinois, and other progressive-thinking states and bargain on behalf of the citizens?”
Because their own policies have worked out so well...

Low Prices Or Else

Venezuela goes after "saboteurs":
In announcing the reforms, Maduro warned private businesses there was “no excuse” for raising their prices because of his pledge to pay for the additional cost of hiring employees for three months. The regime claims that it agreed on fixed prices after talks with businesses and analyzing costs of production, although this claim was disputed by the Consecomercio trade union who said just 35 companies were consulted.

As such, the government intended to fix prices on 25 basic products, including beef, chicken, and eggs, although the price controls have meant many of these products have just disappeared altogether.

The arrests also make grim reading for private enterprise across the country, as the Maduro regime seeks to consolidate a Cuba-style socialist vision by seizing control of businesses whose prices are too high for Venezuelans, who have recently been living off monthly minimum wage of just a couple of dollars a month.
But at least they'll have rock bottom prices to go along with their rock bottom wages...

School For Adults

How to be a grownup:
“It’s a program to teach them things they won’t necessarily learn in school or their parents didn’t think to teach them, because it’s not school based,” Laura Wells, a research assistant at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, told WSPA-TV.

Wells said that the course would cover “stuff that you learn kind of like on your own, sometimes” and “things we floundered with when we were out of school.”

The teens, who have already signed up for the class, said they appreciated the opportunity to learn these skills. Jordan McDonald, a local high school senior, told WSPA that “having somebody tell you ‘Hey, don’t worry, you’re not the only person that doesn’t know what to do’ is helpful.”

On Monday, teens learned how to submit college applications. In September’s class, they will learn how to sew buttons and make pincushions.
Being an adult is hard...