Overnight Open Thread (5-1-2016) – Victims of Communism Day Edition
Biden's meetings Thursday with Abadi and other senior Iraqi officials focused primarily on making sure that the political strife in Baghdad was not interfering with military preparations to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the Islamic State.
"We talked about the plans that are in store for Mosul and the coordination that's going on with all of our friends here," Biden told reporters after his meeting with the Iraqi prime minister. "And so, I'm very optimistic."
As he spoke, the vice president was standing next to Salim al-Jubouri, the Iraqi parliament speaker. He pointed to Jubouri and noted that they last talked in Biden's office in Washington. "This is an old friend," Biden said.
Less than 36 hours later, the protesters were dancing and stomping on Jubouri's desk in front of the parliament chamber. Jubouri had fled the building.-- from an article on the collapse of Iraq's parliament
So is Germany becoming less German? Not really. The German national character, like all national characters, is complicated. The old American TV show Hogan's Heroes, about U.S. soldiers in a German POW camp during WWII, featured two leading Germans at the camp: Colonel Klink, the disciplinarian, and Sergeant Schultz, who would always look the other way for a cigarette or a bottle of schapps. Clearly, the Brandt Airport and VW are more Schultz than Klink. The other Germany never really went away; Sgt. Schultz is still nursing his schnapps.
-- from an article explaining why the years-behind schedule, way over-budget, white-elephant Berlin-Brandenburg Airport will likely never open
One word: Martland. Martland was not persecuted directly by soldier-hating suits like Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy (a career politician) or Secretary Designee Eric "Fabulous" Fanning. Martland's NCOER was deliberately crafted to harm him. It was prepared and signed by officers and NCOs who knew they were uttering a false instrument, knew they were rejecting the Army Way of criticizing subordinates face to face and in private, knew they were taking up arms in a political battle, and doing it on the side of falsehood, and injuring a good man who had done a good thing, because the Army had drifted off into a foamy pink froth of values that were politically constructed and inconstant. What would those people do with an unlawful order?
People who saw in their commissions, their documents of appointment of rank, their assignment to positions, not as a place to bring their own morals and character to bear, but a place where they would stake all on unthinking obedience? And rationalize it afterward?
That way? Go that way if you will. Be ready to board the boxcars. Your turn will come.-- WeaponsMan on whether the military really would reject illegal orders
Unfortunately, the bathroom wars are likely just getting started. The Obama administration has already chosen sides. "This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the North Carolina law. "The president, every time, is going to be on the side of equality and fairness and justice for every American."
That sounds great, unless you're an American with traditional views on gender, your kids are in a public school, and the girls' locker room has just been declared a gender-fluid zone. Alas, my friend; you simply have the wrong thoughts. Sadly, in some cases, that's when "equality and fairness and justice" don't really apply.-- Heather Wilhelm in Why the Transgender Bathroom Wars Matter
We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities - "F-k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!" - her public activism is newsworthy. Identifying her is not "doxing."
-- RSM on #TrigglyPuff
If I was more angry with you, I might include a picture of TrigglyPuff.
Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim went over to Fox New correspondent Jesse Watters and started trouble over a 2009 incident.
Of course she does.
I didn't and I actually try to keep up with this stuff.
Both the federal government and Minnesota's state government will assess so-called "death taxes" or estate taxes on Prince's assets, taking away more than half his estate. Between his physical assets-cash, investments, home, etc.-and his future royalties, Prince's estate has been estimated to be between $300 and $500 million. .
The combination of Minnesota's top death tax rate of 16 percent, plus the federal government's 40 percent rate, means that over 50 percent of Prince's estate will go to the government.
This isn't the first time Target has dipped a toe into the troubled "gender identity" waters. Last summer we talked about the store's new policy of "de-gendering" the toys and clothing aisles so as not to offend anyone. The sad part of all this is that this stupid, pointless battle (which was clearly going to affect the company's sales no matter which way they went on it) was completely unnecessary. Just as with public, government facilities, there is a simple (if still costly) solution, assuming one believes that a solution is required. In fact San Francisco (of all places) hit on the idea very early in the national debate. If a company or public facility truly feels that they must jump into this entire "degendering" fiasco, then in addition to traditional facilities for each gender, simply add on a third, gender neutral bathroom or other facility. Then anyone going in can be informed that there is no gender requirement for occupancy and, likewise, the owner/management offers no guarantee as to the gender of the other patrons you may encounter in there. Alternately, when new facilities are constructed, put in multiple, single user facilities and just label them as "shower" or "bathroom" or "changing room."
Problem solved. Then, if someone wants to insist that they must be allowed in public facilities with people of the opposite gender, their true agenda is exposed. (You will be made to not only care, but to participate.) This is an important aspect of the conversation which the SJW all to often succeeds in suppressing. We aren't having a conversation here about discrimination or the suppression of anyone else's rights. Dress however you wish. And for that matter, the vast majority of us aren't going to care one way or the other what you call yourself despite the obvious denial of basic genetics and science on display. The real motivation of the SJW is to force such twisted claims on everyone else and mandate their participation even when it comes at the expense of the rights of the majority.
You can only avoid your Darwin Award destiny for so long.
Realizing his home was being broken into, the homeowner yelled, "Don't come in here, I have a gun!".
Boyd, with his face covered by a bandana, ignored the warning and eventually "physically forced himself in through the front door," Corinth Police Captain Dell Green said.
"A scuffle ensued," said Dance, "and the intruder was shot three times, we believe. He then went out into the yard and fell."Chief Dance said Boyd had previously been arrested for burglary and robbery and had also been shot during a prior attempt a number of years earlier. That incident involved an elderly man who, after experiencing a prior break-in at his home, rigged his door with a homemade alarm system. When he heard the aluminum cans he had strung around the door rattling, he told the intruder not to come in, that he had a gun. Just like his final burglary attempt, Boyd went inside anyway.
A lot as it turns out. Sometimes you really do need its triple redundancy - especially when you can see your landing gear through the wing. Amazingly this A-10 was eventually fully repaired and the pilot flew it again years later.
But if you read the article, it's not that Millenials hate soda - they're just migrating to premium beers and bourbons as they get older.
Weekly Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [389 comments] 'Vic We Have No Party' [54.61 posts/day]
2 [360 comments] 'Christopher Taylor'
3 [359 comments] 'Ricardo Kill'
4 [340 comments] 'Nevergiveup'
5 [327 comments] 'ThunderB'
6 [314 comments] 'ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens'
7 [284 comments] 'AmeriDan'
8 [270 comments] 'Skip'
9 [252 comments] 'Village Idiot's Apprentice'
10 [249 comments] 'Bruce With a Wang!'
Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [109 names] 'D. Trump' [15.30 unique names/day]
2 [84 names] 'The Political Hat'
3 [54 names] 'Turd Ferguson'
4 [48 names] 'Amy Schumer'
5 [42 names] 'Curtis LeMay'
6 [41 names] 'Harold Stassen'
7 [31 names] 'ace'
8 [30 names] 'Geddy Lee'
9 [27 names] 'MTF'
10 [27 names] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.'
The group. Banned on 12 universities.
Where it's at - the Twitter
Tonight's post brought to you by Susan Hayward and Loretta Young:
Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to email@example.com.
Close it up
Food Thread: The South--Holding Out On Us Since 1865 [CBD]
Y-not: Our host, CBD, asked me to pinch-hit for him and finish the thread that he'd started for today as he is... indisposed.
"I'm not exactly sure, but I think dog is melting..." pic.twitter.com/tlFHII7rZ0— Animal Life (@MeetAnimals) May 1, 2016
Let's see what he had planned for us, shall we?
First off, CBD gets our mouths watering with a recipe from Garden and Gun:
Red Onion Jezebel with Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs. The key to this recipe is Jezebel sauce, a type of Southern relish traditionally featuring apple jelly and pineapple preserves flavored with horseradish and mustard. The version featured in this Garden & Gun recipe is made from mustard, horseradish, marmalade, sorghum, and lemon juice. According to this source, "Queen Jezebel was often labeled the Old Testement's [sic] sumptuous, proverbial wicked, painted woman. Apparently, the name of "Jezebel" is attached to this sauce because it is delicious, spicy, sumptuous, and potentially powerful."
I don't know what inspired CBD to choose Southern cooking as this week's topic -- perhaps it was the upcoming Kentucky Derby and the foods associated with this amazing event. High on that list of notable Derby weekend treats is the Mint Julep, a simple drink featuring bourbon and minted simple syrup. That brings us to CBD's next topic:
CBD writes, "No, that's not a Photoshop. $5.49 for a 12 ounce bottle of sugar water. That's about 25 cents worth of sugar and 50 cents worth of packaging. This irritates me so much that I think I am going to share my secret recipe for Simple-SyrupTM with you Morons.
1:1 ratio of sugar to hot water.
Continuing with food that satisfies a sweet tooth, there's this contribution from CBD:
"This is the back of a container of Steve's Ice Cream. Specifically, "Whoopie Pies & Sweet Cream" flavor. And it was awesome. Until I saw the admonition on the back to "Keep Frozen." Apparently the folks who buy Steve's Ice Cream are so monumentally, mindbogglingly stupid that they need to be reminded to keep their ice cream in the freezer. Or, the Steve's Ice Cream people think that its customers are knuckle-dragging, booger-eating retards. Either way, I am not pleased."
A little bit about the history of Whoopie Pies here:
The recipe for whoopie pies has its origins with the Amish, and in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to find roadside farm stands offering these desserts. Amish cooking is about old recipes that have fed families for generations, with no trendy or cross-cultural fusions or mixtures. These cake-like whoopie pies were considered a special treat because they were originally made from leftover batter. According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout "Whoopie!"
In keeping with the Southern theme, here's a Whoopie Pie recipe that incorporates bourbon.
Finally, CBD provides this offering, Fried Strawberry Pie:
Fried pies have long been a spiritual savior, proof that pleasure can be coaxed from hard times. Stamped from an inexpensive alchemy of fat, flour, and fruit, they were traditionally pulled from vats of rendering lard during pig-butchering parties or cooked up with dried apples or peaches when the pantry was getting low. "If I have any money," Georgia bluesman Curley Weaver sang in his 1934 recording "Fried Pie Blues," "I will buy me some."
CBD's thread topic got me thinking about what we consider to be quintessential Southern foods (and cooking techniques). Fried chicken is probably at or near the top of many of our lists. Here's a brief history of this heavenly dish's popularity in the U.S.:
The Scots, and later Scottish immigrants to the southern United States, had a tradition of deep frying chicken in fat as far back as the middle ages, unlike their English counterparts who baked or boiled chicken. When it was introduced to the American South, fried chicken became a common staple. Later, Africans brought over on the slave trade, became cooks in many southern households and incorporated seasonings and spices that were absent in traditional Scottish cuisine, enriching the flavor. Since fried chicken traveled well in hot weather before refrigeration was commonplace, it gained further favor. In the south, Fried chicken continues to be among this region's top choices for "Sunday dinner." Holidays such as Independence Day and other gatherings often feature this dish as well.
A bit more from The Art of Scottish-American Cooking:
One of my favorite recipes in this book is Scotch Fried Chicken. You'll enjoy letting your friends know that one of the "great Scottish contributions to the American cuisine is fried chicken." As documented in their travel books, in 1773 on the Isle of Skye, Dr. Johnson and James Boswell "were served fried pullets" (a young chicken which we seldom killed in SC during my childhood since they would eventually become hens). Immigrants to the Carolinas from Skye carried this recipe with them. I still recall my mother's Sunday fried chicken as a boy growing up in Mullins, South Carolina, and I now know that my ancestors came up the Cape Fear River from the Isle of Jura to settle in what is now Bladen County, North Carolina. Jura was not that far from the Isle of Skye.
If you're interested in reading more about Southern foods, you might enjoy this Southern Food Primer courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
To wrap things up, how about a recipe for Kentucky Burgoo, this one from Hunter, Angler, Cook:
Serves 6 to 10.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours, or more if your game is old and tough
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 to 2 squirrels or rabbits, cut into serving pieces
2 to 3 pounds venison, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
3 to 5 pheasant legs/thighs (bone-in)
1 green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 quart pheasant or chicken stock
1 quart beef or game stock
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 large potatoes
1 bag of frozen corn (about a pound)
1 bag of frozen lima beans (about 14 ounces) or canned black-eyed peas
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco or other hot sauce on the side
Pour the oil into a large Dutch oven or soup pot and set the heat to medium-high. Working in batches, brown all the meats. Do not crowd the pan or the meat will not brown well. Salt the meat as it cooks. As they brown, move the various meats to a bowl.
Add the onions, carrots, celery and green pepper to the pot and turn the heat to high. Cook the vegetables until they are well browned; you might need to add a little more oil to the pot. When the vegetables have browned, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add back the meats, along with the chicken and beef broths and the tomatoes. Stir to combine and add salt to taste. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 hours.
Fish out the meat pieces. Strip the pheasant and squirrel off the bone. Tear the large pieces of venison into bite-sized pieces. The reason you did not do this right at the start is because venison will stay moister when it cooks in larger pieces. Return all the meat to the pot and return the stew to simmer.
Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks about the same size as the meat pieces. Add them to the stew and simmer until they are tender. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mix well and taste for salt. Add more Worcestershire sauce to taste if needed.
Finally, add the corn and lima beans. Mix well and cook for at least 10 minutes, or longer if you'd like. Serve with cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.
I've made this stew several times in the past year and have had the version they serve at Churchill Downs as well. Each time it's a little bit different depending on which meats and veggies I've had on hand. One time I included rabbit and another time elk, but I confess I don't think either really added much to the dish as both meats are very lean and have a tightly-packed "grain." To get the full effect of this stew, I think it's good to have some shredded meat holding the sauce together, otherwise it's too much like a soup. Chicken thighs are a must (turkey would also probably be excellent) and some sort of meat that shreds well (a cheap cut of pork or brisket). Beef short ribs also add a nice richness to this stew. For my third meat, I like to toss in chunks of a spicy sausage, like a lamb merguez. I've served it with cornbread, as well as over mashed potatoes or polenta. I think I like it over polenta best, but you can't really go wrong however you serve it!
What's cookin' in YOUR kitchens this week?
Close it up
Shut Your Whore Mouth, I am Too A Planet! (CBD)
So....We have planets, dwarf planets, Both with and without moons (up until now), asteroids, and probably some other stuff. And did anyone know that Pluto has three companions? Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. But until recently, Makemake was the odd dwarf out; no moon! Until Tuesday.
Payback for all of the taunting! Makemake, the dwarf planet, has a moon!
The four dwarves are in the Kuiper Belt, which is beyond Neptune, and a long way from Moria.
"Makemake was the odd one out," said Alex Parker, a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "Makemake was the only one that didn't have a moon."
Michael E. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology who led the team that discovered Haumea, Makemake and Eris, and the moons of Haumea and Eris, had looked for moons around Makemake, too. He did not find any, but that was not necessarily the end of the story. "I've always been suspicious in the back of my mind," he said.
Who knew that moons could be sneaky little bastards?
Supposedly there is mithril to be mined on Makemake's moon, but the orc situation will be a huge problem.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-01-2016: Simply Irreformable [OregonMuse]
Qatar National Library
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, space isn't safe, and snowflakes will melt. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Except if you feel like you're going to shart.
“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.”
― Paxton Hood
Help Fight SOJS (Sudden Onset Jihadi Syndrome)
One of the most pressing questions of the 21st century is, why do acclimated, peaceful, law-abiding Muslims suddenly go nuts and run off to join ISIS? Or, worse, show up one day at work and start shooting people?
Nabeel Qureshi is a Christian convert from Islam, and his best-selling book is Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. In a USA Today article, he writes about his own upbringing:
As a Muslim growing up in the United States, I was taught by my imams and the community around me that Islam is a religion of peace. My family modeled love for others and love for country, and not just by their words. My father served in the U.S. Navy throughout my childhood, starting as a seaman and retiring as a lieutenant commander. I believed wholeheartedly a slogan often repeated at my mosque after 9/11: “The terrorists who hijacked the planes also hijacked Islam.”
Yet as I began to investigate the Quran and the traditions of Muhammad’s life for myself in college, I found to my genuine surprise that the pages of Islamic history are filled with violence. How could I reconcile this with what I had always been taught about Islam?
So, in other words, he actually read the Qur'an for himself. Hmmm...
Others have argued that what Islam needs to have happen to it is the equivalent of the Protestant Reformation. In fact, this is the specific argument of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now:
[Ali] identifies five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion out of the seventh century and into the twenty-first. And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of the Islamists. “Islam is not a religion of peace,” she writes. It is the Muslim reformers who need our backing, not the opponents of free speech.
But from what I can tell, her suggestions on how to "fix" Islam would turn it into something that really wouldn't be Islam. Also, if the Protestant Reformation was just Christians reading the Bible for themselves (and I think for the most part it was), then Al-Qaeda and ISIS are what you get when Muslims start reading the Qur'an for themselves.
Now, that weird rustling sound you're hearing is coming from all the lame equivocations being constructed out of straw: "But the Bible has violent passages, too." Yes, it does. But do you know what the Bible doesn't have? Specific instructions for Christians to go out and kill unbelievers. That many have done so throughout the history of the Church (and in the name of Christ) is to our shame, not glory. Because such actions go against the specific scriptural injunctions *against* violence and attempts at establishing the Kingdom of God by force of arms, by fighting and killing. These injunctions are so strong that there developed an absolute pacifist stream of Christian thought, where no fighting or taking up of arms can ever by justified. I don't much agree with it, but I can appreciate its pedigree, from the Church's earliest days. There's nothing comparable to this in the Islamic world, is there?
Christianity and Islam are not symmetrical in this manner. The Reformation was helped along by increasing rates of literacy in Europe. And now, literacy is spreading throughout the Islamic world and ordinary believers are reading the Qur'an for the first time in their lives, and they're finding what Dr. Quereshi has found. I read an article earlier this week, which link I forgot to save, about a Palestinian writer who was interviewed on Palestinian TV and he asked, "so why do I have to hate the Jew?" He cited times past in history where Muslims and Jews lived peaceably together. And he repeated his question, then added, "Why now? Why do I have to hate the Jew now?"
And the answer is, of course, because the whole Islamic world is under pressure from the jihadis to conform. They're not "hijacking" Islam, they're exploiting characteristics that have been in Islam since the very beginning.
Because of this, the Qur'an is kind of like the Muslim version of a headcrab. All of a sudden, it will overwhelm an unsuspecting Muslim and then they show up at work with weapons and murderous intent and officials can say nothing but gee, how could that have happened, when the answer is right there in front of them.
Fortunately for us, not all Muslims who read the Qur'an get bitten by the headcrab. Who does and who doesn't, at least in this country, is the subject of United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists by Peter Bergen, which
...tells the entwined stories of the key actors on the American front. Among the perpetrators are Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born radical cleric who became the first American citizen killed by a CIA drone and who mentored the Charlie Hebdo shooters; Samir Khan, whose Inspire webzine has rallied terrorists around the world, including the Tsarnaev brothers; and Omar Hammami, an Alabama native and hip hop fan who became a fixture in al Shabaab’s propaganda videos until fatally displeasing his superiors
But as one review notes, "Bergen’s position that conservatives have overblown the Jihadist threat for political gain and the focus should be on climate change and gun control mirrors the position of the Obama administration. Whether Bergen is echoing the administration, the reverse or both arrived at the same conclusion is not known." So there's that.
Me, I figure that the guys who suddenly run off to join ISIS are probably the Mulsim equivalents of the same type of people who, back in the 70s, would disappear and then reappear some months later selling flowers on the street corner as members of some religious cult, i.e. they're mostly middle class, bored, with an excess of leisure time on their hands.
The jihadis have raised hard questions about how the Qur'an should be read and interpreted. I'm not sure how the more moderate Muslims answer these interpretive questions. I have heard, for example, that moderate imams have been brought to Gitmo to talk with the detainees about how Al-Qaeda distorts and misuses the Qur'an, but I don't know what is said, or how the interpretive issues are dealt with.
And who gets to say authoritatively what the Qur'an does or does not say?
And while we're at it, here's a woman who's not down with the whole ISIS/Al-Qaeda "let's make all the women wear Hefty Bags" schtick: Brigitte Gabriel, a Maronite Christian who was born in Lebanon, has written Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America, which
is a political wake-up call told through a very personal memoir frame. Brigitte warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way Lebanon was— radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw this mission start in Lebanon, and she refuses to stand silently by while it happens here.
I'm old enough to remember when Beirut was known as "The Paris of the Middle East". It was very modern, very cosmopolitan, where Muslims, Christians, and Jews all lived together and more or less got all lone. And then one day the jihadis showed up, and that was the end of that.
The controversy over the Hugo Awards has been jacked up a notch:
For the second year in a row, nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction & fantasy have been swept by the Sad Puppies & Rabid Puppies, two groups of authors and fans who oppose left-wing domination of the community.
There are actually two slates, a Sad Puppy slate, and a Rabid Puppy slate, put together by Vox Day, which is a separate entity, even though there is a lot of overlap. You can read the full list in the Breitbart article I linked.
The response of the CHORFs and SJW crybullies has been exactly what you would expect, that is, a cavalcade of stupid:
The puppies oppose diversity initiatives and support lists that are dominated by white men. Their targets, which they call SJW for "social justice warriors," are women, people of color, LGBT writers, editors and artists and the people who support them, including L.A. Times Critic at Large John Scalzi.
I'm not going to even bother to fisk this. They never tired of repeating the same lies. Oh, and notice that they don't mention, as I noted a few weeks ago, that the Sad Puppies recommendations were solicited and collated by women authors this year.
In a related development, this will be the first year of the Dragon Awards:
Welcome to the first annual Dragon Awards! As a part of our 30th Anniversary as the nation's largest fan run convention, we are introducing a new way to recognize excellence in all things Science Fiction and Fantasy. These awards will be by the fans, for the fans, and are your chance to reward those who have made real contributions to SF, books, games, comics, and shows. There is no qualification for voting – no convention fees or other memberships are needed. The only requirement is that you register, confirm your email address for voting purposes, and agree to the rules. This ensures that all votes count equally.
Dragon Con, which advertises itself as "the largest, multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, film in the universe" will be held this year in Atlanta, GA on Sept 2-5.
The emergence of the Dragon Awards is interesting. When the market is broken, you get alternate markets. It remains to be seen whether the Dragons will last, and whether they will acquire the prestige that the Hugos have long held.
When Words Mattered
When did neo-conservatism start? Well, maybe right here:
On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bow-tie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."
Resolution 3379 was engineered by the Soviet Union and filtered through its various proxies, so this is just another aspect of the Cold War. And instead of presenting some kind of Kissingeresque "détente" kind of response, the US Ambasssardor to the UN Daniel Patrick Moynihan got up and loudly said oh hells no.
These events are recounted in detail in Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism by Gil Troy. And it goes on to argue that from that point on, America lifted itself out of the crisis of self-confidence brought about by a slumping economy and failure in Vietnam, toward a more robust foreign policy and fearlessness in asserting and defending American interests.
Of course, Obama has pretty much peed it all away, which is something that even Jimmy Carter was unable to do.
As this review notes:
Resolution 3379 was eventually repealed on Dec. 16, 1991, with a clear majority. Moynihan’s doggedly delivered 750 speeches against the resolution made the difference in the final outcome.
Moynihan was a Democrat, but even so, he was one of the good guys.
Veteran moron commenter Skandia Recluse has a couple of recommendations that he believes might interest the readers of this Smart Military Blog:
First, The Boer War by Winston Churchill,
Churchill's book, a series of letters written for publication in English newspapers, catalogs troop movements here and there, and the battles fought...more a recounting of his own personal adventures and observations than a comprehensive history of the conflict.
In particular, it recounts the episode where
...Churchill is captured in Pretoria not long after he arrives to join the British forces -- and is frustrated not by the conditions in the prison, but by the fact that he was missing the action. Churchill tells the story of how he escaped and made a daring overland crossing, traveling only at night to avoid detection.
And then there's The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby, one of the most effective (Southern) military leaders of the Civil War.
He writes of 'foraging' for rations, capturing enemy supply wagon trains, gathering intelligence, spying, holding and breaking lines of communication and supply lines. He also writes about inspiring leadership and leaders not so inspiring and how that affects the outcome.
And get this:
[Mosby] also suggests that written documentation might have been falsified after the fact. Mosby then mentions the conflicting conclusions of expert historians, and their efforts to rewrite history to protect a favored leader, or place blame on another leader who may or may not be at fault for disaster.
Make me wonder whether we really know anything about history at all.
Mosby's memoirs are available for 99 cents on Kindle. While looking at the Amazon page for this, the Amazon algorithm popped up a number of other cheap Civil War histories that appear to be first-person accounts, such as War Years with Jeb Stuart by W.W. Blackford, Hardtack & Coffee or The Unwritten Story of Army Life by John D. Billings and Rebel Private: Front And Rear: Memoirs Of A Confederate Soldier by William A. Fletcher. There's also The Passing of the Armies: An Account Of The Final Campaign Of The Army Of The Potomac by Joshua Chamberlain, who commanded the 1st Brigade of the Union Army’s V Corps.
All of these are 99 cents.
What I'm Reading
I've just started Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges as part of my church's reading recommendations.
"The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us whom I call conservative evangelicals may have become so preoccupied with some of the major sins of society around us that we have lost sight of the need to deal with our own more `refined' or subtle sins." And in the book Bridges addresses these "respectable sins"--sins, that though they bring dishonor to God, are too often overlooked among Christians. We are apt to focus on the obvious ills of society and our attention to those seemingly great sins somehow convinces us that our small sins are acceptable.
Anger, discontentment, unthankfulness, selfishness, and lack of self-control are some of the personal sins Bridges specifically discusses. You know, actually, I probably don't want to read this book. It's probably going to make me think about things I'd rather not have to think about.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be acessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
Close it up
EMT 5/01/16 [krakatoa]
May first. Which means I'm 4 short days from another holiday Americans have decided to celebrate.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for another excuse to drink.
But Seriously Mexico: Celebrating beating the French is like celebrating managing to get your feet into the correct shoes.
Overnight Open Thread (30 Apr 2016)
This is rich. ICE Director admits 'sanctuary' policies put agents at risk. Then when she's asked if these 'sanctuary' policies also pose a risk to the public, she dodges the question. Um, if it is riskier for your agents, it's bound to be riskier for the public.
Fascinating read. Why you should fear this man.
The Blackwater of surveillance, the Hacking Team is among the world's few dozen private contractors feeding a clandestine, multibillion-dollar industry that arms the world's law enforcement and intelligence agencies with spyware. Comprised of around 40 engineers and salespeople who peddle its goods to more than 40 nations, the Hacking Team epitomizes what Reporters Without Borders, the international anti-censorship group, dubs the "era of digital mercenaries."
I have an idea of who complained. Fans have strong feelings about gamers accidental 'crotch shot'.
Key & Peele
Sixty-six percent of the 352 million notices the agency sent out last year contained Americans' full Social Security Numbers, and the government said it has no idea how many never made it to the correct address.
Target's stock down 5%, brand damaged, by public rebuke to pro-transgender bathroom rules. Funny thing is, they are hurting their business for so few folkswho up until recently were using bathrooms just fine.
Why Cats Act So Weird
Weird News From The 1970s
I don't remember hearing about this. The case of the cable car nymphomaniac.
I didn't know people hated the word moist. I usually associate it with a cake which is good. Researcher thinks he's figured out why so many people hate the word 'moist'.
Those most likely to be disgusted by it? "[T]he prototypical moist-averse person is a young, neurotic, female who is well-educated and somewhat disgusted by bodily function," Thibodeau writes/
How games are helping veterans recover from injury.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by B-25s taking off from USS Ranger in 1992:
Top cat pic via.
Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to maet or CDR M. Otherwise send tips to Ace.
Close it up
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 04-30-2016 [OregonMuse]
"Come To Chess City!"
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Sunday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of outside passed pawns and Modern Chess Openings. And, for those of you who aren't, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or tiddlywinks, or Tigglypuff, or whatever you wish. Only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.
“Nowadays, because of computers, a 13-year-old would probably know more than Bobby Fischer knew when he retired.”
This is another one whose solution eluded me. And after I saw it, I said "duh". Hopefully, you'll do better. It's White to play and win.
FEN: [2R5/8/8/8/8/5p2/6Pp/1k1K4 w - - 0 1]
One Knight Too Many
Over on our awesome chess.com group, GOOCH asks:
I think one of my weaknesses is the middle game in general and, in particular, dealing with knight threats. I have trouble arresting their march into my territory, despite good pawn structure, and knights are almost always behind my most frequent blunders. Anyone have any good tips on this they'd like to share? I'm open ears...
Yeah, no doubt about it, knights are tricksy little guys. For example:
FEN: [7n/k1K5/7n/1q6/2P5/8/8/7n w - - 0 1]
This position is one of the ones found in the Lomosomov Tablebases, a giant database that contains all 7-piece endings:
7-man tablebases were calculated in 2012 on Computer Science department of Moscow State University. Calculations were done on supercomputer named Lomonosov...The tablebases contain the exact evaluations (draw or moves to mate) for all positions with no more than 7 pieces on the board. The total number of positions in the tables – more than 500 trillions (500 000 billions).
There's an Android app that allows you to train on endgame positions. This is where this problem came from.
And I have not been able to solve this it. I can only get so far: after I queen the pawn, which is easy, I can usually figure out a way to force the Black king into a fork and pick off one of the knights. But then Black manages to bury the king in one of the corners with the knights right next to him, and once that happens, I don't see any way how to pry him out.
Actually, I don't even know if forcing a mate from this position is possible within the constraints of the 50-move rule. So perhaps this problem is of theoretical interest only.
In United States chess, things are definitely looking up:
Benjamin Kwon does not look like a gladiator, but you should see him play the Fried Liver Attack, a wildly aggressive chess opening that wages an all-out assault on the opposing player’s king. The opening is not for the fainthearted.
On a recent Friday afternoon, he beamed as he rattled off the first moves for both sides: pawn to E4, pawn to E5, bishop to C4, and so on, until he got to the real moment of attack, knight to G5. This is where the Fried Liver Attack gets hairy. “Nothing can block it,” he said, his face lighting up.
Benjamin Kwon is 6 years old.
According to the current ratings list, Kwon's is only 684, so he's not exactly a phenom. But he's conversing about chess topics intelligently so you know he's going to get better. And not just Kwon. These days, many schools all across the country have chess integrated into the curriculum.
Chess is even used as a tool to reform juvenile criminals based on the theory that it cultivates habits of thinking that will help them make better decisions with their lives.
And because of this, because we're finally accessing a huge talent pool, we're eventually going to be cranking out champions. Only from the bottom up. Right now, 3 out of the top 10 players in the world are from the United States (So, Nakamura, Caruana). And this is only the beginning.
Thanks to CBD for the tip.
White Mates in 5
FEN: [1k1r4/pp5p/7p/1N1p1pq1/P2N3b/2P4P/1P2Qn2/R3RK2 w - - 0 1]
This problem is a good one to remember. The move sequence of the solution, and the piece configuration at the end, is one that comes up a lot in chess, and if you play enough chess, you'll eventually see this theme, or variations on this theme, occur in your games. Chess is mainly pattern recognition, and this is one pattern you should be able to recognize.
Thanks to 'Burn the Witch' for this problem
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
There's not an actual chess club anywhere close to where I live (which is odd, this being a college town), but I did find a group of old guys who meet at a senior center every Wednesday morning for chess. And since I'm not all that younger than most of them, I fit right in. Here's a game I played at the senior center earlier this week. I managed, with great skill, to completely eff the whole thing up. This is the position after 11 moves:
FEN: [r2q1r1k/ppp2p1p/2np3Q/2bNp1Np/2B1P1b1/3P4/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 11]
At this point, I figure I have a completely won game. Black will realize that the pressure on his pawn on h2 is irresistible, and even without that, there's a Big Gaping Hole where his king-side defenses used to be. So I sat there, patiently waiting for his resignation. Instead, he hit me with this:
OK, fine, Black wants to drag it out a bit. The pressure is now off his h2 pawn, but it cost him his queen. He's still lost.
12. Qxg5 Rg8
Remember that Big Gaping Hole I spoke about earlier? Well, it kind of works both ways, doesn't it? Now what am I going to do with my queen?
Perhaps better was 13. Qf6+, but if 13...Rg7, I'm not sure what would be a good follow-up. He's threatening Rag8 and now I've got a rook battery staring down my throat.
And here my troubles begin. I should have played 14. g3 and let him have the exchange. I can afford it.
Bzzzt! Wrong! 15. g3 was mandatory. What was I thinking? Now I'm busted.
16. Kg1 Bxe4+
17. Qg5 Rxg5# 0-1
I see 3 takeaways from this:
1. Many times, the way to refute a sacrifice is to return the material at the appropriate time for a lasting positional advantage.
2. If you think you've got the game won, sit back, take a deep breath, and re-examine the position for counterattacking chances you might have to face. Don't be like the wide receiver whom the instant replay shows looking at the end zone as the ball slips through his fingers.
3. If you think you've lost, look again.
Despite my maladroit blundering, I still think I have a won game at the original position. But it wouldn't have been as quick as I thought, and I would've had to guard against counterattacks.
I was flustered at how quickly my I was able to turn a totally winning position into poo. So I totally missed 17.Qxg7+ Kxg7 18.dxe4, which puts me, basically, up a rook. White's 18th suggests that instead of 16...Bxe4+, Black should have played 16...Bf3+. OK, so I never had the slam dunk I thought I had. Dang chess.
That cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
Close it up
Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
I guess it's better than being named Dammit. Welcome aboard to the Pet Thread.
Climb on a piece of furniture get comfy and take it easy.
- Bambi rescued
- Someone needs to be stopped
- Man's best friend
- No hugging?
- Beef it's what's for dinner, but not in this home
- Are you listening? H/T Greg
I was recently contacted by a first time dog owner who wanted to acclimate their dog to water. The dog is not a sporting breed which from experience take to water quickly. When young introduce them to puddles, a small swimming pool or a lake. Stay away from streams or rivers with strong current. While conducting research this website came up. I cant argue with any of the advice here.
During the research a couple of videos were found. Now granted both trainers have Labs which take to water like I take to cheese cake. But, they are both good starting points.
So Morons, do you have a pet that swims? What did you do to introduce your friend to water? Did you throw your pet into the water? Did you play fetch by throwing the object into the water? Let's help our Moron friend out today.
Just a reminder, try to keep your dog out of algae. The past 2 summers here in the upper Midwest several dogs have died from the bacteria in the algae. Also if your dog has a weak immune system be careful around small creeks, swamps and marshes where microbes present in the water can cause sickness and/or death. Romping through the great outdoors with your pal is fun, but caution must be taken at times.
Catlady sent in this photo. I figured anyone named Catlady would have had at least double digit cats in the photo. I was wrong. They look at home there. Thanks for sharing.
We received this submission from fish of his English Mastiffs, Poppins & Brutus.
Black Orchid's Leo. She didn't say much about him, but from the looks of him he's adorable.
Meet Sneaker the Cat and Red the Dog. These critters own JohnFNotKerry.
Mobile Command Unit claims to have the loudest under 20# dog there is. Sounds like Miri's bark is worse than her bite.
No Frank Zappa names for these 2 characters. Kasper is the German Shepherd Dog and Scout is his buddy, who was rescued. Interesting pose thank you Freaked for the submission.
Madxmom has an older rescue dog by the name of Ginger. She likes long walks and has a cute disposition.
Holy-Moly, talk about cats. Moron Fish submitted this photo from top to bottom, Milk, Bruiser, Half n Half, Stanley & Penny.
Sad story about the cat Hobbes, formerly owned by tcn in AK. Seems the poor cat got a hold of a mouse poisoned which poisoned the cat. Mouse/rat poison is some bad stuff. Be careful with it.
Meet a service dog by the name of Woofie. Just Another Anonymous Lurker didn't say what type of service dog it is. Woofie is a Pomchi.
Last but not least is this submission from Peaches. The larger kitty was Henry who has passed on. The smaller cat is Cecil who now is 12. Cute picture, I can see why Peaches had used it for a screen saver shot.
This concludes this weeks Pet Thread. Thank you for stopping by. As always if you have photos, tips, news, etc., feel free to pass along to us at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
Close it up
Tin Foil Hats: The Newest Thing In Psychiatry (CBD)
**BUMPED so you have an open thread.**
This can't possibly be true. A Helmet That Treats Mental Illness? Okay, she is a scientist, and that is certainly impressive, but it's not like she has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, like Bill Nye! That, of course, confers upon the holder a magical understanding of all of science. But she does have a foul mouth, so maybe....
Like a good skeptical scientist, I started asking for evidence before I put any information about it on my website.
Had it been through phase three clinical trials? Yes.
Was it FDA approved? Yes.
Did they have long term clinical data? Yes.
Interesting. Probably not revolutionary, but people with psychiatric disorders that don't respond to conventional therapies tend to have bad outcomes, so if TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) doesn't injure them, and has positive clinical data, why not?
Saturday Gardening Thread: Shake Your Groove Thing [Y-not and KT]
Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and 'ettes!
Today's thread is brought to you by Bird Seed:
Recently, the Mister and I visited the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, a bit south of Lexington. We enjoyed a tasty "farm to table" dinner and strolled around the grounds where I collected a few tidbits for today's thread.
It was rather chilly that day and Spring seemed somewhat distant. Many of the trees on the grounds were still bare:
But others were leafing up:
Fortunately for the oxen, the grass was already green:
I headed straight to the "backdoor garden," which although somewhat untended at this time of year, had a nice assortment of plants. Some of them were ones I had not seen before, harkening back to an earlier time.
Here's a brief description of what I saw (I won't bother with pictures of most of the plants since very few looked like much of anything at this time of year!):
Calendula officinalis, or pot marigold, has been used both as a medicinal plant* and also as a companion plant, the latter because of its tendency to attract hoverflies. (Hoverflies are used as a natural pest control for aphids.)
Calendula has been used for centuries in a number of ways:
The bright yellow blossom of this herb was used to make a dye to color cheese and butter. In the kitchen, leaves and florets were added to sauces, soups, porridge, and puddings for color and medicinal benefit. The dried, powdered blossoms have also been used as a substitute for saffron in cooking. During the Civil War, calendula was used to stop the blood flow from battle wounds. Calendula blossom preparations continue to be valued as an antiseptic for external application to scrapes, burns, cuts, or wounds. Local application, in the form of a plant poultice or an infusion soaked in a cloth and applied to a wound, is an effective healing remedy. The Romans valued the herb for its ability to break fevers. During the Middle Ages, calendula used for protection against the plague. In early American Shaker medicine, calendula was a treatment for gangrene.
In addition to its first aid uses, calendula also acts as a digestive remedy. An infusion or tincture of the flowers, taken internally, is beneficial in the treatment of ulcers, stomach cramps, colitis, herpes viruses, yeast infections, and diarrhea. An infusion may also be used as an external wash helpful in treating bee stings, eye inflammations, boils and abscesses, varicose veins, eczema, acne, and as a gargle for mouth sores or a rinse to relieve toothache.
Calendula should not be confused with French or Mexican marigold, both from the genus Tagetes.
Calendula is easy to grow. And behaves as either a short-lived perennial or a self-seeding annual, depending on local conditions.
Elecampane is named after Helen of Troy. As the legend goes, she was holding elecampane in her hand when she left to live with Paris in Troy, another legend says that it sprung up from where her tears fell. It was used in ancient Rome for culinary purposes as well as medication. Elecampane is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but it is cultivated all over the world. Research has shown that elecampane contains insulin that can provide bronchial relief. It can also stimulate the immune system. It was once used in the treatment of tuberculosis infections.
Horehound is a member of the mint family, with many of mint's characteristics, including a tendency toward being invasive. (You might have heard of it when you were at an old-fashioned candy store.) It's one of the few plants that were already flowering when I visited the Shaker Village a few weeks ago. Being a fan of mint, I naturally crushed some leaves to check out its aroma.
Ugh. It wasn't a very pleasant smell. If I was a member of The Tribe, I might've known better:
The name may suggest a breed of gray dog, but that's misleading. "Hore-" does mean hoary (gray or white in Old English), but "-hound" is not canine; it's simply an old name for the herb. The generic name Marrubium is the name by which the Romans knew the herb, and vulgare means common. Other opinions are that Marrubium refers to "an ancient town of Italy" or to a Hebrew word for bitter. Some references list horehound among the bitter herbs Jews eat at Passover, but according to Jo Ann Gardner ("Bitter Herbs: A New Look at the Plants of the Bible," The Herb Companion, April/May 1990), it is not among the original bitter herbs of the Bible.
Several other herbs of the mint family also are called horehound, resembling Marrubium in that their flowers are clustered in the leaf axils. Water horehounds belong to the genus Lycopus, and black (stinking) horehound and Greek horehound to the genus Ballota.
According to this source, you should be cautious in your consumption of this herb.
Polliwog the 'Ette points out this is not horehound, but is more likely to be catmint:
Catmint has a very strong and fairly unique scent when crushed like what you described as well. I've always had a "thing" for it because my first encounter with it was in elementary school shortly after reading a fairytale about a boy turned into a dwarf who was rescued by smelling an oddly scented herb. Can't get much more oddly scented than catmint.
Silver Wormwood, also known as Prairie Wormwood or Silver Mugwort, is a member of the genus Artemesia:
Important in medicine, in cooking, and as landscape plants, the artemisias are richly deserving of the honour. They include tarragon, one of the finest and most important ingredients in French cuisine, sweet annie, the source of a medicine crucially important for the prevention and treatment of malaria, and wormwood, the defining ingredient of vermouth, without which the martini could not exist.
Man's connection to artemisia goes back a long way. They are found growing in large expanses throughout the world and surely would have caught the eyes of early hunters and gatherers. According to the Greek myths, Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness and of the hunt, gave the power of the plant to Chiron the Centaur who was a great healer and teacher. It was Chiron who then developed the first medicines from artemisia.
Soapwort, or Saponaria officinalis, can be used to make soap. Although that last link says that soapwort prefers enriched soils, the Missouri Botanical Garden suggests otherwise. The flowers look quite pretty.
Costmary, or Tanacetum balsamita, is a plant with many uses:
Native to the eastern Mediterranean, Costmary was introduced into England in the 16th century and very quickly became extremely popular. With a multitude of uses it appeared in all gardens and was once considered to be one of the most common of garden plants.
Costmary is an incredibly useful perennial herb. Its leaves have a eucalyptus-like aroma which has been described as like garden mint with hints of balsam. The long, broad and resinous leaves support loose clusters of tiny, daisy-like flowers that emit a pleasant, balsamic fragrance.
Costmary was used for many purposes, culinary, medicinal aromatherapy or ornamental. It was known as Alecost, used to clear, flavour and aid in the preservation of beer and ales before being superseded by hops. Today it is usually used in the kitchen as a salad green or potherb. The leaves or stems or flowers can be cooked and used for food or seasoning, preparing tea or adding essence.
Some advice on how to grow it here.
Apothecary Rose is believed to have originated in ancient Persia. Valued for centuries because of its beauty, the Shakers used them to produce rose water (and probably for other things, such as making jellies from the rose hips). I love rose water in Indian food, myself.
Orris Root is derived from Irises:
From ancient times the stately Iris stood as a symbol of power and majesty - it was dedicated to Juno and was the origin of thesceptre, the Egyptians placing it on the brow of the Sphinx and on the sceptre of their kings, the three leaves of its blossoms typifying faith, wisdom and valour.
Cultivation has produced a great number of varieties, both among the bulbous or Spanish Iris (Iris xiphium) and the herbaceous, or Flag Irises, which have fleshy, creeping rootstocks or rhizomes. Among the latter, many have a considerable reputation for their medicinal virtues; in all the species belonging to this genus, the roots being more or less acrid, are possessed of cathartic and emetic properties. The chief economic use of the Iris at the present time is for the production of Orris Root (Rhizoma Iridis), which is derived from I. Germanica, I. pallida, and I. Florentina, collected indiscriminately in Italy from these three species, well-known and very beautiful ornamental plants, natives of the eastern Mediterranean region, extending into Northern India and Northern Africa, and largely cultivated for their rhizomes in Southern Europe, mostly on the mountain slopes.
More about Orris Root and irises here.
If these Olde Timey plants appealed to you, this link describing the (now defunct) Herb Garden at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary might also be of interest. It provides a nice overview of five types of herb beds: culinary, dye, fragrance, household, and medicinal.
I found this post at Old Sturbridge Village that provides a brief description of how some of these herbs were used to be interesting, as well:
Most of Mrs. Child's advice about herbs was related to their medicinal uses, especially soothing teas for indigestion and headaches. Her book was dedicated to economy, so she recommended growing one's own herbs. "Those who have a little patch of ground will do well to raise the most important herbs; and those who have not will do well to get them in quantities from some friend in the country." It was not economical to buy from apothecaries who made money by selling herbs!
"Herb tea, to do any good, should be made very strong," she wrote. For digestive disorders, she recommended several herbs -- summer savory, pennyroyal, tansy, thoroughwort, succory and elderflowers. For "inveterate coughs" a tea of coltsfoot and flaxseed sweetened with honey was recommended, while "an almost certain cure for a cough" was a blend of lungwort, maidenhair, hyssop, elecampane and horehound steeped together. For a fever, a tea of sweet balm or catnip was recommended.
For a more modern take on the medicinal properties of these and other herbs, check out this blog.
That's a short report from my visit. The village also has a grove of apple trees including many older varieties that I had never seen before. There were also indoor exhibits showing how they prepared and stored what they grew (and raised), as well as a working farm. It was a good opportunity to reflect on how intentionally the Shakers lived. There's much to admire about that, although I am glad that I don't have to be as accomplished in the garden as they were!
This is the closest I come to living like a Shaker:
Where do you go for gardening inspiration?
Now, without further ado, heeeere's KT:
Hello, Horde. I will be away from the intertubes until later today, but I thought I would give you an update on my one off-season crop this spring:
A while back, I saw among the last of the 6-packs of cool-season veggies at Walmart some "baby broccoli". I decided to try a pack even though I expected that the weather could be warm, or even hot, before harvest time. What the heck. I had a couple of big pots that needed something new in them. I figured that even if it bolted, I could eat the flowers.
I had never seen the cultivar name "Artwork", but the tag said resists bolting in warm weather. Turns out that this cultivar is a 2015 AAS winner. The directions called for picking the central heads when they were an inch across, or maybe an inch and a half. I tried some raw. I am not a big fan of raw broccoli, unless marinated, and this veggie was pretty close to raw broccoli in flavor.
You may have encountered "baby broccoli" as "Broccolini". In case you have never tried it, this relatively new vegetable is a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese kale (kai-lan). It has small broccoli-like heads and long-ish, tender stems. It looks sort of like Sprouting Broccoli or like the lusty-flavored Rapini (Broccoli Raab). It is sweet and mild, with suggestions of asparagus, according to some. Here are the side shoots of "Artwork" that I picked about three weeks after harvesting the central heads:
As Broccolini gained popularity in fine grocery stores, gardeners started to look for seeds. But the commercial trademark holders had the market cornered.
Sanbon Incorporated originated a commercial program for "asparation" (its registered trademark) in Mexico in 1994 and took it to the US market in 1996; Mann's took it to the US market in 1998 under its trademarked name, Broccolini®. It is grown near the central California coast during the spring, summer, and fall seasons and Yuma, Arizona throughout the winter.
It was interesting to watch the quest in the Gardenweb forums to identify this veggie and obtain seed. A few determined American gardeners went to the expense of ordering seed from commercial wholesale sources overseas. Now, several similar cultivars are available. Johnny's calls Happy Rich the best-tasting selection. I think they bred it. Apollo and Atlantis were among the first widely available hybrids. Burpee featured Apollo in its catalog a while ago, and although it is still on the website, it has been replaced by a unique cutting broccoli"> called "Royal Tenderette" in the catalog. I am not sure if this indicates low popularity for Apollo or just Burpee's quest for novelty. If you try it, let me know how it performs for you.
You can now get seed for Sakata's original commercial Baby Broccoli cultivar Aspabroc. (Asparagus/Broccoli - get it?) "Available as seed to home gardeners for the first time! Known as Broccolini(R) in the produce section of your grocery store and on restaurant menus . . " I see that Pinetree is carrying it. Ditto Twilley, aimed at market growers in the Southeast.
Here is my Baby Broccoli sauteed with some chicken sausage (with apple) and a little carrot. I added some red pepper because the sausage was kinda sweet. Nice combo. Some of the lower stems of the Baby Broccoli were not as tender as I had hoped they would be, but we had some hot weather. I snapped the stems and peeled the lower sections. I liked the flavor even though the side-shoots grew in less-than optimal weather. Broccoli Raab or even Sprouting Broccoli would have been very intensely flavored under these conditions.
Next time, I will plant Baby Broccoli the fall. Hope you get to try a new garden veggie soon.
I will probably not be around when the thread goes up, so here are a couple of observations on the plants Y-not saw emerging in the Shaker garden:
I have tasted horehound candy. I remember its nasty flavor better than I remember the history lesson that went with it. Maybe if you had a really, really sore throat it would be more appealing.
Y-not's historical links are especially fine this week. I recommend the one on the Apothecary Rose, in particular, to history buffs.
I have grown some of the plants she mentioned above, or at least their close relatives. Though not in the setting of an herb garden. Maybe I can add a few nitty-gritty details next week. Just gritty in the case of Soapwort.
Y-not: Thanks, KT!
To wrap things up, how about a brief update on the nature preserve at Casa Y-not?
The house finches fledged. I even manage to catch a picture of one of them on his (or her) first flight:
I've seen a male finch visiting the now empty nest. No sign of a second brood yet.
Mama Duck continues to tend the nest of eggs she laid under our boxwood bush:
Now that she's finished laying eggs, she stays on the nest most of the time, leaving briefly in the early morning and late afternoons or early evenings. I've spotted Mama (and sometimes Papa) duck returning to our yard most mornings. It's a pleasant ritual.
And it also gives Bailey a chance to work on her herding skills!
What's happening in YOUR gardens this week?
*Please note: Although the plants I described today were all part of a Shaker herb garden and ostensibly safe for human use, please do your research before using any of these plants, particularly before eating them.
Close it up
Archive of the Saturday Gardening Thread: Updated April 30, 2016 [Y-not]
It's been a while since I updated the Saturday Gardening Thread archives, so here you go.
Remember: Don't comment on old threads lest your soul be eaten by pixy's voracious were-hamsters!
January 25, 2014 The very first gardening thread (plant hardiness zones, Dave's garden and irrigation system, garden planning tools)
February 1, 2014 Yard and Garden Thread (fun facts about plants, ideas for creating outdoor "rooms")
February 8, 2014 Hot Tomatoes and Red Roses (tomatoes, roses)
February 15, 2014 Don't Be a Tool Edition (essential gardening tools, tool maintenance)
February 22, 2014 Let's Get Dirty (composting)
March 1, 2014 Make Your Bed (Raised bed, planting calendars)
March 8, 2014 Q Branch Edition (home and garden shows, keyhole planter, bee keeping, high tech gardening gadgets)
March 15, 2014 Zombie Edition (Square foot gardening, vertical gardening, sack gardening)
March 22, 2014 Weird Edition (world's strangest gardens, weird plant stories, honey bees)
March 29, 2014 Stop Bugging Me Edition (cherry trees, pests)
April 5, 2014 Solo Edition (solo cup "greenhouses", silly links)
April 12, 2014 Mystery Edition (the plantings of Augusta National, gardens of the First Families)
April 19, 2014 Easter Weekend (dogwoods, pussy willows, primer on phylogenetic analysis)
April 26, 2014 ToMAYto, ToMAHto (history of the tomato, evolutionary tree of food plants, heirloom tomatoes)
May 3, 2014 You're Canned! (storing your harvest, refrigerator pickles)
May 10, 2014 Bipolar Edition (companion plants, plant rotation)
May 17, 2014 Pests Large and Small (low-maintenance perennials, small space gardening)
May 24, 2014 Despicable Me Edition (silly stuff)
May 31, 2014 Mystery Edition (plants with interesting stories about them, mysterious garden pests, ground cover plants, padron peppers)
June 7, 2014 Show and Tell (garden pictures from morons and moronettes)
June 14, 2014 Polls and Potatoes (potato tower)
June 21, 2014 Thread for the Birds (canning tomato sauce, backyard birds, bird-friendly plantings)
June 28, 2014 Fantasy Edition (wildflower identification tools)
July 5, 2014 A Place for Your Stuff (tool storage, "smart" gardens)
July 12, 2014 Farm Report (technology and the politics of Big Ag, tomato staking using "the weave")
July 19, 2014 You Learn Something New Every Day (lessons from a novice gardener, average first frost date calculator)
July 26, 2014 Pioneer Day (morons/ettes show and tell)
August 2, 2014 Y-not's Mailbag and WeirdDave's Post of Horrors (show and tell pix, weed deterrence, power trimmer, mystery cypress disease, gazpacho)
August 9, 2014 Now With More Hate (fun links, Fall root crops)
August 16, 2014 Getting Pickled Edition: Dedicated to Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg (making traditional pickles, cautions about canning from KT, Call Greg!)
August 23, 2014 Big Bulbs and Hot Peppers (planting bulbs, pepper varieties, roasting peppers, preserving in olive oil)
August 30, 2014 Writer's Block Edition (assorted links, lawn mushrooms)
September 6, 2014 It's Minty Fresh! (all about mint, how to make potpourri, natural pesticides like mint oil, mint in the kitchen and bar)
September 13, 2014 Prune it and Beet It (beets and onions, jujubes aka "Japanese apples")
September 20, 2014 Untitled (heirloom tomatoes, fancy mums, tree borers attacking a red oak, out of control tomato plants)
September 27, 2014 Bugs (beneficial insects, videos of onion and carrot plantings)
October 4, 2014 Special Guest Appearance by KT (Fall foliage status map, good sources for bulbs, plant catalogs)
October 11, 2014 Duck and Cover (Fall gardening chores, cover crops)
October 18, 2014 Timber! (3D images of Utah, corn mazes, all about aspens, how to chop down a tree, how to build a fire pit)
October 25, 2014 Pantsless Edition (rutabagas and turnips, versatile power tool for gardening)
November 1, 2014 Demon Seed Edition (fun facts about seeds, seed catalogs)
November 8, 2014 Celebrate! (hard cider, apples, beer)
November 15, 2014 Eats, Shoots and Leaves (fun facts about frozen veggies, shoots & micro greens)
November 22, 2014 Seeing Red (Christmas and Thanksgiving cactii, cranberries, lingonberries, natal plum)
November 29, 2014 Gardening Has Been Berry Berry Good To Me (huckleberries, blueberries, foraging for berries, Saskatoon berries, jam making)
December 6, 2014 Granola Edition (fun facts about Christmas trees, Oregon hippy gardeners)
December 13, 2014 Winter Doldrums (amaryllis, winter sown seeds, books on gardening)
January 3, 2015 Farm Report (World Ag Expo, seed sources for farmers, origins of the Christmas nativity)
January 10, 2015 Trees in Winter (trees with winter interest, bare root trees and fruit tree care, winter gardening links)
January 17, 2015 Capitalism Edition (economics of gardening, winter catalogs)
January 24, 2015 Winter Is Making Me Potty (interesting/unusual garden pots, portable tomato cage planter, Melissa Clouthier guest post describing the Garden Tower, winter interest gardening)
January 31, 2015 Minimalist Edition (plants with artistic branches and stems, garden planning tips)
February 7, 2015 Tomayto/Tomahto, Desert/Dessert (gooseberries, currants, fruit trees/cordons, desert wildflowers, tomatoes)
February 14, 2015 Beauty and the Beast (asparagus, plants for Valentine's Day, the science of asparagus "pee" smell, hot boxes)
February 21, 2015 Nothing "Beets" Planning (landscape planning, all about beets, vacu-sealing)
February 28, 2015 This Winter Is for the Birds (Cineraria, planting for songbirds, dangers of bird feeders, Nyger seed, bird baths)
March 7, 2015 Let's Eat! (mushroom growing, edible flowers)
March 14, 2015 Signs of Spring (color wheel/bloom time planning tool, other average bloom date tools, cherry blossoms, broccoli, kale)
March 21, 2015 Spring Cleaning (KT's list o' assorted seasonal links)
March 28, 2015 Bi-Polar Edition (almanacs, tomatoes)
April 4, 2015 Rockin' Robin Edition (birdhouses, mulberries, pollarding a tree)
April 11 2015 Tip Toe Through the Tulips... (tulips, spinach, chard, nasturtiums, sunflowers)
April 18, 2015 Persevere (bulbs, tomatoes)
April 25, 2015 Working Without a Net Edition (hydrangeas, Mount Vernon gardens)
May 2, 2015 April Showers Bring Mayflowers (Pilgrims' gardening habits, hot peppers guest post by The Dude, interesting facts about moths, desert willow trees)
May 9, 2015 Down on the Farm (Guest post by CaliGirl, how to make seed tape, chile pepper varieties)
May 16, 2015 NO THREAD
May 23, 2015 Butterflies Are Free (milkweed and other butterfly host plants, the science of butterfly wings)
May 30, 2015 Texas-sized Fun (tumbleweeds, roses)
June 6, 2015 Fiddling Around (ferns, warning about sago palm nuts, gourds)
June 13, 2015 Ahhhh... Magnolias! (Southern magnolias, maps of flora and drought distribution)
June 20, 2015 untitled (heat wave, cast iron plant)
June 27, 2015 Tropicana Edition (Florida gardening blog, Summer solstice, currants, Brandywine tomatoes, mystery plant in Mexico)
July 4, 2015 Hot as a Firecracker, Cool as a Cucumber (patriotic garden ideas, firecracker plant, cucumbers, hugelkultur planting technique, Herman Melville's estate and gardens)
July 11, 2015 Favorite Things (favorite plants from different parts of the country, watermelons)
July 18, 2015 Doctor! Doctor! (CharlieBrown's sick roses, American chestnut trees, history of Sunset Magazine, heat zone map, dahlias, show & tell pictures from the horde)
July 25, 2015 Practical Magic (self-watering planters, practical garden gadgets, super-sciency tomatoes and other non-GMOs, poplars and cottonwoods)
August 1, 2015 "Cold" August Ovens (herbal remedies, outdoor ovens, moth)
August 8, 2015 It's "Bean" a Long Week (how to choose a cucumber variety, runner beans and sweet snaps)
August 15, 2015 DO Tread On Me (steppables, pluots, succotash, beans)
August 22, 2015 Flamboyant Flowers (NTTAWWT) (drought-tolerant ornamentals, fall veggie gardening)
August 29, 2015 Robert Ryman Edition (crepe myrtle pictures and CBD's mystery tree)
**Saturday Gardening thread #twoweek hiatus.**
September 19, 2015 Phoenix Edition (Celosias, Paradise and crane flowers, choosing a small fruit tree for coastal California, irrigation trick for promoting the growth of young plants)
September 26, 2015 Blue Moons (and Hyacinths) (ecoregions, plants you love to hate, squashes, hyacinths)
October 3, 2015 Linky Dinky (beautifying chain link fences, fast-growing vines, Fall checklist)
October 10, 2015 Greens or Weeds? (pokeweed usage and control, water hyacinths, extra hardy greens)
October 17, 2015 Fall into Gardening (winter forecast, sorghum, Fall herbs)
October 25, 2015 Good to the Last Drop (Cheekwood gardens in Nashville, crepe myrtle, stinking cedar, perennial sunflowers, elfwort and mugwort)
October 31, 2015 Saturday Gardening Thread: Double, double toil and trouble (chia pets, sage, belladonna)
November 7, 2015 Saturday Gardening Thread: November Boogie (tree identification tools, Thanksgiving centerpieces, nannyberry tree, azure butterfly)
November 15, 2015 Sunday Edition (Celosia, Sootywing butterfly, )
November 21, 2015 Go Nuts! (Buckeyes; Pigweeds, Quinoa and Epazote)
November 28, 2015 What's Your Statice? (You guessed it... statice)
December 5, 2015 Musical Trees and Fighting Okras (Seed catalogs, Gardening gifts, Fruit tree report, Fall foliage)
December 12, 2015 Baby, It's Cold Outside! (Quirky Christmas trees, Bird-friendly plantings, Hollies)
UNABLE TO FIND THE DECEMBER 19, 2015 THREAD IN THE ARCHIVES AT THIS TIME
December 26, 2015 Stormy Weather (Ash trees, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sausage tree)
January 2, 2016 Hippo Gnu Bear (Flood maps, Cookie tree, Anise, Caraway)
January 9, 2016 A Maiden's Hair (Ornamental grasses; Corn salad (the greens); Rampion; Wild leeks)
January 16, 2016 Rockin' Robin (Wintering robins; Heart tomotoes)
January 23, 2016 State Department Edition (Snowmaggedon)
January 30, 2016 Not DRAFT Edition (Selecting evergreen trees; Butterflies, Caterpillars, Host plants; Fennel; Tribute to Joffen)
February 6, 2016 Gardening with a Side of Pasta(farian) (Pastafarian shares his experiences with the Aerogarden system; Wind chill; Chill requirements for fruit trees)
February 13, 2016 Thread for a Chile February (Chiles; Bocce courts)
February 20, 2016 Tribute to the 7th President of the United States of America (Whittling; Hickory)
February 27, 2016 Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Vines: Jessamine, Clematis, Grapes; Bird-friendly garden guide; Wormwood)
March 5, 2016 Twisty Turny (Signs of Spring; Garden furniture; Vines; Windy gardens)
March 12, 2016 Spring Ahead (of Cabbage) (Gardening trends; Gardening develops character; Plants in space; Cabbage; Green flowers)
March 19, 2016 Down and Dirty (Potting soil; Overcoming a soggy patch of garden; Kohlrabi; Azaleas)
March 26, 2016 Bookworm Edition (Geraniums and geranium pests; Gardening books)
April 2, 2016 April Fools (Quirky plant links; Dandelions)
April 9, 2016 Appalachian Spring (Cheekwood; Mistletoe; Backyard pond advice; Chervil)
April 16, 2016 DO Look Down! (Mammoth Cave National Park flora; Lawn mower advice; Redbuds; Dead-Nettle; Bridal Wreath Spirea; Climate Zones)
April 22, 2016 California Here We Come! (Garden Art; Forestiere Underground Gardens; Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; Millipedes and Centipedes)
Close it up
NFL Draft Thread [Y-not]
Today is the third day of the NFL Draft, picking up where they left off yesterday with Round Four. Coverage is available at ESPN (awful) and the NFL Network (slightly less awful) or online (try this link). The proceedings start at noon.
A few highlights (and lowlights) to date:
Undoubtedly Jaremy Tunsil was the lowlight of the draft thus far, preceded by the bong gas mask YouTube incident, but also (to me much worse) his admission that he took money from Ole Miss coaches. Not a great night for Ole Miss, who were already under investigation.
Two other Ole Miss players were also drafted in the first round: defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (another reefer head) and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who provided us with one of the nicer moments of the draft:
Roger Goodell handled the pick announcements for the first round, which allowed us to savor the chorus of boos rained down upon him by the Chicago crowd.
On Day Two, Goodell was joined by former players and a few others (such as kids from St. Judes and Make-A-Wish programs). One of the nicer ones was brought to us by hall of fame
wideout defensive back (thanks, tu!), Willie Brown:
Call your mothers!
If you're a fan of the Buckeyes, you'll be happy to hear that they set a record for the most picks in the first three rounds.
If you're a fan of the SEC, you can be proud that they led the first round in draft picks.
To close things up, the best part of the NFL Draft is it's an excuse to post pictures of cheerleaders:
And for the moronettes, did you know Jevon Kearse is hawt? I discovered this fact when he was announcing the Titans' draft pick yesterday, which prompted me to do some "research" on your behalf:
I'm a giver.
How do you like YOUR team's draft picks thus far?
Close it up
Saturday Morning Oddities [Mis. Hum.]
Good morning Horde. Here are a few things that didn't make The Dump this past week.
- Aren't all dentists like this?
- Is that a bushbaby in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
- Get off my lawn
- Stumpy wins the Genius Award
- Stripping always makes a cop's pat down that much easier
- Shhh don't tell Al Gore about this
- If only Amanda would apply herself
- And finally, some job hunting advice
Have a great weekend.
Close it up
EMT 4/30/16 [krakatoa]
Home again, Home again, jiggety jig.
Just in time for an open thread.
Overnight Open Thread (29 Apr 2016)
Pentagon warns of conflict over Chinese buildup on disputed island. I just don't see the White House escalating this beyond some hashtags of concern. It's not the first time the White House has disagreed with military leadership.
the Obama administration, with just nine months left in office, is looking to work with China on a host of other issues from nuclear non-proliferation to an ambitious trade agenda, experts say, and would prefer not to rock the South China Sea boat, even going so far as to muzzle Harris and other military leaders in the run-up to a security summit.
Military Operation Names
I just wish someday there will be an Operation Sleepy Weasel. 7 military operations with ridiculous names.
1. Operation Viking Snatch
Nothing more inspiring than a mission that sounds like a porno about hot lady vikings, right? Wrong. Despite its name, Operation Viking Snatch was a simple raid to interrupt weapons smuggling in Iraq, and was carried out Sept. 20, 2007. That said, Operation Viking Snatch is possibly one of the most hilarious mission names of all time.
Police Shooting Study
Study found race matters in police shootings as unarmed white suspects are three times more likely to be shot as unarmed black suspects are. Ahh, white privilege I suppose.
Hot Wings Interview
You know, this format would be perfect for a debate between Hot Sauce in my purse Hillary and Trump.
Must be nice to be able to support politicians and groups that look to take away your second amendment rights and yet be able to spend $6.5M for armed bodyguards.
John Wayne is now unsuitable for remembrance? Ugh. If you're a democrat you can still be honored as Princeton did earlier this month when they decided to keep Woodrow Wilson's name on a building.
Only liberal icons can be forgiven their past sins, or their troublesome views placed in historical context. Wilson's nauseating racism can be excused because he expanded government. Martin Luther King's communist affiliations are actually celebrated by some liberals. Malcolm X's violent, eliminationist rhetoric against whites was justified. Ted Kennedy's drinking, womanizing and murder of a young girl can be forgotten because of his accomplishments in the Senate - so goes the rationale.
Where Is My Mind Animal Cover
Remember the Chinese bulldozer street battle? Well, it looks to be a sign of how bad China's economy has gotten.
China's construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from its peak a decade ago. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China's economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown is now sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass and cement, causing waves of layoffs.
The Beer Run
Now this is a friend. An honorable merchant seam snuck into Vietnam combat zone to buy his friends beer.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by bikini airline:
Top dog image via
Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to maet or CDR M. Otherwise send tips to Ace.
Close it up
A NYTimes article on "monotasking," that is, actually paying attention to one thing we are doing rather than annihilating our concentration with a barrage of multiple sources of stimulation.
I wrote about this last month, when I reviewed a book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. (Don't comment on old post; the site autobans IPs posting in old threads because it thinks they're spammers.)
Been a month and a half, maybe, since I became a proud Twitter Quitter and several aspects of my life have improved. Less distraction = more actual time. Distracted time is crap time -- neither doing one thin nor the other; neither really working, nor really relaxing, either. The attempt to cheat work hours by mixing in zero-calorie non-entertainments (Twitter, Facebook. clickbait articles with pictures of large breasts (gets me every time) just winds up making you feel guilty about not working, and then you cheat your actual downtime by mixing in light crap that you can pretend is sort of work related (like "building your brand on Twitter") when it's really nothing of the sort.
Just leads to a bad habit of wasting work hours by doing low-quality, distracted work, and then "making up for it" by wasting leisure hours by doing low-quality, distracted leisure.
Here's another NYT article that's (sort of) vaguely about the idea of defeating a bad habit by changing your every day environments and patterns. Actually, it's about a woman who lost weight by leaving the city she had grown fat in and moving permanently to a place she had gotten thin in (in fat camp), but I think one can take it more broadly as an endorsement of the idea that bad habits need to be dehabituated.
I guess that's kind of obvious. But I read a good point, somewhere: No one can make any change by willpower. People's reservoirs of willpower are limited. The only way to make changes is to do things as a habit until they become a habit. Then just try to maintain the habit.
I guess that's not such a big distinction but I think there's something to it.
I'm taking an early night. Everyone, have a nice weekend. Go somewhere new!
Cutting TV, the Huge Time-Waster:
Quitting most TV and being extremely selective with movie viewing has freed up so much time for me. I only waste down time on things that really give me something back like music and art and comedy and dog videos and anything else dog related. I feel much less frenetic and feel more in control of my life.
I keep telling myself I'm going to do this but then I don't. I am still watching shows that, in a word, suck: Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow. Yes, they all suck now. Arrow sucks the worst but they all suck.
Archer isn't good anymore. Still watch it. It feels like *work.*
Survivor I'm starting not to watch. (Score one on that.)
The idea that one should make an inventory of Shows I REALLY Like, Shows I Somewhat Like, and Shows I Don't Really Like But Am Only Now Watching Out of Habit and eliminating category 3 (and honestly, category 2 as well) is a good one.
AoSHQ Podcast #141: Prince Is Dead, Long Live Prince
Ace and Drew discuss various pop culture topics and throw in a healthy weekly ration of politics on this episode of THE podcast.
Browse (and even search!) the archives
Follow on Twitter
Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.
Open thread in the comments.
Education or Indoctrination? [Mis. Hum]
I am not a teacher. Ooops, my bad, I mean educator. My direct personal experience with secondary education recently has been limited. I did attend the graduation ceremony of my two youngest daughters in May of 2015. They graduated from a University of Wisconsin system school. The only thing I remember from that ceremony is that they received diplomas and portions of the address given by the chancellor.
The address went something like this, "These students have faced adversity as our school has had significant budget cuts." Now, he did not come out and say Scott Walker was to blame. You could read that between the lines. Mrs. MH elbowed me in the ribs when I let out an audible groan. So as the one year anniversary of this address approaches I've been thinking about his speech and other exemplary actions of colleges and universities in the news. Basically, the thoughts have been, WTF is wrong with our education system?
Hillary Clinton once famously said it takes a village to raise a child. Does the village teach manners and courtesy? It's quite obvious the the village, her parents and schooling from K-12 failed. Budget cuts in MA or any other state have nothing to do with this behavior. The President once chimed in about the private sector not building their business. OK, with that philosophy and Hillary's village beliefs, then the Public Education System is 100% responsible for this creature. Not too mention her parents who obviously taught her eating was fine but manners/courtesy were no-nos.
Now you might say, give her a break, she's an immature adult who needs further guidance. (OK play along here) This poor misguided soul will encounter educators who will teach her the value of open thought, differing ideas and free expression/discussion of topics. Not only will she be exposed to critical and independent thinking she will be exposed to how to play well with others. And finally she and other students will learn the lesson of accepting the truth, no matter if it is different than their original belief yes immature adult, a secondary education will give you all of these life lessons. You will graduate and be a well rounded person. (In her case in more ways than one)
The left preaches diversity. They shout it from the roof tops. But, it appears the only diversity they want is color, unless you are white gender, gender identity and sexual preference. Diversity of thought and political beliefs are not welcomed. When do they add Re-education to their name? For example, The Re-education University of fill-in-the-blank-state.
These kids don't come to a college or a university blank slates. The K-12 public school systems are failing miserably as well. Don't believe me if this comes out of a teacher who represents teachers what are we to expect in the classroom? In 2011 thousands of protesters marched on Madison, WI in response to Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation. This legislation addressed public unions, school teachers hardest hit. Teachers taught their students valuable lessons by "striking" although school strikes in WI are illegal. We won't get into the fake "Sick Excuse Notes" written by UW Doctors for the striking teachers.
So the public school system is corrupted, what do we do? There are no simple answers. Pushing for school vouchers is one step. Pushing for charter schools free of the teacher union's grip is another. Better vetting of school board candidates at local election time. Supporting governors such as Scott Walker who reigned in the WI teachers union. These are all steps in the right direction. These institutions didn't change for the worse overnight and will not change for the better overnight either. It will require work, diligence and exposure of their corrupt ways and means.
Mike Pence's Terrible Nondorsement Of Ted Cruz
I think Allah's right here -- including about the Establishment types who will pretend-endorse Cruz to satisfy their conservative voters, but doing so so weakly they usher Trump into the nomination.
Meanwhile, Byron York says GOP bigwigs -- i.e., the establishment Trump is allegedly fighting, and Cruz is allegedly part of -- are making peace with the idea of the disaster candidate Trump.
I've heard a lot of RINOs openly talking about Trump being preferable, because his catastrophic loss will teach these Tea Partiers and uppity conservatives that they had better listen to the Cool Reason of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the future.
So we have not one but two wings of this party looking to teach the other a Lesson that will echo in the decades to come.
Both want the other destroyed completely so that they might rule alone.
It will end in tears. And Hillary. But mostly Hillary. And also, tears.
I Want the Benefits of Maternity Leave Without Bothering to Have Children, Says Stupid Fat Whore
Insomnia struck again.
To be honest, I'm not sure if this warrants the level of outrage (and insult) I'm giving it. It's a novel -- and it's a chiclit comedy, with a misunderstanding and a pretend pregnancy suit to scam her company.
I'm not sure how seriously she intends the idea of "me-ternity." I think maybe she does mean it a little.
It's extraordinary that feminists claim they want the right to work, then when they get the right to work like men do -- meaning, you show up at your job and work and no, you can't just take a sabbatical (me-battical?) when you feel like you Just Can't Even -- they begin bitching and moaning and claiming they need society to reconform itself yet again to accommodate their ever-growing list of vital needs and demands.
If you don't want to work, fine -- get married, be a housewife.
But what is this shit with the claims that they want to work, and then the constant whining about what work actually entails?
Meghann Foye, 38, was jealous of co-workers clocking out for maternity leave, and decided she needed a break of her own. Here, the author of the novel "Meternity" (Mira, out now), tells The Post’s Anna Davies why she believes every woman deserves mandated "me time."
I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career. As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events, and meet famous celebs all the time.
And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn't help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack.
"You know, I need a maternity leave!" I told one of my pregnant friends...
[T]he more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a "meternity" leave -- which is, to me, a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn't revolve around their jobs.
"To a lesser degree, men" -- because while women are luminous creatures full of creative energies for things besides their jobs, men are expected to be workbrute labordrudges who show up every day to punch the clock while their female co-"workers" (quotes heavily sarcastic) are galavanting around on some much-unearned me-time.
The strongest possible arguments against the equality of the sexes are the stupid self-serving indulgent indolent things that come pouring out of feminists' mouths every damn day.
Feminism is a cult, and one of the cult beliefs of feminism is that women must work, for working is empowering. But it's quite clear that many women simply do not want to work -- yet they feel for maximum "empowerment" they must pretend at work.
Many men don't want to work, either. But we call them "bums." We do not make up cutesy neologisms like "me-ternity" to explain why some lazy men take months and years "figuring themselves out" going on a "Personal Journey to the Heart of the Unexplored Continent Known As Me."
We just say they're broke-ass layabouts.
But feminism says you cannot say anything about a feminist woman that is not positive. So we need to create new words to describe people who want a paycheck without having to actually work.
Just for them. Not for anyone else.
I can't help but notice that all the truly pernicious ideologies seem to posit that the believers in the ideology no longer have to sully themselves with dirty work. Islamists feel work is beneath them; they are Warrior Princes of Allah, who are to be served by slaves. Their "work" is only murder and thinking about Allah's lists of people to be hit.
Communists don't believe in work; they believe in elevating a Revolutionary Vanguard which will Think Big Thoughts while the proles work their benefit. (Communism simply seeks to displace one overcaste for another -- the incoming overcaste being the communists. Go figure!)
And some feminists, despite their religious conviction that work is "empowering" (read: a holy catechism) for women, seem to agitate endlessly for time off.
Work is tough. That's why they call it work.
And some people are simply too lazy or feel too entitled to work.
So they subscribe to ideologies that call their utter unwillingness to make themselves economically productive (or usefully reproductive) seem somehow noble.
Every asshole's dream: To be paid for doing nothing.*
Thus a thousand ideologies breeding rent-seekers and pressure-politics pirates, looting others' hard-won wealth.
* A commenter points out, rightly, that this is everyone else's dream too.
I should have said the asshole move comes in when you begin dreaming up ideological dogmas that claim that you don't have to work, but may seize the wealth of another to support you in your super-urgent Religious Work (whether for Black Lives Matter, communism, "democratic socialism," feminism, or Islamism).
Anti-Trump Protesters Get Violent In California Because Of Course They Do
The media frets and worries about the Bundy standoff, yet never seems to notice the unending violence from the left.
They have successfully normalized this behavior -- on the left only.
ndreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.
Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.
Boisterous -- like a mischievous 11 year old with a slingshot and a frog in his pocket.
About five police cars were damaged in total, police said, adding that some will require thousands of dollars' worth of repairs.
"I'm protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest," said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s.
...he said as he smashed a police car with a rock.
"I knew this was going to happen," Lujan added. "It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets."
He just said, two seconds ago, he wanted "peace."
He seems to want "peace" like the Palestinian Knife Activists want "peace."
Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup truck.
Nearly attempted murder. Let's just call it Aggravated Boisterousness With Intent to Commit Hijinks.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz
Of course, Trump already locked down what may be an even more important endorsement in Indiana -- Hoosiers coach and freeform chair motion artist Bobby Knight.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Girl Braiding Her Hair
And for something a little different, some performance art below the fold....
Goo goo g'joob
Close it up
TGIF Morning News Dump (4/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- The Obama Administration, to serve and protect. LMAO.
- "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie."
- The State can't keep secrets forever
- Economy growth S-L-O-W
- Sheriff Joe offends lefties yet again
- Will some grunge rocker from Seattle come up with a song, "The Garbage Police"?
- Poor Huma
- 3 people affiliated with San Bernardino shooter arrested
- Hey Linda, if you claim you're transracial and a lesbian everything will be fine.
- Good thing it wasn't born in a Ford Probe
- Wonder if I can get the kids meal price at Trump Hotel? I'm a kid trapped in an adult's body
- This isn't rocket science
- Ehh gadz Lovey, a Yale man
- Protecting the environment one crony deal at a time
- Comedy tour hits Iraq
- Where is the Palestinian outrage?
- Fatso starts Twitter campaign against the wrong person
- Special snowflake not so special
- Germany considering an Islam Law
- Ransomware big business and frightening
- Was it something I said?
- Opinion piece that is thought provoking
- Funny how they can't do this at the southern border
- Speaking of fences, Obama's forefathers believe in them
- Genius Award, Part I
- Genius Award, Part II
- Feel good story of the day
Have a good Friday and a better weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (4-28-2016)
Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed "the Yale community" by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title "master" to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale's residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the long way around to arrive at the wrong conclusion in the current fashion. It's the tribute that knowledge pays to ignorance.
-- Scott Johnson of PowerLine
In fact, over the years, Mr. Gross has consistently asked one question of prospective employees: What drives you?
The twist is that they must pick one of three answers: money, power or fame.
Strangely to him, no one has ever picked fame."It is the one thing I have always wanted," he said. "When I was starting out at Pimco in 1972, I told my mother and father that I was going to become the most famous bond manager in the world."
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling published this poem in 1910 and Ernest Shackleton already had a framed copy of it in the ship's library on his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 1914.
And the SJW Scolds never let you down: Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist F*ck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage
It's Official Now: Hillary! Now Offering the Woman Card
He ended up signing it but this is what he wrote:
Discovery. And a chance to try out a new legal theory against gun companies.
As I have documented before, the law protects firearms manufacturers, but excepts cases where there is "negligent entrustment." I recall thinking as I read this, "this is an oddball exception." The reason that it is odd is that firearms manufacturers don't sell to customers. They sell to distributors who then sell to stores (some manufacturers sell directly online, but go through a local FFL, e.g., Rock River Arms, LaRue Tactical, etc.).
They are thinking that this exception, the negligent entrustment clause, has not been tested in court and still need fleshing out as to its real definition.
Is it the Ferguson Effect or something else?
While the overall crime rate remained constant, and the violent crime rate ticked up by only 3.1 percent, the murder rate spiked by 13.2 percent in the 30 largest U.S. cities, "with 19 cities seeing increases and 6 decreases."
Because sometimes your personal free choice is just wrong and so you must be punished for it.
News You Can Use: How To Disarm a Mine
All of which begs the question: Why are so many people treating the act of asking someone to prom like it's a wedding proposal? Watching these high schoolers' promposals is like taking a deep dive into those weird videos on YouTube of kids pretending to get married in fake weddings (yes, that's a thing). And it suggests that an increasing number of young people are so focused on the attention they get from asking someone to prom that they forget what the high school ritual is supposed to be about: having fun with your friends before you all grow up and have to face the real world. For kids who grew up online, maybe that's the point: there is no real world unless it's documented online. Promposal pics, or it didn't happen.
So much so that she even instagrammed it with the tag #lilbbJupiter. See if you can spot the problem.
Thai Tranny Hooker Watch: Violent Gang of 'Ladyboys' Now Mugging Tourists
Having sex with them seems to be the best defense.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For party smartieness-tude.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
Tonight's post brought to you by Colour Sergeant Bourne:
Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Send your scraps to El BizarroAce and the cobs on the shadow blog. Note that the mannequins are for display only unless otherwise marked. Do not taunt happy-fun ball.
Close it up
Is ESPN a Hotbed of Over Racists?
Yes it is, says fired former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.
"Some of the most racist things that I've ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is. You know who they are. You know what they are. I like that they are openly because then you know who they are. You know that they exist."
He needs to name names. If we're living in a Purge The Heretics Society now, all the Heretics must be Purged.
All. Not just the ones the left doesn't like.
Is Millennials' Dislike of Capitalism Rooted in the Same Psychological Weakness That Causes Them to Want #SafeSpaces?
I think David French is right -- we can see this broadly as a soft generation with no toughness or grit which is strongly adverse to any kind of challenge or competition.
They're very big on Reward, not so much on Risk.
[T]here is still startlingly broad opposition to capitalism, and I can't help but wonder if part of it springs from the same well-spring of risk aversion that gives us safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger-warnings.
Actual free markets are risky. Companies can fail. Entire industries can vanish. Entrepreneurial dreams are crushed every single day. Free markets don't care for your feelings, your ethnicity, or your gender identity.
Is it any surprise that when millions of people demonstrate an extraordinarily low tolerance for emotional risk that they’d be hostile to an economic system that can so callously disregard their wants and needs?
When a generation of weak, soft imbeciles decides it is too #EmotionallyUnsafe to ever lose in a footrace, we see the end of Track and Field as a sport.
And when these same coddled weaklings and runts decide they can't stand to lose in the competition for innovation and hard work, we'll see the end of all competition in innovation a d hard work.
Economic Participation Trophies for Everybody!
Eight Minute AbsAre You Ready for... One Minute Abs?
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
It is now put forward that one minute of all-out exercise may deliver the benefits of 45 minutes of lower-intensity conditioning.
You know what I call one minute of intense exercise? Sex twice a day.
For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.
Let me repeat that finding: One minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating.
They tested three groups: the control group, who did nothing; the typical conditioning regimen group, doing 45 minutes of moderate/high cardio; and a last group, which did 10 seconds warm up, 20 seconds all-out-intensity bike pedaling, ten seconds cool down, 20 seconds all-out-intensity pedaling.
Total workout time: 60 seconds. I guess maybe they did a short cooldown after.
[W]hen the scientists retested the men's aerobic fitness, muscles and blood-sugar control now, they found that the exercisers showed virtually identical gains, whether they had completed the long endurance workouts or the short, grueling intervals. In both groups, endurance had increased by nearly 20 percent, insulin resistance likewise had improved significantly, and there were significant increases in the number and function of certain microscopic structures in the men’s muscles that are related to energy production and oxygen consumption.
No but seriously: Sex takes care of that. You just have to do it once per day.
I need to find someone willing to let me put my shame inside them. For 20 seconds, then a ten second change-up slow-down, then 20 seconds to the fast finish.
Economy Grows an Enormous Zero Point Five Percent In First Quater
I knew they wouldn't let the number fall below zero -- they would fight that. Because two quarters of negative growth in a row is a recession, and they absolutely will not permit that before Obama's Legacy Election.
So they're making sure that can't happen. Even if we go negative next quarter -- and we may well might -- we can't have an official recession as we go to the polls.
So here's your Green Shoots: zero point five. Half of a percent.
Just enough to not be negative, and that's all that matters.
Gateway Pundit says that Obama now belongs to a very exclusive club: he is the only president in history, since we've been measuring economic growth, to not see a single year of (just better than the rate of population expansion) 3% growth.
What a guy.
What a god.
All hail King Obama, first of his name, the FOTUS -- Failure of the United States.
Or even FUOTUS.
Cruz: The Alliance With the Idiot Prick John Kasich Is Dead
Kasich needed Cruz to win Indiana as much as Cruz needed that -- both men's only hope relies on a contested convention, and a contested convention requires someone other than Trump to win Indiana.
But Kasich immediately repudiated their alliance and began making noises that he was competing there as hard as ever.
For some reason. Probably because he's a prick, and he's dumb, and has an ego more bloated than his stomach after all that disgusting eating.
Now Cruz acknowledges the reality of the situation: You can't trust the son of a federally-employed mailman to deliver anything.
Alliance is over.
John Boehner: Cruz is "Lucifer in the Flesh;" Donald Trump Is My Texting Buddy
I'd say that puts Cruz up over Trump 1-0.
"Lucifer in the flesh," the former speaker said [of Ted Cruz]. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."
Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were "texting buddies."
Most important endorsement Cruz has had so far.
But I'm sure the pretend anti-establisment stalwart Trump will say this just shows how Cruz "can't get along with people" to "make great deals."
Vice: Here's What It's Really Like to Fight For ISIS
Evil death-worshipping clowns -- they would be laughable, if their black hearts were not so set on murder.
They took this propaganda video using a head-mounted camera (which is always looking in the wrong place -- canted too far down -- because they're fuck-ups) and meant to show the world their might as they cruised around murdering people in their "improvised broke-ass Fat Albert Delta Deathmobile," as spongeworthy calls it. (Well, I added broke-ass and Fat Albert.)
Then they ran into the Peshmega.
If only more of them were killed it would be a great video.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
The Anatomy Lesson
Rembrandt van Rijn
Thursday Morning News Dump (4/28/) [Mis. Hum.]
- ICYMI, Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his VP choice
- Come for the meals stay for the sadistic methods of killing
- IRS to do something right
- Feel the unemployment line
- Iran once again thumbs its nose at US
- Ooops, did I say that out loud?
- Muslim cemetery fight in MA
- If Vlad's not happy, no one is happy
- Dennis Hastert sentenced to prison
- Federal Reserve continues to prop Obama economy
- Existing home sales up
- Unaccompanied illegal minors shouldn't be here Period
- So much for attempting to mend any broken fences
- Will McConnell and Ryan show any spine? Time will tell.
- Military bases to see increase in tobacco products
- Surprise, Mooche's anti-obesity campaign falls flat
- Trump gets around the FAA paperwork
- Don't fall over House votes 419-0 for an email privacy bill
- Target boycott growing larger
- One more drink. NOT
- SCOTUS to overturn Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R-VA) conviction?
- Clemson Prof tells snowflakes to get a grip
- NYC cracks down on Bronx gang
- Outrageous. And we want to emulate Europe?
- Head scratcher
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (4-27-2016)
The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.
-- Justin Cormi in the Huffington Post which apparently does not have a drug testing policy
In June 1893, nine cowboys raced across a thousand miles of American prairie to the Chicago World's Fair. For two weeks they thundered past angry sheriffs, governors, and Humane Society inspectors intent on halting their race. Waiting for them at the finish line was Buffalo Bill Cody, who had set up his Wild West Show right next to the World's Fair that had refused to allow his exhibition at the fair.
The Great Cowboy Race occurred at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: many believed the frontier was settled and the West was no more. The Chicago World's Fair represented the triumph of modernity and the end of the cowboy age. Except no one told the cowboys. Racing toward Buffalo Bill Cody and the gold-plated Colt revolver he promised to the first to reach his arena, nine men went on a Wild West stampede from tiny Chadron, Nebraska, to bustling Chicago. But at the first thud of hooves pounding on Chicago's brick pavement, the race devolved into chaos. Some of the cowboys shipped their horses part of the way by rail, or hired private buggies. One had the unfair advantage of having helped plan the route map in the first place. It took three days, numerous allegations, and a good old Western showdown to sort out who was first to Chicago, and who won the Great Cowboy Race.-- from a review of American Endurance: The Great Cowboy Race and the Vanishing Wild West
We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department.
-- from a TMZ article on Prince's lack of a will
The Turner prize-winning artist has turned his sights on the survivalist [Bear Grylls] and his exceptionally rugged version of masculinity, arguing that it isn't fit for the 21st century. "He celebrates a masculinity that is useless," [Grayson ] Perry said. Perry said that the masculine ideal presented by shows such as The Island, in which Grylls is currently putting a third group of hapless contestants through survivalist hell, is making it harder for men to successfully negotiate modern life. "Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless," Perry told the Radio Times in an interview to promote his new series, All Man.
Note that Grayson Perry's interests include pottery, writing, opening up emotionally along with the occasional transvestism.
Because the rules say that you must have a required $35 permit to be allowed to sing at the site. Otherwise the terrorists have won.
But data released last week by the U.S. Soccer Federation show that the top women's players make nearly as much as the highest-paid men's players. Since 2008, six national-team men and six women have earned more than $1 million from the Federation. And according to ESPN, 14 of the 25 highest-earning national-team players over the past four years have been women, whose compensation averaged $695,269. That's 2.2% below the average for men. Women also receive benefits that men don't, including maternity leave and severance pay if they get cut from the team. Women get paid if they're sidelined with an injury; men don't.
Women on the U.S. national soccer teams aren't paid less than men. They're paid differently because the collective-bargaining agreements they have negotiated emphasize income- and job-security. Women players earn annual salaries of $72,000; the men get paid by how many games they play. The men's roster is more fluid, and the head coach can call players to camp for one game.Nearly 50 men's players appeared in games for the U.S. national squad last year, but only three played more than 13 games. The women's team fields about half as many players.
Soon to be followed by a zero-day workweek and a seven-day famine-week.
Fun fact: Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves.
Apocalypse Watch: Labiaplasty is the Hot New Teen Girl Trend
So many teenagers are seeking cosmetic surgery to trim or shape the external genitalia that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued guidance from its Committee on Adolescent Health Care to doctors last week, urging them to teach and to reassure patients, suggest alternatives to surgery that may alleviate discomfort, and screen them for a psychiatric disorder that causes obsession about perceived physical defects.
A Modest Proposal: Let's Bring Back Dueling
Call up the Royal Norwegian Air Force and ask about their special F-16 delivery option.
Crucially, though, all prior research has utilized explicit reports of satisfaction, which reflect deliberative processes that may override the more automatic implications of phylogenetically older evolved preferences. Accordingly, capturing the implications of sexual frequency for relationship evaluations may require implicit measurements that bypass deliberative reasoning. Consistent with this idea, one cross-sectional and one 3-year study of newlywed couples revealed a positive association between sexual frequency and automatic partner evaluations but not explicit satisfaction. These findings highlight the importance of automatic measurements to understanding interpersonal relationships.
The Group knows your sins but doesn't care.
Tonight's post brought to you by so I'm studying for the JLPT again:
Notice: Posted by implicit permission of AceCorp LLC. The ewok is in an estivating phase so please keep it down. The playground next door is not your playground.
Close it up
Feds: The Economy Has Slowed
Obama's Miracle Economy of super-fast growth has slowed???!!
Well, when you're performing at this high a level, there's really no place to go but down.
Guardian: Correcting Grammar is Racist
I just saw this on The Five.
Apparently speaking non-grammatically is a treasured trope of minorities.
Boy, progressives sure have a low opinion of minorities, don't they?
Oh, I forgot to mention: Lena Dunham vows she will absolutely move to Vancouver if Donald Trump wins the presidency.
Speaking of obnoxious hefty gals:
I mentioned the Crowder/Milo/Hoff Summers panel earlier, and the disruptors at it.
Below you will see why they couldn't talk - the audio in the tape was skewed so you mostly hear Crowder et al. But below you will see an... interestingly shaped woman (???) screaming incoherent obscenities from a few yards away.
When I say "interestingly shaped," I mean that the way bean bag furniture with flapping armfat arms is interestingly shaped.
And of course she keeps drinking from her sippie cup. Must be water in that cup. I figure an active gal like her has to keep herself hydrated.
Are you sure you're angry about racism, sweetie? Because I can barely make out your race. It's rather buried beneath walrusian layers of flab.
Will Ferrell to Play "Reagan" as Demented Basket-Case
The script postulates that Reagan had dementia in office and was so out of it that an intern has to keep him on script by convincing him he's an actor playing the president in a movie.
It's interesting that their hate never diminishes.
Oh, Ferrell is also working on a movie with John C. Reilly where they will play, assumedly, misguided nativists who go on their own down the border to protect it.
So Ferrell is officially out of his making-profitable-films phase and deep into his low-budget vanity project phase.
Ted Cruz to Make His Big Announcement Within Minutes
In the meantime we can talk about Trump's foreign policy speech. Jonah Goldberg calls it "okay," but also wonders if Trump has any idea what some of the claims put into his mouth by writers might mean.
The major theme was "America First," which few can disagree with in broad strokes. Trouble is, most people say they're America first, even if they're not. Even Barack Obama, had you asked him in 2008, would have claimed to have been most interested in advancing American interests.
The trouble is, people define "American interests" differently. Obama, obviously, thinks America will somehow benefit by being weak and passive. (He also thinks the world will benefit from this -- which is his real motivation. But he thinks America will benefit too. Just less than everyone else.)
I suppose the general reminder that America should act in her own self-interests -- even if ruthlessly on occasion -- is a worthwhile thing to re-state.
Trump opened his speech Wednesday vowing to "shake the rust off America's foreign policy" and said he would outline a vision for a U.S. foreign policy "that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace."
He added, "My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first."
Very platitudey, though I have to say, every platitude is somewhat different and appeals to a different mentality. Obama's "Smart Diplomacy" and "community of nations" is a platitude.
But these two platitudes are obviously different, and signal, platitudinously, different things.
I prefer Trump's platitudes, at least.
He panned the Iran nuclear deal, a centerpiece of Obama's foreign policy, and claimed the President has "weakened our military by weakening our economy."
And he sought to wrap former secretary of state Clinton in his criticism of the Obama administration, referring to the "legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions" as one of "weakness, confusion and disarray."
"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said, explaining that he is skeptical of international agreements "that tie us up and bring America down."
Okay, read the whole article at CNN if you want more. He also said that Muslim-American cooperation "must be a two-way street," suggesting that it's not at the current moment.
Meanwhile, I'm waiting to see the new tandem of Cruz and Fiorina.
Former Speaker of the House and Serial Pedophile Child Molester Denny Hastert Sentenced to Fifteen Months in Prison
The problem with his sentence is that he seems to be accused of an action which ought to not be a crime -- hiding one's transactions from the government by making them in increments below the level at which a bank must report them.
Which is insane. It's insane first of all that there's a law that says anyone has to report to the government any size transaction to make. And then it becomes positively Lovecraftian that that isn't enough -- no, now it's a crime to "structure" transactions below that threshold as well.
At some point, they'll expand the law to criminalize making transactions just below the phantom threshold to avoid being charged for the that.
First, it was illegal to cross the threshold without reporting.
Then, it was illegal to flirt with the threshold without reporting.
Soon it will be illegal to flirt with the threshold of flirting with the threshold without reporting.
As they often say: A government wants nothing more than to criminalize all behaviors. That puts all power of discretion into their hands, and makes the citizens scared and compliant.
His crimes against his victims are serious. But the "crime" he's being sentenced for today is no crime at all -- except on the government's part.
The statute of limitations ran out on his real crimes.
The AP article is about his actual crimes, and barely mentions the non-crime he's actually going to jail for.
Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
In explaining his punishment, the judge called Hastert a "serial child molester" and described as "unconscionable" his attempt to accuse one of the victims of extortion.
Earlier in the hearing, a former athlete who said he was molested by Hastert decades ago told the courtroom that he was "devastated" by the abuse.
The man, now in his 50s, said Hastert abused him while they were alone in a locker room. He struggled to hold back tears as he described the incident in detail. In the years since, he said, he sought professional help and had trouble sleeping. He said the memory still causes him pain.
He said he trusted and looked up to Hastert.
In his own statement, Hastert admitted that he "mistreated" some of his athletes and said he was "deeply ashamed."
"I am sorry to those I hurt and misled," he said. "What I did was wrong and I regret it."
Individual A was 14 when Hastert abused him, according to court documents filed by the government earlier this month. Hastert would have been in his 20s or 30s.
The teenager was one of around a dozen boys returning to Yorkville from a wrestling camp. Stopping at a motel, Hastert, the only adult on the trip, told Individual A to stay with him in one room. The other boys stayed in another room.
Hastert said he wanted to check a groin pull the boy suffered, ordering him onto a bed and telling him to take off his underwear. When the teen realized Hastert "was touching him in an inappropriate sexual way," he jumped up, ran across the room and sat in a chair, the court papers said.
Later, he walked back and apologized to Hastert, who then told the boy to give him a back message. Confused and embarrassed, the boy complied.
Hastert's attorneys questioned whether Hastert's actions legally constituted sexual abuse. Prosecutors hit back in their filing: "There is no ambiguity; defendant sexually abused Individual A."
Individual A confronted Hastert in 2010. At a prearranged meeting, he asked why Hastert had abused him. Hastert, the filing said, responded that it had been "a confusing and difficult time in his life."
Individual B was also 14 when he says Hastert abused him. It happened when he was alone in the locker room with Hastert after a workout. He told prosecutors Hastert offered him a massage, telling him it would help "loosen him up." Hastert then "performed a sexual act" on him, the court documents said.
Individual C had just stepped out of a locker room shower when Hastert offered him a massage. He didn't think it strange at first. But when his towel came off, Hastert brushed his hand against the boy's genitals. "Individual C recalls that it was 'very weird' and made him uncomfortable," according to the court papers. But Individual C wasn't sure the touching was intentional.
You get the pattern.
The guy Republicans called "Coach" for years.
The Flair Principle of Law: If the government will throw people in jail for not wearing 37 pieces of flair, they should at least make 37 the official legal requirement -- not tell them 15 is the minimum, but they'll encourage them (through prison sentences) to do more than the minimum.