Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL: No Fans Left. Coming soon to a stadium near you.
THE LEFT wants supermen to rule, but they aren't even giants.

Hell, they aren't even pygmies....
TRUMP: ‘Fire or suspend’ players who kneel for National Anthem. Agree, with the emphasis on 'fire them'. I suspect there are plenty of almost-as-good athletes out there who would be thrilled for the opportunity to stand for the National Anthem on an NFL playing field.

And until that happens, screw the NFL - I'll watch major league soccer instead.
CHICAGO’S AWESOME NEW SODA TAX produces predicted results. It won't be just shoppers leaving; it will come to residents leaving for greener less intrusive pastures.
DAILY BEAST: You know who the real hero of Florida after Irma was, right?

Only if you absolutely, positively, have to have that last cup of coffee....
NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL: President Trump’s recent comments about players kneeling during the national anthem are “divisive” and show a “lack of respect” for the pro football league and its players.

Oh, nuts. He should look in a mirror; it is he and the professional football league he leads who are unworthy of any respect. I used to enjoy pro football, but for the nonce I think I'll limit myself to collegiate football - and international futbol (i.e., soccer).

MORE: Farewell to the NFL.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

POWERLINE'S Week in Pictures, End Times edition, is up. There are many good ones this week, on a variety of topics, but I chose to focus on Hillary. Here are the two best:




Now go see the rest.
AMAZON, GOOGLE, AND MICROSOFT: three reasons not to buy a robot.
NAH. THEY'RE JUST REVOLTING. Harvard faculty are revolting (over Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones).

Harvard has roughly 2,000 full-time faculty members; of them only 156 (or 7.8%) have signed a petition demanding that the school reverse its decision to refuse admission to convicted child murderer Michelle Jones and to rescind a fellowship offer extended to Chelsea Manning.

What's (at least somewhat) surprising to me is that 92.2% of the faculty appear to be willing to let these goons - and that's what they are, goons - sully their reputations by association.
THE LIGHT IN HIS HALO BURNED OUT: Obama please go away!
CALIFORNIA: America's "rubber room".
I LOVE THIS ONE: "Why can’t my famous gender nonconforming friends get laid? To ask the question is to answer it."

Friday, September 22, 2017

CAN? CAN? Diversity can cause trouble.
THE CLEVELAND INDIANS' CHIEF WAHOO, the Robert E. Lee statue of baseball is now being criticized by the progressive yahoos who think they know everything.
Wahoo’s critics plug their ears and run at the mouth, so they haven’t heard the news that 90 percent of American Indians say that Native [American] imagery in sports doesn’t bother them. You’re offended on their behalf? There’s a word for that: paternalism.
There are better words. Idiots and lunatics are two that quickly come to mind. Bugs Bunny's all-season epithet 'maroon' has a certain appeal as well.
IT'S TIME to return to paper ballots and photo IDs for voting.

And then there's this: hackers targeted voter registration systems in 21 states. No proof, of course, but read between the lines: the hackers (a) must have been Russian and (b) trying to influence the election in Trump's favor.

Obviously. No 'real' (non-deplorable) American would ever vote for Trump....

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WHAT HAPPENED? A horrible candidate lost. And she was - and remains - the best pick on the Democrats' used car candidate lot.

Odds are that when the 2020 models are announced the 2016 models will still be the better picks....
YOU DON'T SAY: "It’s almost like 'access to health care' isn’t a guarantee of better health." Medicare is great for the providers (unless you're actually a physician); for the patients (me), not so much.
OUCH!
REMEMBER, THAT SWORD HAS TWO EDGES: St. Louis officers chant ‘whose streets, our streets’ while arresting protesters.

Or as Kurt Schlicter writes, “Since they [the Left] are establishing new rules, there’s nothing wrong with applying them to our advantage.”
TECHNOLOGY: The future of computing depends on making it reversible.
[T]he most fundamental laws of physics are reversible, meaning that if you had complete knowledge of the state of a closed system at some time, you could always—at least in principle—run the laws of physics in reverse and determine the system’s exact state at any previous time.

To better see that, consider a game of billiards—an ideal one with no friction. If you were to make a movie of the balls bouncing off one another and the bumpers, the movie would look normal whether you ran it backward or forward: The collision physics would be the same, and you could work out the future configuration of the balls from their past configuration or vice versa equally easily.

The same fundamental reversibility holds for quantum-scale physics. As a consequence, you can’t have a situation in which two different detailed states of any physical system evolve into the exact same state at some later time, because that would make it impossible to determine the earlier state from the later one. In other words, at the lowest level in physics, information cannot be destroyed.

The reversibility of physics means that we can never truly erase information in a computer. Whenever we overwrite a bit of information with a new value, the previous information may be lost for all practical purposes, but it hasn’t really been physically destroyed. Instead it has been pushed out into the machine’s thermal environment, where it becomes entropy—in essence, randomized information—and manifests as heat.

A conventional computer is, essentially, an expensive electric heater that happens to perform a small amount of computation as a side effect.
So -- global warming, sorry, climate change is caused by cell phones?
HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY shows the Social Justice Warriors’ worldview is warped.
“In a little while, when the media, politicians, race pimps and academics go back to telling us ‘who we are,’ remember what you saw in Houston.”
And most recently, in Florida.

Monday, September 18, 2017

JOURNALISM'S MAN OF THE YEAR: an editor who actually edits. (Edits opinion out of news stories, not in....)
DOES EVERYTHING have to be ruined by Democrats and their blasted bigotry?

On the bright side, it's good of progressives to remind me that I really don't want to support their bigotry....
WHO'D'VE THUNK IT? Record-low ratings for Hollywood’s Trump hate fest.
THEY'RE BACK: Those wonderful Church bulletins.
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 pm. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 pm The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.'
From my email.
NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER: boy mowing White House lawn sends bad signal on child labor.

No, it's a bad signal for union labor....
CHEAPER, LIGHTER, QUIETER: the electrification of flight is at hand.
BRIBES -- er, incentives -- for Amazon. Pick the city you hate the most to 'win'.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

RURAL LIVES MATTER: Finally, some commonsense western fire policies.
THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION WARNS PROGRESSIVES: We're coming for you.

Progressives responded, predictably, by accusing the NRA of 'inciting violence.' If by 'inciting violence' progressives mean encouraging Americans to vote them out of office, then yes, we're inciting violence.

More.
SOMEONE ELSE’S COMPUTER: the prehistory of cloud computing.

On a personal level, one of my graduate student colleagues ran a small time-sharing service out of his home while we were both pursuing our doctorates; his service evolved to become AICS Research, which he ran until his untimely death in 2009.
COP HATER BENCHED: Professor put on leave for 'future dead cops' tweet.

Leave without pay pending firing, I hope.
EXPECT THE LEFT TO IMMEDIATELY DEMAND A BAN OF URINALS: Standing up to pee gives boys an unfair advantage in physics.
LOOKING AROUND OUTSIDE THIS MORNING, I've decided it time to start my annual "Autumn Leaves" series of posts. Here's the first:


The first view is looking north from the carport deck. The pond is barely visible above the stair rail, but it will become more visible as winter takes hold.



These next two are roughly the same view, the first taken from the loft window and the second from the terrace two levels down. From the loft view you can see that one of the trees has pretty well lost all its leaves.



Here are two more pond views; one from our 'coffee bench' about 1/3 of the way down the stairs to the pond, the other from the final turn to the water showing the dock and Waterbug paddle boat.


And finally a view down the driveway to Arapaho Walk. I'll continue posting every week until the trees are bare.
DON SURBER: "he {Trump] is Batman battling The Joker (mass media) and The Penguin (National Review)."

Heh.
THE MELTING POT and America's Muslims.
JEFF JACOBY: Freedom of association is for businesses, too. Unless you're a politically incorrect (disfavored) business....
WHEN YOU’RE “THE RESISTANCE,” what difference does the Constitution make?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

FAR LEFT BULLIES suppress civil rights in California. With the blessing of Nancy Pelosi.
So those who oppose the far left – surely a majority, even in California – are not allowed to assemble. This is an intolerable (not to mention illegal) situation. It can’t be allowed to continue.
It hasn't.
RANDOM THOUGHT: The academic Left has so diminished the credential that I'm beginning to regret having opted for the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) over the more traditional Sc.D. (Doctor of Science) degree when I completed my graduate studies.
A FREE-SPEECH RALLY, minus the free speech.
SILLY WOMEN FEMINISTS: Reality interferes with their beliefs so it must be ignored. Until the world blows up in their faces.

Ladies, welcome to reality.

Linked from Instapundit.
PITY THE POOR SNOWFLAKES: The curse of the 'woke' conservatives.
TECHNOLOGY: managing the solar power grid during the August eclipse.
MANAGEMENT 101: the robot loophole.
WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY: the world will end on Sept. 23.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

INCOMPETENCE WASN'T ONE OF THEM: Hillary's got FORTY-THREE reasons why she didn't win.
BECAUSE 'BIG GOVERNMENT' IS SYNONYMOUS WITH 'BIG FAILURE': Why does America need the Cajun Navy?

Someday, perhaps, the progressives in the New Yorker's bubble will come to recognize that truth, but I doubt it.
DILBERT channels me (again).
JOHN P. WARREN: Progressives and American Exceptionalism.
NO. NEXT QUESTION: Does anyone listen to James Clapper?

Why would anyone listen to a known liar?
OOPSIE: Would you rather have a car or tea (or air conditioning)?
IF YOU'RE GOING TO READ HILLARY'S NEW BOOK, read this review first. Now for What Happened: the reviews comments are brutal.

More here.

UPDATE: A simple summary for Progressives:

I FOUND TRUMP'S WALL: it's between the New York Times' editorial and news staffs.

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago; just forgot.
HEH.
DID IRMA HIT SAN DIEGO? Awash with ‘fecal matter’ due to lack of public toilets and surging rates of homeless people.

Maybe it should have - it looks like San Diego could use a good cleansing....
MORE, PLEASE: Ryanair passenger chokes out disruptive flyer, whole plane cheers.

Monday, September 11, 2017

CABLE NEWS sends political analysts into the eye of the storm.
I’d wager there are more than a few conservative viewers who wouldn’t lose any sleep if Chris Hayes or Chris Cuomo went off the air, but nobody wants to see them exit that way.
Nobody? I'm not so sure about that.
TECHNOLOGY: a Martian-inspired tripedal walking robot.

I would add that Heinlein's Red Planet also had tripedal Martians.
9/11: A Dartmouth remembrance.

It's a pity the college is no longer worthy of its graduates....
YES. NEXT QUESTION? Have colleges completely lost their minds?

Watch the video trailer.
KEEP IN MIND THAT MANY - IF NOT MOST - OF THESE IDIOTS COME FROM THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES: Are these residents the dumbest people in Florida?
"I HAVEN’T BEEN WATCHING CNN, but folks on Facebook and Twitter say they seem disappointed that it wasn’t the MONSTER SUPERSTORM OF DEATH that they promised."

But, but ... We were promised a catastrophe. We bought popcorn. Those damned southern hick hillbillies disappointed us again by not living down to our expectations.

As someone who now lives in northern Georgia, I now have the honor of being one of those downtrodden hillbilly hicks.
INSTAPUNDIT remembers 9/11. This comment warrants repeating over and over again:
One thing I guess I didn’t believe 16 years ago is that America would elect such a feckless President in 2008, and stand idly by while he flushed our global position, and security, down a left-wing toilet. But we did, and we’ll be paying the price for a long time.
Obama should go down in history as the first - and hopefully only - President to commit treason against his own country.

UPDATE:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

JERRY POURNELLE passes. He was not my favorite sci-fi author, but I always found his stories solid, well-founded in science, and with strong, believable characters.

R.I.P.
WHAT AN UGLY LITTLE SNOT: Follow the links to the Daily Mail article. More here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN PICTURES:






Taken from PowerLine's Week in Pictures.
MICHELLE MALKIN: "Reminder: You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out."

It's damned hard to do, there's so much stupid out there....

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

TRUMP GIVES $1M FOR HURRICANE RELIEF, but it's still not enough to satisfy his critics.

Not to mention that he donates his entire salary to charity.

Question: How much has former President Obama donated?

VIRTUE SIGNALING FROM VOX: $330,000 in financial aid bought me a slot in the American meritocracy. Now I see its flaws.

My question: now that he has all that virtue, does he intend to pay any of it back?

Linked from Instapundit.
CAJUN NAVY assisted by monster truck.

Monday, August 28, 2017

I KNOW, I KNOW: Hurricane Harvey devastated Rockport and Houston is still flooding. But can we at least dial back the coverage to 23/7?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

TOXIC MASCULINITY AND WHITE PRIVILEGE: it's not for Pajama Boy.
POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES, statuesque edition. Here's my favorite:


There are many more - go see them.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

THIS IS ESPN: Radio host arrested after wandering, drunk and naked, into a stranger's home.

But it's okay; he's a Social Justice Warrior....
SEEN ON THE INSTRUCTION CARD: "Don't try to replace the chainsaw chain with the motor running."

Or under a helicopter full of angry porcupines....

Aunt Nanny run amuck.
WHERE ARE those layers and layers of fact-checkers when you need them?
YES. Yes, you are:


From PowerLine's Week in Pictures last week. Many more here.
RANDOM THOUGHT: Future self-driving vehicles must be able to identify Darwin Award candidates - and kill them.

That's not a silly statement - any 'smart car' must be able to sacrifice itself to save its passengers, but do you really want your car to sacrifice you to save a potential Darwin awardee?
THE ‘PEPPER BALLS’ GUY has been arrested.

Best comment: "He fell out of the 'stupid tree' and hit every branch on the way down."

You almost have to admire his stupidity. He goes to the emergency room, oblivious to the fact that his injury will almost certainly be reported to the police, then posts about his 'adventure' on social media. Now he's about to find out that being a progressive is not necessarily a 'get out of jail free' card.

As Bugs Bunny used to say, "What a maroon."
THE NEW YORK TIMES OFFERS MORE PROOF that Millennials are still children in need of adult supervision.

Too bad they chose the wrong adult(s).

Friday, August 25, 2017

AMMO GRRRLL WRITES on the world after the great Statue Eradication Project of 2017.
WASHINGTON POST: "Democracy Dies In Darkness" is not a warning, it's a goal.

Credit Instapundit for the link.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Let's stop talking about 'income inequality' and start calling it INCOME DIVERSITY! The left LOVES diversity."

Taken from the comment section of this post.
RANDOM THOUGHT: When did the governing class morph into the ruling class?
NO. NEXT QUESTION? Are there any adults in the room? The answer applies to Republicans and Democrats alike.

If you want to see an adult, look for the Tea Party flag - or MAGA hat.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: gender ideology.

I suggest that the letter salad 'LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP' be replaced by a much shorter one: NUTS.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If I HAD THREE WISHES, the first two would be for the 'woke' boneheads to go back to sleep and for James Damore to become a billionaire.

The third wish I'll save for later use....

UPDATE: I was considering using the third wish for the destruction of ESPN, but on further consideration, they seem to be doing quite nicely by themselves.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Every one of the warnings is in my Gator UTV operator's manual.
SEEN ON THE HIGHWAY: "No Cash. Filled with freshly-baked donuts."

On a Krispy Kreme delivery truck.
FROM DAY BY DAY: Why does the Left pull down statues?
RANDOM THOUGHT: Someone ought to reprogram the Left's virtual reality goggles.
ALL PURPOSE PROGRESSIVE EXCUSE FOR EVERYTHING: Climate change made me do it.
SEEN ON THE CHURCH MESSAGE BOARD: "We're not Dairy Queen, but we have great Sundays."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DILBERT CARTOON ON CLIMATE CHANGE prompts rebuttal from Yale - proving the Dilbert cartoon right.
ISN'T THAT ALSO HATE SPEECH? Confederate statue toppled in North Carolina during protest.

If not 'hate speech', it's certainly vandalism.

Monday, August 14, 2017

IT’S BETTER TO BE HATED BY LIBERALS than have their “help.”
DON SURBER: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave Donald Trump good advice.
[FORMER] MUST-SEE TELEVISION: White House adviser Stephen Miller eviscerates a shell-shocked George Stephanopoulos.

It is interesting - and telling - that ABC News removed the video from YouTube citing a 'copyright claim'.
BILL WHITTLE: A warning for social justice warriors.



There are real warriors out here - you can't compete.
QUESTION: Is college education worth it? In my estimation (and I think, Walter Williams'), the answer is no (outside the hard sciences).
ETHICS HIPSTERS: the new Puritans.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

TAMMY BRUCE: The smug bigotry of Trump-haters.

'Smug' is the operative word. Other words that come to mind include 'arrogant', 'hypocritical', 'condescending', 'vain', 'self-righteous', ' conceited', 'egotistic', 'patronizing', ....
YOUR DOG'S CARBON PAWPRINT is really big.

So spiders are less of an environmental menace?
BILL MAHER: I believe Trump is ‘capable’ of political assassinations, just like Putin.

Would he care to comment on the Clinton machine's body count?
FROM MY EMAIL: Who died before they collected Social Security?

Here's an anti-Social Security email making the rounds that's a first (to my knowledge) that gets two essential elements right: (1) Social Security is essentially a Ponzi scheme; and (2) privatization is the better deal. Here's the email.
The only thing wrong with the Government's calculation of available social security is they forgot to figure in the people who died before they ever collected a social security check.

Where did that money go?

Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security but your employer did, too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.

Read that again.

Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny? We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and me that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government. Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.

If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows). After 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit. If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.

The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever did.

Entitlement my foot; I paid cash for my social security insurance! Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!

Remember the benefits for members of Congress?
+ free healthcare,
+ outrageous retirement packages,
+ 67 paid holidays,
+ three weeks paid vacation,
+ unlimited paid sick days.

Now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.

Again: where is the money that those who died before they reached retirement (and their employers share) put in?

Sad isn't it?
The author does have several errors of understanding the Social Security system, the first of which is the "What happened to those who died?" question, which is accounted for through the withholding rate. The larger error is the "it's my money" assumption, which is why Social Security can be fairly described as a Ponzi scheme. The money you (and your employer) pay into the system is not saved for your benefit; it's used to pay benefits to those who have already retired. Think of it this way: you pay for your parents, your children pay for you, their children pay for them, and so on.

Only to the extent that receipts outweigh the outlays is there any savings, and those savings, invested in U.S. Treasury bonds and repaid with taxpayer funds, are not held for any individual benefit.

Congressional 'benefits' are irrelevant to Social Security; they are only another indicator of how government is for the governors, not the governed.

The paragraph on investing (italicized above) is accurate and succinctly gives the rationale for privatizing. For a much more detailed explanation of privatization, here's an old post of mine.
IS AMERICA on the verge of nervous breakdown or civil war?

Nervous breakdown; the progressive Left is fully capable of nervous breakdown and totally incapable of civil war.
'REALITY' WORLD: College professor wears combat gear to protest Texas' campus carry law.

His 'reality' is unanchored; he's actually safer with CC permit holders in his classroom.
KEITH ELLISON: The Republican party is the party of racism.

Mr. Ellison, if you want to see real racism, look in the mirror....
SIGN IN FRONT OF OUR LOCAL CHURCH: "We are soular-powered by the son." I have no idea who the pastor is, but he (or she) has a wicked sense of humor.

Monday, August 07, 2017

HEH: I identify as a female vegan.

SJW's, remember that sword is double-edged....
CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY BROWN: the Democrat Party's strategy has been a miserable failure.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE ANNALS OF STUPID: Cheese is sexist.

Um, PETA, if cheese is sexist, isn't milk also sexist?
THE NEW YORK TIMES' CHARLES BLOW(HARD) looks in the mirror and sees himself.
NOT FAR ENOUGH: The decline and fall of an academic nitwit. But perhaps the start of bigger falls....
DUNKIRK: Healing sick minds. Some minds are simply too sick to heal.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Rep. Maxine Waters 'doesn't know what she's talking about'.

If she wants to see a real racist, she should look in the mirror.
COSMOPOLITAN: The Left's new C-word.
FROM 'CONTAIN THE SWAMP' to 'Drain the Swamp'.
NO. NEXT QUESTION? Are the media capable of covering President Trump fairly?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

MICHELLE MALKIN: That was the week that was.
REMEMBER THAT DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD THINGY? Thanks, Obama! Trump Is Expanding Your Effort to Imprison Leakers!
DEREK HUNTER: We're witnessing a slowrolling coup.

One that is destined to fail.
KEEP DELETING, MORONS: since you can't apologize.

When scrolling through the tweets, it's interesting to note is that the sewer-living, potty-mouth guttersnipes appear to all be of the progressive Left. You would think those virtue-signaling 'citizens' (I'm being generous assuming they're of human origin) would have a slightly larger vocabulary.
AND I'M PLOTTING a "shadow campaign" against anti-Trump Republicans: Anti-Trump Republicans Plotting “Shadow Campaign” for 2020.

My strategy is that of Ronald Reagan: "I win, you lose."
NONSEQUITUR: Making government hackproof. With the added benefit of increased efficiency.
WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY: Democrat activist vows Maxine Waters will be next House speaker.
TRUMP vs. the permanent coastal privilege party.

From Instapundit: "America has the worst political class in its history."
SO MUCH FOR PURDUE'S COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: College head wants to ‘revise’ engineering curricula to ‘de-center Western civilization’.

The results won't be pretty, as I've already witnessed what 'diversity' and 'multiculturalism' have done to the workplace.
CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT: googly bits fall off.

I saw this happening in the company I worked for in the last few years before I (was) retired. It's the most significant of the very few reasons I'm grateful for retirement.

UPDATE: more here.

SO KIDS will be left with reduced Social Security payments?

Not bloody likely.
WHY I AM immediately going to Chick-Fil-A for a sandwich.
JIM ACOSTA, racist apologist for white privilege.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

BUT ARE THEY WORSE THAN AL GORE'S HOUSE? Fido and Fluffy are ruining the environment.
CHELSEA CLINTON wants films to be rated on whether or not they defy gender stereotypes. It's actually something I might favor as it would save me time (and money) in choosing which films to not watch. Something like reading Washington Post endorsements to determine who to not vote for.
ANDREW KLAVAN: Jim Acosta is a knucklehead. And he works for a network of knuckleheads.

I love this Klavan comment: "CNN needs a new slogan: 'We report. We decide. We report what we decide.'"
'MANSPREADING': It's science. As anyone with enough brain cells to rub between thumb and forefinger would know.
DAY BY DAY: The master, not the apprentice.
MIKE ADAMS: I am resigning from UNC-Wilmington ... sometime before August 2050.

I'm sure the proressive faculty and staff are thrilled....
EMPLOYING PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA really is harder.
SHOE on MSM news shows. I found this comment particularly amusing
"If you could knit wits, there’s not enough in Congress to make a pair of sox."
as it applies equally well to MSM journalists.
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS: “We are taking a stand. This culture of leaks must stop.” It will when it includes a perp walk and immediate, vigorous prosecution.
FROM POWERLINE'S Week in Pictures, my favorites:



Go see the rest.
TO THE PROGRESSIVES' DISMAY, Chick-Fil-A generates most revenue per restaurant in the U.S.
SARAH HOYT is angry with Jim Acosta. You’ll like her when she’s angry.

Linked from Instapundit.

Friday, August 04, 2017

PAUL KRUGMAN: proof that the Nobel Prize needs ‘comedy’ category.
REAL SCIENCE: Is there a giant planet lurking somewhere beyond Pluto?
STUART ROTHENBERG FROM HIS OPAQUE PROGRESSIVE BUBBLE: "Lots of people in West Virginia can't support themselves or speak English."

FLASHBACK: "Trump’s path to an electoral college victory isn’t narrow. It’s nonexistent."

It's not easy to be so consistently wrong.
BUT, BUT, ACOSTA HAS HIS OWN TRUTH: Just because it doesn't comport with the facts is irrelevant.
TRUE STATEMENT: “This is California. We’re not the United States.”

So how can we help you leave? Officially?
"I'VE GOT YOUR BACK": The reason why America's cops cheered President Trump's Brentwood speech.
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE MOST OF THE COUNTRY VOTED FOR TRUMP? The Boston Globe breathtakingly points out that "the path of viewing spots for this month's solar eclipse cuts overwhelmingly through places tha voted for Trump."
IMPRIMIS: The Left's War on Free Speech.
AMMO GRRRLL seeks to make the world safe for punching down.
'SCIENCE': MSN belabors the obvious for anyone who passed high-school physics. Assuming, of course, that there are high schools that still teach real physics.
RI-I-IGHT: Bernie explains how single-payer gets cheaper the more expensive it gets.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

“HOW MANY IQ POINTS DO YOU LOSE from Trump Derangement Syndrome or similar conditions of blind political rage?”

First you have to have some IQ points to lose....
CNN'S JIM ACOSTA gets his head handed to him on a silver platter.

And it was well-deserved. In the future, whenever an on-camera press conference is called, he shouldn't be allowed to ask a question grandstand.

UPDATE from the head on the silver platter: "Let’s face it, Stephen Miller couldn’t take the kind of heat I was throwing yesterday." Acosta's bubble(head) is impermeable.
THE BIG PROBLEM with self-driving cars is people.
OH MY GOD! Look at that carbon footprint.
OBAMACARE SURGERY: After failure from the GOP, Democrats scramble for fix.

Let them propose legislation, and then let Republicans help them exactly the way they helped Republicans.
THE TECH JERK: when callow ideas become code.

Heh.
JEFF JACOBY: Research isn't tainted just because industry picks up the tab.

It's more likely to be tainted when the government picks up the tab (N.B. climate change).
THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE declares independence. Only as long as it keeps being funded, and President Trump and Congress may have a say about that....

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD KNOW about my cat Smokey.

I have long said I'd rather be treated by my vet than by my doctor.
KEEP IT UP, GENTRY LIBERALS: this is how I get more Trump.
WE CALL THEM 'PROGRESSIVES': Boobs are back in a big way.

Yes, I know: my lede didn't exactly match the post, but it was too hard to resist.
YOU WONDERED why there are so many medical commercials on television.
ON 'GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS': Liberals might want to learn a little history before they try to remake it.

The Katherine Stewart post referred to I posted on here.
A PARAGRAPH that explains Why Trump.

And a smaller State Department is not a bad deal, either.
FROM INSTAPUNDIT: At Amazon, the XR5 Tactical Assault Rock.

It should be made of foam, so social justice warriors can throw it....
POWERLINE on being a white snowflake on a university(?!) campus.
WHY I STILL LIKE [MOST OF] TEXAS: Woman shoots home intruder.

If the Tucker Carlson video pops up at the top, watch it.
HMM: News the media buries.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

STOCKS SHATTER RECORDS, but don't give Trump credit. From the 'fake news' media (AP):
The stock market was also setting records under Trump’s predecessor. The Dow Jones industrial average surged nearly 150 percent over Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency. Trump has been in office for a little more than half a year, and the Dow has climbed 11 percent since his January inauguration.
Okey doke. So the DJIA climbed 150% during Obama's 8 years versus Trump's 11% climb in 6 months. But if that 11% rate of increase were to continue for two Trump terms, the DJIA will climb 531% (to 116,800) by 2025. How 'bout them apples, Edgar?

I know, I know - math is hard for journalists and social justice warriors (and again, I know I'm repeating myself).

I would also point out that history is also hard for those folks, for if the AP had looked back (as I did) they would find that the DJIA jumped 13% during the first 6 months of the Obama administration. Had that rate continued for Obama's two terms, Trump would have inherited a Dow Jones Industrial Average of 57,100.

The 'fake news' media would've had a better case if they were conversant with math and history. But that's too much to ask.
AUSTIN BAY: America's options for North Korea.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, by dining at Cracker Barrel I won't have to put up with this maroon.
HAS SHE EVER ASKED A 'GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS' CRITIC? What the ‘government schools’ critics really mean.

Of course not. She's an edjumacated progressive, so she knows what we really mean.

A rebuttal is here.

Linked from this Instapundit post.
ANOTHER BURDEN for Willie and Joe.
THERE'S RUSSIA, AND IRAN, AND NORTH KOREA. And Chuck Schumer is worried about sandwich wraps.

The Nanny State at its best....
ROGUES' GALLERY: These are the Republicans most responsible for ObamaCare.
After Republicans failed to pass even a stripped down "skinny" Obamacare repeal bill to keep the legislative process alive, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared, in the wee hours of Friday morning, "it's time to move on." For now, it means that Republicans' seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare has gone up in smoke. Though Obamacare was passed exclusively with Democratic support and amid fierce opposition from the GOP, there were Republicans along the way who either paved the way for its adoption, or hindered efforts to undo it. Their actions were a mix of unseriousness about policy, political cowardice, deception, ideological incoherence, and outright embrace of big government liberalism. Here is the rogues' gallery of Republicans who are most responsible for Obamacare.
Some are surprising; read about them at the link.
BECAUSE THEY'RE DEMOCRATS? Why [some] Americans get conned again and again.
HMM: Kellyanne Conway to be the next White House communications director?
TALK ABOUT CONFUSION: Princeton students can identify as both a ‘man’ and a ‘woman’ simultaneously.
MICHAEL MOORE: "I refuse to live in a country where Donald Trump is president, and I’m not leaving."

So he's advocating his own suicide? Or Trump's murder?
THE SIEGE of the New York Times has begun. Key graf:
If journalists want to stop people from calling them Fake News, then journalists had better take measures to stop the production of Fake News.

Or juries will.
$100 million sounds about right to me.
NO SWAMP CREATURE is deadlier than a Washington lawyer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

THE DAY IN PICTURES:


More here.
DAMNED RIGHT WE DID: CNN Host says Trump voters staged a ‘rebellion against people like us’.
JAKE TAPPER TO BERNIE SANDERS: “How do you make it [health care] national if you can’t even get it in Vermont and California?”



Reply (summarized): "Well, that's different."
UH-OH: Eco-friendly light bulbs causing health problems?
UNEXPECTEDLY: California voted to go easy on criminals; got more crime.
HAS THE TIPPING POINT BEEN REACHED? The can can be kicked only so far before the road ends in a cliff.
CONSERVATIVE MOVE aims to help Republicans living in blue states move to states more aligned with their conservative ethos.

Heh. And I don't think it's a niche market either....
THE POLITICALLY CORRECT NATION is in a tizzy because the movie "Dunkirk" historically accurate.
THE HISTORY of Fusion GPS. It's not pretty.
THE BILL to permanently fix health care for all. It should be titled 'The bill to permanently get government the hell out of health care.

Read it carefully.
SO TELL ME AGAIN how that 'I' in FBI stands for 'integrity'.
HARD TO BELIEVE: Not even the engineering professions are immune to political correctness. Iowahawk has the right answer, but it would be futile - solving differential equations requires a brain; political correctness requires no brain.
PREDICTION: ObamaCare will fail in 2018: 1,332 counties in the United States will only have one health insurer on ObamaCare exchange in 2018; 40 counties will have none.

There are 3,144 counties or county equivalents in the United States; that means 44% - almost half - will no choice at all. That's not government health care?

Remember that it was government healthcare that killed Charlie Gard (but they did it kindly).
GOVERNMENT wrecked the gas can. and that's just the short list of wreckage.

Linked from Instapundit. Be sure to read the comments for even more wreckage. And don't forget the damage done to healthcare.
TOWNHALL: Of skunks and leakers.
[P]ursuing one's own political agenda, whether as a government servant or an elected official via 'leaks' is not only dishonorable and perhaps illegal depending on what information is being leaked, but it's also cowardly. The actions of a gutless and spineless individual. Lily-livered, craven and chicken-hearted also come to mind.
Comparing leakers to skunks is an insult to skunks.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE OBAMACARE DRAMA isn't over (yet).

Keep in mind that it was government healthcare that killed Charlie Gard (with kindness, of course).
FROM FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY:
What? Not Trump?

Thomas Sowell on Medicare.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS that can end obamacare once and for all. Here's the key quote: "Throw in a third plank. Term Limits. Limit each member of Congress to two terms. One term in office and one term in prison."

My thought exactly. Make them pay for their graft and corruption.
PORTLAND MAN accused of sexually assaulting 65-year-old had been deported 20 times. And...
Multnomah County leaders and Sheriff Mike Reese wrote a letter to the community earlier this year saying, “The sheriff’s office does not hold people in county jails on ICE detainers or conduct any immigration enforcement actions.
They should all be arrested and prosecuted for, at a minimum, aiding and abetting criminal activity.
FOURTEEN QUOTES FROM THE 1980S:
Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it.

Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.

The most terrifying words In the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.

The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.

No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
From my email.

And in case you didn't recognize them, they're all from Ronald Reagan.

DON SURBER: The elitist party versus the American party. So far, the elitist party seems to be winning.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Don’t send your kid to the Ivy League.
HIP HEALTH FREAKS think smoking is cool again. Why not? Smoking marijuana is just smoking cigarettes without the nicotine.

I'm pleased to report that I'm still ahead of the rest of the world; I predicted this would happen at least 10 years ago. It did take longer than I expected, though.
NEW YORK POST Why people are getting the hell out of the Northeast.

My son-in-law & daughter moved from Connecticut to North Carolina last year for exactly those reasons.
OF COURSE NPR is unbiased.
FROM POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES, my favorite:


Now go see the rest.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

CAN YOU IMAGINE Michelle Obama doing this?

The most memorable moment from the trip in Israel of president Trump and the First Lady was probably that moment at the entrance to the house of President Rivlin.

Nechama Rivlin, President Rivlin’s wife, welcomed the First Lady Melania Trump at the door. As they were about to walk inside, Nechama whispered to Melania that she will do her best to catch up with the walking pace, but she might be a bit slower because of her medical condition which requires her to use an oxygen tank. Melania took her hand, looked at her and said: “We’ll walk at any pace you choose”.

And so they walked, slowly, gracefully and proudly, hand in hand.

That, is the moment I choose to cherish. That silent gesture has neither any political significance nor any colorful tone to it, but it is everything.

It is the hope we yearn for when we speak of peace;

It is the kindness we wish to protect when we speak of defeating terror;

It is the dignity we want to teach when we speak of stopping hate;

It is the friendship we pray for when we speak of our unbreakable bond;

In other words, this gesture encompasses everything that is good, kind and human."
From The Jewish Standard (George Deek) via my email.
JEFF JACOBY: another climate-change 'enthusiast'?

Heh.
NO VOTER FRAUD? Don't be so sure.
THE IRS MAKES A SHOCKING DISCOVERY: it keeps re-hiring employess fired for cause.
DID THEY DEMAND HE NOT WRITE ANY MORE LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT? Washington Post tracks down impertinent 9-year-old Trump fan.
ACTING ICE DIRECTOR hands idiot journalist his ass on a platter:



I just wish he had ended his answer with "So what would you call them? Undocumented immigrant tour guides?"
CALLING WILE E. COYOTE: Eco-alarmist scientists determined to make ‘climate’ kill everybody one way or another.

More from Instapundit here.
AN INTERESTING BIT OF HISTORY: America's first - and last - nuclear powered merchant ship.

I noticed Instapundit referred to the Savannah as 'her'. Isn't that a microaggression to assume the Savannah is female?
ISHMAEL JONES: The foundation of the Trump collusion story is false.
DON SURBER: McCain embodies what is wrong with DC.
WHERE ARE TAR & FEATHERS WHEN YOU NEED THEM? How bureaucracies creep into life-and-death medical decisions.

Linked from Instapundit.
THE FACE of government-run healthcare.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Some Americans never saw past ‘my skin color’.

That's because she flaunted it at every opportunity. She's just another victim in the snowflake brigade.
ERICK ERICKSON writes on creeping totalitarianism.

'Creeping' is the wrong word; it should be 'galloping'.
AMMO GRRRLL is microaggressed.
"THREE REPUBLICANS AND 48 DEMOCRATS let the American people down."

I remember thinking during the 2012 presidential election that America was on the tipping point to European-style socialism. Looking back, I was right: even with Donald Trump's election and the Republicans holding both Hoouss of Congress, it appears that the deep-state entrenched ruling-class bureaucracy is winning.

I hope I'm wrong.
JUST ANOTHER CRASH at the corner of intersectionality and intersectionality.
REGULATION NATION: mostly awful state licensing laws.

Don't worry; we're your ruling elite and we know what's best for you....

Friday, July 28, 2017

COMPETITIVE VICTIMHOOD: a culture of narcissism. One only has to take a brief glance at progressives to understand.
NATIONAL REVIEW autopsies the GOP's healthcare debacle.

The article is longish, and excellently written, but I disagree with the conclusion that Republicans now own healthcare and must do something. I'm sorry, but ObamaCare was broken before the election, and it's broken now: nothing's changed. The Republicans tried to fix it, and were obstructed in their efforts by the Democrats at every turn.

No, the Democrats own Obamacare. The Republicans should make that perfectly clear, and tell them "Now it's your turn. Propose legislation to fix ObamaCare and let the Republicans critique your legislation. You only need 12 Republicans in the Senate and 24 in the House to enact your legislation, assuming President Trump won't veto it."

Let them be condemned to their turn at being Sisyphus.
HERE'S A winning political bumper sticker. One I think I can support....
THE CANNABIS CANDIDATE: Gavin Newsom for California Governor.

Instapundit comments: "You don’t have to be stoned to support Gavin Newsom, but it helps."
A VERY PLEASANT THOUGHT: ICE may be getting ready to arrest some sanctuary city mayors.
MORE TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: Couple splits over political views.

Good news for divorce lawyers, I suppose....
FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: the world has hardly changed.
HBO: programming for left-wing fantasy.
A THOUGHT FOR PROGRESSIVES:


You're welcome.
BREAKING: Star Trek is racist.
AS IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS: New York City would like a word with (and money from) your pet sitter.
I'VE BEEN READING A LOT ABOUT Gramscian damage and critical theory lately, so I decided to take a quick look at their meanings.

You can look them up at the (Wikipedia) links above, but here's my quick take: 'Gramscian' is obfuscatory shorthand for 'Marxist', and 'critical theory' is a SJW-speak explanation for 'why normal people hate us'.

For those who are truly interested, here's a longish article on Gramscian damage.
KURT SCHLICTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: Pick your battles carefully.
SARAH PALIN WASN'T THE CRAZY ONE. Guess who were.
TWEET OF THE DAY: Vox, refugees, and ObamaCare in two short sentences.
AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF OBAMA, this Trump Executive Order is overdue: Taking the Defense Industry Seriously.
HOW ABOUT 'Repeal AND Replace' on both sides?
HE FIGHTS. 'Nuff said.
PORTLANDIA: "[W]hen I came out as transgender, I lost two friends. When I came out as Republican, I lost 100 friends on Facebook."

The progressive Left bubble is nuts.
MAMA GRIZZLY BITES: Sarah Palin to subpoena 23 from NY Times in lawsuit.

The New YorkTimes may believe it's a mountain lion, but it chose the wrong grizzly. Watch until the end.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trump's circular firing squad. My hope is that the shooting will continue until only Trump is left standing.
TOWNHALL: What's Behind 'Multiculturalism':
[C]ondescension is behind much of what passes for multiculturalism today. It takes a special kind of cruelty to watch other human beings suffer with afflictions and under conditions that have been solved elsewhere, and to call such detachment "cultural sensitivity."
Read it all.
DEAR TAXPAYERS: Thanks for housing non-existent tenants.

We're forever hearing from our (progressive) ruling class about how they're going to attack fraud, waste, and abuse - and nothing ever happens. That's because it's our money they're spending, not their own.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

TECHNOLOGY: Three reasons why Trump is backing exascale computing.

On the one hand, I'm having a bit of trouble comprehending the need for a computer capable of one quintillion floating point operations per second (an exaflop); on the other hand, from my life in defense-oriented R&D, I can understand the need to maintain a significant lead in basic science research.

I just hope funding this research doesn't impact 'blue-sky' research - think of the once-vaunted Bell Labs, where where William Shockley discovered the transistor effect in semiconductors and Claude Shannon 'invented' the field of information theory. While both were funded, at least in part, by defense-related grants, neither had any immediate or direct military application. Yet our current world of cell phones and computers wouldn't exist without them.
YEAH, IT'S WEIRD: Senate won't pass health care bill until House agrees not to pass it.
SCIENCE? OR 'SCIENCE'? Author fools scientific journals with paper about midi-chlorians.
ANY EXCUSE to disparage the Trump administration.
LARRY CORREIA:
For all the people having a massive come apart this morning because the military won’t take transsexuals, get ahold of yourself. They didn’t want me because of asthma and bad feet! There is a giant list of reasons why they will refuse people, medical, mental, or other. Most of which have way less logistical baggage involved.

It is an organization that should be dedicated to killing people and breaking their shit, not a country club.

I’ve also heard Mattis is trying to get rid of all the useless sensitivity training and 28 hour PowerPoint presentations too. Because if it gets in the way of making war, it’s dumb.

It isn’t about just you. It is about the team. They got rid of that stupid Army of One slogan because it ain’t.
The link is here.
MICHAEL EDWARDS: Why I’m leaving UK academia.

Linked from Instapundit, who adds "It’s that way here, too. And it hasn’t made things better."
TOTAL BLACKOUT for facts which a non-corrupt media would find worth a mention:
Major cable news networks have given no coverage to the burgeoning scandal involving IT staffers to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
Reporting by the Daily Caller News Foundation has revealed that Wasserman Schultz's top information technology staffer Iman Awan was arrested Monday after trying to flee the country amidst investigations into Awan concerning banking fraud and a criminal cybersecurity probe. Awan wired over $280,000 to Pakistan after the FBI recently recovered multiple smashed hard drives from Awan's home.

Despite being blocked from the House computer network since February amid allegations of "committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network," Awan remained employed by Wasserman Schultz's office. He and four of his relatives have received $4 million by working for Democratic members of Congress since 2009.

Wasserman Schultz finally fired Awan on Tuesday, after he attempted to flee the country. His wife already fled to Pakistan with $12,000 in cash. Awan and his relatives had full access to the emails of the Democratic members they worked for, and Wasserman Schultz's password to her iPad she used while she was head of the DNC.
To quote Iowahawk, via Instapundit, "Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving".