We have been seeing a lot of open bitterness between liberal actors who supported (or settled for Hillary Clinton) and paying audience members who supported (or settled for) Donald Trump.

So being a fan of compromise between actors worried about being triggered by the sight of audience members who they disagree with and audience members who don’t want to be lectured from the stage let me make the following proposal that we can all get behind.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket SurTax.

I propose an Excise Tax of 100% on any ticket to a play or show that sells for $100 or more (including reseller fees) with such dollars being directed toward infrastructure development.

This is a tax that everybody should love, For the right it not only provides a funding mechanism for proposed spending rather than just spending it also directs the majority of the funding toward those voices on the left who have been insisting for years that they don’t mind being taxed, taking them at their word not to mention

Meanwhile our liberal Friends should love this tax for several reasons:

  • It funds infrastructure which is always a big issue for the left.
  • It is a tax specifically directed to the top 1% since it is only applied to tickets above the $100 level thus ensuring the rich pay their “fair share”.
  • and most importantly it exponentially decreases the chances that any performer might risk being triggered by the sight of those plebes in anything but the nosebleed seats that we’ve been reliably informed is all, in a best case scenario, Trump voters can’t afford anyway.

It also provides two excellent incentives

  1. It provides innovation for producers worried about the effect of such a tax on sales to come up with low cost creative alternatives say a flat fee streaming service for people to see plays or a regularly scheduled monthly performance where all seats are under $100 meaning actors would have warning and time to prepare before the traumatic triggering experience of facing an audience of the Hoi Polloi.
  2. It provides an incentive for the good government types on the left who unexpected had no problem with the IRS targeting conservatives over the last few years to rediscover their dislike of a government targeting their political enemies.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket surtax, an idea whose time has come!


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By John Ruberry

The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it’s time for Americans to, well, move on.

Now if only the cheerleaders in the media for the Democratic Party could do the same.

There’s a book’s worth of material out there for this post, but I’ll zoom in on just a few today. Dahleen Glanton, an African American Chicago Tribune columnist, puts the blame on the Democrats failure to keep the White House on where she feels it belongs. Yes, the headline gives the ending away, “White women, own up to it: You’re the reason Hillary Clinton lost.” Yet the first sentence of that column betrays how foolish she is, “I don’t understand women.” Her dazzling display of ignorance continues for another two dozen paragraphs.

There must be vile fumes from the Chicago River poisoning the minds of Chicago newspaper columnists, as ignorance begets insanity. I had to read Neil Steinberg’s Nazi-drenched column about Donald Trump and his advisor Steven Bannon, who, by the way, is not an anti-Semite, three times before I gave up trying to make sense of it. Well, almost.  When I am confronted with Nazis and insanity I do one thing and that is listen to avante-garde rockers the Residents’ masterpiece, “The Third Reich and Roll,” only this time I did so while trying to block out of my memory all of my knowledge of the 1960s garage pop classics that are satirized in this work, as a possible gateway into Steinberg’s rambling mess. That didn’t work either. But hey, I tried.

At the end of his column he all but claims that it will be followers of a religion who have been scapegoated for centuries who will be blamed if Trump’s economy doesn’t take off as he promises it will.

Oh, do newspaper columnists have editors anymore?

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who was exposed as a colluder with the Democratic National Committee by WikiLeaks, is calling the incoming Trump administration “the fake news presidency.” Yet two months ago Milbank was covering for Clinton’s “deplorables” gaffe by claiming that “she might have low-balled the number.”

Wrong.

Perhaps what these mainstream media hacks really need is a good cry, which is something the Residents have done as they confide in “Hitler Was a Vegetarian.”

Yes, it’s your party, I know it’s your party
And, you know that you can cry, and, it’s cool
But you have to remember that I too cried my 96 tears
And… it’s just something we all have to go through some time or another.

Get to it.

And then move on.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday we discovered that while the NYT is all in favor of amnesty for those who enter places illegally they apparently draw the line if they are illegally present where they don’t want them.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fought with and restrained an intruder he found in his Philadelphia hotel room.

In fact not content to eject the illegal occupier he turn said illegal resident into law enforcement.

A police spokesman confirmed the account, saying the columnist “chased him, struggled with him and held him until officers arrived.” The suspect is in custody awaiting charges.

This seems odd to me, Philadelphia is a Sanctuary City therefore if a person is illegally present somewhere the proper thing to do, particularly if you are a member of the NYT is, regardless of the law, to recognize said persons right to be where they are. Any other action is clearly racist.

Thus the police should have informed Mr. Kristof that no person is illegal and that his attempts to punish that person for being someplace illegally, rather than insisting he get amnesty for his crime, smacked of white privilege no matter what the law says.

That they did not leads one to suspect that the for members of the left, the tolerance for the ignoring of the law ends when their inconvenience or danger begins

Unexpectedly


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Twelfth Doctor: My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed forever…[pauses] Sorry. I’ve always wanted to see that done properly.

Doctor Who The Husbands of River Song 2015

Brandon Wheeger: But I want you to know that I’m not a complete brain case, okay? I understand completely that it’s just a TV show. I know there’s no beryllium sphere…
Jason Nesmith: Hold it.
Brandon Wheeger: no digital conveyor, no ship…
Jason Nesmith: Stop for a second, stop. It’s all real.
Brandon Wheeger: Oh my God, I knew it. I knew it! I knew it!

Galaxy Quest 1999

We have been assured by our friends in media and government that there is no such thing as voter fraud, that the revelations of project veritas are something to be ignored and anyone who believes this kind of thing is at best a conspiracy theorist or at worst disloyal to the republic.

So when a story like this turns up:

The 83 ballots, each unused, were addressed to different people, all supposedly living in his elderly neighbor’s two-bedroom apartment.

“I think this is spooky,” Mosna said. “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.”

His wife, Madalena Mosna, noted their 89-year-old neighbor lives by herself, and, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”

They took the ballots to the Los Angeles Police Department, but were directed to the post office. They felt little comfort there would be an investigation, and called another neighbor, John Cracchiolo – who contacted the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office. 

A spokeswoman for the Registrar said the office will investigate.

Instead of seeing it as proof of voter fraud confirming that republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular have to not only win, but do so beyond the margin of fraud, we must, as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has taught us, presume that when the impossible (That is the idea that this might be voter fraud, which our betters in media and government assure us is impossible) is eliminated, what remains, no matter how improbable, must be true.

Therefore I conclude that while the Mosna’s might think their elderly neighbor is living in a two bedroom apartment that couldn’t fit 89 people, the reality is that their neighbor in fact has a TARDIS which has taken the shape of an ordinary 2 bedroom apartment with 89 people (or more if you include potential non votes) living there and if someone actually visited the apartment and opened the door it would go something like this:

I would advise keeping a close eye on their “elderly” neighbor in case she is suddenly replaced by a younger version that seems a tad confused at first. That’d be the clincher!

I mean to think otherwise would mean not only that there is systematic voter fraud out there, but that those in charge of sending out ballots in the US postal service might have a policy of forbidding postal workers from reporting this kind of anomaly when processing or delivering said ballots and that the knowledge of this kind of thing is a lot more widespread than anyone wants to admit.

And that’s just crazy isn’t it?


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I missed work last Tuesday night so I was up an around Wednesday afternoon writing several posts and keeping an eye on twitter for the odd link here and there when I noticed something interesting.

I put out a tweet concerning the attacks on Donald Trump as still liberal, something to set the table for a post I had written going up on Thursday when I got the following response from someone I never saw on twitter called John ? with an icon of Andrew Breitbart

I found the response interesting so I took the liberty of looking at this person’s twitter account and history. I noticed that while the account was four years old all but 2 of the 511 tweets were about Donald Trump and pretty much retweets on various conservatives hitting him.

now rather than denying this the account responded thus:

to which I replied with this

and this

In the week that followed this account has managed only 3 tweets and for the rest of that day, the account hasn’t tweeted, after all once a paid (or unpaid) troll is publicly exposed (not blocked mind you just exposed) their effectiveness diminishes.

I thought it interesting diversion worth a post on the subject when later on during the day I noticed CNN tweeting on Adele’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton saying the following:

This prompted a tweet from a person called “Yankee fan that included me

Seeing the tweet and remembering the incident earlier in the day I checked the account history, sure enough while the account was old all of the tweets were hitting Trump or boosting hillary and what appeared to be auto retweets of pro-Hillary accounts so I tweeted the following

that account responded like this

To which I replied

and was promptly blocked.

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Because nothing’s worse for a paid troll than to have someone outing them in their timeline.

So I had plenty of material to work with but then I noted Kellyanne Conway retweeting the stories out of Texas of people trying to vote Trump/GOP ticket

and the votes being changed to Clinton. I thought this was a good idea and tweeted:

and for the third time today an obscure unknown account noticed my tweet and replied

I looked at the account, like the other two it was obscure, and while it was fairly new, only a few months old, its entire history was hitting Trump

unlike the previous two this one had a sense of humor.

But as of this writing it has been inactive.

Now it’s possible that two  obscure people on twitter (and a third reacting to someone else) not only found my tweets and decided to reply within a few hours.

However unlike other conservative bloggers I’m not a twitter force. While I have several prominent followers I only have 4063 followers as of this writing overall, I don’t automatically follow back and my new followers come in drips and drabs so that would seem unlikely.

What’s much more likely is that because I have a decent sized blog, that draws hundreds of thousands of unique users each year and that is known and respected by people in the political and media world and that even though I didn’t support Trump in the primaries because I’ve decided that a Trump victory is necessary for the republic in general and conservatism.

I’m not worthy of the swarm that Scott Adams gets but perhaps I’m respected enough that such statements can not be left completely unanswered.

I find that a very great complement but the name of the post is “How to spot a paid (or unpaid) Hillary Clinton Troll from quite a long way away, so here is what too look for.

  • Look for an account with almost no activity outside of the election season.
  • Look for an account that consists mostly of retweets supplemented by the occasional attack rather than an original thought.
  • Look for accounts whose followers are either nonexistent or all other accounts doing the same thing.
  • Look for either a small amount of total tweets or a massive wave of permanent retweets of specific type of accounts, usually official accounts that toe the line being pushed.

Do this and you too will be able identify twitter trolls from quite a long way away.

Now I know that given the massive scale of such operations identifying and countering one or two such accounts is no big deal.

But the naming of such an account is fatal to it’s operation and every time you force a new one to be named or make one block you it make it that much harder for them to counter us.

I’d say that’s worth it.

First some background

As I’ve mentioned before due a the weak tip jar over the last two years I’ve had to take an overnight job at a warehouse. Because this job involves repetitive menial work we are allowed an ear bud as we work and while most people listen to music I listen to my big finish/bbc Doctor who audios in Chronological Doctor (1st doctor thru 11th Doctor). I am currently on the 4th Doctor with Romana 2 the 2nd time around since I’ve been employed there..

I occasionally get new Doctor Who episodes due to sales at Big Finish and huge markdowns on Amazon for pre-orders I listen to those as they come in unless they happen to fall in sequence with episodes I’m currently listening to. Such was the case with Big Finish audio The Well Mannered War arrived at my house on my day off. As it would be in the sequence of episodes I would be listening to this week I decided to put it on my Ipod and wait till it came up at work before hearing it for the first time.

There is a brief amount of overlap between my shift and the previous one and in the section where I’m currently working two of us from the 3rd shift share a space with anywhere from 4-12 people of the 2nd, most of whom are foreign born and several of who speak little or no English. Such was the case Monday night when I was listening to this episode for the first time.

Now Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor mostly due to the comedy and his re-teaming with Lalla Ward is still new enough that it absolutely delights me As I listened to the episode I wore a large smile on my face and occasionally broke into laughter when I heard sequences like this.

and this

That laughter and my grin apparently drew a very odd look from a 2nd shift fellow at the next table who was working across from the other 3rd shift man. He asked him in Broken English “That guy crazy?” (in broken English). The man who worked with me for the last year or so tried to explain that I just was listening to stuff on my Mp3 player that wasn’t music.

Apparently that explanation didn’t wash and the fellow moved himself to the table as far away from me as possible.

Nobody from 2nd shift came within 10 yards of me for the rest of the night.

Over the next several days I’ll be listening to several other 4th Doctor episodes that I haven’t heard before, I anticipate smiles and laughter as a norm until I get to Peter Davison sometime next week, I suspect the opinion of the folks that’s now spreading among 2nd shift won’t be changing soon

Big Finish, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward et/all, it’s all your fault.

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It will be interesting tomorrow to see whether Sit-Down fever has spread across the ranks of the NFL. Allegedly, some of the Miami Dolphins are thinking about it.

Dolphin players may also have something in the works, but it appears to be on an individual basis.“Every man for himself, I guess. Each his own,” said Dolphins safety Reshad Jones.

“Everybody have different opinions and entitled to different things.

This thing has pinged my paranoia streak—like so many other Tempests have.

Just a few days ago, the president of NAACP compared Colin Kaepernick’s stance to that of Rosa Parks.

Aside from the fact that Kaepernick was protected from physical danger by various levels of professional security when he took his stand, while Mrs. Parks had no security when she refused to give up her seat to a fellow bus passenger who was white,

And aside from the fact that Kaepernick was on his job when he took his stand and Mrs. Parks was not,

And aside from the fact that Mrs. Parks’ taxes paid for the Montgomery, AL municipal bus service, while Kaepernick is being paid to be present and to perform at the platform where he has and will make his statement,

There’s something which I wonder about the two events, something which may be a true similarity.

Rosa Parks did not spontaneously refuse to give up her seat. She was planted. There was another black woman who refused to give up her Montgomery bus seat to a white person and who went to court to fight the injustice. But she didn’t have to right reputation for the task at hand, according to the civil right organizations of the time. The task, of course, was to end the segregation of public services–to fight true inequality and oppression.

Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.

Most people know about Parks and the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that began in 1955, but few know that there were a number of women who refused to give up their seats on the same bus system. Most of the women were quietly fined, and no one heard much more.

Colvin was the first to really challenge the law.

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No, I’m not paranoid. Why do you ask?

To tarnish Mrs. Parks’ place in history is not my purpose. This is: I wonder if Kaepernick was planted. There are other players who have intentionally remained seated during the National Anthem, but he is the first to get such widespread attention.

Who told Colin Kaepernick to sit down? Rumor has it that it was his alleged girlfriend, a Black Lives Matter activist. But I bet it came from higher up. Or lower, depending on one’s perspective.

I don’t take anything for granted anymore–especially when figures in media and entertainment are attempting to rile up Americans against each other.

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We interupt my coverage of Amplify Choice and RedState to talk about a pet peeve. And remember Peeves make wonderful pets

One of the things you notice about Denver right away is all of the building going on. Housing prices are up and the city is making hotels the way the Duggars make babies. Given it’s size and location Denver is becoming magnet of tourism and one of the highlights of our visit was the Denver Zoo.

It’s a great destination which was very plain as DaWife and I walked by the parking areas I saw licence plates from California to North Dakota and of course there were likely plenty of people like us who had come by air and caught the Zoo in between the scheduled events that brought us here.

And that’s why when I saw this sign in the rain forest exhibit I found myself laughing out loud

For those of you who can’t read the print here is what it says:

Like a greenhouse, gases in our atmosphere capture the Sun’s energy and warm the Earth. We’ve increased greenhouse gasses, in part by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests. Many scientists believe the result will be global warming

With just a slightly warmer climate, ice aps may melt and drown coastal areas Rainfall patters could shift turning farmlands into deserts or floodplains

What can you do to help?

The United State’s is the world’s single largest producer of greenhouse gases. Conservation begins at home.

Walk, bike or carpool or take a bus whenever possible to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by automobiles.

When you buy your next car place fuel efficiency at the top f your list of options.  Keep your car tuned.

Contact your local gas and electric company for tip on how to make your home and office more energy efficient.

Now in terms of global warming alarmism this sign is actually pretty tame, there is a lot of the use of the word “may” rather than “will”, you don’t see the BS 95% of scientists agree line.  I suspect this is to help keep the return business of those like me who show up.

But if you look at the “What can I Do to Help?” list, it struck me that several items missing that came to mind at once, to wit:

There were a lot of people at the zoo with cell phones and mp3 players,and I couldn’t count the number of people with earbuds listening to said devices.  All those devices need a steady stream of electricity which require a lot of greenhouse gases to produce.

They could have advised guests to not use these devices and not buy new ones. Yes, these devices are entertaining and provide communications and convenience, but what is that next the danger of turning farmlands into floodplains?

And of course there we’re plenty of people taking pictures both with their phone and with iPads, and Cameras.  May of these pictures will end up on facebook, Instagram, twitter and various web pages like this one and will be shared worldwide in the cloud.  All of these take a lot of greenhouse gas producing electricity  and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the immense amount of electricity the servers that host all of this stuff uses.

They could have advised their guest to get off of the net and not take pictures to share.  Yes the animals are delightful and would bring the zoo plenty of exposure but after all what is use of pictures like this

Within scent range of the leopards nearby
Within scent range of the leopards nearby

or this

The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies "player or primate" series
The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies “player or primate” series

…if it means Rainfall patters might shift?

There were a lot of manufactured toys and stuffed animals in the place for sale.  They were cute, they were cuddly and were prominently displayed for sale to all the wide eyed kids who came through the doors with their parents. All of them were only available at the zoo because of manufacturing and shipping that required the creation of an enormous amount of greenhouse gases.

They could have advised the kids and their parents to do without the toys, after all a lot of them were pretty expensive and the kids likely had others at home.  Yes they were cute and cuddly and the sales provide a lot of revenue for the zoo, but what is that next to the danger of ice caps melting and drowning coastal areas?

Finally as I noted at the start, the parking lot was full of cars from all over the nation.  All those cars, no matter how well tuned or fuel efficient burn gasoline.  Furthermore Denver is a tourist destination with so many people flying in that they can’t build hotels fast enough to accommodate all the conventions not to mention the skiers in the winter. And according to the David Suzuki foundation aviation accounts for four to nine per cent of the total climate change impact of human activity.”

That means that the very act of coming Denver in General and to the zoo in particular by air or car involves burning fossil fuels and destroying forests at an alarming rate! The very act that they are warning against.

So in the spirit of helping to promote the cause of conservation and saving the planet might I suggest the Denver Zoo remake that sign replacing the last three sentences of that sign with the following:

GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!

Yes I know that it would mean laying off a lot of people and hoping people would pay to visit an online streaming site if they aren’t Denver natives but we’re got a planet to save, don’t we?

In this age of Google there are many people alive today who don’t realize that there was once a day when the only way to access the sum of Human knowledge was to purchase a set of Encyclopedias

While you can still buy the printed version most people just google information, but for my money if I want an actual fact, rather than trusting open source like Wikipedia, I think I’d stick with the Encyclopedia Britannica with it’s long history and reputation

Editorial quality has been Encyclopædia Britannica’s top priority since the company was founded in 1768. Britannica’s methods for ensuring quality have changed over time, but their purpose has remained constant: to generate and validate content that represents the best, most up-to-date knowledge available. Readers today may find it amusing that Britannica’s first edition, published in 1768, says about California that “[i]t is uncertain whether it be a peninsula or an island.” But for the small group of men in Scotland who were responsible for that first edition, this claim was the result of the best research possible at that time with the resources accessible to them. Over the following two centuries, Britannica established its reputation for clarity, accuracy, objectivity, and fairness by drawing on the best authorities of every era, whether the latest published scholarship or the most respected Nobel Prize winners.

As a rule you get what you pay for. and Britannica is infinitely more valuable than Wikipedia.

And yes I admit it, I always love a reason to link Monty Python.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that Many of the skits of Monty Python in this politically correct world have become the type of things that will get you beat up by peaceful tolerant Bernie Sanders supporters. Or at the very least censored off of Youtube.

When pondering this problem the solution came to me, when it comes to politically correct bullies the best way to deal with them is to remember that all bullies are in fact cowards, so one needs to confront them with someone or something that they would be afraid to confront.
And what is more frightening than a Dalek?

Picture for example if instead of Graham Chapman, Michael Palin’s “Mr. Pither” played this scene at the British Consulate in Smolensk with …something else

Pither Excuse me. Is this the British Consulate?
Dalek Affirmative, You are correct.
Pither I wish to see the consul, please.
Dalek You may speak …I am the British Consul.
Pither Oh! (he examines his diary.) You are Rear Admiral Sir Dudley Compton?
Dalek Negative. He died, His car-di-ac organ failed and he dropped out of a win-dow onto an ex plo sive de-vice and was EXTERMINATED! I am his suc-ces-sor.
Pither Oh, successor.
Dalek I am his suc-ces-sor , Mis-ter At-kin-son.
Pither Oh.
Dalek Would you like a liq-ued, or a game bin-go?
Pither Well…. A drink would be very nice.
Another Dalek enters
Dalek Mis-ter Liv-ing-stone unit. Procure liq-uid.
Dalek Livingstone I obey (goes)
Dalek How is Ton-bridge Wells? How I long to see again walls of the fa-mous Shakes-peare-style thea-tre in Strat-ford-on-Avon.
Pither Oh well, I’m a West Country man myself, Mr. Atkinson.
Dalek Accessing Data: Tex-as – Ar-i-zo-na – Where settlers bat-tled in-dig-on-ous life forms and EXTERMINATED them!
Pither No. No. West of England… Cornwall.
Dalek Corn-wall?
Pither Cornwall.
Dalek Corn-wall. Yes I know Corn-wall very well. Was pro-grammed there, pro-gen-a-tor units lo-ca-ted there. At-tend-ded mul-ti-pile week-end par-ties in bridge club in Corn-wall.
Dalek Livingstone I have pro-cured- liquid and solid nour-esh-ment.
Dalek Ah, Dal Mis-ter Liv-ing-stone thank you. Liq-uid re-fresh-ment and bake-wells tart. (hands a glass of sake to Pither) drink Drink DRINK!
Pither Rather. (they drink)
Dalek Now then Mis-ter…
Pither Ah, Pither.
Dalek Ah Mis-ter Pit-her. We Brit-ish here in Smo-lensk are ve-ry in-ter-es-ted in cli-ket.
Pither Oh, cricket?
Dalek No, no Your Eng-lish speech is in-fer-ior. Not crick-et – click-et…click-et, bin-go.
Pither Bingo…
Dalek Oh bin-go…bin-go…bin-go.
Dalek Livingstone Bin-go! Bin-go!
Several Daleks rush in Daleks  bin-go-Bingo BIN-GO!
Dalek Ex-cuse- us We Dal er Eng-lish get ve-ry ex-cit-ed
Dalek Livingstone Bin-go.
Dalek (to Livingstone Dalek) Sil-ence! (to Pither) Mis-ter Pit-her, per-haps you could put in a good word for so we could join a very smart bin-go club in Corn-wall.
Pither Well, it’s not really my line…
Dalek We shall re-main in the rear in silence say-ing noth-ing except ‘Hou-sey! Hou-sey!’
Dalek Livingstone Hou-sey! Hou-sey!
Daleks: (rushing back in) Hou-sey! -!
Cut to stock film of large Dalek crowds.
Dalek Hordes: Hou-sey! Hou-sey! Hou-sey hou-sey!
Dalek: Now then, Mis-ter Pit-her, tell me which is sur-per-ior – Hack-ney Star Bin-go or St. Al-bans Top Rank Suite?
Pither Well, I was hoping that you could help me and my friend to get back to England as…you see we’re on a cycling tour of North Cornwall…
Daleks (entering) Daleks are Masters of Bin-go! Daleks are the masters of Bin-go
Dalek Hordes: Daleks are Masters of Bin-go! Daleks are the masters of Bin-go!

And they work in other sketches.  Picture a Dalek as John Cleese in the Dead Parrot Sketch, or as Graham Chapman in crunchy Frog, or as Terry Jones in the Spam sketch in a diner filled with Daleks rather than Vikings.

Not only is the humor retained but if anyone dares to complain they will be Exterminated!

What could be more fair than that?

 

Important note, this post was written without the benefit of alcohol or drugs of any kind.

Scary isn’t it?

 

 

When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.

G.K. Chesterton

Can Somebody ANYBODY tell the western world that Monty Python was comedy program, not a guide to life.

I mean COME ON!

It’s easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy. Maybe too easy, in fact, because to laugh is to dismiss it, denigrate it – ignore the fact that many of us have found comfort and joy in pretending to be animals at some point in our lives.

I mean really come on!

But wait—there’s more!

Woman says she is a cat trapped in the wrong body – she hisses at dogs, hates water and claims she can even see better at night

Very soon we will see the Obama administration suing companies for not allowing employees to self identify as animals.  After all that’s what Emmett Till died for.

Who knew when Islamists said westerners were pigs and dogs that they were right?

Update:  How long before a Transgender activist gets ostracized by the left for calling these people crazy?

 

 

Being a bit of a Star Trek as well as a Doctor Who geek I chuckled when I noticed this clip from Star Trek Insurrection which where Captain Picard decides to use the song “A British Tar” as a weapon against an externally controlled Lt. Cmd Data

As I was watching the clip it occurs to me that a British Sailor exhibiting the traits mentioned in this song which were once considered heroic almost certainly would trigger the average sjw (social justice warrior). In fact given the direction we are going I find it highly unlikely that in the future HMS Pinafore would be allowed to be performed on any Star Fleet vessel.

Of course given the cultural direction we are devolving to the odds of any kind of fearless space exploration is decreasing exponentially.

judgmentby baldilocks

Got a link from Ace of Spades HQ, where a man from Haifa, Israel seeks to put a “restraining order” on God, claiming that The Ancient of Days has been very mean to him.

A protocol of the hearing noted that God did not turn up for the session, although it did not specify how the court determined the Omnipresent was not in fact there, as opposed to merely exercising the right to remain silent.

The petitioner, who was not named in the report, noted that he had tried to obtain the restraining order from police for the past three years but that police had merely sent a patrol car to his home on 10 occasions.

He argued that over a three-year period God, had exhibited a seriously negative attitude toward him, although details of just what divine mischief he had borne the brunt of were not mentioned in the report.

I know that people who do such things are crazy, but one wonders whether this dude’s craziness is genetic or willful. In my experience—and according to Paul–it is often kooky ideas about the nature of God which nuts-up a person. So is it the chicken or the egg?

At any rate, the petition, for which the man represented himself, was heard and denied by the judge.

Jurisdiction, jurisdiction, jurisdiction.

God does sometimes give people—and nations—what they want, including His absence if that’s what they request. He’ll give you Barabbas and “wonder” why you’re mad at Him because of it.

For this guy’s sake, I hope God decides to cut him a break. At least the guy knows God exists.

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Haven’t done an “Under the Fedora” piece for a while so here goes.

The Difference between a national story and a local story is illustrated in Minneapolis:

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along a south Minneapolis street Saturday evening, according to a safety advisory issued by Minneapolis police.

The victim was walking in the Lyndale neighborhood around 9 p.m. when a car full of men called her over to their vehicle. They spoke briefly and she continued walking, police said.

A short time later, the five men returned and approached her on foot. They forced the woman to go to an area near 32nd Street and Blaisdell Avenue S., where they sexually assaulted her, police said.

Now this is definitely a local story and not a national one, why because of this sentence

Police released the following descriptions for the five, all identified as Somalis, with dark complexions.

Yup nothing to see here USA move along.

Over at Stacy McCain’s site there is a story about another alleged rape:

Nor are people thinking about what they are doing in the real world in an age where everybody’s cellphone has a video camera, where anything a guy does in his dating relationships may become the subject of an online rant by an angry ex-girlfriend, where a guy meets a girl at a party and has what seems to him a consensual hookup only to discover, nearly two years later, that she’s telling the world that he’s a rapist.

Rosie’s account of that night is a classic “he-said/she-said” situation. Her story of that (allegedly) “horrific” June 2014 encounter seems entirely plausible, and Jason Lee Weight’s (alleged) behavior is indefensible. Rosie says she filed a report with police “a long time after” this encounter, but a lack of evidence made prosecution impossible.

But his main point is more cultural in terms of a warning to young men who do their thinking below the waist.

What you need me for is to explain the meaning of “crazy.” If a guy meets a girl at a party, how does he know if she’s crazy? Well, if he says “let’s go back to my place” and she says “yes,” that’s probably a sign she’s crazy. No sane girl would say yes to such an invitation. The dude might have herpes. He might be a rapist.

She barely knows this guy and she’s leaving the party with him? Crazy. Then she goes back to his place, goes to his bedroom, takes off all her clothes and thinks he’s not going to have sex with her? Crazy.

This is what I’ve explained to my sons. There is a direct correlation between (a) a woman’s willingness to engage in casual sex, and (b) a woman being crazy. As a general rule, the quicker she drops her pants, the crazier she is. Every guy is prone to believe that his own personal charm suffices to explain why this woman he just met is willing to leave the party with him for a quick hookup. “He shoots! He scores!”

Yeah, he’s a natural-born winner. The ladies can’t resist him.

That’s what he’s telling himself anyway, as he blazes past the flashing yellow lights and warning signs: “CAUTION: CRAZY WOMAN.”

The Greeks called it hubris, this arrogance that leads a man to destruction.

My father’s “if she’s good enough to sleep with, she’s good enough to marry.”

Speaking of this topic yesterday I attended one of the national rallies to defund planned parenthood  parenthood,  and for the first time in Fitchburg we had a number of counter protesters, mostly Bernie Sanders fans, who had signs calling for free condoms etc.

As a pair of them were leaving, both college age women they passed by me closes and shouted how they would be having a ton of abortions.

It occurs to me that these are the woman that the Pump and Dump crowd that Stacy McCain has referred to are counting on and in a very few years we might see one of them on feminist tumbler making the same charges that Rosie did.

As I said many years ago:

In short men.  It’s been a long fight but the sexual revolution is over…

….We WON!

While our friends on the left insist that men not have to pay a price to enjoy the favors of a woman, there are some thing that they believe deserve swift punishment:

Ciccotta first encountered trouble at Bucknell when, as president of the College Republicans, he invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus.

The visit from Yiannopoulos, whose tour of US campuses has caused easily-offended leftwing students to organize therapy sessions in his wake, led to panic from Bucknell administrators and faculty, who organized a range of bizarre restrictions on the event.

The college Republicans were prohibited from filming the talk, and students were not allowed to ask Milo any questions verbally — they had to be scribbled on the back of index cards. Yiannopoulos was also prohibited from speaking to students one-on-one after the event and was escorted out of the building by campus officials as soon as his talk concluded.

After organizing the event, Ciccotta faced a backlash from Bucknell’s faculty. After suggesting, in a private meeting, that the event with Milo had been Bucknell’s “best ever,” he was told by the college’s Student Media Advisor that his attitude would “isolate” the people who worked under him at the college’s radio station.

He was later threatened with having his position as host of a political talk show on campus taken away over an alleged “conflict of interest.”

After all there is nothing worse than being a conservative.

There are very few things less surprising than conservatives being punished on campus for being conservative, this is one of them via the lonely conservative:

Good grief, thanks to Obamacare health insurance rates have been skyrocketing for years. Instead of leveling out, it’s only going to get worse. That’s coming from the woman who helped the implement the train wreck.

ObamaCare rates will skyrocket next year, according to its former chief. Enrollment is tumbling this year. And a big insurer is quitting most exchanges. That’s what we learned in just the past few days.

Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, revealed that she expects ObamaCare premium hikes “to be higher than we saw previous years,” including last year, which saw double-digit rate increases across the country.

and here is another via Instapundit and Weasel zippers

Gotta love leftist hypocrisy.

Via Investors:

Labor Markets: Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.

A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.

Glenn uses he word:  Unexpectedly here I suspect that the same could be used to suggest that most of the leaders of those pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage have positions that will never be lost because of the wage hike.

People have accused Curt Schilling of many things but there is one change that he have convicted himself out of his own mouth affairaphobic!

Speaking to Bannon, Schilling said, “I’m not transphobic, I’m not homophobic.” He added, “As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”

How DARE Curt Schilling advocating restricting the sexual freedom of people to exclude the choice of having sex with his wife on the trivial grounds that he’s married to her?  But I’m not worried in a few years will have laws on the books that will protect the rights of people who wish to have sex with people outside of their marriage from financial penalties from angry spouses and anyone who things otherwise will be branded as a bigot by the media.

Finally there is an interesting debate at PJ Media concerning a parent who took her kids to Dairy Queen and then immediately threw away her kids ice cream when they failed to thank the person who gave it to them.

I think it’s the mother’s call here but I guarantee you there is a near 0% chance that they will neglect to say “Thank you” on their next ice cream run.

This was kinda fun, maybe we’ll do it again next week.

Here is the least surprising headline of the day concerning the upcoming Harriet Tubman $20 bill.

In fairness I suspect that plenty of the same people couldn’t tell you who Andrew Jackson was either.

Of course I’m a Grover Cleveland man myself, but I suspect folks don’t know who he is either.

Closing thought: Given our schools have made it a point to elevate significant members of the Black Community in US history over the last 30 years, that result is even worse than it first looked.

For those who need answers there is always Drunk History which apparently isn’t as popular as it thinks:

FYI Tubman was a VERY devout Christian, given that I’m surprised she made the cut.

Jake Blues: I Hate Illinois Nazis

The Blues Brothers 1980

I absolutely love this story:

Yisrael Kristal survived two world wars and the Holocaust but doesn’t consider himself particularly remarkable, despite being named the world’s oldest living man Friday at age 112.

The Israeli was born in what is now Poland on September 15, 1903, three months before the Wright brothers’ first powered and controlled aeroplane flight.

He lived there after the First World War until the Nazi occupation in World War II, when he was eventually sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Kristal survived and moved to Israel, where he has lived for over six decades.

Guinness World Records confirmed on Friday he was now considered the world’s oldest living man, but Kristal remained modest.

Every day he lives is a stake in the heart to every Nazi who ever lived and all those who want to see Jews dead.

 

OK given that we are now arresting people over their student loans:

Believe it or not, the US Marshals Service in Houston is arresting people for not paying their outstanding federal student loans.

Paul Aker says he was arrested at his home last week for a $1500 federal student loan he received in 1987.

He says seven deputy US Marshals showed up at his home with guns and took him to federal court where he had to sign a payment plan for the 29-year-old school loan.

Congressman Gene Green says the federal government is now using private debt collectors to go after those who owe student loans.

Green says as a result, those attorneys and debt collectors are getting judgements in federal court and asking judges to use the US Marshals Service to arrest those who have failed to pay their federal student loans.

This story makes an awful lot of sense

A Florida teen was arrested on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license after he allegedly performed a physical exam on an undercover agent on Tuesday.

Do you know how much medical school costs?

Love-Robinson opened a medical office in West Palm Beach and was presenting himself as a doctor, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A Facebook page for Dr. Malachi A. Love listed a medical office at the same address — 4700 N. Congress Ave. — as the one given by the Sheriff’s Office, calling the business “New Birth New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center & Urgent Care.” A website and Facebook page were also set up for the center.

Hey if you are going to be pinched by the cops might as well be pinched without owing a bunch of money

Update: Maybe the kid was just a Monty Python fan

1st Romana: But Doctor, haven’t you forgotten something?
4th Doctor: Me?
1st Romana: What about the Bridge, and the time dams?
4th Doctor: Bridge and time. K9?
K9: Piece of cake, master. Blow them up.
1st Romana: Oh, isn’t that rather crude?
4th Doctor: Oh, it’s a bit crude, but immensely satisfying.

Doctor Who, The Pirate Planet 1978

Yesterday via Sarah Hoyt at Glenn’s I saw this post concerning the appearance of the Sad Puppies controversy appearing as a question on Jeopardy.

For the Sad Puppies crowd it is a mixed blessing because the top results in a google search for Puppygate brings up top results that are uniformly opposed to the Sad puppies members meaning people taking a quick look will get only one side of the story.

So you might ask, where is the satisfaction? Well it came in his update to the base post:

Oh look. Our inevitable link back from File 770, as Glyer-50-Hugos hopes desperately for relevance and traffic. Hey, everybody. Wave at the doofuses.

How many doofi… Let me check the stats… Top 10? Keep scrolling. Top 20 referrers? Keep scrolling. Holy shit. How lame is your traffic, Glyer? No wonder you keep linking to everything I write!

This fact which exposes the left as the tiny group of crazy uncles they are speaks volumes, alas many of said uncles are in media.

Headline: Berkeley Passes Strict Laws For Sidewalks, Homeless

CBS Sf Bay Dec 2 2015

Barkley: Let’s go people, you can’t stay here. You are being relocated.
Homeless Man 6: Hey, you can’t kick us out of here, man.
Sgt. Yates: Oh no? I’m a cop.

South Park Naughty Ninjas 2015

…read this piece from Robert Stacy McCain about the fear of the cops in his “teenage dopehead” days:

Even when I was a teenage dopehead criminal, I never lost my fear of the police. In Douglas County, Georgia, 40 years ago, Sheriff Earl Lee had a tough, no-nonsense reputation. Teenage dopeheads had to be careful not to push their luck too far in Douglas County. Quite a few of my dope buddies learned that lesson the hard way, trust me.

It was fear of the police that played a prominent place in this story:


my buddy was in such bad shape he couldn’t figure out how to start the car and, in a wild fit of drug-induced paranoid rage, he threw open the door of the car and went rampaging across the parking lot.

He ran toward the apartment building where he began banging on windows and yelling. Holy crap, I thought, somebody’s gonna call the cops. However much I feared the police, my even greater fear was that I would be arrested while driving Dad’s car in Mableton, after I’d borrowed the car by telling Mom a ridiculous made-up story about needing to drive my buddy to his house for some reason. So when my buddy went on his manic rampage — people coming out on their apartment balconies to see what all the commotion was about — this brought me out of my own head-spinning trip. This was an emergency and I had to deal with it. I got out of the car and ran over to grab him, where he was crashing through the shrubbery next to the apartment.

“Hey, man, we gotta get out of here. Somebody’s gonna call the cops.”

The word “cops” seemed to pierce his bubble of insanity. No teenage dopehead ever wants to encounter the police, and so next thing I can remember — these scenes are just crazy fragments of memory, as I say — we were back in the car, this time with me at the wheel, trying to get it to crank and when it finally started, we cruised out of there as rapidly as possible without attracting unnecessary attention.

Take a look at that story again and ask yourself two questions:

“How does that story end if neither of those two young idiots there is no fear of the police?”

How does that play out in the 21st century with drugs much more powerful available?

I’ll tell you how it doesn’t play out with a guy straightening himself out, finding a good wife and end up with six good kids including a ranger and a pair of grand children.

Think about it.

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Illinois LotteryBy John Ruberry

For over four months Illinois has operated without a budget. But the Prairie State continues function, not particularly well, as was the case when Illinois had a budget. Despite those budgets, the state’s pension fund is the worst-funded one in the nation. Illinois has the lowest credit rating of the 50 states–so it shouldn’t be shocking that Illinois, with a few exceptions here and there, continues to stumble along.

One of those exceptions is the Illinois Lottery. Payouts are limited to $600 until the budget impasse is resolved–if you win more you are the proud owner of an IOU, which is suitable for framing assuming that your artistic tastes are modest.

Ticket sales are way down, which is not surprising since Illinois’ two largest population centers, Chicago and Metro East, are near state borders. Who gets excited about an IOU? Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri pay out immediately.

Illinois Lottery officials are responding in they only way they know–they’re spending money that they shouldn’t. On Friday the Lottery took out a full-page Chicago Tribune ad apologizing for the IOUs and thanking those who still play its games in Illinois.

You can’t make this stuff up. Well, Jonathan Swift could, but I’m not him.

Fed up with years of fiscal insanity, Illinois voters elected Republican businessman and political newcomer Bruce Rauner as governor, sending hapless Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn into retirement. Rauner was the first gubernatorial candidate to win a majority of the Prairie State vote in twelve years, but because of the tyranny of legislative gerrymandering, no seats changed hand in the General Assembly, which have Democratic supermajorities.

Illinois has a backlog of $8.5 billion in unpaid bills. The state is sending IOUs to many of its lottery winners. Perhaps instead of the Land of Lincoln we should be calling Illinois the Land of the IOU.

John Ruberry regularly blogs from Illinois at Marathon Pundit.

The daily caller reports that Glamour magazine has picked its woman of the year.

Guess Who:

Caitlyn Jenner and Reese Witherspoon have been tapped to be the 2015 Glamour magazine “Women Of The Year,” a source exclusively tells Gossip Cop. The two women will be featured on covers of the December issue. This year’s “Women Of The Year” marks the 25th anniversary of Glamour bestowing the honor.

Think about what this means,

There are 150 million plus women in the United states and apparently with the exception of Reese Witherspoon all you other woman, you nurses, you nuns, you pols, you doctors, scientists, social workers, teachers, you mothers, CEO’s and head of charities, . Not a single one of you measure up as a woman compared to a man in a wig, taking hormone treatments and strategically groomed for photo shoots.

That Glamour magazine is willing to make that statement is an amazingly disgraceful thing, that they will be celebrated by the media, particularly women in media is even more amazing and disgraceful.

But that there are women in America who will continue to buy this magazine and take them seriously, I’m sorry that’s just stupidity and it’s on you.

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11th Doctor: For what?
10th Doctor: Regeneration. It’s a lottery.
11th Doctor: Oh, he’s cool. Isn’t he cool? I’m the Doctor and I’m all cool. Oops, I’m wearing sandshoes!

Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor 2013

You know there are some stories that are so foolish, so stupid that when you read them you’re convinced that they are simply plants.

University of Texas at Austin students plan to carry dildos around campus next year in protest of recent legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms to public colleges’ campuses.

No you’re not reading that wrong, it’s not an article from Cracked or Mad it’s actually happening.

And the leader of this protest thinks that carrying a gun is all about SEX!

 

Jin told the Houston Chronicle in an interview that she chose the sex toy as “it spotlights the masturbatory nature of the power which people derive from gun ownership, and the self aggrandizing ‘I’m one of the good ones, I’ll protect you’ arguments we’re so often expected to simply trust.”

The truth of course is that having a concealed carry permit says something quite different as evidenced by this tweet:

But I do think there is something psycho sexual about all of this.

The people who will be carrying around sexual devices are actually advertising their impotence.

They don’t have the discipline to learn how to carry a firearm safely, they don’t have the ability to protect themselves, they don’t have the historical perspective to understand how bearing arms is a basic right of a free person and finally they don’t have the self-confidence to defend themselves or the courage to defend others.

So I think it’s totally appropriate for such people who have none of these historically manly qualities and are terrified of manhood to parade around bearing items to make up for their inadequacy.

It’s who they are

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday Marco Rubio was all over the various networks and several blogs talking about both his CNBC interview and his Today show interview and they are both worth your time.

But  while the interviews in question are generating some buzz it seems nobody has noticed a particular segment piece that while meant to defend himself against the youth & inexperience charge used vs Barack Obama actually makes a devastating case against the candidacy of his VP Joe Biden.

Marco Rubio was asked if the argument against Barack Obama that electing a first term Senator without experience is a bad idea applied equally to him.  Here is the exchange emphasis mine.

Harwood:   One consequence of rising in the polls is that you start seeing your rivals engage with you more  Jeb Bush has raised the issue of your leadership said, suggested you’re a little:  “obamaish.” what do you say about that?

Rubio:  Well first of all I don’t think anyone  running on the Republican side is anything like Barack Obama.  And when people say that what they’re accusing him of is: he didn’t have enough experience or he’s was a senator   You know he’s been president now for seven years he’s got seven years of presidential experience and I still disagree with the decisions he’s making.  I think it’s deeper than the number of years he, I don’t think he would,   if he had been in the senate for 50 years I think he still would have met some of the failures he’s meeting because  his ideas don’t work,  they just don’t work.

Note  Rubio’s point.  Barack Obama’s problem is his ideas are wrong.  Even if he was in congress for 50 years they would be wrong.

And that Brings us to Joe Biden.

Joe Biden was elected to the US Senate in 1972 during the Nixon Landslide and in those nearly 50 years  he has been fighting for the same failed liberal policies  that the Obama administration is pushing today.  Higher taxes , more spending.  Bigger government getting involved in local issues from Education to what a local baker can bake or not.  And on foreign policy again it’s the same from Defeat in Vietnam to Defeat in Iraq & Syria, From obstructing Reagan opposing the Communists in Russia & South America downplaying their threat to Retreating from Russia & Islamist and enabling the Communists in Cuba today  and downplaying the Islamic treat.

Barack Obama has the excuse of being an inexperienced chicago pol, Joe Biden does not.  Experience may keep a dear school but not even nearly 50 years has taught Joe Biden a thing about what works.

Marco Rubio has perfected defined Joe Biden, he’s what Barack Obama will be in 40 years still wrong, still doing his best to enable our enemies and attack American culture & taxpayers at home.

 He nailed it without even trying, well done

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If you need a smile today here’s a story that provides it:

A Florida boy given just days to live when he was born missing most of his brain and skull celebrated his 1st birthday last month as his father looked back on the family’s unbelievable journey.

Jaxon Emmett Buell, who has an extremely rare brain malformation called microhydranencephaly, was born on Aug. 17, 2014. A year later, the Tavares toddler is teething and learning to say “mama” and “daddy” — and his parents, Brandon and Brittany Buell, relish every moment with their boy.

This the part of the story planned parenthood hates:

Doctors first detected some kind of malformation during Brittany Buell’s pregnancy, and gave the couple the option to terminate, Brandon Buell said.

Experts assured the Buells that their baby wasn’t in pain and there were no added risks to Brittany Buell’s health, so the couple decided to carry their baby to full term — even if he’d only have a few days to live after birth.

Remember conventional wisdom, even medical conventional wisdom is always right, right up until it isn’t.

When I saw this story

RUNNING OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Illinois Lottery Can’t Pay Off Big Winners But It Is Still Selling Tickets.

There was an obvious question that immediately hit me, one that I didn’t see address

Why on earth are people still buying tickets?

Seriously why on earth would you be buying lottery tickets if you can’t be guaranteed that the prize will be paid?

Granted this is all a budget issue and presumably once an actual budget is passed the bills will be paid:

Under Illinois law, the state comptroller has to sign checks of more than $25,000. Without a budget, the comptroller has no authority to sign those checks, so the Illinois Lottery doesn’t have the ability to pay off winners.

The lottery is a state agency like many others, and we’re obviously affected by the budget situation,” Illinois Lottery spokesman Steve Rossi told the Chicago Tribune. “Since the legal authority is not there for the comptroller to disburse payments, those payments are delayed.”

People waiting for their checks are not satisfied with that answer.

“You know what’s funny? If we owed the state money, they’d come take it and they don’t care whether we have a roof over our head,” Danny Chasten’s girlfriend, Susan Rick, told reporters at a press conference to announce the lawsuit. “Our budget wouldn’t be a factor. You can’t say (to the state), ‘Can you wait until I get my budget under control?’”

But what if this goes on 3 months? Six months? a Year? And if there are a bunch of other bills that also have to get paid who is to say that they will make the lottery winners a priority?

Now I’m sure that there are a few loan companies that might buy those tickets for 80 cents on the dollar (cue the J G Wentworth ads) but is that what you’re really looking for when you are buying lottery tickets?

The clash between political foes is not a surprise, a state spending money it doesn’t have is par for the course, but I think the fact people still buying lottery tickets without a guarantee that they will be paid, that’s news.

The final irony? If you go to the Illinois Lottery web page right now this is what you will see:

lot1

Check out their catch phrase highlighted at the same time that the lottery can’t pay the prizes they are highlighting online:

lot2

Anything’s possible! Even convincing the rubes to buy your tickets even when you can’t pay off the prizes that you are advertising on your site.

There is an awful lot of news right now that I should be writing about but there is no single paragraph more worthy of repeating that I’ve read in years:

The setting a Ramadan dinner in London and the speaker Abu Furas:  The emphasis mine

One reason was cited the other evening by a Jordanian businessman, Abu Furas, at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in London. “Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”

via Elder of Ziyon. Think about it for a second the next time someone at a college describes Israel as the source of all evil.

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Everyone is talking about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy either razing her for getting pregnant or pointing out that she is being true to her pro life values and upholding a principle I believe that no parent should ever regret the existence of their child.

But while everyone is paying attention to this Bristol Palin post at Patheos I think this one is much more interesting:

What happens when a preschool is housed inside a nursing home?  The upcoming documentary “Present Perfect” gives us a glimpse into just that.  The filmmakers follow elderly residents at The Mount in Seattle, Washington as they interact with preschoolers who attend class within the walls of the retirement center.

The site of the film is here.  I think this an incredible idea.

 

Never mind the myriad challenges and problems our country is facing, the government, specifically the Customs and Immigration department, wants to protect you from ham.

Not just from any old ham, but from the holy grail of hams: the super-premium jamón ibérico de bellota. 

To aficionados, a jamón ibérico de bellota is the stuff of dreams:

The ultimate result is long, thin leg of ham with a deep golden hue to its fat. The meat is dark red, marbled with veins of fat. We had an incredible experience in the city of Caceres. There Pedro Lancho, the owner of Encinar de Cabazón, served us a feast fit for a king. The highlight was when the professional waiter at his favorite restaurant brought out plates of his Gran Reserva Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. It was served in paper thin slices on a plate that was warmed to about 80 degrees. At that temperature the fat literally melted onto the plate. On first bite, the flavor of the ham was incredible. Sweet, nutty, and not too salty. Then the complexity of ham flavors increased. An essential part of the flavor and mouth-feel was the way the fat melted away, releasing flavors that told the story of the noble Ibérico swine, of the dehesa forest pasture, of the years of careful curing, and of the countryside of Spain itself.

Poetic as that description is, you must take my word that it comes short to the experience. You haven’t lived until you have had some. We’re talking bucket-list worthy. I know people who have traveled to Spain for it.

So an American couple returning from Spain brought a pound of vacuum-sealed jamón ibérico, a hundred dollars’ worth.

Ponder that.

A pound is worth $100. To buy it online you would spend hundreds of dollars.  One site has “6-7 pounds” on sale for $995.95, down from $1,285.95.

And what did they do at LAX Customs?

They threw it away.

Yessiree, they threw away a pound’s worth of celestial hammy gold exquisiteness.

To double down on the idiocy,

Here’s what the Customs and Border Protection website says:

“Pork should be commercially canned and labeled in unopened containers. Pork and pork products are not admissible from Mexico, except for cooked pork in small amounts for a meal.”

Excuse me? MEXICO??

Read it and weep.

My grandfather, who came from Spain, must be spinning in his grave.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog

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Ok let me make sure I understand this:

Despite objective biological facts, the media and our culture demand that because a man by the name of Jenner insists and imagines himself to be woman, pays money for hormone treatment to increase female hormones into his body, and changes his physical appearance using makeup and clothing to portray himself as a woman, we are not required to accept it as fact. Furthermore our cultural elites insist that not doing so is a sign of closed minded bigotry.

HOWEVER

If despite objective biological facts, a woman by the name of Dolezal insists and imagines herself to be black that’s different story:

Rachel Dolezal serves as chair of the independent commission, in addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University and president of the NAACP local chapter. On her application to serve on the commission, she identified herself as African-American. But public records, including Dolezal’s own birth certificate, list her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana. The Dolezals told KXLY Thursday that Rachel is their biological daughter and that they are both white.

Hold on a second here, what do facts or a birth certificate have to do with this?

If a person physically alters themselves to remove male or female organs and has plastic surgery to create the appearance the other sex not only does the law allow them to be considered the opposite sex despite the biological & DNA evidence but they’re allowed in some cases to alter their birth certificates to reflect the sex they claim to because despite the objective evidence of biology gender is a “social construct” then why would not race be also a social construct? After all compared to the biological differences between men and woman the biological differences between various races are practically non-existent.

Furthermore most of us can not trace our ancestry back to the beginning of time race so who is to say that there is not a different racial ancestry in our past then what is physically apparent?

Given these facts It’s apparent that anyone who is unwilling to accept MS Dolezal transracial identity is properly identified as a bigot who is trapped in the evil western cultural racial identity paradigm.

Because if the NAACP and the left refuse to do so then they might have to admit that there is such a thing as objective fact and that admission would be too horrible for them to contemplate.

Update: Glenn beat me to it:

SHE’S TRANS-BLACK. DON’T SHAME HER. NAACP leader and civil rights activist outed as WHITE by her parents who say she’s been pretending to be black for years. She’s obviously transitioning, and we should support her choice.

Update 2: Kirk had the best advice against self delusion:

Update 3: Allahpundit:

“Trans” in this context is a term used to describe adoptions that cross racial lines, not to imply that she or her family had “transitioned” a la Caitlyn Jenner from one race to the other — although maybe now Dolezal has no choice but to make that argument. When you’ve committed a fraud this absurd and elaborate, involving fake dads and fake sons and almost certainly fake hate crimes, the only path back to a modicum of sympathy is claiming that your identification with African-Americans is so complete that your entire racial identity has shifted because of it.

and Batshitcrazy news looks at a picture and decleares #orangeisthenewblack

I keep thinking of Pilate’s questions to Jesus: “What is truth?”

Update 4: The Anchoress absolutely nails it:


Mark it down, people. June 2015 is when the human animal declared “who the hell are God and Science to dare tell us what the truth is, anyway?” Faith in one’s feelings trumps both. Individual feelings are become a personal truth, and personal truth is absolute and unassailable reality.
“Only a Sith thinks in absolutes”, said Obi-Wan, and only mean people think in terms of Objective Truth. “I know what I know, and it’s the truth”; subjectivity is The New Absolute. The New Absolute is the Almighty Me, and what I AM.

Thou shalt have no other gods but ME

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This week will be full of debate on who has the advantage in this week’s Superbowl.  The relative strengths and weakness of the teams involved.  The defensive and offensive matchups, the coaching styles, the various player comments etc etc etc.

While all of these things are very debatable matters there is a question that I want answered.

Why Superbowl XLIX?  Why not Superbowl IL?

The Roman numeral standard is pretty straightforward  I = 1  V=5 X=10 L=50 C=100 D=500 and M= 1000  Thus 8 – XIII  (5 + 1 + 1 + 1)  When the values are in descending order the number are all added.

When you have a letter that is of a lower value preceding a higher one that number is subtracted, Thus XLIX = Ten (X) subtracted from fifty (L) =  40  plus 1 (I) subtracted from Ten (X)9 for Forty Nine.

But hold on if you can subtract the first letter from the second why not use the following system IL instead since IL = one (I) subtracted from fifty (L) thus…49.

You save two whole letters considering that the Roman system can get kind of messy for example 1988 is MCMLXXXVIII why not use that method to save some carving in your marble when you can?  Why wasn’t the year 1999 MIM (1000+ 1 subtracted from 1000) instead of MCMIX  (1000 + 100 subtracted from 1000 plus 1 subtracted from ten)?

Yea this is slightly less important that the scourge of “manspreading” but if the City of New York can invest actual tax dollars into combating that dreaded scourge someone can tell me why I can’t get a Superbowl IL shirt if I wanted one.

Not that I actually want one, after all, it’s not like it’s something actually important…

…like baseball.

As a new year dawns and I get a year older it amazes me how much things have changed

I’ve been a gamer for over Thirty Five years  about the same length of time I’ve been a Doctor Who fan and like the time lord whose face has changed many times over that period the term “gamer”  has dramatically changed from my youth.

When I was young a gamer was somebody me or Instapundit who likely played Avalon Hill games like 1776, Diplomacy or perhaps the newly released Squad Leader that took the hobby by storm or was into one of the many Sports Simulation Games APBA or Strat-O-Matic.

As the years passed gaming included people playing role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons and other such role players with settings from Middle Earth, to the Old West to Space.

With the dawn of the home computer Geek Gamers were suddenly able to play things like Kingmaker & D & D Modules like Pool of Radiance.

But just as we geeks were thanks to the computer age entering Nerdvarna a funny thing happened with the explosion of the speed of the internet & PC, plus their spread to the general public suddenly gaming was redefined. It was no longer something simply for geeks like myself & my pals, suddenly not only was gaming mainstream with online games such as City of Heroes and Call of Duty playable of gaming system as well as PC’s.

And with Smartphones in the hands of everyone suddenly the majority of the people online playing games are no longer folks like me, they’re people like my wife who might be playing Pogo online or perhaps going to the apple store and buying apps like Slotomania because there is a bigger audience for slots or other electronic versions of casino games than geeks playing Munchkin.

To be sure there is still room for people like me who might sign on to stream to play Civilization 5 with the same gaming crew I once sat at a table with were we were in college and every now and then I managed to get free for a board game like Ra, Seven Wonders or some of the old Classics like 1830.

But when it comes down to it we have gone from being the main target for writers of aps.

That is until the dawn of true virtual reality games, then we’ll rule the roots again, at least for a little while until those gamemakers create a virtual reality Vegas Casino with a simulated Robert De Niro keeping us honest.

I would not be surprised to see that in my lifetime.

 

You might be used to going to The People’s Cube for comedy but this piece by Oleg Atbashion is both comic and serious:

My generation grew up believing that we were surrounded by deadly imperialist enemies, whose capitalist media, motivated by hatred and money, conducted a planned, centralized, state-sponsored ideological brainwashing of their own populations, in addition to manufacturing anti-Soviet propaganda for distribution inside the USSR.

Years later, it took a lot of effort on my part to dismantle, metaphorically speaking, the intricate system of curved mirrors and screens that had been installed in our heads by the “benevolent” propaganda with our own consent. In our defense, we didn’t know better at the time. What’s this generation’s excuse?

Nobody can nail totalitarians more than a person who once lived under them.

Sheldon: Well, whether you see it or not is irrelevant. I can’t see subatomic particles, but nevertheless, they’re there.

The Big Bang Theory, The Zazzy Substitution 2010

I’ve been rather hard on my friends on the left concerning the murder of two New York City Police Officers this weekend, particularly in my ability to find members of the left willing to cheer in public concerning it, so in the interest of fair play I want to offer the following exculpatory facts in evidence for the record.

    1. Fact #1 According to census bureau protection there are currently 313 Million people in America (I thought that was kinda low but we’ll go with it).
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  • Fact #2 The vast majority of that population have access to the internet.
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  • Fact #3 It is my theory that 1% of the population are “Crazy Uncles” (see this post). While these “crazy uncles” would be on the edge of the bell curve in a pool of 313 million they constitute 3.1 Million people.
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  • Fact #4 If you made a bell curve of that pool of Crazy uncles you would doubtless fine 1% of said crazy uncles who are people so hateful that they would cheer the murder of police in public hateful people who would like to see the extermination of people they disagree. If compared with the general population they would be on the edge of the edge of the bell curve but because of the population of the US would still be 31 THOUSAND people .
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  • Fact #5 If even half of those 31,000 extra hateful crazy uncles are on the net expressing said Crazy Uncledom any person who wants to should be able to find a bunch of them saying hateful crazy things. In fact it should actually be easy to find since by definition the vast majority of people either don’t think like that & the vast majority of cray uncles who do are likely too smart to do so in public so the remarks of the real loonies would stand out like a sore thumb.
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    Therefore it perhaps it’s not all that surprising that it’s so easy to find examples of members of the left cheering the murder of the police, given the number of crazy uncles out there.

    Of course if would be nice if the left took the time to denounce said crazy uncles but that’s a post for a different day.

    Don Corleone: . And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you.

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    The Rap group Salt N Pepa have been around for a long time.  They broke into the rap scene in the 80’s and continue to perform 30 years later.

    Their song “Push it” was released in 1986 and hit #1 on the charts in the US , as you can see here, the  lyrics are, shall we say, provocative…

    Push it good
    Push it real good
    Push it good
    P-push it real good

    Ah, push it
    Get up on this

    Boy, you really got me going
    You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing

    Ah, push it

    While this song when released and sung by twenty something women in their sexual prime produces a certain image sexual theme, when song by the still attractive but now late 40 something women another image comes to mind.

    Now one might when seeing this ad thing of it as simply a clever little ad selling insurance but think of it. Soap opera, novellas and late night drama not withstanding there is a change of focus as you get older, when you’re young it’s all about some things, as you get older it’s all about other things and when we try to pretend that we are still 20 when we’re not, disappointment follows.

    Exit question: Do you think that Salt N Pepa for one moment thought that someday this song would be used to sell insurance?

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