November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Morning

A quiet Thanksgiving morning, got some snow yesterday and it is still snowing gently. It is very peaceful outside. This is the view from our diningroom.

Starting to smell the turkey.

Doing some reading about the inter testament period  - roughly 400 years between the Old and New Testament. Fascinating time. The conquests of Alexander the Great set the stage for the conflicts between the Hellenistic Jews (the Seleucid Empire), the Pharisees and Christ.

A good day.

November 25, 2014

Ode To Ferguson

Tear gas stings
Folks are cryin'
Gunshots ring
Someone's dyin'
The mob feels its might,
It's a looters' delight
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

Gone away, is law and order
It looks like the Mexican border
Through the windows they crash
And make off with the cash
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

In the news they cry for peace and freedom
Enlist the dead thug's father, Micheal Brown
He'll say "let's stay calm" and try to reason
But change his mind and scream, "Burn this bitch down!"

Later on, amidst the fires
They'll interview the liberal choirs.
Al Sharpton will rave,
"White cops won't behave!"
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

November 24, 2014

Pretty Woman, Wrapped In Crazy

What can you say about a woman who leaves her flesh and blood husband of ten years for A FICTIONAL CHARACTER ... a concept of a man that only exists on paper?
Her steamy, bestselling novels and strong male characters have seduced hundreds of thousands of female readers worldwide. 
But Jodi Ellen Malpas has revealed she has split from her own Mr Right – because he no longer lives up to the fantasy she created. 
The 34-year-old, whose This Man trilogy has sold more than 500,000 copies, has left her husband of ten years after ‘falling in love’ with one of her characters.
She has two children who now are not with their father. I'm sure these kids are calling the paperback "Daddy."

Story here.

H/T Wintery Knight

November 23, 2014

M. Tullius Cicero: You've Been Warned

There is a rotten, stinking infection in the soul of America.
The center of this rot is Washington, DC.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero before the Roman Senate, 58 BC.

Biden: It's Friday So This Must Be Singapore

Biden's Excellent Adventure  in Istanbul.
About 300 people have protested U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey, chanting: “Biden get out. This country is ours.”

The demonstration occurred on the European side of Istanbul on Saturday, as Biden was on his way to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Asian side of the city.

Biden didn’t see the protest, which was organized by the Youth Association of Turkey, the same group that roughed up three U.S. Navy sailors while chanting “Yankee, go home!” a week ago in Istanbul.

The protesters threw red paint at the sailors and briefly succeeded in putting white sacks over their heads.
When advised of the protest, the Vice President responded graciously stating, "For centuries there have been strong historic ties between the United States and the French people. A few demonstrators cannot change that. I love the food here, especially your cheese."

Story here.

Horror Story: American Academia

Powerline has a terrifying article about the pustulous cancer known as liberal education:
I am an inveterate optimist, but the more I learn about what goes on in our universities, the more I conclude that our civilization has a death wish. Heather Mac Donald’s article in City Journal on “micro-aggression” at UCLA prompted this particular bout of despondency. What goes on in our universities is scarcely believable. Mac Donald’s article is lengthy and should be read in its entirety, but here are a few excerpts with my comments.
In November 2013, two dozen graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles marched into an education class and announced a protest against its “hostile and unsafe climate for Scholars of Color.”
Scholars of Color? Sadly, this is not a parody. And these are graduate students–i.e., presumably adults.
[UCLA], which trumpets its “social-justice” mission at every opportunity, is a cauldron of simmering racial tensions. Students specializing in “critical race theory”—an intellectually vacuous import from law schools—play the race card incessantly against their fellow students and their professors, leading to an atmosphere of nervous self-censorship. Foreign students are particularly shell-shocked by the school’s climate. “The Asians are just terrified,” says a recent graduate. “They walk into this hyper-racialized environment and have no idea what’s going on. Their attitude in class is: ‘I don’t want to talk. Please don’t make me talk!’”
The article cited in Powerline can be found in City Journal.
The pattern would repeat itself twice more at UCLA that fall: students would allege that they were victimized by racism, and the administration, rather than correcting the students’ misapprehension, penitently acceded to it. Colleges across the country behave no differently. As student claims of racial and gender mistreatment grow ever more unmoored from reality, campus grown-ups have abdicated their responsibility to cultivate an adult sense of perspective and common sense in their students. Instead, they are creating what tort law calls “eggshell plaintiffs”—preternaturally fragile individuals injured by the slightest collisions with life. The consequences will affect us for years to come.
These blockheads are here to stay. They are nothing but ticks burrowing their heads underneath the skin of America's ass and sucking for everything it's worth. And they are being prepared for this ignoble occupation in America's universities.

November 21, 2014

Obama Thinks He's in Rome

One of Rome's most famous orators, M. Tullis Cicero, delivered a speech against Lucius Sergius Catilina a mere 2,078 years ago - on November 8, 64 BC.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz resurrected Cicero's speech.
From Breitbart's Big Government:
On the floor of the Senate this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz read aloud the text of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline, subbing in President Obama’s name in the context.

“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?” Cruz asked.

Cruz continued reading the Cicero selection, citing Obama for dictating “by his pen and his phone.”
“He won't even come into the Senate,” Cruz continued. “He will not take part in the public deliberations. He ignores every individual among us.”
I had to memorize the first section of this oration in my Latin III class in high school. I still remember (kinda) the first few sentences in Latin.

Catiline was a corrupt politician from a wealthy noble Roman family. Considered by his contemporaries as immoral and ruthless, he murdered his own brother and was suspected of killing his wife and son. Due to his family's powerful political connections, he enjoyed several government positions and in 67 BC was made the propraetor (governor) of Africa.

In 66 BC he returned to Rome and was prohibited from being considered for the consulship because of his ongoing prosecution for corrupt government practices in Africa.

Standing trial in 65 BC, Catiline escaped judgement by bribing the judges and prosecutor. He again ran for consul in 64 BC (in the Roman Republic, there was no higher political office than that of consul; it was a one year term - two were elected every year).

M. Tullius Cicero was one of seven candidates for consul that year. This, his first oration against Catiline, was an indictment of Catiline's corruption and a warning to the Roman Senate of the danger to the State posed by this despicable man.

What makes Cruz's use of this Oration so interesting is that Cicero sincerely believed that Catiline was a serious threat to the Roman Constitution. And indeed he was. Catiline and his accomplice, Antonius, conspired to overthrow the Roman Republic by bribes and mob violence not once, but twice.

As a high school student I never appreciated the significance of Cicero's concern for Rome. Memorizing his words was an unwelcome assignment.

In high school I never appreciated how men of ill intent could pose such a clear and present danger to life and liberty. I do now. And so does Sen. Ted Cruz.

More here.

"Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia?"

As Cicero sayeth:
When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?Do not the nightly guards placed on the Palatine Hill—do not the watches posted throughout the city—does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men—does not the precaution taken of assembling the senate in this most defensible place—do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did last night, what the night before— where is it that you were—who was there that you summoned to meet you—what design was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?

Shame on the age and on its principles! The senate is aware of these things; the consul sees them; and yet this man lives. Lives! aye, he comes even into the senate. He takes a part in the public deliberations; he is watching and marking down and checking off for slaughter every individual among us. And we, gallant men that we are, think that we are doing our duty to the republic if we keep out of the way of his frenzied attacks.

You ought, O Catiline, long ago to have been led to execution by command of the consul. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own head.

The rest of the oration here.

Next, SpideySense™

Once this becomes commercially available, it will no longer be safe to walk the streets in major cities. The fools will be falling like rain off the sides of buildings.
Stanford University researchers emulating Spider-Man's wall-crawling abilities turned to a different animal, the gecko, to inspire their sticky technology.

The researchers, working with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, took inspiration from the toes of geckos to create the silicone pads that allowed a 154-pound man to scale an 11.5-foot glass wall.

Each pad is worn on a climber's hand and is attached to a harness for the climber's foot.
Gecko toes - tastes like chicken.

Story here.

Oh, The Humanity! Oh, The Japanity!

Creepy is as creepy does.
New wave of super realistic robots set to go on sale as Japan continues to auger its way into oblivion.
The hyper-real robots that will replace receptionists, pop stars... and even sex dolls: Unnervingly human androids coming to a future very near you
  • Incredibly life-like robots are currently causing a storm in Japan where they are being prepared for mass commercialisation
  • With new androids creators have beaten 'Uncanny Valley syndrome' where humans are revulsed by robots that look real - but not real enough
  • Now being put to use as receptionists and newsreaders
  • Predicted that within a decade fully independent 'gemanoids' will be in circulation once advances in artificial intelligence are made 
  • Scientists even talking about humans taking androids as partners 
This is just what the abysmally low Japanese birth rate needs; another reason to avoid woman completely.

Herrro, my name is Crawdia. I ruv you rong time.

For West Virginia customers, farting models are extra.

Sandra Fluke and the rest of the hyper feministas better watch out, with these new robots they'll lose their justification for the gubmint to provide birth control at the taxpayers' expense.

Story here.

Update: I was trying to remember where I heard the title phrase "Oh the Japanity" and finally remembered. It was years ago on MST3K, - I think it was the "Prince of Space" episode.

November 20, 2014

Asking For Trouble

Two navy vessels have collided in the Gulf of Aden; the USNS Amelia Earhart and the USNS Walter S. Diehl.
The USNS Amelia Earhart

The USNS Walter S. Diehl

Someone got lost and crashed. Wonder which one?

Story here.

Like The NY Thruway After The Buffalo Snowstorm

Just think of all the web traffic that would choke the intertubes if Kim Kardashian put this shirt over her butt.
The controversial novelty Hawaiian shirt worn by British scientist Dr. Matt Taylor which 'broke the internet' after a furious 'shirtstorm' whipped up by enraged feminists has proven surprisingly popular, selling out on American shirt supplier

Although Dr. Taylor's favourite shirt was a hand-made custom given to him by a close friend as a birthday present, a virtually identical shirt made to a similar cut and with the same fabric has long been available online. The shirt, originally referred to by the fabric pattern name 'New Gunner Girls' but now refereed to on the website as the 'Matt Taylor Astronaut', has been the subject of a rush of orders that has overwhelmed the American manufacturer.

It Still Doesn't Make It So

“Malvinas are Argentine”, mandatory in all Argentine public transport systems

All Argentine public transport must include the logo “Malvinas are Argentine”, according to the latest bill approved by the Lower House in Congress, following on an initiative from Senator Teresta Luna from the ruling coalition of President Cristina Fernandez.

According to the bill all domestic public transport of passengers which operate under any condition in the federal jurisdiction of Argentina, and also in the region, are obliged to bear the phrase in their transport units.

The rule applies to all form of public transport of passengers, including those moving along streets, avenues, highways, railways, fluvial and maritime transport, as well as air travel.

Sounds like the media and ObamaCare, no?

November 16, 2014

In The News

Muslims Invented Baseball, Rock n' Roll and Pedicures
Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

"Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America.
Reading Erdogan's statement, it is also obvious that Muslims have yet to discover the difference between North America and Latin America. But that will happen soon, Inshallah; probably around 1180 AD.

Russian Military Invents Vodka Missile
An investigative journalism site has ripped apart reports the Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukranian war plane, claiming to have exposed the images as possibly photoshop fakes.

A report by Russian state television claimed to have discovered a 'sensational' satellite photo of the last seconds of the doomed flight over Ukraine.

The release of 'leaked' satellite images show a missile hurtling towards the passenger plane, while it was also claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.

But following the release of these images, Bellingcat said suspicions were immediately raised by a number of online aviation experts, debating the inconsistencies, which lead to claims they were indeed 'fakes'.
Just after the  television spokesperson announced that the Ukraine Air Force was responsible for the Flight MH17 disaster, he also stated that all 83 children killed when MH17 was shot down were spies. He then threw up, pissed his pants and passed out headfirst into the podium.

The spokesperson, Vladimir Vomitovich, has since been awarded the prestigious Hero of Russian Broadcast Journalism with Potato Cluster. The medal is in honor of Grigori Kohartishvilni, a WWII soldier who was able to fuel the electric generator for radio transmissions during the Battle of Stalingrad using only his breath.

November 14, 2014

Mixed Messages

I'm watching Syracuse play Kennesaw St. (34 - 14 at the half) and I can't believe the PSAs I see during every commercial break for a program called "Feeding America."

This truly annoying PSA preaches that one in five children in America goes to bed hungry which flies in the face of the White House pet gorilla's efforts to fight childhood obesity by introducing gulag-style starvation rations in our nation's school lunch programs.

These elitist jackasses truly think we're stupid.