December 16, 2014

Interesting Times

So much unrest and uncertainty in the world.

Russia's economy is tanking due to sanctions so Putin is ripping off his shirt and channeling his inner Cossack.

Mooslims are slaughtering school children... again.

The NSA is interpreting the skidmarks on our underwear.

There's another beaner tsunami approaching our southern border.

Congress don't give a shit as they have already stolen everything that wasn't nailed down since Teddy Roosevelt was President.

Meanwhile, the idiot in the White House can't break himself away from ESPN.

Unsettled times remind me of when I was an undergrad. We didn't trust the government then and don't trust it now. 

December 15, 2014

No You Wouldn't.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he drops new hints about his 2016 intentions, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is appearing in South Carolina just weeks before a self-imposed deadline to decide whether he will run for president.

Bush is scheduled to give Monday’s commencement address at the University of South Carolina. It marks the Republican leader’s second visit in three months to the state that will host the 2016 presidential primary season’s first contest in the South.

In a television interview aired on the eve of the South Carolina appearance, Bush expressed confidence that he “would be a good president,” adding that he was in the process of writing an e-book about his time as governor that would come out in the spring. He also said he would make public about 250,000 emails from his time in office, in an effort to promote transparency and to “let people make up their mind,” he told ABC’s Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.
I've already made up my mind. No, hell no.

Moses only had to deal with one burning bush. We've had two so far. No more.

Story here.

December 14, 2014

So Ya Wanna Play Football

There is an article in the NY Post detailing the injuries and financial hardships of retired NFL football players. A number of players suffer dementia, debilitating joint pain, and bankruptcy...
While much-publicized concussions and head injuries account for some of the problem, they’re just one possible hardship of many for those who spend years slamming into each other at full speed.

“Since 2011, at least seven NFL players or former players have committed suicide,” the authors write, noting that one of these, Jovan Belcher, “also killed his girlfriend.”

Super Bowl quarterback Jim McMahon suffers from dementia. Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell “can barely walk,” and “quarterbacking legend John Unitas lost the use of [his] hands and fingers.”

Ex-NFLers Curt Marsh and Jim Otto have both “lost limbs to football injuries.”

On the money end of things, Terrell Owens “is nearly penniless despite earning top dollar for years,” and “seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy.”
Sapp's NFL earnings totaled over $82 million. Now he claims he has nothing.
Terrell Owens made almost $70 million in his career.  Also claims nada net worth today.
Earl Campbell has a net worth (2012) of $25 million.

Here is a list of all current NFL salaries.

Many of these players sound like they exercise the same fiscal restraint as the US government.

As far as injuries go, football players have been getting slammed down and banged up for well over a hundred years. And only now the players are aware of the risks? I call BS on this.

Here's some of the NFL's early history:
John Brallier became the first football player to openly turn pro, accepting $10 and expenses to play for the Latrobe YMCA against the Jeannette Athletic Club.
The Allegheny Athletic Association team fielded the first completely professional team for its abbreviated two-game season.
The Latrobe Athletic Association football team went entirely professional, becoming the first team to play a full season with only professionals.
A touchdown was changed from four points to five. Chris O’Brien formed a neighborhood team, which played under the name the Morgan Athletic Club, on the south side of Chicago. The team later became known as the Normals, then the Racine (for a street in Chicago) Cardinals, the Chicago Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phoenix Cardinals, and, in 1994, the Arizona Cardinals. The team remains the oldest continuing operation in pro football.
William C. Temple took over the team payments for the Duquesne Country and Athletic Club, becoming the first known individual club owner.
I don't want to marginalize these injuries. I watched the 1986 game where the Bears Jim McMahon was picked up by the Packers Charles Martin *spit* and slammed to the ground. I was outraged. Martin should have been arrested.

But let's put this in perspective. Football players are not indentured servants; they are all volunteers and they make a damn sight more money than our people in the armed forces, police and fire who face greater risks.

Montana, Rabbits, Some Assembly Required

Dimitri Diatchenko, who has had small roles in shows like “Sons of Anarchy,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “How I Met Your Mother,” was charged with killing and eating his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, authorities said Wednesday.

They added that Diatchenko sent his former flame grisly photos of the procedure and threatening to do the same thing to her.

The 46 year old, of North Hollywood, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of cruelty to an animal with use of a knife and making criminal threats.

He faces up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Story here

December 13, 2014

Tatts On Mugs

First we get fingerprinted, then face printed.

Doodle man doodles.

My friends all got great jumpsuits and all I got was these lousy tattoos.

Don't be rude, my eyes are up .... no, wait.

All systems go. Contact lenses landing sites identified.

December 12, 2014

What A Country

Shave (Your Arm) And A Haircut?

New application of existing technology turns your arm into a touch screen computer.
[...]Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected onto their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen.

Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected into their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen
The makers of the device, who are currently raising money to put it into production on their website, say it can do anything a phone or tablet can, allowing wearers to read emails, surf the web, watch videos, play games and even make phone calls without relying on a conventional screen.

A tiny projector in the bracelet will cast an image onto the skin then eight long-range proximity sensors will detect every swipe, tap and pinch.

The bracelet will also contain a USB port and accelerometer as well as supporting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. 
While it will be made so it can sync with an iPhone, it's designed to be a stand-alone device.
Story here:

December 10, 2014

Living The Good Life ... In Mom's Basement

Someone got tired of their crap.
  • Companies making no effort to attract workers under age 35 because millennials are workplace divas
  • While corporations believe millennials are tech savy and creative they had some caveats about hiring employees under 35
  • More than half of CFOs said that millennials were disloyal to their companies 
  • 46 per cent of corporations said that millennials had a sense of entitlement
Corporations are doing nothing to attract workers under 35 because millennials have a reputation for being workplace divas.

A new survey conducted by Duke University and CFO Magazine found that millennials are thought to need more management in the workplace and are also known for leaving jobs at the drop of the hat.

Unfortunately for millennials they are making much less money than their parents did and the economy is still slowly crawling its way out of an economic recession.

Story here.

December 9, 2014

In The News

Don't Taze Me Bro
Don't worry, I wasn't about to.
[...]a decade’s worth of data that indicate nothing in the way of systemic bias in encounters between law enforcement and citizens (of every color).
The survey quoted is available here along with related publications. Obama is lying through his ass. Again.

You Always Waterboard The Ones You Love
Democratic senators are finally able to release the final report on enhanced interrogation techniques used to obtain information from the gentle followers of the Religion of Peace. Right after the elections.
When you’re staring at an ironclad complicity rap from a general public and liberal base looking for some sign that you stood athwart the black site gates and shouted,“Stop!” yet no such evidence exists or is forthcoming.

When you’re putting the final touches on a report that somehow cost the taxpayers 40 million dollars, the content of which you characterize as shocking, brutal, and un-American, while looking for a way to extricate yourself and your colleagues from the role of enabler for that which will undoubtedly shock, albeit with intent.

When your unanimous and full-throated opposition to the program you once supported hinges upon the notion that it was not only immoral, but ineffective – because how can you explain shutting down a program, however objectionable, which was effective at pulling actionable intelligence out of high value Al Qaeda leadership detainees?
When you're desperate to save your political ass you find that the CIA is not only convenient, it's a gift from God.

The report is here.

US Troops Pulling Out Of Afghanistan ... Headed For Chicago
Brother Rahm is doing the same bang up job in Chicago as he did in the White House.
Four people were killed and at least 22 more were wounded by gunfire in Chicago since Friday. Among the victims were a Loyola University student and a 9-year-old boy.

The gun violence also included three shootings involving law enforcement officers. One man was killed, two others were wounded and a Drug Enforcement Agency officer was hit and seriously injured by a car, according to authorities.
And on Monday there was another murder and eight more shootings. So far this year almost 2,350 people have been shot.

December 8, 2014

Caution: Idiots At Work

The US Department of Justice was arming the Mexican drug cartels, ignoring white voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers, and winking at the IRS selectively targeting of conservative organizations.  It now proudly announces a new useless program, all form and no substance.
In a move Attorney General Eric Holder called a “major and important step forward to ensure effective policing,” the Obama administration issued its new strengthened guidelines Monday banning federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of national origin, religion, and other characteristics. The strengthened anti-profiling policy is yet another part of the Department of Justice’s attempt to root out what it calls the “unconscious bias” of law enforcement officers. 
Though the guidelines apply specifically to federal agencies within the DOJ (the FBI, DEA, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Holder said he hopes the federal policies will impact local police departments. The new policy will require widespread re-education and even more thorough collection of data for the DOJ’s review.
H/T Truth Revolt

More here.

December 7, 2014

Sharia Chic

As Europe stumbles its way into the heathen worship system of Mohammedism, it is best that we  anticipate, perhaps even embrace, some of the benefits that will accompany this change.

One of the accrued benefits of Mohammedism will be a return to a historic exterior decorating style formerly employed by the likes of such men as King Henry VIII, namely the positioning of heads on spikes on the London Bridge.

With the proper placement of brunettes, blondes and gingers amid floral patterns defined by wrought iron borders, a striking visual ensemble can be created in a few hours and last for days, even weeks if the weather remains cool. There is no lack of skilled Muslim exterior decorators who are willing to work for a pittance.

This decorating style  can also help reduce the appalling incidence of English obesity by stimulating vigorous physical exercise as witnessed by this account:
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (1473-1541) The Countess of Salisbury was the last direct descendant of the Plantagenet line - she was a descendant of King Edward III. The countess made the mistake of appearing to side with Katherine of Aragon against the king and he declared her a traitor. She was arrested two years before her execution and badly treated and neglected as a prisoner in the Tower of London. She was not given a trial. She was small, frail and ill. 
But she was a proud noble. She was dragged to the block, but refused to lay her head on the block. She was forced down and struggled. The inexperienced executioner made a gash in her shoulder rather than her neck. She leapt from the block and was chased by the executioner, with his axe. She was struck eleven times before she died. There were 150 witnesses to her execution. She was 68 years of age.
While never losing its appeal in the Mid East, this style is seeing a dramatic resurgence as Sharia Chic sweeps out of the Fertile Crescent and takes Europe by storm.

December 3, 2014

White Privilege Rears Its Ugly Head Again

Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him.

As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything.

This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that — and a lot more.

Ruenzel was writing about white privilege for the Southern Poverty Law Center as far back as 1997 — long before it became the rage at college campuses, newsrooms, churches, high schools and even grade schools.
He's dead. Shot by a coupla black thugs. Three times. In a park. In the head. Guess they didn't get the memo. Probably didn't even realize they were suffering from white privilege. Poor guys.

Story here

I was looking at black and white murder statistics for the US last year and made an interesting observation. Using the 2013 racial breakdown of murder victims and defendants (victims: White 5,855 and Black 6,454), racial breakdown of persons arrested for murder White 2,755 and Black 2,698) and US population estimates (white 244,495,567 and black 41,204,793) you come up with the following:

For whites, the national rate last year was 2.4 victims per 100,000 white population.
For blacks, the national rate last year was 15.7 victims per 100,000 black population.

For whites, the national arrests for murder last year was 1.2 persons per 100,000 population.
For blacks, the national arrests for murder last year was 7.0 persons per 100,000 population.

Our national murder rate in 2013 was 4.5 per 100,000.  The white population victim murder rate for the US that same year (2.4) was close to Canada's national murder rate:
The national homicide rate fell to 1.44 murders per 100,000 people in 2013, down from 156 the year before. There were 505 murders reported last year, 38 fewer than in 2012.

Toronto topped the list with more murders than any other city in Canada, while Regina, Sask. had the highest homicide rate per 100,000 people. Regina’s 3.84 homicide rate was nearly twice the national average.

November 30, 2014

Of Justice And Ham Sandwiches

From the National Review:
As Ferguson burned this week, the law books got a workout. Suddenly, grand-jury procedure was all the rage. Commentators better known for parroting the bromide that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich went berserk when the sandwich on offer was a white cop and the grand jury refused to bite.
Our criminal justice system is predicated upon the premises that a defendant is assumed innocent until proven guilty and the burden of that proof falls upon the State. Sometimes this galls us in prosecutions of particularly heinous or egregious crimes or when the defendant in question has multiple previous convictions. In the former we say, "hang him!" and in the latter we insist,"off with him, enough is enough!". These are angry responses but they are honest in that, for the most part, they are fueled by Righteous Indignation. And nothing gets America' s dander up like Righteous Indignation. Ask the Japanese.

So then, our legal system stands (hopefully) betwixt and between the crime and the exercise of Indignation. If not, Indignation usually manifests itself in the form of an angry mob, a sturdy tree branch and a length of rope. Some assembly for these component is required, but the instructions are simple; even the most ignorant can figure it out easily. When required, men with guns and badges are employed to interrupt the assembly process.

From the same article, Andrew C. McCarthy of the National Review made this point:
Darren Wilson was a white cop and Michael Brown was a black teenager killed in a violent confrontation with Wilson. Therefore, Brown was the victim of a cold-blooded, racially motivated murder, Q.E.D. That is the myth, and it will be served — don’t bother us with the facts.

Once you’ve got that, none of the rest matters. In fact, at the hands of the left-leaning punditocracy, the rest was pure Alinsky: a coopting of language — in this instance, the argot of grand-jury procedure — to reason back to the ordained conclusion that “justice” demanded Wilson’s indictment for murder. And, of course, his ultimate conviction.
The mission of our nation's race pimps and community organizers is to manufacture Righteous Indignation in order to manipulate the criminal justice system. The object is two fold: encourage violent, lawless elements to become even more so and to dishearten law abiding citizens, to remove their confidence and trust in government. While they failed to corrupt the grand jury process, they certainly created an atmosphere of distrust and violence and precipitated an economic catastrophe.

Compare the actions of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch who pursued the truth in the Michael Brown shooting with that of Michael Nifong, the Durham County District Attorney who pursued political expediency in the prosecution of the Duke University lacrosse players in 2006.

As a result of his reckless disregard of truth seeking, Nifong was removed from office and disbarred. The disgraced prosecutor admitted that the punishment was appropriate.
"We are in unanimous agreement that there is no discipline short of disbarment that would be appropiate in this case," said F. Lane Williamson, the committee's chairman.

Before the panel announced its punishment, Nifong said he believed disbarment would be appropriate and that he planned to waive all rights to appeal the findings of the bar panel, his attorney David Freedman said in court Saturday afternoon.

"He hopes that in light of his accepting his punishment it will restore some of the confidence in the criminal justice system," Freedman said. "You have some semblance of relief when this is all over, regardless of the outcome."
Just how bad was the prosecution of the three Duke lacrosse players? Read what the Duke University College of Law has to say:
The Duke lacrosse case was a disaster—a caricature. The case, which involved false rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, began with gang rape allegations by an exotic dancer at a team party in March 2006 and ended with the declaration of their innocence in April 2007 and the disbarment of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong in June of that year. Often a full examination of the facts of a notorious case reveals that events were ambiguous and the reality is not as bad as early reports suggested. This case does not fit that pattern; it gets worse on inspection. At the end of a five-day disciplinary hearing, Lane Williamson, chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s hearing panel, called the case a “fiasco” and reiterated the term, giving assurance that it was “not too strong a word.” He was clearly right, and could well have added adjectives.

[...]The Duke lacrosse case is extraordinary both in the clarity of its facts and in the violation of the prosecutor’s fundamental duty to do justice.
This is a good read on how bad the system can get. Nifong treated the system as his personal ham sandwich. Bob McCullough treated the system for what it is - the reflection of a community's investment in justice.

Confidence in the system is what the battle is about. Not only confidence in the criminal justice system, but confidence in a responsive, responsible government.

I can only hope that the new Republican majority realizes this and acts accordingly.

Scientists Do Science

I am old enough to remember the first polio vaccinations and being anesthetized with ether (tonsils - I still remember being scared to death when they put the gauze cup over my face and told me to count backwards from 100).

The article that follows is truly amazing to me. From Forbes:
Researchers at the Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.

The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered heat to infected tissue in the mice by a remote wireless signal. After the wireless treatment, the device harmlessly dissolved in the mice. This breakthrough research was recently published online the week of November 24-28, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The implantable medical device market is expected to increase 8% annually to $73.9 billion by 2018 according to a new report by Transparency Market Research.