April 24, 2015

Iranian Naval Mining Operations

In clear violation of international law this Iranian destroyer is about to unleash a string of naval felafel mines. 

H/T World News Bureau

Micro Intellectuals In Action

Selling delicious chicken sandwiches was ruled an act of international aggression by the 1995 UCLA Student Union Convention.
The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause “microaggressions” against the gay community.

Story here.

Lead-Filled Spanx?

I remember rooming with two college wrestlers who would starve themselves before a math to keep their weight down.
Earlier this month France passed a new law that bars models from walking the runway if their body mass index is deemed too low, in an attempt to combat anorexia.

And the pressure is on for agencies who can face a fines of up to $80,000 and six months in prison for employing too-thin models.

But former model Jennifer Sky, 38, from Brooklyn, New York, has revealed in an op-ed for the New York Observer that the fashion industry has already found a way around the regulations, explaining that thin models are now resorting to wearing weighted Spanx in order to cheat the new BMI standards.

French authorities were scared to death by Mama.

Gen. Petraeus Receives Probation Sentence

He got spanked worse than Sandy Berger.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

The sentencing came two months after he agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The plea agreement carried a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. But Judge David Kessler increased the fine to “reflect seriousness of the offense.”

In court, before being sentenced, Petraeus apologized “for the pain my actions have caused.”
Story here.

Carnal Clamoring In Bay Ridge

The NY Post is simply the best wordsmith in the tabloid media world.
One Brooklyn couple is making such wild whoopie that they have earned the tile of loudest lovemakers in New York — garnering the most 311 complaints in the city from their angry neighbors.

The carnal clamoring by the couple living in Apt. D7 at 7201 Ridge Ave. in Bay Ridge has racked up a half-dozen complaints to 311 between October and December.

Witnesses say the screams of ecstasy echo through the six-story building.

“I’m on the second floor, and I hear them all the time. When I come in the night from work, a girl screaming every night — Papi, different kinds of names, in Spanish,” griped Omar Ramos. “[She] keeps screaming to continue, to not stop. Saturdays, it’s louder. About 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes more than an hour.”

April 23, 2015

The New S.A.

Ukraine Conflict Is Heating Up Again

Putin's got his teeth sunk deep into Ukraine and he's not letting go.
Over the winter, a lull in the fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian military was mistaken by many to be an observance of the terms of a February ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk. That agreement was never observed by either party. In fact, the days that followed that agreement were characterized by a major offensive by pro-Russian insurgents that resulted in the humiliating retreat of Ukrainian soldiers from the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

But not everyone was fooled by the reduced intensity of the fighting. After traveling to the front late last month, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark warned that the Russians were preparing for a new offensive in Ukraine as soon as the snows melted. He noted that this flare-up could be expected to begin anytime between the Orthodox Easter (April 12) and the 70th Anniversary of the surrender of Germany in World War II (May 8). Clark was right.

“The Ukrainian military’s ATO press center claims today that Russian-backed forces committed 30 violations of the ceasefire between 18:00 and midnight yesterday,” Interpreter Magazine reported on Thursday. Interpreter analysts determined that the fighting had returned to pre-ceasefire levels.
More here.

Obama Goes Long, Brady Throws Short

He said he had a prior family commitment. Sounds fair.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were honored by President Obama at the White House on Thursday — without their quarterback, Tom Brady.

In a deflating move, Brady blew off the president and his teammates, citing a prior family commitment.
Obama was a good sport and acknowledged Brady during the White House lawn event.

The president congratulated Brady for his role in leading the Patriots to become the only team to ever rally from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit in football’s biggest game.

“There was of course Tom Brady, an all-time great who couldn’t be here with us today,” Obama said, “but who engineered a pair of surgical touchdown drives.”
I wouldn't go either.

Story here.

April 22, 2015

R.I.P. Rosie

HARTFORD — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury after a brief illness, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe. She had lived for the past eight years at The McLean Village Community in Simsbury.

Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vt., where she met Rockwell — who lived in West Arlington — and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.



After 4:17 you can tune out as Alonzo stops talking.

Fans Call Tim McGraw "All Hat, No Cattle"

Country singer Tim McGraw showed his true liberal colors when he announced that he was donating the proceeds from a concert to an anti-2nd Amendment organization.

Labeled as "Walmart Cowboy," conservative country fans are abandoning the singer and vowing to stop buying and playing his music.

From Breitbart:
On Monday, CBS This Morning covered the fan outrage Tim McGraw is facing for committing to playing at a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise on July 17.

Sandy Hook Promise currently supports SB 941, a bill to ban private gun sales in Oregon and broaden legalized gun confiscation in the state. In 2014, Sandy Hook Promise opposed a push to arm teachers for self-defense in Georgia classrooms, although the goal of arming teachers was to prevent a Sandy Hook-like attack from happening that state.

McGraw has responded to the outrage by assuring everyone that he is a gun owner and that he is playing the gun control fundraiser for “community,” not gun control.

But according to This Morning, McGraw’s “plans to donate all the proceeds from [the] upcoming concert in Connecticut to the group Sandy Hook Promise have hit a sour note.

Why I Pulled Out Of The Markets

It's just too easy to use a home computer to screw over a few million people.

From the UK Telegraph:
A British man helped to trigger a £500bn US stock market crash by manipulating financial markets on a massive scale from a suburban London semi, US prosecutors have claimed. 
Navinder Singh Sarao, 37, is accused of fraudulently making £27 million by using computer programmes to create fake trades on markets linked to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

US investigators say he was a major contributory factor to the so-called “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010, when hundreds of billions of dollars was wiped off the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in just five minutes.

[...]He has been charged with one count of wire fraud, 10 counts of commodities fraud, 10 counts of commodities manipulation, and one count of “spoofing,” a practice of bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution.

The DoJ's investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, which looked at his activities between June 2009 and April 2014, but in particular focused on his trading around the 'flash crash' in May 2010.
It is alleged that Mr Sarao "engaged in a massive effort to maniplute" the price of the E-mini S&P 500, one of the most popular financial futures markets which is based on the S&P 500 index which includes household names such as Amazon, Boeing and Bank of America.

April 21, 2015

Chevy Concept - The FNR

The car was unveiled at the Shanghai General Motors Gala Night this week.

It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre (PATAC) joint venture.

Chevrolet said the car offered a ‘glimpse at mobility of the future.

It almost hurts your eyes to look at it with the doors open.

Story here.

Transgender Poopoo Options Are Demanded

They may be going to hell in a hand basket, but at least they'll be nicely accessorized.
The Queer Student Union at California Polytechnic University recently orchestrated a three-day “shit-in” at which students preached “Gender Diversity” and encouraged students to use solely gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” a post from the organization’s Facebook page read.

Students reportedly created a staged toilet in the middle of campus, which students signed and decorated with several banners, one of which read “We’ve got shit to deal with,” according to images acquired by Campus Reform.

The group’s Facebook page is also circulating a petition that states that the publicly-funded university “has identified only five bathrooms that are reasonably accessible, leaving non-cisgender students with a paltry amount of options when it comes to using the bathroom.” It calls “on the university to establish more accessible all gender bathrooms, in addition to adding ‘Gender Diversity’ signs to existing gendered bathrooms.”
Story here.

I remember the Vietnam War was the hot topic for my generation. Looks like college kids are desperately seeking issues now. From "Die-ins" to "Shit-ins." Nice.

#Oak Trees Matter

Waiting for the riots spontaneous minority discount shopping...
A tree honoring Ferguson teenager Michael Brown has been replaced Tuesday, just hours after it was vandalized.

Despite the hurt and anger caused by the destruction, people in St. Louis say the quick response is more of a statement than the vandalism will ever be.

There are plaques throughout the park next to trees that have grown and tall and strong through the years.

Michael Brown's tree didn't even make it a day.

Story here.

April 20, 2015

Not In ... Where?

DETROIT — An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL).
In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get concealed pistol licenses because of recent crime in the area. During a Palm Sunday Mass last month, Fride announced that the parish would be holding the CPL class. 
When some parishioners questioned the decision, Fride sent out a pro-gun letter titled "We're not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto" — a reference to the 1960s-era Andy Griffith Show and its portrayal of a fictional North Carolina town, as well as Dorothy's dog from The Wizard of Oz. 
"It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families," Fride wrote.

Old MacDonald Had To Hold His Nose, Ei, Ei, Ohhhh

Nobody Found Him, Until Now

In Neanderthalistan you become the cave.

This poor creature fell down a ground fault and died thousands of years ago. His remains were assimilated into the walls of the cave. He (she?) now resembles some kind of weird, eerie but beautiful sculpture.

First discovered in 1993, the skeleton - nicknamed 'Altamura Man' - has provoked debate among anthropologists partly due to the difficulties in studying the skeleton as it had become part of the cave walls.

Examination of those bones that were exposed suggested they belonged to an adult male.

However, few could agree on whether the skeleton belonged to a Neanderthal or a modern human, or how long it had been down there.

But after taking a tiny part of the skeleton's shoulder bone, researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome, University of Firenze and Newcastle University have been able to answer the questions.

They found mitochondrial DNA they extracted from the shoulder bone matched that of other Neanderthal skeletons.

[...]The Altamura Neanderthal is thought to have come to rest in its unusual tomb after an adult male fell down a sinkhole into a limestone karst system.

Wedged in the narrow rocks, he were unable to move and probably starved to death. However, it also means no predators were able to reach his body.

Over time, his bones fell where had died, with some still lodged in the cave gap and were eventually absorbed into the walls of the cave itself.

Cave explorers then stumbled across the bones in 1993.
I wonder if his friends and family looked for him.

Story here.

April 19, 2015

Love And Marriage

Remember the 1955 song "Love and Marriage?" It was written by Sammy Cahn and sung by Frank Sinatra. I remember this ditty from radio and television, it was very popular.

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other

Love and marriage, love and marriage
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it's elementary

No more.

Men have fled the institution of marriage and now a work by a US researcher, Dr Helen Smith, a forensic psychologist at the University of Tennessee and author of "Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood And The American Dream" sheds some welcome light on this trend.
‘Ultimately, men know there’s a good chance they’ll lose their friends, their respect, their space, their sex life, their money and — if it all goes wrong — their family...'

‘They don’t want to enter into a legal contract with someone who could effectively take half their savings, pension and property when the honeymoon period is over.

‘Men aren’t wimping out by staying unmarried or being commitment phobes. They’re being smart.’
Story here.

The following is from her book blurb on Amazon:
... men aren’t dropping out because they are stuck in arrested development. They are instead acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, men are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be injured by the myriad of laws, attitudes and hostility against them for the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century. Men are starting to fight back against the backlash.

Dr. Smith also has a blog.

Unbelievable Accuracy From 18th Century Clock

A clock based on a design from 300 years ago has stunned experts by keeping accurate to a second for 100 days.

The modern-day Martin Burgess Clock B is based on John Harrison's 18th century clock, which he thought up to solve the problem of determining longitude at sea.

It has been part of a 100-day trial at the Royal Observatory, in Greenwich, to see if the claim - that the clock would neither lose nor gain more than a second in 100 days - was true.

[...]Jonathan Betts, a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society, said: 'As soon as we set the clock running it was clear that it was performing incredibly well, so then we got the case sealed because nobody was going to believe how well the clock was running.'

He added that the clock was not a replica of Harrison's, but used his design and concept.

'It is important to realise his design goes against everything the establishment has claimed is the best throughout history,' Mr Betts added.
Story here.

The accurate measurement of time was and is incredibly important to navigation, even today.

Our present system of satellite GPS communications is utterly dependent on the accurate measure of time.

This Well Was Dug Deep

Pres. Hillary Clinton instructing the Secret Service to store the First Dude's genitals in Fort Knox.

Deborah C. Tyler at American Thinker has a woman's perspective on Hillary Clinton that is spot on.
[...]Many people think Hillary Clinton is a psychopath without a conscience who cares nothing about her husband's betrayals on a personal level. That formulation does not seem supported by what has leaked out about the Clinton's relationship. It is more likely that she is a wellspring of anger hiding behind a smile you can hang laundry on.

What is certain is she spent years mopping up and deodorizing Bill's messes. Bill's affairs with and attacks on women have been more destructive to Hillary's psychological integrity and self-worth than some miraculous hundred grand showing up in the Clinton cookie jar have been to him. His sexist violence strikes at the heart of who she claims to be, and continues to damage her basic sense of security and candidacy. For forty years, a room full of strangers is where the party starts for Bill, and where the messes are made for Hillary. For forty years every time Hillary entered a room full of strangers she had her bucket and mop. A bimbo splatter might be found anywhere. For forty years a room full of strangers, interacting in an unscripted moment, has been Hillary's worst nightmare.
God help us if Hillary gets her paws on the reins of government. A circus monkey riding a crazed elephant would do less damage.