Monday, May 2, 2016
Is the boycott having any sort of effect in such a short period of time? These things are often hard to gauge, but in this case there seems to be a strong hint provided in the fact that the company’s stock has taken a precipitous drop during the same period. (Daily Caller)
Somebody should do an event study.
Despite the success of his presidency, Reagan’s reputation is under continued assault. Even before he died, CBS gave a green light to a vicious 2003 movie that disparaged him. (After protests, it was shunted to the CBS-owned cable channel Showtime.) Now, only weeks after Nancy Reagan’s passing comes the Will Ferrell debacle. It’s time for a movie that gives the Gipper his due and tells his heroic story in an honest, truthful way that the Hollywood elites will have trouble refuting in future years.
Most Hollywood sorts are pond scum. Just sayin'.
Although this refuge was established by the state, nature has established its own reserves along the international boundary. Vast stretches of the border fences are miles from public roads, which veer around the hills, mountains and boulder-strewn chasms that mark the meeting of California and Baja California.
Canyons are dotted with yucca, sycamores and a few stands of California oak. Rolling hillsides are yellow with straw, the occasional splash of color supplied by lupin, Indian paintbrush and mustard grass.
Off California Highway 94, east of Jamul, a dirt road leads past a gun club and into a series of steep hills, rising one after another, like a series of monstrous waves. Get out of your car for a hike and you may see .45 shell casings at your feet or a gopher snake soaking up the sun.
Jamul, in the news!
More than halfway through his five-year term as president of China and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party—expected to be the first of at least two—Xi Jinping’s widening crackdown on civil society and promotion of a cult of personality have disappointed many observers, both Chinese and foreign, who saw him as destined by family heritage and life experience to be a liberal reformer. Many thought Xi must have come to understand the dangers of Party dictatorship from the experiences of his family under Mao’s rule. His father, Xi Zhongxun (1913–2002), was almost executed in an inner-Party conflict in 1935, was purged in another struggle in 1962, was “dragged out” and tortured during the Cultural Revolution, and was eased into retirement after another Party confrontation in 1987. During the Cultural Revolution, one of Xi Jinping’s half-sisters was tormented to the point that she committed suicide. Jinping himself, as the offspring of a “capitalist roader,” was “sent down to the countryside” to labor alongside the peasants. The hardships were so daunting that he reportedly tried to escape, but was caught and sent back.
“As a liberal, I no longer feel I have a future in China,” a prominent Chinese think tank head in the process of moving abroad recently lamented in private. Such refrains are all too familiar these days as educated Chinese professionals express growing alarm over their country’s future. Indeed, not since the 1970s when Mao still reigned and the Cultural Revolution still raged has the Chinese leadership been so possessed by Maoist nostalgia and Leninist-style leadership.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
See, the EmDrive is a conundrum. First designed in 2001 by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, the technology can be summed up as a propellantless propulsion system, meaning the engine doesn’t use fuel to cause a reaction. Removing the need for fuel makes a craft substantially lighter, and therefore easier to move (and cheaper to make, theoretically). In addition, the hypothetical drive is able to reach extremely high speeds — we’re talking potentially getting humans to the outer reaches of the solar system in a matter of months.
It runs on mojo juju.
A 17-year-old girl reported she was jogging on Bushwick Road in the town of LaGrange at about 3 p.m. April 23 when a man pulled up in a pickup truck, got out and began jogging behind her, police said. The suspect then allegedly grabbed her buttocks before getting back in the truck and fleeing, police said. The victim and a witness attempted to get the license plate number of the vehicle, but it was covered with duct tape, police said.
Don't forget to tape up your license plate.
I’m happy for the plaintiff because it clearly seemed to me that he’d gotten a raw deal. At the same time, this is one of those “dangling penumbra” type decisions which always make me a bit queasy. This was, at least on paper, a First Amendment case. The officer’s First Amendment rights were not breached and even the majority opinion agreed with that. And yet they tossed out the decision because of the shadow it might cast on the First Amendment rights of others if they were, in fact, expressing their political views. That doesn’t make what the police department did honorable or just, but they are now going to be made to pay (well… actually the taxpayers will be made to pay) as if they had actually squelched dissent.
Breyer got it right.
US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared - Live Webcast | Zero Hedge
Less than two years ago, the US set up another puppet government in the mid-east this time in the state of Iraq when following substantial US pressure, on August 14, 2014 then prime minister al-Maliki agreed to stepped down and be replaced with Haider al-Abadi. Today, the regime is in chaos and the system set up in Iraq by the US is collapsing when protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign embassies, and stormed the Iraqi parliament forcing MPs to flee and unleashing a state of emergency for all of Baghdad.
Nothing to see here.
Surrounded by Secret Service agents, the New York developer clambered over a concrete barrier and entered the hotel through a back door.
“It felt like I was crossing the border,” Trump joked at a lunch banquet to hundreds of Republicans, who burst into laughter.
Hollywood sees no downside to mocking conservatives; it finds it both fun and profitable. Almost any conservative will do, but Reagan is the target the glitterati love most because he is so beloved of the people they so disdain and deprecate. He's the target whose humiliation will cause his admirers most fury and sadness. What's not to love.
But I can't think of any movies that really mock Hollywood since The Player.
The better course for all of us — Republican, Democrat and independent — is to step back and take the long view, and to begin building for that. This election — not only the Trump phenomenon but the rise of Bernie Sanders, also — has reminded us how much pain there is in this country.
And how much stupidity.
Friday, April 29, 2016
To get to the bottom of this, HuffPost called up Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple. His response was that Boehner was basically full of it, trying to absolve the worst of Christianity by calling him a product of Satanism.
News you can use.
Democrats publicly say they are thrilled to face him in the general election. But, privately, they fret that the master marketer and media maestro is so unpredictable and so original and so fearless that they just might regret getting the match-up they had hoped for.
Anything can happen, and it probably won't.
Wilmington couple charged after pulling gun over boneless wing m - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC
Clarissa Gagum, 24, and her husband, Rasheem Gagum, 24, were both arrested Thursday after Clarissa became upset that her order of chicken wings was wrong and pulled out a gun inside the restaurant.
Guns don't kill people. Chicken wings kill people.
"While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day," she said, via Facebook. "To people, the cat represents a pet, but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow."
Creeeeeeeeee! (That's an eagle sound.)
In Dramatic Reversal, Army Retains Green Beret Who Roughed Up Child Rapist in Afghanistan - Leah Barkoukis
Outside, sheriff's deputies on horseback and in riot gear had to separate pro- and anti-Trump groups who shouted profanities at each other and nearly came to blows, with one side chanting "Dump Trump" as the other shouted, "Go back to Mexico." As Trump spoke, a large crowd of protesters, some waving Mexican flags, blocked an intersection outside. Drivers burned rubber, filling the air with smoke.
Something strange is happening to our world. The basic principles, rules and values that have long served as the foundation for our lives are falling apart. Fragility and instability are spreading like a virus, infecting countries and continents. Those who only yesterday were on the margins of European politics are bursting onto center stage. Some are left-leaning, like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain. Some are right-leaning, such as the National Front in France, Fidesz in Hungary or AfD in Germany. But all are populist and anti-establishment. And it is not just Europe that is being shaken up.
This happened before, just before WW2.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Despite his proclamation that he "saved the world from a Great Depression," the fact is that Obama will be the first President ever to not see a single year of 3% GDP growth - but only cynical fiction-peddlers would mention facts at a time like this. In yet more legacy-defending narrative, Obama told The NYTimes today that his biggest failure was being unable to sell his success in putting the American economy back on track to the American people (no matter the actual realities) careful to blame Republicans for slowing growth "by a percentage point or two." And then in a final affront to fact, Obama dismisses the conclusion of "The Big Short" proclaiming that he reined in Wall Street, overhauled the banking system, and made
water from wine"the financial system substantially more stable."
With regard his presidential legacy, Obama recently said he was proud of the healthcare reforms, and added that:
Defending the sheer arrogance (and ignorance) of such a statement, he added, "I'm proud; I think I've been true to myself during this process." Truth must have a different meaning where he comes from, but of course, anyone doubting the truthiness of such a statement was hacked down to size with the now ubiquitous "Don't give up and succumb to cynics."
Ted Cruz may be despised in Washington, but he has a network of influential friendships through the Harvard Federalist Society - The Boston Globe
Media types want you to get your knickers in a twist about Indiana. However, the data suggests that it doesn’t matter any more. Rationally speaking, it is probably time to stop writing so much about the Republican race for delegates. Also, a moratorium on “brokered-convention” articles?
The FBI arrested three people on Thursday, including the brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to investigators, authorities said.
Syed Raheel Farook, 31, was arrested in the early morning at his home in the California town of Corona, along with his wife Tatiana Farook, also 31.
Mariya Chernykh, Tatiana's 26-year-old sister who lives in the nearby town of Ontario, was also arrested.
It’s also expensive to safeguard COO Sheryl Sandberg.Protecting one of the richest people in the world is not a cheap task.
Facebook in 2015 paid nearly $4.3 million for direct security services aimed at protecting its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company said in an amended annual report on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, a billionaire who makes just $1 a year in salary, also spent more than $775,000 on personal usage of private aircraft, bringing his total “other” compensation for the year to more than $5 million, Facebook FB 8.16% said.
Twitter and Facebook users called out the squad, saying the poster encourages body shaming and prioritizes appearance over ability with "body do's" like being "physically fit" with an "athletic physique." They also ask that potential cheerleaders wear just a sports bra and mid-rise black shorts, while telling them not to wear any tops "that cover the midriff" or high-waisted shorts.
I think she's cute, but whatever.
John Boehner Describes Ted Cruz as 'Lucifer in the Flesh' - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” Mr. Boehner told David Kennedy, an emeritus history professor, at the event. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
So, I take it Boehner doesn't like Ted Cruz.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
WASHINGTON – Rare arguments before the highest military court in the land Wednesday came down to whether a Marine’s refusal to obey orders to remove signs from her desk containing a biblical passage were her exercising her right of religious freedom or just plain insubordination.
A sign on her desk? Really?
Most of our millennials apparently have rejected capitalism, seeing it as the cause of all their woes, and they may be turning their eyes wistfully toward a more socialist style of living as the answer to their problems. (Washington Post)
If the death of trust in politics is real, don't expect its demise to be any less important this fall in choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Their matching reputations for a flexible approach to the truth will likely cancel each other out. What is more disturbing is that even if one of them were to emerge as clearly more trustworthy, there's not much reason to believe it would alter the dynamics of the race.
I don't know if it's fair to call Trump a liar. It's more that he doesn't really mean what he says. What's A today might be B tomorrow. Hillary, OTOH, is a stone-cold liar. If she said she was a liar, it would be a lie. Every word she says, including "the" and "it" are lies. A difficult choice on those grounds, I guess.
Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential nominee if he’s the Republican Party’s pick for president.
If nominated, "I will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina," the Texas senator said at an Indiana rally before the crowd began chanting "Carly."
Well, there you have it. It does just remind me of how stupid it is that I have to live in a country that has such a president as we are likely to get. Why can't I change my country as I do my cable provider? O right.
Do you walk your dog in areas where there are coyotes or hawks? Are you worried about taking your small dog to the dog park or the beach, where there are so many incidents of larger dogs injuring or killing smaller dogs? Do you own a larger dog that won't stop picking on your smaller dog? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your small dog needs CoyoteVest™ body armor.
This an awesome idea and I'm gettin' some. Eat spikes, coyote bastards!
Indeed, if all goes according to plan, by the end of next year, a giant stainless steel arch called the New Safe Confinement will slide into place over the reactor. Built by an international consortium of donors, it will seal in around 5,500 tons of radioactive sand, lead, boric acid and 220 tons of uranium and other unstable iosotopes, as well as tens of thousands of tons of irradiated concrete and steel.
A student has revealed she is so terrified of cheese just the smell of it can make her gag.
Katie Weston, 20, has suffered the bizarre fear, known as turophobia, since childhood.
The English literature student, from Cardiff, claims her phobia is so strong, she is left gagging by the smell of the dairy product.