Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Russian Dressing


In his presser yesterday, Sean Spicer made a joke about the main-stream media getting upset even when Trump uses Russian depressing on his salad ... possibly derived from the made-up political jibe I reference here as few weeks ago (see above). Popular understanding has been that Russian dressing today is comprised of ketchup, mayonnaise and pickle relish (aka Thousand Island). However, CNN claims that Russian dressing is ketchup, mayo and horseradish and it's not put on salad ... nor is there any connection to Russia ... see: Breitbart Story.

Quick relevant story -- many years ago I was having lunch at the General Motors building in Detroit in their fancy dining room. One thing I had ordered was a hearts of lettuce salad with Russian dressing. Much to my surprise (and enjoyment) the Russian dressing I got was made with ketchup, mayonnaise and caviar!

This, I suspect, is the classic recipe and the connection to Russia! Eat your hearts of lettuce out CNN ...

Afterward: There is another possible Lefty antecedent here -- The Trump sandwich is baloney on white with Russian dressing with a small pickle ...

Headlines


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Pakistan building fence along border with Afghanistan

Tesla 'autopilot' car hits police motorcycle ...

Bibi welcomes new U.S. Amb[assador] -- 'to Jerusalem'

Congress may stiff Trump on wall funding

[Nebraska] Dems offer voter registration forms to refugees

Riots in Paris after Chinese man shot dead ...

Sen. McCain: Nunes should 'absolutely' reveal his sources

Consumer confidence leaps to new 16-year high ...

Legislator demands NC Secretary of State resign over issuing Notary licenses to illegal aliens

Trump takes biggest swing yet at Obama's climate legacy

California Chief Justice: Enforcing immigration laws goes against the rule of law

Hundreds of Islamic State volunteers have returned to Britain

Shades of Cold Fusion


Golamaphobia -- fear of robots

Periodically visionaries appear in the news with proposals that appeal to the public's WOW element ... a public usually composed of those younger people who have not seen it all before ... and who don't bring a healthy skepticism into such dreams. I distinctly remember many years ago how the world was all aflutter about the possibility of unlimited cheap energy from "cold fusion" ... essentially capturing a hydrogen bomb in a bottle. Here we are over 25 years later and this dream is yet to become a reality.

Enter stage left, Elon Musk, the world's latest technical visionary who has just announced his intent to link our brains directly with computers ... or Neuralink as he has dubbed it. This new company would create a helmet that fits over one's head to transmit and receive directly from a computer in order to eliminate the middleman and increase the bandwidth ... see: LA Times Article. Musk's intent to use to Neuralink to defeat robots. Not to be outdone by this loopiness, Musk is also promising space travelers a trip around the moon next year ... and a flight to Mars by 2024 using his company, SpaceX's technology ... see: Daily Caller Article.c

Musk seems to be transfixed with the survival of mankind using the Mars colonization scheme to prevent an Apocalypse ... the subjudigation of humans by robots. If Musk had not already had his share of successes with Tesla and SpaceX, I expect that the authorities would be after him with a net ... shades of cold fusion. But he has had impressive wins and people are therefore reluctant to criticism his visions.

But I am a doubter ... reluctantly ...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Headlines


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'20th highjacker' offers to testify about Saudi links to 9/11

Judge OK's petition for America's first 'genderless' person

Rep files one sentence bill to repeal Obamacare ...

Trump to court Dems ... Open door

Report: Huma, Weiner 'working hard' to save marriage

White House rejects report Trump handed Germany $374 billion bill for NATO services

Atlanta family battling state for right to name daughter Allah ...

Trump weighs deeper involvement in Yemen war ...

Trump's a dictator? He can't even repeal Obamacare ...

Sessions announces crackdown on sanctuary cities ...

White House blame game intensity as Trump agenda stalls

Sex Pistols [Johnny] Rotten praises Trump, Brexit ...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Black Shirts


It is quite sinister ... men dressed in black with black masks using pepper spray, tasers, fireworks and physical mayhem to injure and disrupt peaceful marchers expressing their 1st Amendment right of patriotic assembly ... see: Powerline Blog Post.

This is precisely the type of anarchy that the media attributes to President Trump supporters... yet it is being fulminated by his detractors. And, to boot, the media generally chooses to ignore or reverse spin such thuggish and incendiary behavior. This is because it is the antithesis of their narrative ... a narrative that has Steve Bannon dressed in a brown shirt heading a pack of deplorables to attack a Gay Pride parade ... or a pink-hatted feminist march ... or a La Raza voter registration rally.

The genuinely disturbing thing about these anti-Trump efforts is that the Left secretly seems  to relish them ... despite the dark nature of their tactics ... otherwise why would not they be making front-page news? Have you seen anything on TV about this Huntington Beach, California brouhaha? I thought not. And when it does make the newspapers or Internet, it is often the Trumpers who are the bad guys.  Now take a few minutes and carefully read and watch how this anti-Trump spin is crafted ...  WaPo Story and Video. See any black masks? Now contrast this with the other, likely make realistic perspective ... PJ Media Story and Video.

How is its that the fulminators become the victims?

Headlines


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Report: U.S., Israel close to deal on settlement limits

Biden: 'I regret not running for president'

Sanders admits Obamacare deductibles, premiums 'too high'

Sanders to offer single-payer health care plan

Secret text message ordered 'lone wolf' to carry out London terror attack

Pentagon enjoying greater leeway under Trump ..

.Schumer: 'You can't run the presidency like you run a real estate deal'

Police stumped as all but one suspect freed after London attack

California governor: We won't 'bring stupid lawsuits' against the border wall

... Jerry Brown not 'Christian' to build wall

MD School Supt. says parents' response to alleged rape is 'racist'

 'Virtually uncovered' -- NYT admits CNN, MSNBC ignoring Rockville [MD] rape

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dilbert Speaks


Scott Adams in his Dilbert blog has just promoted President Trump from der Fuhrer to Mr. Incompetent as a result of his failure to repeal and replace Obamacare ... see: Dilbert Blog. Actually this is not a dis of our president because the Hitler image was pulling Trump down far worse than a Pajama-boy image.

This is an unique Dilbert-like concept but not one that Trump should embrace as it makes his job far more difficult getting done all the things that he has promised ... at least in the short run. Adams is also predicting that Trump will be back on his mojo by year end. But in the meantime, if his opposition no longer fears him, then they likely will move into full-throated ridicule mode ... and no humans are better at ridicule than media types. Watch Mika "I'mSorryBut" Brzezinski on Morning Joe on Monday to see how deliciously sarcastic a media moonbat can get.

Headlines


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Trump gets tamed by Washington

President regrets: Should have done tax cuts first ...

Poll: Majority of Americans want independent commission investigating Trump-Russia ties

China sees unstoppable momentum of globalization ...

House Democrats new Obamacare strategy: Get out of the way

Israeli teenager who threatened Jewish institutions may have been paid by foreign governments

Ivanka Trump's Secret Service detail is infuriating ritzy DC neighborhood

French city of Lille on lock down after multiple shootings

Imam calls for killing Jews in Montreal mosque sermon ...

Canadian Parliament officially condemns criticism of Islam

Tourists flee BELLAGIO casino in Vegas as burglar in pig mask opens fire ...

Medicaid babies: NM 72%, Nev 64%, NY 51%, Calif 50% ... MORE ...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Software Bug

Self-Driving Uber
Software bug leads to hardware bug ...

Afterward: Uber has suspended its Self-Driving program.

reddit Gallery CDX


Another excursion into the world of reddit Pictures. See: reddit Pics for sources.  Do yourself a favor and click on pictures to enlarge them.  Enjoy!

German Opera House
African Farm
Realgar
Young Monk
Puffer Fish Skeleton

Quote of the Day


The reason for bad decisions is bad data. The reason for bad data is too often politics. -- Anon.

Headlines


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Finger pointing in London intensifies ...

Exclusive: John Podesta may have been target of Russian influence campaign

Manafort offers to testify in Russian probe ...

RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt

College basketball player attacked over hair braids, 'cultural appropriation'

Illegal immigrant accused of murdering teacher

FACEBOOK: 'Hunt and Kill White Women' post [is] not hate speech ...

Iran sanctions bill unveiled by bipartisan Senate group

Report: Bannon says 'AHCA written by the insurance industry'

Joy Behar says Trump 'never paid any taxes' despite tax return release

Reports: State Dept. tightens visa approval process in Muslim majority countries

USA Today: NCAA teams 'should boycott' Arkansas over campus carry

Friday, March 24, 2017

Death Spiral


"You really don't have health insurance if you can't afford to use it."

On TV this morning there was a representative from Tennessee (who is also a doctor) commenting on the overhaul of Obamacare. He sat me up when he related that 60-70% of hospital bills in his state were not getting paid because the deductibles on the insurance plans under Obamacare are so high that they force patients to pay these bills out-of-pocket ... for which they have not the money. In other words, even though an additional 5 or 6 million people may have gotten insurance under Obamacare (an equal number falling under expanded-Medicaid, paid for by the rest of us), these people -- along will millions more who lost what was called by Obama "bad apple" insurance and have had to purchase these high-deductible, high-premium, high-co-pay policies -- cannot use this insurance for the reasons stated above.

Now you understand why hospitals are under such financial distress, why emergency rooms have not been emptied as promised, and why Obamacare is so unpopular (except for those being subsidized under expanded Medicaid). I don't care what phony polls may say. There are still enough people receiving health insurance under their businesses or under Medicaid/Medicare that the system has not yet completely collapsed. But Obamacare is in a death spiral because it is a jackass ... a race horse designed by a committee of bureaucrats who don't believe in free markets ... and who colluded with the insurance and drug companies with the notion that they knew better than Adam Smith. Well they didn't ... and they left a pile of steaming bleep for the Republicans.

Can Obamacare be fixed by Ryan/Trump? I am inclined to agree with Rand Paul ... let's euthanize this jackass and design a transition back to the free market ... and, in the process, save our hospitals. In the meantime make the insurance and drug companies compete for our money instead of colluding with the politicians.

Two Birds ...


... with one stone.

President Trump is ridiculed as a buffoon. Well he just buffooned his way out of a no-win situation on healthcare reform by demanding a vote today in the House. If the bill passes (it probably won't), he wins. If it doesn't pass, then his nemesis, Paul Ryan, loses his leadership mojo ... and that even bigger nemesis, Chuck Schumer, is left holding that 100 pound bag of horse manure called Obamacare. Let him now try to fix this mess that the Democrats left for the Republicans to remedy. The Republicans tried and likely got not one Democrat vote... which says that the Dems still like Obamacare ... which can't help them in 2018

Our buffoon president may have just killed three birds with one stone...

Headlines


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Trump demands Friday health-care vote

WH: Trump done negotiating: If Ryancare fails, Obamacare remains

NSA to provide 'smoking gun' proof of Obama spying on Trump

Obama pleads to preserve namesake health law

Italy: 'North African' arrested after driving at police, stabbing officer

Khalid Masood once stabbed man in face ...

Al Gore: Global warming principal cause of Syrian civil war, Brexit

Appeals Court sets May argument for revised Trump travel ban

NRA to campaign against Red State Democrats who oppose Gorsuch

'Robin Hood of Refugees': Immigration lawyer gets 15 months for asylum scam ...

Four time deported gang member charged in child rape, stabbing 2 women

Report: Transgender activists attack pro-family campaign bus

Headlines



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Wire: Comey now most powerful person in Washington ...

Russian MP assassinated in street ...

London terrorist revealed: convicted criminal, Khalid Masood

British lawmaker: London terrorist's religion is 'utterly and completely' irrevelant

Polish PM: Impossible not to connect terrorism with immigration policy

Belgian security forces foil car attack ...

Schumer says Dems will filibuster Gorsuch ...

McCain: House panel lost 'credibility' in handling Russian probe

Nunes claims Trump transition messages were intercepted

Live blog: 8 arrested in connection with deadly London attack

Sweden: Officers can't commute alone to their own station

Woodward: Obama officials may face jail for unmasking scheme ...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cloak and Dagger


Only during the Watergate probe of President Nixon do I remember such a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere in Washington. With scant evidence, the Democrats are pushing the Trump-Russia connection. And the Republicans are pointing to the Deep State antics of Obama holdovers, the tainted intelligence agencies and possibly B.O. himself ... together with his henchperson, Valarie Jarrett ... with their implied intent of invalidating the Trump presidency.

The headlines are full of charges and counter charges that have Americans on edge. We are losing confidence in the process of government ... which could be the real purpose of this intrigue. Congress, like it often does, has hearings on these back-and-forths which are composed of more back-and-forths. Nothing is clarified ... and illuminating questions are lost in Congress' attempts to emulate William Jennings Bryant.

Most of the media has taken the Deep State side in this dogfight when Trump-friendly revelations occur, the media attack the messenger in order to bury the message. Watching cable channels is a depressing experience since the "news," as they relate it, is so full of pejoratives that the truth is fully obscured. Over and over again the squishy message of the Russian-Trump "collaboration" is forefront while the more sinister possibility of Obama administration's "surveillance" of the Trump campaign is dismissed out of hand.

It would be nice to know the truth in these matters, but there is so much at stake here that obfuscates this quest. My instinct is to inspect the motivations of the players on both sides. It seems to me that the potential loses on the Deep State side so overwhelm the potential gains for Trump and company, that I tend to believe the current administration over the last one and its fellow travelers.

But my bottom-line hope here is that this current contretemps can be settled with just the cloak and not the dagger.

Headlines


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Terror at UK Parliment, Cop stabbed, Pedestrians mowed down

China issues warning to U.S. bomber flying in East China Sea ...

WSJ Trump editorial: 'Like a drunk to an empty gin bottle'

Hill GOP: We're growing frustrated with Mattis

Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives ...

Chelsea Clinton to receive [Variety magazize] Lifetime Achievement Award for some reason

WSJ Editors: Comey took revenge on Trump for wiretapping tweet

House Intel Chairmam: Trump's personal communications may have been collected

Democrats accuse Gorsuch of hiding his legal views

Erdogan: Soon Europeans will not walk safely and on their streets

Tillerson disdain for tradition causes diplomatic dust-ups

Susan Rice lectures Trump on making false statements..