2.09.2016

Kids

The Campus Left Fuels Bernie Sanders's Rise - The Atlantic

"They line up for hours to see Sanders, snow accumulating on their puffy jackets and knit caps and uncombed hair. They fill college arenas, chanting, “Ber-nie! Ber-nie!” They gather in little knots as they wait for him to appear, engaging in impromptu rap sessions about pot legalization and campaign-finance reform. They are feeling the Bern."

For the record

Why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t get a pass on a New Hampshire loss - The Washington Post

"To hear Hillary Clinton and her supporters talk about her chances in Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primary, you would think she was an underfunded upstart challenging a sitting president of the United States."

The "war on women" is now being "won" by The Donald (sez here)

Cashman: Ivanka is Donald Trump’s best weapon in war on women | Boston Herald

"Ivanka Trump, at 34, is an accomplished, strong and thoughtful person thanks to the equal-opportunity parenting of her dad."

New job for old tech

Donate Your Old USB Drives to Fight North Korean Brainwashing | WIRED

"Late last week, the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and the Silicon Valley nonprofit Forum 280 launched Flash Drives for Freedom, an initiative to collect USB flash drive donations from Americans and then ship those slices of silicon to North Korean defector groups."

Vote first and have their own submarine

What you should know about the USS New Hampshire - CNNPolitics.com

 

Fair—we're not voting for the Bushes either

Hillary Clinton pleads to N.H. voters for support in primary - NY Daily News

"'The Clintons are not happy, and have been letting all of us know that,' a Democratic official told Politico Monday. "

Gonna need a lot more sunscreen than I thought

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists - The Washington Post

"'The next few decades offer a brief window of opportunity to minimize large-scale and potentially catastrophic climate change that will extend longer than the entire history of human civilization thus far,' write the 22 climate researchers, led by Peter Clark, from Oregon State University."

Meanwhile here, now, we’ve got a fresh inch or so of snow, which at least covers up (for now) the pockets of dirty old stuff left over from December. The snowplow guy—the one who plows the driveway—arrived at first light this morning. He usually appears in the evening, after dark. Probably figured he’d better plow it fast before it melts. It’s been a bad year for the snowplow industry in these parts.  

2.08.2016

A caution for us all

Standing in Line at a Trump Rally in New Hampshire

"Future historians are going to puzzle for decades over how an advanced civilization destroyed itself merely through the use of the phrase, 'I saw it on the Internet.'"

If people who suport Bernie are sexist…

Bill Clinton slams 'sexist' Sanders supporters | TheHill

…does that make people who support Hillary antisemite?

#shutupBill

Establishment is as establishment does

Hillary Clinton Has a Henry Kissinger Problem

"Bernie Sanders’ critique of Clinton is not that she’s cartoonishly corrupt in the Tammany Hall style, capable of being fully bought with a couple well-compensated speeches, but that she’s a creature of a fundamentally corrupt system, who comfortably operates within that system and accepts it as legitimate. Clinton has had trouble countering that critique because, well, it’s true. It’s not that she’s been bought, it’s that she bought in."

Vote for Bill's wife

Bill Clinton unloads on Bernie Sanders ahead of crucial New Hampshire primary - The Washington Post

 

The lump that was once a bear (I think)


With all the stuff going on this past weekend—Super Bowl! Republicans! Climate change!—I completely forgot the ice sculpture contest, part of out this-year not-so-very Winter Carnival here. What's left of the sculptures this morning is somewhat, well, abstract. But a few of them still resemble whatever it is that they were.

Indeed

Clinton looks to sisterhood, but votes may go to Sanders - The Washington Post

"Everybody knows you can’t write 30,000 emails to your yoga instructor."

Imagine our surprise

Obama’s Lofty Plans on Gun Violence Amount to Little Action - The New York Times

"WASHINGTON — The centerpiece of a plan for stemming gun violence that President Obama announced last month largely amounts to this: an updated web page and 10,000 pamphlets that federal agents will give out at gun shows.…

 “'Nothing, from what we can see, has changed,' said Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry group."

Springtime for Tricky Dick

Trump, Clinton, Obama actually make Nixon look good | New York Post

 

It's a 1337 world after all

Can you read this message? - Business Insider

“…as long as we are proficient readers, we won't have a problem."

[Noted by Some Guy in Seattle]

2.07.2016

In case of emergency

XKCD

File under Stuff We Never Should Have Read

Students Say Burlesque Show Violated Their Safe Space - The Daily Beast

"In other words, not getting a part in a school production—a fairly typical life experience—now counts as a microaggression."

Sounds scary, all right

Stasi: Clinton and Fiorina aren't doing any favors for women - NY Daily News

"It’s like watching the pissed-off school principal and a crazed substitute teacher coming unhinged in front of the whole PTA."

Way to go, Bernie

Gloria Steinem says young women support Sanders to meet boys - NY Daily News

 

The sun is making a comeback

It’s 33º degrees outdoors right now, according to the app, but the sky is clear blue and the sun is warm and it feels a good 10º warmer just walking around. The app says “feels like” 28º but that’s because it doesn’t have enough sense to come out of the shade.

That snow we had the other day is still there, but it’s looking pretty melty right about now.

Remember those two brothers…

…who killed both their parents and then asked the court for leniency on the grounds they were orphans? Well, this beats that.

Here’s a Chicago cop who fatally shot a kid…

Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma - The Washington Post

…and is suing the kid’s estate for the trauma of it all. 

Suing for $10 million.

No kidding.

If what they know is worth that much…

$153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented - CNNPolitics.com

…why aren’t they telling us?

They learned most of it on our dime.

The Republican debate: Summing up

Sketches from the GOP debate in New Hampshire - The Washington Post

 

2.06.2016

Questions, always questions

Bernie Sanders vs Reality As We Know It. Which, exactly, is crazier? - The Washington Post

 

South above referenced

Autocorrect and the Tao of Texting - The New York Times

"Sometimes autocorrect just wants to provide a bit of inspiration, like those sayings on tea bags, except with real-world context. A friend involved in a group text chat, when asked if so-and-so had done such-and-such, tried to respond that so-and-so ‘probably' did. Her phone had other ideas. ‘Poetically,' it said. I’ve been reflecting on this for weeks now. Shouldn’t we all strive to do things poetically?"

Just Bernie

The Sincerest Form of Flattery - The New York Times

"Here’s what Mr. Sanders said when he was inaugurated as the mayor of Burlington, Vt., 35 years ago: 'In America today, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the millions of families in the middle are gradually sliding out of the middle class and into poverty.' He’s been saying that ever since. Trying to beat Bernie Sanders at his own game carries risks for Mrs. Clinton."

2.05.2016

Did Hillary look yellow on TV last night or what?

Every time the camera was on Clinton I had an overwhelming urge to adjust the set. Bernie looked all healthy and pink-cheeked but Hillary looked jaundiced. I imagine it was the lighting that did that. I used to know a little about TV lighting and I can’t imagine how something like that could happen by accident. 

Maybe it was Donald Trump’s fault.

Also re: politics, it seems like the word “eke” is having a moment. Eke. One place it popped up this morning was in a NYTimes story that averred  Clinton “eked out” a win in Iowa making it sound like the contest there was close. The contest wasn’t close, only the finish was. Given that Clinton started with a 20-point (or 40, or 60, depending on where you start counting) advantage and wound up in a virtual, coin-flipping tie, well, that sounds like a pretty lopsided contest to me.

MORE: I saw a still photo this morning (Saturday, 2/6) that led me to believe that what caused the effect in question (pink Bernie, yellow Hillary) was not lighting but makeup.

How to kill a name

The Clintons ruined the name ‘Hillary’ for new parents - The Washington Post

And then there’s “Monica."

As long as it's not creepy witchy silence, that is

How the Satanic Temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer - The Washington Post

"For weeks now, Phoenix lawmakers have wrestled with the idea of allowing members of a Satanic group to give the invocation before an upcoming city meeting.

"Phoenix City Council members arrived Wednesday at a controversial solution: Banning prayer altogether."

Looks like we finally got a little snow


About three inches, and every bit of it snowball-ready.
Most of it's already melted off the streets but there's a little in the driveway—if the driveway-plowing guys show up it'll be only the second time this year (the first was in December).

2.03.2016

Don't mess with Mother Nature

Rogue Drones? Unleash The Eagles : The Two-Way : NPR

"The birds of prey are a 'low-tech solution to a high-tech problem,' a police spokesman told Reuters. The news service reports that the Hague-based raptor security firm Guard From Above is working in conjunction with police to train the eagles."

A video at the link shows why you do not want to be a drone when these birds are around. 

[Noted by Some Guy in Seattle]

Been too long away from football

"NFL 2016: Part One" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL - YouTube

Goldman Sachs CEO endorses Bernie

Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein: Sanders candidacy a 'dangerous moment'

"Blankfein avoided saying whether he supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though both Clintons have long ties to Blankfein and to Goldman Sachs, which has been a heavy donor to Bill Clinton's charity work."

Well, OK, not really. But really.

Any day now we'll be able to get them all onto a single stage

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quits 2016 GOP presidential race

 

What? The DNC take sides? We are shocked!

Out of Iowa: Two wide-open races — and some chicanery | New York Post

"Add in the facts that 1) the Iowa Democratic Party won’t release the raw vote totals, and 2) no recount is allowed — and you can see why some Bernie fans are feeling burned by the establishment."

OK, enough of politics, let's talk about more serious things

Why the Earth Is Flat, Straight From the Mouth of a Very Popular Rapper

 

2.02.2016

Enough about Iowa; time for the really important news

Groundhog Day 2016: Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring - The Washington Post

"The groundhog’s prediction came about 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with fair skies and temperatures in the mid-20s."

And Clinton's been campaigning for fifteen years

How Sanders caught fire in Iowa and turned the Clinton coronation into a real race - The Washington Post

"A self-described democratic socialist who was running 30 points behind her in the polls as recently as November, Sanders drew support from young people, liberals and independents."

Go ahead, tell us what you really think

Carr: Winners in for rude awakening when they hit the Granite State | Boston Herald

"As she concedes to Bernie Sanders a week from tonight, Hillary will shout, “On to South Carolina!” — in a Southern 
accent."

[Howie Carr is an enthusiastically right-wing newspaper columnist and radio personality from Boston.]

Gotta love the headline writers

Outbreak of female, vampire-like attackers in New Zealand | New York Post

Translation: Two guys bitten in unrelated brawls.

Iowa R's favor Cruz, get slapped with a nasty blizzard

Ted Cruz beats Donald Trump in Iowa caucus - NY Daily News

"In the end, bombastic bozo Donald Trump’s predictions of an Iowa victory were all a big, sad joke."

Winter Storm Kayla Spreading Blizzard Conditions Into Plains, Midwest Tuesday (FORECAST) | Weather Underground

"Parts of five states from north-central Kansas to southwest Minnesota remain under blizzard warnings, including Grand Island, Nebraska, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Mason City, Iowa. In this area, a dangerous combination of snow and wind could lead to whiteout conditions at times."

Sanders comes within a coin toss of Clinton

Clinton snags 6 Iowa precincts with coin tosses - NY Daily News

"Ties reported in Polk, Jasper, Cedar and Johnson Counties were solved with a flip of a coin, as allowed by the Iowa Democratic Party. In each instance, chance favored Clinton as the victor.  "

A NYTimes breakdown of caucus results has Clinton winning handily among geezers, Sanders with kids. Sanders won overwhelmingly on honesty and trustworthiness while Clinton won on electability.