5.27.2016

I voted for Jill Stein four years ago; it was a protest vote

But I don’t do protest votes any more. I’ve reformed. My heart is pure. I’m thinking of voting for her again.

Meet Jill Stein, the Other Anti-Establishment Progressive Running for President | GQ

"The Green Party candidate rails against corporations and Wall Street. She has a habit of getting arrested—three times in the last election alone. She also happens to be the plan B for a few progressive voters if this whole Bernie thing doesn’t work out. But who is Dr. Stein, really?"

Clearly we need tougher rats

Study ties cellphone radiation to brain, heart tumors in male rats

Cherish the discourage

DeWine challenges Obama's bathroom 'edict' - Toledo Blade

"'This attempt to nationalize and politicize the way schools address gender identity issues down to the level of school locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms might be dismissed as simple bureaucratic arrogance were it not so potentially harmful to our civic discourage and to the important rights and needs of all the school children involved,' he wrote in a letter to his federal counterpart, Loretta Lynch, and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr."

Civic discourage is the order of the day. We don’t want nobody potentially harming that, no sir. 

So, only semi-nutso then?

Newt: 'Very stable' Corker would balance Trump ticket - POLITICO

 

It does sound somehow upsetting, now that you point it out

The Recorder - Sparks fly at Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee meeting

"'The system is bleeding administrators that are leaving,' said Scott Lyman, a former principal of Bernardston Elementary School and Gill Elementary School, who was the first to speak."

What it's come to


5.26.2016

Ah, sweet irony

Baylor Fires Football Coach Art Briles and Demotes President Ken Starr - The New York Times

"Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was removed as president of Baylor University on Thursday after an investigation found 'fundamental failure' by the university in its handling of accusations of sexual assault against football players."

Don't get me started

High school super sorry about Hitler, Stalin, ISIS yearbook quotes | New York Post

"Students can get a refund on the books, or stickers to cover up the quotes."

But, stickers? Hey, here’s an idea that’ll get you into the 1%: Sticker kits. You could sell yearbook sticker kits, Shakespeare sticker kits, a Moby Dick sticker kit (gigantic white stickers, and lots of them), a sticker kit for biology books. Nobody would ever again have to read anything they didn’t want to.

Sort of like the internet for print.

And a good thing for us all

The Diane Arbus You've Never Seen - The New York Times

“…(of whom Norman Mailer once said, in a famously backhanded compliment, that giving a camera to her was like giving a hand grenade to a baby)"

5.25.2016

It ain't easy being Trump

Trump: The RNC is forcing rich people’s money on me | New York Post

 

Bring the heat

This summer is going to be hot as hell | New York Post

 

So, dumb and bad then

Official State Department Report Confirms That Hillary’s Private Email Server Was Dumb and Bad

"This is obviously on some level bad for Clinton's presidential campaign…

“[But] At this point it doesn't look like Clinton's use of the private server, however ill-advised, is going to sink her campaign."

That’s what we want in a president: Dumb and bad.

Thanks, Slate!

Look, nobody wants more taxes but…

…I’m just saying here, if we put a cabaret tax on all the politicians we could pay for all their endlessly expensive blather and retire the debt as well, in record time. 

Who could look away?

Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review - The New York Times

"Security and records management officials told the inspector general’s office that 'Secretary Clinton never demonstrated to them that her private server or mobile device met minimum information security requirements,' the report said."

Not that the Grey Lady isn’t trying. To look away, that is. The New York Times, which has been yammering a couple of weeks now about Bernie needing to get out of the race because the Clintons have it sewn up now notes:

[New allegations about her server] have all come to a climax just as she is close to defeating Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Soooo close. But still no cigar.

Meanwhile The Hill reported Monday…

"A Romanian hacker who claimed to have broken into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server is expected to plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges in a federal court this week."

And…

"His access to longtime Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal’s email account first exposed Clinton’s use of a private email account during her time in office."

Sidney’s server, apparently, wasn’t any more secure than Hill and Bill’s.

Imagine our shock.

5.24.2016

Professorgate!

More than 20 professors back Tom Brady in Deflategate | Boston Herald

 

Finally somebody's talking sense

NAACP calls for resignation after graduation beard brouhaha - NY Daily News

"The American Mustache Institute put out a release Monday saying that it had written a letter to Kolwe and told him that the move was discriminatory towards the mustachioed.

"It said the Jones-less graduation “represents a clear and dangerous precedence and an egregious violation of young peoples’ civil liberties” and shared the uncited statistic that those with mustaches score 27% better than the national average on standardized tests."

United sense, maybe, but still.

Too busy fighting the Donald to care about you, Bunky

Hillary Clinton Declines Invitation to Debate Bernie Sanders - The New York Times

"The announcement came hours after Mrs. Clinton unleashed a biting critique of Donald J. Trump while addressing a union convention, mocking his business record and offering a glimpse at how she might confront him in the general election."

5.23.2016

Afternoon at the mall


The old Mohawk Trail runs up over that hill and the mountains behind it and winds up in upstate New York near Albany.

Starting to sound a little more like Dickens every day

At 78, Bill Cosby’s life is a blur of legal minutiae, lawyers and judges - The Washington Post

"He has been entangled in at least seven defamation, sexual assault or sexual battery lawsuits filed against him by 13 accusers in three states. The criminal prosecution in suburban Philadelphia is scheduled to resume May 24 with an important hearing to determine whether the stalled case can now move forward. And there are the civil cases with his insurance company, American International Group (AIG), which doesn’t think it should have to cover Cosby’s legal fees or judgments in cases filed by several accusers who claim they were defamed by him."

Now do you care who gets appointed to the court?

NFL's Brady to appeal 'Deflategate' ruling, lawyer tells ABC News | Reuters

"If the court denies the motion, the next step for Brady and the NFL players union would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

This is your left elbow speaking

Levi's and Google partner to create smart denim jacket - NY Daily News

 

So here's the real question about the Clintons' excellent speaking business

How corporate America bought Hillary Clinton for $21M | New York Post

  • "10/29/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group Tuscon, AZ: $225,000
  • "11/6/2013, Beaumont Health System Troy, 111: $305,000”

What’s the difference between the Goldman Sachs Group of Tuscon and the Beaumont Health System of Troy, New York, that’s worth $80,000?

5.21.2016

Not Really Accurate

Meet Deadeye Donald - The New York Times

"At the N.R.A. gathering, where Clinton was depicted as a near-maniac intent on freeing criminals, confiscating guns and repealing the Second Amendment, Trump claimed that “Heartless Hillary” wants to disarm the nation’s grandmothers, leaving them defenseless against murderers and rapists."

Officials blame printer

DUMBEST: California High School Mangles 2016 Diplomas | The Daily Caller

"Officials at a high school amid the endless sprawl of Southern California actually managed to give out diplomas to this year’s crops of graduating seniors with the word “school” misspelled on the covers."

Printers get no respect.

Even for mosquitoes life is unfair

When the mosquitoes will be biting in your state - The Washington Post

“…some states are a lot more interested in mosquitoes than others."

Look before you buy

No, Bill Clinton Does Not ‘Know How’ To Fix The Economy | FiveThirtyEight

"Bill Clinton’s second term was the last time the U.S. economy was unequivocally strong; for most voters this November, it was the best economy they’ve ever known. But while Hillary Clinton wants voters to look back fondly on the first Clinton presidency, she should hope they don’t remember too much about what happened next."

Not better late

Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes! - BillMoyers.com

"Unless she steps down now or Hillary Clinton has her removed, Philadelphia will be dominated by someone who represents everything that has gone wrong with the Democratic Party and Washington. At the convention’s opening session, Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be bringing the gavel down squarely on progressive hopes of returning the party to its legacy as champion of working people and the dispossessed."

5.20.2016

Why wait?

KING: Here’s why I’m leaving the Democratic Party - NY Daily News

Well, OK, if you live in a state that has a closed Democratic primary and haven’t voted yet, stay in that long. Then…

This op-ed piece by Shaun King is worth reading to the bitter end.

Count me in

A Cheese Glut Is Overtaking America - WSJ

"America has built up a glut of cheese so big that every person in the country would need to eat an extra 3 pounds this year to work it off."

And here’s a little educational thing as an extra bonus.

"Commodities markets frequently swing from boom to bust because of the long lead time for ramping up new supply. Decisions to expand herds of beef and dairy cattle have to be made far in advance, reflecting a cow’s nine-month pregnancy and the year or more it takes for a calf to mature."

Which reminds me, I need to find a restaurant that makes really good cheesy melty grilled cheese sandwiches soon. I like grilled cheese sandwiches. But this oh so healthy whole grain bread I’ve been eating is horrible for making them. 

I can’t bring myself to think about any more.

But there must be some restaurant that will make me one, right? Let’s hope.

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Amazon.com: Pope Francis Bobblehead: Toys & Games

Just pointing out. We wouldn’t want you to miss a good deal.

Block that simile!

Trump Republicans Champion Compulsory Voting | The Resurgent

"The criteria for choosing a President of the United States is very simple. Either a candidate is fit for the office, or a candidate is not fit for the office. The binary choice is that Americans cannot both vote for a candidate while voting for something else or nothing at all. The one vote citizens have to cast here is atomic in nature and cannot be split, therefore the choice is binary and exclusive, like a spermatozoa fertilizing an ovum."

In fact, bock the whole paragraph.

Ovum? Are you kidding me?