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."


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).


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



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 

[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. 


Iowa caucuses

Here’s the New York Times vote tally page in case you’re interested.

At least he's making the baseball cap great again

The Constitution does not require a president to be literate

Clinton didn’t know how to access email by computer, says State official | TheHill

"Hillary Clinton did not know how to use a computer to read and send emails when she entered office as the nation's top diplomat in 2009.

"She only knew how to read her messages via BlackBerry, according to an official at the time."

Still,it might be a good idea.

Don't bother us with your pesky facts

Hillary Clinton’s Latest E-mail Excuse: Blame Her Staff

"Mrs. Clinton, like any other person given access to classified information, signed a non-disclosure form putting her on notice that the classified information to which she was given access would include 'marked or unmarked classified information, including oral communications.’"

Is this the Obama Clinton wants to be so much like?

Obama Looks to Take Fight to Islamic State in Libya |

"Eighteen months after a US-led coalition began airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria, multiple administration sources said Friday that the White House wants to speed up and broaden the effort."

US expands fight against IS with attacks in Afghanistan: Report

"The operations, including commando raids and airstrikes, followed President Barack Obama's decision last month to broaden the authority of American commanders to attack the Islamic State's new branch in Afghanistan, according to The New York Times. "

Not to mention that Wisconsin place

As Iowa caucuses near, state braces for blizzard - CNNPolitics.com

"A significant winter storm is expected to hit parts of the Hawkeye State late Monday, the National Weather Service said."

Although The Donald is presumably not in Wisconsin today, so things could be worse.


Geezer's got game

Why Bernie Sanders Is Obsessed With 17-Year-Olds

"Hillary Clinton’s war chest might have millions more dollars, and Ted Cruz might be blasting Donald Trump with television ads, but if you’re a teenager in Iowa, it’s Bernie Sanders who is likely winning the war for your iPhone."


What's with the quote marks there, Daily News?

22 Hillary Clinton emails ‘top secret,' can’t be released - NY Daily News

Your idea of “reporting” the news?

And de Blasio had never heard of Iowa

Iowans have no idea who’s Mayor de Blasio - NY Daily News

"He said he asked the campaign what he could do to help — and they sent him canvassing."

Would Bonnie and Clyde be caught in front of a Whole Foods?

Final two fugitive Calif. inmates arrested near Whole Foods - NY Daily News

I don’t know. Maybe. But somehow it just seems kind of wimpy, doesn’t it?

The Friday news dump stumbles into view

‘This was all planned’: Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. are lying | New York Post

‘''This was all planned in advance' to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.…

"He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5¹/₂-year vacancy was unprecedented."