Thursday, May 05, 2016

Extinct Birds Extinguish Heat 96-92 (OT)

Miamuh once again coughed up a late lead, Buffalo Suburbia again forced overtime and tonight in squeaky bum time the "Ruptures" prevailed 96-92. You look tough but you go to Vice Place now and you will be deported back to the True North embalmed. Curb your excitement. The End is Nigh.

" Officials: Scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails"-Washington Post

"Child told Paterno of sex abuse in 1976, court papers allege"-PennLive of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

Oh, we're referring to him as "Joseph Paterno" now, not "Joe," not "Joe Pa," not "Joe Pedo Bear," "Joseph"?  I see.

The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State's athletic director at the time.

All, the opinion states, are described in victims' depositions taken as part of the still-pending insurance case, but that, according a PennLive review of the case file, are apparently under seal.

I see.

That is "tribal politics" at work there, huh?

I see.

But whereas Cruz offered a mix of anti-establishment-ism and movement conservatism — and whereas Marco Rubio offered movement conservatism plus a strong claim to electability — Trump’s main differentiator was doubling down on cultural grievance: grievances against immigrants, against Muslims, against political correctness, against the media, and sometimes against black people and women. And the strategy worked. It’s a point in favor of those who see politics as being governed by cultural identity — 
a matter of seeking out one’s “tribe” and fitting in with it — as opposed to carefully calibrating one’s position on a left-right spectrum.

Where did that shit come from? From there? From "Slate Star Codex?" What is that, a tampon?

No. That is...Wait,what is this: "Updated post-Trump priors"? What does that mean? Silver, double your dose of anti-twee medication, huh? Stop speaking/writing/tweeting like a twit. That is a Nazi there, that is a Nazi salute, not an Indian saying "How." 

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Wild Fire, Tar Sands News

And now for the wild fire in tar sands news.

In Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, I don't know if maybe Ted Cruz wants to run for president of Alberta, they have tar sands, sand with tar in it to be technical. And they got a wild fire. Tar burns. Fire makes tar "burn." So you got those two, fire and tar, and you got a PROBLEM. Fort McMurray has that particular problem at this juncture in the rent fabric of space/time.

Cavalier No More

123-98, 74-38 at the half. Who are these guys? No, not Miami and Charlotte. Cleveland "beat" Atlanta last night with those numbers, and with these: 25/45, .556. Twenty-five is the most three-point shots made in a game in NBA history.

The previous playoff record was held by...Golden State of course, set just this post-season.

Cleveland is now 6-0 in this year's playoffs. No other team in the playoffs is perfect.

If the Miami "Heat" win their series against the Toronto "Electrifieds" Miami will play Cleveland next.

Hotlanta had the same regular season record as did Miami and two other teams.

Miami took seven games to out the "Queens," one of the others who finished 48-34.

Miami-Cleveland could be the subject of a new Charlie McCarthy, Jr. novel the way things are developing.

The "Cavaliers" are playing out of their fucking minds. Let's say the beat the "Hawks" four straight, let's just say; Let's say they render Miami the "Colds" 4-0. That's foh, foh, foh. Yes, it's the Leastern Conference they would have laid waste, no, they would not beat Golden State or San Antonio four straight, but I think they would be favored in either series. And who would have thought that a month ago.

Chinese Cultural Revolution, 50 Years Ago

It has now been one-half century, at least, since one of the most bizarre political movements in history was unleashed upon the civilization of China, home to one-quarter of mankind. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was conceived by one man, Mao Zedong, has several plausible start dates, which is to say no certain start date, but when "unleashed" is the term used there can be no doubt that the year 1966 was the year, unleashed is the appropriate verb and Mao unleashed it, the concept, and the proletarians as the revolutionaries, with considerable direction from Mao at first, somewhat less with the years as what and who Mao unleashed got ahead of him and he could not entirely get it back, upon the culture and the leadership, bewildered, unsuspecting and unprepared, of the People's Republic of China, to the destruction of all but two, and to 1.5 million-2 million others besides, and to the perplexity of those on the outside.

This was the year. We will remember the several major incidents as they occurred on the dates that they occurred, in the year 1966, in the People's Republic of China, when the Cultural Revolution was unleashed.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

20', Madrid 1, Limeys 0.

That will conclude this live-blogging of the Champions League Semi-Finals!

17', 0-0. This must have been close to the moment that the shot rang out from the grassy knoll. Oh, and Ronaldo's playing, no need for Vinny anyway. Man really nice uniform colors, these two teams. City in their trademark pale lime green, Madrid in dirty dishwater. Nice!
8', Vinny Kompany hurt! It's not an official match until Vinny gets hurt. Tripped over a blade of grass again I guess.

6', still 0-0!

Kasich To Drop Out

Bet that's a load off Trump's mind, huh?

How Do You Spell Relief?

Received Dr. Dikotter's The Cultural Revolution yesterday.

"Ancient DNA Shows All Europeans Were Once Descended From Belgians"-Tech Times


"Raptors, Blue Jays Electrify Toronto in One Minute"-ESPN

Ah, that's nice, isn't it, yes it is. Very glad the "Heat" did its part to bring a temporary Flash of electricity to the Viagra Frontier.
Atletico Madrid defeated Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich to set up an expected all-Madrid UCL final if Real defeat Pep Guardiola's new club, Manchester City, tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium which would blow.

In professional short-pants basketball tonight the "Heat" dined on extinct bird wings in suburban Buffalo and it was Rip Torn City again in The City.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Trumpets Blare: Indiana Won, GOP Conquest Done; Cruz To Speak. UPDATE

Donald J. Trump, Jr. has won a decisive victory in Indiana with over 50% of the vote and now is on the cusp of the Republican nomination for president. Senator Ted Cruz will speak momentarily, certainly to concede, perhaps to withdraw.*

*Cruz did withdraw. 

Muslim Woman: "I'm Going To Vote For Trump," Attacker Said During Asaault


"A Caucasian lady with blond hair walked right past me," she said. "Then as soon as she sat down she started talking about me. Saying 'F-ing Muslim. Trash, worthless piece of Muslim trash. You all need to go back to where you came from."
During the rant, she was able to record a quick video clip. She shared the clip with us. Some of what we heard is garbled, but you can hear someone saying, "You're a terrorist. So stupid."
“She says if Donald Trump wins the nomination I’m going to vote for him so he can send all of you all back to where you came from,” the Muslim woman told WJLA. 
As soon as the officer left, the victim said, the blond woman resumed shouting at her and then briefly left the scene. When she returned, she poured an unknown liquid over the Muslim woman’s head from a bottle, which can be seen in the security footage above.

"Trump accuses Cruz's father of helping JFK's assassin"-Politico

This is who they are! That is who the Republican Party is-including Senator Cruz who has previously said that he will support whomever is the nominee of the Republican Party, the person he was referring to today when he said:

"I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar, he doesn't know the difference between truth and lies ... in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying. "Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute he believes it ... the man is utterly immoral. Donald is a bully ... bullies don't come from strength they come from weakness."

"Donald Trump is a serial philanderer and he boasts about it. This is not a secret, he is proud of being a serial philanderer...Describes his battles with venereal diseases as his own personal Vietnam."

Earlier Tuesday, Trump had criticized Rafael Cruz, calling him "disgraceful" after he urged evangelical voters in Indiana to reject his son's rival.

Trump also referenced a report from the tabloid National Enquirer -- without naming the publication -- which alleged that it had identified Rafael Cruz in a photo with Lee Harvey Oswald months prior to the JFK assassination. CNN has not independently confirmed that report.

"And (Ted Cruz's) father, you know, was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's, you know, being shot. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous," Trump said in an interview on "Fox and Friends." "I mean what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald, shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It's horrible."

The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way.

"Yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard."

Monday, May 02, 2016

Trump. Rape. China. Mike Tyson.

This is how Trump's brain works.

On Friday, Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion, converted Muslim and longtime Trump friend, endorsed Trump. Trump made the announcement to a crowd of Trumpists in Indiana. Trump was thrilled. He and Tyson were made for each other:

"Mike Tyson endorsed me," Trump told the crowd. "I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK? But Mike said, 'I love Trump. I endorse Trump.' And that's the end. I'm sure he doesn't know about your economic situation in Indiana. But when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness."

Tyson is as disgraced a public figure as it is possible to be. He was convicted in 1992 of raping an 18-year old beauty pageant contestant in Indianapolis. In 1997, still boxing, Tyson bit off part of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's ear...Yes, he did...during a match.

So Trump did a word association when speaking about China. Rape-Tyson-China. Rape lept over Tyson, it emigrated from Tyson and landed in China...See? That's how Trump's brain "works"...My brother voted for that brain.

When Tyson was later convicted of the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison, Trump proposed that Tyson should be allowed to keep fighting, with the proceeds from his bouts going to rape victims (and Trump, naturally). The arrangement would have greatly benefitted Trump’s casinos at a time when he was suffering financial woes, but officials deemed it inappropriate.

That's how Trump's brain works too.

At an ensuing press conference, Trump was asked, “If your sister was raped by a millionaire, would you encourage her to accept a big bundle of cash to forget everything?” Trump’s reply: “I think every individual situation is different.”

And that too.

Tyson gave us some more insight into how Trump's brain works:

I ask Tyson, who converted to Islam while in prison, how he could support Trump, who proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. 

“It’s just not gonna happen,” he says of the Muslim ban, shaking his head. “He’s just not gonna do that. Congress just won’t do that. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be president, you know what I mean?”
ESPN, did you die?
What the heck is going on here?



Leicester City Win English Premier League

“Anything that Donald Trump talks about, that’s what I’m about.”

Ted Cruz was confronted by some Trumpist protesters today in Indiana.

The following written account is pieced together from three sources, CNN, The New York Times, ABC.

Cruz was finishing up a campaign stop at a restaurant alongside a river in a small town northeast of Indianapolis when he heard half a dozen men chanting “Lyin’ Ted” and other slogans across the street.

The Texas senator made his way toward the men surrounded by a swarm of his supporters and members of the media, then debated the men, one of whom told him, “We don’t want you.”

“What do you like about Donald Trump?” he asked.

“Everything,” said the man in the sunglasses, who later refused to give his name.

“May I ask you something?” the Texas senator said. “Out of all the candidates, name one who had a million-dollar judgment against them for hiring illegal immigrants. Name one. Donald Trump.”

“Self-funding,” the man replied.

“O.K.,” Mr. Cruz said, “so you like rich people who buy politicians?”

The man asked Mr. Cruz where his “Goldman Sachs jacket” was, alluding to the employer of Mr. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, who took a leave from her job for the campaign.

Mr. Cruz responded that he had attracted more than a million campaign contributions, with an average of $60. He was interrupted sporadically by shouts of “Lyin’ Ted” from the protester’s peers.

“If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn’t have come over and talked to you,” he said. “You know what I would have done? I would have told the folks over there, ‘Go over and punch those guys in the face.’ That’s what Donald does to protesters.”

The catcalls of “Lyin’ Ted!” returned.

“O.K., stop,” Mr. Cruz said. “What word did I say was a lie?”

“About Donald telling people to punch people,” the man said.

“O.K., let me ask you, sir,” Mr. Cruz responded. “Just go home and Google ‘Donald-punched-in-the-face-protester.’ This is on national television.”

The man ignored him to make a conjecture of his own: “You’ll find out tomorrow. Indiana don’t want you.”

“A question that everyone here should ask,” he began.

“Are you Canadian?” another protester cut him off.

“Do you want your kids,” Mr. Cruz continued, “repeating the words of Donald Trump?”

“I will tell you this, sir,” Cruz said, “America is a better country --”

“Without you,” one of the protesters interrupted.

“Thank you for those kind sentiments,” Cruz replied. “Let me point out, I have treated you respectfully the entire time. And a question that everyone here should ask --”

Cruz went toe-to-toe with the man for about seven minutes -- one of the longest confrontations he's had on the campaign trail with a single voter -- as a crowd of supporters, reporters and a few protesters gathered around. The senator asked the man to name one thing that he liked about Trump.
When the man named "the wall," Cruz said: "Hold on. He told the New York Times editorial board he's not going to build the wall or deport anyone."

"Lyin' Ted!" the man shouted in his face.

As the men shouted in his face, Cruz...“Civilized people don’t just scream and yell,” Cruz said. “I’m not yelling at you.”

Moments later, when the cameras cleared out, the man strolled east, crossing railroad tracks with his peers in tow. He reached for a cigarette.

Mr. Cruz’s nerve had surprised him, he allowed, but failed to impress him.

“Anything that Donald Trump talks about,” he said, “that’s what I’m about.”
Who said it?

I edited the transcript ever so slightly, taking out the first sentence with a reference to Indiana, and, where the ellipses are, "conservative."

Ted Cruz. Today in Indiana. 
"We are not a country built on hatred. We are not a country built on anger, built on pettiness. We are not a country built on bullying. We are not a country about selfishness. No country in the world has spilled more blood saving the lives of others than America. We are not a petty, bigoted, angry people. That is not America.

"Do we get behind a campaign that is based on yelling, and screaming, and cursing, and insults? Or do we unify behind a positive, optimistic, forward-looking...campaign?

"Do you want to turn on the television, and see a president, Republican or Democrat, who embarrasses you? Who would make you feel embarrassed if your children came and spoke the words uttered by the president? We've had presidents who've inspired us. FDR told us the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. John F. Kennedy said, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump has promised to do quite a few things that are beyond the powers of an American president, like billing Mexico for a border wall.
-New York Times

I mentioned this one time in an email to M.B.T.T. He responded good-naturedly, "I hate when you confront me with facts."

They don't care what Trump says literally, they don't take him literally, there is non-literal communication between them, they "feel" him. They understand Trump symbolically. They understand him to be communicating to them that he will take care of them, protect them.

The wall is a specific policy proposal by Trump and Trumpists do like the idea but it is not a "litmus test" for them, no specific policy proposal is a litmus test for them, Trump is the litmus test for them. If Ted Cruz had proposed a wall it wouldn't have floated Trumpists' boats. If Trump had responded to Cruz' idea of a wall by calling it beyond the powers of a president Trumpists would say "Amen" to that!
Leicester can back into the English Premier League title today if Chelsea, at home, beat Hottsie-Tottsie. The world is not pausing

The professional short-pants basketball quarter-finals are set minus the flotsam of Buzz City and ilk. Tonight Cleveland, who have been playing video games waiting, so long has it been since they dispatched the Detroit "Ilks," play ilk-in-waiting Atlanta and Oklahoma City becomes cannon fodder again at the Alamo. Manana, Miamuh crosses the wall-less northern border to truss the "Ruptures" and pissed off Rip City tries to avoid getting pissed on again in kinky San Fran.

"Donald Trump in Indiana accuses China of 'raping' the US over trade"-Guardian

Trump is a racist demagogue..

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Lindsey Graham: Trump Will Lead to "Another 9/11"

I thought Senator Graham's remark had to have been taken out of context in those headlines and so I read the transcript:

But there's a civil war going on in the Republican Party, obviously. John and I are very close friends, but he's embracing Donald Trump, and I am not. Why? Because I believe Donald Trump's foreign policy is isolationism. It will lead to another 9/11.

Trump doesn't understand the Obama-Clinton mistakes. They didn't intervene in Iraq. They withdrew from Iraq. Obama didn't intervene in Syria. He failed that against sound military advice when it would have mattered in Syria.

The people of Libya rose up against Gadhafi. Our failure was not to follow through. And Trump never mentioned Afghanistan. So his foreign policy to me is just isolationism. We're either going to fight radical Islam over there in their backyard or in our backyard.

But Trump is the most unelectable candidate we could put up against Hillary Clinton. Women and Hispanics hate his guts, for good reason.

And that's the context, that is Graham's entire answer. Isolationism->another 9/11.


Isolationism did not produce THE 9/11. That is a really bad statement.

Bad Day For Cities

Leicester City drew, and failed to clinch; Manchester City lost, Buzz City got ripped and Rip City got a golden shower.
Ells and Gees, sincere thankyoutude for all the pageviews on that last post after I added on the ending. Thirty-one pageviews since; uno beforehand.

There is some kind of communication going on between Trump and Trumpists that only they get. The rest of us, it's like we have normal human hearing but they have dog hearing and we don't even hear the high-pitched whistle. 
This was Olivia Nuzzi on February 15:

Olivia Nuzzi@OliviaNuzzi 
The problem with a lot of Trump writing is it fundamentally misunderstands his supporters

Olivia Nuzzi@OliviaNuzzi
They largely do not care about his various policy positions to the degree that he even has policy positions. That's not what it's about.

Olivia Nuzzi@OliviaNuzzi
They do not care about planned parenthood or what he said last week about common core vs. what he said this week. They don't care!

Olivia Nuzzi‏@OliviaNuzzi
They care about him. They trust him as a leader who won't allow them to be fucked over, because he himself has never been fucked over.

This is Peggy Noonan April 29:

[M]aybe Mr. Trump's appeal is simple: What Trump supporters believe, what they perceive as they watch him, is that he is on America's side.

And that comes as a great relief to them, because they believe that for 16 years Presidents Bush and Obama were largely about ideologies. They seemed not so much on America's side as on the side of abstract notions about justice and the needs of the world... [Mr. Obama] is about international climate-change agreements, and leftist views of gender, race and income equality. Mr. Bush's White House was driven by a different ideology"neoconservatism, democratizing, nation building, defeating evil in the world, privatizing Social Security.

But it was all ideology.

Then Mr. Trump comes, and his statements radiate the idea that he's not at all interested in ideology, only in making America great again"through border security and tough trade policy, etc. He's saying he's on America's side, period.

And because people are so happy to hear this after 16 years, because it seems right to them, they give him a pass on his lack of experience in elective office and the daily realities of national politics.

These two analytical, very perceptive women are saying very similar things and I think they are correct. Both of them make "constituency analysis," the focus is on the Trumpists. It is their America that Trump is on the side of. They don't care about Trump's "policy positions" or "ideology," they care that Trump will not allow them to get "fucked over," They don't care that Trump wants to fuck over other Americans and other countries. "We are voting with our middle finger," as one Trump supporter said. They only care about themselves. And who are they? In a demographic nutshell, less educated men. That is not America! That is a Cormac McCarthy novel. But that is all they see and all they care about. 

It is an ugly, racist, sexist, undemocratic, violent, "moron" politics-Because that is who Trumpists are!-and it must be smashed utterly, destroyed, and the Trumpists with it. It is about one-third of the Republican Party. Which suggests that it should be easy to destroy. But I am not completely sanguine about that. One-third is still an embarrassingly huge bloc of racist, sexist, authoritarian, violent morons. That's a large base to start with to win the presidency! I am not completely sanguine for "elites analysis," the "Vichy Republicans."  The Vichy Republicans could enable Trump, enable Trump to build on that large base. Already, you see them coming around, "Oh alright," a few are endorsing him. The Vichy Republicans are all about winning, "they don't care" if their vehicle to victory is a Nazi.

There is constituency analysis and elites analysis. There is also "politician analysis." And I'm wary on that metric too. Those of us who loathe Donald Trump need recognize-admit-that he is a masterful politician. He has a svengali-like hold on his supporters. As Olivia Nuzzi wrote, "They care about him." Think about that: "They care about him." It's personal! They so identify with him that it's like he's a loved one...No, it's not that, my brother and I would not support each other if we ran for office, it's not a DNA thing, it's a communication thing. It is like Trump speaks to them in a coded language that no one else understands. If any other politician had said "We're going to build a wall" it wouldn't have worked, the Trumpists would have understood, We. Are. Going. To. Build. A. Wall. and ignored him or her. When Trump said "We're going to build a wall," "They don't care!" Trumpists don't care if he is or isn't going to build a wall, they understand that at a non-literal level, it is code for them for something, maybe "He cares so much about us he would even build a wall!" Maybe something like that. They feel it, it's non-verbal communication. They feel his care for them.

No other politician has that. Hillary Clinton does not have that. Which means, in an electoral sense, that Trump's supporters are not "in play" in the general election. Clinton is not going to shake them loose from Svengali. Whereas, Clinton's support is susceptible to being shaken loose. But not by Trump. Those who are already for Clinton are not going to say, "Well let's take a look at the alternative" when the alternative is Trump.

Trump has another ability as a politician, also unique to my thinking: a sixth sense to know an opponent's weakest point and to exploit it as effectively as can be. He has not even begun to attack Hillary Clinton. The one time he took her on, over his treatment of women, he cowed Clinton into silence.

Doesn't make me sanguine.

But: Clinton maintained her lead over Trump, currently RCP's average is 7.3%, she has led him for so long I can't remember when she didn't, but I know she didn't. Clinton's lead has swung however; it has been as high, from memory, as 11% and as low as 3%.

All of which suggests that this presidential election is going to be decided by the same percentage, 5%-10%, of undecided voters that every other recent presidential election has-but not the same 5%-10%. Trump's support is not in play, that has never happened before. The #NeverTrump people, mainly Republican I think, are not in play for Trump. May they be in play for Clinton? I don't see it. May some Democrats be in play for Trump? Yes. Clinton's negatives would be the highest of any candidate who has ever run for president were not Trump running at the same time. There are lots of Democrats who don't like Hillary Clinton. May they be in play for Trump? I go with the CW here, I think among lower educated white men, yes. They have always been in play for the Republican candidate. What about Bernie Sanders supporters? Trump thinks he can appeal to them. Sanders thought he could appeal to Trump supporters earlier! Yes. So I think this time around, the 5%-10% are going to be the usual suspects of "Reagan Democrats" and the bitter hardcore anti-Clinton Sanders supporters.

The key to this election may be the one wild card, the one we've seldom had before: the #NeverTrumpers. I don't see them going for Clinton but if they go third party it's over. The Republican base is too small to withstand any defections. I don't think there is a great chance that there is going to be a third party candidate. The key to the key therefore will be that the #NeverTrump people stay home. I think most of them will in a straight up Clinton-Trump race.

I'm more sanguine now. I'm more sanguine that Clinton will win the general election by about 53%-47%.
The sequel to the Buzz City-Miami game is Rip City at Golden State. Fyi.
Buzz City's-That is pathetic.-comeback fell short. The Buzzers got silenced 106-73.

Ah jeez, the fucking sign's upside down. FUCK!
I'm fucking sun-burned.
Buzz City? That'a what it says on Charlotte's uniforms. Baby Charlotte they don't like you. Don't like them back. I don't like them for you.
Bzzz, "Queens" coming back, 89-63, six minutes left, they still have 3 timeouts. 

"Heat"-Fried Queens

Special on the luncheon menu. 83-53 after three :o Things just started looking up.

Baby Princess Charlotte, thank you.
This has not been a *great* Sunday so far.
Arright, done! "Love Trumps Hate" rally over for moi. I done my part. I'll see if I can get an English translation of the speakers' remarks online. 
And City lost. 
I am the only non-communist, English-only person at a "Love Trumps Hate" rally where both speakers so far have only spoken Spanish. I cannot understand a word. And I am in a shirt and tie. I look like a fish on a bicycle. 

Manchester United 1 Leicester City 1 Full Time

The world experiences coitus interruptus.

The World Watches

Hello Booger. Watching the match on the telly?  Intently watching the match on the telly, aren't you?

What did you think when Leicester tied it?
Yes!, right? Happy girl. Go Leicester.

Honey, later on, your great-great-great-great grandmama's namesake "basketball" team plays in one of the colonies, a particularly pestilential colony. Maybe you'll be napping. Would you mind terribly if they LOST?
Good! I take that zero year-old shrug to mean "I don't care." It's not important. Thank you, Charlotte.

Charlotte? Do you realize you are ZERO years old? Do you realize how ridiculous it is to be ZERO years old. You are especially zero years old in the feets. Those are the most zero years old shoes I've ever seen.
You are so fluffy I could die.

More! More! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a duty to mankind to procreate. Happiest people I've ever seen in my life.
The United Kingdom pauses now.

A billion pair of eyes in all parts of the world join.

In the bush and the Outback, in New Delhi and New York, in the Middle Kingdom and in the desert, shopkeepers and saloon keepers, street sweepers and snake charmers, bushmen and businessmen and royal all pause now and look to north west England. To the Second City. As they have done so many times before. Not to the Etihad Stadium this time but to the Theater of Dreams, not to see one of the Mancunian giants lift another trophy, aye, for a very different reason now.

To see a miracle on grass.

They pause and they turn and they look toward Manchester to see if Leicester City Football Club, 5,000-1, can win the English Premier League with victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.  "Do you believe in miracles? Yesss!" 

The miracle on grass begins now.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

With Cormac properly deposited in the trash chute of history and still without a replacement (makes me scared) the undersigned randomly pulled an old book off the shelves, Nixon and Mao, and, as is his wont, randomly opened said Nixon and Mao and began reading again. And didn't want to stop. I had forgotten how completely fascinating China was to me. It was a joyful random opening, the near-war between the Soviet Union and China in 1969, which I realize sounds Cormacian but is not intended to be, it is not the near-war that is funny but the little incidents between the two countries that the author, Margaret Macmillan, relates. In two places on the same page I had written in the margins previously "LOL!"

Trouble started over a mudflat called Zhenbao (or Damansky) Island, in the Ussuri River...[Two conflicts later] Both sides claimed victory. The Chinese scornfully described the Soviet soldiers as "politically degenerated and morally decadent."  Their own soldiers, they said, "armed with Mao Zedong Thought," [:)] had easily dealt with the Soviet tanks. The Americans, though, got intelligence that the Soviets had plastered the island with heavy artillery fire, leaving nothing but a pockmarked surface. [It's the Thought that counts but how about some Mao Zedong artillery in addition?] The Chinese tried to deliver a note of protest to the Soviet ambassador in Beijing. He refused to receive it. The Chinese threw the note over the Soviet embassy wall; the Soviets threw it back out. [The first "LOL!"]

The propaganda from both sides became highly emotional...Soviet commentators now described Maoism as "a criminal racist theory," and the Chinese responded with talk of wild beasts. [wild beasts! :) :)]
...both sides were left in a highly agitated state, each wondering what the other was up to...Members of the Soviet Politburo...were panicking: "A nightmare vision of invasion by millions of Chinese [The Yellow Hordes!]...Soviet hard-liners...: the time had come to deal with China once and for all. "Those squint-eyed bastards," the Soviet ambassador at the United Nations complained to American diplomats. [THE SOVIETS WERE SAYING THIS ABOUT THE CHINESE TO THE AMERICANS!!]"We'll kill those yellow sons-of-bitches." [CATO, YOU FOOL! WHAT FRESH ATTACK IS YOUR FIENDISH YELLOW BRAIN THINKING UP NOW!] Kosygin used a hot line for the first time in years to telephone Beijing, asking to speak to either Mao or Chou En-lai, but the Chinese operator refused to put through a call from a "scoundrel revisionist." [The second "LOL!"]

It all reads "so Cultural Revolution China" to me. And authentically Soviet, too! The Americans must have thought they had entered some twilight zone of reality. What must the Americans have thought when the Soviet ambassador PAUSE 1. SOVIET 2. AMBASSADOR. UNPAUSE tells them, THE AMERICANS, he wants to kill those squinty-eyed yellow sobs?! JESUS CHRIST!

The Soviets decided to attack! They really decided to attack China. It was to be a "limited" attack in Xinjiang Province. Now, that does not sound authentically Soviet to me. Russians don't do limited attacks, that is an American thing to do, Russians do unlimited attacks. They didn't attack so maybe Macmillan's information was wrong or, more likely for she seems a careful scholar, the situation eventually was deescalated. Eventually, but not immediately:

In August, a Soviet diplomat in Washington had lunch with an official from the State Department. What, the diplomat asked, would be the U.S. reaction if the Soviet Union were to bomb a Chinese nuclear facility? [I bet the reaction of this one State Department official at lunch was nearly to spit up his coffee. Can you imagine? "Booby, let us do the lunch." "Okay, Boris, how 'bout The Bear and Dragon at noon?"... "Booby, what you think we bomb yellow bastard nuke plant?"...Back at Foggy Bottom: "How was lunch with Boris, Bob?...Bob?"] The Americans picked up reports of similar queries to Warsaw Pact countries in Eastern Europe. ["Lech, what you think we bomb yellow bastard nuke plant?"]

The Nixon administration was seriously concerned.
There was something close to panic in Beijing that autumn
The Chinese waited anxiously. Perhaps the attack would come on October 1, China's National Day. [So China: the paranoia and the focus on symbolism.] Lin Biao ordered all planes in the Beijing area to be flown away, and obstacles were placed on the runways. When October 1 came and went, [OMG. Of course, right? Russians don't think like Chinese, it never entered the Soviets' minds to attack on a symbolic day. CATO, YOU FOOL!] the Chinese decided that October 20, when a Soviet delegation was due to arrive to start talking about the borders, might be the day. [Thinking like a Chinese I totally get why they would have thought Oct. 1. Thinking like a Chinese I could not conceive why they would think October 20 was the day when the Soviets own delegation would be vaporized.] What if the Soviet plane carried nuclear bombs rather than negotiators? [I am incapable of thinking that Chinese.] Mao and Lin Biao hastily left Beijing for the south. [Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho.]
And this is so Mao, he was steeped in the lessons of classical Chinese thinkers and had genius capacity for far-sighted thought:

That autumn, Mao asked his doctor to consider a problem: "We have the Soviet Union to the north and the west, India to the south, and Japan to the east. If all our enemies were to unite, attacking us from the north, south, east, and west, [The classical Chinese fear of encirclement.] what do you think we should do?"  Dr. Li confessed that he was at a loss. "Think again," Mao said. "Beyond Japan is the United States. Didn't our ancestors counsel negotiating with faraway countries while fighting with those that are near?"

Indeed they did. Brilliant. And so when the Americans made their overture, Mao was already receptive. 

A Tale of Two Statements

Ted Cruz: California Will Decide the Republican Nominee for President-KTLA

Cruz says Indiana will decide GOP race-FOX NEWS.

"Autoerotic asphyxiation." Know of a case, a death, ruled accidental, by autoerotic asphyxiation. The job colors everything I think. That's what I first thought when my son sent me the photograph. Was unaware, totally unaware, of that mechanism to smoke weed. Legal speciality is homicide, not weed. Didn't know that you could buy gas masks to smoke weed on Amazon. No idea. Don't know why a college, soon to be professional, tackle football player would self-shoot smoking weed via gas mask and post it on his twitter account. No idea.
The Los Angeles "Lakers" PAUSE It must be a long time since I wrote "Los Angeles 'Lakers'" because every time I do I get irritated and I don't remember being irritated by this recently. California is home to the two stupidest names in sports-Golden State "Warriors," I refused to write "Golden State" for a long while, it is just so stupid, and LAL, which is even more stupid. "laker: one associated with a lake." There is no one in La-La Land "associated with a lake," there are no lakes in La-La Land, there is no water in La-La Land. As everyone knows, but indulge an old man his whims, the "Lakers" began existence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lotta-Lotta Lakes Land, "Land of 10,000 Lakes" Land, great nickname, "Lakers" for Minnesota and the "Lakers" played in Minneapolis with that great nickname for thirteen years. Then they moved to La-La Land. No problem. Move. No problem at all. Just don't take the fucking nickname with you, you fucking idjits. Change the fucking nickname to something that exists in your new locale, the "Bubbleheads" would have been great, or at least change it to something that does not not exist in your new locale, you feel me? UNPAUSE hired Luke Walton as its new aquatic basketball coach. Unfortunately for L.A., young Coach Walton cannot bring the elf magician with him.

 But he does bring...

...he brings joy. Luke Walton brings with him the joy that makes the Golden State "Warriors" unique, literally unique; never been, never, a professional team that plays its sport with the joy that the "Warriors" have. 73-9. Unprecedented success, too. It starts with head coach Steve Kerr, a modest, laid-back wizard and spreads throughout the team. Kerr sidelined with a back injury for over half this season-no problem! Cool hand Luke stepped in and guided the team to a 39-4 record. Kerr returns after his assistant goes 39-4-no problem! Luke cooley resumed clipboard duties. No friction, no jealousy, none. 

More accurately, Luke Walton brings back joy to the Los Angeles "Lakers" for Walton is also royal purple and gold royalty, he played nine years for the "Lakers" and was the fans' choice for the job. Joy has been associated with "Laker" basketball since Magic Johnson. Joyful place, L.A, no lakes, but they have joy.

General manager Mitch Kupchak has had a checkered career with L.A., not been a lot of joy or success recently. This hire therefore is a home run. Luke Walton fits the team and the city like a glove. Better, I think, even than "Lakers" as the team's nickname.

Any Questions?

This was the Republican Party in March 2015.

This is crack.

This is the Republican Party in March 2016, on crack.

"...this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter."-David Brooks, New York Times.

A Tale of Two Cities

Protesters storm Iraqi parliament in Baghdad-Washington Post

Demonstrators storm California GOP convention to protest Trump-CNN


Miami karate-kicked Queen Charlotte right in the gut tonight to send her flying off her skateboard and evening the series at 3-3. The final score was 97-90. Looking at the play by play, Miami led nearly the entire game. The "Queens" had a lead for exactly three minutes in the first quarter, 37 seconds in the second, That was it, a total of 3:37 in a 60 minute game. Score was not dominating, but play-by-play progress of the game was. "Queens," you blew tonight.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Race In America

I ran across this article. I'm going to make the headline the size in the original for shock effect:

Black Men Don’t Like Black Women-Courtney Carter, Huffington Post, October 15, 2014.

Now I'm going to make my reaction the size of the original:

WHAT THE FUCK?! I intended that to be bigger than the headline but that's as big as Blogger can make it maybe because they are and I am white. 

Seriously, what is up with this? Is this true? We all know the celebrity cases of Black men dating White women and given the history of race in America I get that-dating a White woman says "You've made it," it's a status symbol. If you're a successful Black man you get a white trophy. That is the stereotype, those are the celebrity cases anyway. That is still different from, I'm going to do it again,

Black Men Don’t Like Black Women

It follows but it needn't follow. Lawyers are considered successful, they're not movie star or NBA successful but lawyers are considered successful and I know a TON of Black male lawyers. NOT ONE I can think of...No, I take that back. I know of one Black male lawyer who was married, briefly, to a White female lawyer. That is the only one I know. Yet, this is what the author of the article Courtney Carter, a black woman, writes:

Let me start by saying this: I know writing this blog post is going to cause quite a bit of controversy, so let’s get this out of the way: I am intelligent, not what society deems “ghetto,” and from what I am told, and given where I work in the television business, I am attractive. Why is that necessary to say? Let’s start below.

Black men don’t like black women. Yes, I said it.

I think I wouldn’t really care if other races felt this way about black women, but the fact that my own men do has made me consider turning my back on them multiple times.

My boyfriend and I were having a conversation about black men vs. black women. (He is black and Puerto Rican.) It started getting intense, and I said, “You don’t get it! Black men are viewed as sexy and, in a sense, a ‘trophy’ for another race,

[As I have none but one Black male friend who married a white woman this "Black men are viewed as sexy and, in a sense, a 'trophy' for another race," that notion is a matter of first impression with me. I have dated a lot of women in my long, sordid life, NOT ONE has EVER dated a Black man.]

 but black women are never deemed the most attractive. 

[I have never dated a Black woman but I seriously considered it, almost asked a Black woman, an old friend, out an ex-gf or two ago (Unbeknownst to me she was the long-time girlfriend of a successful Black male lawyer) and I have had a spontaneous make out session with a Black woman that was so hot I thought in my dotage I might have a heart attack.]

Other races are always seen as a trophy on the arm of a black man.”

He looked at me like I was crazy and said, “You don’t understand the black-man struggle. They look at me like I’m a criminal.” 

[WHO looks at you as a criminal, White women? Or white men? The whole tone of Ms. Carter's article is that Black men prefer, and get, white women. I don't understand.]

In a sense, I might not. But I thought in my head, “At least black women value black men. It’s becoming rare to see the reverse.”

This all started because I was referencing a conversation 
[Wait till you hear this!] we’d had when I was pregnant with our son. My boyfriend had said lightheartedly, “I hope our son has my hair.” My boyfriend has beautiful, soft curls, a genetic gift from both his races.

But my heart sank. What did he mean? I am known for being sensitive, so I asked.

He said, “Courtney, I see you struggle with your hair, and I think it would be nice if he had my curly hair. You wouldn’t want him to have coarse hair if you could help it. It would be easier to manage if his hair was curly was all I’m saying.”

[Okay, that mother-fucker is a LOW-LIFE. That is UTTER BULLSHIT but more importantly it is so unspeakably callous, CRUEL, I cannot imagine someone other than a LOW-LIFE saying it to the mother of his child! Ms. Carter, you can do WAY better than this guy. Fucking cockroach.]

The rational part of me thought about what he was trying to say, but no matter how much I replayed it, it still didn’t sound right to me.

What was he trying to say about my hair? 

[Oh, he was only making the racist statement that you have "nigger hair," that's all, don't think any more about it. He wanted your child to have his part-White, part- Puerto Rican HA-HA-HA-HA-HA hair. I am really quite positive that is what he was trying to say.] 

Why are rap songs all about white women? If you think I’m wrong, listen to your music and get back to me.

[By most conscious choice I am unfamiliar with the musical genre known as "Rap" but I will take your word for it.]

Granted, I think everyone is entitled to a personal preference regarding whom they like. But when, as a black man, you start saying things such as, “I don’t date black women; I don’t find them attractive,” I think we have an issue. 

[Ummm, okay, let's not "rush to judgment,"  let me think about that for a minute okay done, yes "we have an issue."]
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve met many men who will openly say they don’t want a baby with a black woman. They want a baby with “light skin or light eyes and good hair.” 

[Ms. Carter, respectfully ma'am, FUCK THEM, not literally; in fact STOP fucking them if you still are, DROP them like the LOW-LIFE LEAD BALLOONS THEY ARE.]


[I'm hearing it for the first time and I'm losing it.]

I never understood why it makes a certain type of black man feel good to have a white woman on his arm. 

[C'mon, man, see above. If you don't get that you're clueless.]

It would be one thing if it were true love, but some are just doing it because they see it as a prize. 

[Right! So what did you "never understand?" Ms. Carter, now hold that thought and never let it go. That is correct. Do not ever forget that.]

Even on social media, my heart will sink as I see black women I’ve known from high school or elementary school now say they’re “black and Filipino,” “black and Puerto Rican,” “black and [whatever race]” — just don’t say you’re fully black! It seems these women have been conditioned to think they’re not worthy if they’re “just black.” 

[It's self-hatred, Ms. Carter. You see it for what it is. It is utterly pathetic. You do not seem the type to ever give in to that and hold that thought and never let it go either.]

These statements below are the most common things I hear about why black men don’t like black women: [I am literally afraid to read. Okay, let's do it.]

“Black women have too much attitude/ghetto.”
“Black women are unattractive.”
“Black women wear weaves. I like good hair.”

Okay, enough. This is making me nauseous. Sorry, one final thing...Two. 

That is astonishing. Those are "the most common things" she, a Black woman, hears from Black men. 

My final final point: ANY MAN WHO SAYS THAT IS A RACIST. I am going to go out on a limb but on a limb I think sturdy enough for support: IF I, a 100% pure Whitey Pale Face, Blue-eyes, the "whole nine yards," EVER, EVER said any of that shit to a Black woman, I would be, rightfully, subjected to death-by-slicing or, what is much worse, forced to listen to these self-loving, self-hating Black men demonstrate THEIR UTTER INTELLECTUAL DEFICIENCIES by elucidating on the subject. I repeat: FUCK THEM!]

So I left Ms. Carter's painful article and googled a pretty neutral search query, "black men black women." Here's the first page of results:

I doubt the second one because I now have doubts if Black men can count as high as seven. Only that.

I end this post on a measured, positive note: BLACK MEN, GO FUCK YOURSELVES. YOU'RE LOSERS. 

Good night.
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That's a better Friday photo anyway. Stupid space.
I don't like space. I wish space was dead.

That big thing sort of looks like England but England doesn't have Spain coming out the top of its head. There are some little things to England's "left," West, better to say West, but not a big thing like that to its left. Right? FUCK.

Okay, let's try another one.

Where the fuck is that? Is that the turd of Florida coming out of the asshole of America at bottom and the Bering Strait across which Sarah Palin can see Russia at top? Or not. If so, it's stretched or distorted or something and I can't be sure. I don't like to drive at night (not good at it).  I also have spatial issues, especially from space.

It's Friday night somewhere!
What should we put on the header, what should we put on the header? It's Friday, we can't have a Trumpist animal on the header on Friday, what should it be...
Arright, Trumpist animal, off the header, be gone! Shoo. Shoot. I hope he's alright. I don't think they killed him.