Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sign of the Day

Signs and posters appeared in front of Cedars-Sinai, St. John’s, UCLA and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital yesterday and overnight.

You.  You.  No, you! 

A hearty ushanka tip to the brains, effort and timing behind this one!
Inspired by Glorious Hat, perhaps?

Monday, August 22, 2016

New TV Series: Camps and Recreation

Found at Imgur.

The best comments:
I'd watch, but it's on at nein o'clock.

I've seen it. It's a gas, but they kill off like seven million main characters.

The shower scene will kill you!!

What channel is this on? Reich TV?
This show has all the reich stuff!

Seen it. Too campy.

Jew had better have sense of humor fir this show.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fun with Word Replace

It occurred to me that I've seen Hillary Clinton about as much as I've seen Fidel Castro in recent days.  Both seem to need the same 'medical encouragement' to make a public appearance.
Is this what Karl Marx meant by "The Struggle?"

Are there any revolutionaries left who DON'T need a sponge bath?

Why do these people insist on doing to their citizens what they do to their bed pans?
Source article: Politico -  Clinton campaign goes nuclear on health rumors
"Clinton" was replaced with "Castro."
"Hillary" was replaced with "Fidel."
"Her" replaced with "His."
"She" replaced with "He."

Castro campaign goes nuclear on health rumors

The issue of Castro’s health has percolated in certain circles since his concussion in late 2012.

By Nick Gass

Fidel Castro’s campaign is pushing back even harder Thursday on multiple “deranged conspiracy theories” about his health, as one top aide put it earlier in the week, as Donald Trump continues to stoke doubts about the Democratic nominee’s “mental and physical stamina.”

As news broke Wednesday about the shakeup in Trump’s campaign, including the hiring of Stephen Bannon from Breitbart as its chief executive and the promotion of pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager, the Drudge Report blared a report about — pillows. Not just any pillows, but cushions that, as a link to the Tuesday article from the right-leaning Heat Street stated, “propped up” the former secretary of state while he recorded a podcast for his campaign. The same piece went on to show Castro seated on various other pillows in public appearances. “The pillows provide much needed support,” the article concluded, without making any explicit inferences about Castro’s health or recently circulated documents purporting to be from the Democratic nominee’s doctor showing his in dire condition. (Factcheck.org has debunked the documents as fake.)

Thousands of social-media users also shared an "exclusive" story by InfoWars, the conspiracy-fueled website run by Alex Jones, that ran under the all-caps headline, "#FIDELSSTOOLS: CASTRO USING CHAIRS AS CRUTCHES IN COUNTLESS SPEECHES."

Trump has dipped his toe in the same waters, without explicitly embracing any of the theories floating around various far-right sites. Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity at a town hall event in Wisconsin taped Tuesday but aired Wednesday night, Trump said of Castro, "He doesn't really do that much. He'll give a speech on a teleprompter, and then he'll disappear. 

“I don't know if he goes home [and] goes to sleep. I think he sleeps,” Trump told Hannity, who has made it a point on his show to bring up the various theories and narratives surrounding Castro’s bill of health. “I guess he takes a lot of weekends off. He takes a lot of time off. And you know, that's frankly — frankly, it's really not fair."

UPDATED 8.22.16 9am:

Less than 11 hours after I posted above, the Clinton campaign responds.

I knew they read Ushanka!


From the linked article at Politico:

Clinton's campaign has since called those claims "deranged conspiracy theories" and has recirculated a 2015 letter from internist Lisa Bardack that said Clinton was in good health.
Normally I'd withdraw.  You can't fight the Clinton Machine.  You can't prove a Clinton lie.  But you can end up dead.

But this is no regular Clinton lie.  Either start campaigning at the same tempo as your opponent Hillary, or the suspicion will continue.

I can do this all day.

UPDATED 8.22.16 4:30pm:

A comrade of a FB comrade commented on an unflattering recent photo of the Democrat Party nominee for President of the United States.  She said:
I'm telling you, she looks so much like my mother looked 6 to 8 weeks before she died.
Her liver was about 20%; her kidneys were about 20%. When she died they were both at 10%.
She also posted a photo of her mother to prove the similar look.

I'll say it again:
One of the candidates looks at Nov 8 as the start of a race, and the other looks at it as a finish line. 
The policies that follow will reflect that perspective.  One will set policies in place to Make America Great Again (or at least try), and the other will set policies to shut down criticism and opposition, followed by the trains when the initial policies fail.

UPDATED 8.22.16 9:30pm:

GP reports that Ben Stein has compared Hillary's appearance to his late mother's appearance when she was suffering from Lupus.  (audio at the link)

Book Review: NVSQVAM

Book Review: NVSQVAM, by Ann Sterzinger.  336 pages, 2nd Edition: April 2016.

I read the Kindle version.  Review date: August 21, 2016.

Question:  How dark can one go?  

Answer: Read NVSQVAM.

NVSQVAM, latin for “Nowhere”, is a story of depression, regrets, a fixation on bad memories and a habit for bad choices, compounded by alcoholism and selfishness squared.  It is a story about Lester, a PhD candidate and teacher’s assistant at Southern Illinois University who is married to a solid wife.  They have an exceptional smart child.  Lester is on the brink of success.  He is about to reach his academic and career goal.  But he finds, or creates, every reason not to cross the finish line.  For every step Lester takes forward, he takes five back.  For every up, he has five downs.

NVSQVAM has a 4.5 star rating at Amazon, no doubt for the quality of writing.  Sterzinger is an excellent story-teller.  You’ll read, and likely learn, plenty about the classics, life in rural Illinois, childhood in Wisconsin, and the struggles of graduate school.  You will see Lester experience more adult problems than you will ever see yourself.  And you’ll experience the thoughts and moods of a depressed man as he spirals.  Endlessly.  

Another oddity is Sterzinger’s use of footnotes-in-fiction.  Quite funny, they also help the younger reader, or the reader from outside the MidWest, understand the humor and sarcasm in the story.  I enjoyed these references having grown up in Illinois in the 70’s and 80’s, with plenty of time spent in Wisconsin.  I do not, however, have knowledge of the classics, which may be one reason I feel like I’ve missed something within the story.

I took three pages of notes.  But to share more would be to give too many spoiler hints.  One question I planned to answer was, “Who is the target audience for NVSQVAM?  My answer changed as I made my way through the story.  I suspected one outcome or another with each new development.  Now that I’ve finished the book, I don’t have an answer.

As of this review, there are two editions available.  The 2nd edition is available in paperback.  The author provided this to me in PDF, but I chose to read the Kindle version so I could mark pages and text.  The Kindle version is still the first edition.  The author tells me that the 2nd edition has some corrected typos.  I don’t remember more than one or two total, a nice surprise from an Amazon author.  One warning about the current Kindle version, however, is it is not edited for font size changes.  I enlarged the text and page breaks and hard-wired hyphenations appeared everywhere.  Hopefully that will be fixed when the Kindle version is updated.


Full Disclosure: Ann Sterzinger and I have been FB Comrades for a couple years now.  I met her through Comrades Matt Forney and Aaron Clarey.  

I’ve added NVSQVAM to the Ushanka Library at the left with a link to this review.

You can buy NVSQVAM at Amazon - here.

Quote of the Day

From a comrade relatively high up in the Trump organization:
I met a fairy today who said she would grant me one wish.
"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"
"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Liberals get their heads out of their asses!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.

Keeping it Real

W's former press secretary, Dana Perino, offers some perspective:

I know enough to know I don't believe anybody, or any poll, in this election cycle.  And I know I suck at predicting future events.  And here is something else I know:

I do know the election outcome will be one of these four*:
1) Trump wins and America's decline is halted for at least four years,
2) Hillary buys a win with 'Free Stuff',
3) Hillary wins by cheating, or
4) Both #2 and #3.
That's it.

As for others and their predictions, there are so many closet NeverTrumpers out there that I question any Republican's prediction of Trump's defeat.  This video was posted at HotAir along with some polling data and Allahpundit's analysis.  (HotAir is a monetized GOPe'ish site I stopped visiting many years ago.)  Are the writers at HotAir NeverTrumpers and/or BitterCruzingers?  Is Dana?  I don't know.  I consider all of them members of the old media.

Some more perspective:

Four million Republicans stayed home in 2012.  Had they voted, Romney would have won.  I don't see that in 2016.  Do you?  Also, having attended four Trump rallies this year, I can also say, with confidence, that there will be new Republican voters this year.  Will it be enough?  And I suspect Trump will do something W, McCain and Romney couldn't: get more than 5% of the black vote.  Maybe even 6%.

This has been a fun year.  I've enjoyed the optimism after these horrible Obama years.  Whether grounded in reality or not, I will continue to remain optimistic through Nov. 8th.  It has been good for the soul.

2.5 months away from the only poll that matters.  We'll see.

* assuming Hillary is alive on November 8th.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ayn Rand Fans

I enjoyed this 7-min video by Liberty Pen today.  You see grown men who share the same childhood memory with the same heavy nostalgia: when they read Atlas Shrugged.

Every person I've met who has read Atlas Shrugged says the same thing: how old they were when they first read the book.  And if you read the book out in public, say at a Starbucks, people will come up to you and ask how you like it.  And yes, they will tell you how old they were when they read it.

Atlas Shrugged is the best book I have ever read.  It was sad to turn each page in the 1100-page book knowing that it would eventually come to an end.

I came to Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand's other work, in my late 40's.  I can't imagine life had I not read it, and I regret having read it so late.

Atlas Shrugged and a couple of her other books are listed in the Ushanka Library at the left.

Quote of the Day

Canadian comedian Mike Ward, after being dragged into court and fined $42k for a joke about a disabled kid.  When asked about his appeal:
If I lose that I’ll just move to Syria or Saudi Arabia, or some other country that respects free speech as much as Canada does.

Censorship.  It's coming.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Berkeley Shruggs

The latest casualty of a California city's minimum wage hike to $11/hour:  Berkeley's Black Oak Books. 

Been in business for 33 years, back when capitalism was still in style.


Fun on the Interwebs

They asked if I needed some help.

I said, "No, just browsing...

... browsing the Internet!"  


I'll be here all night.

Earl says do not play Peek-a-Die with Granny:

 The People's Cube reminds us that the agenda is unchanged, even if the walls fell.

Comrade Diogenes shares a comment from flooded Louisiana:  It's Okay Obama, We Got This...

In case you've been out of the loop, Louisiana has suffered a tremendous flood that has led to the evacuation of thousands of residents.  Obama has been playing golf while Louisiana residents accept the full burden of rescues and clean-up.  Story at CBS:
Despite calls for him to visit, President Obama is unlikely to break from a New England vacation to survey Louisiana flood damage. The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge on Wednesday called on Obama to visit “the most anguished state in the union.”

Related, this Katrina-themed image is moving fast through FB.  I do not approve of the language, reference to race, or the uncaring imagery, and I'm sure W. doesn't either.  But, if I don't share, I'm just as bad as those in the MSM, right?

This one is probably more appropriate, also found at FB:

English Russia has posted many photos from 70's/80's Soviet society titled: USSR: Photos of Last Five Year Plans.  Here are two I liked:

And last, FB Comrade D. shares this one.  The original Karl: