Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Amnesty International attack on Hungary about what was expected

Attack by “pro-migrant” NGO “financed by George Soros” only to be expected, Civic Alliance official says.

Balazs Hidveghi, the CA spokesman, is right. By standing up for the rights and safety of its citizens, Hungary has come under condemnation by non-governmental organizations and by the European Commission.

Amnesty International claimed populist movements are “taking politics by storm” and “use scapegoating and fearmongering for propaganda purposes.” AI also blasted Hungary for its “crackdown on NGOs.”

As for Civic Alliance, Hidveghi said the party will remain resolute even in the face of attacks on Hungarian politics “from international organisations stuffed with foreign monies.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

There's not been much going on

I want to talk about. Still planning a Wheel of Fortune application video. Going to spit in a vial and send off to Last time I did that, I got an email saying they couldn't pull any DNA from my donation. So, maybe I'm not really here. I figured the result would have been: Your primary DNA match is coffee. Oh, well.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Confusion in Arkansas

Arkansas has 15 populated places and one ghost town named Midway. One Midway is a town; the other 14 are unincorporated communities.

The town named Midway is in Hot Spring County. The town was incorporated on May 3, 2000, and has a population of around 200.

NOTE: Hot Spring County is not where the city of Hot Springs is located. Hot Springs is in Garland County. Before there was a Garland County, Hot Springs was in Clark County, as was the area now known as Hot Spring County.

Other places of confusion in Arkansas include the town of Searcy, which is in White County and not in Searcy County. The City of Searcy is about 70 miles southeast of Searcy County. Searcy City population was around 24,000 three years ago, while Searcy County had a 2010 census population of 8,195.

And others: Benton, Arkansas, is in Saline County, not in Benton County. The town’s population was 33,625 in 2014. Benton County’s 2010 population was 221,339. For some Arkansas-logic reason, the county seat of Benton County is Bentonville.

As adjudged by the federal government, Benton County is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. You can go to Northwest Arkansas and tell the people there that the federal government considers them and Missouri-across-the-mountains people all the same. Just be ready to argue, to duck, or just go ahead and run.

(Statistics and such from various Wikipedia entries.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Something wrong here

An internet link to "Best tofu and broccoli in the world."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No meat for you, climate assassin

“This is a landmark moment for school food. We were so excited to see how the data showed that we could reduce our carbon and water footprint by serving healthy, delicious food –– like the vegetarian tostadas with fresh made in-house salsa, that kids absolutely love –– all while saving money.”

That “kids absolutely love” part? Like staff officers and company commanders telling a battalion commander, “Yes, sir, the men will love that."

Five-mile road march Oh, you betcha! More PT? Bring it on!

No hamburger at school? Uh ...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Licensed kayaks & canoes will bring in more revenue

"If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet." -- Lennon and McCartney.

Florida group considers tax (licensing) on non-motorized things that ply the waters. “No more than $20,” says one proponent.

Right. And how much the next year?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

1971 MLB draft

First five: Danny Goodwin, White Sox; Jay Franklin, Padres; Tommy Bianco, Brewers; Condredge Holloway, Expos; and, Roy Branch, Royals.

No. 29 pick, George Brett, Royals.

No. 30 pick, Mike Schmidt, Phillies.

Also in the Hall of Fame: Jim Rice, pick 15, Red Sox.

Not in the Hall of Fame, but hit .296 over a 17-year career and had a .994 fielding average at first base, picked at No. 776 in the 42nd round – Keith Hernandez. Also the lowest pick to make the majors.