Sunday, October 30, 2016

Iraqi girl tells soldiers: ‘I thought you would never come’

“TV cameramen captured the moment when little Aysha, wearing a sparkly T-shirt and pink leggings, was rescued by an armed military police unit that has been fighting alongside the Iraqi Army as they fight to regain territory from the murderous IS.

“Barely able to contain her emotions, clutching biscuits and bottled water handed to her by the soldiers, she poured out as if fearful she would not survive to tell the full horror of her ordeal: 'I'm so thankful to you. I thought you would never come for us. We have had no food or water for three days and it was just me and my mother, my father was taken and killed by the terrorists.

“'The IS men have taken away so many children from my village and we don't know what happened to them. Some of them died. The men made my mother give them her money and jewels and we have had nothing. Thank you, thank you. I would like to kiss your feet.'

“Instead the soldier beside her, in his armour-plated vest, affectionately leaned down to kiss the top of her head, then scooped her into his arms and carried her off to safety.”

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The only thing owed me is pay for work done and sticking to the contract

By Gerald K. McOscar

“I've never envied the rich or thought they owed me anything.

“In the short list of unalienable rights, nowhere is it written that I have a claim to property of another. My moral code resists that idea, and the criminal code prohibits it.

“Moreover, if those on the higher rungs of the economic ladder owe me something, it follows that those on the lower rungs have a similar claim against me. My enlightened self-interest resists that idea.”

I never thought about that – “You owe me because you have more than I do.”


Friday, October 28, 2016

2,700-year-old find disagrees with Wednesday’s UNESCO note

While UNESCO was deciding Jews have no claim to the Temple Mount:

“A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.”

“The full text of the inscription reads: ‘From the female servant of the king, from Naharata (place near Jericho) two wineskins to Jerusalem.’”

Meanwhile, back in anti-Jewish, pro-Muslim UN land:

“UNESCO adopts another resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount”

“In secret ballot, cultural body’s World Heritage Committee approves text using only the site’s Muslim name; 10 states vote in favor, 2 oppose, 8 abstain.”

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says UNESCO remains “a theater of the absurd.” He is being way too nice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Misidentifying history big time

This link goes to an ancestry site.

The headline at the site says: “Governor Houston at His Trading Post on the Verdigris.”

Just about any Texan will tell you the painting is of General Houston accepting the surrender of General Santa Ana following the Battle of San Jacinto. During the battle, Houston was wounded in the foot.

If the ancestry site is as accurate with ancestry records as it is in identifying a painting of a historical incident …

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Azerbaijan gives in to Turkish demands, seizes ‘prohibited books’

In Baku, houses of suspected supporters of Fethullah Gülen searched

In the villages of Sakhil and Lokbatan, during searches carried out in the houses of five supporters of preacher Fethullah Gülen, law enforcers discovered prohibited books. This was reported by the law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan.

Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who lives in the United States, is accused by the Turkish authorities of organization of an armed coup committed at night of July 16. Fethullah Gülen himself has declared that he denied those accusations. On August 15, the Azerbaijani General Prosecutor's Office declared that it instituted criminal proceedings against supporters of Fethullah Gülen in the country. According to the opposition, the law enforcement bodies use alleged connection with Fethullah Gülen as motives for arrests of activists.

In the village of Sakhil, during a search carried out in the house of Rizvan Gamidov, staff members of the Police Department for the Garadag District found 159 copies of books and 9 magazines, the promotion and dissemination of which were prohibited. In the village of Lokbatan, in the house of Ilkin Ibragimov, law enforcers found and seized 14 books, in the house of Samir Ibragimov 17 books, in the house of Terikhanym Ibragimova 10 books, and in the house of Gandab Guseinova 15 copies of books, the "APA" reports today with reference to the law enforcement bodies.


© Caucasian Knot

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vaughan and Bushnell Hammer Plant – Now Hiring

Tubalcain visits a hammer plant in Illinois and sees working people at work.

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Nobody says where the steel is made. There are a couple of robots; no mention of where those were made.

I am certain there are people who would complain that workers were subjected to loud noises that might cause hearing loss.

It’s a forge and foundry! If a complainer can’t come up with a way of silent forging, then shut up.

Ace of Spades HQ calls it a ‘Bad Joke’

A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons.

The stewardess looks at him and says:

"I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Crybaby Blue Jays scalped, tomahawked, lanced, speared by that team from Cleveland

You lost! You lost, you lost, you lost!

Here is a good reason Canadian team should have been eliminated 4-0.

“Ontario court to consider application to stop Cleveland from wearing ‘offensive’ baseball jerseys in Toronto”

“Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
“Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

“TORONTO — A prominent indigenous activist and architect is seeking a court ruling that would prevent the Cleveland Indians from wearing their regular jerseys, using their team name and displaying their logo when they play against the Blue Jays in Toronto this week.

“Douglas Cardinal, an officer of the Order of Canada, has filed applications to the Ontario Superior Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, arguing that the Cleveland Indians’ team name and mascot — Chief Wahoo, a cartoon man with red skin and a feather in his headband — are offensive and discriminatory.

“His application seeks an injunction against the team, Major League Baseball and Rogers Communications, which is broadcasting the American League Championship Series between the two teams.

“Rogers also owns the Blue Jays and the stadium they play in, the Rogers Centre.

“A hearing will be held Monday on the application at the Superior Court.

“It’s just the latest move in a push against the team’s name, as the United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ have urged the team to change its name.”

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ISIS dudes really won’t trust their women now

SAS soldiers wearing voluminous burkas identify ISIS leader’s presence, transmit location to AWACS, get Hellfire missile from drone.

“The elite troopers even managed to hide assault weapons, grenades and ammo beneath their roomy ankle-length gowns in case they encountered armed resistance from Islamist militants.

“After making their way through the town they located the house of a senior terrorist chief and used a transmitted to relay its location and coordinates to a US Air Force AWAC mission control aircraft circling thousands of feet above.

“The American spy plane then passed the information onto a US Reaper drone, which seconds later fired a Hellfire missile into the building, vaporising the ISIS commander and several of his henchmen.

“When jihadi militants heard the explosion they rushed onto the streets and discovered the burka-clad troopers, who took down several jihadis during a fierce gun battle as they fought their way to safety.”

Whole story:

Chuck, this is your cousin Marvin. Marvin Berry.

Chuck Berry turns 90; announces he’s cutting another album.

“Chuck” will be Mr. Berry’s first album in 38 years. Also of note, Mr. Berry dedicated the album to his wife, Themetta. The Berrys have been married 68 years.

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Obama wants more national landmarks for queers

“The federal government hopes to recognize more landmarks connected with the LGBTQ community, according to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

“Jarvis joined Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a conference call to discuss the release of the National Park Foundation’s ‘LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History.’

“On June 24, President Obama recognized the Stonewall National Monument as the country’s first monument to honor the history of the LGBTQ community in American and the Henry Gerber House in Chicago was named a National Historic Landmark. Jarvis said there are more landmark designations planned in the future.”

(If you question the National Park Service publishing a study of queer history, then you are part of the homophobic problem.)

And if you do not agree with this as a government mission, you are definitely homophobic: “This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a groundswell effort for the public to further increase the number of LGBTQ identified sites and interpretations of LGBTQ people and related events at existing historical sites across the country,” he added.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cossacks on motorcycles

“Russia’s Friends Form New ‘Cossack Army’ in Balkans”

“The solemn ceremony was presided over by Serbian Orthodox priest Momchilo Krivokapic and a phalanx of bikers from the pro-Kremlin Russian motorcycle gang Night Wolves -- whose leader, Aleksandr Zaldostanov, is close to President Vladimir Putin.”

The St. Sava Cossack Stanitsa “was formed in 2011 by the Russia-based Central Cossack Army, whose commander is appointed directly by Putin. The Serbian affiliate declares on its website that Western values are ‘distant and foreign’ to Serbs and that ‘Putin's Russia is like a beacon in the darkness surrounding the peoples of the Balkans.’"

An internet quote

“Searching for a lost city is a particularly European obsession.” – Tahir Shah

Well, good for Europeans and their offspring.

That might not be as negative as I first thought.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank you, Leonard and Penny

In a book I am reading, the protagonist says, "Sometimes when you open the box, the cat is alive. Sometimes it's dead."

Leonard explained Schrodinger's Cat theory to Penny in an episode; otherwise when reading the main character's remark, I would have been like: "Whaaat? Where did a cat in a box come from? Did I miss something?" And then I would have been looking for previous mention of a cat in a box.

Liskov Substitution Principle

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but needs batteries, you probably have the wrong abstraction.

Or, in sciency talk:

“The Liskov Substitution Principle says that the object of a derived class should be able to replace an object of the base class without bringing any errors in the system or modifying the behavior of the base class.

“In short: if S is subset of T, an object of T could be replaced by object of S without impacting the program and bringing any error in the system. Let’s say you have a class Rectangle and another class Square. Square is as Rectangle, or in other words, it inherits the Rectangle class. So as the Liskov Substitution principle states, we should able to replace object of Rectangle by the object of Square without bringing any undesirable change or error in the system.”

(The duck/battery example makes more sense. Makes sense. Maybe. However, if the alleged duck needs batteries, how is one to know it quacks? Or is there an assumption someone has heard the alleged duck quack? Doesn't the hearing then override the stated "you probably have the wrong abstraction"?)

Neighborhood justice

“In Houston, Texas, 24-year-old Hashem Abu Amarah and 20-year-old Faisal Abu Amarah began assaulting people on the street because the folks had fingered the two for a burglary beef, but charges had been dismissed on the pair. The homeowner went inside his house and came back with a firearm and shot them both. Hashem Amarah was DRT and Faisal Amarah is in stable condition at the hospital.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Even more Florida efficiency

When driving home from the big dog park Sunday evening, my wife said, “I don’t want to cook tonight. How about KFC?” That sounded good to me. At the drive-through window, my wife gave my order. The order-taking person did not get it right. My wife tried again. Nope on the correct order. She said, “I’ll just come in and give the order.” She did and returned with a bag of KFC things.

On the way home, she said, “When I gave my order, the woman taking the order said they were out of chicken and I would have to wait 20 minutes.”

I said, “What? It’s a fried chicken place. How can they be out of chicken?

She shrugged and said, “That’s what she said. They were out of chicken.”

What the place was out of was normal pieces of chicken – legs, wings, thighs, etc. There was a sufficiency of tenders and popcorn chicken. But a two-piece meal? Didn’t have any. So, my wife got two small chicken sandwiches.

The next night, after our three-hour class at citizens police academy, we stopped at I Hop for 9 p.m. supper. I ordered classic breakfast crepes. The waiter left to turn in our order, but returned five minutes later and said, “We are out of crepes.” I thought: You’ve got milk and you have eggs. Make some crepes. I’ve made them at home; it’s not that difficult. I also thought: Your cook doesn’t know how to make crepes, or he/she is not allowed to. The things come in frozen, and somebody decides how many to thaw out. So, when that number is met, there are no more crepes available for serving.

I thought all that, but I did not say any of it, because I might embarrass or offend or piss off the cook, and that violates a rule of life – Don’t piss off the person cooking your food. So I changed my order.

Really, though. International House of Pancakes franchises do not make their own crepes? Do they make French toast or waffles or even pancakes, or do those arrive frozen?

How can a fried chicken franchise not have fried chicken? KFC. Kentucky Fried Chicken. Not Kentucky Maybe We Got Some Maybe We Don’t Fried Chicken.

And how is it an I Hop franchise cook is not allowed to make crepes?

This is America, by golly. We’re supposed to make stuff.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

And peace broke out all over the world

“The Department of State issued its ‘Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)’ on Oct. 5, and it’s been signed by 45 supporting nations. The declaration stipulates that the international community ‘must take appropriate transparency measures to ensure the responsible export and subsequent use of these systems.’”

“Many U.S. allies such as Britain, Germany and Australia were among the countries that signed the declaration released by the U.S. State Department.

“France, Israel, Brazil, Russia and China, among other countries, did not sign …”

(Interesting that the U.S., which invades the air space of other countries and uses more drones to kill more people than all other users combined, comes up with an end-use piece of paper.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Truth in a few words

‘The Return of the Mule’

“Watching one traitorous fink after another decry Trump’s locker room talk from a decade ago, I was reminded once again that these people were never on my side. It was always a con, a grift, to fool otherwise decent people into putting down their weapons and surrendering to the Left. Buckley-style conservatism, whatever it was, is now just a tool of the managerial class to clear the field for nation-wrecking policies to benefit the ruling elite at the expense of the middle class.

“Last night, I was reminded of why Trump was able to obliterate the GOP field despite being out spent a million-to-one. He is not a pussy. Any other Republican faced with the dirty trick pulled on Friday would have gone into the debate prepared to grovel and plead, begging for a second chance. It is not all all inconceivable that he would have offered to step aside. Trump went into the debate prepared to deliver a counter bunch designed to knock the old fat cow on her ass.”

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hurricane reporting

I am not making this up. This morning, glancing at a weather report to maybe see where the storm was, I saw instead a man who said Florida’s position relative to the present hurricane, lessens damage and loss of life. The bad part of the storm was several miles off shore, he said. He then drew a line on his weather map, stating “This is Florida. Now, if Florida were in this position …” He drew a diagonal line many miles east and across the storm path. “… then the damage would be greater.” Yep. And if there were no Florida, GA an SC would be facing a really big storm. And if common sense existed in weather reporting …

Mrs. Clinton pushes DOD, State to interview Chelsea BFF for contracts

Mom has to help daughter’s friends, don’t you know.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I-40 ruined kicks at Canute

Canute, Okla., is on Old U.S. Highway 66 in Washita County, in the West Central part of the state. Rock Island Railroad used to run through the town. Not too many small towns can lay claim to being part of two songs, even though Canute is never mentioned in either one.

The Rock Island Line

Well, the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
Well if you ride it you got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.

And, “Get your kicks on Route 66.”

When Interstate 40 came through that part of Oklahoma in 1970, highway planners gave Canute an exit, but it was hardly the same as traffic having to come through town.

Canute’s 2010 population was 541. The largest-ever population was 676 in 1980, 10 years after the interstate bypassed the town.

Demographics from the 2000 census of 424 people show 88.36% White, 7.63% Hispanic or Latino, 1.91% Native American, 0.57% African-American and 7.25% from Other Races.

Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base was 15 miles southeast of Canute, but the aircraft and people went somewhere else in the 1980s.

Estimated median household income in Canute is around $8,000 more than Oklahoma’s average, but estimated house or condo value is around $50,000 less. So says

Here is an overview of the Foss-Canute area:

Internet ad

"Used 1968 Volkswagen Beetle."

Darn. I was looking for a new one.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Colombian government: ‘We have a deal with FARC’

Voters: “No, you do not.”

Polls said peace measure would pass 2-1. Vote: 50.2% against, 49.8% for.

Like before the Brexit vote, polls had pro-Brussels bullies chanting, “We’re staying in the EU, we’re staying in the EU.”

Monday, October 3, 2016

California retailers will profit from plastic bag ban

Customers, not so much. Not at all.

By selling paper or reusable plastic bags to consumers, “retailers could gain an estimated $442 million in annual revenue from the sale of paper bags and reusable bags.”

Under new “environmental” law, grocers may charge up to 10 cents per bag.

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A story I will not read

‘Why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton,’ by LeBron James.

Not linking to it, either.

Why should I care -- Why should anybody care -- that a multi-multi-millionaire professional athlete backs a specific candidate? Jones must have needed some camera time. OMG! My face hasn't been on the news in such a long, long time!