Archive for September, 2015

2016 Presidential Campaign Round Up

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Linocln Chafee — an issue of concern in native Rhode Island resolved, apparently in his favor, and against noted Republican and baseball hall of famer Curt Schilling.  What’s it mean?

Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton by double digits in New Hampshire.  But how is he doing compared to Howard Dean against John Kerry circa September 2003?

If elected, Ted Cruz is going to kill the Ayatollah.  Or, maybe he will literally have him meet 72 virgins?

Bobby Jindal is upset because … According to a press release from the Louisiana Republican’s campaign, the presidential candidate thinks Obama lied when he told Francis that Americans are free to live and practice their religion. Specifically, Obama told the pope that America stands with him “in defense of religious liberty,” Jindal said — and then we jump over to the case of the Kentucky judge who won’t sanction secular marriage laws.

Ben Carson ‘s comments about not wanting a Muslim president gets the retort of “Okay, Mr. Seventh-Day Adventist”… and the relevant question… When Will America be Ready for A Scientologist President?

Jeb Bush has decided to dump the exclamation mark and go ahead and run with the Bush as his last name.

Chris Christie is excited about picking up the support that had been going to now outgoing presidential hopeful Scott Walker… which is, oh, 1 point something percent?

People Magazine has a neat little fluff piece about the “Carly Fiorina you don’t know”.  I can feel my brain rotting just glancing at it.

Huh.  Rand Paul‘s campaign has the ‘stench of death’ around it, one strategist with senior level experience on a presidential campaign said, and another questioned the depth of his war chest.  In the meantime, he’s apparently trying to shore up the “Liberty” voter, which reading this article seems to mean essentially “gun nut”.

Mike Huckabee versus Frito Lay over rainbow doritos, due to sponsorship of one time door licker Dan Savage.  Also, Jesse Ventura speaks out against Huckabee… because, why not?

Martin O’Malley is roughly right about Hillary Clinton. … “a specialist at vaguely saying things”… Good luck at topping her, though.

Why does Tom Brady support Donald Trump?

minutes 16 through 30…

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The kid’s 15 minutes of fame continues.  And if at first I’m thinking the acolydes are a bit much, the pettiness of the detractors strikes me as needing a ramp-up in response.

Ahmed Mohamed to Larry Wilmore: ‘It was kind of cool’ to be arrested ‘because I knew I was innocent’.

Charming kid all around.  (Though somewhere else in some other media appearance it’s reported by his detractors that he was being “coached” by his sister.)

His next invention will not involve any elements of time-keeping. As he told Wilmore, he’s looking into building a “side hoverboard” — that is, unlike the current models which move from back to front, Ahmed is interested in creating one that is able to move from side to side. He might not have too much trouble — Ahmed told Wilmore that building the clock that got him arrested was “really simple” because he’s already “built more stuff that’s very complicated.” 

Interesting, as Richard Dawkins and some youtube Internet user has exposed the fact that the kid’s “invention” is… technically speaking… not impressive in the slightest.  Which for them adds up to nefarious-ness.  See the comments section in this Huffington Post- published article on “I can relate”  (also note the bizarre facts of commenters getting hung up on the fact that the kid’s “clock” was not a school science project but purely extra-curricular).  To everyone else, the … unimpressiveness of the creation… means he’s not going to be a child prodigy up for early admission to MIT…. I suppose he now has a good support system to continue apace in that direction.  (And reminisces from Steve Wozniak.)


Note something:

But (Tony) Perkins didn’t stop there. He went on to wholeheartedly agree with a caller to the show who offered an absurd conspiracy theory – that Mohamed had planned all along to gain national attention by bringing a harmless device to his school so that he could later get close to powerful people, such as President Barack Obama, and do them harm. (A media firestorm ensued after a distraught Mohamed was put in handcuffs and detained, and he received an outpouring of support, including an invitation to bring his clock to the White House).
Conspiracy theory that is perpetuated by fundamentalist Christian Tony Perkins and hardcore atheist Richard Dawkins
Bi-partisanship lives!  (Both directions?)

Republican field update

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Jeb Bush wants Margaret Thatcher on the 10 dollar bill, angering the Irish.

John Kasich wants Mother Teresa on the 10 dollar bill, angering Christopher Hitchens fans.

Bobby Jindal is making no deal of his Indian descent, which surely if he at least brought it up would get him above zero percent in the polls?

Scott Walker?  Scott Walker!

Marco Rubio and a Rand Paul proxy are apparently fist fighting.

Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina — which I guess is what people were watching for at the damned debate…

Fiorina, 61, is not averse to playing the chick card when it suits her. CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper confronted her with Trump’s words, as quoted in Rolling Stone magazine: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?’’ (Trump later said he was referring to her persona, not her appearance.)
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,’’ she replied crisply.
To that, Trump, 69, perhaps trying to put a lid on the sad contretemps, said, “I think she has a very beautiful face, and she’s a beautiful woman.’’

Apparently presidential candidates should be exciting.  Ben Carson not sticking the exclamation mark after his name, ala Jeb.  (Why he’s falling behind fellow never elected politico Fiorna in pursuit of never elected Trump?)

Chris Christie comes out for the clock inventor named Muhammad.  Good, but for this:
But Christie, a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey who has been hawkish about the need to protect America from terrorism, added that there is a fear across the country that has risen because President Obama, a Democrat, has not made citizens “feel safe.”

Handwriting expert analyzes candidates’ hand-writing.  By some coincidence, finds them to all match their public persona.  Sooo…. Ted Cruz?  “Determined and dogmatic”.  Hillary Clinton’s hand-writing shows she’s “controlling”.  Funny is that Bobby Jindal is feeling “isolated”… like, his campaign?

But less isolated than Jim Gilmore, who  wasn’t invited anywhere.  (George Pataki at least made Bill Maher, and this sets up a ripping debate on the Muhammad with a bomb – clock kid.)

Mike Huckabee going on about the homosexuals… trying to conjure up an “affirmative action” hire.  Rick Santorum compares Kim Davis to a noted victim of Columbine, the victim specially embraced by conservative Christians as martyr.

Democratic field updates

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Democratic Presidential hopeful (?) Lawrence Lessig considers that a Donald Trump presidency would be very Vladimir Putin-esque.  Myself, I kind of imagine that with Donald Trump, we’ll find out what the hypothetical Huey Long presidency that haunted Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 would haved ended up looking like.

Creepy note from The Hill, as they ruminate on 1968… So Joe Biden, even if he doesn’t officially enter the race for president stands an excellent chance of being the 45th President of the United States.  This is the hypothetical as the modern day Eugene McCarthy — Bernie Sanders — reaches his ceiling of support and … Elizabeth Warren jumps in ala Bobby Kennedy, and somehow or other Hillary Clinton is Lyndon Johnson, but the establishment is worry about Warren, and they decree Biden the new Hubert Humphrey and…
Of course, I’ve darkly ruminated on how Biden could end up the 45th Presidency since Obama selecting him as his running mate, thinking 1963 not 1968… and Hillary Clinton got in some trouble in 2008 for ruminating on why she should stay in the race, ala 1968, so what does this all mean?
In the current silly season, pontificators are pontificating on the wisdom of how Biden should jump in the race, and his chances of up-ending Hillary Clinton is to declare Elizabeth Warren his running mate and insist he’ll be a one term presidency… this speculation was ignited when Biden was seen talking with Warren recently.  It takes that little to ignite things.

Martin O’Malley does the late night circuit — oh, Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Apparently he recited his stump speech in interview format.

Jim Webb is politicking in Hawaii.  Because… why not?  It’s Hawaii!

Bernie Sanders is beloved by a bunch of celebrities… which is sure to make right wing talk show hosts laughing…
For curiosity’s sake, he wandered to Liberty University — the fundamentalist Christian college of Jerry Falwell — and… respectably disagreed with the crowd.
And for a reporter from New York, the school is an exotic scene: students with eyes closed in rapturous prayer singing along to the Christian rock band that opened for the Democratic presidential candidate; students that answer every question with a “sir” at the end; many students wearing suits and dresses rather than jeans.
Sanders modified his stump speech with quotations from the Bible cited by chapter and verse — Matthew 7:12, “do to others what you would have them do to you” and the more obscure Amos 5:24, “let justice roll like a river, righteousness like a never-ending stream” — but otherwise stuck to his core issues of fighting economic inequality after bluntly acknowledging his pro-choice and pro-gay marriage positions.
But what was striking wasn’t the majority of students who lacked enthusiasm for this most liberal candidate in the presidential race, but the few among them who came wearing Bernie T-shirts and brandishing handmade signs.

Hillary Clinton in an amusing Republican debate response, unwittingly highlighting why the DNC should have a bunch more debates — for no other reason than for the vast Democratic echo chamber of noises to match up more evenly with the Republican echo chamber of noises.

Lincoln Chafee … as close to Ron Paul on foreign policy, which doesn’t seem to be giving him any traction with that smeddling of Democrats who gravitated somewhat to Ron Paul… though, maybe they didn’t exist all that much?

things that tick

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Interesting thing about this variation of the olde “Zero Tolerance” story

When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he’d made from a pencil case.

The 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested.

Ethnicity gets it viewed in the lense of 9/11 and ISIS terrorism as opposed to Columbine and all that.

It’s more seriously played than, oh say, the six year old and the pop tart gun… as we see in that Obama is skipping into the picture (as opposed to that kid who had to endure an NRA celebration.)  Then again, it’s a more productive enterprise… creating a clock out of MacGyver like ingenuity and…

The third interesting aspect we have here is the role Obama is taking at the end of his administration, lame duck — not running for another term — a deeply recalicitrant Republican Congress.  “Bully Pulpit”, as Theodore Roosevelt once had it — symbolically highlighting this and that issue.  Maybe Obama wouldn’t have thrown this tweet anytime in his first six years of office.

Interesting Nick Gillepse (from a libertarian magazine Reason) who mishes and mashes the lines for and to…

It doesn’t help that the mayor of Irving, Beth Van Duyne, is a nutjob who’s convinced that Sharia law is supplanting the Lone Star State’s brand of justice.

Mike Gravel update

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Mike Gravel covering… The Beatles.  Not once, but twice.
There is a contradiction here, isn’t there?  As he now lines up in talks with… Lyndon Larouche…
No… It’s Mike Gravel.

The Schiller Institute has announced a special event for Sept. 12 in Manhattan, entitled “Creating a Peace Paradigm: A New Era for Mankind Where We All Become Truly Human.” Due to the importance of this event, it will be presented as a live webcast.
Uh huh.

The event’s feature presentation will be a dialogue between American Statesman Lyndon LaRouche and two other veteran members of the U.S. Presidency, Ramsey Clark (Attorney General 1967-1969) and Senator Mike Gravel (US Senator Alaska 1969-1981).
Okay.  That’s where this gets a little fuzzy.

“Two other veteran members of the US Presidency”.

From my definition of things, there are 43 “members of the US Presidency”.  George Washington through Barack Obama.  Currently alive, there are five.

I suppose if we define it to include people who run for President, than Mike Gravel belongs there alongside Lyndon Larouche.  As does, oh, Deez Nuts, who will have the same “footnote” of historical import.

Ramsey Clark was in a presidential administration once.

In the “Fantasy Shadow Government contraption” definition, laid out by Larouche… which I don’t know quite what is  — any figure of import that Larouche can rope into a “dialouge”? … I’m a little curious if Ramsey Clark and Mike Gravel consider themselves “veteran members” of the “US Presidency”.

With all eyes on Manhattan on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly and Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, Mr. LaRouche’s intervention into Manhattan, to shape the debate about the very existence of the future of mankind, is something you do not want to miss.

Yes, it’s another one of those “most momentus weeks in Mankind’s History”…

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is the new CEO of a marijuana company that produces cannabis-infused products for both recreational and medical use, the company announced Tuesday.
The Alaskan Democrat and 2008 presidential contender will lead KUSH, a subsidiary owned by Cannabis Sativa, Inc. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson serves as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, and Gravel is on that company’s board of directors.
KUSH will develop and market new marijuana-infused products under Gravel’s leadership, the company said in a press release.

… Is marijuana cool to the org now?
I suppose you make your compromises with things, as one time firm anti-monarchist Jeremy Corbyn ascedes to the formality of kissing the Queen’s hand and pledging servant upon ascension to Labour Party head.
Incidentally…  once upon a time a drug dealer anathema to the Larouche org, now there’s a drug dealer (Gravel) that’s been drafted into the “Presidency”.

As for Corbyn… the closest the Nation gets to addressing his sideshow with the CEC, though not quite there:

Then there are—predictably, given Corbyn’s long record of support for the Palestinian cause—the accusations of anti-Semitism. Not against Corbyn himself, who is universally regarded as a thoroughly decent man. Instead the attacks are classic “guilt by association” tactics, in which Corbyn is alleged to have shared a platform with various objectionable characters whom he has then been pressed to denounce or disavow—by groups and individuals who have been happily doing Benjamin Net- anyahu’s dirty work for years.

Outside the DNC:

As a self-identified representative from Lyndon LaRouche’s LaRouchePAC handed out literature criticizing the Clinton administration’s repeal of Glass-Steagall, and protesters struck up a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are-A Changin’,” security guards stood outside, helping some DNC staffers get in and out of the building.


The crowd was about two-thirds supporters of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (whose failed administration, which imposed taxes on rainwater, lost his state to the GOP in 2014), and one-third supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), with a couple of Lyndon Larouche fans on the sidelines to promote their arcane economic theologies.

And We’ll find out soon enough how much of the vote Brian Gray, larouchite for Canadian office, does.

recurring question answered

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Senator Michael Bennett — Skull and Bones?

And, as I pursue this line of inquiry in the search phrases for this blog, as always…

Well, he did go to Yale.  And was in some fraternity as an undergraduate elsewhere.  But the same search that brought this page up should answer the question further — or, the wikipedia page of prominent figures from Skull and Bones does the trick… and the answer is… no.


Monday, September 14th, 2015

This strikes me as a little … odd… as I was leafing through the New York Times …

In our present Gilded Age, private collection museums are again proliferating, but with a difference.

Yes, it’s in an article on arts and entertainment, but nonetheless it’s not in the editorial page.  Just a very matter of fact statement…

“Gilded Age”…

People have deemed every post Gilded Age proper age as the news “Gilded Age”, and I suppose have been right at each and every juncture, and there is a “hrm” on the rise of Donald Trump to the top of a political heap…

the wisdom of Canada

Monday, September 14th, 2015

I like the implications herein, on what is behind a fall in crime amongst the youth…

As a digital native, or “screenager” (someone who can’t recall a time before the Internet), Henlin says, “Technology is ruling our lives.” Although he admits all that screen time can breed laziness, he sees it as a useful diversion. “Before electronics, people were forced to go outside to have fun, but that’s why there were more problems on the streets,” he says. “Nowadays, with electronics, you can play, like, a fighting game on PS3. When you play games, you can cause trouble on that. You can cause trouble and not actually get in trouble.”

Love this kid, thinking about the problems of the Dark Days before his time when … you had to go outside to seek your fun.

But when Tom Stamatakis, a former police constable in Vancouver for 19 years, is asked for his theory, one of the first things he talks about is technology. “Perhaps, generations ago, when [young people] weren’t as engaged with technology as they are now, you’d have to go out to find entertainment, as opposed to staying in your home and getting into Xbox or being engaged with your friends through social media,” he says.

Don’t make up your own fun.  Let others make your fun for you.  Though that doesn’t explain why television didn’t create a great slow-down in crime… maybe kids just get bored with television more quickly than Xbox?  (Or, the three network universe versus today’s hundreds — thousands — and youtube.)

Or… Why drive around busting up people’s mailboxes when you can bust up pixels?
Yes, it sounds all very productive, and conducive to leaving a vast legacy for the human race.  We can extend it all age groups… the future is crime-free, as soon as the future becomes all in our heads.
Whatever it takes to keep the kids from anything that might lend itself, three or four steps away, from harm.