Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
We put indented plates on bus stop, mall, and park benches, so that when people sat down, the message was imprinted on their thighs. This meant that as well as having branded seats, a veritable army of free media was created, with thousands of imprints being created and lasting up to an hour.
Robots might one day trace the origin of their consciousness to recent experiments aimed at instilling them with the ability to reflect on their own thinking.
Although granting machines self-awareness might seem more like the stuff of science fiction than science, there are solid practical reasons for doing so, explains roboticist Hod Lipson at Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Laboratory.
"The greatest challenge for robots today is figuring out how to adapt to new situations," he says. "There are millions of robots out there, mostly in factories, and if everything is in the right place at the right time for them, they are superhuman in their precision, in their power, in their speed, in their ability to work repetitively 24/7 in hazardous environments—but if a bolt falls out of place, game over."
Full article here.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
According to one description I read, the screen behind Rep. Hennessy is showing baseball scores, and one of the screens in the row ahead is on Facebook.
In what amounts to an amazing display of left wing lunacy even by Media Matters standards, the Soros-backed scandal sheet has attacked Fox News yet again.
What has the evil Fox done now? According to Media Matters, “Fox News’ coverage of the Wisconsin protests over Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate public employees’ collective bargaining rights, among other things, has been marked with repeated attacks on the protesters. However, by contrast, Fox has relentlessly promoted and even encouraged viewers to participate in tea party and “Tax Day” protests over the past few years.”
As much as we hate to admit it, Media Matters may have a point. The two events are exactly alike if you overlook the fact that the Tea Party was a grassroots movement that was entirely lawful, while the strike in Wisconsin is an illegal strike by teachers, or the fact that “doctors” wrote phony sick notes for the Wisconsin teachers which were not really necessary for the Tea Party members as once again THEY WERE NOT ACTING ILLEGALLY!
The liberal left, who consider themselves to be intellectual giants, seems to have a hard time with the word “illegal” as in “illegal strike” or “illegal immigrant.”
Speaking of hypocrisy however, why doesn’t Media Matters show some of the signs from Wisconsin portraying the Governor as Hitler and showing him in crosshairs? Wasn’t that the same “violent rhetoric” that the left was condemning mere weeks ago?
On second thought, Media Matters doesn’t have a point after all.
Remarkable, right? Liberals do not hesitate to compare their enemies to Hitler. Of course, expect nothing but disgust and disdain if you dare to compare their comrades to Hitler.
They get outraged when "Republicans redefine rape" (I'd share the link to moveon.org but "mysteriously", they don't have a search function on their homepage. Weird, right? I wonder why they'd do that. (As an aside, I got a chuckle out of their "Chip in $_____" box. Those libs are always looking for a handout and are always willing to use some outdated, hokey expression for begging. I'm surprised they haven't pulled out the always-clever "brother can you spare a dime?" that they made so popular after their "American Hero" FDR initiated and then prolonged the Great Depression.)) but it's perfectly fine to have picket signs advertising "gang bangs". Without mentioning the fact that if you need to talk about it, you aren't doing it, these people might want to stop talking about the splinter in their brother's eye and start focusing on the log in theirs. Matthew 7:1-7:5.
Of course, nobody discusses the fact that black women dress differently than white women. Nobody discusses the fact that the color of your skin (even among different shades of the same race) drastically affects how clothes look on you. No- the problem is racism. Plain and simple. The debate is settled. Racism is a real problem in America and you need our help with it.(Newser) – Watch almost any runway show in the US and Europe, and you'll find black models in extremely short supply. That's the dirty secret of fashion, say many critics. "The industry is racist. In Milan black girls never work. In Paris it's still the same," British model booker Annie Wilshaw tells the Guardian. "It's 2011 and that's quite disgusting." You "know straight away" when clients are "not talking about a black girl," she adds. "They say they want 'a girl with long hair, who looks like a fairy' or something. When they want a black girl, they will say 'looking for mixed-race girl, tribal-prints location, desert scene.'"Some in the fashion world blame practicalities like lighting and makeup which are different for black models, and therefore more time consuming. Model choice is also "driven by what sells and, in general, white blond girls sell, that's the mindset," says the founder of a modeling agency. "In fact, black girls do sell but they're not given as many openings. It is safer to go with a white girl, and in a recession people are very conservative." But why blame fashion, some wonder. "How can you expect fashion not to be slightly racist when the world is still racist?" asks black model Leonie Anderson.
If everyone would just face the fact that the fashion industry is built upon narcissism, vanity, and status, they'd stop paying attention to it at all. It's all about power and exerting power over others and I don't care how many "powerful black women" you put on the Maury Povich show, the people who are willing to spend the most money on fashion aren't buying it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
"... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...
"Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable."
Monday, February 21, 2011
First, he proposed a state budget that would cut retirement and healthcare for workers like teachers and nurses, and strip away nearly all of their collective bargaining rights. But even more significantly, he announced last Friday that he had alerted the National Guard to be ready for state workers to strike or protest, an unprecedented step in modern times. ["modern times"? What's the definition? I suspect it's just a way of making the behavior seem archaic and therefore, bad, out-dated, and unintelligent.]
This would be the first time in nearly 80 years that the National Guard would be used to break a strike by Wisconsin workers, and the first time in over 40 years that the National Guard would be used against public workers anywhere in the country. The last time was the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968, just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. [Right... and how is this emotionally highly-charged incident relevant? Did his assassination somehow cause any action by the National Guard?]
The outrage [as if Libs have any other emotion (except, of course, for fear] was immediate [This is probably just an estimate as opposed to an actual, scientific, measurement of time] across [unspecified, unbiased :D] labor message boards, [unspecified] Twitter and [unspecified] Facebook pages. Over the last two days, [probably] tens of thousands have protested in front of the capitol building in Madison in defiance [yet another heroic descriptor] of the governor, some [some=one, but "some" seems like more, so...] even camping overnight.
To understand the visceral, emotional nature of this outcry, you have to understand the history of the National Guard and the labor movement [ONLY from our perspective, of course] -- and what this means for the relationship between labor and the state today.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, governors often mobilized the National Guard during strikes. Sometimes the Guard was genuinely neutral, assigned to buffer the dangerous zone between strikers and their employers. Other times, the Guard was explicitly charged with breaking the strike. During these instances, violence often erupted between strikers and soldiers with terrible, bloody results [This would be my first indicator to not argue with any military organization... until I was ready].
National Guard soldiers clashed with strikers [and unprepared strikers clashed with "soldiers" too but you know what we meant] in Buffalo, N.Y., Birmingham, Ala., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Salt Lake City and Telluride, Colo., at the turn of the 20th century. In just two years, between 1911 and 1913, the militia [Oops! Did we do that again? *blushes*] was mobilized against coal miners in West Virginia, textile workers in Massachusetts, textile workers in New Jersey, and copper miners in Michigan. During an infamous bloodbath in 1914, soldiers killed striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colo., including at least six men, two women and 12 children [Listen, if it happened in 1914, it's likely that we have an exact death count by now, right? Also, how come they don't mention the fact that these striking coal miners put themselves and their families at mortal risk? I don't know about the rest of you, but I learned to pick my battles a LONG time ago... way before I had a wife and children about whom to be concerned].
During the 1934 Auto-Lite strike in Toledo, a battle raged for five days between 6,000 strikers and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard, leaving two strikers dead and more than 200 injured [Okay, I might be beating a dead horse here but if you outnumber your "enemy" more than 3 to 1 and you lose, you're bringing a knife to a gunfight. Furthermore, the only reason you didn't fare worse was that the National Guard was trying like hell not to kill or hurt any of you. Of course, 2 plus "more than" 200 of you insisted on having it their way.] Three years later, during the famous occupation of General Motors in Flint, Mich., the governor ordered thousands of soldiers to the factory, as the [slow learner] workers swore to resist them by force.
And in Wisconsin, Gov. Albert Schmedeman used the National Guard to disrupt a 1933 strike by dairy farmers, sometimes with bayonets and tear gas, when they tried to raise the price of milk. [Ever-credible, reliable, and again, unspecified] Newspapers reported that he was preparing for a "bona fide war" [War- you know- the last thing a newspaper wants]. The Guard mobilized again the next year during a strike by the United Auto Workers. It was the last time the National Guard would be used during a strike in Wisconsin. Until, possibly, now.
The use of the National Guard against workers is supposed to be a relic of the past ["supposed to be"? According to whom? It seems to me that or as long as civilians behave civilly, there's no need for "clashes" with the National Guard. Let's face it, ALL of us at one point in our lives wanted to get up in the face of some velvet rope bouncer but only those of us who were also in need of a beating ever did. Sure it's unfair. Sure it sucks. But that doesn't change the fact that you're still not going to win so spare yourself the humiliation/pain.], nearly unimaginable to us [That unimaginability is exactly the reason you people keep repeating the same mistakes expecting different results. Einstein said that repeating the same behavior and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. I say it's the definition of slow learning. Libs and their incessant repetitively insistent behavior reminds me of nothing more than a fly trying to penetrate a plate glass window and wondering if maybe this time it'll work.]. That's because of an uneasy understanding, evolved over time, between citizens and the state over the use of state force against civilians [as if they didn't try anything else first]. In her excellent book "Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980," historian Joan Jensen argued that this understanding "maintained restraint, sometimes precariously, in using the army to defend the government from the domestic population."
In other words, Jensen argues that the concept of voluntary restraint by the executive branch -- as opposed to codified legal restraint -- is still largely the governing principle at work when deciding whether to mobilize a domestic military force. So Gov. Walker's action is significant because it is an expanded interpretation of the power of the executive office. This would introduce once again the idea that a governor could use the military to impose his personal, political will on a state. [Which is exactly why we need the 2nd amendment. Of course Libs don't believe in guns and that's why this is all so cataclysmic for them.]
The cultural and historical significance of Gov. Walker's action can't be ignored. When he proposes using the National Guard to break a strike, he conjures a period of American history in which labor and capital were locked in violent, terrible struggle, when income inequality had reached epic heights, and workers had to bleed to organize. This is a step backward, not forward, in the march of American progress. [And so are unions but that goes completely unmentioned in this article.]
Link to article here.
The comments are also interesting although they vary widely with sources being from both extremes. As always though, there are a few interesting and rational comments that really shed light on the issue. Here's one of them:
the real truthMaybe if you realized that the workers only paid less than 8 % of their salary for benefits while you and I pay upwards of 25% or more for bennies- you all would not be stating that the governor is threatening something. Sorry- pay up. Nothing is free anymore and it is time that unions either go away or realize that they will have to pony up just like the rest of us. For way too long these unions have bullied people, politicians and layed the heavy hand in favor of the free handouts given to them by the democrats- FINALLY SOMEONE IS STANDING UP AND SAYING ENOUGH. I do not feel sorry for these workers, I do not feel sorry that they have to pay a little into their pensions. Open 401Ks like the rest of us, pay into your healthcare plan- these unions are one of the big reasons why states and cities are broke- sadly- all I can say is tough.And here's another although I'm not sure the commenter thinks of this as a good thing. But seriously, what union isn't Dem friendly?:
Rachel is right
Rachel Maddow nailed it on last night's (2/17) program. What is happening in Wisconsin is a partisan strike at ultimate destruction of the Democratic Party by eliminating a major source of its support and funding, i.e., a Dem friendly union. This is not the first effort in this direction and it will not be the last.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
1. Teaching Math In 1950s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?
2. Teaching Math In 1960s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
3. Teaching Math In 1970s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
4. Teaching Math In 1980s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assi gnment: Underline the number 20 ..
5. Teaching Math In 1990s
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)
6. Teaching Math In 2000s
If you have special needs or just feel you need assistance because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, childhood memories, criminal background, then don't answer and the correct answer will be provided for you. There are no wrong answers.
7. Teaching Math In 2011
Un hachero vende una carrtada de madera para 100 pesos. El costo de la producciones es 80 pesos. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
From an email from a friend.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"I pack Glock." Sheesh.
In a nation shell-shocked by endless lawsuits, no act of heroism goes unpunished:
Four Wal-Mart employees have been fired after management said they violated company policy by disarming an alleged shoplifter who had pulled a gun inside the store.
Lori Poulsen, Justin Richins, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart were all longtime workers at Wal-Mart's Layton, Utah, store. Poulsen was an asset protection coordinator, Richins and Ray were asset protection associates, and Stewart was an assistant manager.
On Jan. 13, employees allegedly witnessed a man identified as Trent Allen Longton take a netbook computer out of the package and stuff it under his shirt. When Longton attempted to leave the store, he was confronted by Poulsen, who escorted him to a nearby office. The two were joined there by Ray, Richins and Stewart, Salt Lake City's Deseret News reported.
Inside the office, Longton allegedly pulled out a loaded handgun and ran toward the office door, which was blocked by Ray, Richins and Stewart. Longton then allegedly grabbed Stewart and shoved the gun into his back. Concerned for their safety, the workers reacted forcefully and disarmed Longton.
In the police incident report, the investigating officer noted that the Wal-Mart employees acted in the 'best interest and safety' of those around them. Longton, as it turned out, was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Wal-Mart managers, however, disagreed. The following week, the four workers were fired for violating the company's 'Investigation and Detention of Shoplifters Policy.' The policy instructs employees to retreat if an individual brandishes a weapon.
Passivity first, last, and always. Otherwise, someone will get sued. It's all part of our transformation from a nation of heroes into a nation of victims and their lawyers.
On a tip from Jimbo."
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here's how Zimbabwe's socialist dictator Robert Mugabe lives:
Here's how his subjects live — if living is even the word for it:
Zimbabwe's predecessor Rhodesia was a wealthy country, known as the Breadbasket of Africa. But then came social justice. Whites were abruptly removed from power, and their farms were confiscated. Now the country is starving, with 95% unemployment and an inflation rate involving numbers too large to comprehend. But Mugabe still makes out great, thanks to foreign aid from the same moonbat do-gooders who pressured Rhodesia to slink submissively into its grave.
More pictures can be found at Reaganite Republican, who asks:
Can you imagine the horror of living in a country where — in a headlong rush to correct long-standing injustices overnight — almost unchecked power is forked-over to an anti-democratic communist who admires the Soviet Union… a narcissist and vengeful racist control-freak who's economically clueless… dangerous… and unqualified for the job…?
That would be pretty scary, wouldn't it?"
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Some may wonder what William A. Bartron was thinking when he repeatedly fired a nail gun into his skull in an apparent attempt to relieve the pain of a severed hand.
Rest of the story here.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
John B. Day and Jim Mutrie, owners of the American Association's New York Metropolitans, form a National League team called the New York Gothams.
Jim Mutrie becomes the manager of the Gothams, and he and John Day move some of the star players from the pennant-winning Metropolitans over to the National League franchise. The Gothams become known as the Giants during the season.
On May 1, they play their first game at a field once used for polo matches at 110th Street and Sixth Avenue. With six future Hall of Famers on the roster, the Gothams recorded the highest winning percentage in franchise history (.759, 85-27). Pitchers Tim Keefe and "Smiling Mickey" Welch combined for an astounding 76 victories, while slugging third baseman Roger Connor (who would hold the career home runs record until Babe Ruth came along) batted .371 as one of four players to hit over .300 for the team that season.
On June 3, after a rousing extra-innings victory over Philadelphia, manager Jim Mutrie was so overcome with emotion that he supposedly blurted out a description of his team that immediately became the franchise's new nickname. He called them his Giants.
Despite that spectacular season, the Giants still finished two games behind Chicago, losing two late-season games to the pennant-winning White Stockings.
White stockings --- are you kidding me? ROFL.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
LOL at her even less competent assistant behind her.
Not surprisingly, popular mid-century Republican mayor Harry Baals -- pronounced as you might think -- won by a landslide, according to the Journal Gazette. Baals won three times as many votes as the next competitor, Eugene Johnson.
But the government refuses to let this happen.
Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy told the Journal Gazette it is "probably not" going to happen: "We love Fort Wayne, too. We're not going to make any decisions that look bad."
I heard this on Rush's show.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
The only cow in a small town in Ireland stopped giving milk. The town folk found they could buy a cow in Scotland quite cheaply. They brought the cow from Scotland. It was wonderful, produced lots of milk every day and everyone was happy.
I shot this 18 pointer off of my porch this morning. I used KFC scent and smoked a blunt to draw him in close.
A Connecticut man's plan to grow marijuana went up in smoke after he called 911 and asked how much trouble he would get into for growing the drug.
"I was just growing some marijuana and I was just wondering what, how much, you know, trouble you can get into for one plant," a not-so-bright Robert Michelson asked on Thursday night.
When the dispatcher asked if there was an active crime in progress, the 21-year-old answered "possibly."
Dispatchers traced the call to Michelson's home in Farmington, where cops found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of pot.
Michelson admitted he bought seeds and equipment online for growing.
He was released on a $5,000 bail. As he left the police station, he gave dispatchers two middle fingers.
"Presumably for doing such a good job," police said.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/02/05
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Mess O'Slightly-to-the-Left O'Potamia - Pro-Mubarak Demonstrators|
You have to understand, this is what the
See, this is funny to us because these Libs are using flawed logic and twisting the truth solely to serve their ideology. Libs also find it funny but only because they don't realize they're laughing at themselves.
Ass Klown keeps accusing me of being a Lib because I'm a big believer in personal responsibility when it comes to dealing with the problems of our society but he believes in "live and let live". When I see someone ramming around shooting peeps, I want to shoot the guy in the face but Klown argues that I'm shouting "Witch!". The difference though is that I want to act upon actual problems and not on popular fabrications that the sheeple have created just so they can seem busy.
Anyway, the place is called the West Side Rifle & Pistol Range and I read the reviews on Yelp. Most of the reviews (in excess of 95%) are very positive... except for this one...
She has a blog, Blue Heron Kitchen wherein she talks about cooking and telling you how to live your life...
Frankly, this is good advice but "work for peace"? Must she? Really? Of course she must. She's a Lib. But I digress.
"Spend more time cooking, stay out of mega-supermarkets, buy local produce, support responsible, sustainable farming and try to buy organic produce when possible. Eat less meat and more green leaves. Steer clear of genetically modified foods. If you haven't seen it, watch " Food, Inc.". Lose the additives, preservatives, colorings and processed foods. Take the challenge: keep the ingredients on the side of the box to fewer than 10 and buy it only if you can pronounce them. Read a book by Michael Pollan. Above all, care, live well, work for peace and cook."
In her comment on Yelp, she's at it again. Clearly, she's not the NRA type. She probably doesn't even believe in guns. She doesn't let that stop her. She still insists on telling you what you should be doing instead of doing what you enjoy because she doesn't happen to approve of it. "Isn't Arizona enough?" That's a good one... nothing like striking while the iron is hot... Libs will never leave one nerve untouched when they're getting up in our faces.
She suggests kick-boxing. I suspect she's talking about the kick-boxing you see housewives practicing in the gym (where the line up and swing their legs in the air and pause for water breaks) and not the classic sport of kick-boxing (where you grab your opponent's head and pull it into your swiftly rising knee until he submits).
Primals? What are "Primals"? I guess it's a slang term she and the ladies with whom she lunches use in a very "special people club" kind of way. I'm not sure what she actually means by it and I'm even less sure how "Eat chocolate" could serve as a legitimate alternative.
"Just look at the photos". The photos show people firing guns at an indoor gun range. I don't see what's disturbing about that but I'm not a Lib so I don't throw a hissy fit at the drop of a hat. Maybe she's talking about the guy who says "Headshot! bam!". In his review, he references "Doom/Quake/Unreal [Tournament]/Counterstrike, etc." Wherein the voice-over announces "Head Shot" when you kill an opponent with a single bullet to the head.
Sure, moms will hate that sort of thing. That's the point. Moms hate it when we have fun (wives too, unfortunately). There's even a video game developer that uses this to market its latest game... http://www.yourmomhatesthis.com/. Of course, we know that a video game is just a video game and the fun of it is that you can do things in the game that you could never and would never do in real life. The same thing applies to a gun range. This complicated concept somehow eludes our intellectual betters. Furthermore, they state, "Criminal background check required - must make an appointment 5 days in advance and log in to website to perform criminal background check." So it's not like any crafty characters are going to be availing themselves of this place.
"So, do you think these places are good for kids?" No. I do not although I think that every child older than 4 should be crystal clear on gun safety rules. However, nowhere in any of the comments does anyone mention bringing children. Furthermore, if you read the first page of Westside's website, they clearly state that you must be "21 years of age or older and a permanent US resident". I guess this is just another example of Libs' inability to read and comprehend.
And lastly, "Shut these places down. I'd rather see hash houses." I believe her. Drug abuse "is a real problem in America" and we need her help with it. The more "hash houses" we have, the busier she and people like her can seem.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
|Bill Keller impressing his friends at an office cocktail party.|
America is not a pretty sight, thanks to Fox News, complains a New York Times editor. The right-wing infused programing is turning us into cynical malcontents who are more polarized than ever, explains Times executive editor Bill Keller. "The effect of Fox News on American public life has been to create a level of cynicism about the news in general. I think it's unhealthy," Keller explained in an interview at the National Press Club. "National discourse is more polarized and strident than it has been in the past, and to some extent, I would lay that at the feet of Rupert Murdoch."In other words, FOX will not get with the program. All the news channels are marching lock step and FOX is telling the truth instead. Rather than convincing people that everything is OK... I'm OK... you're OK... they've ruined everything.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
White House Fires Back at Ruling Declaring Obama's Health Care Law Unconstitutional ...