Thursday, April 19, 2018

#ThrowbackThursday: Life Was Better When We Drank Either Coke or Pepsi

Here are the facts: Two black real estate agents walk into a Starbucks…trigger warning! Racism ahead!


They are waiting to meet a (white) real estate developer – isn’t it just like a white guy to disrespect a couple of black men by being late – and they aren’t going to order anything until he arrived to pick up the tab.

flat whiteThey were planning to eff with the barista by ordering a couple of Flat Whites

One of the (black) men asked for the key to the restroom while waiting and was denied because a) company policy states restrooms are “for customers only” and b) they haven’t purchased anything. I don’t blame them; Starbucks is well known for serving overpriced sugar bombs with a shot of burnt coffee bean espresso. Still, you know: “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” That of course was before the enlightened age of Obama when anybody, anywhere, at any time can be accused, prosecuted and convicted of being a racist faster than you can say “Rainbow Coalition.” Now days you better think twice before denying anyone anything. 

So when the men were asked to leave because a) they still hadn’t purchased anything and b) they were taking up a table that paying customers might want to occupy they refused and you know the rest of the drill: police were called, arrests ensued, racism charged, tempers flare, CEOs apologize. And now the entire chain will close down for a half day in May in order that 175, 000 employees can be re-educated on the assumed inherent, implicit, unconscious racism that is latent in their hearts.

The mandatory “training” will be conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a contingent of luminaries from the Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP and Anti-Defamation League –all of whom will remain on retainer following the re-education camp in order to “review and monitor the effectiveness of the measures” Starbucks will put in place.  I assume those  measures will include, as they always did with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, generous donations to the above agencies which fight so hard to ensure that other businesses also implement measures to ensure racial and social justice in their communities.

jesse race shakedown

Starbucks is a slow learner however. Remember the last time this same Philadelphia Starbucks store had a story about refusing restroom access to a non-paying customer? In that incident the person denied was a uniformed police officer - presumably white as no massive retraining program to educate staff on their inherent police bias was rolled out. That was way back in 2015; the exact date was  9/11 – which you would think would have been a bad day to “dis” first responders. 

For the record, in the current Starbuck’s incident Philadelphia's police commissioner Richard Ross (black, not that it matters unless you’re keeping track) said that his officers did absolutely nothing wrong in making the arrests. That did not dissuade Starbuck’s from apologizing and launching the company wide racial sensitivity retraining initiative.

"The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion," said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who joined Johnson and other senior Starbucks leaders in Philadelphia to meet with community leaders and Starbucks partners. "We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer."

Because Howard Schultz has examined his conscience and found the chain he founded to be guilty: guilty of serving coffee while white.


Life was a lot simpler when we had malt shops instead of Starbucks and everybody drank either Pepsi or Coke.

annete malt shop

Ironic isn’t it: when the world was black and white we didn’t seem to have all these issues.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

“We’re Going To Need a Bigger Porn Star”

Future historians will look back on the early 21st century and tag the development of the Twitter platform as the final nail in the coffin of civilized speech. It turns out that enabling people to empty their mind at the same speed with which they can empty their digestive tract produces essentially the same product. 

Submitted as evidence, tweets from Randa Jarrar, Trigglypuff Palestinian/American Professor - currently employed by the English department at Fresno State - commenting on the death of Barbara Bush:

randaRanna Jaffra, Trigglypuff Professor of Fiction, Fresno State University, in one of signature poses

Oh whoops, apparently Triggly took her twitter account down overnight. But as you know, nothing really disappears from the Internet.  Here’s part of what she had to say yesterday:

randa 1aranda 1bhatin' on barbara

She had a LOT more to say, including why she felt free to exercise her First Amendment Right without worrying about consequences.  – this may be the one that explains why all of her tweets are gone today.

randa profThere is truly no end to the hate from the left. And as long as I’m talking about the left and tweets, here’s a tweet concerned with the way President Trump is pursuing North Korea denuclearization; apparently they’re concerned now because he’s not doing it right:

trump not doing it right

I swear, the Liberal Media are going to turn themselves into butter one of these days.


fresno profProfessor Triggly Jarrar: Can we boycott her? 

And just in case - in a triumph of justice Trumping™ tenure - Triggly loses her job, I think I know where she can get a new gig:

porn star

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

So Cheap You Can’t Afford to Meter It

While the wheels of justice turn slowly (just in: Cohen can review seized docs but judge will decide who vets what investigators can see) the economic engine just keeps rolling along:

trump train3

Kroger sweetens employee benefits as it moves to ramp up hiring

Kroger announced Monday new investments in employee benefits, education and wages as retailers across the board are spending more on their employees to keep pace in a tighter labor market.

Last week, Kroger said it planned to hire for 11,000 new positions, including 2,000 management roles. At that time, it said would invest $500 million in associate wages and training and development over the next three years.

The grocer has attributed the investments to more funds as result of recent tax law changes.

I know, I know - it’s Kroger: and it’s just crumbs. But it is a darned sight better than the economic news that  emerged routinely during the Obama Occupation. In fact, 8 more years of Obama-era policy and we might be reporting the same kind of news as Venezuela’s:

How Venezuela has resorted to importing oil as its core industry faces collapse

Despite having the greatest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela’s government is being forced to spend millions of dollars a day importing crude to prop up its ailing industry.

“One of the craziest things is that a part of Venezuela’s imports is for the domestic market, but given its price, they practically give gasoline away for free. They are importing barrels that cost $80 to $90 and selling them at $0.”

It’s known as late-stage socialism which, as the Iron Lady said, fails - Every. Single. Time. It’s. Tried.


But surprisingly that never seems to stop people from giving it another try.

sanders plan for free electricityElectricity so cheap you can’t afford to meter it!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

The Science Is Settled: Carbs Are Causing Global Warming

Science writer Gary Taubes has a knack for subverting conventional wisdom. Sixteen years ago, he published a groundbreaking feature article in The New York Times Magazine arguing that decades' worth of government-approved nutritional advice was flat-out wrong, ideologically motivated, and contributing to rising rates of obesity and diabetes. Traditional dieting guidance attacking fatty food and praising carbohydrates, he wrote, was based on "a big fat lie." – The Man Who Hated Carbs Before It Was Cool

Of course Dr. Atkins had been saying essentially the same thing for 30 years before Taubes wrote his article for the NYT. But Dr. Atkins was considered an outsider in the AMA community.  But Dr. Robert Atkins had the last laugh; looks like he was right about the ill effects of sugar and carbs all along. But since “good carb” science was settled, and he wasn’t deferential to the rest of the medical community that disagreed with him and because he wasn’t always polite he was ridiculed and viciously attacked personally. His nutrition plan was referred to as a “fad diet” and called “dangerous.”

He reminds me of our President.

trump and the enemyThe Destroy Trump Alliance

But back to Gary Taubes; after Dr. Atkin’s death in 2003 he more or less took over his mantle. He argues that sugar is the root of many health problems. In his book The Case Against Sugar he contends that it got that way thanks to big sugar and big government – the usual suspects, money and politics. As is often the case in these situations science goes by the wayside and facts are what we say facts are. And that brings me around to this week’s Monday Moanin’: the deplorable state of science.

It started when I read an editorial in my local paper on Saturday that laid out this “fact:”

…the debate about whether climate change exists, and whether humans are causing it, has been closed in the scientific community for years — at least 97 percent of scientists say it does exist and we are causing it, according to a 2016 examination of nearly 12,000 research papers.

First of all, debate is NEVER closed in the scientific community. Idiot. Science is an open proposition; things are assumed to be true until they are proven not to be. Scientific inquiry is a continuous process.

Remember, at one time 99% of nutritionists thought this food pyramid was correct.


Until they decided it was upside down. Alas, after a generation of brainwashing it’s hard to convince people to the contrary. Gary Taube, discussing that issue:

In the science in which I was raised—physics and chemistry, the hard sciences—the last thing you want to do is get an assumption accepted into the theory of how things work without rigorously testing it, because then people will build on it and it will grow and infect the whole thought construction.

In a field like nutrition and obesity research, you've now got these enormous institutional dogmas built in that I and others are arguing are simply wrong. How do you get the institutions to change their belief systems?

Nevertheless, the big lie worked so well with nutrition they used the same model for climate “science.” The result is a generation that has been brainwashed by “incontrovertible facts” about global warming that are neither incontrovertible nor facts. And they will go to any lengths to discredit anything that might stand in their way. This is how the sugar industry handled it:

A sugar industry executive (copped) to spending a half-million dollars on research trying to find anything that an artificial sweetener does that's damaging. They would give female rats the equivalent of 60 cans a day of soda and then hope that they would produce rats with birth defects so they could say it was as bad as thalidomide.

All the global warming industry has to do is continue to hide the “data” of its flawed studies while promoting the “results” and continue to claim that 97% of “scientists” agree with their flawed data so the “science” is closed.

When facts are fungible there in no science.

dilbert climate scientist warming

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rise and Shine

alarm clock

The swiftest hours, observed as they flew—

Towards this afflicted fancy fastly drew;

And, privileg’d by age, desires to know

In brief the grounds and motives of her woe.

— Shakespeare

It’s Sunday again – already? What happened to last week? Based exclusively on the bad weather and relentlessly bad news – I’m already sick of Comey and he hasn’t even officially started his non-apology tour - I’d say good riddance. However, I’m getting a bit too old to be so cavalier about time’s passage so I’ll just note that it wasn’t the best week ever and let Judge Jeannine put Comey in the proper perspective:

I decided to while away some of my precious time yesterday by using up the really, really big box of baby arugula I had unwisely bought. I decided to make arugula pesto. It was ridiculously easy and even more ridiculously good.

Arugula Pesto Recipe


  • 2 cups of packed baby arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup of shelled walnuts, toasted (1-2 minutes in Micro works)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled, rough chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Place garlic, walnuts, arugula, lemon juice and salt in bowl of food processor (mini-processor works best for this quantity) and pulse briefly to chop. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor – you can add more if you want a thinner pesto. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

That’s it! I’m not much of a food blogger so I forgot to take pictures in process. This is a shot after the fact, with my dirty Cuisinart mini and our dinner salad bowl as a prop:

pestoYes, I’ve still got left over arugula

But trust me it was really, really good – and pretty.


I’m saving it for today as I already had dinner cooking when I decided to be creative with greenery. So what do you think, grilled chicken? Pasta? Shrimp? Steak? I’m open to suggestions.

The sun’s out here today and already melting last week’s snow so if you’re in the path of the late-season blizzard  blowing through today don’t worry, better days are on the way.

sun moon and stars

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dog Tales From Damascus

A Short History of Syria and its use of chemical weapons.

The Leading from Behind Years:

leading-From-BehindFORWARD. FROM BEHIND. h/t TOTUS

August 20, 2012: Barack Obama warns Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical or biological weapons in Syria is a "red line" that should not be crossed. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” [ed. Remind me again why is he known as the most articulate president ever?]

December 23, 2012: The Assad regime is accused of using chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

August 28, 2013: The United States concludes that the Assad regime did indeed conduct chemical weapons attacks against civilians. President Obama says he has not yet decided whether to take a military action in Syria (apparently he decided not to).

September 14, 2013: President Obama says “First of all, I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line.”

obama-now-denies-he-ever-set-red-line-syria-liberal-doublespeak. somebody else did that

iPad-wallpaper-red-lineIt was more of a suggestion than a threat


Oct. 31, 2014: John Kerry declares that we removed 100% of Assad’s chemical weapons. (And Iran will not build any nuclear weapons either, so there.)

January 16, 2017: Susan Rice explains the Syrian government “voluntarily and verifiably” give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

From the Leading From the Front Years of  President Trump (so far):

February 1, 2018: A chemical weapon attack on the Syrian people in Douma, Damascus is reported.

April 7, 2018: Reports surface of another major chemical weapon attack in Douma, a suburb outside of Damascus, Syria, killing at least several dozen civilians.

April 13, 2018: BOOM! Any questions?

It took Rachel Maddow less than 2 minutes after the bombing was announced to raise the “tail wagging the dog” question just to muddy the waters. For the record, the only tail wagging the dog scenarios in the White House occurred when there were Democrats occupying the residence. Although we’re talking about two altogether different kinds of dogs…and tails.

getty bo the dog


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Friday, April 13, 2018

#FLOTUSFRIDAY–Give That Man a Big Cigar

I for one am glad that James Comey has found a new career in which he can use the skills he’s developed over a lifetime:


"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values," Comey writes in the book, according to The New York Times. "His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty."  - USA Today

That’s impressive analysis given his limited contact with President Trump. Most psychoanalysts require dozens of hour long sessions with a client before developing a psychological profile. But then, most of them have never worked for the F.B.I..

  • He says Trump urged him to investigate the notorious dirty dossier which claimed he ordered Russian prostitutes to perform 'golden showers'
  • Comey says he wanted it shown to be untrue in case there was 'even a one per cent chance' Melania thought it was true  - DMO
  • It looks like he might be thinking of specializing in marriage counseling:

    Comey recalls privately wondering why Melania might think there was even a 1 percent chance the allegation was true, noting there was “zero chance” his own wife would believe such a claim. [are you certain?]

    “In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn’t do that?” Comey writes. – NYPost

    But don’t worry about Melania:


    The last boy to step up to the board wrote “energized” and, as he pivoted to return to his seat, knocked to the carpet the first lady’s water glass on the table beside her ornately upholstered blue-and-gold chair.

    He let out a gasp and a loud “Ooohh,” according to the White House pool report from the event.

    Mrs. Trump put a reassuring hand on the boy’s shoulder, telling him: “No problem. Don’t worry. It’s just water, OK? No worry at all. It happens.” – People

    She just carries on, performing her responsibilities with flawless grace and dignity. Something I don’t believe Dr. Comey will never be accused of:

    The 6-foot-8 Comey describes the president - described by the White House doctor as 6 foot 3 - as shorter than he expected with a 'too long' tie.

    His 'face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his'.

    'I remember wondering how long it must take him in the morning to get that done.'– DMO

    “As he extended his hand,” Comey adds, “I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.” – NYPost

    Projection: It’s a powerful defense mechanism. What do you say we give this guy a big hand?


    And a cigar. He definitely needs a cigar.

    P.S. If the psychoanalyst gig doesn’t work out I think he can get a gig writing mean girl books.

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    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    #ThrowbackThursday: Embrace the Suck

    Silly me; I thought all the new, jazzy paper straws showing up everywhere from Ikea to Walmart were strictly a party fashion trend to help you coordinate your dinnerware with your beverage containers.


    I should have known better; as it turns out it’s a sign that the sun is setting on the plastic straw, a commodity that has proved itself to be, like the plastic grocery bag, problematic, polluting and worthy of our shunning despite its inherent utility.paper straws 3

    Apparently there is a world-wide effort afoot to remove these menacing instruments of the suck from public life. The movement started in Britain and moved to Australia before making landfall in California  - the forerunner of all things good and holy in this country as we were told the other day. From California the bans will spread across the land, eventually vanquishing the evil, one-use plastic straw.

    Of course you won’t be able to switch to paper straws without proper instruction:

    paper straw

    But I say why stop there? Why not require people to bring their own, reusable straw if they want to suck? They come in glass, stainless steel and bamboo, all washable and fully recyclable.

    glassdharma02 reusable strawsstainless steel strawsbamboo-straws travel packSome even come with their own cleaning implement and travel case!

    Don’t get me wrong: there was much to like about the old fashioned soda shops:

    rockwell--august--soda-fountain“August at the Soda Fountain”

    But soggy, chewed up paper straws were not on the Top 10 list. Nevertheless, looks like this environmental train has left the station so my advice is to stock up on a life-time supply of the deadly plastic straws now, before they go the route of the incandescent lightbulb.

    suck it up bc

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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    #OpenWhineWednesday: Help Me Before I Hurt Myself!

    Just a few thoughts to get you rolling:

    Paul Ryan’s retirement: which Deep State industry will he be taking a multi-million dollar job with? Healthcare? Insurance? Big Pharma? Big Media? Wall Street? All of the above (lobbying)?

    paul-ryan-fiscal-cliffPaul Ryan: he didn’t write the book but he did discover the Path to Prosperity.

    Syria: Although Barry had a hard time finding the red line he drew - probably due to the fact he’s color blind - President Trump doesn’t seem to have that problem.

    red lineProposed Future Presidential Litmus Test: Disqualified if all you see is black

    Zuckerberg hearings: Make that “show” hearings. So far all I’ve got is “We’ve got to seize your data in order to use know what’s in it.”

    In-Your-facebook-Stealing-Your-DataHelp! Stop me before I steal again!

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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    #TransformationTuesday: Tadpole Edition

    Ever wonder what made America great? I think it was the fact the country was founded by people who possessed the three defining characteristics of the Age of Enlightenment.


    grenouillen rational frog


    skeptical frog

    and Individualism:


    Three characteristics anathema to oppressive authoritarian regimes.


    Take China for example; disliking behavior outside the norm they are in the process of finalizing their new “social system” that will ultimately rate all of its citizens and assign points in order to promote appropriate behavior and discourage anti-social behavior:

    Like private credit scores, a person's social score can move up and down depending on their behaviour. The exact methodology is a secret — but examples of infractions include bad driving, smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games and posting fake news online.

    1. Banning you from flying or getting the train

    2. Throttling your internet speeds.

    3. Banning you (or your kids!) from the best schools.

    4. Stopping you getting the best jobs.

    5. Keeping you out of the best hotels.

    6. Being publicly named as a bad citizen.

    Like Santa they also have a list of good little girls and boys who will receive nice presents:

    There is also a list for good citizens — that will reportedly get you more matches on dating websites.

    They can also get discounts on energy bills, rent things without deposits, and get better interest rates at banks.

    And it really, really works!

    "For example, when we drive, now we always stop in front of crosswalks. If you don't stop, you will lose your points.

    "At first, we just worried about losing points, but now we got used to it."  (Business Insider)


    Don’t anyone tell the Progressives! That is precisely the template they’ve been looking for in order to get the recalcitrants to behave properly.


    A side note re. the FBI raid on the office and residence of President Trump’s personal attorney: Remember when Chuck Schumer said this?

    "Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."

    Well you’re looking at one of the six. Do not fret. We just have to stay out of the pot, sit back…and wait.

    frog karma

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