If you want to know what it’s like to listen to howler monkeys hoot at each other from one tree to the next, watch kindergarten boys yell to each other from their parents’ cars during morning carpool.

Amazing Vintage Pictures

Take your daughter to work day

The Battle of Berlin, 70 years later

Bird & Fortune – Silly Money – Investment Bankers

The Let’s Pizza machine

Automated Lamb Boning System
[I was watching thinking, “there go more jobs, and these aren’t even minimum wage ones.”  The robotics are incredible.]

Hillbilly Gopher Trap

Casino Food Recycler

The Center Does Not Hold
The Boy Scouts of America has banned squirt guns.

PAUL RAHE: Staging Riots. “Yesterday, Katie Pavlich, Debra Heine, and Ed Driscoll drew our attention to a demonstration, unmentioned in the mainstream media, that took place in St. Louis and eventuated in the occupation of the offices of an outfit called MORE – Missourians for Organizing Reform and Empowerment. MORE is an offshoot of ACORN, and it is funded in part by George Soros’ omnipresent Open Society Institute (which has spent something like $5 billion supporting such outfits in recent years). What makes this particular demonstration newsworthy is the fact that the demonstrators were demanding that they be paid, as promised, for the work they did in organizing demonstrations in Ferguson last summer.”

Missouri woman awarded $83MILLION after debt collection agency sued her for $1,000 and harassed her non-stop over a credit card she never even owned: “A Missouri woman has been awarded $83million after a collection agency sued her for a $1,000 credit card debt she never owed. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC was found guilty by a Kansas City jury for maliciously prosecuting Maria Guadalupe Mejia for a debt that actually belonged to a man with a similar name. The debt buyer was fined $250,000 for violating the Fair Debt and Collection Practices Act and $82,990,000 in punitive damages for malicious prosecution. Mejia, 51, said that, although she knew she didn’t owe the company any money, she was absolutely ‘terrified’ when she was served the lawsuit in 2013. ‘I feared they would take my house and I feared they would arrest me.’” Chiala said Portfolio Recovery Associates, one of the biggest debt buyers in the country, has a reputation for a
‘take no prisoners’ approach. ‘Among consumer lawyers, they are known to be very aggressive in litigation and to not stop,’ she said. ‘Even when they’re wrong, they’re just not going to stop.’

[Good.  I hope it hurts – me]

Feds go after biker gang members… by claiming the rights to their logos
Prosecutors are attempting to break up America’s most violent motorcycle gangs by claiming rights to their logos.
If the government is successful, it will become illegal for a member of the 600-strong notorious Mongols Nation gang to wear its trademarked patch – a black-and-white image of 12th century conqueror Genghis Khan riding a motorbike in a pair of sunglasses.
Police sources say that removing gang logos diminishes the gang’s power and identity


It is SHUT UP all the way down — business people not even allowed to personally disagree with same-sex marriage
That a jeweler politely served a lesbian couple, making custom engagement rights for them wasn’t enough. Once they found out he was a Christian (gasp!) who personally believed in the real definition of marriage (horrors!), then let the hate and death threats begin …


BECAUSE #TOLERANCE!:  Charles C.W. Cooke on the Intolerant Jeweler Who Harbored an Impure Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage. Oh, the irony is deep on this one.  A Canadian jeweler who opposed same-sex marriage nonetheless makes wedding bands for a lesbian couple.  The lesbian couple then demanded their money back, claiming the jeweler’s thoughts tainted their rings.
Geez, either you do or you don’t want service.  You cannot, however, demand agreement, even in Canada.
[They have implemented thought crimes now – me]

[From the comments]
This is the case that demonstrates the rule: the gay marriage movement isn’t about equality, it is about affirmation. Mere tolerance isn’t good enough.
This is an old technique, an old strategy. You force people to publicly declare their support for The New Order, The True Faith, The Way Things Ought To Be by requiring them to humiliate themselves, or else. Whether it’s forcing a classroom of kids to stand and declare whether they are for or against queer marriage, and God help those who declare agin it, it’s all the same.
Service was never the point, from the wedding photographer who was chosen because of her public Christianity to the bakers chosen for their public faith, or now the wedding ring maker, chosen because everybody knew he was against queer marriage. The only point was humiliation of those politically opposed.
It worked for the Soviets. It worked for the Nazis. It’s working now, because people are being separated from each other by labels of homophobia and insensitivity and bigotry. As long as you consent to being labeled and do not resist, you are their itch-bay.

The freshman senator from Kentucky said Wednesday that the GOP’s foreign policy hawks “created these people.” . . .  “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately,” Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He continued: “They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved – they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it.”
This has triggered understandable backlash, including the Wall Street Journal editorial board today:


BRIBERY EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON HILLARY & CLINTON FOUNDATION:  Two legal experts have told Breitbart that they believe the activities of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, undertaken while Clinton was Secretary of State, violate the federal statute prohibiting bribery of public officials, 18 USC 201.

When asked if the donations to the Clinton Foundation by defense contractors including Boeing (which subsequently received State Department approval of sales of their products to foreign governments) constituted a violation of domestic bribery statues, Law School Professor and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expert Michael Koehler tells Breitbart News, “I’ll answer that question by quoting a former law professor who was fond of saying ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck chances are it is a duck’”
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andy McCarthy thinks there’s enough evidence for the FBI and DOJ to launch an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton broke federal statutes that prohibit the bribery of public officials.
“There is certainly a reasonable basis for federal agents and prosecutors to investigate whether there was an understanding that Secretary Clinton would be influenced in the performance of her official duties by lavish donations to her family foundation, and, indeed, that the Clinton Foundation was operated as a racketeering enterprise,” McCarthy tells Breitbart News.
“This is the theory on which the Justice Department has proceeded in the prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — in fact, the main difference between the two cases may be that the staggering sums of money that were poured into the Clinton Foundation by supplicants who benefited from Hillary Clinton’s stewardship of the State Department dwarf the amounts involved in the Menendez indictment,” McCarthy continues.

The statute is broad and, like all criminal statutes, requires proof of a quid pro quo, but this could be (and indeed, generally must be, absent direct video or audio evidence from the horse’s mouth, so to speak) proven by circumstantial evidence. The U.S. Attorney in either D.C. or New York (where the Clinton Foundation is located) would need to initiate an investigation. But I won’t hold my breath that these Obama nominees will do so.
[From the comments]
Martha Stewart was convicted with less evidence.
I always wondered, who did she cross? Or was she maybe funding the local Tea Party or something? She got targeted for a reason.

The FCC’s Lifeline program subsidizes phone service for very poor Americans; it gained notoriety under the label “Obamaphone,” even though the program started under Reagan and was extended to cell phones under Clinton. Now the FCC is proposing that the program, which is funded by a fee on telecom providers, be extended to broadband, on the logic that high-speed internet is as necessary today as telephone service was a generation ago.

A Black gun-totin’ female in the American wild west. She was six feet tall; heavy; tough; short-tempered; two-fisted; powerful; and packed a pair of six-shooters and an eight or ten-gauge shotgun. A legend in her own time, she was also known as STAGECOACH MARY.


If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.

[From the comments]
As far as Hastert is concerned, I’m sure there’s a there, there, but we still don’t know the story yet. I wish the press could get themselves as exorcised about a Secretary of State hiding e-mails from the public and hiding bribes than they are about sexual misconduct from a former teacher. Eventually, the truth will come out about Hastert and he will be forever shamed because of it. We may never know about the Clintons and she wants to run for President of the United States for God’s sake. Can we try to get our priorities straight here.

You can’t understand it? It’s not that complicated.
1. You can get away with an awful lot when the media are acting as an unpaid PR firm for your party.
2. Clinton wasn’t the only one guilty of a multitude of crimes in office. Criminal guilt is so widespread in Washington that nobody dares to hold anybody responsible, lest they retaliate, and a storm of revelations brings down the entire government.
There’s a point where corruption becomes so endemic in an institution, that the corrupt get together and expel the honest, for their own mutual protection. Washington has passed that threshold, it is a city of the depraved and criminal

I have lived in Illinois for going on 48 years, in Rostenkowski’s later Blagojevich’s later Rahm Emanuel’s District. Four of our governors have gone to prison in my lifetime. My own alderman and own Congressman (two if you count Blagojevich twice as a Congressman and as a governor ), also. We don’t have Democrats and Republicans. We have the Machine in Chicago and the Combine downstate, and they work hand in glove. When you look at Hastert’s case, ask only if the sex scandal is a blind for a bigger crime, one where he was actually a bagman for bribes to public officials which might net him up to 30 years instead of the few months in a halfway house he’s facing with the crimes he admitted to.

IF YOU CAN’T BAN IT, REGULATE THE HECK OUT OF IT:  Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the Firearm Risk Protection Act, which would require mandatory liability insurance for all gun owners; non-compliance would trigger a $10,000 fine.  It won’t go anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress, but it is a reminder of what the Democrats would do if they could (and they would do much more).

[From the comments]
>>>>”It wont go anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress”<<<<
Looking at how the Republicans have acted since election night, how sure are you of that? I have too many fresh dagger wounds in the back to trust that they would not give up any part of the Constitution.

Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance
Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him.
It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns.
The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m.
“I thought, ‘Holy crap,’ ” said Zimmerman.
Bearing the call sign N361DB, the plane is one of three Cessna 182T Skylanes registered to LCB Leasing of Bristow, Va., according to FAA records. The Virginia secretary of state has no record of an LCB Leasing. Virtually no other information could be learned about the company.
Zimmerman’s curiosity might have ended there if it weren’t for something he heard from his aviation network recently: A plane registered to NG Research — also located in Bristow — that circled Baltimore for hours after recent violent protests there was in fact an FBI plane that’s part of a widespread but little known surveillance program, according to a report by the Washington Post.