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  • Meet Donald Trump supporters from the various groups he’s offended

    05/15/2016 12:06:25 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    wizkid to Innovative
  • Meet Donald Trump supporters from the various groups he’s offended

    05/15/2016 10:59:26 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    wizkid to Innovative
  • IT IS NOT LAW ! ! !

    05/15/2016 9:58:52 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    wizkid to GonzoII

    Don’t forget the luxury items like sorghum molasses and pecans.

  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 7:05:03 PM PDT · 48 of 48
    wizkid to patriot08
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · 43 of 48
    wizkid to Organic Panic
    Let me try and summarize:

    Apparently, Trump used to prank the media 25 years ago by pretending to be a Trump PR man named John Miller.

    The first several minutes of the video has FOX News Investigator, John Roberts, reviewing the history of one of these pranks. Roberts goes into detail about an incident with Sue Carswell, a former People Magazine writer, where Trump called her pretending to be "John Miller." You can see part of the transcript from the call in the video. It is basically John Miller talking up Trump's success and subsequent popularity with celebrity women.

    Roberts notes that at the time Trumps girlfriend, Marla Maples, and gossip columnist Cindy Adams both identified the caller on the tape as Donald Trump, not "John Miller." He also notes that the inflection, cadence and New York accent of the voice all resemble Trump.

    Where you see the image of Trump on the screen, Roberts is playing a tape of Trump denying he has anything to do with being John Miller.

    Where you see Megyn stabbing her forehead with pen, she is saying "OMG, OMG, OMG" while her producers guffaw in the background as she is bewildered by what Roberts just reported.

    Megyn then interviews Sue Carswell. Sue tells Megyn that Trump admitted to her at the time that he did call her pretending to be John Miller. Sue also springs the surprising news that she did not leak the tape to the Washington Post as she lost it during a move years ago.

    Sue then posits that she lost the tape then it must have been Trump who leaked the tape. These leads to Megyn wiping her forehead mimicking her mind being blown while her staff start guffawing again in the background. Megyn is perplexed as to why he would do this. Sue gets a laugh from the production staff when Megyn asks her why and she says “he has done stranger things.” She gets another big laugh when she says in a deadpan, “Hello Donald,” after Megyn realizes it was a clever Donald ploy to dominate the news cycle and she has been lured into it.

    Megyn next start off the interview with Howie Kurts by massaging her forehead while bellowing “Ow, Ow, Ow.” and Howie responds “my head is spinning.” They then continue to analyze the cleverness of the ploy:

    Take a small non-story but just strange enough to be news worthy.
    Also compelling because we have a presidential candidate talking about his love life.
    And one that contains an audio recording so it can be broadcast.
    Basically, a story that is a cable news gold mine.
    At one point, Megyn and Howie still don't seem to get it because they discuss how Trump could have diffused the situation by saying it was him on the tape and just an old joke from a long time ago.
    Instead of diffusing, Trump went on the attack and denied it was him on the tape thus pressuring even more coverage as the press is forced to try and prove it is Trump.
    They then speculate why he would bother trying to refute the story since it is such a non-issue.
    They come to the conclusion that his denial would force the press to refute his denials and ensure that this non-story would continue to give Trump media dominance well into next week.
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 3:27:17 PM PDT · 40 of 48
    wizkid to Vermont Lt
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 2:17:47 PM PDT · 25 of 48
    wizkid to Sacajaweau
    Yes, my daughter showed me a bit of this Oprah video from years ago last night. She commented on how impressed she was that Trump has stayed consistent with his message over time.

    I agree with Trump about what he is saying on trade. We have protected a lot of countries for years while these countries have waged organized war on our industries.

    I worked in Japan in the late 80's at a major manufacturer and witnessed it first hand. I also sometimes spoke to US Trade Representatives from the US Embassy at the time (people talk a lot in bars) and they knew it was happening too.
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 2:09:32 PM PDT · 22 of 48
    wizkid to conservative_cyclist
    "So what? Who Care?"

    Valid questions.

    Do I care if it is Trump on the tape? No, I don't and neither do other sane people including you.

    I do care if the Republican candidate shows some mastery with mass media.

    There is also a good laugh to be had here at the expense of every major news outlet in the country, which is priceless.
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 1:16:57 PM PDT · 9 of 48
    wizkid to bigbob

    He burned them so bad even the s lords at 4chan are spellbound (Caution: 4chan does not police things like "F words"):

    NOTE: SLiMG image of 4chan discussion highlights not the actual site.

    ...and the Rabbit Hole Goes Even Deeper
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 1:05:00 PM PDT · 5 of 48
    wizkid to amihow
    Yes, it almost certainly was him.

    It also looks like he leaked the tapes to the Washington Post to send the 20 or so investigators assigned to him on a wild goose chase.

    Here is a reddit discussion that sums it up pretty well:

    Trump Elevates Playing to Multi_Dimensional Chess"
  • 1991 Audio Tapes & Donald Trump - The Kelly File

    05/14/2016 12:50:16 PM PDT · 1 of 48
    Trump makes Megyn's you know what explode again.
  • No change a year after Freddie Gray's death, marchers say

    04/16/2016 9:46:47 PM PDT · 37 of 55
    wizkid to Olog-hai
    Lovely downtown "Bawlmer." Snap taken from my car as we were fleeing last Summer on our way to NYC.

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  • Trump's Saturday delegate disaster (South Carolina and Colorado)

    04/09/2016 9:51:00 PM PDT · 91 of 223
    wizkid to nathanbedford

    ....and the scallywags expose themselves for the frauds they are.

  • Ramirez Cartoon: What a Contested Convention Looks Like ...

    04/09/2016 9:53:44 AM PDT · 12 of 73
    wizkid to Jim 0216

    Joke Interpretation:
    Contested Convention = Civil War

    Serious Interpretation:
    Ramirez is alluding to the fact that Lincoln was little favored going into the 1860 Republican Convention and won via backroom deals.

  • Charles Murray Lecture 2009: The happiness of the people

    03/22/2016 6:36:15 PM PDT · 7 of 12
    wizkid to Chickensoup

    Thanks for posting. It is a great read and explains a lot about why things seems to be going astray in Western societies.

  • Karl Rove: Trump Should Be "Worried," He's Peaked

    02/21/2016 10:11:32 AM PST · 112 of 128
    wizkid to RoosterRedux

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  • US General says Carpet Bombing ISIS is Inconsistant with Our Values

    02/04/2016 8:41:04 PM PST · 22 of 58
    wizkid to ClearCase_guy
    "Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier."
    - General Curtis Emerson Lemay
  • US General says Carpet Bombing ISIS is Inconsistant with Our Values

    02/04/2016 8:28:30 PM PST · 13 of 58
    wizkid to DeathBeforeDishonor1
  • US General says Carpet Bombing ISIS is Inconsistant with Our Values

    02/04/2016 8:18:16 PM PST · 4 of 58
    wizkid to DeathBeforeDishonor1
  • Counter Attack - Facts to Combat Communism

    11/29/2015 2:16:59 PM PST · 3 of 3
    wizkid to Fiji Hill
    Thank you for your reply and for posting the Bloomsberg University index with links to more issues.

    Just like now, in the past, much of this information was suppressed by the MSM.

    Unlike now, in the past, there was no internet and no Free Republic so one had to rely on pamphlets and newsletters to access it.

    Unfortunately, these pamphlets are often not easy to get ahold of so your link is quite useful.

    In 1947-48 prices, $24 for a year's subscription was pretty expensive so readership must have been limited.

    It is also interesting to note that these are classified as "Radical" newsletters in the index. While Progressives like to see themselves as radicals, there is nothing radical about totalitarianism as it has been the most common form of government for eons. True Liberalism stressing liberty (the kind practiced by our founding fathers, not the kind practiced by Progressives who co-opted the word) is a revolutionary concept.
  • Counter Attack - Facts to Combat Communism

    11/29/2015 12:28:37 PM PST · 1 of 3
    For the endless supply of dupes out there (regulare Freepers excluded), let me close with a quote:

    Consistency never has been a mark of stupidity. If the diplomats who have mishandled our relations with Russia were merely stupid, they would occasionally make a mistake in our favor. -- James Forrestal to Joseph McCarthy, December 1946
  • "World's Oldest" Cognac Opened in Poland

    11/26/2015 12:11:16 PM PST · 26 of 26
    wizkid to DogByte6RER
    The could have saved some dough and just bought a jug of Chicago's own, Jeppson's Malort:

    You Tube - Is Jeppson's Malort Liquer The Worst Drink Ever? See Our Malort Faces!

    You Tube - Jeppson's Malort, I'll have another.

    "It's like rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover."

    "It's like moonshine or a twig."

    "Hints of licorice, ear wax."
  • Failed Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake Blames Others For Her City’s Violence

    08/21/2015 8:03:47 PM PDT · 36 of 41
    wizkid to detective

    Bad mayor, good cookies...

    Da Bawlmore Bomb, Berger's Cookies

    Like grandma used to make!

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  • Asian Movies for the Weekend

    08/06/2015 7:00:12 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    wizkid to Fai Mao
    Thank you for your interesting list.

    Small correction:

    Departures is a Japanese movie not Korean. I have not tried your link but it may have Korean subtitles as Japanese movies are popular in Korea.

    For actual Netflix users, this movie is available on NetFlix too at least it was when I watched it there.
  • Meet 7 of the Most Interesting Founding Fathers You’ve Never Heard Of

    07/02/2015 7:34:18 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    wizkid to gwjack
    Yet, they always forget one of the best of them, Henry C Wisner.

    Wisner, Henry C.

    Henry forsook the fame of being a signer of the Declaration of Independence to go home to upstate NY to start a gunpowder and bullet factory because he felt his country needed bullets more than fancy speeches or pieces of paper.

    Perhaps, even more interesting is the history of his grandfather, Johannes Weesner, a Swiss Mercenary who was sent to America as a reward for his service to Queen Anne.

    Johannes Wisner (Weesner)

    It is the practical people like the Wisners, ones you do not often hear about, who really built this country. Unfortunately, we seem to have broken the mold as these people are few and far between now.
  • Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

    05/23/2015 4:55:52 PM PDT · 40 of 52
    wizkid to NYer
    Besides child molesters, the scouts also have a single mom problem at least in my experience.

    My son wanted to join a couple years ago because he naively thought the scouts did a lot of camping.

    It turns out my son's troop was headed up by a lady and most of the parents were single moms. Needless to say, the majority of the scouting activities seemed to revolve around arts and crafts type things.

    I think most of the single moms signed their sons up for the scouts because they wanted some sort of manly influence in their family. Not just for their sons but in their life too. The problem is that they turned the whole experience into something so lacking in testosterone that I could not stand to in the room with them more than five minutes. Tip for single ladies, if you want more stable men in your life, you should eat better, exercise, get more sleep, dress better and try projecting a cheerful attitude.

    In any case, they only had one camping trip the entire year. It was actually sponsored by the council not our troop. I was the only one from our troop to show up so my son and I had to hang with another troop that was headed up by a guy that I knew.

    We quit scouting the next week. This was around the time that they let gay scouts join. They all thought I quit because of the gay scout thing and tried to talk us into rejoining. Apparently, they lost a lot of families around that time but I bet the single moms are still there. My guess is the chance of a child getting molested skyrockets if one is raised by a single mom.

    My other peeve with the scouts is the constant begging for money. How much money does it take to run a scout troop? The church donated the space and we had to pay extra for the uniform, books and everything. The local and national council appeared to act more like a multilevel marketing scheme than an organization for young men. They only showed up to talk about money, money, money. Apparently, like a two dollar trollop , they will do practically anything for money.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 9:35:26 PM PST · 36 of 45
    wizkid to yarddog
    The shambolic nature of the American attacks at Midway certainly disconcerted the Japanese. On one hand, they admired the almost suicidal tenacity of the US bomber and torpedo pilots who risked annihilation by attacking in an uncoordinated fashion many times without fighter escort. On the other, they thought that they could beat off these attacks and eventually defeat the Americans with their superior coordination.

    The Shattered Sword did a good job portraying this and going into great detail regarding some of these doomed US attacks that are not very well known. These include attacks on the Japanese fleet by B17 bombers, Marauder bombers rigged to hold torpedoes and, incredibly, torpedo laden Catalina flying boats. Here is an article that describes some of these attacks:

    Naval History Blog - Nimitz and the Battle of Miday

    From Midway he learned that the B-17s sent against the invasion force found and attacked it 570 miles out. They reported having hit two battleships or heavy cruisers and two transports—news that the CinCPac staff received with a certain amount of skepticism. In the early evening, four Catalina amphibians took off from Midway for a moonlight torpedo attack on the invasion force.

    Here is a good rendering of the Marauder squadron attack on the Akagi:

    Shot Across the Bow

    I believe that some Japanese sailors even sent up a cheer to the Marauders in respect for their gallantry in the face of suicidal odds. Here is a good article about it:

    The Pacific War Org - The Charge of the B-26 Marauders at Miday
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 8:56:39 PM PST · 32 of 45
    wizkid to ealgeone
    Yes, I know that the timing for the attack was tight but do not recall all the reasons why. I believe that the Japanese were desperate to attack the Dutch and British in South Asia to get at oil and they may have had weather constraints since the Japanese had to sail from the North to surprise the US.


    If the goal was to knock the US out of the war for an extended period of time or completely then you would have to go after the carriers, the subs and the fuel not the battleships, otherwise the attack was somewhat pointless. You were essentially just stirring up a US hornets nest and leaving the US with a lot of firepower to strike back at you almost immediately.

    It is just hard for me to reconcile that someone who was purported to be such a brilliant admiral particularly in regards to his understanding of the importance of aircraft carriers could miss this.

    ...but hindsight is 20/20 and it was a complicated situation.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 8:37:28 PM PST · 31 of 45
    wizkid to spokeshave
    The biggest problem we had with zeros early on was with our tactics not with our planes. The US pilots often made the mistake of playing to the zeros strengths and getting into low speed turning fights. When we fought based on our strengths many of our planes at the start of the war were more than a match for the zero.

    Take the P40 for example, it had a superb kill ratio against the zero when flown properly. Here is a good take on this subject:

    P-40 vs. Zero

    I just read an interesting article about the P-40, and some of it was written by a 14th. Air Force pilot who said a few things I had not heard before. The standard diving attack was mentioned, and was said to be effective, as the Flying Tigers proved earlier. This pilot said maintaining an airspeed of over 250 m.p.h. was the best way to even up the fight between a 40 and a Zero or Oscar. The Zero's agility of course was legendary at low speeds, but above 250 those large ailerons became a liability, and a roll at high speeds was extremely difficult due to the stick forces. A 40 would out-roll a Zero at high speeds, and a good 40 pilot could use this to great effect if the Zero pilot fell for it. Another factor mentioned was that for every successive Zero model, the contemporary 40 version was faster. A6M2 vs. P-40C, A6M3 vs. P-40E and F, A6M5 vs. P-40N. In each case, the pilot said the 40 had at least a 30 m.p.h. speed advantage. So, the 40 pilot could always break the engagement off. The P-40 of course had an even greater advantage in diving speeds, with well over 400 m.p.h. attainable with no risk of damage to the robust airframe. Early Zero's couldn't hit 350 without the risk of damage. The 14th. Air Force pilot also indicated that himself and many of his fellow pilots preferred the 40 to the P-51, as the high altitude capabilities of the 51 were not a factor in their theater. Seems like the more I read about the old P-40, the more I find out that it truly was by no means a second rate fighter. Most Japanese pilots had a great deal of respect for a competent pilot in a 40, but I have wondered what opinion the Luftwaffe pilots had of the Tomahawk.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 8:06:24 PM PST · 28 of 45
    wizkid to ealgeone
    You raise a lot of valid points.

    ...but one would think if Yamamoto truly understood the importance of carriers, he would have made sure that the carriers were in port during the attack. The Japanese certainly seemed to have the intelligence assets in Hawaii to do this.

    He staked his reputation on Pearl Harbor to the point of threatening to resign if the attack did not proceed when the general staff opposed it so he had the pull to make the carriers the top priority.

    It just seems like when you look at his complete record that Yamamoto was almost as obsessed with the "final climactic battle" as the rest of the Japanese high command and that maybe he was not as much of an aircraft carrier visionary as he is purported to be.

  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 7:22:39 PM PST · 14 of 45
    wizkid to yarddog
    Yes, he did go to Harvard where he apparently became an expert at poker and used the winnings to tour the US.

    Here is a good article from Harvard Magazine on the subject:

    Lessons in Surprise

    Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

    Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who led the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, was a special student at Harvard from 1919 to 1921. Seymour Morris Jr. ’68, M.B.A. ’72, of New York City, advances a theory that lessons Yamamoto learned at the University emboldened him to launch the attack, and that if the United States military had known their enemy as well as he knew them, they might not have been caught flatfooted, betting that he would first attack the Philippines.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 7:13:07 PM PST · 9 of 45
    wizkid to wizkid

    Oops, I meant to say that the US carriers were out on maneuvers during the Pearl Harbor attack not the battleships.

  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 7:10:36 PM PST · 6 of 45
    wizkid to yarddog
    Yes, he was a brilliant man but, like most brilliant men, he had his quirks.

    For example, he was ostracized for being a supporter of the Washington Naval Treaty which limited the size of the Japanese navy. This made him an outsider who often clashed with the General Staff.

    One way he redeemed himself was getting involved with carrier operations because carriers were a way to skirt these limits.

    It can be argued that his greatest triumph, Pearl Harbor, was actually his greatest mistake. The Navy General Staff was opposed to it because they did not want to draw the US into the war. There are many who believe that the US would not have gone to war without being provoked by Pearl Harbor.

    Further, instead of focusing on the real threats at Pearl Harbor like the submarines and carriers, he focused on the antiquated battleships. While the battleships were out on maneuvers during the attack, the Japanese had spies that could have let them pin point when they would be in port. They also missed the oil tanks which could have put the US Navy out of action for months.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD --> Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, A Case for the Value of Professional Reading

    01/13/2015 6:39:40 PM PST · 1 of 45
  • Why Do Multiple Texas Cities Want to Host the Sriracha Factory...

    05/03/2014 9:32:54 AM PDT · 19 of 40
    wizkid to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    My close relative was the PM, construction company project manager, for this factory.

    He often gets put in charge of projects with difficult owners.

    He had a lot of respect for David Tran who founded this company.

    From what I can recall, Mr Tran fled Vietnam after the war with just the clothes on his back and started out making the sauce in his house.

    He is just what you would expect from a self made man: No consultants, someone who took an in depth personal interest in every aspect of his business, only respected cash on the barrel head, very family oriented...

    Knowing what I know about California, my guess is that this is some sort of shakedown by the powers that be and Mr. Tran is not coughing up.
  • DA charges ex-Middle Smithfield golf director Pugh with voter fraud

    01/01/2014 4:27:26 PM PST · 7 of 16
    wizkid to gooblah
    Pocono Record -Middle Smithfield Township settles harassment lawsuit

    There are allegations that she was having a relationship with a town supervisor who hired her for a management position despite the fact that she had no relevant experience. When she was fired for mismanagement, she then sued for sexual harassment.

    Do not know it any of this is true but, if it is, I hope she gets nailed to the wall.
  • Nashua’s Campbell issues apology over duck deaths

    01/01/2014 11:21:49 AM PST · 17 of 19
    wizkid to billorites
    Thank you for posting this disturbing story. It is a perfect illustration of the kind of psychopath found in great abundance in political offices throughout the land.

    To those blaming the ex-Marine who fed them. No, these ducks were not being fed on a busy highway. They were near the hotel entrance where there is pond nearby. Many hotels often have these types of features because guests find them relaxing.

    Here is the hotel entrance:

    It is located far from the street and is reached via this minor access road. Note the almost L curve in the road that is designed to slow motorists down. I doubt that one could take the turn at more than 15 mph comfortably. This is not even the road that the ducks were on. It is just the road that one needs to take to get to where the hotel entrance is.

    As you can see from the map, there is a pond where the ducks hang out. It is off the road and near the hotel entrance. The ducks have to walk in the parking area of the hotel near the entrance where one would presume that drivers would be using great caution. A prudent speed for a hotel entrance would be more like 5 mph rather than 15 mph and zero if you saw ducks in the road with someone feeding them.

    The grace of God demands that we treat animals humanely.

    For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. - Ecclesiastes 3:19

    One sign sure sign of a disturbed individual is animal cruelty:

    WikiPedia - Cruelty to animals

    Psychological disorders

    One of the known warning signs of certain psychopathologies, including antisocial personality disorder, also known as psychopathic personality disorder, is a history of torturing pets and small animals, a behavior known as zoosadism. According to the New York Times, "[t]he FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appears in its computer records of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.[81] "A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well, including one patient who had murdered a young boy."[81] Robert K. Ressler, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's behavioral sciences unit, studied serial killers and noted,"Murderers like this (Jeffrey Dahmer) very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids."[82]

    Cruelty to animals is one of the three components of the Macdonald triad, indicators of violent antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. According to the studies used to form this model, cruelty to animals is a common (but not universal) behavior in children and adolescents who grow up to become serial killers and other violent criminals.

    It has also been found that children who are cruel to animals have often witnessed or been victims of abuse themselves.[83] In two separate studies cited by the Humane Society of the United States roughly one-third of families suffering from domestic abuse indicated that at least one child had hurt or killed a pet.[84]
  • UPDATE: Lawmaker issues apology about driving over ducks

    12/31/2013 9:04:39 AM PST · 55 of 56
    wizkid to afraidfortherepublic
    He is most likely a psychopath. Psychopaths have no empathy so to him it was a simple decision: Ducks in the way then run them over. He would probably done the same if they were children if he thought he could get away with it.

    He do I know that he is one? ... because he is a Lawyer, Politician and a Democrat so the odds are astronomically high:

    Business Insider - 20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath

    Lawyers are the second most "psychopathic" profession in the world, according to Kevin Dutton's book "The Wisdom of Psychopaths."

    In his book, Dutton interviews a cold-hearted lawyer who embodies psychopathic tendencies.

    "Deep inside me there's a serial killer lurking somewhere," the young attorney told him. "But I keep him amused with cocaine, Formula One, booty calls, and coruscating cross-examination."

    Here is a fuller account from the Nashua Telegraph:

    Nashua police investigate report of state Rep. Campbell running over ducks at hotel

    Here is the witness account, James Murphy, retired US Marine officer:

    “All of a sudden, this 5 Series BMW comes up, it’s going about 15 miles an hour, and then when he gets to the ducks, it’s not like it even slowed down,” Murphy said.

    “It just crushed all of the ducks.”

    Murphy said he called police because he was struck by the driver’s indifference.

    Note the money quote: "Struck by the indifference."

    Here is the perps rationalization:

    “I hit some ducks,” Campbell said in an interview with The Telegraph. “Some people were feeding ducks on the driveway in front of the Crowne Plaza at 10 o’clock at night … and they didn’t move, and I hit some ducks.”

    The lick spittles in the media are already jumping out of their way to defend him:

    The Atlantic - In Defense of a Duck-Killing New Hampshire Politician

    Note to the Altantic: This is not a busy thoroughfare. The front entrance to the hotel is set so far back from the non busy street in front of it that you can barely see it. Apparently, the people were feeding the ducks way back from the street near the front entrance to the hotel.

    Street View of Entrance to Hotel
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Repeat Performance"(1947)

    12/30/2013 6:33:55 PM PST · 13 of 14
    wizkid to ReformationFan

    Thank you for this excellent suggestion.

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 10:59:10 PM PST · 62 of 70
    wizkid to Rebelbase
    Yes, scoring a good tamale sometime can resemble a dope deal. There is a big difference though: Street tamales can sometimes be the best.

    Just a few weeks ago, I was walking out of the local meat market and a guy walked up and asked if I wanted to score some tamales. He had me pegged for a tamale addict all right. Anyway, they were raising money for a Mexican charity and they had all the mothers making them so they were excellent. I respect charities that raise money by doing something productive other than simply begging.

    Whenever I buy food off the street, it reminds me of my favorite BBQ in Old Town Katy Texas, Midway BBQ. It was a real hoot: Part market, part BBQ, part deer processor. Here is a street view of the sign (Yes, the entrance has a full sized stag mounted over it):

    Note: Sadly, it appears that the actual BBQ has since moved to bigger and fancier digs down the street. Bet they don't have that 29.99 take out family meal deal anymore either.

    In any case, some black ladies used to hang out front selling baked goods to raise money for their church. One things for sure, there ain't nothing better than a Southern church bake sale. You see one and you had best slam on the brakes, hang a huey and start buying up the goods. For just a few bucks, I could score all the classics: Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Coconut Cake, Pecan Pies. The thing that I most loved was the cookies. It was really the first time that I ever remembered eating a classic tea cake (cookie):

    Deep Dish South - Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

    The evolution and endurance of our southern tea cake is actually a rather remarkable story in itself really. The simple and unassuming cookies that we know, likely evolved from an English tea cake, according to most southern food historians. Arriving in our country probably sometime in the 1700s, it was typically served up at afternoon or high tea in the homes of the wealthy planters, and likely a version of the slightly sweet, light yeast bun, containing currants and other dried fruits.

    It wasn't long before little tea cakes found their way into the lives of poor southerners, who adopted them as our own and made them more suitable to our basic, affordable pantry ingredients - and our love for a much sweeter taste. One of earliest recorded recipes for an American version of tea cakes is found in the cookbook, American Frugal Housewife, published in the 1830s. Here is what they look like:

    Southerners do like things a tad sweet though. The deeper you get in the South, the sweeter they get. Here is the Creole/Cajun style glazed Tea Cake:

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 9:44:42 PM PST · 61 of 70
    wizkid to Osage Orange
    You've got that straight about El Rio Verde. Where else can you get decent ceviche in North-Eastern Oklahoma? After suffering through Tex Mex hell for several years, I finally found this Oasis in Tulsa. Here are some snaps of my first meal there:

    Note: There is nothing wrong with Tex Mex food but sometimes it is nice to have real (or at least something that tries to be more authentic)Mexican food.

    The signature El Rio Verde Wet Burrito

    Tortilla Soup

    Taco Salad

    Pièce de résistance - Shrimp Cocktail

    My favorite is the posole and menudo but they only have them on certain days and you have to get there early before they run out. You can really tell a good Mexican place by their soups. Unfortunately, I have no snaps of them.

    Super sketchy area though. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off and the flesh eating zombies are about to swarm. This street view does not do it justice. You need to visit in the Winter when the trees look dead for the full Walking Dead effect:

    El Rio Verde - Street View
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 8:44:12 PM PST · 59 of 70
    wizkid to discostu
    You are lucky to be in Tucson with all its fine Sonoran style Mexican restaurants. I have been there many times but, to my great regret, have never made it to El Charro yet (home of the Chimichanga and oldest Mexican restaurant in the US):

    El Charro Cafe

    Featuring Sonoran and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food, El Charro has won the Tucson Lifestyle Reader’s Poll Gold Medal as Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row or since the award was began in the local lifestyle magazine and was named in 2010 as one of America’s Top 50 Restaurant Icons by Nation’s Restaurant News.

    El Charro Cafe, Street View

    I spent my high school years in Phoenix and used to visit Tucson quite a bit. In Phoenix, my brother and I used to go to a place called La Tolteca a lot back when Van Buren was the preferred haunt of crack ho's. It was quite a trip: Part tortilla factory, Mexican pastry shop and deli that also served BBQ chickens for the brothers and sisters. The owner was Greek and packed a 38 in a holster. He would always greet us warmly and tell his kids to look at us because he respected two brothers that hung out as family (Some family, my mother and father were divorced but it sure was nice to see a father figure with some respect for family.). In any case, the super burrito must have weighed about five pounds, cost only a few bucks and my brother and I could live off one for a day (Good food too). It just goes to show that you do not have to be rich to eat well.

    I revisited Phoenix about ten years ago and it was great to see how much they have benefitted from the revitalization of Van Buren.

    La Tolteca
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 7:50:38 PM PST · 54 of 70
    wizkid to vetvetdoug
    My guess is the tradition started with Cuban (maybe slaves) in the South.

    Tamales does seem to be a family type business and it comes with all the usual family business type problems.

    For example, there is, apparently, a feud going on in Vicksburg between Solli's and the Tamale Place (In fact, one of those little signs in the "hole on the wall" picture that I posted states that Solly's is the place blessed by Solly although I do not take sides):

    Adventure Rider - Ride to Eat Tamales Tour (RTETT)

    In Vicksburg we have The Tamale Place and Solly's. Both started from a one man operation. A native of Cuba, Henry Solly, moved to Vicksburg and started selling tamales from a cart. He later opened up a small cafe to house his business. After his death there was some family fight that resulted in the two current tamale places in town, The Tamale Place and Solly's. They both use Solly's recipe and are quite good.

    It is crazy how close they are to each other:

    Directions from Solly's to the Tamale Place

    Heck, it would not be the South without a little bit of feudin. It probably makes them both up their games just like all those whiskey distillers.

    I must confess that the Tamale Place does have a bit more ambiance than Solly's:

    It is also home to the infamous Tamale Supreme:

    I borrowed the pics from Yelp because I misplaced mine. Here is a pic of their menu (May I suggest the saltine crackers as a side):

    Yelp - Tamale Place Menu

    Here is a great review of the Tamale Supreme (good pics too at the link):

    The Cynical Cook: The Tamale Place - Vicksburg

    If you thought the Frito Pie looked like a heart stopper, you’ll be floored when you see the Tamale Supreme. Filling a whole quart container, there’s a sense of foreboding just looking through the lid. Floating on that ocean of nacho cheese is a few jalapeno boats and a oil slick. With a little digging, I found there were actually tamales in this Tamale Supreme.

    The reviewer does fail to mention the beans at the bottom but there are some frijoles in there too (for a complete meal).

    The reviewer does mention that they also sell Boudin (Boo Dan) sausage there too, which I somehow missed on my trip there.
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 6:58:04 PM PST · 50 of 70
    wizkid to snoringbear
    If my wife was online she would kill me. She hates it when I switch from one food to the next. For example, I will say I am going to take her out to BBQ then change my mind and decide on Italian. In this case, the switch is from tamales to classic Southern style feasts.

    I would be remiss without a picture of some black eyed peas (alas with no snaps in them).

    Southern style veggies can't be beat that's for sure. One thing about Southern cafeterias is the sheer variety of vegetables. Here is one of my all time favorite spreads from Bryce's in Texarkana (It is a shame what the new freeway overpass did to them.)

    Check out these salads:

    Jellies too, including that Southern delicacy, Tomato Aspic stuffed with mayonnaise.

    and what meal would be complete without some pie (and, no, that is not a mirror image of pies but a double decker stack of pie shelves):

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:58:40 PM PST · 19 of 70
    wizkid to Red_Devil 232
    When you say order from a whole in the wall, you ain't kidding.

    Sorry for the ridiculously large photo but I cannot get it re-sized for the life of me:

    Solly's Tamales Vicksburg - Order Window photo Picture147_zps0901a844.jpg
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:50:58 PM PST · 17 of 70
    wizkid to Nifster
    Yes, in a lot of areas they are popular. When I moved to Southern California, my Mexican friends would have me over for tamales during Christmas/New Years.

    I feel sorry for people without this tradition. Here is an Esquire writer who is flummoxed by the whole thing:

    Esquire - The Red-Hot, Pork-Stuffed, Corn-Wrapped, Blues-Flavored Enigma

    At first I thought they messed up my order because I was like, "What the **** is that?" as I stared into a Styrofoam container at Bud's Snack Bar in Tunica, Mississippi. Inside there was a lump wrapped in some kind of a wax paper, tied together with what looked to me like a tampon string.

    I was really specific when I told the girl working behind the counter I wanted a tamale. She said okay, then asked how many. I told her one, she said they don't serve only one, and before I could even ask her why not, she said they sell them by the dozen, half dozen, or I can buy just three for three dollars, since they come in a bundle. I told her I'd take three.

    I then asked the girl if in fact that thing inside the white Styrofoam container was a tamale. I'm no connoisseur, but to me it looked absolutely nothing like any tamale I'd ever seen before.

    Apparently, this poor man has never bought tamales by the dozen and experienced the torture of the smell permeating both his car and clothes during the ride home as the molten red grease seepes through the brown paper sack. Of course, one or two always went missing during my trips.

    Here is one of my favorite places in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Solly's:

    Solly's Tamales - Store Front photo Picture138_zps1881fb31.jpg

    Eat your heart out Taco Bell:

    Solly's Tamales Vicksburg - Hot Tamales photo Picture139_zps3eff1b02.jpg

    Here is their mucho delish-iosso tamale burrito (a bad boy loaded with tamale stuffing):

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  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:17:15 PM PST · 1 of 70
    To some people, New Years in the deep South means black eyed peas but, to me, it means Hot Tamales.
  • The end of a Deep South way of life

    12/29/2013 1:50:02 PM PST · 95 of 113
    wizkid to the scotsman
    The story reminded me of growing up in Galveston, Texas, on the Gulf. Even though we were Catholic, my mother sent me to the Jewish Temple Academy because it had the best kindergarten:

    Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities

    B’nai Israel continued to be influenced by Rabbi Henry Cohen, even after he passed away in 1952. His vision of social justice undoubtedly inspired the congregation’s leadership to open the “Temple Academy” in 1957. At a time when Galveston was still racially segregated and there was no public kindergarten for blacks, the temple’s pre-school and kindergarten accepted students of all races.

    Even though people are taught that everyone was a bunch of bigots in the 50's and 60's, this is not an accurate picture. Just like it was not unusual for a Catholic to attend a Jewish kindergarten (if it was the best school), I remember many Jewish kids attending my Jesuit high school because it was the best.

    Sadly, the Jewish community has mostly died out on Galveston.

    It really was a special time, a time when a you knew everyone by name from the postman, to the guy that owned and ran the service station, to the fishermen who sold you seafood straight off the docks. I even remember riding my bike down to the local park every year to watch the circus set up its tents, all about age of five without my parents having to worry about me.

    Call me a dope but this song still gets me everytime:

    Glen Campbell - Galveston (Original Video HQ Stereo)
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 3:56:02 PM PST · 12 of 39
    wizkid to Antihero101607
    In terms of the actual article, you are right on subject.

    From best I can tell, the AK47 is an amalgamation of many ideas, including the Stg44, that the Soviets put together in stunning fashion. The whole idea of Kalishnikov dreaming up much of the design is a fair tale.

    Apparently, the bolt action was borrowed from the M1 Garand:

    Rotating Bolt - AK47

    YouTube - How a Rotating Bolt Works

    Rotating Bolt - M1 Garand

    Amazing rare film: M1 Garand Rifle U.S. CAL.30

    Tilting Bolt - STG44

    How a Tilting Bolt Works
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 2:19:28 PM PST · 3 of 39
    wizkid to fso301
    A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. - Quote Attributed to Stalin

    UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 - When the Soviet Union Entered World Politics

    primitive socialist accumulation

    Unless capital was supplied by foreign loans, the only available policy alternative was the one espoused by the leading party economist, Evgenii Preobrazhenskii. He advocated immediate and rapid industrialization, with priority given to large-scale heavy industry, and with investment capital mobilized by transferring to state industry what could be accumulated internally within the private sector, especially in previous hit agriculture next hit. At the center of his strategy for industrialization was the expropriation of agrarian surpluses, which he termed "primitive socialist accumulation."[69] Preobrazhenskii's proposal represented a direct challenge to the smychka , the worker-peasant alliance on which NEP was based, and to Bukharin's gradualist, voluntarist, and harmonious concept of how "socialism in one country" would be constructed. Bukharin in turn ridiculed Preobrazhenskii's strategy as "super-industrialization," industrialization at any cost, and he included in his condemnation Trotsky, who shared Preobrazhenskii's preference for rapid industrial growth but did not identify himself with the notion of peasant expropriation.