Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Constitutional Trivia That's Not So Trivial

I did not know that the Speaker of the House DOES NOT have to be a member of the House. How come I didn't know that? Did I know it and just forgot that I knew it? *insert old-gal shrug here*

So, do you all think Romney or Gingrich might land the position? Or is Ryan a shoo-in now that McCarthy has dropped out? Or will Boehner hang on kicking and screaming? Or will one of the right wing "extremists" prevail?

Monday, October 5, 2015

All The News Is Horrifying

Just because I don't want to talk about the massacre in Roseburg, or the destruction of cultural antiquities by the maniacs of ISIS, or Jews being murdered in front of their children, or Putin pwning the POTUS, or just about anything that's in the news, here's....


I'll rejoin the real world...tomorrow. Maybe.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Let's Dance!

This is really great! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ben Carson Is Raking In The Moola

I know he'll never get the nomination, and so does everyone else. Like Trump's supporters, those of us championing Carson (and sending him wads of cash) are attempting to make a point to the utterly disconnected RNC; we don't want your candidate (Jeb), we don't want your agenda, and you do not speak for us. Oh, and we've freakin' HAD IT with every tiny little thing being viewed through the prism of race and/or sexual orientation.
Ruger was more blunt. “For the last seven years or so, the liberal media has been accusing the Republican Party of being racist towards Obama, and I think what you’re seeing now is that the Republican Party is not racist, because Carson’s polls are going up,” he said. “Obviously in New Hampshire here, the majority of the people are white—all of them pretty much, if you know what I mean. And he’s not racist and we’re not racist as Republicans.”
His wife, Diane Ruger, a 66-year-old retired radiological technologist, agreed. “We need a unifier, we don’t need a divider,” she said.
So I say: Go Ben! Focus the spotlight on the corrupt, creaky old ostriches in Washington all you can before the shrieking harlots of the "media" eviscerate you and your family.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


This is one of the movies I'm looking forward to seeing in the theater. We only seem to get to a couple a year; that's because so few new films look interesting to us and also partially due to some lefty actor saying outrageous and/or idiotic things. Either way, we wait for something special and Everest looks to be one of those.

Having read Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air a couple times - and late mountaineer Scott Fischer being from our area - I'm familiar with the story. It's a riveting book that I would highly recommend (despite the fact that I thought the author was personally a self-absorbed douche).

Here is a link to Mt. Everest from the ground up. Use your mouse to see the incredible panoramic view from the summit.

Now if only Peter Jackson would finish and release The Hobbit Trilogy...Extended Christmas...I'd be a happy camper!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Good Riddance. Begone!

Hallelujah, the crybaby sellout Boehner is resigning!

The combination of another debt limit fight, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and prospect of another government shutdown tearing his party apart, the GOP just suffered its latest major blow, when news hit that House speaker John Boehner, just 24 hours after getting a visit by none other than the Pope, is folding one last time:

I wonder what the Pope said to him? I just looked it up; Cryin' Johnny IS a Roman Catholic. Perhaps the wanton dismemberment and murder of innocent babies came up in the conversation. Perhaps.

This is great news for the honest-to-gawd real conservatives in the House. Now we'll see if they can elect a speaker that has a spine and a pair. Spines and pairs are in short supply in that neck of the woods.

Stating The Obvious

From Dienekes:
Psychologists have demonstrated the value of diversity – particularly diversity of viewpoints – for enhancing creativity, discovery, and problem solving. But one key type of viewpoint diversity is lacking in academic psychology in general and social psychology in particular: political diversity. This article reviews the available evidence and finds support for four claims: (1) Academic psychology once had considerable political diversity, but has lost nearly all of it in the last 50 years. (2) This lack of political diversity can undermine the validity of social psychological science via mechanisms such as the embedding of liberal values into research questions and methods, steering researchers away from important but politically unpalatable research topics, and producing conclusions that mischaracterize liberals and conservatives alike. (3) Increased political diversity would improve social psychological science by reducing the impact of bias mechanisms such as confirmation bias, and by empowering dissenting minorities to improve the quality of the majority's thinking. (4) The underrepresentation of non-liberals in social psychology is most likely due to a combination of self-selection, hostile climate, and discrimination. We close with recommendations for increasing political diversity in social psychology. 
Ya think?