Media Matter Retranslates Clinton Stupid Statement

And don’t let anybody tell you, that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.

via Media Matters for America.

Hillary Clinton made a stupid statement. Yeah, she probably misspoke or got her tongue tangled but what came out is still stupid. Absolutely corporations and businesses create jobs. You don’t see people going straight to the consumer for employment, you see them going to businesses that are most often incorporated in search of employment. And since she’s a politician she’s going to get blasted by all of her opposition for her stupid statement.

Media Matters for America can’t just accept that this statement is stupid, though. They have to do everything they can to turn this on the people criticizing Madame Secretary Clinton for her stupid statement. That, you see, is the only purpose for Media Matters for America’s existence.

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It Is a Cultural Thing

A one-year old boy is caught in the cross-fire of a gang shoot-out while coming home with his grandma from a birthday party and suffers a gunshot wound to his arm. He will live. This tragedy elicited a response from Clayton County District Attorney’s Investigator David Daniel as a comment to a Facebook post by a local TV station. The response has rightfully cost him his job.

“Violence with guns is unfortunately a part of the black culture and will never get better until the government stops supporting them and they are taught to work for what they get and not take from others.”

via ‘Offensive’ Facebook comment costs DA investigator his job |

I agree that the problem is cultural, but this isn’t “black” culture and it isn’t due to the government supporting people. The culture at the heart of this problem is the culture of sociopathy.

This culture of sociopathy occurs when you combine a young, charismatic sociopath with a community struggling with parenting. Poverty aggravates the struggle with parenting but it occurs in the suburbs and out in the country. A community with a large population that is also impoverished masks what this problem is stemming from.

Do you want to solve the problem? Get rid of poverty and identify and remove the sociopaths.

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My Riding Companion

My riding companion.
My riding companion.

I got home from the bike co-op last night. Walking past my mountain bike I looked down and saw what looked like a dried up vine wrapped around the spoke. It wasn’t a vine. It was a little snake. I looked closer because I thought it had become decapitated  by the chain but it wasn’t.

This was a tiny Copperhead with its head shining like a new penny. It’s hard to see in the picture but it’s wrapped around a left side spoke. Click on the picture to see a full-sized version of it.

My wife wasn’t very happy when I told her about it. I have to empty out the garage tonight and hunt for its brothers, sisters and mother. I needed to pull all of my bikes out of the garage anyway.


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Does Age Really Matter?

In a NY Times interview of the 84 year old filmmaker, Frederick Wiseman, he is asked if when he was younger if he had ever thought he’d still be making films at his current age. His answer is absolutely wonderful.

I didn’t think about it at all. I have a hard time recognizing that I’m 84, almost 85. I’m in complete denial, which I think is extremely useful. Of course from time to time I allow myself to be aware of it, but it’s not something that I dwell on. I like working. I work very intensely.

via Old Masters at the Top of Their Game –

Isn’t that a great answer? Why would anyone stop doing what they love just because they have reached some arbitrary age? If one loves what one does then one should continue doing it until one can’t. Right?

I still love getting up and going to work each morning and I’m still able to. I’m approaching retirement age pretty fast but why should I retire just because I reach some arbitrary age. I look at what I do and as long as my mind stays sharp I can’t see any reason to stop doing it unless it just becomes something I find myself dreading to do each morning.

This is a great story about people in their 80s and 90s still being productive and at the top of their game. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Hat tip to Dan.

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He Said, She Said

The story is a common one, teenagers go to an after prom party at a cabin in the woods of the North Georgia Mountains where there is drinking and sex. Three teenaged boys are accused of sexually assaulting a “passed out drunk” teenaged girl at this party and a scandal ensues.

There are witnesses but witnesses change their story. I don’t know what happened because her story of being assaulted is just as plausible to me as the boys’ story of it being consensual. What I do want to comment on is Steve Williams’ actions in this case.

Spencer says a defense attorney cannot work with a lawyer who represents the state’s key witness. However, Williams argues that he can work the case because Harper is not actually a witness for the state; he is a witness for the defense.

via Calhoun prom assault witness says sex was consensual | Times Free Press.

At the very least Williams’ being partners with Harper’s attorney is going to crush Harper’s credibility as a witness. Williams needs to take himself off of this case and do everything he can to get Andrew Haynes a different lawyer. Under the current circumstances I can’t see how there can be a fair trial.

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So Walk It Off Wasn’t That Bad of Advice

I’ve never liked ice packs. They are the most uncomfortable part of treating a muscle injury and I honestly really want to put heat on it instead of cold. My instincts might be right.

Gary Reinl has an ice pack at home that he’s saving for a special occasion. Despite decades of experience in the sports medicine industry, he’s not keeping it in the freezer in case someone has a sprained ankle that begins to swell. Quite the contrary. He is holding onto the ice pack for the day when no one asks for ice to nurse injuries. “My goal,” he says, “is to take it to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices and have it displayed there.”

via Why ice doesn’t help an injury and could even make it worse.

When I was a kid and got hurt the advice I was often given was to rub a little dirt in it and walk it off. Then people went against that and told me to put ice on it and rest. Heat has always felt better than cold and it seems like that might be the correct treatment.

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Genetics are amazing. If you aren’t African you aren’t all human.

This is a very interesting article on using genetics to determine when humans first left Africa. However, being a somewhat enlightened Son of the South I love the irony of this statement:

Prof Paabo and his team published research in 2010 which showed that all non-African humans today have Neanderthal DNA. But that genetic material has been broken into much smaller chunks over the generations.

via BBC News – DNA yields secrets of human pioneer.

So while my ancestors may have justified slavery by saying that their African slaves weren’t completely human the truth of the matter is that it was the slave owner that wasn’t completely human.

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Retro Media Server Based on Raspberry Pi and Cassette Player

Now this is about as cool as it gets. A guy takes an old cassette tape recorder, takes out the guts and installs a Raspberry Pi inside programmed as a Spotify media server. The buttons on the recorder act just like they are supposed to for playing, pausing rewinding, fast forwarding and stopping the music. The ingenious part is that it uses a NFC (Near Field Communications) tag in old cassette tapes to identify which playlist to play. Flip the tape or change it and you play a whole different set of songs.

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