Monthly Archives: November 2017

Garrison Keillor fired by MPR: ‘I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,’ he says

Okay, this is becoming an epidemic. However, I have to say that Garrison Keillor is handling this better than anyone ever could.

“I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”

Source: Garrison Keillor fired by MPR: ‘I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,’ he says


Origami Muscles

Researchers have created artificial muscles whose function was inspired by origami, which will be useful for soft robots

Source: Inspired by origami, scientists build artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight

Imagine a robot that doesn’t require steel or hard plastic. Imagine a robot that can wrap its lifting device around an irregular shaped object and conform to it’s shape for a secure grip. I can imagine all sorts of “soft” robot applications for this.

For instance, how about a robotic prosthetic arm allowing a mother who lost her arm to hug her child? Rescue robots that can pluck up people or animals from places without fear of further injuring the person or animal?

Credibility? Roy, you have less and less with every word out of your mouth.

Roy Moore isn’t backing down. Yesterday he had this to say:

Addressing a gathering at the Huntsville Christian Academy in Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday night, the former judge suggested that he was investigating his accusers, threatened to sue The Washington Post and called on the United States to restore its culture by going “back to God.”

Source: Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm – The Washington Post

So, he is having your accusers investigated, eh? So far his claim is that these women didn’t voluntarily come forward, they were hunted down by the Washington Post reporters and lobbied to tell their story so they shouldn’t be believed.

Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The Post. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore.

Source: Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm – The Washington Post

And this is suppose to make their stories less credible? Shoot, it makes them more credible to me. You want to know what else gives them credibility? A little gossip provided by Teresa Jones, one of Moore’s former colleagues in the Gadsden DA’s office:

“It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls. Everyone we knew thought it was weird,” former Etowah County deputy district attorney Teresa Jones told CNN national correspondent Alexander Marquardt. “We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall. But you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”

Source: Everyone Knew Roy Moore Dated High School Girls, Says Former Colleague – Huffpost

Normally I wouldn’t give much credence to this type of gossip except for the fact that Teresa Jones is a well thought of attorney and partner with Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. and I don’t think someone with that background would expose herself to the scrutiny she had to know this was going to bring upon her unless it was true.

And then there is Mike Oritz, an ex-boyfriend of Leigh Corfman who says that she told him the story about her encounter with Moore in 2009, long before the Washington Post sent reporters to Gadsden to dig up dirt on Moore. Maybe the Post’s story on Moore is a hit piece but it appears to be a truthful hit piece.

Oh, and then there is Betsy Davis:

Betsy Davis, who remains friendly with Corfman and now lives in Los Angeles, says she clearly remembers Corfman talking about seeing an older man named Roy Moore when they were teenagers. She says Corfman described an encounter in which the older man wore nothing but tight white underwear.

Source: Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32 -The Washington Post

Are you getting the picture now? There is about a 99% probability in my mind that Roy Moore is a pedophile. He is the epitome of every bad Alabama joke I’ve heard throughout my lifetime.

A few years ago I noted that Roy Moore had declared himself “God of Alabama”. It appears he is really no more than a clay-footed idol.



Virginia’s “Chief Homophobe” loses to Transgender opponent big time.

Dang! This is almost as embarrassing of a loss as Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump!

The race focused on traffic and other local issues in suburban Prince William County but also exposed the nation’s fault lines over gender identity. It pitted a 33-year-old former journalist who began her physical gender transition four years ago against a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and earlier this year introduced a “bathroom bill” that died in committee.

Source: Danica Roem wins in Virginia, becoming first openly transgender state representative – The Washington Post

This shows that you have to know who your constituents are and  fully understand what is motivating them to vote.

I Don’t Like Sundays

UPDATE – 15:55pm: News outlets are now reporting that Devin Patrick Kelley had in-laws or ex-in-laws that attended this church and that he did kill his grandmother-in-law, Lula White. So maybe we do know what switched the chip in his head.

The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload

“I Don’t Like Monday’s”
Bob Geldof, The Boomtown Rats, 1979

According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University‘s campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, US on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day”. The song was first performed less than a month later.

Source: Wikipedia – “I Don’t Like Mondays”

That opening line has always had me thinking this may be the only answer we have to explain all the mass shooting events that seem to be happening with greater frequency.  From Charles Whitman, to Brenda Ann Spencer, to Stephan Paddock to Devin Patrick Kelley and all the one’s in between something inside their head got switched.

In Whitman’s suicide note he stated:

I imagine it appears that I brutally killed both of my loved ones. I was only trying to do a quick thorough job […] If my life insurance policy is valid please pay off my debts […] donate the rest anonymously to a mental health foundation. Maybe research can prevent further tragedies of this type […] Give our dog to my in-laws. Tell them Kathy loved “Schocie” very much […] If you can find in yourselves to grant my last wish, cremate me after the autopsy.

Source: Wikipedia – Charles Whitman

So as I read stories about yesterday’s mass killing at that Texas church the only common thread I see is a deeply troubled person who apparently had a switch inside their head flip to overload. This time it took 26 lives and injured more.

As investigators try to determine a motive, they are also probing how the attacker obtained his gun. Kelley had sought a license to carry a gun in Texas but was rejected, Abbott said.

“By all of the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun, so how did this happen?” Abbott said in an interview on CNN. “We are in search of answers to these questions.”

Source: Texas church shooting: Investigators hunt for Devin Kelley’s motive as the grieving spans generations – The Washington Post

I suppose we can get rid of guns, and I mean get rid of them and not just outlaw them, and possibly drastically reduce deaths but that silicon chip is still going to be in some individual’s head and it will switch to overload again. We need to understand how that chip gets there because there are other ways that flipped switch can harm large numbers of people.

Every year I have several friends diagnosed with cancer of one form or another.

from Instagram:

Every year I have several friends diagnosed with cancer of one form or another and every year I lose someone I know well to cancer of one form or another. I know I’m not alone in this experience.

It makes me feel helpless so just to give me a little bit of a feeling I can do something I do. I grow a beard in November and throw a donation to the Matthew Hill Foundation in their No-Shave November fund raising drive.

Nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable. No-Shave November’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.

You can help.

#NoShaveNovember – Look it up and do something.

from Instagram:

Let it Grow and Join the Fight Against Cancer!

Each day, 22,000 people die from cancer worldwide (WHO). There’s a good chance that someone you know and love will be affected by this disease. Nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable. No-Shave November’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.