New blogging friend leucanthemum b from Composite Drawlings, has this quiz displayed on her sidebar. She came out as a daisy. My snapdragon has this description:"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."The best part of this quiz is how well it hides the answer. The questions don't tip off which way the results are going to go. I loved it. 5 minutes of clicking for a smile? That sounds like a good trade to me. I am aSnapdragon What Flower Are You?
K T Cat 12/17/2014 5:54:12 AM To recap where we are with my project to learn web server creation and maintenance as well as web content creation:There's an Ubuntu server running as a virtual machine on a Windows 7 boxSaid server runs a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)We've got Adobe Creative CloudWe've got both the FTP and SFTP connections to the server working in Dreamweaver The goal is to master creating content with Creative Cloud apps and post them to a web server. Adobe makes this very easy. Dreamweaver now has site templates that give you a sample site which you can edit as you see fit. It's not the same as creating one from scratch, but as I have no design training, they're great for me. I can lean on their[...]
Silvio Canto, Jr. Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:00 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
(My new American Thinker post)My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban-Americans and conservatives in the U.S.I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi-party elections. I have a dual perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban-American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island and in my adopted homeland, the U.S.It's great to see that Alan Gross is finally[...]
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CUBA WITH JORGE PONCE AND MICHAEL PRADA......Listen in now at http://t.co/rSI4dJJkfi. #BlogTalkRadio Silvio Canto, Jr. (SCantojr) December 18, 2014 Tags: US-Cuba issues To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
... or maybe it's more like South Park:The CIA force-fed detainees through their rectums, and called it a well acknowledged medical technique. One detainee suffered from an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapsewhen parts of the rectum protrude from the anus and are visible outside the body. UPDATE: James Taranto settles it. South Park:Cartman has a brilliant idea, reasoning . . . it could be possible that eating food through the rectum can cause defecation through the mouth. The other boys (especially Kyle) think it is stupid and disgusting, and Cartman bets him $20 it will work.Wikipedia.org summary of Red Hot Catholic Love, aired July 3, 2002
B-Daddy 12/15/2014 9:55:58 PM I haven't looked at the ongoing process of amending the city's community plans to comply with SB 375 in a while, but the whole process moves slowly; prior posts on the subject can be viewed here. The more I read about the sausage making of the process to amend the community plans the more my head hurts. Apparently it's an arcane process intended to bore opponents to death and allow insiders and city staff to dominate the process. Understand The Plan is a great resource if you are willing to dive into these details. Currently the opponents of the 60 foot height limit are planning to propose amendments that would impose a 30 foot limit in Linda Vista near the proposed trolley station at Tecolote Road as well[...]
B-Daddy 12/15/2014 10:07:29 PM The death of Eric Garner has struck a chord in a way that Michael Brown's did not. For one thing, there is video evidence lacking in the Michael Brown. The outrage over the tactics used to arrest a man for selling untaxed cigarettes has provoked outrage. Further outrage ensued when a Grand Jury failed to indict, just as in the Michael Brown case. But there are some big differences in these two cases. Michael Brown credibly committed a crime against persons before his encounter with the police. Further, there is evidence that Brown put the life of officer Wilson in danger. From this video, we see that Garner was no such threat to the police.We also have to ask why the police feel that they[...]
. *Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a bit of dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece. You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes. If[...]
Want to know how to goon up a perfectly good win-win situation for all participating parties? You get the federal government involved, thats how.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now be regulating the spent grains from the brewing process because of pet food or something.For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end that relationship. "The whole brewing community was shocked about it," said Josh Deth, co-owner of Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Ill. Deth, whose title is "Chairman of the Party," says it's always been a great deal[...]
mutnodjmet13 10/28/2014 8:15:48 AM Dear Readers:I have always felt that the best step many of my fellow citizen activists could take would be to get elected to local offices. So when I heard one of my favorite, savvy, and sassy conservative activist friends was running for her city's town clerk, I just had to find out more.Therefor, it will be my privilege to join Silvio Canto Jr. to interview New York's Karen Beseth, who is running for Dewitt Town Clerk.I will be asking her for campaign tips and tricks she has learned, to pass down to others who might be inspired to join her on their own political careers. And, of course, we will be comparing Blue State Blues.Her Facebook page is HERE, for those who want to send a direct message of support. If you do[...]
Dear Readers: I am happy to report I will be able to delve into two areas of personal study on the next edition of Canto Talk Thursday: infectious diseases and history. As military history expert Barry Jacobsen concludes his review of World War I history with a look at its aftermath, I will chime in on the event that took even more lives in 1918: The Spanish Flu Pandemic.Click HERE Thursday, Sept. 25th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for the podcast.A great documentary on the subject: WE HEARD THE BELLS.A synopsis:Influenza StrikesThroughout history, influenza viruses have mutated and caused pandemics or global epidemics. In 1890, an especially virulent influenza pandemic struck, killing many Americans. Those who[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
This article is being written on the technical preview of Windows 10. It is impressive and exciting to see a real improvement aimed at desktop productivity.My motivation for reviewing Windows 10 on one of my Virtual Machine (VM) servers is to understand the future of Microsoft Windows Apps. Out of the gate, Windows 10 addresses my primary concerns. Apps tiles are now wonderfully integrated into the classic Windows Start button. The future of Windows apps looks bright. This new apps interface is terrific and a huge improvement over Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows apps now use their inherent responsive design model to resize throughout the desktop environment.The Windows 8 style[...]
Before beginning this timeline there are two alarming facts to keep in mind.This current enterovirus strain appears more severe than previous strains.If diseases were spread to American children through the Obama Administration's unilateral amnesty and relocation programs, enterovirus is just one of many pathogens in the exposure.Per USA Today:A dozen Colorado children have been diagnosed with polio-like paralysis, Wolk said. Although all of the children had a respiratory virus before muscle weakness set in, only four tested positive for enterovirus D68, he said. Most have gone home and are in rehabilitation."We're optimistic that a number of them, if not the majority, will gain some functionality back," Wolk said.This[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
The most shocking part of the stories out of Ferguson is the photos and realization that the Ferguson and state police are armed to the teeth. If this doesnt seem like an overreaction to the situation at hand I dont know what does. Most telling is the fact that the law enforcement in the state feel like they need to bring out all of their war toys.Since 1997 the DoD has been shuffling through the Department of Homeland Security all of their excess hardware such as armored vehicles, assault weapons and even helicopters. So is it any wonder that the cops are now acting like the military? And how far do we need to go before losing our liberty is more important than our perceived security? I know if I live in Ferguson, MO I dont[...]
It is trite but true, that those how fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. This is why we study history: to find clues as to what will or likely will not work in the future.It is therefore disconcerting that President Obama, as he prepares to wage war against the Islamic State seems bent on repeating the two worst mistakes made by President Lyndon Johnson in his conduct of the Vietnam War.Wars need to be waged to win, or not be engaged in at all. When a President wills the outcome, he must will the means. Which is to say, if he want to defeat an enemy he must give his generals the tools and the latitude to get the job done. However, too often civilian leaders fail in this simple recipe, and[...]
(I wrote this on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems just as timely today, on the 13th anniversary.)It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
A plus-sized model curious about global perception of beauty decided to give her photograph to 21 different editors around the world to see how they would use Photoshop to 'perfect her.' Colombian-American Maria Southard Ospina told the various editors to ...
Weve already seen two journalistsone Caucasian and one biracialgo on a Photoshop trip around the world this year; but style blogger Marie Southard Ospina wanted to give it a new twist. So she also asked strangers from 18 different countries to ...
Last week, traffic on two Los Angeles freeways came to a halt as fire crews responded to a massive inferno that incinerated a downtown luxury apartment complex under construction.There is currently no cause that has been officially determined by arson investigators. The best lead in this case may be two men who were captured on video near the scene, in recordings taken shortly after the fire ignited.Investigators asked for the publics help Monday to identify two men seen on surveillance video taken the day of the massive apartment fire in downtown L.A. last week.Two men authorities say are potential witnesses are seen in surveillance video walking in the area of the fire, which caused tens of millions of dollars in damage[...]
Leslie Eastman Darla Kashian is vice president-financial adviser at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis.In The Wall Street Journal, she offers some sage advice about students' education costs.Children are more likely to value the educational opportunity theyve been given if they have some skin in the game. Taking responsibility for funding part of ones education requires both focus and discipline. It not only teaches the next generation about saving and budgeting, it inspires in them a real sense of pride over that accomplishment.If parents are asking a child to cover, say, 10% of expected college expenses, they should provide a rough estimate of the expected contribution and offer some guidance as to how the child can raise the funds.For[...]
Leslie Eastman Truly, timing is everything in life.This may be the first time Lynyrd Skynyrds Sweet Home Alabama got an on-duty cop in trouble.The Chicago Police Department has suspended a copfor 10 days who says he was honoring the University of Alabama by playing the Southern anthemin his patrol car on Saturday. (UA was playing the University of Missourifor the SEC championship.)The problem? He was working a Black Lives Matter march.The Chicago Tribune reports that theres a video going around from the march showing the officer in his car blasting the song, which some consider racially offensive.The department said itfully understands sensitivities related to the song and, regardless, we cannot condone any behavior that may be viewed as[...]
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