Friday, January 12, 2018


Do you honestly 
CARE 
if President Trump referred 
to certain areas 
of the world 
as 
S-H-I-T
HOLES
?


If so why?

He didn't do it in an official public speech. IF he said it at all, it was in the confines of supposedly PRIVATE meeting.

People say things to their friends and family ALL THE TIME that they would NEVER say in an official Public Statement.


Why do YOU think this has caused 
such a furor? 



Do you think the 
ENEMEDIA-DRIVEN STINK 
is justified? 

IF SO, WHY?

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A POINT WELL WORTH PONDERING:

prig is a believer in red tape; that is, he exalts the method above the work done. A prig, like the Pharisee, says: "God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are"—except that he often substitutes Self for God. A prig is one who works out his paltry accounts to the last farthing, while his millionaire neighbour lets accounts take care of themselves. A prig expects others to square themselves to his very inadequate measuring rod, and condemns them with confidence if they do not. A prig is wise beyond his years in all things that do not matter. A prig cracks nuts with a steamhammer: that is, calls in the first principles of morality to decide whether he may, or must, do something of as little importance as drinking a glass of beer. On the whole, one may, perhaps, say that all his different characteristics come from the combination, in varying proportions, of three things—the desire to do his duty, the belief that he knows better than other people, and blindness to the difference in value between different things.


~ H.W. Fowler - Modern English Usage



Many thanks to FJ for the above from FT.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


TYRANNY
from 
Moronic Abuse of Power Occurring
on the 
MICRO-LEVEL


California HOA Forces Residents to Keep Garage Doors Open to Deter Squatters




PJ media ~ JANUARY 10, 2018


In a couple of years, my wife and I will be looking to buy a house. There are a few things we want, such as a fireplace, lots of kitchen storage, and an office for me. These are important things, but for the right house, we may be flexible on some of these.

One thing we're not budging on is no homeowners associations. Why? Well, stuff like what is taking place with one HOA in California, for one.
The HOA in the Auburn Greens community of Auburn, California, found out that someone in the neighborhood had allowed someone else to live in their garage. This went against the HOA's rules, you see. While I don't see where it's any of their business, I can at least get that it's the rule.

So what scheme did they come up with to combat this?

Everyone in Auburn Greens is required to keep their garage doors up from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You know, the hours when most people are at work and can't keep an eye on their stuff.

"I don’t think it’s a good idea because they are going to steal my bike," said one 9-year-old boy, who seems to have a better sense of reality than the entire HOA. "I’ve got an electric scooter, I've got an electric wheelchair, I’ve got all kinds of stuff. So, I just don’t think it’s very good to have it open."

Yet keep it up they must. 
Either that or face a $200 fine.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem with HOAs.

While the purpose behind an HOA — to keep the neighborhoods neat and orderly — sounds great, it's important to remember that HOA membership basically means that your neighbors get a say in what you do with your property. It's not enough to have federal, state, and local governments issuing rules over what you can and can't do. No, we had to create these petty tyrannies to stick their noses in as well.


Different HOAs have different rules, to be sure, but they all focus on the mundane, trivial stuff. That's because the people who are attracted to rules like HOA boards and elected offices are people who are often attracted to power in general. However, what good is power unless you use it, right?



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Saturday, January 6, 2018


STEPHEN K. BANNON
Highlights from His Life and Career


BACKGROUND and EDUCATION

Stephen Kevin Bannon was born on November 27, 1953, in Norfolk, Virginia. … His father worked as an AT&T telephone lineman, later in middle management. His working class, Irish Catholic family was pro-Kennedy, pro-union Democrat. Bannon attended Benedictine College Preparatory, a private, Catholic, military high school in Richmond, Virginia graduating in 1971.

Bannon then attended Virginia Tech and served as the president of the student government association. During the summers, he took a job working at a local junk yard –– a job  so dirty and demanding he had to wash himself off wth the garden hose before his mother would permit him to reenter the house..  

He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in urban planning. In 1983, he earned a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. In 1985, Bannon earned a Master of Business Administration degree –– with honors –– from Harvard Business School.

MILITARY CAREER

Bannon was an officer in the United States Navy for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, serving on the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster as a surface warfare officer in the Pacific Fleet and, afterwards stateside as a special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

Bannon's job at the Pentagon was, among other things, handling messages between senior officers and writing reports about the state of the Navy fleet worldwide. While at the Pentagon, Bannon attended Georgetown University at night and obtained his master's degree in national security studies.

In 1980, Bannon was deployed to the Persian Gulf to assist with Operation Eagle Claw during the Iran hostage crisis. The failure of the mission marked a turning point in his political world-view from largely apolitical to strongly Reaganite, which was further reinforced by the September 11 attacks. 

Bannon has stated that, "I wasn’t political until I got into the service and saw how badly Jimmy Carter fucked things up. I became a huge Reagan admirer. Still am. But what turned me against the whole establishment was coming back from running companies in Asia in 2008 and seeing that Bush had fucked up as badly as Carter. The whole country was a disaster.”

Upon his departure Bannon ranked as a lieutenant (O-3).

BUSINESS CAREER 

After his military service, Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. In 1987, Bannon relocated from New York to Los Angeles, to assist Goldman to expand their presence in the entertainment industry.  He stayed at this position … for two years, leaving with the title of vice president. 

In 1990, Bannon and several colleagues from Goldman Sachs launched Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media. In one of Bannon & Co.'s transactions, the firm represented Westinghouse Electric which wanted to sell Castle Rock Entertainment. Bannon negotiated a sale of Castle Rock to CNN, which was owned by Ted Turner at the time. Instead of a full adviser’s fee, Bannon & Co. accepted a financial stake in five television shows, including Seinfeld, which was in its third season. Bannon still receives cash residuals each time Seinfeld is aired. Société Générale purchased Bannon & Co. in 1998.

CAREER IN EARTH SCIENCE

In 1993, while still managing Bannon & Co., Bannon became acting director of the Earth-science research project Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. Under Bannon, the closed-system experiment project shifted emphasis from researching human space exploration and colonization toward the scientific study of earth's environment, pollution and climate change. He left the project in 1995.

ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA

In the 1990s, Bannon … became an executive producer in the Hollywood film and media industry. Bannon produced 18 films, from the 1991 Sean Penn drama The Indian Runner to Julie Taymor's 1999 film Titus. Bannon became a partner with entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz at film and television management company The Firm, Inc. 2002–2003.

In 2004, Bannon made a documentary about Ronald Reagan titled In the Face of Evil. Through the making and screening of this film, Bannon was introduced to Reagan's War author Peter Schweizer and publisher Andrew Breitbart, who would later describe him as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement. He was involved in the financing and production of a number of films, including Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman, The Undefeated, and Occupy Unmasked.

Bannon persuaded Goldman Sachs to invest, in 2006, in a company known as Internet Gaming Entertainment. Following a lawsuit, the company rebranded as Affinity Media and Bannon took over as CEO. From 2007 through 2011, Bannon was the chair and CEO of Affinity Media.

In 2007, Bannon wrote an eight-page treatment for a new documentary called Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Fascism in America. The outline states that "although driven by the “best intentions,” institutions such as the media, the Jewish community and government agencies were appeasing jihadists aiming to create an Islamic republic.” 

In 2011, Bannon spoke at the "Liberty Restoration Foundation" in Orlando, Florida about the Economic Crisis of 2008, the Troubled Assets Relief Program and their impact in the origins of the Tea Party movement, while also discussing his films Generation Zero and The Undefeated.

Bannon was executive chair and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, where he helped orchestrate the publication of Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash, from its founding in 2012 until he left in August 2016. For the years 2012 through 2015, he received between $81,000 and $100,000 each year; the organization reported that he worked an average of 30 hours per week for the organization. He has also worked as vice president of Cambridge Analytica's board, a data-analytics firm owned largely by the Mercer family; the family that is also co-owners of Breitbart News.

In 2015, Bannon was ranked No. 19 on Mediaite's list of the "25 Most Influential in Political News Media 2015".Bannon also hosted a radio show (Breitbart News Daily) on the SiriusXM Patriot satellite radio channel.

Mr. Bannon is a Founding Member 
of the Board of Breitbart News 


~ WIKI on Stephen K Bannon (emended by FT)

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... ______________________________ ...

Michel Wolff - If shit had a face ...

Thursday, January 4, 2018



HOW TO MAKE 
THIS NEW YEAR GRAND


Has life defeated you? I rather hope
Defeatist rhetoric will die aborning,
Though seen by many merely as a warning,
Each bitter word will serve to weave a rope

By which we’ll hang ourselves when the despair
We manufacture with denunciation
Of all the grievous faults that plague the nation
Convinces us our world’s beyond repair.

What good could we expect to come from that?
Affirmation is the only answer
To the questions posed by social cancer.
Get up and dance –– don’t bellow through your hat.

Although The Axe inevitably must fall,
Cringing will produce no good at all.


~ FreeThinke 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017




We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
And a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Good tidings we bring 
From Our Newborn King;
We wish you a M erry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And a cup of good cheer

Good tidings we bring 
From Our Newborn King
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
So bring it out here!

Good tidings we bring 
From Our Newborn King
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

We all like our figgy pudding,
We all like our figgy pudding,
We all like our figgy pudding,
With all its good cheer.

Good tidings we bring 
From Our Newborn King
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
We WISH you a MERRY CHRISTMAS
And a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


FIGGY PUDDING

Ingredients 

16 ounces dried figs 
1 3⁄4 cups milk 
1 1⁄2 cups all purpose flour 
cap sugar 
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
1 teaspoonground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon salt  
3 eggs 
1⁄2 cup melted butter  
1 1⁄2 cups breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a a medium saucepan, heat milk and chopped figs over medium-low heat but do NOT bring to a boil. Cook for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. 
The the milk will soften the figs.
In a medium bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, 
nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat eggs one minute on high. Reduce speed to low and add butter, bread crumbs, orange peel, 
and warm fig mixture.

Slowly incorporate flour mixture. Beat until just blended.
Pour the mix into the greased bundt pan. Level top as much as possible. Cover the mold with a piece of aluminum foil greased on one side, greased side down.
Place the mold in a roasting pan and place on oven rack. fIll with hot tap water 2 inches up the side of the mold. Bake for 2 hours or until the pudding is firm and it is pulling away from the side of the mold.

Remove the pudding from the water bath. Remove the foil and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before unmolding. 

Invert mold onto a serving plate and remove mold. 
It should come away easily. 

Serve with brandied hard sauce.