This discovery caught the Saudis in yet another lie.

“It contradicts the explanation being made by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence.”

In the ultimate irony, Donald Trump accused the Saudis of using lies that were too obvious. Can you imagine how obvious a lie has to be in order for Trump to find it too obvious? This is the guy who claimed his inauguration was the best attended in history.

“After a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that the average American’s penis is one inch shorter than the minimum 6.69 inch length requirement of condom manufacturers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved smaller condoms. A 2014 study conducted on 1,661 American men from Indiana University found that the average penis length was only 5.57 inches.”


From the comment section:

This story is probably apocryphal, but I heard it years ago. During WWII, the U.S. was sending military supplies to the Soviet Union. Stalin requested condoms, but asked that they be 18″ long so as to fit the average Russian soldier. FDR agreed and had the condoms manufactured, but had each one (or each box, I’m not sure) stamped “Texas Medium.” I’ve heard that the reason for the request might have actually been to cover rifle barrels to keep them clear and the nonstandard size simply to fit longer guns. But regardless of its historical accuracy, the story is too good not to share.

Another apocryphal story I heard as a child (that was completely unrelated to genital size) was about the Bronx River. The story I heard that was during the Revolutionary War, a British Admiral looking at a map, decided he could win a battle by sailing his ships up the Bronx River to get in behind General Washington’s troops. Unfortunately for the Admiral all the ships ran aground and General Washington was able to escape. That was because the Bronx River is (and presumably was) a river in name only. In reality it barely constitutes a stream. I’ve never been able to find any documentation of such an event. I asked a professor of mine that taught a class on Bronx history and he hadn’t heard anything about it. But if I ever write a screenplay about the Revolutionary War, I’m going to include how the battle of the Bronx River was won by General Washington’s men using 18 inch “Colonial Medium” condoms on their musket barrels.

An interesting article that refutes the conventional wisdom:

The standard line is that Kodak collapsed by failing to anticipate the digital revolution.

It turns out that is almost the opposite of the truth. Kodak did anticipate the market. By 2005 Kodak was the leader in digital cameras, and had developed thousands of booths wherein people could produce HQ prints from their digital images. The problems were:

(1) There was absolutely no profit in selling digital cameras. The Kodak management might have considered this more thoughtfully, since they were in the very best position in the world to know that they had never made a profit selling any kind of camera. In the analog market, the idea was to give cameras away in order to get people taking pictures, thence to make vast profits selling film. So how does one make big-time profits in the photography biz if there is no film?

(2) The digital print-out business was semi-successful for a while, but Kodak did not anticipate the “sharing” craze on the internet. People don’t print pictures at all these days – they share them on social media.

In other words, they failed because they DID anticipate the digital revolution, and jumped into it because they wanted to continue to dominate the photography business. What they failed to see was that there would no longer be any significant profit in that business.

Fuji, on the other hand, did see the handwriting on that wall. Within a short time they had diversified so dramatically that the imaging business was only 16% of the company. Today, they are bigger than they were in 2000. Kodak, meanwhile, is virtually non-existent. In 1982 they employed more than 60,000 people in the Rochester area alone. Today that number is about 2,000, mainly consisting of patent attorneys and the people who oversee and maintain their empty buildings.

You can imagine how the loss of 58,000 jobs in one medium-sized city impacted the local economy. That’s my home town.

But that’s a story for another day.

Yes, quite the battle. In the heat of the fierce skirmish in which Khashoggi was more than holding his own, he tripped and fell on a bone saw. Terrible accident.

That “fight” claim is technically true. He died in a fight in the same sense that Sharon Tate died in a fight. That stubborn fool Khashoggi had a strong preference for the fashion statement he made with his head attached, and thus fought to keep it on, at least to the best of his ability.

Today’s lesson for you kids: while the pen is mightier than the sword, it pales in comparison to the bone saw.

Needless to say, the Saudis are rounding up the usual suspects as scapegoats. Their goal now is to admit the undeniable facts, while casting blame away from Prince MbS (who essentially IS the Saudi government), and thus avoiding American reprisals by confirming a version of Trump’s “rogue agent” theory. The US has been told Saudis were preparing to pin the blame on Major General Ahmed al-Assiri for misunderstanding orders given by Prince Mohammed.

However …

US officials have told CNN that the operation could not have been carried out without the knowledge of Prince MbS, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.

Oh, by the way, Prince MbS is heading up the investigation. “The Saudis have set up a commission, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that will restructure the Saudi general intelligence directorate and will have one month to release a report, state TV said.”

Needless to say, the Saudis are fully aware that only a gullible idiot would be convinced that MbS could head up an impartial investigation into his own involvement. Gee, I wonder who they think they could fool.


Never mind.

An M.D. took a hard look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s “wellness” products. 110 of them made claims to be beneficial to health.

“90% of products sold on under the guise of wellness cannot be backed by science and many flout common sense, never mind biological principles. Some therapies, such as the supplements, could be harmful as they are high in vitamin A and three of them contain green tea leaf extract which is associated with liver injury. The concern is so great that liver specialists specifically advice against all supplements with green tea extract even in blends. There is also the concern that many supplements don’t even contain what they say. The idea that goop is not pseudoscience is not supported by the evidence that Gwyneth Paltrow herself has carefully curated for her own website.”

Yet Paltrow claims to have a “whole team of researchers and scientists” who review her products. This is roughly equivalent to the Trumpian claim that “people are saying” certain things he can’t support with evidence.

Why, don’t you know, the camps are vocational training centers where “Students have access to everything from ping-pong and free nutritious meals to rooms equipped with TV and air conditioning.”

Free nutritious Asian meals and ping-pong? TV and A/C without paying either the electric bill or the cable guy? Cut me a slice of that! I’m studying the Koran now, just to pose as an Uighur Muslim. It’s like a free Club Med vacation combined with job training! What’s not to like? I think China could even market this to the West as an exotic vacation package.

Y’know, it’s easy to see why Trump likes Xi Jinping (aka Winnie the Pooh) so much. The Chinese administration is every bit as full of beans as the American.

After removing all duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, a Stanford researcher has found that 99.7 percent of public comments—about 800,000 in all—were pro-net neutrality.

This is shocking. I don’t believe it. There were actually .3% opposed to net neutrality? Does Comcast have that many employees?


The Cherokee Nation press release did not pull any punches:

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens.”

The Cherokee Secretary of State also pointed out that the DNA tests do not distinguish between tribes or even between natives of North and South America, so when the reports read “Native American” it might be Inca or Mapuche or any other indigenous group from South America.


Elizabeth Warren announced the result of a DNA test that showed she has Native American ancestry.

The press has magnified the significance of this finding. The test showed that she seemed to have one Native American ancestor eight generations ago! That would about about the time of the Revolutionary War. It may have been as far back as ten generations, which takes us back to the very founding of San Antonio and New Orleans. If she could just get it back maybe three more generations, she might be a descendant of the REAL Pocahontas!

Exaggeration aside, Trump did say, “I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian … we’ll see what she does.”

Warren tweeted Monday morning that Trump could “send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Trump said Monday that he “didn’t say” he would pay Warren $1 million for showing her test results. “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.”

Trump is correct in not paying up. The test doesn’t “show she’s an Indian,” and that’s exactly what he said he would pay for.

In fairness, the National Review had this take:

Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as vindicating her. Down is up. Black is white. The imperatives of the resistance apparently dictate propping up a liar — as long as she might be able to beat President Trump in 2020.

Here are the facts. For an extended period of time — at a key point in her professional life — Warren identified herself as a Native-American woman. She listed herself as Native-American on a key legal directory reviewed by deans and hiring committees. Former employers — such as the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School — listed Warren as a minority faculty member. Harvard Law School even trumpeted her as the school’s first tenured “woman of color.”

Warren contributed to a Native-American recipe book called — I kid you not — “Pow Wow Chow.” She has told people that her parents eloped because her father’s parents said he couldn’t marry her mother “because she is part Cherokee and part Delaware.”

Of course the National Review is a publication with a conservative slant, but all opinions aside, they went on to point out an important scientific fact: Warren is no more Native American than the average North American of European descent.

 In 2014, the New York Times reported on the results of a massive DNA study and found that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, .19 percent African, and .18 Native American.”

That’s pretty much the same percentage as Warren. If she had a Native American ancestor eight generations ago, then she is 1/256th Native American. That’s .39%. But her ancestor may be as remote as 10 generations, which is .10%. In other words, she’s just about exactly as Native American as the average white European-American.

Some great local traditions that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

First rule of Texas: you don’t watch Willie while drinking some wimpy thing like a Coors Light, unless you check you dick at the door.

A REAL Texan drinks Lone Star, and don’t let ’em catch you sipping it out of a glass or a freakin’ can. That shit is for chicks and foreign exchange students from places like Estonia and Michigan.  It’s Lone Star in a long neck bottle for real men, bubba.

I feel that this article buried the lead (or lede, as they like to write now):

81% of seniors say they are certain to vote in the mid-terms, versus only 35% of the youngest voters (18-29). That should bode well for the G.O.P., but it mystifies me. Those youngsters will have to live 50 years or more with the consequences of the elections, yet so many of them give zero fucks.

Lead vs lede

“Lede” has only been in the Webster dictionaries since 2008. Before that it was simply newsroom jargon, but not even that for long. The earliest appearance of the term dates back only to the 1970s.

(Even now I guess it would be considered an Americanism. It is still not in the OED except as “obs. variant of lead n. and v.” It appeared as a spelling of the metal as early as 1300, and as a variant spelling of the verb meaning “to cause others to follow” as early as 1375. Remember that English did not have uniform spelling guidelines until the middle of the 18th century. Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, was published in 1755. Before that, no source was considered authoritative, so one might be able to find any word spelled in any imaginable way. Ol’ Billy Shakespeare wrote out his full name three times in signatures. He used three different spellings, and none of the three is spelled as we do today: William Shaksper; William Shakspere; William Shakspeare.)

The Republic of Indian Stream or Indian Stream Republic was an unrecognized constitutional republic in North America, along the section of the border that divides the current Canadian province of Quebec from the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It existed from July 9, 1832, to August 5, 1835.

From the comments section:

Another was the republic of  Madawaska with its own history.

More totally useless info:

You’ve undoubtedly heard that station call letters must begin with W east of the Mississippi and K to the West. While this is usually true when new stations are assigned call letters, it was not always that way.

Why do some areas have stations with both K and W prefixes? Three reasons: (1) they moved the border in 1923, so some areas between the Mississippi River and the extended Texas / New Mexico border have been in both the W area and the K area when new call letters were assigned; (2) there was one year in the 1920s when all new stations had to start with K, so it is theoretically possible to have a K station far east of the Mississippi if they were assigned their call letters in that brief period, including several such stations in Pennsylvania; (3) some stations applied for and received an exception, like WACO in Waco, Texas. Here are some exceptions to the Mississippi River rule.

While all broadcast call letters in the USA begin with K or W, they theoretically could begin with N or A as well. So far, the N and A have only been used for military broadcast stations.

New stations must have at least four letters in the call sign. No more “WGN,” for example. One commenter noted an exception:  “If a radio or TV station is co-owned with another station with a three-letter callset, it can adopt those same calls. That’s how Baltimore got WJZ-FM in 2008, for example.”

Some call signs are as long as seven letters.

While almost all Canadian stations begin with C, there are some in Newfoundland that begin with V. (Those were assigned before Newfoundland/Labrador became a province in 1949.)

“Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope tried to dropkick Fred Durst this weekend, but failed miserably.”

There’s no sense in arresting him because conviction is impossible. How are you going to assemble an jury of twelve people who don’t think Fred Durst should be dropkicked?

From the comment section:

“If I’m that DA, I bring charges even knowing I’d lose. Totally worth it to be the prosecutor in People v. Dope.”

“Conmen Set Up An Entire Fake Country And Fooled Thousands”

This is the first I’ve heard of the Dominion of Melchizedek, but I did once have a lunch conversation with a guy who was trying to establish his own country with him as king. He was some kind of phony-baloney claimant to some non-existent European throne, and he reasoned that several (rogue) countries would support his recognition as a nation if he could purchase a remote island, since those countries could use his new nation to launder money and other unsavory activities. To make things even more disagreeable, he was essentially a neo-Nazi.

I somehow ended up at lunch with this dude, one of our company’s outside consultants, and the Libyan ambassador to the U.N. (Libya was one of the countries he was pitching his plot to.) I was traveling with the consultant on another matter, but he asked me if I would like to join him at this lunch. I soon realized I was in way over my head, and I barely made it through the lunch with my mouth shut, since the entire meal seemed to consist of an hour of anti-Semitism. The scariest thing to me was that they all spoke so freely in front of me, since I was a total stranger. Creepy experience.