Saturday, July 26, 2014

Congress-Kritters & their minions like to steal silverware

After Democrat Rep Jan Schakowsky tweeted about how horrible it is to survive on the proletarian menu of her constituents, many Republicans goofed on her patronizing condescension:

I Own The World, of course, had to develop a spoof line of Schakowsky frozen dinners:

I chimed in with a goof of my own:

I then read thru the entire March 24, 2011 Los Angeles Times article: "Republicans scrap 'compostable' utensils in House cafeterias"  and came across this rather absurd paragraph:

"Since a lot of staffers eat at their desks, 'you're going to lose silverware or you're going to have drawers full of dirty silverware," [Pelosi spokesman Drew] Hammill said. 'Either way, that's not going to save you money.'"
The Democrat spokes-critter just matter-of-factly asserts that people who work for Congress steal silverware, the quintessential stereotype of horrible dishonest relatives, as illustrated in this scene from "Sense and Sensibility":


Friday, July 25, 2014

Pretty People get Lighter Sentences according to #PerryMason

Perry Mason in "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse" episode told his client that only ugly people get the death penalty and pretty people get lighter sentences:


Transcript from arktv:

Perry: Do you know what happens to little girls who lie to their lawyers? In murder cases, they wind up in death row at San Quentin, or, if they happen to be nice-looking, like you, they may have a fifty-fifty chance of making the women's prison at Tehachapi, cooped up in a cell with no makeup, the drab -- stop!
There does seem to be numerous studies that validate Perry Mason's seemingly outrageous claim that pretty people receive lighter sentences.

From a University of Oslo , Norway study described in 13 May 2003 Reuters article "Lighter sentences for good-looking criminals":

"Good-looking criminals are likely to get lighter sentences even when people only have a written description of their looks, a Norwegian study showed on Monday.

The 500 university students surveyed handed down far milder punishments for crimes by a man described as 'handsome' or a woman described as 'pretty' than when the word was left out.

All the students were given a written description of crimes ranging from theft to rape and murder, but only half had a description of the looks of the offender.

The study revealed the clearest bias towards good-looking criminals who committed less serious crimes such as theft, smuggling and fraud. The students gave them about 20% lighter punishment on average."
"The Economist" in their Oct 6th 2012 "A judgment call"  article doesn't cite a specific study but just asserts:
"Attractive women and baby-faced men get shorter sentences."
However a "Science and Religion Today" MAY 18, 2010 article Juries Give Good-Looking People Lighter Sentences  reviewing a Cornell University study validates and corroborates data from the Norwegian study: 

"'Unattractive' defendants were found guilty 22 percent more often than good-looking defendants were, and they spent, on average, 22 more months in prison."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wright Flyer is back on display at #WrightState Dunbar Library

Replica 1903 Wright Flyer was first cleaned:

and then rehung at Wright State Dunbar library:

but it wasn't nearly as exciting as I thought it would be, I guess because it's just a static vs working model. I thought we'd get to fly around the parking lot, but that was not to be.

Here's a video before lifting:


Here's a video during lift:


and here's a little tiny model where they served cake:


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Some of my Favorite #PerryMason quotes

One of my favorite quotes from "Perry Mason" is by Madame Galinova in "The Case of the Tsarina's Tiara"

"He thinks like a peasant, he drinks like a peasant, and he lies like a peasant!"


Of course, this comes in neck and neck with the catty retort from Della Street in "The Case of the Angry Mourner"


Della: Is that the cook?
Perry: and housekeeper
Della: You'll never convince she was hired just to dust the furniture

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Charlie Rose interviewed Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico

On Charlie Rose 6/29/2014 show, the president of Mexico bragged about how wealthy his country is and how NAFTA helped US companies export factories and jobs South of the border:

Indeed, contradicting the condescending stereotype many from the US harbor about our neighbor to the South, that everyone from Mexico lives in a hut with a goat, Carlos Slim Helu is the second wealthiest man in the world, as documented by Forbes with a net worth of $74.1 Billion. Indeed, when I googled for "Mexican millionaire Slim" I was snarkily corrected with "Mexican BILLIONAIRE Slim":

I don't believe it's purely a coincidence there's been a growing chasm between rich and poor with US middle class taking it on the chin since Clinton and NAFTA

However, Nieto didn't explain that if children of Conquistadors are rolling in dough, why they can't take care of their own poor people vs fobbing them off on the USA:

Not unexpectedly, the unofficial organ of Communist propaganda, The Nation, seems to think that Mexico, even though they are getting American jobs and forcing us to pay their poor people, somehow is getting the short end of the stick, from John M. Ackerman May 22, 2014 article : "How Mexico’s New President Is Turning His Country Into a Servile US Client" Fisking his stupid article:

"President Barack Obama has not only failed to achieve comprehensive immigration reform [ aka amnesty and open border] , but he has also actively participated in the dismantling of development and democracy in Mexico, thehomeland for two-thirds of US Latinos [ if USA does NOT represent the homeland of US Latinos, why don't they return to their supposed homeland? -- see tweet below or Sharla's Labyrinth's more pointed blog post Obama’s policy toward Mexico builds on the long tradition of US support for neoliberal authoritarian regimes in Latin America. Just as Washington actively encouraged military coups in South America during the 1970s and armed the dictators of Central America during the 1980s [ vs dictators that Communist USSR armed and funded]  , today it props up Mexico’s corrupt political class as it slowly tears the country apart [ actually narco terrorists are tearing Mexico apart as per usual]"


Thursday, July 3, 2014

George Gershwin in #TheGoodWife

I thought I was very clever for recognizing the Gershwin song "Someone to Watch Over Me" played in the background of "The Good Wife" episode "A Few Words":


Until I noticed that the song title was listed in the captions. That song was from the Broadway show "Oh, Kay!" where title character was played by British actress Gertrude Lawrence:

 who was played by Julie Andrews in a biopic "Star!"

Gertrude Lawrence also starred in the Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin musical "Lady in the Dark";  however, when "Lady in the Dark" was adapted for screen, Ginger Rogers was recast in title role:

which apparently annoyed many people, allegedly including the film's director, according to Roger's possibly biased biography.

If this weren't a stream of consciousness post I'd say it's ott ...but Blossom Dearie also sang "Someone to Watch Over Me:

Kids who grew up in 1970s would remember Blossom Dearie as voice of sad ice skater in School House Rock Figure 8 video:

which of course sounds sad and haunting b/c of all the minor chords and inverted major chords as explained by Bing Futch on his May 01, 2010 post "Chord Voicings - 'Figure Eight'":

"A basic 1-3-5 or 1-b3-5 chord is going to have the root note on the bottom, the middle note in the middle and the fifth at the end or top. Using different chord voicings can change the fundamental sound of a chord, even though it uses the same notes, by rearranging the order of the notes. For example, changing the order of notes so that the third is on the bottom, acting as the bass or root - it becomes a first inversion.

So, a C major chord: C - E - G would become E - C - G.
Now, make the fifth the bottom or root note, and you have a second inversion.
G - C - E"
The socialists over at the UK Guardian have, of course, decided that perceiving minor chords as sad is all part of learned societal conditioning vs intrinsic perceptions and probably a result of racist sexist ethnocentric capitalist imperialism:

"Our emotional reactions to keys are informed by our cultural preconceptions. The Western musical canon has always attached sentiment and gravity to minor keys, so we are preconditioned to indulge those notes with more emotion and sensibility. Interestingly, Asian and African music is generally opposed to this." 
Because socialists are humorless horrible people, I suspect the Guardian would also suggest that perceiving the universal symbol for shower stalls as a "Dr. Who" Dalek killer robot is also a result of racist sexist British imperialist conditioning:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

#PerryMason & #Benghazi

Perry Mason in episode "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece" thinks it's unbelievable that someone would just go to sleep if they see someone is about to be killed:


which is precisely how people who are offended by Obama admin response, or lack thereof, to 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack against US ambassador in Libya feel:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#GlobalWarming in perspective on #Jeopardy

Jeopardy points out @0:27 earth in  Pleistocene Epoch  had 30% glacier coverage vs only 11% now:


However, they don't point out that w/ 30% coverage, all of Alex Trebek's beloved Canada would be under ice Admittedly as a red blooded American, I don't care if those Tory collaborators had to permanently live in igloos and subsist on whale blubber.

Also, the US would be invaded by giant Woolly Mammoths which presumably would be converted into Fred Flintstone burgers forthwith.

Conversely, Jeopardy counters that Alaska glaciers grew in the 14th C Little Ice Age:

"The shorelines were completely covered by ice just 200 years ago; today's glaciers in Glacier Bay are remnants of the "LIA", or Little this, which started in the early 14th century."

Ergo, therefore, unless one wants to relive either the Pleistocene Epoch or have another Little Ice Age, glaciers are probably going to melt because to keep pristine glaciers, one must live in a cold climate.