February 24, 2015

Breaking the 4th wall (momentarily) [I’ll leave this up top for about a week – updated with video! and updated again]

Hi, all. Nothing political to say here. Just popping in to make a request of those of you who might be interested in helping out. If you follow me on facebook, you’ll know that Satchel took 4th in championships this year (in one of the top two competitive divisions in his age group), and as a coach I’ve identified the areas of his game we need to tweak to get him to the top of his craft. To that end, I’ve picked up a couple of pieces of equipment designed by Carl Adams, BU’s long-time coach, a Dan Gable teammate, and two-time national champion in his own right (which set me back about $1200), and I have one more to purchase to complete the set (another 600 or so) and have all the equipment I think I’ll need to allow Satch to drill on his own (finding partners outside of the gym is tough, particularly for someone his size; being able to drill without a partner is invaluable; and I’m using the equipment to train my own self ;)).

I’m currently looking to pick up a last batch of instructional videos from Championship productions as I start Satchel on a more rigorous study of the sport. His natural ability is amazing; now he needs to learn the mental aspects of the sport and study the subtleties that will allow him to master certain series, moves, and chain techniques. And who better to learn from than some of the sport’s most successful participants, who share their signature moves, their most important motivating insights, and speak to the preparation that it takes to succeed?

And success isn’t just about winning.

To that end, I’m looking to raise $600 to purchase the DVDs I think will carry him through the next several years of his training.

In about a week he begins training with NCAA Division 1 Champion Ben Cherrington (Boise St, 20-0, 2006) and NAIA All-American and celebrated UFC wrestling coach Leister Bowling, a CO State record holder for pins and takedowns, as a charter member of their newly-formed Colorado Top Team Wrestling School. This is a year-round program that will train Satchel to compete with the kids who travel to out of state tournaments and wrestle year round, some of whom he’s already beaten, such is his potential.

I’ll be acting as an assistant coach, but between the equipment, USA Wrestling memberships, tournament fees, and the school’s tuition, I’m in no position just now to cover everything.

Let me stress that this attempt to raise the money for Satch’s instruction is my way of making sure I do everything I can to provide him with the advantages as an athlete my parents were never able to afford me, despite my having been a very good baseball player.

Contributions are entirely voluntary and I hold no ill-will towards anyone who doesn’t wish to contribute so much as a penny. But if I don’t ask, I most certainly won’t get any help, so I figured what the hell. Alternately, if you’d like to purchase one of the DVD series rather than donate any funds, email me and I’ll send you the list of the ones I’m looking to pick up, all from Championship productions (in whose catalog Satch has appeared).

As a measure of thanks, I will post here on Satchel’s wrestling exploits and, once we’re in position to get new phones with more storage, will start posting videos of his matches. It isn’t politics, I realize, but many of you have been here for a long while and I know appreciate the personal aspects of this site as much as you do the political ones.

Thanks in advance!

Jeff and Satchel

fundraising update: Thanks to all of you we’ve reached our initial goal! But don’t fret! There are other titles I’d pared off the initial list that I’d like to secure for Satch, so any new donations will go toward that purpose. These additional titles include instructional videos from Mark Azevedo, Joe LeBlanc, Tim Flynn and Cliff Moore, Rob Koll, and Jordan Leen, and concentrate on hip heist changeovers, safe leg riding, pinning and turning, leg sweeps, and some coaching tips for creating a successful routine.

Amount raised: Yay! see above

Amount remaining: See above – roughly $175


Daniel K!
Geoff B!
John B!
Roy M!
Stephen L!
Tim K!
Evan C!
Tim H!
David J!
Mark L!
Jonah C!
Greg S!
Brad M!
Bill Q!


Some vids to whet your patronage whistles!

Satch puts on a riding clinic, tiring out his opponent until he turns him for the fall:

Here, he uses his Twister to dominate a highly-ranked Brighton wrestler:

Satch at 49lbs vs a 67lb kid in an exhibition match:

This week at practice, Satchel pinned our team’s “Grappler of the Year” Award Winner (Satch won the inaugural “Iron Man” Award), who at 88 lbs. is a good 30 lbs heavier than he. He just has to take the intensity he shows in practice and bring it to the tournament mat. This will happen as he becomes more confident in his skills and spends less time thinking and more time simply reacting and chaining, having trained his body to recognize where his opponent’s openings will be. Against practice opponents whom he knows, he goes full blast.

17-0 Tech Fall in last year’s regionals. He was first trying out his tilt, to limited success. He’s since improved on it.

Once again, thanks to all of you who have contributed. I’m going to pick up this piece of equipment sometime in the next few months (I should have my Mom’s funeral and burial all paid off by then), which — along with a customized Iowa Snap Down Machine and a Takedown Defender — will be all he needs physically to be able to drill on his own or with me. Sadly, because of our size differences, I can’t really show him much by practicing with him on the mat.

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March 2, 2015

DEA warns Utah of stoned rabbits [Darleen Click]

Just think of the horrors of bunnies with munchies!

Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state’s wildlife may “cultivate a taste” for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That’s according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the “marijuana eradication” team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree’s garden and seizing a number of okra plants.[…]

Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw “rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. …” He continued: “One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.”

h/t Emily Zanotti

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March 2, 2015

NOW can someone explain the difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism? [Darleen Click]

… because I’m just not seeing it.


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March 1, 2015

Ball and Chain Government [McGehee]

Big Government used to have an advantage in its argument: whatever top-heavy program its proponents enacted to address whatever problem they claimed to perceive, it could take half a century or more before the world changed enough to make the program not merely unproductive, but counter-productive. In the meantime the politicians who foisted it on America enjoy the illusion of glory for their accomplishment.

The pace of social and economic change has accelerated within our lifetimes, though, to the point where even if a big government program ever could actually address whatever problem the politicians aim it at, increasingly that program does more harm than good before those politicians even leave office. In some cases the program doesn’t even get fully implemented before the landscape has changed utterly, and the program is now an obstacle to adapting to the new realities.

This is the challenge of the 21st century: government by definition is too ponderous and Jurassic in its outlook to be useful anymore in confronting the consequences of a constantly increasing pace of change. Even mavens of new media, having cut their recently gained baby teeth on the 140-character philosophical treatise, are a half-generation behind the loop and in many cases two full steps behind the news cycle.

The political establishment senses that it’s losing control of the decision loop, and that’s why it’s seeking increasingly to limit input, to make elections not matter. Or in some cases it’s why they’re trying to oust the people and elect a new one less adapted to the accelerated pace of change enabled by new technology.

They’ve been fretting for decades that America is becoming ungovernable, and today the reality — as they define it — looms on the horizon. “Governable” means they never lose a fight, no matter how wrong their side of the fight might be.

If that’s what it means to be governable, ungovernable is the way to be.

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February 28, 2015

Fact: Israel-hate is Jew-hate [Darleen Click]

There is no other explanation for anti-Zionism.

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February 28, 2015

More things Nimoy [Darleen Click]

from: Minion Factory

A rerun, but still fun:

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February 28, 2015

When Vagina Warriors attack [Darleen Click] UPDATED Daily Beast apologizes, Jezebel not-so-much

Female supremacist site Jezebel breathlessly reports that Scott Walker is a “pro-rape conservative werewolf” or something.

Under Walker’s budget, universities would no longer have to report the number of sexual assaults that take place on a campus to the Department of Justice. Under Walker’s plan, university employees who witness a sexual assault would no longer have to report it.

There are no policy recommendations in Walker’s budget how or what would replace these reporting mechanisms. The Governor simply instructs that they should be deleted.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the bewildering force that is Scott Walker, know this: he is a small-time guy who is having a big-time moment by playing the conservative werewolf, a role Chris Christie and Jeb Bush are so far unwilling to play in their presidential bids.

As the election cycle drags on you will be able to tick off the boxes on Scott Walker’s CONSERVATIVE STRONG MAN card. Count this as the first of many boxes.

It didn’t take long for the rest of the story to emerge:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin requested that Gov. Scott Walker remove a requirement that all 26 campuses report allegations of sexual assaults to the state every year because it already submits similar information to the federal government, a UW spokesman said Friday.

The proposal to delete the annual reports to the state Department of Justice is among dozens of requirements that would be removed as part of Walker’s plan to decouple the university from most state laws and state oversight. Though the budget proposal came out earlier this month, the sex assault request was explained in a summary released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

UW System spokesman Alex Hummel said Friday that the university requested the change because information given to the state is duplicative of data required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education under federal law. The university also posts the information on its website.

But hey, facts don’t matter when a White Patriarchal Werewolf must be defeated at all costs!

Natasha Vargas-Cooper has yet to make any correction to her article — an article that has caused any number of fellow travelers in the female supremacists realm to continue in the Walker is Pro-Rape! narrative.

Mendouchious twatwafflery all the way down.

Oh look!

Jezebel incorrectly reported parts of the budget from Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Friday, accusing the presumed candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 of suppressing the reporting of college rape statistics at the University of Wisconsin. A Daily Beast college columnist at the university based an article off Jezebel’s post. On Saturday, Jezebel updated their post with the following after USA Today published a story debunking the feminist website’s account and clarifying Walker’s position: “UPDATE: After Jezebel ran this item yesterday, a spokesman for the University of Wisconsin came forward—over two weeks after the budget was released—to clarify: the University requested that Gov. Walker delete the requirements because efforts were redundant with their compliance of the Cleary Act. Scott Walker’s camp assures that he’s committed to protecting victims.”

When The Daily Beast contacted Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for comment on Friday, his office expressed reservations about Walker’s proposal. His office told The Daily Beast in a statement that the Attorney General “is concerned about some of the provisions in the budget that may reduce information provided to college students and take away reporting requirements. He will work with representatives from UW and the Governor’s office to determine what prompted these changes and to ensure that we provide all of the protection we reasonably can for our college students.” It is unclear if Schimel’s office was aware of the stated purpose of the provision in question. The Daily Beast is committed to covering the news fairly and accurately, and we should have checked this story more thoroughly. We deeply regret the error and apologize to Gov. Walker and our readers. Our original story should be considered retracted.

Natasha’s “Regrets”:

Continue Reading →

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February 27, 2015

#ObamaNet was passed yesterday but social media is obsessed with #TheDress ? [Darleen Click]

Secretary of State Lurch Kerry is hotfooting it to Iran to avoid Bibi, the Me-Too wing of the ruling party is bending over for Obama, and the IRS is still lying about Lois Lerner’s emails.

But hey, let’s obsess about a cellphone picture (which are generally badly white balanced to begin with) of a dress with strong backlighting.

It took me all of 15 minutes to pull the pic into Photoshop CC, apply Camera Raw filter, make temperature and black/white corrections based, not on the dress, but on the black/white graphic print fabric next to the dress and VOILA!. The dress is blue/black. Case.closed.

Now, let’s talk about Eric Holder’s declaration of using his last few weeks in office to “lowering the standard of proof” needed in civil rights cases.

Because gutting due process for political ideology is working so well for male college students, right?

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February 27, 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy [Darleen Click] UPDATED

He was 83

The actor died Friday morning at his home in Bel Air, California, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed to the New York Times. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In February 2014, Nimoy revealed his lung disease diagnosis and urged his fans to quit smoking via Twitter (although he had quit 30 years prior).

“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now,” Nimoy wrote to his followers at the time. […]

In his portrayal of Spock, a pointy-eared half-Vulcan, Nimoy become synonymous with the catchphrase of the Starship Enterprise’s chief science officer: “Live long and prosper.”

However, in 1977, Nimoy published an autobiography titled “I Am Not Spock.” Then, in 1995, he published another, titled “I Am Spock.” He also published poetry and shared it with his fans on Twitter.

He was always a class act.


Oh for the love of …. Obama makes the death of Leonard Nimoy about himself!


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February 26, 2015

Feds take over the Internet [Darleen Click]

If you like your internet, you can keep your internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry.

The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan — a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote.

On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an “open, unfettered network.”

But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone.

Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet.”

Further, he accused the FCC of bending to the will of Obama, who last fall came out in favor of such a sweeping regulatory plan.

Pai said the FCC was reversing course from past positions for one reason: “President Obama told us to do so.” […]

Fellow Republican member Michael O’Rielly called the plan a “monumental and unlawful power grab.”

Republican lawmakers, as well, blasted the proposal as an antiquated solution that would hurt, not help, Internet innovation.

“The Obama Administration needs to get beyond its 1930s rotary-telephone mindset and embrace the future,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.

While the broadband industry is expected to sue, Republicans in Congress said they will try to pass legislation scrapping the rules, although it’s unlikely that such a bill would be signed into law by Obama.

The FCC is “promising” not to use some of the powers granted it under Title II towards the Internet … Like price controls and regulation of content.

Yeah, right. Just like the IRS would never use its powers to intimidate and harass the Enemies of The Administration.

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February 26, 2015

The indomitable Camille Paglia [Darleen Click]

Agree or disagree with the good doctor, Prof Paglia is one fearless lady with a depth and breadth of integrity matched by few. Excerpts from an interview:

Identifying yourself as a “dissident feminist,” you often seem more at home with classical Greek and Roman paganism than with postmodern academia. How has this reality affected your public and professional relationships?

I feel lucky to have taught primarily at art schools, where the faculty are active practitioners of the arts and crafts. I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. University faculties nationwide have lost power to an ever-expanding bureaucracy of administrators, whose primary concern is the institution’s contractual relationship with tuition-paying parents. You can cut the demoralized faculty atmosphere with a knife when you step foot on any elite campus. With a few stellar exceptions, the only substantive discourse that I ever have these days is with academics, intellectuals, and journalists abroad.

In your view, what’s wrong with American feminism today, and what can it do to improve?

After the great victory won by my insurgent, pro-sex, pro-fashion wing of feminism in the 1990s, American and British feminism has amazingly collapsed backward again into whining, narcissistic victimology. As in the hoary old days of Gloria Steinem and her Stalinist cohorts, we are endlessly subjected to the hackneyed scenario of history as a toxic wasteland of vicious male oppression and gruesome female suffering. College campuses are hysterically portrayed as rape extravaganzas where women are helpless fluffs with no control over their own choices and behavior. I am an equal opportunity feminist: that is, I call for the removal of all barriers to women’s advance in the professional and political realms. However, I oppose special protections for women, which I reject as demeaning and infantilizing. My principal demand (as I have been repeating for nearly 25 years) is for colleges to confine themselves to education and to cease their tyrannical surveillance of students’ social lives. If a real crime is committed, it must be reported to the police. College officials and committees have neither the expertise nor the legal right to be conducting investigations into he said/she said campus dating fiascos. Too many of today’s young feminists seem to want hovering, paternalistic authority figures to protect and soothe them, an attitude I regard as servile, reactionary and glaringly bourgeois. The world can never be made totally safe for anyone, male or female: there will always be sociopaths and psychotics impervious to social controls. I call my system “street-smart feminism”: there is no substitute for wary vigilance and personal responsibility. […]

In your view as a classicist, what can the ancient Romans and Greeks teach us as human beings?

Following my culture-hero, Oscar Wilde, I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art “teaches” us anything. It simply opens up our vision to a larger world—or allows us to see that world through a different lens. Greco-Roman culture, which is fast receding in American higher education, is one of the two foundational traditions of Western civilization, the other being the Judeo-Christian. These traditions twined about and influenced each other for centuries and produced the titanic complexity of the West, for good and ill. To ignore or minimize the Greco-Roman past is to put intellectual blinders on—but that is exactly what has been happening as colleges are gradually abandoning the big, chronological, two-semester freshman survey courses that once heavily emphasized classical antiquity. The trajectory is toward “presentism,” a myopic concentration on society since the Renaissance—a noble, humanistic term, by the way, that is being ruthlessly discarded for the blobby new Marxist entity, “Early Modern.”

Holy Mary, Mother of God … if we could only clone her throughout our university system …

Please read the whole thing.

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