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April 17, 2011


Danube of Thought

On top of all else, bgates is not only the inventor of the indispensable Narcisolator, he rendered private technical advice (along with DrJ and SBW) essential to getting it restored after an unbearable week without it. And you know what that week was like.

We are blessed.


boris, I can look up the abstract at NSF if I have some info (grant number, PI/institution).

I do hope this is not a dupliate!

Melinda Romanoff


Another one for the hubby, Moon Mullican.

Meant to post it earlier, but forgot.


Just getting started. You answered my main question. If you want more info I'll drop a line to sonatabio.


boris, that's fine. If the award is an SBIR or STTR, I know their program director at NSF. I might even have met the PI.


Love it Porch!

I'm back from the worcester Tea party. About 400 people. It was nice when I got there and got colder and rainier as the day went on. Lots of fun and friendly people there.

Then came the protesters. About 15 college age kids wearing bandannas against their faces so you could only see their eyes. I have no idea what they were for, and I suspect they didn't either.

After a couple of minutes the cops made them go across the street. Some didn't go easily, but those cops were very good. They stayed for most of the rally, screeching like morons.

There was also a single woman,old and looking like she was homeless, in the crowd carrying a sign that said: "Global warming is a hoax so keep polluting." She kept screaming really dumb things, and was particularly noticeable from the stage.

I got suddenly called to the stage to introduce someone so instead of insulting the protesters I thanked the cops. That brought loud applause.

In the parking lot I was accosted by a Larouchie with a Obama/Hitler sign who asked me if I was familiar with Glass Steagle. I said no and he followed me to the car and told me I had to pay attention. I told him to stop bringing his Hitler signs to Tea party rallies. He told me it was time I learned to think.

You can imagine how well that went over.

Tea Parties give me hope for this country.


OOps - that should be "Thanks Centralcal"!

Captain Hate

Great report Jane. Larouchies are like Jehovah Witnesses; perpetual irritants for which there's no rational explanation.

Maybe the protesters were wearing bandannas to keep from being identified on the tv news and having their allowances curtailed.

I drove the 'original', the car that saved VW, the 1970 100.

Heh, Mel, I once needed a new, well, another transmission for a '90 model I had. The dealership quoted $8,000 for the part alone. I found a rebuilt one for $3000. Installation was another $1500. It failed at five and a half months. Warranty was for six. It was honored, after a year and a fashion. The next one, after another $1500 installation lasted the next hundred thousand miles we had with it. Wish we still had it.

Enantiomers and queasy too.

Re Chiral: read Dorothy Sayers' 'The Documents in the Case'.


Thanks all for the kind words.

A carther thread?

I hope not. He was the second worst Prethident we ever had.

Danube of Thought

You just do great work, Jane. And thanking the cops was inspired.

Just heard DrK refer to Trump as the Al Sharpton of the Republican Party. He thinks the clown will run, and fears he may run as an Indie.

Given much of what he has said in the past, he may very well be trying to ensure an Obama second term.


I'm still a little surprised that the US buying it's own debt, like a snake swallowing
it's own tail, didn't get S&P's attention, more, in their downgrade

Que Blammo?

I'd peristalse for a catharther thread.


are chiral molecules a big deal?

On the one hand they are, but on the other hand they're nothing special.


bgates, that may be a bit too subtle. Worse is that on the other hand, they are really dangerous, like Thalidomide.




You know you drive cars for a long time when your kids are exiting high school and can only remember what you are still driving.

Rob Crawford

Then came the protesters. About 15 college age kids wearing bandannas against their faces so you could only see their eyes.

The police should have arrested them. Covering your face in public -- outside special occasions like Halloween -- is preparation to commit a crime.

And, to be blunt, they covered their faces PRECISELY to make the threat of violence. Like the Klan and their hoods, the bandannas are intended to depersonalize them -- make them more threatening to their targets -- while also pushing themselves into the mob mentality so they more easily work themselves up to it.

Read up on the "Black Bloc" -- the thugs who the left oh-so-carefully claims is not "part of us". While the left "disavows" them, the supposed anarchist "Black Bloc" never attacks leftists. These brats were emulating their Black Bloc heroes.



All of that is true, except no one was the least bit threatened. They seemed utterly impotent, laughable, and annoying.

What I found amazing was the cops. My favorite, as black as black can be was taunted by them. He put up with nothing, and let them know who was boss but didn't lay a hand on them. I went over and thanked him before I thanked them all on stage. Compare them with the cops in Madison.

Worcester is a lefty union town. These people did their job.


The DOD's IG, has revealed that the psyops story in RS was all wet, link in Hot Air

Rob Crawford

All of that is true, except no one was the least bit threatened.

So they'll escalate.


Sorry wrong bogus inquiry, here's the link:


Captain Hate

Rolling Stone making up shit about the military; what are the chances?


Tonight I'll make the flourless chocolate cake.

I thought you'd be making the traditional Passover cupcakes.

Danube of Thought

"Rolling Stone making up shit about the military; what are the chances?"

Just give me a little bit of private quality time with the whey-faced poltroon who wrote that thing. At my age, it might take three minutes, but certainly no more than that.

Then we will find out just who said what to whom.


--DrJ, I view the King's saga with torn loyalties. I've always liked the Maloofs when they seemed to catch lightning in a bottle with CWebb and White Chocolate, only always to fall short to the Lakers and some highly subjective reffing by Stern's crew of zebras (and CWebb was ultimately a choking dog).--

I'm not actually a Kings fan but that was a fun team that got a royal screw job by the refs. Our niece was a Kings cheerleader at the time and our attorney a season ticket holder so we were kind of compelled to watch. After Horry sliced them open the refs finished them off.

As a BTW, what do you think of Lebron James's game, apart from the persoanl Cleveland aspect of the thing?
IMO his game is ugly. He's not elegant like a Jordan or DocJ, he's not a mighty bruiser in size like a Shaq or Chamberlain and he doesn't have any flair like a Bird or Magic.
It's effective I suppose but I find it pretty darn boring; like some overgrown video game character.


Has the autopsy come back on the scorched Volt?

My money says they blame shift controller for being stuck in the “D” position.


...they blame the shift controller...


Great joke , Cc. And thanks for the good wishes.


CWebb was ultimately a choking dog

Agreed, though he improved a lot from his college days. I saw him and the rest of the Fab 5 in the Maui tournament back in the day. He did some really boneheaded things, like calling for a timeout when the team had none.

The Kings were never the same after he injured his knee, so he was an important player to the team.


Blessed passover, Clarice,



Sounds like you had a great day Jane...I'm wicked proud of you!


Thanks, narciso.. Jane--quick thinking, babes!


Wow Jane, good for you!! The thanking the cops was perfect.

Danube of Thought

Screw it--I'm holding out till the next thread shows up.


move it thread, move it.


I have a topic that seems to generate a new thread, if you need my help



Just to make sure, Threadkiller, knows we still read his comments. LOL!

Captain Hate

Iggy and DrJ, I really really wanted to like CWebb; when he and Jason Williams came from out of nowhere and with Vlade Divac they were just an exciting team to watch. The 2002 team that lost in 7 was frustrating as hell to me; and CWebb really let them down in OT by not taking any shots. Vlade had fouled out, Peja was hobbled with a badly sprained ankle and Webber just went into a shell and obviously didn't even want the ball. A lot of people blamed Doug Christie for putting up a lot of clangers except he was playing 3.5 on 5 and he and Mike Bibby were the only ones who would shoot the damn ball. I really hated Webber after that game.

Regarding LeBron; he's built like a brick shithouse (I think I've said before that he's what you would get if you told a team of scientists to design the perfect basketball player) and has obviously mad skills but I get more aesthetic pleasure out of watching DWade playing. I consider Wade the Earl Monroe compared to LeBron's Walt Frazier; somebody with an odd type body that isn't a perfect fit for the type of game that he plays but makes it work with incredible quickness that keeps him from getting his slim body pounded when he slashes into the trees. Obviously Riley and Spoelstra have decided, at least for this year, that Wade gets the rock in clutch time. I think LeBron's eliminated his chances to ever be thought of in the same way that Jordan was; can you imagine MJ ever relinquishing the role of chief ass kicker on a championship team? Granted he set up the likes of Steve Kerr and Jon Paxson to hit championship winning shots; but that was by his design. Plus MJ has never quit on a team like LeBron did last year against the Celtics. As I said in the email I linked, I'm over the animosity toward him but he still owes Dan Gilbert an explanation of why he punked out.


Yes the birther bill veto by Brewer in Arizona,


She did not like the "one U.S. citizen parent" part, narciso?


Before it's too late, Happy Passover.

I just checked the Google homepage to see what they did to mark the date. It's subtle.

It appears they just passed it over.


Heh..In Israel the seder is a one night affair. Because of the time difference, most Americans celebrate it two nights..We generally celebrate it only one night ourselves, unless there are kids around.

It's another of those Jewish holidays which I categorize as "They tried to kill us. We won and are still here. Let's eat and celebrate."




I really hated Webber after that game.

Maybe, but I'll take Adelman/Webber/Peja/Vlade/Christie/Bibby any day over the mess we have now. These days the Kings are just not that interesting.

Let's eat and celebrate.

Sounds great to me! One of my consultants is trying his best to convert me to Judaism.


Here is a ray shielded Krugman link, and a B-52 leveling, no mere fisking


By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those spirits dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

April 19, 1775


Don't know why typepad gaffed part of the spacing at the start.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

Frau Fragezeichen

Yesterday "doomed" and today "blessed." Here's Dinah Washington just for DoT with smooches.

Nite-nite one and all.


when I was a boy I listened to Chick Hearn's first broadcasts on one of them new fangled transistor ray-de-ohs under the covers when I was supposed to be asleep. All I have to say about Sacramento is "more cowbell".Another team that just couldn't make the grade.

Then again, these days we're Clippers fans so I'm doing my penance every time I turn on the tv during the season. It is very hard to like today's Lakers.

A military friend of my mentioned the way that a certain overpaid superstar dissed SSG Sal Giunta, the only living MoH recipient from Afghanistan/Iraq at a recent Laker game, and my heart turned against the bastids. Karma is a bitch.


porch, it doesn't matter how much you suck up to bgates, you still hve to take a number and mud wrestle. Rules are rules.

I know, and I accept those rules willingly. 'Tis only fair.

Love the Moon Mullican, Mel! Just showed it to Mr. Porch. He said "it sounds like 20 pianos." It does.

Jane - great work. I think it was just the right thing to praise the cops.


Little difference between doomed and blessed.


Cool! Instalaunch for Matt!

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Wow - I just found out that the demonstrators yesterday at the rally were organized by a campaign worker of James McGovern.


Raiders of the Lost Menorah!

Happy Passover.

Current read today had some interesting history on the Menorah from the Temple of Solomon.

Book said that after the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile to Jerusalem in @500 BC, that part of the rebuilding of their Temple included the famous 7 candled gold Menorah. Centiries later (@70 AD) future Roman Emperor Titus conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple, and took the famous 7 candlestick Golden Menorah from the Temple as spoils of war, and hauled it to Rome. (I have seen it depicted on his arch in Rome: link)

I did not know that it was then taken from Rome (in @ 430 AD) by city-sacking Vandal invaders, who transported it to their newly conquered province in North Africa---Libya.

Then later I learned that Justinian's famous General Belisarius, after conquering the Vandals in Libya in 533 AD, recaptured the golden Jewish Menorah and carried it in a Triumph to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople.

At this point my book says that the Jewish Rabbi's of Constantinople requested of The Emperor that their sacred Menorah be returned to Jerusalem, and in 535 AD Justinian ordered that the Golden Menorah be sent back to Jerusalem, but to be deposited not in a Jewish edifice, but in a Christian Church in jerusalem.

That is all I have read about it today, and I have not googled Wiki to find out more on the story. I suppose my question is, "Is the history of the Menorah well known to the average, everyday modern Jew, or to the average everyday modern Christian scholar?"

I must say I was unaware of the sacred Menorah's travels, and will be interested to see when and where it finally disappears from history, but I was certainly fascinated by my reading about it today.

Was also fascinated to read that "Andalusia" in Spain was originally "Vandalusia," province of the Vandal invaders. Oft-times it frightens me how little I know, but how much fun it is to learn such interesting stuff. Happy Passover!



I am wonderfully proud of you and I think every JOMer is as well. Great job!


So that Mortenson fellow, which you ben referred in many a post, mentioned by Friedman and other hacks, turns out to be a bit of a fraud, in the interesting historical
department, Bethany Hughes, who got her start
chronicling the Spartans, has a new book, out on Socrates, the Poisoned Cup,


the wisdom of Dalton and Harvard, kind of underwhelming:


Captain Hate

The WSJ subjects the readers to another inane misreading of the Ryan plan by Princeton retard Alan Blinder, who gets eviscerated in the comments. Since Princeton also spawned Krugman, is it now to economics what Harvard is to law? I'd link it but I think it's subscription only. Plus reading it is a waste of time that could be employed more productively otherwise.

Captain Hate

Oft-times it frightens me how little I know, but how much fun it is to learn such interesting stuff.

Leaving aside the hijacking of history by the Marxist assholes to misstate everything, at least as big a sin is what horrible writers they are. If they can't entirely ruin a subject by lying about it, they finish the rest by making it incredibly boring. Fortunately the market forces have led the publishers to at least partially make amends; in part by continually bringing out new editions of classics.


Never was a name, more appropriate, the idea that he was a policy maker, at the FEd and the CEA, startling yet ironically not surprising:


Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Geez Daddy, thanks, but all I did was get off the couch. Easy peesy.


daddy, I knew about it as far as Titus but not afterwards.

Captain Hate

Following the law is only for the little people:

US Attorney General Eric Holder and his brother failed to pay the property taxes on their childhood home in Queens, which they inherited last August after their mother died, The Post has learned.

And because their ailing mom, Miriam, was already behind on two quarterly tax bills when she succumbed to illness on Aug. 13, the charges went unpaid for more than a year — growing to $4,146.

It wasn’t until The Post confronted Holder last week about the delinquency that he and younger brother William Holder finally paid up Friday, including $73.14 in interest.

Jack is Back!

Happy Pesach,

Just another beautiful day in paradise. Sunny, a southwesterly breeze, high of 88. Perfect start for Holy Week. We are off to cold, rainy, windy Southampton for Easter tomorrow. Why do I torture myself like this?


See how you used your cognitive recognition to see the police doing there job and then came up with the appropriate contemporanius remark? Bravo to you!


Yeah Captain. Here is a Zombie post highlighting a Tea Party rally vs. some new leftist organization. In an article from The Nation that Zombie highlights here is one of the big ideas for the new leftist group - and dig up damning facts on the tax dodgers.
Hah! How many would be Democrats if the leftists actually DID this!!?


I should have put "and dig up damning facts on the tax dodgers." in quotes.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

We really do need a new thread.

OH TM ~~~~

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

OOH I forgot to mention this. I was talking to Colin Blake who was the doc who spoke yesterday at the tea party and at the Sturbridge Tea party. He told me he knew a bunch of doctors who got together and bought an island in the Caribbean. I insisted he find out which one.


You weren't kidding Captain, I thought a 'Roberto Duran' moment was in order, I almost
felt sorry for Blinder, then it passed.

Captain Hate

Preznit Pissypants meltdown mode activated: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/let-me-finish-my-answers-obama-loses-his-cool-with-texas-reporter/


Btw, Fallows going Chip Dillard, on the S&P
report, right before the crowd flattens him



A critic of the whole deconstructionist movement, James Ellis, said it well. They write obscurely out of a belief that if it sounds portentious it is. When you cut through the verbiage you discover that the basic point has either been made before and better or it is utterly absurd.

The profs who started this nonsense in the Ivy Leagues and at Duke in the 70s were their teachers.

Attitude, not skills.

Action, not logical, coherent thought.

Melinda Romanoff

I stopped reading Blinder in the Bush I administration. He writes the first and last paragraphs of his pieces, then fills it with a nice creamy filling.

Just like a Twinkie, which contains coal, FYI.


This is the fellow who endorsed 'Cash for Clunkers', is there no accountability left,
I know a rhetorical question,

Melinda Romanoff


Link for Fallows, please?


Biden needs to slow down on the plastic surgery...he's beginning to look like that cat woman lady.

hit and run

If you need me,I'll be down at the beach.

Drinking and fishing.


Note the h/t to Lindorff, who is clinically insane,



Loved the interview link. Thanks Captain.
"a few percentage points" vs. 10....
Obama seethes, "I just said..." wonderful.

If conservatives want to derail Trump, we're gonna need more boldness in questioning Obama. That is Trump's main (maybe only) appeal.

Captain Hate

Exactly Janet; Preznit Easy-Bake walks around with a neon sign on his back saying "Kick Me" and the clean toga Repukes insist on averting their gaze while leafing through their Marquis de Queensbury rules. But they have time to badmouth Sarah Palin thinking "Maybe this will make the MFM love me". Ask McCain how that turned out; on second thought...


Love Obama's answer to the question why he thinks he's so unpopular in Texas: "Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for ... historical reasons."

Now that's analysis.


Ask McCain how that turned out; on second thought...

Senator Never-met-an-aisle-he-didn't-want-to-cross.

Yeah, no thanks.

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That's a mold-brkeaer. Great thinking!

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