Step Aside. Professional Musician Mike Doughty Will Handle This.

SlateBeyoncé Wasn’t Lip-Syncing – A professional musician goes deep on the inaugural non-scandal.

I’m hoping for a flurry of retractions. A Marine spokesperson said yesterday that she couldn’t confirm or deny that Beyoncé wasn’t lip-syncing, and pretty much every media outlet assumed that was an admission. On NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams said that Beyoncé wasn’t lip-syncing, but, “in effect, lip-syncing”; Jon Stewart’s jokes took it as a given that she faked it; NPR is wringing its hands NPR-ily.

It’s bunk. That lady was singing live.

Washington PostBeyonce admits she lip-synced at inauguration, will sing live at Super Bowl XLVII

Jury Finds John Edwards Not Guilty, But God’s Not Through With Him*

Justice Dept. won’t retry John Edwards after jury deadlocks.

* Admittedly, Edwards said that in an optimistic way. “I don’t think God is through with me,” Edwards said. “I really believe he thinks there’s still some good things I can do.”


Amazon Reviews You Can Use: Elizabeth Warren’s “Pow Wow Chow”

So, yeah, little controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s claims to be Native American. And now it turns out she plagiarized her contributions to a book of Native American recipes:

The recipes from “Elizabeth Warren – Cherokee” include a crab dish with tomato mayonnaise. Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It’s in the state song: “Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin’ down the plain.” But then the white man came, and now the Oklahoma crab is extinct, and at the Cherokee clambakes they have to make do with Mrs. Warren’s traditional Five Tribes recipe for Cherokee Lime Pie.

But the question we all want to know is, are the recipes any good? So let’s turn now to  the Amazon reviews of Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes : Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole

By John Courtade (Austin, Texas United States) – See all my reviews

I’ve received nothing but rave reviews from my colleagues after whipping up treats from this cookbook in the faculty lounge kitchen. Admirers of Pow Wow Chow may also enjoy Bow Wow Chow, a Indonesian-influenced cookbook from a former professor now in politics.

By Mark W. Rodgers (Clarksville, MD, US) – See all my reviews

I’m confused; each recipe calls for 0/32 measurements of ingredients — that doesn’t add up to anything. I have serious reservations about these recipes.

By Jason K. Smith (Denver, CO United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulous collection of recipes suitable for faculty luncheons, or just anyone who is interested in getting in touch with their high-cheeked ancestors.

I felt, while making the crab with tomato mayonnaise dressing, that I was really in touch with my 0/32 Cherokee roots, and knew that my faux-native american ancestors were once putting this on canapes before inviting some new friends from the new world over for brunch!

I thoroughly enjoy the recipes here. My favorite one is called “Diversity Dish.” This was contributed by the world’s only confirmed blond-haired, blue-eyed Cherokee who used her tomahawk to dig this up from her Oklahoma archives. You start out with 10 quarts of sanctimony, add in a gallon of hypocrisy, throw in a few fables (I recommend the “Family Lore” brand available in Cambridge), add a pinch of whining (1/32 ounce will work), toss in a paleface poseur and a large measure of insufferability. No integrity required. And there you have it: political career implosion. Great for faculty lounge gatherings and unearned academic advancement.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Recipes for us American Indians,May 17, 2012

Recently I became a full blooded American Indian after watching the movies “Last of the Mohicans” and “Dances with Wolves.” Indians like me and Lizzie Warren can now share in the wonderful but often harsh world of the Native American. I am brought to tears when I hear how she struggles to live in her million $ Cambridge wigwam. How the white man keeps her in poverty on the Massachusetts Indian reservation called Harvard where they only give her $340,000 per year to live… Sitting Bull weeps to hear such cruelty.

If there is anything I can do as a fellow Indian to help her in her struggles against the evil pale face, please let Sacagawea Warren know I’m here for her…maybe we can meet and talk about our plight at a luncheon or something.

Stay strong Fauxcahontas…stay strong.

5.0 out of 5 stars Imported Mustard and Cognac,May 18, 2012

I must write my High School and complain about my history classes. Never did I realize that The indians had access to imported mustard and cognac. Elizabeth Warren’s fabulous recipes call for those ingredients and I am certain she would never make up a false recipe or copy any one else after all she is a liberal from Mass. Those poor folks from the former Pavillion Restaurant must have copied her great great great uncle from the fugawe tribe. Unfortunately they have been lost in the forests of Brookline but if you listen carefully at night you can hear them calling out wer’e the fugawe.

Elizabeth Warren’s Secret Indian Name

Elizabeth Warren apparently claimed to be part Cherokee and was listed as a minority faculty member at Harvard and elsewhere until people started demanding proof of her claims, which are now busted.

PapayaSF’s roundup of Elizabeth Warren Indian names:

10. Little Pantsonfire
9. Woman Who Loves Eater of Dogs
8. Lie-a-watha
7. Hoarder of Feathers Who Hates Feather Hoarders
6. Sitting Bullsh*t
5. Hunts at Whole Foods
4. Running Joke
3. Taxagawea
2. Dances With Occupiers

And the number one Elizabeth Warren Indian name:

1. Fauxcahontas

How College Majors Get Picked, Sometimes

All of the recent talk about college degrees and “useless” majors reminded me of something from my freshman year of college. I had a German language TA who told our class how people sometimes wound up with unlikely degrees. It’s something that I saw playing out over and over again with friends and acquaintances.

This was a first year German class. It was filled with freshman liberal arts students who were chipping away at their general requirements. The first day of class the TA asked for a show of hands. How many people had declared their majors? How many were undeclared?

The TA explained the reality of how undeclared liberal arts majors often wound up picking their degrees. They’d spend a few years taking the required classes in English, foreign language, social studies, and natural sciences. They’d explore a few other fields to test the waters. It was OK – they could use those classes towards the required number of elective credits. The college of liberal arts wanted you to be widely read.

Then at some point the undeclared major would want to get college over with. Sometimes it was because of financial pressure. The scholarship was running out, mom and dad were tired of paying tuition, or the student loans were becoming nightmarish. Other times it was because of the non-stop pace of study or the grind of taking classes by day, studying at night, and working a job on the weekend. Sooner or later even the professional students want out.

When students are good and ready to be done with college they often sit down and take a long, hard look at the the credit hours they’ve accumulated. Then they choose the major that will get their butts out the door the quickest. Got a bunch of anthropology credits? Eureka. The next thing they know with no intention of ever majoring in anthropology or working as an anthropologist they find themselves clutching an anthropology diploma.

The takeaway, I suppose, is to be mindful of what classes you select and to not spend too long choosing your major.

P.S. I’d also recommend the Strong Personality Inventory. I took it at the career counseling center in college. I scored high in artistic and investigative (science), decided I probably couldn’t make a career in the arts and decided to major in science.

Zimmerman’s weight and 911 call history

Tom Maguire at JustOneMinute has been on top of the Martin/Zimmerman story.

Zimmerman’s weight:

Either the NY Times needs to tear out the front page or they have just delivered an epic fail.  In either case, they have delivered a tilt to the scales of justice.

In a long attempt to detail the night of the Trayvon Martin killing they include this description of the fatal scuffle:

However it started, witnesses described to the 911 dispatcher what resulted: the neighborhood watch coordinator, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, and the visitor, 6-foot-1 and 150, wrestling on the ground.

Zimmerman’s 911 call history:

per the City of Sanford website, Zimmerman nade those 46 calls from January 2004 to the present, not January 2011.


“To Animals, All People Are Nazis”

Slave the Whales! – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine.

Does the 13th Amendment apply to critters? Can whales be plaintiffs? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals thinks so, and has filed suitin a San Diego court to emancipate killer whales from Sea World facilities in San Diego and Orlando:

PETA argues that continuing the whales’ “employment” at SeaWorld violates the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits slavery.

Sign: To Animals All People Are Nazis

To whales, all people are Nazis.

And to krill, all whales are Nazis.

And to plankton, all krill are Nazis.

Congratulations, PETA. You’ve discovered food chains.

She Wants to be the Girl with the Most Restraining Orders

Frances Bean Cobain: Courtney Love is an Anorexic, Chain-Smoking, Pill-Popping Pet Killer! – The Hollywood Gossip.

Courtney Love is described as mentally unstable in newly released deposition papers filed by her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who sought a restraining order in 2009.

Frances Bean, now 19, says Love’s behavior even caused her pets’ death. Their cat kicked it after getting entangled in Love’s messy piles of “Etsy fabrics, boxes of paperwork, trash and other possessions,” according to the court papers, while the dog swallowed several of Love’s stash of prescription pills.

No surprise with Love’s tabloid lifestyle the past decade. I’m just glad Frances Bean has sense enough to get away from her mother. Hat tip to the missus.

Backdoors in Chinese-made Defense Chips

Business InsiderThe Navy Bought Fake Chinese Microchips That Could Have Disarmed U.S. Missiles:

Last year, the U.S. Navy bought 59,000 microchips for use in everything from missiles to transponders and all of them turned out to be counterfeits from China.

Wired reports the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time.

As someone I work with likes to say “Russian hackers just want money. Chinese hackers want secrets.”

What’s the Matter with Egypt?

What’s Behind Egypt’s Problems?

At least part of Egypt’s problem is the fact that in the past the government has threatened to reduce food subsidies. Now it is planning to hold food subsidies level and raise energy subsidies, but it is not clear that the dollar amount of subsidy will be enough. The government is taking steps to make food and energy affordable for most, but there is worry that the steps being taken will not be enough.

There is a good reason why one might expect Egypt to start running into problems with energy and food subsidies. Its own financial situation is declining at the same time that the cost of food imports is soaring. If we look at a graph of Egyptian oil imports, exports, and consumption (using a graph from Energy Export Databrowser, which graphs BP Statistical Data), we find that Egypt’s oil use has been rising rapidly, at the same time the amount extracted each year is declining.

Based on information from the CIA World Fact Book, Egypt was already significantly overspending its revenue in 2009 (the last year available), with revenues of $46.82 billion and expenditures of $64.19 billion. For 2010, the Factbook reports government debt amounting to 80.5% of GDP, putting its debt level far above that of most other African and Arab nations.

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Erin Brockovich, You Ignorant Slut

“Erin Brockovich” Town Shows No Cancer Cluster:

Hinkley, California, the town made famous in the Oscar-winning Julia Roberts movie Erin Brockovich, does not show any evidence of an increased rate of cancers.

Pacific Gas and Electric, which released a toxic plume of hexavalent chromium 6 from a Hinkley-based natural gas pipeline station, paid a record $333 million to settle a class-action suit in 1996. But the California Cancer Registry has now completed three studies that show cancer rates remained normal in from 1988 to 2008.

Sounds like the Dow Corning silicone breast implant lawsuit. The multi-billion dollar settlement destroyed the company, leaving it in bankruptcy for nine years, but now all indications are that silicone breast implants do not cause the health problems claimed in the lawsuit.

Where do wronged defendants in scientifically-flawed trials go to get a refund?

Anti-knife rapper stabbed

And the guy’s name is DJ Ironik.

Bono’s Charity Bamboozle

Munchkin Wranglerfueling your private jet with pure hypocrisy:

Bono’s charity, ONE, is the poster child for feel-good limousine liberal activism.  In 2008, they took in $14 million in donations, and disbursed a mere $184,000 (or 1%) to charities.  A whopping $8 million (or 57%) of those donations went to executive and employee salaries.  Meanwhile, ONE spends a bunch of cash sending expensive schwag to New York newsrooms to make them help convince the government to cough up $6 billion of taxpayer cash to fight AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa.

No surprise there. Bono and U2 lobbied the Irish government to send more taxpayer money to feed starving children in Africa. Then U2 moved their publishing business from Ireland to Holland to reduce their taxes.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange – Tattle-Tale Terrorist

Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks:

A group of human-rights organizations is pressing WikiLeaks to do a better job of redacting names from thousands of war documents it is publishing, joining the list of critics that claim the Web site’s actions could jeopardize the safety of Afghans who aided the U.S. military.

In his response to the letter signed by the human-rights organizations, Mr. Assange asked what the groups were doing to analyze the documents already published, and asked whether Amnesty in particular would provide staff to help redact the names of Afghan civilians, according to people familiar with the letter.

Assange to Amnesty: When is Amnesty going to get their ass in gear and clean up the mess I made? People’s lives are at stake because of my stupidity and you need to save them. Chop chop.

An Amnesty official replied to say that while the group has limited resources, it wouldn’t rule out the idea of helping, according to people familiar with the reply. The official suggested that Mr. Assange and the human-rights groups hold a conference call to discuss the matter.

Amnesty to Assange: stop talking to us through the press corps. Let’s sit down and discuss things one on one out of the limelight you enjoy so much.

Mr. Assange then replied: “I’m very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses. If Amnesty does nothing I shall issue a press release highlighting its refusal,” according to people familiar with the exchange.

Assange to Amnesty: If you don’t do what I want I’ll vilify you in the press for failing to clean up my mess.

Later, WikiLeaks posted on its Twitter account: “Pentagon wants to bankrupt us by refusing to assist review. Media won’t take responsibility. Amnesty won’t. What to do?”

Assange to world: I released the documents with those people’s names, but now it’s everyone’s fault but mine.

What an irresponsible, self-important twerp. He’s a little boy who found a firecracker and lit it and now blames everyone else for the explosion.

CSI:Cincinatti – The Case of Pete Rose’s Corked Bat

X-ray of the bat Pete Rose used to break a baseball record
“You’re looking at an X-ray of a Mizuno PR4192 bat, commissioned by Pete Rose specifically for his 1985 chase of baseball’s all-time hits record. Inside, clear as day, is a piece of foreign material, about 6 inches long, and the diameter of a nickel. This is the story of that bat.”

At the left side of the photo there’s a triangular end to the channel shaped like the tip of a spade bit.