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Thursday, April 26. 2012
A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.
'Breast-fed, ' she replied..
'Well, strip down to your waist,' the doctor ordered.
She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination.
Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, ' No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk. '
‘I know,' she said, 'I'm his Grandma,
The story of Newark, New Jersey is a classic of the Northeast's Blue City woes with corrupt, plunder-oriented politicians, corrupt and greedy unions, the Mafia, unskilled blacks from the South coming for industrial opportunities which disappeared, drugs and drug gangs, welfare, white flight - all of it.
You can see the same sad story in Bridgeport, CT, Camden, NJ, or Hartford, CT. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has sought the chance to turn things around.
Is Booker a Don Quixote or a Rudy Giuliani? Time will tell.
At City Journal, Malanga's Cory Booker's Battle for Newark.
This will increase your faith in the discernment of the American voter:
Bedbugs at the UN:
Mitt's speech. Hope and Change:
They should be protesting the federal debt they are facing, instead of the debt they freely took upon themselves in an effort to improve their prospects in life. Apparently higher education does not instill emotional maturity.
Only real life can do that.
I am asked to do a brief post about Disability and have been sent a couple of links. "Disability," as in our Social Security Disability welfare program, is one about which I have unpleasant feelings which some might view as cruel. I prefer to view it as Tough Love.
However, it comes from experience. The fact is that I will not consult with anybody on Disability, nor will I participate in anybody's Disability application unless they are in a coma, severely brain-damaged, or the like. Can people with (treated) schizophrenia work, be useful, and maintain some dignity? Of course they can. Every patient of mine with schizophrenia works, except for one housewife.
Here are my reasons for that, from a psychiatric standpoint:
1. Nobody with a treated mental problem is incapable of doing something useful
Few people have any idea of how easy it is to get on Disability these days. Here is one of the links: Workers Comp. and Unemployment
That pic of a Texas tan-line is going around
Morning Jay: 90 Percent of the Electorate Is Probably Locked In
Forty Days of Prayer…for Abortion?
Supreme Court casts doubt on Obama’s immigration law claim
Charles Murray on marriage
More Oops from Elizabeth Warren, Smartest Woman EVAHAHAHAAAA
Brilliance on Top of Brilliance… Lib Senator Wants to Save Postal Service With Windmills
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting
On June 1, 2001, a Palestinian terrorist killed 21 young people, and wounded 132 others, in a discotheque in Tel Aviv. The terrorist was heralded by Hamas and Islamic Jihad as one of their own, and his family rewarded by the Palestinian Authority. Shortly after the attack, the graffiti appeared near the discotheque, “They won’t stop us from dancing.”
Thursday, April 26, is the 64th birthday of Israel, still dancing. Indeed, if there were a “Dancing With The Stars” competition for countries, Israel would win for its remarkable, seemingly miraculous successes in all fields of endeavor against all odds during its creation and 64 years, combined with the spirit that keeps striving for improvement and for peace with intractable enemies.
We celebrate life and togetherness through dance.
Wednesday, April 25. 2012
Stole this from Sippican:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:53 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
There’s a new journalism prize, The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity. PJ Media and The New Criterion will award the Prize annually “for what our readers consider the most egregious example of dishonest reporting for the fiscal year.” The initial judges include Peter Collier, Roger Kimball, Cliff May, Ron Radosh, Glenn Reynolds, Claudia Rosett, and Roger L. Simon. Roger Simon writes, “Since this is a new prize the committee also solicits your suggestions on how we should carry on our work and any other suggestions regarding the Walter Duranty Prize.”
There’s certainly enough expertise on the panel to reach such a choice. I suggest the following criteria:
1. In parallel to the reportage by Walter Duranty, the prize for dishonest reporting should be reporting on a foreign country. Walter Duranty’s infamous whitewashing of the starvation and death of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-3 will be hard to exceed, but there are enough terrible instances of widespread state brutality today that journalists who espouse the state line or distort the facts should be the priority.
2. In parallel to the reportage by Walter Duranty, the prize for dishonest reporting should be to a bureau chief for a major news agency, newspaper, or other prominent media, as Walter Duranty was the longtime bureau chief in Moscow for the New York Times. This ties the responsibility directly to the owners of the venue.
3. In parallel to the reportage by Walter Duranty, the prize for dishonest reporting should be the recipient of an award for journalism, as Walter Duranty was of the Pulitzer Prize for his. This ties the responsibility to the journalism profession.
4. In parallel to the reportage by Walter Duranty, the prize for dishonest reporting should have a matching prize, called the Gareth Jones Prize, to show the contrast to honest reporting. Gareth Jones did report the starvation and deaths of Ukrainians. (For a comparison, “A Tale of Two Journalists:Walter Duranty, Gareth Jones, and the Pulitzer Prize.”)
FYI, in 2010, I nominated the New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul.
The Affairs of Men - The trouble with sex and marriage. It's About men's "driving, constant need" for sexual adventure. Do many guys love romantic conquest? Duh. Does any guy want to die alone with no family? Duh.:
27 DAILY AFFIRMATIONS FOR BLOGGERS. Ouch.
Also from Mr. V:
Mark Steyn is right. Brussels, Islamicized:
In NYC, I am quite familiar with this bubble.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:35 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
KC Johnson: Why Do Dems and Liberals Tolerate Speech Codes?
Well, the answer seems obvious to me. Liberal Fascism. The authoritarian, or totalitarian, streak in the Left has always been there, and always will be.
From Prof. Johnson's piece:
More on Lovelock's recantation
Earth Day 2012 Fizzles — Badly
Florida Man Mistakes Girlfriend for a Hog, Shoots Her
Students Sign Petition To 'Redistribute' GPAs, But Some Are Too 'Greedy' To Lower Their Grades For Others
Progressivism as a Christian heresy
Big Brother's Next Target: Your Car
Mitt previews the fall
Samuelson: Revisiting the Great Depression
US home prices drop for 6th straight month
NY Times Public Editor: The Times' Coverage of Obama Has Been More Favorable Than Any Recent President; It's Time For A Skeptical Look At Obama and His Record
I just wonder what it would be like to think that way for just ten minutes. Must feel nice, like crack or Ecstasy.
Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus - A leading U.S. demographer and 'Truman Democrat' talks about what is driving the middle class out of the Golden State:
Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores
Are we allowed to make them clean their rooms? How about mowing the lawn? My kids have split wood, stacked wood, mowed fields, cleared brush, cleaned the bathroom.
Spent a couple of hours on the Connecticut coast this weekend. A vast swath of Common Slipper Shells had washed up during winter storms, a couple of feet deep. People don't eat this mollusc.
(These limpets are different from the European Common Limpet.)
They attach themselves to rocks and other hard objects. Also, to eachother. They move, extremely slowly, if they want to. I tried to figure out whether they have any predators. Supposedly some crabs can eat them, and some of those little snails can bore holes into them. I wonder whether diving ducks can pry them off their attachments, as they do with mussels.
Tuesday, April 24. 2012
One of the most active organizations of Jews and Christians in support of Israel is Stand With Us, who sent me this email to forward to friends. Below are facts about the misrepresentations in Sunday night's 60 Minutes program about "Christians in the Holy Land." CBS ignores the favorable conditions for Christians within Israel and ignores the persecution and oppression of Christians and other minorities throughout the Moslem countries of the Middle East. So far, CBS is also ignoring the tens of thousands of protests it has received. So, you may want to express your views to the management of CBS and 60 Minutes, to wake them to the error of their ways.
"60 MINUTES" OUTRAGE -- YOU CAN HELP
ACTION ALERT!! UNACCEPTABLE DISTORTIONS IN "60 MINUTES" EPISODE
"CHRISTIANS OF THE HOLY LAND" ON APRIL 22ND
WRITE TO HEADS OF CBS AND "60 MINUTES"
TO DEMAND CORRECTIONS AND EQUAL TIME
Continue reading "CBS = Christians Betrayed System"
Stigmatizing Resistance to Authority - The medicalization of rebellion.
America’s false autism epidemic.
The DSM, like the Psychiatric section of the ICD-9, was developed to provide a common language to people who work in mental health. Actually, for four basic purposes: a common language, as a basis for research, as clinical guidelines, and for filling out insurance forms and disability forms.
In our daily work, many Psychiatrists do not take it too seriously but use it as a rough guideline. Unfortunately, the DSM has been over-medicalized, reified, such that everything in there is sometimes regarded as a real, discrete, "disease." Some are, some are not. In many cases, it doesn't matter, because we approach each patient as an individual human and not as a diagnostic code.
As one of my wise old mentors says, "I've never seen a patient of mine in the DSM."
Many things in life do not operate according to Game Theory, but this version of The Prisoner's Dilemma, Golden Balls, does. Lying, of course, is part of the game. This is fun:
Prof. Anderson describes using the game in his intro course in law and economics. The comments there are good.
Our pal Sipp sent us the following missive, as a corrective to this morning's link on the topic:
The recipe for barn red is right here:
The sense of entitlement, and the lack of a sense of reality in this NYT union-sponsored vid is astonishing to me.
Haven't these people ever heard of "saving money" and "investing money"? They almost sound like petulant children.
Do these people imagine that anybody gets pensions anymore, except for some government employees and some unions? Sheesh. Normal people haven't gotten pensions for decades. Mead discusses here.
(Rush has been on this too.)
Rick Moran: Who Cares About Race?
SCOTUS: Rent Control Is Forever
A darn shame. Gummint programs, enacted to deal with a crisis, develop constituencies, expand, and become eternal - but strangle change.
The Obama Administration's 15+ Scandalous "Achievements"
"Abolish the Department of Homeland Security. If they’ve got time for this crap, we don’t have a terrorist problem anymore."
Eat what we want you to eat: The Progressive impulse to totalitarianism
You are not my Mommy, jerks
U.S.-Based Mayo Clinic Offers Three Medical Insurance Programs for Canadian Patients
Arab Spring 3.0 What’s more revolutionary in the Middle East: Facebook or porn?
Obama on Education: Bully Pulpit at Its Best … and Not Much Else
Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East.
'Osama bin Laden Made Me Famous' - Bernard Lewis Looks Back
That's a big deal. He's the guy who thought up the Gaia Hypothesis, or religion, or whatever. Humility can arrive at any age.
Monday, April 23. 2012
Went to take a look at the Lewis Chessmen this weekend. Made of walrus tusk, found on the Isle of Lewis but most likely carved in Norway in the 1100s.
It is believed that Chess, invented in India, found its way from Moorish Spain to northern Europe where it was indeed a game for the wealthy. In Europe, the Vizier was changed to a Queen, the Warder to a Castle (rook), and an elephant to a Bishop.
History of Chess here.
Took a few pics at The Cloisters, then we took a little drive around Inwood and Washington Heights before driving down Broadway (Manhattan's original highway and first an Indian trail) through Washington Heights (in recent years mostly Central American, now very mixed), past Columbia-Presbyterian Med Center, through Harlem, then back uphill to the Columbia campus, down the Upper West Side, and then cut thru the park at 96th St to get to our lunch date on the East Side.
All I can say is that the City looked great, right through Harlem (which seemed to have plenty of Chinese people now). Not a single boarded-up shop. There are several urban hikes on my agenda, and one is from Inwood to Columbia - the 180s to 114 St. Alexander Hamilton's farmhouse was (is) in Inwood.
The Cloisters this weekend:
A few pics of the pleasant Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan below the fold -
Continue reading "The Lewis Chessmen and uptown Manhattan"
From Barone's Liberal Nostalgiacs Don’t Understand Jobs of the Future:
A related piece by Surber, Underemployed college grads is a good thing.
"They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help
No Trespassing at our national parks
A request to readers: write a “connect the dots” letter
The Medicalization of Rebellion - The long, shameful history of using science to stigmatize dissent
News you can use: How to Talk Her Into Making Love to You
Decrying Imaginary Racism
How many people would be out of jobs if we admitted that racism is a thing of the past in America?
Here's on the those potential unemployed: Jesse Jackson: School Suspension is Racial Profiling, Caused Trayvon's Death
Barack Obama's re-election bid is already in deep trouble
Kristol: President Romney
NEW YORK TIMES PUBLIC EDITOR: Yes, Our Paper Is Totally In The Tank For Obama
Hinderaker: Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy?
Democrats Are Jumping Ship
Google Books lists Bill Ayers as author of Dreams from My Father