Photo Friday: 18-10-19 Cartoon Characters

I remember seeing Mahha GoGoGo on TV when I was young. It fascinated me that the characters had round eyes. The stories were silly and innocuous.

The English title was Speed Racer. The Japanese title Mahha GoGoGo comes from Mach Vehicle 5 Go is my guess. The characters first name is Go so it might be part of the title too. The “M” on the helmet is for Mifune Motors. Speed Racer’s Japanese name is Mifune Go.

TOTD 2018-10-18: Amazing Apps

I was a late adapter to a cell phone. I thought I didn’t need it. I could use one of the ubiquitous pay phones that were everywhere in Japan. Well, the pay phones are now an endangered species and I would feel naked without my cell phone. I call it a cell phone but it really is a small computer with a phone function. What amazes me is the wonderful apps you can download to make your life easier.

I will share two apps with you. One app I have used for years and a new one that came with iOS 12 on the iPhone. The first one is 駅Locky (Eki-Locky). Eki means station and Locky is added so it sounds like “clock” in Japanese. What this app does is gives me a countdown timer for when my train leaves the station. This is far better than just giving me the time when the train leaves. Looking down at a timer that says I have 5 minutes left gives me the information that I need. I can either run to the station or relax and take the next train. If I swipe left the application shows a countdown timer for the next train so it is easy peasy.

The new app is Measure by Apple. This little app uses the camera in the phone to measure an object. Instead of a tape measure I can point the phone at a starting point then an ending point to see how long the object is. Pretty neat, right? It also has a level so one can see if the picture on the wall is crooked or not.

How about you? What app is amazing to you?


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Doubting Thomas

This post will be about Brett Kavanaugh with an aside to Justice Thomas. Recently I saw Pres. Trump defending Kavanaugh and saying that the hearings were a disgrace. This is so important because if there is silence only the opposition is heard. There is a cloud over Justice Kavanaugh head that needs to be dispelled. Trump at least is trying to do that. I don’t remember any strong defending of Clarence Thomas, do you?

One can safely say that George H W Bush was no Donald Trump. He was known for his loyalty but from what I recall he was not much of a public defender of his people. He never ridiculed Ted Kennedy for his hit job on Thomas. A good man was disgraced and because of the silence of Pres. Bush the Elder people still doubt Thomas.

Fighting back has to be done well. If it is done poorly one loses a second time. There can also be a Streisand Effect that is people blow a small problem up to a big problem. The thing is you can’t win if the other side only gets out their message. I have the feeling the GOPe are more of the Neville Chamberlain types. They would rather be seen as peacemakers than to actually do something effective. They fight intra-party battles better than against the opposition. It is an appeasement strategy because to actually do something would make them look bad. And heaven forbid they should do something positive and win. They are above that.

There are the defeatist like Fred Cole are for impractical things. Which really makes life pleasant for the them. They can always gripe about how their wisdom is never followed. I doubt these types would ever defend a part of the conservative coalition who lacked their purity of vision.

I am not proposing a scorch earth denigration of the opposition but it should be robust and effective. They should not be allowed to just walk into “Czechoslovakia”.


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The Warren Commission

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released some DNA findings to prove Indian ancestry. Trump has punched backed. What I find fascinating is not the substance but the ripples of this public debate. Whether someone likes Trump or not he is the master of forcing opponents to look silly fighting back. “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead” Hillary and “His hands are small” Rubio are a few examples. I don’t see how this will end well for Warren.

Thoughts?


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Monday Meals: 18-10-15 Hot Beverages

Hot Beverages

The above picture is of green tea. It is something I drink but rarely make for myself. My preferred drink is black tea with milk.

Occasionally this without the whipping cream.

What is your go to hot liquid? Are there any unusual things you like?


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Best Woman for the Job is a Man

The title is turning the saying “The best man for the job is a woman.” on its ear. Recently men who have become women have been winning in women’s sports. Is this fair when in taking account hormonal doping is a disqualifyer in most sports? If one is born XY, isn’t that giving a “woman” a big hormonal boost in training? Should prior men be handicapped for this advantage? (I am thinking of women’s tees in reverse.)

Here is an article from the Daily Caller that has someone who looks like a man winning a woman’s event.
https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-womens-world-cycling-championship/

Please self identify your hatred of men, women, or other before you comment. Only right opinions will be allowed. 😉


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TOTD 2018-10-14: Snark

What is the difference between good humor and snark?
When is snark good and when is it bad?
If good, at what percentage should it be used?
I think most people are biased. They think using snark against opponents is good but take umbrage when it is used against them.

Please write your thoughts in the comments and I will give my answers there too.


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TOTD 2018-10-13: Quotes

Time for something from Chesterton. (I have to keep Blumroch happy.)

  1. What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.
  2. Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.
  3. The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.

UPDATE: There was originally only the first quote but then I founds some more.


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Fred Cole the Defeatist

I don’t know this person very well but what I have seen, he is no friend of conservatives. He is not someone that wants things to go best for certain branches of the coalition. He open scoffs at people and gets away with it. (Hollywood values, right?) He works for dissension and dissension he gets. He has put out so many trollish posts that only someone with extreme myopia and reading comprehension issues would not be able to see it. (That must be why they shut down those who do.)

I am writing this thinking of the danger of those who thought of following Fred Cole’s advice. He would have had Hillary president with a 6-3 balance on the Supreme Court. Just think of that, Mr Libertarian getting all that liberalism because he couldn’t see what a lot of others saw. I am not saying he is blind. It is the walls that move to constantly hit him.

I remember he wrote a post asking the Clueless, “What are you going to do when Trump loses?” Well, he didn’t lose. And the Fred Cole still writes as if he should be listened to.

Ratburger is a great place. A place where a public person like Fred Cole can be dealt with without the thread being shut down. Free expression is not had at $5 a month. It is priceless.


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TOTD 2018-10-11: Make Her Stop

Trigger warning: This video is extremely non-PC. Meltdowns may occur.

In this climate writing a book called “The Diversity Delusion” has got to be gutsy but to be able to defend the book has got to going to 11. I haven’t watch the full video but the beginning has college students “dying”.

My response to people not liking the video is, “Women must not only be heard but believed.”*

*Sen Horrendous (I may have the spelling wrong but close enough.)


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