Texas Judge Takes Leave of His Senses

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Well I guess you can all go home now, and thanks for your time, dedication and hard work.  Gods got this one from here on out, and he told me the perp is not guilty.

Usually when I have a message from God, passing gas is really all I need to do to make the message go away.   I highly recommend this method of getting rid of this or any other deity.  It’s what the judge should have done.  Instead he interrupted the jury during deliberations to tell them the good news.  I suspect the prosecuting attorney was probably miffed but then again this is Texas, aka gods country.

Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels.

Judge Jack is a bit of a loose cannon and had run afoul of the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct this latest episode could place him once again at odds with that Commission.  But as I noted before, this is Texas.  What’s the worst that could happen to Jackie?  He could endure a reprimand.  Which is not quite a slap on the wrist.  Unless a wet noodle is used but seeing how this is Texas, don’t look for a wet noodle to be used, and remember it was god after all that forced the judge to intervene.

The act of intervening in a jury’s deliberations is not addressed in the state’s list of judicial canons, which serves as an ethical code for judges. However, it states judges shall “comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”

Nothing is going to come of this, and eventually this judge will do on to work for Fox news where he will be seen as a hero.  Except that the perp here was up on some pretty serious charges:

The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.

Some old white conservatives will take umbrage with these charges even if this happened in Texas.  But I’m sure that many will believe that this jury will burn in hell for returning the right verdict and going against god.  Nothing in the Bible says its wrong to rape and sell children, quite the opposite.

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Some Days it Truly Doesn’t Pay to Get Out of Bed

I’ve had my share of bad days but nothing like this guy.

This is David Hamson, a 39 year-old bank robber.  Well, alleged bank robber (credit union robber).  He made an attempt to knock over the America First Credit Union in Taylorsville, Utah located at 2715 W. 5400 South.  The feat of daring do took place at about 5:30 PM Thursday January 18, 2018.

It seems that not only is David a credit union robber, but he boosted the car that he drove to the credit union.  A two for one day for this loser.  Davy here entered the financial institution, claimed to have a gun and demanded money from two, probably frightened, tellers.  Mr. Hamson then made good his getaway.  However, in his rush to get a way and spend his ill gotten gains on drug, probably, Mr. Jesse, David Hamson, James left the keys to his stolen car on the bank counter.  Guess he doesn’t know how to hot wire a car–a lost talent these days.

What’s a car thief cum bank robber to do?  David decided to take off on foot.  During his flight from justice he managed to snag the bag which held the money from his brazen late afternoon heist, on something and because he was running away at the time, the bag ripped and out came his hard earned money.  Witnesses were very helpful, pointing out the whereabouts of the this modern day Dillinger.  Anyway he was quickly taken in to custody and given a place to sleep for the next few years.  No word how he likes his new rent free accommodations and meals.  But at least he doesn’t have to worry about getting out of bed and going to work like the rest of us.  Not for a long while any way.

Something is afoot in DC

According to this news story on Zero Hedge there is near pandemonium in DC.  The details of which are not yet public.  The reporting leads the reader to believe that the mighty will soon fall.  (they won’t)  Our government is far too corrupt for any such thing. Though the news will no doubt detail the incredible depth of corruption at all levels of government it will be largely met with silence by the rank and file citizens.

I myself am too jaded, and nothing short of seeing the dirt bags lined up and shot in a quickly arranged firing squad would knock me out of my slumber.  So yes, it’s very believable that something shocking is and has been going on, but it will be quickly covered up and and placed on the back pages of the newspaper far and wide.  What will be front page news will be the size of Kim Kardashian’s ass.

The source here is Zero Hedge, I read it almost everyday.  I do not read the comments to the news stories as they are almost all written by the dregs of humanity.  Still the story and reporting itself is often interesting,  It’s a source and only on source and I’d never rely on ZH as the do all and end all of reporting.

All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. –Sara Carter

It would be nice if this memo sets off a ground up reworking of the government, something along the lines of the vaunted Church Committee hearings X 10, and long prison sentences for those who have served their own interests and those of the wealthy against those of the people.  I personally want to see the Clinton’s behind bars for a long time.  That and most of the Trump sycophants, including Jeff Beauregard Sessions.  FISA, and the NSA, the FBI and CIA should also go the way of the dodo.

Pay up or God’s gonna get you.  Because everything thing is God’s.  Especially the firsts.  This from charlatan Paula White.  In order for God to get it  you have to send it to God in care of Paula White, God’s okay with that.  If you don’t you along with me will suffer the consequences, and I’m okay with that.

Thanks for thinking of me Paula, I’m so moved with gratitude.  To think I can buy off God’s unholy judgement with a few dollars.  Why then did Jesus suffer and die?

Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher with close ties to President Donald Trump, is calling on followers to send her donations of up to one month’s salary. Those who don’t pay up could face “consequences” from God as he demands the dough as a “first fruits” offering.

Well Paula, next time you see God, tell him to take a number and get in line.

Baby It’s Cold Outside.

I keep hear, and reading about record this record cold snap.  It might be cold where you are but in southern Wisconsin, USA it’s business as as usual.  Those poor bastards in the southern states have it rough.  If you’re not used to his kind of weather then 19 degree F, is nasty.

My wife has seen to it that I dress as if we live in Siberia, and I’m probably over dressed for the temperatures we are having here.  Nevertheless I have at least a one mile walk to work every morning.  I start out buttoned up and finish my walk with my coat unzipped.  Overnight temps are below zero, and tonight they will hover in the single digits.  Its pretty typical of Wisconsin weather but by no means pleasant.

Towards the end of this week the forecast is calling for a real heat wave; with temperatures reaching the near freezing mark.  I may have to break out my spring jacket.

While we have it cold, the eastern seaboard of the USA is in for a heavy blow.  At least it seems possible from what I’ve read.  By some accounts there’s meteorological weather bomb in the making.   One source has been calling it a cyclonic bomb.  A condition that exists when the barometer tanks rather quickly.  0.72 inches of Hg. in a 24 hour period. That will cause the winds to kick up, couple that with a couple inches of snow and it will be a wild ride for those folks.  Better hunker down tightly east coast folks.

Does Your Child Like Reading?

My daughter is famous or infamous in our local library for checking out 36 books at one time.  So I guess she is down with reading.  Here is the press release that accompanied the graphic below.  I won’t give away the farm but the PR has tips for increasing your child’s interest in reading. However, I will add a tip of my own.

Have them read a banned book.  Explain what a banned book is, and why the book you want them to read is banned.  Both my daughter and I thought Dav Pilkey’s series Captain Underpants is hilarious.  She’s also read To Kill a Mocking Bird, and liked it very much. It’s also a banned book.  Her school, an on line affair, has assigned her to read The Great Gatsby.  I haven’t read it, but probably will since it’s banned (challenged).   What follows here is a list of books that are surprisingly Challenged or banned, and for pretty stupid reasons.

Anyway the list of tips is pretty straight forward.

 

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Yes, Women Can Sing Rock

British Pub in Middlesbrough bans female-fronted bands.  The headline states it like thus:

Women ‘can’t sing rock’: Doctor Brown’s in Middlesbrough bans female-fronted bands

I suppose there’s a good deal of equivocating going on here.  What does the author of the headline and the pub’s customers mean when they say; women can’t sing rock?  It doesn’t take much to disprove the premise.  Women can sing, they can carry a tune, some women have an incredible vocal range, and able to handle more than adequately, a wide range of styles.  There are no legal issues with female fronted bands, at least none that I’m aware of any way.  Therefore I think the patron’s and the manager of said pub in the linked article, are saying that they aren’t comfortable with women singing rock in rock band, especially when in a lead position.  By just about every definition I can think of women can indeed sing rock songs.  So it’s a matter of perception of the pub goers.  However farther on there is an attempt to restate the premise.  Women can’t sing hard rock.

A PUB has vigorously defended its controversial ban on female-fronted bands by insisting that women “can’t sing rock”.

Doctor Brown’s, a popular live music venue in Middlesbrough, has been criticised by singers who have been denied a place on their stage because of their gender.

Paula Rees, the pub’s manager, told The Northern Echo that the ban had been implemented because her regular customers do not believe women should sing rock songs.

Then there’s this quote from the pub manager Paula Rees, who doesn’t claim to have a dog in the fight.

She said: “We have got to keep our regulars happy, I’m not a rock fan so can’t judge myself but I’ve been told that some women can sing and some can’t, but they can’t sing heavy rock.

Okay it’s been established that yes, some women can sing.  Not to controversial there; but almost everybody can sing, it’s not always pleasant but technically speaking, if you have vocal chords you can “sing”.  A lot of women can sing, and interestingly enough so can a lot of men.  At the heart of the matter the problem seems to be a matter of fiat.  If a woman sings the lyrics of a heavy rock song, it’s something else, some other type of entertainment, perhaps easy listening?  Grunge? Opera?  Folk?  It’s something but it’s not heavy rock; does this include heavy metal rock?

I’m guessing there’s a little more than the vocal aspect involved here, perhaps the pub customers don’t believe that women are not inherently bad ass enough to front a heavy rock band.  It actually comes down to financials and perceptions.  Because women can sing, and they can sing rock, no question about that.  Janis Joplin anyone?  Joan Jett?  Paula Rees, gives the reason that female bands are banned.

“If we put a poster up and our regulars know there’s a woman in the band, they won’t give them a chance – they’re my bread and butter and we can’t risk nobody coming in.”

Like the Almighty Dollar, the Almighty Pound speaks.  Or sings.

Al Franken Falls on His Sword, Your Move Roy Moore

We won’t have Al Franken, to kick around any more.  I suspect that he will be rehabilitated in short order and be allowed to move on however forever tarnished.  It took several decades before Gary Hart, was hauled out to give his opinion on the most recent past election.  Mr. Monkey Business kept or was forced to keep a low profile.   The heat is on and these “scandals” have in no way run their course.  Eventually the public will lose interest and will move on to the next.  Look up and look out William Jefferson, Clinton, a day of reckoning looms on the horizon.  Al Franken lost his base, his support is waning and he wisely exited stage left.

Roy Moore, on the other hand retains his base, and it’s probably growing.  When you publicly love you some Jesus, you can hardly go wrong, and unlike Franken, (a Jew) Moore is a real Christian and he lives in (Alabama) Jesusland USA.   True, not all citizens of that fair state are benighted by religion and hence are able to see Mr. Moore’s several short comings.  He is a law unto himself–for Jesus– having been twice removed from his judicial position for malfeasance.  Serious malfeasance but since it was malfeasance for Jesus I guess it’s okay.  There is of course the recent allegations surrounding his penchant for underage girls.  I don’t speak as one “knows” that he has perpetrated the acts attributed him.  Nor does it matter what I think regarding that matter.  He is lawless and that alone is more than enough to disqualify him for office.

In the face of the many accusations Mr. Moore has been relentless in his denials, and I think he protests too much.  Personally I think he had and has a thing for children, and that it appears to fly in Allahbama.  When it’s done for Jesus.

 

There are Better Options for Free

 

 

xtrapcThis is almost a scam.  Almost because you can get something like it for free– you will still need to buy a USB drive if you don’t already own one, but these days thumb drives are dirt cheap.  I’m guessing the Xtra-PC unit does what the manufacturer says it does but read on and I will tell you how to get a superior product for the cost of the electricity to run your computer and router.  Oh and a USB drive which you might already own.    Here’s their claim:

Xtra-PC is a small thumb drive you simply plug into your computer’s USB port and it instantly transforms your old computer to like new. It works with any computer (Mac or Windows) laptop, desktop, and netbooks made in 2004 or later and it is hands down the fastest, easiest solution to getting yourself a new computer without spending $400, $500, $800 or more – guaranteed. No more staring at spinning wheels or hourglasses ever again!

It’s a little over the top, especially that part about the spinning wheels and hourglasses.  What you get is a live system.  Which means that all the files needed to run your computer is on that USB.  The USB becomes your “new” hard drive, and the system is run from the RAM that is already on your computer.  You plug that device in a USB socket and when the computer starts up it will see that drive and load all of the files it needs from that drive and ignore your old files.  Yes, I’m being overly simple but out of necessity, bear with me.

As much as they state that  you just need to plug it in and restart your computer, it’s not quite that simple.  You will probably have to make a change to the start up sequence of your existing system. It’s not all that scary, just a couple of key strokes.

Before I get into that let me just say that you might not have to do anything.  That is to say, your computer by default, might be set up to find the USB drive when you boot up your system.  Mine an HP laptop didn’t find the USB drive and I had to make it so it would.  If your computer finds the USB drive it will begin to load the files necessary to run the live system.  It will not make changes to your computer.  Everything it needs to run “like new” is on that USB drive and it will use your systems memory (RAM).  The downside is that when you shut down your system you lose all unsaved work.  So you will need to save your work to another USB drive or lose it.

If you want to have a “new computer” as described above in the Xtra-PC ad but don’t want to kick out the cash– get the free version, a really good version, just download Ubuntu, or Linux Mint or some other variation of these Free Open Source Software systems (FOSS).  You will need to create a bootable USB or DVD before you can use the system.  That’s right you can also run a live system from a DVD as well.  There is also free software that will allow you to easily make one or both of the above.

If you have to change the Boot Mode for a PC to “Legacy” instead of “UEFI” to do that you will need restart your computer.  Here are some generic instructions from NeoSmart Technologies web-site:

Immediately after powering up your PC, as soon as the manufacturer logo (e.g. Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, ASUS, Acer, Gateway, etc.) shows up on your BIOS splash screen, you will have the option of pressing a special key. This key changes from PC to PC, it all depends on your PC’s make and model.

Typically, you will see a brief note at the bottom or top of the screen indicating what the key is. One such screen is visible to the right, note the legend in the top-right corner indicating F2 will start the BIOS setup and F12 will present the boot selection menu.

Some common options include the F2F8F12, and Del keys. However, it could be any of the one hundred other keys on your keyboard.

Find the Boot tab, using the arrow keys navigate to that tab.  Now look for Legacy Support, or Legacy CSM or UEFI/Legacy Boot (Both/Legacy Only/UEFI Only), each manufacturer has a different name for it but it will say something like the above.   The bolding means that’s the option you need to select.

Settings and Exiting

In order for the changes to the Secure Boot configuration to take effect, the BIOS/EFI/UEFI configuration options must be saved. The common keyboard shortcut to save and exit is F10.

After correctly giving priority to the CD/DVD over the local hard disk, you will need to save changes and exit. Again, the exact steps depend on your PCs make and model, but generally navigating with the  and  arrow keys will let you reach the options of “discard changes and exit” vs “save changes and exit,” amongst others. It’s important that you choose the “save changes and exit” option! The keyboard shortcut F10 is often synonymous with “save and exit” but you should make sure before using it.

click on the hyperlink above for a really simple guided tour of how to change the settings.

Linux Mint, Ubuntu etc. are fully functional systems.  It comes pre-loaded with office software and many other programs.   It will do everything that Xtra-PC will do and I am betting it will do a lot more.  If you like it and want to keep it you can install Linux or Ubuntu on the systems hard drive.  But that’s another post.  Before you shell out hard earned cash for the Xtra-PC, try the free stuff first.  BTW I use Linux Mint and I love it.  I started with Ubuntu, and it’s pretty good too.

 

Of This I Can Only Dream, for Now

Came across this in my morning news feed which links to this article, and that is what this mornings’ post is all about.

KitchenAid-Professional-vs-Artisan-Review

The Kitchen Aid mixer is probably over kill for me.  For years I’ve managed to make due without one.  That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t kill for one, (I probably wouldn’t kill) the problem is that kitchen counter space is at a premium in my ship’s galley.  (apartment) Not only is the galley small but there are several appliances that most modern kitchens have taking up what little space is available.  Microwave, toaster, and toaster oven, one appliance I refuse to live without, one espresso machine, and a pressure cooker, another must have modern amenity, not going to give up my pressure cooker, ever.

Currently my wife and I use a bread machine to do the mixing.  Then we knead the loaf by hand before baking it in the toaster oven.  Often we use a no knead recipe which is so good that it should be illegal, and bake it in a cast iron dutch oven.  A word of caution, don’t get me started talking  about cast iron, I find it nearly impossible to shut up once I begin.  So to review, almost no available counter space and the subsequent electrical outlets to power the appliances.  That’s the only thing keeping me from indulging myself.

The link above take you to a site that provides a comparison review.  If money isn’t a concern I would buy the most powerful of the units I could.  There’s something about having a little extra “war time” power available, but working in batches is a suitable work around when your equipment doesn’t have the “stones” to stand up to the task at hand.  In my world money is always a concern so the work around is the way to go.

One minor criticism concerning the product review is the author misunderstanding surrounding the electrical aspects of these, and frankly all home electrical appliances.  She talks about AC current and DC.  She states that the DC units are the more powerful of the units.  These units, according to the review, are rated in horsepower, while the artisan units are rated in watts i.e., 325 watts, 500 watts etc.  All of this is fine, the problem arises when the author states that the Artisan mixer uses AC which she calls Alternative Current,  it’s actually Alternating Current.  If you plug an appliance into a 110 household electrical socket you are using AC current.  The author erroneously writes that the the DC (Direct Current) units are more powerful than the AC units.  But all of the Kitchen Aid mixers operate on both AC, (the wall socket) which is converted to DC by an internal transformer, which is then used to power the motor with DC current.  Otherwise it’s a good article.

Yes, I am a pedant.