Isn’t everyone supposed to be wearing Google Glasses, now? (Apple Watch)

Didn’t Segway get the same kind of “It’s Going To Replace____” articles

The big event on 9 March will showcase the Apple Watch; and it will be launched to consumers in April. Cook, needless to say, is already wearing his new Apple Watch. He couldn’t even contemplate living without it anymore, he says.

via Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook – Telegraph.

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N Korea Trying Obamanomics

Many attribute this continued growth to a 2012 decision of officially recognize that those who produced more should get more. It was not legal to be economically successful before that change. Since then the government has realized that this rapidly growing entrepreneur class is a potential threat to the Kim dynasty. At the same time the Kims were aware that the wealth this entrepreneur class was creating was keeping the economy afloat. More attention is being paid to keeping the entrepreneur class under control without destroying their economic benefits.

via Korea: We Are Badass, Fear Us, Please.

PETA admits stealing family dog from porch, then killing her

As a state agency’s investigation is about to become public record, the Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is breaking its silence on the bizarre ordeal.
It’s our fault, the agency acknowledges. We’re very sorry. And we’ll do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again.

A contract PETA worker who previously was the agency’s human resources director took 3-year-old Maya last fall from the family’s porch in Parksley and had the dog killed the same day.
The state has determined that PETA violated state law by failing to ensure that the animal was properly identified and failing to keep the dog alive for five days before killing it, according to the notice from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Because of this “critical finding” and the “severity of this lapse in judgment,” the agency issued PETA the organization’s first-ever violation and imposed the largest fine allowed, $500.

via PETA “devastated” after dog taken from Eastern Shore porch is euthanized.

The Human Right to Offend

Any attacks on free speech and the free press must be fiercely rejected, Flemming Rose argues in his passionate new book, The Tyranny of Silence. Rose knows whereof he speaks. He is the editor who commissioned drawings of Muhammad to illustrate an article on free speech for the Danish newspaper the Jyllands-Posten in 2005. Rose was inspired by the news that several illustrators had declined to draw Muhammad for a children’s book out of fear of violent Muslim reprisals. His aim was to “highlight self-censorship and its effects on cultural life” and “to fight fears that underlay self-censorship.” Rose further argued that it was condescending and even racist to presume that Muslims were intolerant and would react violently to cartoons depicting their prophet.

via The Human Right to Offend – Reason.com.

Drone 3D Maps Volcano

“I have flown in some really crazy places,” says Jardine, recalling his past work in caves, around big waves, and underneath the Sydney bridge. But the vast scale, whirling winds, corrosive fumes, and intense temperatures of Marum Crater presented new challenges. The previous day, Jardine had taken the plunge into the crater itself in order to get footage of the lava lake at closer range than would be practical for human participants. “The bottom of Marum Crater was definitely the most insane place to fly a copter, especially a plastic one,” he says. “The hardest part of flying was the hot air rushing out and cold air getting pulled into the lake. The machine would surge forwards and I would pull back on the stick. Then the hot air would blow in my face 10 times hotter than a hairdryer, and I could see the copter blasting back at me, so I’d push forwards on the stick, and so on. It was like playing tug-of-war with a drunk drone.”

via Drone Vs. Volcano: How Robotic Flyers are Changing Exploration | WIRED.

Cuomo Orders NY Govt Emails to be “Learnered”

In a memo obtained by Capital New York, Cuomo officials announced that mass purging of email records is beginning across several state government agencies. The timing of the announcement, which followed through on a 2013 proposal, is worth noting: The large-scale destruction of state documents will be happening in the middle of a sprawling federal investigation of public corruption in Albany. That investigation has been looking at state legislators and the Cuomo administration.

via Amid Federal Corruption Probe, Andrew Cuomo Administration Purges State Government Emails.

Walker’s Preemptive Answer to the Butthurt MSM

There has been much discussion about a media double standard where Republicans are covered differently than Democrats, asked to weigh in on issues the Democrats don’t face. As a result, when we refuse to take the media’s bait, we suffer.

I felt it this week when I was asked to weigh in on what other people said and did and what others’ beliefs are. If you are looking for answers to those questions, ask those people

via Gov. Scott Walker: I refuse to take the media’s bait.

Teens Who Sext Are Child Pornographers?

Increasingly, judges and lawmakers recognize that criminalizing every case, especially those involving common teenage behavior, might not be the best response.

Some states have passed sexting-specific statutes to lessen the penalties against minors engaged in sexting. For example, Texas has passed a law that will impose a misdemeanor on a minor’s first sexting offense. Under the statute, a minor may be sentenced to community supervision if he or she completes a state-sponsored sexting education course.

The State has to figure out a better way to deal with the issue.  The adult statutes applied to horny teenager kids (do you remember when you were 16?) is not working.   And; Parents, do a better job.

via Teens Who Sext Are Child Pornographers? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Feminist: Men don’t complain enough when taking over tasks from women.

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Hat Tip Instapundit.  In her WaPo article Why don’t dads complain about parenthood like moms do? Samantha Rodman describes what she calls an alarming trend:

It seems like women are being publicly applauded for complaining about parenthood. And dads, well, aren’t. At all.

Rodman is delighted that women now feel freer than ever to complain.  But she is deeply troubled that while men are taking on more and more of the responsibilities feminist women have shunned, men aren’t doing it right.  Specifically, men are not complaining about these responsibilities like women do:

Imagine being at a play date and hearing someone say, “God, I needed a drink all day today. The kids were behaving terribly, I couldn’t deal.” You’re picturing a mom, right?

However, what if the speaker is a dad? The question is moot because I have yet to hear a dad complain this openly and honestly about his kids…

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MSM to Scott Walker, “Sir! When did you stop beating your wife?”

For a question to be posed in good faith, it must be possible both for the respondent to deliver an honest answer, and for his inquisitor to accept that answer at face value. Evidently, Balz and Costa did not ask in good faith. Rather, they wanted a specific response, and they were determined to crucify their man if he didn’t give it to them. That, I’m afraid, is not journalism; it’s entertainment. Their goal wasn’t “asking questions”; it was enforcing a catechism. The intention here wasn’t to ascertain facts; it was to begin a call-and-response. For a brief moment in the lobby, the Washington Post was the high priest and Walker was the congregant. The inquisition did not end well. (Walker’s press team seemed to recognize this, and undercut him at the first opportunity.)

I think the Democrats With Bylines are going to find that Walker will not be on the same page of the playbook.

via The Medias Embarrassing Scott Walker Spectacle.

Defenestration of Gay Men. Sexual Slavery and Murder of Women and Girls. The Cultured Class of Hollywood — Crickets

In recent months, a sharp increase in propaganda indicates that ISIS has stepped up its campaign to eliminate gay communities from the territories it controls on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The punishment for such accusations can be public execution. According to a recent issue of ISIS propaganda magazine Dabiq, “sexual deviancy” is a crime punishable by death. The magazine goes on to describe the public execution of man in Raqqah — the group’s main headquarters in Syria — who was thrown from the roof of a building after being found guilty of “engaging in sodomy.”

All of those important words not said at the Oscars.

The Gay Men Driven From Iraq Face Violent Persecution And Death.

Ohio Judge Tim Grendell is a petty, law-ignorant, totalitarian, thug

Somebody mean bruised Tim Grendell’s feels.
They didn’t do it directly. Nobody marched up to Grendell and said “you’re a petty, totalitarian thug” to his face. Nobody left a hurtful comment on his LiveJournal.
No, somebody said mean things about Tim Grendell in a private conversation with another person, a third party.
Tim Grendell caught wind of it. Now, generally, when people find out that someone is trash-talking them, they have a few options: they can rub dirt on it and walk it off like a goddamn grown-up, they can engage in debate, high or low, with their critic, or they can even sue the critic privately for some sort of redress of buttchafe.
But Tim Grendell isn’t people. He’s a judge. Specifically, he’s a judge on the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas Probate and Juvenile Division in Ohio.
That gives Tim Grendell power — and he’s not afraid to abuse it.

Just help you out Timmy, with the Streisand Effect.  Law-ignorant, bug-eyed, tyrant.  Try and work your SEO on this.

via Worthy of Contempt: Ohio Judge Tim Grendell Abuses His Office To Suppress Criticism | Popehat.

Shooting Protestors in Spicolli’s Paradise

Last month, the government issued a policy change to allow law enforcement officials to open fire and use deadly force to control protests. At the time, human rights groups said the new regulation was dangerously vague, but Saab defended it. Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said the state would investigate whether the new policy had played a part in the boy’s death.

"That's bogus, dude."

“That’s bogus, dude.”

via Protests heat up in already tense Venezuela following teen’s death | Fox News Latino.

Daeshi: If it is not written by Sayyid Qutb, its camel dung

Thousands of ancient and irreplaceable manuscripts were burned by Isis fighters after militants raided Mosul library in Iraq.
One Mosul library official believes that up to 112,000 books were destroyed – spanning centuries of learning, and including books registered on a UNESCO rarities list.
Library director director Ghanim al-Ta’an said that militants took the books away in bags, then destroyed the library using explosives.
‘These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,’ a bearded militant told residents, according to local sources.

 

Isis burns library containing ‘hundreds of years of history’ | Metro News.

Grannie’s 2016 strategy revealed: ‘I will say, or do, anything to get elected.’

It has worked before…..

This latest reinvention of Clinton, as Lerer and Epstein note, requires her to shift away from her 2008 strategy of being “an experienced Iron Lady, ready to take that 3 a.m. phone call” and focus on identity politics.
“People around her were saying don’t play up being a woman, it could be a vulnerability,” Clinton’s 2008 senior adviser Maria Cardona told Bloomberg. “She’s running in a different time, and because she’s running in a different time she’s embracing these issues differently.”

It seems to be a theme with politicians.  Hmmmmm.

via Hillary Clinton 2016 strategy revealed: I’m a woman, vote for me | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Asia Lemmon Ready to Apply to Abercrombie & Fitch

Samantha Elauf didn’t look like a typical Abercrombie & Fitch sales associate, or “model,” when she applied in 2008 for a job in Tulsa, Okla. That much was clear from the retailer’s “look policy.”
But whether the preppy clothier’s refusal to hire the 17-year-old girl was due to her Muslim religion or simply because she wore a black hijab, or head scarf, during the interview is still being fought out seven years later. On Wednesday, it will be up to the Supreme Court to decide.
The justices must weigh the employment difficulties faced by religious minorities – in particular, Muslim women who cover their heads in public – against the rights of employers to avoid “undue hardship.” Their decision will hinge on a narrower question, however: Must the job applicant request a religious accommodation, or should the employer recognize the need for it?

This could prove to be a lot of PC Fun:

utah-license

A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver’s license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster movement, also known as “Pastafarianism,” started in 2005 as a protest against teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in Kansas schools.

When she had the photo taken Sept. 29, Lemmon said she wasn’t sure if officials at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Hurricane would allow her to wear the headgear, but “it was surprisingly really, really easy.”

via Muslim’s case takes ‘look’ at Abercrombie & Fitch policy.

VP Clouseau: ‘The government does not ‘take’ money. We ’emancipate the wealth.’

“It’s not fair because the business experts are saying that concentration of wealth is stunting growth. So let’s do something that’s worthy of emancipation,” said Biden, according to a press pool report of the event.
Then, explaining the impact of Civil War era emancipation, Biden concluded, “What happened is not only did we move toward freeing black Americans but also the conscience of white Americans.”

via Black History Biden: Veep calls for ’emancipation’ of people’s wealth | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Man with bionic eye sees his wife for first time in a decade

But this week Mr Zderad was able to see again, thanks to a groundbreaking procedure performed by surgeons at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mr Zderad was fitted with a Second Sight implant, which bypasses the damaged retina and sends light-wave signals to the optic nerve. Mr Zderad also had an electronic chip embedded in his right eye, which works in conjuction with a prosthetic device set in a pair of special glasses.

The patient was soon able to make out shapes, human forms and his own reflection. When he saw his wife sitting in front of him, the pair burst into tears.

This is only the beginning.  We live in amazing times.

via Video: Man with bionic eye sees his wife for first time in a decade – Telegraph.

Taking their cue from the White House, FCC Tells Congress, ‘Pack Sand.’

“So long as the chairman continues to insist on secrecy, we will continue calling for more transparency and accountability at the commission,” Chaffetz and Upton said in a statement. “Chairman Wheeler and the FCC are not above Congress.”

How can an individual, in government or not, refuse to testify?

via FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote.