Bits & Bytes

MAGA HAT BIAS: Kenny Cool wore his MAGA hat while attempting to fly Frontier from Las Vegas to St. Louis. He reports (with video corroboration), “When I got to my seat a guy said ‘hey, I like your hat’ and I thanked him. Then he said ‘just kidding,’ so I said ‘oh okay, well let’s Make America Great Again.’ He responded by saying, ‘yeah, until we kill him. After that, a lady chimed in calling me a school shooter. Just minutes later I was escorted off the plane without explanation.” The airline staff claimed Cool had “made threats.” If someone was booted from a plane for saying “Black Lives Matter” the liberal media would be preparing to riot. Their position on persecution of MAGA hat wearers is, “They have it coming.”

GOV’T UPDATE: The CNN talking head makes absurd closing remark — It isn’t the Republicans who have flatly refused to listen to a border security briefing, refused to negotiate, and turned down three Trump compromises with a flat out NO. It isn’t the Republicans who voted NO on a clean bill to pay the Coast Guard.

But it’s CNN, so they gotta make sure Republicans are painted as at least as bad as Democrats, though they prefer to paint us as much worse. But that’s hard to do when interviewing the unflappable Reed.

Also, Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to give his SOTU address next Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber.

TRUMP DONATES SALARY: President Donald Trump has donated his salary from the third-quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the federal agency that researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

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YES TO NATIONAL EMERGENCY: Yesterday, the Catholic Vote daily news email service I get had a poll asking readers, If Congress does not approve funding for a border wall, should President Trump declare a national emergency and order the wall to be built?” 86% voted YES. 14% voted NO. Hmm, I wonder if this reader bias is related in any way to the fact that gmail constantly chucks my Catholic Vote emails into my spam folder, despite the fact that the address is in my white file or that every single time they do it, I click “Not Spam.”

SICK MIGRANTS AT THE BORDER: Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has “seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance.” A total of 2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the last month alone. Since October, Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations.

TRUMP UPS PRESSURE ON MADURO: The Trump administration stepped up its pressure campaign on Venezuela’s socialist president Monday, hitting the country’s state-owned oil company with sanctions and calling on other nations to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president.

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FAUXCAHONTAS: Oh the hypocrisy! — Senator Elizabeth “Tomahawk the Rich” Warren is worth upwards of $3.7 million. But “wealth” is in the eye of the beholder. And just like her pal, Barack H. Obama, people who have made “enough money” always seem to be defined as “people who have made more than me.”

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GILLUM JOINS CNN: Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who just lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial election, is joining CNN as a political commentator. This would be the same Andrew Gillum that the Florida Commission on Ethics is investigating for accepting gifts in violation of the state’s ethics laws.

FLAKE JOINS CBS: No surprise here — Flake is exactly the type of “Republican” (i.e., RINO) networks like to hire to provide balance to their otherwise packed-with-liberal panels. One Twitter-wit responded to the announcement with a jiggling Jello gif. Twitchy labeled it, “Live shot of Jeff Flake in the “CBS This Morning” green room.” LOL Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress, tweeted: “This is the most perfect Jeff Flake move that ever Jeff Flaked. He’s going to be paid to say mean things about Donald Trump but do nothing about it.”

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CULTURE OF DEATH: Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and New Mexico are reportedly considering extreme abortion-until-birth bills like the atrocity that New York just passed. Meanwhile, not content with slaughtering infants, New York has three assisted suicide bills pending.

I’LL SPARE YOU THE VIDEO: An abortionist can be seen stirring fetal remains in a pan, checking that he’s gotten everything out. He holds up the dismembered baby’s head, while congratulating himself for allowing the patient to “get on with her life.”

MEANWHILE IN GREAT BRITAIN: Cuz nobody could possibly want one of those to, you know, pound nails, right? IT’S GOTTA BE BECAUSE HE’S ABOUT TO GO MURDER SOMEONE! To be fair, the content at the actual website is not nearly as whacked out as the tweet showing a guy at a hardware store buying a hammer. The inimitable Iowahawk responded to the Terrorism Police tweet with this: “I was in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot and saw a woman with a suspicious quantity of throw pillows, possibly to go on a suffocation spree. I need the number of Interpol so I can alert the British authorities.” ::snork::


UCMJ UPDATE: As of Jan 1 – The Uniform Code of Military Justice got some tweaking. Among the changes are new definitions for adultery and intimate partner violence, and a specific law against sexual relationships between instructors and trainees. This is first update to the UCMJ since 1984, and, according to officials, the biggest set of changes since the code was enacted after World War II.

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SOME CATHOLIC ORDERS GROWING: Not surprisingly, it isn’t the liberal ones — The religious orders that are attracting young people wear a full religious habit, sing the Office together daily, cherish the Church, have Mass as the center of their lives, live simply, and watch little if any television. The British author of the article wrote this touching paragraph:

Sitting opposite two of the nuns on the Tube, I saw how people liked them being there. They were saying the rosary quietly, turn and turn about, and one passenger whispered, “Pray for me, Sisters,” while another, further down the carriage, took out a rosary in quiet solidarity.

S’ABOUT TIME: A Catholic priest in Ireland reportedly refused to give communion to a politician who voted to strip away all legal protections for unborn babies.

VOTING WITH OUR FEET: As Hollywood continues to lose fans and money, Cinestate is making money with its old-fashioned, small budget action films that appeal to a center-right audience. In 2015, Cinestate put out Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell. In 2017 film, it released Brawl in Cell Block 99, starring Vince Vaughn.

I looked both of those up at Netflix and, while neither appeals to me, I thought it was interesting that tens of thousands of Netflix customers had given them an average of two stars more than the professional reviewers had given them. That alone supports Breitbart’s contention that “some in La La Land are unhappy with the filmmakers for appealing to a center-right audience.”

The studio has two new films coming out. Standoff at Sparrow Creek is focused on members of a militia group scrambling to stay out of the hands of federal authorities. Dragged Across Concrete is a buddy cop film. I’ve never heard of anyone in the first. The second stars Mel Gibson, who I have definitely heard of. LOL


WORD NERD: Charisma comes from the Greek noun charis, meaning “grace.” In English, charism has been used in Christian contexts since the mid-1500s to refer to a gift or power bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. The earliest nonreligious use of charisma that we know of occurred in a German text, a 1922 publication by sociologist Max Weber.

GRAMMAR NERD: A pro-verb is a stand-in for a verb that came earlier. It is used to avoid repetition. Example: “Do you remember the name of the restaurant that they recommended?” “Yeah, I do.” Remember is the verb; do is the pro-verb. Chrissy the Hyphenated notes this is an example where the hyphen is critical, because pro-verb and proverb are totally different things. 🙂

ROFL: I’m kinda guessing this guy did not file a police report — “Can you describe the assailants?” ::snork::

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10 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. That youtube link up top didn’t imbed, because it’s boldfaced, I’d guess.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Ahhh … I’ll watch that from now on. WP has been randomly bolding stuff in my posts that are definitely not bolded in my doc file. They “up”graded the editor recently, something they do periodically for reasons that escape me. The changes always involve an annoying period of changed habits and dealing with bugs. Rarely do I ever see anything in the newer version that is actually better than the older version.

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      • Well, the YouTube link is now a link to itself (details below for techies), so, still not embedding.

        I took a glance at the new editor. I’d only been WP blogging for a little while, but from my estimate the new editor was like every other “improvement” nowadays – everything and anything but an improvement. Convenient one-click controls now two clicks deep, etc. I admit I was busy trying to blog and didn’t give it a fair test, but I still fled back to the old editor (“the devil you know”) and dread the day my upgrading will be forced.

        Technically squeaking, that youtube link looks like this:

        Open Paragraph

        Open-link (to that youtube page), the link (as text), close-link.

        followed by this bit of garbage:

        Open-Span for red-color, open-boldface, Line-feed, close-boldface, close-span (so nothing was emboldened or colored red!!)


        Everything there but the link-text itself is trash code.

        Speaking of coding, my latest webwork from a suggestion by some Ace Moron. (For those who don’t visit my website. 🙂 )

        Learn to Latte – career building suggestion


      • chrissythehyphenated

        Thank you, Bob! I didn’t even understand Mindful’s helpful and detailed explanation of what was wrong. :0/

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        • If you didn’t understand it, how was it helpful? 😀

          Short version: I was just noting a bunch of silly junk code you ended up with somehow.

          I appreciate the built-in things on a platform like WordPress (vs cobbling up HTML code manually, which I have done for ‘way too many hours), and they do a lot of good automated editing things, but, convenience of “smart” anything always comes with certain risks and limitations. Like producing junk code, sometimes unnoticed.

          Computer-everything is a long, long way from really being “smart.”


  2. Pistol Pete

    Dem-Controlled House Committee to Eliminate ‘So Help You God’ From Witness Oath
    Money and power are the graven images they worship.
    It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” Cheney told Fox News. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”


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