Sunday, April 26, 2015

John Stewart Skewers Dick Cheney with the Truth

Association for Computational Linguistics

Reasonable folks might inquire what the Association for Computational Linguistics does.  Apparently, the Association does not Spell correctly nor even use spell check because their web sit includes the sentence "To date, there are 26 members of teh ACL that have been honored by the ACL as Fellows."  (Colour red added to highlight most egregious misspelling.)

"Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective." the web site states. (Italics in original.)  Still doesn't mean a whole lot to me.  Those of you seeking greater explanation can go to the Association web site linked above.

Good luck.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Modern English - I Melt With You (Official Video)

Stupid Crook News, ad infinitum Man trades trailer of lunch meat for crack cocaine

Well, had needed a little humour in my life and then this story fell in my lap; a delivery driver with a truck full of lunch meat apparently traded the trailer for crack cocaine.  He claimed it happened "inadvertently."

If you believe that last word above then you ought to buy a bridge from me; I'm offering it real cheap.
Then you also might believe the crack rocks accidentally fell in the driver's crack pipe and that he did inhale, accidentally.

You gullible fool.

Then you probably think it justice this idiot got probation while other people of colour languish in prison for drug possession.

We as American accept that our prisons and jails get stuffed to the gunnels with non-violent drug offenders while rapists go free because our crack Crime Scene Investigation units have failed to test genetic material in so called rape kits; some 400,000 remain to test in the United States.

400,000.

So, as a nation, we don't care about violent assaults on some one's sister, daughter or mother, devalued because we don't provide the resources needed to test semen left behind.  And this asshole gets probation as he probably should so law enforcement can use their scarce resources to protect the ladies in our lives, damn it all to hell.

[( Larry)Bowen had been hired to deliver more than $50,000 worth of lunch meat in Alabama and Florida. When the meat was not delivered, officers found Bowen and the truck at a Memphis service station. The trailer was in a nearby storage facility with about a third of the lunch meat missing.

Bowen told police he stopped at the service station three days earlier and "inadvertently" traded the rig to two men who offered him crack cocaine.
Copyright The Associated Press] http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/driver-traded-lunch-meat-filled-trailer-crack-coca/nkywQ/

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CSI Sucks; Longest serving wrongfully convicted CA man released

Since we have become used to perceiving reality from the Television shows we consume, we all have bought into the fiction that Crime Scene Investigation units produce 100% accurate scientific evidence.

Bollocks!

Michael Ray Hanline spent 36 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

[Hanline was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Years later, officials discovered that DNA evidence collected at the crime scene did not match Hanline's or that of his alleged accomplice, according to court documents. A key witness was also under the influence of drugs when she testified against him.

“This case was paper thin … and the evidence they had 36 years ago -- we shredded,”  (Justin) Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project) said.]
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-wrongfully-convicted-murder-charges-20150422-story.html

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oops, he's burning.

For those of you who don't know, you might charitably call Ocoee, FL, a small town, which lies about 10 miles due W of Orlando, FL, which formerly you might call a mite bit country.

Decades of suburbanization, urban sprawl, and developers who paid folks tons of cash for orange groves decimated by few freezes have led to houses cheek by jowel on formerly picturesque property.

Now- some 90 years after the Ocoee race riots, a sanitized name for a massacre by white folks killing of black men and burning out black families, "bleaching" the city for nearly a century.

Like other white riots in Florida, black people trying to vote served as a proximate cause.
[OCOEE, Fla. — An Ocoee teenager is being treated for severe burns at Arnold Palmer Hospital after his younger brother accidentally set him on fire while playing with alcohol and matches, Orange County firefighters said....

“The big brother turned around and said, 'I’m burning,' and that’s when we knew that it was serious,” said Cruz. “Just raw skin, not what I expected to see when he turned around....”

“We did what we knew, which was use water, and put towels on him and just calm him down because he would have gone into shock,” Cruz said.

Police said the boys were home and the younger child, believed to be 9 or 10 years old, was being watched by his 14-year-old brother.

“The little one was playing with alcohol and matches, and it just made it combust and it hit the big brother because he was trying to blow it out,” Cruz said.
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/teenager-suffers-severe-burns-after-accident-match/nkxYh




Sly and the Family Stone, "Everyday People"

OH.

MY

Gawd!  Look at Sly's afro and the fringed jacket.  Talkin' 'bout my generation.

"Yah!  Get up and dance to the music!"

But you wonder what old white man Ed Sullivan thought about these crazy people on his stage?

("Don't hate the black; don't hate the white.  If you get bitten, just hate the bite.")

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oops, Our Bad, You're Dead!!!!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently found itself forced by the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man to admit its hair analysis slanted for decades in favor of prosecutions, even in several capital cases.
Four months after a Washington, D.C. man was cleared by DNA when the hair analysis used to convict him was found to be wrong, his conviction was vacated Monday. Kevin Martin’s exoneration comes nearly one year after the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) announced its partnership with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to review microscopic hair analysis cases.  
Martin was convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of Ursula Brown based largely on the claim that his hair was found at the scene of the crime. He spent more than 26 years behind bars before he was paroled in 2009 and settled in San Francisco.   
The Washington Post reported that after DNA testing pointed to Martin’s innocence earlier this year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. joined defense calls to overturn his conviction.   http://www.innocenceproject.org/news-events-exonerations/d-c-man-exonerated-after-hair-analysis-review
Nine defendants whose cases included erroneous testimony have been executed and
five died of other causes while on death row.
http://www.innocenceproject.org/files/FBIHairReview_1pager_FINAL.pdf

Sucks to get perhaps wrongfully executed.  No do overs, huh?

Monday, April 20, 2015

20 April News of the Day: Willie's weed

[Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20 to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

The move makes the 81-year-old "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

"Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market."
http://www.wftv.com/ap/ap/entertainment/music-legend-nelson-to-roll-out-own-brand-of-marij/nkyM2/

Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell Jr.


Courtesy of Huffington Post, Dickipedia section.  The publisher provides an embed option on some items, but then scrubs 'em from my  blog.  Go figger.  Great way to win friends and influence people from a cheap blog that made its bones on backs of unpaid bloggers.  Thanks, Arianna!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Banality of Evil

The banality of evil,



and the courage of ordinary men.

(Brief research shows that the Jewish days of Remembrance [Yom Hashoah], since set on the Jewish calender, sort of migrate around our Gregorian calender.)

Ancestry.com, free immigration records for white people!

Just saw an advert saying Ancestry.com will feature this weekend free immigration records for white people.

They don't mention that last part, but fail to mention many black people immigrated to America in chains, stacked like cord wood in rank bowels of slave ships.

Once they got here, our great US Constitution counted them as 3/5 of a person.

Yay, America!

F-35 Helmet Display System

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2