Category Archives: The Culture

Fake polls

“The latest headlines — which themselves have seeded hundreds of articles in the press about the matter — are about President Trump’s unpopularity, born out of a poll of just 1,001 people. That’s an average of 20 people per state in the U.S. they hold up as ‘representative’”.

This, the WaPoo/ABC is one of the polls that forecast Clinton to win in November.

Fake polls and junk journalism.

Via Breitbart

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Rule 5: Denise Bidot

Cold Civil War or “just” a divorce?

“Over in Seattle, in the midst of a debate over juvenile justice, a city-council member invoked his ‘Republican friends’ as a symbol of the broad-based agreement that incarceration policies need to change. One of his colleagues, Kshama Sawant, snapped back with the proud declaration that she didn’t have any Republican friends. The crowd cheered.”

Well, you would expect that in Seattle, lefty-city, after all. Or watching CNN, something no sentient being could do for long. So I’m not sure Dennis Prager’s notion of a cold civil war is justified. More like David French in National Review talking of a pending divorce. Either way, though, it’s not a happy future to be foreseen.

Via National Review

Key to longevity: Tobacco & whiskey

Austin’s Richard Overton enjoys “any day spent on this porch smoking cigars” That’s “a pretty good day for the 111-year-old.

“This is where you’ll find the nation’s oldest veteran for 10 hours every day when the weather is nice. His friends call it his ‘stage.’ It’s where Overton sits and thinks about life, his starting in 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast and a year before the paper towel was invented.”

I interviewed him many years ago, back when he was, oh, in his 80s. He was pitched as a civil rights veteran then. His family sure loves them some ink & air time. And, now, some pixels.

Via Dallas Morning News

Coyotes moving in

“Henry, a three-year-old miniature poodle, was in a fenced-in backyard when the coyote jumped the fence and grabbed him.” And ate him.

This was near MoPac earlier today, about a block south of Enfield Rd., in West Austin. Which underlines that coyotes aren’t afraid of heavy traffic. S/he would have had to traverse miles of residential streets to get to that location, assuming origination in the relative wild of the Hill Country.

I suppose the city won’t do anything until the coyotes start taking down some of their precious white-tailed deer that roam West and Northwest Austin neighborhoods. The pols love the deer which they refuse to do anything about.

Via Fox7News

Greatest El Capitan climber ever

Alone on the wall, freestyle soloist Alex Hunnold, climbed 3,000 feet up El Capitan’s shear wall without ropes or safety gear—just fingertips and sticky-shoed toes—in four minutes shy of four hours.

He says he’s accepted death, so isn’t overly bothered by fear. But he carries a bag of chalk dust to dry the perspiration off his hands. Well, I guess.

Via Alpinist Magazine

London: Fake News In The Making

“This is a good example of fake news of an unusually important kind. One of the great issues of our time is whether ‘normal’ Muslims are willing to take decisive action against Islamic terrorism. The evidence so far is not encouraging; if it were, CNN and the AP wouldn’t need to stage photo-ops.”

Via Power Line

UPDATE:  Incredibly, Certainly Not News’ allies in the biz (including Fox) ignored the video showing them handing out the protest signs and did standard denial stories like the video never existed. So did Snopes, which has become utterly untrustworthy.