Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Statues having fun with people

This "Statues having fun with people" meme is great fun

When Sharpton and Jesse were guest preachers ...


When I heard Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were guest preachers at a nearby black Jacksonville church, I decided to check them out in person and see what it was all about.

I sat down and Sharpton came up to  me, I don't know why, maybe it was because I was the only white person in the Church.

He laid his hands on my hand and said: "By the will of Jesus the Lord All Mighty, and the will of God, you will walk today. "

I told him I was not paralyzed.  

Then Jesse Jackson came by and said: "By the Grace of God, and his Son Jesus, the Lord All Mighty, you will walk today. "

Again I told him there is nothing wrong with me. 

After the sermon I stepped outside and Lo and Behold, my car had been stolen....
Air Commander Tim Walker

Roberts Deriliction

vichyssoise gummint

I'm avoiding the news for the next few days or weeks. Can't take it anymore.
BUT here's an excellent summary that pretty well sums it all up. Mark Miller

Since the New Deal, courts have permitted almost any legislative infringement of economic liberty that can be said to have a "rational basis." Applying this extremely permissive test, courts usually approve any purpose that a legislature asserts.
Courts even concoct purposes that legislatures neglect to articulate. This fulfills the Roberts Doctrine that it is a judicial function to construe laws in ways that make them perform better, meaning more efficiently, than they would as written by Congress.

Thursday's decision demonstrates how easily, indeed inevitably, judicial deference becomes judicial dereliction, with anti-constitutional consequences.

We are, says William R. Maurer of the Institute for Justice, becoming "a country in which all the branches of government work in tandem to achieve policy outcomes, instead of checking one another to protect individual rights. Besides violating the separation of powers, this approach raises serious issues about whether litigants before the courts are receiving the process that is due to them under the Constitution."

The Roberts Doctrine facilitates what has been for a century progressivism's central objective, which is the overthrow of the Constitution's architecture. [ObamaCare Ruling Is Judicial Dereliction]


I began to grow up after being introduced to George Will, lo these many years ago.  But Mr. Will is, alas, too gentlemanly for my taste.  After years of Sunday morning watching, I finally tired of  waiting for him to punch Sam Donaldson in the face and, while still wondering if he was banging Cokie Roberts, I stopped watching Brinkey Sunday and moved on to Ann Coulter. But the man is  smart.  And he has punched Judge Roberts in the puss. 


In the wake of 9-11 Bush 43 created the TSA because ... because  he could.  And because we needed, he said,  professionally trained, security minded unionized  personal who can't be fired manning American airport security ramparts.  Hilarity ensued. Predictably

Fat and Juicy Oatmeal Cookies

                                                           Oatmeal Raison Cranberry Cookies

Makes 16 to 20 large cookies

If you prefer a less sweet cookie, you can reduce the white sugar by one-quarter cup, but you will lose some crispness. Do not overbake these cookies. The edges should be brown but the rest of the cookie should still be very light in color. Parchment makes for easy cookie removal and cleanup, but it’s not a necessity. If you don’t use parchment, let the cookies cool directly on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.


1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter (1/2 pound), softened but still firm
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs

3 cups rolled oats
1. Adjust oven racks to low and middle positions; heat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl of electric mixer or by hand, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time.

2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg together, then stir them into butter-sugar mixture with wooden spoon or large rubber spatula. Stir in oats and optional raisins (or cranberries).

3. Form dough into sixteen to twenty 2-inch balls, placing each dough round onto one of two parchment paper–covered, large cookie sheets. Bake until cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. (Halfway during baking, turn cookie sheets from front to back and also switch them from top to bottom.) Slide cookies on parchment onto cooling rack. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

I've made these cookies 3000 times and, always, they  look like  this .  Nevertheless, they are gob smack good.  Best ever. You're welcome.