Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder Died Today. He Was 83. #GeneWilder

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, one of my favorite all-time comedians, died today from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  He was 83 years old.

For several decades of my life, Gene Wilder was a name that would bring a smile to my face.  He was fantastic in "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," as well as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."  The first two films mentioned were a source of great belly laughs to me and my family.  He was truly a very funny guy.

Gene was once married to Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, until she died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

I'll miss him.

Carlos Danger (AKA Anthony Weiner) Returns! (#Weiner)

Drudge today tells us that Anthony Weiner, a sexting Democrat, has returned.  A few years back Weiner was pressured to resign from Congress after tweeting a picture of his erection (under his gym shorts) to the public by accident.  He claimed his account had been hacked, but was ultimately forced to admit he just screwed up.

Weiner is married to a Muslim woman, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary's chief aid.

I previously wrote about Weiner's escapades in several posts, but my favorite is this one from July 27, 2013, in which I described him as "the Walter Mitty of Masculine Sexuality":

Anthony Weiner:  the Walter Mitty of Masculine Sexuality #Weiner

July 27, 2013

What a Sex Pot
Anthony Weiner is an embarrassment, not only to the Democratic Party, but to men in general.  He is running for Mayor of New York, but it recently came to light that he has been "sexting," sending salacious text messages to young women, posing online as "Carlos Danger" and displaying his genitals digitally.  This week he held a joint news conference with his wife, admitting his online foolishness while his wife dutifully stood by him.

This is not Weiner's first forage into madness.  Back in 2011 he accidentally tweeted a picture of his crotch with an erection, which led to his resignation from Congress after it was revealed he lied about it to the media, falsely claiming that his Twitter account had been "hacked."  I wrote about his foolishness here.

After resigning from Congress, he kept right on doing his online pursuits, meeting women online and sending sexy texts and revealing images of himself.

The man has a serious problem.  He apparently has a deep need for young women to find him sexy and masculine and desirable.  Unfortunately, he has only the sex appeal of Don Knotts or Steve Urkel to fulfill his Sean Connery fantasy.  Anthony Weiner is not only not handsome, he is rather homely, nerdy and utterly forgettable.

Weiner reminds me of the Walter Mitty character featured in James Thurber's short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."  Walter Mitty is a senior citizen, not terribly competent at anything, and led around by his wife who manages him closely.  During a shopping trip to the city, Walter Mitty engages in one heroic fantasy after the other.  He imagines himself to be the commander of an airship during a fierce battle, a defendant in a murder trial who is a crack shot, a World War I Airforce captain who must fly through hell:
. . "The cannonading has got the wind up in young Raleigh, sir," said the sergeant. Captain Mitty looked up at him through tousled hair. "Get him to bed," he said wearily, "with the others. I'll fly alone." "But you can't, sir," said the sergeant anxiously. "It takes two men to handle that bomber and the Archies are pounding hell out of the air. Von Richtman's circus is between here and Saulier." "Somebody's got to get that ammunition dump," said Mitty. "I'm going over. Spot of brandy?" He poured a drink for the sergeant and one for himself. War thundered and whined around the dugout and battered at the door. There was a rending of wood and splinters flew through the room. "A bit of a near thing," said Captain Mitty carelessly. 'The box barrage is closing in," said the sergeant. "We only live once, Sergeant," said Mitty, with his faint, fleeting smile. "Or do we?" He poured another brandy and tossed it off. "I never seen a man could hold his brandy like you, sir," said the sergeant. "Begging your pardon, sir." Captain Mitty stood up and strapped on his huge Webley-Vickers automatic. "It's forty kilometers through hell, sir," said the sergeant. Mitty finished one last brandy. "After all," he said softly, "what isn't?" The pounding of the cannon increased; there was the rat-tat-tatting of machine guns, and from somewhere came the menacing pocketa-pocketa-pocketa of the new flame-throwers. Walter Mitty walked to the door of the dugout humming "Aupres de Ma Blonde." He turned and waved to the sergeant. "Cheerio!" he said. . . .
Weiner is the Walter Mitty of masculine sexuality.  Carlos Danger's desired prowess exists only in his imagination.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Problems With Black People: a Fred Reed Article

Fred Reed isn't always right, but he's right about this:  the chronic problems of black people appear unsolvable and intractable.  Fred writes:

It isn’t working. The racial thing, I mean. The hunting of whites, beatings of whites, calls for attacks on whites. In the age of cell phones, the media can hide only so much.
To avoid admitting that we are seeing a racial insurgency, the media insist that the police are the problem. They are not. Blacks are unmistakably gripped by a powerful racial hatred of white people. If the police were perfect, nothing would change.
There seems to be no solution. The underlying problem that will not go away is that blacks as a race have not shown themselves able to function in a modern society. Degrees and exceptions yes, but the central fact remains. One is not supposed to say this, and would that it were not true, but it is.
Read it all here. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Elections: We're Screwed Again

The polls are showing Hillary winning the election in November.  It's hard to believe that the American people could be that totally dumb, uninformed and out of touch.  But they are.  Here's why:

1.  The mainstream media has never been so partisan.  They report what they want you to hear, suppress what they don't, and spin bad news that they can't hide.  The major media is Democrat and an arm of the Democratic Party.  There is no objective journalism in the United States.

2.  Most people are low information voters.  They make their voting decision on sound bites and fleeting impressions of the candidates.  They are lazy and uninformed.  They don't bother to realize that how they vote affects their own pocket books, personal security and long-term prospects.

3.  Donald Trump has shot himself in the foot too many times.  When you are the head of a multimillion dollar corporation, you can say anything you want in the workplace; no one will dare challenge you.  That doesn't work in the public arena.  Trump has given the media a lot of ammunition to use against him.  His recent acknowledgement and apology for this may help some, but there are only two months before the election.  Time is not on his side.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pamela Geller: a Graphic Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CC

I have been working on this graphic for a week, spending many hours learning how to do it.  I did the graphic as a learning exercise for Adobe Illustrator CC, and yes, I did learn a lot.  You learn by doing.

This is my portrait of Pamela Geller.  Is it perfect?  No.  But it ain't bad for a first serious effort at creating a digital portrait using Adobe Illustrator.  This program is not user friendly.  It's complicated, because it does a lot of complicated things.  Use as you see fit.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Watching Hogewash! on Your Computer

Per a request:

Learning Adobe Illustrator CC

I purchased Adobe Illustrator last week, and have been spending many hours attempting to learn it.  It is just about as difficult to learn as Photoshop.  What I really want to do is to create vector art with it, drawing and painting portraits of people, especially famous people.

This week I have been following a five part YouTube tutorial, using Pamela Geller as my chosen subject.  She is a beautiful, well-known conservative woman, and that is why I picked her.  Certain parts of the portrait have been completed with pretty fair results, namely, the eyes and mouth and teeth.  I am not satisfied with the teeth yet, however.

Still to do:  the nose, the contours of the face, using the blend mode.  The great thing about attempting this portrait is that it forces me to learn to use the Illustrator graphic tools, and to research problems as they arise.  In other words, to build a skill set through dire necessity.

Illustrator can create graphic art that is photo realistic.  Take for example this Illustrator drawing I found on the web.  The lips could be better -- they look too dry.  The teeth, however, are amazingly lifelike.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Adobe Illustrator: My First Attempt

I have added Adobe Illustrator to my graphics programs.  It is a vector graphics program -- that means it draws pictures.  The graphic at the left is my first attempt, using a tutorial I found on YouTube.  Frankly, it isn't very good.  However, the only way to learn a graphics art program is to use it, learn what controls do what.  So my first learning episode is done, and I will seek a more sophisticated tutorial for my next attempt.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Brett Kimberlin Says W.J.J. Hoge is "Nuttier Than a Fruitcake"(Photoshop, Satire)

My latest Photoshop.  Lately Brett Kimberlin has been claiming in his court filings that his legal opponent, W.J.J. Hoge, is "nuttier than a fruitcake."  Yeah right.  If you are unfamiliar with Brett Kimberlin, he is a felon who dealt drugs and who was convicted of setting bombs in and around Speedway, Indiana back in the 70's.  His latest activities include filing numerous frivolous lawsuits against bloggers who criticize his past and present misdeeds.  One of his more determined legal opponents is Mr. Hoge, who is suing Kimberlin for malicious prosecution.  Mr. Hoge is the man on the right below.

Read Mr. Hoge's blog at

Back From Spokane

I just got back from Spokane, Washington, visiting my son in the hospital.  Dooj (his nickname) is my eldest son and suffers from lupus and a severe infection.  He is healing, but has a ways to go before he can go home.  He has been hospitalized for two months, and will probably spend another two to three months in a rehabilitation facility before he can be released.

Spokane was interesting.  It has a small town feel, two lane roads, old houses and buildings of brick.  It felt comfortable.  Here in Hollister, California, where I live, there is a sizable Hispanic population.  In Spokane the population seems to be a white majority.  For me, that means there is no significant "other" there, and frankly, I liked that.  I am not big on multiculturalism.