Bits & Bytes

Phil 4 13 I can do all things

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: The key to success is gratitude. “If happiness is what you’re after, then you are going to be let down frequently and be unhappy much of your time. Joy though, Joy’s a different thing, it’s something else.”

2019_02 27 NoKo tweet

2019_02 27 Distraction

2019_02 27 Cohen liar

MICHAEL COHEN TESTIMONY: CNN commentators agreed that the disgraced former attorney for President Trump failed to deliver a definitive takedown. “There were a lot of Democrats today with bags of popcorn expecting to see the crumbling of the Trump presidency,” said host Anderson Cooper, who led the eight-pundit panel discussion.

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection said, “Cohen’s testimony revealed little legally damaging, but did suggest the roadmap to taking down Trump runs through his businesses not his campaign.”


2019_02 27 Rlaib racist

2019_02 27 Trump tweet Blumenthal

FACEBOOK BIAS: Shutting down conservative speech – In 2016, conservatives dominated social media where they were able to get the truth uncensored. Then top liberal activist groups — Media Matters, Share Blue, CREW and American Bridge – made it a priority in early 2017 to work with the liberal tech giants to undermine President Trump and ensure that liberals gain control of Congress and the presidency in 2020. The tech giants obliged.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Join – There is a new, conservative-friendly alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

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I HATE SANCTUARY CITIES: In March 2014, a previously deported illegal alien from Honduras, Juan Ramon-Vasquez, was found back in the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. The “sanctuary” City of Philadelphia ignored an ICE detainer and released him back into the community, where he proceeded to repeatedly rape a young child. He is serving a sentence of 8 to 20 years in state prison for the rapes.

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EDUCATIONAL MALPRACTICE: Political indoctrination in the public schools – I often wonder if this is the real reason why Democrats are so vehemently opposed to school choice programs.

A New Yorker’s 11-year-old asked him for help with her vocabulary homework, because the only words available forced her to bash President Trump.

Dad told her to leave the spaces blank and wrote this note to the public school teacher … who docked the kid 15 points and emailed him that the media makes similar references to Trump, and that she believes she has the same right.

Yeah, except we can can turn the media off without being penalized!

2019_02 Dems going off cliff by Garrison

CATHOLIC LEFT: From Robert Hutchinson at Catholic Vote – “Increasingly, the Catholic Left … has joined the secular “progressive” Left in thinking that all that is necessary is to scream loud enough – and people will be persuaded. They don’t bother to ground their opinions in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching—solidarity, subsidiarity, the common good, etc.”

I’ve been noticing this for a long time. Back when Bush 2 was in office and the Democrats were all hot about the “stupid” war in Iraq (where my kids were deployed), our libtard pastor gave us an article from a left-wing Catholic magazine that we both read carefully. It was all Democrat talking points with zero Catholic teaching; it was also very poorly written, almost incoherent in places.

When we tried to give her information from our side, she turned away, shook her head, sneered. I bought some excellent books for her, which I could not truly afford. She emailed me a snarky thank you that said she doubted she’d ever look at any of them. I wrote back and asked her to pass them on to someone who would. I’m guessing they went in her circular file.

When the parish military families had a meeting about the issue, the multi-parish priest came and so did some of the liberal parishioners. They really listened to and heard our point of view. One said she had never heard the things we said before. Our leftie on-site pastor took herself off to a neighboring uber liberal parish for a prayer service for peace.

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13 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. Tlaib’s “prop” remark, the “prop” responds:

    “Today a race card was played. But not by Congressman Mark Meadows. But rather by those on the House Oversight Committee who sadly placed more credence on the word of a self-confessed convicted perjurer, than that of a highly-educated black woman who rose up the ranks of one of the most recognized global real-estate companies in the world, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention and now successfully oversees the largest HUD program office in the country. That is not the resume of a prop.”

    Also, passing along this nice pic c/o a commenter on Michelle’s Mirror:


  2. Trying again.


    And since I’m taking up another comment slot…

    Here’s a case of sesquizygotic twins. In ultrasounds, docs were astonished to see a boy and a girl sharing a placenta.


    The girl twin did have genetic problems requiring surgery, and she can’t reproduce, but otherwise, apparently, at 4yo, both are doing fine.

    Ever hear of “mirror” twins? Nature doesn’t always behave “normally.”


    • I’d heard of mirror twins, but sesquizygotic twins was a new one to me.

      “Sesquizygotic” would also be a great word to make in Scrabble.


      • We met a pair of mirror twins once. Remarkable. Once their dad told us what they were, it was immediately recognizable that, unlike identicals, they were mirrored!

        Imagine sibling quarrels: “You’re the copy! I’m the original!”

        Glad the young pair we met seemed happy, well-adjusted, and amused by their biological notoriety.

        The one had to wear a medical bracelet. Basically, “My heart is supposed! to be on the wrong side!” Whew!

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          “My heart is supposed! to be on the wrong side!” Oh my goodness! I never thought about the organs being mirrored! I was thinking just things like cowlicks. Oh my. So the appendix is on the left, etc. Phew.

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          • cth: So the appendix is on the left, etc. Phew.

            When the zygote replicates, the whole DNA spiral on one just twists the opposite way of all other DNA on the planet (as far as I know), yet wonder of wonders, the biochemistry still works out the same, just reversed in final product. What a great design!

            The Creators surely had their own designs in mind when they dropped that remarkable nucleus into a cell that bloomed into all life on earth, but just biologically speaking, it seems that if the waters had been swirling the opposite direction that morning half a billion years ago, the DNA could just as easily have twisted the opposite way, and we’d all be like the mirrored kid – except, he’d be like us!

            Never thought about this before: I wonder if that’s something carried forward in reproduction? Can he even reproduce? Maybe he needs a mirror girl? I must read up on this!


            • chrissythehyphenated

              Can he reproduce? … Now I’m so curious! Let us know what you learn!


              • Well, that sent me off doing research when I should have been doing something else, probably. Here’s my report.

                Wikipedia on twins is interesting. Types:
                Dizygotic (fraternal)
                Monozygotic (identical)
                Polar body and semi-identical
                Sesquizygotic with triple word score 😉

                “Mirror image twins result when a fertilized egg splits later in the embryonic stage than normal timing, around day 9–12.” (Any later and conjoined twins may result.)

                Also, “mirroring” may be just some traits (hair part, handedness, teeth) — full mirroring including internal organs is less common. So, as I read at, twins might not even know they’re more or less mirrored. The full mirroring is “not harmful in any way!” I presume this means they can reproduce.

                That mirror twins may have opposite personalities was strange to read.

                Then I discovered that situs inversus can occur in other than twin mirroring! The biggest health problem with mirrored bodies (other than always wearing that medical bracelet) is … transplants! You may have to get a mirror donor!

                Situs inversus has an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance.” Recessive is the keyword there.

                “Donny Osmond, American singer, actor and former teen idol… famously had his appendicitis originally misdiagnosed due to his reversed organs.”

                I didn’t find anything on the reversed-helix thing. I suppose there’s a sliiiiight chance I might be misremembering. Or made that up. Bio-data files from decades back have proven to be glitchy.




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                • I learned only very recently that even identical twins don’t always have the same dominant side, i.e., one can be right-handed and the other left-handed. Also that even conjoined twins (who are about as identical as identical twins can get) can have very different personalities.

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                • Identicals are not ever really identical, of course – different fingerprints, interestingly. But, from what I read today, some mirroring (not complete mirroring) is surprisingly common, so some of those might be m/l mirror.

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                • chrissythehyphenated

                  I remember reading about one pair of conjoins … they had different appetites. One ate very little so the other one ate enough to make up for her!

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                • I read an article a while back about conjoined twins who had been successfully separated. One was an introvert and the other an extrovert. Think what their lives would have been like if surgeons had not been able to separate them!

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                • cth: conjoins with different appetites

                  bob: conjoined introvert and extrovert

                  From what I read (now I are a ex-pert), if identicals aren’t behaving “identically,” are in fact somewhat opposites, that would seem a good indicator some mirroring may be going on.

                  Plainly, genetics has a lot to do with how we behave. Of those “separated at birth” stories about identicals, my favorite is the two boys who grew up to both be firemen, had the same haircut and mustache, chose the same glasses frames, wore their keys on their belts in the same way. They found out about each other when someone mistook the one for the other.

                  Same physical traits is understandable; same behaviors and same choices is weird enough; but IIRC they married women with the same first name! Coincidence or chromosomes?

                  Quick search didn’t find a longer article but the firemen twins are mentioned here.

                  And here
                  “Each wore aviator glasses, big belt buckles, and big key rings. Each drank Budweiser with his pinky hooked on the bottom of the can and crushed the can when he finished.” 😮

                  Pondering all this sure does invoke the old free will vs. determinism and nature vs. nurture questions. We are so programmed! and self-awareness of this doesn’t alter the programming. I’m tempted toward my cousin’s Calvinism. 😀

                  This article on twin studies suggests that when identicals are different, it may be reaction to environment – DNA is so amazingly resilient and responsive, adaptive changes due to environment can be induced in a single generation, by “a process known as methylation” – too involved to quote here.


                  “And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?”

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