Monthly Archives: June 2015

LIONEL PODCAST: The Suspicious and Unbelievable Facts of the Prison Escapees – Conspiracy Theories and Utter Nonsense

Richard Matt, the “Genital Giant” felled by a head shot trifecta, and David Sweat, “Mr. Inconspicuous,” popped with a two-tap center of mass shot by a dead-eye Trooper now hailed as hero, after being seen jogging in cammies. Jogging!

Governor Cargo Pants. Andy says “the nightmare is finally over.” No, he’s still Governor of New York but the two escapees are caught. The facts are, well, interesting.

  • They used pepper from shakers in hunting cabins to throw dogs off his scent – a common household trick favored by drug smugglers, and dramatized in the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke. Pepper? Bloodhounds and trackers thrown off the trail of two smelly, sweating, funk-dripped escapees?!
  • Where were the drones? The world is filled with drones of every size and description. Why not have a full-blown vigilante invite to every drone flier to fill the skies of Clinton County? The hum and drone of drones might have flushed out these two killers.
  • Was shooting Sweat truly heroic?! See infra.
  • So, Matt was found with a 10 gauge shotgun after “[t]he driver of a recreational vehicle called 911 when he heard the initial shots. He kept driving and called 911 a second time when he realized his camper was hit, the officials said.” Huh? Matt’s taking potshots at drivers with a shotgun that miraculously shoots bullets?!
  • Now, follow this logic. Police investigators traced the site of the initial gunshots to about eight miles back from where the driver stopped and discovered the bullet hole in the back of his camper. From a shotgun?! Officers then came upon a cabin where they smelled gunpowder, as if a weapon recently had been fired, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said. And how did they smell gunpowder eight miles away? Does any of this make any sense?
  • How did we learn that the Genital Giant Matt was mentulate?
  • Andy bollixes it up. The New York Daily News reports financial issues may be partly responsible for Richard Matt and David Sweat‘s June 6 prison break. Two guard towers at the Dannemora prison were left unmanned because Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration tried to reduce overtime spending. The Albany Times-Union adds similar concerns prevented a lockdown and search of every cell at the prison after a large fight between dozens of inmates days before the escape — again, due to overtime pay concerns. A Cuomo spokesperson denied cuts were made that could have prevented the breakout. Aides told the Daily News that the number of uniformed officers at the maximum security prison and overtime pay are both up, despite fewer inmates. But sources tell the New York Post that some are still pointing fingers at Cuomo, accusing of him of hindering the manhunt on the first day of the search for Matt and Sweat. The governor appeared at the prison on Saturday, June 6, and allegedly distracted investigators, separated law enforcement agencies and aimed to ensure New York State Police got the credit for the potential capture.

Officer Cook, the hero. I’m not about to quibble over the definition of hero, but Sergeant Jay Cook, 47, of New York State police, shot Sweat twice after he spotted him ‘jogging’ down a road in Constable wearing cammies, around two miles south of the Canadian border, on Sunday. Sweat refused to stop and when he got near the tree line, Cook popped him in the torso with a deuce. Looks like a kill shot as in center of mass. Fine. I’m not complaining, but is that heroic under the definition as courageous, valiant, valorous, lionhearted, superhuman, intrepid, bold, fearless, daring, audacious. It was dumb luck, or as they call it in law enforcement, a grounder. Look, Sergeant Cook, go anonymous.

Are you nuts? Take this down now. Does the name Arnold Schuster mean anything to you? There are lunatics in the world who feel some strange affinity for escapees and seek their own fame.

The Utter Insanity of Feigned Activisim

Accept nothing. Expect nothing. We are a society of feigned and extravagant excess, even in our attempts to pretend that we fully recognize the significance of an event.

LIONEL PODCAST: Scalia Is Royally, er, Supremely PO’d

Royally. And I refer to the term designating annoyance and perturbation versus inebriation as our UK friends might intone. Nino called the majority’s reasoning “quite absurd.” And he is such a marvelous style in exhibiting and explicating his disdain. As do I.

“The court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery,” he wrote.

“It is up to Congress to design its laws with care,” he added, “and it is up to the people to hold them to account if they fail to carry out that responsibility.”

Justice Scalia announced his dissent from the bench, a sign of bitter disagreement. His summary was laced with notes of incredulity and sarcasm, which sometimes drawing amused murmurs in the courtroom as he described the “interpretive somersaults” he said the majority had performed to reach the decision.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Insane Confederate Flag Debate Is a Diversion for Those Too Stupid to Know History

United Daughters of the Confederacy

How can this be? This woman from the United daughters of the Confederacy?! This can’t be. Hasn’t she been watching the news and CNN in particular? And what about Civil war reenactments and those who collect memorabilia and historical relics? How do you even address those killed. Civil War deaths it is now estimated could range from 617,877 to 851,066, and he settles on an estimate of 750,000 dead. How do you address honoring the dead – if you do at all – who fought for a flag that revisionists now want, in effect, banned. Is this woman mourning the death of slavery? As the usual suspects and autodidact idiots who wouldn’t know Appomattox from a hole in the ground and they simply don’t care. They’re too busy enjoying the warm glow of manufactured issues to waste any discussion of vexillology.

Robert Edward Lee commandied the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. You must have heard of it. It was in all the papers.

A Savannah, Georgia, woman is working to break down barriers and stereotypes by joining the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Georgia Benton is now the first African-American in the state to become a member.

Georgia on my mind. Will the UDC be forced to shutter as the revisionists gain temporary power? Does this woman have any idea of what she’s honoring by joining? “There are thousands of African-Americans who participated in the Civil War.  Not only on the Union side, but on the Confederate side,” Benton said. Many people do not realize African-Americans participated on both sides of the Civil War. They served the Confederacy in various ways, including in battle. Now this Savannah native wants to make sure people like her great-grandfather are not forgotten. Wow. Simply . . . wow.

LIONEL PODCAST: Confederate Flag Vexillology & American Media Idiocy

Et tu, Kanye? So, is Mr. west a bigot or a rube? Wait, let me rephrase that. No, on second thought, let it stand. Confederate flag talk is a waste of time and a perennial diversion. Let me explicate further herein. Or, rather, let me try to wade through the hyperbole and misinformation and distraction and obfuscation and deliberate propaganda. The subject matter enjoys the trivialization of pop media simplicity. Remember, we are a country that has been for days enthralled and caught in a transcendental rapture over the President use of the dread N-word. Behold our jejune appreciation of and for the irrelevant. Our appreciation for racial matters is unicellular and one-dimensional. And I’m being kind. We prefer the ideological low hanging fruit and issues that require little to no heavy lifting intellectually. As is usually the case, when we know nothing of history for perspective we make it up on the spot and dig our heels in. As Tolstoy reminds us, “History would be a wonderful thing if only it were true.”

LIONEL PODCAST: Bullets and Pills, Psych Meds and Causation and What the Media Refuse to Report

“Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used.” Dan Roberts in Ammoland reports. (What, doesn’t everyone read Ammoland?)

The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more than a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves.

Medication Madness: How Psychiatric Drugs Cause Violence, Suicide, and Crime

Over the years as a psychiatrist I’ve evaluated innumerable cases of individuals who have been driven over the edge by psychiatric drugs. Many of these men, women and children were evaluated for legal cases but others were not. When I was re-evaluating about a hundred of these real-life stories for my latest book, Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime, I began to see a pattern that I call medication spellbinding. Technically, the new scientific concept is called intoxication anosognosia: not knowing that you are intoxicated.

But wait, there’s more.

Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression.

According to a CBS News report, earlier this year when cops searched Roof after he was acting suspiciously inside a Bath and Body Works store, they found “orange strips” that Roof told officers was suboxone, a narcotic that is used to treat opiate addiction.

Suboxone is a habit-forming drug that has been connected with sudden outbursts of aggression.

Whither mainstream media? Oh, why even bother?

LIONEL PODCAST: Church Shootings, Brian Williams and Hate Crimes. Oh My!


Hate crime? “[P]olice on Thursday hunted for a white gunman who killed nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston, as federal authorities opened a hate crimes probe.” That’s the news. Why?  Here’s what this sick monster said: “I have to do it,” the gunman was quoted as saying. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” What does this even mean? The FBI has identified the suspect in the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, as 21-year-old Dylann Roof from Columbia, according to reports. A Facebook search showed a picture of Roof with the Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and the South African apartheid flags pinned on his jacket. So there you have it. A hate crime. OK, fine.

Let’s just call it murder. I explain why.

18 U.S. Code § 249 – Hate crime acts

(a) In General.—

(1) Offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin.— Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person— (A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and (B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if — (i) death results from the offense; or (ii) the offense includes kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

(2) Offenses involving actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.—(A) In general.— Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B) or paragraph (3), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person—(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and (ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if—(I) death results from the offense; or (II) the offense includes kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.


Bring BriWi back. Bob Lefsetz wrote this great piece. I cite much of it in toto.

The future of news is the irreverent Vice. Maybe even Buzzfeed. Something instantly accessible that lives online. To think a nightly newscast at one appointed time has any future is to believe cable will remain unbundled and movies in theatres will make a comeback. Things change, and only in America do we maintain they haven’t.

Did NBC’s viewers reject Williams? That’d be like teens rejecting Taylor Swift, they love her and the alta kachers who tuned in at 6:30 loved Williams. By taking him off the air NBC did its audience a disservice, playing to an entrenched infrastructure that no one really cares about, the insider media business and Washington, D.C., two entities so out of touch the public has rejected them. And the public runs this world, to believe we live in a top-down society is to reject the entire twenty first century. At least techies know it’s all about adoption and stickiness. Williams made a mistake, so what.

Furthermore, the movie of his decline is better than anything he said on air. It’s a national soap opera, a story the media loves, because after all, that’s what they sell, stories, and the public doesn’t want to delve into the real issues, for fear of further disillusionment.

The vaunted Fox News? The ratings king?

Numbers are anemic but even more importantly the audience is aged. The influence of the station is nearly nil. It’s an echo chamber and Roger Ailes laughs every time the left wing takes the bait.

News is so up for grabs it’s ridiculous.

The papers still think it’s about filling a set amount of space.

And TV believes it’s all about camera appeal.

And the empty calories contribute to America’s obesity problem. We grow fatter and fatter on irrelevant info while those without names pull the strings behind the scenes.

Just like their brethren in Hollywood, Williams and his overpaid ilk love hanging with the heavies, they’ve got no backbone, they think they’re important, and if you believe they’re leaders, you’re watching the parking meters.

So now our long national nightmare is over. We can stop focusing on Brian Williams and get back to pressing issues, like the 2016 Presidential election!

A horse race the media stokes because it’s a long running film they can sell and sell.

Blockbusters exit the multiplex in weeks, but we’ve got to hear the bloviating of political non-winners for years.

Welcome to America, where the sideshow is the real show.

NBC is selling entertainment. They’ve eviscerated reporting down to the bone. Give them their star, let Williams play to the audience who loves him, the same way kids pay fealty to one dimensional pop stars.

The truth is change is happening.

But it’s too rarely on television.

Let Brian Williams have his pomp and circumstance.

And if it’s necessary to bring Andy Lack back to fix NBC News, we might as well bring Strauss Zelnick back to fix Sony Music.

Come on folks. This is much ado about nothing. Overpaid people playacting at importance while the proletariat shoots itself and votes against its interest.

Welcome to America.

LIONEL PODCAST: Racial Dolezal Is Crazy, Publicity-Starved and White

Racial Dolezal. Get it? I stole this from Howie Carr. It’s a great pun. The word “race,” denoting lineage, comes from a French translation of haras (silent “h”) into the Italian razza — which in Italian of that time applied to animals, not people. This points to current English and Italian usage being derived and adapted, respectively, from the French. I commend to you this wonderful piece that I reference infra.

How many major races are there in the world?

Ethnographic division into races from Meyers Konversationslexikon of 1885-90 is listing:

  • Caucasian races (Aryans, Hamites, Semites)
  • Mongolian races (northern Mongolian, Chinese and Indo-Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Tibetan, Malayan, Polynesian, Maori, Micronesian, Eskimo, American Indian),
  • Negroid races (African, Hottentots, Melanesians/Papua, “Negrito”, Australian Aborigine, Dravidians, Sinhalese)

Skull: Dolicephalic(Long-Head),High forehead,Little supraobital development.
Face: Mainly Leptoproscopic( Narrow)Sometimes Meso- or even Euryproscopic, Neither Facial nor alveolar prognathism occurs except among some archaic peoples.
Nose:Long,narrow,high in both root and bridge.

Skull: High incidence of Brachycephaly(Short Round Head)
American Indians while Mongoloid are often Dolicephalic.
Foreheads slightly lower than that of the Caucasoid.
No Supraobital development.
Face: Wide and short, projecting cheek bones, Prognathism rare. Shovel shaped incisors common especialy in Asia.
Nose: Mesorine(Low and Broad in both root and bridge.

Skull: usually Dolicephalic, a small minority are Brachycephalic.
Forehead most often high, little supraobital development.
Face: Leproscopic (to a much lesser degree than the Caucasion), Prognathism common in most Negro populations.
Nose: Low & broad in root and bridge with characteristic depression at root.

In conclusion. There, feel better? Good. Oh, and Dolezal’s White but she may feel herself Black. You’re welcome.

LIONEL PODCAST: Save Your Energy. Voting Means Nothing. Sorry.

Why bother?  It seems so antithetical to the notion of democracy and the direct contribution that voting makes. How many times have you heard that pithy apothegm that suggests that if you don’t vote you can’t complain? I prefer George Carlin’s version of reality, if you vote you can’t complain.

And who’s paying Mitt for this RT plug? In this latest installment of let’s pick on RT, Mitt Romney laments the fact ck on RT, Mitt Romney laments the fact that he can’t escape this international news network. Really, Mitt?

LIONEL PODCAST: Thinking Yourself Black & Seinfeld’s All Wet About Kids Being Too PC

Define that. Transracial is defined as a “person that is born one race, but can fit into multiple races through their actions. Similar to a transethnic except a transracial does not feel that they are suppose to come from a different ethnicity.” Well, I’m glad I cleared that up for you. You’re welcome.

Sorry, Jerry. When Jerry Seinfeld told an ESPN reporter that he’s most troubled by how insufferably PC college campuses have become, it seemed like he was stating what many comics already know. Well, not to burst your bubble, I have a slightly different take. Kids aren’t too PC about anything. That involves thinking.