Monday, July 17, 2017

I changed to LED bulbs (LOL)

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Italian Monastery Seeks Savatiooon in Beer

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!

They seem to have edged closer to my church, Lutheran.

[After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.

Their brew may now be the salvation — symbolically, at least — not only of the monks’ sanctuary, but also of Norcia itself. This ancient walled city is a ghost town of ravaged churches and cracked palazzi, and is still struggling to recover from the strongest earthquake to strike Italy in 36 years.]

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Washington Post Sinks HMS Trump: "Uniquely Unqualified"

WaPo tells the truth in this season of electoral madness:
The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.  (emphasis added)

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Meaning of Memorial Day

After perusing various adverts for Memorial Day furniture sales in the paper, had to remind myself of the true meaning of the Day: to remember those who gave their lives for these United States, fighting our wars. 

My good fortune and that of my family's means we have not lost any one close to us in war.   Nevertheless the Viet Nam War reached long tentacles of death to my sleepy ocean side town, claiming one Robert Gordon Birdsell  in 1969.  

Precisely because  blood of our soldiers pays a price so dear, also you'll see a photo of protesters against that war to remind that wars our country undertakes ought to become considered as business of the people, aired in public discussion rather than behind closed doors.

That constitutes democracy.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Reasons Trump Might Lose

Well thank the gods of Irony, despite my woe and fear and loathing that a carnival barker now has the presidential nomination for 1 of the 2 major parties, the asshole might lose.  Nevertheless, I weep and tremble that this con artist, bankruptcy maven, and political embarrassment could even have a possibility of getting near the nuclear trigger.

C'mon, government and public service ain't 'a business.  Do you want a buffoon negotiating with the Chinese or Putin?  Rather better to have an ex-Secretary of State in our office of President!


[4. He’ll split the party into factions. After Trump won Indiana, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus called for the party to line up behind the presumptive nominee. That will be much harder for Republican candidates running this fall, who, looking at their own futures, will have to decide if they’ll run with him, in spite of him, or against him. All those shades are already {occurring}, with many longtime party leaders saying never. These fissures are likely to cost the GOP its U.S. Senate majority.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Confederae Women's Memorial....

....stands in Jacksonville, FL.

Hoo rah, Confederate women stuck back at home with family farms to take up for their men!

At least, they could get work done, and raise children, men children to go off and fight a cruel war fought on misbegotten idea people can own other people.