Nice Acapella Version of Loch Lomond

The soloist here is my nephew, Malcolm. I don’t know the details of the Swedish group doing the choral work but they have a nice blend of voices.

It’s only right that the Swedes give homage to a Scottish classic after all the raping and pillaging they did there over a millennium ago.


Did you find Winter’s Bone gruelling?

Winter’s Bone (2010) is billed as a drama, or a “gripping thriller.” It certainly is both. An honest slice of life among the people who live in the rural Ozarks of Missouri, it has an overall aura of fear. What are these people capable of, and what will they do next?

The Award-winning film is directed by Debra Granik (55), and adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini from the 2006 novel of the same name by Daniel Woodrell. Direction, screenplay, cinematography, music, were all excellent. The acting is superb, and each character is totally believable. Apparently some of the cast are locals, conscripted for the movie. Jennifer Lawrence (27) is particularly good as Ree Dolly, and John Hawkins (58) is fantastic as Teardrop Dolly, Ree’s uncle.... [Read More]


TOTD 31 May 2018: Longest Loser Tantrums Ever Continue

Hope you all enjoy the following as much as I did.  It reminds one of the perpetual arrogance of ignorance saluted by the Progressives, and at the same time, is educational.   A two-fer Thursday!  I have included the entire article for your reading pleasure.

Teacher Who Corrected Trump’s Grammar In Viral CNN, NYT Story Got Lots of Stuff Wrong

by Aaron Keller | 5:00 pm, May 29th, 2018... [Read More]


Book Review: A Rambling Wreck

“A Rambling Wreck“ by Hans G. SchantzThis the second novel in the author’s Hidden Truth series. In the first book we met high schoolers and best friends Pete Burdell and Amit Patel who found, in dusty library books, knowledge apparently discovered by the pioneers of classical electromagnetism (many of whom died young), but which does not figure in modern works, even purported republications of the original sources they had consulted. As they try to sort through the discrepancies, make sense of what they’ve found, and scour sources looking for other apparently suppressed information, they become aware that dark and powerful forces seem bent on keeping this seemingly obscure information hidden. People who dig too deeply have a tendency to turn up dead in suspicious “accidents”, and Amit coins the monicker “EVIL”: the Electromagnetic Villains International League, for their adversaries. Events turn personal and tragic, and Amit and Pete learn tradecraft, how to deal with cops (real and fake), and navigate the legal system with the aid of mentors worthy of a Heinlein story.

This novel finds the pair entering the freshman class at Georgia Tech—they’re on their way to becoming “rambling wrecks”. Unable to pay their way with their own resources, Pete and Amit compete for and win full-ride scholarships funded by the Civic Circle, an organisation they suspect may be in cahoots in some way with EVIL. As a condition of their scholarship, they must take a course, “Introduction to Social Justice Studies” (the “Studies” should be tip-off enough) to become “social justice ambassadors” to the knuckle-walking Tech community.... [Read More]


Today’s Kipling – “The Mary Gloster”

(This is one of Kipling’s longest poems – and one of his best. It is linked to another long poem, McAndrew’s Hymn, but only through the characters in each. This one is a haunting poem.)

“The Mary Gloster”

Rudyard Kipling

I’ve paid for your sickest fancies; I’ve humoured your crackedest whim –
Dick, it’s your daddy, dying; you’ve got to listen to him!
Good for a fortnight, am I? The doctor told you? He lied.
I shall go under by morning, and – Put that nurse outside.
‘Never seen death yet, Dickie? Well, now is your time to learn,
And you’ll wish you held my record before it comes to your turn.
Not counting the Line and the Foundry, the yards and the village, too,
I’ve made myself and a million; but I’m damned if I made you.
Master at two-and-twenty, and married at twenty-three –
Ten thousand men on the pay-roll, and forty freighters at sea !
Fifty years between’ em, and every year of it fight,
And now I’m Sir Anthony Gloster, dying, a baronite:
For I lunched with his Royal ‘Ighness – what was it the papers had ?
“Not the least of our merchant-princes.” Dickie, that’s me, your dad!
I didn’t begin with askings. I took my job and I stuck;
I took the chances they wouldn’t, an’ now they’re calling it luck.
Lord, what boats I’ve handled – rotten and leaky and old –
Ran ’em, or – opened the bilge-cock, precisely as I was told.
Grub that ‘ud bind you crazy, and crews that ‘ud turn you grey,
And a big fat lump of insurance to cover the risk on the way.
The others they dursn’t do it; they said they valued their life
(They’ve served me since as skippers). I went, and I took my wife.
Over the world I drove ’em, married at twenty-three,
And your mother saving the money and making a man of me.
I was content to be master, but she said there was better behind;
She took the chances I wouldn’t, and I followed your mother blind.
She egged me to borrow the money, an’ she helped me to clear the loan,
When we bougnt half-shares in a cheap ‘un and hoisted a flag of our own.
Patching and coaling on credit, and living the Lord knew how,
We started the Red Ox freighters – we’ve eight-and-thirty now.
And those were the days of clippers, and the freights were clipper-freights,
And we knew we were making our fortune, but she died in Macassar Straits –... [Read More]


Ever Nevers

NeverTrumpers have had a lot of media attention lately. Most of this is editorials, not news, or, if news, it is simply recounting the latest chattering. Nevertheless, some recent nattering about Nevers was notable.

First up, there was a rash of Leftists pleading with Nevers to stay the course. They think the GOP is much better on account of the Nevers providing a drag anchor to impede conservatives’ progress. Here are two examples:... [Read More]


Book Review: Into the Cannibal’s Pot

“Into the Cannibal's Pot” by Ilana MercerThe author was born in South Africa, the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Benzion Isaacson, a leader among the Jewish community in the struggle against apartheid. Due to her father’s activism, the family, forced to leave the country, emigrated to Israel, where the author grew up. In the 1980s, she moved back to South Africa, where she married, had a daughter, and completed her university education. In 1995, following the first elections with universal adult suffrage which resulted in the African National Congress (ANC) taking power, she and her family emigrated to Canada with the proceeds of the sale of her apartment hidden in the soles of her shoes. (South Africa had adopted strict controls to prevent capital flight in the aftermath of the election of a black majority government.) After initially settling in British Columbia, her family subsequently emigrated to the United States where they reside today.

From the standpoint of a member of a small minority (the Jewish community) of a minority (whites) in a black majority country, Mercer has reason to be dubious of the much-vaunted benefits of “majority rule”. Describing herself as a “paleolibertarian”, her outlook is shaped not by theory but the experience of living in South Africa and the accounts of those who remained after her departure. For many in the West, South Africa scrolled off the screen as soon as a black majority government took power, but that was the beginning of the country’s descent into violence, injustice, endemic corruption, expropriation of those who built the country and whose ancestors lived there since before the founding of the United States, and what can only be called a slow-motion genocide against the white farmers who were the backbone of the society.... [Read More]


This Week’s Book Review – Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Propellants

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.

Seawriter... [Read More]


Publix demonstration

The Left love demonstrating.  They are constantly marching and rallying, ginning up outragey feelings in search of that street-protest vibe of the 1960s.  Even high-school Leftists are nostalgic for the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam-War marches.   They all want an emotional high, preferably with a tiny waft of tear gas in the air.

Florida high schoolers targeted Publix Supermarkets for a die-in.  Publix is a grocery store chain that is strong in Florida and Georgia and has many stores in five other Southeastern states.... [Read More]


Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

My Film Group had a fun afternoon watching the Royal Wedding on Monday afternoon. We had all seen it by this time, but we enjoyed seeing it again. Carol had recorded the lead up to the ceremony, as people arrived at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Most of us had missed that, so we enjoyed seeing all the fashions and exchanging our opinions. Carol, graciously, had invited us to view her recording in her suite. The lovely surroundings increased our pleasure, as did the wine, chips and chocolates.

Everyone thought the Givenchy dress classic in its simplicity, and elegant. The tiara from Queen Mary was perfect, and the veil with its embroidered flowers of each Commonwealth country, was admired. The little pageboys and flower girls were adorable. It was noted that Princess Charlotte was well aware of her duties, and advised the others when it was correct to move into procession. This reminded me the Queen, when she was Princess Lilibet and looking after her little sister, Princess Margaret. The hats and fascinators were much admired; or not. We all liked the outfit of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge: correct shade of yellow, and the hat complimented the suit. Doria Ragland, Pippa Middleton, and the Queen all wore shades of green, and looked fantastic.... [Read More]


Presidential Libraries: Locations and Ephemera

I’ve had the opportunity to visit several Presidential libraries, homes and historic places.  Most of the ones I have visited are centered around a home. Visiting Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes’s home in Fremont, Ohio, is a quiet affair…a lovely home, a library for research, his final resting place.  Mount Vernon, the magnificent home and final resting place of George Washington, has a sprawling museum and estate and has been lovingly cared for by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association since the 1850s.  Other homes include those of Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and FDR.

Some Presidential libraries lack a home, but have outstanding museums and artifacts.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL tends toward the Disney-esque, with life-size dioramas and high-tech holographics along with a rotating display of artifacts in a more traditional portion of the museum.  The outstanding Library is across the street from the museum; Lincoln’s home, operated by the National Park Service, is across town and his tomb is also nearby.... [Read More]


Today’s Kipling – King Henry VII and the Shipwrights

(Since I quoted part of it in a comment, I thought I ought to put in the whole thing.)

King Henry VII and the Shipwrights

Rudyard Kipling

HARRY, our King in England, from London town is gone
And comen to Hamull on the Hoke in the Countie of Suthampton.
For there lay the Mary of the Tower, his ship of war so strong,
And he would discover, certaynely, if his shipwrights did him wrong.... [Read More]