While listening to The David Webb Show on SiriusXM yesterday morning, a clip from this version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played, performed by a band named Madison Rising:
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This is so crazy to be against this flag because it has 13 stars. ALL RECENT FLAGS HAVE HAD THIRTEEN STRIPES so all US flags are evil by these people. Nike needs to change their slogan to “Just Don’t Do It Because Someone Somewhere Will Get Offended”. ... [Read More]
It is early Father’s Day here. Way before there was ever a Father’s Day there was a command to honor your father and mother. This is not a command to be a good parent but to be a good child. In fact in life, one has to live with the parents one is dealt. They can be incredibly good or bad. If you have won the “lottery of life”, realize you are lucky where others have not been. But back to the point of this post. You can’t pick your parents but you can decide if you will be a good child. You can treat people with respect and kindness for the good they have done. And you can treat people with respect and kindness when they have not been so good.
How are you going to be a good child today? If your father is living, do you make the call today? If your father is no longer with you, what do you do to honor the memory?... [Read More]
Ramadan ended last week. Here is the tally.
No casualties in America this year. A pretty big number overall. 911 killed and 1006 wounded. Do you recall seeing any of this in the news? Didn’t think so.
Iranian Shiites held a rally to celebrate Al-Quds Day.
“Many people from across the community and across the Muslim world at large have been swept away by the tide of American patriotism. They are proud of America, its freedom, its democracy, free speech, freedom of religion… At the same time, they look down upon the Islamic countries from the high horse of American exceptionalism. How these countries are backwards, corrupt, unorganized, and you have heard more… For that I would like to call the attention of those individuals – however they might hear this – that the amenities and luxuries that they are enjoying in this country are attained at the expense of the rest of the world.... [Read More]
Roast Goat Quarter
Easter dinner at Fourmilab is usually the traditional Swiss repast of roast leg of goat, served over rice with vegetables. This is an easy-to-prepare, can’t fail meal which is suitable for any occasion. Goat is considered a “red meat”, but I find it most comparable to turkey dark meat in flavour and texture. The taste is unique and not at all gamey. (Of course, this depends upon what the goat was fed. Swiss goats are usually fed on grass and forage; if your goat was fed on garbage and fish heads, all bets are off.)... [Read More]
It being the Red Headed Irish Wisecracker’s birthday we headed to the Ridgefield NWR, which is only seven miles from where our new home will be.
Memorial Day weekend weather here in the Wet Northwest is soggy, with 99.9% chance of overcast except for brief gorgeous sunshine, deep blue skies and white cumulus clouds if you act without hesitation.... [Read More]
This Memorial Day is different. Mostly, I start my Memorial Day by letting JoALT et al sleep in while I hie myself to a breakfast spot to get a quick meal and then go into the annual Memorial Day rotation – traveling to different places in my town to remember my departed comrades.
First up is the crew of Hulk 46. The aircraft was lost off Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, on February 3rd, 1991. Three of my friends lost their lives in the crash. Here is a website talking about the specifics. I’ll visit with them when I go see my aircraft from the 1st Gulf War, “Nine o’ Nine II” on permanent display at Barksdale AFB. You know you are getting old when an airplane you flew is on display at a museum.... [Read More]
I believe it was Representative Steve Daines who nominated my daughter’s school band to play in Washington, D.C. this coming Monday. The band, which ends its yearly spring concert with a hearty rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” was honored to accept. Glacier High School will be wearing green uniforms, and we can follow along with the event live here.
Of course I’m happy and proud, but I’m also looking forward to having my kid back safe from D.C. next week, done with plane rides, and ready to graduate on the first of June.
I remember going to church on Mother’s Day and all the Mother’s wearing orchids. (It seems the flower for Mom’s Day in Japan is carnations.) After church people would go to restaurants. I don’t know if it still is but that was the busiest day of the year for them.
What do/did you do for your mother? What fond memory do you have of her? Was there a family tradition?
Today the beginning of Ramadan falls on the fifth of May. This may send shivers across the Intersectionality world, but I am not a part of that world. My Intersectionality Score is zero. But I noticed the calendar, and went looking to see what to expect for Ramadan. Sure enough, I found a recent kid’s program from an American madrassa. The Umma Day program was really interesting, and will just make your day for the first day of Ramadan. Here is a little blurb about the kids’ program at the Muslim American Society Islamic Center of Philadelphia:
young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us… Take us, oh ships… until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones… Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!” A young girl read a poem praising martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and she asked: “Will [Jerusalem] be a hotbed for cowards?” Another young girl read: “We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies… We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque… We will subject them to eternal torture.”... [Read More]
From April 29th to May 5th is the usual Golden Week in Japan. This is the linking of the following holidays.
- April 29th is Showa Day. (It used to be called the Emperor’s Birthday.)
- May 3rd is Constitution Day
- May 4th is Greenery Day (This is basically a made-up holiday to connect to the next day.)
- May 5th is Children’s Day
This year is special because the 29th is a Monday and the 5th is a Sunday so Golden Week is 10 days long. The three extra days come from the Saturday and Sunday before the 29th and Monday the 6th as a replacement holiday for the 5th landing on a Sunday.... [Read More]
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” by Charles Wesley
1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!... [Read More]