Who knew?

I never realized that The Three Stooges was brother humor from real brothers. Moe was the older brother to Curly. And actually Shemp who came in to temporarily fill in for Curly was an older brother to Moe.

Moe is the epitome of the older brother taking advantage on an angelic younger brother. (I was an angelic younger brother.)... [Read More]

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For Hypatia

Something I stumbled upon.  I think you like this sort of thing so I am passing it on… (Hopefully all my “text” editing will carry through the posting.)(nope, it just bumbled it all together…)

The Train of Life
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by,
other people will board the train;
and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children,
and even the love of your life.

Many will step down
and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed
that we don’t realize
they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this
because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seats empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories
for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank you
for being one of the passengers on my train.

(By the way, I am not planning to get off the train anytime soon
but if I do, just remember I am glad you were part of my journey.)

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The Canadian Federal Election

I spent yesterday evening watching the Canadian election returns, hoping that the fool Justin Trudeau might be turned out of office.  Alas, it was not to be.  While the Liberals lost their governing majority (a governing majority requires at least 170 seats), they finished with a plurality of seats (157), followed by the Conservatives (121), the Bloc Québécois (32), the New Democratic Party (24), the Green Party (3), and one independent.

The upstart People’s Party of Canada (PPC), founded by former Conservative foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier, failed to win a single seat.  Bernier himself lost his seat for the riding of Beauce in Quebec.... [Read More]

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Highly Recommended Drama from India: Laakhon Mein Ek

Yes, you’ll need subtitles to understand what is going on, but this is a brilliant series that illustrates how corruption in high (or mid-level) places hurts needy people the most. Ordinary men and women lose incentive to try their best when they are caught in high-pressure circumstances created by those using the system for their own ends.

It sounds bleak, but it’s not. The acting, script, and story are excellent, the characters ring true, and the series maintains humor (okay, dark humor) every episode. The truths being told aren’t happy, but the depiction is artful and human.... [Read More]

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Swiss Federal Elections: October 2019

Swiss flagYesterday, Switzerland elected a new lower house of the federal parliament, the Conseil National.  This has, since 1963, been composed of 200 seats, apportioned among the cantons based upon their population.  Elections are held every four years, with all seats in play.  Elections are by a curious proportional representation scheme called “panachage”, about which you can read more at the link if you haven’t filled your quota of confusion for the day.

The results were a substantial shift to the left, with the Green Party and its splinter faction the Green Liberal Party both gaining largely at the expense of conservative and centre-right parties.  Here is the makeup of the new Conseil National.... [Read More]

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Tearjerker alert

Vietnam Marine veteran in New Mexico hospice care reunites with beloved dog one last time

This may be the other way around, he may be waiting at the “Rainbow Bridge” for his beloved pet.

Sorry, but this brought tears to my eyes, this veteran is just about a year older than I am and I think that maybe sharing it is the right thing to do.... [Read More]

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Proactivity Rules

McConnell should immediately make a floor speech, and issue a “sense of the Senate” document stating clearly that the chamber he leads will not ever hold a trial or even consider any pseudo-article of impeachment issued by a secret House-member cabal.  Our Constitution clearly states that only the House of RepresentativeS may issue a lawful article.  Notice that “S“, denoting plural, meaning the House as an entire, inclusive entity.  Schiff’s committee has no authority by itself, nor does Pelosi.  All other blather and bickering is irrelevant and should be ignored by McConnell.  The corner Nancy has painted herself and the socialist Democrat party into is inescapable without severe political damage to them, no matter what the outcome of an impeachment inquiry vote might be, and no matter if they never vote as the House.  Trump ensured that by releasing the conversation transcript, despite doubters of his strategy, as usual.  I’m stocked up on popcorn, tears-of-joy towels, and confidence in President Trump.  Don’t be a nail-biter, naysayer or worrier; rather, join the fun.  Our only task is to personally do whatever we can to promote and facilitate getting out the Freedom voters for the election.  That is all, Ratters!

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Should I go to the post office?

The 22nd is the Enthronement Ceremony in Japan and I have not got my invitation in the mail. Clearly the post office has messed up, right? Maybe I should just show up so as not to embarazada the new emperor.

What does one wear to an enthronement? A megalomaniac would know I bet. I’ll ask DocLor or Haakon.

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Are Women Ready to Lead?

I have been really disappointed that two of the highest ranking Democratic women have shown such weakness. Hillary Clinton didn’t show enough leadership to make a concession speech the night of the election. No one wants to give one of those but you suck it in and deal with it. If Hillary were ever president, she would have on her desk “The Buck Never Stops Here”.

Nancy Pelosi got her feelings hurt and walked out of meeting. Trump has to face more garbage by breakfast than weak kneed Nancy faces by midnight. When the situation got tough she went and boohooed to a bank of microphones. ... [Read More]

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I suspect Russian Collusion in …

the victory of the Oregon Ducks over the Washington Huskies. I am not saying the double dealing Great Adventure is a traitor. I would never cast aspersions on my dear friend. He does seemed well groomed and likes borscht though. And that dating of Natasha in college is just a coincidence that could happen to anyone who wants to hide their double life. I want to congratulation him on his Vladivostok Victory. I wonder how it feels to betray a country and everyone in it.

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What would you do if you woke up with Superman’s powers?

“What would you do if you woke up with Superman’s powers?”

I saw this question on facebook in my City of Heroes chat group. It is sort of a fun exercise, but the more I think about it, the more I am sure I would, in short order, be seen as one of the world’s greatest monsters. Lord Acton call your office.... [Read More]

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Live: Brexit Debate and Vote

In its first Saturday session in 37 years, the British parliament is debating and voting on the Brexit deal proposed by Boris Johnson.  At this writing (13:20 UTC), debate is concluding on a “poison pill” amendment which would rule out the “no deal” option which many pro-Brexit supporters believe essential in subsequent dealings with the European Union.  After this is resolved, the main deal will come onto the agenda.

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Patrick Buchanan – Still a Visionary

In my expert experience, about 15% of Buchanan’s articles express a notable viewpoint or a pithy observation.  His latest is of the latter type.  Essentially, world leaders must be careful what they wish for, and our Congress is full of crapweasels.

https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2019/10/18/is-putin-the-new-king-of-the-middle-east-n2554949

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