Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Happy Birthday subsection)

.... and me.

Mike Andes - mandolin and vocals, Tony Shorter - bass and vocals, Jesse Smathers - guitar and vocals Chris Sexton - fiddle and Mitchell Davis - banjo

Monday, November 28, 2016

Geography Div (Round the World subsection)

Today, in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan reached Cape Virgenes and became the first Europeans to venture into the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Thanksgiving subsection)

Last Monday we had Pilgrims. Tonite we get the Thanksgiving Waltz.

Sorry, no info on the artist.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Div ** (Oh sh**t, not again subsection)

Donald of Orange today stated that "... the President can't have a conflict of interest."

Just what does that mean ?? .... Can't ?
Normally, it's defined as, " ... a contraction, .... can not."
OK, let's see here, .....

"Can" .............

auxiliary verbpresent singular 1stperson can, 2nd can or (Archaiccanst, 3rdcan, present plural can; past singular 1stperson could, 2nd could or (Archaiccouldst,3rd could, past plural could.
to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to:
She can solve the problem easily, I'm sure.
to know how to:
He can play chess, although he's not particularlygood at it.
to have the power or means to:
A dictator can impose his will on the people.
to have the right or qualifications to:
He can change whatever he wishes in the script.
may; have permission to:
Can I speak to you for a moment?

I kinda like #3 - heh!
 ------------------------------------------and then, there's .........................
"Not"....... [not] 

(used to express negation, denial, refusal, orprohibition):
You must not do that. It's not far from here.

OK, those are what the dictionaries say. But, how can it be argued ??  Does it mean that the President is a) "unable" to have a conflict of interest ? Or could it mean the President, b)  "may not"  (or in the future tense will not) have a conflict of interest ??
I'll leave it up to the lawyers (thank Dog I decided to give up on that profession years ago) to argue about it: but I'm voting for option "B."

Of course, Donald of Orange won't agree and has even gone so far as to invoke the ghost of Richard Nixon  ... (we know how that ended up, eh?).

No Donald, you CAN'T use the office to promote your businesses, endorsements, children or anything else related to your "business," (I guess that now means your life - get used to it). So, sell all  your shit, tell the kids to get real jobs, get on with raping the country or decide if you want to give the job to Ayatollah Mike.

Of course, I'm old enough to recall the controversy of the meaning of "is."

Oh well .......  maybe the slogan should have been MAKE AMERICA GRIFT AGAIN.

** ** 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking Glass

Monday, November 21, 2016

Geography Div (Pilgrim subsection)

On this day in 1620, those Mayflower Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod. I guess the rest is history and/or fable, eh ?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Wrongful death subsection)

On this day in 1915 Labor organizer and song writer Joe Hill was executed by a firing squad in Utah.
Appropriately - since he was born in Sweden,  here's his ballad written and performed by the Swedish Downhill Bluegrass Band.

The Downhill Bluegrass Band: Jonas Kjellgren - Mandolin, Kenneth Kjellgren - Banjo, Christoffer Olsson - Guitar, Kajsa Kjellgren Westin - Bass, Nickie Wilden - Dobro and
Jimmy Sunnebrandt - fiddle.
Don't ask me how to pronounce 'em ...........

Friday, November 18, 2016

Election Div (voices from the past subsection)

Molly Ivins from 2004 (God how I miss her voice) .... just listen to the words ..... she's still relevant.

Start at the 17:00 minute mark  and follow throughout. I guarantee you will see something familiar ....

the more things change, the more they stay the same ........ oh well.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

More from the Comin' Up div (Transition subsection)

Seems that "Noun + Verb + Nine-Eleven" has slipped a notch or two in consideration as Donald of Orange's gift to the foreign policy establishment. Not much experience and too much baggage.
He really needs to find someone somewhat qualified. How 'bout this guy ??


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Transition Div (Gotta Eat Subsection)

While most of the uproar about Donald of Orange taking the family out for a small dinner last nite revolves around his ditching of the press pool, it's nice to know that he did have some nice words for the surprised patrons having a really nice meal. Click here for the menus.

Now that you've had a chance to whet your appetite, imagine just who was in the room .....and I'll bet they were overjoyed to hear him say, "... we'll get your taxes down, don't worry about it."
RIGHT ! Most of the diners probably paid more for their meal than the average family earns in a week ! And this is what the "working class" voted for ?? I don't think many of them were in the room, eh ?
So enjoy the image, Mr and Mrs Trumpeteer from West Clustershag, Ohio. Maybe next year you'll be eating up the proceeds of YOUR tax cut at Club 21.