Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Good Day For Dictators

It has been a long time since America suffered such terrible defeats as it has today.  Both defeats came at the hands of organizations controlled by the Left that likely don't see them as defeats.  First, Barack Augustus Obama attempts to normalize relations with the Castro dictatorship.  The fracking revolution which he opposed is destroying the power of Venezuela to prop up Castro.  The fall of the Soviet Union had that regime seek other benefactors and he found it in Chavezism.  Now with Venezuela going the way of all socialists the regime desperately needs infusions of cash and Emperor Obama has given it to him. 

On the Isle of the Pines Castro's political enemies are left in privation and gloom.  The old dictator-a celebrity in Hollywood and other Left precincts--has lived long enough to see "El Norte" bow to him.  Barack Obama--who opposed every effective action against Communism in his youth and is basted in the fashionable anti-anti-Communism of his class and kind has waited until after an election, so there is no accountability--to give Castro the win--and to deepen the suffering and despair of the innocents on the Isle of the Pines.  We have heard from the Soviet Union, and the Eastern Europeans and even the Chinese of how those in the prisons of the Reds gain heart even in the deepest dungeon from the slightest word against their captors by the President of the United States.  They lose heart at capitulations.  The Castro brothers--murderers and enemies of any decency in this world rejoice, and the Lady's in White weep.  

He could not wait until Castro died?  What was the rush?  Did the enemy of America need a win that badly?  I was inducted into the Cuban American Society of Georgetown long ago.  To all my friends from that Island I am sorry for this capitulation--in which the U.S. got nothing and the Dictator-everything and say, as was said in Marti's time  "Viva La Cuba Libre!"

Who knows, maybe the President who disdains bourgeoisie Constitutions, opposed all of America's actions in the Cold War, and tried to deliver substandard health care for all by confiscatory tactics really sees Castro as a role model?

Secondly, the Mad Communist King of North Korea has just had a movie pulled from American theatres by threats and hacks.  Sony has completely capitulated to the rantings and a mad man.  But at least here there is a glimmer of hope.  All of the usual suspects of Hollywood are outraged at Sony and the craven theatres. 

When Rob Lowe sounds like me the Times They Are A'Changin.  Not only him but Seth Rogen, Jud Aptow and even the atheist little homonculous Patten Oswald are all on the same page.

The portly little Communist Monster in North Korea now has Newt Gingrich, Michael Moore and Bill Maher on the same page.  Perhaps, like Yamamoto predicted of another sneak attack against the U.S., he has awakened a sleeping Giant.  I hope so, but I fear not. 

UPDATE:  They usually say only Nixon could go to China.  But Barack Obama giving Castro normalized relations for nothing is pretty much Nixon going to San Clemente.

UPDATE:  God Bless the Washington Post!  This is something I do not write a lot but I see they have come out with an editorial that matches this blog post and also note the Vietnam example which I had forgotten to do.  At least Vietnam is a strategic ally against China's expansionism so there is some realpolitik cred to that low dishonest deal.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Return of Rutablogging

Long-time readers of this blog know of our seasonal focus on massive root vegetables and the preparation thereof. Here now our photoessay on this year's rutabagas.


Peeled and cubed:

On the boil while our stove transmits coded messages that we will ignore as long as the burners work:

Here we see much of the rutabaga lifecycle, from post-boil draining, to the addition of butter, to finished product:

Kudos as always to Laura, who also delivered a morale-boosting speech at a critical pie-making moment yesterday ("We shall bake them on the beaches...").

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The End of the British Empire

A cheeky fellow in Britain has posted this slightly NSFW post on the closing of the British mind.

While I'm not sure the display of naked posteriors is a sign of intellectual health as Mr. Delingpole seems to argue, I do think that the high minded views of these people showing their bums is hilarious. If you want to get to the bottom of the current views of Cambridge youth you can see the whole menagerie at Mr. Delingpole's post as linked to above. I have used it primarily to put the pun in this title and will not directly link to the contest itself. Vote Katie form Sydney Sussex. The End.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nine Years for Mortal Bloggers, Doomed to Not Post, or so it seems

Yesterday we celebrated the ninth anniversary of this humble blog in traditional fashion, i.e. by forgetting to post anything on the anniversary.

Various events have happened about which I hope to post at some point, including a review of some delightful Imperial IPAs (thanks Laura!) and a survivor's account of moving my mother out of the house where she had lived for fifty-one years. (Spoiler alert: no one got hurt and I only swore at Mom, directly, once. Also, once more, and with feeling, THANKS LAURA!)

In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the prose stylings of a blog certainly in the running for lowest ratio of posts to masthead members.

Monday, November 03, 2014

She Really Can See Russia From Her House!

I could not help but smile at these two headlines today: Sarah Palin: President Obama Needs to Be Spanked Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Original Article Posted By:JoniTx, 11/3/2014 2:52:07 PM Former Governor Sarah Palin laid into Barack Obama for insulting stay-at-home moms this week. Obama told a crowd of clueless female supporters that being a stay-at-home mother is “not a choice we want Americans to make.” It wasn’t the first time Obama attacked stay-at-home moms. (Photo) Via Her Facebook Page: Obama Declares Stay-at-Home Moms Aren’t Worth a Hill of Beans; Says It’s a Choice ‘We Don’t Want Americans to Make’..Well that just takes the cake. Sure, Obama’s latest shot across the bow in his own “War on Women” is easily deflected by women like my friends and me testifying to Putin Spanks Obama in New Russian Propaganda Art Gallery Reason Magazine, by Zenon Evans Original Article Posted By:Pluperfect, 11/3/2014 2:02:33 PM Vladimir "Putin is a gift to caricaturists," said Barry Blitt, a New Yorker artist, when he designed a Sochi Olympic-themed cover earlier this year, featuring the Russian leader in frilly ice skating attire. The caricature artists of Russia take a very different approach. On Friday a gallery titled "No Filters" with the work of about 100 cartoonists opened in Moscow, and just about all their images show Putin favorably: as a strongman, a political chess master, and a fighter against fascists and terrorists. In one conspicuously large work, Putin is spanking President Barack Obama, who has the body of schoolboy. "Targeted

Friday, October 10, 2014

It Has a Good Beat & c.

Here's a musical offering that is basically every '80s video ever:

If you look closely you can spot Mr. Bean.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Norway Wins the Gold

Norway has decided to drop its bid to bring the winter Olympics to Oslo, not only a justifiable decision but the only justifiable decision. I can only think that the reason more cities and countries don't tell the IOC to go jump in a lake is that the decisions are being made by people who hope to cash in on the racket. Most of these people are probably mistaken.

Norway, though, has always seemed to me to be a sensible country, with a high regard with social welfare, except for lutefisk. I'm also a big fan of their traditional policies concerning England.

Can anyone name an umbrella sports organization at this point which is not essentially a criminal enterprise?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rejected Titles for This Post Include "Girls on Canvas"

Presenting, courtesy of the Bee Queen of Amherst:

Women Who Want to be Alone in Western Art History

My absolute favorite is "WHAT" although "I can almost reach my lute" is a close runner-up.

"You, sir, must resign - I mean retire"

Although they have not asked me directly, out of Jeterian modesty no doubt, I know that CRH and JJV wanted to see this posted. Here, therefore, is a mild corrective to some of the more, shall we say, excessive aspects of the Derek Jeter Farewell Pre-Ascension Tour:

H/t Deadspin, which also provided this heartwarming retrospective.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mary Landreiu-Invincible Winner

Years ago when I lived on Capitol Hill I attended St. Patricks, but occassionally went over to St. Joseph's (Bobby Kennedy's parish on the Hill). One day there was after Mass breakfast at St. Josephs and standing in line greeting all parishioners and introducing herself as new to the Hill was Mary Landrieu-D La. I forget if she was in the House or Senate then (likely Senate as St. Joe's is the Senate parish, Panetta always attended St. Pat's) but she could not have been nicer (or prettier). Every time she looks beatable and every time she fends off a challenger. I want her to lose because she's too liberal, but this story explains why she may not: Hilary's head would explode at the clashing advantage/disadvantage of helping a Keg Stand. Mary Landrieu is a pro. If she loses the Democrats could do worse for DNC chairman. Here's the link as for reason's unknown, my "not" does not go to it.not

Monday, September 22, 2014

Same Sex Marriage- Mandatory! Same Sex Club-Prohibited!

I am amused, when not amazed by the permutations of the Left in the ever changing world of "social justice." Connecticut has ceased to be the "Land of Steady Habits" and is now the land of "What's Happening Now." Here Wesyleyan has banned same sex clubs, but of course, requires recognition of same sex marriages. Freedom is the right to do what liberals want you to. N.R. has noted the change:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Seventy Five Years Ago Britain Declares War On Germany For Its Invasion of Poland

September 1, 2014 was the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Germany. Two days later Britain was at war. At this link you can hear Neville Chamberlain explaining the reason for War. "We have a clear conscience." Six years of war would be necessary to clear the foreign policy failures of the "low dishonest decade" of the 30's.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Sailor Setting Son.

When this blog started we would sometimes post obituaries of interesting British warriors who served the King (and later Queen's) far flung but eventually fading 20th Century Empire and Commonwealth, under the title "Setting Sons." Capt North Dalrymple-Hamilton is a worthy addition, having seen the Bismark sink after coming under its guns (along with his father), joining his father again upon D-Day, marrying a Governor of the Raj's daughter and relearning to walk in his 50's after a helicopter accident. I revivie it with this fellow: and again Hopefully one of those took. A father son team at the sinking of the Bismark is an interesting angle. Capt North Dalrymple-Hamilton was so British he has one of those hyphen names the British upper crust had even before feminism.

A Priest Who Knew How To Priest.

I came across this Telegraph obituary of a rather unusual priest. A man who charged from horseback, wielding a sword, and prayed for the return of the Holy Roman Empire has to be somewhat of a rarity among clergy of our time. Throne and Altar is not popular in the U.S. either, or much in Europe anymore it appears. I'm reading my sons the Three Musketeers, however, and he surely would fit comfortably in with that particular Court! Burke famously wrote of the death by Revolutionary murder of Marie Antoinette that if chivalry lived in that age in France as it had in the past "10,000 swords" would have flown clear before allowing such a travesty. In 20th and a little bit 21st century France, one last sword remained.

UPDATE 8/29: Hi, Dave S. here. I read the obit via other means and immediately fixed the link so that others might learn about this character.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

And You Want to Be My A-League Farm Team...

Following up on an earlier post, Seinfeld Night didn't turn out so well for the home team, which turned in a Brazil-like performance to lose 18-2 to the Aberdeen Iron Birds (formerly the Utica Blue Sox, whose Irsay-esque spiriting away to northeast Maryland* is the only black mark** on the otherwise sainted*** Cal Ripken).

In related news, NBC had a backup plan in case Hernandez failed to produce. That would have been a good show in and of itself as opposed to one of the greatest hours of television ever broadcast.

*The only true part of that is the move. It was all above-board, Cal built an awesome park for the team plus miniature ballparks for his affiliated Little League teams whose beneficence Bryan has experienced first hand we love you Cal!

**Cheerfully withdrawn.

***Guy's a total saint.

Drink. Discuss. Repeat (though not necessarily in that order).

The masthead (and possibly the readership; both show scant evidence of existence) boasts a fair number of hopheads so I thought this ranking of American IPAs would be of interest. I have had about half of the IPAs mentioned and can attest to the quality of the Racer 5 (for which I believe I have CRH to thank for introducing to me). Bell's Two-Hearted (thanks JWT!) is an admitted omission, Brooklyn IPA is also quite good, and I would have placed the Dogfish Head much higher but perhaps the unsampled beers are that much better.As Saruman would say, "We have work to do."

As always, when enjoying a craft beer, raise a toast to History's Greatest Monster for deregulating the brewing industry and making all of this possible. On a (literally) related note, I was delighted to learn recently, via cleaning out my mother's basement, that Billy Beer was produced by (among others) what became the Matt Brewing Company, whose fine products Laura, CRH, and Mrs. JJV will soon be sampling in their native environment. Circle of Life, baby!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Mr. Gorbachev--Tear Down This Wall--and Have It Appear on Every Channel.

Yesterday on the 4th Dave and I saw each other and one topic of the discussion was my preference for late adoption of technology. I still play cassete tapes in my car and until this year used a film camera. In fact, other than the cell phone and email I would be fine with 1980's daily technology. Jim Geraghty is waxing nostalgic over the 80's and notes its shared cultural moments. He notes the top five performers on Itunes right now. The performers of the top five singles on iTunes right now: 1) Five Seconds of Summer 2) MAGIC! 3) Sam Smith 4) Ariana Grande 5) Nico & Vinz This stunned me, until I looked up what I-Tunes is--as I have never downloaded an I Tune or even know how one gets I Tuned.. but after that it is interesting to note that the stadium filling bands known to all pretty much stopped being manufactured in the 90's. Who today has songs as widely known as Springsteen, Madonna, Prince, Billy Joel, and of course Michael Jackson had in the 80's and into the 90's? Ga Ga? Miley? Bieber? nope. The closest are cross-over country artists like Taylor Swift. T.V. shows like Cosby's or even Seinfeld do not exist. That is shows that half the country watched-AT THE SAME TIME-every week. The internet and the change in technology has shattered cultural markers. Now we have nothing in common but cute cat videos. On the other hand, pierced faces and dyed hair are pretty bad but no one today need wear parachute pants. Progress!