Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ho Ho Ho

I saw this headline and I thought, no that can't be right!

Then I read the question.

Ho Ho Ho indeed.

Kudos To President Trump (Seriously)

President Trump has put a stop to the importation of Elephant Trophies from hunting. Kudos to him.

And, in his written statement, he did it for the right reason. At this time it isn't clear that Zimbabwe is able to assure that elephant hunting is managed correctly to improve conservation.

Good Job.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Starbucks Two Hands is "War on Christmas"


When you all get my War On Christmas - Card, you will understand.

Fox thinks that Starbucks is the devil because of cup on the far right has two hands holding. THEY (not Starbucks, not LGBTQ people, ONLY Fox News) is saying they are two lesbians holding hands. It is, from the cup, impossible to tell if this is 2 men, 2 women, a man and a woman, a married couple, friends, whatever. It takes a supreme leap of non-faith to assume that these are two lesbians.

But, hey, otherwise they might have to cover real news.

Friday, November 17, 2017

VOX Explains Uranium One in a Single Chart

So much for conspiracy. Of course, those that hate Hillary won't care, but for those that don't get it - here are 2 charts. (full link)

The first is what happened with Uranium One.

The second is what the conspiracy theorists are using to paint Hillary as evil. This was the exact chart a Republican Congressman used on the House Floor.

It May Surprise You, These Are NOT the New James Bond Villains...

This is an exquisitely unfortunate picture of our multi-millionaire Secretary of the Treasury and his wife holding up a sheet of one dollar bills to show his signature.

If you look at a US currency note, you will see there are two signatures, the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury. It isn't unusual for a new signatory to hold up the bill to show his or her signature.

What makes this spectacularly bad form is the image of his wife (with the gloves) who was pictured looking much like this exiting a government jet they used for their private honeymoon in Europe - and she told people, essentially, to get over it. She is the Marie Antoinette of our current administration.  See her last instagram kerfuffle below....

Who Would Have F*cking Guessed?

During campaign...
 March 2017 -  2 Months in Office...

November 2017 - 8 months later....

Half A Nuance is NOT Better Than Nothing in This Case

This article from slate.com (a liberal to moderate site) is half a good idea. But here half an idea is actually worse that an entire idea.

The "half a nuance" is true. That is, hunting is a form of conservation that often makes sense. The argument here however is not about hunting. It is about the trophies.

You see, traditionally the trophies include the tusks - and will again. At the same time, ivory elephant tusks are highly sought and used in illegal trade.  This has lead to poaching and the near extinction of Forest Elephants and wild Asian Elephants.

If you want to allow trophies, minus the tusks, then I would agree maintenance and sport hunting is acceptable. But any opening on a legal Ivory trade fuels the illegal ivory trade and the merging of the two. And that has lead to and will again lead to catastrophe.

My Review of The Mad Ones

Life On The Road As Therapy

The Mad Ones, now on-stage at 59 E 59 Theaters, is a musical of both youthful exuberance and heartbreak. In a very non-New York centric way, it uses the analogy of cars and the road for freedom. For most of America, it is an obvious metaphor.  The title itself refers to the characters from Jack Kerouac’s novel, On The RoadThe Mad Ones are the freewheeling group that speaks to our heroine.
L-R: Emma Hunton (as Kelly) and Krystina Alabado (as Samantha Brown) in Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s THE MAD ONES at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Richard Termine
Samantha (Krystina Alabado) is a teenager on the cusp of adulthood, and all the emotional baggage that entails. She longs to be crazy and free - in general terms like the characters in Kerouac’s novel and, in specific, like her friend Kelly (Emma Hunton). She and Kelly have taken road trips, stayed out late talking through the night, and planned to chuck it all and just drive away. Kelly was Samantha’s best friend and instigator. But Kelly was killed right before graduation, and Samantha has been frozen since.
Samantha’s mother, Beverly (Leah Hoaking), is a dynamic professor, brilliant woman and overly protective single mother. She wants Samantha, High School Valedictorian, to attend an Ivy League school and become a success. Samantha is pulled between the future her mother wants and the future her friend Kelly offers. Thrown into the mix is her unobtrusive and supportive, if a bit dim, boyfriend Adam (Jay Armstrong Johnson). Adam is just “there” for Samantha, the sweet boy without an agenda, unloved both Kelly and her mother.
These competing forces converge one night as Samantha is about to drive away from home, maybe to college, maybe just drive away. She sits caught between the competing visions of her future. The Mad Ones is a musical set against these competing visions, and the cast has the pipes to carry the show beautifully. Each actor has at least one moment in song that is touching, but the stars of this show are Krystina Alabado and Emma Hunton. Their voices are wonderful and their scenes together are a joy.
But this combination is also key to the drawback of The Mad Ones. Together, Kelly drives Sam into action. However, when alone, Samantha is a passive character. True, she longs for something, that something is frustratingly undefined. Samantha is a reactive creature: reacting to her friend, her mother or her boyfriend in turn. When alone, her youthful confusion has a tendency to turn into whining.
Most of the songs (Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk) are very good: catchy and fun or serious and soulful. There is an overreliance on the metaphor of a car as freedom, which grinds after a while. The sparse direction of Stephen Brackett is perfect for the space here. It is a spare story in a spare space and he allows the actors to fill it with pathos and song. The Mad Ones may not make you wish for a road trip, but you definitely want the best for our little Sam, all grown up now.
The Mad Ones | Book, Lyrics & Music: Kait Kerrigan, Brian Lowdermilk | Director: Stephen Brackett | Cast: Krystina Alabado, Leah Hocking, Emma Hunton, Jay Armstrong Johnson | Website

Except to Say....

I am not going to comment on the plethora of charges of abuse, molestation and inappropriate touching / calling / leering... except to say this.

Those that do it to children (you Kevin Spacey and Roy Moore) have a special place in hell.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Pathological Hatred of Anything Obama Did Reaches Its Sad Apex

Princess Tiny Hands has a pathological hatred of anything President Obama did. It is bizarre, but dependable. Here he gets a 3-for.

1. He gets to overturn Obama's rules

2. He gets to go against Worldwide norms (and piss off "lefties")

3. His boys get to keep their trophies.*

* And, if you think I am crazy here is a pic of the boys and their "fun" - and link to snopes where it is true.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The New Top is from Wurzberg Residence

The new header is part of the ceiling fresco from the Wurzberg Residence.  I loved it.


Apparently because cheating on your own wife with a married woman (who has kids and a family) is sexy.

I Will Thank You

Thank you. It was mighty nice of you.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Truly is Evil Genius

Evil Genius!

The Administration has not been able to scare, intimidate or harass the special counsel into silence. They can't fire him. So they have decided to discredit him. To date, most of their obvious nincompoopery has lead to nothing. But they have hit on a truly evil plan.

As in evil for the country and the future of America. But it is brilliant.

One of the few institutions Americans generally belief is our court and justice system.  Since they can't discredit Muller directly, they have decided they can discredit the entire system. 

And so, like some 1970s banana republic or authoritarian regime, they are going to send a special prosecutor on their political enemies.  They are thinking about appointing a special prosecutor for a Uranium Deal that was approved by Congress. But not towards Congress, but towards Hillary Clinton, who was already out of office when this was signed off.

It is obviously political. But even pointing that out, will make Muller's probe also look politically driven.

Sure it discredits American Justice. It weakens out institutions. It is another step on Princess Tiny Hand's drunken stumble towards fascism. But it is brilliant.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Alabama - Where Progress Goes To Die

Alabama, for those of you counting, is the very same state that has Jim Crow laws against mixing of the races not only on the books, but written into their state constitution. And they recently passed a law making it okay for anyone (doctors, paramedics, police, grocery store clerks, - you name it) to refuse service to a gay person because of a deeply held belief (that homos are icky).

So no surprise here that a state legislator thinks you should prosecute the woman who was physically assaulted at 14 years old. The age of consent in Alabama is 16, so the two 16 year olds he harassed when he was in his late 30's and met them at their high school is all a-okay in Alabama.

*Sarcasm Alert*: So this is in no way whitewashing a problem

Problem Solved!

Remembrance on Veterans Day

In America it is Veterans Day, in England it is Remembrance Day, but the day honors the same purpose - it honors the Veterans that fought for our ways of life.

In America it is celebrated on the Friday or Monday closest to November 11th. And so, today and tomorrow we are in thanks of our Veterans. We do not owe them awe or acquiescence, we don't owe them a cup of coffee or reflexive gestures. I owe them a sincere thank you for the gift of their lives, be it a year or two or a lifetime, that they gave so that my way of life and our country's values can thrive. And I give that Thank You honestly and gladly.

We honor them now because on the 11th Day of the 11th Month was the armistice of World War I.

At the time it was called The Great War. Not because it was glorious or great in any positive manner, in fact the opposite. It was a hellish war with millions of deaths that consumed all of Europe. It remade the map of Europe, it end signified the end of Empires, the beginning of killing on an industrial scale (the first major war with machine guns, airplanes, submarines, chemical weapons and more). But it was so awful, so terrible that people at the time though War, as a means to end, would be no more. Life was too sacred.  We can only weep that that sentiment didn't last twenty years.

 As for the red poppies...

My friend Jane explained the significance of the red poppies to me. Red poppies will germinate only when the ground is disrupted. The fighting in Flanders, Belgium was so intense that the ground was all turned. Then the dead were buried there. Hence, the red poppies the next year. Red poppies bloomed from the graves of the dead.

The poem below is from the dead to the living. It was written before the poet (and everyone else) was cynical about the war. When that war could still be thought of as a strong and just war.

The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields! 

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium