Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Have a Good Year!

There's been a lot of complaining that 2016 was the worst year ever; especially with the number of celebrities who died in 2016 and the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency. Yes, I'll agree that I wish those things didn't happen. But, hell! Life will go on anyway; and we need to pick up and deal with it.

Here's a reminder by Louis Armstrong about the present. I hope this will serve as a cheer up. This is one of the most optimistic songs ever recorded.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Last of the Red-Hot Llamas

While my wife and I  were shopping last week, we found this intriguing Christmas decoration for sale at Target. How about a Christmas llama? Maybe this will catch on . . . .

After all, in Catalonia, there is Tio de Nadal. He's a log that poops out presents. No crap:  

Maison Blanche, a store in New Orleans, uses Mr. Bingle each Christmas for a long time. He has a fey little voice.

Have you encountered any odd Christmas characters?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nobel Prizes

So Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature.  I'm astonished. Is that the best lit can claim nowadays?

But then, they gave Paul Krugman one for Economics. 

Will a jingle writer win one in the future? I nominate whoever wrote "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner."

It could morph to "I wish I was Anthony Weiner."

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sophistry on the Right and Way to Vote

It seems that with National elections, there's a certain amount of Sophistry going on that has an intention of reducing the amount of choice that exercisers of their franchise might otherwise have.

There is the old "guilt them into voting ploy": "Bad politicians are elected by good people who do not vote." No, what about people who are dumb or misinformed or uninformed, but who vote anyway?

Another is the old saw that, "if you don't vote for a Democrat or Republican candidate, you are wasting your vote." There is presently the Green and Libertarian alternatives. And the Republicans are drawing close to a schism. There's nothing in prophesy that supports the idea that the Democratic and Republican parties are perpetual. After all, when was the last time you saw Whig candidates on your ballot?

Voting for a third or fourth party does register a lack of approval of either major party's candidates, or the two parties, themselves. Sometimes a "screw them vote" is implied by other choices.

And, once, I was so bummed out by both major parties' candidates that I didn't vote. But I did so righteously. I voted for neither clown.