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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Propeller Dog

This excellent ceramic sculpture was done by Cleveland artist S. Judson Wilcox. It is both artistic and humorous. I will look for more of his ceramics, as this one is remarkable.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Much Ado About Nothing: The Boobs of Haboob

I "borrowed" a title from Bill Shakespeare as it seriously seems to frame this to-do covered by the old fussbudget newspaper, the Washington Post.

Here are the facts: Lately The Weather Channel has been using a term haboob to refer to events in Texas and the Great Plains that most people call a sandstorm. Some people in Texas got a little riled that good old-fashioned sandstorms are now called haboobs, instead of referring to a part of a specific woman's anatomy. And the WaPo raised her eyebrows with disbelief and disapproval for these base Texans' impudence! 

From my perspective, there's a lot of fail going around, forsooth!

First of all, The Weather Channel unnecessarily used an obscure word to its audience when a simple word would lead to more clarity. Or, as the old saying goes, don't use a $10 word when a two-bit word would suffice.

Then there is the unofficial word posse that criticized the use of that word. There's an absence of a sense of humor going around; because, dammit, haboob is a funny word. The usual response is to grin.

Then The Washington Post leapt to the opportunity to disapprove of some cranks out there and demonstrate that they were a different kind of crank as well. A P.C. crank.

The only possible reason I can think of for this present-day intolerance for the vagaries of others is the upcoming election. The general rules for tolerance and "live and let live" have been jettisoned for cheap shots. People need to behave themselves better.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The U.S. Capitol at Dusk

This view of the U.S. Capitol at dusk shows the building with scaffolding in place to restore it. It conveys a sense of permanence, and that life will go on:

Despite the rain, Washington is an inspiring city to visit. Plus we dined at a world-class Acadian restaurant there, of all places!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Election Expatriates, Bah!

With the imminent candidacy of Donald Trump for President, a number of celebrities have declared that they would move to Canada if he gets elected.

Among those who have so declared include Cher, Jon Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Samuel Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and others.

Now my take on it is that Trump becoming President is an unlikely event; so they are betting on a sure bet.

But if there was the Trumpian twilight of the gods, they certainly would have the means to effect being comfortable expatriates. Unlike most of us.

But what does it tell the rest of us? That they are suggesting that we leave also and flood Canada with refugees? Or are they saying, "I've got mine; screw the rest of you!"

That's one possibility. Another is that they're parleying their celebrity status into making their opinions something other people should particularly care about. In short, they're attention whores who have an inflated sense of their own importance.

But it also says that they're not really into assuming the burdens and obligations of American citizenship in the clinch. Winter soldiers they are not.*

Nuts to them. Don't let the doorknobs hit you in the asses.

*Thomas Paine allusion.