Archive for April, 2021

A Perfect Week
04 17th, 2021

Still a bit of morning chill these Saturday mornings – then it’s the continuation of a stunning springtime. My coffee, made from a new batch of Gevalia Kaffe, is just adding to it.

Dinner Out – Last Tuesday dinner-out was one of the better evening’s out we’d had in many a day; Sorrento’s Italian Joint. Great food, wonderful service, and for desert a strong coffee with a Cannoli!

I met Marcia there after walking to the place and then afterwards, while she drove home, I walked back. There, those six miles total took care of the Cannoli.

Entering Sorrento’s Italian Joint is parked a small car. That’s an early 1950s Fiat 500 Topolino (“little Mouse” in Italian) I thought to myself. However, something didn’t fit. I put it to members of my Deux Chevaux on-line club and it didn’t take long before I had the answer. What is parked there is a rusty (floorlesss)  equivalent to the Topolino; a French built Simca 6; same as the Fiat Topolino except for the fact that these had an overhead cam. Accuracy is important!

I was hoping for a rousing after-dinner game of Bocce Ball; we skipped that.

My Historical Hero – has been Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. And, this was not in the least due to the fact that my high school was named; Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute. It’s as a result of a series of factors. He had many setbacks, many flaws, and much greatness; all capsulated in this quote:

“Only Churchill carries that absolutely required criterion: indispensability, without Churchill the world today would be unrecognizable ~ Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Krauthamer declared Churchill the most influential person of the 20th Century.

Thursday evening was captivating as I Zoomed a seminar, as part a one and a half hour exploration of this complex man. Here are some of insights gleaned:

Humor of Churchill” He told a manufacturer; “I want you to make every condom 10½ inches long. I want every box, every carton, and every packet saying; “British, Size: Medium”. That will show the Nazis who is the master race.
He disliked Lord Halifax who wanted to negotiate with Hitler. One time when Halifax came to see him, Churchill told an aide, “Tell Lord Halifax that I am sealed in the privy (toilet), and can only deal with one shit at a time”
Churchill was not vindictive: ”I will not be party to any butcher in cold blood. What happens in hot blood is another matter.” “A nation should show in war, resolution, in defeat defiance, in victory magnanimity, in Peace goodwill.
Churchill’s Health Cures: June 5, 1953 He’d suffered a stroke which left his left side paralyzed. To recover he was up at 7:30, a farmer’s breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, and coffee followed; then a large whiskey and soda and a Cigar.
Churchill’s Love of Hats: He just didn’t collect them, he wore them; Fedoras, helmets, top hats, yachting caps, fireman’s hats, hard hats, sombreros, and bowlers.
Churchill and ‘branding’: he always left about 1/3 of his 8 to 10 cigars per day in his ashtray, saying, “never forget your Trademark

One Historian noted:
The difference between Hitler and Churchill – Hitler made you think he could do anything. Churchill made you think YOU could do anything.

Churchill himself said:
Be Conservative in Principle and Liberal in Sympathy

Man oh man, what a wonderful Thursday evening.(Photo partially colorized [a work in process] by Marina Amaral shows Sir Winston Churchill in his Knight of the Garter robes, his son Randolph, and grandson Winston and was taken on Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Day in 1953.)

The Climate Hype continues – I remember the cover of Time Magazine’sBe Worried. Be Very Worried” article of doom (April 3, 2006); dealing with how Climate Change was quickly causing the Polar Bear population to vanish. Here is the real story behind that hype. Dr. Douglas G. Frank runs numbers, runs data, and is local here and has done research for decades (I’ve heard him several times and he’s good).

Walmart over the top – My health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross coupled with Walmart by setting up an Over-the-Counter (OTC) benefit pool. Using funds from that pool allows me to ‘buy’ a wide array of health related items at zero cost to me. My pool of Dutch blood started flowing at that news.

Last weekend I read the sent material a little closer. And, since I needed some vitamins, set up an on-line account and placed an order; that was last Sunday. Within minutes I received a mail stating my order of two bottles of pills would be delivered on Tuesday. Most excellent news.

Twenty minutes later and a second Walmart mail; one of the (little) bottles was available at our nearby Walmart location and hence, would be delivered yet that day– remember, this is Sunday! Now also realize that this was for a bottle of vitamin pills that retails for under $7.00.

While I was out for some exercise Marcia heard a rustling by the front door and found a Walmart bag with the vitamins. Returning home, I spotted another mail stating that the delivery had been made and an enclosed photo as proof.

I loved their efficiency and diligence. But, the question is; how can they stay in business with this level of service on a $7.00 item?

Fini –
• Sunday will be Vili’s tenth birthday. With Wu-Flu still on people’s minds, it’s hit movie theaters hard. As an answer these places have gotten creative. So, on Sunday afternoon Adrianne and Tevita rented one of the theater rooms for a private showing of a movie picked from a list. Should be fun, invited guests only!

• Spotted this on one of my exercise walks this week. It’s got to be some sort of code. Can any of my readers decipher?

• A (very) bad photo, but on my traipsing along the Wasson Way Walkway this woman blew by me on her Cyclete — works like an ‘Elliptical’ exercise machine and has no saddle (stand-up only). It actually looked like a fun time and a serious workout simultaneously.

• Dinah is thrilled. First she got accepted as an apprentice (paid at that) with Cincinnati’s Artworks. She’s currently working weekends on a mural for a restaurant. Her team consists of two 14-year olds, two 18-year olds, and one professional. They have already placed a primer coat and have started putting the ‘grid’ on the wall.

• (not my original thought) But, it appears that MLB was correct in pointing out the blatant racism in the State of Georgia. Last weekend at The Masters the golfing community was at its worst. For two days this troop of white men, weaponized with metal clubs, chased after some poor Asian fellow. I later discovered that he’d taken the first flight out after successfully out-running the pack.

• And, I can’t end the Rambling without pointing out these words from John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute; “We’ve been sold a bill of goods by politicians promising to pay down the national debt, jumpstart the economy, rebuild our infrastructure, secure our borders, ensure our security, and make us all healthy, wealthy and happy.” ….. None of that has come to pass, and yet we’ve still been loaded down with debt not of our own making.” And this same horror has been around for a number of decades and is accelerating under the current administration. make yourself heard!

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, be healthy and follow the science!

Dirk


Another Saturday morning – topping off a glorious weather week (with some heavy weather in the forecast). Coffee is almost too hot to drink, but that’s a good thing. This week Marcia and I made a stop at our nearby Walmart. It’s not often we do this, but this was one of those days. The place always surprises me:

Why does every Walmart ever build have at least 43 checkout lanes – when they never open more than 3 ~ spotted on the internet

Yom HaShoah – Thursday (April 8th) all of Israel stopped for two-minutes to remember the Holocaust and the 6-million Jewish men, women, and children who were horrifically slaughtered by the Nazis. This short video is must watching:

Celebrate CO2 –

Far from being an impediment to continued human existence, rising levels of carbon dioxide are part of the solution to world hunger. ~ H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy

This from an article in Heartland Institute: “most plant life arose when carbon dioxide levels were much higher than they are today. During the most recent ice age, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels fell to dangerously low levels: just 180 parts per million (ppm). Plants begin to die when carbon dioxide is at or below 150 ppm, because at that point they are unable to use sunlight to photosynthesize food from carbon dioxide and water. After Earth emerged from the most recent ice age, carbon dioxide levels rebounded to approximately 280 ppm, still far below the levels existing when plant life began to colonize the land.”

By the way, this to Greta Thunberg and her sanctimonious anger; if you must complain about this non-pollutant, then take a moment and direct some of it at China – could you?

We found our table wine – at Costco. Marcia and I (Marcia especially) have for a while now, zeroed in on Malbec as our table wine of choice. And, especially Malbec from the Mendoza Valley region in Argentina tops the list.

Well, Costco came through; boxed Malbec (equivalent of 4 bottles) at a great price and we’re thrilled.

While at Costco I did grab an item on impulse. Declared a major weapon by my bureaucratic friends, those ensconced in cubicles in Ottawa Canada, I bought a bunch of Pepper Spray. Made several family members quite happy.

Outrage –

Never in human history, in a culture of such tremendous affluence, have we witnessed such venomous outrage over issues so trivial and insignificant ~ Virgil Walker

Is this in itself a ‘micro-aggression’?

Round Table – was organized by Florida Governor Ron DeSantes. The ‘Round Table’ was then promptly removed by YouTube/Google since it’s fully credentialed panel didn’t conform to the pre-determined “consensus” of experts – they advised against lockdowns.

The panel included Oxford Epidemiologist and winner of the Rosalind Franklin award Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and other notable Drs. such as Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorff, and former White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas – they called the lockdown measures harmful and said that schools should reopen immediately for in-person learning – all “misinformation” according to YouTube.

So, here we have a company which touts itself as a ‘Town Hall’ which bans a sitting President, banishes anyone who questions Fauci and CDC guidance. Also Amazon which removed conservative books, Apple de-platforms alternative sites, similarly with Twitter and Reddit – see a pattern here?

Want to view the Roundtable and see for yourself what was found to be “misinformation” and “objectionable?” A copy is viewable at Reclaim the Net by clicking here.

Fini –

The southern border is stable and not in chaos as the Administration puts it deftly. It’s really interesting that Roberta S. Jacobson, the White House’s border coordinator, is resigning at the end of the month – less than 100-days on the job. No chaos, nothing to see here.

• The new $1.9T ‘Infrastructure’ bill will absolutely fill the ‘Infrastructure needs of the nation. As Senator Kirsten Gillibrand clarifies; “Paid Leave is Infrastructure, Child Care is Infrastructure, Caregiving is Infrastructure.”

• Yesterday more than 15cm (6”) fell in Whitehorse Yukon. Whitehorse was touted as having an earlier spring, a longer growing season, and having less snow. Global warming is alive and well.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) wrote books on the French Revolution and one of them had a startling insight; “radicalism and revolution are produced not by impoverishment but by plenty.” Maybe BLM and Antifa breakouts and the like can be better understood reading Tocqueville.

• In Oregon a professor claims that math is ‘racist’ since it requires a ‘correct answer.’ OK, any more nuttiness?

• Mr. President is it just me or am I wrong assuming that Constitutional Amendments are absolute? I am confused by your statement; “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute.” If you are correct then most every dictator must also be correct since it’s a belief they hold.

• One more Climate Change thought; people who see it as their biggest problem are sooo lucky. The rest of us have more serious problems.

• Since gun control laws are again on the front burner and Executive Orders issued. Does this mean that I can assume that Hunter Biden who is accused of lying on his gun background check will be charged?

• There was a time, as a kid, I had a variety of jobs, one after another. But no, I am not this old; 9-year old kids working in the textile industry around the turn of the last century.

• Recently booked a flight. This was as what flying was like – Delta in 1969 — I’m going to do a comparison check.

• Easter family gathering, Marin and Francesca testing edible grass – must be Ohio’s beginning baby-steps into the broader world of ‘weed.’

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, be healthy and follow the science!

Dirk


Happy Easter
04 3rd, 2021

And, just like that, it’s Easter and all the wonder which it celebrates. Here in our little part of the world the stars are out on a wonderful Saturday morning – even though it’s freezing outside. After all the doings yesterday we were both in bed ridiculously early. This means that Marcia too is up and coffee’s been made. Good morning all, we’re good to go!

This Orchid I gave to Marcia for Mother’s Day a year ago. Here it is Easter 2021 and guess what decided to bloom. Lovely!

We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did ~ Thomas Sowell, philosopher

infrastructure plan – Language is a wonderful thing. We’re being cajoled into accepting a $1.9T infrastructure bill; after all who doesn’t see the need for new roads, bridges, and highways? Notwithstanding that in the Bill it’s actually an afterthought; just slightly more than 5% is marked for such repair.

Most everything in this tax-and-spend Bill is for a Green reset. Panderers such as Globalists Kerry and Gore love to confuse “climate change” as being equated with “carbon dioxide” (commonly referred to simply as “carbon”) they’ll even shamelessly term it “carbon pollution.” In fact, carbon dioxide (chemical symbol “CO2”) is the substance that is absolutely vital for all life on Earth!

As Chemist Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser in an open letter to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau wrote; “Without that CO2 in the atmosphere, all life on Earth would cease to exist!…. Without that CO2 in the atmosphere, no oxygen would be produced; CO2 is/has been the sole source of molecular oxygen (that we breathe in with each breath)!”

Nevertheless, Globalists will still push for a CO2 reduction. In that light Professor Gad Saad in Montreal wrote sarcastically; “Dear Greta Thunberg and AOC, is there any chance you might direct some of that sanctimonious anger at Noble China?” Maybe he wrote that remark because China generated 53% of the world’s coal-fired power in 2020.

Vaccination time – It took a while, but finally; Success! I did not want the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA technology (Messenger RNA vaccines) where a single-stranded RNA molecule that is complementary to one of the DNA strands of a gene is inserted – whew that’s a bunch. I insisted on receiving Johnson & Johnson which uses the technology where the body’s own immune system is activated to counter the coronavirus. Hence the push was on to find a site distributing the J&J vaccine. Marcia heard on Social Media that at Xavier University (about a mile away) was, this weekend, a ‘pop-up’ site using J&J. And, by pure luck, The J&J vaccine Marcia and I got came from J&J’s Janssen facility in The Netherlands – now I just knew I had made the right choice.

A couple of days ago I took my daily walk through the campus – home of the Musketeers – to see where exactly I had to show up yesterday morning. As luck would have it I ran across the Captain of the Guard, Musketeer d’Artagnan, who promptly pointed me in the correct direction.

Totally organized we were cattle-like processed along with 2,500 other quivering souls (it was cold). A little over an hour later we were heading home and ready to drink a ton of water to; “flush our system.”

Riders of the purple Sage – is the Zane Grey title which immediately came to my mind when I spotted a photo of the Biden cabinet. The book with that title was from my youth and the reason was a chapter referencing a “masked rider.” It’s funny how the mind grabs things from a distant past.

That memory, plus the fact that I had just been vaccinated had me a little puzzled. The photo shows an assembly of our current Cabinet, all dutifully masked and socially distant.

So, I think it a natural that I would ponder on the question; why are all of Biden’s Cabinet members masked when they’ve all been vaccinated? Which part of the equation doesn’t work; mask or vaccine? And considering that more than likely all of them are being tested frequently they should be at a point where life can/should show signs of normalcy. No, it couldn’t be now could it; it really isn’t just ‘theater.” Or is it?

Fini –

• Full disclosure, I haven’t seen any of these films. But have being advised that these are three of the best films on Autism and Neurodiversity: Pixar’s “Loop,” “The Reason I Jump,” and Hannah Gadsby’s “Douglas.”

• Next week it’s Happy Birthday to Jeanne P, and Dia.

• Today would have been Cincinnati hometown sweetheart Doris Day’s birthday.

Overall shot of Beverly Hills in flames the night of May 28, 1977. David Kohl photo

Tuesday evening I am attending a class on a book written about The Beverly Hills Supper Club just across the river in northern Kentucky. The Beverly Hills Supper Club was Vegas before Vegas was cool. It was known as the “Showplace of the Nation” before it burned to the ground in 1977, killing at least 165 people. The Cleveland mob controlled much of the activity in Newport, KY and that area. There is even some innuendo of their involvement in the fire, and the killing of Bobby Kennedy. Should be a fine time.

• RIP G. Gordon Liddy one of the main characters in the Watergate saga at age 90 passed yesterday.

• Today is also the day that Martin Luther King Jr. died after being shot.

• Today in 1957 the first ‘Laptop’ computer was delivered in rural England.

• And, finally, this date in 1860, the Pony express service connected St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. Realize that that was only 161 years ago.

• Now sit and wait till this evening when we’ll have a ‘Zoom’ visit with our Canadian friends, Barb & Bulent. In person visiting would have been preferred, but we’ll still raise a glass of Bourbon.

• Mentioning Zoom, the brothers are still in full swing with our twice a week Workout. I do believe I can tell the difference its making. But, even if there isn’t any difference, it is thoroughly enjoyable.

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, and be healthy! And once more; Happy Easter!

Dirk