Happy Mother’s Day

05 8th, 2021

Even though it’s really a day early, but hey! With what the weather promises for tomorrow, here we’re pushing everything we can onto Saturday, including Mother’s Day – and anyone referring to it as “birthing parent’s day” will be tossed out on their ear. Follow a search of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus, to see why he is so proud of all the nonsense language ‘trip-ups’ introduced by the 117th Congress – it’s a ‘mosaic’ baby.

Now some coffee!

Making it the best – this is another summer season with our cabin sitting empty, Marcia’s rhubarb and chives growing wild, boats ‘pining’ for water, and ‘Our Duck’ 2CV locked up in a dark storage bin. After a long winter something had to be done.

So, this week I signed up for Paddlefest 2021. What is this? As their opening web page states; “The Ohio River Paddlefest is recognized as the nation’s largest paddling celebration with 2,000 participants traveling 9 miles through downtown Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky in canoes, kayaks, and other human-powered craft.”

I signed up early so that I would be able to rent a kayak (the reason I’m renting you now know).

   

Then, this coming week I’ll sign up for the Cyclones (our minor league hockey team) 10K. I’ve participated in past years in their “Frozen 10K” held in February, which this year was cancelled due to the Wuhan-flu. This summer its being held as the, one time only, ‘Un-frozen’ 10K.

Okay, so it’ll bring a little excitement into my life. Can you blame me?

Two superb session – were held and I learned and enjoyed immensely this past week. One was our former city Mayor, Ken Blackwell; Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at the Family Research Council, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

He gave amazing insights into Election Integrity, the weaknesses witnessed during our 2020 elections, and the path forward with improvements. Hearing a front liner’s recounting of what actually transpired in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan during the election period was something. Truly a mesmerizing session listening to all the details and changes made in the few weeks beginning with the lead up to the election itself.

He didn’t state that he felt that with last fall’s election that cheating had occurred, but definitely that security issues and abject problems were prevalent. Better oversight and tighter controls are necessary.

The second session was with a human dynamo; Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy founded multibillion-dollar enterprises, led a biotech company as CEO, he became a hedge fun partner in his 20’s, trained as a scientist at Harvard and a lawyer at Yale, and grew up the child of immigrants in the small town of Evendale, Ohio. I noted on his bio that this local star is “turning heads on Tucker Carlson’s show and on the Opinion pages of the Wall St. Journal”.

Now he’s just finished writing a new book under the title of ‘Woke Inc.’. The book starts as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American in 2021. It’s powerful.

Yup, still learning – still enjoying the process.

Critical Race Theory – is another bugaboo racing throughout our nation. It negates what Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized. It negates what it was we as a family strove to pass on to our kids as we raised them in a multi-cultural environment and in a multi-cultural school system.

Britannica defines Critical Race Theory (CRT); “CRT holds that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”

It began a couple of decades ago and is now a full-blown teaching entity in higher education and into the public and some private elementary and high schools, busily placing everyone into their separate silos sniping at those in another silo.

Several States such as Iowa, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas have already taken measures to put a halt on it. Here in Ohio a lawsuit against the State Board of Education on the issue has been filed.

Tuesday, I’ll be listening to an EmpowerU session on the issue here in our State; featuring parents and a member of our State Board of Education.

In the meantime, watch this short YouTube as a parent, Asra Nomani, addresses the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Education and drops some incredibly powerful ‘truth bombs’. Listen to the end of this short video and how the Board responds and the tone of voice used. These are elected people addressing “We the People”.

Fini –
• Nearby Xavier University held graduation ceremonies yesterday. Walking through adjoining neighborhoods where much of the housing is student rentals I took note that front lawn “Beer Pong” is alive and well. Also, the Craft Beer Tours are up and running

   

• With the new Administration in charge changes are to be expected, some subtle, some not. The one that stands out (among many) is that for the first time in my memory the permit for the “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle rally to honor the vets on Memorial Day has been denied.

• Marcia is normally pretty blasé regarding news events. She sat up though when ‘cigarettes’ and ‘menthol’ were mentioned at the same time. Is this the end?

• Tonight on Saturday Night Live the host is Elon Musk. The little fragile cast members won’t be forced to appear should they not want to appear on the same stage as Elon. A bit of a far cry from the SNL I remember.

• Las Sunday was Vili’s final soccer game of the season, and it was his best. He played with vigor, heart, and had his head in the game. They lost, he won; and the pizza afterward had the whole team smiling!

• These three-wheelers have become fairly popular in and about our area. Most are Polaris Slingshots. The real time to watch them blast through the corner of Chaos and Mayhem is at night though. That is when the ones decked out with blinking, flashing, and rotating LED colored lights are the real standouts.

• Last weekend Marcia and I made our way to Findlay Market. It had been way too long between the ‘Wuhan’ restrictions and the cold weather.

• Since earlier on I mentioned education in 2021, were you aware that John Quincy Adams, at age 14 spoke 5 languages (English, German, Dutch, French, and Latin), had command of European history, and was already serving the country as private secretary to the then U.S. ambassador in St. Petersburg.

• I just noted that our neighbor across the street had his work-truck sideswiped during the night. A bit ago, the Police were there taking a report. The Corner of Chaos and Mayhem never sleeps.

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, be healthy and follow the science – the real science that keeps on searching!

Dirk


Return of Normalcy

05 1st, 2021

A good Saturday to all. It’s still quiet (mostly) outside, yesterday’s winds have eased and the sun is supposed to ‘pop’ later. Here, we’re no longer talking how much we’re enjoying Gevalia Coffee – so I won’t belabor that. Let me just stop a moment to pour my first mug.

Normalcy – is quickly returning. Last evening we ate at our favorite ‘burger-special-of-the-day’ pub, Quatman’s Café, and the place was hopping. Patio nearly full as it was inside. I walked home from there and noticed similar scenes at other restaurants (judging by their parking lots).

Gotta mention; I had to have some Mock Turtle Soup as a starter – fabulous! Were you aware that the dish was served at President Lincoln’s first inauguration? It was, and in the day it was also on the menus of the Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, and the St. Regis.

Walking – especially in an urban setting offers a wide array of sights – constantly and ever changing. This week I took these pictures while walking. The car fire business had me pause and I was the one who ended up calling 911 – this after the people at the adjacent garage emptied 5 fire extinguishers without success. The bottom photo I took last evening while walking past Listermann Brewing; here a tour busload of craft beer aficionados had just unloaded. It’s further proof that we are returning to the good old days.

   

Only 110 years – ago last Thursday (April 28) but in 1910 it was the Frenchman, Louis Paulhan who won the 1910 London to Manchester air race. This was the first long-distance air race held in England (approximately 163 air miles).

This race was a mere 7-year after the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.; a flight which lasted a mere 12-seconds. So, this air race was already an amazing accomplishment. Only two aircraft competed and Paulhan a Frenchman and the winner was presented a golden casket containing a check for the £10,000 prize (about $270,000 today). The photo shows the pilot Paulhan and his entourage.

It was the first night flight, navigated by lights turned on at railroad stations and bonfires along the way. Even with an overnight mid-way re-fuelling and an overnight rest stop it was a ‘Hollywood’ style racing adventure.

To put into perspective just how recent all this ‘hoopla’ was, someone mentioned in the comment section that; “some of these people later watched the moon landing on TV.”

This is a wonderful 5-min movie, stabilized and colorized, well worth watching.

There, that’s your history lesson/adventure for the day. You’re welcome.

Crotte de Chien – A few evenings ago, with much hoopla, we were presented a political speech containing a trainload of platitudes, oft-repeated sayings, and proposed offers of handouts too large to comprehend (of which the stated goals are fractionally of what was being peddled); and these well buried in lies touted as offering nirvana at the end of their rainbow. Trillions of dollars are being bantered about with less concern than I give to a $1.00 bill. “‘Crotte de Chien’ (dog poo)!” I say.

The very first error of the speech was Biden’s; “We the People is the Government.” This is where you, sir, are Dead Wrong! “We the People” are we; WE are the people who are in charge of the Government. That is what makes America. As Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) succinctly put it; “Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you.”

The most direct answer I’ve heard to all the socialist proponents of the Green New Deal claptrap which is being screeched about by this Administration comes from the UKs Godfrey Bloom, MEP Ukip, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, May 2011 – so it isn’t that our current class of pretenders hasn’t known about the ‘crotte de chien’ they are unleashing on us all: [it’s a 3-min video]

Fini –
• Yesterday was Marlene’s Birthday. The day before it was singer Willie Nelson’s 88th. Many more “Whiskey Rivers” to both.

• Jazz Day happened yesterday. With many places still not allowing venues to open it might be fun to tune in a Jazz session originating in your area as part of the celebration. My own hunt found that rather than a day, most are an all weekend affair. Enjoy!

• Last week I made reference to the Administration’s replacement of “Equity” versus our traditional search for “Equality” for all. I heard that some were not totally clear as to what is happening. Maybe this picture will explain better:

• It’s already been 10 years ago today that Osama bin Laden —founder of the Islamist organization al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan.

• Biden’s Global Climate Change 2021 event seems to have pushed ‘wunderkind’ Greta Thunberg back a bit; the new powerhouse to address the 40 world-leaders was 19 year old Mexican Xiye Bastida. It’s her deep insights such as; “We live with the cycles of Earth, and for rain to not come when it’s rainy season?—?that’s crazy”; which can only mean that yes there are always Climate Changes, but each event must mean people are the cause. She now follows a long list of; “the World Will End” panic mongers.

• Meanwhile the corner of Chaos and Mayhem is active and well, no matter where or when we look.

• Now I best begin to focus on my afternoon Yoga session led by Kirstin via Zoom. She had a session yesterday with 35 participants so her sessions must be good. Interested? Let her know via Facebook or in the comment section at the bottom of these Ramblings and I’ll pass it along.

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, be healthy and follow the science – the real science that which keeps on exploring!

Dirk


The Science kick

04 24th, 2021

Good Saturday morning to all. Finally I spotted a viable sign that normalcy is coming back and no, it’s not the Robins – these have been around for weeks. No, for the first time in a year, I spotted the welcoming signage on a Bloodmobile, idling curbside and open for business.

I bet that you thought I’d bang you over the head with some insight on the Wu-Flu pandemonium. Noooo, I am not. Other than a bit of disgust that the Canada/US border remains closed; and it appears it’ll remain so for some time.

Well, actually it is gratifying to see people who believe in science and realize that Covid will easily spread through the iCloud. Hence we can see, as Professor Saad says to; “our Unifying Man of Science, thank you for promoting an ethos of science”, by wearing a mask on Zoom.

This week, after waking up with 2.7” of snow one morning, spring is really here (after we get through an all-day rain today).

   

Beer, oh foaming Beer – I have always known that with its German heritage our town is a beer town. What I didn’t know was to what extent. Cincinnati Magazine recently wrote: “According to the WPA Guide 1, a stretch of Vine Street measuring less than two miles, between McMillan Street and the Ohio River, boasted no fewer than 113 drinking places during the 1890s. In the block between 12th and 13th Streets alone, there were 23 saloons or beer gardens.”

“….anti-booze and temperance firebrand Carrie Nation during her 1901 visit to Cincinnati spoke to packed houses and toured the local dens of iniquity; she did not smash a single window nor shatter even one barroom mirror. Asked why, Nation allegedly replied, “I would have dropped from exhaustion before I had gone a block”.”

1. During the 1930s, in the United States, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) developed the Federal Writers’ Project [to produce a guide for each State]. This project was to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture.

A First Ever – This past week I made time to watch NASA’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, take it’s first flight. The very first time ever that a packaged aircraft was unloaded, made ready, and took flight with a subsequent perfect landing all on another planet millions of miles away. Even the fact that we were able to watch this whole event in real time was amazing.

As Vince and I would have said to each other while high-fiving; “this is Yuuuge!”

The Climate Hype continues – John Kerry is our Climate Tsar. Recently, representing us during Biden’s Global Climate Summit (4-22-’21), he expounded on the old bugaboo – CO2, stating; “we need to get Carbon Dioxide out of the atmosphere.”

What a clown; such nonsense! Such ignorance! Such drivel!

Photosynthesis; want us all to starve and die? Life on our planet as we know it would not exist were it not for a benign trace gas called CO2.

While we’re hard at work pledging ‘goals’ tied to crippling taxes and knee-cracking power reduction, our current administration is thrilled by China’s President Xi Jinping as he re-affirmed commitments to peak emissions before 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060.

Remember, this is the same China that reneged on all promises with Hong Kong as it got screwed over by them! The same China, which through its ‘hand-maiden’ the World Health Organization’s complicity stuck us into the massive pandemic.

Boogie-Woogie – Having unleashed (rant?) a bit, I should remember that it’s springtime. It’s a time of renewal, warmth, brightness; its foot-stomping time. Who better to get that going than the pairing of Jools Holland and the late Dr. John as the “”Boogie Woogie Twins”; Fabulous!

Vaccines – Last evening the CDC, FDA ended the pause on use of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Whew, now Marcia and I won’t be touted as the neighborhood ‘whack-jobs’. Yup, we are part of the “one shot and you’re done” group. Once again, we’re ‘legit’.

Fini –
• On Thursday’s exercise walk cutting through the Xavier campus I spotted this animal. For some unknown reason I found myself humming the song; “Waltzing Matilda” all the way home.

• This past week via Zoom was the 15th workout session with my brothers. Totally enjoyable and I am noticing subtle changes. One of those changes in my effort doing the Plank – and then holding it for a period. I thought I was doing pretty well and the Kirstin sent me this photo. I now have a new goal.

• Subterfuge has been around forever (almost). Today in 1184 BC (traditional date) the Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse

• On the sad news side is the Virginia Department of Education. They are eliminating all Accelerated Math Courses as part of their Equity Plan; this year American greatness has to be coupled to ‘equity’ according to the ‘new-think’. We must pay attention to equity across the board. Under representation (due to lack of ‘equity’) is rampant across our society; too few Dutch immigrants on Death Row, too few hearing impaired airline pilots, too few Tibetan members on our city council, no accommodation for city dwellers who require access to traditional Yurts for their housing, should I go on?

• How quickly things change. Today in 1962 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent a TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts. And in 2018 streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

• Every so often I’d catch sight of a striking Red Jeep flying by; the Kentucky Rebel Wranglers “Firecracker”.” On a walk this week I happened on it and even up close it’s striking.

• And yes, the corner of ‘Chaos and Mayhem‘ is active and well.

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

Dirk


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


Annealed

03 27th, 2021

As country comedian Minnie Pearl would yell out; “howdeee”, and with that remembrance it’s the beginning of a wonderful Saturday morning. Coffee is already sitting on my desk next to me. Let’s get going. Good morning!

These are very strange moments in history indeed. Last evening Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton held a webcast; that in itself is not strange at all. What does make it beyond strange indeed was the subject; a discussion about “empowering women and girls.”

So, here you have an old guy whose name appears 27-times on the travel logs of Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express,’ a guy who continues to be accused by a number of women of rape. He’s sitting with Harris who’s clawed her way into the upper echelon of politics with a pattern of fornication and then without qualm pushing her ‘lover’ under the bus. Harris who as Howie Carr famously quipped; started by “working under Willy Brown.” (Brown, at the time, was California’s most powerful politician)

So it’s team Clinton-Harris gushing at each other. Strange times indeed as shame appears to have taken a back seat in popular culture.

Spring Break – Parents working, kids out of school, Grandparent sitting around. It didn’t take long and a day trip was organized to the nearby National Museum of the United States Air Force. Vai and Vili took the offer and so we went off on what proved to be a delightful and exciting day.

I’ll let the photos tell the story. Highlights included the Wright Brothers’ canvas-on-wood first airplane. We talked about WWII and especially about the bombers and P-51 Tuskegee fighters as flown by the two friends and heroes who attended their school; names of people who they had learned about.

Vili especially was mesmerized by the B-52 bomber and the B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber (both aircraft who he and I had seen flying on video) and now could stand next to.

Scale could be grasped next to the massive B-36 “Peacemaker”and especially one of the tires of that massive machine. Seeing the 6 ‘pusher’ piston engines each with a 19′ propeller, plus the 4 jet engines is stunning.

They were awed being next to SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents — Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

The Apollo 15 module (our fourth to land on the moon), the Shuttle trainer, and the array of rockets, all were seen with wide eyes. Yup, a wonderful day it was.

Eggs – A few days ago I hunted for a YouTube showing fun rides in a little Deux Chevaux – this was owing to the isolation felt due to the lockout Canada has imposed and I so missed mine. I did find this great little couple-of-minute video:

Then yesterday on my walk the whole ‘egg’ thing came to mind as I reflected on what occurred the previous evening. I realized that I’d been totally amiss placing all my ‘eggs’ in the Trump Bandwagon during the last election.

This became crystal clear seeing our new President, able to embrace all and as described by others as; ‘a man of science’. My progressive friends had warned me time and again of my error, but only after last Thursday night’s masterful ‘presser’ was I convinced. Gone were the mayhem, the turmoil, and bravura I’d watched at Trump’s ‘pressers’. Last evening calm settled over me.

One specific quote will slide into the annals of history and be positioned amongst lesser pieces such as Lincoln’s; “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent” speech. Or, Kennedy’s; “Ask not what your country can do for you…” Biden’s was masterful and its superiority evident:

”So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you uh um like to be able to, anyway”

To my Progressive friends, I hope that I’ll be forgiven and that under this newfound ‘heat’ of unity I’ll be able to anneal to where I should be. Yes I know I was warned, it just took time.

Walking – has become an amazingly enjoyable daily pastime for me. But, it’s also given me some insight. Most notably an insight in what these unaccompanied children must go through to accomplish their incredible feat of traveling to our southern border.

That child, let’s assume age 11 (old enough to allow them to set a steady pace). Walking 8 hours per day and at an average pace of 4 miles per hour every day of the week; it would take these kids 7 weeks to trek the 1,500 miles from Honduras. No days off and no getting lost and minimal food stops.

OK, so now the question is how are they really getting here? And doing this unaccompanied?

Fini – Derek and Kellen, are back in Zoom School. Here, Marin, Dinah, Vai, and Vili are finishing up Spring break.

• Baby Brother Art (aka; Marius) will be celebrating his birthday next week

• Marcia got notified that she needs to sign up for Jury Duty. Right now she’s trying to convince them that due to age she shouldn’t have to go.

• As mentioned, since I have no access to our little Citroën 2CV, I figured I’d cheer the team on any way I can.

• The Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional major league team in the nation will start play this coming week. This town is crazy alive and every Health Department naysayer is worried; Covid don’t ya know.

• Talking sports, our new major league soccer team (FCC’s) new stadium is nearing completion and it’s pretty spectacular.

• RIP Jessica Walter. In her role as Mrs. Lucille Bluth on “Arrested Development” (one of my favorite comedy shows) which follows the life of a habitually dysfunctional family as the boozy matriarch was as good as it gets. Lines such as these:

Lucille: “Get me a Vodka on the Rocks.”
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth her Son; “Mom, it’s breakfast.”
Lucille: “and a piece of Toast.”

• In our part of the country we understand that Carbon is a good thing; trees grow and crops do better. Even better, coal is cheap. Hence, where else in the nation could you get a Specialty Plate for your car like this?

• Mentioning Climate Change, these renderings showing what the world was like before our Neanderthal cousins invented fire. Yup, climate change is real, it’s happening constantly and we have little to do with it, just ask Mr. Sun!

• And, I thought I’d finish with this image of what it’s going to take to re-float the stuck container ship blocking the Suez Canal. Good luck!

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

Dirk


Peas and Zip

03 20th, 2021

After weather ups and downs, we’re in for a great Saturday morning and in celebration, my coffee is brewed.

I was going to stop keeping track, but after seeing Senator Dr. Rand Paul (KY) and Dr. Fauci going at it.  Apparently Senator Paul didn’t order the “Fauci Baloney on Rye with RNA Sauce sandwich”.

So I thought the better of it. This week for us it’s been over a full year since the 15-day shutdown to “flatten the curve”. Follow the science – and keep on following wherever the ‘goal-posts’ move.

In the meantime, we keep inching into Spring (and I am finally into sync with the time switch). I say “inching”, because there is frost on the cars this morning.

   

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have” ~ Our former city’s Mayor, Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at the Family Research Council, U.S., Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ken Blackwell

The Princess and the Pea – I watched enough (OK, a couple of tiny snippets) of the Oprah & the Royals TV debacle. However, upon reflection, I must say that I do have sympathy with the newly formed Team Meghan and Harry. I would agree that the Royals (those in the UK) can be a difficult bunch.

To demonstrate, I came across this dinner party with Tracey Ullman and Hugh Laurie who happened to host a “Royal Visit”.

Bell’s Palsy – We are in the midst of Brain Awareness Week. What better way to bring this to light than to post this drawing made by Dr. Charles Bell, 19th century surgeon and neurologist. Plus, he was also an amazing artist. This printed in his Anatomy of the Brain (1802);

You might know the term ‘Bell’s Palsy’, it’s named after his description of the effects of a type of paralysis caused by damage of the 7th cranial nerve (yes, I had to look that up). Considering the rudimentary instruments available it is really amazing seeing the depth of understanding people had at that time.

If interested, there will be a live Q & A as part of #BrainAwarenessWeek activities, today (the 20th) at 2pm. Click on ‘YouTube’ here.

Finding Bellarmine Chapel – Walking through the campus of nearby Xavier University on my ‘daily’ earlier in the week I spotted this dear soul sitting by herself near Bellarmine Chapel with nary a soul around. What to do, but walk by with a hearty greeting. Naturally, this led to a bit of a conversation (etc. etc. for those who know me).

It had to be six or so minutes into the ‘conversation’ when a young kid strode by, and called out to me; “yes, everyone on campus loves Mother Theresa.” I smiled at the kid, nodded, and hustled off; understanding had come to me like a lightning bolt.

Zip Line – I know this isn’t for real, but it’s just some “what if” thinking on my part – probably some dream. Let me start with what is real though; Governor Whiney DeWine came to town on Thursday to oversee 10,000 of my fellow citizen’s get ‘poked’ at the Cintas Center on the nearby Xavier University campus as part of the Covid cure.

And, on another part of the campus a Zip-Line was set up as entertainment for students.

So I wondered how it would go over, if (and I know that this would never happen) people would, for a fee, be ‘zipped’ past the long line of those patiently waiting for entry into the Cintas Center after registering properly much, much, earlier.

That, at the front of that line were some red-haired woman with a formal name tag, with a name such as, say; Jen Psaki who allowed these ‘zippers’ to cut into the front of the line. Then when questioned would keep coming out with the same answer over, and over, and over; “Good question. I’ll have to circle back with you“. Naw, that didn’t happen, that was just some dream I was having.

Columbia University – is a perfect example of how I view our country as turning from something we’ve referred to as exceptionalism into an ouroboros-like serpent; a laughing stock of a nation.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on how we moved from a coming together period during the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early on into this century. This was a time when even a ‘woke’ company such as Coca-Cola proudly put out a Tomorrow’s People musical advertisement with the recording of “the Real Thing” . However, and especially during the last 15 or so years, we’ve been put into, and placed ourselves into, an array of separate ‘silos’.

Now I read where aside from a traditional graduation ceremony at Columbia University there are nearly half dozen others. Virtual graduations for the following ‘silos’: Native Graduation, Lavender Graduation (LGBTQIA+ community), Asian Graduation, FLI Graduation (first generation and/or low income), Latinx Graduation (whatever “Latinx” is).

At this pace it won’t be long for separate dormitories to emerge – wait, those have already been asked for, or separate water fountains to be installed – wait, we could just grab some of the old ‘Jim Crow’ ones out of storage. This nonsense is going nowhere good. ”Separate but Equal” sets us back 100 years to segregation times.

Fini – Derek and Kellen, plus mom Kirstin, on spring break, spent the week in Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and had a BLAST! As a bonus, they also got to visit with dear friend Susannah.

    

Then, after showing little interest for the past two years, Derek took to the wheel on the forest Parkway.

As I’m penning this they are halfway home, but not before seeing Graceland and the amazing Bass Pro Shop ‘pyramid’ in Memphis.

   

I love how marketing entities are having a field day. Advertisements now come in threes. In some the casts have masks on, some have been cast with half masks, and some totally without. You gotta love it.

From ideas gathered on the staircase of her childhood home here in Cincinnati, as the adults talked downstairs and where Stowe encountered fugitive enslaved people and the activities of the Underground Railroad, emerged Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was published on this day in 1852. It was so widely read that when President Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862, he reportedly said, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.”

President Reagan: “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”” Now, from our current President: “Help is on the way”.

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

Dirk


Spring Forward

03 13th, 2021

It’s Saturday morning and after yesterday’s massive workout with my brothers and a 6+mile walk in well under 2-hours I am happy to be here. This all is making the coffee very gratifying, i.e. it’s very tasty.

And I might as well keep the drumbeat going. This week for us it’s been a full year since the 15-day shutdown to “flatten the curve”. Follow the science – and keep on following wherever the ‘goal-posts’ move (1).

Spring Forward – a three-fer – It’s an exciting weekend with all the happenings. First it’s the time change, then it’s all about recycling, finally it’s about warming temps with flowers budding.

I tried to present all of this in some understandable manner and I think I got it. I remembered a video made by a musician whose talents encapsulate (embrace) all of the above.

So, here is something he recorded for you, he is shown playing in Spring –like outdoors surrounded by warm grass and great trees. Plus he, here’s #2, plays mostly in Europe so we have an automatic time change.

And here’s #3, this week I joined a Zoom seminar with Dr. Douglas Frank. And, although it wasn’t his main topic he does love digging down to the core of an issue – hence; Recycling. Doing all his research he came up with the fact that were it not totally underwritten, recycling programs would be a huge financial failure. In fact, he flat out stated that only three items, when recycled, pay for themselves; milk jugs, aluminum cans, and carpets. Everything else costs more in energy consumption than savings when recycled. Our musician fits this ‘bill’ perfectly in that he is a one-man-band who plays several instruments that he created out of, you guessed it, recycled objects.

Our musician is Massimo Tortella. He’s from Viadana, Northern Italy. He busks primarily throughout Europe under his band’s name; Porcapizza. You’ll hear him play guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and keyboards as he performs that great Jimi Hendrix standard; Foxy Lady. It’s STARTLING!
Enjoy!

Now, tell me, wasn’t that a fun way to start your Spring Time Ramblings?

Elon Musk – recently had a discussion with Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience. A portion of the subject was; Liberty!

In part he dealt with the Coronavirus shutdown, which many are still under – us, under the ‘thumb’ of our micromanager Governor “Whiney the Wine” here in Ohio, included.

Elon does not mince words;

“We should be concerned about anything that’s a massive infringement on our civil liberties. You’ve got to put a lot of weight on that. A lot of people died to win independence for the country and fight for the democracy that we have. We should treasure that and not give up our liberties too easily. I think we probably did that.”

But he took it a step further. Basically what he said was; “If you own a small business, DON’T LISTEN. STAY OPEN! No politician has a right to prevent you from making an income. In America, government exists to protect certain unalienable rights, among these are “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” not to run citizens’ lives.”

We need to get back to work. From the original dream of the Founders we’ve, year after year, moved away from that dream. We’ve allowed the federal government to grow and grow. And as it did its sucked away one freedom after another. Now, under the guise of Safety and Health we’ve gone so far as to hand over voluntarily many more freedoms. (2)

This week, amongst much cheering and hand clapping we’re sitting around waiting for ‘our’ $1,400 check. That message, delivered in a pre-taped, pre-planned, pre-written, pre-practiced, pre-edited address; was a little dark but perfectly managed. However, just remember that this obscene ‘Relief’ Bill divided by 330-million Americans is in reality costing you $5757. Think of it as pulling a bucket of water out of the pool’s shallow end and pouring it into the deep end so that it’s easier for you to swim.

As Musk told Rogan, “Let me just break it to the fools out there: if you don’t make stuff, there is no stuff.”

There is nothing magical out there. Economists are in agreement: We need productivity and output. We need to climb into our jobs, we need to open our businesses – 100%

Bits –
(1) From above, paragraph two; “Goal Posts move”. A subtle change made by the World Health Organization describing “What is Herd Immunity”, first from 9 June 2020 adjacent to it is the other mere weeks later 13 November 2020. Catch the subtle change?

(2) Freedom thought related to the fourth paragraphs above. This from Frederick Douglas (1818 – 1895) Slave, Social Reformer, Orator, Secretary to President Ulysses S. Grant, was nominated for Vice President of the United States on the Equal Rights Party ticket, and actively supported women’s suffrage.

A chart detailing just how our concept of Freedom has shifted over the years from the time of our Founding Fathers — I know, it’s being reposed on purpose. It’s worth clicking on it to enlarge and to take a careful look. Would JFK recognize the current political Parties? Could he be nominated in 2020? The answer to that bugging question lies in the chart below.

Crypto currency – has begun its path to becoming mainstream. We’re in that phase where there are a myriad of entrants, currently over 3,000 variants. China is the international leader in Crypto. Upon arrival in Beijing for the Olympics, each of the Olympic Athletes will receive a ‘wallet’ pre-loaded with Yuan (Chinese currency). The ‘wallet’ is theirs to keep and use and eventually to take home. Clever, don’t you agree? Another ‘something’ our leadership should make note of rather than worrying about the establishment of things such as the “Gender Policy Council” which Biden just signed.

Fini – A couple of weeks ago Dinah and my Birthday parties were celebrated with family in our Mount Storm Park. Marin is shown handing me his gift, baked-from-scratch loaf of Sourdough Bread (even the sourdough starter is his) and the flour used is white, unprocessed, made by the Amish. I cannot remember ever having had better bread.

The other day I while on my walk I kept looking about – primarily to keep an eye on the looming rain clouds; and yes, I did get soaked and with the subsequent sun and breeze dried out before I made it home. During all the looking about I made note of my surroundings and realized that on the Wasson Walkway trail it was much like riding a train. One is constantly looking onto people’s back yard. That’s the place no one preps for viewing. Actually it’s more interesting than looking at the manicured front yards.

Our home is not all that far from our city center. About a half mile away is an area called Avon Woods Preservation woods. The neighborhood social gossip web site can hardly go a couple of days without someone reporting a Coyote sighting on their street or yard. Yesterday I cut through Avon Woods on my afternoon walk and thought it lovely for Coyotes to call home. Just believed I’d share that insight.

   

Today in 1869 the Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law. That was at the end of the Civil War. Ask yourself; what happened subsequently that allowed the KKK to strengthen and cause the many horrors they perpetrated, when earlier on they were outlawed?

Another history first. Today’s date in 1877 Chester Greenwood patents earmuffs after inventing them at age 15. I can’t understand why he had to wait until winter was over. It would have been much more practical to secure his patent in September or even October. This way he’d have a patent and have the things produced in time for the Christmas rush.

Just to snap you out of your reverie blocking all thoughts of winter, winter’s extremes, and lovely warmth. Remember that this weekend in 1888 was the Great Blizzard of 1888 which raged across the east coast of the USA and Canada

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

Dirk


Wow, what a Week

03 6th, 2021

It’s a banner springtime Saturday morning, and now with masks at the ready we’ll properly make note of the first anniversary since the 15-day shutdown to “flatten the curve” which began last year. I was going to use the word ‘celebrate’, but felt that a bit too crass, too insensitive, too uncaring.

Massive changes on many fronts have come quickly this past year. You might want to sip contemplatively on your morning coffee while staring at that bundle of plastic straws in the drawer or the hardcover Dr. Seuss collection on the shelf – wondering whether or not the FBI will storm through the kitchen door.

Now that the Dr. Seuss books have been pulled from eBay and other sites for ‘racism’ and other nefarious reasons, I thought it appropriate to reference the absolute ‘horror’ we all must feel at the writings scribbled by Theodor Geisel 90-years ago (born March 2, 1904). Over 60 books written and 600-million copies sold.

It is with utter regret (now that I am expected to understand the embedded ‘racism’ in his books) as I reflect on the misplaced joy our kids and later the grandkids expressed as they squealed with laughter during reading times.

“The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big…” Representative Brian Mast posting this President Obama quote.

President Obama was quoted from just a mere couple of years ago — how quickly we flounder.

As I quoted from Professor Gad Saad last week; “slowly we inch toward ……”.

Education – It’s not been a secret stating that I am disgusted by what has happened with our public schools this past year; totally unnecessary and unacceptable, as kids across the nation lost a year. The craziness of the ‘virtual’ classroom for kids in their formative years is nothing more than child abuse.

Rather than me starting a rant watch this, a short project film titled, Numb, made by Liv McNeil, 9th grader in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Her words; ” This is a mini film, Numb, by me. I did this for a school project but I’m really happy with how it came out, so I’m posting it here. This took me a combined 3 weeks or so. hope you enjoy! please feel free to share as much as you like, just credit me and M83, the band who made the music.

Many reacted to this film. One student’s reaction to seeing it: “As a 9th grade student too, I feel like my worth is measured from turning in assignments on time and doing well on quizzes. This hits a little too close to home. By the end of this, I was absolutely sobbing.”

A Trillion – Day after day we read about a nearly $2-trillion ‘relief’ bill made up of Pork and a little bit of Covid aid. We lose track of what that number really is. So I thought I’d write it out for you; $2,000,000,000,000.00.

Have a trillion in single dollar bills? It would take you about 31,546 years to count each dollar bill. Going back in time, a billion seconds and you’d be doing Disco in 1987, go back a trillion seconds and you’d be around 30,000 B.C. Have all that money in singles? This bundle would weigh about 2.2 billion pounds or over 630,000 mid-sized cars (many more if we all owned a Citroën 2CV). Now get the idea? Makes more sense?

History – The study of which I love, and something Marcia despises. I’ve come to realize that the ratio is about 1 to 5; those who enjoy the study of History versus those who don’t. So, I won’t go into the seminar on Alexander Hamilton I attended this week – except for the fact that I enjoyed it immensely, and these couple of snippets.

He was born on the British Leeward Islands and immigrated to North America virtually penniless. He joined George Washington in the War of Independence against the British (American Revolutionary War). A war of insurrection, it took shape and Hamilton quickly climbed through the ranks. He became about the only person General Washington entrusted with the names of those who were our spies against the British. The relationship was more of a mentor-teacher in that Washington was 23-years older than Hamilton.

His thoughts and Washington’s buy-in combined to create a sense of Nationhood rather than a loose collection of States as Thomas Jefferson envisioned.

He and his wife had eight children. His oldest son was also killed in a Duel prior to Hamilton’s own death at the hand of Aaron Burr. It was a strange time with a sense of ‘honor’ that stretched beyond the pale.

Forty + Years of friendship and that whole time William (Bill) Melvin built exacting model aircraft and drawings/paintings of these marvels of the air. Hundreds of them. Bill is one of those people who just keep on going; umpiring baseball into his mid-80s. His wife Janie passed a while back and the kids finally convinced Bill to move closer to them – New Jersey.

Early last winter we gathered with friends to wish Bill [now 90] a safe new journey as he prepared to make his move. So, did Bill just quietly shrink away? No, not a chance.

Last week a Facebook post announced that Bill’s art was being exhibited, and curated by Haifa Bint-Kadi, Artist, at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Yonkers, NJ. As their announcement states an: ….”journey through the war times, learn about various aviation heroes – all in one exhibit that’s worth 70+ years of love and time”, and dedication.

I just had to share this story. The black and white below is just one of nearly 200 pieces he created, and is of one of our nation’s heroes, Chuck Yeager, and the plane he piloted breaking the sound barrier for the first time. Click on Bill’s name above to learn a bit more about this remarkable friend. Enjoy!

   

Fini – Yesterday Art organized a change in our twice a week via Zoom workout regimen. Yesterday Kirstin led us in a morning Yoga session. Great fun, and more physical than I expected. Also, Kirstin is one great instructor.

This week Governor Abbott of Texas announced that his State was joining a few others and reopen. It’s wonderful to watch where people are once again able to take personal responsibility for our own wellbeing. Thanks! And I hope other Governors (ours included) take note.

Now expect to again hear the ‘claptrap’ coming from Paris as we’re rejoining that bunch. Let it be known that Climate Change has always been and will be real. It’s the nonsensical predictions of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming which is a scientific fraud.

Today in 1869 at the Russian Chemical Society, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev presented the first periodic table. Oh, the hours I spend memorizing and absorbing this table throughout my school years. Now I hardly recognize the updated version.

And, in 1836 on this date The Alamo in Texas fell to Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna after a 13-day siege. It was a brutal and chaotic time. The loss didn’t have to happen. Had it not though we probably wouldn’t have the myriad of great tales of derring-do by the likes of Davey Crockett, James Bowie, and William Travis; “Remember the Alamo”.

People have wondered whether or not the corner of Chaos & Mayhem is still active. It certainly is and it’s ongoing. This photo was taken yesterday.

My baby-brother Art got to meet baby Bryn Corinne – his first grandchild.

The Vondee Globe around the world, non-stop, solo, without assistance, sailing race finished yesterday when the last sailor came in – Ari Huusela of Finland. He was the first Fin to sail this race, 58 of years of age and an Airline pilot he took 116 days to complete his 30,000 mile sail. His homecoming back to Les Sables-d’Olonne, France was just as raucous as each of the others. Thirty-three boats sailed, one was lost, six dropped out due to mechanical issues, and in 4-years it’ll all happen again. For this race, this’ll be the last ‘bit’ on it you hear from me.

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

Dirk