Sep 18 2016

Stockholm

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More pictures from the trip in July ( Click to see properly):

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Sep 11 2016

The only 9-11 post you need to read today.

And I did not write it.

But I wish I had. Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station did, and its worth the couple of minutes it will take to read it in it's entirety.

 

15 years ago today 19 shitheads attacked America.

They killed 3000 of us.

And then … America got its revenge for 9-11.

Yes we did. Many times over. We killed them. We killed them all. We killed their families. We killed their wives and their kids and all their neighbors. We killed whole nations that weren't even involved just to make goddamned sure. We bombed their cities into rubble. We burned down their countries.

They killed 3000 of us, we killed 300,000 of them or more.

8000 of us came home in body bags, but we got our revenge. Yes we did.

We're still here. They aren't.

We win. USA! USA! USA!

Right?

You goddamned right. We. Win.

Except…

 

 

Read the rest of the post here.

UPDATE! From Jim Wright:

Facebook removed my 911 post because it didn't meet community standards.

Make of that what you will

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE! Facebook may not like the post, but others did.

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Sep 11 2016

Not liking the word, does not mean it’s not accurate.

Trump supporters are whining about the word "deplorable".

The only problem is, that's what they are, and because they support ideas that are themselves, rotten to the core-the stench of it sticks to them. Live with it Trumpites!

And remember how we got here.

 

 

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Aug 24 2016

Riga

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Finally getting around to bookkeeping from the cruise. Below are some pictures from the massively awesome city of Riga. A great place to have visited and I would love to go back.

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Riga is the city of cats/ Not sure of the reason why:

The weather had not been so great up till this day-but it turned really nice when in Riga. Click on the remaining pictures to see them properly

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Aug 18 2016

Whenever I think of Trump-I think of this song

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Donald Trump has proven himself to be completely worthless in the past two weeks. And dangerous. I always think of this song from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar when I see him on TV. Presented here are the altered lyrics reflecting the reality of , He, Trump.

HUGH HEWITT

Good Reince Preibus,  the RNC waits for you. 
The talk show hosts and religious right are here for you.

PREIBUS

Ah gentlemen, you know why we are here. 
We've not much time, and quite a problem here

MOB (outside) 

Hosanna! Superstar! 
Hosanna! Superstar! 
Hosanna! Superstar! 
Hosanna! Superstar!

TED CRUZ

Listen to that howling mob of blockheads in the street! 
A trick or two with casinos and the whole town's on its feet.

ALL (inside) 

He is dangerous!

MOB (outside)

Make America Great Again!

ALL (inside)

He is dangerous!

MOB (outside)

Tell us that you're who they say you are.

ERIC ERIKSON

The man is in town right now to whip up some support.

JOHN KASICH

A rabble rousing mission that I think we must abort.

ALL (inside) 

He is dangerous!

MOB (outside)

Make America Great Again!

ALL (inside)

He is dangerous!

ERIC ERIKSON

Look Reince Preibus they're right outside our yard.

TED CRUZ

Quick Reince Preibus, go call the cops to come.

PREIBUS

No, wait! 
We need a more permanent solution to our problem.

ERIC ERIKSON

What then to do about Trump of New York? 
Miracle wonderman, hero of fools.

TED CRUZ

Riots, An army,  FIghting, Lots of slogans.

PREIBUS

One thing I'll say for him — TRUMP is NOT cool.

TED CRUZ

We dare not leave him to his own devices. 
His half-witted fans will get out of control.

ERIC ERIKSON

But how can we stop him? 
His glamour increases 
By leaps every moment; he's top of the poll.

PREIBUS

I see bad things arising. 
The crowd vote him in, which the Supreme Court would ban. 
I see blood and destruction, 
Our elimination because of one man.
Blood and destruction because of one man.

ALL (inside) 

Because, because, because of one man.

PREIBUS

Our elimination because of one man.

ALL (inside) 

Because, because, because of one, 'cause of one, 'cause of one man.

TED CRUZ

What then to do about this Trump-mania?

TED CRUZ

How do we deal with a reality star king?

RELIGIOUS RIGHT

Where do we start with a man who is bigger 
Than Gingrich was when Gingrich did his contract on America thing?

PREIBUS

Fools, you have no perception! 
The stakes we are gambling are frighteningly high! 
We must crush him completely, 
So like Breitbart before him, this Trump must die. 
For the sake of the nation, this Trump must die.

ALL (inside)

Must die, must die, this Trump must die.

PREIBUS

So like Breitbart before him, this Trump must die.

ALL (inside) 

Must die, must die, this Trump must, Trump must, Trump must die!

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Adapted by me.

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Aug 08 2016

Speaking of ships

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The S.O. and I made our first cruise ever on the Splendour of the Seas last year. It was her last year sailing for Royal Caribbean, as it had been announced she was being sold to TUI Cruises. We thought the crew did a good job seeing the ship out in style and we loved our cruise. But in assembling videos for our last cruise, I found this view The Splendour's transformation to TUI livery.

 

Guess you have to be something of a nautical geek. But please remember, even with the new coat of paint-the ship is over 20 years old.

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Aug 08 2016

In and out…

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It's been an insane tempo for the last three weeks-and something had to give. Blogging was it. Plus, if anyone could pick three weeks to be out of the grid, the last three weeks were it. During the DNC I was in Israel-and getting up early to drive 60 miles a day just takes it out of you. Then I came back to Germany to watch the Trump implosion and all the attendant stupidity. Since I despise Trump and his legions of followers, I think it just shows what a truly worthless man he is and has been. He's done nothing to change my mind on that subject.

Plus, the Olympics started with this:

 

And an Opening Ceremony that went on far too long.

On the plus side-being over here and watching the Olympics on a British Satellite system means: 1) No Bob Costas and 2) NO commercials plus the ability to pick among the events going on live.

So there is that.

What with going on the cruise and then traveling for business for two weeks, I've been busy.

So, I'll get to Trump and his worthless stupidity in good time. But today I'd like to pass along the first of neat things I found on You Tube made by a fellow passenger, who I never met, on the very same cruise we were on. Here then, is a quick view of the Serenade of the Seas:

 

 

We had a great time and I don't want to spoil the memory just yet. Enjoy. More to follow. This video was of the sail away from Stockholm which is pretty nice.

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Jul 21 2016

The triumph of the will.

I have had to spend the week back in Shopping Mall USA this week. As a result I have gotten to watch the royal mess that is the Republican national convention. It's been a very graphic display of how far America has fallen, and how ludicrous the GOP has become. Tonight was supposed to be a well oiled machine- but then Ted Cruz stopped by.

 

I've got to hand it to Cruz, he could have taken the expedient path and sold his soul to the devil that is Donald Trump. But he refused to endorse him. He appears to understand what Rubio, Walker , and the Zombie Eyed Granny Starver do not-that Trump is dangerous. I am no fan of Cruz whatsoever- but to take the path he took tonight was pretty bold, IMHO. Without naming the vulgar talking yam by name-he showed him to be the truly worthless soul that he is. As one analyst said, "He chose to short Trump stock big time". Its a risky position-but far more principled than anything Trump has ever done. I will reiterate that Trump is truly dangerous-a threat to the heart of the Republic.

So here we go. You have just seen another sign of the apocalypse, wherein I write kind words about Ted Cruz. It appears the GOP is lifting it's convention script directly from the book of Revelation.

Damn them all now.

Damn the delegates who will vote for this man. Damn the professional politicians who will fall in line behind him or, worse, will sit back and hope this all blows over so the Republican Party once again will be able to relegate the poison this man has unleashed to the backwaters of the modern conservative intellectual mainstream, which is where it has been useful for over four decades. Damn the four hopeless sycophants who want to share a stage with him for four months. Damn all the people who will come here and speak on his behalf. Damn all the thoughtful folk who plumb his natural appeal for anything deeper than pure hatred.

 

Damn all the people who will vote for him, and damn any progressives who sit this one out because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wrong on this issue or that one. Damn all the people who are suggesting they do that. And damn all members of the media who treat this dangerous fluke of a campaign as being in any way business as usual. Any support for He, Trump is, at this point, an act of moral cowardice. Anyone who supports him, or runs with him, or enables his victory, or even speaks well of him, is a traitor to the American idea.

Damn, to name one, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin, now exposed as the feckless political weakling he's always been. On Wednesday, during an inexcusable CNN-sponsored informercial for himself, Ryan was asked the only question that mattered:

But the challenge facing Ryan was clear when he was asked a question by Zachary Marcone, a Republican who said he couldn't support Trump because he is "openly racist." "Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate?" Marcone asked.

Ryan responded like the spineless careerist tool he's always been.

"You're going to help elect Hillary Clinton and I don't think Hillary Clinton is supporting any of the things you stand for if you're a Republican."

In other words, if we don't elect this authoritarian wild man, I won't get to gut Medicare the way I've always wanted to.

If I were Ryan, I'd put that on a bumper sticker.

 

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Jul 14 2016

And we are back. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

If ever there was a good two weeks to be disconnected from the world-I think the last two weeks might have been it. Portugal beat France. The whole Dallas mess. The FBI director and his press conference, and of course, the vulgar talking yam saying the normally stupid things he says.

And of course there is this:

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Not to mention having to go to work and read about this:

 

 

Altogether, I think it is time to:

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For what it's worth, however, the cruise was great.  Pix to follow.

 

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Jul 02 2016

The call of the sea….

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Because saving money in the wake of the Brexit disaster is for pussies, right?

Actually, I paid for this 6 months ago, long before I knew that 37.5% of the British people were going to fuck over the world.

And since they did, I thought I would go to the home of government provided services and take a cruise. Greetings from Stockholm.

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That will be me on the fantail, debating whether to throw my self or my drink overboard. Either way, I'll be off the grid for a bit.

Have a great holiday weekend.

 

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