Archive for June 16th, 2021

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The more things change . . . the more things stay the same! — YUR


The Truth Is No Safe Haven, Colltalers

After 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer Israel’s Prime Minister. Successor Naftali Bennett has a similar mindset about the Palestinians, but there may be an opening for a reset in the region. The G7 just ended another purpose-free meeting by both ignoring Israel and the climate emergency.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide just hit its highest level in four million years as the U.S. braces for a record-setting drought. Don’t count on the Supreme Court though: it’s busy ruling on vote restrictions. Or the rich, having fun with tax-free rockets. But do count on Darnella Frazier to make us humans.
We start with two letters: one, an open “Letter Against Apartheid” signed by 1,600+ international artists, expresses solidarity with Palestinians and their plight for decolonization. The other is by a group of House Democrats to Attorney General Merrick Garland about the role the Justice Department…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/16/21

Federal Courthouse Evacuated After Suspicious Package Found

The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.”   —   William O. Douglas

(There is pretty much no way to be – truly – left alone in the 21st Century.  With the GPS in our cars and cell phones, and credit card chips, and the currency bands in all of our money, we’re always going to have . . . company!  You’d have to be some kind of hermit farmer to actually be “left alone”.  And, who among us has it within them to be a Euell Gibbons, or a Bear Grylls?  Not yer uncle, that’s for sure!

Happy birthday to my dear departed Dad!  He would have turned 87 today!  I’ll have some strawberries in his honor!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Billy “Crash” Craddock!

Jumble Spoiler – 06/16/21

9 Outstanding Finger Lakes Wineries Making Sparkling Wine • Winetraveler

Visual Description:  The tasting room.


Clue/Question:  The vineyard’s new retail store that offered free samples was an – – –

Wineries of the Finger Lakes | Finger Lakes of New York


(This Jumble pun has earthy tones.  I’m sensing notes of blackcurrants, and a hint of green peppercorn.  Good nose!  Everything I know about wine I got from watching “Sideways”, with Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh.  My favorite line:  “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any fff-ing Merlot!”  Wow.  That Virginia Madsen was always easy on the eyes.  That movie is about 14 years old now!  Time flies.

There were no nouveau clue words today.  They are all well-aged.  Three of the jumbles appear to be uncorked, but we’ve already had a round, or two, of “miger” before.  I was able to suss them all out tout de suite.  The answer letter layout was a nutty nine letter jumble.  Supremely cryptic!  It took me a minute, or two, to pick up on the visual clue, to get the final answer.

Fine as wine cartoon, showing a winery’s tasting store.  With a classy looking, marble topped bar, and a wonderful view of the vineyard.  I like wine, but I’ve never been to a winery before.  I wonder, since you’re cutting out any middle men, are the bottles of wine cheaper than buying them in a store?  If anyone knows I’d be happy to hear from you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Eddie Levert of The O’Jays!

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