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Happy Easter/Passover/Whatever Else Is Out There!

Enjoy your holiday, or just your day, with friends and family!  Today’s spoilers will be posted either later this evening, or some time tomorrow.  Be well and do good, friends.      YUR

PS. Keep the good people of Sri Lanka in your thoughts and prayers!      YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/15/19

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.”   —   Stevie Wonder

(Lula Mae Hardaway! Boy, could the world use Stevie’s mama right about now!  After the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand the world is sorely lacking in both love and compassion.  Why can’t some people just adhere to the Golden Rule, and leave all the archaic trappings of tribalism in the past . . . where they belong?  I remember all the *arguments* for the TSA and Homeland Security, and the entire USA PATRIOT Act, following the “attacks” of 9/11/01.  The notion of making the country, and the world, “secure” always struck me as hollow.  There is no such thing.  And, there never will be.  Not the way things are going.  The hatred and resentment of so many, all around the world, just seems to grow and grow.  The advent of social media appears to be a leading factor, because every nut with an axe to grind can easily find a kindred spirit.  The genie is definitely out of the bottle.  What the heck is the answer, people???  I, for one, do not see a silver lining anywhere on the horizon.  Someone needs to come up with some kind of hatred vaccine, because this is bordering on a pandemic.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Today in Black History – 02/17/19

Today is the 83rd birthday of James Nathaniel Brown.  Better known simply as Jim Brown, the most dominant NFL running back of his era, and possibly of all time.  He’s also been a successful actor, color analyst for NFL games, and a vocal civil rights advocate.  I’ll always remember him as Robert Jefferson, in “The Dirty Dozen”, one of my favorite movies of all time.  Super cast, and a super pre-politically correct World War II story, of redemption and heroism.  Happy Birthday, Jim!  You will always be one bad-ass mutha!  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

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Portrait of a Patriot – John McCain

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The stabilizing voice of American politics – in the age of extreme partisanship – has suddenly fallen silent.  We all knew that it was coming . . . but not sooner than later.  He informed the world that he was stopping medical treatment for his brain cancer on Friday.  And, shockingly, he died on Saturday.

As the flaming lifelong Liberal that I am, I disagreed with Senator McCain on a great many issues.  Most notably on Defense spending, and the War in Iraq, and the broader “War on Terror”.  But, I truly admired how he reached across the aisle, to get things done.  Clearly, he was an old school conservative, but he wasn’t all about the money, as are far too many in politics these days.  The McCain-Feingold Act was a game changer in campaign finance reform, at least until the Citizens United decision came down in 2010.  He had the nerve and resolve to speak out against torture and “enhanced interrogation”.  He called waterboarding what it is . . . torture.   He thought we should close Guantanamo Bay, and transfer the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth to expedite their legal proceedings.  He stood up to the religious right and called them “agents of intolerance”, and  denounced their tactics as “division and slander”.  He stood up to President Trump on more than one occasion, most notably against a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act . . . without a replacement.

He did things, and voted, based on his conscience, and the belief that America should always set an example for the world.  He didn’t care if that meant rankling those in his own party.  He cared about his fellow Americans, and how the world perceives the United States of America.  He believed in that “shining city on the hill”, and that the US should always be a beacon unto the world.  As corny as it might sound, he had the old school values of the words to the intro of the  old television show “Superman”:  “Truth, Justice, and the American way!”

He often demonstrated that he had a fiery temper, but that just showed that he was a man of great passion.  He also had a great sense of humor, and he often used it to make fun of himself.  He refused to take the low road while campaigning, and was deferential and gracious in defeat.  Those traits made him more human than most politicians.  He was honest, and honorable, and noble.  He loved his country, and devoted his life in service of it. 

Proud:  son, Navy pilot, husband, father, and dedicated public servant.  He was all those things and more.  He was a true lion of the Senate, and he will be remembered as a legend of the legislature.  Our country is richer for having had his dedication to public service, but we’re now a little poorer for his passing.  He may have graduated near the bottom of his class at Annapolis, but he reached the pinnacle of respect among his peers and countrymen.

God speed, John McCain.

   YUR 

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A Message for Us All

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That includes you too, Antifa!  Heed the words of a great man.  Hate and confrontation just make matters worse.  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

Today’s Sarah Palin Comment???

Surprisingly, this arrived in my Spam folder!  I had no idea Ms. Palin followed my blog.

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Wow!  I can hardly wait for what she has to say next!   —   YUR  😉

Rest In Peace, Joe Cocker.

Joe Cocker performing at Gulfstream Park in Ha...

Joe Cocker performing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joe cocker performing; 16th October 1980 Natio...

Joe cocker performing; 16th October 1980 National Stadium, Dublin He does look happy, he was drunk as a skunk but gave an amazing performance to a half full venue. Photo: Eddie Mallin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The great British Rocker/Soul Singer passed away today, after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer.  Known best early on for his great cover versions, he went on to have huge hits with “You Are So Beautiful“, and “Up Where We Belong“.  His distinctive gravelly voice, with a range from a full growl to a sweet, sweet gentleness, made him instantly identifiable and wildly popular.  He helped a generation get by . . . “With a Little Help From My Friends“.  He will be missed, and will long be remembered.  Joe Cocker was 70.     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/06/14

 

Statue of David Hume

Statue of David Hume (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.”   —   David Hume

David Hume

David Hume (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(A strangely constructed sentence, by today’s standards, in my opinion.  I take this to mean that there is always a reason for all of man’s actions.  Closer to today’s English than Shakespearean English, but not as plain as the nose on my face.

I like that the Cryptoquote brings me in contact with writers who I haven’t read before.  I especially like these philosophers, like David Hume.  When I read about their views – which may not be currently in vogue – I feel a little less like an outsider.  There is so much pressure these days to think, to act, to speak . . . to believe a certain way, that I find very unnerving.  Right, left.  Democrat, Republican.  Conservative, liberal.  So much polarity.  So many labels.  All designed to keep us at each others throats, instead of working together for a common good.  I reject these notions.  They are counter-productive to . . . success.  I might have said “progress”, but then a number of you would have said: Humph, he’s one of them “progressives”!  And, that’s just one aspect of how we’re supposed to think.  Political correctness?  Oh boy.  Do you remember the semi-hackneyed declaration:  “I don’t agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”?  What has happened to this way of thinking?  Even if this sounds a little corny, I still believe that this is how we are meant to interact.  This is how we are really supposed to think.  If we are going to “correct” anymore words, why don’t we start with . . . conformity.  To me, that is an ugly word, that has no place in modern society.  That should be the real/new “C-Word”.  Be well . . . be different and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The above referenced declaration is attributed to Voltaire.  For those of you who were wondering.      YUR

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Extraordinary number of Archive queries today!?!?

English: Retired Jersey #20

English: Retired Jersey #20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner (Photo credit: slgckgc)

Rest in Peace, Ralph Kiner!  A super player and a great broadcaster.  You passed along your great knowledge of the game of Baseball, to millions of “kids” like me!  Pirates and Mets fans everywhere are mourning your passing.  You will be missed, and always fondly remembered.   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/21/13

 

Lake Minnewaska  - Early Fall 2010

Lake Minnewaska – Early Fall 2010 (Photo credit: Katy Silberger)

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.”   —   Robert Browning

Fall in the Catskills

Fall in the Catskills (Photo credit: Ken Schwarz)

 

(A simply lovely quote, and one I agree with wholeheartedly.  Autumn is my favorites season.  That scent of decay in the air is – somehow – very life affirming, to me.  But, and I know this is poetry and it’s from the 19th Century and everything, isn’t it missing a comma somewhere???  Either after best, or after this?  What do you English teachers, English Lit majors and poetry buffs say?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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