Posted on November 14th, 2014 No comments
The deer season starts Satuday at first daybreak and the woods around here will be full of hunters. I was going to go out first morning as I used to do every year but my favorite stand will be occupied by a friend who has more patience than I do and also stays warmer longer. There was a real nice buck roaming around lately so maybe he’ll get lucky.
A friend and regular reader of this blog sent the below video which shows what a real challenge hunting the Chamois, a goat antelope, is on the southern island of New Zealand. The Chamois was a gift from the Emperor of Austria in 1903.
70 years ago 1944 the Marines captured Saipan and Peleliu. My father was there. Last year we went to a commencement at the University of Virginia. The guest speaker was Senator Jim Webb who spoke about his experiences in the Marines and many other topics but then he asked that crowd of maybe 20,000 “those who served our country should stand up and be recognized.”
Not too many of us got up and of course most were middle aged or old. It was however a beautiful moment and reminded me not of my own limited military experience as much as the sacrifice of life that those Second World War combatants had made for their country.
On Saipan 2,949 Americans died, among them the son of my father’s best friend who he buried on the island, 10,464 were injured and virtually all of the 30,000 japanese troops were either killed or were the few that were captured.
Well the elections are over and I went hunting unsuccessfully for a quote from H.L. Mencken. I recall that he always voted for the party out of power to give new crooks a chance. I couldn’t find the quote but here are some beauties from the Sage of Baltimore. For those of my readers who have never heard of Mencken, he wrote for the Baltimore Sun and was a satirist who had plenty to say about politics, religion, farmers and foreign policy, all generally negative.
Mencken was a crotchety old batchelor who said “Marriage is a great institution, but who wants to live in an Institution.” He finally married a student 18 years younger than he and when she died of TB he was grief stricken.
If you ever need a good quote to use, all you have to do is check out Oscar Wilde or H.L. Mencken
Four of Mencken quotes about politics:
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican.
Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson’s fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd.
Some commentators wrote that the priests shouldn’t have been dancing under a crucifix and a painting of Pope Francis, calling it “disrespectful.”
“We would just refer them to the Bible,” Rider says, “where the Lord tells us to live with joy.”
Posted on November 1st, 2014 No comments
I was reading the newspaper this AM and saw the below quote. I rant and rave about the $3 billion being spent by both parties on this election cycle and the only consolation comes from a cynical friend who tells me “At least we wont have to worry about it much longer.”
Anyway both parties have really gone crazy three days before the election, there is wall to wall advertising, none of which is positive, only attack dog ads against the opposition.
“And in an election cycle with so many close races, the outcome, with control of Congress at stake, may turn on which party does the better job of, in effect, engineering the vote.”
A while ago I posted a picture of a large cat that the neighbor’s sent me. Since then there has been another sighting up in Pine Plains and the Eastern Mountain lion may be making a comeback. I was told that the easy way to tell the difference between a bobcat and lion is the tail.
One of my neighbors is quite sure that the sightings are not accurate and the big bobcat is what has been erroneously reported as a Catamount.
I seem to be focusing on some absurd wealth extravangances so here is another. The royal wedding of William and Kate Middleton cost a reported $34,000,000 but here is the most expensive of all time:
Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had a 20,000-seat stadium specially built for his 7 day wedding to Princess Salama. The couple got married in 1981. They swhould only be happy and healthy together.
This wedding cost $100 million! This was in 1981 so the cost today would probably be about double, a mere bag of shells as Jackie Gleason would say.
The sheikh visited every town in the emirate by horseback during that week, and fed them all.
One of our readers sent the below link to a story about a car restorer or rather car inventor up on the far side of the Catksills. He is quite a character and I have to get up there before the snow flies to see what he is up to. The article has a link to a video of him describing his work.
Three billion dollars, $3,000,000,000 will be spent by both parties on the upcoming election. I read fact checking on promises and statements by senate candidates on both sides of the aisle. Apparently truth is not a requirement in political advertising just spending and attacking the opponent. As Sidney Greenstreet said in The Mask of Dimitrios “What the world needs is a little more kindness.”