Monday, May 23, 2016

Obama's Hiroshima Visit

One of many photos of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the 1945 nuclear bomb

According to CNN (emphasis mine):
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan, the White House said Tuesday, a charged final-year stop meant to advance his goal of nuclear disarmament.

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The White House has said the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945. Instead, officials say the visit will serve as a reminder the terrible destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict....
Read the rest HERE.

Also see the Reuters article Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia.

The following Letter to the Editor expresses a different opinion about Obama's visit to Hiroshima (from the Washington Post, emphases mine):

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ain't It The Truth?

In response to Silverfiddle's comment yesterday:
We've got to give El Donaldo some credit. He's forcing the political whores to lay their cards on the table.

DC is spilling over with cheap pimps, and the dirty little secret being revealed is that they know no ideology
...

Let us count the ways and hope that we don't exceed the allowable bandwidth.

(hat tip to Skip V. Patel's Twitter page)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Economic Reality

How is this not a death spiral?


I'm glad that I'm as old as I am. Our posterity will have it really rough.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Paradigm Shift?


The Cambridge Dictionary Online defines "paradigm shift" as the following:
a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.
Last week, I said at at Ed Bonderenka's blog Not of This World...
If what we are witnessing [in this election cycle] is a paradigm shift, we shouldn't be surprised that there is a great deal of animosity. And I've come to believe that we may well be in the early stages of a paradigm shift. I lived through the huge paradigm shift of the Sixties followed by a smaller paradigm shift (Reagan),and, of course, the more recent paradigm shift (2007-present).

When a pendulum swings in reaction to a very recent swing, the pendulum will swing hard. If time allows and the clock doesn't implode, the pendulum will come back to center.
From Trump: What American Conservatism Needs:

Sunday, May 8, 2016

How To Fix The World

One of my Facebook finds:


Some of the fondest memories I have of both my mother and my grandmother involve sitting on the front porch of this old house, the last remaining family homestead. We sat around sipping lemonade — and never discussed politics.

I miss you, Mom and Wawa — especially on Mother's Day.



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971):


The reaction of the audience and the music critics to the premiere performance of the piece was negative — to say the least.