Monday, August 31, 2015

The Zoning Nazis


Governmental regulation at the local level is out of control. To the point that one's own children home from college for the summer are not allowed to park in one's own driveway in Cobb County, Georgia, without obtaining a special permit!

'Parking War' Armistice Signed Between County, Kennesaw Family: The family will have to apply for a permit to allow four cars to be parked in their driveway before next summer, lest hostilities recommence (dated July 21, 2015) in its entirety:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Musical Interlude

Although I'm mainly a traditionalist when it comes to art appreciation, I do like some abstract art.

Enjoy this video set to "Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821: I. Allegro moderato" by Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten, Benjamin Britten (hat tip to Farmers Letters):


[about the artist Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (1866-1944]

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Open Thread

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So, what's on your mind?

Please opine on the topic of your choice according to the parameters below:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Curt Schilling And Islam

On August 25 2015, Major League Baseball star Curt Schilling posted the Tweet below, which he deleted after approximately ten minutes and for which he apologized:


Because Schilling posted the above, ESPN pulled Schilling from the network's Little League World Series assignment.

Additional reading...Curt Schilling and the Death of Free Speech: He told the truth. He apologized. It still wasn’t enough.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted

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Contrary to what many people may believe, the Ashley Madison online dating service was not exactly a free service.  See THIS about the fees involved.

Now comes this information: Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests.

Mark Twain was a genius:

Monday, August 24, 2015

FEATURED QUESTION: BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

(This blog post is lengthy and, therefore, will remain here for a few days so that readers will have time to consider the topic before leaping to taking a position. Also, please see the blog post published on Saturday, August 22, 2015; I am seeking advice about a personal matter)

Donald Trump's immigration plan has ignited a firestorm of discussions about the matter of illegal immigration, a problem that can and should be laid at the feet of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Stories such as this one add more fuel to the fire: DHS Kept Secret the Release Of Violent Criminal Illegal Immigrants: Local law enforcement ‘perplexed’ over controversial policy.

Trump's published statement about immigration reform contains the following:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Advice Needed

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A few days ago, a beloved member of our extended family committed suicide. He was twenty-five years old and leaves behind two children under the age of seven; one of the children is a toddler.

There was no warning that a suicide was coming: no drugs, no alcohol, no financial problems. I'm not sure about the status with his girlfriend and mother of his children, but I believe that the young man and his longtime girlfriend had recently separated.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gestation At 19 Weeks

(with a hat tip to Adrienne)

Walter Joshua Fretz

Learn more by reading THIS ARTICLE.

Now, if you care about human lives, please watch all of the video below:


If you cannot bear to watch the video, please read the YouTube blurb below the fold:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yes, It's Servergate

Less than two minutes in length and a good summary of Hillary's failure to obfuscate how much trouble is looming for her:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Private Server


According to the Daily Beast (August 12, 2015):
Underlying all this is the question of why Hillary Clinton decided to employ her own private email and server to handle so much of her official State Department business. This is, to say the least, highly irregular—not to mention a violation of numerous U.S. government rules and regulations—so there had to be a compelling reason to do this. What was it?
There are only so many reasons that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have been using a private server in the first place.  A few possibilities:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Musical Interlude

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From childhood, I have loved the music composed by Franz Joseph Haydn.

The Haydn motet below speaks to the time in which we are living right now:


Musical Musings provides the following information about Haydn's Insanae et vanae curae:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Open Thread

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So, what's on your mind?




Here's my first contribution to this open thread (hat tip to Mustang of A Texas View):


Please opine on the topic of your choice according to the parameters below:

Friday, August 14, 2015

What A Relief!

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The past several weeks, Mr. AOW has been having a lot of trouble with swelling of the stroke-affected foot and ankle, and the doctor was concerned that Mr. AOW might have a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed by ultrasound that Mr. AOW does not have a DVT.

Summer 2015 has been a rough ride. We've been lurching from one home-front crisis to another! More details forthcoming when I have the energy to post that information.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Animas River Spill (Updated)

3,000,000 gallons of polluted mine waste water were released:

The Animas River after the spill caused by the EPA

For your consideration (Click directly on the image below the fold to enlarge it):