31 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. for flatus congratulations from wapo:

    Michigan-Ohio State: Buckeyes turn The Game into The Rout
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — All games end, technically, except that some continue on into forever. That phenomenon seemed well underway in the rapturous faces of Ohio State fans who spilled onto the field Saturday afternoon, for they had just scaled the heights of unforgettable, socially accepted rivalry contempt. It seemed in progress upon the faces of Michigan players trudging out, heckled by a smattering of Buckeye fans, and upon Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh, whose decorated career had just reached a nadir set to last as a reference point.

    What happened in front of 106,588 in Ohio Stadium took a slew of entrenched suppositions built up across this fall and shook them haywire. No. 10 Ohio State’s 62-39 win over No. 4 Michigan redirected Michigan’s lofty season from what seemed a dreamy juncture to the kind of thing that can keep you up nights. The Buckeyes rang up the highest point total scored in regulation against Michigan in its 139 years playing football. They gained 567 total yards. The decimation forced a redefinition of a unit ranked No. 1 nationally and deemed peerless.

  2. Courage
    by Robert William Service
    Today I opened wide my eyes,
    And stared with wonder and surprise,
    To see beneath November skies
    An apple blossom peer;
    Upon a branch as bleak as night
    It gleamed exultant on my sight,
    A fairy beacon burning bright
    Of hope and cheer.

    “Alas!” said I, “poor foolish thing,
    Have you mistaken this for Spring?
    Behold, the thrush has taken wing,
    And Winter’s near.”
    Serene it seemed to lift its head:
    “The Winter’s wrath I do not dread,
    Because I am,” it proudly said,
    “A Pioneer.

    “Some apple blossom must be first,
    With beauty’s urgency to burst
    Into a world for joy athirst,
    And so I dare;
    And I shall see what none shall see –
    December skies gloom over me,
    And mock them with my April glee,
    And fearless fare.

    “And I shall hear what none shall hear –
    The hardy robin piping clear,
    The Storm King gallop dark and drear
    Across the sky;
    And I shall know what none shall know –
    The silent kisses of the snow,
    The Christmas candles’ silver glow,
    Before I die.

    “Then from your frost-gemmed window pane
    One morning you will look in vain,
    My smile of delicate disdain
    No more to see;
    But though I pass before my time,
    And perish in the grale and grime,
    Maybe you’ll have a little rhyme
    To spare for me.”

  3. Jace, thanks for the respite. Yes, it’s too late to forestall the ubiquitous and insipid Christmas music. “Alexa, play Christmas music.” But Praetorius is a bit of magic in the mix. (Did his family take the name from the guards?) Ennywho, thanks.

  4. Thank you Jace.  Joyous music makes you want to dance into the season before we actually have to do anything about it.


    Love Robert Service.  Thank you for one of his poems you seldom see.


  5. Lovely way to start the day   many thanks Jace

    Someone figured  out if the Dems get the same votes in 2020 as in 2018  good-by most miserable person on earth

  6. Jace….  ahhhhh… most satisfying!

    KGC…  I want the Dems to get even more votes in 2020.

    BTW…  Craig…  next time you see Ping, may I suggest you tell him that his gloating was more than a little premature…  and that as a cupcake, he should just suck it up.

  7. Here there is no Thanksgiving — We have Christmas right after Holloween  — I don’t listen to the radio much so I don’t know about Christmas music but in public shopping areas it’s all about Christmas and Shopping.  Why have we abandoned Thanksgiving except as a vehicle for black Friday?  We can admit we screwed over the native population and still celebrate Thanksgiving.

    We should be able to separate fact from fiction without sacrificing the idea of the holiday. We have to be able to admit – as a country we have made a lot of mistakes

  8. I think the Democrats should focus on the issue of climate change.

    Everyone is seeing the impact in one way or another.  There is no ambiguity about the SFB’s position and the impact of his tenure in the White House.

    I think a fine package of legislation could go a long way to clearing the path to total annihilation of the Republican Party

    And with Ocasio-Cortez as the head of a special committee on climate change – it will get attention.
    I like her alot. She is without guile but not without strategy.

  9. It is a good time to ask who will ensure court orders are followed by SFB? When the House committees subpoena WH document and those are not produced, even with a Supreme Court telling him to turn those over to the committee, who will get them?  If/when the House impeaches the low intelligence fool, will it be enough for the Senate?  January 20, 2021, even if SFB has announced himself dictator for life, who will go in and drag his fat butt out?

    Nasty storm last night.  No damage, but a lot of wind and rain.

  10. bbronc, have been worried about that myself.  where stand the secret service and other security detail who are pledged by law to protect the president?  and who will be sent to arrest him?

  11. this sounds like a fun tradition for folks

    grand island independent:
    A Thanksgiving weekend tradition for more than 30 years, the La Camerata Madrigal Singers will again host their annual “Merry Olde 16th Century Yuletide Feaste” and performance.



    It starts each year the Monday after Labor Day, when a group of area residents return each year to the late 16th century.

    That’s when rehearsals begin for the annual production of La Camerata Madrigal Singers.

    “Well, some of us call it our Monday night therapy time. Because we get to get together and sing and laugh and have great fellowship,” said Pam Ahlman, the group’s director, in a 2017 interview.

    The group was formed in 1986 and performs each Thanksgiving weekend with pageantry and song in a 16th century yuletide feast and formal concert. Cast members will be performing in ornate Elizabethan costumes and singing not only on stage, but throughout the audience. The banquet hall is transformed into a medieval-looking castle, complete with Christmas trees and an armored knight sentry, and guests enjoy delicious food, music and funny dialogue and a playlet that runs throughout the evening.


    All of the performers wear Renaissance clothing. The idea is to transport the audience back to merry olde England.

    “We turn this place into a castle hall. We speak in a bit of an accent, and we’re very proper,” Ahlman said.

    She said the musical entertainment and story let people mark the end of Thanksgiving and the start to their Christmas season. Even though La Camerata has been around for more than 30 years, the event still attracts newcomers who attend and say, “we never knew this was going on.”


  12. the guardian:

    A federal judge on Sunday rejected a last-minute bid by former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and ordered him to surrender on Monday as scheduled.
    Papadopoulos sought the delay until an appeals court rules in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating Russian election interference and links between Trump aides and Moscow.
    But in an order on Sunday, the US district court judge Randolph Moss said Papadopoulos had waited too long to contest his sentence after it was handed down in September.
    Moss noted that Papadopoulos had agreed not to appeal in most circumstances as part of his plea agreement and the judge said the challenge to Mueller’s appointment was unlikely to be successful in the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. Four federal judges have upheld Mueller’s appointment as proper.
    “The prospect that the DC circuit will reach a contrary conclusion is remote,” Moss wrote.
    Papadopoulos had filed an initial motion on 16 November, nearly two months after the deadline for appealing against his conviction or sentence. He followed up with a request to delay his sentence pending that motion on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.
    “Papadopoulos waited until the 11th hour to seek relief,” Moss’s 13-page order states. “Indeed, he did not file his second motion [for] the stay request until the last business day before he was scheduled to surrender to serve his sentence. He has only his own delay to blame.”
    Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also forfeited most of his rights to contest his conviction.

  13. NY Times:

    Migrants March Toward US Border in Show of Force
    TIJUANA, Mexico — Several hundred Central American migrants have marched toward the international border crossing between Tijuana and California to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims.
    The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags and chanted: “We are not criminals! We are international workers!”
    A few dozen Mexican police with plastic riot shields stopped the migrants well ahead of the crossing on Sunday.
    More than 5,000 migrants are camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan.

    Many hope to apply for asylum in the U.S., but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.


  14. the hill:
    A 26-year-old migrant woman from Guatemala was reportedly injured while attempting to scale a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Border Patrol agents said that the woman was impaled on pieces of rebar after falling off the border fence late Friday night near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to BuzzFeed News.
    The woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, the news outlet added. Her two children, ages 3 and 5, were not injured, and have been released to Border Patrol custody.
    Agents said they have not yet determined how she reached the area.
    Border Patrol agent Tekae Michael told BuzzFeed News that the woman was not part of the migrant caravan waiting in Tijuana to claim asylum.
    San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott praised Border Patrol agents and emergency responders for their “quick response” to her injuries in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
    “Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,” Scott said. “This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril. She could have easily died if not for the quick response by our agents and EMS.”

  15. CBP closes a major port between US and Mexico.  This will cause a huge hurt to trade between the countries.  This is a preview of the disaster SFB and his cult want to do to destroy America by closing all ports to keep out all but rich white males (and Saudi princes).

  16. business insider:

    US shuts down portion of Mexico border as groups of migrants clashed with authorities and reportedly stormed port of entry

    Authorities clashed with members of a migrant caravan after a group estimated to be in the hundreds stormed a US port of entry, according to video and photos posted to social media from journalists on the ground.
    The migrants left a makeshift shelter in Tijuana to head for San Ysidro, the largest port of entry on the southern US border. It has been reported nearly 5,000 migrants from the Central American caravan were being held in the Mexican city.
    After police blocked a bridge, migrants crossed the Tijuana River on foot before approaching the port.

    Authorities closed the port of entry after the clash, and several tweets from US Customs and Border Protection said pedestrian and vehicle traffic was suspended. Officials from both the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection did not return request for comment.
    MSNBC reported from the ground that “easily more than 1,000” migrants had become fed up with the condition of the shelter, and walked approximately half a mile to confront authorities with in-person asylum requests.
    The footage also captured several military drones above the crowd, in addition to what are reportedly US helicopters.
    The confrontation comes a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States will no longer allow asylum-seekers to enter the country until their claims are approved by a judge.
    “Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court,” he tweeted, adding that “we only will allow those who come into our Country legally,” though asylum-seekers often do legally enter the country at ports of entry before requesting asylum.
    Trump previously signed an executive order barring asylum for migrants who cross the border illegally, though US immigration law explicitly permits migrants to request asylum no matter how they entered the country.
    A federal judge blocked Trump’s asylum ban earlier this week, arguing that Trump “may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”
    The White House did not return a request for comment.

  17. earlier today this was reported by
    Donald Trump can’t seem to agree with himself on whether or not he has closed the border between the United States and Mexico.
    In an exchange with journalists over Thanksgiving, the President claimed he shut down the border, before walking the statement back, and then declared it was closed “for short periods.”
    “Actually, two days ago we closed the border,” Trump told reporters while at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “We actually just closed it. We said, ‘Nobody’s coming in,’ because it was out of control.”The President claimed that Tijuana welcomed the members of the caravan “with open arms” but now “wants them out” due to rampant crime.
    “You take a look at Tijuana, Mexico, You see what happening there. It’s really a bad situation,” said Trump.
    When he was asked, moment later, to clarify his statement on closing the border, Trump seemingly contradicted himself, saying that he would close the border, “if we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control.”
    Within minutes, his narrative again shifted, saying, “I’ve already shut it down, I’ve already shut it down – for short periods.”
    “I’ve already shut down parts of the border because it was out of control with the rioting on the other side in Mexico,” Trump said. “And I just said, ‘Shut it down.’ You see it. I mean it took place two days ago.”
    When asked if he signed an executive order to close the border, he seemed to confuse present and future tense, saying, “Yeah, they call me up, and I sign an order” in reference to the order he may or may not have signed to close the border.
    Finally, when pressed for the release of that order, Trump said, “You don’t need it. Don’t worry. It’s not that big a deal. Maybe to some people it is.”
    The White House has not offered any such order, and it doesn’t appear to actually exist.
    Trump also claimed that the caravan consists of 500 “serious criminals.” The actual makeup of the caravan is migrants escaping the violence, corruption, and other issues in Honduras, including many members of the LGBTQ community.


  18. Patd,

    Thank you for the link to the La Camerata singers. Brother in law Don lives in Grand Island and is a member of the group. Imagine my surprise and pleasure to see his picture here on the trail.He is a retired music teacher and has sung with the group for many years.

  19. Soulless shit. I hope his eternity is spent submerged in melted lead being pissed on by migrants denied entry at San Ysidro.

  20. Five hundred serious criminals? What are they guilty of, vagrancy? This is bullshit and Trump and republicans are going to own it. Democrats need to keep speaking about immigration it’s a winning issue and it is the right thing to do.

  21. Talking about the actual trump person is so 2016……..closing time on dat, now it should be the base which keeps him afloat.

  22. jace, amazing how our sundays on the trail are so truly serendipitous at times.    your musical pick for the day reminded me that it is also madrigal season which in turn led me to the la cameratas.

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