Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

The morning stars have been especially brilliant in AZ as of late. In honor of those stars, enjoy the music and have a wonderful Sunday.


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50 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. beautiful beautiful, jace. thanks.

    looking on the bright side about exaggerator coming in 2nd and losing at the derby to a well-experienced winner, hope it’s a harbinger for the general election.

  2. Kathleen Parker does a nice job explaining trumps takedown of the GOP.  Nevermind that the GOP she thinks is being damaged by drumpf didn’t exist 6 months ago, but the idea is correct. I just hope it extends deeply down ticket.

  3. to you jace, pogo and all our old friends here on the trail here’s Waylon Jennings (not near as pretty sounding as the wailin jennys above), roger, willie…

  4. Patd, masterful. Roger, Willie  and Waylon is a terrific trio, even in different tImes and locations. BTW I love the tone of Roger’s guitar. (And the edit function…)

  5. Well Done as always Jace

    Patd I Loved Roger Miller and if we are going outside, then here is his wonderful show “Big River” with River In The Rain

  6. Happy Mothers day, y’all.

    Practicing my in country speech patterns.  I am deep into Virginia.

    How do you take down a bully without hitting him in the nose?

    The smoke from the Canadian fires is floating overhead, causing serious uck.  At least we expect an occasional rain shower during the next week to wash the stuff from the sky.


  7. Pogo,

    Laura Bush is the new Betty Ford.

    The fitting outcome to this race would be for Mr Trump to be taken down by a woman/women. I read a great quote from a Scottish acquaintance: We are the granddaughters of the witches they could not burn. Just going to leave it at that. The Ladies get it. Oh how we get it.

  8. Hillary Clinton is going to be exonerated on the email controversy. It won’t matter.

    by Paul Waldman

    That also means that they will allow Donald Trump to say whatever he wants about this subject and never hold him accountable for whatever outlandish statements he issues from the fact-free universe he inhabits. How do I know that? Because that is what has happened so far. Every time he brings this topic up he says something absurd — that Clinton committed horrible crimes, that people who did far less than her are rotting in jail, that she’ll soon be indicted, that she should be barred from running for president, so great were her crimes — and I have yet to hear a single interviewer challenge him on the facts or press him for details.

  9. Trailmixers…wherever your dear Mothers are, I know they are very proud of you.  Happy Mother’s Day.

  10. As for Mama Trump?  Not so proud.  As for the mothers of the miners cheering for Trump?   Don’t let your babies grow-up to miners especially under an indentured servant contractor like Trump.  From June 2014 — how labor is run under Trump in Dubai.  HBO has also recently run Vice’s documentary on the same migrant workers (2016).

  11. Boy Howdy. there is some fine music on the trail today! Thanks to all for sharing, and thanks to the boss for the addition of the beautiful photograph.

  12. With all three candidates coming to West Virginia to try to woo voters in a pitiful economic climate for coal, Scott Lehigh of the globe has posted a great article explaining the dynamic forces that have driven the coal economy into the ground in West Virginia.

    Donald is denying it, Bernie is ignoring it, and Hillary is explaining it. Give me no. 3

  13. Donald Trump or Paul Ryan: Who’s King of the Hill?
    Maureen Dowd

    Ryan interrupts quickly, “Donald, you have to stop insulting women. You’re starting to make Todd Akin sound like Lena Dunham.”
    “Women love me!” Trump objects. “Didn’t you see that famous New York Post headline quoting Marla, my second wife, saying, ‘Best Sex I’ve Ever Had’? I love the women who vote for me — even the poorly educated, flat-chested ones.”

  14. Oooooh Jace….   just beautiful.  I listened to it earlier this morning before we took off to have breakfast with friends.  And I’ve listened to it again now that we’re back home…   gave me goosebumps both times.

    Good cartoon Jamie…   and so true!

  15. I have to laugh at the absurdity of William Kristol attempting to lure Romney into the race as an independent. Have always thought that Kristol was half a bubble off and this latest stunt confirms it.

    There may be a lot of republicans that don’t like or support Trump, but I doubt that there are any who wish to go down in history as the candidate who made a Clinton victory a virtual certainty.


  16. Hillary Clinton Targets Republicans Turned Off by Donald Trump

    By Amy  Chozick

    More broadly, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is repositioning itself, after a year of emphasizing liberal positions and focusing largely on minority voters, to also appeal to independent and Republican-leaning white voters turned off by Mr. Trump.
    With the Democratic nomination in sight, Mrs. Clinton has broadened her economic message, devoted days to apologizing for a comment she previously made that angered working-class whites, and pledged that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who remains widely popular among the blue-collar voters drawn to Mr. Trump, would “come out of retirement and be in charge” of creating jobs in places that have been particularly hard hit.

  17. no comment from the trail re he who shall not be named endorsing the drumpf?


    in order to get that endorsement, wonder if he was offered the co-chair with ben of the advisory co to pick the vp or even offered the veep-ency itself so that no one would dare do in the Donnie.

  18. vp advice from johnny mc, the man who gave you half-gov

    McCain said he would encourage Trump to pick someone who would bring the warring factions of the party together — possibly Joni Ernst, the Iowa freshman senator who stumped for McCain last week in Phoenix.

    “I think Joni Ernst would be tremendous,” McCain said. “She’s really remarkable — there’s a number of members of the Senate. Paul Ryan was helpful to the (Mitt) Romney ticket (in 2012), though I’m not sure he’d want to do that again. I think there’s a lot of people out there that (Trump) would choose from.”

    Asked if that included McCain, the Arizona senator laughed and said: “No education in the second kick of the mule.”

  19. and pledged that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who remains widely popular among the blue-collar voters drawn to Mr. Trump, would “come out of retirement and be in charge” of creating jobs in places that have been particularly hard hit.”


    If I were Team Clinton, I’m not sure how far or how hard I’d run with this. As far back as 08 one of the concerns about a potential HRC presidency was the specter of Bill Clinton strolling the halls of the White House once again, and involving himself in the day to day decisions of the administration. That fear still resonates with many. The Clintons and their handlers need to understand that the approval of a potential HRC administration will be far easier to come by with Bill in New york or out of the country, and Hillary in DC.

    That’s not a knock against Bill Clinton,just a very real fact of political life.

  20. Johnny Boy really knows how to pick ’em! First Palin and now Joni Ernst.

    Guessing he bet on the last place horse yesterday.

  21. hiaasen on fla’s flawed gov trying to steal jobs from jerry

    his conclusion says it all:
    All we Floridians can do is apologize to the rest of the country for any past and future appearances by our weird ambassador for cheap labor and mediocrity.
    Don’t take him seriously. We certainly don’t.

  22. patd,

    I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. I will say the name ?. Cheney has a dark soul, no heart (literally) & more secrets than Nixon. Any chance to get his tentacles in a “Republican” administration & do his worst to strangle Democracy seems in character for this stain on humanity. No Right Side Of History with this bub.

  23. Sunday Serendipity


    I’m not sure on not using the first gentleman in a way that supports the administration’s policies yet serves as a force of good is a bad idea.. It will of course be a bad idea with Republicans and people who lean right but hell, Michelle Obama they had a problem with regarding healthy eating. Doubtful to me that any person considering voting for HRC will vote Trump because of Bill, maybe not sure just my gut….

    Certainly there needs to be an outreach to white working class Americans. Having come for that environment in Flint Michigan i don’t think they should be written off.. Bigger picture, HRC not writing off any group of voters is a good thing..

  24. B.B. one of the main reasons I have my permitted concealed carries is to defend others who are in the process of being assaulted. I would step forward to support you if you were here in South Carolina. I think there are people that will do the same thing in Virginia. Of course, if the bully lays hands on you, a solid thunk on bully’s nose would be most satisfying. Same if his abuse reaches ‘fighting words’ level. I’m sorry that things such as this make life difficult for you.


  25. Jace, I was really nervous when I opened your selection du jour. I had images of corralled donkeys braying to beat the band. Thank goodness I was wrong! Your selection was wonderful!


  26. Jamie,
    Thank you very, very much for your annual effort at educating us in the complexities in the science of handicapping the beautiful horses and splendid jockeys that raced yesterday. That Pogo and I lost our shirts is nothing when weighed against the camaraderie your event generated!


  27. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the great moms that visit this great blog!

  28. To all of us who have or had or are Mothers, join me in conjuring fond memories of your own mom and of your experiences of being a mom, if that applies. Aren’t we lucky?

  29. Flatus

    If it is any consolation, I really did lose my shirt yesterday or at least a few dollars of it since the daughter wanted a real bet on her namesake.

    Glad everyone likes the annual event.  I’m really going to have to scratch my head to come up with a new angle for next year. lol


  30. Jamie, no doubt what they had there was a problem in misunderstanding. your horse lani, born in kentucky and hearing heavy kan-tuck-ese during  his  impressionable childhood, was saddled with a japanese speaking jockey.  not sure how “giddy-up” translates over there… might of meant “whoa boy” to lani

  31. more horseshit for ky continues
    courier journal:
    “More than 70,000 people and 800-plus exhibitors are expected in Louisville May 19-22 for the 145th National Rifle Association annual meeting and trade show.
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak during the convention. The NRA annual event was last held in Louisville in 2008, also a presidential year in which some major candidates appeared at the convention.
    According to the NRA, confirmed speakers thus far include Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Gov.  Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, author Mark “Oz” Geist and conservative journalist Katie Pavlich.

    isn’t a shovel big enough to clean out those stables when they get thru…. too bad the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot (yes viginia, there really is a crazy bunch of machine gunners shooting up here in ky) was last month, they could have participated in a circle shoot-out.


    cbs face the nation

    “For a lot of people, again, who take their vote seriously and who really see this as a crossroads kind of election, I am asking people to come join this campaign,” she told CBS‘ “Face the Nation” in an interview on Friday in Oakland, Calif. “And I’ve had a lot of outreach on Republicans in the last days who say that they are interested in talking about that.”

    Despite her campaign already going hard against Trump in the days since he effectively secured the GOP nomination, Clinton said she’s not going to run an “ugly” race against him.

    “I’m not going to run an ugly race. I am going to run a race based on issues,” she said. “And what my agenda is to the American people. I don’t really feel like I’m running against Donald Trump. I feel like I’m running for my vision of what our country can be.”
    “The Republicans themselves are raising questions about their presumptive nominee. And I think that’s in large measure, John, because they do understand how hard the job of being president is,” she said. “When you have former presidents, when you have high-ranking Republican officials in Congress raising questions about their nominee–I don’t think it’s personal, so much as rooted in their respect for the office and their deep concern about what kind of leader he would be.”

    Clinton was also asked to explain which “hard questions” she thinks Trump needs to answer as he enters general-election mode. She named the minimum wage, his comments that climate change is a “hoax” and his suggestion that women be “punished” for having abortions–in addition to his foreign policy and economic views more generally–as areas where Trump needs to elaborate.

    “Well, he doesn’t have a view. He has a slogan,” she said. “And he needs to be really pressed on that.”


    Well this is hopeful.  Using Nate Silver’s electoral map with user functions, this is what the election would look like if absolutely no women voted for Donald Trump


  34. Flatus – Thank you. I appreciate the support.

    I do know that if I was in pickle, I might go down, but at least one of the others will be with me, or perhaps at least one eye ball.  For those who are not not in certain occupations where the outcome depends on special training, say for instance, as in hand to hand combat, you should know there are no rules. You train a lot.  That is why my children learned to never wake me up except by shaking a foot.

    Mother’s Day is a good day.  Mom filled me in on something about my father’s side of the family.  It now makes sense that my percentage of Native American DNA is higher than hers.  It looks like both sides of my family tree were very friendly with others.  Sort of make love not war.

  35. Jaime

    Thank you for a great derby day party.

    Crush Trump daily –  every time he lies – people should tweet the lie and wonder why the main stream media doesn’t follow up with questions.

  36. I hope there is a camera present when Trump tells Palin she can’t be vp

  37. Trump has a real problem with women even deeply conservative never vote for a democrat women

    Heather Dreesman said she is diametrically opposed to Trump on a long list of issues, including transgender bathrooms and his tax and immigration policies, and believes he will not protect religious freedom. She finds Trump crass, vulgar and a misogynist.
    “As a conscientious believer, I just can’t vote for someone who supports some of his philosophies,” she said. “I think he doesn’t know what it means to be a Christian.”
    Heather Dreesman said thinking about the election in November makes her feel sick to her stomach. She said she now carries a sense of grief that the country is forsaking its values and feels anguish about what will happen. She would like to see a third-party candidate but doesn’t think it’s a real possibility — meaning she probably won’t vote.

    Above quote taken from Wa Po article

    There’s nobody left’: Evangelicals feel abandoned by GOP after Trump’s ascent

  38. Jack,  i feel soooo sorry for Heather Dreesman.  Must be awful to see a marginal Presbyterian as the candidate for your party if you’re an evangelical.   I suggest this to her: write in Huckleberry.   You’ll lose but can look at yourself in the mirror and know you did what you could to impose your beliefs on those of us who don’t believe as you do and actually believe the separation clause is as important as the second amendment.

  39. Pogo, she has probably voted for for much worse than a Presbyterian And knew they didn’t support her beliefs, Name any Republican candidate in the last 40 years.

    It is the   “She finds Trump crass, vulgar and a misogynist” part that is different. There are a lot of women who won’t vote for HRC that  won’t vote for Trump


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