Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

Just a fun work in keeping with July 4th. One of our great American composers. Enjoy the music, enjoy the day, and by all means enjoy your Fourth of July celebration!

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    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  2. meanwhile  back at the horse race and all its fall-out:

    Judge Jeanine Pirro said on “Fox & Friends” that Hillary Clinton is not going to be indicted in the email case because of the series of events that the charges would trigger.

    “The reason she will not be indicted is because her first witness as a defendant in a criminal case is the President of the United States. Why? Because Hillary Clinton emailed President Barack Obama. He knew she had a private email server. So he is complicit. And they will not allow a constitutional crisis where the President of the United States knew about the risking of security of the United States,” said Pirro.

  3. Jace…  you have a great 4th weekend too.  You and Cheryl enjoy your new home.  When you have the time, I’d love to read your thoughts about your new surroundings.

  4. For sure on the good weekend, Jace. As always I enjoyed your Sunday offering; nothing tests (and stresses) speakers more than E Power Biggs!

  5. Listening to Joe Biden on NPR. He defines that rare breed: likable politician. Seriously, Democrats, declare him your Ambassador at Large, spreading goodwill wherever he goes.

  6. All you need to know about Fox can be summed up by saying Tucker Carlson works there

  7. RR,

    Thanks for the good wishes. I will be sharing some pics. in the next few days.

    As for our thoughts on our new surroundings. Wow! We live in a clearing surrounded by old growth forest, a combination of evergreens and deciduous trees. Below the tree canopy is the most amazing assortment of ferns that you can imagine, so much so that we are now referring to our home as ‘Fern Haven’. We have neighbors close by, but you really wouldn’t know it because the lots are big and so are the trees.

    To date everyone has been very friendly and welcoming. Our son and his wife have taken us under wing and shown us the area and introduced us to a number of folks.

    Thus far it has been an amazing experience, Big change? Yes. Good change? Absolutely!

  8. Happy Home, Jace !

    Nothing like E POWer BIGgs to shake the AZ dust out of the ears.

  9. For those of you who participate in such things, there are two entertaining memes happening on Twitter:  #growingupincalifornia and #growingupinflorida.

    I contributed:  “Laughing at tourists trying to pronounce Cienega, Sepulveda, and Viejo.” #growingupincalifornia.  The ones on earthquakes, freeways, rain, distance, and surfing are fun.

    Fearless leader may like this one on Florida:  “You read a headline that’s unbelievably stupid and your first thoughts are “please not Florida”. But it’s always Florida” #growingupinflorida

  10. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.John AdamsUS diplomat & politician (1735 – 1826)

  11. Vacation Day 8 – watched Tour de France imanche 3 juillet – Étape 2 183km Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

    plan for day.  recover from mid-morning nap.  Climb ladder to attic to find VHS player cables.  Plan for early afternoon nap.  Rehoboth Beach or not Rehoboth Beach for Tuesday?

    No politics so far today.

  12. Jamie44,

    Thanks for the William Daniels clip. A favorite actor of mine. He was also the definitive John Quincy Adams in The Adams Chronicles.

  13. This why all Republicans should rot in hell  The FBI has said she is not a target of this investigation and does not face criminal charges

    if that is the case Bill Clinton did nothing wrong  and the goopers on tv keep  pretending she could go to jail

  14. LOL
    does anybody slog through the comment sections of major on line sites?

    Russia’s campaign to shape international opinion around its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread the Kremlin’s message on the comments section of top American websites.
    Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian hacker collective show IT managers reporting on a new ideological front against the West in the comments sections of Fox News,Huffington Post, The Blaze,Politico, andWorldNetDaily.

  15. Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    some good stuff  in this article  It is in question and answer format and 2 of the questions had to do with  the need for further integration of North America and why Trump/Bernie are idiots. to many good quotes , you need to go read it.

    Those are the sort of new high-end manufacturing jobs that ultimately matter if you want American workers to move up the value chain within advanced manufacturing. They can be expensive suppliers to the lower-wage car manufacturers in Mexico.
    Our inability to do that is our fault. You hear Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump scapegoating globalization — it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. America has been the creator and driver of globalization over the last 25 years. Yes, it is now a more level playing field, and we are not always the winners, but that is the fault of politics and bad policy. In 2004, a pillar of John Edwards’s presidential campaign was worker retraining programs for new industries. Twelve years later, where is that program? Just because we didn’t create it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The Germans did it, the Swiss did it, the Koreans do it. Other countries don’t blame globalization, they manage it, they take advantage of it. I think we failed to do that, and that’s what explains Trump and Sanders.

  16. Jack

    I do try to fact check & identify several of the commenters of interest but it is a huge time waster to try to do it for all of them

  17. “Laughing at tourists trying to pronounce Cienega, Sepulveda, and Viejo.”

    Jamie, same here when the snow birds gawked at florida town names like sopchoppy, two-egg and yeehaw junction or their surprise at the spiritualist haven of cassadaga and the wonder of old everglades city back when it was really an adventure to get to.

  18. speaking of florida, here’s the latest column (excuse the length but it’s worthy)  by carl Hiaasen:

    When has there been such a burst of sickening headlines from one place? First, the killing of singer Christina Grimmie by an unhinged stalker with a handgun. Then the vicious slaughter at the Pulse nightclub by a homophobic wannabe jihadist with an AR-15. And, finally, the snatching of a toddler by an alligator roaming a Disney lake.

    All three stories are datelined Orlando, a stunningly freakish coincidence.

    Each horrid event, even the gator attack, could easily have happened in other towns, in other states.

    Yet they all happened here, in the space of five days.

    A national radio host asked me if this heartbreaking blitz of tragedies was an extreme display of Florida’s well-documented craziness.

    The question wasn’t surprising, given the usual flow of bizarre news from this place. People all over the world hungrily devour and re-tweet weird Florida stories, as soon as they hit the internet.

    Last week’s events inevitably reinforced the state’s off-center reputation, which is understandable if not entirely fair.

    It’s true that we have some of the weakest firearms laws in the nation, and that basically any hate-filled misfit can lurch into a gun shop here and buy whatever he wants, including assault rifles.

    It’s also true that the NRA basically owns our cowardly governor, one of our U.S. senators, a bunch of stooge congressmen and the entire Republican leadership of the state Legislature.

    However, a similar lax climate exists in many other places, most notably the power corridors of Washington, D.C. Politicians who take money from the gun lobby vote the way the gun lobby tells them.

    Some are true believers, and some are just whores.

    This isn’t to minimize what happened here, or to let any of our spineless lawmakers off the hook, but it’s a sad fact that Florida’s lunacy mirrors America’s lunacy.

    It was young Christina Grimmie’s fate to give a concert within driving distance of an armed maniac who’d seen her perform on The Voice, and for some reason decided she deserved to die.

    Yes, we have these psychos in Florida, but you can find them all over the country. They’re out there — seething, muttering and fantasizing — from coast to coast.

    Same goes for the monster who mowed down 49 people at the Pulse.

    What he did has been done many times before, from Columbine to Fort Hood to Sandy Hook. The distinction in the Orlando massacre was the body count, a new record.

    Which will undoubtedly be broken someday, in some other place, by some other whack job with an AR-15.

    There’s no denying that Florida is way different. Our 20 million residents bear witness to an extraordinary range of extreme behavior — much of it silly, some of it terrifying. Kooks and criminals flock here for the same reasons that draw tourists and retirees.

    Nonetheless, last week’s events were almost overwhelming, the horrors coming one after the other. There were none of the usual comic distractions, no daffy local stories to re-tweet to our friends.

    What occurred along a lakeside beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian hotel was the nightmare finale.

    Typically our alligator news is benign — gator in the swimming pool, gator on the freeway, gator in the storm drain. These video clips are a go-to staple of every Florida TV station, and narrated with practiced amusement by the anchor persons.

    Even the incident in Loxahatchee when a small gator was deposited in a Wendy’s drive-through didn’t evoke dread; it was just another knucklehead tale from the Sunshine State.

    Not this time, though. This time it was the worst story imaginable.

    A 2-year-old boy from Nebraska was grabbed from the shallows at night, in front of his family. The boy’s father desperately fought to pull him free, without success.

    Some “No Swimming” signs were posted, but nothing that specifically warned tourists about gators in the lake — and there were several living there.

    It’s hard to believe the child’s parents would have let him go near the water if they’d known about those gators, which behave the same way on Disney property as they do deep in the Everglades.

    Attacks on humans are very rare, but come on. How much does a sign cost?

    True, this awful tragedy could have happened on a lake in Texas or Louisiana, but it didn’t. It happened at the most popular tourist destination on the planet, in Orlando.

    Capping five days of shock and sorrow.

    It’s no great cosmic mystery why all these bad things happened in the same place in Florida.

    It was pure cruel chance, in the extreme.

  19. Jaime – inspiration often comes from others, thank you, I decided to stream John Adams on Amazon Prime (not an endorsement, just where it is already available and paid for).  So I now have my politics for the day.

  20. And now Florida has the result of years of AG Chemical run off killing the air in its waters and the animals that live there.  If it does that to the water, think of what it is doing to your bodies.

    Algae Bloom

  21. BB

    Love the flag.  Just think, if we had hung in there, we would have had a parliamentary system, free health care, and could have still bailed with Canada for a super-sized North America.

    Wonder what Adams & Company would think of the unintended consequences.


  22. Jamine, with a firefight going on outside I need to take something to go to sleep.  Would we have been able, in the late 1700’s to convince the French to leave the Northwest, the Spanish lo leave the south and southwest? and all join with us?  No.  Not then even though the French were helping us fight the Brits.  The Spanish, along wiith the Dutch, Germans and Finnish, would have preferred that the Brits do us in.  Even a generation later it was up to the fledgling United States to show some chops before the world would start to show a little respect.  And that respect would take another hundred years to show.

    One of the hardest things to do is to look back in time without a filter created during the last two hundred and fifty years.

    For those watching the fireworks on PBS on the Fourth, I will be on the Mall in my American Red Cross vest.  There will be about twenty of us spread amongst seven hundred thousand people.  I will wave to you when you yell out to me. (good luck on that)

  23. Figures that corporate whore and medicare fraud ass Rick Scott would blame the federal maintenance of the lake Okeechobee levee system rather than the industrial farming pollution put into the lake for the algae blooms.Ever hear of the Chesapeake Bay Rick? Funking idiot.  I guess he’s making a pitch to be drumpf’s vp pick. With that kind of thinking he should be a challenge to the governor who ate NJ.

  24. Even if the slime were caused by Federal Government mismanagement of the levee, Governor scott could have ordered the fix. He didn’t because the levee and the USA are not the problem. Big Sugar is the problem, and rick scott pimps dirty sugar.

  25. No clever weasel will accept deadbeat donald’s invitation to join the ticket. That leaves rick scott out.

    Maybe that stupid bastard LePage, in Maine, who inadvertently signed 50 bills that he meant to veto. There’s a dope who is stupid enough to be trump’s running mate.

  26. The prior topic of transgenders’ progress in the military as barrings and bans are stricken down is a sign of progress I never thought I’d see.  There is a scene in the old movie “Biloxi Blues” where a gay man is discovered in bed with another and chased out a window to go running off into the night.  That situation is no longer a crime of any sort.

    I was in the army in California many years ago , working in the Army hospital.  The WACS had a large presence at that hospital, working as techs mostly.  Many of the women were lesbians, and they didn’t hide it and I never saw any repercussions or even epithets thrown their way.  One couple brought in some sort of religious authority and were married…the wedding was in some empty ward there in the old decrepit wooden hospital…I remember the old female Major who walked around the halls and dropped in for surprise ward inspections saying she had never heard of a lesbian marriage on an army post, but she was not seeking to prosecute the two for anything at all…we all just accepted it.  Hell…was it because it was California?  Nobody gave a damn?  In Vietnam, a gay man who worked in finance made friends with us medics and he never was held back for promotion or harassed.   Of course, over the decades , we all know of the hard times gays, lesbians , transgenders have endured in the military.  I just don’t know how widespread the bad treatment was.  Was it most places, maybe half the installations?   Maybe my observations were just rare occurrences.

    Happy 4h of July everybody.  By God, I’m going to eat cherry pie today.


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