Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

A wonderful work by the Russian composer Glinka. His compositions are all too often under appreciated.

As always enjoy the music and enjoy your day.

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90 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jace, thank you for treating us to another beauty.

    2 more musical themes Russia entertains about that minor d we now are plagued with:  (1) patsy cline’s “crazy” and (2) shirley bassey’s “goldfinger”

  2. Appeals court denies Trump request to immediately reinstate travel ban

    Early Sunday morning a federal appeals court denied the Justice Department’s request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s ban on accepting certain travelers and refugees.

    The DOJ filed an appeal of a judge’s order temporarily stopping Trump’s travel ban on Saturday night, saying it’s the “sovereign prerogative” of a president to admit or exclude aliens.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.

  3. Patd, too bad about that ruling, eh? Guess a bunch of acting DoJ lawyers won’t be watching the game tonight. Too bad. ????‍♀️?
    Long term drumpf may win this on the merits based on the power congress has given the pres in immigration matters.

  4. spot on!

    Published on Feb 5, 2017
    White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day).

  5. Acknowledging that I know little about immigration law, here’s a link to a Slate article on the laws that affect the power of the presidency over this issue.

  6. Patd, I watched the SNL open and the skits through Weekend Update and laughed my ass off. Drumpf’s criticism of the show obviously is based only on its lampooning him. It is funny but I guess he can’t appreciate humor that is more subtle than slapstick.

  7.  “I suppose all you trail hands noticed in the 1st 2 weeks of our bannonovRepublican Junta that all the bannonov republicans have shed their American Flag lapel pins. Or, didn’t you ?” -xrep

    No, I didn’t notice, because how the fuck does someone look at pictures of these monsters?  Good catch, though, I’ll start paying attention, while covering their faces with my thumb.

  8. Hopefully they’ll reserve Melissa’s Spli(ar)cer for his dumbest bs. He’s like a KAC character, but much dumber.

  9. Jace

    Thank you as always for the Sunday respite from the political fray as we take a deep breath and head once more for the front lines.


  10. “Any irony in all this?”

    Irony’s dead, dude.  It was murdered by surrealism.  It is survived by one child, “snark”.  In lieu of flowers, cower in fetal position.

  11. Patd,

    I was going to use Glinka’s opera ‘Life of The Czar’, but at two plus hours a bit long for Sunday morning. But oh that final chorus, Hail to Russia’s Czar is tempting. I’ll think on it some. Surely there is some appropriate music to honor the Trump/Putin bromance. Stay tuned. Perhaps Boris Godounoff.

  12. The more I see of Trump supporter the more I am sure I was right in the first place – they aren’t displaced Americans they are racist pigs.  I like this woman’s statement

    “To everyone of you that voted for Trump, and continue to stand with him; If and when we go to War, send your Children and Grandchildren to fight it. OWN IT. When our Earth is damaged beyond repair, OWN IT. When our Seniors and Children die from no food and healthcare, OWN IT. Tell the parents of the refugee child that dies waiting for help, you were doing Christ’s work. OWN IT. Tell the Soldier’s family that died fighting for an unknown cause, to pray for comfort. OWN IT. Tell the Cancer patient with no healthcare coverage, they need Jesus. OWN IT. When your Daughters and Granddaughters are told they do not deserve Human rights. OWN IT. When the 3 year old neighbor is killed by a Mentally ill Vagrant brandishing a gun he should not be legally able to own, please explain Jesus to them. OWN IT. Tell everyone in his path of destruction you voted for him and OWN IT!” Lisa Fletcher (C)

  13. The saddest thing about the SNL clips is their accuracy. In two short weeks the presidency and the White House have become a laughing stock.From here on out the most reliable reporting done will be done on SNL and similar programs. Not only is it sad,it’s frightening .

    ps. I can no longer tell Baldwin and Trump apart. The Donald is going to be doing some serious tweeting every Saturday night.

  14. MrDoodlesdog

    And they have a song about bacon!  What is that guy looks like some kind of bass

  15. Love that cartoon! It seems like there are still checks and balances in our federal government, at least for the short term. Fingers crossed, anyway.

    I remember at the end of GWB’s presidency, there was a general lament in the comedy community that they were losing the flubs and malapropisms. Looks like happy days are here again for comedic writers and performers. It’s a target rich environment these days. I can’t help but laugh, but it’s a bit sad that I get more from an SNL parody of a WH press briefing than I get from the real thing.

  16. apologies for the length but it’s an important read (including their cartoon above) from

    the economist editorial 2/4/17: An insurgent in the White House

    WASHINGTON is in the grip of a revolution. The bleak cadence of last month’s inauguration was still in the air when Donald Trump lobbed the first Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital’s brilliant-white porticos. He has not stopped. Quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, demanding a renegotiation of NAFTA and a wall with Mexico, overhauling immigration, warming to Brexit-bound Britain and Russia, cooling to the European Union, defending torture, attacking the press: onward he and his people charged, leaving the wreckage of received opinion smouldering in their wake. 

    To his critics, Mr Trump is reckless and chaotic. Nowhere more so than in last week’s temporary ban on entry for citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries—drafted in secret, enacted in haste and unlikely to fulfil its declared aim of sparing America from terrorism. Even his Republican allies lamented that a fine, popular policy was marred by its execution.

    In politics chaos normally leads to failure. With Mr Trump, chaos seems to be part of the plan. Promises that sounded like hyperbole in the campaign now amount to a deadly serious revolt aimed at shaking up Washington and the world.
    The Cocktail Party
    To understand Mr Trump’s insurgency, start with the uses of outrage. In a divided America, where the other side is not just mistaken but malign, conflict is a political asset. The more Mr Trump used his stump speeches to offend polite opinion, the more his supporters were convinced that he really would evict the treacherous, greedy elite from their Washington salons.

    His grenade-chuckers-in-chief, Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller, have now carried that logic into government (see Briefing). Every time demonstrators and the media rail against Mr Trump, it is proof that he must be doing something right. If the outpourings of the West Wing are chaotic, it only goes to show that Mr Trump is a man of action just as he promised. The secrecy and confusion of the immigration ban are a sign not of failure, but of how his people shun the self-serving experts who habitually subvert the popular will.

    The politics of conflict are harnessed to a world view that rejects decades of American foreign policy. Tactically, Mr Trump has little time for the multilateral bodies that govern everything from security to trade to the environment. He believes that lesser countries reap most of the rewards while America foots the bill. It can exploit its bargaining power to get a better deal by picking off countries one by one.

    Mr Bannon and others reject American diplomacy strategically, too. They believe multilateralism embodies an obsolete liberal internationalism. Today’s ideological struggle is not over universal human rights, but the defence of “Judeo-Christian” culture from the onslaught of other civilisations, in particular, Islam. Seen through this prism, the UN and the EU are obstacles and Vladimir Putin, for the moment, a potential ally.

    Nobody can say how firmly Mr Trump believes all this. Perhaps, amid the trappings of power, he will tire of guerrilla warfare. Perhaps a stockmarket correction will so unsettle the nation’s CEO that he will cast Mr Bannon out. Perhaps a crisis will force him into the arms of his chief of staff and his secretaries of defence and state, none of whom is quite the insurgent type. But don’t count on it happening soon. And don’t underestimate the harm that could be done first.
    Talking Trumpish
    Americans who reject Mr Trump will, naturally, fear most for what he could do to their own country. They are right to worry (see article), but they gain some protection from their institutions and the law. In the world at large, however, checks on Mr Trump are few. The consequences could be grave.

    Without active American support and participation, the machinery of global co-operation could well fail. The World Trade Organisation would not be worthy of the name. The UN would fall into disuse. Countless treaties and conventions would be undermined. Although each one stands alone, together they form a system that binds America to its allies and projects its power across the world. Because habits of co-operation that were decades in the making cannot easily be put back together again, the harm would be lasting. In the spiral of distrust and recrimination, countries that are dissatisfied with the world will be tempted to change it—if necessary by force.

    What to do? The first task is to limit the damage. There is little point in cutting Mr Trump off. Moderate Republicans and America’s allies need to tell him why Mr Bannon and his co-ideologues are wrong. Even in the narrowest sense of American self-interest, their appetite for bilateralism is misguided, not least because the economic harm from the complexity and contradictions of a web of bilateral relations would outweigh any gains to be won from tougher negotiations. Mr Trump also needs to be persuaded that alliances are America’s greatest source of power. Its unique network plays as large a role as its economy and its military might in making it the global superpower. Alliances help raise it above its regional rivals—China in East Asia, Russia in eastern Europe, Iran in the Middle East. If Mr Trump truly wants to put America First, his priority should be strengthening ties, not treating allies with contempt.

    And if this advice is ignored? America’s allies must strive to preserve multilateral institutions for the day after Mr Trump, by bolstering their finances and limiting the strife within them. And they must plan for a world without American leadership. If anyone is tempted to look to China to take on the mantle, it is not ready, even if that were desirable. Europe will no longer have the luxury of underfunding NATO and undercutting the EU’s foreign service—the closest it has to a State Department. Brazil, the regional power, must be prepared to help lead Latin America. In the Middle East fractious Arab states will together have to find a formula for living at peace with Iran

    A web of bilateralism and a jerry-rigged regionalism are palpably worse for America than the world Mr Trump inherited. It is not too late for him to conclude how much worse, to ditch his bomb-throwers and switch course. The world should hope for that outcome. But it must prepare for trouble.

  17. I’m not doing well with the YouTubes and Interwebs today. I deleted my Red Elvises post.

    Here’s another of their songs, “She Works for KGB.” How long until Trump demands that as our new national anthem?


  18. Trump to appoint a real war criminal to a top post in the State Dept  Elliot Abrams
    But these are still relative misdemeanors in the Abrams dossier, paling in comparison with the role he played in the Reagan administration. As assistant secretary of state for human rights, Abrams sought to ensure that General Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala’s then-dictator, could carry out “acts of genocide”—those are the legally binding words of Guatemala’s United Nations–backed Commission for Historical Clarification—against the indigenous people in the Ixil region of the department of Quiché, without any pesky interference from human-rights organizations, much less the US government.
    As the mass killings were taking place, Abrams fought in Congress for military aid to Ríos Montt’s bloody regime. He credited the murderous dictator with having “brought considerable progress” on human-rights issues. Abrams even went so far as to insist that “the amount of killing of innocent civilians is being reduced step by step” before demanding that Congress provide the regime with advanced arms because its alleged “progress need[ed] to be rewarded and encouraged.”

  19. “I Wanna See You Bellydance” is considered the signature song of the Red Elvises.

    Ms. Graham-Cracker,  I think you were referring to Igor’s bass balalaika. They’re a fun group that’s been around a while




  20. They are at the SF

    Meanwhile the infrastructure plan in another pile of Pussy Grabber Poo

    Pussy Grabber Project List

    Interesting making broadband widely available but cutting out lifeline rates and ending net neutrality

    If you are poor tough nuggies

    this link takes you to the report

  21. Well another Sunday, the third under dear leader/dictator/supreme or whatever role the man-child is playing this morning.  Too many try to maintain a charade of normal mental state around the guy, they should not, he is bonkers.

    Puppy Bowl this afternoon.  DVR is set for it.





    puppy Bowl

  22. KGC,

    What do you expect, Michigan went for Trump. Hope they enjoy it.

    No sympathy from this corner.

  23. Is it going to take a real tragedy at one of these peaceful rallies to get people in power to reconsider recklessly stupid comments?

  24. TravisC,

    The problem is that these people don’t consider their comments to be recklessly stupid. Somehow they have come to believe that their ideas are mainstream.

  25. Ah, the Statue of Liberty. Wasn’t the model for Libertas the designer’s mother? Not that that would slow down our pussygrabber-in-chief. 🙁

  26. des moines register: Iowan, a Clinton supporter who was born before women could vote, dies at 103

    above video Published on Nov 9, 2016

    103-year-old Ruline Steininger has voted in every presidential election since 1936. This election, she was hoping for a Hillary Clinton victory.

  27. Flatus, I’m guessing that when you were in uniform you never dreamed you would see the day that you’d see the “P” in POTUS would stand for pussygrabber.

  28. Pat,

    I had a good chuckle after I realized that the AMA sign behind Ms Steininger wasn’t for the medical assoc, but was a truncated Obama placard. May she r.i.p.

  29. Pogo, I don’t recall POTUS being in use then. In any case, I hope pg returns to being proctor and gamble. Or even better, pogo.

  30. White House insiders say they’re fixing their chaos.

    It’s the same headline from the last two Sundays.
    Thank G!D for giving these nazis such dinky brains.

  31. SNL’s attack on seanie spice girl’s manhood is devastating. From now on, just a little tittering and smirking among the press corps will shame him. When the snickering becomes giggling and hooting, he’ll be toast.

    Then he can go on to a career selling used ziv automobiles.

  32. the great dictapater wants female WH staff to show up looking like ladies. Presumably, like (s)trumpettes.

  33. Jace – I guess that’s true. I’ll never understand it. I guess I’ll have to hope that reasonable Americans who straddle the political fence will ultimately turn away from it, call it out, and vote against it.

  34. In ’97 Minnesotans voted for a buffoon to be our gubberbluster. People just thought that it would be cool if we elected an airhead-head case.

    File it under The Death of Cool

  35. So today as I was traveling along in my truck listening to NPR a show called “Pipe Dreams” comes on where they play a lot of pipe organ music…….so today it was Bach, Moz, Da Beet, and such being played on the Skinner Organ in 2008 located in the chapel at Hope College (University?) in Holland, Michigan….



  36. Well, time for shrimps, chili & wine and 2 1/2 hours watching young men battling for rings and a trophy.

    Loved the Avocados from Mexico commercial. Take that Pence.

  37. A few hours of puppies, kittens, birds and a couple other critters and I am good for a few hours of peace and happiness.

    Just a thought but The Onion has met its match with the reality of intrigue, treason, treachery, madness and outright insanity, and January 20, 2017 is still fresh in our memories.

  38. BTW, if this is Punxi Phil’s idea of 6 more weeks of winter, I’ll take it. Washed both cars today in 50 degree sunshine. It didn’t suck. (We have our own local rodent weather prognosticator wannabe – ladies and gentlemen, French Creek Freddie)

  39. Commercials have been a bit disappointing. I can’t remember when I’ve seen so many recycled ads in the first have of a Super Bowl.

    Oh well. At least the game is more to my liking. I want a parade in John Lewis’ district.

  40. WTH is it with Last Week Tonight? Skipped the last month or so?  Good god, what was HBO thinking?

  41. pogo

    Super halftime shows just plain suck, really bad acoustics make the sound of a good performances sound like crap or at least that is what I think is the problem as they can take great performers and make it painful to listen to.

    I usually skip half time but Mrs Jack is a lady gaga fan so I suffer.


  42. Sorry Renee, but not looking promising for the Pats.

    Jack, true enough (and I don’t begrudge the lip sync “support”.) I can’t imagine how awful the performance would be without it.

  43. The NFL just laid down a pretty strong statement on being united. Oh and it looks like Jack-in-the-Box made a nice sly little dig about hackers too. I’m liking the second half commercials a lot better than the first half.

  44. Well, my how things change.

    I’ve been flipping back & forth to The Young Pope. Gonna have to watch it. Really good. I can always catch SB commercials later.

  45. RR, congrats. I know of 3 records that fell. 1st OT in SB history, 1st 5 time SB QB, 1st >19 point 4th quarter deficit ever overcome for a win. Plus, nice that it could happen with Tom’s mom there. Congrats to NE & all associated. (And I can’t wait to see Gooddell have to give the trophy to Belachek, who’ll hand it to Tom. I assume Tom will be MVP.)

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