Innocents Abroad

Our Trail friend Pogo is taking us on an adventure. Early this morning he wrote:

Well, sitting in Leonardo da Vinci airport on a 7 hour layover on the way to London. The delay may make (OK, allow) my trip to not coincide with SFB’s – although I’d kinda like to see the blimp – the one flown in protest as opposed to the fat one having tea with the queen.  Beautiful new concourse (E), and not very busy. Another couple cups of coffee and I’ll be wired to the gills. Luckily there is free WiFi. Life could be worse. 

Bon voyage, old friend. The most bonniest voyage.


23 thoughts on “Innocents Abroad”

  1. “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I have finished my travels.”
    Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

  2. LOL. Of the 3 of us I am the consummate ass (having been abroad or not, our friends and family would confirm) and Mrs. P & LP are  the innocents of our crew. Being contiguous Mexico and Canada don’t count as abroad.  
    And unless the orange baby blimp is deployed somewhere near Tower Bridge, I probably won’t see it.

  3. and later he wrote the above foreshadowing a title today spelled with a “u” not an “a”

    “One finds out a great many wonderful things, by traveling, if he stumbles upon the right person.”
    Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad

  4. from NYTimes op ed by Charles Blow :

    In an interview Saturday with Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing British tabloid, The Sun, President Trump characterized statements by Meghan Markle, before she became Duchess of Sussex, as “nasty” during the 2016 campaign.

    Of course, Trump was being led in this exchange to be precisely who we all know he is. The question itself was problematic, as it disclosed a biased characterization by the journalist, who asks Trump: “Are you sorry not to see her because she wasn’t so nice about you during the campaign? I don’t know if you saw that.”

    Nice? That’s right, an antonym to nasty. It was a setup, but one that both parties wanted.

    The Sun is in some ways like a British print edition of America’s Fox News, but it is also Britain’s largest paper. That’s the paradox.


    But it was simply wrong to categorize Markle’s comments as nasty; they were simply factual. She said in a 2016 interview on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” that Trump was divisive and misogynistic and vocal about it.

    Where’s the lie?

    A better journalist, if he or she wanted to have Trump weigh in on the comments, would simply read Markle’s response and ask for the president’s response.

    But, they didn’t, and Trump went directly to the place he feels most comfortable, referring to women who oppose him as nasty.

    I have no royalist fetish or reverence. Indeed, I find the existence of royalty in any society problematic. But this isn’t as much about Trump’s reaction to a princess as it is about his reaction to a woman, in this case, a black woman.

    As Caroline Light, a gender studies professor at Harvard, told The Washington Post in 2015 after Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during a presidential debate, this labeling dates to colonial times when “a ‘nasty’ woman is one who refuses to remain in her proper place, as defined by men. One who challenges male authority.”

    There is no way to review the way Trump has spoken of and treated the women to whom he’s been attracted to or those with whom he has disagreed, and see anything other than sexism and misogyny.

    Lest we ever forget: Trump was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women and boasting: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

    Lest we forget: Over 20 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. We now know for a fact that he paid off two women — porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal — to prevent them from disclosing during the campaign their allegations of sexual encounters with him.

    Lest we forget: Buzzfeed reported in 2016 that some contestants in the 1997 Teen USA competition complained that Trump “walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing.” ….


    Trump is divisive and misogynistic. Score one for the princess.

    Now, I’m sure that Trump is not a student of history, colonial or otherwise. But, one doesn’t have to understand the etymology of a word or phrase to propagate its poison or to embody its intentions.


  5. imagining prince harry tonight at dinner approaching the twit, slapping his face with a glove and challenging him to a duel.

    homer did it

  6. Rough days over on the other side of the pond.  The Queen is going to inspect what SFB is going to shovel into his orifice.  That is funny.  She is too nice to launch a looey into his pile of mash. 
    Life is avoiding a serious accident by going into the center median and dodging bushes and trees and then getting to a light and find out your brakes failed.  Yup, everybody should practice driving without brakes, just in case.  And take a defensive driving course, just in case. 

  7. Melanoma looks pretty good this trip usually she dresses like a Ukranian prison guard

    Bon Voyage to the Pogos Hope it’s a great trip Nice that little P is willing to go to. When I was that age – I would not have traveled to Europe with the parents. I barely wanted to cross the street with them. (and I liked my parents)

  8. KGC, others noticed too.  is the diana suit another form of plagiarism?

    Melania In Diana Suit And Hat

    Melania Trump channels Princess Diana in elegant white two-piece suit with navy detailing to meet The Queen


    [is this one of Murdoch’s?]


    Melania Trump channels Princess Diana in elegant white two-piece suit with navy detailing to meet The Queen



  9. from above sun link:

    Melania matched with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in white – but many noted that her look was straight out of Princess Diana’s wardrobe.

    Prince Harry and William’s late mother wore white skirt suits, often with a hat or blue detailing, to several royal engagements during her marriage to Charles, who also dined with the US President.


    Melania’s outfit went down a treat on social media, where fans tweeted: “Melania Trump’s outfit today is a lovely homage to Princess Diana, down to the tilt of the hat. Sweet.”


    Others said: “Melania looking strikingly Diana-esque as she arrives as Buckingham Palace.”


  10. When I was Later P’s age, I was often drafted to be duty driver when my parents went on vacation or showed their visitors from distant parts the sights of MN, WI, ND and Hither Ontario. 

  11. melanoma’s couture ? R U kiddin’ me ? Princess “Di” ?
    High fashion is a folk art commissioned by and for the excessively rich. 

  12. I would prefer to see her in the black kit of the 17th ‘Death or Glory’ Lancers, ca 1885, with the skull and crossbones embroidered by military widows employing silver thread. 
    I hope someone shows him the ax with which the Parliamentarians cut off king charles I’s debate. The sight might have a somewhat salutary effect. For a time.

  13. Calais. Just passed a Franglais Vins barn. Thought that was funny. Saw a little of SFB last night on local news. What an asshole. 

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