20 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. SNL speaking of miracles

    After watching her confirmation vote with President Biden (James Austin Johnson), Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (Ego Nwodim) receives advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon), Thurgood Marshall (Kenan Thompson), Harriet Tubman (Punkie Johnson) and Jackie Robinson (Chris Redd).

  2. Russian aggression not limited to Ukraine alone, says Zelensky (msn.com)

    Addressing the “free people of a brave country,” Zelensky said in a late night video message to Ukrainians that Russia’s war aim “was not intended to be limited to Ukraine alone” and the “entire European project is a target.”
    “That is why it is not just the moral duty of all democracies, all the forces of Europe, to support Ukraine’s desire for peace,” he said. “This is, in fact, a strategy of defense for every civilized state.”
    […]
    Several European leaders have made efforts to show solidarity with battle-scarred Ukraine. In his video address, Zelensky thanked the leaders of Britain and Austria for their visits to Kyiv on Saturday and pledges of further support.
    He also thanked the European Commission president and Canada’s prime minister for a global fundraising event that brought in more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) for the millions of Ukrainians who have fled their homes.
    Zelensky repeated his call for a complete embargo on Russian oil and gas, which he called the sources of Russia’s “self-confidence and impunity.” Some European countries depend heavily on imported Russian energy.
    “We have to fight, but fight for life. You can’t fight for dust when there is nothing and no people. That’s why it is important to stop this war,” the president said.
    […]
    In the interview with AP, Zelensky noted the increased support but expressed frustration when asked if weapons and equipment Ukraine has received from the West is sufficient to shift the war’s outcome.
    “Not yet,” he said, switching to English for emphasis. “Of course it’s not enough.”

  3. Tom Lehrer…….94 years old.  Ain’t that somethin’

    “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” – Tom Lehrer, 1973

  4. Lovely piece Jack. Speaking of larks, ok, birds, yesterday morning I noticed that one of the 2 nests on the eaves under the roof overhang on our back porch had blown down. I picked it up and tossed it away – sucker was heavy – I’d say at least 2 pounds. Anywho, I went out about 6 to fire up the grill and when I opened it saw that momma bird had built her nest in the wood chip pan I use when I smoke stuff. And she was in it and flew out frantically. There were 3 little brown eggs in the nest, which was made from twigs and artificial plant materials- likely from or ND neighbor’s “plants”. So I set the nest on the outside shelf of the grill, fired it up and cooked the burgers, and mom came and went as I’d go out to open the grill and flip the burgers. After the grill cooled down I put the nest back in the grill. Will check this morning to see if mom has continued to warm the eggs. Gotta find a place outside for it- there is no way I can see for the younguns to ry their wings in the grill.

    Just checked. Momma’s on the nest. Funny ol’ bird.

  5. If you’re really lucky you’ll get to see the first flight of the babies…..it is hilarious.  The parents go out and call to them to c’mon…..one baby will get on the edge of the nest and the others from behind push him or her on off the edge and he has to get those wings to flapping.    But he has no flight control so it’s high speed in a straight line to wherever they were aimed at, where they just smack into whatever it is. It takes them about 3 flights to gain control.  

  6. Jack…  that was great… thanks!
     
    I love watching baby birds.  I love getting up in the morning to put the bird feeders out and listening to all the mating calls going on right now.

  7. can you imagine this ever being said by any one of our politicians, office holders whether from the mayors up to the governors and  presidents (in particular that infamous loser the 45th)? 

     

    the hill:

    Zelensky turned introspective when asked what impact the pace of arms deliveries had for his people and whether more lives could have been saved if the help had come sooner.

    “Very often we look for answers in someone else, but I often look for answers in myself. Did we do enough to get them?” he said of the weapons. “Did we do enough for these leaders to believe in us? Did we do enough?”

    He paused and shook his head.

    “Are we the best for this place and this time? Who knows? I don’t know. You question yourself,” he said.

  8. Sturg, trying to figure out the logistics of that for the little family since the nest is inside the grill. I’m thinking that when i hear the first peeps I’ll prop the grill lid open an inch or two to facilitate them being able to get out.  I’m open to suggestions.

  9. I kinda subscribe to the they-found-their-way-in, they’ll-find-their-way-out theory, but I reckon I have lost a few from having uncovered them, try as I might to set things aright.

  10. “What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle.” ~Stephen King~

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