19 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jack, good choice. a little dark and a little light, just like the past few days.  thank you


  2. kev, a little quid (promising in 1st speech as speaker to takedown/shakedown FBI and gut IRS)

    pro quo (“He really helped me get those final votes”)?

    you-know-who is the “He” he refers to.

  3. Brahms’ Hungarian dances have been a fave since i was a squid…..even bought the album wit me own little dollars

  4. Jack, nice. When I think Brahms I think lullabies.  Seems he had a much broader body of work than that. 
    Sturg, I never knew what that piece you posted was – now I do. As orchestral string music goes it may be the most identifiable piece out there. 

  5. sturge, pretty sure you weren’t even a squid when this came out in 1943.  it’s one of those oldies but goodies that’s been rerun on kiddie shows thousands of times since then. must’ve seeped into your unconscious and impressed your childhood brain

    Pigs in a Polka is a one-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Merrie Melodies series, produced in Technicolor and released to theaters on February 6, 1943 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger and directed by Friz Freleng, with musical supervision by Carl W. Stalling. There is very little dialogue in the cartoon aside from the Big Bad Wolf’s introduction of the story and the pigs introducing themselves. The film is a parody of two Walt Disney films: 1933 Three Little Pigs and 1940 Fantasia. The familiar story of the Three Little Pigs is set in this film to several of Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances”, specifically No.5, No.7, No.6 and No.17 which appear in that order. It is also part of a light-hearted, culturally subversive Merrie Melodies running joke. It was nominated for the 1942 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons.

  6. patd

    Once upon a time, children were subversively given classical music in the guise of cartoons.  Who could forget the Whale who sang opera.


  7. McCarthy speaker bid has Freedom Caucus members turning on each other as faction plots to ‘undermine him’ – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

    According to a report from the Washington Post, California RTepublican Kevin McCarthy’s persistence to become House speaker may have paid off after he squeaked out a win after 15 ballots, but there are still bruised feelings and a rift has grown among members of the Freedom Caucus over his ascension.



    for some reason when I read the above this willie the shake snippet came to mind:

    “Let me have men about me that are fat,
    …Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
    He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.”

  8. https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/08/politics/kevin-mccarthy-view-from-home/index.html

    ~My Kevin~

    “Thomas left Congress in 2007 and was succeeded by McCarthy. In the December 26 issue of The New Yorker, Thomas blasted his former protégé, saying, “Kevin basically is whatever you want him to be. He lies. He’ll change the lie, if necessary.”

    “The Kevin McCarthy who is now, at this time, in the House, isn’t the Kevin McCarthy I worked with,” Thomas was quoted as saying.

    “McCarthy did condemn Trump soon after the attack on the Capitol, saying, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.”

    “But not long after, McCarthy made a stunning reversal, saying, “I don’t believe he (Trump) provoked if you listened to what he said at the rally.”

    “Trump has publicly referred to McCarthy as “My Kevin.”

    “Since then, McCarthy has catered to some of his party’s contentious members, vowing to reinstate Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on committees if Republicans won back the House.”

  9. Jamie – I think both of those ~ladies~ go to work packing heat.  Twenty paces at dawn? 

  10. Maybe they could settle on votes by letting MTG and Boebert mud wrestle in the aisles.  
    Jamie….   ROTFLMAO!

  11. What are the chances SFB will use what’s happening in Brazil to keep diehard MAGAts engaged to the point they are willing to attempt another, bloody coup here?

    Fascists of a feather eff things up together.

    Bolsonaro believed to be in Florida as supporters protest in Brazil

    “Brazil’s former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is believed to be in Florida as his supporters stormed the country’s Congress and Supreme Court, prompting a warning from the U.S. Embassy to citizens to avoid the area of government buildings.”

  12. For chuckles my YouTube account may have confused the advertisement algorithm.  Most of the time when an ad shows up, it is the same one over and over again.  It is so common I know exactly when to click to skip ads.  Now I am getting emails from Google asking me to change certain settings and perform some type of clearing some remote server.  Nope.  I like knowing that the ad is the same and I can clear it without having to listen to the whole thing and another one following it.
    I realize that at some point Google/YouTube will figure out the problem with the algorithm that causes the same one to repeat. Until them I am happy with the ad I see.

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