Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Love, Comfort and Joy

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to us all!  Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday and  joy, peace, and prosperity in the year to come.

My heart soars and my spirit is lifted hearing this beautiful music.

O Holy Night

Panis Angelicus

Gloria in Excelsis Deo


Saturday, December 14, 2019

You don't know what you're missing...

So get yourselves over to this blog and find out.  Then when a music trivia question comes up on your favourite quiz show, you'll know the answer!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends

What a year it's been, and not in a good way. But this Thanksgiving I am so thankful for all of you; you are true friends!

Tuesday, my son, DIL, granddaughter and I had a big turkey dinner at the nursing home where I have placed my mom to keep her safe and well. Mom was lucid and happy, and we enjoyed it very much.

Yesterday we cooked rib eyes in the rain (well, my son did!). We had lots of go-with-ers, and I must say my DIL is an excellent cook! We laughed and sang and played cards and shook off a crazy year. We're all working for a much better 2020.

I've picked up my guitar again for what seems to be the first time in years. I'm even thinking about writing again, and am so very happy this kitchen table has survived the lean-content times.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

To file or not to file

The State of New York passed a law that would enable the state to release Donald Trump's New York tax returns should coup conspirators, or should I say, committees of Congress request those returns. The President sued in a Washington DC federal court to get that law thrown out but a judge has dismissed that suit on the grounds that that court does not have jurisdiction in the matter.

This story is not over yet, and hopefully it will eventually turn out in the Presidents behalf. Should it not turn out that way I have a suggestion:

Americans should stop filing income tax returns of any sort.

Why?

We fill out our tax returns, under penalty of law, with the assurance that the information is confidential. As has been said many times, if they can do it to the President, they can do it to anyone.

Do you support the opposition party? Show us your taxes.

You are a critic of government policy? Show us your taxes.

If we are required to submit confidential information to the government, we should be able to do so with the expectation that such information is secret. If the tyrants in Washington are able to retroactively expose us, then we should have the right to deny the government this information in the first place.

Sic semper tyrannis. There may very well be a revolution coming. The plotters will not know what hit them. Vindman does not represent the military. Most of the military is like flyover country while the higher-ups are like the elitist coastal cities: they may think the majority is with them, but the majority is not.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lest We Forget



In Flanders Fields

 - 1872-1918
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Friday, November 1, 2019

In Hell I'll Be In Good Company

Love this (discovered via Tim Newman's Twitter feed).  Matt's pretty sure the lovely lady red posted the video before, but our blog search foo failed.  Anyway, whistle, pick, sing or shuffle along!



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It's the same old song

Years ago, my father went into an Irish cultural store in San Francisco. This store advertised that it would find your Irish family crest and would guarantee it to to be authentic. My father paid to have them find our family crest. When it came in, my father noticed that it was different than what he had seen before.

My father said to the store owner, "I have looked it up in four books and they all had the same thing and it was different from this."

The store owned asked my father, "Did you look it up in [whatever the book was]. My father answered, "Yes."

The store owner then explained, "You looked it up in one book, and three other books that looked it up in that one book. You did not look it up in four independent sources."

We all know how the Deep State received the fake dossier on President Trump, released some of the information from that fake dossier to friends in the media, then went to the FISA Court with the dossier and used the reports in the media as verification of that dossier, never disclosing that it was not independent verification.

The chicanery did not end there. Currently, Democrats in the House have continued their attempted soft coup with a "whistle blower's" complaint about the President's phone call with the Ukrainian President. Adam Schiff read fake quotes, supposedly from that phone call, in Congress. Nothing has happened to Schiff yet, and I have not heard anything about removing that fraudulent information from the Congressional Record. I doubt anything will happen to Schiff about this incident, and I am sure that his lies will remain in the record where future "scholars" can read it and conclude that President Trump is the devil incarnate.

Now we have more news, which is what reminded me of my father's experience at the Irish store. Before the complaint about the President's phone call was made public, there was a change to the form that whistle blowers were to use to report malfeasance. It used to be that the whistle blower had to have first-hand knowledge of the actions in question. Now the form allows for second, or even third-hand information -- just in time for this action against Trump, and never mind that Schiff has lied about what he knew and when he knew it.

There are reports of a second whistle blower. Things must be really bad if two people are reporting illegal deeds by the President, never mind that there are records of previous Democratic Presidents committing more egregious acts. In fact, there is no evidence that the President's phone call was illegal or unethical.

We now have reports that this second whistle blower is actually the source for the complaint made by the first whistle blower. This is probably why the whistle blower form was changed, so Democrats can give the appearance that the President is endangering the country by many questionable acts. Of course, the media is going to play along as they always do.

The Democratic Party is a danger to the United States and the Constitution.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18 Years

The memory of that day will never fade.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

This Is So Cool

You all know how much I'm into genetics and family history and all that jazz. New studies and advances in science have opened up so much knowledge! Check this out:

A new study that we’ve conducted in conjunction with expert statistician and demographer Dr. Daniel Staetsky has uncovered that there are surprising numbers of people descended from Jewish ancestors in Hungary — far higher than previously estimated by demographers.
Our analysis of a huge cohort of 1.8 million anonymized DNA tests — the first of its kind in Jewish demography research — has revealed that the country with the highest proportion of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity after Israel is Hungary, and not the United States as was previously believed. After Israel, the top countries in terms of significant Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity were Hungary and Russia, followed by Argentina, South Africa, Ukraine, and then the USA.
Who would have thought Hungary? I believe that genetics research will be the only thing that brings peace to a fragmented world. Heck, if we're all cousins, there is no need for endless wars. Right?