Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Beginning of the End of Darkness

For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there;
Sap cheque'd with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o'ersnow'd and bareness every where.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 5

Originally posted by Lili, wherever you may find her

The winter solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5° south latitude; this year that happens at 11:19 PM EST. It is the shortest day of the year so rise early, although it will still be dark, and have your coffee and breakfast before the sun comes up. You cannot afford to squander even a minute of what has become precious daylight.

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Where you live determines the exact amount of daylight you will get today. Sunrise in Detroit is at 7:58 AM, Sunset at 5:03 PM giving us 9 hours, 5 minutes of daylight. I am luckier than some but not as lucky as others.

Which of course is true about nearly every aspect of life; learning to accept and appreciate that fact is one of life’s important lessons.

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Each day grows a bit longer now, we should celebrate the solstice as it is the beginning of the end of darkness. So get out there and enjoy whatever light you are fortunate enough to get.

O, that that earth, which kept the world in awe,
Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw!

Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1

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Friday, December 20, 2019

We Live In Parallel Universes: Well Done Dems.

The last Democrat debate of the year last night; considering there’s just a bit more than a week left, including Christmas and New Year’s eve, that’s quite a gift.

The Dems used the stage last night to traipse out their pseudo-middleclass credentials and to rant on the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Specifically, Judy Woodruff of PBS asked the candidates why, if impeachment is so necessary, more Americans weren’t on board with it.  The rest just pontificated on the wrongdoings of the President but Andrew Yang answered the question honestly: “We’re getting our news from different sources,” he said. In other words we live in parallel universes:

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Because that’s what happens when journalism is dead.

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While China proceeds the plot to take over the world through technology, the cloning of humans into computers and sheer numbers we will continue to debate whether Donald Trump saying mean things about his adversaries requires him to be removed from office.

Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip for June 03, 1993

Well done, Dems, well done.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

If You Can’t Compete You Must Impeach; If You Can, KAG

Nancy arrived on the House floor last night freshly powdered, coifed, PoliGripped and wearing black – as is befitting so solemn an occasion as a hanging or your party’s deathwatch.

Having warned her members to contain their celebrations until they were out of view and earshot she gives a few mutineers {{Rashida Tlaib}} a hard stare as they were unable to contains themselves:

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“First there’s a secret smile of glee, like the cat that swallowed the canary. It’s very fleeting, though; she suppresses it almost instantaneously. Then immediately, after putting on a stern face, she “shushes” the Democrats in schoolmarmy fashion in order to make sure they can’t be accused of celebrating.” - Neo

Meanwhile in Battle Creek thousands stood outside in 18 degree weather for hours in order to pack the Kellogg Arena to attend PDJT’s rally.

A couple hundred protestors also showed up, some sporting their classy Rashida shirts and all sporting her big mouth.

A loud and proud member of the very classy Rashida Tlaib arm of the Democrat party

Despite the bigmouths outside, the frigid cold and the impeachment vote back on the House floor, the Merry Christmas rally in the city that is home of Kellogg’s Cereal was a yuge success.

Tony the Tiger, official mascot for KAG 2020

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Men Make History

In 2009 Nancy Pelosi didn’t need to read the healthcare bill before instructing her members to pass it on behalf of the Great Obama Traveling Medicine Show.

“we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it…”

A decade later and she needn’t read the historical letter from the President chastising her for her role in the Democrats’ impeachment charade. While admitting she hadn’t actually read it yet because she was so busy doing the work of the American people, she nevertheless called President Trump’s scathing letter “ridiculous” and “really sick.” It’s her superpower: she doesn’t need to read.

Nancy Pelosi: vessel of received wisdom

And Nancy’s received wisdom and lack of leadership will be duly noted in history.

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And so here we are; the Democrat controlled House will vote to impeach a President they don’t like, can’t control and still can’t believe beat their own corrupt party machine in 2016. Mark my words, history will be far kinder to the President who fought to maintain our liberty, sovereignty and Republic - but in the process talked mean to his adversaries - than it will to the illegal, unethical, dishonest and corrupt Democrats who impeached him.

“You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.” – President Donald J. Trump

Trust me: while the Left continues to argue that Santa Claus needs to be more gender-fluid and lobbies to change “history”  to “herstory” President Trump will continue to Make America Great Again and in the process perhaps even save Western civilization from the clutches of progressivism.

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I  predict that the President’s Battle Creek rally tonight will be a barnstormer of historical proportions.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

No Country For Old Men

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The definitive answer to the question “Will Obama endorse Joe Biden for President?” comes from Obama himself, and I guess the answer is no:

“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way.”

Barry expanded on the problem cause by “old men.”

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes.”

I guess nobody has advised him that “old man” Trump has managed a significant improvement “across the board on just about everything” from unemployment to the stock market. In fact the stock market has hit over 100 all time highs since President Trump’s inauguration. But Obama thinks Hillary could have done better, because she’s a girl:

“Now, women, I just want you to know: you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us men.” Independent Sentinel

As for old Joe – well let’s just say he was for Obama’s plan to get rid of all the old (white) men before he was against it:

Via WSJ.

In 1972,…Cale Boggs was a two-term U.S. senator from Delaware. He was 63. Reporters in their coverage of the campaign described his “thinning hair” and said he sometimes got “tongue-tied.”

His challenger, meanwhile, a one-term county councilman, was 29. Reporters called Joe Biden “boyishly slim” and noted that he often talked about “how the old guard has bungled things.”

Biden ran newspaper ads yoking the incumbent to imagery evocative of bygone days. “Cale Boggs’ generation dreamed of conquering polio,” one said. “In 1950 Cale Boggs hoped to make Americans safe from Stalin,” a second said. Another mentioned “the 1948 poll tax.” The ads emphasized the need for “new thinking” and “new solutions.”

And that’s No Malarkey, 50 years at the public trough of graft an corruption is enough from one old man. But feel free to misremember and gaffe your way across the Heartland. Nobody’s paying attention anyway.

Image result for no malarkey tourWhat if you threw a No Malarkey tour and nobody came?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Downtown Christmas Memories

It’s time once again to reminisce about the days of Christmas Past when shopping entailed a trip downtown to visit the Five and Dimes and your local department stores. From the heyday of downtowns we transitioned first to the era of suburban malls, enclosed meccas of commerce featuring anchor stores, hot pretzels, cheap boutiques and endless parking lots. That vignette too has morphed into Christmas Past as once great malls have become wastelands of obsolescence. By and large they now sit empty awaiting a rebirth.

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Somewhere along the line the wizards of marketing decided that people really wanted to be exposed to the winter elements as they did their Christmas shopping. Accordingly commerce complexes moved to even more suburban settings involving an endless collection of Big Box stores congregated around busy intersections, an infinite number of fast food outlets and even more expansive parking lots. This configuration remains a part of the Christmas Present shopping experience but the Big Box era is approaching its own sell-by-date as more and more of the brick and mortars fall by the wayside.

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People are quickly migrating to the convenience of a new Christmas Present model: shopping online and having the  Amazon elves deliver your Christmas gifts right to the front door.

I’m guessing Christmas Future will bring something even more akin to virtual reality where money changes hands but the physical aspects of selecting, wrapping and delivering of actual gifts will be replaced by an email notice and a computer generated image of things your friends and family imagine you’d like.

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So enjoy your actual shopping days before Christmas while you still can: soon enough they’ll become just one more cultural anachronism.


When I was growing up  every town had at least one iconic department store that did Christmas right: fabulous back-lit and magical Christmas displays, often animated, gracing all of their street level windows. In a time before kids were so wired into their iPhones and “social” networks that they missed much of the amazement of the real world, there were all these fabulous windows of mystery and wonder, free for the taking. All it took was a dime bus ride downtown. 

I was very lucky as my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI, had three such emporiums of merchandise, all founded in the late 1800’s:


All now long gone. One of them, Herpolsheimer’s,  however lives on as it has been memorialized in the film version of Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Polar Express.

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The old Herp’s, as the locals called it, had what was called  the “Santa Express” – a monorail that ran around the entire basement level of the store during the Christmas season to keep kids occupied as mom and dad shopped.

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It is said to have served as the inspiration for Van Allsburg’s  popular book.

The old Herpolsheimer’s building,

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which once housed the inspirational train and window wonders currently houses the Grand Rapids Police Department. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you probably wouldn’t want to take your kids there for a festive Christmas pot pie lunch in their tea room.

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And don’t even get me started on the “dime” stores, of which Grand Rapids also enjoyed three:

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Woolworths, above, at the foot of Monroe, Grants, right next door, and Kresge’s just up a block to the east.

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Also all gone.

What about your town’s locally owned iconic department stores? Do any of them still exist? Are any of them still in the downtown area? Or is your downtown comprised of restaurants, bars and clubs these days? Just wondering.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Week in Shakespeare

Last week was exhausting so I’m handing it off to Shakespeare for the official wrap up.

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”  Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1

Chipmunks around the world accuse Hillary of cultural appropriation

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – The Tempest Act 1 Scene 2

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“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” Julius Caesar Act 4 Scene 3

Image result for donald trump boris johnsonRide the tide

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Twelfth Night Act 2 Scene 5

Image result for greta thunberg time person of yearTime’s world weary Person of the Year, wearing her mantle of greatness heavily

Go ahead, make your own Week in Shakespeare meme. Shakespeare was a genius and his writings provide a quote for every human event that ever has or will occur.