How To Set The Bar REAL Low!

Here’s a quick giggle for you. I was checking out news stories, and clicked on a link for a rather non-descriptive headline. So I go to http://www.osundefender.org. It’s a newspaper in Nigeria – according to their proud banner, “The 6th Most Visited Newspaper Website In Nigeria”.

Are you freaking KIDDING me?!? SIXTH?!? And you’re PROUD of this?!?

Guess all those Nigerian princes wiring money to the US can’t be wrong, eh? :D

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Goodbye, Ernie.

On the northside of Chicago
Lies pure frustration’s hub.
But Wrigley Field is quiet and sad
As we say Farewell to Mr. Cub.

A true Cubs fan stays faithful
Through every error, foul, and flub.
We learned to be so steadfast
From the spirit of Mr. Cub.

Though decades pass without a win
For our beleaguered club,
And though they oft leave our patience
Worn to a nub,
We shall always love our Northside boys
And cheer from every pub.
So Rest in Peace, dear Ernie Banks.
Farewell, our friend, Mister Cub.

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Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

To believe in a religious faith is fine. To get angry when someone pokes fun at it is acceptable. To murder someone over a cartoon transcends asinine, overreaches obscene, and vaults directly to despicable. And to kill almost half of a satire magazine’s staff, then to walk over to a prostrate wounded police officer and shoot him to death, goes beyond even my rich vocabulary to condemn. This isn’t revenge for Mohammed, this isn’t Islam triumphing over Christianity, this is just one thing – cowardice that should make the heavens themselves open up and strike down the loathsome wastes of DNA that assaulted the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Today, I Am Charlie Hebdo. We should all be Charlie Hebdo. And we must make sure that freedom of expression, no matter how loathsome some may find it, should continue unabated.

We owe those who perished today, nothing less. Je suis Charlie Hebdo.

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Still Here – Sort Of.

Just a quick note to let you all know I’m still around. My PC problems were mostly solved, save for re-establishing contact with my Email (so I could respond to comments, mainly), when my on-again-off-again pancreatitis returned with a vengeance. I thought I had it whipped a few weeks ago, but after a miserable 8-day head-cracking migraine, the guts went nuts – again. Believe me, a diet of toast, cheese and crackers, and PBJ sandwiches gets REAL boring after several weeks.

One sad note before I sign off for 2014. Edward Hermann has passed. While he has a fairly extensive filmography, I will always remember his mellifluous baritone narration on so many History Channel shows of the 90s and 2000s. A very talented and highly intelligent man, he didn’t just narrate, he narrated with emotion and caring in his voice. A sad loss indeed.

Well, to those of you east of me, hope you had a Happy New Year. To those south and west, may you have a Happy New Year. And while it might take a bit, I do have plans to be back – soon, I hope!

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Veterans’ Day 2014

On the porch of a house in Fresno,
a small town in Ohio,
Three flags in the wind blow for veterans I know,
And those I don’t know,
But admire and appreciate so.

World War 1, 100 years ago. World War 2, 75 years ago. The 2nd Gulf War yet to go.
Will we ever learn?
I hope so …. but I don’t know.

Thanks to all who serve, and have served, all around this world.

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A Picture Worth More Than Words

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This is an editorial “cartoon” fromĀ  cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon , done for Halifax’s The Chronicle Herald earlier today. I felt this needed to be seen as widely as possible. For those unfamiliar with the war memorial in Ottawa, the soldiers depicted on the memorial are reaching down to Corporal Nathan Cirillo, with one of the statue’s soldiers kneeling by him as he died. Corporal Cirillo was the young soldier from Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who was so coldly and cowardly murdered on Wednesday.

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A Horrible Day for Hamilton.

This was supposed to be a quick and light note, letting you all know I’m working my way back online following numerous technical problems (including not one, but two crashed laptops) and a number of home projects that kept me away from the blogosphere. Unfortunately, this post must take a sadder tone.

You’ve probably heard of the shooting of a Canadian soldier at their war memorial in Ottawa, just outside their Parliament building. The soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Why does that matter? The Argylls are the sister unit of my beloved adoptive Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, both serving out of the John Foote Armoury in downtown Hamilton. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve shed more than a tear or two since I heard that – I still think VERY fondly of the Rileys, remembering a herd of WW2 vets who took me out to lunch, their treat, simply because I had bothered to drive up from Chicago to see their little museum. The feeling of honoured veterans thinking I was worthy of such an honour is impossible to describe.

I don’t have the spirit to say much more, other than to wish the Canadian soldier wounded in Monday’s incident a full and speedy recovery, to give my condolences to the friends and families of both the soldier killed Monday and to Corporal Cirillo’s, and to let all my Canadian friends know that they are in my thoughts more than usual tonight.

As to my status, I still need to get Email working so I can actually reply to particular folks. I do want to give a HUGE shoutout to Archon, of Archon’s Den, for detouring from a Cleveland knife show to come hunt me down and give me a swift kick in the pants to get back online. Archon, message well received and understood – and if you ever drop in like that again, ya better know CPR, ’cause the shock of your visit dang near did me in! ;)

So hang in there, everybody. It may take a while for me to respond, but I’ll do my best. And thanks to all those who have missed me – Frank, ‘Rants, and Benzeknees in particular. It’s always nice to know that somebody out there misses me. Take care, all, see you soon!

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