Saturday, December 3, 2016

A timely quote:

“Since the liar is free to fashion his ‘facts’ to fit the profit and pleasure, or even the mere expectations, of his audience, the chances are that he will be more persuasive than the truth teller.”

~ Hannah Arendt 1967

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Challa

Celebrating Thanksgiving with the in-laws this afternoon and evening.  I am the official bread maker for the dinner.  I made a loaf of herb-onion bread, which uses fresh minced onion, rosemary, and dill weed.  As you can imagine, it makes for awesome day-after turkey sandwiches if there is any left over after dinner.  But the high point of tonight's dinner is going to be the awesome challah that I made this morning.  Check this thing out.  It's well over a foot long.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I was so wrong about who would win the election (electoral votes, not the popular vote), but then I'm certainly not the only one.  Welcome to our dystopian reality.  Things are not going to be pretty for the foreseeable future, so I'll just leave you with some simple beauty: a photo of one of the blooms on our Bird of Paradise plant that I took on Saturday.

I'm gonna try to keep it simple for a while and look for love and beauty wherever and whenever I can find it. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Final Word

Well, here it is, the eve of the election.  I will be glued to the tube all day tomorrow.  The Huffington Post forecast and the Princeton group forecast both predict a Clinton win in the 98-99 percentile.  They both discount Nate Silver's forecast for reasons they explain in detail, but even Silver is forecasting a 65 percent edge for Clinton.  My main worry at this point is liberal protest votes for minor or write-in candidates, or liberal protest by way of sitting out the vote entirely.  This should not happen for a lot of reasons, all of which are well-put in the following article.  Mary Elizabeth Williams hits it right on the head.  So wise up Susan Sarandon!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween lovers...

Some folks really go all out to celebrate Halloween.  For example, here are some pictures of Halloween yard decorations at a home near mine.  While I would never go to such lengths, I enjoy the efforts of others to decorate for holidays.  The most we can muster is a wreath on the front door during the Christmas holidays.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Why we all should vote for Hillary

My law school classmate, Henry Weinstein has written a terrific op ed for the LA Times explaining why we should all vote for Hillary Clinton despite our progressive outlook or moral  misgivings.  I encourage you to read it right here. I could not have said it better.  I am making a point of referring disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters and disillusioned millennials to this article.  Henry has far more "street cred" than I do so I'm hoping his words will sway them.

Monday, October 24, 2016

More from Daryl's House

Need some cheering up in the midst of this depressing election milieu?  I have picked out a couple of performances from a large playlist of performances from Daryl's House that should do the trick.  I'll let these performances speak for themselves.

First, the wonderful, ebullient Allen Stone.

Next the surprising Chromeo.

Remember, these are tracks from a long playlist so you will get the next in order after listening, so just click out of it at that point.