The horticulturist in the Google doodle

I'm staying away from most headlines out of news exhaustion, so today I'm posting about Gertrude Jekyll (no relation to Robert Lewis Stevenson's fictional doctor). Gertrude, born 174 years ago, was THE garden designer of her age, Born in 1843, Jekyll was a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer who created more than 400 … Continue reading The horticulturist in the Google doodle


Thankfulness is not the same as gratitude. Thankfulness involves appreciativeness, gratitude is the act of being thankful. You must appreciate something in order to be thankful, which brings in the act of gratitude. Our first President, George Washington, at the request of Congress, established the first Thanksgiving Day for the purpose of "acknowledging with grateful … Continue reading Thankfulness

Ladies and gentlemen

In the late 1960s the counterculture set out to destroy societal mores. Free love, legal abortions at any point in the pregnancy, drug use, destruction of the establishment, damn the consequences. The 60s generation rebelled against their parents's standards where men were expected to be gentlemen and women ladies. I was not one of the … Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen

Curbelo’s not “Hispanic” enough, says CHCaucus

The 30 members of the all-Democrat Congressional Hispanic Caucus denied Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s membership, since to the Caucus you're not "Hispanic" enough unless you are a liberal: CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) said the group’s decision wasn’t just based on the Dream Act but also Curbelo’s support for Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare … Continue reading Curbelo’s not “Hispanic” enough, says CHCaucus

Menendez, the unmentioned scandal

A sitting U. S. Senator is on trial for corruption and is involved in a sex scandal, but you wouldn't know it. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) is on trial for 12 counts of bribery and corruption; his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, is on for 11 counts. The jury is deadlocked but will resume deliberations … Continue reading Menendez, the unmentioned scandal

Lather, rinse, repeat

I normally focus on Latin American news, but two stories have prominently popped up in my news feed during the last couple of days: the Roy Moore sex accusations, and the Trump-didn't-take questions-in-China tale. The Roy Moore story (or as Scott Johnson calls it, The Moore miasma) is astonishing, not the least because of the … Continue reading Lather, rinse, repeat

The cartels and their false gods

Drug cartels have a full panoply of false gods. The best-known in the wide-ranging and impressive array is Our Lady of the Assassins, made famous by a popular novel that was later made into a movie. She's also known as Santa Muerte, a grim reaper figure which even turned up in Breaking Bad, The most … Continue reading The cartels and their false gods

Cowards at war

Yesterday afternoon a jihadist mowed down dozens of people in Lower Manhattan, killing eight and injuring eleven. Five of the dead were Argentinians celebrating a 30th class reunion. Yesterday's terrorist massacre was one more incident where cowards attack the unarmed, unaware, helpless public for the cause of a "holy" war against infidels . . . who … Continue reading Cowards at war

Some of My Best Friends Are Catholic

by baldilocks Many of my Facebook friends – most of whom are conservatives -- are arguing about controversies of recent vintage and of this particular day: whether or not to continue watching the NFL, whether Christians should allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities or participate in those festivities themselves. I find it … Continue reading Some of My Best Friends Are Catholic

Math is white privilege?

There's a math education professor at the University of Illinois who thinks "math perpetuates white privilege," “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued. Gutierrez … Continue reading Math is white privilege?

It’s official: the Dems paid for the Trump-Russia dossier

And the WaPo's anonymous sources say so:  Fusion GPS was paid by Marc E. Elias, a lawyer acting on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community. Elias and his law … Continue reading It’s official: the Dems paid for the Trump-Russia dossier

Who wanted to meet with the Russians? Bill Clinton

John Solomon and Alison Spann continue their reporting on the Clintons and Rosatom, the original Russia collusion story, Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director … Continue reading Who wanted to meet with the Russians? Bill Clinton

The original Russia collusion story: Uranium

In case you missed it while people hashtag "#MeToo", John Solomon and Alison Spann report that in 2009 the FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow, Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One. Russia and the Clintons: They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear … Continue reading The original Russia collusion story: Uranium

Has anyone gone to the movies recently?

While the Harvey Weinstein culture wars play out, I made a quick survey among friends, and asked, "When was the last time you went to see a movie in a theater?" Out of ten people, only two had been to a movie theater in 2017. Three hadn't been to a cinema for so long they … Continue reading Has anyone gone to the movies recently?

Will NAFTA expire after five years?

As you may recall, now-President Trump went to Mexico during last year's campaign, and, after he took over the press conference, both Pres. Peña Nieto and he stated that NAFTA should be renegotiated. If you look up the history of NAFTA, you find: The United States commenced bilateral trade negotiations with Canada more than 30 … Continue reading Will NAFTA expire after five years?