Don’t let life get you down!

Ever since my semi-disabling injury in 2004, I’ve had to learn to live with pain. It’s not fun, but one can cope if one tries (with the help of medication from time to time). If one allows the dark things to so cloud one’s outlook that one stops looking for the sun, one’s life will be lived in a state of perpetual twilight – and that’s no fun for anyone, particularly those who care about us. I found this video clip to be a good reminder of that truth. It’s of a kitten who was born without a pelvis or

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Was the Obamacare decision a poison pill for the Administration?

I haven’t had time to examine the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare in any detail (I’ve been traveling, as you know), but Whitehouse12 has a very interesting perspective on it.  If correct, it may be the silver lining in the cloud of the Supreme Court’s approval of this disastrous legislation.  Go read. Now it’s up to us to elect Representatives and Senators who’ll overturn the whole damn thing . . . Peter

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Well fed up and agreeably drunk . . .

. . . to quote the late, great Gerard Hoffnung. Miss D. and I have arrived safely at Brigid‘s place, after a leisurely run from the Mammoth Caves area today and a detour through a local meadery, from which we emerged bearing bottles for later consumption.  (At least, I thought it was supposed to be ‘later’ . . . I guess that depends on one’s definition of the term!  Miss D. and Brigid are definitely merrier now than they were a little earlier!)  Barkley is doing his best to persuade everyone in turn that he’s a hard-done-by Labrador who really, really

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Deep thoughts from a deep place

Miss D. and I are spending the night near Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  We got away shortly after lunchtime after a busy morning tying off loose ends, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s of life.  It was a very, repeat, VERY hot run to Kentucky – the thermometer was supposed to hit the low hundreds today, and it felt every bit of it!  Temperatures are forecast into the hundred-and-teens in some places over the weekend, so I’m glad we’ll be a bit further north and out of the worst of it. We visited Mammoth Caves this afternoon, and took one of

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Obamacare delenda est!

Marcus Portius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder, was a Roman citizen who lived from 234-149 BC, during the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage.  He’s widely credited with stirring up the Third Punic War, which led to the utter and permanent destruction of Carthage.  Among his many efforts in that regard was the phrase ‘Carthago delenda est!‘ (‘Carthage must be destroyed!’), which he repeated at the end of every one of his speeches, whether or not it had anything to do with Carthage.  So effective was his advocacy (and that of others) that in the end, his advice

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Dragon races!

The annual dragon boat festival is in full swing in Hong Kong once again.  The Telegraph provides a report on proceedings, along with this video clip.  It’s worth watching in full-screen mode. I’d love to see that in the flesh someday! Peter

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Blogging from the road

Miss D. and I will be hitting the road tomorrow for a brief excursion to Indiana.  We hope to spend a couple of days with Brigid and Barkley, and perhaps meet a few of the Indianapolis gang while we’re up there.  They’re forecasting triple-digit temperatures over the weekend, so I hope we don’t melt! I’ll put up some blog posts from the road, but they may not be as many as usual, or posted at the same time as normal.  Please keep us in your prayers for traveling safety.  I’ll be back on Sunday evening, all being well, so normal

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Doofus Of The Day #612

Today’s winner is from Massachusetts, but he won his award in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. A man was gored by a bull bison near the Norris campground on Saturday in Yellowstone National Park. . . . The man let the bull approach within a few feet of where he was sitting and refused to move away. This resulted in the animal tossing the man nearly 10 feet in the air and being pinned to the ground. The park visitor broke his collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs. He also suffered a groin injury. . . . “Park visitors are reminded

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Politics. Corruption. But I repeat myself . . .

I don’t think I could find a more perfect metaphor to illustrate how corrupt and self-serving US politicians have become than a recent development in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It seems that an election board there (staffed by Democratic Party operatives) has disqualified four Republicans from the ballot in November.  Their reason?  Because the candidates used paper clips instead of staples when they submitted their filings to the board. This may be politics on a very small local scale, but such imbecility is symptomatic of what’s wrong with our entire political setup.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more farcical, stupid

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A fascinating glimpse of ancient trade routes

A recent archaeological discovery in Germany has sparked great interest and scholarly debate.  Der Spiegel reports: Archeologists in Germany have an unlikely new hero: former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. They have nothing but praise for the cigar-smoking veteran Social Democratic politician. Why? Because it was Schröder who, together with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, pushed through a plan to pump Russian natural gas to Western Europe. For that purpose, an embankment 440 kilometers (275 miles) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet) wide had to be created from Lubmin, a coastal resort town in northeastern Germany, to Rehden in Lower Saxony

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