Sunday morning music

Maddy Prior is a legend in her own lifetime to English folk music enthusiasts.  Lead vocalist for Steeleye Span, a solo artist with a prolific output, and performer with many other individuals and groups (including Mike Oldfield, Strawbs, and many others), she’s a modern icon of the field.  I have a lot of her music, solo and with others, and enjoy it very much. Back in 1999, she released her solo album “Ravenchild“.  Among more traditional music, it contains a six-song cycle about ravens.  For those of you who have never read about the bird, it repays attention.  When I was courting Miss D. in

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It’s now very clear – the Ukraine “scandal” is a coup attempt against President Trump

The sheer scale of the malevolence of the Democratic Party and its operatives within the “Swamp” or “Deep State” (call it what you will) in Washington D.C. is staggering.  They’re bound and determined to overturn the result of the 2016 election, and/or to prevent a repeat of it in 2020, by any and all means necessary, including manufacturing fake crises to smear the Trump administration as often as possible.  They’re aided and abetted in this by the mainstream news media, which offers them a compliant, obedient channel to the public, while at the same time suppressing evidence that contradicts their

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Cashing in on mental health by depriving patients of freedom?

The Tampa Bay Times has a disturbing report about a local mental health institution, North Tampa Behavioral Health, and its alleged habit of keeping them as long as possible – whether they need it or not. More than two thousand people arrive each year at North Tampa Behavioral Health in extreme crisis. They are checked in under a state law that lets mental health centers keep people who might hurt themselves or others for up to 72 hours. But when that time is over, some patients find themselves held captive by the place that is supposed to protect them. Priya Sarran-Persad had

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Ukraine: ain’t we got fun?

Well, here’s a development I didn’t expect! DOH! Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes? My goodness. It was passed when Joe Biden was a member of the U.S. Senate and then signed by then-President Bill Clinton. A comprehensive treaty agreement that allows cooperation between both the United States and Ukraine in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. It appears President Trump was following the law to the letter when it comes to unearthing the long-standing corruption that has swirled in Ukraine and allegedly involves powerful Democrats like Joe Biden and others.

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Remarkable Bronze Age weapons and craftsmanship

While doing research for a future book, I was fortunate to stumble across the Web site of Neil Burridge, who makes authentic replicas of historic Bronze Age swords, spears and other artifacts, mostly based on archaeological discoveries of actual weapons.  His craftsmanship is remarkable.  Here’s an excerpt from his Web site, interspersed with photographs of some of the swords he’s made (reduced in size to fit this blog). My name is Neil Burridge and this site showcases my work as a bronze sword smith. Over the last 12 years I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the leading

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Hearsay and lies

Now that the full complaint by the so-called “whistleblower” against President Trump has been released, we can zero in on what is, to me, the most critical part of it. “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described.  However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible … I do not know which side initiated the call.” Are you s******g me?  Do you really expect me to support official, judicial or legislative action on the basis of hearsay?  Any court in the country would toss out such a case even before it began, on the grounds

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Er . . . oops?

It seems a South Korean factory had an unexpected delivery the other day, courtesy of the US Armed Forces. A U.S. military helicopter accidentally dropped a metal container unit being airlifted Monday in South Korea, damaging a building but causing no injuries, officials said. The container was being carried via sling load by a 2nd Infantry Division helicopter when it fell onto a building in Yongin, just south of Seoul. “By all accounts, it did cause property damage, but nobody was injured,” said 2nd ID spokesman Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton. There’s more at the link, including a picture of the flattened factory.  Apparently

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Two questions

I’ve been researching the impeachment allegations against President Trump for a couple of hours, to try to get a handle on why the Democratic Party thinks it can impeach him over his conversation with the President of Ukraine. I have two questions.  The way I see it, if neither can be affirmatively answered, then the President has no case to answer.  Instead, as Kimberley Strassel noted this morning, “This is another internal attempt to take out a president, on the basis of another non-smoking-gun.” 1.  The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, and subsequent legislation, specifically reference intelligence operations.  Slate – hardly a

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Quote of the day

From the Z man, commenting on the impeachment brouhaha in Washington DC: The Washington press corps is full of hysterical females, convinced Trump will stuff their uterus with Bibles and sew their legs shut. Priceless! His entire article is worth reading, as he points out the yawning pit that the Democratic Party is digging for itself over this mess.  Go read. Peter

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