I am happy that I like to read. The amount of material is endless, so I can always find something interesting, once I finish whatever I have started.
This insight was reinforced, after I spent about half an hour scanning the offer on Netflix. This is just one of many outlets offering video entertainment.
I had another thought: who watches this stuff” And another: who was dumb enough to spend money on the production?
Anyway, I decided to take a break from reading (currently I into two: The English Patient during the day and Peter Ustinov’s biography in bed) and settled on watching Hairspray. I saw this many years ago, but forgot the story, and like the main song. This was a pleasant way to waste a few hours. And, there was one memorable line, spoken by Queen Latifah’s character to kids planning to march for integration: “Get ready for a whole lot of ugly coming your way from a big bunch of stupid.” Whoever wrote that line was prescient, because the ugly is still rolling from the stupid.
Trump Family Flees to Moscow
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Bringing a tumultuous chapter of American history to an abrupt conclusion, Donald J. Trump and three of his adult children fled to Moscow in the early hours of Friday morning.
Accompanied by Ivanka, Eric, and Don, Jr., Trump boarded a specially chartered Aeroflot plane to take him to his new home in Moscow, a nondescript apartment building that also houses the former N.S.A. employee Edward Snowden.
Trump reportedly was in a tremendous hurry to catch the plane and left behind only a one-sentence note, reading, “THERE WAS NO COLUSION [sic].”
At the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the Trump family had fled to Moscow, telling reporters, “The Trump family has not fled to Moscow.”
The arrangements for the Trumps’ exit were finalized last week in the one-on-one conversation between Trump and Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, a translator who was present during the conversation has confirmed.
According to the translator, Trump told Putin, “We’ll move to Moscow as soon as Ivanka winds down her crappy company.”
Those who witnessed Trump’s departure indicated that his wife, Melania, did not board the Aeroflot plane with him, but saw him off at the airport with a cordial “Be best.”
“I’ll stop calling you ‘the enemy of the people’ when you start printing crossword puzzles that I can solve!”
Atmospheric conditions were perfect last night for a total eclipse. The problem was that the event took place during the previous evening. As written, I drove to a hill to observe the spectacle, only to return home disappointed.
When the moon finally rose to a point in the sky without clouds, I was able to take a photo from my yard.
By the time it had reached this point, the moon had already begun to move out of the earth's shadow. You can surely find better photos of the red moon, but this is good enough for me.
I took this photo merely because I had read about Mars being visible. The tiny speck of light at the lower right of the photo is the "red" planet, which does not look red at all.
I am sure that there are people, who stayed up for the whole show. I took one last photo and went to bed.
I believe that I have mentioned my opinion about golf being a dumb game. If you need additional proof, please consider the evidence presented below. Believe it or not, there is a rule for just such a ridiculous lie.
But, I do enjoy the walk...
Republicans Accuse Rosenstein of Secretly Plotting to Uphold Constitution
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Republicans on Thursday accused the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, of “secretly and nefariously” implementing a plot to uphold the United States Constitution.
In a joint press conference, Representatives Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio, said that they had “ample evidence” that Rosenstein was prepared to protect the Constitution “by any and all means at his disposal.”
“There is only one way to describe Rosenstein’s obsession with putting the Constitution before all other concerns,” Meadows said. “Conflict of interest.”
“It is almost as if Rod Rosenstein had taken some kind of solemn oath to defend a centuries-old document,” Jordan said. “This should make every American very, very scared.”
Though the Republicans have shelved their articles of impeachment against Rosenstein for now, they hope that their impeachment threat will send a clear message to Rosenstein that his reckless allegiance to the Constitution will no longer be tolerated.
“If, going forward, Rosenstein uses his position at the Department of Justice to seek justice, he will be crossing a red line,” Meadows said.
Because I do not know what I will be doing in 105,000 years, when the next celestial alignment will take place, I decided to go out and observe the lunar eclipse. Normally, I would not waste my valuable time on such a spectacle, easily seen in news reports, but this is supposed to be unique.
I drove to a ridge above the Rhine-Main valley, hoping to have an uncluttered view to the hills in the southeast. I expected to find a few other interested parties, but was surprised by the masses, many with camping chairs to spend long hours watching the natural spectacle. I was reminded of people trying to reach a music festival.
The problem was…clouds. Although the sky above was clear and the view to the west of the sunset was perfect, the eastern sky was clouded. I wanted a photo of the red moon rising above the horizon, but Mother Nature was not cooperating.
I left the crowds and drove home. I can get a photo of the moon in the night sky from my house and do not need to stand in a field waiting for the bloody thing (as the news reports call such a moon) to reach its apogee. Tune in tomorrow to see if I waited up to get a photo.
As would be expected, the conditions last night were perfect. I had driven to the ridge to check locations and got shots of a normal moon, one night before full and without the eclipse.
Somewhere someone will get the shot I wanted, which I can find on television, the internet or in print. At least I got some fresh air, some good shots of the sunset, and a view of human nature.
Ivanka Trump Named Dean of Business School at Trump University
By Andy Borowitz
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it “an exciting new chapter in my amazing life,” Ivanka Trump has been named dean of the business school at the newly reconstituted Trump University.
“I’ve been incredibly blessed with stratospheric success as a businessperson,” Dean Trump said on Wednesday. “This is my chance to give something back, for only fifty thousand dollars in tuition and other fees.”
Trump said that students enrolling at the Trump University School of Business can look forward to gleaning wisdom not only from her but from another star faculty member, Jared Kushner.
“When it comes to business, Jared has been almost as incredible I have,” she said.
In online promotional materials for the school, Dean Trump promises “an unforgettable educational experience” for “students who want to learn business the Ivanka way.”
“Many people take years to get a business off the ground,” Dean Trump writes. “At the Trump University School of Business, I’ll show you how to open a business and close it down in four years flat.”
Trump Threatens to Yank Security Clearance from Frederick Douglass
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump’s crusade to revoke security clearances from perceived critics was on display again on Tuesday as he threatened to yank credentials from a man he had previously praised, Frederick Douglass.
It was unclear why Trump had turned on Douglass, because, unlike other targets of Trump’s security-clearance rampage, Douglass had not made disparaging comments about him on cable news in recent weeks.
Trump offered few clues as to the source of his unhappiness with Douglass, but he broadcast his disapproval of the abolitionist in a tweet that read, “HE IS NO LONGER DOING AN AMAZING JOB.”
The threat to revoke Douglass’s credentials put the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, in a tough spot, because, presumably, Kelly would be the staff member tasked with carrying out such an order.
“General Kelly could point out to Trump that Frederick Douglass never had security clearance, and, plus, he is dead,” an aide to Kelly said. “But neither of those things is likely to change Trump’s mind.”
The other day, I was cruising around a parking lot looking for a space. I observed two other drivers engaged in a race to reach a vacant spot, suspecting that I might see a crash or an ugly altercations. Neither ensured, but this scene caused me to think about human nature. When did the guy responsible for human evolution come up with the urge to fight over parking spaces?
With this scene in my mind, I read about a case in Florida where a man was acquitted for shooting another man in a disagreement about a parking space. The justification was the idiotic “stand your ground” law of that state, which makes guns more valuable than human life. This is pushing the evolution of humans to an extreme and explains why I do not want to visit the United States.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.