Sunday, January 21, 2018

Musical Sunday


Sometimes you have to think about why the world is still a wonderful place ...



Have a good day, and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Agnes and I are still on the road, so there won't be another regularly-scheduled post until this Friday, when we'll have a special, out-of-sequence edition of Great Moments in Editing (it should be the announcement of January's Left-Cheek Ass Clown, but since I won't be able to write and publish away from home, you'll have to wait until February for the next dishonoree. Sorry about that.

Bilbo

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cartoon Saturday


Agnes and I are still on vacation, which means there's no news summary this week, but ol' Bilbo wouldn't deprive you of your cartoon fix - this week featuring (appropriately enough) the joys of airline travel ...

Well, yes, but ...


I don't think I can afford to fly any more ...


If only ...


Guess which line I always end up in ...


Now this would be a great addition to newer-model airliners ...


Everybody's gotta have a wall ...


When you fly Monarch Airlines ...


Pretty much as I suspected ...


Yes ... yes we are ...


I know the feeling ...


And that's your flyover edition of Cartoon Saturday ... hope you enjoyed it.

Have a good day and a great weekend, and come back tomorrow for Musical Sunday. More thoughts then.

Bilbo

Friday, January 19, 2018

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


Here we go again ...

They'll offer the vegan option next ...


I suspect that political columnists will do most of the bidding ...


Why we need to start teaching civic classes in school again ...


Three nights in the ... uh ... never mind ...


I guess it applies only to oxcarts or dogcarts ...


When your headline writer needs some remedial training ...


It's always a plus when there are nice accessories included with the basic purchase ...


Perhaps she needs to spend more time at the gym ...


Well, of course ...


Perhaps he just needs a better cologne ...


Great moments in editing and signage ... you've gotta love 'em!

Have a good day and come back tomorrow for Cartoon Saturday. More thoughts then.

Bilbo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Poetry Sunday


We're two weeks into the new year, and it's the first Poetry Sunday of 2018. This poem by Catherine Abbey Hodges seemed appropriate for a a time of year for looking both backward and forward, for things we remember, and for other things are live in their shadows.

January Song 
by Catherine Abbey Hodges 

Lord Byron died the very year
that sperm were proved,
beyond all doubt, to be
essential to fertilization.
No more virgin births. That year
Beethoven’s Choral Symphony
astounded the air. He was guided
gently to face the audience
that rose in an ovation
he couldn’t hear. Tears
were everywhere. Who remembers
J.L. Prevost or J.B. Dumas
or knows how they unraveled
the mystery of sperm? That same year
workers finished the Erie Canal
and Simon Bolivar was proclaimed
Emperor of Peru. The canal workers
didn’t know or care about Peru
nor did they hear the “Ode to Joy.”
My great-great grandmother was born
that year, to later travel the length
of the canal. Three hundred million
sperm swim up the birth canal.
A few thousand reach the oviduct.
The ovum chooses one (on rare
occasions more). Then, as usual,
life went on. Joseph Aspdin developed
Portland Cement while the U.S.
House elected John Quincy Adams when
the voters couldn’t make up their minds.

Have a good day. Agnes and I are traveling, and so the next post will appear on Friday, when we revisit Great Moments in Editing and Signage. See you then!

Bilbo

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Cartoon Saturday


Agnes and I are still traveling without regular access to the Internet, so the usual news summary won't appear this week. The cartoons are here though, having been selected and the post written and programmed in advance. This week, a look at cartoons about the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe ...

So, how would the child welfare agencies look at such a living arrangement? ...


When shoe meets Winnebago ...


Even fairy tale characters need to take climate change into account ...


You had to see this one coming ...


When the children want to go camping ...


Home security is important, even when you live in a shoe ...


An aggressive and nosy homeowners' association can be a real pain ...


Oh, oh ...


Style over comfort, even in living arrangements ...


Home maintenance? ...


Have a good day and a great weekend. Come back tomorrow for Poetry Sunday ... more thoughts then.

Bilbo

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for January, 2018


Well, we've named the Ass Clown of the Year for 2017, and now it's time to start skimming the top of the sludge pond for Ass Clowns who can make the grade in the new year. If you thought there was no shortage of candidates last year, then you'll be amazed at the teeming throng of potential winners as we move into 2018. The job of evaluating the candidates and making the right choice continues to be difficult, but I'll step up to it by naming

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for 2018




Unless you've been living in a cave in the remote Himalayas for the last two weeks, you know that Michael Wolff is the author of the wildly popular and extremely controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which presents an unflattering and deeply unsettling picture of Donald Trump and his administration.

There is, of course, no shortage of books, articles, opinion pieces, essays, blog posts, and hand-painted signs critical of Donald Trump and questioning his fitness for the presidency. The problem with Mr Wolff's book, though, is that while much of it can be confirmed by multiple sources, much of it - including some of the most devastating claims - cannot. Mr Wolff notes in his introduction that

Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. Those conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book. Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.

The willingness of Donald Trump and his supporters and enablers to play fast and loose with the truth has come home to roost in the form of a brutal book whose author "settled on a version of events [he believes] to be true."

Michael Wolff has greatly complicated the legitimate concern over Donald Trump's fitness for office with a book that comes across as more tabloid exposé than as objective investigative journalism. While much of what is here may be true, enough of it is open to question to allow Trump supporters to continue to shoot the messenger who delivers the news they don't want to hear. Donald Trump is clearly unfit to be president ... the way in which Michael Wolff has sourced and written this book allows partisans of the right to complain of unfair hatchet jobs while denying the reality of the world they've created.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear Readers, Michael Wolff is named as the Right-Cheek Ass Clown for January, 2018.

Have a good day. More thoughts later.

Bilbo

Note: because Agnes and I will be traveling without routine and reliable Internet connectivity for the next two weeks, making it hard to keep up with current events and issues, I will not be posting daily as I normally do. The usual Great Moments in Editing and Signage, Cartoon Saturday, and Musical/Poetry Sunday posts have already been written and will appear on schedule; however, I will not be naming a Left-Cheek Ass Clown on Friday, January 26th. The next Ass Clown Award will be presented on February 9th. Don't despair - we'll be back!

Bilbo

Monday, January 08, 2018

Vacation Break


Dear Readers,

Agnes and I are getting ready for the arrival of her cousin Bernadette and her husband (Bernadette's, not Agnes's), and for our departure later this week on the cruise we're going to take together. Bernadette and Richard are arriving tomorrow, which means that today marks the start of the traditional oh-my-gawd-the-house-is-a-mess frenzied cleaning period, followed by the traditional oh-my-gawd-it's-the-last-minute-gotta-pack period followed by the traditional we're-at-the-airport-and-I-just-remembered-what-we-forgot period.


With that in mind, and realizing full well that it's bad juju to take an unusually long break from blog posting, I'm going to take an unusually long break from blog posting. You'll be glad to know, though, that I have already written the usual Friday (Right-Cheek Ass Clown and Great Moments in Editing and Signage), Cartoon Saturday, and Poetry/Musical Sunday posts that will run while we're gone, and they are programmed to publish on the correct dates, so you'll still get at least some of your fixes. The only exception is that the Left-Cheek Ass Clown Award that would normally be presented on January 26th will be replaced by an extra Great Moments in Editing and Signage - since we'll be on the road without guaranteed Internet connectivity, I won't be able to properly evaluate and select the winner ... thus, there will only be one Ass Clown award this month, coming this Friday. Don't worry - the award will be back on February 2nd.

I apologize in advance for the disruption in your reading, and hope you'll keep checking back from time to time. When it's possible, I'll post from wherever we are, so occasional posts are possible. Regular posts will resume on or about February 1st.

Have a good day, and stay warm. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Musical Sunday


I like music of almost every genre except rap and hip-hop. I went through a major country music period a long time ago, and one of my favorite country songs was this one ... the original version was by Terry Stafford, but the big hit was this version by George Strait. Enjoy!



I suppose I enjoyed this song so much because I always loved the place name Amarillo*, and always wanted to visit that city in Texas. I got my chance in 1974, when I drove from my Air Force technical training in Denver, Colorado, to my first posting at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. We drove through Amarillo in the middle of a huge sandstorm, and I remember driving down Amarillo Boulevard behind an empty 55-gallon drum that was bouncing its way down the street in the wind, and wondering why on earth I'd ever wanted to visit such a place. Oh, well ...

Have a good day and if you're bull-riding ... or driving down Amarillo Boulevard ... for Pete's sake be careful!

Bilbo

* Being older and wiser, I now know that it means "yellow" in Spanish.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Cartoon Saturday


Welcome to the first Cartoon Saturday of 2018!

Donald Trump disbanded his much-derided presidential commission on voter fraud, which one White House adviser allegedly described as a "shit-show;" the bromance between former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Donald Trump collapsed spectacularly, with Trump claiming that "when Bannon lost his (White House) job, he lost his mind;" a huge winter storm hammered the entire east coast of the United States, dumping vast quantities of snow and plunging temperatures into the single digits; Sears and K-Mart have announced plans to close another 103 stores between them; and two major flaws in computer processor chips have placed millions of Windows and Apple devices at risk for data theft by hackers.

This week, what could be more appropriate than cartoons about winter and snowmen? ...

Go back, Frosty ... it's a trap!! ...


One of those mysteries of the universe ...


CSI: Winter ...


Looks like an obvious diagnosis to me ...


Had Dante but known ...


Macabre, but ...


Weather forecasts in the era of Trump ...


Awwwww ...


She's ready! ...


How true, how true ...


And that's our first Cartoon Saturday for the new year - I hope you were sitting someplace warm while you read it.

It's going to be another weekend of bitter cold and snow for much of the United States, making me very glad that Agnes's current primary hobby is making quilts. I plan to spend the next few days sitting in a chair in front of the fire, wrapped in huge, comfy quilts, and sipping hot spiced cider. We'll be complaining about the summer heat and humidity soon enough.

Have a good day and a great weekend. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Friday, January 05, 2018

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


Good morning, and welcome to our first collection of Great Moments in Editing and Signage for 2018!

Some sportswriters seem to have a good bit of leeway on writing their headlines ...


Oddly enough, this has happened to me ...


Children get into radical politics early nowadays ...


I believe in Mookie ...


Left hand, meet right hand ...


Right hand, meet left hand ...


Well, at least now we can focus on the zombies ...


Ok a a a a a y ...


Some people don't know much about the anatomy of turtles ...


It may have been justifiable homicide had it gone in the other direction ... 


So there you are - the first collection of Great Moments in Editing and Signage for 2018. Don't worry ... we're in no danger of running out any time soon.

Have a good day and come back tomorrow for our first Cartoon Saturday of the new year. More thoughts then.

Bilbo