Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bring Your Jukebox Money

Ho Hum

It truly is amazing to me how the progressive mainstream media (but I repeat myself) can spin an entirely predictable (and predicted) political outcome as something newsworthy. The results of yesterday's so-called "Acela Primary" are blanketing the news cycle today, in what is basically a "dog bites man" story.

"It will be even worse than you can imagine. Much worse."
On the Democrat side, black-eyed skank Hillary Clinton won four of the five primaries, and has all but clinched the party's nomination despite her unpopularity with the party's rank and file.

In normal times, nominating someone held in such low esteem by the electorate would be seen as suicidal. Of course, the 2016 election cycle is most assuredly NOT "normal"...

"I can't believe you're falling for this crap! Suckers!"

That's because the Republican electorate (with the help of Democrats voting in the GOP's brilliant open primaries) hasn't coalesced around a single alternative to asshat Donald Trump, who still hasn't cracked 40 percent of the total vote in GOP primaries overall.

As expected, Trump swept the states voting last night, but is still close to 300 delegates away from the total he needs, and the remaining map doesn't look favorable for him.
A contested convention still seems to be the likeliest development. And THAT would be interesting, to say the least...

"Any idea of where we'll be moving to if he gets nominated?"

Still shopping...

The Babe

Ever since the New York Yankees honored Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium on April 27, 1947 this date has been considered Babe Ruth Day.

Completely aside from his Hall of Fame career as a baseball player, Ruth deserves to be honored for his role in pioneering the treatment of cancer.

Happy Birthday!

On April 27, 1822 Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

You might say he led a consequential life: Commander of the Union Army during the Civil War, 18th President of the United States, etc.

On balance, I think Grant's admirers are more persuasive than his many detractors, but certainly Grant was complicated man, and his legacy is a mixed one.

Still, all in all, I am grateful for his service to his country, and happy to celebrate his birthday.

One of the places that has long been on my extensive "Want to Visit" list is the General Grant National Memorial (a.k.a. "Grant's Tomb") located in Riverside Park in New York City. It was dedicated on April 27, 1897, on what would have been Grant's 75th birthday (he died in 1885 at age 63).

I've gotten to an age where I'm going to have to start paring some places from that list. Traveling to the northeastern part of the country isn't something I'll likely ever get to do again, barring some unforeseen developments.

"Very impressive. Who's buried there?"

That line hasn't been funny for decades, old friend...

Two Peas in a Pod

From the pen of Henry Payne, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

On April 27, 1948 Catherine Elizabeth Pierson was born in Weehawken, New Jersey.
She went on to become one of my all-time favorite female vocalists.

Known as Kate Pierson professionally, she was part of the popular New Wave band
The B-52's, who had a number of songs I enjoyed, including "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around," and "Roam." I also had a huge crush on Kate herself.

It wasn't (and isn't) unusual for me to form crushes on singers, most especially redheads. And it helped that Kate had a rather unique and engaging singing style.

The whole band gave off sort of a weird, nerdy vibe that I very much enjoyed. They're not for every taste, but they're a part of the soundtrack of my late 20s / early 30s.

Today's send-off is the band's official video for "Love Shack," a 1989 hit that was their highest-charting single ever (peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100). Enjoy...

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