Monday, June 27, 2016



In the final group of decisions announced this morning by the United States Supreme Court, they struck down a Texas law called HB2 that was reviled by the abortion-on-demand crowd.

Predictably, the progressive mainstream media (but I repeat myself) spun the decision
as striking down "restrictions on abortion," when in fact the Texas law was an attempt to require abortion providers to comply with minimal health and safety regulations.

While thinking about the decision itself is depressing enough, the sheer lawlessness of it all is even more discouraging. The dissents ought to be required reading for anyone who still believes we are what John Adams called "a nation of laws and not of men."

"It's going to get worse before it gets better, isn't it?"

Unless the RNC delegates in Cleveland come to their senses, the Supreme Court has been lost for a generation, at least...

Cruise Update

Today my best friend Skip and his wife Elaine spent the day in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland...

...including a trip to the Ards Peninsula...

"It's the Ireland part of the cruise that's really getting to you, right?"

It all seems pretty amazing, but seeing Ireland would definitely be a highlight, yes...


My beloved Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak yesterday, beating the Astros 6-1 at Kauffman Stadium.

Now 6-6, 3.96 ERA

Royals starter Ian Kennedy threw seven strong innings, allowing only a single run on three hits while striking out 11.

All-Star relievers Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis needed only 18 pitches between them to record the final six outs.

"Boom boom!"

DH Kendrys Morales put the Royals ahead 1-0 with a home run in the 4th inning, and gave them back the lead at 2-1 in the 7th with a second homer.

Later in that same inning, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert belted a two-run homer and 1B Eric Hosmer added a two-run double to produce the final score.

"Now it's time to sweep those darned Cardinals, eh?"

One game at a time, old friend...

Shark Week!

It slipped past me yesterday, but the Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week programming gimmick began once again. In keeping with the spirit of this great American celebration, I'll be featuring shark-related content as the week progresses...

The Real Key to Happiness?

From the indispensable comic strip Dilbert, by Scott Adams, which you should read every day, as I do.

Until Next Time...

1964 was a very good year for the songwriting team of Lennon-McCartney. That year The Beatles had six different songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The songwriting team received credit for a seventh No. 1 hit, too, although it was not recorded by The Beatles.

Peter and Gordon were a popular British pop-rock duo at the time, and Paul McCartney gave them a song he had written when he was just 16, pre-Beatles. Neither McCartney nor Lennon thought the song was up to snuff as a Beatles tune, so McCartney had first asked popular singer Billy J. Kramer to record and release it. Kramer declined. Peter and Gordon were glad to give it a go, and they proved Kramer's judgment to be faulty.

Original 1964 45 rpm single
On June 27, 1964 their version of
"A World Without Love" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

It was the duo's first single, and their only U.S. release to hit No. 1. They did have eight other Top 25 hits, including two that cracked the Top 10.

Their clean-cut image and breezy pop style had fallen out of favor by the late '60s as harder-edged rock music started dominating radio airplay, but their biggest hit still holds up well.

Today's send-off is the duo lip-syncing their hit for a TV broadcast. Enjoy...

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