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Cinco de Mayo

Mexico

Wikipedia usually has to “lock” its Cinco de Mayo page. I suspect it may be related to the sudden appearance of sites opposing the celebration of this semi-holiday and others who have a hissy fit about any Mexican holiday being celebrated in the US. This year it is the rhetoric of Drumpf that has brought out the worse elements in American culture.

In Mexico Cinco de Mayo or Batalla de Puebla, is only a really big celebration in the state of Puebla, where the battle took place.

The Mexican army won the Batalla de Puebla on May the 5th, 1862, but the French went on to Mexico City in 1863 after receiving reinforcements and installed Emperor Maximilian.

It has the status of St. Patrick’s Day in the US, an excuse to eat different food, and drink different booze, and be obnoxious show an interest in other cultures.

Margaritas, tacos, and the destruction of piñatas, that’s what it is really about.

May 5, 2016   No Comments

In The News

There’s no end in sight for the Fort McMurray fire as the number of evacuees approaches 100K and a state of emergency is declared.

Kasich suspended his campaign after going nowhere in Indiana, a neighboring state, so the Republicans are stuck with Drumpf. Now we have to see if he can find anyone willing to be his Vice Presidential candidate.

In local news, I have no idea who, if anyone, is going to run for Congress in my district as the incumbent is running for Rubio’s open Senate seat.

May 4, 2016   No Comments

Y!

May the fourth be with you on Star Wars day.

[I think that Mustang Bobby got a bit carried away :) ]

May 4, 2016   No Comments

Fort McMurray Wildfire

The 60,000 inhabitants of Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada are under a mandatory evacuation order as the wild has driven a wildfire into the city. Houses have already been lost and the downtown is under serious threat. The CBC is live blogging the fire.

The fire season started early in Canada this year with Alberta and British Columbia seeing most of the fires.

May 3, 2016   No Comments

Leicester City Foxes ?!

Leicester City had never won a major and last came close in the late 1920s. At the start of the season they were a 5000 to 1 longshot. Even the Boston Red Sox has had more success in the World Series – they won twice in only 86 years.

Football is interesting again for a lot of people because there is hope that a local club with a limited budget can take home all the marbles. Maybe next year Alemannia Aachen will get back in the Bundesliga. If the Foxes can take the Premier League, why not?.

May 2, 2016   No Comments

May Day

The May Day association with labor is all American, and just as controversial as everything of any consequence in history. The day is tied to a strike for the eight-hour day and the so-called “Haymarket Riot” of 1886. When it comes to “riots” and the Chicago police are involved, you are not going to find a single truth.

The dynamic duo that mucked up the Pledge of Allegiance, Dwight Eisenhower and his Republican Congress, made May 1st both Law Day and Loyalty Day so those Commie working people wouldn’t get any ideas about having rights.

May 1, 2016   No Comments

Hexennacht

It’s Hexennacht, but there is no Blocksberg available for dancing down here and it is so soggy that bonfires are out of the question.

Of course the Church grabbed this holiday too and called it Walpurgisnacht in honor of one of their Anglo-Saxon saints, rather than good German witches [Hexen]. The Celts celebrate Beltaine at this time of the year. It is considered the beginning of summer in much of Europe.

Archæoastronomy

April 30, 2016   No Comments

Quantum Entanglement?

While many Canadian public service employees are waiting to get paychecks that are weeks behind after the shift to a new payroll program, in southern Spain about 600 kilograms of Roman coins have been discovered. The uncirculated coins were probably supposed to be the pay for public employees.

Or, the Canadian pay was sent back to 300CE in Spain due to a flux in the space/time continuum [cue the Dr Who theme].

April 29, 2016   No Comments

Now You Tell Us

John Boehner thinks Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh” and he won’t support him if he wins the GOP nomination.

Gee, John do you think that he is even worse than the child molester you replaced as leader of the House Republicans? Is there a particular reason why you haven’t said something about Cruz before?

April 28, 2016   4 Comments

Nothing Much To Report

Drumpf doesn’t know anything about foreign affairs which is not surprising since he has pretty much made himself persona non grata in Scotland, and has offended the more than one billion inhabitants of the planet who are Muslim.

Apparently because misery loves company, Ted Cruz has selected Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

Target is being boycotted because it has said it won’t require shoppers to display their genitals before selecting a bathroom, or something similar. Since this is the work of the “American Family Association” I know that based on past incidents the number of supporters is wildly over-stated, and they will generate astroturf campaigns and ask for money. I’m wondering how any non-governmental organization can legally enforce bathroom sex checks because effective checks would get you listed as a sex offender in every state or sued for sexual harassment.

April 27, 2016   18 Comments

Some People Get It

So the Treasury sets off a cavalcade of wingnut hissy fits by putting a Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, which rather points out a basic problem as the man she is replacing is distinctly unloved for several of his actions in office. It would appear that any white man is preferable to a black woman.

Meanwhile in Canada, the post office celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Star Trek TOS by issuing a series of stamps featuring the lead characters.

There really isn’t much of interest in what the media chooses to report.

April 26, 2016   4 Comments

ANZAC Day

Australia & New Zealand flags

It is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, which is similar to the American Veterans Day, in that it began as a remembrance of World War I, and has become more generalized over the years.

“Anzac Day commemorates the involvement of Australian and New Zealand troops in a World War I campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.” Last year was the centennial of the Gallipoli landing.

The Gallipoli Campaign began as a Winston Churchill [then First Lord of the Admiralty] plan that spun out of control and got a lot of people killed on both sides with nothing much changing, but then, that was quite common in World War I.

Peter Weir made a movie, Gallipoli, which, if nothing else, proves that Sergeant Alvin York, and T.E. Lawrence weren’t the only people who fought in World War I.

[Note: The date is April 25 which April 24 in the US because of the time difference.]

April 24, 2016   5 Comments

That Was Fun … Not!

It took 2 minutes to boot Windows 10 when disconnected from the ‘Net. Things do sort of work, but there is a pause, possibly the OS looking for the ‘Net that isn’t there. Solitaire runs, but is jerky and obviously the ads [did I mention that the ‘free’ M$ games in Win10 have ads] aren’t changing.

This wasn’t a really fair test because the only M$ software I use is the OS and Solitaire. Everything else is either open-source or mine.

April 23, 2016   2 Comments

Saint George’s Day

Cross of St. George

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Georgia [the country], Bulgaria, Portugal, Catalonia, and the city of Moscow. Orthodox countries tend to celebrate George on November 23rd.

PETA condemns George for his senseless slaughter of dragons. The YWCA condemns the condemnation and wants to know when PETA is going to volunteer to be DragonChow™

It is UNESCO’s International Day of the Book.

It is also the birth and death day of Billy the Bard, who was a great writer in desperate need of a spelling checker.

Master Shakespeare gave all of the best lines to villains supplying low humor to those who have read the Folio, e.g. Arlen Specter quoting Iago, reputedly in support of Clarence Thomas.

And today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of both Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes known as Western literature’s first novelist for Don Quixote de la Manche.

April 23, 2016   No Comments