Saturday, December 19, 2015

Holiday Hiatus

It is becoming more and more obvious that I won't have as much time this month to update this blog as often as I would like so I am going to take a brief pause until after the winter holiday season is over before I try to update it again.

Once again I thank all my loyal readers for their patience. I really would like to update this blog more often than I do but because of personal issues, family issues and my new job, there are just not enough hours in the day to make that possible. Plus the computer I most often have access to does not make updating this blog all that easy.

Hopefully, things will improve in the new year. Until then, Feliz Navidad and Happy New Year to you all!

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

R.I.P. Mi Tío Paterno

I just found out this week that my father's sole surviving brother passed away last week and I haven't had a chance to update this blog until now. The funeral has already taken place and I feel bad for his widow and surviving children and even worse for my father's sole surviving sister -- who is now the sole survivor of all my late father's siblings.

Needless to say, he will be missed.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

R.I.P. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I generally try not to post anything on November 22 because I feel strange trying to find something to say about the late President Kennedy that hasn't already been said. Both my parents were Kennedy Democrats and I must confess that, despite an occasional bout of conservative backsliding here and there, I tend to take after them.

Of course, my mother is now a Republican and my late father managed to find good things to say about both Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush. Then again he did die in 2003 and he usually disliked most Republican presidential candidates so I doubt he'd be particularly pro-GWB if he were alive today. Then again I don't believe that he would be an especially big fan of Barack Obama either. And he certainly would not be a big fan of Donald Trump.

As for me, I tend to lean Democratic more often than not. Sometimes I wonder why I do so but then the Republicans go and do something stupid and then I remember why.

My mother used to tell me not to judge Kennedy too harshly because a lot of the things he said during his lifetime which are considered way too moderate today were considered dangerously controversial in his day. We tend to forget that.

I don't pretend to know how much of an improvement Kennedy would have been over Lyndon B. Johnson but I would have liked to have had the opportunity to find out. Thanks to what happened on November 22, 1963, I never will.

In any event, Kennedy died on this date in 1963 and he obviously has been missed. Even by people like me who are far too young to remember him.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quote of the Week

Free men are aware of the imperfections inherent in human affairs, and they are willing to fight and die for that which is not perfect. They know that basic human problems can have no final solutions, that our freedom, justice, equality, and so on are far from absolute, that the good life is compounded of half measures, compromises, lesser evils, and gropings toward the perfect. The rejection of approximations and the insistence on absolutes are the manifestations of a nihilism that loathes freedom, tolerance and equity.
--Eric Hoffer

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Words Fail Me Again

My heart goes out to all those who are mourning victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Apart from that, I can't think of anything to say that has not been better said by others apart from saying that all my prayers and best wishes are with all French people at this moment.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

¡Feliz Día de los Veteranos!

In honor of all the people who have served in the American armed forces -- including two of my uncles -- I hope you all have a pleasant Veteran's Day.

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Movie Quote of the Week

I don't do ladylike.
--Michelle Rodriguez, Machete Kills (2013)

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TV Quote of the Week

What do you think is so bad about "girl?" I'm a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive "Supergirl" as anything less than excellent, isn't the real problem you?
--Calista Flockhart, Supergirl, “Pilot”

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