Rockin’ robins

July 31, 2014

We all know that some birds are virtuoso vocalists, but it turns out that some are pretty good composers as well:

Here’s a featherhead who really knows how to dance:

And here’s a birdbrain who excels at sports:

 


In historic move, Obama signs executive order impeaching himself

July 30, 2014

From Pundit from Another Planet.

 

Frustrated by GOP’s Unwillingness to Take the Bait, Obama Signs First-Ever Self-Impeachment Order

Critics Blast Obama’s Action as “Irresponsible,” “Reckless,” Dems Fear Constitutional Crisis, Congress Accuses Obama of “Presidential Reach-Around”

“If the Republicans aren’t willing to work with me on this, I’ll do it myself”

Report: Nancy Pelosi Seen in Senate Bathroom, Weeping and Throwing Up

Senior White House Officials Not Warned in Advance, Stunned by President’s Decision

“I’m ready to retire anyway. I’m so sick of this crap. Who needs this? They don’t appreciate what I’ve done for the middle class, what I’ve done for the children… They don’t appreciate what I’ve done for the bureaucrats, what I’ve done for the banks, and for Wall Street, what I’ve sacrificed for the future of the Democratic Party. Screw ‘em. I’m done.” – Obama, after signing historic self-impeachment order

(read the rest here)


The trouble with political jokes is they get elected

July 29, 2014

 


I was going to sign my kid up for martial arts

July 29, 2014

… until I saw the place where the classes are held.

We decided to go with ballet instead.


Truth in labeling

July 26, 2014


My baloney has a first name

July 24, 2014

The bluebird of bitterness is conducting a totally scientific opinion poll, the findings of which will be completely accurate and reliable. Please answer the following question in the comment section below: Which of these two campaign commercials is worse? Is it this one for Hillary Clinton, former first lady and the worst secretary of state since Cyrus Vance?

Or is it this one, for Cherokee Princess Elizabeth Warren, who rose to prominence and wealth by claiming (without any actual, you know, evidence) to belong to a historically oppressed minority group?

Sorry; I probably should have warned you to have a barf bag handy. If you actually managed to watch either or both of those videos, you could probably use a good strong dose of this. You’re welcome.


Happy birthday, John Newton

July 24, 2014

John Newton was born in London on July 24, 1725. At the age of eleven he went to sea with his father, a ship’s captain. After his father’s retirement, John signed on with a merchant ship sailing to the Mediterranean. He later served a brief and unsuccessful stint in the Royal Navy, after which he joined the crew of a slave ship bound for West Africa. But the ship’s crew found him troublesome, and they left him with an African slave dealer named Amos Clowe, who gave him to his wife as her slave.

In 1748 Newton was rescued by friends of his father and returned to England. He continued his involvement in the slave trade for many years, despite his own experience as a slave, and despite having undergone a religious conversion on one of his voyages. He did not become a true abolitionist until many years after a stroke had forced him to retire from active involvement in the slave trade.

In 1788, Newton published a pamphlet, Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade, in which he described the horrible conditions on the slave ships, and wrote that “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He joined in the efforts of William Wilberforce and other abolitionists in Parliament to outlaw the slave trade, and he lived to see the passage of the Slave Trade Act on March 25, 1807. Nine months later, he died in London, the city of his birth.

John Newton is best remembered today as the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” In 1982, 175 years after his death, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Here is Newton’s greatest hit, sung by Il Divo.

 


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