And thank you, Walt

I’m only sorry that you chose to dress as a waitress- I’m sure that none of the FWIW crowd recognized the fat lady in the cheap red wig passing around pigs in a blanket as the seer of this blog and, although I know that that was the way you wanted it, I’m sure that they’ll regret not meeting you.

Nonetheless, I do thank you for making the effort to appear. Hope the club paid you for your service.


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Party is today: 1-3:30, Riverside Yact Club. Breton reds, Topsiders and silly caps optional


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So come to the party!

Fun fun fun

Fun fun fun

Busy today, so limited blogging, but all readers are invited to my mother’s memorial party at the Riverside Yacht Club,Club Road, Riverside, from 1:00 – 3:30 tomorrow. This site averages 3,000 individual readers per day, with 16,000 views ( I really should cash in on that, no?), so if a bus caravan shows up we may have to lock the doors but otherwise, come one, come all.

Mickster has said he won’t attend, but I’ll bet he doesn’t know of RYC’s handicapped policy, where the Irish are given wheelbarrows, so they can stand on their hind legs, and the already-relaxed dress code (jeans and a collared shirt are fine) has been eased even farther for the bog trotters: for them, no shoes are required.

I’ll have blank name tags available in order that commenters can label themselves as “Anonymous” – lots of non-drinking friends will also be there, and if they too sign up as Anonymous, the confusion will be complete; you can sort yourselves out at the bar.

In any event, do come; my mother always insisted on a party after her demise, and we’d be honored by your presence.

No gloomy Irish dirges, Mickster, I promise.


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Cry me a Tigris

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - we'll  miss him

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – we’ll miss him

ISIS caliph in Iraq was paralyzed by drone strike,”may not be able to resume his leadership.”


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Poor little chickens

Animal cruelty

Animal cruelty

Fowl fed vegetarian diets suffer.

Many of the largest U.S. sellers of organic eggs boast that their hens are vegetarian, and for an increasingly food-curious public, this may be great advertising. . . .

Yet for the chickens, who are natural omnivores that readily devour bugs and small animals when they’re available, the forced vegetarianism can be a disaster.

Chickens on an unsupplemented vegetarian diet typically fall short of an essential protein-based amino acid known as methionine, and without it, they fall ill. Worse, the birds will also turn on each other, seeking nutrients by pecking at each other, and these incidents can escalate into a henhouse bloodbath, farmers say.

“They’re really like little raptors – they want meat,” said Blake Alexandre, the owner of a 30,000 chicken operation in far northern California that keeps its birds on pasture. “The idea that they ought to be vegetarians is ridiculous.”

“This is one of those problems caused by the fact that most Americans are so far removed from their food supply,” said Tracy Favre, a farmer and organic inspector who serves on the federal advisory board for organic products. “When I see eggs in the supermarket being advertised as vegetarian this and that, I cringe.”


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State Democrats’ budget: raise taxes on the rich and the stupid

“If we don’t hang together, by Heavens, we shall all hang separately”
Benjamin Franklin

Although perhaps that’s just one category, assuming the rich stay here to be fleeced. Democrats propose adding Keno to their budget bag, and raising taxes, again, on “Gold Coast” residents.

“Why should we continue to enjoy any sort of advantage over New Jersey or New York?”, Governor Dannel Malloy asked FWIW. “All three states need to serve the poor, and for our state to lure successful people away from our neighbors just enriches us at their expense. That’s both undemocratic and despicable. Solidarity forever!”


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Sarah finds John a companion

A friend of Sarah’s has a new puppy, but he works during the day, so Sarah’s arranged for the pup to spend that time with John. It’s all good.

John, by the way, just spent a week on St. John’s accompanying some friends who were traveling to a music gig – they helped him down to the island and during his stay, and on his journey back. It was a grueling 14-hour trip each way, but John came back in great spirits and refreshed. So for all who have contributed to the John Fund, know that your generosity is being put to good use.

Per Sarah:

There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on in this world…but there’s also my brother being smothered in puppy kisses.

Pup !

John Boy



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