Dr. Strangelove has orange skin

What else is one to think after reading what Trump said this morning? I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017 …Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done! — …

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Putin’s Russia really is in favor these days

At least with Trump and with certain Congresspeople. “Hey, Duma, let’s talk!” So says Orange County’s gift to the US House of Representatives, Dana Rohrbacher. …he is planning to lead a congressional delegation to Russia next month and expects to meet with Russian officials to discuss “how we can work with the Duma.” “We’re going …

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JT sings Winter Wonderland

I’ve admired James for a long time; I remember when “Sweet Baby James” came out back in 1970. One of my fraternity brothers played it over and over again (that happened with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” too, but it was a different fraternity brother). He did something more to justify that admiration …

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Ivory ban? Here?

Apparently so. From a report by something called The International Fund for Animal Welfare: investigators compiled advertising and sales data from 47 Hawai‘i-based retailers and individual sellers engaged in the online trade of elephant ivory and related wildlife products, including walrus tusks, whale teeth and bone, mammoth ivory, and hippopotamus teeth. They found a total …

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In 200-plus years there have only been eight US Ambassadors who have been killed while in office, six in armed attacks and two in plane crashes. Mark Lippert, America’s Ambassador to South Korea, won’t be the ninth, thankfully. But he was the victim of a knife attack yesterday. One doesn’t ordinarily think of South Korea …

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“Happy” in Saigon

The song is an international phenomenon, of course, with people dancing to it all over the world. Here’s one from Vietnam. Look at those streets! Those people! I seriously want to go to Saigon to see the city and its inhabitants, and I’d never thought of doing that before.