Sorry for going back to my poor quality, low-artisian videos, but sometimes I just can’t resist. Here is “Isn’t It a Lovely Day” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (which I have referenced before) to the view of Pont Neuf in Paris, first as the day is only gray and then as it turns to rain. Having known it was going to rain, I was all prepared for the view and for the song.
And yes, I know. It is time for a new camera.
This afternoon I set out for Barajas Airport in Madrid at 5:00pm for a 6:40pm flight to Paris. As always, I got into a very nice conversation with the taxi driver. Of course, the tax driver missed the Terminal 4 exit because we were chatting, and we got lost trying to weave our way back to right terminal. Luckily, I still made it to my gate on time.
After last Sunday night’s Barcelona to Madrid fiasco, where my flight landed in Madrid at 2:15am instead of 9:30pm due to an electrical storm, I spent all week checking Paris’ weather to make sure I didn’t have to repeat the same ordeal. Unfortunately, the forecasts all predicted storms for Friday night. And guess what? Continue reading
Shifting gears away from polemics and back to the more boring subject of Jazz, here is a video of Chet Baker singing one of my favorite Jazz standards, “Time After Time“, not to be confused with another one of my favorite songs, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. As a matter of fact, I have an unpublished (of course) short story of the same name that references both songs of the same name.
I received an email with this Robin Williams monologue about how the U.S. should deal with peace in the world by essentially telling the world to screw off and shutting U.S. borders. Of course, it is tounge-and-cheek, and I have not verified whether it is really attributable to Williams. Nevertheless, I think his argument is rather infantile and simplistic. It is the typical “if you don’t like it, then leave” response you get in every wealthy country around the world when someone complains.
So basically he argues that if foreigners complain about U.S. foreign policy, then the U.S. should stop doing all of those things that actually have a great benefit to the world. As I have said, this is rather silly. It is like an abusive father saying that if you don’t like the way he treats you, then you should support yourself; or an abusive boss who tells you that if you don’t like it, then get a different job. The U.S. needs to stop living in the past, for example, by saying that Europeans should thank us for World War II. Just because we do or did some good, doesn’t mean that we have carte blanche. I know you should not bite the hand that feeds you, but just because you give out a few small hand-outs, doesn’t mean that you are free from criticism.
In any event, here is Robin Williams: Continue reading
I have recently noticed that the number of visits to Grave Error have diminished over the past two months. One option to increase visits may be to improve the quality and interest of the posts that I publish. But this option seems like a lot of effort without necessarily ensuring the desired result. Another option is to start writing about sex or introducing lewd terminology that is often searched for by “curious” Internet surfers. So, let’s begin with a simple reflection after reading Savage Love. Those easily scandalized should read a different post! Continue reading
Yesterday I was reading The Economist article “Hillary Clinton, Her latest incarnation: presidential front-runner“. This does a very good job of describing Hillary’s strengths and weakness and explains why she is presently in the best position to win America’s top political post. The way things look, Hillary will most likely win the primaries and become the Democrat’s candidate. Some pundits say that Hillary can beat Obama but would lose to Giuliani, whereas Obama would lose to Hillary but beat Giuliani. Who knows? Personally, I would prefer to see Obama win the national elections, not because I am per se in favor of his positions, but I think that the U.S. does not need two things that a Hillary victory would bring to the American political scene: (i) more divisiveness (especially after George W.’s divisiveness) and (ii) further another political dynasty (adding the Clinton’s to the Bush’s and Kennedy’s).
In any event, what really caught my attention in The Economist’s article was the following sentence: “[Hillary] is lionised by feminists and demonised by cookie-baking traditionalists.” This reminded me of something that really upset me back in 1998-99 during the whole Clinton-Lewinsky comedy — how Feminists abandoned their core beliefs to blindly follow both Bill and Hillary. Continue reading
Filed under Essays, Obama 08
I don’t know what it is or what it means, but recently I have had really bad luck with flight delays. Last night, I had a flight from Barcelona at 8:30pm, expecting to land in Madrid around 9:30pm. But with my luck, there was an electrical storm in Madrid that forced the authorities to shut down the airport for three hours. The result was that my flight left Barcelona at 1:00am, and I arrived in Madrid at 2:15am. If that’s not bad enough, it took me another hour and a half in the taxi line to get back home. I finally got to bed at 4:00am.
Yes, there is a point to this. During my extended delays, I had little else to do but to watch people. And my conclusion was something like The Smiths‘ song “Some Girls are Bigger than Others.” Continue reading