Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania


Good morning everyone. Jerry is poorly so I am putting up the Hili Dialogue for him. I’m hoping he will rally later on. Andrzej and Małgorzata are also ill so it is a credit to their perseverance that we have a dialogue this morning.

Today is the anniversary of the decision in Roe v Wade. Who would have dreamed that four decades later the debate would still rage over this issue?

It’s also the birthday of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS (pronounced In Excess for those of you who have never heard of it before) who died at the very young age of 37.

It’s also the anniversary of the death (1964) of Marc Blitzstein, American composer most famous for his 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock which was shut down when it was first performed for being “too radical” as it was pro-union and anti corporate greed.

Anyway, with that onto the doings in Poland.

A: Did you eat Malgorzata’s ham?
Hili: Give her some cheese.


In Polish:

Ja: Ty zjadłaś Małgorzaty szynkę?
Hili: Postaw jej ser.

As a lagniappe:

A cartoon by Gustavo Viselner, sent in by reader Josh Lincoln.


  1. rickflick
    Posted January 22, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Josh Lincoln’s cartoon expresses my mood perfectly. Well done.

  2. Jim Knight
    Posted January 22, 2017 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Compliments, Josh! Your cartoon is probably so accurate…

    • GBJames
      Posted January 22, 2017 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      Indeed. Although all across the land yesterday there was a blaze of light.

    • veroxitatis
      Posted January 22, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Only partially accurate. A Trump Presidency will create ill effects throughout the World and not just in the States. In 1914 to a large extent the World was Europe and so Sir Edward Grey (as he then was) could appropriately say on the eve of WWI – “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time.”. WWI lasted only four years however its effects lasted until at least a decade after WWII. Therefore, to that extent, Grey’s words were prescient. Let us hope that Trump and his Administration has one term and its effects are quickly reversed. But the World of today is truly global and interlinked in many ways. It is therefore quite possible that the effects of a Trump Presidency will be not only far reaching but long lasting.

      • Jim Knight
        Posted January 22, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        Yea, right after I posted it occurred to me that the next panel should be a black circle with the continents outlined…

      • frednotfaith2
        Posted January 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Seems to me that the bitter effects of WWI are still with us, at least in how the Ottoman Empire was split up and the ongoing aftermath. In other parts of the world the lights are continually flickering — sometimes seeming to grow brightly, as in various parts of the former Russian Empire, only to be extinguished again. Even in the U.S. we had the light of Civil Rights Acts passed and enforced in the mid-60s co-existent with the darkness of the Vietnam War.
        Much as they’d like to, Trump and his cronies can’t undo all the progress made in the U.S. over the last 50 years, yet I still fear the damage they undoubtedly will do and the long struggle it will take to undo that damage even if that brain-damaged faction of the Republican Party currently in power is thrown out within the next four years.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 22, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I never understood that Obama comic – can someone please?

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted January 23, 2017 at 5:49 am | Permalink

      As he switches off the lights on leaving the White House, the lights go out all over the USA.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted January 23, 2017 at 6:06 am | Permalink

        Ok, thanks.

  4. Posted January 22, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Dark times ahead… no wonder a lot of people are feeling physically ill these days. My condolences.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 22, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Saturday Night Live last night was an interesting show, full of references that parallel this general mood in the country right now. It ended with this touching send-off to Obama. It is so unusual to have this regard for an outgoing president! I expect his popularity will only soar in the years ahead.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted January 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      This made me actually tear up.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 22, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Ol’ Willie provided an apt soundtrack for that cartoon — “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over.”

    Welcome to the Dark Ages Redux.

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