Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning and happy weekend; it’s Saturday, February 4, 2017. I see, as my bleary eyes scan the news, that a federal judge in Seattle has put a temporary nationwide hold on two parts of Trump’s immigration order: the suspension of entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, and the limitation on the number of refugees. The government will appeal, of course, but I think the country ban, at least, is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. Thank goodness there are decent citizens, politicians, legislators, and the press that can fight the upcoming injustices. (Now if we could get only one more Republican with integrity to oppose Betsy DeVos’s confirmation; for she has NO qualifcations to be Secretary of Education, and she’s pig-ignorant about the job to boot. Plus she’s a liar and dissimulator.)

On the food front, it’s both National Homemade Soup Day and National Stuffed Mushroom Day; I doubt that many readers will have either of these, though homemade soup is more likely. It’s also Rosa Parks Day, celebrating the birthday of a quiet woman who helped ignite the civil rights movement in the U.S.

On this day in 1945, the Yalta Conference opened, with Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill trying to figure out what to do with Europe after the war. In 1974, Patty Hearst was kidnapped by The Symbionese Liberation Army in Berkeley, California. And on February 4, 2004, Facebook was founded, allowing people to flood the internet with kittens and to vent half-formed political views to all their “friends,” many of whom didn’t retain that status.

Notables born on this day include Charles Lindbergh (1902), Rosa Parks (1913; see above), Betty Friedan (1921), Dan Quayle (1947; whatever happened to him?), and comedian Dara Ó Briain (1972). Those who died on this day include Neal Cassady, a sort of hero of mine (1968, aged 41), Karen Carpenter (1983; ♥), Liberace (1987), and Betty Friedan (2006; died on her birthday). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, who’s just eaten, is already anticipating her next meal:

Cyrus: That was a good breakfast.
Hili: Yes, but that’s an old story.
In Polish:
Cyrus: Śniadanie było dobre.
Hili: Tak, ale to stara historia.

Meanwhile in Southern Poland, Leon the Roué is already looking for love; he seems to have forgotten the lovely Balbina from his previous trip:

Leon: Hey, you, have you seen a cute blonde anywhere near here?


Here she is!


Finally, courtesy of Grania, here is a lovely cat with extraordinarily long ear fur!



  1. bric
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    American/British author Russell Hoban would have been 92 today

  2. Posted February 4, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I love the pictures of Cyrus and Hili together because I remember when they were first introduced I was worried he wanted to eat her!

  3. Veroxitatis
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    According to Trump Robert is a “so called” judge with a “ridiculous opinion”. Presumably one stop short of being an “enemy of the people”. At least in the UK it was the tabloid press rather than the PM who made these unfounded assertions. I think the US has real cause to be afraid.

    • Veroxitatis
      Posted February 4, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink


    • GBJames
      Posted February 4, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      If this gets rapidly to the Supreme Court it will likely be held up and then the chaos will intensify. Donald Smallhands will refuse to comply. Then what?

      • Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

        If the Supreme Court ties or doesn’t rule, I believe the ruling of the lower court stands.

        • veroxitatis
          Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

          Can’t the nominee’s affirmation be rushed through?

          From my reading of the financial press today it looks like even greater problems will emerge if the Dodd – Frank Act is repealed and the post 2008 banking regulatory framework is dismantled. The Fed has already been instructed to stop participating in international regulatory banking initiatives because they unfairly penalise American institutions. In a letter to Janet Yellen Patrick McHenry (Vice Chair, House Financial Services Committee) said – “It is incumbent upon all regulators to support the US economy and scrutinise international agreements that are killing American jobs”.

          One might ask what happens when the rest of the World does not fall in with this new “Fortress America” outlook?

        • GBJames
          Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

          If the Supremes don’t rule, or tie, then yes. But I’ll wager that won’t happen… that they will rule to support the lower court.

          In any case, the tRump regime will probably refuse to comply (even though DHS seems to be complying right now). John Kelly will either comply with a directive from Heir Tweetler’s to implement the ban (despite the court order) or he’ll be forced to resign to be replaced by someone more compliant.

          That’s my dismal prediction. Maybe I’ll be found wrong, but so far I see no reason to think President Smallhands feels bound by laws made for mere humans.

          • Heather Hastie
            Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

            There is at least one court that has ruled in Trump’s favour, so he can say that there is a ruling that supports him. Constitutional crisis in the offing!

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    “I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix” Dan Quayle

  5. DrBrydon
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Roué is such a lovely word, but one never hears it.

    • Larry Smith
      Posted February 4, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      It shows up a lot in crossword puzzles, though.

  6. W.Benson
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I saw Washington State Attorney General Rob Ferguson interviewed on CNN last night. I was impressed with how well he articulated his views and his self-confidence in his chances of victory over POTUS.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      I saw that too – I agree he was very good.

  7. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Agree with everything said about the Devos lack thereof – it is a joke and a bad one. But pig-ignorant? I had not heard that one considering the intelligence of the pig. Kind of like the saying – sweat like a pig, which they do not.

  8. Christopher
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Avoiding all politics for a moment, as it’s making me sick…

    I guess chili doesn’t quite count as a homemade soup, but it’s as close as I’ll get tonight. The best thing about winter is that it’s soup season (well, so is fall, but whatever). I don’t much care for canned, pre-made soups, so I often make my own. Pumpkin or squash soup, carrot soup (haven’t done that in a long while) split pea, bean, potato, and my favorite, a version of my mother’s chicken noodle, which, I call ficken noodle, as I’m a vegetarian and use “fake chicken”. We’ve always used those big, fat egg noodles (I’ll use frozen when feeling lazy), and then poured the whole thing over a crater of mashed potatoes. Grab some fat slices of crusty bread well buttered and you’ve got yourself quite a meal. I can use the soy chicken for that, boca crumbles for chili, but I can’t make a decent vegetarian equivalent to a proper Irish stew (and yes, I count that as a “soup”, or at least in the soup family, if not genera or species), such is the trouble with converting to vegetarianism if you’ve grown up otherwise.

    • GBJames
      Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      True… converting to vegetarianism isn’t all biscuits and gravy. 😉

    • Posted February 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      The distinction between “teas”, “soups” and “stews” often times seems to just be a matter of how runny it all is.

  9. Larry Smith
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    You mentioned Rosa Parks? She’s another example of someone who’s done an amazing job, and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.

  10. Claudia Baker
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Cyrus and Hili sitting together after breakfast, licking their chops = adorableness.

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