Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s May 18, 2017, and it’s National Cheese Souffle day, promulgated by Big Cheese, as well as International Museum Day. Summer is coming, with temperatures in Chicago above 80° F (27° C) the past few days. But I’m warned by Ken the Weather Man that there may be severe weather in Chicago today, with high winds, hail, and perhaps some tornado cells.

On this day in 1652, Rhode Island passed the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal. On May 18, 1860, Abe Lincoln received the Republican nomination for the Presidency; let us not forget that Republicans were once sane.

Not much else happened on this day, and that goes for births and deaths, too. Notables born on this day include Bertrand Russell (1872), Walter Gropius (1883), Perry Como (1912) and Tina Fey (1970). Those who died on this day include Gustav Mahler (1911) and William Saroyan (1981).

Perry Como is underrated; here’s his version of one of my very favorite American standards. The synch of voice and lips are is a bit wonky, but this is indeed a live performance:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is kvetching. It’s not that she’s allergic to flowers, but that the vase has forced her butt off the table!:

Hili: Cut flowers give rise to problems.
A: What problems?
Hili: You can see how uncomfortable I am.
In Polish:
Hili: Cięte kwiaty sprawiają problemy.
Ja: Jakie problemy?
Hili: Widzisz jak mi tu niewygodnie.
And lagniappe from reader Taskin: :
And a few morning tw**ts, this one contributed by Matthew Cobb:

I don’t know if you’ve seen the video of Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s bodyguards brutally attacking demonstrators in Washington yesterday, but they were horrific, with Erdogan’s thugs kicking people in the face when they were already down on the ground:

Erdogan is a fascist goon, and so are his minions.

Here’s an outraged tw**t about the beatings by the law site Popehat, contributed by Grania.

For once Trump spoke real truths, not alternative ones:


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Oh yes, “Without A Song” – my favorite vocal version is with ‘Ol Blue Eyes and Red Norvo’s orchestra on “Sinatra Live in Paris”. <— 80% certain of title off top of my head.

  2. Linda Calhoun
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I have a pair of ravens that lives in the trees on the east end of my barn. The equine stalls are also on that end of the barn.

    Each year when they are renewing their nest, they gather my donkey’s undercoat, right off the donkey’s back, to reline their nest. It’s a larger version of the above pair. The donkey looks really weird with a raven on his back. L

  3. Randy schenck
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Staying with that theme of weather forecasting, here in central Kansas we are in for some extreme weather later today and tomorrow. Yesterday it was slightly west of here with one pretty good tornado and lots of hail but today it is on us.

    Perry Como was a great singer. Use to watch his TV show all the time as a kid.

  4. Andy Lowry
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Anybody know what the fur-gathering bird is? I don’t recognize it.

    • Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Crested tit? maybe not…

      • Andy Lowry
        Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

        The GIF goes by too fast for me to get a good look. I’m not seeing the pale sides of the face… hmmm. Don’t know where it was recorded, that might help. Thanks for the thought!

    • Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor).

      That dog sure is a sound sleeper.

      • Andy Lowry
        Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

        Has to be it! Thank you. I only see Bridleds around here (Arizona), so I was confused. Somebody help me, I’m in danger of becoming a bird nerd.

        • Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

          Very common in the eastern half of the country. Never seen one out west.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted May 21, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      I find several videos on Youtube of almost identical situations — tiny birds plucking fur from sleeping yellow Labradors. The birds all look the same, and so the dogs (who probably enjoy the attention), but the backgrounds are different. Here’s one where you can easily see the bird

  5. Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Birthday of Nicholas II Tsar of All the Russias… 1868.

  6. DrBrydon
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    My mom loved Perry Como, and I’ve grown to appreciate him. I particular like his “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”. His Christmas stuff is great, too. I’ve always thought, though, that he was badly guided in many of his song choices in the 50s, like the abysmal “Hot Diggity Dog Diggity.” Sinatra, along with a terrific voice, also had a knack for picking better music in the same period.

    There’s are articles in the Washington Post and others arguing that Erdogan’s security detail might not have diplomatic immunity, which would be nice.

    • Merilee
      Posted May 18, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      My mother loved him, too, and watched his weekly show. He can be really good but damn, now you’ve put Hot Diggety Dog Diggety into my ear ( next will be Whoops there goes another rubber tree plant😖)

      • Colin McLachlan
        Posted May 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Oh, noooo! Now I’ve got both!

        • Merilee
          Posted May 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink


  7. Mike
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Great Singer.

  8. W.Benson
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Perhaps Erdogan will have to substitute some of his bodyguards for the next year or two. Police officers may have been manhandled in the fray. No arrests?

    • somer
      Posted May 18, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Hopefully the guards don’t rank as sacrosanct diplomatic corps. DC “Dont Care”

      • Merilee
        Posted May 18, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

        I heard on the news last night that the guards would not get diplomatic immunity.

  9. Claudia Baker
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Wait. What? A dictator comes to Washington (at Trump’s invite) and brings thugs with him, who beat up peaceful protesters? And “manhandle” the police? In the US?

    In his podcast last night, Mike Malloy said “Why isn’t this front page news?” This asshole, Erdogan, should never be invited back in the US or any other civilized country, for that matter. And, according to Malloy, this isn’t the first time this has happened with Erdogan and his ‘guards’.

    What’s next? The dictator of the Philippines is invited by Trump, and his thugs pull out guns and shoot the protesters? Nothing would surprise me anymore.

  10. Laurian
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Not much else happened this day… Not quite.

    For folk in the Pacific Northwest May 18th is remembered as the day Mt. St. Helens exploded.

  11. David Coxill
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Re the photo of the Old lady and the Wild Boar ,the poor thing looks scared to death ,don’t know how the Boar is feeling .

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Re; Lincoln’s nomination:
    Republicans and Democrats both drastically redefined themselves during the (Franklin) Roosevelt years. When the Reps adopted the “Southern strategy” for getting old Dixiecrats to defect to them, they lost all legitimate claim to the title “party of Lincoln”.


  13. Posted May 18, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    That video was amazing. It’s one thing to defend your charge or your own embassy grounds (or similar official location). But aggressively attacking US Citizens (I assume) in the streets of the US?

    Those guys should all be either arrested or deported. (Not holding my breath. Der Drumpfenführer would probably like his minions to behave similarly.)

    I was glad to see the DC Police trying to protect the protestors.

  14. Christopher Bonds
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I remember listening to Perry Como in the 1950s. His voice always made me feel like all was right with the world. Which it wasn’t, back then, of course; but it was a nice illusion.

  15. Gemma Jillian
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    “Is this it ? !”

    by Mr Trae Crowder of today:

  16. Mary L
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    LOL! That fur gathering took me back. Birds used to pluck our German Shepherds every spring.

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